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by Sirius
Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Descent Level Spotlight
Topic: Descent 1 1/2
Replies: 1580
Views: 94175

Re: Descent 1 1/2

Yeah it's hard to claim that a resemblance to AF levels is a coincidence given I built several of them... the goal is more like Limefrost Spiral though, just need to look closer at what they did than just the numbers.
by Sirius
Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Descent Single Player
Topic: Do you use an alternate soundtrack with Descent 2?
Replies: 2
Views: 30

Re: Do you use an alternate soundtrack with Descent 2?

I generally haven't, but I rarely play with the music on anyway since it's not managed very well for multiplayer. This material does sound fairly suitable though. Unfortunately, MW2 is one of those games I missed out on. I played 4 and its expansions several years later, but it's hard to tell how we...
by Sirius
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Descent Level Spotlight
Topic: Descent 1 1/2
Replies: 1580
Views: 94175

Re: Descent 1 1/2

Ugh. I know exactly how I did it; I was running so close to the object limit I had to start cutting things out to fit them all in. And still forgot that even staying close to the limit causes exactly the problem you're seeing. I'll have to take another look. Probably need to delete some less-essenti...
by Sirius
Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Descent Level Spotlight
Topic: Descent 1 1/2
Replies: 1580
Views: 94175

Re: Descent 1 1/2

Hmm. Not that I can think of. I wonder what it's picking up that makes it flag it that way. The "HEUR" indicates it's looking for patterns that look suspicious, rather than comparing against known malware... but I'm not sure whether it has anything that would help figure out what. P.S. Strange. I fo...
by Sirius
Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:11 am
Forum: Descent Level Spotlight
Topic: Descent 1 1/2
Replies: 1580
Views: 94175

Re: Descent 1 1/2

Since finding a working link for DLE is a problem lately, the currently most-fixed-up version is here, if you need it: https://www.dropbox.com/s/hl532jlbbn0ah ... 30.7z?dl=0
by Sirius
Fri Feb 23, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: Descent Level Spotlight
Topic: Descent 1 1/2
Replies: 1580
Views: 94175

Re: Descent 1 1/2

Just added robots to level 27, which should put it in a quasi-complete state. I haven't actually tested it so I can't vouch for its non-horribility, but it doesn't do any good to rebalance it until the context (i.e. surrounding levels) is in place anyway, so this'll be the last update I make unless ...
by Sirius
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Descent Level Spotlight
Topic: Descent 1 1/2
Replies: 1580
Views: 94175

Re: Descent 1 1/2

.POG files are used in a different place from .PIG files - they'll show up in the HOG management dialog, though unfortunately DMB2 is somewhat reluctant to actually show you that dialog. You can also import textures one-by-one and it will create that .POG for you and place it in the .HOG file. Xfing...
by Sirius
Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:22 am
Forum: Descent Level Spotlight
Topic: Descent 1 1/2
Replies: 1580
Views: 94175

Re: Descent 1 1/2

Updated level 27 with items, a few robots (mostly still empty but I set up the ambushes and robot generators) and a handful of fixes for things that weren't working/looking as intended. Some of that might have to change in a balance pass in future but still, it's something to work with. P.S. There's...
by Sirius
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Descent Development
Topic: How to get Descent 2 level editor?
Replies: 6
Views: 119

Re: How to get Descent 2 level editor?

Best resource I know of is this video series:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... 0zEhEZu_5n
by Sirius
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Descent Development
Topic: How to get Descent 2 level editor?
Replies: 6
Views: 119

Re: How to get Descent 2 level editor?

Yeah the link's broken. It should point to: http://www.descent2.de/files/dle-1.12.28.7z
I'm currently waiting on the webmaster to upload a newer version which will hopefully come with a fixed download link, but my guess is he's been busy and hasn't gotten back to it yet.
by Sirius
Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Descent Level Spotlight
Topic: Descent 1 1/2
Replies: 1580
Views: 94175

Re: Descent 1 1/2

I think my problem is Diamond Claws on Insane are hyper-aggressive and attack like E-Bandits. At least one of them is flagged "get behind", which causes much the same effect. It was either that or I was thinking of Puuma Sphere, or Omegas which can also be a nuisance, but at least not of the sort th...
by Sirius
Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Descent Level Spotlight
Topic: Descent 1 1/2
Replies: 1580
Views: 94175

Re: Descent 1 1/2

E-bandits kinda break the theme I think tho :( They showed up pretty regularly in D2's Limefrost Spiral levels. But, since we're already not doing the exact same thing in the addition of D1 robots, is the idea to keep to more icy-looking robots and not focus too much on what D2 did? Diamond Claws m...
by Sirius
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:14 am
Forum: Descent Level Spotlight
Topic: Descent 1 1/2
Replies: 1580
Views: 94175

