Uploaded by : Graham Burgess (gkburgess-at_compuserve_dot-com)
Update to : None, but based on nj_castl.wad (much enlarged)
Advanced engine needed : None
Primary purpose : Single play
Title : Maxcastl: The Most Massive Wad
Filename : maxcastl.wad
Release date : Oct-1995
Author : Max Thrott (based on Nigel Rowand's work)
Email Address : Max.Thrott@f201.n331.z1.fidonet.org
Other Files By Author :
Misc. Author Info :
Description : Inspired by NJ_CASTL.WAD, much of the integrity of
the original level has been maintained, except that
it is HUGE. I opened up many of the void spaces on
the map to make passages and secret rooms. ...
There are many ways to approach certain areas, and
the action inside the castle is very much
determined by the way a player behaves while on the
outside. Monsters my appear in one area the first
time you play and may not show at all in the same
area the second or third time through.
(see the original for more comments)
Additional Credits to : Andrue Carr (Play Tester), Jimmy Warren (Play
Tester), Ice Cube (who designed Icefort.wad - one
incredible level - and who inspired me to try my
hand at wad building.
And Nigel "Enjay" Rowand for NJ_CASTL.WAD.
* What is included *
New levels : 1
Sounds : No
Music : No
Graphics : No
Dehacked/BEX Patch : No
Demos : Yes (in zip but not in wad; more than an hour
long, a UV near-Max in Ultimate Doom format)
Other : No
Other files required : None
* Play Information *
Game : DOOM
Map # : E1M3
Single Player : Designed for
Cooperative 2-4 Player : Yes (but no extra monsters or items)
Deathmatch 2-4 Player : Player starts only (far too big)
Other game styles : No
Difficulty Settings : Yes
* Construction *
Base : nj_castl.wad by Nigel "Enjay" Rowand
Build Time :
Editor(s) used :
Known Bugs : In Doom.exe, there are problems with the
savegame buffer and the vissprites limit on UV.
May Not Run With... :
* Copyright / Permissions *
Authors MAY use the contents of this file as a base for modification or
reuse as long as they give credit where credit is due.
You MAY distribute this file, provided you include this text file.
* Where to get the file that this text file describes *
The Usual: ftp://archives.3dgamers.com/pub/idgames/ and mirrors
The author's original text-file follows:
-> E1 M3 <- MAXCASTL
- The Most Massive Wad -
To play Maxcastl, dump all the files to your doom dir and
type: MAX (Skill #). ex. Max 4 - for Ultraviiolence.
To play the LMP, (demo file) type: PLAYMAX
(Reveals some of the secrets and some valuable stratgies for
survival in ultraviolence mode)
Inspired by NJ_CASTL.WAD, much of the integrety of the
original level has been maintained, except that it is HUGE.
I opened up many of the void spaces on the map to make pas-
sages and secret rooms. Spent months fighting Vis-Plane
Overflow, (To all Wad Builders: Yes it can be beaten. You
may not end up with the views that you would like, but if
you have a level that you think is worth saving delete some
objects, and move a few walls or simplify. You should be
able to overcome the problem.) -Wanted to build alot more-
Had plans for a dungeon, and wanted to make the "town" more
detailed, but the node-builder couldn't handle one more ver-
tice, and even krapped out when I tried to merge two vertices
and when I tried to delete a sector. Such are the limitaions
that we must work under. Therefore I have decided to put my
plans to use in two other levels -currently in production-
to make a trilogy, of which this level is the third chapter.
Endevouring to make this level as entertaining as possible,
I worked on keeping the action up while putting in "safe"
places that were easy to get to where a player can catch their
breath and stock up on health and ammo (there's plenty) and that
inter-connect through leaps or back doors. There are many ways
to approach certain areas, and the action inside tha castle is
very much determined by the way a player behaves while on the
outside, monsters my appear in one area the first time you play
and may not show at all in the same area the second or third time
through. If you want to survive this level, you have got to get
used to running and strafing (if you haven't allready) it's very
tough in the begining, and in the town. There are secrets behind
most of the candles, and most secrets lead to other secret areas
that are filled with health and ammo, and are good "safe" vantage
points. -I've made it so that monsters cannot enter these areas.
But be carefull, they can still fire in through open doors and
-> I've implemented all difficulty levels, and the easy mode is
really easy because I wanted players to be able to explore, and
get a feel for the place before moving to higher difficulty levels.
-> And there are 4 deathmatch starts, but this level is far too big
for deathmatch play. It will run choppy at first in higher dif-
ficulty levels, untill you've killed off a few monsters. You may
need a pentium system to play in ultra-violence mode, so I've tried
to make the easier modes just as entertaining. One other problem
encountered is dissappearing monsters in ultra-violence mode.
(Too many sprites to display) This problem cannot be avoided.
-> - WARNING! -
-> THIS LEVEL IS TOO BIG TO SAVE! If you try to save, the game will
crash. Honnors to the guys at id, but this particular problem I
am very dissapionted by.
This author was lucky enough to have two play testers who dropped
by almost daily to give it a try and add comments and suggestions,
and who, without their effort, I may not have noticed many problems
in game play that needed rectifying. No one survives the town.. at
least in ultra-violent mode, although I know that it is emminently
playable. There is health ammo and armor in all the buildings.
(Clear out all the buildings first, before going for the blue key)
-> Much Thanks To Andrue Carr - Play Tester
Jimmy Warren - Play Tester
Who Designed Icefort.wad - One Incredible Level
and who inspired me to try my hand at wad building.
And whoever designed NJ_CASTL.WAD.
The author ommited his name or handle in the
accompanying text file.
- Comments/Suggestions Welcome -
Fidonet: Max Thrott 1:331/201
SL_Net: Max Thrott 250:505/1294
Isgnet: ~0A Max Thrott 91:5/201
- or -
OVER BOARD BBS: Max Thrott (508) 693 6279
-> Authors may use this level as a basis for a new wad file.
(GOOD LUCK) - as long as they give credit where credit is due.
(No one has a copyright on spatial relationships) - nuff said.
- Max Thrott -