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  1. beast

    What are you currently reading?

    Recently I finished Treasure Island, by R.L. Stevenson, and I loved it. It got me on a Pirate kick. Now I am busy with The Pirates of Panama, by A. O. Exquemelin, In tandem, I am also reading The Lost World, by Arthur Conan Doyle. All of these are available on The Project Gutenberg.
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    Oldest game you've actually enjoyed.

    I'm going to weigh in with one of the grand-daddies of roguelikes, The Dungeons of Moria (1983). I spent countless hours trying, but never succeeding, to destroy the Balrog, which lives deep in the dungeon. The original creator has sadly passed away, July 2022 (via rec.games.roguelike.moria). Rest in Peace and Glory, "RAK" Robert.
  3. beast

    What are you listening to?

    Hey pretty good discovery! As an ex grunger from the 90s the drumwork really grabs me. I like this track. Never heard of them before. ----- Me, I am listening to the new Suicide Commando album (speaking of the human condition!) They have been a staple of mine for two decades; undertones of misanthropy and love hidden by meaty-beats. true <3
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    Pumping Station - short vanilla map

    I dig this map! UV monsters and health pickups feel balanced just right. The Decent track suits it well. This is the first game of Doom I have played since March, my dodge skill is a lot rusty and I had a blast scraping through. Will replay this one for sure 🤘
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    Pumping Station - short vanilla map

    Great post @VisionThing, it really resonated with me. I am in that same boat, having completed 3 out of 6 maps in a set I am working on, I lost steam around February and need to pick it up to fruition. I will break out the old DosBox later, after some weekend chores, and do some UV runs of your Pumping Station :)
  6. beast

    "Play-to-Earn" Games

    The Metaverse was a fictional construct in Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash (1992) Novel, it was a play on the term "cyberspace" which first appeared in Gibson's Neuromancer (1984) Novel. That is what I think of when I hear Metaverse. Not sure how accurate the fb-appropriated-terminology relates to the original meaning.
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    What's your way of making maps?

    The question of the ages! I used to detail-as-you-go but found that ends up more work when you need to restructure the layout. Then I tried drawing roughs on paper, which had some success, but it did not stick. Most recently I took a new approach of setting the default texture/flats, closing the texture browser and just laying down geometry in huge swaths. Then I begin slicing, dicing, connecting and opening up areas between each other. I have to resist the urge to add detail, but I persist. This includes no height or light variation. The most detail at this point is setting SKY, but that is it. Only once I have a decent feeling layout, with all areas connected and a general flow to each corner of the map, do I go through adding height variation. All the while I resist thinking in terms of "this is the start, and this is the end". Instead I think to myself, "so this base has a good sized storage area, maybe the armory is a section within it, obviously the armaments would be a secure area, so let's wall that off. Perhaps there is a small training ground in the outside area, as this base receives new recruits, and the Colonel is a hard-ass and insists they keep in shape." So far I have nearly completed three maps, six more to go.
  8. Numpy provides pre built wheels so you don't have to build it yourself. Try posting your os, architecture, python version and the problematic log, then maybe someone can help troubleshoot.
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    What are you listening to?

    Was listening to Violent Femmes and it struck me that the Imp's Song (E1M2:Nuclear Plant) has a very similar chord progression as This Island Life. Of course many Doom tracks had some inspiration from real music, but it is odd because this Femmes album released 1994. Probably just coincidence or I am imagining it.
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    Do you know some obscure 1990's PC games?

    Liero - originally envisioned to be a top-down-view game - eventually came out as a clone of MoleZ, a similar subterranean shooter game featuring moles instead of worms. The game was first published in 1998, in the Finnish "mbit" computer game magazine by Joosa Riekkinen. It quickly became a popular pastime in Finland and even won some “game of the week” awards. It soon began spreading on the internet, particularly interesting the owners of low-end computers.
  11. beast

    What are you listening to?

    [S.I.T.D] Requiem X https://infactedrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/requiem-x
  12. beast

    Vigor | Now on Idgames

    Congrats on the release! I tip my hat to the entire team who created Vigor. The maps look divine! Just a note that playing this with a dehacked DOOM2.EXE v1.9 in DOSBox, the game crashes when entering MAP02. Interestingly this does not happen in Chocolate Doom. Z_CheckHeap: block size does not touch the next block You need to hit the exit switch in MAP01. Using the -warp parameter actually gives the more obscure error "Z_CT at w_wad.c:510".