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    1. LadyMistDragon

      LadyMistDragon

      Nehemah was such a quality act within their somewhat limited musical mileau (this song sounds as much like doom as black metal).

       

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    1. Cynical

      Cynical

      Did you get to see them on either of their recent tours pre-covid?  The first time I saw them, they played this song as their encore, it was soooooo good.

    2. Demon of the Well

      Demon of the Well

      Nah, wrong neck of the woods. I've seen them more than once before, but it's been years and years now. Hopefully one of these days...

    3. Cynical

      Cynical

      Ah, I knew they hit Colorado, but I didn't know where in relation to you, and most people have better judgement than I do and thus don't regularly drive 4 hours for a show, and then drive back home 4 hours that same night. 

       

      The good news is this current lineup seems to be their most "active" in a very long time, so you might have another shot at some point.

  3. Demon of the Well

    To The Portal: 'Cause That's How You Finish the Level!

    About those switches, in the current version, they won't actually crush the monsters, as a 'true' crushing action has not been used, so the white posts meant to pulp the caged baddies will simply press gently against their heads like a lover's caress until they're killed by conventional means. Here is an FDA demonstrating this, recorded in PrB+ -complevel 2; this behavior is evidently different in some classic-type ports. Despite this bug, the map is actually still quite maxable with a little elbow grease, mind. I quite like how proceedings suddenly go batshit crazy after the portal behind the red door, I genuinely was not expecting something like that. :)
  4. New PWADs Played, FYE 2021 part II ( for part I, see here)

     

    6/13/21

    Infraworld: Coma Moonlight by Stormcatcher.77

    Notes: RC2. Second entry in what will hopefully be an ongoing series for the author. Originally slated for last year's Refracted Reality project, depicting a nocturnal crumbling castle/astral dreamscape. The extremely complex and vertical layout is very involved (and involving) to traverse, with full support for jumping and crouching allowing for a highly personalized route. This complexity of navigation is offset by mostly very light action, making for a relaxing experience. Unrelated/irrevelant trivia: first new PWAD played on the spanking-new gaming machine I acquired almost purely to keep up with modern Doom.

     

    6/15/21

    I. H. N. I. Episode 1 by Kraja

    Notes: Version 7b. Short mapset feels like a survival from the classical era of the ZDoom engine, with a modern degree of polish and tuning. Realistic setting and simple but well-paced action, and lots of surprises. Check it out.

    Barnum & Barons by LindaIsHere

    Notes: Quirky circus-themed set with an oddly intriguing implied narrative, for those who enjoy imagining such things. One of the two secret levels is even weirder than the rest. A bit buggy throughout and perhaps occasionally slightly obtuse, but a memorable experience nonetheless.

    Nightwalk by Adahn

    Department Store of Doom by Adahn

    Trouble in Rubble City by BigBossHeinzohn

    Notes: Debut map in a realistic style. Some my-first-map issues as to be expected, but lots of creative energy apparent. Seems meant for a gameplay mod, but plays fine without.

    Generic Slaughter Map by Aicidia

    Putrefaction Labs by mittenz

    Doom: Toxicity by Paar - FDA

    Notes: Enjoyable Knee Deep experience from the author of "The Chasm of Sinful", elsewhere on the list.

     

    6/16/21

    WRESTLEMAPIA I by MajorArlene and BluePineapple72

    Notes: oh ma GAWD she's stompin' a mudhole in 'im 'an WALKIN' IT DRY

    Operation CyberHell by HLRaven - FDAs

     

    6/17/21

    Lullaby by Danlex

    Notes: A visual marvel in a high-contrast astral void theme. Very regimented (though non-linear) structure hosting a variety of very accessible setpiece fights and three tricky secrets.

     

    6/21/21

    Wiremaster Ritual by Misty - FDA

    Notes: RC1.

    Long-term Storage and Gore Processing by _sink - FDAs

    Notes: Another of the year's many promising debuts.

    To the Portal! by kinker31 - FDA

    Notes: Original upload version. Billed as vanilla-compatible, but a bug/oversight means the switch-actuated crushers meant to kill a number of caged monsters don't work, instead just harmlessly bonking them on the head a bit. Map is still quite playable despite this, though.

    DreamTek by Orcsbreath - FDA

    Notes: V1.2. Vaguely Deimos-y facility map based on a dream. Slightly eccentric gameplay that is both uncomplicated and fun. I continue to be rather fond of this new author's work.

    Playstation DOOM Reloaded by RHG 45 and Yikesdude794

    Notes: V1.0. GZDoom. Port capabilities are used to simulate the look and feel of the old PSX conversion, including such details as slightly choppier animations and some subtly modified enemy stats/behaviors (untampered PC Doom player movement). Two 30+ level episodes of mostly slow-paced, straightforward action with frequent IWAD homages/references and the requisite Aubrey Hodges soundtrack, likely to appeal to fans of this version of Doom.

     

    6/22/21

    Wolfenstein: Blade of Agony

    Notes: Verboten v3.0 version. Episodes 1 and 2 were released serially in previous years; the concluding E3 is new this year, with many technical and mechanical updates to the older episodes as well. E3 continues in a similar vein as E2, with increasingly grandiose and lengthy missions that communicate a great variety in settings (within the frame of the more or less realistic WWII setting) and game mechanics alike. Proceedings are thus never dull, though sometimes the piles and piles of ideas and other stuff arguably operates contrary to good flow and good sense (and perhaps occasionally good taste, depending on one's views). As a whole package, this is indubitably one of the most involved achievements in modding in the community's long history, though like so much else to have come from this workgroup over the years, its gloss is marred not simply by social controversy but by a more fundamental lack of creative focus and directorial maturity. Nonetheless, it's a memorable experience that I would recommend to everyone at least once (by the time you're reading this, an updated version should be available, which presumably addresses various content-related controversies, and hopefully some general bugginess/user-friendliness issues as well).

     

    7/12/21

    Perpetual Powers by Lorenz0 and a few special guests

    Notes: Version RC2. GZDoom. Three episodes in three colorful themes, complemented by a well-chosen array of existing BGM tracks both new and classic. Tends heavily towards a modern encounter-focused style (with a diversion on occasion), but should be accessible for a wide range of players.

    Rescuing Ducino by Al War
    No Health (1 + 2) by Engired
    Notes: Does what it says on the tin. An uncommon yet nevertheless familiar concept to niche/challenge-oriented players, this is a bit more gentle than many other entries in the genre and may be a good choice for someone looking to try this particular mode out for the first time.

    Chilled Chicken by various authors - FDA

    Notes: Single limit-removing map with eight different authors working in tandem. Stock textures. Perhaps expectedly, whipsaws about in style/tone/difficulty, but is an enjoyable playthrough nonetheless. Good for players who like it oldschool/abstract/eclectic.

    Twisted Reality by Zedonk

    Notes: v1.0. A rare single map for Hexen, via GZDoom. I played on skill 4, using the Mage. Simple aesthetics belie highly creative scripting and clever use of portals and silent teleporters (some inspiration from the Doom classic "Impossible: A New Reality" perhaps?). The final wave-based battle is one of the best I've seen for Hexen, though granted most don't think of it as a particularly fight-y game. Nevertheless, highly recommended for Hexen fans, and perhaps for those who might be interested in a much more streamlined vision of the game as well.

