Zeitgeist. A single player project set in the futuristic 1930s of an alternate history. Find the masterminds behind the bomb attempt on the founding conference of the League of Nations and dive into a world of devastation, science, secret societies and intrigues. Features: - Dynamic gameplay combining free movement, role playing and action elements. - Realistic locations with a high value of recognition set in several European cities such as London, Venice and Prague. - An entertaining, suspense-packed background story, taken straight from the 2000 pages of three novels. - The unique atmosphere of the 1930s; streamline design, futuristic architecture, zeppelins and neon signs blending with the age of steam, monarchy and industry. - Zeppelins. “... for the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions.” - Lao Tzu

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… on a trip through London’s notorious Underground.

Posted by Nauz on Oct 26th, 2011


… on a trip through London’s notorious Underground.

Yes, we’re alive, and yes, we’re glad that almost all of our watchers decided to stay with us.
Also, the number of people ranting that the mod was dead was significantly lower than we expected,
and we think that this proof of trust is also worth a “thank you!”.
We promised you not to bring another update until there was some in-game footage. And here it is:
a quick trip through London’s subway stations, the “Underground”, illustrating our self-written
transit entity.


In this one-minute-video, you can see the player leaving the escalators at Piccadilly Underground
Station, catching a train and being carried into another station. Not into the next station, though, as
it would be the case with normal level changing entities, but into a station the player chooses from
his map.
We achieved this by using two entities we will introduce in detail in our next update. Oh,
and forgive me the hasty movement - I've been in a bit of a hurry to catch this train, you know...

Most of the transit work was done by Chris – he is new to the team and from now on mostly
responsible for the coding.

Hi, I'm Chris, and I joined the Zeitgeist team three months ago. I've been programming for some years now and recently started studying "Informatics: Games Engineering" in Munich.
I've taken the role of the "Lead" (aka the only) Programmer, which basically makes me responsible for making all the awesome, technical "behind the scenes" stuff work.
Like most of the fine folks in the team, I bring a lot of experience with the Source Engine along, which greatly helps my doing my job as well as giving technical informations and advice.
So far everything is coming along quite nicely - we got some big features up for development that will make Zeitgeist an enjoyable and immersive experience.
I hope you enjoy this little demo. Although it's not exactly much, it's supposed to show you that we're still working on this game every (well, almost) day.

He designed the underground level change entity as well as a second entity called the
“Traincontroller”. There is some more information on how those entities work further below. Credits
for the level changing and the station visuals go to Maddin, who helped to optimize the process with
his skill and experience.



“So, that’s it?!”
No, of course this isn’t the only piece of progress we made in 2011. We want to keep the updates in a
structure though instead of dumping everything in one news post, so each upcoming update has a
topic of its own rather than showing all new developments mixed together.
For starters, in each of the next three updates we’ll include video footage of a different ‘Zeitgeist’
weapon before closing in on gameplay aspects and, eventually, a demo. Keep your fingers crossed.
Also, we may soon be in need of some quality voice acting, so we’d like to ask all of you and
especially those of you who offered their help before to let us know if they’re still willing to lend us
their voice - literally.


Curious about the other things we have been working on? Visit us again in the next weeks!

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Lord_Mordja
Lord_Mordja Oct 27 2011, 1:02am says:

It's great that this mod is still going.

We've missed you! :3

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claytonian
claytonian Oct 27 2011, 1:06am says:

Cheap way of doing the dynamic train ride:
-Make a train map (the graphical map, not the level)
-Buttons for each station
-Buttons toggle which level transition entity is active
-Profit.

EDIT: Bear in mind, I've never made any single player maps, so this is coming from someone who has only done entity design for multiplayer levels.

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Albatros44
Albatros44 Oct 27 2011, 6:16am replied:

Hi,

basically yes, this absolutely could work, but it's a tad more complicated for Zeitgeist (how else could it be ;/ ).

We've got three different fictional tube lines - Juvenile, Centurion Line and Edwardian Railway, and while these three lines cover most of the Stations, some can only be reached with a specific line.

Thus, we had to think of a different method.

Cheers!

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Rukus_
Rukus_ Oct 27 2011, 2:24am says:

Can you change the walking sounds? Maybe something that sound like they're not wearing combat boots?

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Albatros44
Albatros44 Oct 27 2011, 7:35am replied:

Hi there,

yes, of course. We're going to change lots of sounds, not only those of the boots, but also those of vehicles like the annoying tracktrain idle-moving and, of course, weapon sounds.

Which is why we'll be asking for a professional sound designer to join our ranks, soon. Unfortunately that's a gap in our ranks. :/

Cheers!

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zonbie
zonbie Oct 27 2011, 3:00am says:

image 3, too much bloom IMO. perhaps its just a bad angle to snap a photo. looking forward to more from this mod.

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Master_Of_Hiddenry
Master_Of_Hiddenry Oct 27 2011, 4:06am says:

Excellent! The environment's looking quite detailed and atmospheric and the map unfolding animation looks very nice.

