just by the way, as someone who works with this, you guys seriously have to try this stuff.
Satisfied customer here. It adds so much to a map's replayability if you don't exactly know which type of monster will wait for you in a certain place - if any.
Of course, your map will need to use its own progs (I don't get why this is unpopular these days, it allows you to do so much) and it gets ever more effective if your mod has a lot of monster variations...
for example in RMQ I can have a random group with 4 ogres, 2 flak ogres, 2 berserk ogres, and a shambler. Now the shambler will be picked 1 out of 9 times you play the map, and the other times you'll just have different types of ogre everytime you play it...
there is so much you can do with this.
Now combine this with skill levels!!! Awesome, the variability!! So much replay value you'll go blind!
Hey, why not randomize items. Oops. Just a thought.
Just In Case Anyone Else Is Confused...
this is a modified progs.dat (with source and an example map)
Careful with the monster choice though, ammo balance has to be kept in mind.
Now, imagine this worked on brush entities, too...
It Can Work On Brush Entities
If you use a misc_model and give it a .bsp instead of .mdl. But that's another story :)
This is a great feature, really. Even if just having the same monsters but stood in different places it means the mapper themselves can never just switch off and waltz through because they know where everything is.
It makes the map fun to test, replay and helps you balance your difficulty much better.
You definitely got a point there.