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  1. Noted, along with Hexa's comments from last month. I've kept the original ruling which states you're allowed to save and return at a later time, though this still gimps -complevel 2 demo recorders as they don't have that option in a vanilla set (streamers can of course get around this). I'll continue to think of ways to make these sorts of challenges more manageable because they're a cornerstone of the Doom experience, but also because — although endurance is a defining feature of DWIL — this is also something I'm expecting participants to find their own time for. I hadn't considered that when sorting out my priorities, before. This isn't a triathlon that people pen into the calendar.
  2. Heh heh, this got a chuckle out of me, I must say, though I admire your commitment and enthusiasm! It's just a shame your history as a seafaring smuggler has incapacitated you from the waist down. Ribbiks and an_mutt still have you beat for MAP01 faceplants and I'm fairly sure those guys have functioning kneecaps, so don't let them hear the end of it as you rise through the ranks. The Jolly Roger will fly again!
  3. If your game crashes, you're done for. If your stream goes offline and you don't have a backup demo running to save proof, same thing. Your choice of recording has to follow the game from A to B with no blind spots, where B is death, survival or a lightning storm knocking out the power grid. You don't get to go back to A and unless Zeus was considerate enough to kill GZDoom seconds after it autosaves at the beginning of the next level, you don't get to go back to B either. Preparation runs for cat 3 are okay because they're part of the program. Otherwise, if it isn't a submission in this thread, it'll make your run cat 3. I'll change the wording if necessary.
  4. Hey folks! There have been a couple of rule changes based on discussions resulting from your continued feedback — much appreciated. Here's the quick run-down; it's nothing too significant. Additional WADs of any kind may no longer be loaded alongside the hosted WADs. Dynamic lights and brightmaps are no longer permitted (until the advent of ZDoom stuff eyyy). If the stream/video/demo recording of your official run is interrupted due to technical difficulties, you are no longer permitted a second go. Any surviving recording may be used to register a DNF result. You may load from a saved game file only if you didn't progress past the save point (as determined on a case-by-case basis. As a general rule, though: you can't have moved much and you can't have killed anything). Inspection of the WAD's maps via an editor and observance of pre-Ironman demos and recordings will now qualify the official run as category 3. You may notice that there's nothing mandating "single sitting" runs despite my making all sorts of noises to that end when things were running hot. I've decided to hold back on that decision based partly on some sound reasoning by @Crusader No Regret. Indeed, the system wasn't broken, and I've considered a number of other mitigating factors since then that would make such a ruling seem strangely punishing, especially given the leniency that is given in other areas. @HexaDoken may be interested in this development. Less blabber from me this month. Happy trails!
  5. November, 2018 > Download TNT: Renascence > Download TNT: Resistance > NaZa's unofficial leader board Leaderboard [2] 17 levels Roofi - Needed to pad his fire Resistance stats. Damn, I need to work on these puns before the month gets going. Good run. [2] 07 levels NoisyVelvet - Sucker-smacked into the turf in the Wormhole do-over. In a frankly hilarious manner if may say so, too. (DNF) [3] 04 levels Aquila Chrysaetos - It's moments like this where Our Hero wishes he could bend at the knees. Clocks out on Crystal Protocol. (DNF) [1] 02 levels Anima Zero - You make your own luck in Doom, most of the time, but damn if that Renascence death isn't silly. - - - - - - What is the Doomworld Ironman League? The DWIronman League is a monthy competition in which participants aim to survive for as many levels as possible in the given map set, preferably in one sitting. Click the spoiler tag below for a detailed list of rules. Players of all levels of ability are welcome. It could change the way you play Doom! In November 2018, Alfonzo swears that he doesn't just pair up episodes sometimes because they have similar names. Honest! TNT: Renascence & TNT: Resistance are two vanilla sets for everyone's favorite mishmash IWAD (-complevel 4 (Doom (strict))) but with very distinctive leans. Resistance is a love letter penned by @valkiriforce and friends in 2016 with a spirited focus on sprawling bases. The other, older Renascence is part of a stalled series of WADs made by Alexander "Eternal" S. that re-imagines the layouts of commercial OS Doom. Both will offer a fair challenge, though Resistance is ultimately more difficult and choked with chaingunners heh heh heh :) As with the Darkening E1 & E2 a couple of months ago, this uses the dual set rules. One life per set, played in any order you see fit; cumulative times and maps beaten; survival acknowledged only if you make it through both. Potential Game-stoppers and Bugs MAP07 of Renascence has a series of key bars that you may think are bugged when you use them. They're not. Don't DNF. prboom-plus -iwad tnt -file tnt-ren -complevel 4 -warp -skill 4 -record my_demo Previous Threads 2016 Jenesis (winner: Demon of the Well) Crusades (winner: Ribbiks) Nilla Doom (winner: Demon of the Well) Khorus' Speedy Shit (winner: Bloodite Krypto) Perdition's Gate (winner: Bloodite Krypto) UAC Ultra (winner: Bloodite Krypto) 2017 Jade Earth (winner: Bloodite Krypto) Legacy of Heroes (winner: Bloodite Krypto) Back to Saturn X E1 (winner: dew) Mapgame (winner: Bloodite Krypto) Vae Victus 1 & 2 (winner: Demon of the Well) Disturbia (winner: Bloodite Krypto) Insertion (winner: Bloodite Krypto) Unholy Realms (winner: Bloodite Krypto) Osiris (winner: Demon of the Well) End Game & End Point (winner: Bloodite Krypto) Oscillation (winner: Ancalagon) Doom The Way id Did (winner: kmc) 2018 Combat Shock 2 (winner: Bloodite Krypto) Coffee Break (winner: Bloodite Krypto) Warlock's Hearth (winner: Demon of the Well) 50 Monsters (winner: Bloodite Krypto) Double Impact (winner: Bloodite Krypto) Rush (winner: WH-Wilou84) The Darkening E1 & E2 (winner: Veinen) The Plutonia Experiment (winner: Bloodite Krypto) Interstellar Sickness & Shaman's Device (winner: leodoom85) Doom 64 for Doom 2 (winner: Bloodite Krypto)
  6. Alfonzo

