Vidmaster Tips & Tricks: Aye Mak Sicur
Speed is of the essence.
Aye Mak Sicur, created by Randy Reddig, began life as "Pfhactory", a Marathon network map. It was described as the Marathon's Weapons Manufacturing Plant, Vulcan. An orbiting space station comprising two concentric rings.
As a net level "Pfhactory" was very large. Concerning its size Randy wrote:
Pfhactory is immense. Each grid tick represents 1024 units (about 7 feet). Even so, you can get from any place on the map to another in less than 30 seconds. This is accomplished by a complex network of air passages snaking their way around the plant.
Pfhactory N'Utopia extended Pfhactory's design by adding a third outer ring. Geometry was completed on May 7, 1996 (yes that number again) and with a total of 1023 polygons it was by far and away the largest Marathon map ever created.
Pfhactory N'Utopia was never released to the public as a third party map but rather incorporated into Marathon Infinity. Randy Reddig now worked for Double Aught Software, the creators of the Infinity scenario "Blood Tides of Lh'owon". Renamed "Aye Mak Sicur" it became a solo level and cut down versions of the full map appeared as additional solo levels ("Aie Mak Sicur", "Carroll Street Station", and "You're Wormfood, Dude") and a net level ("Vulcan")
Approaching Aye Mak Sicur for the first time is daunting. Indeed even after playing it several times you may still find yourself getting lost.
Your objective on this level is to install two chips (yrro(farcast) pattern chips) at points B and D on the map below. The chips can be found at points A and C. The sequence of events is very simple. Collect the 1st chip at point A and install it at point B, collect the 2nd chip at point C and install it at point D.
The difficult part is finding your way around. You might also bump into some Hunters and the odd Juggernaut on the way. If you believe the Durandal/S'pht entity there is also an air of urgency. Terminal 1 relates:
Speed is of the essence.
The W'rcacnter groans under his slab.
So don't hang about... grab your boots... and run.
these boots were made for... is a short film demonstrating how to complete Aye Mak Sicur in less than 2 minutes without the aid of the Rocket Launcher. It's a no hits film.
these boots were made for... (2) is a second short film demonstrating how to complete Aye Mak Sicur in less than 2 minutes without the aid of the Rocket Launcher. It takes a slightly different route and the secret credit terminal room is also shown on the way. The weird thing is it's the same length as the above film... sheesh...
Speed Warrior are three short films from Frode Henriksen <firstname.lastname@example.org> showing three different ways to get to the secret credit terminal. Some great moves here along with some lateral thinking.