Ns_shiva

moultanomoultano Creator of ns_shiva. Join Date: 2002-12-14 Member: 10806Members, NS1 Playtester, Contributor, Constellation, NS2 Playtester, Squad Five Blue, Reinforced - Shadow, WC 2013 - Gold, NS2 Community Developer, Pistachionauts Posts: 4,219 Advanced user
edited July 2005 in Mapping Forum
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An interstellar corporation the size of Omnicore requires a huge number of administrative decisions to be made every second. Resources need to be allocated, ships scheduled, personnel assigned, product distributed, all in the profit maximizing amounts. The entity responsible for this is known as Shiva, which is thought to be the most powerful supercomputer in the galaxy. The whereabouts of this computer are a tightly guarded secret since it would otherwise become a frequent target for attack from Omnicore?s competitors. All information about it is strictly confidential. Even the name Shiva may be the result of custom rather than an actual official name. Very frequently, orders percolate through the company in cryptic impersonal messages that arrive at any time in maximum priority digital readouts. At every point in the chain of command there are orders that have no accountable source. Confused employees come questioning to their superiors who are just as befuddled, but those who wish to retain their jobs at Omnicore quickly learn to follow these orders whenever they arrive. As a result the controlling force behind the company has attained mythical status, and has been likened to the Hindu god Shiva. It has the power of life and death over the humans in its charge, and its gigantic allocation plans called to mind images of the ?Lord of the Dance.?

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24 hours ago TSA command received a distress signal from a stationary vessel with an unknown UID. It is not registered in any national database or in any of the corporate databases that we can access. The transmission requested that the mission be kept as quiet as possible, and given the unusual situation, we?ve decided to comply. You should consider everything I?m about to tell you NDA Clearance 10. You were all picked because you have demonstrated a superior amount of professionalism in this regard in the past, and I expect it to continue. Those who are uncomfortable with this, please leave now.

Alright then. The NDA begins now.

The station we will be sending you to is located in sector 3586. As you will notice, unlike any ship infested before this, it is not in the Ariadne Arm. Thankfully there is a clear explanation, but this alone would be enough to make it the most important mission that most of you will ever be assigned.

Though it was not stated explicitly in the transmission, we suspect that the source of the transmission to be Shiva Station. Those of you who have worked for Omnicore before will already be familiar with its reputation. Everything we know about the background of the station can be found in your mission docs which will be sent out securely after this briefing. The Short version: Shiva Station contains the most powerful supercomputer in the galaxy.

The current situation is as follows. Two weeks ago an autonomous shuttle phased in to sector 3586 bringing a sample of some foreign material for direct analysis by the Shiva supercomputer. Shortly thereafter various systems began to malfunction, causing several allocation errors in Omnicore?s subsidiaries. The onboard technicians were woken from their cryosleep to investigate the problem as the Shiva entity was no longer considered stable enough to diagnose and fix it autonomously. From what we can tell it was one of those technicians who sent the distress signal. We do not expect any of them to have survived this long.

The video feeds we received clearly show that we are dealing with Kharaa, and indicate three primary areas of infestation. The sample analysis room has been most severely infected which is to be expected considering that it was the original source. The infection appears to have spread through a ventilation shaft to the primary datacore where the bacterium is feeding off of the heat from the storage units. From there it spread through the nanocoolant to the coolant processing pumps. We expect one of these three areas to reach hive critical mass in the next 24 hours.

Shiva Station is vital to the functioning of Omnicore, which is in turn vital to the galactic economy as a whole. Excellent performance in this mission could win us a strong ally in the Trans-System Council as well as substantial monetary compensation. I?ll expect all of you to be prepared to jump in 12 hours. Dismissed.