Re: Descent 1 1/2

Just Limefrost Spiral stuff... though there are a few traps I should put robots in - was thinking Lou Guards and E-Bandits, though if some D1 mix-ins are encouraged I could put a driller in one or two... Anyway, yeah, I'll do an items/robots pass as well so it's clearer what I was thinking about wit...
by Sirius
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Descent Level Spotlight
Topic: Descent 1 1/2
Replies: 1580
Views: 94175

Re: Descent 1 1/2

Level 27 on Dropbox... basically no items/robots included in the level but I can add placeholders if they'd be helpful.
by Sirius
Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Descent Level Spotlight
Topic: Descent 1 1/2
Replies: 1580
Views: 94175

Re: Descent 1 1/2

Most likely time is somewhere around 2 pm local time (in about 3 hours from this post)... there is a Rangers event at noon which I'll probably be participating in. I might do a bit of work before then but hard to predict how much. The Discord server that most of the Overload watchers seem to congreg...
by Sirius
Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: Descent Level Spotlight
Topic: Descent 1 1/2
Replies: 1580
Views: 94175

Re: Descent 1 1/2


Going up shortly. Will probably keep at it for an hour or two, still need to wake up tomorrow :)

I also have a Beam/Mixer account if Twitch is a problem.
by Sirius
Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Descent Level Spotlight
Topic: Descent 1 1/2
Replies: 1580
Views: 94175

Re: Descent 1 1/2

OK, guess I'll look at that then. I might be able to start tonight but it will likely be late if so. Probably also Saturday afternoon sometime. I can post here and on Discord if I do that (although, there are two Descent Discord servers... 😒)
by Sirius
Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:57 am
Forum: Descent Level Spotlight
Topic: Descent 1 1/2
Replies: 1580
Views: 94175

Re: Descent 1 1/2

Structure done for 27, next up texturing and maybe some sample item placement... that usually goes a little quicker for me since I already have an idea of what I wanted to do with each place. So I'll probably start that over the weekend... hell, I could livestream it if someone's bored and/or really...
by Sirius
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Descent Multiplayer
Topic: Do people still play this game?
Replies: 19
Views: 1053

Re: Do people still play this game?

Yeah the games I'm talking about you don't need to be a member of anything. If the game is open, it's probably free to join (unless someone left something open by mistake. But the title will usually tell you if it's a Rangers or DCL game... if it doesn't, it's the host's fault for neither locking it...
by Sirius
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Descent Level Spotlight
Topic: Descent 1 1/2
Replies: 1580
Views: 94175

Re: Descent 1 1/2

So, as far as I can tell, you haven't mandated which levels should have secret exits... it's probably going to be more restrictive in D1 since the mapping was one-to-one there, but most D2 secret levels had two. I'm not sure what your plan is for this one, but let me know if I need to add one...
by Sirius
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: Descent Multiplayer
Topic: Do people still play this game?
Replies: 19
Views: 1053

Re: Do people still play this game?

Yes. You can't guarantee when people will be on-line, but pick-up games do still happen.
by Sirius
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: PTMC Cafe
Topic: A car in SPAAAACE!
Replies: 15
Views: 742

Re: A car in SPAAAACE!

You mean the guy at the wheel isn't him?
by Sirius
Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Descent Single Player
Topic: Going Rambo on D1 level 6 (And other levels)
Replies: 242
Views: 37359

Re: Going Rambo on D1 level 6 (And other levels)

It times out and explodes if it runs out of fuel, basically.
by Sirius
Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Descent Old Skool
Topic: Delayed automap in DOSBox
Replies: 18
Views: 1134

Re: Delayed automap in DOSBox

Well, yeah, but if you have it running at Pentium 3 speeds it's going to be breaking 200 fps on a regular basis, which the D2 game loop isn't designed to handle properly. Unfortunately there isn't really any reason a Win98 VM wouldn't do the same thing. You can try to aim for a "sweet spot" where it...
by Sirius
Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Descent Old Skool
Topic: Delayed automap in DOSBox
Replies: 18
Views: 1134

Re: Delayed automap in DOSBox

The slowdowns in cube-heavy areas are basically emulating a fact of life on old 486s that weren't too fast to run the game without breaking it. They didn't have a framecap until the 3dfx versions came out. If DOSBox could emulate a Voodoo 2 you'd be pretty much sorted, but I have a feeling that isn'...
by Sirius
Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Descent Level Spotlight
Topic: Descent 1 1/2
Replies: 1580
Views: 94175

Re: Descent 1 1/2

A (very) brief description of how it works: // Create list of segments boss is allowed to teleport to at segptr. // Set *num_segs. // Boss is allowed to teleport to segments he fits in (calls object_intersects_wall) and // he can reach from his initial position (calls find_connected_distance). // If...
by Sirius
Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Descent Single Player
Topic: Descent videos
Replies: 53
Views: 4132

