MP_CHECKPOINT - Axis Rail Checkpoint Return to Castle Wolfenstein MP Map
Game Types Supported: MP, SW Suggested Players: 4-8 per team Default Round time: 10 minutes
Overview: Allied forces are attempting to determine the location of a weapons train carrying V2 rockets by stealing a logbook from an Axis rail checkpoint.
1 - Steal the Logbook containing details of the weapons trains wherabouts from the Checkpoint Office. 2 - Get to the Radio Room and transmit the Logbook information to HQ. 3 - Destroy the Damaged Wall to capture the South Annex. 4 - Breach the Maintenance Access Door to create a route through the main checkpoint buildings to the Office.
1 - Prevent the Allies from stealing the Logbook from the Checkpoint Office. 2 - Stop the Allies before they transmit the Logbook information. 3 - Defend the Damaged Wall of the South Annex. 4 - Stop the Allies from breaching the Maintenance Access Door.
Extract mp_checkpoint.pk3 to \main in your Wolfenstein folder.
Author: Andrew Palmer (than) Email: andyp_123[AT]vodafone[DOT]net Website: than.spawnpoint.org
Release: 15/05/2005 Build Time: Ages Compile Time: 2 hours or so Build Machine: My work pc (2.2ghz, 512mb) New Textures: A few minor things. The loading screen and objective pics had a lot of work put into them. Brushes: Lots Bugs: The Allied forward spawn points don't work in RTCW versions prior to 1.32. Source included: Yes, look in the \maps directory in the .pk3 - maybe you could fix the bugs for me ;) ...or convert level to work with ET.
Thanks: Grey Matter, Nerve, id Software - for making such a cool game Splash Damage - for inspiration in the form of Enemy Territory (awesome work, guys) GTK Radiant Team - for making a very good editor. The mod community - for new maps, mods, tools etc. and generally driving everything forward. You are all great :) Porn - for being there when I needed you most I'd also like to thank anyone or anything else that has helped in any way. THANKS!
This is my first Q3 engine level, and possibly my last. It's also going to be the last level I build without having a very thorough plan beforehand. Too often I will build an area of a map without having any real idea of what is going to come next, and so the map ends up being a bit of a mess, and takes me longer to build. From now on, I plan ahead!
The base of this level is a small test map I made when applying for a job at Splash Damage a long time ago (they were still making Enemy Territory, I think the SP portion had just been canned.) The test consisted of the service shed, and cliffside rail tracks and was less detailed. I'm surprised I even got an interview :)
The rest of the level was built later. Some of it was made a while after I started at Rebellion (Late 2003), and most of it was made in the past month to mark my leaving Rebellion (mid 2005.) Because of the aforementioned lack of planning, a lot of the stuff I made for the level was scrapped, and some of the final thing I'm still unhappy with.
Because of the way I built the map (all the buildings in one room, under one sky) there are a few problems with visibility. I think this could be fixed by knowing what the heck one is doing when it comes to placing hints. I don't know enough about hints to place them for efficient portal generation :( Still, it generally runs about as well as some of the Official Wolf MP maps.
I narrowly avoided disaster after releasing this map with very dark lighting. I had a quick playtest at work, and found that the level was near pitch black on everyone else's machines. I've managed to get Q3map2 working properly now, so I recompiled the level with increased gamma settings. It looks fine in-game with r_gamma 1.3, but I still prefer how it looks with 2. I decided not to brighten the map further because it will spoil the map for those with bright monitors, such as myself. Generally I find pictures too dark if the monitor is old and shit, or if you try and run stuff in too high a resolution.
For anyone that cares/was wondering, I made this map RTCW only, despite the release of ET because I don't play either anymore, and setting up the gameplay in ET is a lot more complicated. The level also looks worse next to the ET maps (which are awesome) than the RTCW multiplayer maps :)
The roq files was a massive pain in the arse to make. I couldn't get the cl_avidemo command to work, so I ended up just making all the frames in photoshop myself. Whilst I was half way through doing this, I realised that I could have just used FRAPS. What a fucking nightmare >:( Still, I think it gives my roq a touch of personality compared to the usual stuff. Same goes for my loading screen.
I wish I had used better shots for the roq, since I decided not to use it for the overview in the end. It's done now, it was really annoying, and I'm not doing it again, when only server admins will ever see it.
I hope people notice the small touches I have added to my map. There are a couple of Rebellion in-jokes, so most people won't appreciate them :/
Compiling this on my home PC was a nightmare. I only have 256mb RAM, so q3map was doing a lot of disk -accessing, which slowed things down a LOT - VIS took over 16 hours for instance. Luckily, I was able to compile on my work pc, which has 512mb RAM, and didn't need to use the windows swap file. Vis only took about an hour.
As a note to myself, and anyone who wishes to edit the included source map, my compile settings were as follows:
q3map2.exe -game wolf -fs_game main -fs_basepath f:\games\return~1 -meta f:\games\return~1\main\maps\mp_checkpoint_FINAL.map q3map2.exe -game wolf -fs_game main -fs_basepath f:\games\return~1 -vis -saveprt f:\games\return~1\main\maps\mp_checkpoint_FINAL.map q3map2.exe -game wolf -fs_game main -fs_basepath f:\games\return~1 -light -super 2 -gamma 1.25 -filter f:\games\return~1\main\maps\mp_checkpoint_FINAL.map
The Q3map2 version I used was 2.5.16 (2004-10-18)
This level is copyright 2005, Andrew Palmer
You MAY NOT in ANY way make any profit off this map. The only people allowed to do so are the authors of the game that it is for use with (explicitly id Software, Nerve and Grey Matter.)
You MAY distribute this level in any FREE channel, such as the internet, a network, via email etc. You MAY use this level as a base to build additional levels, but please give me some credit for any of my work that you use.
You MAY NOT use this level as a reason for growing hair of any kind. This also includes the wearing of false hair including, but not limited to wigs, false beards, moustaches, eyebrows and murkins.
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