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MDevlin

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  1. MDevlin

    Doomworld Members' Sketchbook

    I use sketching pencils like these: Do a quick sketch with the lightest pencil to map out the basic shape, pose, and detail of your subject. Nothing complex, stick figures work great for posing and simple boxes and circles can be refined into more complex shapes later. You mostly want to figure out where everything is going to be and the general sizing. If it helps, do a couple practice strokes with the pencil over the paper before committing to the actual line. Once you finish the initial sketch, go over it with the next darker pencil making adjustments as you see fit. Had a few lines not go as planned? It happens, use it as a guide for the next attempt or turn it into another detail. The idea is that any mistakes should be made with the lighter pencils as you refine your shaps and details and your final product should start becoming clearer as you move to darker pencils. Don't be afraid to get messy with the first couple iterations, use the darker pencils clean up those rougher areas. I, personally, would get a cheap sketchbook and do a sketch a day. Nothing complicated, just something that you can spend a comfortable amount of time on. A few minutes even.
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    Doomworld Members' Sketchbook

    Not bad for a mouse drawing, though.
  3. MDevlin

    Console Doom ITT

    Dear Doom, I'm sorry that a deranged lunatic turned you into an autostereogram. It'll be okay, I promise.
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    Doomworld Members' Sketchbook

    Thank you! I would have liked to have done more but these past couple months have been pretty hectic. I just moved out of state for a new job, so I just haven't been able to make the time for art.
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    Doomworld Members' Sketchbook

    These were some practice drawings I did a while back when I wanted to get back into sketching. Haven't been able to draw much lately, though.
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    What are your favourite 'Hidden Gems' Games?

    Wasted so much time in this game, but damn it was fun.
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    How to make 3d floors with multiple shapes?

    This. I tried using 3D sectors to build and design multiple story buildings and it very quickly became a pain in the neck to manage that many control sectors. Best to use portals to create the illusion of a 3D building. It'll be just as convincing as the real deal without the headache.
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    Doomworld Mega Project 2017 (Final)

    Comment text for MAP07 Portal Control: A short tech base level with a simple objective: Open the portal and stop the invasion...at the source!
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    Cool bands you discovered through Doom and pwads

    The first time I heard the song "Aerials" by System of a Down was as an instrumental cover in a survival wad. I already knew of SOAD but I never listened to many of their songs. I had no idea it was even them until a friend pointed it out. Up 'til then I just assumed (like most other level background music) that it was a cool jam that the mapper threw together for the level.
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    Doomworld Mega Project 2017 (Final)

    Update: Fixed: Bleeding textures in one of the outdoor "secret" areas. Fixed: Teleport Destinations for monster traps were set to medium and hard only, causing monsters to be trapped outside the map on easy difficulties. Fixed: Sectors erroneously set as secret. Changed: Revenant positioning outside the key room window to be on the ledge closer to the window instead of the two concrete boxes. Changed: Monster positioning in the starting area. I didn't like that the player could alert a monster crowd by simply stepping into the main hallway. I wanted to leave it more open so the player could chose a direction to start in without getting too overwhelmed too early on. Changed: General lighting changes throughout the level to make it more interesting. Added: Monster Traps to fill the gaps in combat after picking up the SSG, Chaingun, and Red Key. Added: More ammo in various places throughout the level. Added: More health and armor Portal Control.zip
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    Doomworld Mega Project 2017 (Final)

    Author: Matt Devlin Map name: Portal Control Compatibility: Vanilla Doom 2 Playtesting: PRBoom Plus Allow jumping and\or crouching: No Skill settings: Yes Build time: 3 days Tools used: Doom Builder 2 Resources: DOOM2.WAD and PLUTONIA.WAD Bugs: Maybe some cosmetic issues that I didn't catch [texture alignments and such], but other than that the mechanical aspects of the level work fine. Comments: I was originally going for a much larger map, but I couldn't decide on a direction as far as what I wanted to do with the level. I've been wanting to do a map for standard Doom 2 that can be beaten in less than five minutes, that much I decided. No flashy ZDoom effects or convoluted voodoo doll gimmicks, just raw Doom 2. My original design for this level ended up becoming too complicated detail-wise and ultimately I felt that the map was becoming too long as I was falling back into my old habit of needlessly tacking on extra rooms. I kept dragging my feet trying to figure out what I wanted to do with the level and, ultimately, I decided to rebuild from scratch. Which lead to another rebuild. And another. After about four or five revisions, I arrived at this thing. I feel I might have made the map too small, but unfortunately I'm out of time to fix that. If there's any outstanding issues that affect the playablility of the level, please let me know. I'll be online all day to fix any last minute issues. Portal Control.zip
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    What is your stance on bumpy floors?

    As long as the floor details or bumps don't interrupt the established flow of combat I see no problem with them. There's obstacles [pillars, acid pools, crushers, crates; etc] and there's details [grates, small debris, shallow sunk in/elevated sectors; etc]. Obstacles change the flow of combat and present a new challenge to the player to keep each encounter interesting yet relevant. Details give the player something to admire between combat zones that reveal additional elements about the story behind the level. The problem occurs when details become obstacles. Items in the level that were intended to only enhance the visual aspect of the level but take up too much space in the environment. Maybe that split-level section of the floor is a bit too steep. Perhaps the debris from the collapsed ceiling is too tall or too wide in some areas. Does there need to be so many crates in this room? These are some things that the player can and will get stuck on. This can easily grind combat to a halt which will result in a clunky, awkward, and ultimately frustrating gameplay.
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    Whats your favourite Demon death sound?

    I like the Demon (Pinky) death sound because if you listen closely you can hear a heavy *thud* when it hits the ground. I don't notice this as much with the other death sounds. A close second would be the Arch-Vile because of that "why..." sound that Ajora mentioned. It adds depth to the character and I enjoy those kind of tiny subplots that reveal more about the character and the universe the story takes place in.
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    Doomguy Collectible Figures Confirmed

    Works for me as well. Too bad it doesn't look like they'll be released until next year.
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    Black Metal Chainsaw Maps

    The screenshots look spectacular! I can't wait until the wads are released!
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