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Erebus [Builder] vAI_2.0b

Submitted by Boris_Spider
This bundle is marked as approved. It works and satisfies the submission rules.
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Erebus
By Boris_Spider and Crabby_Spider


Object: Use your Hero to take control of the 5 Obelisks, unlocking the gate back to Azeroth, and escape.

Plot: You have been killed in battle on Azeroth and entered Erebus, a middle-world between the living and dead, and gateway to the Underworld. Neither here nor there, you are doomed to wander here for eternity ...unless you can escape.
There are 5 rivers which lead to the gateway: Styx, Phegethon, Cocytus, Acheron, and Lethe. Each of these rivers exploits a weakness within you and your units through a mist, affecting your ability to command and fight.

~Styx is the river of hate, and intensifies such hatred of enemies, your units’ attacks become reckless and less effective.
~Phegethon, the river of flame, takes what burns in the hearts of warriors and uses it to destroy flesh and metal alike.
~Cocytus is the river of lamentation, reminding all units of their regrets and failures, dulling their vitality.
~Acheron, the river of pain, corrodes the body and mind of your units until there is nothing left of them.
~Lethe is the river of oblivion, robbing your units of their memories, it leaves them standing with no knowledge of purpose.

The power of each river is focused through an Obelisk. To control each river and cast off the effects of its mist, you must control the river's Obelisk. Each is protected and you are not the only Hero planning to escape. You must raise an army to defeat the challenges which lie before you. Not until you conquer all of your weaknesses, shall the gateway from Erebus be revealed. Not until then, shall you escape ...Erebus.

AI:
-Erebus has a competitive AI, and the difficulty you select matters.
Easy AI: This difficulty will pit you against the original AI used
Normal AI: This difficulty receives +80 to base speed, 5% faster HP regeneration, 5% increased mana regeneration, and +5 base damage to all units & both attacking buildings. Normal gets Spiked Barricades for its buildings reflecting 5 damage
Insane AI: This difficulty receives +160 to base speed, 8% faster HP regeneration, 8% increased mana regeneration, and +10 base damage to all units & both attacking buildings. Insane gets Spiked Barricades for its buildings reflecting 10 damage. Insane is allied to Erebus and Eredar Warlocks it controls will summon Ker (1 per Eredar Warlock)

-Depending on your system abilities, we recommend that you use no more than 3 computer players if you're playing by yourself. It's best used for practice/testing or to fill an empty slots in multiplayer games. You can use more, but the frame rate may become an issue (especially if on your own) due to the sheer volume of AI commands to it's units on the map.
-In games with 4 or less players (including AI), all AI armies will spawn on the west-most island (Phegethon’ Island).
Note: Multiple (user) players with full armies do not cause this, just the AI micro.
-The AI is designed to destroy other bases; it will not capture Obelisks (This is Thanatos' task).
-The AI uses a full (100-soul) army.
-If the AI can make a Slave, it can make a base.

***New Players should never play against the Insane AI***

Save/Load:
For some reason, saving the game and loading it later will cause the game to glitch. This is assuming you can load the saved game at all. I do not know what causes this, as it's an issue with the save/load feature of WarCraft 3 itself. It is advised that you finish the game you're playing. However, you can save and view replays.

Gameplay:
-You begin the game as a Soul. Your first step is to find a slave and Possess it. You will then be given your Hero form and take control of the surrounding buildings. Next, use these buildings to create slaves which can build aditional buildings allowing you to create more complex/powerful armies. With enough power, and the use of Sky Barges, you should be able to take control of an Obelisk by defeating the Guardians and placing your Hero within the Circle of Power. Your Hero must survive for 45 secs (you will not be able to control him during this time) before the Obelisk falls under your control and the effects of the river channeling through it are removed from your units. By controlling adjacent obelisks, you open portals between them allowing you to quickly travel across the map. Be warned, your enemies can use these portals as well.
-Typing "-fastgame" will lead to a player vote. If enacted, the Obelisks will not be defended and Thanatos will never recapture obelisks lost to players
-If you hear a strange sound while playing the game, something happened. It was probably important.
-The islands are connected by bridges; these bridges are monitored by Charon. To cross them, a fee is automatically collected - failure to pay results in loss of whatever attempted to cross the bridge.

-Defeated players will be given a choice to fade into Erebus (become an observer that can see all but remains unable to interact the game or the players) or to take vengeance and become a Theratone that serves Thanatos (join Neutral Hostile and attempt to disrupt surviving players’ attempts to win).

Note: Erebus is a FFA.

Getting Started

To begin you must choose your hero class, a list/description is given to you on the loading screen.

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You begin as a Soul, and must wander around the map until you find a Slave and possess it.

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A neutral Slave must be captured to begin building your base. They are found near Shrines and Mausoleums.

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Raise Slaves from your recently acquired Shrine.

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Before you can build anything else you have to build your primary structure, the Fissure...

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...then you must build a Necronage.

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In order to build your army you need a Crypt.

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In the event your Hero (Your Incarnation in Erebus) is defeated, you can revive it at a Shrine you control or at a Temple of Vengeance.

