Finally throwing out Halathon

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Post Jul 2nd '12, 11:10

Awesome! Love how the menus look, makes me want to crush ice with my teeth for some reason!
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Mavrik
Sweden

Post Jul 2nd '12, 20:15

I WANNA PLAY!!!

Will any solo maps come with the demo?
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Destiny
TEXAS

Post Jul 2nd '12, 23:09

Destiny wrote:I WANNA PLAY!!!

Will any solo maps come with the demo?


without a proper storyline? I doubt it. I could try to re-create the pillar of autumn levels from the original Halo i guess but I'm not sure if I wanna invest time and effort into a complete Halo plot clone... I wanna give Halathon some originality after all.
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thedoctor45

Post Jul 3rd '12, 07:25

That's a pleasant surprise. I don't even remember what I contributed in the way of scripting. [MTongue]
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Crater Creator

Post Jul 3rd '12, 15:18

Crater Creator wrote:That's a pleasant surprise. I don't even remember what I contributed in the way of scripting. [MTongue]


haha, well you were in fishman's credits so you must've done something. [MUp]
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thedoctor45

Post Jul 3rd '12, 19:25

Ok, so make original solo maps! XD

I don't care if there's some full scenario that comes with. What I'm trying to get at is that I wanna see Halathon in action for solo, being able to see how everything runs (such as the soldiers with the ARs!).
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Destiny
TEXAS

Post Jul 3rd '12, 20:22

Those menus are looking great. Really good job.

And Crater- You're only in there cos I was told to put you in there by someone a long time ago- I don't know who said it, but I'm sure you did something. Oh well xD.
Fishman92

Post Jul 3rd '12, 21:12

I'm hoping that at the end, our military Mjolnir Mark IV meets Master Chief and tells him: "I am your Father"

Sorry, did I spoil the ending? [MGrin]
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ukimalefu

Post Jul 4th '12, 06:10

ukimalefu wrote:I'm hoping that at the end, our military Mjolnir Mark IV meets Master Chief and tells him: "I am your Father"

Sorry, did I spoil the ending? [MGrin]

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President People

Post Jul 8th '12, 22:24

Crater, maybe you were the one that wrote some of the lua script that Solra didn't remember writing?
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TychoVII
Pittsburgh, PA

Post Jul 9th '12, 05:56

I went back into my private messages from 2 years ago and found this:


'Fishman92' wrote:
'Me' wrote:
'Fishman92' wrote:I gather you did some of the scripting for halathon, yeah?
If so I will credit you/
Thanks, fish.

Yeah, I did a lot of chatting back and forth with TychoVII, especially on how to implement things with lua. I wasn't really expecting to be credited, but I'd say it would be appropriate to include me. I actually didn't know you'd picked up the torch; thanks for taking the effort to track down earlier contributors. [MSmile]


Kk, thanks. Do you know who was on the original haathon team and if so can you send me names?


So I'll go with what I said then. The project has come so far, it just seems like ages ago when you and I were discussing it, which is why it's hard for me to remember who did what.
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Crater Creator

Post Jul 9th '12, 19:14

Can people make 3rd party content (solo) for Halathon? Thought I'd ask and throw the idea out on the table.
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Destiny
TEXAS

Post Jul 10th '12, 16:59

You can try to create solo maps if you want but I can't guarantee that they will be added to the demo - there's nothing to say against releasing them as a separate download though.
If you want to joint the team as a mapper then you're welcome ofc. You'll have to work under the critical observation of two notorious perfectionsists however so be warned ^^.
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thedoctor45

Post Aug 15th '12, 17:12

Sorry again for the long absence of updates - things are not progressing as quickly as I'd like them to because other projects have kinda hijacked my spare time so I had to put Halathon on temporary hold but I'm positive the demo will be out before the end of this year - in the meantime have a few more sceenshots:

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Credits for the amazing fleatingX HUD go to Hopper and TychoVII.

I'll try to post a short video featuring some ingame action as soon as possible.
take care
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thedoctor45

Post Aug 15th '12, 17:20

Fantastic work guys. Good job.
Fishman92

Post Aug 15th '12, 17:32

OMG! The Puma! I mean, The Warthog!
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ukimalefu

Post Aug 15th '12, 19:08

OMG! That looks too cool to possibly be Marathon!!!

Hmm... it would be interesting if you were fighting xenomorphs in those hallways...
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Destiny
TEXAS

Post Aug 16th '12, 10:11

Everything's looking great except for differential shading. It's looking a bit flat.

I can also see you're trying for some realistic lighting effects, but that's a slippery slope with this engine. It can sometimes be done and look good, but only if it's done just right. I think the best solution given what I'm looking at is to have a special texture showing light gradation just for that ceiling light.

I don't remember Halo well, so maybe you're being faithful here with the X-shaped light pattern? If so, I would at least take it off the floor.

Keep up the good work!
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Ares Ex Machina

Post Aug 16th '12, 12:24

Ares Ex Machina wrote:Everything's looking great except for differential shading. It's looking a bit flat.

I can also see you're trying for some realistic lighting effects, but that's a slippery slope with this engine. It can sometimes be done and look good, but only if it's done just right. I think the best solution given what I'm looking at is to have a special texture showing light gradation just for that ceiling light.

I noticed the same, but I think that that's how Halo looks.
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gmanyo

Post Aug 16th '12, 13:07

differential shading is easier to implement when you have a single primary light source (such as the sun) whereas in the small UNSC ship corridors you have multiple small light sources instead that are supposed to provide a homogenously lit athmospere so it's more difficult. The shading in the original Halo levels was pretty weak as well iirc but I'll try do make it a bit more distinct.
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thedoctor45

Post Aug 16th '12, 13:09

You may think it looks "flat" for Halo, but it looks AWESOME for Marathon.

If it can be improved, great, but I wouldn't change anything.
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ukimalefu

Post Aug 16th '12, 13:12

The shading looks pretty good to me.
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treellama
Pittsburgh

Post Aug 16th '12, 13:31

Works well for what it is. It doesn't have strong differential shading, but it's glow-ey future halo world, not dark, dystopian Marathon world. It works well for the intended aesthetic.
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gmanyo

Post Aug 16th '12, 14:22

Just looking at it, it amazes me. Can't wait to actually try this out.


Wait.... Are those angles on the wall?
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Post Aug 16th '12, 14:47

If it looks good, and you can tell where things are, you don't really need differential shading anyway. The technique is primarily to cover for bad texturing jobs.
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