My first map ever for any game I've played. I'm about three months into it. I've learned Hammer using sources on the web and I've read three of Alex's ebooks. My progress so far has went from blocking in, texturing, troubleshooting, and next I'm going back over everything to make it look rougher, and put more stuff in the streets. I have ambitious plans to add custom sounds, events, and models. I've learned a little about each. It's a huge map and I've had to really learn a lot to keep it clean and keep the stats acceptable. It's playable at this point but it's so big that the infected are sparse. The script I'm following is:
1 - Video Store - Start off in Times Square end in the video store
2 - Warehouse - video store to capturing an infected at the warehouse
3 - Fred - warehouse to seeing Fred on the streets
4 - Docks - Fred to docks, Aircraft carrier
5 - Docks to home, defend house, retreat to the lab for final standoff
Alex's book recommends posting progress. While my natural instincts tell me I'm nowhere near ready to defend my work so far, I trust his wisdom, as I believe he is truly a great teacher and mapper. It's direct lighting only, so far. Here goes.