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The more Shrines & Obelisks you have, the larger your income will be. The more Necronages and/or their upgrades that you have, the more food you’ll have available. The more Crypts that you have, and/or their upgrades, the faster you'll be able to rebuild your army. Upgrading your primary structure will allow you to upgrade your existing buildings as well as build specialty structures such as Soul Towers, Beacons, Altarsof the Forsaken, and Temples' of Vengeance.


Capturing an Obelisk

There are a variety of methods for capturing Obelisks. You can wait to steal one just captured by another player or take it from Erebus.

In either case, you have to build a Sky Barge in order to reach the platforms.

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Now, you can take Obelisks by using Soul Towers and and steady stream of units to divert the Guardians' attention.

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In the event you don't like taking high-risk chances you can slowly advance walls and towers to remove the Guardians before you send your hero into the circle of power.

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Once you reach the platform, build a Necronage and protect it. Otherwise you'll have to fly more Slaves in from somewhere else.


There may be up to 12 challengers struggling for control of the Obelisks, and all 5 must be controlled by the same player to open the Gate to Azeroth and escape. Building a force sufficient to not only take control, but protect each Obelisk is necessary. If there are many challengers, it may be necessary to destroy them before pursuing the task of controlling the Obelisks. Once all 5 Obelisks are under your control, move your Hero to the Gate and send him through it.

Gameplay Screenshots

Lich's ultimate.

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King's ultimate.

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DeadEye and Lich using ultimates while battling each other.

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Attacking a base.

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Destroying a base.

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Custom: Nearly everything in Erebus (terrain: tiles/cliffs, doodads, models, and icons) is custom and made by either a THW user, Crabby_Spider, or myself.

Credits

Credits (Models)

The following models can all be found on www.HiveWorkshop.com:

Unit Name -=|=- Model File -=|=- Author
Incarnation -=|=- Deadeye -=|=- jigrael
Warden -=|=- SkeletonLordX -=|=- levigeorge1617
Slave -=|=- SkeletonPeasant -=|=- Cavman
Avenger -=|=- SkeletonFireMage -=|=- HappyTauren
Preacher -=|=- SkeletonWarriorFireMage -=|=- HappyTauren
Marauder -=|=- BurningArcher -=|=- BlizzardEntertainment
Mist-Walker -=|=- ShadowInferno -=|=- Necromancer_187
Reaver -=|=- GhoulMurloc -=|=- DonDustin
Ghostrider -=|=- Skeletal Death Knight -UPDATED-=|=- Meteor-demon
Tomb Breaker -=|=- TombPharoah -=|=- Callahan
Thanatos -=|=- Wraith_Final -=|=- donut3.5
Ker -=|=- Destroyer -=|=- Dionesiist
SwordMaster -=|=- AngolmorTorturer -=|=- Ampharos_222
King -=|=- Diablo III:King Leoric -=|=- HappyTauren
Lich -=|=- Inquisitor Malendis -=|=- Sellenisko
Arachne -=|=- Lurker -=|=- -Grendel
Skorpius -=|=- Burrower -=|=- -Grendel
Crossbow -=|=- Crossbowman -=|=- -Grendel
Rebel -=|=- Fresh Shambler -=|=- -Grendel
Rebel -=|=- Calcium Terror -=|=- -Grendel


Building Name -=|=- Model File -=|=- Author
Fissure+upgrades -=|=- Chaos Citadel -=|=- HappyTauren
Crypt+upgrades -=|=- Cruel Cloister -=|=- Gottfrei
Necronage+upgrades -=|=- Necronage -=|=- BlizzardEntertainment
Temple of Vengence -=|=- ShrineoftheDeathWalker -=|=- Thrikodius
Beacon -=|=- DemonTower -=|=- HappyTauren
Wall -=|=- MishaWall+ -=|=- Misha
Altar of the Forsaken -=|=- LegionTeleporter -=|=- Mephestrial

The following models are used, but not found on www.HiveWorkshop.com:

Unit Name -=|=- Model File -=|=- Author
Footman -=|=- DefendSkeleton6 -=|=- Cavman
Wyrm -=|=- FrostWyrmV2 -=|=- Revilo


Credits (Skins/Tiles)

The following skins can all be found on www.HiveWorkshop.com:

Unit Name -=|=- Skin Name -=|=- Author
Eredar Warlock-=|=- skeletalwarlock -=|=- EvilYardGnome

The following tiles are used, but not found on www.HiveWorkshop.com:

Erebus_SkullTile (Overrides the Felwood Leaf Tile) -=|=- Crabby_Spider
Erebus_RoughDirt (Overrides the Icecrown RoughDirt Tile) -=|=- Crabby_Spider
Erebus_GDirt (Overides Underground Dirt) -=|=- Crabby_Spider
Erebus_Grass (Overrides DalaranRuins Grass) -=|=- Crabby_Spider
Erebus_Cliff0 (Overrides Underground Natural Cliff) -=|=- Crabby_Spider
Erebus_Dirt (Overrides Icecrown Dirt) -=|=- Crabby_Spider

The UI was created by Crabby_Spider, and currently is not available on www.HiveWorkshop.com.


