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When Ryojin reviewed the 3rd and most devastatingly awesome version of Midgar, I swear I was going to rip out his intes...

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When Ryojin reviewed the 3rd and most devastatingly awesome version of Midgar, I swear I was going to rip out his intestines and squeeze out digestive acid into his eyes. Now, with this map in hands, I can effectively say I've been compensated for mah troubles >_>

Forst, background. Conceived for the ::JEDI:: clan by Szico VII, this map, set on planet Mon Calamari, is a soul-harvesting, child-eating, and corn worshiping power house of script, design, and sexy. Seriously, feel free to take a look at the screenshots before reading on if you don't believe me. This map has effectively stamped out all of Szico's predecessors in virtually every aspect. Enough pole-jocking, I say! Let us proceed to a small walkthrough, shall we?

To preface, I must note to you all that there are TWO versions of this map, but both contain the same essential items, save for a couple features. Now then, to start us off on our grand journey, we shall begin with the broad exterior. Starting from an empty landing pad, one can take in and grasp the true beauty of the architecture of the exterior and texture work of the water and skybox. Szico REALLY went all out on this one. It felt like I was really in the middle of Mon Calamari/The Antarctic. The water was crisp, clear, and looked damningly cold. It also blends incredibly smoothly with the skybox, making the map feel very realistic. The skybox suggests that we're sequestered in a valley of sorts, and quite exquisitely, at that. Moving on from the background, we find ourselves staring at a monstrous dome of sorts, with a tower atop it, along with several other jutting extremities coming from outside the dome. This empty pad contains an interesting little device, but I shall save it for later. LETS PROCEED INTO THE DOME.

The dome is massive, and made almost completely out of glass. It's quite an excellent observation area. The inside of the dome is what I like to call "rage city," as it has enough destructibles to almost completely wreck up the place. The overhanging lights can be pulled down on top of your opponents and kill them, you can kill the lights to the stairs, the main halo light,knock a monument down, and pretty much own every tree there is with your saber. It's beastly, without a doubt. Looking forth at the other extremities, we'll just glance over at the delicious shuttle that takes off and lands every few minutes, and proceed to the strange little spiral staircase. Inside? A room, with a familiar object of chaos...go ahead and pull the switch, I dares you =_>. I daren't say more, so let us return to the surface!

Returning back to our empty pad, we'll finally discuss one of the scripted specialty features: dynamic elevators. Ah, yes, this one's a doozy. What sets this one apart from others other than the earth-shaking scripting? Simple: It's a BEAM-LINE elevator. As the elevator is hailed, you can see the beam path the elevator pad glides along with great ease. It is, without a doubt, quite awesome to behold. Granted, in some angles it looks very 2D, but it can be overlooked for the greater good, here. From this pad, we can either choose to go to the shuttle's landing pad, or to the command tower. Let's go command things, shall we?

Once we hit the tower, one must circle around to the next elevator to get to the peak of the tower. Now to call down the next--WHAT?!? WARNING: LIFT RESTRICTION?! CURSE YOU DIRTY AND GLUTTONOUS STAFF. Force users at this point will have to manually climb up the tower(or just respawn there,) and push the crate off the elevator. Foulness, indeed. Afterwards, the elevator works. At the top of the tower is the admin room, a simple room that has more practical value in the RPG version, which will be explained later. Activate the console with the code provided in the readme, and all shall be revealed. See below at the end of the review, as the code here IS customizable.

Now, it's time to FINALLY go inside, having left a few unturned stones for you to discover out there later. Retreating to a particular extremity adjacent to the dome, we shall be entering by a contact-triggered elevator. Quite stylish, I know. Step on the arrow as you walk in, and our journey shall begin.

