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Megalith Rebirth

Submitted by meatfactory
This bundle is marked as approved. It works and satisfies the submission rules.
Megalith Rebirth



The evil that overtook the rivals of the Aesyr now intends to finish the conflict that was started.
Whose side are you on?


Description:

Some of you may know this map when it was released by Archael several years back but the newer patches made it unplayable. The Deprotected version of the map was lost and I had to rebuild the triggers and some parts of the terrain from scratch. For those of you who are new to the map; Megalith Rebirth is an AoS type map in which you take one of two sides the "Morkefolk" vs the "Aesyr" and battle to destroy the enemy's Shrine. Nothing much new in the genre but the terrain is quite nice, made to feel more realistic in every possible way. Players have 34 heroes to select from (17 for each side) all with custom skills. In Each base there are three Item and two Unit shops some of which are unique for the side. There are also 4 more shops around the map and some of them are very difficult to locate. There are NPC heroes for each of the three lanes for both sides. Fallen heroes drop "spirit charms" which are needed to purchase special items.
In singleplayer type "testmode" (without the quotes) to level up your hero to max and add 100000 gold and 100 spirit stones.


Videos



Version Log
Version 1.0
Map can now be played on newer patches.
Added new heroes, items, skills, scoreboard.
Changed some existing skills, items, icons, models.
Replaced killing spree system.
Version 1.1
Fixed "Gale Wind" mana cost.
Fixed Treefolk Fountains (now changes owner when shrine dies).
Fixed "Frost Skin" Damage.
Fixed Blashyrk Assassin color bug.
Modified Doyen Of Lore's "Lightning Barrier".
Added Regular income (20 gold every 30 seconds).
Added More Items (recipe style).
Version 1.2
Added new terrain with new boss.
Added boss drops (Dragon Lord too).
Use NPC Baal (near center of the map) to fight new boss.
Changed Sanctum Guardian model.
Changed skill "Negation Strike"
Changed some skill icons.
Version 1.2a
Fixed "Baal's Blessing"
Fixed some Killing Spree related things.
Version 1.3
Fixed some items and skills.
Added a new boss (Undead Mage - Actul).
Added boss drops.
Added creeps.
Minor terrain enchantments.
Reduced cost for "Teleport to Valion Isle" from 3 to 1 Spirit Charms.
You can fight the new boss "Actul" only if you enter through the portal to the Valey of Death (top~center - right).
Version 1.4
Fixed some items and skills.
Added 10 new heroes (5 for each side).
Loading screen and preview image changed.
Baal has been moved.
Minor terrain enchantments.
Added cinematic scenery cams at start of the game.
Added "Blood Alliance" quest (from each side's shrines).
Version 1.4a
Trigger optimization, spell & spell description fixes.
Reduced prises on combined items.
Added base protection systems (hero respawn spots)
Added Spirit Charm decay (unpicked spirit charm disappear after 2 min.)
Version 1.4b
Fused Items prices bug quick fix.
"Anger" skill description fix.
Version 1.4c
Added Empowering Runes which drops from creeps (30% chance).
Fixed prices on some items.
Changed some fused item requirements.
Added some new items.
Version 1.4d
Fixed the Ballista Shop spawn location.
Fixed a bug with the treefolk.
Fixed a bug with Gnome Tinker and spree system.
Version 1.5
Fixed bugs associated with Dragon Maiden and Wyrm Maiden
Fixed "Sacrifice" ability so it wont kill caster on low health.
Fixed "Obscurity" ability so it doesn't deal damage anymore.
Fixed glitch with Surtur the Gravel Titan.
Fixed Tome Of Town Portal.
Added 5 unique items which drop only from non-hero creeps at 10% chance.
Version 1.5.1
Changed "Liquify Ground" skill - now hero units don't get instant kill, only half-kill.
Nerfed Dragon Lord.
Added teleport to base function from a special merchant near center of map (costs 1 Spirit Charm).
Added special area "Bandit Stronghold" which can be entered only by a cave near the south coast.
Modified loading screen.
Some minor balance and item fixes.



Myths & Legends
Actul
There was once a skilled sorcerer called Amantis who practiced the chaotic power of fire. Very few of the Magic Guild dared to perform such spells because this type of magic had somewhat unknown and dangerous properties. However, being young and arrogant, Amantis thought that he could master the force of fire without consequence. At first he was remarkably successful, but after a while, strange things began to happen within the dwelling of the Magic Guild.

