Title : The Chaos Fountain
Filename : CHAOSFTN.WAD
Author : Brian Waak
Email Addresses : email@example.com (read often)
firstname.lastname@example.org (read less often)
Description : After the portal to the Chaos Realm was opened, the
evil forces of Korax began pouring through, spreading
terror, pain, and destruction throughout the world.
Those who weren't killed outright were turned into
monsters for the evil army, or just for some power's
amusement. They have built a temple around the portal,
which continues to spew out new horrors every day.
This fountain of Chaos is the heart of the evil power
on this world- and also its greatest weakness! Now
the few survivors who have not joined with Korax have
discovered that many of the powerful objects used by
the evil army are erupting from the same Chaos
Fountain that the monsters themselves are. You are
the last survivor(s) of the group sent to steal some
of these items for humanity. It is hoped that, if you
survive in the heart of Chaos long enough, you will
be powerful enough to wipe the plague of darkness
from the world, maybe even track Korax back to his
lair and vanquish him. Good luck - because luck is all
Misc. Info : ME: I've been making levels for myself and friends for
a while, for Doom 2, Heretic, and now Hexen, but this
is the first one I've actually decided to upload.
Mainly because I'm constantly changing the others,
trying to improve them- an artist's work is never
done! (but, I'm not an artist- I'm a Comp Sci major!)
:) Oh well. Anyway, if you like this one, and I get
some email from people to that effect, I'll probably
upload some of them. If you don't like it, oh well.
THE LEVEL: All the action takes place in one room,
the one with the Chaos Fountain in it. Basically I
was experimenting with scripts (and especially the
Thing_Projectile command) and decided to see if I
could make it spew stuff other than trap
projectiles. I could and did. :) Also, after a
while in single player or coop, the fountain
stops, and there's a puzzle. Be careful with this-
if you pick a wrong one, you'll almost certainly
die, and die badly! I _do_ give you a hint, but
you have to watch carefully, especially in
multiplayer. If you pick the right one, the
fountain turns into a normal exit switch, so you
can go on to levels 2 & up with all your fun
goodies. :) And, with regard to the scripts, if
you want to see them, email me- I'll be happy to
send off a copy, though it's not commented right
now and probably won't be anytime soon. :)
Additional Credits : ID and Raven software for Doom, Heretic,
Ben Morris (email@example.com) for HCK,
Ben Morris & Ben Gokey for the Official Hexen
and Ted Briggs and Andrew Goodsell for helping me
test it multiplayer. :) Maybe we'll get a stable
connection someday, guys.
* Play Information *
Game : Hexen
Level Number : map01
Single Player : Yes
Coop : Yes, though not tested as much- can't get a stable
Deathmatch : Yes
Difficulty Settings : Not implemented- pretty obvious why, when you try it
New Sounds : No
New Graphics : No
New Music : No (with Hexen CD, do we need it? :)
Demos Replaced : None yet- maybe later. Not like _I_ can't get
through it. :)
* Construction Information *
Base : New level from scratch
Build Time : a couple of hours for the level, about 4 days
to get all the scripts written & working.
Editors used : HCK 3.0beta (I'll register as soon as I have some
extra cash- great program!), various text editors
for the scripts (you knew that, didn't you) :),
and Raven's ACC compiler for the script objects.
Known Bugs : Sometimes the fountain doesn't raise/lower all the way
before erupting again, and it'll occasionally just
plain stop moving! That last one is _really_
annoying because it hangs the puzzle script,
preventing exit. Doesn't happen much, though.
Also, the PolyObjects sometimes don't display
right, especially when retracted into the walls,
but this is a minor bug. I'm working on it! :)
* Copyright / Permissions *
Authors MAY use this level as a base to build additional levels, though
it'd be nice if you asked me first, and you should include me in your
credits. Of course, it's not like I can stop you if you REALLY want to.
You MAY distribute this WAD, provided you include this file, with no
modifications. You may distribute this file in any electronic format
(Disk, Net, CD, BBS, etc. - any I left out? :)) as long as you include
this file intact.
* Where to get this WAD *
FTP sites : ftp.cdrom.com,
and wherever you got it from if not there.
BBS numbers : Any it gets uploaded onto.
Other : Your friends, maybe? :)