Landing in the awesome nexus, there are a huge plethora of doors. Eenie, meany, MINEY, MO! Well, wouldja look at that? A BAR. Hasn't anyone heard of an actual restaurant in this community? I mean you could include a bar IN IT, but RPG'ers needa eat @_@. Moving on, this bar is eloquently designed in the oval structure, allowing for more movement of the bartender. In the corner is a window to one of the most awesome skyboxes I've seen. It makes you feel like you're actually underwater >_> seriously. Anyway, evading subjective fits of rage, lets bail out for the next door into the detention center. Now THIS is what I call a detention center. Forcefields, steel doors, and controlled gun turrets make great security measures, and hurt many feelings. Now granted, it woulda been nice if he installed like, poopers, so people can poop, but hardly anybody lets forth a corn log in RP anymore(at least, in serious RP >_> it's too cool for them.) Anyway, let us take flight from this deliciously miserable place. Oh yes, by the way, please scorn and laugh at Szico for not being able to properly read and spell my name in that screenshot. Whilst that screenshot with my "name" in it was doctored(so I don't have a private cell), I just want to make him feel retarded anyway XD

Let's GO TO TEH PARK! WOOT. Moving swiftly on, we come across a deliciously designed underwater park, complete with streetlights, and, in the basic version, NPCS that wander about. Honestly, whatever I say here would be a waste of breath, as it's just miles better to just inhale the visuals for yourself. Trust me, you shall be awe struck, methinks.

Now we can finally attack the meat and potatoes of this compound. Moving down a corridor, we can stop by and see there's two...pits? Yes, Szico found it more entertaining to have the players leap down and be carried up in this particular area, instead of actual elevators. Not exactly the most PRACTICAL of ideas, but he at least designed the shaft to be quite entertaining to behold. Dropping down to a soft landing, we come upon a lobby with a malevolent TV screaming and hawking ::JEDI:: and the map. In my initial beta testing of this map, I attacked it in a childish rage, scorning its existance. Suffice to say, It breaks, and >_> can be fixed, although I will explain that later as well. Man, I have a lot of explaining to do -_-;

So then, there's a nice lil protocol desk droid waiting for you, his function also being covered later. Heading left, we'll prod and poke the "west wing" of the compound. Walking along the scenic hallway, we arrive at the stairway nexus which leads to the deliciously scripted infirmary, VR stealth training room, and laser dodging training area. Definitely worth a personal investigation, as my words alone cannot recreate the experiences extracted from them.

A long stairway across the infirmary leads down to meditation and prep rooms, one of the combat prep rooms housing Szico's pride and joy: Hexagonal Honeycomb windows. I must admit, these are thoroughly awesome, and as such, warrant a soul harvest. The annex here is definitely also worth a look at, as it was beautifully crafted, and features a nice fountain here, along with the vaulted glass ceiling, which is quite priceless.

Alright, finally, we'll hit the East wing, which contains the archives, dormitories, and the council rooms. Archives contains something that will be explained later >_> NOW, the council is built like your average council room, save for the laser security and the RPG function that will ALSO be mentioned later. The dormitories are quite awesome, although the beds are ENORMOUS, even the bunk beds. Downsize much? Whew...seriously.

and now,intermission....

-=Averus goes to go eat=-

Ahh, most delicious. Now that I can focus on the map rather than eating, it's time to hit some of the more technical aspects. First off, if it isn't obvious enough, this file/map is HUGE, and as such, may annihilate lower end PCs, so beware. Map loading time was like...well, longer than most maps, so I'd suggest finding something to amuse yourself within that time frame >_>

Bugs: There's some. I'll just note them in list format. Granted, whilst we had MaceCrusherMadunsus in the server at the time pointing out bugs, truth be told I wasn't listening so XD here's what *I* found/recorded(whichever came first):

- Elevator/Annex area: You can jump through the unclipped rock and step into the void.

- Some doors may get stuck, depending on how you handle them.

- You can see brushes and map objects in certain windows/ceiling windows depending on what area of the map you're in.

- (one time deal, but still possible) The beam elevator's console brush disconnected from the pad.

- A few hardly noticeable clipping issues with curves.

- Certain sounds can be heard globally when they were meant to be local, an issue Szico cannot fix.

- There is no mess hall, despite Szico's texture >_>

- Doors can kill you >_> rather easily if you're not careful.

- Doorway leading to lobby has a few clipping/textural issues(not too noticeable, really.)

That's just a few. (I was told there was some z-fighting somewhere although I never personally spotted it.)

So now I can finally attack the stuff I've been meaning to save for the final parts of this review, which has taken way too long because of distractions and general fun XD. There are two versions, as I'm sure I've mentioned before, or thought I did...who cares, DEATH TO ALL.

