Archive Maintainer : please replace the currently-archived copy of this modification with this new one
Update to : rslexeem.zip in /combos subdirectory, this is RELEASE #7++!
Advanced engine needed : GZDOOM 1.6.0 (no GLDEFS) / GZDOOM 2.1.1 (no GLDEFS) for the "Power Soldier" class /
GZDOOM stable > 2.1.1 (OpenGL renderer) for the "Swaying Nukem" class
Primary purpose : Single/cooperative play
Title : X-Marines
Filename : rslexeem.wad (main modification),
PowerSoldier\rslxmred.pk3 ("Power Soldier" upgraded class),
PowerSoldier\SwayingNukem\rslxmrsn.wad ("Swaying Nukem" final class)
Release date : August 30, 2016
Author : Richard Smith Long
Email Address : [redacted]
Other Files By Author : rslproto.zip, rslrebel.zip, rslvenge.zip, rsliczdp.zip,
rslengee.zip, rslforce.zip, rslredux.zip, rsldiazp.zip,
rslshino.zip, rslquest.zip, rslzerox.zip, rslpolar.zip
Misc. Author Info : AKA "Dick S. Long"
Description : what happens when two-so-different personas get
involved together in the same UAC mission, and are supposed
December 31, 2011: initial release.
February 1, 2012: release #1+.
- adjusted bullet ammo sprite scaling. (thanks terranova)
- removed spurious UAC logo from Icicle Gun.
- augmented divergence between / rebalanced the two classes.
- increased explosive barrel damage.
- customized FireStarter appearance.
April 13, 2012: release #3.
- fixed Veteran LightStinger jamming bug. (thanks Sergeant_Mark_IV)
- added custom teleportation effect.
July 05, 2012: release #3+.
- fixed hell nobles and cacodemon blood decals.
- fixed raise/lower sounds.
November 11, 2012: release #5.
- added new Volcano Cannon smooth sprites from Eriance,
together with new sounds (can be reverted back).
July 17, 2013: release #5+.
- implemented pushing kick altfire for tier 3 to tier 7 weapons
(better coverage of melee section, allows for evasive manoeuvers).
- provided new "Power Soldier" upgraded class
(suitable for Hell Revealed-level challenges, increased power w/caveats).
- reverted back Volcano Cannon to original appearance, albeit with new sounds
(Eriance sprites directed to "Power Soldier" upgraded class).
- corrected several imperfections of the previous version.
- made Revenant gibs non-blocking.
- improved X-Chainsaw effectiveness.
- fixed behaviour of particle actors on moving flats (MOVEWITHSECTOR).
- improved appearance of still actors whenever applicable (FORCEXYBILLBOARD).
- rationalized directory structure of the modification.
December 29, 2014: release #5++.
- integrated the modification with multiplayer-specific improvements.
- fixed bugs affecting multiplayer.
- fixed BFG altkick not-being-silent.
August 31, 2015: release #7.
- fixed a few minor inconsistencies in the main modification.
- completely overhauled the 'Power Soldier' addon through the following integrations:
- several additional death animations for monsters, mutuated from 'Random Deaths
and Decorations' by Mr. Chris;
- 'Empowerments', a programmable alternate fire system loosely based on the ACS
body of work contained in PillowBlaster's first version of 'Guncaster';
- enhancements to the base system actors, including an array of ten (!) different
explosive barrel types - each one with peculiar properties - inspired/drawn by
a multitude of sources.
March 01, 2016: release #7+.
- Power Soldier: augmented fire death animations with smoke effects from 'Project Brutality'.
- Power Soldier: augmented ice death animations with frames from CeeJay's 'Duke It Out In DOOM',
and chilled vapor from PillowBlaster's 'Guncaster'.
- Power Soldier: augmented white phosphorus, liquid nitrogen and antimatter death animations
with resources from 'Project Brutality'.
- Power Soldier: appropriately integrated SidDoyle's 'Droplets'.
August 30, 2016: release #7++.
- Power Soldier: fixed several barrel-related little glitches.
- Power Soldier: enabled "Vitriol" PoisonDamage from chemical-type barrels.
- improved speed and effectiveness of original alternate kick attack system.
- Power Soldier: fixed several glitches in the definition of foes' death states.