Credits (Icons)

The following icons can all be found on www.HiveWorkshop.com:

Icon Used As -=|=- Icon Name -=|=- Icon Creator
Slave -=|=- SkeletonPeasant -=|=- Cavman
Avenger -=|=- SkeletonFireMage -=|=- HappyTauren
Preacher -=|=- SkeletonWarriorFireMage -=|=- HappyTauren
Fissure+upgrades -=|=- Chaos Citadel -=|=- HappyTauren
Beacon -=|=- DemonTower -=|=- HappyTauren
Evasion -=|=- Restlessness -=|=- 67chrome
Possession -=|=- Possess -=|=- Crabby_Spider
Bone-type Armor -=|=- BoneArmorA -=|=- Crabby_Spider
Cancel -=|=- BoneCancelmod -=|=- Crabby_Spider
Hold -=|=- BoneHoldmod -=|=- Crabby_Spider
Move -=|=- BoneMoveA -=|=- Crabby_Spider
Patrol -=|=- BonePatrolFinal -=|=- Crabby_Spider
Stop -=|=- BoneStopA -=|=- Crabby_Spider
Ignite -=|=- Fire_Siege -=|=- Boris_Spider
Fire-type Damage -=|=- Fire_WC3 -=|=- Boris_Spider
Fire-type Armor -=|=- FireShield -=|=- Boris_Spider
Demolish -=|=- Explode1 -=|=- Muoteck
Subvert -=|=- OrbPain -=|=- Big Dub
Lightning-type Attack -=|=- Electric Blast -=|=- The_Silent
Spiked armor-type -=|=- Shoulders -=|=- Mr.Goblin
Clad armor-type -=|=- SoulArmor -=|=- Mc_!
Tomb Breaker -=|=- TombPharoah -=|=- Callahan
Warden -=|=- GrimReaper -=|=- Dan van Ohllus
Thunderbolt -=|=- LightningStrike -=|=- -BerZeKeR-

The following icons are used, but not available on www.HiveWorkshop.com:

Icon Used As -=|=- Icon Name -=|=- Icon Creator
Guardian [armor type] -=|=- Guardian_Armor -=|=- Crabby Spider
Archer -=|=- Archer_Icon -=|=- Crabby_Spider
Ranger -=|=- Ranger_Icon -=|=- Crabby_Spider
Marauder -=|=- Assassin_Icon -=|=- Crabby_Spider
Reaver -=|=- Reaver_Icon -=|=- Crabby_Spider
Temple of Vengence -=|=- Temple_Icon -=|=- Crabby_Spider
Wall -=|=- Wall_Icon -=|=- Crabby_Spider
Crypt -=|=- Crypt_Icon -=|=- Crabby_Spider
Barracks -=|=- Barracks_Icon -=|=- Crabby_Spider
Fortress -=|=- Fortress_Icon -=|=- Crabby_Spider
Shift -=|=- CloudOfFog -=|=- Crabby_Spider
Pierce the Veil -=|=- PierceTheVeil -=|=- Crabby_Spider
Moros's Caress -=|=- Cleaving -=|=- Crabby_Spider
Eredar Warlock -=|=- EW_icon -=|=- Crabby_Spider
Hadian armor-type -=|=- HadianArmor_icon -=|=- Crabby_Spider
Mend -=|=- AvengerMend_Icon -=|=- Crabby_Spider
Swordmaster -=|=- Swordmaster_Icon -=|=- Crabby_Spider
Thunderwrand -=|=- Thunderang_Icon -=|=- Crabby_Spider
Crossbow -=|=- Crossbow_Icon -=|=- Crabby_Spider
King -=|=- King_Icon -=|=- Crabby_Spider
Lich -=|=- EvilLich_Icon -=|=- Crabby_Spider
Altar of the Forsaken -=|=- Altar_Icon -=|=- Crabby_Spider
Arachne -=|=- Spider_Icon -=|=- Crabby_Spider
Skorpius -=|=- Scorpion_Icon -=|=- Crabby_Spider
Gnosis -=|=- Gnosis_Icon -=|=- Crabby_Spider

The following icons were altered only in that a passive version was created. No change to the art was made.

Icon Used As -=|=- Icon Name
Souls [Icon] -=|=- ShadeTrueSight
Mist of the Phegethon -=|=- LightningShield
Mist of the Cocytus -=|=- DeathAndDecay
Mist of the Acheron -=|=- AntiMagicShell
Mist of the Styx -=|=- UnholyFrenzy
Mist of the Lethe -=|=- Banish
Cloak of the Phegethon -=|=- WallOfFire
Stun -=|=- Dizzy
Torch -=|=- SearingArrows
Lyssa's Rage -=|=- FireBlade


Credits (Other-Models)

The following doodads/models can be found on www.HiveWorkshop.com:

Name -=|=- Author
Shadow Trap -=|=- JetBlackInferno
CloudOfFog -=|=- JetBlackInferno

The following models were found on the Ultimate Terraining Map v3.0 on www.HiveWorkshop.com:
Crystal -=|=- Celestea
DeadTree-DeadTree08 models -=|=- Unknown


Credits (Spells)

The following spells can be found on www.HiveWorkshop.com:

In-game name -=|=- Spell name -=|=- Author
Deadman's Aura -=|=- Sparky Aura -=|=- Elainie
Lightning Nova -=|=- Lightning Nova -=|=- MortAr
Thunderbolt -=|=- LightningStrike -=|=- Paladon
Thunderwrang -=|=- Thunderwrath -=|=- Mr.Goblin
Wrath of Zues -=|=- Destructive Lightning -=|=- cyberkid
Lightning Speed -=|=- Lightning Speed -=|=- MortAr



Changelog

vAI_2.0b_10/31/14:
~Refreshed the upload to commemorate the 5-year anniversary of this map.
~One more update is ready to go, I just need the 2 hours required to do it!

vAI_2.0b_09/07/14:
~Modified the experience-gained formula for heros to increase the experience required to reach max level (25)
~Activated an additional faction (NPC only) - Rebels will search for bases to destroy. Rebels are not friendly to anyone but Thanatos
~Modified the Lich's Dark Ritual to heal HP & mana
~Modified the trigger that concerning Lethe's affect to target units with buff as opposed to determining which players aren't the controlling player
~Fixed bad icon for the Buried Skorpius
~Fixed error where defeated AI players retain their names

vAI_2.0_08/23/14:
~Players can now play with Erebus upon defeat as Theratones or be an Observer
~Corrected several bad tooltips
~Consolidated redundant triggers
~Modified player selection in Pre-Game to indicate that Erebus is a FFA & no more than 3 AIs should be present
~Fixed gltich where main building was stolen, shutting the victim out of the game
~Renovated the Income system; a note of it is present on the player's primary structure. This should make gameplay more of an area-control
~Redid tree/mushroom placements on applicable islands; mostly to encourage attacks and allow for easier base builing
~Removed an obsolete trigger which provided a gaurenteed base of 50 Souls for all players; this encourages attacks on Necronages and their upgrades to limit enemy production
~Added Emissary; the only unit capable of capturing Shrines & Masoleums which are now invulnerable
~The Incarnation's "Smother" ability renamed "Conquer" as it now captures Shrines & Masoleums, though not as effectively as Emissarys do
~Reworked hero abilities to add extra levels and the addition of the Attribute Bonus ability; AI does not use the modifications
~Added Essence Transfer as a late-game research for Masoleums for added base defense
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~AI difficulty levels incorporated:
Easy AI is the original AI
Normal AI receives +80 to base speed, 5% faster HP regeneration, 5% increased mana regeneration, and +5 base damage to all units & both attacking buildings. Normal gets Spiked Barricades for its buildings reflecting 5 damage
Insane AI receives +160 to base speed, 8% faster HP regeneration, 8% increased mana regeneration, and +10 base damage to all units & both attacking buildings. Insane gets Spiked Barricades for its buildings reflecting 10 damage. Insane is allied to Erebus and Eredar Warlocks it controls will summon Ker (1 per Eredar Warlock)

vAI_1.9_04/21/13:
~Food limit is 100, not 150. This should reduce lag due to too many units present and increase AI potency
~Unit levels and costs are more reasonable; the Crypt/Barracks/Fortress nowproduces the primary units for 5/10/15 (T1/T2/T3) costs
~Diversified AI armies to better suit the hero-type used
~AI now utilizes a tier system (Example: T1 uses Footmen, T3 uses Swordmasters)
~AI Ghouls will now clear large swaths of trees
~Disabled the ability for AI tocapture nuetral Shrines Masoleums (rarey used)
~Removed several AIstart locations due to base-construction problems
~Spirit Link now connects 10 units and distributes 100% of the damage across linked units
~Replaced Evasion with Moros's Caress for the Wyrm
~Ghost Rider gained 'Incinerate' abilitity; deals 100 damage to an enemy unit, structure, or tree. Has a 2-min. cooldown
~Now Warden is 2nd tier (T2) assualt and Tomb Breaker is T3 assault
~King base damage doubled to 10
~Assassin renamed to Marauder; now raised by Temple of Vengence
~Temple of Vengence only assembles fire-based units
~Marauder & Ghost Rider now have HP regeneration
~Added Temple of the Forsaken; a new building introducing new units. Also raises Eredar Warlocks
~Added Arachne; fastest ground unit in the game, can immobilize units for a short duration
~Added Skorpius; a powerful 'tank'
~Added Crossbow, now the tier-3 archer
~Ghost Rider & Tomb Breaker have a faster & notably faster attack rate, respectively
~King, Tomb Breaker, Lich, & Eredar Warlock now have AoE attack damage that can hit trees, structures, and units
~Buffed King's damage, HP regen, attack speed, and attack AoE
~King and Lich have new models
~Increased size of Footman
~A sound will play when a player loses
~Replaced sounds played when an obelisk is taken and when the game is won
~Increased the primary units' attack speed to better suit smaller armies
~New loading screen
~No longer use the 'King Leoric' model/icon

vAI_1.8_07/24/11:
~Swapped Deadeye's and King's Shock Therapy and Thunderang, respectively.
~Corrected Deadeye AI build error
~Decreased the Stun ability duration from 2 to 0.5 seconds
~Obelisks now have the Obelisk Mist ability as a defense against attacks.
~Nerfed Deadeye Lightning Nova to 50 D/T instead of 75 D/T
~Buffed Lich's Lightning Strike to 35 damage instead of 25
~Modified AI scripts to allow better defense when bases are severely damaged
~Removed the space in front of the name: King of Kjeldor

