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wadofgum.wad

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Like most wads you'll see, this is my first attempt at building a wad. I tried to keep it small but difficult without simply throwing monsters at the player (with one exception, but we'll get to that later). There are two puzzle rooms, a couple of rooms that I used to learn about how Doom does stuff, and my journeyman project: a diabolical courtroom. My advice to someone playing the game: there is a room where you can get irrevocably stuck, so save your game often.


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This is dated August 1995. It's not very good, as the author more or less admits; it starts off with a wonky staircase that you can't run down, and continues with an arbitrary series of angular rooms. The inescapable puzzle mentioned in the readme is almost a parody - you have to pass through four rows of three switches each with no clues as to the route; flick the wrong switch and you're trapped forever. And then there's a dark maze with flashing lights.

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    • By Meril · Posted
      Another abomination in doom mapping. It's crap even in crap category.
    • By Meril · Posted
      Ugly, rectangular, not enough ammo. In one word: CRAP
    • By Meril · Posted
      Sound replacement is terrible. Sounds are very annoying. Level also is ugly. Only thing I like is sprites replacement. Kicking nazi asses is same as good like demons ones ;)
    • By SeanLeal · Posted
      Dear Doomkid,

      I was involved in the design and play-test of each of these levels. Please know these were created from *scratch* and we spent our time making sure the levels were as playable as possible. We were not terribly focused on texturing, other than to give players positional awareness in different parts of each arena.

      Map 6 -- Offices of Death -- Was intentionally designed to be as accurate a representation of the office we worked in as possible. Admittedly, playability was taken as a second priority. We did manage to create working "elevators" and "stairs" to give the illusion you were going up and down floors. I was pretty happy with how we did.

      Considering it was 1996, and no way to simply "Google" different ideas. Your best bet at the time was to jump onto the Usenet and hope you could find a decent board with active members. Other than that, it was pretty much all self-taught.

      I'm glad you enjoyed the other levels. Yes, they are old-school, big arena, style. We spent a LOT of time trying to make sure they were as balanced as possible, with escape routes, and required risks for rewards.
    • By Summer Deep · Posted
      Excellent stuff for the mid-1990s. Lots of action, good layouts, pretty challenging on UV.    9/10
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