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SPY-maps
SPY-maps Oct 27 2011, 5:16am says:

i already knew you guys where not dead because i mailed you quit some time ago and you told me then that there could be a half year between updates, (what i think is to long, but who am i, right? D)
still, am a bit disappointed with what is shown here after such a long time, hopefully those next 3 updates that you are talking about will be revealed within weeks and not again half years waiting time.

about the gameplay movie, the train sound was already there even when the train was still standing still. and when it started to drive the sound of the train was one of a train driving very fast. hopefully this will be changed in the future because now it sounds rather strange.
other then that, much success with the progress and hopefully the next gameplay movie will show us more of actual gameplay.

leon

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Albatros44
Albatros44 Oct 27 2011, 5:46am replied:

Hi there leon,

yep, sounds are going to be the next issue we'll tackle. For now, we're stuck with the HL2 sounds, but our Members Maddin and Jonko will soon take on the matter.

Of course this is "just" a train ride video, but we had to start somewhere.

And no, the next couple of updates will all happen within 2011 ;).

Cheers,

Til

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MorDread
MorDread Oct 27 2011, 11:47pm replied:

don't worry, we have been quiet for quite some time, but that doesn't mean that we've spent it twiddling thumbs.

we have a few things that are almost ready to be paraded round the streets.


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Mr.John
Mr.John Oct 27 2011, 5:52am says:

Who did the awesome anims for that trainmap? And Ive been at Picadilly station if I remember correctly. I hope we see some good poeple there!

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cW#Ravenblood
cW#Ravenblood Oct 27 2011, 9:45am replied:

Think nauz or another 3d artist :)

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soegel
soegel Oct 28 2011, 5:26am replied:

nauz? i remember that guy from the FragOut mod, the one with all the grenades, i played it as an alpha version...a shame it was never released tho

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cW#Ravenblood
cW#Ravenblood Oct 28 2011, 10:08am replied:

Jerp, was pretty awesome. And Nauz worked on FragOUT, and now also on Zeitgeist, but he said he didnt do the animations here.
Something like that.

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altercuca
altercuca Oct 27 2011, 6:22am says:

Looking awesome. Keep up the good work!

+2 votes     reply to comment
Dr.Goupyl
Dr.Goupyl Oct 27 2011, 6:46am says:

Impressive work, you don't make updates often but if it's always that good... keep it up !

+2 votes     reply to comment
Metalspy
Metalspy Oct 27 2011, 7:24am says:

Cool, last week I saw this in my mod watch and I thought "what happened to that mod :(", but here you are! Yay.

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KEEP_IT_UP!
KEEP_IT_UP! Oct 27 2011, 7:58am says:

awesome update, love the "map" feature and the animation... looks beautiful!

can't wait for more updates. :)

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Newbez
Newbez Oct 27 2011, 8:27am says:

always had faith :)

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ProfPoop
ProfPoop Oct 27 2011, 2:27pm says:

yeh i liv in lundun cn yu put me as n npc in plez mei face on me accunt veri sexy mun

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-=[Colorado]=-
-=[Colorado]=- Oct 27 2011, 2:42pm says:

For a great mod you do here, will there be passengers who enter and leave the train with you. I mean is this feature planned? I can imagine that this would do a lot of work but it would look more lively. :D

Für eure wirklich schöne Mod erstmal ein großes Lob. Tolles Update. Aber sind eigentlich für die ferne Zukunft weitere Passagiere geplant die mit einem zusammen den Zug betreten bzw. verlassen? Zwar würde das sicherlich einiges an Arbeit bedeuten aber bestimmt sehr lebhaft wirken.

Cheers!

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Albatros44
Albatros44 Oct 27 2011, 2:57pm says:

Colorado:

Yes! Ja! ;)

The next large item on our to-do-list is the vivification of the Zeitgeist-World, and in the end, passengers boarding trains and enganging in various actions are definitely a planned feature. :)

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MorDread
MorDread Oct 27 2011, 4:43pm says:

hey folks, glad to see some of you like the map i made.
as for passengers: there will be an update with civillians raoming the maps.. i'm working on some models right now. making them use the trains shouldn't be too hard.

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Albatros44
Albatros44 Oct 27 2011, 4:54pm says:

Listen to that man.

He's the one responsible for those sweet unfolding animations :).

+1 vote     reply to comment
medve
medve Oct 28 2011, 2:41am says:

oooh this calls for a sepia color correction thingy

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Dnst
Dnst Oct 28 2011, 8:13am says:

It is good to hear that you finally implemented the train system. I think it was a hard task and also it may have blocked progress on other departments like Level Design because you could not know exactly what is important or necessary in the overall design of the stations.

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Orange_Tomato
Orange_Tomato Oct 28 2011, 9:04am says:

Chris you studies at the TU right? Our teacher told about Informatics: Game Engineering, too :D

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ChexGuy
ChexGuy Oct 29 2011, 3:33pm says:

******* amazing as always.

+2 votes     reply to comment
bobsbarricades
bobsbarricades Oct 29 2011, 11:43pm says:

ok that head/music sheet drawing = genius. Still excited for this to come out!

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MorDread
MorDread Oct 31 2011, 4:58am replied:

it's a hint at one of the next updates... shhhhh

+2 votes     reply to comment
SolidFake
SolidFake Oct 30 2011, 11:54am says:

yay!

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peegee1
peegee1 Oct 31 2011, 8:00am says:

Hey that's good news!
To see that beautiful work push up my mood.
The subway station is a master piece
and i am really impressed about your creative spirit.
Simple to say in german:
Klasse, weiter so, Gute Arbeit!

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UKcharlie
UKcharlie Oct 31 2011, 3:21pm says:

Happy days :-)

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RancidRandy
RancidRandy Dec 1 2011, 11:01pm says:

Voice actors? ..ooooh I feel compelled

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