- Power Soldier: now microwave can affect flesh corpses!
- Power Soldier: granted "Slugwall" rotor rifle in place of the older 'RedStinger'.
- integrated a new player class: the "Swaying Nukem". The class redefines its
own system and weapons, and leverages all the specific damage types and states
introduced by 'Power Soldier', albeit in a more straightforward manner.
It is notable for adopting Nash's "Weapon Sway" ACS scriptwork and the
"Duke Nukem death roll" effect from the same author.
- marked unsupported video modes in the appropriate (G)ZDOOM menu.
A bit of rationale... A few months ago, I started working on a new modification
using resources that Chronoteeth sent me - that modification
eventually became 'Polaris'.
After a couple months of work, I decided that I wanted to
show off to Chrono the "system" that I conceived for such mod,
yet none of the planned weapons was ready. And so I went
completely nuts, and decided to create a minimal set from scratch,
that would have exploited the above effects. At the end, 'Polaris'
went its own way also by reusing something that originated here,
but I wanted this set not to be lost anyway.
This is what I came up with.
Two playable characters are included - they bear different stats
and personas, and represent the real peculiarity of this modification.
[UAC veteran ] Leone Granger, AKA Gran "Cog" Leone
A long time operative on the Phobos moon, and one that witnessed the original
inter-dimensional incident that brought so many trouble afterwards, Mr. Granger
has proved brave and skilled enough throughout the years to survive countless
hordes of hellspawn. He's earned a reputation as a great soldier, and
superior endurance capabilities; being his training deeply rooted in the past,
he is naturally more versed in the use of firearms.
[Polaris Corp. privateer] Stuart "Stu" Katz
A relatively-new figure among those committed to the DOOM war, Stuart Katz
is one of the most prominent representatives of a new race of bionic-implanted
He decided to undergo such a painful and sacrificial transformation after losing
half of his family in a netherworld attack on earth, and is now fully devoted to
the cause. Involved as a trusted mercenary in UAC missions, he specialized in the
control of new and prototypical cryogenics-based weapons, under the special training
program of 'Polaris Corp.', UAC's newest subsidiary.
UAC special X-Chainsaw
A renewed version of the Mixom classic, this is still the preferred weapon for
dealing with hordes of demons. Can be raised and kept silent only to start it
when ambushing the monsters.
UAC standard issue 'LightStinger' rifle (VETERAN starting weapon)
The primary, standard issue firearm granted to UAC Space Marines, this weapon
has an autonomy of 30 rounds before requiring a reload. Sometimes, it even gets
handy to poke your opponent with it.
VETERAN : can use it single-round; each round has greater power and is very
loosely affected by recoil.
PRIVATEER: can use it full-auto; each round has low power and is more affected
Polaris Corp. 'Icicle Gun' (PRIVATEER starting weapon) <k>
A cryogenics-based substitute of the classic shell-fueled shotgun, this weapon
is fed by special coolant cartridges. With a well-placed round, the opponent can
be shattered to ice pieces in a matter of instants.
VETERAN : less accurate when firing; rearm times equal those of a traditional
PRIVATEER: more accurate when firing; rearm times between rounds are shortened.
UAC Hyper-Frequency 'Volcano Cannon' <k>
An almost-perfect incarnation of the iconic minigun, the 'Volcano Cannon' can fire
at impressive speeds, the only real drawback being wind-up and wind-down times.
Eats ammo very quickly!
VETERAN : acquires deadly power and accuracy in his hands; plus, *no wind-up wait*.
Beware of the ricochets, though.
PRIVATEER: becomes a bit inaccurate and uncontrollable - power is more ordinary, too.
Stuart Katz Inc. (R) 'FireStarter' dynamo discharger <k>
Now this is a peculiar explosive weapon which has been engineered by Mr. Katz himself -
did we mention that he runs a small warfare systems engineering company, too?
Basically a grenade launcher that can sustain a good rate of fire and has fearsome
VETERAN : prefers to lob grenades one-at-a-time that explode on direct hit,
dealing greater splash damage.
PRIVATEER: is able to exploit the secrets of his own creation, having the grenades
bounce and hit around corners, at the cost of reduced impact power. Though
autofire can quite make up for that...