     

    7/13/21

    DBP37: Auger; Zenith by various authors - FDAs

    Notes: RC1. Shortly after I downloaded/played, RC2 emerged, including a new m22 (an end credits map, customary for the series) and a few bugfixes. In this pack, m10 is DNF due to another instance of the all-ghosts bug, which seems to haunt this series of late. m19 has a likely softlock at the last elevator which IIRC is not yet fixed in current version; in the recording I suicide and replay to the finish, however. Another entry in this popular series, this time with a dystopian neon cyberpunk theme. A longer-form structure with a more definite sense of narrative and some unexpected sidetracks as well as a level of action that's a bit hotter than is typical for the series make this one of the stronger DBPs to date.

     

    7/16/21

    Jailbreak by Mr. Misfire - FDA

    Notes: V1

    Ancient Temple by Zion

    Notes: GZDoom. Strong visuals and atmosphere by a new/unknown mapper, using OTEX and some more traditional gothic assets to create something like a stone gibbet towering high into bloodred skies, leading up to an ominous ring of standing stones. Classic BGM selection makes for a nice contrast with the new textures. Solid action, fairly tight ammo balance. This one has passed a lot of people by, but I think many of you will enjoy this. Check it out.

    Great Treasure by MiMa DM

    GZDoom. From the same satellite community (and same competition) as Banana Factory Accident, elsewhere on the list. Birds of a feather, so to speak -- same crude sense of humor, a narrative that "really goes places", etc. This one is framed like the modern Doom games, i.e. a series of arena battles where monsters spawn in in waves, some of the action gets quite intense indeed. BFA was the competition winner, but of the two "Broleg" WADs to make their way here I actually prefer this one.

     

    7/19/21

    Heartland by Skillsaw

    Notes: idgames version. Fresh hell comes to the rust belt in this sweeping and bloody adventure by one of the modern masters, showcasing the untapped potential of the Eternity Engine.

     

    7/23/21

    Full Moon by various authors

    Notes: Third and final part of the "Moon" speedmap CP trilogy, along with "Tenth Gear" and "Halfmoon", elsewhere on the list. A few bugs of varying levels of severity (and occasionally, hilarity) here and there if played in "Boom" spec (read: -cl 9), presumably not present in GZDoom. The extra 30 minutes allowed for each map vs. Halfmoon is mostly invisible, to my eyes. What may surprise fans of the previous installments, and of this type of inclusive newcomer CP in general, is that this is basically an openly challenge-oriented set from start to finish, with sensibilities ranging from "hardnosed" to "open your meme-hole and say ahh."

     

    7/26/21

    Fragor Portum by RiviTheWarlock - FDAs

    Notes: idgames version. Short episode with a space station/industrial theme. In the FDAs pack, m05 is DNF due to a switchpress sequence break (at the console in the huge central courtyard) resulting in a softlock; I replayed the map in full shortly after diagnosing the problem. Despite a lot of rough edges, this mapset is charming, with a lot of Doomcute energy and a sense of playfulness that contrasts with its somewhat stark/sterile texture theme.

    Viscous Realms by Horus - FDA

    Notes: Large map set in a nebulous Otherworld, where brimstone, blood and bile flow freely. A feeling of gloom and unease predominates in spite of the colorful visual scheme. Houses some tricky encounters and a thing balance set so that you can never quite get comfortable, as well as one of the most hideously demonic trials you can find this year: a math problem. Solving the many secrets and puzzles is optional, but is the key to gaining an edge.

    Ruins of Sathryn by Endless - FDA

    Notes: RC2 I think? Seems to be some nodebuilding issues in this version (monsters occasionally fall into the ground/etc.), but still quite playable. Outdoor desert/ruins map by the main organizer of the WADazine. A hearty dose of action in a relatively small space/runtime, with a lot of quasi-platformy emphasis on dashing around hoovering up goodies (alongside the killing).

    Demons of Shiga by Origamyde

    Notes: v1.1. Feels like an expansion or extra level for the author's debut release, "The City of Dread", elsewhere on the list.

     

    7/27/21

    WMC02: Thy Flesh Vored by various authors - FDAs

    Notes: RC3.

     

    7/28/21

    Cosmogenesis by NoReason

    Notes: idgames version. Hypermassive macroslaughter suitable primarily for dedicated genre enthusiasts. m05 contains just under 75,000 monsters; maps 01-04 are this same map divvied up into smaller portions purely for the sake of performance. Includes a high-contrast new color palette (green is plasma-charged, reds are replaced with magenta and mauve, etc.) and textures from some rarely-used packs provide a soothing accent to the carnage. Don't be fooled by the somewhat ridiculous stats, this is more than a modern Holy Hell or similar, and there is a lot of smart design here. Still, be sure you understand what you're getting into and adjust your expectations, playing habits and perhaps schedule accordingly if you're going to partake.

     

    7/29/21

    Valhalla Project by arch_93

    Notes: Played with GZDoom. Adventure mapset in a 'Russian realist' vein, themed around ancient civilizations. Strongly assumes continuous play. Straightforward appearance and design belie some striking scenes and ideas as one gets farther in.

    32 Piece Cliptucky Fried Chicken Special! by Clippy

    Notes: GZDoom. Full set of 32 small maps. Each map contains the same number of monsters as its mapslot (so for example, map 10 has 10 monsters, map 11 has 11 monsters, and so on). Not a conventional Doom experience, this is a grab-bag of gimmick/concept-maps with a humorous tone, with an impressive variety of ideas on display. Very short runtime (my full playthrough was somewhere around 90 minutes, and I am not fast) and a low skill floor make this a sure crowd-pleaser.

     

    7/31/21

    Angry Quilt by various authors

    Notes: In the spirit of the old Exquisite Corpse project, a map comprised of 16 different square chambers, each measuring 512 x 512 units, by 15 different authors.

    claustrophobia.wad by spindel

     

    8/02/21

    Belial's Keep by smeghammer

    Notes: GZDoom. A brick/iron keep floating in a fiery, burning sea somewhere in the outback of Hell. Highly complicated 3D design with many nested layers/floors shows the author's rapidly growing facility for worldbuilding. Progression can be rather disjointed/obtuse, on the other hand, especially early on. A number of powerful custom/R667 monsters inhabit the place, but the marine is armed to the teeth from almost the outset, so they don't stand a chance.

     

    8/03/21

    Deadly Standards 3 (a.k.a. Atypic Death) by various authors - FDAs

    Notes: RC2. Various bugs in this version, most notably ZDoomisms in E3M9 and some node problems in E3M8, but all maps are completable. Full replacement for Doom's third episode, favoring a surreal void-based liminal realm rather than fire and brimstone inferno (though there is a bit of that as well). Strong sense of variety in a moderately-sized package, with each author making the theme their own and offering their own distinct kind of gameplay.

