Announcement: To see an overview of all the holds in this forum, see this page. You cannot directly add your hold by attaching it here - you must get your hold approved by Hold Administrators. Check this thread for details.


Caravel Forum : DROD Boards : Holds : TSS Elements Showcase (Basics for Beginners)
New Topic New Poll Post Reply
Your Rating
Average User Rating
Difficulty:
Overall:


4.4/10 (13 votes)
σ 1.73
Author Name:azb
Submitted By:azb
Hold Name:TSS Elements Showcase
Theme:Basics for Beginners
Author's Difficulty:
Number of Levels:4
Number of Rooms:28
Number of Monsters:168
Version:DROD: The Second Sky (5.0)
High Scores:View High Scores
Hold Karma:0 (+0 / -0)
Poster Message
admin
Level: Legendary Smitemaster
Rank Points: 8
IP: Logged

File: TSS Elements Showcase v19.hold (16 KB)
Downloaded 341 times.
License: Other
From: Unspecified
icon TSS Elements Showcase  
Here's a nice hold for TSS newbies, but it requires prior knowledge from other DROD games sometimes.
08-24-2014 at 10:19 PM
View Profile Send Private Message to User Show all user's posts Quote Reply
xitvono
Level: Delver
Rank Points: 55
Registered: 09-15-2012
IP: Logged
icon Re: TSS Elements Showcase (+1)  
Bombs blow up in a 7x7 square, not 5x5 as indicated on the scroll.
08-25-2014 at 01:55 AM
View Profile Send Private Message to User Show all user's posts This architect's holds Quote Reply
bomber50
Level: Smitemaster
Rank Points: 864
Registered: 09-18-2006
IP: Logged
icon Re: TSS Elements Showcase (+1)  
For a tutorial hold, the elements tend to be explained pretty well. There are some inaccuracies and also some obtuse explanations (e.g. the rattlesnake explanation with floor spikes still doesn't make sense to me). Also, some important interactions are missing (e.g. constructs can push powder kegs/mirrors). But it was decent on this level.

The presentation, however, wasn't up to snuff. While the first level is pretty good, the second is where the hold really falls apart. You got lots of unnecessary scripting that could have easily been replaced by orbs and force arrows. The unnecessary scripting just complicates everything and confuses the player.

Everything feels sorta messy. Some more care with the aesthetics would have been good. There's also a lack of checkpoints in the entire hold.

2W on the second level, has an unintended solution that make the element being taught obsolete. Interestingly enough, this (along with some of the stuff above) was reported in the Architecture thread by me. For some reason, it wasn't changed, and ultimately, we're left with a completely broken room. Which makes this hold a little harder for me to like.

I give this 4 overall, and 3 brains for difficulty.

[Last edited by bomber50 at 08-25-2014 02:39 AM]
08-25-2014 at 02:37 AM
View Profile Send Private Message to User Show all user's posts High Scores This architect's holds Quote Reply
noma
Level: Smitemaster
Avatar
Rank Points: 1594
Registered: 11-22-2006
IP: Logged
icon Re: TSS Elements Showcase (+1)  
I agree with much of what bomber50 says above. I felt a lot of what was often confusingly explained in a scroll could and should have been better demonstrated by 'showing'. And then there are cases where a newbie is pretty much left on their own to work out a tricky concept. Also, too much depends on the player actually doing what is written, when in reality you can circumvent the point of the room pretty easily and accidentally 'cheat'. (Also: checkpoints please!)

On the other hand, it's nice to see an effort being made to explain new elements to new players. It is pretty hard to cram in so many elements into a small tutorial. Maybe a series of small holds, each explaining a few elements would have been better.
08-25-2014 at 02:34 PM
View Profile Send Private Message to User Show all user's posts High Scores This architect's holds Quote Reply
JoMax
Level: Delver
Avatar
Rank Points: 65
Registered: 12-28-2005
IP: Logged
icon Re: TSS Elements Showcase (0)  
I found this a useful little hold. While I had to experiment a bit (temporal split points) I feel it covered the new elements in a concise way.

Am struck on TSS and so trying other DROD 5 holds, and unable to find info on the TSS elements on the forums or help I found this gave me enough info to be able progress.

I recommend this to TSS newbies, but bear in mind the other comments :thumbsup
12-05-2014 at 06:56 AM
View Profile Send Private Message to User Send Email to User Show all user's posts High Scores Quote Reply
Sandalo
Level: Delver
Rank Points: 43
Registered: 01-25-2008
IP: Logged
icon Re: TSS Elements Showcase (+1)  
I understand you so much!

I hope someone will create a new Advanced Concepts hold with TSS elements. Advanced Concepts and Advanced Concepts 2 for TCB were and are priceless.
quote:
JoMax wrote:
I found this a useful little hold. While I had to experiment a bit (temporal split points) I feel it covered the new elements in a concise way.

Am struck on TSS and so trying other DROD 5 holds, and unable to find info on the TSS elements on the forums or help I found this gave me enough info to be able progress.

I recommend this to TSS newbies, but bear in mind the other comments :thumbsup

12-05-2014 at 08:07 PM
View Profile Send Private Message to User Show all user's posts Quote Reply
New Topic New Poll Post Reply
Caravel Forum : DROD Boards : Holds : TSS Elements Showcase (Basics for Beginners) Surf To:


Forum Rules:
Can I post a new topic? No
Can I reply? No
Can I read? Yes
HTML Enabled? No
UBBC Enabled? Yes
Words Filter Enable? No

Contact Us | CaravelGames.com

Powered by: tForum tForumHacks Edition b0.98.8
Originally created by Toan Huynh (Copyright © 2000)
Enhanced by the tForumHacks team and the Caravel team.