ATHLON

4v4 Capture the Flag

Map Description

  1. ArturBloodshot
    ”It’s said that former Spartans trained in this warehouse to hone their skills in battle. MLG settings. 4-8 players.”


    Athlon is a symmetrical 4v4 map tribute to the classic MLG vibe, conceived as a fast-paced action map for competitive games and my entry to the Halo 3 Forge the Fight contest.

    Player size: 4-8 players
    Game variants: Slayer, CTF & KOTH (MLG & Hardcore settings)

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    Map layout


    HOW TO PLAY THE MAP? (ONLY PC)

    1. Download and unzip ".mvar" file.
    2. Navigate to C:\Users\[YOUR USERNAME]\AppData\LocalLow\MCC\LocalFiles.
    3. From there, you should see a subdirectory with your map variants separated by game. Copy/paste ".mvar" file inside the "Halo 3" folder.
    4. Enjoy!

    CONCEPT


    This map was designed for competitive settings in mind, which translates in BRs only and quick respawns for intense action. The dimensions used for this map are the same as the classic Onslaught and Amplified with a twist on the gameplay, making it unique and original while maintaining the competitive character. This map was at first an excuse for a Forge 101 streaming series for the Latam Forge Community which, unfortunately was no longer possible due to some issues with my connection provider. During the first session of these streams I got a very (I mean VERY) schematical concept of the map which I’ll break down here:
    • Red and Blue = Team bases
    • Black lines = Team zones division (diagonal symmetry axis)
    • Orange = Central area (shortest path between bases / higher priority / less cover)
    • Green = (Longest path between bases / increased height).
    • Sky blue = Main sightlines
    • Yellow = Main paths & hot spots
    • Purple = Horizontal bottlenecks
    • Brown = Vertical bottlenecks

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    Conceptual gameplay scheme & early volumetry

    With this conceptual “gameplay layout”, I started a 3D model of an early version of the blockout to get the first idea of volumetry. With these two pieces of the puzzle in hand, the blockout on Forge was an easy task for getting a testeable version of the map which evolved throughout the whole month.

    I can only imagine how any hours I would have spent to make this map without the new Forge tools (surely weeks). Sure enough, as an old school Forger this was a fun and exciting experience that brought me so much nostalgia about my roots as Forger.

    *Starts playing "Blow Me Away" on the background*

    Thanks to my followers on Twitch, the ForgeHub community and friends who helped me brainstorming and testing this map. Any feedback and thoughts are appreciated! :evil:

Discussion

  1. Zakspeeeed

    Zakspeeeed Rookie

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    If 343 doesn't put this into matchmaking, nothing will be. Clearly the most professionally designed map of the entire bunch that have been submitted, with actual thought and detail put into pathing and sightlines. These are the kinds of maps that should win, because they are adherent to the design process of the maps that made Halo so fun in the first place.

    Good luck to you in the contest. Your hard work is certainly deserving of praise.
     
  2. ArturBloodshot

    ArturBloodshot Spartan I
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    Thank you so much for your words! It means a lot! I always try to bring the detail on the theory and the practice in my designs, a little habit I've got as an irl architect.
    There's a great variety of maps to keep the judges entertained. Good luck to you too, man!
     
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  3. Renato Cool Guy

    Renato Cool Guy Promethean
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    The ammount of effort given to this map is absolutely amazing, it really shows as an architect that you plan things thoroughly and I am glad you are setting high standards as a fellow countryman.
     
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  4. ArturBloodshot

    ArturBloodshot Spartan I
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    Thanks a lot man! I really put my heart on every work I do!
    I'm glad to know another fellow countryman. :)
     
  5. ArturBloodshot

    ArturBloodshot Spartan I
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    ArturBloodshot updated ATHLON with a new update entry:

    Halo 3 MCC - Matchmaking

    Read the rest of this update entry...
     

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