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Spider Empire v1.81

Submitted by Robbepop
This bundle is marked as approved. It works and satisfies the submission rules.
This is my fast-strategy map "Spider Empire".

Description & Gameplay

In this map you are a Brood Mother - a lord of a spider empire.
You can lay spider eggs which hatch into minor spiders.
There are different types of spiders.

War Spiders can fight against your opponents.
They can upgrade several times while fighting to become even more powerful.

Brood Spiders are able to lay additional eggs to further enlarge your army's size.
However, they are not able to attack and can't upgrade into bigger spiders.

Your Brood Mother is a heroic spider and can level up when killing spiders of your opponents.
It has got different attributes to skill so you are free to play your own style.
It is the commander of your empire and can build important structures to defend your base or to upgrade your empire.

There are Obelisks all over the map.
They increase your gold income if you capture them.
But once captured you have to defend them from other players who want to do the same ...

To win the game you have to overtake all empires of your opponents which is possible by killing the opponents Brood Mother.
They will then fight for your empire as a vasall.
If you overtake a lord who already got some vasalls you will overtake all of them, too.


Features

  • -AI to play against the computer.
    -Multiplayer and Singleplayer.
    -No losers just winners! =)
    -Many different Spiders to fight with and against.
    -Imported and custom stuff.
    -100% vJass scripts.


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Changelog


v1.81

  • -Fixed a bug that AI controled spiders of human players with Mass Attack.
    -Smoothed all ramps.
    -Spiders get now selected if you selected their egg.
    -Lord AI now shows human vasalls where they want you to attack. (with Ping)
    -Reduced costs of the upgrade "Learn Vampirism" from 500 to 450.
    -Reduced costs of the upgrade "Learn Toxicity" from 500 to 450.
    -Reduced costs of the upgrade "Ultima Brood Mother" from 500 to 450.


v1.80

  • -Added a new War Spider ability: Vampirism
    -Added a new War Spider ability: Toxicity
    -Added a new upgrade: Learn Vampirism
    -Added a new upgrade: Learn Toxicity
    -Changed the Mass Command: Attack icon.
    -Imported a passive info icon.
    -Added a display to upgrades which shows how many stages one each got.
    -Different AI difficulties: dependent on "cheat-upgrades" which increases spider hitpoints.

    • ->Easy: +0%
      ->Medium: +50%
      ->Hard: +100%
    -Add capture color function - no longer predefined colors!
    -Added new AI support:

    • ->AI now uses organized mass attacks.
      ->AI researches the three new upgrades in the ruin.


v1.72

  • -Increased maximum hero (Brood Mother) level from 20 to 30.
    -AI builds walls and wards randomly instead of following a certain plan. (caused bugs)
    -Spiders now remain at their order after upgrading.
    -Colors are now predefined in init.
    -Fixed a bug with food which was triggered when eggs got killed by spiders.
    -Fixed a bug that player slot 10 wasn't able to have correct alliances.
    -AI now just want to capture the Scout Tower if it belongs to an opponent.
    -Fixed the message when capturing the central Scout Tower.


v1.71

  • -AI is now able to build Walls and Wards.
    -AI Brood Mother now always stays close to her Obelisk and returns to the base if it has left it.
    -AI now builds faster all three Wells.
    -Improved AI system performance with many dead units.
    -Increased the hitpoints of Walls from 2000 to 2500.
    -Decreased the hitpoints of Wards from 25 to 10.
    -Increased missile speed of Wards from 700 to 900.
    -Decreased chance for KI to research egg upgrade.


v1.70

  • -Added an AI to play against the computer.
    -Changed Hotkey of "Remove Unit" from P to T.
    -Fixed eggs food costs.
    -Fixed but that units at the end despawned and bugged grafics instead of getting paused.
    -Fixed a bug that Spider Wards envolved into War Spider (1) after the first attack.
    -Fixed a but that Brood Spiders got killed when they used "Web Attack".


v1.61

  • -Fixed a bug that War Spiders developed too fast.


v1.60

  • -Added a new ability to Brood Spiders: Web Attack
    -Fixed a bug that the Attack Upgrade of War Spiders increased the base attack damage too much.
    -Minor fixes on overtake message of the central Scout Tower.
    -Added error messages if you can't lay more eggs because of the food limit.
    -Added an Info (as Ability) to Obelisk.
    -Decreased casting range of Create Spider Web from 250 to 200.
    -Added a new War Spider stage (7).
    -Removed Berserk from War Spider (6).
    -Added Berserk to War Spider (7).
    -Increased mana costs of Berserk from 54 to 70.
    -Increased duration of Berserk from 15 seconds to 20 seconds.
    -Added Spider Ward as a new structure for the Brood Mother to defend your base.
    -Improved and changed Brood Mother icon and model.
    -Increased stage limit of the Improve Attack upgrade from 3 to 5.
    -Increased stage limit of the Improve Survivability upgrade from 3 to 5.
    -Increased the size of some ramps of the six middle bases.


v1.50

  • - Fixed a bug that Brood Spiders got killed when laying new eggs.
    - Added a Map Preview (thanks to SaLaMi-WurSt for making it!)


v1.40

  • - Initial release on thehiveworkshop.com




Credits are given ingame & map is protected.