     

    8/04/21

    Zone 400 by PCorf - FDAs pack

    Notes: Final idgames version, from July 24th.

     

    8/06/21

    The Descent of Evil by TOVA

     

    8/09/21

    Enigma of Sector Sigma by Albatross

    Notes: Played with Eternity Engine. Modern encounter-focused mapset, not so 'rough' but a lotta 'tumble', with some modified monsters (alongside rather than in place of the classics) and an extremely bright, colorful aesthetic.

     

    8/10/21

    Nameless by Jimmy

    Notes: RC1. Realms Deep 2021 mapjam participant.

     

    8/15/21

    DBK01: Dungeon Synths by various authors

    Notes: RC1.1, played with ZDoom. Short episode by former members of the DBP group, featuring a whimsical theme of gothic castles with steampunk and neon elements. Lovely music. Should readily appeal to fans of the established DBP series.

     

    8/16/21

    The Deep by Major Arlene

    Notes: RC1. Realms Deep 2021 mapjam participant.

    Soaked in Blood by T.Will

    Notes: RC2. KDitD replacement in a familiar vein....more or less. Initially feels starkly traditionalist with obvious map/mapslot homages to the original episode, but develops its own particular cadence over time, the latter half sporting a liberally expanded sense of both space and bodycount. A certain dry sense of humor seems evident, and the secret map is not quite what one might expect. Recommended for fans of re-imagined classics.

     

    8/17/21

    Skulltiverse by various authors

    Notes: Fixed idgames version. Direct sequel to Hellevator, elsewhere on the list.

     

    8/22/21

    Hakros Complex by hakros

    The Red Tower by evil_scientist

    Mountain Lab by ArchRevival

    Monroe's Killer by TheGreenZap

    The Deep Labs by Doomax

    Notes: Quality debut from a new mapper. Mid-sized map in an quietly creepy Deimos-for-Doom-II vein with strong mood lighting and lots of secrets. Hope to see more from this author in future.

    Scream of the Triad by EmoLevelDesigner

    Notes: RoTT-themed; uses Return of the Triad mod as an IWAD/base (download link available in thread). Realms Deep 2021 mapjam participant.

    Basilica of a Thousand Torments by IvanDobrovski

    Notes: Quake-themed; uses a Quake-based mod I'm not otherwise familiar with, bundled with the download. Realms Deep 2021 mapjam participant.

     

     

    8/23/21

    The Hanging House by DevilMyEyes

    Big Dill by Killerratte

    Notes: Deceptively sprawling and non-linear level with a mixed techbase look. The music is not the only thing that's sassy here.

    deceased.cable by Obsidian and Fuzzball

    Notes: Sid i thought we were cool dog

     

    8/24/21

    Warspite by Yukarin - FDAs

     

    8/25/21

    Zzul Bases by Killer5

    Notes: Three small-medium dark metal voidbases and one bonus map using the new MBF21 format. Mainline progression in the main maps is surprisingly accessible and focuses on nonlinear room-by-room blitzes; the author's trademark webs of secrets again hold much of the real draw and intrigue, revealing rewards ranging from tasty goodies to intense ambushes to ominous puzzle sequences. The bonus map in slot 31 is a very difficult platforming affair, for enthusiasts only.

    Meatbox Slam! by clamgor

    Notes: Quite the title. Stock-textured showdown-type map with lots of energy/moving parts, and a particularly memorable opening room. Check it out.

    Cycle of Sorrow by CHAINMAIL

     

    8/27/21

    Don't Get Burned by RetroAkaMe

    Notes: Highly conceptual/experimental WAD based on arch-viles and their eccentricities. Interesting, but very, very rough in execution.

     

    8/29/21

    Slith by Pistoolkip - FDAs

    Notes: v1.07

    Grotto of the Scorned by Valhen

    Notes: V2, played with Eternity. Most ambitious work by this author this year (so far), with a look and feel which put me in mind of a lost Alien Vendetta map in both pacing and tone. Colorful, claustrophobic, and dangerous.

     

    8/30/21

    Interstice by Dunn (& Dunn)

    Notes: v1.1. Puzzle-type map with an abstract voidbase theme (which seems a genre standard setting for this type of map at this point). Simply reaching an exit is quite manageable if your Doom trivia power-ranking is reasonable; finding all of the secrets and seeing everything is quite a bit more of a brain-teaser. Some closed gauntlet-type encounters are present for contrast (mainly along the secret path), but it's the puzzles that are the highlight here.

    DBP 38: Chronicles of Ghost Town by various authors

    Notes: Sort of a wasteland/funereal theme this time (some Plutonia reference is also a given). Abandoned an FDAs pack for this one due to mounting levels of buggy-ness in later maps (which, bugs aside, are also generally the highlights of design this time). Business as usual for this long-running, popular series.

     

    9/01/21

    Uprising by Cheesewheel

    Notes: RC2, played with Eternity. Fresh reimagining of the classic/fundamental Doom II story from the author of last year's CPD. A long but thoughtfully composed campaign with plenty of action and a few new foes that seems to find itself a place somewhere between classical and Alm-era references and more contemporary expectations in terms of pacing and tone, impressive for a single author. Check it out if you're up for something with a bit of an old soul, but with a bit of a modern flair.

     

    9/03/21

    Down the Drain by Benjogami

    Notes: RC1. Gives the outward impression of a quaint/innocuous 90's era compilation WAD in look and general tone (music, ancient map tropes, etc.), but there's definitely a ghost in this machine, seemingly a very bitter one. Strange balance and strange progression schema spur you on through increasingly strange environments. TBH I suspect most players will find this baffling, or even actively unpleasant, but it's an intriguing and memorable experience for those on a certain wavelength.

     

    9/14/21

    Tarnsman's Projectile Hell by Tarnsman

    Notes: RC2, Eternity version. Colorful, fast-paced, occasionally outlandish and always cheeky project which is both a goldmine of unexpected thematic diversions and a codex of insider-baseball mapping tropes.

     

    9/26/21

    The Mean Green 2 by Chris Hansen (no, not the one who asks you to "have a seat over there")

    Notes: Continuation of a series begun in 2019 by a veteran mapper. Sassier and spicier than the first part by far. Good to see this author rediscovering a sadistic fondness for damage-floor.

     

    9/27/21

    Tricked and Trapped by Soulless

    Notes: RC3. Clean/sterile industrial theme with some unusual medieval touches later on. Lots of traditionally-actuated moving parts (switches, lifts, deadfalls, etc.) and some very light scripting as well as a consistent sense of claustrophobia/spacial constraint dominates, making for a deceptively dynamic and indeed very trap-heavy environment. One of the author's most technically sophisticated releases to date.

    Dark and Forgotten by Endless

    Notes: RC1. Requires a relatively recent version of the OTEX texture pack to be loaded separately. Plays like a challenge-oriented set from an age long gone.

    The End by Clippy

    Notes: More of the manic concept-oriented design and late-90s retro look which has been the author's stock in trade this year, here in a more expanded form. Lots of bad guys and lots of danger here, but play along with the author's whims and you'll be fine. Also possible to exit the map without ever leaving the starting platform with just a bit of pacifist-trolling. Map 02 is the same as map 01, but played from a different starting point, making for an interesting contrast.

