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Rao Dao Zao
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Oct 22, 2017 at 8:44 PM
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Software Engineer

Rao Dao Zao

http://www.raodaozao.net, Male, 29, from Scotland

I've been reworking fundamentals *again*, this time it's the interaction system under the knife: http://raodaozao.net/2017/08/05/blog-730/ Aug 5, 2017

Rao Dao Zao was last seen:
Oct 22, 2017 at 8:44 PM
    1. Rao Dao Zao
      Rao Dao Zao
    2. Rao Dao Zao
      Rao Dao Zao
    3. tulee
      tulee
      Hi RDZ.
      Was just wondering if your single player content focused group was still going. I mostly prefer single player warcraft 3 maps for a variety of reasons, but beyond searching through the campaigns + 1 player map search function on hive, i am at a loss as to where i can be exposed to more stuff. If not, no problem!

      https://www.hiveworkshop.com/threads/singleplayers-frontpage.280024/
      1. Rao Dao Zao
        Rao Dao Zao
        Hmm, the social groups died with the move to Hive 2.0 so the group is dead, but it was never all that active; singleplayers have always been in the minority. (Though even now I don't play WC3 much, I still fairly regularly search through the '1 player' filter too for anything I've missed -- glad I'm not the only one! xD)

        The main focus of the group was a big recommendation thread, but looking back it doesn't actually have that many recommendations >_< https://www.hiveworkshop.com/threads/singleplayer-map-directory.284084/

        So ye, group not going, and not sure there's a place for that sort of thing at the Hive anymore. If I'm just out of the loop and there is, though, sign me up!
        Sep 5, 2017
      2. tulee
        tulee
        Oh well, that's too bad. Yea i also use the search fuction for single player, though to be honest its a lot harder to find the function to limit the number of players to one for the map with the new hive format.

        I think the format of the threads for solo focused works are now based around the key word of "custom campaign", as this term seems to include everything single player with any storyline, sometimes even for single maps.

        But anyway, i was just curious, i was going through your blogs for solo custom content, and many of the maps link to dead sites (devil made me do it, return of the vampires,quest of kyneria ect.) Would you happen to know if the any of these maps can still be downloaded, or are they kind of lost. Your reviews of them made them seem really cool.

        https://raodaozao.net/2013/02/10/blog-535/
        Sep 5, 2017
      3. Rao Dao Zao
        Rao Dao Zao
        Yes, I tried to find the 'most official' source for each one at the time, but the rest of the internet is not as obsessed as I am with keeping things alive and kicking.

        I think most of the dead links are still available on epicwar, but I'm leery about endorsing that as most maps end up there without the permission (or even knowledge) of the original authors... Last resort, e-mail me via my contact form and I'll fire them over to you when I get home! I've got everything good on my personal hard drive (and several back-up drives) at the very least.
        Sep 5, 2017
    4. Kyrbi0
      Kyrbi0
      HOW COULD YOU MAKE A GOOD PODCAST BUT WITH PICTURES? Now I will be paralyzed between "listening to it in the car but feeling guilty/missing-out" and "never actually watching it because I'm too busy". Curses.
      1. Rao Dao Zao
        Rao Dao Zao
        Sorry, it's my friend's schtick more than mine, I just provide the mic and the opinions. The pictures aren't particularly relevant, you could download MP3s of it just fine!
        Aug 29, 2017
    5. Rao Dao Zao
      Rao Dao Zao
    6. Michael Peppers
      Michael Peppers
      Bling! Happy belated birthday too! :D
      1. Rao Dao Zao
        Rao Dao Zao
        I honestly haven't seen anyone use the word "bling" for years. <3
        Aug 15, 2017
      2. Michael Peppers
        Michael Peppers
        Guess I'm *that* special y'know ;D
        Aug 16, 2017
    7. Rao Dao Zao
      Rao Dao Zao
    8. pyf
      pyf
      Happy Birthday, Rao Dao Zao!
    9. SeedinAethyr
      SeedinAethyr
      Happy birthday!
      1. Rao Dao Zao
        Aug 2, 2017
    10. Rao Dao Zao
      Rao Dao Zao
      1. Arowanna
        Arowanna
        I might just have to try this!
        Sep 14, 2017
      2. Rao Dao Zao
        Rao Dao Zao
        Thoroughly recommended, as is the sequel! ("Drakensang: The River of Time/Phileasson's Secret")
        Sep 14, 2017
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      Rao Dao Zao
    12. Rao Dao Zao
      Rao Dao Zao
    13. Rao Dao Zao
      Rao Dao Zao
    14. Rao Dao Zao
      Rao Dao Zao
    15. Directive255
      Directive255
    16. Rao Dao Zao
      Rao Dao Zao
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      Rao Dao Zao
    18. Rao Dao Zao
      Rao Dao Zao
    19. Arowanna
      Arowanna
      Oi!

