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  1. 7 - Darkvault A very hot (and entertaining) start that saw me scrabbling for weapons and ammo while trying to figure out how to tackle the map. Once i carved out a niche the pace gradually slowed down, save for the drop-down trap. The exit felt abrupt; perhaps a finale arena fight or something would have served this map nicely. I always associate Pinchy with bold colour choices, and here is no different, with the muted purple shades accentuating the bright orange lava. A cool colour combo that is rarely seen in Doom maps. 8 - Lodi Eno Rebmun Si Ocin An exercise in extracting high difficulty from low enemy numbers, i guess, although the inherent consequence of this is that at times this felt like it was being difficult for the sake of being difficult. Still, pulling off 2-shots on Cybs in awkward spaces are quite satisfying to pull of - save for that perched Cyb past the yellow door which was incredibly dickishly placed. Like the previous map, this one had a key progressional switch in a weird non-obvious location, i'm not sure wtf that is about. Said switch did provide an entertaining little skirmish, though. 9 - Blood from a Stone A grimy tech installation built into a giant cliff face. Sunderesque vibes about this map, particularly once you get into the blue key building, and the map has this vibe of being a small section of some twisted microcosm, a feeling that i associate with a lot of Sunder maps. I remember remarking to myself that the map "wasn't actually too difficult so far" just before the blue key fight - heh. An intense, cramped trap immediately followed which gave me a fair beating. At this point, the impact of playing blind and not knowing where the secrets where became incredibly apparent, with meagre resources left to try and deal with the descent back to the blue switch. In this thread i have already remarked about my frustrations regarding artibrary 'viles simply there to rez everything' tropes, so predictably i found this part annoying - until i found some of the secrets, which are numerous and powerful in this map, and make a casual playthrough much more fun. The Caco trap upon the final ascent was meh - the player will always simply retreat here, and have to tediously pick them off (or ignore them and just leave the map, in my case). Regardless, i believe i shall revisit this map, as i expect that playing this with foreknowledge of all secrets will be a far more rewarding experience, and a more appropriate way of playing the map. 10 - Piston Hurricane Another hot start map here, but it was just a case of running around taking care of hitscan on the deck, then the rest of the map just felt like complete cleanup with no really notable threats save for a couple of chaingunner squads. Far too many low threat turrent monsters (ie HK's). This layout strongly reminded me of the map Pinchy made for Cereal Killer. Regardless, some good use of scrolling floors gave this map a convincing factory vibe. Neat, if slightly random Boom trickery at the end too. Very cool sky in this map, btw. I guess i felt this one was a case of style over substance. 11 - Quaker Plumbing Inc. After a fairly slow start, picking away at mid tiers with the regular SG and minimal rockets, having to be careful due to lack of armour, the map quickly moves up through the gears upon grabbing the SSG and some armour, allowing you to finally play at a high pace, something that felt like it was supposed to be the case from the start. Aesthetically this map was reminiscent of Valiant E1, ie (relatively) realistic manmade structures (a dam in this case) built into natural surroundings. The middle portion of this map is fantastic fun, with flowing, energetic fights. The second Cyb was... questionable however, and we get another visit from my now-well-acquantied-gripe "vile who is there just to rez shit" and some nondescript caco's who do a poor job of defending the exit. A shame to end on a low note but a very fun map regardless. 12 - Kepler Communications Some pretty cool architecture here, with massive structures that tower around the player at the beginning. Map starts off similarly to 11 with the same SG vs mid tier stuff. Yellow key fight is pretty fun stuff, trying to deal with the viles first while avoiding the potentially massively damaging attacks of the mancs and spiders. Once you go up the section of lifts where the cyb and mastermind are, the map falls apart a bit. I despise Lost Souls and so PE's in very wide open spaces like this are nightmare fuel to me. The mastermind/cyb crossfire is quite tricky too. Fortunately for my sanity, this map has a mega cheese spot back up at the yellow key fight, you just go there and put the Cyb to work. He eradicated this entire trap and the latter one too, and i just literally stood in this spot the whole time and didn't have to do anything. The other fights felt a little uninspired, too many boss monsters on this map for its own good perhaps. More work put into the lighting would have made this map a pretty stunning sight to behold too. 13 - Cybercrusher Well, at least you know it's going to be a complete gimmick map beforehand... The fact that you are sort of obliged to utilise the crushers can make things incredibly annoying if the enemies don't want to play your game. This was fun in parts, but i think i would've had more fun if i just had a BFG. The final area i just did the switch hunt and left making zero effort in combat, happy in the knowledge that eventually those monsters would be crushed to death on their own. I thought this map had a great look to it, highly futuristic, like something from a sci-fi film. 14 - Ancient Den Incidentally, Marcaek recommended that i check out this map (i forget why exactly) just a few weeks back, which is why the wad was on my to-play list in the first place. Anyway. Immediately - fuck yeah, what a great setting for a map, this looks amazing. The sky and sand as far as the eye can see really creates a sense of place, truly in the middle of nowhere. The brilliant midi is a perfect fit too. Combat wise this map is highly sparse - occassionally underwhelming (lone HK's and small Caco clusters are mere ammo sinks) - with Chaingunners, Revs and Viles generally providing the most invigorating moments wherever they are involved. Plutonia-riffic. The real strength of this map is the nicely tiered, highly interwoven layout that is interesting to navigate and explore. I got to the exit and- wtf, only 70 monsters gone? I explored some more, got bored of that, so cheated to find the switch necessary for the secret areas - worth it. Two cool larger scale fights, highly entertaining, my kinda thing. The arena rising out of the sand was really neat, i dread to think how long that must have taken to build up! A fitting climax to the map. This had a definite map15 vibe to it, shame all these well hidden, interesting secret areas and fights didn't lead to a secret exit really, it seems like it would have been perfect for that. 15 - Klockwerk SSG slog. Little for ammo or health so you can't really attack the map. Just slog through it all. I have very little time for this.
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    Which monster do you neglect when mapping?