Polaris Corp. next-generation 'CryoTunneler' <k>
Another brand-new prototype conceived by the Polaris laboratories, this device employs
the traditional plasma rifle chassis - only to revolutionize its internal mechanics.
When triggered, it emits an heavy stream of freezing particles at high speed.
VETERAN : uses the weapon less effectively, since the cryogenizing stream tends to
assume a cone-shaped flow, thus becoming less concentrated.
PRIVATEER: keeps the freezing stream under better control, avoiding excessive dispersion
and reaching almost-permeating force levels.
UAC X-BFG 9000 <k>
The ultimate mass-destruction weapon - widely employed in many occasions against the
largest legions of hell - gets a slight restyling, but most of all, a better price/
performance ratio. The required ammunition is now constituted by "melting plasma", which
retains a higher average temperature and reactivity to impacts. The result must absolutely
*** FOOTER NOTE ***: weapons marked with <k> allow the player to deliver an evasive altkick
with its secondary fire trigger, to push away foes and cause minor damage.
Learn to properly exploit this asset!
OmniSphere: a new black-magic artifact that grants the finder
three powers in one...
- double attack power,
- double attack speed,
- infinite resources.
The upgraded class
Starting from release 5+, an upgraded class is available, the "Power Soldier".
Chazz Henkule-Döeer is an extremely-advanced biomechanical droid that has been modeled
by considering the strongest features of both "Veteran" and "Privateer"; its arsenal
includes the best of both worlds, together with its own additions and tweaks.
GAMEPLAY-WISE, this class is designed to slightly ease the hardest journeys (that is,
Hell Revealed-style WADs) without giving the player gratuituous and unbalanced firepower.
You will find that each weapon has its own great peculiarity *AND* major drawback,
especially on upper tiers.
A quick arsenal summary is given, partially stemming from the above weapon descriptions:
Upgraded X-Chainsaw: increased damage rate.
"Slugwall" rotor rifle: semi-auto and heavier rounds, increased trigger sensitivity.
"Red Icicle" shotgun: major round power, faster response, significant kickback.
"HailStorm" microgun: very high firerate, ripping/bouncing rounds.
"Prowler" grenade thruster: deep-reaching powerful explosive charges, that radius-damage bosses.
"HellMower" blaster minigun: high-frequency explosive hitscan, potentially fire-igniting.
Upgraded X-BFG9000: increased number of spawned plasma sparks.
The Empowerments System
A Power Soldier can exploit a specific feature of its own, that of 'Empowerments': singular
armament upgrades that can consume the auto-recharging bionic surplus of the droid to unleash
extra matter-based attacks towards hellspawn, each one with its strengths and weaknesses.
Empowerments can be loaded as secondary attacks to each of the ordinary arsenal staples by
using a special loader system (see 'Footnotes' section on how to operate it).
Available empowerments - to be rarely found during quests or on bosses - are:
* REPULSION * A simple kinetic thrust command, guaranteed as fallback function when no other empowerment is available or can be sufficiently fueled.
=> useful to make room in crowded situations.
* WHITE PHOSPHORUS * Unleash volcanic formations enclosing a white phosphorus gassous nucleum. Rapid inflammation of surrounding bodies guaranteed.
=> perfect for mass carnage of large former humans groups - leaves a short-lived mine-like formation
if it does not immediately explode by contact into a target.
* LIQUID NITROGEN * Propel a thread of absolute zero, self-nurturing icicles of liquid nitrogen. Create a small-scale glaciation effect.
=> very effective against biomechanical monsters, and in closed spaces - can bounce off multiple times against surfaces
before extinguishing, watery ones in particular!
* MICROWAVE * Permeate the targeted body with a concentrated microwaves burst. Easily replicate the egg-in-oven effect.
=> instantly kills any lesser organic foe (or tight group of). Useless against stronger hellspawn. Works on corpses, too! >-D
* PLASMA * Hurl multiple threads of overheated, proximity-tracking plasma. Dispatch multiple scattered targets with ease.
=> designed for aerial spaces crowded with many different (flying) targets; each thread keeps irradiating the impact zone for a short while
before exhausting its power.
* POWER * Discharge a power-line load equivalent into the nearest body. Mass-chain-folgoration is very likely to ensue.
=> the ensuing explosion is sure to clear out immediately a quite large area surrounding it; however, usage of this empowerment
is to master carefully, since the user can easily get killed in the process.
