29 December 2010

Shadow of the Xel'Naga - Chapter 1 [Beta] announced!

- Based on the correspondent StarCraft novel. Set between StarCraft 1 and Brood War.
- Blizzard-like scenario map with classic objectives, cinematics, transmissions etc.
- Playable in Singleplayer or Two-Player Co-Operative gameplay.
- 3 Primary Objectives. 5 Secondary Objectives. Up to 45 minutes of gameplay.
- Diverse gameplay, like escort cows, use vehicles to thresh units, control turrets, defend from waves.
- 4 difficulty levels. UI and ingame help.
- Fully implemented terrain art, weather and sound effects.

 Welcome To Bhekar Ro - Scene 1

Attention testers!

The map is in very late beta stages but it NEEDS YOUR HELP to be completed. All I need is 40-50 minutes of your time to let me have a look as to how you play the map and gather any kind of feedback you can give me while playing and afterwards.

If you are interested in becoming a tester and having your name appear on the credits feel free to respond to this thread with your Battle.net ID or add me directly (OutsiderXE.147). For EU players only.

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24 December 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Germany to everyone and their families!

Mapping news: I've almost completed the art and cinematics on my StarCraft 2-map, thus being only days away from a finished version. I'm still keeping it under wraps as to what it actually is because I plan on doing something special with it soon after it's finished.

Sad news: I played 0-3 on Battle.net yesterday night and was degrated from Diamond to Platinum League :(

Personal news: I've finished my night school and managed to get my degree to join a university with a solid 2,6 (B- or something)!

16 December 2010

Busy weeks

I've been a little busy over the last weeks and unable to blog about it. (Well I was able, just utterly bored).

Firstly my SC2-melee map 'Crescent Moon XE' is finished and downloadable via the Battle.net-services. Just search for 'Crescent Moon XE'. It came fourth place out of about two dozen maps. Not too bad, although I had expected a little more. But it seems most people voted the winner because he had the largest screenshot. Anyway congrats to the winner.

- Link to SC-remake-contest thread

SC2Mapster.com announced another melee map remake contest. This time i'ts about WarCraft 3. I'm not sure if I have time to participate, but thankfully the contest deadline ends in more than two weeks from now, so plenty of time to decide.

- Link to WC3-remake-contest thread

I've also worked much more with the SC2-editor. I've fleshed out a fully playable co-operative map and I am playing it daily with friends and random people from chat/forums to maximize gameplay and fun. I'm only days from starting to work cinematics and map art. Expect full announcement and a release some time in January.

In other (gaming, do'h!) news: I've reactivated my WoW accounts, two weeks prior to the release of Cataclysm. I've leveled an Undead Warlock to 36. Pure gameplay time is around 24 hours. The quality of each region varies a lot. Tirisfal is fine, you do the usual kill/get-quests. The process is a lot more streamlined, you meet fewer people with more interesting storylines. It's worth reading. Silverpine Forest is one of the coolest zones: You get your quests from no other than Sylvanas Windrunner who guides and aids you in various tasks. The phase shifting technology is masterfully executed. You really feel like you are doin something. Hillsbrad Foothills is almost as good, because there are three characters that will just kill you laughing.
Arathi Highlands and The Hinterlands are just bad. I couldn't wait to get out of there. The quests there have you go back and forth between sections of the map for countless times. I'm currently in the Western Plaguelands which is really cool again. Nice quests, nice phasing.

Now I bought Cataclysm and started playing a Goblin Mage: The two starting zones are probably the VERY BEST I've ever experienced in WoW. From start two finish I feel engaged, meet huge Warcraft-celebrities, do the wildest quests and am rewarded with nice cinematics and phasing technology. I hope the rest is as good :D