    Lost Souls. Because i fucking hate the little bastards.
  3. I had this wad on my "to play" list anyway so why the hell not join in now. GLBoom+, UV pistol starts, casual (blind) playthroughs, no attempts to max the map. I'll probably just review in chunks whenever i feel like writing something. 1 - Xsshsss Zone Interesting concept based map built around pacifist gameplay initially, something i haven't seen much of before, followed by some tyson cleanup. I had fun with this, dodging fireballs while staying out of sight of the Vile was entertaining and i always enjoy punching things out. 2 - Will o' the Wastes This map felt very... meticulous, for want of a better word, in terms of resource distribution and monster placement. This therefore felt like i was being pushed towards playing the map in a certain way, the intended way of the mappers perhaps. I am not always in the mood for this style of gameplay, and became frustrated after a certain point. A recently developed Doom pet-peeve of mine is the pseudo-content that consists of viles being released into a previously beaten area with the sole purpose of ressurecting everything, so that you just have to kill it all over again. Therefore, once i pressed the red switch and saw this happening, i made a beeline for the exit and ignored the remainder of the enemies. That said, the Vile/Spectre/Baron trap was cool, and the lighting on this map was great. 3 - Steel Coffin This map was ok enough, kinda one dimensional though, with largely obvious, easy-to-telegraph traps and much of the combat comprising of taking out mid tiers with the SSG over and over. I quite liked the environment however, as it had a fairly grandiose feel to it - like you were in one small section of this absolutely huge industrial building. 4 - Affinity This was probably my favourite map of the first six. It somehow managed to feel simultaneously compact and very open, thanks to the multiple connections/tiers that gradually opened up for navigation through individual spaces. Combat was relatively relaxed but still engaging and varied enough for me. 5 - Vaalbara Reborn Started off fun enough but then became the same old shotgun vs mid tiers combat, which served to slow the pace right down. Then, pressing the 3-key switch... what the fuck? An insanely out of place trap, made more ridiculous by the fact that i could easy just run to the exit, ignoring every single monster contained within said trap on my way out. 6 - Ziggurat Mayhem Despite being very square, a gorgeous map thanks to moody, cohesive texture work and particularly fantastic lighting. The nature of the layout lent itself to some quite corridor-y type combat where you just shoot what is in front of you in places, but the set up traps were good fun.
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    The DWIronman League dies to: Rush

    Dead on Map04, category 1 - demo. Survived on low health for a bit then caught an errant rev rocket while backtracking for health. Clearly i always forget that in ironman you absolutely must meticulously clear out every possible threat just in case, heh. UV only cause i don't want to spoil the remainder of the set on a lower difficulty, personally. I'm looking forward to playing the rest of it very much.
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    Post Your Doom Picture (Part 2)

    Thanks for the kind words! For me, music is an absolutely integral part of mapping.
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    Post Your Doom Picture (Part 2)

    The never ending build of UDiNO E2M8 continues... but at least i have now gotten the thing into screenshot fodder condition :D
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    Developing your Mapping Style

    Play a bunch of wads, and i mean loads so you have a clear idea of what you like. Maybe you have done that already though. Study the shit out of specific maps and mappers you like the best to try and understand how they did whatever thing it is that you liked about it, be it something architectural, a mapping trick, or some element of combat. I am constantly looking at maps from Plutonia, Scythe, Sunlust, Sunder, Valiant etc etc in the editor cause they are some of my favourite mapsets. At some point you'll begin to start combining your influences to create 'your' mapping style. I don't think it is really a conscious thing, it will come naturally eventually. I don't think many mappers will have started out immediately with a clear style so some experience definitely does help. Just get some stuff built initially to the best of your ability, try not to be too precious about what you are making, and keep plugging away at it.
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    MAYhem 2018 - Orange Version!

    Minor update to account for the Cybruiser change.
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    MAYhem 2018 - Purple Version!

    Murasaki by rdwpa and myself Midi is "Compulsion" by Jimmy (huge thanks to him for this!) No automap cleanup or difficulty settings yet (beware!).
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    Nova III - mapping deadline 31st October!

    Done deal! Remember October 31st is the mapping deadline now folks!
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    Nova III - mapping deadline 31st October!

    Updated alpha map pack in the 2nd post. Maps removed: "Woodcraft" - was released separately "Generator Alpha" - rejected due to quality (map is basically just two square rooms and that's all, which seems incredibly low effort for this project) As it stands, there are two map openings in both E1 and E3, as well as map32. However i would like to suggest to @Albertoni that The Ship that Wore a Mask would make a good map32 due to the somewhat experimental nature and mixture of themes present. This would give @DMPhobos and @StormCatcher.77 potential spaces in E3. This is alongside rektafire's and Dranger's WIP maps. If this works for people, then as it stands there is one final map slot available, in Episode 1.
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    My WAD is empty?

    Try the steps given in this thread... it might work but it's not a guarantee.
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    Nova III - mapping deadline 31st October!

    Could you post it here please, i would like to see what sort of progress has been made. I'll talk to Obsidian but i know he'll be busy with Mayhem for a while. Please decide one way or another, so i know how many slots i can offer to people in E1. It doesn't matter if you'd rather work on a different project :)
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