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Doom Gets Plastered: The 21st Annual Cacowards
Put down your pitchforks ladies and gentlemen, the Annual Cacowards are going ahead as planned! In celebration of Doom's 21st anniversary, our in-house team of writers and procrastinators have once again cobbled together a list of this year's finest projects and people, with questionable write-ups for each and every one of them. (more)

Zandronum TN LMS #2 - UDM3 Classic LMS

This week we'll be be celebrating nearly 10 years of UDM3! If you ask me, that 10 years really flew by. I can still remember playtesting it. Let's see... when UDM3 was released, I was 12 years old. Yep. It really needs no introduction, so let's just get to the good stuff.

WADs: UDM3 + Classic LMS + ZandroSpree
Maps: 16 (1-16)
Time: 3 mins
Wins Required: 2 (per map)
Players: 20/32
Date: Thursday, December 18th, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Location: BE

For all news and updates on Zandronum Thursday Night Last Man Standing, visit our official forum.

Odamex Nitro #171 - WDL2014D Instagib CTF

This week we will be playing Instagib Capture The Flag on the 2014 World Doom League compilation wad. 32 small to medium sized CTF levels by a ton of different authors.

Date: Saturday, December 13th, 2014
Session Start: 20:00 EST (1:00 GMT)
WADs: wdl2014d.wad bexxy.wad
Maps: 32 (MAP01-32)
Mode: 16-player Instagib Capture The Flag

If you want to join up and don't have Odamex yet, head over to the Odamex site and get yourself 0.7.0. Don't forget to also check out and join the Odamex Steam Group for information on updates and announcements.

ZDaemon Sessions #380 - DWANGO 20th Anniversary Edition

This weekend ZDS is dedicated to The Dial-up Wide-Area Network Game Operation, better known as DWANGO. With that we will be playing dwango20.wad - 31 maps created between 1994 and 1998 by the Dooming community of yesteryear with a new map by Doomkid. We will not use the classic maplist; instead a script will shuffle the maps for a well-balanced mix.

Game mode: FFA
IWAD: Doom 2 (or FreeDoom)
PWADs: dwango20 shufflemap2b zvox6
WAD url:
Date: Saturday December 13th 2014
Times: Euro: 19:30 BST (14:30 EDT); USA: 02:00 BST (21:00 EDT)
Locations: [SDA] / Dwango United NJ
More Info...

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Zandronum SNS #154 - Satan's Covenant Survival Invasion

After the not so great reception of last week, this week we've decided to make it up to you with a fairly recent invasion megawad: Satan's Covenant! 35 full invasion maps chock full of some familiar walking corpses to stack and some "new" ones.

Lives: 2
IWAD: doom2.wad
WADs: Skulltag Actors, Skulltag Data 126, Satan's Covenant
What day: Saturday, December 13th, 2014
What time: 18:00 UTC
United Kingdom: 19:00
Russia / Moscow: 22:00
Eastern Time (US): 2:00 PM
Where: Best Ever
More info and screenshots...

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Zandronum Friday Night Fragfest #248: UDMX Freezetag & XmasCTF Skullbag

With winter fast approaching, freeze or be frozen in Freezetag! Our other FNF will be Skullbag, so let's not be stingy, and prepare for the season of giving! Cough up those coins, and chuck 'em in the pot for mad points!

European FNF
When: December 12th, 2014, 18:00 UTC
Where: Grandvoid, UK
WADs: UDMX, Freezetag, New Text Colors
Mode: 32-Player Freezetag
Maplist: MAP01-06, 08-09, 11-14, 16-17, 19-23, 25-32

American FNF
When: December 12th, 2014, 20:00 EDT
Where: Best Ever servers
WADs: XmasCTF2013, MAP28, patch, SkullBag, New Text Colors
Mode: 24-Player SkullBag
Maplist: MAP01-03, 05, 07, 09, 11-14, 17, 19, 21, 23-28

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 #174 - Baker's Dozen

For this week's installment we have Baker's Dozen, a 13-map wad created by Alexander "Eternal" S. Low map count will leave us space for many rotations. See you there!

  • Skill: Ultra Violence
  • IWAD: doom2 or freedoom070
  • PWADs: bd
  • Maps: 01-13
  • Lives: 1
  • Euro session: 19:00 GMT @ [L@P] - Germany, Europe
  • US session: 19:00 EST @ DUI - New Jersey, USA
  • Date: 11th December 2014
  • More Details...
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Romero Goes Ham, Reveals New-Old Artwork

To commemorate Doom's 21st birthday, Doom designer John Romero has gone insane on his Twitter account and has posted an enormous amount of previously-unseen artwork from Doom's development days back in 1993 / 1994. You can see everything on this Storify, including somewhat-interesting things like raw scans of the Cyberdemon, Archvile, Spiderdemon, Baron of Hell, Revenant, and Doomguy, fairly interesting things like an unused BFG revision and sprites of the Doomguy and Demon dying horrible deaths, exceedingly interesting things like an entirely new font, unused sprites, and some never before seen textures, and utterly vital things like a Spiderdemon waving her hands in the air like she just doesn't care.

Zandronum TN LMS #1 - ffi_z LMS

Introducing a new weekly event focused on the game modes Last Man Standing and Team Last Man Standing, we'll be featuring a wide variety of wads and settings every Thursday at 8pm EST. This week we'll be playing a great "SkullTag classic" LMS wad, ffi_z. Hope to see you there.

WADs: ffi_z + eonweapons_b3
Maps: 10 (1-10)
Time: 5 mins
Wins Required: 2 (per map)
Players: 14
Date: Thursday, December 11th, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Locations: BE

For all news and updates on Zandronum Thursday Night Last Man Standing, visit our official forum.

Strife Returning To Life

Strife was always the black sheep of the Doom-engine game family. Released a mere month before Quake took us into the third dimension, Strife moved away from mindless run-and-gun action and layered on top a detailed plot with fully-voiced character dialogue, an inventory system, multiple endings, and more. Some have called it a predecessor of more well known FPS-RPG hybrids like Deus Ex. Unfortunately Strife was a commercial failure, and its developer and publisher subsequently went out of business, leaving it adrift on the abandonware tides forever...

...or at least until today, when a Steam listing for Strife has popped up. The game is being resurrected by Night Dive Studios, well-known for acquiring long-dead games and breathing new life into them. Labeled The Original Strife: Veteran Edition, this new version will bring the game out of the DOS era and onto Windows, Mac, and SteamOS with high-resolution support, an OpenGL renderer with dynamic lighting and bloom(!), an all-new "Capture the Chalice” multiplayer mode(!!), and even Steam Achievements and Trading Cards(!!!). The Original Strife: Veteran Edition is due out December 12.

Talking Hall

Matt Barton of Matt Chat has recently posted a three-part series of videos where he discusses various topics with game designer Tom Hall, a name you might recognize. With videos divided into different topics, you can learn more about Commander Keen, Wolfenstein 3D and Doom, and ROTT plus Anachronox.