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1 hour ago, galileo31dos01 said:

A weird thing, for some reason the midi in map 11 is broken in every soundfont except SDL, which also causes severe slowdowns in GLB+. Heh... 


It's 49 minutes long and nearly 900kb :P

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On 3/1/2019 at 12:39 AM, Walter confetti said:

playing some random wads from the archive (a 1994 map called 11nibig.wad and started a doom episode called #1kill)

 

Thanks to you I have something more to play :) #1kill seems good enough. I tried typing 11nibig everywhere and found nothing.

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On 3/11/2019 at 11:16 PM, Kepehn said:

 

Thanks to you I have something more to play :) #1kill seems good enough. I tried typing 11nibig everywhere and found nothing.

 

You're welcome, also i wrote the name of the file i played wrong, is this: https://www.doomworld.com/idgames/levels/doom/0-9/11nideck

 

Also playing WADPAK2, reached E3M1. More downs than ups in this compilation more than it's predecessor, but there's few pretty good maps here, especially E1M4 (777.wad), E2M8 (petkillr.wad) and E2M9 (wedge.wad) is pretty cool...

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41 minutes ago, Walter confetti said:

Also playing WADPAK2, reached E3M1. More downs than ups in this compilation more than it's predecessor, but there's few pretty good maps here, especially E1M4 (777.wad), E2M8 (petkillr.wad) and E2M9 (wedge.wad) is pretty cool...

 

Funny you mentioned it. I had downloaded a few wads recently (to play later) and WADPAK2 was in it! Think I'll try the predecessor first. Thanks for the highlighted Maps, I'll keep an eye out for those!

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I've been sampling some of the work of 'Myscha The Sled Dog', aka T. Elliot Cannon. His Odyssey map set was as good as anything I've seen from the 1990s, very challenging and enjoyable, difficult to fault. Also played the single map wads Pazuzu and Diabolos (the latter seems to share some elements of the former, and to be a much changed and improved version of it). The section after the blue door in Diabolos presents the player with a pretty testing experience. All highly recommended.

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Recently played through NGM1 by ArmouredBlood. Generally solid gameplay, plenty of enemies to dispatch, few clausterfucks to be found, yea easygoing as far as slaughter goes. Not too sold on those very lengthy maps and the emphasis on the SSG in them, like the last map where I found the BFG at 2 hours in-game and used it only a couple times (found a shortcut to the exit and skipped an area heh). I did enjoy maps 06, 09 and 12 the most, and 31, 16 and some of the earliest maps were pretty good too. The pyramid map (15) took longer than expected, but I got to watch cacodemons descending stairs like step step step, which was funny. Map 03 was kinda silly, maybe it should have been in a secret slot for its concept. The city map (13) was quite an experience, because I got a really lucky second attempt: took a few lifts to the top of a building with a plasma rifle, things kept spawning below so I couldn't jump back, so I stayed there listening to the carnage. At least 2k of 3k enemies died in 10 minutes from infighting. I accidentally fell off but thankfully nothing blocked me and I survived. Map 11 music track broke in GLB+ in all sound fonts except SDL, but this one would cause unbearable lag so I changed to an iwad track :P

 

Overall, it might not be the most updated slaughter wad out there, but it does deliver variety, and you're not demanded to overthink any situation if that's what you prefer. Also, I take the sequel any day over this one. I should replay the sequel to support my preference...

 

Next is going to be Circle of Caina SP by various people, the second compilation after Monument of Mars. Also testing maps for Akeldama in the meantime. 

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Ok so, Circle of Caina SP was finnished today. A nice experience, cute north pole theme, good music selection and varied gameplay, mostly fun and punchy, and a grindy one near the end. Recommended for sure.

 

Next is going to be The Joy of Mapping #1 so I can properly follow the series, since JOM6 looks really tempting (UDoom "fanboy", ok?). Besides I want to get into these kind of projects like DMP or the Pidgeon Speedmapping series to expand my tastes or whatever, hopefully this one will be fun.

 

EDIT: Ok, that was short.

 

EDIT2: Getting into Garrulismo very soon. 

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Third post, sorry not sorry. So, Garrulismo is done, pretty good and a solid suggestion for those who want to play maps alike OG Doom 2, because that's basically how it felt from start to end. The supply balance leans towards continuous, ammo and health aren't usually within reach (use chainsaw/berserk when possible, jason/tyson gameplay is fun) and armor appears halfway through the maps or at the end as a way to prepare you for the next map, but pistol starts are perfectly doable, if you can resist hitscan pressure for the first minutes. 

