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who're your favorite mappers

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So many awesome mappers. The ones off the top of my head at the moment:

 

Erik Alm

Sandy Petersen

Dragonfly

Mouldy

Skillsaw

Jaska

Bridgeburner56

Bauul

Doomkid

Sgt Mark IV

Esselfortium

Big 'Ol Billy

Major Arlene

 

 

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Me

 

Actual serious answer: 

Skillsaw, AD_79, Mechadon, breezeep, Vader

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44 minutes ago, rd. said:

Nanka Kurashiki 

its a testament to their ingenuity and originality that i remembered the maps instantly on reading that name

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Hm. Seems I forgot to actually reply to this thread, oops!

I've too many to name but I'll pinpoint a few of the most significant influencers on me. :)

 

Agent Spork:

While not an active influence on me these days, Spork's works created a sense of wonder and incited a thirst for mapping knowledge in me during my formative years, without their works such as temple of chaos 2, Simplicity 1, 2 and 3 (end eventually ultimate simplicity) etc, I wouldn't have been anywhere near as interested in mapping as I was.

 

Erik Alm:

Scythe II will forever be a staple reference point for what makes a good series of levels and design choices. We've all sung praise about them, and for good reason.

 

Bauul:

Bauul's consistent positivity, combined with their relentless dedication to mapping has always been both influencial and hugely inspiring to me.

 

Jimmy:

You all know Jimmy. Forever the friendliest face in the community, and such a prolific contributor to all aspects of Doom - music, maps, textures, code, ideas, tutorials... so on, and so forth. If the title "pillar of the community" belongs to anyone, it's Jimmy.

 

Cyano:

Maybe a lesser known member of the community, but that doesn't change how influential they are to me though. Their mapping style is absolutely sublime.

 

Yugiboy85:
While honestly, you can see a lot of Skillsaw's influence in Yugi's work, they manage to maintain their own identity in such a way that feels genuinely fresh and exciting.

 

AD_79:

Not really sure how to put AD's influence on me into words. Just go and play their maps, you'll see why they're influential to me. Also a great person to hang out with for Discord shenanigans!

 

Ukiro:

Obviously a strong influence on me, what with their work on OTEX and subsequently Eviternity. Ukiro's influences on me are mostly in the visual department. If you want to learn how to keep your maps looking stunning and unique while also having an element of sophistication, check Ukiro's works.

 

Remmirath:

This list wouldn't be complete without a mention of Remmirath; we became friends way back in the mid 2000's and it was with that friendship that my interest in mapping was able to grow to where it is today. I fondly remember all the back and forth "Doom banter", all of the small collaborations between us over the years, and all their help with Skulldash.

 

Eris Falling:

God damn it dude, make more maps. :P

 

Decay:

Honestly, Decay is singlehandedly the reason I even have any interest in multiplayer mapping at all - Decay not only makes some of the best DM maps, with clean flow, good looks and fun concepts; he also knows exactly what's needed to take a good map and make it 100x better. Love him or hate him, his influence on the MP mapping scene is unquestionable.

 

Antares031:

Do I really need to explain this one? Antares is a fantastic mapper, with a fantastic catalogue of work. Also influential from a more personal perspective with their infectious positive attitude.

 

Many, many other people:

Too many great people to write about, sorry if you didn't appear on this list! D:

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I once had this pipe dream of creating a Top 100 mappers list because why not. Since 2016, I created a .txt and entered a mapper name as soon as i like them. I soon realized how impossible making a list is:

Spoiler

+ Dr. Sleep

+ Justin Fisher

+ Pavel Hodek

+ Leo Martin Lim

+ Michael Kelsey

+ Andy Chen & Claude Martins

+ Bjorn Hermans

+ Holger Nathrath

+ Glen Payne & Marshal Bostwick

+ Rich Johnston

+ Thomas & Dennis Möeller

+ David Davidson

+ Andy Badorek

+ Orin Flaharty

+ Jens Neilsen

+ Florian Helmberger

+ Sean Birkel

+ Matthias Worch

+ Jeremy Statz

+ Stephen Watson

+ Paul Noble

+ Adam Windsor

+ Dario & Milo Casali

+ Jimmy Sieben

+ Tom Mustaine

+ Bill McClendon

+ Drake O'Brien

+ Jim Flynn

+ Bob Evans

+ Paul Schmitz

+ Sverre Kvernmo

+ Christopher Couleur

+ Yonatan Donner

+ Anthony Czerwonka (Adelusion)

+ Iikka Keränen

+ Michal Meško

+ Malcolm Sailor

+ Paul Fleschute

+ Adam Landefeld

+ piXel reX

+ Michael Krause

+ Roger Ritenour

+ Kurt Kesler

+ Ian Wilson

+ Ola Björling

+ Jan van der Veken

+ Richard Wiles

+ Afterglow

+ Christopher Lutz

+ NokturnuS

-Kristian Nebula

-Pcorf

-Anders Johnsen

-Kim André Malde

-Martin Aalen Hunsenger

-Brad Spencer (Vorpal)

