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newspaper Developer Notes: ASE & Lavatubes

bullet_none in Urban Terror - posted Monday, 11 December 2006 by FrozenSand
ASE and ut4_Lavatubes

I've spent a considerable amount of time messing around with the source to the Q3 map compiling tool, Q3map2. Bug fixing someone elses big and complex source tree isn't a whole lot of fun. I've eaten my vegetables though, so my "dessert" is that I've taken what I've fixed and built my own little showpiece map.

It's a quirky one-room terrain map called ut4_lavatubes, and it does alot of things differently then traditional brush-based q3 mapping.Probably the most immediate thing when you look at it is that it's really curvey compared to normal q3 maps. This is because the map is entirely constructed in a 3d modeling program (3dsmax) and exported into an '.ase' model.



3ds max -> Radiant

newspaper Living in Paradise

bullet_none in Urban Terror - posted Saturday, 18 November 2006 by FrozenSand
The development team was recently contacted by Pablo Gil Fernandez, better known as eXKalibuR, the level designer behind such Urban Terror levels as Museum, Rucab, Half-Rucab, Com and especially Paradise. He contacted the team in order to "donate my editable maps (*.map) and permit you to edit and release them.

This is excellent news for gamers (mainly CTFers) in the Urban Terror Community who have been yearning and desiring a new and updated version of Paradise, due to some minor niggles with the level. While we are still in the process of acquiring the levels (.map files) we will be looking to update his outstanding work and pass it on to the community.

As eXKalibuR states, "in the end the most important thing to me is to share them to the UT community so that everyone can enjoy them again." And the development team could not agree more with this great news from eXKa. Stay tuned for more information and details on Paradise and his other Urban Terror levels.

newspaper The 27 Days of Terror: Day 25 - Crenshaw

bullet_none in Urban Terror - posted Tuesday, 31 October 2006 by FrozenSand
Life in the hood, through the eyes of |NV|S, developer of Crenshaw. While there were mixed feelings towards the original level, Crenshaw has undergone a big transformation in recent months. His level development has impressive with some of his first offerings when he managed his level design site, Section 8 Studios.



Gameplay on Crenshaw seemed to favor the CTF crowd due in part to its size and layout. In subsequent releases, there were some modifications to the level in order to ehance appearance, a feature which |NV|S is never short on, and improve gameplay.

newspaper The 27 Days of Terror: Day 24 - Tombs

bullet_none in Urban Terror - posted Wednesday, 25 October 2006 by FrozenSand
During Urban Radio, a question was asked about what levels would be included in the upcoming version of Urban Terror. The tentative list included 22 levels 3 or 4 levels that were created by community level designers, who then gave the development team approval to test, redo and include in the release.



Since that time, our level designers have been quite busy, not only correct issues that have been brought to their attention by the QA Team, but also working on some new levels that have never been seen before. The last day we cover Prague by RabidCow, as one of those new offerings.
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newspaper The 27 Days of Terror: Day 23 - Prague

bullet_none in Urban Terror - posted Sunday, 15 October 2006 by FrozenSand
Along with many of the "older" levels that will be included with the new version of Urban Terror, our level designers have been hard at work creat some new offerings. In previous updates we have shown you levels like Thingley. This time around we come bearing gifts courtesy of RabidCow.



The level is called Prague after the capital city of the Czech Repbublic, a city also known as "city of a hundred spies" and the "golden city." RabidCow has been working and reworking this level since May and the final version has been distributed to the QA Team for final testing before the release. Comments such as, "looks real good and seems to have a good playability to it" echo through the gamers who have test played the level and given their feedback and input.

newspaper The 27 Days of Terror: Day 22 - TwentySeven

bullet_none in Urban Terror - posted Wednesday, 04 October 2006 by FrozenSand
A mod is just an idea and a development team is just a group with an idea, in order to bring that idea to life you need a competent and skilled coder. Over the 6 years that Urban Terror has been around the development team has been fortunate to have success with a string of quality coders from dokta8 (1.0) to Apoxol (2.0) and most recently HighSea and TwentySeven.

Like his predecessors before him TwentySeven brings a unique insight to the mod and the development team that has continued a string of successful releases. Many of the new features, such as power sliding were conceived by TwentySeven and acted upon without discussion. It is this sort of thinking and action that makes coders like TwentySeven very valuable to software development.

newspaper The 27 Days of Terror: Day 21 - RabidCow

bullet_none in Urban Terror - posted Wednesday, 27 September 2006 by FrozenSand
Today we continue to look at Urban Terror through the eyes of a level designer, as we profile RabidCow. His contributions to the mod might go sight unseen to the naked as he has spent a considerable amount of time behind the scenes on applications related to level development. His talent never ceases to amaze when it comes to creating skyboxes, as evidenced by some of the more recent ones he has created using real world photographs and incorporating them into some levels.

RabidCow also has his hands involved in creating new Urban Terror levels, as well as helping to update and improve current levels that will take game play to the next level.Currently he is finishing up Prague, which has been undergoing testing, courtesy of the QA Team, as well as a new level called Oia, set in Greece.
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newspaper The 27 Days of Terror: Day 20 - |NV|S

bullet_none in Urban Terror - posted Tuesday, 26 September 2006 by FrozenSand
We, the development team, I guess I should I apoligize for the lack of news and attention to he web site and the community since early September. I had some computer issues that caused me to temporarily loose all access to my data stored in my RAID array. Fortunately, with some help from community members and a spare hard drive, I was able to gain access and retrieve all my data. So on with the days of terror.

Today is the first time we mention a team member who came to us from the outside. Now that is not unique in itself because this is originally how the team was started back in late 1999 and early 2000. But as development cycles roll on and the years go by, its a rare commodity to find such a "diamond in the rough" as we did when |NV|S took an interest in Urban Terror.

As a community member and level designer, he ran his own website, some might remember Section 8 Studios and his previous offerings to the Urban Terror community that were met with...mixed results. His "amateur" status led him into the world of professional development where he now resides work professional for EA Los Angeles a a "game designer" (previously was just a level designer).

newspaper The 27 Days of Terror: Day 19 - The 3 Levels of Tub

bullet_none in Urban Terror - posted Wednesday, 06 September 2006 by FrozenSand
Tristian “Tub??? Barrett has been one of the most active level designers for the development team since Urban Terror began. His original offering, ut_village became highly popular for clan matches thanks in part to a simple and effective layout. And what level is not complete without a working catapult?



Since that time he has gone on to create other popular levels that have stood the test of time in the Urban Terror Community. “Originally my maps were focused mainly on supporting Team Survivor, as were most early Urban Terror maps. As the community has changed and requested more CTF maps, the development team has responded with alterations and new maps,??? says Tub.

newspaper The 27 Days of Terror: Day 18 - BladeKiller

bullet_none in Urban Terror - posted Monday, 04 September 2006 by FrozenSand
Each team member plays an important role in the development of Urban Terror. Maureen "BladeKiller" Yost was not an "official" team member when she began working on the mod. Former Silicon Ice Development modeler, Earthquake created our weapon models and used BladeKiller to skin the UMP-45 as a "test" in order to join SID. She official joined the the development team in July 2000 prior to the 1.0 release at Quakecon.

Over the years BladeKiller has spent countless hours perfecting her skills and learning new ones. You have seen her skins on player models and weapon models, while continuing to spend many hours updating and optimizing current Urban Terror levels and acts as the Quality Assurance Manager. She currently spent time work on the rigging and animating of the new models for the upcoming release. We caught up with her for a quick Q&A session about Urban Terror.

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