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GAMBLER.WAD

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So, you're still looking for WAD's after 2 years of DOOM ][, eh? If that's the case, then you are probably looking for quality, since you've no doubt had your fill of crappy ones. Do you like your textures aligned? You got it. Do you like consistent, smooth transitions between areas? You got it. Do you like fast-flowing DeathMatches that include all the weapons, very little health, just enough ammo, and a few tele-frags? You got it. Do you hate BFG overload, megaspheres, soul spheres, cheap spawn frags, etc? You got it, sort of... Lemme explain:

With a cursory glance at this wad you will see 3 BFG's, 3 soul spheres, Combat Armor, etc. and you will think, "Geez, not another one of those!". BUT, this one is different. All of these items save one BFG are out of the players' reach until one guy gets desperate and wants to gamble. You see, when you go after the one accessible BFG, pedestals with the other goodies come down in different areas of the map. You are gambling, because you never know what your enemies are going to obtain, if anything! This system really works well to provide a balanced, and unpredictable match.

In regard to telefrags, the main battleground of this WAD is an outdoor arena with three large structures, each with 1 passthru tunnel that acts as a teleport to the ledge that encircles the arena. The teleports are activated only after entering the tunnel, so if you enter and quickly hit reverse, you will teleport to a different part of the ledge than the guy that enters and passes straight through. The guy hoping for a tele-frag in this case has a 50/50 chance (greater if he is a keen observer with quick reflexes) of fragging his prey. Again, a gamble.

Hope you decide to try it, it's a blast!


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POSTED 5/2009: I ran across this deathmatch wad in 1998. It is, to date the only wad that I back up and keep. We are a small group, but there are a total of five of us who consider deathmatch Doom synonymous with Gambler. It appears to have been intended for larger groups, but has a particularly interesting game play dynamic with two players at a time. fauxmight AT' nosocomia DOT' com

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It is a great layout. It would be a 5/5 if it were not for just two little problems. A) The telefrags you stated seem plausible in 2-player deathmatch but with more players, it seems a bit more farfetched than plausible yet hitting 8 or more, it becomes a bit more plausible yet still a bit farfetched. B) The BFG's I am not sure of because of the people who troll. They'll host the server, turn this map on, get the BFG, and just troll like all hell making for a bad online experience.

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    • By Major Arlene · Posted
      I had raised my eyebrows when I read everything in the text file, but I really enjoyed this! It's totally adorable, all the assets were obviously hand-made with love, and the puppy is wonderful :) Just wish it was longer! I hope you do some more with this, it's definitely a welcome break. Maybe add some menu assets to really sell the idea.
    • By Marlamir · Posted
      Nice details and visuals. Maybe bitt claustrophobic but that's not weakness at all and i kinda like it. Gameplay is what ruining the map. For six months of work the gameplay feel very unbalanced and bad. Lot of stronger enemies appear on a place where you can't move properly.
    • By StormCatcher.77 · Posted
      The visuals of the map is rich in details, but they look somewhat erratic and do not form a solid style. Although, some of the author's decisions looks new for me. If you be careful enough, then this map may well bring positive impressions of the gameplay. Lock a player in a narrow space with strong opponents is controversial idea, but an experienced player can get good trial from fights by finding a winning strategy. In general, the map does not leave the desire to go through it again. I recommend this map for seekers of hard and challengind gameplay.
    • By StormCatcher.77 · Posted
      Just a cool ZDoom map with well balanced gameplay. I was run through it with pleasure.
    • By Gaia74 · Posted
      I must say that although it is a wad of terry, I would like to find a serious one like this, new enemies very interesting and original just for their attacks, bosses that have inspired me (and you can see it in my creations) and it is really amazing like this wad despite having their terry traps is entertaining and much better than many wads of 32 levels, if you want to have something interesting to play and different as long as you ignore the story is fun filled with very good boss fights, excellent music, this is an option although if you can not stand the terry traps just do not try it   5/5 to be a joke wad   Gaia74
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