Atlantica - Basic: This is where RP can commence more smoothly, in my opinion. This area is void of most of the following features that will be covered in the RPG Version of the map, and features an expanded bound so you can fly ships within distance of the dome station. Now, to actually hit the cream.

Atlantica - RPG: This is the map where most of the fun is stored, for the most part. You must VENTURE FORTH and gain credits(respawning objects easily attainable in certain areas,) or complete certain missions to gain credits to buy your way up the clearance ladder! Missions include simple tasks like clearing out a hall way to completing VR training missions successfully. Also, whilst you're out and about, you can get the toolbox and boredly repair the broken TV and lamp posts in the park. Here, in a nut shell, is where clearance can be reached:

Lvl 1: Freebie granted in the drop shafts.

Lvl 2: 50 Credits, purchase at the desk droid

Lvl 3: 300 Credits, Purchase in archives

Lvl 4: 400 Credits, plus a 10 switch console hunt is in order to activate the console itself.

Lvl 5: Admin Control Tower

Also, a couple other functions require paying of credits, I.E. the infirmary bacta tank. The last other difference I recall between the RPG version and basic is that now the RPG version has an x-wing in the once empty pad, and the bridge to it can be destroyed.

Okay, I've typed far enough <_< I think it's time to let you kids go hurt yourselves on this delicious visual/interactive playground.

*cuts the tape* Go play ._.

To make your own access code, download the Source Files and follow the included instructions!

New Textures: Aye New Music: Aye Secrets to plunder: Aye Bot Support: Aye

- Averus Retruthan

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Readme
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//       Atlantica       //
// ===================== //
//      by Szico VII     //
//     20th July 2008    //
//                       //
///////////////////////////

MAPPED BY Szico VII
DESIGNED BY Szixo VII / Xa'o Zalei
MSN: szicovii@ntlworld.com
X-Fire: szicovii
E-Mail: szicovii@ntlworld.com/szicovii@gmail.com
AIM: Szico VII

http://www.szicovii.com


Atlantica
=======================
New Textures: Yes
New Sounds: Yes
New Models: Yes
New Scripts: Yes
Bot Routing: Yes
Gametypes: FFA, TFFA

Brush Count: 28,280 + ~15,000 in ASE Models
Entity Count: 3528
Build Time: 1 Year, 6 months (Of which 6 months has been bug fixing...grr.)
Compile Time: 80 Minutes.

Features:
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- Doc Ock Style fusion generator
- Passcoded council/admin doors (using switches where a numerical value can be inputted)
- Destructable environments, trees/lamps.e.t.c
- You can then fix some of these using toolkits (televisions for example) and other items you can pick up.
- You can collect credits to pay for access to certain areas by either finding them lying around or completing challenges.
- Virtual reality training for sneaking as a challenge.
- Elevators with selectable floors.
- Interactive NPC's that walk around and speak to each other.
- Lots of cupboards/doors openable by force powers
- Lamps can be pulled down, crates can be force utilised.
- Healing bacta tanks.
- Keycard system whereby a card must be bought/found to access certain areas, like the lock key system in SP.
- A few others, secret areas/switch hunt and stuff.

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Map Installation : Extract the contents of the .zip (Atlantica.pk3) into your Jedi Academy/GameData/Base directory, and you're all set to go!
============================================================

IMPORTANT INFO FOR SERVER HOSTERS:
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THIS MAP CAN TAKE IN EXCESS OF 3 MINUTES TO LOAD FOR THOSE ON OLDER COMPUTERS. THEREFORE ANY SERVER WISHING TO RUN THIS MAP MUST HAVE 'SV_TIMEOUT' SET TO A
VALUE OF AT LEAST 500 (Or else clients that take longer than 2mins to load will get kicked automatically)

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//==================================//
//NOTES ON THE MAP: IMPORTANT!!!!!  //
//==================================//
//////////////////////////////////////

SETTING YOUR OWN ADMINISTRATION ROOM PASSWORD
=============================================

Please follow the tutorial included in this .ZIP file or read it at www.szicovii.com under tutorials.
The default password is 557752, starting from the door to the of the left of the central panel when facing it, and moving clockwise.