This map is fully coded with vJass and hashtables are used - it won't work for Wc3 versions older than 1.24!


Keywords:
spider, lord, empire, spiderwar, war, strategy, risk, ki, ai, bot, bots, computer, singleplayer, single, solo
Contents

Spider Empire v1.81 (Map)

Reviews
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22:17, 9th Aug 2011 -Kobas-: Status: Approved
  1. Robbepop

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    hiho,

    sure - I will continue.

    but first an approvement here would be very nice ...

    Robbepop
     
  2. Kl3sk

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    Kl3sk Reviews : Spider Empire
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    Version : 1.81
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    Map Type : Hybrid (Survival + Capture The Flag)
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    Description : (3/5)

    Although acceptable, this type of description doesn't do the map any favors. It makes little use of BB codes and makes it look what some may call "n00bish". Basic information aside, what is "-No losers just winners! =)" all about ? I mean I did smile, but I'm still slightly confused as to what it meant...

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    In-Game Review
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    Terrain
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    I'm not gonna go easy on a map just because it's a little under 1 MB to download. While I may agree the terrain is supposed to fit the "Spider Theme", I would have loved to see a little bit more detail into the final outcome. Slapping a few trees, tree trunks and some bush / plant doodads just doesn't cut it. If I must remind all you would-be map-makers , I will : The year is 2011! I tend to think we evolve as a community and learn to better ourselves with every passing moment and improve future projects. If the resources are available, why not use them ? (2/5)

    Models
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    No custom models, but we're talking about a map that revolves around arachnids, so there's no point discussing the topic at hand, though I will say this : instead of just increasing in size when the spiders upgrade, why not give them a distinguishable (new) skin ? This can also lead to new breeds of spiders. I'm pretty sure the Hive has enough of those to go around. Simply import! (rating N/A)

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    Now, I just can't forgive you for the lack of icons. If you're going create something called "Spider Empire", at least stick to the theme damn it! I can't imagine why a Tauren Reincarnation icon is used as an upgrade in this map, no matter the effects, the simplest thing you can do is make me feel like I'm in the game. A place full of venomous arachnids where the forest is their oyster. This can be done by both improving terrain, (models) skins and hell : custom icons (or at least matching ones) are most welcomed! (0/5)

    Skills
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    I found no bugs or glitches so I'm guessing it's a safe map to play, granted I only played 3 times. It is rather dull that the abilities are basic (W3 norm) . During this time, the only inconvenience I found was the "Group Attack" or "Mass Attack" button. Having a swarm of minions to micro means I would have little use of sending them blindingly to their grave. Here's a twist : How about you toggle this ability ? One click on the Brood Mother's ability to trigger "Micro Managing" and two clicks for "Macro Managing". This, in effect, would help you manage your troops more effectively. I'm not sure if any of this is getting to you, but either way you can PM me for a more in-depth explanation. (5/5)

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    Though it's a "cute" map, and the idea seems roughly new (Spider catches Obelisk ?), yet I have difficulty keeping my eyes open through the entire ordeal. It's supposed to be an adrenaline-packed experience, I can tell by the design of it, but there's nothing to really catch my eye, no unique feature to make me say "I am playing this since it's the only map I know of that has "X" in it" . It's a twist to most survival / capture the flag / and even altered melee maps I've ever played, I'll give you that, but the replay value is cut short by delivering less than it potentially can. If I want to mass units and rush the enemy's base, I'll just play Starcraft as Zerg. End of story. (2/5)

    Game-Play
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    I can tell from the beginning that this is a fast-paced game, so my first concern is map-size. Considering the units' movement speed, rushing the enemy from the first few seconds seems highly plausible. And if you're gonna play full house, chances are 2 or more enemies will discover you by accident in the first minutes of game-play and pummel you into nonexistence. So while this is a "free-for-all", I'd suggest you add modes in the beginning of the game (decided by the host, of course) that include the option "Team Vs." - "Free for All" and anything else you can think of in this sense. Also, another improvement would be increasing / decreasing the amount of gold a captured Obelisk can give the owner (this time, it can be voted by each player and the majority decides).
    Well, apart from suggestions the actual game-play itself isn't all that bad. It might be entertaining for some, but I don't see many people playing this after the first few goes. There's just not enough content to keep the player in-game. Let me describe the experience : "Lay eggs - Capture Obelisk - Scout for other Obelisks - Lay eggs - Find enemy scouting minion / eliminate unit - Capture Obelisk - Lay more eggs - repeat" ... Now, as fun as that may sound, the fact I can build 4 additional structures (that make very little sense coming from a map named "Spider Empire") and upgrade some abilities doesn't really warm my heart any bit. I was left with a "meh" feeling at the end of each of my three games. Oh, as a side note : For Pete's sake, "Spider-Ward" ?...I mean really ? :\ ...It's a W3 classic Serpent Ward with a classic W3 Serpent Ward icon. < -- Lazy map-making all the way.