    Best community project leader?

    Vote Alfonzo or I blow UDTWiD's head clean off!
  7. Heathens! The new domain name will be superfly.net and it will be a 50/50 Doom and Daikatana content split. Do not forget that I am still holding BTSX E3 hostage and am the king of the hacker hax0ring underground, an actual true fact that is true except it's been hard to get any ransom money because no one I've threatened believes it's been released, yet. :(
  8. Alfonzo

    The DWIronman League dies to: Doom 64 for Doom 2

    That's not how you're supposed to do it?? :)) @NaZa Good catch — I glossed over duvel's post. I can still slap the first one into the OP if there's evidence of it, no problem. You can as of today, yes ("preferably in one sitting"), although the traditional Ironman rule set i.e. out there in the World Wide Web of video games is an endurance test. They probably don't allow for this sort of thing, not that we have to follow suit. The league has kind of decided by itself that it's better to stick fat with the one-sitting rule, though, so I'll probably honor this by writing it into the OP next month. Joe Bloggs will just have to pick his battles and hope that he doesn't get a call-out when he's five hours deep into a 1CC slaughtermap set. I'll do my best to not pick something that has a running time that's crippling for your health!
  9. Alfonzo

    The DWIronman League dies to: Doom 64 for Doom 2

    Dead on MAP22, Cat 2. Spawned Stupidity :) MAP22 is also the first map I was basically blind to (or would have been had I not played the D64 equivalent), and I can definitely see a few spots where truly unknowing players are likely to be caught with their pants down. That MAP06 ambush, for example. As a side note, hot damn are there a lot of lost souls in this WAD. I had completely forgotten! And those nightmare imps scratch you up something fierce.
  10. Alfonzo

    What do you think DoomGuy couldn't win against?