ATLANTICA_RPG
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This map is the RPG version of the map, which doesn't have any interactive NPC's to reduce server load and stress, but contains extra scripting.
This map contains the keycard system as well as the toolbox repair system and the credits system. So, if you want to play with these features, load this map!

ATLANTICA
=========
This map is the core(basic) map which does contain interactive NPC's but none of the advanced scripting found in the RPG version. This is for players
who desire a more FFA-themed experience, or clans who do not wish to play with the RPG features because they have their own mods which they can use instead.


==========
Known Bugs
==========

- In the long staircase with the rocky walls and the view of the ocean, you can see a small glimpse of another section of the map when looking 
  upwards out of the window.

- If you die/disconnect when participating in the Stealth VR training sessions the scripting system which governs these minigames will break
  and the map may need to be restarted. Of course, there's no way to die in here unless you kill yourself, so this is a very simple bug to avoid.
  Server admins can teleport/noclip into a broken VR training room and complete/fail the training to restart the scripts without needing a map restart.

- The elevator consoles can get out of sync with the elevator itself, but it was either this or make the consoles crush through the player, which isn't
  desireable. They will always fall back in sync, and only go out of sync rarely when blocked by the player.

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CREDITS
==========

- RoboPhred, Lugormod coder and the biggest inspiration for the extra scripting I did in this map. He's the brains behind most of the really cool stuff,
  like the keycode doors, repairable items and the passworded room, and also the whole 'Setting parms onto players' idea which enabled the credits system,
  the keycodes, and also the repairable items with a toolbox. additionally, it was his method that enabled the resetting of parms on the player so that when
  they die, the credits e.t.c are reset. Without you Robo, this map wouldn't be what it is today. I'm sure you'll be unimpressed by my extensive use of 
  unnecessary target_scriptrunners, the position of the lift and my less-than-liberal use of parms, but the job got done in the end :D 
  Thank you so much!

- Xa'o Zalei for helping with the design, concept work and theme progression throughout the development of this project! I orignally wanted to blow you up
  with my Death Star for 'persuading' me into making this map for you, but in the end it was a fantastic experience for me, and you know that this map
  would also not exist without your tireless input and contribution. Thanks!

- ::JEDI:: logo created by Jared Quell and Ctathos Ederoi, textured by Jared Quell
- ::JEDI:: Video and Space Simulation video by Shimi Zaki
- Original Skybox created by Caboosium.
- NAB622/Lassev for other contributions to script debugging.
- HOUHOU - Teleporter effect based on FFVII's Cure magic.

Beta Testers
-------------
Szico VII
Xa'o Zalei
Caboosium (G-Jay)
Azenin
Tulak Hord
vmandrake
Master Ryan
Aayla
Madcatmach2
MrSwishy
Nozyspy
Killerx20
Isla Kamamee
Maverick
SapientWisp
NaiSmith
Darth Parrot
SMoKE
JimmyJimmy
CarolRady
Juggernut
Ctathos
Averus Retruthan

==========
Clan Notes
==========

WRITTEN BY: Xa'o Zalei
MSN/E-Mail: catsmeow17@msn.com
X-Fire: xaodarkhaven

I would like to personally thank Szico VII for all of his help the past year and a bit making this map.
He is a stand up guy and a wonderful person.  I asked him way back if he would make a small map on a small star Wars planet 
and it turned into one of the best maps I have ever seen for JKA.  So for that, thank you for everything Szico.  You are 
amazing.

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IMPORTANT!!!!
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Made for ::JEDI::
www.jediholo.net

NO ELEMENTS OF THIS MAP CAN BE EDITED/RIPPED! 
SOURCE FILES CAN BE DOWNLOADED SEPERATELY!

(You can however use them for learning purposes, or get my permission if you want to publish edited files. I have nothing against you editing these files 
for your own progress, but releasing wihtout my consent will result in certain death lol!)

If you want to use any of these, ask me first!

===========================================================	
THIS MODIFICATION IS NOT MADE, DISTRIBUTED, OR SUPPORTED BY ACTIVISION, RAVEN, OR LUCASARTS ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY LLC. ELEMENTS TM & (c) LUCASARTS ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY LLC AND/OR ITS LICENSERS.
===========================================================

~Szico VII~

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