    Silver Edge by Paul977

    Notes: New entry from one of the classic "gauntlet" style's major modern proponents. Short in duration, abstract in theme, drum-tight in balance.

     

    9/28/21

    Haste by various authors
    Notes: v1.3. Big things come in "small" packages. 17-map set of relatively compact yet fiercely unadulterated levels, in wildly and imaginatively varying theme, by a 'supergroup' of several of today's finest purveyors of slaughter & challenge-oriented mapping.

     

    9/29/31

    Hell Cellar by c0deNull

    Rapidfire by jazzmaster9

    Notes: RC4

    Verdant Hollow by Makedounia

    Notes: Spacious map with a green caves/earth theme from a new author. Has a look and feel in some ways reminiscent of early maps from Speed of Doom, unusual (but hardly unwelcome) in a debut map.

    Dereliction Derby by PinkKittyRose

    Notes: V1. Sprawling, polished techbase up in the mountains somewhere (plus endmap) with a marked slant towards representational or "doomcute" detailing. Starts about as you'd expect, ramps up into some genuinely surprising and gratuitous displays of mass violence. Very impressive debut.

     

    9/30/21

    DBP 39: Carnage Oasis by various authors

    Notes: This one uses a desert base theme which reminds more than anything of Darkening II, though the asset pack is not shared. A broader number of authors than is typically involved in these projects gives this iteration a little stylistic more range than usual, though the typically on-brand sense of prim restraint reigns this back in to a degree. Unfortunately, once again very buggy, perhaps moreso than usual. Generally speaking, business as usual for this long-running, popular series.

     

    10/01/21

    Atmospheric Extinction by Velvetic
    Notes: RC4. Triptych of short, 3-level episodes making exquisite use of the OTEX resource for an uncommonly lush visual presentation. Features a bespoke OST by the author with a number of memorable tunes new to my ears (and likely yours as well). Gameplay mild to moderate, occasionally laconic, suitable for a wide range of player skill.

     

    10/03/21

    Cydonia by AD_79 and Scotty

    Notes: Beta 2. For The Plutonia Experiment. Authentically-styled tribute to the most iconic mapping joint of the Brothers Casali. Smart, efficient, and well-honed layouts that capture the rough-and-tumble feel of the original without being overly reliant on direct homage. Lots of fun. A later update is meant to add a second secret map in slot 32.

     

    10/05/21

    Arceon by DMPhobos

    Notes: RC2. Six-level episode using OTEX for an almost curricular examination of the ins and outs of modern techbase design, with a marked slant towards looping, non-linear sensibility. More variety and range in action and content than one might initially expect from a rigid dedication to the 'regular' techbase theme. m06 is a particularly impressive work of craft in layout design. Great OST, partially bespoke, by a selection of familiar community musicians.

     

    10/07/21

    Old Still Life by Rednov

    Notes: 11-map campaign combining a realistic aesthetic style with a decidedly surreal atmosphere. Gameplay comprises an unusual blend of brain-teasers, traversal-based puzzles, tough/gritty gauntlet-style encounters, and a wide variety of apparent influences and references, both old and new. Dozens of obscure secrets and an occasionally severe sense of balance make continuous play and/or HMP advisable for most first-time players. Difficult to pin down or attribute to any particular trend or counter-trend, this is a deep cut for the most adventurous among you.

     

    10/09/21

    Towen by hjordan159
    Notes: No longer available for download as of time of posting. GZDoom. Large, effects-heavy castle/gothic map with something of a kitchen-sink design sensibility.

    Dread Factory by sectrslayr

    Notes: Current version as of this date (unlabeled). Scrappy tech/fortress setting rendered in OTEX. The more survivalist, encounter-focused design is a marked contrast with the author's KDitD-inspired work from earlier in the year, and shows range on his/her part. I would be interested in seeing the earlier, allegedly " "unfair" " version of this.
    Shark in a Puddle by xdarkmasterx

    Notes: lol

    Ode to the Odonata by Jimmy

     

    10/10/21

    Just a Mapset: E1 by Vortale

    Notes: RC2. Conspicuously inconspicuous title glibly conceals an exuberant release pulling in many different creative directions over its substantial 12-map length. Weapons and most enemies have been given slight buffs/tweaks, making core game balance most reminiscent of relatively recent throwback-style partial conversions, ala Ray Mohawk, Rowdy Rudy, etc., with grungy, schlocky cyber-troma aesthetic to match; a bit more edge/challenge to proceedings than with either of those sets, perhaps. Most of the maps have a very distinct concept or gimmick to them (and widely varying visual themes to match), many of which will be familiar to veterans of PWADs, a few of which are quite fresh, and all of which are delivered with obvious gusto. Pacing perhaps bogs down a bit in the last map or two, but nevertheless a great sense of creative energy is evident throughout, and the variety on display is impressive.

     

    10/12/21

    Blasphemous Experiments by Cacowad

    Notes: RC1, played with ZDoom. A collection of Heretic maps from across the span of its author's mapping career, assembled into a complete 9-map episode. Uses texture assets from Blasphemer (the Heretic equivalent of the FreeDoom project, for those not in the know), giving the settings a grittier, drearier look vs. classic Heretic. Relatively humble beginnings of earlier maps give way to some impressively sweeping, grandiose constructions, particularly in E1M6 (my favorite) and E1M7.

     

    10/14/21
    WMC03: Biophilia by various authors

    Notes: RC1, played with k8vavoom. Contains: Trees, bases, tree-bases, dumpy little gremlin ravers (WTF?), puns. m06 is the highlight.

    Rapidfire 2 by jazzmaster9
    Notes: RC2. Reads like an alternate take on the first Rapidfire, both thematically and compositionally.

     

    10/20/21

    Axolotl by Xyzzy01

    Notes: It's spelled Roebuck's but it's *pronounced* Throat-Warbler Mangrove

    The Harrowing of Men by smeghammer

    Notes: RC1. More abstract and experimental than the author's other releases this year, while retaining the heavily 3D, building-based design style. This initial RC is somewhat buggy, but still quite playable. Progression is again rather odd, especially in the early going. Perambulate the grounds, scale to the roof, warp out of there, blasting the smattering of hellspawn with the scads and scads of bullets & bombs again provided.

    The Long Trek Back Home by hervoheebo

     

    10/22/21

    Judgment by Rayziik

    Notes: RC1. Career-spanning omnibus megaWAD, arranged as a single campaign. Refitted for the new MBF21 standard, with various new monsters and some minor tweaks to the player's arsenal for a different feel. A wide variety of texture schemes / level themes are present, with a gritty gothic feel seguing into some post-Sunlust metal/neon abstraction in the final/most recent minisode. The wide span of time in the creator's career covered by the WAD is readily evident to the seasoned eye, but the experience is fun throughout, with an upbeat / fights-forward immediacy to the action and mostly mid-sized or smaller levels making for a more digestible experience than some might expect, given the range of influences expressed.