-Anthony Soto

-Lee Szymanski

-Christian Hansen

-Kristus

-Fredrik

-Jonathan Rimmer

-Erik Alm

-Rex

-Cyb

-Gunrock & The Solution

-Tobias Münch

-Karthik & Varun Abhiram Krishna

-Thomas van der Velden

-B.P.R.D

-Chopskinka

-Jonas Feragen

-Kaiser

-The Ultimate DooMer

-Dittohead

-Use3D

-The Flange Peddler

-hobomaster22

-Huy Pham

-Gwyn Williams

-Espi

-Psyren

-Dutch Devil

-Method

-Gusta

-Aluqah

-Enjay

-Simo Malinen

-Tormentor667

-Vader

-Didy

-Shadowman

-Eternal

-Death-Destiny

-Negatronica

-Exl

-traversd

-Joshy

-Darkwave0000

-TimeOfDeath

-gggmork

-Insane_Gazebo

-40oz

-ArmouredBlood

-Jodwin

-Phml

-Purist

-J.P. LeBreton

-rf`

-Phobus

-Ed Cripps

-esselfortium

-MTrop

-Xaser

-RottKing

-skillsaw

-skepticist

-valkiriforce

-fiend-o-hell

-Jimmy

-Tatsurd-Cacocaco

-Tarnsman

-Darsycho

-Pavera

-Alfonzo

-Marcaek

-Damned

-Pipicz

-Mechadon

-Tango

-lupinx-Kassman

-Pyroscourge

-Z86

-Khorus

-Lainos

-Azamael

-Dragon Hunter

-BeeWen

-dannebubinga

-Ribbiks

-Archi

-Snakes

-Demonologist

-Rayzik

-memfis

-Oxyde

-darkreaver

-franckFRAG

-[WH]-Wilou84

-JCD

-Darch

-Cannonball

-mouldy

-BigMemka

-Z0K

-Nicolás Monti

-Dragonfly

-Remmirath

-Dreadopp

-Lord_Z

-yakfak

-NoisyVelvet

-AD_79

-an_mutt

-Breezeep

-tourniquet

-Pinchy

-NaturalTvventy

-Doomkid

-Wraith777

-A.Gamma

-SFoZ911

-Viggles

-antares031

-Octavarium

-dt_

-gaspe

-years

-Ryath

-Benjogami

-rd

-dobu gabu maru

-Obsidian

-Crunchynut44

-Scotty

-Serious_MOod

-Remila Scarlet

-Jaxxoon R

-AnonimVio

-muumi

-Xyzzy01

-MSPaintR0cks

-Forli

-floatRand

-MrZzul/Killer5

-Nine Inch Heels

-SteveD

-Jayextee

-DooMknight

-Grain of Salt

-Moustacio

-Fonze

-glenzinho

-supercupcaketactics

-Urthar

-Eradrop

-Payload4367

-Revae

-DMPhobos

-Paul977

-Yugiboy85

-Roofi

-Deadwing

-StormCatcher.77

-bemused

-Eris Falling

-Batandy

-Nirvana

-Nootrac4571

-Big Ol' Billy

-Arvell

-FishyClockwork

-A2Rob

-amok

-dmdr

-DooM_RO

-Plut

-ChaingunnerX

-Marnetmar/Marn

-Mithran Denizen

-AconyX

+ AtroNx

+ Aurelius

+ BridgeBurner56

+ CyanoBlugron

+ Danlex

+ DASI-I

+ DavidN

+ DFF

+ elend

+ GuardSoul

+ Jaska

+ Lorenz0

+ NoReason

+ RonnieJamesDiner

+ The_SloVinator

+ TravyB

+ Zan

+ Cheesewheel

+ Egg Boy

+ lunchlunch

+ Albatross

+ Dant3

+ Carlos Lastra

+ Gifty

+ Mary Rose

+ TheMionicDonut

+ Agent Spork

+ Scypek2

+ Shawny

+ Pierrot

I hope the fact that i didn't elaborate didn't make all these mappers feel anonymous. The truth is that all of them have inspired/touched/change my mind in a positive and significant way in the context of Doom and many times beyond that, and there is simply no time for me to express them all (but i will continue to try as long as i am invovled in Doom!). The amazing thing here is that after all those years* i still can't, and likely never will, get a comprehensive list as there are still authors to discover and new ones to rise, and perhaps that speaks volumes to the rich creative scene that thrived is this little corner of the universe. Doom is one of the unambiguous good things in my life, and a lot of it is thanks to folks like you :)

 

*Not like i've been here a long time. Plenty of folks still killing demons since 1993 :D 

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These are all the people whose work made these shitty last 12 months a slightly better one

 

The OG id crew 

The Casali Brothers 

Tom Mustaine 

Jimmy Sieben 

Mackey McCandlish

Thomas van der Velden 

Erik Alm 

Adam Windsor  

Dr Sleep 

Doomkid and the entire Rowdy Rudy 2 team

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i figured out a way to meaningfully respond to this.  There's so far exactly three mappers (well, four actually) whose other works i've sought out after playing something from them (and in none of the cases was i disappointed):

- Deadwing

- Datacore

- Bjorn Hermans and Holger Nathrath

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I'd definitely my most favorite of all time has to be mechadon. Every map of his that I've played just feels so grand and adventurous, like the world'll explode and everyone in the universe ever will die if I don't finish this, and I like that feeling a lot. Every fight of his maps feel so refined and perfectly crafted and I always get so excited to face the next monsters that get in my way. My most favorite map ever has to be BTSX E2's map 25 for sure, I feel the weight of the world every time I play it and that sense of grandeur leaves me stunned every time.

 

Other than that, names like skillsaw, esselfortium, ribbiks, xaser, and nanka kurashiki always get me really excited to kill demons

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