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Author:lurker, negke, Omus, Text_Fish, Zwiffle
Title:Speedmapping pack QExpo2008 #2 - City in a forest (d395cff9f74665e1b9dd8640ba562341)
Filesize:1609 Kilobytes
Release date:25.08.2008
Additional Links:
BSP: ✔ • PAK: ✘ • PROGS.DAT: ✘ • Custom Models/Sounds: ✘

Walkthrough demos:
Dances With Scrags, a.k.a The Joy of Infighting

Files in the ZIP archive
Files in the ZIP archive:
File Size Date
smqe08b_omus.bsp1036 KB24.08.2008
smqe08b_textfish.bsp1182 KB25.08.2008
smqe08b_zwiffle.bsp380 KB24.08.2008
smqe08b_pack.txt2 KB25.08.2008
smqe08b_lurker.bsp907 KB24.08.2008
smqe08b_negke.bsp799 KB23.08.2008
smqe08b_lurker.bsp907 KB24.08.2008
smqe08b_negke.bsp799 KB23.08.2008
smqe08b_omus.bsp1036 KB24.08.2008
smqe08b_pack.txt2 KB25.08.2008
smqe08b_textfish.bsp1182 KB25.08.2008
smqe08b_zwiffle.bsp380 KB24.08.2008

Speedmapping pack QExpo2008 #2 - City in a forest

City in a forest / 5 SP maps / lurker, negke, Omus, Text_Fish, Zwiffle

Tags: trees
User Rating:
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Icantthinkofanickname Registered 18 January 2014, 20:19

An excellent speedmap pack that does a great job exploring an interesting (underused?) theme.

smqe08b_lurker.bsp ("Tree of Life") is the overall winner to me. It is surprisingly large, polished and varied for a speedmap, with balanced gameplay and even four secrets.

smqe08b_negke.bsp (no title) is more simplistic, but very original and unique, as negke's speedmaps tend to be. It makes very creative use of scrags and has a great sense of location.

smqe08b_omus.bsp ("Tree Story") is varied in both scenery and gameplay mechanics. It is rather hard, but has a great sense of narrative progression.

smqe08b_textfish.bsp ("WizWood") is a bit like a retro platform jumper and perhaps borders on being overly hard, but like the three maps above, it conveys the forest setting beautifully.

And then there is smqe08bzwiffle.bsp, with the self-deprecatory title “Yes, I know this map is cheap”. It is blocky, bland, repetitive, uninspiring and not really worth playing. Honestly, I don't get it: it does not seem like Zwiffle made any effort to stick to the theme, just like here: .

With the exception of smqe08b_zwiffle.bsp, this is a wonderful selection of maps.

For a much earlier map that explores the forest theme, see Dark Forest by Reichert:

Icantthinkofanickname Registered 18 January 2014, 20:21

Again, the underscore italicized some of the text ... but only some. How odd.

MikeTaylor Registered 20 January 2014, 18:30

smqe08b_lurker ("Tree of Life") -- excellent. It was just over too soon. I'd have loved to see this developed into a full-sized level.

smqe08b_negke (no title) -- very jolly, but extremely short, even for a speedmap. Considered as a palate-cleaner between more substantial course, very pleasant.

smqe08b_omus ("Tree Story") -- 35/35 kills, but I couldn't figure out what to do after all the shamblers were dead. How do I complete the level?

smqe08b_textfish ("WizWood") -- short but nice.

smqe08bzwiffle ("Yes, I know this map is cheap”) -- actually, I really liked this, apart from the fact that it had nothing to do with the theme. Difficulty was well balanced, with ammunition often low and _just running out at the end of the second stage (I played on medium). And I loved the ending.

All in all, it's hard to assign a single score, but I guess I rate this a high 3, just missing out on a low 4.

MikeTaylor Registered 20 January 2014, 18:31

Ha, now the underscore is victimising me!

Icantthinkofanickname Registered 20 January 2014, 18:52

Now you know how it feels. :P


Mike, I'll try and give you an oblique clue:

Take their places, one by one. You have two options.

Spirit Guest 20 January 2014, 19:03

I think I should remove that markdown parsing. It's purpose was to make links work but this mess is not worth it. :)

MikeTaylor Registered 20 January 2014, 19:29

It's usually helpful. I like being able to do italics and bold deliberately. It's just its interpretation of embedded underscores that's erratic. Can you disable that feature but leave the rest?

quasiotter Guest 25 May 2021, 8:34

such an excellent mapset! i love the heavy themes. i'm in love

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