Dirk

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  1. I obsessively hoard plasma cells, even if I know the mapset and know that there are a bunch of cell packs coming up soon (Tenements, ahem). So I usually end up fighting a bunch of advanced enemies with the SSG and wind up using up my plasma cells on zombiemen so that I can pick up the 100 cell packs.
  2. In my memory, I died on the blue carpeted area. So either a) my memory is shot, or b) I really sucked that first time out.
  3. It's been a while, so I might not have the details exactly right, but I remember a room with a cage in the middle of it. You had to go into the cage to pick up a key, but once you did, the cage sealed itself off and some monsters started to spawn into the room. The only way to get out was to shoot a switch outside of the cage. IIRC, you couldn't hit the switch with the shotgun (or at least it was very difficult to do so), so you had to use the pistol (I can't remember if the chaingun was available at the time). Does this ring a bell for anyone?
  4. Thanks! Sorry for creating this thread; I didn't know about the other one.
  5. It's been a while, so I might not have the details exactly right, but I remember a room with a cage in the middle of it. You had to go into the cage to pick up a key, but once you did, the cage sealed itself off and some monsters started to spawn into the room. The only way to get out was to shoot a switch outside of the cage. IIRC, you couldn't hit the switch with the shotgun (or at least it was very difficult to do so), so you had to use the pistol (I can't remember if the chaingun was available at the time). Does this ring a bell for anyone?
  6. Doom is WAY too dark for me. I used to play by typing in "idbeholdl" every 60 seconds. When I found out about sourceports, I went with Zandronum because I was easily able to find information on how to make everything brighter (r_visibility for the win!).
  7. This is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you very much!
  8. Is there a master list anywhere that tells you who the main designer was for each level?
  9. I found out the other day that you can zoom out to hide the HUD and - more importantly - see more of the weapon sprites. The chaingun and plasma rifle look MUCH better this way. I played through Doom II and probably used those weapons more than I ever have in my life.
  10. I remember being shocked, after only having Shareware Doom, to find an extra switch in E1M1. Does anyone know why the switch was added? Are there any other IWAD levels that are available in multiple incarnations?
  11. Has there ever been a mapset that started in hell and then progressed through hell-spawned tech bases and then to Earth-like layouts? (I assume so, but I'm most familiar with the IWADs and a select few custom mapsets...)
  12. Why is there so much hate for Mt. Pain? It's not the best level out there, but I always thought it was a memorable, fun experience.
  13. I agree. The overall scope and feel of TNT more than makes up for its dodgy maps, imo.
  14. Controversial opinion time! First off, I should mention that I'm a horrible Doom player who lives by save-scumming. I can make my way through Episodes 1-3 without saving or dying if I try hard enough, but that's about it. When I first tried Plutonia, I quit around the level where you start off in the slime and have to take mandatory damage. A few months later, I tried playing it with Brutal Doom, and I loved it (though I still skipped the slime level, and I also skipped the all-arch-vile level...doing that once was more than enough for me). Having the ability to remote-snipe hitscanners, and having grenades to dispatch some of the more troublesome groups of enemies, made Plutonia *much* easier, and much more entertaining.
  15. Do you have any specific recommendations? This is the first I've heard of this, and I'm intrigued.