     

    10/27/31

    DBP 40: Funnelcake Apparitions by various authors

    Notes: RC1. Happy Time Circus theme in general, though with a lighter tone, and typically casual / concise level design. Less buggy than other DBPs in the second half of the year. Business as usual for this long-running, popular series; worth a look to a newcomer for the unusual theme.

     

    10/28/21

    Alpha Major by KineticBeverage

    Notes: RC3. Inspired by the (mildly infamous) cavalier / borderline unreasonable/dysfunctional balance of Dimensions, by Killer5, with a more po-mo color-forward neon/metal abstract theme. Rather extreme in spots, the author's understanding of the specific niche-within-a-niche is evident in the design's ability to overcome the somewhat RNG-dependent wildcard nature of its predecessor while communicating a similar frantic energy, though it is still far outside the bounds of what most players will find palatable.

     

    10/29/31

    Literalism by various authors

    Notes: "Final" version. CP where designers were tasked with designing a level based on a pre-assigned, randomly generated (?) map name. Fairly consistent quality for a CP, lots of visual drama, though the arrangement of the map roster has had the side-effect of it peaking in the middle and trailing off towards the end somewhat.

     

    10/31/21

    Fractured Worlds by Nirvana, Scotty, and Insane_Gazebo

    Notes: v1.6. Intelligent, well-schooled evolution of the Stardate/post-Stardate sub-genre. Powerfully focused aesthetics and production design, with a truly impressive variety of innovative encounter-designs.

     

    11/02/21

    Ad Mortem by various authors

    Notes: V3. Vaguely Halloween-themed CP from the /vr/ satellite community. Lots of Blood influence and some strikingly attractive new weapon sprites. Thread activity suggests this may be an incomplete release that will see more maps in the future; I'll believe it when I see it, but this would be quite welcome. The spooky autumnal atmosphere and variety of map styles with a marked adventure-style lean make for something quite appealing. This is easily the best comp release to come from this community to date, and even in its incomplete state is low-key one of the most consistently strong CPs to come out this year, in competition with 1KL3 and other high-profile Doomworld-based releases. Check it out.

     

    11/06/21

    Chikai Jigoku by ShiroiAkuma51

     

    11/08/21

    Warglaive by EANB

    Wormwood ]I[ by Grain of Salt and Ribbiks

    Notes: Continuation of an ongoing Halloween tradition. A short and well-balanced release, contrasting relatively conventional atmosphere-forward maps with some highly mechanical, gimmick-based experimental design. Huge disparity in pitch and pace over a short duration. A bracing, spooky good time.

     

    11/11/21

    Crypts of Eternity by Decay

     

    11/12/21

    1000 Lines 3 CP by various authors

    Notes: RC1.

     

    11/14/21

    The Civvie 11 Massacre by various authors

    Notes: RC4. GZDoom. "Small" CP from a satellite community based around the popular Youtuber/streamer. Arranged in hub/level-select format, ala RAMP or similar. Wide variety of level sizes and styles, many at the beginner level of design, some quite accomplished. I imagine there are a lot of references/in-jokes here, none of which I personally get, though the set's playability to an outside audience doesn't suffer as a result. Good deep-cut selections for fans of the particular idiosyncrasies of the CP format.

     

    11/15/21

    Inferno by CHIEF QUEEF

    Notes: Requires OTEX to be loaded manually/separately. An outwardly simple clusterfuck scenario in a classic HR/HRII vein, more of a tactical puzzle than a straight-up fight.

    Aquarius Ruins by inflame the dragon

    Notes: Loosely inspired by the aquatic ruins stage of "Dracula's Curse." Much more chill than that stage of that game, but appealing for cross-fans nonetheless.

    Altar of Sacrifice by Esperpento

     

    11/16/21

    DBP 41: Hell Revealed III (pt. 1) by various authors

    Notes: Beta 1. I am disinclined to dignify this with a real response.

     

    11/18/21

    3 x 3 Take Two by various authors

     

    11/20/21

    Broken Whispers by kuro_mahoh

    Notes: GZDoom. Short, linear, haunted-house style experience, no combat.

    Undermine by Benchy

    Notes: Second version/edit.

    Lunar Laceration by finnks13

    Notes: RC2. Another MBF21 release, clearly patterned after Skillsaw's Lunatic thematically. Features a few new enemies and some minor arsenal tweaks, as has been the standard for releases on the frontier of this new port spec. Maps are all compact and mostly shortform in design. More of a traditional techbase slant for most of the runtime, with terser balancing as escalation in the later maps, vs. the rollicking, soft-arena style of Skillsaw's minor classic.

     

    11/21/21

    Infested by ginc

    Notes: v1.0. A variety of representational settings (museum, sewer, corporate highrise) host a marriage between traditional Doom and Doom 2016/Eternal design sensibilities: incidental exploration trades off with wave-based combat. Confidently delivered, the action scales well over the set duration and sits fairly naturally within the setting, with arenas reading well as parts believable parts of various buildings as opposed to simply as VG arenas, ala the modern Doom games.

     

    11/23/21

    Gehenna by LiquidDoom

    Notes: idgames version. Phobos replacement by an established member of the Czech community. The very loose handling of the theme and approach to atmosphere (heavy Hell/abstract thematic slant in the back half) couples with straightforward, room-by-room design and slightly overscaled construction to create a very authentically "retro" feel that recalls the days of 90s webcrawling, long before the TWiD movement was a tingle in its parents' keyboards.

     

    11/25/21

    Ashes: Afterglow by Vostyok, ReformedJoe, et al

    Notes: Continuation of the Ashes 2063 series/universe. More open/exploratory vs. more straightforward action-oriented design of the original and its "expansion" episode, Dead Man Walking, with more fleshed-out level/world construction and more nuance at every level of design in general.

     

    11/29/21

    NoSp3 by NoReason

    Notes: MDF21. idgames version.

     

    12/01/21

    Ray Mohawk 2: Ray Wreaks Havoc! by various authors

    Notes: idgames version. Fullscale sequel/expansion to the popular short episode from 2019. Immediately engaging, action-forward set with a lot of character, eliding from both its bright / sunny island aesthetic and cheerfully overclocked weapon balance, which different contributors explore in a variety of exponentially escalating ways. Strong example of an open, community-sourced project that reads as a cohesive experience, as opposed to a grab-bag of different/disparate ideas.

     

    12/03/21

    DeadTech by various authors

    Notes: Beta 2. GZDoom. CP using Doom64 assets, based on the D64 Retribution conversion (if this means little to you, don't worry -- suffice to say it looks like D64 and feels like the idtech1 games, via GZDoom). Very buggy and unpolished in this version -- different maps expect you to manually rejig your graphics/emulation settings, m10 is totally nonfunctional due to broken scripting, locks/blocks of various severity present in other maps, etc. Nevertheless, the set comes out of the gate very quickly (on skill 4), and offers more than initially meets the eye, with strong concepting on display deeper in, ranging from flooded/water-based maps to timetrial countdowns to highly abstract void-based sojourns. Obviously of great interest to D64 fans, though it is probably wise to wait for the fixes of the announced Beta 3 before partaking.