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  • Meat_PopsicleMeat_Popsicle Join Date: 2003-08-09 Member: 19254Members, Constellation Posts: 535
  • KalessinKalessin Join Date: 2003-06-20 Member: 17554Members, Constellation Posts: 154
    That looks amazing. I love that room with the conveyor belts and the robotic arms. Im glad you're so keen to get it finished quicky biggrin.gif
  • CobletCoblet Join Date: 2004-01-31 Member: 25803Members Posts: 365
    I like your hive biggrin.gif
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  • TequilaTequila Join Date: 2003-08-13 Member: 19660Members Posts: 3,022
    It's certainly looking very nice, just don't let us down on the gameplay side of things biggrin.gif.
  • DrunkenMonkeyDrunkenMonkey Join Date: 2003-05-09 Member: 16165Members, NS1 Playtester, Contributor, Constellation Posts: 365 Fully active user
    I love the look of this map.
    Can't wait to play it.
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  • WindelkronWindelkron Join Date: 2002-04-11 Member: 419Members Posts: 3,975
    on the third shot, It'd really be awesome to have some steam in those tunnels. After all, isn't the area called steam generation?
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  • SlayerXSlayerX Poland Join Date: 2004-03-01 Member: 27028Members Posts: 39
    Looks awesome man! Can't wait to play it biggrin.gif
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  • SkySky Join Date: 2004-04-23 Member: 28131Members Posts: 3,669
    mmm...purdy....
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  • Uh-OhUh-Oh Join Date: 2002-11-04 Member: 6917Members Posts: 262
  • Meat_PopsicleMeat_Popsicle Join Date: 2003-08-09 Member: 19254Members, Constellation Posts: 535
    u should get into professional level design, that really is top class stuff
  • OlmyOlmy Join Date: 2003-05-08 Member: 16142Members, NS1 Playtester, Contributor, NS2 Developer, NS2 Map Tester, Reinforced - Diamond Posts: 1,452 Advanced user
    I remember seeing those brilliant dark shots quite a while back and thought that the map had been discontinued. It's brilliant to see it's still going!
  • MrMojoMrMojo Join Date: 2002-11-25 Member: 9882Members, Constellation Posts: 3,950
    This is awesome.
  • bluemanblueman Join Date: 2002-04-09 Member: 399Members Posts: 1,258
    ya, amazing pics Moultano.
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  • Lt_GravityLt_Gravity Join Date: 2003-04-28 Member: 15909Members Posts: 1,594
    wow, very nice work. exspecially the second screenshot: tasty!
    I like the robotic arms, looks very hightech and fits ns perfectly.

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  • TOmekkiTOmekki Join Date: 2003-11-25 Member: 23524Members Posts: 2,254
    the first screenshot could use some spicing up... that "shiva station" monitor is a little repetitive, and the lighting could be a tad less... white. however, this is the only critique i can offer. other than that, truly amazing work.
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  • moultanomoultano Creator of ns_shiva. Join Date: 2002-12-14 Member: 10806Members, NS1 Playtester, Contributor, Constellation, NS2 Playtester, Squad Five Blue, Reinforced - Shadow, WC 2013 - Gold, NS2 Community Developer, Pistachionauts Posts: 4,219 Advanced user
    Thanks for the comments. Here is an updated view of the the current status of the map.
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    Its a bit different from the original plan but such things happen.

    I believe I am about 85% done with the geometry
  • CronosCronos Join Date: 2002-10-18 Member: 1542Members Posts: 1,823
    Just a slight suggestion, could you include a furnace room of some sort? Just as a hats off to Star Control 2 as there was a module in that game called the Shiva Furnace smile.gif

    Entirely optional though, you dont have to do a thing otherwise.

    By the way, my accountant informs me that you still need to pay me for the pance I have since lost as a result of looking at those screenshots. My solicitor informs me that you are in fact fully liable and court proceedings can and WILL ensue if the said pance are not delivered within the month good day.

