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The /newstuff Chronicles #479
JudgeDeadd on Strife: Absolute Anarchy Deathmatch: This wad contains not only several deathmatch and CTF maps for Strife Zandronum multiplayer, but also a number of gameplay tweaks. I didn't get to test the gameplay online, and I'm no expert on what a good DM map should be like, but I can say that the maps are pretty nice visually. (more)


Zandronum Friday Night Fragfest #285: ZDCTF instagib & Velocity SkullBag

Adjust your sights and steady your aim this Friday as we rerun the classic ZDCTF maps in instagib mode. Be quick or go broke as North America sees the return of SkullBag on Velocity CTF!

European FNF
When: August 28th, 2015, 18:00 UTC
Where: Grandvoid, UK
WADs: ZDCTF 2, ZDCTF 3, ZDCTF 1, SECTINFO, SimpleInstagib+fadefix, Odaflags, ZandroSpree, NewTextColours
Mode: 32-Player Capture The Flag (instagib)
Maplist: MAP01-05, 07-13, 16-22, 25-28, 30

American FNF
When: August 28th, 2015, 20:00 EDT
Where: Best Ever servers
WADs: Velocity CTF, SkullBag, Zandrospree, New text colors
Mode: 32-Player SkullBag
Maplist: 01-12, 14, 16-18, 21, 23, 25-32

If you want to join, you'll need to download the latest version of Zandronum. You can find out anything else you need to know about Zandronum here. More specific details for this event can be found here. If you need help setting up Zandronum, please look here.


ZDaemon Thursday Night Survival #211 - Hellcore (Part I Revisited)

I remember some funny moments from last time we played this. You can check out the old post for a description of the wad. Now, let's play already!

PS: Tonight's Euro session will be played on a Ducks server (zds://37.157.193.245:10777).

  • Skill: Ultra Violence
  • IWAD: doom2 or freedoom080
  • PWADs: hc092604
  • Maps: map01-map16, map31
  • Lives: 1
  • Euro session: 19:00 BST @ Ducks - Czech Republic, Europe
  • US session: 19:00 EDT @ DUI - New Jersey, USA
  • Date: 27th August 2015
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Doom Officially a Good Old Game

Zenimax has cut a deal with GOG.com, making old Bethesda games available on the nostalgia gaming site. The offer includes id classics Ultimate Doom, Doom 2 bundled with Final Doom and the Master Levels, and Quake with its two mission packs, all DRM-free and BFG edition-free. It's the real deal, folks! Red crosses on medkits! They're currently available at 33% off in a promo bundle. That's US $17.31 or 15.87. Here's a chance to complete your IWAD collection if your computer doesn't run on steam in the 21st century.

Unfortunately, however, it looks like the GOG installer is Windows-only, meaning that our Mac / Linux friends are still out in the cold when it comes to legally acquiring the Doom IWADs.



Escalation Studios To Work On Doom 4 SnapMap

Escalation Studios announced via tweet on August 19 that the independent development studio has been brought on board by id Software to assist in further development of the Doom 4 SnapMap built-in editor feature. Originally announced at E3 2015, it has been referred to by various media sources as part of a new Bethesda.net social platform for mod sharing. Bethesda's Pete Hines and id Software's Marty Stratton have issued conflicting statements on whether or not modding capabilities beyond SnapMap will become available in the future, or if SnapMap's capabilities will extend beyond fastening together developer-provided prefabs. Thanks to The Doom Wiki, from which I stole this pretty much verbatim, because that's how their Creative Commons license works!!



Zandronum Friday Night Fragfest #284: TDMax FFA + Eon Weapons & 32in24-13 Samsara DM

This week's Euro pick is well suited for tight oldschool FFAs, and on the flipside we have the modern and modded with 32in24-13 and Samsara!

European FNF
When: August 21st, 2015, 18:00 UTC
Where: Grandvoid, UK
WADs: TDMax_b4, Eon Weapons RC4, ZandroSpree, NewTextColours
Mode: 16-Player Deathmatch
Maplist: MAP01, 04-06, 08-09, 11, 16, 20-25, 27, 29-30, 40-42

American FNF
When: August 21st, 2015, 20:00 EDT
Where: Best Ever servers
WADs: 32in24-13, Samsara 0.31git, Unique patch, ZandroSpree, NewTextColours 220
Mode: 32-Player Deathmatch
Maplist: MAP01-04, 06, 07, 09, 10, 12, 19, 20, 24, 25, 27, 31, 36, 41, 42, 47

If you want to join, you'll need to download the latest version of Zandronum. You can find out anything else you need to know about Zandronum here. More specific details for this event can be found here. If you need help setting up Zandronum, please look here.



idgames Maintainer Ty Halderman Passes Away At 69

Late last April, new files stopped appearing on the idgames archive, leading to mounting concern about maintainer Ty Halderman's well-being. The following month, in late May, a visit by a Doomer in Ty's native New Orleans confirmed that he was alive but hospitalized. That same month, Bill Koch (Bloodshedder) and Eric Baker (The Green Herring) were recruited as interim maintainers to keep the idgames archive running. Today on the forums, a close relative confirmed that Ty Halderman died on July 31, surrounded by his family. We have no reason to believe that this information is fabricated.

As maintainer of the most important part of the Doom community, Ty Halderman was the reason over 20 years of custom levels and mods remain available today. As part of TeamTNT, he contributed to TNT: Evilution from the Final Doom package among other WADs, and was one of the main programmers of the source port Boom, which set a new standard for custom level design that remains today. Needless to say, Ty Halderman was not called an "essential pillar of the community" for nothing. For all of this and more, he received the Espi Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Cacowards just last year. The work he did for this community is immeasurable, and his loss devastating. We at Doomworld offer our condolences to Ty Halderman's family, and would like to thank him for his efforts in keeping the central archive of the Doom community alive. He will be missed by us all.