     

    12/07/21

    The UnMaking by Ryath

    Notes: idgames version.

     

     

     

     

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    2. Demon of the Well

      Demon of the Well

      Thank you. I've enjoyed taking in your particular vision of Doom this year, and I look forward to seeing "Dwelling", which I'm sure will come in its own good time.

    3. Scotty

      Scotty

      This post is nuts. How on earth do you avoid burnout?! I am glad you enjoyed Haste and Cydonia, from what i can gather here.

    4. Xyzzy01

      Xyzzy01

      I've never read such an incredibly fitting description of my work! Thanks so much 😆

  5. @Murdoch here's my strategy for the final fight in Cyanotic Dreams, which worked for me during my playthrough on skill 4: The room is a big circle with a solid but fairly narrow spoke in the center, essentially a clockface without numerals. The switch which kicks off the action is at 6 o'clock; monsters spawn more or less simultaneously (the only thing keeping them back from all appearing literally at once is limited standing room, basically) in two-tiered fronts on the quadrants loosely aligned to 3, 9, and 12 o'clock; these are revenants + zombies; arch-viles + imps, and hell knights + cacodemons, respectively. The 6 o'clock quadrant where you're standing at the outset remains free of spawns, giving you a space to work from, though of course you have to act decisively and without hesitation as soon as the fight begins, as there is very little cover and nowhere to run. What you want to do is hit the switch at 6 and immediately nuke the arch-viles. You can (and should) pull the BFG's trigger before you're even aimed precisely at their spawn point; you can start at the same time you're hitting the switch, and then quickly flick your aim into alignment as you burst towards them. Once you know the spot where they spawn, you can eliminate them within 2-3 shots in a second or two, often without them retaliating, though if they hit you once it doesn't usually matter much in the long run. As soon as they're down, you want to immediately pivot around the central spoke and begin firing into the 3 o'clock quadrant, with the trigger held down on the BFG, directing all of its power into the revenant swarm as it materializes. Essentially, you're going to be tracing rapid, shallow arcs with your footwork back and forth between roughly 2-4 on the clock and the central spoke. Don't worry about aiming at any particular actor; focus on fanning the BFG's tracers into this general quadrant without relent. Don't worry about the knights, cacos, or imps overly much; they don't really matter (but be prepared to deepen your arc a bit if a particularly speedy imp starts body-blocking you). Done with determination, the front which spawns at 3 will be decimated nearly or entirely by the time you've spent the 480 - 520 cells you'll be holding when you began firing, and you'll be able to reload from the recesses at and likely adjacent to that quadrant, which will in turn give you more than enough power to vaporize the imps now spilling over into 6 from 9, giving you access to even more ammo on that side. Essentially, the design of this fight is about breaking a blitzkrieg with a blitzkrieg of your own; try to play defense and you'll be almost instantly overwhelmed. Basically, as soon as there is no active spawning on half of the clock's face you've won; after that the fight is simply cleanup, and can even be prosecuted with the plasma rifle and SSG if you prefer. Nuking the viles first is elementary (they're vastly too disruptive to any and all strategies if not removed immediately); the reason you focus-fire on the front at 3 o'clock, then, is that this wave is simultaneouly the most accessible, the most dangerous, and the most susceptible target. The HKs + cacos at 12 are farther away from you at the outset, meaning that to focus on them you'd have to cut through or operate in the midst of the imps from 9 as well, which is significantly less efficient and significantly more dangerous because the revenants from 3 will close on and destroy you far faster than anything else active in the fight at that point, even as they in turn make a much softer target overall than the clot of infernal HP spawning at 12. There is doubtless a temptation to try to continuously run around the edge of the entire arena from the outset in order to minimize your immediate exposure to a massive wall of enemy fire, but doing this both makes picking up ammo a lot more problematic (you'll tend to be hemmed into the recesses as things spawn, as you've observed) and makes it much harder to pick up the armor and soulspheres at the spoke when/if you need them, as enemies will tend to cluster around it on all sides if you're not thinning them fast enough. The central spoke does not make great cover, but it's adequate shielding from the linear fireballs/spells thrown by the cacos and HKs as you rapidly flit back and forth between it and a point on the periphery while melting the skellies. ^^ That's a whole lot of words to describe and explain a fairly simple strategy (sorry, I'm not really YT/Twitch material), I know, but hopefully it makes at least some sense. Win or lose, this fight is rather intense but also quite short, and as is often the case with this style of gameplay half of the battle is in reading the whole situation rather than getting overly fixated on one specific facet of it, which of course is easier said than done if you're not used to this kind of thing. Just keep trying, and don't be afraid to adapt what I've described to your ends if you think you're onto a better idea (and you may well be!). Don't sweat the losses, either -- a certain amount of trial and error and the resultant steady shaping of a gradually more nuanced and effective strategy is a big part of what makes this kind of thing fun once you get into it, and you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs and all that.
  6. Demon of the Well

    Doomguy’s Face, Big HUD - Yay or nay?

    Moment to moment, I usually play with no HUD at all, i.e. screensize maxed all the way up so the screen is clear of everything but what the marine sees. I find that keeping a loose mental count on or even just a 'feel' for ammo and health status and such helps to keep me sharp, and has become second nature over the years. That said, the last thing one wants to have on mind when the fur starts to fly and the shit really starts to hit the fan is maths, so at those times I'll use a HUD for critical by-the-second info. For this, I most prefer the minimalist Boom-style HUD which is available in one form or another in most classic ports, though when using a Z-family port I generally just settle for the basic icon-based corner overlay HUD standard to those ports. Not that I don't appreciate the art qualities of a nice custom statusbar, mind you -- these I usually enjoy while viewing the automap (which also makes for a nice mental pitstop on actual ammo/armor/health status, by the by), which is evidently something I do more frequently than most.
  7. Demon of the Well

    [Boom] No Title - A single quick map

    Hello, good to see more from you. I'd describe what we see here as kind of "charismatically ugly", in that lovable Doom II sort of way. Who needs such niceties as delicate detailing, cogent representationalism, or a basically coherent texture scheme when you've got lots of grumpy mood lighting and improbable architecture to grabass around in? Not me, that's for sure. FDA (skill 4) The map is a good time, communicates brutality as you say, but also a sense of playfulness or even goofiness by turns. These contrasting attitudes synergize quite naturally here I think -- you're harried at every turn, yet there's also a certain endearing cheekiness to the whole closet-within-closet-within-another-closet deal that seems to mainly say "lol" as opposed to "fuck you." I like it. The final sequence once you drop into the big molten pit is particularly entertaining, though the second secret is perhaps overpowered, and largely trivializes the last part of the map. Thinking on it, though, the way it's basically in plain sight and simple to access yet liable to be totally missed anyway owing to the general time-pressured panic of the situation arguably suits the map's weasel-grinning tone quite well. There is only one design decision I have to say I categorically disagree with: D_RUNNIN + this map = pasta and peanuts, okay fair enough, BUT D_AMPIE + this map = bacon and chocolate. yas queen etc. Just sayin'
  8. NP, NP You should definitely still do hubs again, though (at some point at least). Everybody loves a 'stage select' setup now and again, in fact I'd warrant that's probably one of very few things one could reasonably expect most players to agree on, regardless of countless other differences in taste and predilection and so on.
  9. Hello again, I re-DL'd the WAD and played to what was functionally the end today, and there seems to be at least one final issue. The order I played the experiences in was this: Sempiternal -> Cyanotic Dreams -> LV-31 -> Omnia Mors Aequat -> Tech Duin All of the maps seemed to work as intended individually, but I noticed that when I was brought back to the hub after finishing Clay's map, the portals to the three maps I had played before it were open once again. I didn't try entering any of them, opting for the final unvisited map instead. After finishing that last map, I was again returned to the hub, with the portals to "Tech Duin" and "Omnia Mors Aequat" now barred, and the portals to the other three still open. Presumably, in order to see the final/farewell message for the mapset, I'd have had to enter and complete those three a second time (I tried re-entering "Sempiternal" again, and it seemed to load up just fine, as though I'd never visited it before).
  10. Demon of the Well

