Sunday, November 18, 2012

Taking The Scenic Route

Ladies and Gentlemen, it begins:



Even though the Paranoia Trilogy is over, the abstraction might never end. So I cordially invite you to my next map, Lost Highway. It begins where Hypnophobia left off, after the player jumps into the swirling chaos of the Tunneling Entanglement Device and lands in an unknown region of time and space.

This is going to be a very different kind of map from the first three. Since the player is no longer trapped in the metaphysical prison of Paranoia, they're free to explore completely new, even stranger locations. To reinforce the importance of the player's escape and the change of scenery, Lost Highway will have a much different aesthetic from the maps preceding it. There will be no checkerboard tiles, nor spooky hallways. The emphasis is changing from dark, interior environments to substantially larger outdoor areas (relatively speaking, since the difference between inside and outside means little in such a place).


I've been wanting to do a driving map for a long time now, something crazy and huge like the ending of The Blues Brothers, but with more helicopters and the player being chased through space. In the meantime, I only have a few pictures for the scrap book. But if I can tear myself away from Dwarf Fortress long enough, there might be a new video later this week. No promises.


 

7 comments:

Linda said...

I am glad to see a new map in a totally difference concept from what you usually create. I love how different it will be and the new challenges in store for the players. Congratulations on a good idea.

Shadgrimgrvy said...

Well thanks! I'm glad you like it because YOU get to be the one to playtest it. I hope you like buggy, broken video games because you'll be playing them FOR MONTHS.

Morris169 said...

A new world? Might mean a new series. I'm goin' along the lines of "Riding the Lost Highway".

Shadgrimgrvy said...

You make it sound like the only reason I'm making this is for you to make videos. Well I'm not.

Morris169 said...

I know. I just love your maps.

heavonbound said...

IT BEGINS

ivilok enderos said...

Damn , I would love to see this map! I'll be cool to mix your Stylish map decoraiton wiht the use of vehicles!
Keep doing it! :P

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