A Beam Too Far

A Beam Too Far

Postby HMW » Sun Sep 23, 2012 1:05 pm

The second installment in the Sendificate series.
Like the first part, difficulty is medium/hard; no ninja-skills required.

If you have not played the first map yet, I strongly recommend that you do so before attempting this one.
Link: post69888.html#p69888


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You can download the source files for this map from my website.


Credits::

Beta testing: josepezdj, sicklebrick

Sound effects:
* Waterfall.aif by ignotus -- http://www.freesound.org/people/ignotus/sounds/14779/
* waterfall_cycle.wav by martats -- http://www.freesound.org/people/martats/sounds/127840/


Update v3:
* Improved model for the sendificator (design is the same; just added some detail and improved texture space usage)
* Solved bug where playing this map after the first Sendificate map, caused some models to appear white.

Update v2:
* reworked the area with the cube platform in the last puzzle;
* fixed an unintended solution for the last puzzle;
* added some portal placement guides near the laser in the second chamber;
* removed unneeded physics barrier from exit door (thanks Felix!);
* minor lighting tweaks to the power-off state of the last chamber.


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Re: [SP] A Beam Too Far

Postby josepezdj » Sun Sep 23, 2012 1:36 pm

First 5/5 from me! :notworthy:

I love it. :D My favourite part is the dark version of the final chamber the first time you enter it and it all is switched off. Impeccable atmosphere with the music and the lighting, so scary... Well... I also loved the waterfall part, absolutely amazing!

Thanks for creating :thumbup:
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Re: [SP] A Beam Too Far

Postby FelixGriffin » Sun Sep 23, 2012 3:42 pm

Woo! New Sendificator map!

Unfortunately P2 is acting up again so I haven't even played the beta version. :( Oh well, maybe today I'll get it working.
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Re: [SP] A Beam Too Far

Postby UsCobra11 » Sun Sep 23, 2012 5:16 pm

Well, that was amazing.
I loved the entire part of navigating the powerless chambers and finding the switch. When I entered the waterfall area my jaw dropped. Another amazing piece of work from you. Good job!
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Re: [SP] A Beam Too Far

Postby marKiu » Sun Sep 23, 2012 5:39 pm

Brilliant work! Absolutely stunning visuals and atmosphere! 5/5

I found out that the white texture in those holes is portable. I was expecting an easter egg when I entered the portal but I was stuck :O

I don't know if you did this intendedly but when I try to beam a cube inside the exit area it gets fizzled. That was kind of confusing at the start because I thougt a beamed cube can't pass fizzlers. That messed up the puzzle a bit. And why is there a second button to activate the beam? Only for the lazy players? :P
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Re: [SP] A Beam Too Far

Postby grayarea » Mon Sep 24, 2012 6:15 am

I've only had time for a brief play so far but this thing looks incredible! A work of art! 5/5!
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Re: [SP] A Beam Too Far

Postby ChickenMobile » Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:07 am

This. Map. Was. Awesome.

HMW, you never cease to amaze.
I have to say that the puzzles were incredibly thought out and there wasn't a dull moment.

A hint for those who get a little stuck on the last puzzle: remember the trick you learned in the first chamber.

Visuals = awesome. Waterfall = awesome. BTS puzzle = awesome. Hints to solve BTS puzzle = awesome. Posters and custom textures in BTS = awesome. Progressive learning = awesome. That platform with the fizzlers in the last chamber = meh.

5/5 (you win)

This map took me 53 minutes and 43 seconds to solve (relatively late at night).
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Re: [SP] A Beam Too Far

Postby Xtreger » Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:38 am

This is one of the very few maps on this site that I think are worthy of the perfect 5.00, as in five point zero zero...

I think you should get the privilege of directly uploading your maps to the community spotlight section :lol:
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Re: [SP] A Beam Too Far

Postby Mr Waterhandle » Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:04 pm

Already commented on the workshop file for the two minor things I saw.

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Re: [SP] A Beam Too Far

Postby HMW » Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:47 pm

Thanks for all those nice comments! This map was a lot of work, so I'm very happy reading this!

Of course it wouldn't feel right if there weren't some bugs and small things to tweak. :) I'll get cracking on that soon.

FelixGriffin wrote:
Unfortunately P2 is acting up again so I haven't even played the beta version. :( Oh well, maybe today I'll get it working.

Man, that sucks! I hope you get it fixed soon.

marKiu wrote:
I found out that the white texture in those holes is portable. I was expecting an easter egg when I entered the portal but I was stuck :O

Thanks for alerting me to that! That is indeed just a plain white texture that is portal-enabled, aparently. A fact that I stupidly didn't think to try out before using it.
(Can't use a real skybox texture because the lighting is different.)

marKiu wrote:
I don't know if you did this intendedly but when I try to beam a cube inside the exit area it gets fizzled. That was kind of confusing at the start because I thougt a beamed cube can't pass fizzlers. That messed up the puzzle a bit. And why is there a second button to activate the beam? Only for the lazy players? :P

It should only fizzle when it falls into the water. Which should happen always, if you try to sneak a cube in there the wrong way. Also remember that the cube's destination is a small distance back from the endpoint of the beam. If you try to beam a cube just past a fizzler, it may end up just barely touching it.

The primary reason for the second button is, that I originally had another way in mind for getting the first cube across on the platform. This involved parking the lens cube on the light bridge, so the player needed another button "at hand" on that side of the room.
(The other, faraway button is obviously there as a hint for the final step.)

ChickenMobile wrote:
That platform with the fizzlers in the last chamber = meh.

Well, I tried the other option of surrounding it with glass. That just looked ugly and cramped, so I went with fizzlers. (They are there to prevent discourage cube tossing.)
I'm still thinking of a better design for those "point emitters" though.

Mr Waterhandle wrote:
Already commented on the workshop file for the two minor things I saw.

HMW, if I was a girl, I would be your Portal 2 mapper groupie, the kind that would do your dishes for you.

Thanks! I replied to your comments in the workshop.
And, although I don't own a dishwasher, I'm sorta happy that people don't know where I live. :D
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Re: [SP] A Beam Too Far

Postby FelixGriffin » Mon Sep 24, 2012 5:31 pm

You could make a trigger on the platform that enables some fizzlers if a cube comes at it... :twisted:
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Re: [SP] A Beam Too Far

Postby Lpfreaky90 » Tue Sep 25, 2012 12:25 pm

5.00/5.00
10 points for Gryffindor etc.
Amazing work! Great puzzles, great visuals, great test elements.

Simply amazing.
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Re: [SP] A Beam Too Far

Postby quatrus » Tue Sep 25, 2012 2:19 pm

HMW, absolutely brilliant - another outstanding map that only requires thought. Nice to see the use of the sendificator in another map, so many times new effects/tools are created and then never used again. Clever twist with the glass...!
Enjoyed hunting through the decayed environment to find the power switch, and then getting back to use it...very logical... thanks for another excellent creation. The waterfall - pure joy to see...
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Re: [SP] A Beam Too Far

Postby Habzs » Wed Sep 26, 2012 5:04 am

This was one of the few puzzles in awhile that I had to stop and think. Nice work with the aesthetics and puzzle.
My favourite part, was finding the switch and powering the chamber, as well as the waterfall.
Good job! Definitely a 5/5 from me.
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Re: [SP] A Beam Too Far

Postby portal2tenacious » Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:09 pm

UsCobra11 wrote:
When I entered the waterfall area my jaw dropped.

Words cannot describe how amazing this map was. I loved it all and will probably never see a map as good as this as long as I live. Thank you so much for making this map.
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