    Saltiest Doom moment that you recall?

    Hmm.... Most recent one to come to mind: (Doom 2 in Spain Only m05, "Los Tuneles de Residuos") Important context: deathblow dealt by a lone zombieman named Luisito
  11.  

    In memory of Kentaro Miura, and the stories he told. The journey is eternal.

    1. Endless

      Endless

      A master of his craft, a legend of the industry and a man that devoted his entire life to his world. A shall always have him as my main inspiration. A true struggler.

  12. Howdy, I seem to be having a problem with the current version (downloaded earlier today, since the last update push): if entering the map "Sempiternal" from the portal in the hub, the marine spawns on the initial featureless platform floating in space, but cannot move or act in any way, so the game softlocks indefinitely. However, if you warp to the map with IDCLEV03, you're able to move normally once you spawn and thus teleport into the map proper. The portal entrances to the other four maps all seem to work fine (as does entering them via IDCLEV or warp commands). Edit: this is using GZDoom 4.5.0. Edit 2: I should maybe mention that there's no sign of a cutscene in either case, evidently there should be one, ala "Tech Duin?"
  13.  

    Seasons change / though I do not notice

    At night I hear the hares dance / though I can but imagine the moon

     

    Sose gilimida sin

    I keep my sword sharp

    For I will have need for it again

    1. Cynical

      Cynical

      These guys really should have stayed doing this instead of becoming a joke band...

  14. Demon of the Well

    why is plutonia's difficulty so overstated?

    If you play the game a lot, as time goes on you'll probably become more aware of the irony that, the more you play, the progressively less relatable (and relevant) your experiences and perceptions of what's 'normal' and what's 'balanced' and things like that become to the majority of other people who also play the game in some capacity. C'est la vie.
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    2. Demon of the Well

      Demon of the Well

      Fine choice. I've always favored this group's ballads (which is probably why Seventh Son is my favorite of their albums), but Piece of Mind and Powerslave are surely close seconds, with something like The X-Factor as an uncommon/dark horse pick.

    3. Nine Inch Heels

      Nine Inch Heels

      I like many of their songs that somehow still happen to somehow jive with the current zeitgeist be it 2 minutes to midnight, or for the greater good of god.

       

      And overall it's pretty good energy as far as I'm concerned.

    4. Cynical

      Cynical



      DiAnno > Dickenson

  16. FDA, skill 4 I'm posting this mainly to show that the level plays smoothly even in a 'classic' sense, without the conveniences of mouselook and height-corrected actors and such. There is one minor technical change I would suggest for the benefit of PrB+ / Chocolate / etc. users: throughout the level various hanging corpse props are 'solid', and can block player movement (from well out of visual range, generally) at odd times and places. Users of classic ports will be accustomed to contending with infinitely-tall monsters, even in the context of a highly vertical layout, but not so much with these prop items. Not all ports/play modes allow for a universal infinitely-tall objects toggle, and so flagging these hanging corpses as passthrough/non-solid would be a net gain for the whole playerbase. From a design perspective, it was my feeling that the map is successful in its goal, treating the vertical traversal aspect as its defining trait. It's moderately populated at most, and the majority of engagements are quite small, but never dull due to smart placement in the context of the vertically complicated surroundings, and quite nicely judged from a healing/ammo standpoint as well, not so tight as to seem miserly but measured enough to spread out weapon usage evenly and to prompt one to consider a balance of offense and defense, many uncommon/interesting considerations presenting themselves in this type of environment. The eclectic Deimos-style hell-pit visual theme also serves the design cleverly, I thought, the wide variety of textures and materials used in any given viewcap help to highlight the more unusual or 'athletic' avenues of movement. To that point, there *is* a several-minute stretch in the middle of the recording where I'm lost and search fruitlessly for the way forward, and it takes me some time to get back on game once I do pick up the progression trail again (my fumbling in the crusher room makes me wince a little). In hindsight, I feel that this is mostly on me, though, and not a fault of the map philosophy or the like; the thing I missed doesn't even have anything to do with platforming/climbing or the like, and the level's progression profile is generally free from dead ends (that is, areas or rooms you can go to which serve only to flesh out the map, versus having a direct role in reaching the exit), which I should have been more keenly aware of by that stage of play. The overall goal of the level -- to get back up again -- is very clearly visually communicated throughout. I did feel that the non-secret megasphere near the end of the level was a bit gratuitous (especially as it's followed by another combat armor just 3-4 minutes later), and would suggest it be a soulsphere instead (for skill 4). Likewise, just a few more rockets in the middle stages of the level would be my preference, but these of course are basically just nitpicks. Quality work overall, thanks for the Doom.
  17. Demon of the Well

    "The Little Death" My New Short Doom 2 Map

    I played as well, using PrB+ with no complevel set (as none was specified): FDA Edit: This was version 2 of the WAD. The demo doesn't quite finish the level, as the small lift in the cyberdemon's crate-den in front of the switch to lower the blue keycard is untagged and inoperable. GZDoom automatically compensates for this type of error, as the many playthroughs from others above demonstrate, but PrB+ and other classic-style ports generally don't. Incidentally, if played in -complevel 2, this wouldn't render the level uncompletable, though the bugged lift would still be very obvious, 'activating' many sectors around it not intended to move -- it's an unusual/funny effect to witness, if you've never seen it before. Anyway, the takeaway here is to be sure to test-run in all of your target ports, and to specify complevel where appropriate. Though using a simple layout, the level itself shows a good grasp for packing a lot of monsters, often from the mid-tier, into relatively small/simple spaces while avoiding any real sense of grinding through HP blocks (the Barons after the red door are perhaps a bit off) and generally maintaining a pleasant forward momentum and sense of liveliness, which I think you've accomplished by not being shy about giving the player lots of powerful weapons and ammo with very little fanfare as soon as it's time to start using them. The cyberdemon fight in the small crate room would be fairly tense if approached 'honorably' given how small/cluttered the room is, but can also be cheesed quite handily; I don't see this as a real problem, though, as the method for cheesing the fight (or at least the one I used) is kind of entertaining in its own right. Good sense of close-quarters battle fundamentals and thing balance, much room for growth in layout/flow and such. Thanks for an entertaining 10 minutes.
  18. Demon of the Well