vAI_1.7_07/17/11:
~Added -FASTGAME information in the |cffffcc00Info|r tab in-game
~Buffed King's Ultimate (20 DPI instead of 10 DPI)
~Buffed DeadEye's ultimate (5% DR/B instead of 20%, 75 D/T instead of 10, 10 bounces instead of 5)
~Nerfed Lich's ultimate (-10% DR/B instead of -20%)
~Corrected trigger which failed to show the name of the player who opened the gate to Azeroth
~Swapped base buildings to prevent glitch that makes heroes unreviveable:
---Temple of Vengeance is now based off of the Altar of Kings instead of the human Barracks
---Shrine is now based off of the Altar of Darkness instead of the Dranai Haven
~Player names are displayed properly after a victory occurs
~The victorious player is no longer "killed" during the closing cinematic
~Buffed starting mana for the Deadeye/King; 150/200 instead of 100/100, respectively

vAI_1.6_07/09/11:
~Corrected the trigger which determines when a player is defeated to prevent players from having no units and remain in game blind
~Corrected Interface statement referring to Farms when unit production is maxed

vAI_1.5_07/03/11:
~Added the FastGame Option
~Walls are no longer counted as units to prevent a player from being defeated
~Increased Swordmaster model scale from 0.5 to 0.8

vAI_1.4a, 06/20/11:
~Corrected Tomb Breaker and Peon animations when attacking trees
~Decreased Volcano upgrade time from 140 to 60 seconds
~Decreased Inferno upgrade time from 140 to 120 seconds
~Increased Reaver model scale from 0.8 to 1.3
~Corrected several interface typos
~Updated/removed all Incarnation references
~Dimmed the brightest crystals on Acheron's island to ease strain on eyes
~Decreased Sky Barge minimum height from 90 to 50 to allow easier visibility of it while passing over tall trees
~Buffed movement speed of all units (includes Neutral Hostile) +30 to allow quicker traversing of the map

vAI_1.4, 06/19/11:
~Erebus now has a custom interface designed specifically for it
~Corrected interface typos
~Kings, Liches, Peons, and Tomb Breakers can attack trees; however, Ghouls are still the most effective tree removal

vAI_1.3b, 02/07/11:
~Nerfed Ker HP regeneration (5HP/S to 1HP/S)
~Nerfed Mist Walker HP regeneration (5HP/S to 2HP/S)
~Switched to Heavy Green Fog for weather effect
~Added a linear Black Fog to darken Erebus moderately
~Replaced Thunderang icon
~Hades Pathrazers will only attack heroes and structures
~Nerfed the chance that Thanatos will recapture a lost Obelisk (50% instead of 60%)
~Fixed targeting issue preventing Slaves from being healed by the Avenger's Mend ability
~Buffed Thunderbolt's (Lich spell) cast range (500/700/900 instead of 200/400/600)
~Footmen are raised with Defend active
~Changed the Bone - Decay time to 10 seconds (Prevents confusion as to whether certain units are still alive)
~Corrected hotkey conflict for the Avenger (Enter the Veil and Subvert no longer collide)
~Repositioned a Shrine to prevent the AI from getting stuck trying to build a Fissure
~All players will be alerted when a player's hero is destroyed in battle (They'll know who killed and who got killed)
~All players will be alerted when a player's primary structure is destroyed (They'll know who crippled and who got cripled)
~The AI will build and attack with Reavers
~Buffed the King with 10 starting armor
~Corrected selection circle size for the Mausoleum and Shrine
~Gave Lightning Towers a small AoE attack

vAI_1.3, 01/05/11:
~Added modified GDirt tileset (Base: Underground-Dirt)
~Added modified Dirt tileset (Base: Icecrown-Dirt)
~Added modified cliff tileset (Base: Underground-Natural Walls)
~Added modified grass tileset (Base: DalarenRuins-Grass)
~Added modified vines tileset (Base: Felwood Vines)
~Swordmaster has new model and icon
~Corrected Credits lists
~Added New 'Toll' bridges between the 5 islands
~Players can choose 1 of 3 possible hero types
~Added Paladon's Lightning Strike Spell
~Corrected Incarnation ultimate, now chain lightning is casted.
~Incarnation renamed to Deadeye
~Players can choose one of three hero types [Strength, Agility, Intelligence] to play
~Players are renamed to their chosen hero's proper name
~Smother now only targets Slaves
~Added a new loading screen, with hero-class information

vAI_1.2b, 12/19/10:
~Corrected ability names on unit tooltips
~Added new Bone Tileset
~Added modified Rough-Dirt (Base: Icecrown) Tileset
~Terrain has been improved:
---Acheron's island has a variety of crystal models and colors
---The eastern half of Styx's island has more variety of trees present
---Phegethon's island has been redesigned to allow better use by players and AI as well as to improve terrain art
~The Incarnation now gains XP for killing Guardians from level 5 on
~Corrected movement animation speeds for the Incarnation, Tomb Breaker, Warden, and all archer units
~Fixed Reaver icon glitch (It would disappear if repeatedly clicked)
~Reset Tomb Breaker tint
~Avenger can now cast Mend
~AI can now build and use Avengers
~AI will now research Preacher and Avenger upgrades

vAI_1.2, 12/12/10:
~AI script improved (if it can build a Slave, it can re/build a base)
~Removed all unit/tree shadows
~Added 3 realistic tree models
~Added 6 new crystal varieties
~Necropolis can now attack
~Altered tree minimap colors (no longer all green...)