 

Next is Congestion 1024, currently on map 04. Let's see how well I resist the crampedness and I'm aware of some quirky ammo balance in a few maps (not sure if in this or Claustrophobia 1024). Anyway, so far so good.  

 

EDIT: Forgot to mention, as a side note, Garrulismo presented a few missteps in design which must have been missed during testing. IIRC, maps 03 and 07 have idle monsters in closets that never wake up. It's also possible to get softlocked in some areas or secrets because the walls that function as doors can only be opened from one side. In map 25, the two teleport pads that take you to the YK and other balcony have one-time linedefs (those that you cross once and they disappear). It's also very common to find yourself unable to retreat to previous areas, for the same reason I mentioned above about doors. They seem intended but this kind of design neglects exploration, something I despised a lot in e.g. Hadephobia. Otherwise, mapset is fun, if you like that style.

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Finished Moonblood, Entropy (damn, my first run was so miserable I quit the game and came back later), and now playing 50 Monsters, first played for Ironman.

 

But I'm running out of stuff once again. Suggestions are more than welcome.

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9 hours ago, seed said:

But I'm running out of stuff once again. Suggestions are more than welcome.

 

Have u played Struggle: Antaresian Legacy. I am playing it right now (at HMP difficulty and currently at map 9) and its quite fun.

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1 hour ago, ReaperAA said:

Have u played Struggle: Antaresian Legacy. I am playing it right now (at HMP difficulty and currently at map 9) and its quite fun.

 

Yes, a while ago.

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Finished up The Joy of Mapping #2 by Jimmy & various others which i liked except for a few really hard maps that i thought were out of place.

 

Now i'm playing something really oldschool but yet a classic, Dante's Gate by Dr. Sleep. I started with v1.2 (-complevel 0 with PrBoom+) and now i'm going to play v2.5 (the last version) since it's supposedly slightly different.

 

Then i'll be playing Crossing Acheron by him also. Probably the first and last variation of that map as well via PrBoom+ so it works properly.

 

I might try to go through the whole Inferno series but i'll see how far i get. I'm pretty terrible at the Master Levels as i've only played through them a couple of times so i haven't exactly "mastered" them so to speak :p

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Yesterday I finally finished up Lunar Catastrophe, which was absolutely fantastic, even if E4 was a bitch sometimes. Also this weekend I played through Fall of Titan: The Vortex Catastrophe, which was a blast.

 

Next I think I need to get back to Struggle, and try to finish off Heroes' Tales, both of which I started last year.

 

(My 2019 list)

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Working through E1 of Lunar Catastrophe. Probably the best E1 replacement I've played since Double Impact. You can tell they're going by Romero's level design rules, and I think it serves the gameplay very well. Fun secrets and not too much health.

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Dove back in to Struggle, starting at MAP31, which uh, might not have been the best map to come back to after a many-months-long break. The increased speed of enemy attacks (both new and old) got tiresome so quickly, especially in the final arena. I'm hoping once I get out of the secret maps, things will ease up again, but I'm not holding my breath.

 

On the other hand, I also started in on Atonement and played through the first 3 maps in one sitting. Amazing stuff, I absolutely love it.

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11 hours ago, Salt-Man Z said:

I'm hoping once I get out of the secret maps, things will ease up again, but I'm not holding my breath.

 

Might be good to exercise your breathing, things will heat up a lot later (;

 

On my part I finnished Congestion 1024 yesterday. Yeah, rough material, though no rage-quits for once, crampedness does lead me to feel frustrated, but not in this case at least. I share similar thoughts to @Salt-Man Z on his review, the more fun parts were in three segments: 01-06, 15-20 (including 31 and 32) and 25-29, perhaps 30 if I had better momentum and arachnotrons didn't telefrag me so many times. The other stretches though, while I didn't feel the need to avoid or skip any map, many seemed either too confined or too detailed, as if the maps were shrunk versions of pretty unlimited-sized ones, where an ant would navigate them better than a marine in a hitbox. For example, in map 11 I was constantly bouncing everywhere, or in Psyren's maps trying to squeeze through skinny but good-looking hallways. There was a convenient side about those hallways, and was that I never safely punched as many sergeants before. But regardless of the awkwardness in general, a positive side of maps like these is that they take little time to complete, so even if you die miserably at a final fight, you're no longer than a few steps from the start. The thing is what kills you, I had a rough time with the PEs in map 21 because ammo ceased to exist. Yeah ammo management is very strict sometimes, so is health, armor is absent in general, but that's not always the issue. Anyway, I had some fun which is what matters, and realized how sloppy gets my movement on bumpy terrain, damn.

