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THE TROOPERS' PLAYGROUND (repackaged edition)

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This is a reupload of the legendary 1996 Doom II episode, The Troopers' Playground v1.03, to repackage it in a manner suitable for modern users. The original version uploaded to /idgames on March 29, 1996 was meant to be installed with a packaged WAD editor, New WAD Tool (NWT), which works by directly replacing already-existing lumps in DOOM2.WAD with identically-named lumps included in the PWAD, unlike the competing tool DeuTex / DeuSF. Unfortunately, this means no modern source ports can read the packaged WADs correctly unless they were specifically designed to do so, as the WADs do not follow the expected, organized format established by DOOM2.WAD. Not only that, but NWT is a DOS application, which means it cannot run on modern operating systems without emulation.

Thus, this repackaged edition restructures both of the affected files, TTP.WAD and TTPDEATH.WAD, to use the same directory format as the Doom II IWAD, and thus allow modern source ports to load them properly. Now you can simply load the appropriate files (i.e. TTP.DEH and TTP.WAD, or TTPDEATH.WAD) just by dragging and dropping them onto your source port of choice. All three included WADs play 100% identically to their original versions, which remain available separately on the archive for historical interest in ttp103.zip. In addition, for users who wish to play the WAD on a DOS machine or a DOS emulator, you can use DeHackEd and DeuSF to install it as normal, and the batch file installers (TTP.BAT and TTPDEATH.BAT) have been updated to match.

This repackaged edition was uploaded with written permission from Matthias Worch, the original author, who went on to become a veteran game developer and whose modern website can be found at worch.com.


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Shiro Nomatsu

  

Very good set of maps. Difficulty is about right on UV. Nice work!

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Anidrex_1009

  

Actually, I quite love the style of the maps of the 90s, I like to feel nostalgic even if I was not even born in those years, lol. Quite entertaining, almost a classic, from start to finish can be challenging, but very fun and perfect for a little trip to nostalgialand.

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NuMetalManiak

  

its age shows, but it still holds up after all these years. trap-oriented gameplay that is a blast to go through.

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Zalewa

  
The Green Herring - Doom custodian. The WAD is pretty rad. It's visible that it's old, but it's really well done. All textures are correctly aligned, gameplay is fun and just on the right difficulty level and layout is well thought-out. A great WAD straight out of year 1996.

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Fonze

  
Fun wad, very nice looking for its time. Good on ya The Green Herring!

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    • By kfpopeye · Posted
      Nice level. Not overly challenging. The architecture was simple but effective. Fun to play.
    • By Myst.Haruko · Posted
      Simple and easy map to waste your time while you don't know what to do with your time. Things what I liked:
      1. Some detailings and skybox
      2. Music

      Things what I disliked:
      1.Flatness. Not much of height varation.
      2.Most of places contain cheesable fights, not even last one could destroy me, because you can simple abuse walls or strafe around areas and there are plenty of ammo.
      3.This kind of personal thing, but I couldn't see why this map requires zdoom or gzdoom. No special effects or 3d floors were used, feels more like boom format map. 

      Anyway, for effort, I'm leaving 3 stars. 
    • By dylux · Posted
      * Hell Ground Review *   Pros   - Maps are very visually gorgeous. Architecture is smooth and Gothic themed. Bravo on this! - LOTS of combat. Challenging, yet this WAD is not a slaughterfest. More on this in the “Cons” section. - Music is great, except Map 6. Oriental music just does not go well with this Map. - The best map is the final map, Map 7 – Mystery of Hell. It is HUUUUGE. Set aside your entire afternoon for this map. It has 15 secrets and you will not find them unless you have all day.     Cons   - Absolutely hated the sound effects. - You’ll get the BFG 9000 before you will get the Plasma Rifle if you fail to find the Plasma Rifle’s secret beforehand – in the previous Map. - Although not a slaughterfest, many enemies appear out of the ground just about every time you utilize the “Use” button. Many combats were close quarters – off course, AFTER the monsters appear from nowhere and/or the ground. - Map 3 (Paranoia) starts you off in a small room with 4 firing Chaingunners that suddenly pop up from the ground, each in a corner. Good luck with that. - Level 4 (Warp of Time) is a nightmare. I have played literally hundreds of WADS and I've never once “IDCLEV’ed” a map. But I did so after completing approx 75% of this map as I had enough of it. - Level 6 is just plain useless. You “free fall” for 30 seconds. Then walk (a virtual) 10 miles.     All in all, I just didn’t have fun with Hell Ground for all the reasons in the “Cons” section. I have no idea why so many praised this WAD, let alone what it’s doing in the 2009 Cacowards. I've seen much better work from the author, Alexander "Eternal" S. (aka Deadall).   It was the "suddenly appearing" monsters and the horrible sound effects that annoyed me the most, not to mention Maps 4 and 6. Considering the WAD is comprised of only 7 maps, two of these seven maps being useless is a fair chunk of the game.    2 out of 5 stars.   ~ Dylux
    • By Player Lin · Posted
      Put a lot of efforts in this wad, the sector art is good. Visually, it should be a 5/5, with large city and heavy detailing, but except slaughter style(well, 1000+ monsters in UV is enough to be slaughter map I think) just not fit me, the subway/train area just a little dark(even though the lighting is good), and the tunnels to the final arena can be confusing...   It's still a nice map I think.
    • By Player Lin · Posted
      Too bad the early part of map make me a little easy to get lost, and most of times, have to shoot down monsters from long distance or they'll shoot you down. The map looks nicely, can see put a lot of effort on the visuals and architectures, but make the gameplay just a little weak. I like the BFG trap because I don't afraid get killed if I'm not quickly, just wait and shoot them, and the final cyberdemon can just BFG him to fall down the pit, that's tricky! Afterall, this still a very nice map to play, just may not fit everybody, but I say whatever you like or not, just try play it atleast once.
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