Frustrations with UDK Tutorials

I like UDK. I like it quite a bit.It’s fairly powerful and (mostly) easy to use. More than anything, it has learning curves for its proprietary system. The one thing that has been my main gripe with it so far is a lack of good, concise tutorials on some Beginner to Intermediate level content creation and editing.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some good tutorials out there, but there are a lot more poorly made tutorials, both in Text and Video form, and for some categories, they straight up don’t even exist. After some Google-fu during the last month or so working in UDK, it seems that the message boards are rarely helpful for the topics I end up looking up, mostly because by the time I resort to that, I’ve exhausted my other options.

There are helpful topics out there, but the community is either unresponsive to some (seemingly) elementary solutions, or are condescending to the inquisitive lurkers for not earning their right to ask questions yet, which is apparently a thing there.

Anyway, that’s a bulk of my rant. I think I’ll start writing and recording my own tutorials soon, and take my negative experiences, turning them around, and hopefully making it a streamlined solution for a fellow person in need.

Now to dive into the documentation… This time I brought my snorkel.

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The Big Terrible Picture – The Secret World and Roman Ciphers

So I’ve been playing The Secret World, lately, and one of the investigations called The Big Terrible Picture had us crack a cipher that turned out to be offset to the left in the English alphabet, a classic Roman Cipher (aka a Caesar Cipher). I can’t believe they still put cool puzzles like this in MMOs, I haven’t seen anything like it outside of old adventure games. Here is the set of ciphered texts and their decrypted texts:

cngu bs gur fha – eryngrf abg whfg gb gur fbyne obql ohg gur geniry bs gur uhzna obql ovegu orlbaq

rvtug synzrf – rvtug fgngvbaf ba gur cngu bs yvsr? nygubhtu gur beqre vf abg jung frrzrq vavgvnyyl boivbhf

becomes

path of the sun – relates not just to the solar body but the travel of the human body birth beyond

eight flames – eight stations on the path of life? although the order is not what seemed initially obvious

Pyre 1:
vasnapl – n dhvpxyl qbhfrq synzr

becomes

infancy – a quickly doused flame

Pyre 2:
ovegu – gur oevrsrfg oynmr

becomes

birth – the briefest blaze

Pyre 3:
lbhgu – arire gehyl rkgvathvfurq

becomes

youth – never truly extinguished

Pyre 4:
puvyqubbq – bayl gehyl snqrf nsgre byq ntr

becomes

childhood – only truly fades after old age

Pyre 5:
nqhygubbq – fybjre ohea guna vasnapl, snfgre guna byq ntr

becomes

adulthood – slower burn than infancy, faster than old age

Pyre 6:
vzzbegnyvgl – bapr npuvrirq, hadhrapunoyr

becomes

immortality – once achieved, unquenchable

Pyre 7:
qrngu – qrngu vf rire cerfrag

becomes

death – death is ever present

Notes:
evghny bs qnlf – gur pbzvat sbegu ol qnl – n sbphfvat bs yvtug hcba qnexarff.

gur cevrfgubbq bs nzha qevira haqretebhaq ol ngravfgf – ranpgf gurfr evghnyf va frperg – jul urer?

becomes

ritual of days – the coming forth by day – a focusing of light upon darkness.

the priesthood of amun driven underground by atenists – enacts these rituals in secret – why here?

Lineage Puzzle:

evghny bs yvarntr – n cenlre orsber eblnygl? pehqr qrcvpgvbaf bs nxurangra – gurfr jrer abg znqr gb ubabhe uvz

pbafvqre gur anzrf – nxurangra’f anzr renfrq nsgre qrngu – ohg gung jnf abg uvf gehr anzr n cenlre gb gehgu

becomes

ritual of lineage – a prayer before royalty? crude depictions of akhenaten – these were not made to honour him

consider the names – akhenaten’s name erased after death – but that was not his true name a prayer to truth

If you want to make your own Roman ciphers, visit this site.