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The Fiery Crater v1.0

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After you entered the core of the volcano in Fiery Descent, you found yourself in the middle of a smoldering crater on the other side. This map picks up where that one left off, as you journey deeper into it, discovering an ancient fortress built into the side of the lava mountain.

I was heavily inspired by the designs of Gothic DM when I built the fortress areas of the map.. and because of that came very close to Heretic's limit on lines displayed. I also brushed up against the savegame buffer limit (as I did with Water City), and so that's why the area around the blue key seems small. If I made the map larger like I was planning on doing, then you wouldn't be able to save. Not worth it..

This level has been designed to be extremely difficult, so only Heretic masters need apply. There is just enough ammo to get through things, but don't count on not ever having to fall back on weaker weapons. Also, use those Time Bombs! I didn't put a dozen of them in the map for nothing!


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Excellent work ! I wonder how that map would be big and detailed without vanilla Heretic limitations, heh. 5/5 of course. ~Naan

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Great map!! Just a pity about pseudo metal wannabe sound track.

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A more than worthy sequel to "Fiery Descent." It's bigger and tougher, although the ammo isn't quite as tight as the author states--I had 150+ hellstaff charges at the end (playing on "smite-meister"). Anyway, the terrain is varied but does an excellent job of sticking to the theme, and the same can be said of the fights. Like its predecessor, it's still generally cramped, but there is in general more room to run than before. --TDotW

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    • By Meril · Posted
      It's large 1995 map. Starting area is looking nice, but later author lost creativity and made mazy corridors. Very challenging because of overuse of chaingunners. It's extremely annoying. Lots of traps, Some clever, some not fair.
    • By HUGEkidsY2K · Posted
      Too linear in my tastes looking back now, will do better with my next projects!
    • By Meril · Posted
      For 95' map is really ok. A bit "blocky" design, but not bad. Map is rather big, it takes me 40min but i get lost in one place. Some good traps, IMO kinda challanging at the begining, before you get ssg. Overall good classic wad.
    • By Erick · Posted
      Fun map that captures a nice TNT-ish feel with plenty of weird yet also nice looking rooms, groups of hitscanners and demons to blast through, and a sense of adventure to it. Taking the MAP14 slot, you would see the episode 2 skybox of TNT: Evilution and listen to the track "Cold Subtleness", both creating a nice atmosphere to the map. Worth checking out!
    • By Player Lin · Posted
      Doesn't like the layout and monster replacements, I didn't found RL until got the yellow key and found a lot of rockets, the location where RL is confusing me, and it also not fun when you get kicked down from the cliffs by Revenants, Mancubus and Archviles after the way to Blue key door, the way to the teleporter just far enough to kill you if not killed by monsters which kicked you down. Final timed puzzle room just nasty as the cyberdemon and archvile fights in the same place, not sure why make the level so big but can't make the fights with them also on bigger place too?   It's not bad level but I'm sure the frustration level is sky high, and not sure the slopes from ZDooM do anything good to this level too.
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