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Map a Day

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A project that ran trough most of October 2016, an attempt to create one map per day, to create a megawad. Well, I got to map 24, removed one completely for not working, other one is tedious, and thus a secrect. 23 normal maps.


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NuMetalManiak

  

well, considering I'm not a fan of his other work, this interesting set of concept maps with the whole map a day thing did sparked my interest. unfortunately, like a lot of this guy's maps, they are rather uninspiring, short, textured poorly, and put secrets in a lot of weird places. the first four maps, in fact, do not seem to give enough for weapons, which is an issue for max runners. at least MAP02 makes sense in title, as do a few other levels in the set. once you get to MAP05, it becomes a bit more fun and then you get more weapons as you go along. interestingly, the secret levels are different. there's a horrible barrel trap map which involves luck of the RNG, this map is a secret level but the strange thing is that it is MAP15, and MAP14 had two exits. of course, this one does have a secret exit, but the super secret slot? MAP22. and thing is, this really is an unchanged version of the original MAP22 of Doom 2 unless I'm missing something. it at least warps back to MAP16, but yeesh, that's weird as heck. some of the combat in the later levels proved interesting, MAP24 was less of a tower and more of a pyramid climb, and there's even a diving underwater level. overall though, it's not one to gawk at, but it at least wasn't as overly terrible as his other work, so two point five stars here.

 

oh and there's 25 maps, not 23 or 24.

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Philnemba

  

A collection of 24 oddball speedmaps made each day of a single month ranging from the fist map with no weapons, to Tyson style maps, to a Minotaur maze with traps(except the Minotaur is not what you expected), to a gimmicky explosive barrel maze and to a simply boat ride while fighting off Cacos & Lost souls.

 

All in all, a decent mixed bag set from good to meh.

 

-Philnemba 3/5

 

 

 

 

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BigDickBzzrak

  

Very neat set of speedmaps, with some brilliant concepts, but also not too gimmick-oriented. I recommend it if you want some "bite-sized" classic-style Doom maps to pass some time.

 

...a bit too brown though

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sandmanbrasil

  
i just don't like this kind of wad. You have to run to end the level and there's no weapon. We can't get 100% kills.

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Bryan T

  
I'm on map 4 and I haven't found a single weapon yet.

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    • By Roofi · Posted
      Very decent map from 1995. As previous comments said, it looks like a workplace with two floors tons of openable doors.   The gameplay is very classic but very enjoyable. The progression may be quite confusing, especially about finding the yellow key which was hidden in a little compartment as if it was a secret. However , discovering each room was a pretty exciting experience.    Also this level has a cool sense of place. I really like the idea of creating "elevators" by using teleporters as well as the partially demolished 2nd floor.    Despite being an easy level, some traps may kill you like the surprise monster closet with barons near the author's signature located at the beginning.   Aesthetics are ok but I really enjoyed the use of light gradiants in some corridors , they make the stock textures look a lot better !
    • By Argenteo · Posted
      Hunting for those letters reminds me of Star Force, that alone makes the set memorable. Cute midis, some custom textures and fun gameplay. Maybe it was the first episode replacement I played. Long ago. :)
    • By rd. · Posted
      50 Shades of Graytall is a seemingly improbable success of a project that was born when Gez I believe jokingly suggested a texture theme composed of a pair of Doom 2's awkward misfits -- GRAYTALL and FIREBLU -- and a texture designed for basically one purpose (it's in the name): DOORTRAK. And then miraculously, Someone actually did it.    Naturally its restrictions would seem to consign it to the garbage bin, but it worked out very well, becoming a darling of the community (but not of livestreams).     Part of the reason 50 Shades of Gray worked so well visually was that despite the apparent memeiness of the theme, the chosen assets complemented each other quite snugly. GRAYTALL, with its obnoxious off-center red strip and that ugly arrow-like splotch, is tricky to get a handle on as a mapper, but with some anger effort spent on alignment, it gives you pretty red borders, either around the original gray core or freestanding, with can be fit to planes of arbitrary width. FIREBLU is an eyesore embodied, but with its purple-blue scheme, it comports well with the red strip of GRAYTALL -- in big picture terms, it functions as a splash of color among the other two desaturated materials. DOORTRAK is a crime painted '90s style over vast surfaces, but over sleekly shaped smaller ones it's not so bad, and something about being the only dark texture means that eventually your mind starts to perceive it as shade and contrast itself, rather than "this ugly thing customarily used for doors."       Add a very pretty primary skybox -- all inky blue and pink-tinged splotches, all stars and comets and nebulas in a spacebound sky -- that is fittingly sort of a "serious" take on FIREBLU in spirit. Add each mapper's ability to choose one texture to use for floor and ceiling (usually ones that meshed with the texture theme in some way). In the end, the working materials were ultimately quite harmonious in their minimalism.     The project head Marcaek was also picky about what maps he accepted, sending rougher work back to the drawing board or in some cases serving up outright rejections (especially to work sent in batches by one particular person who likes to chuck lower-effort maps at every community project within earshot). That makes him kind of the bad guy, some might argue, but strict QC is often a necessary evil for ensuring quality with open submissions.    Handed all of these elements with few defined rules or instructions for making it all work, the varied cast of mappers (which, looking at the roster again, has a suspiciously high number of "big names") did their own thing, in different ways, which was the final element of the magic gluing it together.       The typical 50 Shades map is fairly short and to the point, almost as if motivated to end before your eyes started yelling about the overexposure to FIREBLU, but of course Mechadon threw a curveball by being himself, with a long odyssey that is honestly little different from his usual sprawling feat of relentlessly intertwining architecture and crazy interlocking angles, just with these textures instead. There are abstract little gameplay-oriented maps that focus on punchy, kinetic action in varying molds -- pistol-and-shotgun pecking early, a brief and hyperviolent BFG romp late, and every degree in between. Some mappers attempted to reach into other dimensions entirely, fashioning surrealistic art pieces that compensated for the narrow palette by concocting something out of nothing -- as with Dobu's exploiting negative space in the form of invisible sectors, and NoisyVelvet being, "Hey, HOMs are a texture too!" Of course there were crates. Contrasting the natural lean towards abstraction is a bit of stubbornly playful representation: castles, faces, giant stick figures crafted out of sectors.   In sum, it's good shit.   
    • By Argenteo · Posted
      Dario Casali siege-carnage adventure. There's maybe a thousand monsters in here, so better find those weapons and start to think how to digest it all. Watch out for those nazi ghost. Built time about two. Funny.
    • By Yandere_Doomer · Posted
      The level design is absolutely great! i love how it makes you genuinely feel like you are in a building the whole time..   For some reason this wad gives me a Die Hard vibe [probably the whole "Go down a building" Motif... now all we need is a demonic Hans and we are all set]   but yeah.. great wad overall...
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