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Old 24-01-18, 21:01   #1
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Ladies and gentlemen, i want to present you my current project:





A chinese tale tells of an emperor who ordered the most skilled crafters to make him a magnificient mask made entirely of jade. This mask symbolized his power as a ruler.
Before dying, he made his servants place the mask in a special temple in the mountains. This temple could only be opened by 3 special stone keys, which were scattered in various places of the world.
In addition, deadly traps and magical guardians were placed inside the temple to ensure no one would ever get the mask.
Lara wants to get it, but there are others that also want it. She knows that a group of bandits have recovered one of the keystones, and they have it in their hideout in the italian city of Pescara. That's her first destination.




1- Pescara ---> Completed!
2- Bandit's Hideout ---> 90% Done, detailing needed
3- Underwater Base
4- Sunken Ruins
5- Snowy Mountain Complex
6- Ice Temple
7- Chinese Mountains
8- Temple of The Mask

This is the initial plan, it may change later.



This is the main one, i only have this done. What do you think? The boots are black now instead of brown. There will be 2 more, one for the cold weather and the other for underwater environtments. I will update the section when ( and if ) i get to building the respective levels.


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Okay, this is a big project. Lots of levels, i know! I want to end building for TR2 with a bang, but i hope i'm not being too ambitious... It will likely take me a looong time, knowing how slow and methodical i am, but i have no rush!

If you have played my other 2 levels, you know what to expect, generally. As much variety as possible, no excessive backtracking, camera hints where needed, traps galore, balanced combat, etc. I will try to mantain the quality, hopefully elevate it. One area i will try to improve upon is the puzzles, i seem to have problems creating good ones.

The patch that Arsunt is working on: thread is crucial to the completion of this set. It will let me have a much bigger amount of textures in the future, which is amazing! I'm really excited about this.
Without the patch i don't think it's possible to complete, judging by the problems i have had in the past 2 projects.

To not make the wait before screenshots too long though, i will temporarily texture and illuminate selected areas when i have them ready.

Right now i'm gathering ideas for the levels. Funnily enough, i don't exactly know how to begin the first level but i know what to do to start the second. Making an interesting city level is going to be tough. I can say that i want to use the famous Venice boat in there.

Thanks to the wonderful work Arsunt has done so far, i can have colored health and oxigen bars, widescreen FOV, extended view and fog distance and waving inventory background.
About the backgrounds, i thought that it would be cool to have thematic backgrounds depending on the location. This is the proposed one for the first level:



Do you like the idea? Or should i just use the traditional red tapestry background?

I have already done the new main menu screen:



Unfortunately it doesn't look as good as the original because the image must have 8 bit color depth, but i still think it looks nice.


And that's it for now, i hope you like it so far!
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Old 25-01-18, 00:09   #2
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Looks lovely so far, and I adore her gold top.

I still need to play your previous custom level too. Probably going to do that tonight.
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Old 25-01-18, 09:34   #3
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Ooooh nice.
Never played any "classic" custom levels that use TR1-3

I'd love to learn how myself but I wouldn't know where to start.
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Old 25-01-18, 18:30   #4
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Looks lovely so far, and I adore her gold top.

I still need to play your previous custom level too. Probably going to do that tonight.
Thank you! Glad you like the outfit, that main menu image took a lot of time to make.
I hope you enjoy my previous level.

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Ooooh nice.
Never played any "classic" custom levels that use TR1-3

I'd love to learn how myself but I wouldn't know where to start.
Playing TR2/3 customs is super easy. You just download them from trle.net, extract and play. If you haven't setup TR2 or 3, the setup menu comes up automatically.


Update: Yay, finally i have come with an idea on how to start the adventure.
But i have a small problem. I wanted to start the game without the shotgun, but unfortunately the only option is using the "remove all weapons and ammo" in the script, which also removes the standard pistols. I added the pistols manually to the inventory, but when you start the level you cannot use Space to automatically use them, you have to go to the menu. Would that be a problem?
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Old 26-01-18, 19:30   #5
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It's great to see a long TR2 adventure in development and a very promising one! I like the new outfit and the font, not so sure about the inventory background but hey, it's your project !

I know how to make you start with nothing but the pistols (you can add the medipacks and the flares with the script if you like), just make the game start in a different level than the first one that was what happened in TR2Gold when you could select any level but only in the first one you appear with the initial items.

In the script where it sais "Play Level 1", put "Play Level 2", but you have to leave the first level blank in the levels description instead of deleting it (you won't be able to play it of course, and there is no need for the .tr2 file for that level). And in the scripts commands, script#2 and script#3 are for the first and second level, they both need to have the exact same scripts (mostly the background soundtrack and secrets reward, because if they are different, they'll change when you reload the level).
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I know how to make you start with nothing but the pistols (you can add the medipacks and the flares with the script if you like), just make the game start in a different level than the first one that was what happened in TR2Gold when you could select any level but only in the first one you appear with the initial items.

In the script where it sais "Play Level 1", put "Play Level 2", but you have to leave the first level blank in the levels description instead of deleting it (you won't be able to play it of course, and there is no need for the .tr2 file for that level). And in the scripts commands, script#2 and script#3 are for the first and second level, they both need to have the exact same scripts (mostly the background soundtrack and secrets reward, because if they are different, they'll change when you reload the level).
Thank you i didn't think of that! I'm going to try doing that.

Update: I don't know what i did wrong last time i tried, but using space now autoequips the pistols without having to edit the script XD.
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Old 01-02-18, 01:19   #7
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Talking New enemies!

Not a lot to show still. I have been spending quite a lot of time making edits to the standard Venice mercenaries. Here's my edited ones:



Do you like them? I removed the Bartoli signs from their arms, will also have to remove the sign from the cap the stick mercenary wears. And i had to edit the skin colour because the original ones look like Trump relatives with the orange skin!



Quick bonus edit for fun:





Now i will finally begin to build the beginning area, and stop messing around with the enemy meshes.
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Great to hear you are working on something big.

I wish you good luck I'm sure you will do great work as always. Sad to hear this will be your last TR2 . Maybe you'll continue when the Tomb Editor is fully developed

Unfortunately TR2 engine has not much possibilities to create new puzzles.....
Keys, switches, pushable boxes and timed runs is all you have. The original game consisted of find key, switch and push box
It's main focus were the enemies.
Trying to build new puzzles for TR2 is not easy to implement.



The venice gunmen are one of my favorite baddies. I love their creepy smile and their two behavior types: The rusher and the sniper

Well, done your character customization.
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Great to hear you are working on something big.
I wish you good luck I'm sure you will do great work as always.
Well, done your character customization.
Thank you!

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Sad to hear this will be your last TR2 . Maybe you'll continue when the Tomb Editor is fully developed

Unfortunately TR2 engine has not much possibilities to create new puzzles.....
Keys, switches, pushable boxes and timed runs is all you have. The original game consisted of find key, switch and push box
Well, the point of having one last project for TR2 is those limitations, both for movements and puzzle elements.
If i learn TRLE/NG i could do more varied things in the future, and also mimic the TR2/3 style. Unfortunately, a lot of things are involved for that and i'm hesitant at the moment, so i'm using Dxtre which i'm familiar with and build a final big homage to this great game.

It's true that there are very few elements, there's not even that much puzzles in old TR games. What can be done is using those limited options in interesting/engaging ways which is what i will try.
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Okay, even with it's limitations I will stay at this engine.
Maybe I will try a TR3 level this year.
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