 

Next is going to be Revolution! by Thomas van der Velden. I have little to no recollection of his style (*), I read his maps are rich in atmosphere, at least his PL2 maps stood out for that reason. I also include the midi pack made by Jimmy and various people.

 

Bye.

 

*EDIT: What I actually have is fish's memory, I played Harmony two years ago! ...

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Been playing Lunar Catastrophe.

 

So far, I have to say that this is probably how an UDTWID project would look like. Abiding strictly by Romero's design rules and having a striking resemblance to the original levels, but real fun and noticeably more difficult. Amazing. I already prefer it over UDTWID.

 

But damnit what's wrong with me lately... First I save upon death in Entropy on my first run (rocket), and lo and behold, I do the exact same thing again, this time when a sneaky Pinky bites me. Did I mention how good I am at failing and making mistakes before?

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On 3/29/2019 at 9:18 AM, seed said:

Been playing Lunar Catastrophe.

 

And it's done, and have no idea what else to play. Suggestions welcome.

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Revolution! is done. Most likely one of the calmest wads I've ever experienced, nice design, gorgeous skies, and simplistic combat, the kind of maps you explore for a short period of time and want to keep going because you won't sweat. The downside to me was that it never grew into something more energetic, it peaked in the third map and then stayed like in a steady wave, occasionally putting an extra hazard to the gameplay. Even on UV, it felt somewhat unbalanced in that regards, so much power everywhere, you rarely get punished for your own mistakes. In a way, these maps could be a great start for newcomers, people who want to get into speedrunning maybe, or in fast mode. I did found many neat gimmicks and ideas here and there, some borrowed from the iwads (the "Neurosphere" map), and lots of DoomCutery which are usually well appreciated. The midi pack was amazing, not a single track I didn't enjoy listening. If anyone wants to try this wad, don't miss the midi pack. 

 

The next thing could be Adonis by riderr3, because I'm really in the mood for it. The first track already sounds like listening to "The Bad Touch", interesting. @seed You could check this.  

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Finished the first 3 episodes of Atonement over the weekend, and absolutely loved it. More, please!

 

I've started in on Threshold of Pain II, and man I was not expecting the maps to be so massive. I can only handle one a night, max. Very very cool, but exhausting.

 

Also just started Eternally Yours, thinking for some reason it was a an Eternal Doom tribute by Eternal, but no it's actually a follow-up to Reverie. Fun stuff, the first couple maps give a very 90s vibe, though the next few feel slightly more modern.

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Played E1 of Lunar Catastrophe and had an absolute blast. I played UV continuous, keyboard only. Suffered 3 deaths, 1 apiece on M3, M6 and M7. Dem full-wall hitscanner closets! 

 

Gameplay was much rougher than KDiTD even though it stuck rigorously to the E1 menagerie. Very clever secrets that were fun to uncover. I maxed 5 out of 9 because I kept stumbling across the Computer Maps. Somehow, that didn't take away from the fun.

 

The maps featured wonderfully complex Tom Hallish layouts and good verticality, though they did get a bit samey towards the end. M6 and M7 both had a red door on one side and a yellow door on the other with rather similar architecture around them. I think a little more variety in the texturing could have helped the mapset as a whole. There was also a fair amount of sloppiness in texture alignment, though perhaps that was intentional to keep the original feel. I didn't read the text file because I was hungry for something to play and I wanted it NOW! ;D

 

Overall, this is in the Top 5 of E1s I've ever played.

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5 minutes ago, Steve D said:

Gameplay was much rougher than KDiTD even though it stuck rigorously to the E1 menagerie. Very clever secrets that were fun to uncover. I maxed 5 out of 9 because I kept stumbling across the Computer Maps. Somehow, that didn't take away from the fun.

 

Wait until you get to E3 and E4, shit's gonna hit the fan at that point with some irritating traps and enemy placement, but it will be manageable in the end :D. Tbh I like LC more than DTWID (and definitely much more than UDTWID... ).

 

As for me, currently blasting through @riderr3's Adonis. For something so puzzley (so far) and non-linear... I'm actually really enjoying my time. But seriously, that moment when lights go out on the last map of the first episode... that was pretty mean :v .

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2 minutes ago, seed said:

 

Wait until you get to E3 and E4, shit's gonna hit the fan at that point with some irritating traps and enemy placement, but it will be manageable in the end :D. Tbh I like LC more than DTWID (and definitely much more than UDTWID... ).

