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  1. How do you change the default texture in Doom Builder 2.1.0.1356? I have the Doom Builder Guide, 1.2, by John Anderson. Doom Builer 2.1 has a different look than as shown in the Guide. In DB 2.1, under Tools/Game Configurations, there is no "default" tab to access the texture changing option. The DB Guide was from 2004. Thanks a
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    Changing default textures in doom builder

    Thanks... thought I was going crazy, I couldn't find the tab. It seems like a good option to have and maybe should have been kept. But maybe it isn't necessary, as you say. And you're right... it defaults to Startan. Just wondering... is there any updated guide of any sort for DB 2.1.0.1356. Thanks again, a
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    aloha4u2.wad... too hard?

    A reviewer in Doomworld said: "... Good design, but I doubt anyone can finish this map. 2/5. -dbsw57" He's wrong. Right? A
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    aloha4u2.wad... too hard?

    To Buttspit: My disagreement was with his statement that said he doubted anyone could finish this map. He was wrong. Other players have finished the map. To Natural Tvventy: Thanks for your comments. To Memfis: Sector 282... Does the same malfuction happen every single time? I rechecked in DoomBuilder and I know the design is ok. Anybody else have this problem? Sometimes the Doom Engine just glitches that one time and the sector is ok when restarting the game. I can't explain it. Regarding your question of "porting"... I'm not familiar with what happens with the various porting options. I build wads with DoomBuilder and test through ZDoom. Kinda simple. I've been assuming that if it runs ok on my system, it will be ok everywhere. So... next wad, I'll look into it. To Hex11: No, this is not an HR-style slaughtermap. I actually don't know what that is. Regarding difficulty settings... I've thought about it and decided that Doom, above all, is a kill-fest, and a survival game. When you play Doom you want to be tested and I just can't see the game being interesting if you're playing with a minimal number of monsters. What's the point? Begs the question... How do players play new wads? Start with UV and work down? Start easy and work up? Quit if it's too hard? Try and try and try again learing the traps and the secrets, the tactics and the strategies that will allow you to finish the wad on UV? How do you play new wads? To Grimm: Thanks for your comments. Haven't played 911 or 999 in a long time. I read your reviews and they seem spot on, especially on 911, since it was my first wad and I didn't have a clue. I saw, on YouTube, 999 in a SpeedDemo by Andy Olivera. That was interesting. Regarding the pretty bells and whistles and source-port obsessed junkies... we'll just see what the future holds. Sorry, no old wads on hand. They were stored on floppies that have long since disappeared. To Megamur: The time-line is long, isn't it. Building wads is so cool... it is a 3-way combo: a game, a hobby and a toy. And the fun factor will always be there. It is amazing to have a way to actually give form to what only exist in your imagination, and to make that form immediately availabe and accessable. a
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    New Wad- aloha4u2.wad

    Now that's an irritating and annoying little design flaw. Good catch. On the bright side, gameplay integrity is still pretty much intact. The player gains no advantage as he still requires the blue key at that point. At worst, because of the flaw, he declines a combat scenario, just because he can. Ego and curiosity will dictate what the player does. a
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    New Wad- aloha4u2.wad

    Aloha4u2.wad is now available at ftp.archives.gamers.org /idgames/newstuff. I don't know when it will be listed in DoomWorld. This wad begins with a harmony of howl and roar, and ends in a stinging light show with you walking over the bones of your enemies. In between, as usual, the Usual Suspects will try to kill you... with flames, with fangs, with fists... with bullets, with rockets. Protect yourself at all times; Watch your back; Make the right choices. This wad should be played: full-screen, no music, in the dark. Comments on this wad and on aloha_oe.wad are welcomed.
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    Flawed Wad

    I created a wad, named it aloha_2u.wad and uploaded it to ftp.archives.org. There was a design flaw that I corrected and I re-uploaded the wad as aloha_4u.wad. However, aloha4u.wad itself had a design flaw so I corrected that and re-uploaded the file as aloha2u2.wad. Sadly, somehow, aloha2u2 had 2 Player 1 starting points that prevented gameplay. I corrected that and re-uploaded the wad as aloha4u2.wad. I requested of the administrator to delete the flawed wads, but aloha_2u.wad and aloha_4.wad are now listed in /idgames/newstuff. There is no listing for aloha2u2.wad or aloha4u2.wad. Do Not Play: aloha_2u.wad, aloha2u2.wad or aloha_4u.wad. They are flawed. I will follow-up with the administrators to delete the flawed wads and to list aloha4u2.wad. I'm sorry for the confusion. A
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    Flawed Wad