    After a quick Google search: Angkor Wat Temple, Cambodia. At least one of those steps has got to be 25 units.
  11. Alfonzo

    The DWIronman League dies to: Doom 64 for Doom 2

    Sorry, yes, EX and Doom 64 are the same for our purposes, here. Will amend. It may not be sound reasoning but I figure that maps 33 through 35 are in most cases not essential to a megaWAD being considered "beaten" because they play like the bonus material they are. The inclusion of those two levels in 50 Monsters didn't round things out satisfactorily, I feel. I could do it on a case by case basis, perhaps? Simplicity is also key. Two years later and the formats are still being tweaked and worked over. This is fine!
  12. Alfonzo

    The DWIronman League dies to: Doom 64 for Doom 2

    @NaZa Watchers of streams/demos are set to learn more than you did in this instance, probably, yes, so I understand how it looks. But category 3 is a license, and I would argue that if you're aware of what it affords you, you'd want to absolutely commit yourself to building a safe run. You wouldn't want to merely dip your toe into a level or two to exorcise your suspicions only for people to see the [3] attached and assume that you had spent several hours locked in your room, pouring over the WAD like a student cramming for an exam. It's a declaration of intent. I can't label watchers of demos and streams as category 3 because then the flood gates will open; the leader board could be filled to the top with them and we wouldn't have a way of knowing which of those players had actually made the decision to learn about the WAD and its contents by opening it up and not declaring a run — an otherwise direct violation of the rules — and which ones hadn't. Now, with that having been said, I guess what I can do is ask that players not watch non-ironman demos and streams of the WAD unless they'd like to fall under cat 3. That seems reasonable. I could also extend the number of categories to 4... which mightn't be the worst idea ever as it's not stepping onto a slippery slope — there's very little gray area. "I have watched some or all of at least one demo/stream covering plays of this month's Ironman." The idea lays open on the floor. Go hog wild. Rip and tear my ideas!
  13. Alfonzo

    The DWIronman League dies to: Doom 64 for Doom 2

    The system's being put through the strainer this month and a fair amount of jank is falling out the bottom. This is good. @HexaDoken It struck me that I had a ruling on what happens in this situation and that I couldn't remember what it was, so I consulted the rules list, which I haven't done in almost a year or something. Here's what I had to say circa 2016: It also says this: I like this second bit. It makes sense. The wording in the first sentence above is a hot mess, though. "[...] such that the stream/recording becomes irretrievable"? That's some grade 'A' fine print. After racking my brains I remember watching a Jimmy stream of Crusades that lasted for approximately two minutes before folding because of technical issues, and thinking perhaps of how silly it would be if an audience gathered only for the streamer to be "unfairly" maligned by the OS (or power outages!) and robbed of a run, especially when any offline demo recorder would likely just sneak in a second go. Pandering to audiences in this way seems like a bad exception to me, now — needlessly compromising. Not to mention that it assumes bad faith on the part of demo recorders. Truth is, I don't think there should be any allowance for second runs at all, anymore. I mentioned in this knee-jerk post that viewers are more important than the run. They're definitely important, but I'm more wary of keeping things simple in the OP spoilers, these days. Anyway. I really can't be changing rules to affect existing runs midway through month, so I'll have to apply the standards as they are. Even if I did, though, the result would be the same: a DNF on MAP06. Sorry, Hexa!
  14. Alfonzo

    The DWIronman League dies to: Doom 64 for Doom 2

    In case it wasn't obvious: you can't decide after a run whether it's official or not. If you're not preparing (cat 3), then it's show time the moment you load the game up. If you are, you need to declare the run to yourself before you hit New Game. I'll allow it just this once because I'm such a nice guy and have bored you all to death with legal talk.
  15. Alfonzo

    The DWIronman League dies to: Doom 64 for Doom 2

    Oh, boy, the cats are out of the bag! @Bdubzzz It becomes a cat 2 run if you know anything specific about the design of at least one area. What sorts of things qualify? Well, this is ultimately up to you. As I explain in the Oscillation thread from last year: i.e. it doesn't matter all that much, because at this point we are probably dealing with differences small enough that we can just settle on whatever the player feels is right. The fine-ish line of "provides an advantage" is fine enough. You tell me what it is and I'll jot 'er down on the leader board, no worries. If you're looking for guidelines, though, then consider the description of the WAD in the OP; a weak primer on how the set plays that all players can read without fear of regaining their sight. That stuff is all kosher! Filled with ultra-informative phrases like "nightmarish puzzles" and "creative liberties." The obituaries, too, are not revealing — cat 1 approved. Is learning that there's a fatal trap puzzle in MAP02 with nukage and corridors giving you too much info? Shit, man, I dunno. Probably, if you know it when you see it. It's not totally specific. Live large.