I'm finally finishing up the second hub with only Sepulcher left after just beating ad_azad. I don't know what else to say aside from that it was brilliant. I loved the theme and the level of detail was mind blowing. Even something as simple as accumulated snow on the some of the steps outdoors added so much to the map.
The breakables helped the world feel alive and I really enjoyed the way that they were employed this time. Instead of just having breakable walls and pieces of wood, some major set pieces were destructible. I was pleasantly surprised when the bridge in front of the silver key lock collapsed under me after being attacked by a death knight. Pillars breaking during the four stoneman ambush and during the final boss made the fights more intense with nothing to hide behind.
I also liked how the destructibles were part of the progression like the iron wood that needed to be smashed with the mine cart. The combat was really enjoyable although the tiny room with the four stone death knights that ambush you got me several times. I didn't exactly save scum but it still felt scummy saving the game beforehand and attempting that fight a few times when I already knew what to expect.
I finished with 6/10 secrets but just like every other AD map, I'm going to attempt the 100% clear. The bruskwork was incredible and it seems like an insane amount of time must have gone into the details. I loved some of the amorphous architecture as well like the wooden platforms haphazardly arranged and supported in the room with the mine carts. Stuff like this is inspiring and I'm always curious as to how much of this was implemented or how certain ideas were conceived. My only complaint was that the map wasn't longer since I enjoyed it so much but hopefully I will squeeze a lot more time out of it as I search for the rust key and the remaining secrets.
I'm trying to use ad_1_7p1_gtk.def for GtkRadiant, but in the properties of the entities I see basically only the angle, the model and the noise. Maybe someone has a normal ENT file?
Is there any chance that we can get access to the wads used for these maps? I know that many were custom and/or modified by sock and others but I'm interested in some of these themes and I'm having trouble matching them.
You can just open up the BSP's with Texmex and then save to .wad.
„although the tiny room with the four stone death knights that ambush you got me several times. I didn't exactly save scum but it still felt scummy saving the game beforehand and attempting that fight a few times when I already knew what to expect.“
This is the Tronyn moment. It is doable, but very random and hard.
I toned this encounter down a lot with AD 1.7, previous setup was just mad and cruel.