vAI_1.1, 12/05/10:
~Replaced Tauren Chieftan with Tomb Breaker
~In games with 4 or less players, any AI players will start on the SE island. Human players may travel there if desired
~Warden model and icon replaced
~Starting buildings remodeled and renamed (Village Center is now Shrine, Village Stable is now Mausoleum)
~Repositioned building icon locations (Slave's build menu is now tiered in appearance)
~Added Thanatos and Guardians to retake Obelisks for Neutral Hostile
~Comp controlled Heroes take control of nuetral Slave units
~Demolish and Subvert now have special effects
~Thanatos (Guardian Hero) will now try to recapture lost Obelisks
~Warrior's Grace renamed to Mania's Dexterity
~Double Strike renamed to Lyssa's Rage
~Cleave renamed to Moros's Caress
~Reaper renamed to Ker
~Removed unused variables

vAI_1.0, 11/27/10:
~Added AI script to combat bases (can't capture Obelisks)
~Wardens, Footman, Swordmasters, Archers, and Preachers have new soundsets
~Theme music will be played whenever an Obelisk is captured, or the Gate to Azeroth is revealed
~If Obelisk taken from Player controling 5 Obelisks, Gate to Azeroth is hidden again
~Removed Obelisk Reaper script (Reaper patrols still occur)
~Avenger must now research all upgrades for it's abilities

V1.3b, 11/25/10:
~Added Hadian armor type icon
~Set hero icon position back to 0,0 to prevent the inability to resurrect him
~Buildings under construction were immune to damage due to Normal armor type edit. Now these buildings can be destroyed.
~Corrected typos in Hero's fade ability
~Corrected various grammar/typo errors in all abilities; removed unused World Editor abilities

V1.3, 11/21/10:
~Major balancing corrections made, includes:
-New armor types (Hadian, Clad, and Spiked) and attack type (Lightning)
-2 new abilities (Spirit Link and Enter the Veil) [ for Avenger ]
-Introduction of a general "Rock, Paper, Scissors" concept;
(Melee>Ranged>Assault>Melee)
~Replaced Soul Tower with Lightning Tower
~Avenger is now a support caster
~Added a new caster: Eredar Warlock

V1.2b, 11/16/10:
~Removed unit-group leak from Headcount trigger
~Replaced Cinematic actions from Defeat triggers with Visibility modifiers
~Fixed PlayerLeaves trigger (it turned off after the 1st use)

V1.2, 11/14/10:
~Simplified Player Leaves and Limit Bases triggers
~Simplified the Income trigger via turning it into a loop
~Removed about 40-50 leaks, most of them Location leaks
~Corrected misspelled name (Temple of Veangeance)
~Added a creep patrol system
~Elaborated Obelisk Mist abilities (i.e. Phegethon reduces armor by 5)
~Hid map playable boundaries with tree walls and cliffs
~Fixed Soul Tower's misplaced Attack icon
~Nerfed Mist-Walkers (HP now 100 instead of 1,000)
~Replaced Subvert and Demolish icon art

V1.1, 11/07/10:
~Corrected Possession tooltip
~Modified unit tooltips to more accurately suggest strategies
~Buffed Footman speed (now 300 instead of 270)
~Gave Peons the Stun ability
~Gave Tauren the Cleave ability; corrected Tauren's selection circle size
~Gave Archers the Double Strike ability
~Corrected icon art (passive abilities now have passive icons)
~Added 'Slave Radar' and ping Obelisk locations
~Starting buildings are now repairable
~Added an Observer mode when a player no longer has any units
~Added Subvert hotkey
~Added terrain to Obelisk platforms

V1.0, 10/31/10:
~Initial map upload


How you can help:
~We need testers. If you find terrain issues, bad/miss-spelled tooltips, unit imbalances, ability imbalances, leaks in code/inefficient coding, or anything else you find worthy of mention, please do so. Or, you can simply provide suggestions for improving the game.
~I'm aware some users prefer fancy descriptions. If they think this description is inadequate, then they can make what they feel to be the best design and PM it to me. I may not use it, but I will thank you for your efforts.
~Regarding our AI scripts, if you have suggestions for priorities, conditions (to optimize performance), or any other changes then feel free to contact one of us.
~We're looking for Skeleton Models/Skins. If you have recommendations for a particular model post a link to it. If you'd like to make one for Erebus let us know and we'll tell you what we're looking for.

NOTICE: Erebus [Builder] is open source. We first learned how to map by starting with an unprotected CastleBuilder map, and do not wish to inhibit others from doing the same. Other users may NOT upload versions of this map, on this site or any other, without permission from both myself and Crabby_Spider. Since we can't ensure that others won't upload rigged versions of this map, we strongly recommend that you only download from www.HiveWorkshop.com for the most recent and balanced version.