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  • moultanomoultano Creator of ns_shiva. Join Date: 2002-12-14 Member: 10806Members, NS1 Playtester, Contributor, Constellation, NS2 Playtester, Squad Five Blue, Reinforced - Shadow, WC 2013 - Gold, NS2 Community Developer, Pistachionauts Posts: 4,219 Advanced user
  • CronosCronos Join Date: 2002-10-18 Member: 1542Members Posts: 1,823
    wow.gif

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  • SwiftspearSwiftspear Custim tital Join Date: 2003-10-29 Member: 22097Members Posts: 7,019
    QUOTE (moultano @ Jul 5 2004, 01:59 AM)
    Datacore Hive.
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    Where is the data held? wouldn't a data core be all full of computers and servers and what not? that looks more like a waste management plant or a reservoir, or maby a water treatment facility tounge.gif.
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  • frostymoosefrostymoose Join Date: 2003-09-12 Member: 20799Members Posts: 852
    oo...underwater RT...I hope it fries those pesky marine RTs.
  • TequilaTequila Join Date: 2003-08-13 Member: 19660Members Posts: 3,022
    Looks lovely, but why does every single NS hive have to have either the words "data" or "sewer" in? Get it changed smile.gif.
  • FullautoFullauto Join Date: 2004-06-27 Member: 29589Members Posts: 27
    QUOTE (Tequila @ Jul 6 2004, 05:59 PM)
    Looks lovely, but why does every single NS hive have to have either the words "data" or "sewer" in? Get it changed smile.gif.

    Because things like "Laundry Room" and "Gardening shed" don't sound cool wink.gif

    But, I agree. Think outside the box. Think "Septic tank", think "Refrigeration Area". Dare to be different smile.gif
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  • brute_forcebrute_force Join Date: 2003-10-04 Member: 21433Members, Constellation Posts: 1,616
    QUOTE (Fullauto @ Jul 7 2004, 12:44 AM)
    QUOTE (Tequila @ Jul 6 2004, 05:59 PM)
    Looks lovely, but why does every single NS hive have to have either the words "data" or "sewer" in? Get it changed smile.gif.

    Because things like "Laundry Room" and "Gardening shed" don't sound cool wink.gif

    But, I agree. Think outside the box. Think "Septic tank", think "Refrigeration Area". Dare to be different smile.gif

    Hahahaha, "Incoming to Gardening shed!"

    Though I agree. Perhaps some of the most overused locations in NS are "ventilation", "something access" (like Main Access Corridor), "data core" or "computer core", "maintenance", "processing", "cargo", etc.
  • moultanomoultano Creator of ns_shiva. Join Date: 2002-12-14 Member: 10806Members, NS1 Playtester, Contributor, Constellation, NS2 Playtester, Squad Five Blue, Reinforced - Shadow, WC 2013 - Gold, NS2 Community Developer, Pistachionauts Posts: 4,219 Advanced user
    Thanks for the comments. There isn't much of a crew on this station, just 6-8 technicians that get woken from cryosleep whenever there is a serious problem, so there aren't many locations that really make sense. I'm still open to suggestions though if you can come up with something else that means "datacore" or something related and rolls off the tongue. The idea in this shot is that the coolant pipes around the data storage units have ruptured massively and flooded the room and the infection spread from there to the coolant pumps. I haven't yet built the rupture for two reasons. Firstly I'm running low on clipnodes so I want to have everything made before I start adding more detail that's irrelevant to gameplay. Secondly, Those pipes just look to shiny to destroy. sad.gif

    I should note something about this room, there is a weldable in alien territory that lowers the water level to just below the platform, so this isn't permanently an alien only node.
  • LycanxLycanx Join Date: 2004-07-06 Member: 29758Members Posts: 12
    NICE MAP, CAn't wait :| It looks professional :|
  • SwiftspearSwiftspear Custim tital Join Date: 2003-10-29 Member: 22097Members Posts: 7,019
    Incoming TV room from Skatepark hive commando!!11!!
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  • Lt_GravityLt_Gravity Join Date: 2003-04-28 Member: 15909Members Posts: 1,594
    datacore hive:

    the two pipes coming out of one "pipe" does look wrong. either add some borders or make the upper pipe less pipelike ^^ (what a sentence...)

    and a the hivename is "continuity" within natural selection wink.gif

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  • VaratharVarathar Join Date: 2004-03-17 Member: 27382Members Posts: 83
    LOok's great! I mean it! smile.gif umm.. how about "pressure control" "water pressure control" ??
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  • CronosCronos Join Date: 2002-10-18 Member: 1542Members Posts: 1,823
    Inspiration!

    Coolant Liquefactor

    Just rolls off the tongue nicely...
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