One day, Amantis lost his mind and killed a brother from the guild. After this incident, he stated that a dark deity called Ctullus had temporarily possessed his body. Frightened that he might lose control again, Amantis asked his brothers of the guild to imprison him within the Valley of Souls with a spell so that he could not do any more harm. And so it was done.

A year later, delegates were sent to check on Amantis, but found no sign of him. On their way home, these mages were attacked by a mysterious creature. Only one of the four mages survived the attack: Berul. Berul described the creature as a half- decayed flaming corpse which wore a circlet belonging to the Magic Guild.

Years past and Berul traveled the world to seek information on the creature which took the life of his brothers and nearly killed him. During his travels, he met an old mystic who claimed he was once in a sect which worshiped the dark god Ctullus. Ctullus had promised the sect incomprehensible power. This promise, however, was a lie. The leader of the sect, a man named Mithral, was possessed by Ctullus. This dark god’s power, however, was weaker than it is today, and thus Mithral managed to break from Ctullus’s dark influence. During the possession Mithral and Ctullus’ minds became one and Mithral could see Ctullus’s vile plans. Ctullus’s only goal was to feed on souls. And what a better place to start with than the Valley of Souls, which, legend had it, was the portal to the netherworld. Fortunately, Mithral managed to banish Ctullus and not so long thereafter, the sect was dissolved and Mithral’s story forgotten.

After conversing with the old mystic, Berul began to wonder many things. If the purpose of Ctullus was to enter the Valley of Souls, could it be possible that Amantis was possessed after he supposedly regained control of his mind? If so, why did he put on this show and not just enter the Valley himself? Why the hoax? Why would he imprison himself?

Berul was so busy trying to unravel the mystery that he overlooked the obvious reasons. Why go to the Valley of Souls alone only to be hunted by the entire Magic Guild when you can pretend to be normal and let the Guild take you there voluntarily? With his possessed mind, Ctullus made an amulet which could neutralize the binding spell cast on him by the brotherhood. However, in a brief moment of sanity, Amantis managed to break the amulet right after he entered the Valley of Souls.



Ages passed and the story of Ctullus became legend ... the legend a myth… and it was almost forgotten. The mysterious creature that dwelled within the valley was renamed “Actul, and the place where he was imprisoned became known as the Valley of Death.
Lascivia
The only known information about this creature comes from an ancient poem passed on from the elders of this region.

On the misty island she lived,
"a woman beyond beauty" the people believed.

A maiden charming and pure,
with golden hair and eyes like precious azure.

Many fell in love at first sight,
but a wizard wanted her beauty to serve his delight.

His heart cruel and cold
filled with greed and envy untold.

The maiden had eyes only for one,
and for that she was cursed, and with her beauty was done.

Misty island was burned by the monster
in which the maiden was turned.




Credits
Concepts,Terrain,Spells and Triggers:
Archael & Meatfactory
Loading Screen & Preview:
Archael & Meatfactory
Testing:
Cidolfas,1)ragonspawn and Aetherine
Skins:
Psylisia_Dragoon,Puffindapenguin,Skalm,
EvilYardGnome,Voyles and Egg.
Models:
Darky28, Spy, Frankster, Tarrasque, JetFangInferno,
shamanyouranus, WILLTHEALMIGHTY, dickxunder,
WhiteDeath, -Grendel, icewolf055, Norinrad, Afronight_76
Icons:
I3lackDeath, PeeKay, Darkfang, Elenai, Infinitynexus,
NFWar, Elainiel, CRAZYRUSSIAN,4eNNightmare, -berz-
FrIkY
Special Thanks:
Adriana,Vexorian,1)ragonspawn Sylvia,Eul,BiG-Lou,
Moonblaze,Dreka,Pandora,MutantMonkey,DigiMajik,
Ryude,Squallish,Nufi,sizbrownsnakes,Bungie,Marlboros,
Thockeyfreek89c,Tikayeliss,Lokitana, tetrajammer, cleavinghammer and many others.
Cheers!

Keywords:
Megalith, Meatfactory, Archael, AoS
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Megalith Rebirth (Map)

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Vengeancekael - [Contact] Date: 2012/Jun/20 22:02:16 Comment: [Approved] Updated, approved. Resource Moderation - Rules 19:27, 19th Jun 2010 VGsatomi: This used to be a Director's Choice map at Search way back when. Still one of the best...
  1. Vengeancekael - [Contact]
    Date: 2012/Jun/20 22:02:16

    Comment: [Approved]
    Updated, approved.

