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Metastasis

Submitted by FelFox
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Metastasis
In a research sector of the United Security Initiative known only as 198X2, a group of scientists and station personnel are assaulted by an unknown threat. As their colleagues die one by one, they must fight to survive and figure out who is doing this to them, and how to stop it.

The Game
Metastasis is best described as a survival game. At the start, one or several players will be secretly selected as your opponents. You will be placed within a space station in the sector 198X2 and must figure out who is the enemy, and kill him before he kills you and your fellow humans.

Depending on the number of players in the game, there will be one or several enemies.
1-4 players: A lone enemy, who will either be a former researcher mutating rapidly into a cunning adversary, or an alien organism killing off station workers for unknown reasons.
5-9 players: Both the mutant and the alien work to kill your team as well as each other. Only one side can stand victorious.
10-12 players: The mutant and the alien are once again your adversaries, but rumors abound of a cold, metallic killer waiting to rise and annihilate every living thing in the sector.

Humans
To aid you in your fight, you have a myriad of station resources and your own education to assist you.
Being a research group in a theoretically dangerous sector, stations are equipped with state of the art military supplies, including many types of combat suits of varying abilities. You have been trained to use these suits, albeit only against the organisms on the local planet. No doubt you can adapt them to perform other, more murderous tasks. There is also an assortment of defensive and offensive weaponry, from stationary turrets and force shield generators to grenades and mighty fusion bombs.
You also carry your life experience and career with you. There are nine possible careers assigned to you at the beginning of the game, from researchers with various doctorates to a visiting captain of the battlecruiser Swagger to the lowly local janitor. Each career provides a unique benefit and alters your initial equipment and monetary income.

Enemies
The mutant and alien both have strong physical capabilities. Each is capable of overpowering an unequipped human easily. However, they are alone, and hate each other as much as they hate humans. The mutant and the alien both sport an ever changing genetic code- within the span of mere hours they can change their physical and mental makeup drastically. As the game goes on, each will slowly evolve into more powerful forms. Eliminating them early will prevent them from overpowering you with massive strength, dominant mental abilities, or swarms of minion-like organisms.

Infection
The mutant has the ability to evolve a infectious called a prion. By weakening the human body, the prion eventually forces a genetic change in the host, altering it to serve the original mutant and take its form.
The alien also has a similar parasitic microorganism it launches into humans, slowly weakening them and eventually eating them away. By doing so, the parasite grows into a facsimile of the original alien, while retaining traces of the infectee's personality, though twisted into serving the alien leader.

Stations
Featured in the sector are four space stations and a planet situated around a single star. Each station has unique capabilities and can be visited at any time by using one of several types of spaceships or escape pods. The largest station is the U.S.I. Queen Niffy, which boasts a large infrastructure and fleet of spaceships, as well as many curious research labs dedicated to the sector. Other stations include the Arbitress, an advanced sensors station, the Kyo Station, which is a container for the experimental Kyo Cannon spatial artillery platform, an old unused station now scheduled for demolition. These are all situated around the orbit of the local planet Minertha, a terraformed but as yet uncolonized planet. A small military station was set up some time ago, but no one currently occupies it.
A battlecruiser from the U.S.I. fleet is also currently visiting the sector.

Credits
An extensive list of credits for the artwork featured in the game can be found within the F9 menu of the game. Special thanks needs to be given to to Clan Sirs, Catar, DarkLink_Rper, EnragedBullfrog, OmeedESF, Mooglefrooglian, mrzwach, lorg, Aenir, Scruffymurphy, Jarkill, InfernoInfernal, and especially Kodua.

UPDATE (1.8.2):
-See changelog at http://thegoodsirs.net
I don't even anymore

Keywords:
parasite, who'sthealien, mystery, alien, mutant, space
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00:56, 30th Jul 2009 Linaze: Lacks a proper description.
  1. Tails Clock

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    didn't read the changelog, but just so you know, I played 3 games in a row on the last .6 version a few days ago. This guy was player pink all 3 times, and it was his first time playing before. He was android all 3 times. Sorry if that's a bug you already fixed, or just a freakish coincidence.
    Also I only discovered this map pretty recently, but I haven't played any other map as much as I have this one. I first played this map when it was 1.2.5 I beleive. I truly love it.

    However, it does often get ruined by players that do'nt want to do tests or work together, and isntead just TK everyone, making us think they're the alien, we finally TK them, and then at this point the humans have no way of surviving.
    If you could like add some kind of penalty, like losing all of your gold if you end up TKing whether on purpose or on accident? It seems silly that there is absolutely no punishment for making such a mistake. Though I do realise certain punishments could reveal they are the alien if it is seen they are not applied to them, which is why I think taking away all the gold would be a good idea. No-one else will be able to see that.
     
  2. DoOs_101

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    Haven't tried multiplayer yet, but I liked the UI, concept, and terrain perfectly resembles a space station.

    My only complain is the use of a peasant model, it carries a mining pick which bothers me, lol why would anyone carry a rusted mining pick in a space station.
     