 

Looking forward to the other episodes. I forgot to mention that I savescum, so if I die, I usually figure out what I did wrong and survive my next try. Natch, that depends on how evil the trap is. Every now and then I suffer multiple deaths in the same fight. But so long as the deaths are entertaining, all is good. ;)

 

I tend to agree that LC is at least the equal of DTWiD in terms of E1 fun. The latter did not stick with the original menagerie, so it's hard to compare them directly, but the maps tended to be longer than in LC. I'm a slow player, but I maintained an average of about 21 minutes per map in LC, which should be 10 or 15 for most players. DTWiD maps tended more to the 30-minute length for me. Bottom line is that both are quite good.

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14 minutes ago, seed said:

 

But seriously, that moment when lights go out on the last map of the first episode... that was pretty mean :v .

 


In case you find a secret with two nightvision goggles, it will be helpful.

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1 minute ago, riderr3 said:

In case you find a secret with two nightvision goggles, it will be helpful.

 

I did find them, but they ran out by the time I backtracked to the exit 1.0 .

 

I am currently streaming Adonis, so if you want to watch me play, you can check the Post Your Doom Video topic.

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Adonis was done a couple days ago. It was a blast to get through the author's peculiar style, granted it took many days to complete, big sprawling maps with tons of ways to explore, lots of shortcuts, plenty of combat and Boom quirks, timed switches, high secret count, all these things guarantee you'll spend some time doing your job. I did not expect that much emphasis on platforming, it was good though. Maybe not sold on Chasm-like platforming because of interference that has to be cleaned previously. What I really liked was the balance, it's neither too forgiving nor too punishing on UV and since secrets aren't any hard to find, you'll always find goodies to recover. Unlike Urania where you must have eyes on your back for chaingunners and whatnot, patience is only required if you aren't a fan of lengthy maps, or some sniper-friendly combat, but that's not what Adonis consists mainly of. There's definitely good content to be seen here. 

 

Now I'm in E1M3 of REKKR and oh boy it doesn't play around, those melee dudes have cornered me twice to death. Things are cute and hella creepy in this TC heh. Also, accidentally killing a rabbit is traumatizing me...

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Finished Eternally Yours, which was for the most part enjoyable, barring a couple of places. MAP05 has an obtuse bit of progression which stopped me for a good half hour: A switch raises a step to a small empty platform. You have absolutely zero reason to walk up there because it's clear it doesn't go anywhere, and beyond that there's a soulsphere on the next platform up, so it looks you've only unlocked the first step in a multi-stage secret. But no, you're supposed to climb onto the platform and walk toward a featureless wall, which then opens and makes the rest of the level accessible. Stupid. Also not a fan of the IoS fight, which gives a berserk and then contains no additional health, with which you have to run the gauntlet of infinitely-spawning baddies and hit a million switches to expose the boss brain. Fun set, though, other than those complaints.

 

Last night I also finished the first episode of the Splatterhouse 3D TC, which was an absolute blast. (And also a bit freaky playing alone in the dark downstairs at night.)

 

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I'm planning to play Damnation for Doom 1. Relying on the reviews it seem scarce on ammo, and with high amount of strongest foes, better not play it from pistol start.

 

Well everyone's talking about Lunar Catastrophe. Since I'm on Doom 1's mood, I'll definitely check it out.

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A "little" update: I've finished playing all of Dr. Sleeps levels and i have to say that i really liked them. I don't know which i one i really liked the most tbh. You can definitely tell the progression in map design/difficulty though, especially in the later ones. I really think that it would of been awesome if he (John Anderson) would of stayed at id and did some more mapping on Doom (if they had found him earlier) or even Quake as i know that he went on to Ion Storm and worked on games there.

 

Anyway's after that i replayed Doomsday of UAC (UAC_DEAD) as i love that PWAD, albeit it is quite easy nowadays. Then i played Galaxia and it's tiny "bonus" level. Not a bad map either for it's time but it does sort of drag on and it is a little maze like in parts imo. But it's nothing that keeping an eye on the automap can't rectify :)

 

As you can tell i've been picking from the old DW top 100 WAD list again. It's still somewhat relevant after all imo.

 

Currently i'm replaying another classic that i started earlier this year but never finished called Serenity. I had already played it fully a few years ago but i'm replaying it again just for the hell of it. I don't like it as much as the follow-ups in the trilogy (Eternity & Infinity), but it's an okay play, besides a few annoying maps.

 

I'm not using the soundpatch though as it's just a bunch of silly sound replacements. It's pretty awful imo. But if you wan't to go ahead and try it, be my guest.

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