Minimania - Drive on CS:S maps with remote controlled cars!

That’s right, the gamemode you’ve all been waiting for:


[h2]MINIMANIA![/h2]

The basic idea: drive on CS:S maps, race through checkpoints and finish first with tiny remote controlled cars! What I’ve got so far:
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[li]Tiny version of the jeep with an antenna attached to it![/li][li]Dynamic sound system: when the direction your car is pointing is different than the direction it is going, you’ll hear skidding sounds![/li][li]Clever map-edit system: define props & checkpoints in a lua file and have them automatically pop up in the map, basically being part of the map![/li][li]Checkpoints with fancy effects![/li][li]Auto-reset system: when you’re upside-down for an extended period of time, you’ll reset and you’ll be able to race on quickly![/li][li]Track marks on the ground when you’re drifting (temporarily disabled due to uglyness)[/li][li]And more![/li][/ul]
I’m currently testing this on gm_construct, but when everything works fine I’ll switch to CS:S maps.

You want screenshots? Here, have them in chronological order: (old to new)
[img_thumb]http://i.imgur.com/hNPo9.jpg[/img_thumb]
The beginnings. Still using a pushcart here instead of a tiny jeep. The ugly black scorches on the ground are supposed to be tire marks… but I disabled them later on because they were so atrocious.
[img_thumb]http://i.imgur.com/SnnqJ.jpg[/img_thumb]
[img_thumb]http://i.imgur.com/6Va7o.jpg[/img_thumb]
[img_thumb]http://i.imgur.com/JvQaH.jpg[/img_thumb]
[img_thumb]http://i.imgur.com/CQ8kb.jpg[/img_thumb]
[img_thumb]http://i.imgur.com/BkyXE.jpg[/img_thumb]

[img_thumb]http://i.imgur.com/AMhhE.png[/img_thumb]
The clever level-edit system I was talking about.

[img_thumb]http://i.imgur.com/uERXi.jpg[/img_thumb]
A revolution (:v:). I realized the pushcarts are too big and then I decided to use tiny jeeps instead. Notice the red beams: those are the collision bounds.
[img_thumb]http://i.imgur.com/WEIgf.png[/img_thumb]
And then we had antennas. And name displays. The antenna is actually a combination of 2 HL2 props: see if you can recognize them.

[img_thumb]http://i.imgur.com/BIFsG.jpg[/img_thumb]
First revision of the checkpoint effect. It looks cool but it was supposed to be a sphere.
[img_thumb]http://i.imgur.com/dSfQJ.jpg[/img_thumb]
Second revision of the checkpoint effect. This was actually the desired effect but it was wayy to laggy (see the FPS meter on the left).
[img_thumb]http://i.imgur.com/RGWH7.gif[/img_thumb]
Third revision of the checkpoint effect. This time, it’s animated! This will be the final effect unless someone comes up with an awesome idea or something.

A video demonstrating what I’ve got so far.


[img_thumb]http://i.imgur.com/qIFpD.jpg[/img_thumb]
Track marks and HUD! As you can see, both are still WIP. The track marks are laggy and ugly as fuck, and I can’t get rid of that ugly black line by the right gradient.
[img_thumb]http://i.imgur.com/J1asZ.jpg[/img_thumb]
The checkpoints finally work! Now to polish it all…
[img_thumb]http://i.imgur.com/QXNkT.jpg[/img_thumb]
Player cards! When they go out-of-view, they automatically get clamped to an oval which just fits in the screen. Another pretty neat hud-thing :v:

So that’s all what I have right now. Todo list:
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[li]Record the time of a lap[/li][li]Stabilize the cars[/li][li]Make all the CS:S maps Minimania ready[/li][li]Powerups?[/li][/ul]
So basically, it’s not done at all… but I have all the time in the world to finish this so that doesn’t matter :buddy:
What do you think? Place suggestions/love comments/hate comments here!

Love it !

Suggestion: Add combat with your cars and missiles :smiley:

And… a video, finally!

Fuck, this seems excellent!

Can’t browse facepunch without finding awesome stuff like this everyday! :buddy:

Add toggleable power ups, guns, and stuff of sort. And possibly , give every jeep a different skin.

Is that a remix of MGMT - Kids?

It’s looking great, by the way.

This looks like it could be a good gamemode, is it going to be fretta based by any chance?

Upgrades, more vehicles, no fretta and keep it arcade like in demo = Perfect

If this gets released and it’s not too much of a big gamemode i think i will convert it over to the fretta base, i think it would get played a lot more then, but that’s my opinion.

I notice you stress your intent to focus on CS:S maps, but have you also considered other circuits? Maybe a set of TF2 maps, MARIO_KART, Half-Life 2, some custom maps, etc.?

I’d assume you’ve created a system that allows people to crate their own sets for different maps, or have the intent to, at least?

i think custom models would be nice instead of jeeps, would add more variety.

No.

My main focus right now is CS:S, “maybe” for other maps.

I’ve got someone making a custom RC car for me.

I think a sort of reset prop would be nice. For example, as you were driving up the ramp behind the lake, I could see a lot of frustration if you fell off the ramp and got stuck in a corner. A large, flat (invisible?) prop underneath the ramp that would send you back to a set point before the ramp would be nice.

What about the people who dont have cs:s? Like me.

…Get it?

Why is MerzBro rating all of his posts dumb?

Anyway, this gamemode seems great. Can’t wait for it.

Stupid question :

Does the mini-jeep have the same physic model as the normal-sized jeep? I hope not

Of course not.