Megiddo

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  1. Jpec07

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    Introduction
    Halo Reach. We all have it, we all know it, we all love it. And especially the new additions that were made for what Bungie calls its Forge 2.0. Personally, I find some of the aspects of the system incredibly buggy, but it is an enormous improvement over the original in Halo 3. Maps and map concepts can now be created and implemented in record time and precision, and mapmakers who were formerly unknown are now gaining more and more in the way of renown. The playing field has been leveled, and especially in Forge World, there are no longer any techniques or practices that separate the Pros from the Joes. It all breaks down to level design and ingenuity now, and that’s where Megiddo comes into play.


    Conception
    Initially, my first instinct upon getting my hands on the Forge 2.0 engine was to try and recreate a map concept that I’d been working on in Halo 3 (which was never posted: some of you may remember The Complex that looked like a massive spider-thing in the confines of Sandbox’s main level). That map failed early in its construction, though, so I decided to start brainstorming and twisting ideas around in my head.

    Megiddo started as a simple concept: catwalk over an open courtyard with two paths running down the rear to that courtyard, with railings on the back side most of the way, but wide open in the middle. Its design was initially inspired by Construct and The Pit, and once I started forging it really just came together.


    The Map
    Megiddo is a medium-large map designed primarily for symmetrical Slayer and CTF variants. I have found that it works the best with normal Slayer variants (team or FFA), though it has been built support gameplay on all of the variants that Halo Reach has to offer with the exception of Territories (I’m not a fan of that one, and couldn’t decide where I wanted the territories to be). It’ll support up to 16 players, but I recommend 4-10 for FFA games, and 6-12 for team games. It does not support multi-team gameplay at this time, but plans are in the works for that.

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    The map is laid out as a mirror image along a central plane. As I described before, the main focus is at the “top” of the map, where a catwalk joins the two opposing team’s bases. A large platform rests in the middle of that with a turret to cover the “bottom” half of the map, and a sniper rests at the back. Railings prevent people from walking off, except where they intersect a large frame that serves as the support structure for the large bowl that looms overhead. Each base consists of two levels, which are adjoined by a lift-drop system that will be shown in the screenshots (the lift is more towards the “back” of the map). An enclosed ramp leads down from the back of either base to a long hallway (where most objectives spawn in asymmetric play, and where I’d toyed with the idea of putting a rocket launcher). This tunnel, where the two bases meet, spills out into the main courtyard, which has an entrance into each base before an incline takes it down a level (a rock “spine” divides the hill in twain). From the bottom of the hill, on either side, paths will take players towards the rear structure: a three-story tower. A horseshoe of walkways leads people to the sword room, where a teleporter will lead them to the stage. Directly in front of the teleporter is the top story of the tower, which houses a man cannon to take players back to the turret platform. Directly to either side of the tower is a ramp that leads down to both junctions in the map: a key point in many symmetrical gametypes. A ramp here leads down the bottom level, adjacent to the horseshoe, and the entrance to the tower’s second level is also here (this contains the concussion rifle). If a player takes the other path from the stage, though, they will find themselves on an incredibly open pathway towards either base, with very little cover until they’re actually in the base.
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    Right now spawns are set up for symmetrical gameplay with the bases being the two rooms on either side of the catwalk. With asymmetrical gameplay, users spawn the long way across: attackers near the Concussion Rifle, and the defenders near the back tunnel. Not a lot of time was spent on these gametypes, but enough to where it will function for them (even if not well). There are also a few objects that are symmetry-dependent: asymmetrical gametypes get a pro pipe for their troubles, but miss out on the central man cannon and the energy sword, which symmetrical gametypes have. That, however, brings me to the weapon loadout:
    • DMR: 6 placed (10 max), 30 second respawn, most with two clips (two on the bottom level only have one spare clip)
    • Plasma Repeater: 2 placed, 45 second respawn
    • Concussion Rifle: 1 placed, 45 second respawn, 2 spare clips
    • Energy Sword: 1 placed (2 max), 135 second respawn, sym. and slayer only
    • Pistol: 2 placed, 30 second respawn, 0 spare clips
    • Grenade Launcher: 1 placed, 60 second respawn, 4 spare clips, asym. only
    • Drop Shield: 1 placed, 60 second respawn, sym. only
    • Sniper: 1 placed, 90 second respawn, 1 spare clip
    • Needle Rifle: 2 placed, 45 second respawn, 1 spare clip
    • Plasma Grenade: 6 placed, 10 second respawn
    • Health Station: 8 placed, 15 second respawn



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    In Closing
    Special thanks goes to the people who deserve it. I have to give a shout out to zackj191 for pointing out a few spots where people could camp, after I thought I’d gotten rid of all of them. Everyone who playtested this with me, you have my thanks, and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed making it.

    Oh, and I also thank God for giving me the time to be able to make, playtest, refine, and enjoy this map, as well as giving me the grace to be able to post it. Wouldn't have gotten this done without him.

    Download Megiddo

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    #1 Jpec07, Nov 4, 2010
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  2. L0d3x

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    I would like to thank the Holy Lord for giving me the strength to read this topic and post this reply, for without Him thou map would not have been discovered by Lodeman.

    That aside, apart from some lag issues the map plays decent. But it still is rather greyish unfortunately...perhaps move the entire thing over a tree? :p
     
  3. Bl0odshadow

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    The map is aesthetically pleasing, but i'm not sure how well gameplay will come into play. The map is a litle complicated for people to keep in their minds, so it will be hard to memorize weapon locations and central areas. This in turn may divert gameplay to an area of the map that you didn't intent to have a lot of combat.

    But other than that it looks nice :)
     
  4. Jpec07

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    I forgot to point that out, actually, so thanks. All of the map's different parts carry different aesthetics to them, so the map carries a lot of distinction. But to address the "greyish" issue you pointed out, I will say that the sides of the map turn to the colors of their teams in symmetrical games (the blue side goes blue, the red side goes red, etc.). I'm still not a huge fan of the incredibly limited aesthetic pallet that Bungie gave us in Forge World, but I can't really complain when it allows me to make something that plays as well as this one.

    And I hadn't given thought to moving it over a tree, though I can't imagine that would cut down on any lag issues that may or may not be had (to the contrary, I imagine it would only make them worse). I may consider that for future maps or iterations, though, so thanks for the suggestion. ^_^

    From the playtesting I've done (which is more extensive than I ever did for any map in Halo 3), the combat was actually spread out very well across the whole map. It also seemed that after a round or two, people would become very familiar with the map. I can't force you, but I would recommend downloading it to test your theories. I think you'll find the map actually plays pretty well. ;)
     
  5. JDiggin

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    From the pics, your map looks very cool. I'll do a run through tonight and see it in more detail. Don't know if I like the 15 sec respawn on health packs, but I haven't played a game on it yet so I don't know how that affects gameplay.

    Nice job tho, looks awesome
     
  6. Dart3rocks

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    This map looks great can't wait to play
     
  7. Temujin

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    Looks cool, but the name is a little tacky. I actually dug at the real Megiddo in Israel, and they have nothing in common, and your map has nothing to do with Armageddon. The real megiddo should be a bunch of rocks and pits on a hill...
     
  8. Jpec07

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    Lol, very true. The valley of Megiddo is nothing special in real life, save for the significance that John of Patmos gives it in the book of Revelation (as the place where the last battle of the last war will be fought). The only connection is that I needed a better name for the map than "Wherewithal."
     
    #8 Jpec07, Nov 4, 2010
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