    Resource Moderation - Rules

    19:27, 19th Jun 2010
    VGsatomi: This used to be a Director's Choice map at Search way back when. Still one of the best terrained AOS maps out there. Rejected until updated
     
  2. BlackCat500

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    Even if it worked. I'm sorry to say, but whenever I see a map with a description that barely even tells me what the map is about and what makes it so special, or what doesn't make it special, I often don't even care to download them. Screenshots are always a nice addition to the description of a map to see the visuals of the map.
    Judging by the description given by you that I'm reading today (21.02.2010) all I get to know that he map is supposed to be better than the dotas and dota clones, as for why, I don't know. I don't even know if you mean the old or now dotas, as you mention that the map probably doesn't function above 1.18, which is far in the past. The only thing you did mention is that there was a system similar to that of dota just with a few changes, which doesn't give me any idea about if it's better or not, or in fact even interesting. Well, sorry for ranting, I'm just giving you a hint on what to improve.
     
  3. meatfactory

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    I added 2 videos of the map in the description they should be enough to describe it think ;]

    Yes the same is with me in the older version of wc I had there was no problems I believe this error is caused by the text (font) but I am not sure how that messes with the game version.
     
  4. Darkey

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    I remember this map, it's way freaking better than DotA in terms of terrain and creativity. Only thing that holds this map back a bit is the heroes, they're definitely not bad, but some more wouldn't hurt.

    *EDIT*

    It could also use some more items. ;P
     
  5. bok

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    I watched the first youtube vid, the terrain is seriously awesome :eek:
     
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    The map preview looks good enough for players to download it :O, in my opinion.
     
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    After looking at the previews, i dont think you have any idea of what gameplay is and how crucial it is to make a map fun to play.
     
  8. meatfactory

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    Really? Enlighten me then... what is gameplay? :grin:
     
  9. Archael7

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    Wow, people still talk about this map!

    Hello VG, and hello new users! I'm the author of Megalith. It was a spare-time hobby project of mine during my 1st year of college. This seems like AGES ago!

    I'm also the owner of the youtube account http://www.youtube.com/user/Archael7 which uploaded those content videos as a little memorabilia of this map I worked on so long ago.

    I remember when this won Director's Choice on wc3sear.ch long ago, awarded by VGsatomi, it was a great honor.

    Unfortunately, I did lose the original unprotected file a long time ago (99% sure of this, though it's possible it exists in some backup somewhere, out there.)

    I am not sure if it is possible to properly open the latest file (which is protected, people cannibalized maps like crazy back then and protection was very common after the whole DOTA > Allstars fiasco). If WC3 TFT methods have evolved since then and it is possible to still open and salvage this type of map, I would be happy to update it for the newest TFT patch. I know one of the recent patches broke a ton of things people used and made Megalith and other maps unplayable.

    You may reach me on that youtube account or on my website, www.insanedifficulty.com

    Thanks for the memories guys, and let me know of any good news.

    Worst case scenario, I've considered working on a new mapping project on the SC2 Engine, but am wary because of the way Blizzard will update the game with HOTS and then again with LOTV a year after that. Adds alot of potential to break existing maps.
     
  10. Vengeancekael

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    Thread cleaned and map re-approved. This map now works.
     
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    I remember this one, best AoS i ever played. I used to love the hero with the cenarius model, where each ability enhances your attack with an elemental effect.. like a fire element would cause meteors to crash on the enemy every time you hit them. And then you stack them all at once >:D
     
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    Some of the skills of the heroes have been changed more or less... and the one you are referring to "Doyen of Lore" has his skills changed entirely.
     
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    Need more items...
    But I Like this map, Good job!
     
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    Hello all! I am the original author of this map (Started working on it around 2005 IIRC) and I created the small Youtube previews of the older, non-Bnet-functioning versions.

    Meatfactory has been kind enough to take the time to use his skills to fix the map up and re-release it so that it is playable on Battle.net once again, so HUGE credit goes to him. I have been out of the WC3 Modding scene for YEARS so without him it would be impossible to play this map online today.

    Enjoy
     
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    Really enjoyed playing this.. if only there could have been more items, that would have been simply awesome
     
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    epic win bro I liked the map and my friends did too we played this for about 9 hours this is something worth comparing to dota... LoL and Hon can't compare to such amazing game hope this becomes a director's cut
     
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    This used to be an essence of pure awesomeness.
     
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    One of the greatest maps!!!
    There are no neutral creeps?( After using "ulmaguest", "Blashyrk Assassin" has a blue tint.
     
  19. meatfactory

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    Yep the creeps along with some other thing will be added / fixed in the update thats coming. :)