    The Hate Flow - Epic/Accessible single map release

    FDA (skill 4) (version 1.3.1) In this playthrough, three monsters fail to teleport out (100% killscore is from arch-vile resurrections), either because they never awaken or because their closet is too small/low for them to actually move. Looks like it's the three cacodemons in the small battery just north of the larger closet holding the imps and sergeants for the second switchpress on the western wooden platform (near the 'let the hate flow' secret). No other issues, though it did strike me that the map is very dark, at least for someone playing with no gamma correction/in a port without dynamic lights tied to torches/other props, much darker in comparison than the screencaps shown by yourself and other users in the thread. This is not really a complaint, mind you -- I happen to like it (very) dark, myself, has a certain gritty authenticity and all that -- though it does undercut some of the light-based signposting in this specific case. The map is quite easy on the eyes (darkness and all), for sure; excellent texture selection, appealing complex vistas which cut across different segments of the level, and some simple but very effective 'diorama' work to give an extra sense of space beyond its playable/traversable boundaries. I particularly like the very brief peak at the sky visible from the northeastern gazebo, for instance. As an E4M2 tribute, all of the expected boxes are checked -- turret cyberdemon(s), check, platforming crossfire(s), check, hunter/hunted stone ravine maze(s), check -- but the greater expansiveness inherent in your construction style and the use of Doom II creatures prevents anything reading as to derivative. The original map is actually quite small, of course, and much of its famed ferocity comes from the chaotic feel that its condensed progression invites, as well as the relative scarcity of resources which characterizes Thy Flesh Consumed in general. Your version is less hectic in both these regards, giving more time and space to individual fights or segments, each exploring the theme of hostile/difficult terrain rather than enemies per se as the major source of complication in a different way. Thing balance seems quite well-judged, with an exciting low-ammo opening giving way to relatively generous top-ups between stages, underscoring the more setpiece-oriented design. Concerning accessibility, I found the UV setting to be both very involved tactically, but also very manageable. That is to say, there's a lot of danger, for sure, and your survivability/momentum never becomes so great that you can just tank through tough spots and expect to come out on top (the two soulspheres, one being secret, can both evaporate in the blink of an eye, and neither is anywhere close to the final/largest/arguably most dangerous encounter); yet, the design is also very forgiving in other respects, and many of the hazards can be effectively managed in a safer/more defensive way with the application of a little know-how and critical thinking. For example, penalty for falling off the track is generally minimal (whereas in the original it's bad news, and in some of your other stated influences it's basically an immediate fail state), and indeed, you can flex purposefully falling off into a tactical ploy to allow you ways to pop in and out of the hot zone at your leisure in certain fights. Similarly, the final fight is not nearly as dangerous as it may initially seem if you avoid panic, bide your time, and let the monsters outwit themselves for you. These big seams in the encounter design, which in this case are present even on the 'hard' skill setting, certainly do pitch the level somewhere below the realm of the "actually tough" or the "hardcore" or whatever one wants to call it, but given your primary intended audience I think this is more of a virtue than a failing. High-level play is frequently misunderstood/misconstrued as being about perfect accuracy and supernatural twitch-dodges and all that, but in reality it's often more about reading intentions, foreseeing and predicting developments, managing the possibilities, and generally spotting/using these seams efficiently. Levels like this, which have serious fights that also have some serious 'soft spots', are a good way to help learn and train these subtler skills. Anyway, it's an enjoyable map and a fitting tribute. I certainly look forward to your Deimos episode 'someday', and of course anything else you've got cooking as well.
  19. Demon of the Well

    Back to Saturn X Episode 3 [WIP]

    ffffffffffffffff
  20. Sound pitching is one of those little minor aesthetic features that folks tend to either love or hate, yeah. I like it as well, though the form/format my play often takes -- i.e. playing things with prescribed settings/complevels in the most basically viable port, for "scientific" and "art-bothering" purposes -- means that I rarely actually use it unless I'm replaying something I've already been through before strictly for leisure (which is rarer than I'd like). Incidentally, I also feel the same way about' torque simulation', which is the simulated gravity given to corpses and more solid objects which causes them to slide/drop/twitch until they come to rest on a flat patch of ground, as opposed to hanging off of ledges or on thin bits of trim by a few pixels. That one seems to weird lots of folks out something fierce, too (which is understandable given that in some situations the corpses never really want to come to rest, which is particularly amusing when you have a big-ass mancubus corpse or something gliding serenely about like a roomba in the background or w/e). By contrast, I've seen a lot of players recently, particularly mod users, fight with simulated weapon recoil active. This feature has been around since Boom, and is more detailed/sophisticated now in more greeble-y ports, but I never could get used to it (in Doom), myself, and when I'm playing content where it's baked-in it tends to take me an embarrassingly long time at the start to adjust/compensate.
  21. Demon of the Well

    A new Divine Comedy-themed map - Geryon's Empire

    FDA - Geryon's Empire (skill 4) FDA - Wood of Skulls (skill 4) FDA - Malacoda's Lair (skill 4) These were all recorded with PrBoom+, -complevel 2. The music tracks all seem to be in a format that won't play in some ports (including this one), but other than that everything seems ship-shape as far as functionality goes, with nary a real bug in sight; i.e. thus far you're basically a half-step or less away from true port agnosticism. I enjoyed all three of these maps, particularly 'Empire' and 'Lair', and they really did take me back to that ephemeral 'midsummer night' mood that Dr. Sleep's original series always seemed to convey. It occurs to me that these are generally a little smaller and a fair bit more straightforward in progression than many of his (i.e. less unabashedly switch-driven, and so far generally more linear), but the alternation of dungeons and enclosed chambers with windows, yards, and other open spaces is spot-on, as is the texture and color selection, of course. Only "Malacoda's Lair" really showcases the directional sector-lighting associated with the style, but then, of the maps thus far it's also the only one that is set more indoors than outdoors. These nighttime gothic/surrealist villa environments are always nice to visit, but I was pleased to see that you haven't denigrated the importance of action, either, and it's in this regard that you've really made the Dante's Inferno setting your own. You're evidently unafraid to experiment with different fight concepts, and each of the three maps has plenty of bloodletting. Though there's a notable skew towards beefy mid-tier/Doom II demons rather than towards basic fodder (imps and zombies and whatnot) there is very little sense of grind due to the plasma rifle and rocket launcher both being presented and ammo-supplied as primary weapons on equal footing with shotgun/chaingun, as opposed to the "use them only when you really need them" mentality which often prevails among both designers and players. A solo megaWAD is certainly a lofty goal, but for what it's worth I would be very pleased to see this series continue. \m/
  22. Demon of the Well

    V 1.0 (UVOLNIT)

    Take it from your old enemy pal acquaintance, the Demon, boys and girls: this one is worth a look.
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