      I went through your archive yesterday and stumbled upon The SPRPG Diaries; fascinating stuff! I wonder however, do you have some of these old maps stored? 'The Devil Made Me Do It', 'Season of Uncertainty' and probably some other map that I'm missing seem to have dead links. Heck, even preserving them here on the Hive would be a cool thing if we could get permission somehow, akin to Kam's Mod Compendium thread!

      Edit
      Realized, just as I posted, that they can most likely be found at EpicWar if nothing else! I'll check!
      1. Rao Dao Zao
        Rao Dao Zao
        I do have all of them on my hard drive of course ;)

        However, I know what I'm like about things being shared in the wrong places, so I tried to respect the authors by only posting links to the most 'official' sources I could find. Unfortunately, indeed, the internet has suffered over the years and a few more have dropped off the edge along the way (though I'm quite proud that the official Legend of Magnador site now includes a quote from my review! http://www.paulinthenet.de/?page_id=5).

        So if you want anything/everything that you can't find elsewhere, hit me up through the Just Looking For Contact form and I'll mail you the goods. Sharing is caring!
        May 19, 2017
    20. Rao Dao Zao
      Rao Dao Zao
      If I'd known that its level editor existed at the time, I'd have cut my modding teeth on classic RTS Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun instead of Age of Empires II. A fantastic looking, sounding and playing game that still holds up today: http://raodaozao.net/2017/05/12/blog-721/
      1. Arowanna
        Arowanna
        Aaah, Tiberian Sun! Was a while since I played it and I've to admit, I've more memories of Red Alert 2 and Generals. Generals being one of those severely underrated games IMO.

        What I find really amazing though, is the fact that some these old RTS games still look rather decent. Sure, if the games weren't made by either Blizzard or Westwood, they didn't have the same standard. Looking at games such as Krush, Kill 'n' Destroy and Total Annihilation, there's a clear difference. But still..!

        Thanks for yet another interesting blast from the past, RDZ!
        May 13, 2017
      2. Rao Dao Zao
        Rao Dao Zao
        I've bought the pack of all 17 C&C games, so I expect I'll go through the others soon. Don't think I'll do C&C1 or RA1 because they'll be a bit *too* old, but definitely going to be hitting everything more recent over the coming months (oooh, and Renegade, the FPS).
        May 13, 2017
      3. Directive255
        Directive255
        You're a C&C fan too? Great!

        You can try Yuri's Revenge + Ares DLL, it provides you better space for modding and allows you to come out with more interesting mods,
        Jun 4, 2017
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  • About

    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    Aug 2, 1988 (Age: 29)
    Home Page:
    http://www.raodaozao.net
    Location:
    Scotland
    Occupation:
    Software Engineer
    Current Project:
    Codename "No Excuses"
    WarCraft 3 Account:
    RaoDaoZao
    WarCraft 3 Realm:
    Northrend (Europe)
    Favourite Race:
    Night Elf
    Favorite Organization/Clan:
    Sentinels
    StarCraft II Account:
    RaoDaoZao#1356
    Amateur game developer, aspiring author, tortured artist and definitely not a software engineer.
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