    All is well. The flawed wads have been deleted and aloha4u2.wad is now available at ftp.archives.gamers.org. /incoming/newstuff. The first flaw involved a moving floor that allowed a player to escape combat. The second flaw involved replacing the moving floor with a teleport, which, yes, I know now, also allowed a player to escape combat. These were major flaws that negated the last part of the wad, made it way too easy to get to the end of the level. You will understand when you get to this scene. Ask me again later if you didn't recognize the flaw. To Sigvatr: I would wring my hands and sob because I had disappointed you. To Mr. Chris: I would say it is a major flaw. It doen't impede gameplay; you could finish the wad. But with the flaw, the difficulty level at that point drops from a 10 to zero. To Searcher: No game-testers, just me. And the flaw was not an “unplayable” flaw. You could play the wad, beginning to end. The flaw was a subtle but major one. You know how it is... you create a design, with a particular point of view, and the wad plays well, from that point of view. Sometimes, as you replay your design in your mind later, something about a scene pops in to your head and you go...”shit, I fucked up there!” To Bloodshedder: I did attempt to re-upload the corrected wad under its original zip name. The site would not accept it. Also, with each re-upload, I requested that the flawed wads be deleted. I don't know when the administrators look at “incoming”, or who does what at the site. To GreyGhost: Is there still a Department of Homeland Security?
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    Uploading Screenshots

    I uploaded screenshots to IMGUR. What's the next step in posting the screenshot to a thread like this? Copy and Paste didn't work.
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    Herky Jerky Mouse in DB Visual Mode

    In Doom Builder... don't know if I hit some key by mistake, but now when in visual mode, my mouse is herky jerky. Very frustrating. Any fixes?
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    Herky Jerky Mouse in DB Visual Mode

    Thanks. I rebooted and now my mouse sails smoothly in visual mode.
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    New Wad- Aloha_oe.wad

    I built this wad on the bones of aloha808.wad, which in hindsight, was indeed pretty skeletal, and indeed pretty crappy. Aloha_oe is 808 on steroids... more filling, more challenging, and more fun.
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    New Wad- Aloha_oe.wad

    Would love to do both, but have not done it before, so... how do you take/post a screen shot, and how do you create a download link? a
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    2nd Look

    Looking for comments on aloha808.wad. (Doom II).
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    To Build A Better Wad

    In order to improve wad-building skills, constructive criticism is a necessary evil. However right now there is no structure on how a wad is critiqued. Someone says something about a particular wad in their particular way and their review sometimes can be confined, constrained, and generic. Basic questions like the ones listed below would go a long way in helping an author craft and recraft his next wad if he has something solid to build on, in terms of criticism. Just as there is a template for the text file that is uploaded to ftp.gamers.org, perhaps there should be a template for reviews. Where the reviews would be archived is a question for another time. Some sample questions… Texture alignment ok?… Ammo to monsters ratio ok?… Ratio of monsters to wad size and design ok?… How many: Hair stands up on the back of your neck moments? How many: Heart racing, heavy breathing, adrenaline pumping, pure chaos moments? Most surprising moment? Most disappointing moment? New initiative that worked? New initiative that didn’t work? Number of Money Shots (those screen shots you find memorable)? Number of scenarios/locations you chose the wrong strategy/weapon and said to yourself, “I’m fucked”? Scenarios/locations that were too hard? Scenarios/locations that were too easy? Scenarios/locations that were too “cute”, or “overdone”? Something you would have liked to have seen in the wad? Something you would have deleted from the wad? Ending… excellent, good, average, poor? Did the game design and game play encourage you to think of alternate strategies to survive and move on? Some of these questions just require a number. Other questions can be answered in as much detail you want. It’s a thought. Comments? A
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    aloha808 in wrong category

    ... I uploaded aloha808 to ftp.gamers.org on 17May; it is a single map, primarily for single play, Doom2 Map01. I added 8 deathmatch starting points as an option. It was listed for awhile at ftp.gamers in "newstuff". Now it is listed in the "deathmatch" category. ... Aloha808 was not designed for deathmatch. I was curious to see if it could play as a deathmatch wad. ... Guess I have to submit another text file to the administrator to move it to the regular wad category. ... Just adding deathmatch points doesn't covert the wad to a deathmatch wad automatically, right? I mean, the single player game elements are still there, right? You have to specify "deathmatch" in the command line to initiate it, if I remember right. ... There was a doomworld critique of aloha808 as a deathmatch wad, but not as a standard single player wad. They also have it in their deathmatch category. Wonder why that was? And I wonder why ftp.gamers. categorized 808 as a deathmatch wad? any and all thoughts regarding this is appreciated. any and all comments on aloha808 gameplay and aesthetics also appreciated. a
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    DoomBuilder; Aesthetics