* METAL * Polarize an airborne formation of metallic shards to high speeds, with timelapse side-effects. Perfect welding against any armour plating.
=> mostly effective against armored foes (i.e. biomechanical); the ability to release the trigger and spare a couple waves
of metal shards (and bionic surplus) is a nice extra.
* ANTIMATTER * Liberate a large and unconstrained antimatter concentration. Destructive diffusion of attracting macro-particles.
=> the ultimate weapon of mass destruction. If used in a close space, it is guaranteed to leave none alive. Yet
be aware that antimatter particles can be equally lethal to yourself.
Creative Waste Instances
Once were simple explosive toxic waste barrels, now... There's something more, or to be honest, a lot more.
Ten different kinds of explosive barrels replace the older ones, each one with peculiar properties and behaviour.
This briefing should help distinguish between them, to exploit each one most effectively in every situation.
barrel type symbol special traits
Biohazard barrel biohazard danger slightly weaker-than-average explosion, but leaves after
a cloud of toxic gas that tears aggressively
and exhausts shortly after
Nuclear barrel radioactive danger normal explosion, but doubled radius
Tuple-thrust barrel broken purple arrow normal explosion with smaller radius, but also
spread of a large number of bouncing metal shards
all around; spawned also everytime the barrel is
hit with a weapon
Chemical barrel green molecular structure standard explosion, with poisonous blobs emitted
at the same time; they first deposit on ground, then
pop into multiple acid blobs (decaying shortly after)
Flammable barrel fire danger standard explosion, with extra flame leaps ensuing
afterwards and everytime the barrel is hit anyway;
the most-movable of all barrels
Frost barrel frostbiting danger cryogenic explosion; releases freezing clouds
whenever being shot
Reactional barrel do not touch lower explosion damage and radius, but deflagrates at
mere touch - avoid colliding into it
Hazardous barrel exclamation mark explosion shockwave is harmful and generates radial
debris projections: highly damaging
Shock barrel shockwave explosion shockwave is harmless but highly effective:
surrounding creatures are pushed away in all directions
Holocaust barrel death danger releases a chain of multiple explosions upon deflagration;
its heavy shockwave is often sight-disrupting
(NOTE: all barrels now more resistant to damage, require more shots to explode)
The final class
And yet a new character class is introduced in release 7++: "Swaying Nukem".
The above is a pseudonym for Edoardo Malka (AKA 'Malka Gato'), a rugged soldier who
is experienced in the usage of technologically-advanced weapons recently issued by UAC.
The class exploits Nash's "Weapon Sway" and "Duke Nukem-styled death" effects and
offers a completely new arsenal of its own:
slot 1: Black Ingot: a personal-defense strenght augmenter, this high-density
\\\\\\\\\\/ lead/titanium metal dan is worn with a wrist belt and
prolongs/enhances the wielder's fist. By hitting a hard surface,
a ultrasound epicenter is generated: its sound waves slowly damage
all surrounding creatures for a short while.
slot 1: Eager Beaver: the classic Mixom chainsaw returns, and can be carried around silent,
\/////////// only to be strip-started at the right moment.
slot 2: Terraformer Rifle: a high-performance, rapid-fire rifle that is common among all
\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\/ UAC personnel. Has a capacity of 30 rounds. With altfire,
it can be used by aiming down the screened ironsight.
slot 3: Uranus Trenchgun: the new staple of UAC's heavier arsenal supply, the Uranus is
\/////////////// a 9-shell-capacity shotgun that packs the proverbial - but
improved - punch, with a snazzy altfire addon: the larger
load chamber allows to fire two shells simultaneously and
exploits the depleted uranium coating of their pellets, thus
producing a fire leap that pierces any opponent at good range.
slot 4: Deathflower Minigun: this rotating-barrel firearm sports an excellent rate and
\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\/ an amazing load capacity of 300 rounds. The titular attack mode
can be exploited with altfire: the weapon shortly spins up to
deliver a wave of fifteen crazy, bouncing bullets in all
directions - perfect in closed spaces.
