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JudgeSpear
12-21-2012, 05:47 AM
https://karting.lbp.me/v/3hrt
https://lbpk-production.s3.amazonaws.com/player_creations/163001/preview_image.png

An Expert AI version has been uploaded at: https://karting.lbp.me/v/3j9z
BE WARNED: The AI is extremely unforgiving in this level! You will be attacked relentlessly and often, and you will be overtaken by the whole track! The regular version now has Medium AI by default. Play that version for a more casual experience.

The Time Trial version of the same track: https://karting.lbp.me/v/6g63
No AI racers, no weaponators...just you solo and three nitro boosts to help you get as fast a time as possible.

El Lago Vainilla is my own contribution to the trend of Christmas-themed LBPK levels coming out lately. This level has several custom objects. El Lago Vainilla is inspired by the winter levels from Super Mario Kart (in fact, the name El Lago Vainilla is Spanish for "(The) Vanilla Lake", which is the name of the frozen lake racetracks in the original 1992 SNES Super Mario Kart). I've included a field of deadly snowmen similar to the ones found in Frappe Snowland of Mario Kart 64 and an avalanche section as track hazards.

Unlike my previous two racetracks, this one is actually quite short. While there are many obstacles, the track does not have too many tight turns. The AI is set to Expert difficulty, so expect a good challenge when you race this level the first few times. This track has a twist to it. What is the twist? Play it and see!

Some teaser screenshots:
https://lbpk-production.s3.amazonaws.com/player_creations/158727/data.jpg
https://lbpk-production.s3.amazonaws.com/player_creations/158707/data.jpg
https://lbpk-production.s3.amazonaws.com/player_creations/158709/data.jpg
https://lbpk-production.s3.amazonaws.com/player_creations/158717/data.jpg

aratiatia
12-21-2012, 07:37 AM
Looking, ah, "cool!" LOL Yes, this looks great, I like the goldball snowmen! I'll be sure to queue this one when you finish it :) Merry Christmas!

JudgeSpear
12-22-2012, 12:46 AM
Ice cave section is done. I call it la cueva de los cristales peligrosas de hielo.

Here is the entrance to the cave:
https://lbpk-production.s3.amazonaws.com/player_creations/161175/data.jpg

This is the inside of the cave:
https://lbpk-production.s3.amazonaws.com/player_creations/161177/data.jpg

The cave section might be very short compared to the frozen lake section, but the cave does hold a big surprise. What that surprise is will be revealed to all when I publish this level. Stay tuned!

Lady_Luck__777
12-22-2012, 11:36 AM
Moved to [LBPK] Level and Object Showcase

JudgeSpear
12-22-2012, 06:32 PM
I republished this level with the following fixes, updating it to v1.1:
*Scoreboard recordkeeping changed from time to points
*Rebalanced weapon distribution...less occurrences of leader and red homing missiles
*Adjusted weaponator placements in various areas
*Final lap problems fixed: tight turns and section after launcher jump smoothed out
*Slight adjustment to intro cinematics

Two copies of this level exists on the servers. I cannot delete the older version in-game due to a republishing bug.

EDIT: New update to v1.2:
*AI difficulty lowered from Expert to Medium
*Lighting improvements
*Bright arrows placed on all big turns.

An Expert AI version has been uploaded at: https://karting.lbp.me/v/3j9z
BE WARNED: The AI is extremely unforgiving in this level! You will be attacked relentlessly and often, and you will be overtaken by the whole track!

zzmorg82
12-23-2012, 06:10 PM
Got it q'ed up. The medium version that is ;)

JudgeSpear
12-24-2012, 08:02 PM
Both regular and Expert AI versions of this level have been updated to v1.3:

Various track fixes, AI pathing in frozen lake shortcut improved.

zzmorg82
12-29-2012, 05:15 AM
Just got done playing, you weren't kidding when you said the AI was relentless!! :O

JudgeSpear
12-29-2012, 01:48 PM
Yeah, that's what prompted me to make a separate Expert AI version, while making the regular version Medium AI. Was the regular version too relentless as well?

For the Expert AI version, I even customized it further by using Race Brains and setting everything to 100%. Wow, the AI can now defend itself against green weapons like the green missiles and lightning bolts if given the chance. I made it favor attacking YOU over itself. Also, they race at top speed and use drift boosts everywhere.

zzmorg82
12-29-2012, 04:30 PM
Well, with the medium version, you just had to keep weapons handy if you're in 1st. But that's how it is in other races aswell. I also loved the lava pit parts. :D

WESFUN
12-29-2012, 08:43 PM
qued it up :D

s3v3nt33n
12-30-2012, 02:30 AM
Yeah this track is fun!! there should be more of that cave I LOVE!!! the lighting in there! and I really wasn't expecting that 3rd lap to be like that!! LOL I was surprising haha, here I thought this was a a nice peaceful snow village, but I was wrong!!

Great track man! and yeah AI are no joke on this track !! Everybody this is a good track so play it!! lol Keep creating and take care!!

JudgeSpear
12-30-2012, 02:18 PM
Yeah this track is fun!! there should be more of that cave I LOVE!!! the lighting in there! and I really wasn't expecting that 3rd lap to be like that!! LOL I was surprising haha, here I thought this was a a nice peaceful snow village, but I was wrong!!

Great track man! and yeah AI are no joke on this track !! Everybody this is a good track so play it!! lol Keep creating and take care!!

Haha thanks! One future level I am planning to make will take place in a cave system. I will incorporate the same intricate lighting as I did in this level's cave.

I think I spent a good 30 hours over 6 days working on this level. I have republished this level about 6 times (it is up to v1.6 as of this post). A majority of it was spent playtesting it to ensure the track races smoothly and there are no glitches. I did not even spend nearly that enough time playtesting my two team-picked levels; looking back at them now, I consider them rough and quite unpolished compared to this level, but then again, I was still learning how to create in LBPK when I made those two levels. The other part of that time was spent making the level look pretty and setting the right balance of color and atmosphere.

fireblitz95
12-31-2012, 01:42 AM
Got it Queued.

JudgeSpear
01-06-2013, 06:45 PM
Since I consider this track the smoothest racing one out of the three tracks I have published so far, I published a Time Trial version of this track: https://karting.lbp.me/v/6g63

No AI racers, no weaponators...just you solo and three nitro boosts to help you get as fast a time as possible. How fast can you complete this race?

I wish there was a way to build a game host playlist out of levels you wish to play with your playgroup or others who join your session. And with each level in your playlist, you can set the following options:

AI racers on or off
Time trial mode on/off (removes weaponators)
AI difficulty (from Easy all the way to Expert, and Custom if a level has custom AI defined for it)


This eliminates the need to publish multiple versions of the same level on your planet.

EDIT:

Youtube user EpsGameplayPit plays and gives commentary on the regular Medium AI version of this level in this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tVM8rsTDhk