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Alone on Deerspeed Base

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This map was originally built for Doomworlds speedmapping contest, base theme. A WadAuthor error 70 minutes into the contest deleted the map. Since I was pretty happy with how the map had progressed to that point, I rebuilt the map from memory, plus added a lot more. However, I never submitted the map to Doomworld for the contest since I was way to late. The map, I believe, still rates as being considered small. Depending on your style of play and skill, it should take you about 10 to 20 minutes to finish.

My aim was to have the finished map have a clean uncluttered look and feel to it. I tried to work in enough detail to make the overall appearance look interesting. I'm not entirely happy with the flow of combat in some areas, but it's close enough, as I was making myself crazy constantly tinkering with the map. I hope you enjoy.

Map hints at bottom of page :)


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Good small map, but stealth monsters is BAD, try avoid use them in this kind of small map.(Silent teleports is OK but I guess those stealth monsters make that is not cool...), gameplay and the looking are good, lot of secrets and not hard to find, nice! 4/5 -playerlin

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new style fun!!

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Original wad - worth a play @ UV

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A good map. Has some good battles... yes, sometimes the combat can be uneven, but I do like it. Keep it up. Hope to see more. 4/5 for the effort after losing the original map.

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It's clear that plenty of work went into this map, and I'd say it paid off. Nice simple layout with clean detailing and solid combat. ZDoom features are used lightly but effectively, and there are plenty of secrets to discover. There's enough backtracking to give the player an appreciation of the space and layout in a single playthough, but not so much that the backtracking becomes tedious. The map isn't too tough, and while the ammo balance is very forgiving, I can't really fault it for that. 4/5

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Very enjoyable. The level has great detail, and the fights are fun! 4/5

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  • File Reviews

    • By E.M. · Posted
      This right here is one of the oldest joke wads ever made, and its parodies of bad map design are still relevant to this day.
    • By SilverMiner · Posted
      The soundtrack is coherent thruout the whole
    • By LateToDOOM2020 · Posted
      No idea how this works Its doom magic!
      Very cool
    • By Philnemba · Posted
      Ok not going to lie, but I thought this shitpost megawad was made last year and NOT from February of 1998 which also technically predates the original Mockery wad by a few months 👀!?
    • By Catpho · Posted
      The first truly mature map of yakfak's. The puzzly, "inner logic" map mechanisms and scavenger, dungeon rat gameplay of their previous levels Meep Keep & Hexasketch returns, but whereas those can feel clunky and barebone at points despite the strong authorial voice, here it is fully fleshed out: the setting is evocative, the construction shows the strong command of shapes that defines yakfak's later works, the item placement and layout bends and loops in complicated and surprising ways, the level's moment-to-moment gameplay is filled with a sense of discovery and wonder.   Job has a strong hook in its text file, but what players might not realize is that they must really hang on to every word in its description to even be aware of the level's main concept. In Never_Again's in-depth review for /newsuff (which I highly recommend for details or if you are feeling stuck), he mentions being locked out if you took the "easy" route out, but I feel that's incomplete, as the real reason hinges on the player being conscious of what they are doing in a representationalist sense. In other words, to be able to reach your dream, you shouldn't just interact and go everywhere at random, but try to think about what you are doing in the context of the game's world. The solution will be clear if you square it with what yakfak hints at. There are complications: the in-game hint system of crosses and arrows are counter-intuitive, and exploration will eventually lead you to the combat zone, which itself is a puzzle unravel as supplies require routing and withholding combat through treacherous enemy placement, with only a berserked fist as defense (HMP or below is strongly recommended). In my own experience, it was fun but exhausting to make it through to the AV-guarded yellow key and slowly solve the piece, but I got massively demoralized when I read Never_Again's review that I had already locked myself out of the second half of the map. It was only when I was showcasing the Doomcute in this map to someone else that the level's inner logic finally clicked, and after some experimentation, which was much smoother thanks to me already being aware of the level's layout and lingering mysteries, I managed to solve it.   The feeling of "lore" behind the level's trials and tribulations is my favorite thing about Job, and I wish it didn't take a review for me to "get it". In terms of intriguing combat, intricate moments, or imaginative layout and visuals, I think zzzv tops themself in (woefully underrated) levels like Spidersilk, Nato, and Northern Powerhouse. Nevertheless, an essential stop for yakfak fans, and a memorable journey for those who look for Doom off the beaten path.
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