Custom Left 4 Dead map: Zelda

With the release of the Left 4 Dead campaign bundler thing last week, I hunted around yesterday for compiled user-made campaigns… and found not a single complete one in the VPK format. Folks had levels as separate files that sort of made campaigns, but I don’t much feel like manually changing levels when I play. I like the seamless nature of a campaign.

But one level tempted me enough for me to play it: zteer’s Zelda map. It’s definitely a change from the standard levels, adding a very Zelda feel. It’s got keys, teleporting hands, doors that lock until all monsters are killed, and — very awesomely — a dungeon map that shows on the ceiling as you walk around. It’s long enough (43 minutes in Normal) that it felt like a campaign, despite being a single level.

Imagine a Zelda dungeon with Left 4 Dead-style pacing. Unlock a door, clear a room, catch your breath, grab the key… another horde.

We didn’t quite make it playing on Advanced (which I’ve been playing on pretty consistently lately on the standard maps), so we backed down to Normal and were able to beat it (minus the two AIs, who bit the dust… probably when I Molotov’d them). I won’t give the ending away, but I must say, it was pretty hilarious.

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True fan — ilyAIMY

Kevin Kelly formulated and wrote about the idea of an artist needing 1000 true fans to make a living:

A creator, such as an artist, musician, photographer, craftsperson, performer, animator, designer, videomaker, or author – in other words, anyone producing works of art – needs to acquire only 1,000 True Fans to make a living.

A True Fan is defined as someone who will purchase anything and everything you produce. They will drive 200 miles to see you sing. They will buy the super deluxe re-issued hi-res box set of your stuff even though they have the low-res version. They have a Google Alert set for your name. They bookmark the eBay page where your out-of-print editions show up. They come to your openings. They have you sign their copies. They buy the t-shirt, and the mug, and the hat. They can’t wait till you issue your next work. They are true fans.

I saw ilyAIMY here in Charlotte tonight down at Snug Harbor (which I wish had seats, even uncomfortable ones!). I realized as I waited through some pretty good other artists for ilyAIMY to take the stage (is that rude?) that if their performance was good, I’d probably buy any album of theirs that I didn’t have.

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