I felt like using one of my favourite themes for this one: the library! :P There's just something inherently cool about traps and secret passageways in old libraries that I like. Hopefully you'll like it too.
Cool little map, like the barrel explosions though I expected it to open up more areas for some reason? Didn't care for the last fight at all, was hoping the SMM would come out and shoot the pinkies but it didn't happen.
Watch for laughs. I played with complevel 2 (or if that wasn't the problem then something else must have gone terribly wrong) so the Spider Mastermind ambush is "slightly" dysfunctional. But what an exciting battle it is when I do get the gate open! :D
Watch for laughs. Only now because I sucked so hard it wasn't even funny. Died total five times by:
1. Manc fireball clipping
2. Just plain suckage
3. Owned by a Lost Soul
4. Ragedeath, apologies
5. Another crappy player sighting
As for the map: well there's the hard way and the cheesy way in each fight, the cheesy ways being displayed in the FDA. I do like the trap dynamics otherwise, it's a shame they can be cheesed so badly. The HK and the Manc felt a bit redundant since they add little else than slabs of meat to pump ten shells into (oh the irony, I know...) though. I think the "finale" would also be improved vastly if you had simply eliminated the possibility of cheesing it by releasing the Arch-Viles after the player has already teleported into the library. A neat little speedmap overall.
Black Books was a fun bastard. Once you know it it's quite easy, but getting there is devious. Steel Trap was nice but the actual trap could have had some more oomph to it, it was a fairly easy map. Both looked decent, though I think Volatile had the best visuals of the maps in this thread.
Thanks for the feedback Plums. Considering the nature of speedmaps in general the megawad is most likely going to be limit-removing to avoid hassle: for some ungodly reason, Black Books somehow manages to break the visplane limit! Harumph. On a side note:
This one has a bit of a story to it: I originally started on this idea earlier today, but 25 minutes in Doom Builder inexplicably crashed on me and I lost my work. The second time around I had more of an idea in my head, hence the slightly higher complexity.
The sequel to Black Books, if you will. :) I'm going to try match the themes of each map from now on: as you may notice, this one starts out like Black Books and ends up like Volatile. Plus I couldn't resist making another library map.
Fun fact: I made this while at my mate's radio show.
Eh, this one I'm not so sure about : I was planning to add a decent bit more detail and at least one secret(something most of these maps have been lacking), but unfortunately it just never happened. I'll let you guys decide if I use it or not.