Re: Descent videos

Regarding AF levels, Sirius: 1, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11 DH: 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 15 (yeah he did most of the building) Only reason AF didn't have music was because we didn't have anything appropriate on hand, neither of us had any songwriting ability, we didn't want to just copy stuff and no-one was a...
by Sirius
Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Descent Old Skool
Topic: Delayed automap in DOSBox
Replies: 18
Views: 1134

Re: Delayed automap in DOSBox

The "built-in spyware" is telemetry collection, which is not supposed to be personally identifiable, but it's not my place to lecture anyone over whether or not they should be OK with it. I will say that telemetry apparently also exists in Windows 7, though, even if it isn't used anywhere near as he...
by Sirius
Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Descent Level Spotlight
Topic: Which old classics do you enjoy? (Single-player campaigns)
Replies: 5
Views: 448

Re: Which old classics do you enjoy? (Single-player campaigns)

Umm... it was either no/insufficient co-op player starts (a very common mistake) or that there was a crash somewhere. Might have been a crash - I forget. I got that info from a report from Whoskyd rather than first-hand - I haven't played them myself. Edit: Looked it up. Ironblade apparently has onl...
by Sirius
Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Descent Development
Topic: A Few Questions about Textures
Replies: 45
Views: 1886

Re: A Few Questions about Textures

Yeah I think you're right on all of that, the animation frame count and framerate are defined in the HAM file, and probably also the blown/reactor state clip numbers. Descent 3 was a lot more flexible on all of that - but making levels for it was so much work... :)
by Sirius
Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Descent Development
Topic: A Few Questions about Textures
Replies: 45
Views: 1886

Re: A Few Questions about Textures

Oh... I think you might be running into a limitation of the Descent texture system. Stacking two transparent textures on top of each other doesn't work properly, unless the secondary texture has "see-through" pixels like misc037 does. I'm not sure why that happens but I remember seeing that back in ...
by Sirius
Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:43 am
Forum: Descent Development
Topic: A Few Questions about Textures
Replies: 45
Views: 1886

Re: A Few Questions about Textures

Black transparency on what display - the texture view (which one?) or mine view? Are the textures involved metl146 (primary) and misc037 (secondary)? What palette are you using?
by Sirius
Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Descent Level Spotlight
Topic: Descent 1 1/2
Replies: 1580
Views: 94175

Re: Descent 1 1/2

Regarding bosses and walls - from what I recall seeing, if a boss is behind a wall or door that opens up, there needs to be only one cube (the one that the boss is in) behind that wall or door, or it won't move into the rest of the boss room when it teleports. It's an exception case in the way D2 fi...
by Sirius
Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Descent Development
Topic: Pressing Shift and Moving Mouse?
Replies: 8
Views: 219

Re: Pressing Shift and Moving Mouse?

I investigated further and there are three problems with that feature currently. 1) It's only available in first-person mode (due to it being somewhat of a "make DLE work like Devil" mode rather than merely a perspective switch). 2) Due to a design problem with the input handler (this one is my faul...
by Sirius
Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Descent Level Spotlight
Topic: Descent 1 1/2
Replies: 1580
Views: 94175

Re: Descent 1 1/2

Yeah this time that will not be an issue since you won't be fighting a boss in the area. Tell you what though, Xfing; once it's done I'll make a couple of copies, one with the cloaked wall and one with the contingency plan, and you can let me know which you like better :)
by Sirius
Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Descent Single Player
Topic: Descent videos
Replies: 53
Views: 4132

Re: Descent videos

Actually that one is a question for DH; I didn't design level 3. Though I have no problem with optional parts of a level either.
by Sirius
Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Descent Level Spotlight
Topic: Descent 1 1/2
Replies: 1580
Views: 94175

Re: Descent 1 1/2

Umm... one other thing... :) Are cloaked walls off-limits? (The thought I had was kind of a decorative glass-like thing, not an integral part of the level.) Parallax never used them which might be a problem, although we are doing a certain number of things they didn't do but mostly with textures...
by Sirius
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Descent Single Player
Topic: Descent videos
Replies: 53
Views: 4132

Re: Descent videos

I think single-player was more or less - "it should be possible, but you might have to drop the difficulty level below what you normally play at, in order to still have fun". There was a briefing so it was part of the consideration, but we took it as a given that a mission targeted at experienced co...
by Sirius
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Descent Single Player
Topic: Impressions on Descent: Insane, cold start, no-death, 100%
Replies: 164
Views: 9857

Re: Impressions on Descent: Insane, cold start, no-death, 100%

That was about the only level I actually recorded a video of. The keys were to get the Gauss in the start room and don't give the missile robots a chance to shoot back.
by Sirius
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Descent Single Player
Topic: Descent videos
Replies: 53
Views: 4132

Re: Descent videos

@Sirius How are you supposed to handle Level 2 cold start no death? I can't even come close, even on Hotshot. Can't even reliably clear way to the energy center. Basically, you're not. Cold start, sure; no deaths wasn't part of the plan though. It's probably possible even on Insane if you're very g...