Due to a clerical error at General Realty Network (GRN), a plot of land was contracted to both RED and BLU concurrently. Not wanting to take the issue to court (Yosemite Legal Workers (YLW) tend to have really boring courts), they instead took it to the battlefield.
1fort takes the idea of two enemy bases built absurdly close to one another a step further by actually housing them in the same building. The two teams' intelligence offices are separated by a single pane of indestructible bulletproof glass, so your goal is within eyesight from the get-go.
The battle plays out at dusk in the middle of a dense forest, and works best with mid to large-sized teams.
CTF can be a fun game mode, but I feel that many players have grown tired of it in TF2 due to the lack of new and innovative maps that allow players to do more than sit behind sentries and wait for the enemies to show up. CP and Payload maps are far more popular on the majority of servers I've visited, so I decided to build a CTF map that attempts to incorporate the type of fluid attack/defend movement found in those game modes.
The exterior design promotes a circular gameplay model as opposed to the back-and-forth which is typical of most CTF maps. Additionally, three main routes between bases allow each team greater opportunities to attack and defend their designated zones while discouraging turtling as a main defensive strategy.
-added sewer entry hatch model
-changed game mode to payload (user request)
-built a pile of rocks
-dug a tunnel
-changed game mode back to ctf
-added some new signs and textures
-changed tree model in courtyard
-outdoor soundscape more night-like (hoot-hoo!)
-raised player clip ceiling outside
-decreased size of ammo pack on balcony
-added bridge model to sewer
-intel window no longer breakable while a round is in progress
-do not feed the bears
-all around detailing
I'd like to see more light in the map. TF2 is a brighter game then CS or Halo which is more of the vibe I'm getting here. I wish it felt warmer.
Also maybe a more original name since it gives the impression that this is a remix of 2fort. Maybe something more like flag_next_door or neighbors or 1_base. But 1fort is just too close too 2fort and people might look at the map expecting similarities to it.
PS. I love that glass by the intel. Makes sentry camping just a bit harder. And you know how much I hate sentries. >
Thanks to all of you that checked 1fort out at gameday this afternoon. I apologize for not being present, but I did watch the demo, so I'd like to address some of the comments you guys had.
First of all, I was surprised at all the positive reactions. The group that played seemed to catch on to the layout a lot faster than the guys on the server I usually test on. As for the lighting, version a4 was released shortly after the sniper/spy update, so I hadn't had a chance to properly tune the new night atmosphere from the old skybox I was working with.
There wasn't much turtling in the couple rounds played today, but I attribute that to the fact that most of you were spending time checking out the map rather than wrenching a gun in a corner for fifteen minutes. I'm considering removing the spawn door on the second floor that leads towards the intel room because it seems to make it too easy to camp the intel and rebuild sentries. Design that prefers the defenders in CTF is one of the things that makes the gametype largely less exciting than the others, so I'm seeking all means to give attackers the edge regarding getting around defenses.
I haven't come up with a solution for a good teleporter entrance spot yet, but the little alcove next to the first floor spawn and the second floor balcony seem to be popular places. Teams can really benefit from a forward base in 1fort, so this is something I want to improve. I don't play much engineer, so any Pro Engie advice on the matter would be appreciated.
I'd love to implement breaking the window for post-round humiliation (I've been trying to get it to work since version a2), but so far the best I can seem to do is have it break for sudden death, which I'm doing away with in favor of stalemate. If anyone can help me figure it out, I've posted a thread on the subject right here.
The next release will be b1, so it's (hopefully) mostly aesthetic and optimization changes from here on out, save for a few tweaks to walls and significant models.
I only know of two servers that have 1fort on rotation/nominate list, so please give me a heads up if you decide to put this on your server so I can learn how it fares in a more public environment.