    In conclusion :

    Do I recommend Survival / Capture The Flag fans to play this ? : Yes (If you're into massing units, press "A" and click on the enemy base, this is the map for you)

    Do I recommend non-Survival / Capture The Flag fans to play this : No (You'll get bored the first nanosecond the game starts)

    Will I play this map again : Yes / No (Undecided. If a future version is released and improvements are made, I shall further test it for a more adequate review)

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    Final verdict : I guess this boils all down to opinion. Hence, I personally do not agree with approving a map that seems to be created since Blizzard first released W3, but at the same time, theoretically, this map does not crash, leak, or violate any Hive rules, since it also gives proper credits to their respective authors.

    This should stay Rejected! (until updated) for the time being.

    Foot-note : Though you might be on to something, the experience I got from Spider Empire was less than memorable. Little effort was put in this map and I'm not sure how anyone can argue with me on this level if they've tried the map out once before. It's a nice concept, but lacking good execution and quality.

    * Please PM me if you have ANY questions or complaints about this review.
     
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    Brilliant!
     
  4. UnHolyDarKness

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    hey could you PM me the way u made this Big Net ?
    i was searching all the internet for it i couldn't find the answe

    i will be very thankfull and greatfull to you
     
  5. Robbepop

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    hiho,

    it is easy.
    I just created a new unit without attack, took the nerubian weave model (ability), made its size to about 5.0, set its selection circle to 0 and added a flying height to it (otherwise it is in the ground). =)

    btw: ah forgot to mention that I also added locust ability to it to make it unselectable and immune to spells. ;-)

    Robbepop
     
  6. -Kobas-

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    Terrain ruin game, still gameplay is unique and I like it, so I guess RECOMMENDED rating can do :).

    Status: Approved
     
  7. Robbepop

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    hiho,

    thanks for approving but I will still update the map and improve the terrain with the tips Kl3sk gave to me when I find time ... =)

    Robbepop
     
  8. Dj0z

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    Uploaded 13 june 2011? I swear i had played a map exactly like that at least one year ago... could you please tell me why/how?
    Also if you cared to code the map in vJass, at least give it a terrain of equal quality i think.
     
  9. Robbepop

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    hiho,

    well my friend (Smokey_Bud aka is the creator of spider war.
    he invented the gameplay style with spider arround 2006/2007 and I helped him to further improve the game at that time.
    But he stopped working on the map some time ago and I wanted to update it. =)
    I asked him if I could make a map SIMILAR to his current spider war map and made this one.
    However, if you really played this map you will find out that there are many many many things which I worked out totally different from the old spider war maps.

    In the meantime I would no longer say that this map is a copy but a totally different game with its own gameplay, mechanics and style. =)
    The only similar thing is the spider grafics.
    -> My friend agreed with this btw.^^

    As I said I will further improve the terrain and gameplay of spider empire.
    However there are no really useful spider 2d UI grafics ...

    Robbepop
     
  10. Foronisus

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    Great map i had a lot of fun
     
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    i wish i could talk to smokey_bud but i lost contact with him

    i'm a friend of him who is not as old as you are but it's been a while since i have talked to him
     
  12. Dj0z

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    Okay, thank you for the explanation.
     
  13. noobieatmaps

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    Very fun, but the AI wasn't very hard with 7 AIs. (or am I just good at this game?)

    5/5 and +rep
     
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    hi ho

    yes is fun. remind me to before the scourge but this more enjoyable.

    can you change spider with another animal? some people afraid spider.
    I like play broodmother but not for longtime and full spider in the game

    5/5 for this excellent map
     
  15. Robbepop

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    hiho,

    @noobieatmaps:
    if you find that the ai is easy then just go to the next higher level and play against 9 bots on hard difficulty. :p
    you will fail, I guess.^^

    @humaam:
    I don't know scourge ... :-(
    Well, I could change the models of all spiders to whatever I want but I really like spiders. :p

    Thank you guys for all the positive feedback! ;-)

    Robbepop
     
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    nice map, another great creation by Robbepop...

    i enjoy the gameplay a lot, but it needs more variety of stuff.

    I can ensure you that if you add more unique features this will be a really awesome map.
    -May i suggest adding a "broodMother class selection" for the players to make them
    feel free of selecting their own type of character, that can be a unique feature of your map.

    -Also you can make a new pair of strategic structures in the map like capturable ponds
    that boost some status and gives a little income or a rat burrow that lets your spiders eat or train and give you some small income too

    -The idea of boris of adding a bigger obeliscs that gives more income than others is really cool too you should take some ideas that he give you before too....

    -you make a really great work mapping Robbepop you make magic with your hands, "congratulations" and Great work
    :cwink:
     
  17. TCOfeeder

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    I owned full AI insane easily.Their so weak
     
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    another map by Robbepop!
     
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    Love the gameplay!! The AI's not bad. It could be fun playing with loads of people together. 4/5 for me!! :)
     
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    Well, to be honest, I never knew you the AI had multiple difficulty levels.
    I'll play again and post back with my results. =)