Project: Kate

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Author

Jimmy

About This File

Kaitlyn Anne Fox was my best friend. Now she's gone. Her sudden departure has punched a hole in my soul. The community has lost a beautiful imagination and an undeniable talent.

During the course of the five years that I came to know her personally, I made maps for her birthday on two occasions - these are the first two maps in this set. The third map was made after her passing. An outpouring of emotion went into this map's creation, and it may be a bit "heavy", for want of a better word, especially for those who were at all close to her. Just a warning there, I guess.

Rest in peace, my sweet Kate. I already miss you like nothing else. I loved you. I still do. I love you so fucking much.

Credits

* Baratus - MAP01 map layout * supermatt314 - MAP01 MIDI (original song "Smile" by Daniel Ingram) * stewboy - MAP03 MIDI * Mechadon - MAP03 skies * AD_79 - palette * Fuzzball - new color for menu and message fonts * rf` - Rainbow Laser sprites/code * MTrop - base sprite for birthday candles * zrrion the insect - medikit and stimpack * NiGHTMARE - additional textures * Cage - additional textures * Cloud textures retrieved from this page: http://mekanimo-info.s3.amazonaws.com/whatsnew112.html * Kate Fox - for KATEA0, the RAINBLU texture, and for inspiring and supporting me and many others for years. I love you so much.

Base

New from scratch

Build Time

Perhaps a week or two of mapping in total

Editors Used

Doom Builder 2, GZDoom Builder, SLADE, Paint.NET


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Rachael

  • 5
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I played this - it's obvious there is a lot of time and energy and investment into this. I cried while playing it, even not knowing Kate as well as I wish I did.

 

It's a tragic thing what happened to Kate and it shouldn't have happened. It's a beautiful tribute to her and I am sure she would be happy about it were she still around.

 

<3

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Dragonfly

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Like others, I wasn't fortunate enough to have crossed paths with Kate. Curiosity made me try this little project and I cannot express enough what an immensely beautiful tribute this project really is. I'm sorry for everyone's loss, and to Jimmy - that was a beautiful letter to Kate in the secret area.

 

Rest in peace Kate.

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Hellser

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A wonderful tribute to an equally wonderful person.

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EmotionalFelineinaMadstate

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A great mapset, bright colors are one of my favorite things in maps.

May Kate rest in peace.

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Xaser

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Ajora

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I really love the usage of colors in these maps. All the different purples, pinks and blues manage to evoke a real Eastery feeling. At least for me, anyway. The musical selections also really compliment the visual designs. 

 

First two maps are good, clean demon slaughtering. Everything works excellently and is finely tuned. But I have to be honest, the third map just wasn't my bag. I get that its design quirks are fully intentional, but the challenges presented by said quirks simply weren't to my enjoyment. I also found the ending to be a bit unexpectedly dark. 

 

As an intensely personal passion project, I don't think any numerical score could do something like this proper justice. I can't even imagine just how much emotion you went through making these maps, but it really shows. You've got a big heart, Jimmy, and we all benefit from having you here. I'll keep your friend's spirit in my thoughts tonight.

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jwilliams051197

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Very good wad! Make more wads like this!

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Zalewa

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5 stars

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      Only first map is good, where you must run away from cacos. but when you get ssg everything becomes bad. Visualy this wad is below average (from 1995) missaligned textures, very big square rooms. At least no maze included. Maps 01-03 have a lot of backtracking, and switch hunting, but they are easy to find. Map 04 has INSANELY high lift. One way lasts so long, that you can go make dinner, clean your room, drink some beer, and still wait for it.  Overall waste of time, but not terrible. Just below average of 95 wads.
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      Note: I had to reupload to fix a minor but immersion breaking bug in MAP25. Make sure to redownload the WAD!   Also every map in this is great, this was prob the first project I have worked on\tested where I would describe the experience as heartwarming. Some people may disagree about some of the more difficult maps I guess, but even if they are too hard for you there's something in this WAD you're bound to enjoy.   [obligatory my map sucks comment to close the review]