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The Joy of Mapping #2

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This was a livestreamed communal mapping session that took place on August 27th, 2016, with participants mapping under the strict guidance of Jimmy and a few session tutors via Discord and TwitchTV. The mappers were talked through the basics of mapping, such as creating connected areas, interesting layouts, and using thing placement sensibly. In hopefully the first of many similar live tutorial sessions!

The participants mapped in a variety of formats, mostly Boom and ZDoom (UDMF).

Map Listing: MAP01: Hodge-Podge Hoedown - Baratus MAP02: Meme Factory - DoomTheRobot MAP03: Reversi - Niwatorry MAP04: Comm Center - SMG_Marine_ MAP05: Hall of Silence - 7Soul MAP06: Welcoming Committee - Royal_Sir MAP07: Minicore - Pinchy MAP08: Procrastination Station - Breezeep MAP09: Lights Out - ZZYZX MAP10: Descent into Madness - Rossyrg MAP11: Crap II: Montezuma's Revenge - Vbob MAP12: Jolly Green Giant - NuclearPotato MAP13: Nice 'n' Warm - MarketAnarchy MAP14: Reckless - Fonze MAP15: Green With Envy - temin_dump MAP16: An Assort on the Senses - an_mutt MAP17: John Suitepee Deleted All the Revenants - rdwpa MAP18: A Face Made Out of the Jungle - TMD MAP19: Mechanism Eight - Jimmy


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NuMetalManiak

  

a bit of a joy to play at times, not the most enjoyable experience I've ever had though.

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Zalewa

  
M'kay. This WAD is bananas. Not bad, but weapon stealing between maps gets tiresome. This is 19 separate WADs in one WAD. Please consider carrying over weapons between maps next time.

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Pinchy

  
Some very nice stuff in here, promising improvements all round.

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    • By Ordon · Posted
      well, the concept is good  BUT...   WHAT THE FUCK EVEN IS THIS??
    • By Cinnamon · Posted
      Definitely shows its age. It was a real grind to play through, mostly due to the levels being boring, but also from a remarkable over-reliance on hitscan, especially shotgunners. For some reason. The third episode does indeed pick up much of the slack, but with the really fun levels being shining exceptions rather than rule for two thirds of the WAD it still left me annoyed and exasperated in the end. The maps look fine most of the time and the music is good to really good, which is something to hold on to. I would still advice my past self to skip most of this one.    
    • By Cinnamon · Posted
      There's not too much for me to say about this one. While it isn't exactly my jam 100% of the time, I'm struggling to see how any creative endeavor could entertain me so thoroughly, throughout all the 32 parts of it. Ancient Aliens is charming, somewhat challenging, mysterious, well-paced... I could iterate over plenty of different variations of lavish praise, but I guess that in and of itself describes my feelings: AA is remarkably well-rounded. A DOOM blockbuster - and I use that description as an honest compliment rather than the pejorative it's sometimes thought of. One for the ages, and it'll be one of the WADs to which many of my future experience will be compared.    
    • By VoanHead · Posted
      On second thought, this wad is kinda mid if you ask me. After playing through all of it on pistol-start I wasn't really blown away by it. The midi pack that was made for this in 2020 was very nice if you ask me, but why this wad ever deserves a midi pack when it's so bland is what makes me scratch my head. Idk man, I didn't like this one as much as others do :/.
    • By baja blast rd. · Posted
      This reads as an early example of arcade-style mapping.   Areas are defined largely by color combinations, with no real overarching theme to the map: there are silver techbase rooms, brick-like Earth rooms, red hellish rooms, without much in the way of detailing or setting-building -- all centralized around a square hub room with key doors, which repopulates with monsters each time you find a key. It's on the simpler side visually, but still a very clear step above "monotextured square rooms"-type design, with some solid architecture, shapes, and texture combos here and there, and even a clever crushing UFO-like "ring" at one point.    The gameplay concepts are very straightforward, with one exception being a room that has you platforming over damaging floor while closets of lost souls and cacodemons open up. Instead, the bulk of the fighting is more often dished out as blocks of monsters often revealed in closets -- blocks at a density far below what you'd consider slaughter. Some of the potential fun involves herding monsters towards barrels; once I waited several seconds for chaingunners to walk halfway across the room, right next to a clump of barrels I could blow them all up with. The ending fight is designed for you to pour rockets into two static cybs while circling, and I skipped that one.    Completed in a bit under 10 minutes. 
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