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    Obviously very true Doom facts thread

    You may already know about the MISSILEMORE and MISSILEEVENMORE ZDoom actor flags, but you probably haven't heard of the MISSILEJUSTALITTLEBITORMAYBENOTATALLIMNOTSURE flag if you haven't been active on the modding scene in late 2009. The flag was made for compatibility with Soul Rampage Story, a long-awaited TC megawad using a custom executable. The megawad was going to be sold commercially, had (allegedly) over 50 levels, lots of custom assets and an elaborate storyline, and the flag was going to be used for the final boss battle against the protagonist's former best friend. The megawad was eventually cancelled in order to get a tax writeoff, and the whole incident was so infamous, the ZDoom devs ended up removing all references to the flag from the documentation.
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    Post your Doom textures!

    I appreciate the effort, and it looks very nice for sure... but it would probably make a lot more sense if it scrolled horizontally, with a linedef action :P
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    Any Doom-related dreams?

    That's pretty detailed! There's a lot of doom and doom-adjacent dreams I've had but never wrote down. A lot of the time I felt like they had a specific place in a supposedly very well-known megawad that doesn't exist in reality, sometimes my own, sometimes someone else's. A fair amount of MAP01s, episode-starting maps and episode ending maps, and also grandiose ending maps that are like, the the endingest of endings. A map that doesn't just conclude a megawad, but perhaps concludes every megawad ever. The REAL ending that follows up after their final maps. With extra intense and extra evil hell, not necessarily with an exceptionally high monster count, but in some kind of more abstract way. Maybe with the AlsoDieInRealLife MAPINFO flag enabled, I dunno. So that only the bravest players would attempt it.
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    A very simple question

    I'd like to mention that giving roughly the same amount of each ammo pickup may seem like the most natural option, but in practice a box of shells lasts way longer and kills more stuff than a box of bullets, so it's pretty common for maps to end up with way too many shells (also because shotgunners are a very fun enemy to use...) and a deficit of bullets and rockets unless you make an effort to avoid it.
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    Post your Doom textures!

    But then it would be single-colored, wouldn't it? There's more to making Doom-paletted textures than just throwing a truecolor photo into Slade's converter, and making light blue textures in Doom is especially tricky, but I'd take an imperfect colorful thing over yet another monochromatic orange or brown sky. @SatanaInArte's sky came out surprisingly well, all things considered! Probably thanks to the gray clouds taking up most of the space, and making the blue bits look okay even when they're flat.
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    Things about Doom you still don't understand

    The Lost Soul is pretty great in concept - you dodge it, then it can attack again from another direction! A hundred times more interesting than another boring fireball thrower. But in the end, it all comes down to balance... and while most Doom enemies are very good in that regard, Lost Souls always feel too damn bulky, given how well they can dodge and how tempting it is to place swarms of them. In Deadliest Dem(o(li)ti)on, I decided to nerf them down to 1 hp and also double their delay before charging, so that they aren't going to slam into you immediately after hitting a nearby wall, and fighting them with melee weapons actually becomes a good idea. They're still pretty deadly with their fast movement and high damage, but disposing of them is no longer a problem as long as you're paying attention. That seems to have fixed pretty much 100% of their issues, and now fighting them (and Pain Elementals, another nicely unique enemy) is a joy.
  7. @head_cannon Your explanation was very clear, thanks! I do like making progression non-obvious now and then, but this seems like a very straightforward mistake - no real reason not to have that lift-disabling linedef slightly earlier, before you can trigger the ambushes and make the lift-fixing switch reachable! It will be fixed next release. I'm glad you enjoyed the levels so far! It's definitely been interesting to make.
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    Things about Doom you just found out

    Totally. That's how Batman Doom made its slot machines, and that's how I made the Hermor Bonus! (One day, I hope to actually complete the project it's made for...) One thing I haven't learned until much later is that it's only the sprite prefix that matters, not the animation frames, so potentially you can have a few visual variants of the same collectible item, or turn a non-animated item into an animated one... the latter really messed with my head when I saw the stimpack orbs in Rowdy Rudy 2!
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    someshould make doom 1 long trek to phobos

    Also, for ideas interesting enough to mention but not substantial enough to merit their own thread, we have a stupid mod idea and a good mod idea thread, whichever feels more appropriate! I do like the idea of going through original levels backwards - more interesting than a typical remake, that's for sure! I had a similar idea with The Other Moon, in which Phobos is the moon that gets swallowed to hell, so you land on Deimos first and traverse relatively un-corrupted areas until you reach Deimos Anomaly, which takes you to hell-consumed Phobos. I've been slowly working on it inbetween countless other projects and I'll definitely release it eventually.
  10. It's probably worth a mention that I'm actively working on this mod, slowly but surely! I made a creepy E1M8 rework for the E2M1 slot, an action-packed non-linear E2M5 remake for E1M4, made some good progress with E2M4-inspired E1M5, and heavily reworked the E2M9-inspired E1M9, which turns the tedious pinky-punching into a genuine challenge.
  11. Lol, nice. Someone should use that for progression in a hell-themed or otherwise surreal mapset. Maybe make the entry door key-locked for good measure, or openable with a consistent switch. Then put a copy of the next level's first room on the other side of the room to make it visually seamless.
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    Going Down was a mistake for me

    How about with a gameplay mod? Seems perfect for a singular shotgun enjoyer.
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    Difficulty balancing: a conundrum

    Usually, for Skill 2 I just place the bare minimum to make sure the map doesn't feel empty. Sometimes, when a fight is supposed to feel big, I keep the monster count the same but add more powerups on lower skills. Also, I like to keep beefier enemies on easier skills and weak ammo-dropping enemies on harder skills to make the ammo more balanced without having to actually add extra ammo on higher skills. On 3IAC's MAP03, there's a place where hell knights on HNTR become revenants on HMP and chaingunners on UV, but because they're far ledge snipers and there's plenty of ammo to spare, the chaingunners are actually more dangerous than the revenants. On the same map there's also a secret with a skill-dependent powerup - a soulsphere on HNTR, an invulnerability on HMP and a blur sphere on UV, which is especially useful for those chaingunners in particular.
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    Any Doom-related dreams?

    I had a really unique dream, because it took place inside the Ubermensch Augmentation Center from my own doom map, and a lot of it was surprisingly accurate. It started in the cave area near the end, and it had the switch makes liquid flow through a pipe, a crate maze with a blur sphere, the giant lift, and even the berserk secret. At first, I was just punching the nazis in the conveyor belt area with berserk, but then it turned into some sort of self-parodying Simpsons episode about a zombie invasion. The zombies were all clones of common characters, repeating catchphrases and exhibiting their flanderized characterizations while trying to kill the survivors. At some point, I found a surviving nazi in the berserk secret, hiding from the zombies. He wasn't hostile, but was looking forward to resuming the atrocities once the zombie plague is over. The nazis I was punching with berserk earlier were silly and nonthreatening, but this one was a bit unsettling. Finally, I made it to the big lift, held off the zombies long enough for it to go down, and made it to the switch in the middle. I rode it up with a few survivors, and we considered collecting some supplies from the second and third building floor to maybe go back down and quell the zombie invasion after all. But first, we had to make sure there are no threats outside the building. In the courtyard there were some wild snakes, which weren't particularly threatening, and I also saw a single spectre wandering around, but I wasn't concerned - the Simpsons zombies were a threat, not the demons. The spectre looked identical to a regular doom spectre, but upon approaching turned out to be @Spectere, and spoke to me in his regular voice. It's a real shame the dream ended literally a couple of seconds later.