I forgot to let you guys know about my next Let's Play project... for...
There are five episodes, so I should be doing this all month.
Heretic - Shadow of the Serpent Riders
Released in 1994 by Raven Software
The Back Story:
The world of Parthoris was populated by many people who divided themselves into seven great nations, as well as the mystic Sidhe elves. It was these elves who kept the Tomes of Power and the sacred candle flames which eternally burned to represent the armies of the world.
The Sidhe believed in a prophecy of Armageddon, and their prophecy ultimately proved itself true when from the east came the three terrible Serpent Riders cloaked in black. They were great sorcerers, and they demonstrated their power by quelling the wars of the eastern provinces. Soon the men of the seven nations turned to their worship and built a great temple in their honor. Upon the temple was the Sign, a crossed trident, and the worshipers came to call themselves the Order of the Sign.
The deeper into reverence of the Riders' dark ways they fell, the more they were sapped of their free will and spirit. Once all of the seven realms were theirs, the two eldest Riders departed, leaving D'Sparil alone to prepare the world for destruction. Recognizing the fulfillment of prophecy, the Sidhe refused to follow in the worship of D'Sparil and thus they were set apart from the other people of the world. Once sacred guardians, they were now heretics, hunted and hated everywhere they went.
D'Sparil's disciples turned the minds of the seven kings toward conquest of the Sidhe realm, and when the Seven Armies marched upon them, the Sidhe Elders extinguished the sacred flames, destroying them all. D'Sparil was enraged and in the chamber of the Elders he stirred up a storm of white-hot flame, killing them all. The earth burst open beneath their charred bodies and from within poured legions of the undead as well as murderous beasts from worlds beyond. This new army overwhelmed the Sidhe and slaughtered them in untold numbers. In only one day, their civilization was destroyed and their survivors were scattered far and wide. The darkling creatures had carried off the Tomes of Power and the other artifacts of the Sidhe as spoils of war. Left defenseless, it was surely only a matter of time before all Sidhe perished under the Order of the Triad's unyielding fury.
Most of the few remaining Sidhe hid themselves away, but Corvus was determined to have revenge. Heading east into the wilderness he came upon the City of the Damned, where the very air reeked with rot and decay and the only sounds were the screams of foul creatures seeking his blood. Armed only with his staff and Elven Wand, he had little hope to survive. So began the downfall of D'Sparil and the salvation of Parthoris.
Using the same graphics engine as Doom, but with added enhancements, Heretic places the player in a medieval atmosphere rife with monsters, magic, and mayhem. I will be doing live commentary, and I will be using the GZDoom port. Also, I'm open to co-commentary if anyone wants to join in on their favorite level - although I'm not 100% sure yet how I'll set that up.
Just to clarify - there are two reasons why I did NOT choose the 5th difficulty level and stuck with "Thou Art a Smite-meister"...It disables cheats. There may be some levels where I'll want to noclip after they're done to display little known things about the design I find interesting. There are also a couple of funny things regarding cheat codes as well. I will not cheat to beat the game, though.
I don't want to fly through the levels. This is not a speed run. This is not a race.
Also, I do not wish to fly through the levels simply because people who've never played the game before will be lost and will have no clue where I am. This is why I bring up the map so often. It's for my benefit as well as your own. There are plenty of speed run videos out there of this game with or without commentary. This isn't going to be one.
City of the Damned:Part 001 - E1M1: The Docks
Part 002 - E1M2: The Dungeons
Part 003 - E1M3: The Gatehouse
Part 004 - E1M4: The Guard Tower
Part 005 - E1M5: The Citadel
Part 006 - E1M6: The Cathedral
Part 007 - E1M9: The Graveyard
Part 008 - E1M7: The Crypts
Part 009 - E1M8: Hell's Maw
Hell's Maw:Part 010 - E2M1: The Craters
Part 011 - E2M2: The Lava Pits
Part 012 - E2M3: The River of Fire
Part 013 - E2M4: The Ice Grotto
Part 014 - E2M9: The Glacier
Part 015 - E2M5: The Catacombs Halloween Spooktacular
Part 016 - E2M6: The Labyrinth
Part 017 - E2M7: The Great Hall
Part 018 - E2M8: The Portals of Chaos
The Domes of D'SparilPart 019 - E3M1: The Storehouse
Part 020 - E3M2: The Cesspool
Part 021 - E3M3: The Confluence
Part 022 - E3M4: The Azure Fortress
Part 023 - E3M9: The Aquifer
Part 024 - E3M5: The Ophidian Lair
Part 025 - E3M6: The Halls of Fear
Part 026 - E3M7: The Chasm
Part 027 - E3M8: D'sparil's Keep
The OssuaryPart 028 - E4M1: The Catafalque
Part 029 - E4M2: The Blockhouse
Part 030 - E4M3: The Ambulatory
Part 031 - E4M4: The Sepulcher
Part 032 - E4M9: The Mausoleum
Part 033 - E4M5: The Great Stair
Part 034 - E4M6: Halls of the Apostate
Part 035 - E4M7: The Ramparts of Perdition
Part 036 - E4M8: Shattered Bridge
The Stagnant DemesnePart 037 - E5M1: Ochre Cliffs
Part 038 - E5M2: Rapids
Part 039 - E5M3: Quay
Part 040 - E5M9: Skein of D'Sparil
Part 041 - E5M4: Courtyard
Part 042 - E5M5: Hydratyr
Part 043 - E5M6: Collonade
Part 044 - E5M7: Foetid Manse
Part 045 - E5M8: Field of Judgement