This is a project that is an attempt to revitalize the sandbox gamemode and allow for greater possibilities in all other gamemodes.
Coming off of an idea from the ‘Post your current WIP’ thread from screenshots is where this started.
The idea to make maps bigger…or at least proportionally so. Due to sources many arbitrary limits, it simply is not possible to make a map past 31k size on X/Y without sacrificing stability of the engine. However, rather than make the maps bigger, we can make the players smaller. The price of doing this however is having to completely remake models at 1/4th scale, as well as scale back physics to 1/4. Mappers will have to also scale back texture sizes and brushes to accommodate the new ‘smaller’ players. However, this brings so much potential to not only sandbox, but also RP and other game modes that prefer larger maps.
There are some drawbacks, however.
Carrying through with this project requires a lot of dedication and a lot of support from content makers alike.
Though myself and a friend already have a sample script and a sample map done, we are just in the beginning stages of what this project hopes to succeed. We still need models to be scaled down, or new gmod compatible lua functions to scale things appropriately in real time as well as accommodate for the fact the player is smaller (different player camera, different aim positions, etc). Mappers will also have to create their maps at a 1/4 scale to make things appear ‘normal’. Coders of addons would be suggested to make things scale-able to fit properly.
What we will gain from this -
-overall smaller download sizes
-seemingly larger maps, by proportion
-A new take on mapping for gmod
-A new outlook for game modes that desire large maps
What is already done -
-A sample map
-A working script, which ‘overlays’ onto any gamemode
What is needed -
-More coders, specifically for new glua functions
-Support from the mapping community
-Resized models , specifically their collision boxes (or a way to do in real time via code)
If anyone would like to take part or is able to contribute, please post and offer up what you can. Together we can make gmod better.