slot 5: Enema Cannon: quite surprisingly for its own (limited) size, the Enema can propel
\/////////// large, highly-explosive grenades at high distance, thanks to its peculiar
"slingshot" barrel. An altfire trigger enables the concealed microwave
antenna embedded in each grenade, and lets it quickly inflate all
surrounding bodies for a short time before exploding.
slot 6: FreezeThrower: cryogenics at their best - the FreezeThrower can emit a stream of
\\\\\\\\\\\\/ up to 50 bolts of frostbiting gas before emptying, and the bolts leave
any victim into cryogenic suspension, ready to be shattered before their
cold coating melts. An alternate fire function allows to use this weapon
as some sort of "ice shotgun": the penetrating, hitscan-type result of
such an attack terminates the target immediately.
slot 7: Burn Force Gun: now don't be fooled by the familiar sound of its name: the Burn Force Gun
\///////////// is totally unlike its predecessor, both because it's got two attacks
instead of one, but also because of *how powerful they are*.
Primary: launch a streak of white phosphorus balls that set aflame and
torment any unlucky target. Mass fire propagation may ensue... ;-)
Alternate: generate a (short-range) black hole that shall suck any
creature into oblivion...
This addon also implements its own new system actors, with the most notable being a series of new
exploding barrels, and a (moderately) interactive burning barrel:
UAC waste barrel | A fiercer variant of well-known explosive waste.
UAC microwave barrel | Emits microwaves upon deflagration.
UAC antiparticle barrel | When exploded, spreads antimatter in all directions.
fuel tank | Spits out flames around upon destruction.
white phosphorus canister | Erupts with white phosphorus when shot.
coolant flask | Leaks with irreversibly-frostbiting gas and particles if broken.
liquid nitrogen container | Puts the surrounding creatures into suspended hypothermia.
burning barrel | Very resistant to damage but not immune; short-ranged and strong explosion.
(1) The suggested commandline for launching the modification is the following one
(assumes that the modification has been decompressed in subdirectory 'RSL' of your (G)ZDOOM directory):
(g)zdoom.exe -iwad <IWAD_PATH>\<IWAD_FILE> -file <CUSTOM_LEVEL_PATHNAME> RSL\rslexeem.wad
(2) To try out the upgraded/slightly overpowered "Power Soldier" class, use the following commandline instead:
(g)zdoom.exe -iwad <IWAD_PATH>\<IWAD_FILE> -file <CUSTOM_LEVEL_PATHNAME> RSL\rslexeem.wad RSL\PowerSoldier\rslxmred.pk3
(3) To obtain the complete set of weapons and/or carriable items for quicktesting
without breaking the weapon set at your disposal, type 'rsl' in the console.
(4) To obtain all empowerments at once and try them out beforehand in "Power Soldier", type 'epm' in the console.
(5) To activate the Empowerments Loader System at any time in "Power Soldier", do not forget to bind a key for weapon reload
under 'Options > Customize Controls' in (G)ZDOOM.
(6) In "Power Soldier", the default statusbar is not accessible. However, you can use the high-resolution statusbars
at 'fullscreen' and 'none' scaling levels instead.
(7) To try out the final "Swaying Nukem" class, use the following composite commandline:
(g)zdoom.exe -iwad <IWAD_PATH>\<IWAD_FILE> -file <CUSTOM_LEVEL_PATHNAME>
RSL\rslexeem.wad RSL\PowerSoldier\rslxmred.pk3 RSL\PowerSoldier\SwayingNukem\rslxmrsn.wad
(8) The modification is compatible with the following IWADs: The Ultimate DOOM, DOOM 2, Final DOOM.