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Erebus [Builder] vAI_2.0b (Map)

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22:42, 24th Jun 2011 -Kobas-: Status: Approved Comment
  1. APproject

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    I didn't mean that your map has to contain pretty flowers, happy villagers, everywhere sunny and green in order to look beautiful. I'm talking about the tileset combination. If a map has to be dark and evil, it can look beautiful too. Basically, I was talking about number of doodads / destructibles in arena of screen view sight. Well, lag depends on the possibilities of gamer's computer, if you want people not to suffer lag, then you are right at this point. But adding more fog, stones, critters, bushes or grass as doodads, maybe walkable water somewhere. I mean each island could contain something original like in the middle of it - some kind of ruins of destroyed temple, or a slaughter leavings, maybe set fog in a specific spot with wandering passive souls, maybe not even clickable. That's what I would do, since nowdays people cares more how it looks than how it is played. You shall say that Erebus can't contain such places and materials. Why not? Add your own ideas, it shouldn't be a copy of something. Purpose of this reply is to tell you that just a plain field with some trees and few random rocks is not something that would make people say *Wow! That's amazing!* or simply attract their attention to your work. Don't understand this as something negative, I am trying to help, but the choice is always yours. I demand nothing.

    About the feedback, my feedback is very minor, I just require things that firstly would attract player's eye, that's why I review map in 10-15 minutes of gameplay, sometimes it takes even less. Due to my problems of connectivity, I cannot play it Online and test it on full volue.
    I guess I was wrong about you then, because from the first look, it didn't seem to be a work of an year and half. It is clear that you have predicted the most of issues and had time to deal with it, meaning you will be able to improve your work. And I like it, because I always wanted to have such patience as you do have, since because of that I refused many good projects of mine.
    You could at least add something like a notification via text to all players about your current state, that you lost all your troops and now you are being as a spectator who is not pernament in the game and is able to leave, because from now on you can't do a thing. Well, adding a full visibility to the player who is out of game and being as spectator is really in need, because how to observe the action of other players, if everything is under the fog?
     
  2. Crabby_Spider

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    Well, figured it was time to jump in. First off, thanks for the comments. I want everyone to know we are addressing the issues that have come up so far, and we will post the update soon. We uploaded the map as a playable map, but knew we would have things to add or change that can only be found through gameplay. While we appreciate the compliments, it's the critiques that are going to allow us to truly make this map reach it's potential, so fire away! I especially appreciate the efforts by AP to help us improve this. More critical views like his will only help us, and in the end make a better map for everyone.

    This explains your focus on the aesthetics of the game. Keep in mind the game isn't supposed to be appealing visually without the fog of war, or seen overall, but have an effect on the player during gameplay. The dense trees/doodads are deliberate in certain areas to temporarily control units/base development, and Ghouls can be used to change them as the game progresses. We have seen terrain done extensively in other builder games (some versions of CastleBuilder) that may look appealing but can interfere with gameplay. Ours was designed with the gameplay as priority over eye candy. Any specific suggestions will be considered, but I don't think we would add/change something if it isn't going to improve the gameplay or doesn't fit the theme of Erebus (like ruined cities?). We won't do anything that will interfere with it. Some of the things we consider are the ability to place buildings, room for battles, and directing units either towards or away from locations. I'm not saying we can't improve it, just that this is the point of view we are coming from. For example, we're making changes to the Obelisk platforms for the next update.

    This one has been a little challenging, as we want the player to stay in the story. I think we found a way to do this that should keep them from spamming players still engaged with eachother, but allow them full access to the map so they can learn more for the next time.

    We are making a Trigger folder called NoobAssist in the next update that will have ways to help new players get started and another for the players that lose all units, which brings me to my next point. Any of you taking the time to open this in WE, please look over the triggers and let us know what you think.
     
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    will do and post feedback once done

    edit: nice coding (and since it is in gui i can understand it :DD) but there is a problem

    shift and hold position colide
     
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  4. Boris_Spider

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    That collision has been fixed.

    The next update should be available tonight (assuming all goes according to plan...)

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  5. RiotZ

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    Erebus is Hades, who married his sister and had many evil children. Like Thanatos the entity of death. :p
    This map sounds really uber. I may test it.
     
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    looks cool
     
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    that mofo

    greeks have a twisted mind
     
  8. Boris_Spider

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    Erebus has been updated. Note that the Capturing an Obelisk strategy is only a suggestion. It's not the only way to do it.

    If any triggerers are checking this out, please inspect the code andd notify me of any leaks. Suggestions for more efficient coding would also be appreciated.

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    Boring game.. just one race, but nice model and nice idea for the river. 2/5:goblin_sleep::goblin_sleep::goblin_sleep:
     
  10. RiotZ

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    Okei, 'will test and tell you what I think. I must find some people to play with.
    I'm xRiotZx on B.net across all servers if anyone is interested.
     
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    Roman-ish? Greek-ish? The possibilities are limitless. Just combine twelve "sounds cool" random names somehow connected with death from mythologies around the world.