  3. Tank-Commander

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    while we talking about models i would like to say this about the new alien form:

    The idea itself is very good and i like it, but the model witch it's using has quite wooden animations and that ruins it for me, i know that there are not many models witch would fit the aliens forms requirement, but i'm sure theres a few others. Possibly the undead lydomir dragon? i dunno but plz find a model with less wooden animations.

    I'll gove the links just incase :p

    (for dragon model)
    http://www.hiveworkshop.com/forums/models-530/lindormr-dragon-52050/?prev=search=morph&d=list&r=20

    (For undead skin)
    http://www.hiveworkshop.com/forums/...2038/?prev=search=undead%20dragon&d=list&r=20
     
  4. SasuhKun

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    Awesome idea. Did i already posted about making a soundtrack? i don't remember :O
    and the prison station too. And Catar, you're a bit... cold in wc3/diablo 2 :O Why don't you show up with your own account? .-.
     
  5. Tahril

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    DL'ed, but when I selected in SP, no mini-lobby. Select in LAN, no hosting allowed. Problem, maybe?
     
  6. Catar

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    Soundtrack: We're not adding custom music to this map. It serves little to no purpose and adds to download time. If you want to listen to fitting music, play it on your machine.

    Prison Station: A prison-type sentence for TKing was rejected because it was always the most abused thing in Parasite, and we do not want something similar.

    I don't understand what you mean by cold. I am on Battle.net every day, usually for long periods of time. And if I'm not on, my bot SirBot is online 24/7. As for D2, I don't really play it anymore and I use the cdkey for my other bot.
    (if you're on west, sorry, I don't go there much. I don't have any friends on there)
     
  7. SasuhKun

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    people could escape prison station... whatever. Downloading new version
     
  8. Teldrassil

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    Man. this is horribly bad. It's gotten to the point where people host games just to team kill, or they will team kill everyone if they're human because they're "sick of being human"

    seriously. Find a way to stop the tking. The amount of times I see this game hosted is going down greatly, I now refuse to host because of the people who play this.

    damned morons.

    -Teld
     
  9. SasuhKun

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    Now, ins't the prison station a good idea?
     
  10. FatNinjaCat

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    played this map about 53 times never get bored !
     
  11. TKF

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    This map is actually well made and very fun "who's the bad guy" map! Everyone click for approval button on first page to make this approved!
     
  12. Mooglefrooglian

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    Something is up with the map team. It's been a month with no approval. Weird.
     
  13. Belgarath

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    I can seriously not believe that this map is NOT accepted. It is one of the most popular games of B.net, has a rather large fanbase etc, and, the reason for approval? It lacks a proper description? I think it's been more than updated. It's HUGE now.
     
  14. TKF

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    It gets the map mods attension if you click on the Mini moderator approval thumbs up and write a 5 words reason why the map should be approved. If many enough thinks it deserves to be approved it will be top priority among the map mods.

    Otherwise being normally queued among non-approved maps it will take 1-2 years until this get approved. I guess 600 maps must be approved before the map mods will look at this map.... That might take a while....
     
  15. Catar

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    Funnily enough, it was disapproved for having a description that exceeds several approved maps that merely had a link to a website. (granted, they could have been edited, but still)

    Also that comment is months old now. Months in the plural. I worked hard on that nice long description, give me some credit, map mods!
     
  16. Tyrlop

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    this map deserves alot of +rep
    but the TEAM-KILL problem really needs to be fixed out quick, its ruining the entire game, i liked the idea about the prison station, instead of making a new station you could just make a prison in one of the other stations. how ever i think its a bad idea to create a "cop" instead it should be the captain, then the alien or the friends of the TEAMKILLER should be able to relief the prisoners, but the captain had a keycard maybe or something that would open the door/controll panel only for him, it should also be possible for the alien to infest the prisoners in the prison, the alien should also be possible to break in by destroying the button (but only the alien) the prisoners items should be removed from him and stored in a small room in the station.
    if this idea doesn't pass, then you should seriously consider making it like parasite, with voting, ive played parasite for more then 12 months now and ive never saw any issues with this
     
  17. Thick_Armor

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    Problem with a player being the cop is... Well what if the cop was a TKer? ^^
     
  18. Tyrlop

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    this is the reason i dont like the idea about one "cop" but instead a voting system. or the captain choosed, OR the captain maybe allways was player red, so host was captain?
     
  19. Thick_Armor

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    I like the idea overall, good thinking. But It looks like the whole new station and adding triggers for various needed operations would take a while and we probably wont see it for a while, untill then I suppose we should discuss it as much as possible and nag the auther untill our fingers bleed.
    A voting system for the cop sounds good.
     
  20. Tyrlop

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    well yea, thats why it have to be simple, making a new type of player will also make the game more complicated, therefore it needs to be the captain who controls the prisoners.
    the prison could be in one of the stations that right now cant move, so we dont have to make a whole new station, it could fill out some space in the station that is not used.
    then it should be like parasite, where a poll pops up, and you type -yes or -no for putting the guy in prison.

    another idea just popped up in my mind, making the TeamKiller a lawless, so everyone could attack him and kill him, with out riskin anything! this might even be easier, but it have to the same with a poll and everything

    adding the cop would be nice too but, do we really want to add him to this game? there is allready so much stuff, and its hard enough for new players to know what todo.

    -TYRLOP