Additional Credits to : Various sources (see below)
|/\_____ X-Marines _____/\|
WildWeasel for the projectile tracers, and barrel replacements
SilentZora for the custom blood system
Chronoteeth and eliw00d for the casings
Vaecrius for the muzzle climb script
PerKristian, Paavo Ilmari, Z86 for the X-Chainsaw
Mike12 for the LightStinger
Eriance, Xaser for the Icicle Gun
Sergeant_Mark_IV for the Volcano Cannon
id Software for the FireStarter
PerKristian for the CryoTunneler
BlueFireZ88, Sergeant_Mark_IV for the X-BFG 9000
The ZDOOM Wiki contributors for the OmniSphere
Woolie Wool and Chronoteeth for the Veteran class
Cacodemon and Woolie Wool for the Privateer class
MagSigmaX and PillowBlaster for the custom fonts
Paul Corfiatis for the custom statusbar
Midway and TerminusEst13 for the custom teleportation effects
Marty Kirra for the altick base graphics
|/\_____ Power Soldier _____/\|
osjclatchford for the "Slugwall" rotor rifle smooth sprites
Eriance for the "HailStorm" microgun smooth sprites and
"HellMower" blaster minigun smooth sprites
Ryan Cordell and Hellser for the "HellMower" attack
The Skulltag Team for the "Power Soldier" player skin
Boingo the Clown (a.k.a. Mark Quinn)
for the "Power Soldier" base mugshot
Namco for the "Power Soldier" sounds
Mr. Chris and others for the alternate death animations (RDND15.ZIP)
PillowBlaster and the Guncaster team for the resources and scripting work (Stan423321)
that serves as the base for the Empowerments Loader System
Xaser for the Repulsion empowerment
TerminusEst13 for the Power empowerment
El Zee for the Plasma empowerment
PillowBlaster for all the other empowerments
Xaser and KeksDose for the empowerments special effects
PFL, WildWeasel, DBThanatos and Major Cooke, TiberiumSoul, Railgunner,
PillowBlaster/Xaser/Zero Prophet for the explosive barrel variations
PillowBlaster for the high-resolution HUD parts
The Project Brutality crew for fire, white phosphorus, liquid nitrogen
and antimatter special death effects
CeeJay and PillowBlaster for ice special death effects
SidDoyle for the peculiar Droplets blood system
|/\_____ Swaying Nukem _____/\|
Nash for his 'Weapon Sway' and 'Duke-styled Death' systems
Brendon Chung for his fade-to-black scripting effect
Alando1 for the 'Swaying Nukem' new custom blood effects and teleportation effect
SilentZora, osjclatchford, 3D Realms, AEoD Team for all the barrels
Railgunner for Black Ingot
id Software for Eager Beaver
Mike12 and DoomNukem for Terraformer
Eriance and PillowBlaster for Uranus
DoomNukem and NMN for Deathflower
id Software for Enema and FreezeThrower
id Software and the AEoD Team for Burn Force Gun
Z86, Mechadon and A.Gamma for the HUD base
The Skulltag Team for the hi-res HUD keycards and skull keys
PillowBlaster and Marty Kirra for the voice sounds base data,
which I obtained the provided character edits from
The DOOMRL Team for the "Swaying Nukem" mugshot
Sensei Kigamona Gapan/Nakagata for unwavering support |-D
...and for the actor-wide gore and special death states:
- The Kins,
- Zero Prophet,
- Jekyll Grim Payne.
All other authors I forgot to mention: please forgive me! I tried to be accurate as much as I could.
If you here notice some of your resources un-mentioned, please notify me and I will try to remedy.
* What is included *
New levels : None
Sounds : Yes
Music : No
Graphics : Yes
Dehacked/BEX Patch : No
Demos : No
Other : (G)ZDOOM-specific lumps
Other files required : None
* Play Information *
Game : DOOM
Map # : None
Single Player : Designed for
Cooperative 2-4 Player : Maybe (untested)
Deathmatch 2-4 Player : Maybe (untested)
Other game styles : None
Difficulty Settings : N/A
* Construction *
Base : New from scratch
Build Time : 4 months (of intermittent work) total
Editor(s) used : Adobe Photoshop, GoldWave Audio Editor, Notepad, XWE, Slade
Known Bugs : None (that I know of, at least)
May Not Run With... : Ports not supporting DECORATE; level WADs with heavy amounts of DEHACKED / DECORATE modifications
* Copyright / Permissions *
Authors MAY use the contents of this file as a base for modification or
reuse. Permissions have been obtained from original authors for any of
their resources modified or included in this file.
You MAY distribute this file, provided you include this text file, with no
modifications. You may distribute this file in any electronic format (BBS,
Diskette, CD, etc) as long as you include this file intact. I have
received permission from the original authors of any modified or included
content in this file to allow further distribution.
* Where to get the file that this text file describes *
The Usual: ftp://archives.3dgamers.com/pub/idgames/ and mirrors
Web sites: None others than the IDGames archive
FTP sites: None others than the IDGames archive