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  1. drygnfyre

    The Quirks of German Doom 1 & 2

    The ban on the secret Doom 2 maps was lifted recently, last I checked.
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    Some Alpha Versions of Doom

    If that's the case, the alphas and demos are also interesting because you see the gradual move away from arcade mentality. Score was removed, as was various collectable items. Soul sphere originally gave you another life, before lives were also removed. IGN had a E1 play-through with John Romero about a decade ago, and it was really interesting because Romero talks a lot about how he made the E1 maps, and the overall design goals of the game.
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    Some Alpha Versions of Doom

    I always thought it was interesting that the alphas/demos were playing with the idea of swapping Episodes 2 and 3. I think the idea of going to Hell, then returning only to find Hell has followed you, is a better design idea. And I think that's what Doom 3 did. In classic Doom, it would also have made the cyber-demon the final fight, which is probably a better battle than against the spider mastermind.
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    Ultimate Doom or Doom 1

    The only difference amongst the original three episodes I know of is the E1M1 change that was made for better deathmatch play. Otherwise Ultimate Doom is the same, but adds Episode 4.
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    Favorite level theme?

    Episode 2 maps. The combination of tech base and Hell works very well.
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    Things about Doom you just found out

    Something I learned recently was that the GBA port of Doom was originally going to utilize a custom engine. According to the developer, the engine was about 95% complete, but then Romero and the publisher found the Jaguar Doom source code and had the developers use that as the basis for the GBA port. However, the GBA port of Doom II does use a custom engine, and it's believed that it might be the one the original developers were working on.
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    What is your favourite episode 3 level?

    Warrens is my favorite. Really liked the concept of re-using old maps but adding more and more surprise elements.
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    The big SIGIL poll

    My problem with Sigil is the overuse of the eye switch and the way every map ends. There's nothing wrong with using the environment to hide a switch, but when every map does it, it takes away any real sense of exploration. With every map, if I'm missing a secret, I know to go back and just look for the eye switch I missed. Compare that to some of the earlier episodes where secrets felt a bit more organic in a way. Likewise, every map basically ends with a big room with barons. Fine, but again, starts to feel a bit stale. And I much prefer the MIDI to the Buckethead music.
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    SIGIL v1.21 - New Romero megawad [released!]

    Is the Sigil SKYBOX unique? Looks like the Doom 2 sky.
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    SIGIL v1.21 - New Romero megawad [released!]

    Is it possible for idclev and idmus to work with Sigil?
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    SIGIL v1.21 - New Romero megawad [released!]

    Much prefer the MIDI to the Buckethead music.
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    Things about Doom you just found out

    My favorite 1991 song about a 1994 level.
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    Sharing visual design / architecture tips

    Yes, Romero has mentioned a few times he didn't do areas that were outdoors unless you could get there. Violated in a few places (one spot in E1M1 you can't visit, the area beyond the yellow door cage in E1M3) but for the most part this was consistent.
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    What happens when you exit a map?

    Given what he says at the very beginning about making the middle of the game "less interesting," I feel that explains a lot about Episode 4's odd downward bell curve of difficulty. (Granted, he didn't design a lot of those maps). Make those first maps visually appealing to the player, or telegraph that the episode (in this case) isn't going to be easy.
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    First Doom fan site(s) you ever found?

    Doomworld. Seriously. Was too young for Usenet and didn't use the Internet much at all until the early 2000s or so.