    Hell, you can even use Mesoamerican and Nordic names for this. Its up to you. This is your Map. People who didn't like it has two choices. Leave it or help it.

    P.S.: Haven't tested the Map yet. Sorry for my snail-slow speed. Y'know. 9th grade.
     
  12. RiotZ

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    Latin and Greek related names would be suitable for a game of this type. Especially being named Erebus. Haephastus Thanatos, use some names of Greek gods and demigods like Thanatos.
     
  13. Crabby_Spider

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    The names in the first release were temp names. In the update, we used names from Warcraft lore (not any specific character) to represent those fallen in battle on Azeroth. We are obviously themeing the map off Greek mythology (with a few liberties taken), but this is still a Warcraft game. Keep the ideas coming though, we're more than happy to respond to the feedback we get.

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    The resource had been updated. Most of my points were fixed, now map is way more clear.
    Just one more thing, I really don't like seeing the edge of map, that black fog boundaries. If you could hide it with trees, doodads, cliffs maybe, it would look better in my opinion.
    Afterall, map is in good hands and it will be improved even more with time. Effort had been poured into this project.
    My rating changes to 4/5 and I suggest it to be Recommended.
     
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    Now I know exactly what you mean by edge of map. We will take care of it in the next update. You've been a tremendous help AP. Thanks again!

    And thanks for the rating!
     
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    Cons: The obelisk guardians are OP. There is only one race of Undead, each slave camp should produce a different race, or at least there should be different races for each slave camp. There are some grammar errors and the terrain isn't bad but isn't great. The spells don't seem as nice as they do in the screenshots.

    Pros: Fun gameplay. Good tech trees. Nice over all presentation.

    I'd say it's about a 3\5.
     
  17. Boris_Spider

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    Where are the grammar errors (I hate reading through grammar mistakes)? Did you play this on your own?

    As for the Mist-Walkers, I'm probably going to have to nerf them in the next update. We're introducing a more elaborate creep system (Reapers will actually spawn and patrol the map).

    Different races, hmm... I'm considering adding another race for sure, maybe two. It all depends whether I can add them and remain true to the theme.

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    I love the map's idea nonetheless though, so keep working on it.
     
  19. Maker

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    I took a look at the triggers. There are some leaks. And you could use loops.

    Income trigger could be like this.

    Trigger

    • Income
      • Events
        • Time - IncomeTimer expires
      • Conditions
      • Actions
    • Income
      • Events
        • Time - IncomeTimer expires
      • Conditions
      • Actions
        • For each (Integer loopA) from 1 to 12, do (Actions)
          • Loop - Actions
            • Set TempPlayer = (Player(loopA))
            • Set TempInteger = (loopA - 1)
            • If (All Conditions are True) then do (Then Actions) else do (Else Actions)
              • If - Conditions
                • (TempPlayer slot status) Equal to Is playing
              • Then - Actions
                • Set Necronage[TempInteger] = (10 x ((Number of living Necronage units owned by TempPlayer) + (Number of living Village Center units owned by TempPlayer)))
                • Set Necsramp[TempInteger] = ((Number of living Nec'sramp units owned by TempPlayer) x 20)
                • Set Necropolis[TempInteger] = ((Number of living Necropolis units owned by TempPlayer) x 30)
                • Set Income[TempInteger] = (0.70 x ((Real(Necronage[TempInteger])) + ((Real(Necsramp[TempInteger])) + (Real(Necropolis[TempInteger])))))
                • Player - Add (Integer(Income[TempInteger])) to TempPlayer Current gold
              • Else - Actions


    All those "number of units in..." leak.

    SlaveLocator:
    • Set WanderingSoul01 = (Random unit from (Units owned by Player 1 (Red) of type Soul))

    • Cinematic - Ping minimap for Player Group - Player 1 (Red) at (Position of (Picked unit)) for 2.00 seconds, using a Simple ping of color (50.00%, 0.00%, 50.00%)

    ^Leaks.

    PingObelisks has location leak.

    Every trigger in Possession folder has location leak:
    • Unit - Move Incarnation 0060 <gen> instantly to (Position of (Ownership-changed unit))


    You could combine triggers in LimitBases folder:
    • BaseBuilt01
      • Events
        • Unit - A unit owned by Player 1 (Red) Begins construction
        • Unit - A unit owned by Player 2 (Blue) Begins construction
        • Unit - A unit owned by Player 3 (Teal) Begins construction
        • ...
      • Conditions
        • (Unit-type of (Triggering unit)) Equal to Fissure
      • Actions
        • Player - Make Fissure Unavailable for training/construction by (Triggering player)


    Player Leaves triggers can be combined.

    Head count has leak:
    • (Number of units in (Units in (Playable map area) owned by Player 1 (Red))) Equal to 0

    You could make the trigger not do the check every 2 seconds, use unit dies as the event.

    Obelisk Busy triggers have leaks:
    • Unit - Move Hero01red instantly to (Center of Ob0111 <gen>), facing 90.00 degrees


    Sparky aura could use equations to reduce the amount of lines of code.
     
  20. Boris_Spider

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    Thanks, they'll all be fixed before the next update. (Should be this Saturday or Sunday)

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