    ok… aloha777.wad morphed into aloha778.wad, was zipped, uploaded and it is done. Now what? Build another wad of course! But before I make the commitment and the attempt, a couple of things to resolve… Doom Builder version 1.68 build 385: this is the editor I used to create my wad and it had an annoying/irritating habit of malfunctioning when I tried to save my map. It would “save” with no problem 3,5 maybe 7 times and then… error message: could not save. In order to continue, I had to access the backup wad and rename it. A rough estimate of the number of times I had to resort to this method of bringing up the back-up to continue working on my map… 250 times. It was frustrating. But being hard-headed, stubborn and obstinate, I just sucked it up and kept going and going and going. So… If I build another map, this annoying/irritating habit has got to be resolved, first. Any quick fixes out there for this problem? Maybe another editor? (I’m running Vista Premium.) The other concern I’d like to resolve is… The conflict and balance between gameplay and aesthetics. From DoomWorld/ID Games, a couple of comments on aloha777, which was given 3 stars: “Well… it’s ugly but, it was actually still kinda fun honestly.” “ … I would call it ok, it looks pretty bad but plays a bit better.” So they liked playing it, but didn’t care for the look. Aside from being relative and generic, “ugly” is not constructive criticism. Am I missing something here in terms of utilizing new textures? Is it the lighting? Is it the physical layout of the map itself? Just what is “ugly” referring to? Perhaps someone can name a couple of wads that I can download to see just what is possible with Doom editing in terms of aesthetics… a couple of wads that were not designated “ugly”. Well, at least the two players kind of liked the gameplay, ugly-looking wad or not. That's something. Thanks, A
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    DoomBuilder; Aesthetics

    ... to those who commented on aloha777, please comment on aloha808. ... anyone else also, regarding aesthetics and gameplay. ... deathmatch in aloha808 was untested; if you tried it, drop a short line... does this map work for deathmatch? a
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    Pwad Accessibility

    1... how does ftp.gamers.org work? in general. First, you upload a map. Then... what? Someone looks at the map itself before processing and releasing it to the levels section? Do they play the map? Rate the map? Do they just read the text file? Is the process completely on autopilot? How many people are at the core of ftp.gamers? Many and much thanks to them for having the archive up and running and viable. 2... how do you create a link to your wad, giving people direct access? 3... how do you capture screen shots of your wad and upload to the forums? thanks, a
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    Save Game Buffer Overrun

    ok... Here's the problem... Save Game Buffer Overrun?? I make a design change in Doom Builder, start Doom 2 to check it out, try to save the game, the game crashes, and the error message appears. Sometimes the new changes translate to the game itself with no problem... I can play the game and save it just fine. Now almost anything I do, including something as simple as deleting a box of ammo will cause the game to have the error. This is causing me a lot of grief. Any ideas/suggetions? Thanks, A
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    aloha808

    ok, here we go. aloha808 is completed and uploaded. if you've got the time, take a look. it's a little bit different than aloha778. a
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    Save Game Buffer Overrun

    ok... here we go. aloha808 completed and uploaded. if you've got the time, take a look. it's a little bit different than aloha778. a
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    Save Game Buffer Overrun

    regarding Deathmatch... 1. I just placed 8 deathmatch starting points in my map. Will the engine handle it? There's no way for me to test it. I started the regular Doom 2 game with the 8 deathmatch starting points, to see if I came in under the cap, regarding saving and buffer size. No problem. It saves just fine. So I assume if there's no problem there, there won't be a problem with a deathmatch game. Unless somebody tells me different, I'll go with that. 2. Weapons... are they community property? That is, if there's a single shotgun laying there, can both players pick it up? Or is it a one-time pick-up, and the second player gets nothing? If it is community property, will it always be there when the fragged player regenerates? How many of each weapon is necessary? I can't see having 8 shotguns, 8 chainguns, 8 whatevers all over the place. thanks, a
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    Save Game Buffer Overrun

    In Deathmatch... When you die, can you regenerate at different locations? So, even though there are only 2 players, the Deathmatch "thing" starting points can be any number you want... 4 or 6 or whatever. Correct? What is the average number for deathmatch starting points? Or do you just keep regenerating at the same 2 starting points only? A
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    Save Game Buffer Overrun

    ok... yeah, the overload makes sense. I deleted enough "things" to make the "save" function work ok. Thanks. btw... this level may lend itself to Deathmatch play. What are the basics I should be considering? Is Deathmatch self-generating, or do I have to add a 2nd player thing? A
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