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Coffee Break Episode 1

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Started in 2009-ish, Coffee Break was intended to be another 32 map megawad. Unfortunately, due to a busy schedule, laziness, and other excuses, I didn't finish it. But I do have 11 maps, so there's that.

Submitted for your approval are 11 short maps designed to challenge all sorts of Doomers. All were made with lots of tender love and care, and with pistol starts in mind.


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GarrettChan

  

UV pistol starts without saves

Port: DSDA-Doom v0.10.0 -complevel 9

Total IGT: 1:35:53

Personal Difficulty Evaluation: 0.9 (1 = Plutonia)

Personal Rating: 7.6 (out of 10)

 

Died quite a few times on Map11 because it's how it's designed. Then later I skipped a lot of things to save time, so the total IGT should be expected longer. Other maps, maybe just died once or twice.

 

It's kind of weird that I personally feel MTrop's shorter maps are pretty great, but as I also played some MTrop's longer maps recently... I don't like the longer ones. Coffee Break is a set of shorter maps from MTrop and the whole gameplay is pretty classic and great. My personal favorite map is the last map. It's pretty intense.

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roadworx

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very, VERY fun wad. the levels are short but hard and unrelenting (at least for me, but i kinda suck at the game lol), and densely packed with enemies, but not enough to be a slaughtermap. there's heavy usage of hitscanners throughout all the levels - not to say that that's a bad thing. the design of the levels is pretty good as well, unless you have adhd like i do then you're not gonna get lost.

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paturn

  

A fun mapset to play through. The levels are short, yet action packed. The difficulty rises gradually. The beginning of the map is often the hardest part as you get shot by hitscanners from all angles. 

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Scotty

  

This mapset struck me as fairly innocuous at first but the gameplay is where this one really shines. Maps are compact and punchy with a lot of combat variety and entertainment to be had. There is a solid difficulty ramp and i found myself having more and more fun with each passing map. Top notch - recommended to anyone!

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NuMetalManiak

  
not boring, fun.

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Eris

  
Excellent

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Guest

  
The guy who voted zero certainly IS a wanker.This mapset is great!

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Guest

  
The guy who voted zero on this must be an annoying wanker, tip: If you don't like Doom you're not gonna like this. If however you're not a jaded cynical turd, this should please you.

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Doomkid

  
Oldschool Doom fun, well balanced ammo, great enemy encounters :)

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Guest

  
Mah boi, this piece is what all true warrior strives for!

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molten_

  
really impressive use of stock textures + some new stuff that doesn't feel out of place. design is fun and balanced for continuous play, which is always nice. 4/5

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Guest

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One of the best wads in what has been a very disappointing year for wads.

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Guest

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The architecture is merely good, but this is such a perfect casual play that giving anything under five is doing a disservice to the marvelous enjoyment this provides.

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Guest

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A fantastic mapset - Marvelously looking and the gameplay is simply phenomenal. Don't miss out on this legend! 5/5 - Moti

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Melon

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A great mapset that looks good, is fun to play, and doesn't go on too long. The main criticism I would levy is that it has an aggravating love of revenants on UV and "archvile in the exit room" gets predictable and old, but because this mapset cares to implement lower difficult settings that are well balanced and fun this can all be avoided. Top work.

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Guest

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Three flaws with this map set here: 1. Ambushes are a bit too predictable. 2. The "slowmo" brown waste in map 10. 3. Maps are a little too linear. But the rest is just so damn good it's a 5 anyway. Looks great, plays great and the levels show a huge amount of creativity. If Matt had adressed the above three flaws, doomworld would need to rework their rating system since it's not currently possible to award 6 starts out of 5.

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Guest

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Excellent. Shame you didn't do 32 levels you lazy bastard ;)

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Guest

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Very well designed, perfect difficulty weapons and ammo in good supply, great use of archviles and traps, loved the puzzlebox nature of the last map this wad is amazing! And it fills a nice niche of not short but not long either, great for a couple coffee breaks :)

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purist

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An extremely well put together episode that suffers only from repetitive motifs and infrequent surprises. This feels like a talented level designer working within himself. I recommend to play this but you will probably be wondering what else the author could do if he put his mind to it 4/5 -- purist

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Krispy

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Awesome. Good work.

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Guest

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I loved them all except for the industrial metal map. Too many repeating features. 4/5

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Guest

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excellent stuff

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Guest

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Played @ UV. Architecture is basically quite good, but also repetitive. +1 for being not ridiculously dark. Great fights, although I don't like monster popup, which imho is a cheap way of making a map more difficult. Overall: solid 4/5.

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Guest

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Cool map pack, but last map easy. Average. 3,5 star

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