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  1. I still haven't decied about the final size of the wad but I rather won't be going for a megawad with maps of current size and level of details as this would require over a decade of hard work. At this point I think about making something like 10 maps at maximum. I have some ideas for two or three more large maps, each with thousands of monsters and taking several hours to complete. I also consider making a few smaller maps. I'm glad to hear that! That may sound funny but I could say that the name of the map was also somewhat influenced by Sunlust and Sunder as my process of thinking about the name for the map was something like this: - Sunlust and Sunder both have 'Sun' in them. As we well know, the Sun produces LIGHT. - I started to think about the name after finishing the first area with a PATH of orange lights leading to a teleporter. - After a while the name LIGHTPATH came to my mind:)
  2. At this stage there is only 1 level in this wad. In the future I plan to expand it with few more levels and I'm slowly working on something that will join Lightpath as another map. Lightpath will also receive a few minor tweaks and fixes. I hope to be able to show some screens of the next map in a few weeks but I don't expect to finish it before next spring. As a small teaser I can say that it will contain a really cool pentagram:) Size of the file could be reduced as currently whole OTEX texture pack is included. It could be optimized by including only textures that are used in the map but I decided not to do such optimizations until I'm finally done with the wad.
  3. Thanks for thorough explanation! I definitely admire tricks used in Struggle as I love vanilla old school Doom. I personally started doing my work in Boom format as it seems to be a great trade-off that gives a lot more flexibility in mapping than vanilla Doom while still keeping the old school feeling. I also absolutely love voodoo dolls. Voodoo dolls on conveyor belts seem to be somewhat like a Boom programming language. I'm currently exploring ideas for puzzles and tricky dynamic environments :D
  4. It is definitely not 80%. I think it's more like 99.9% :) Struggle: Antaresian Legacy is one of the best wads ever created. At some point in my life I felt quite depressed and going through every next day was a real struggle. Playing Struggle: Antaresian Legacy actually made these days much easier to get through. This year I've opened the wad numerous times in Ultimate Doom Builder just to analyze and learn. I don't know if it is a coincidence that my work relies heavily on blue textures. It's also absolutely amazing what can be done with just DeHacked. It's kinda shame that wads with extensive DeHacked modding are not the most popular ones as Ievel design here is top-notch. I have yet to play through the Antaresian Reliquary but I have no doubts it will be an amazing experience, just like other work from the author :)
  5. MaishyN

    How does one get good at Doom?

    I would definitely recommend such approach for getting better at Dooming (worked for me in the past). One should be quite familiar with Doom before trying this but it should help with getting comfortable playing really difficult maps: 1. Spend a while on controls. As others mentioned before, mouse + keyboard is the only way to go. You should also be familiar with SR40. 2. Find a cool and difficult map that you like. It shouldn't be too difficult though. It is preferable that it is a popular map with many demos and youtube videos available. My first choice was Sunlust 30. 3. Play the whole map on UV with IDDQD to get familiar with it. 4. Now once you know the map it is time to start it on UV again this time to play normally. 5. Before every difficult fight watch demos/youtube videos to see what tactics were used by others. Try to be analytical about their approach. 6. Do as much infight saving as possible. You succedded at killing that archvile without taking too much damage? Save. Three accurate BFG shots without taking damage? Save. You survived for another 15 seconds? Save. Use many save slots as sometimes it may happen that you save in an unfavorable situation and going back a few saves will be necessary. Be prepared to die and reload a lot. 7. You finished the map with just, let say, 100 saves! Great! Next time you will be able to do it with much less infight saving. 8. Find another cool and difficult map or try the same one again. This time try to do a bit less infight saving. 9. After going through several maps you will notice that you're now able to finish them with only a few midfight saves. 10. Once you feel you're ready, try to beat a difficult map with no infight saving at all. You may notice that it will require you a lot of trial and error but with enough patience you will succeed. After finishing it you will feel all the progress you've done. You should also check out Doom streams on twitch. Watching hardcore players trying to UV-Max a really difficult map will also help you. It's not always possible to find such a stream but a few hardcore players are streaming regularly. This approach is mainly about going from absolute spam saving madness into less and less infight saving to eventually be able to beat a map without infight saving at all. By going a few steps further one could try saveless UV-Maxing some of these maps but this is where the game gets really grindy. I don't think it will be fun for most of the players. Good luck!
  6. I think it is okay that there is an alternative strategy just to kill the viles, reworking the room would require additional simplification of other parts of the map due to linedef limit. I've tested this approach without using the switch several times and I couldn't succeed without infight saving so I assume it is more difficult than properly using the switch as I could survive the fight most of the time this way. I believe the best option for the switch texture here would be one of the orginal Doom switch textures. While OTEX switches look amazing the orginal ones are just subconsciously saying "press me" to the player :D
  7. Unfotunately at some point it will be inevitable as it is not a completed wad yet. I guess that won't be a problem as I plan to keep all versions available and I don't have any need to delete them (if link will somehow stop working just message me). I will also keep adding some version numbers to wad file names to make it easier to find the appropirate file.
  8. I've watched both parts and it was really great to see you go through the whole map. These HoMs should be fixable as they are most likely a result of untextured walls. After watching the whole stream I'm a bit more concerned that updated map may suffer from some blockmap issues. It seemed that the YK fight didn't work as intended as all chaingunners should die instead of teleporting in after pressing the switch on the right. Some of them have teleported into the battle and that was unintended. I've tested it extensively in the previous version and everything was working properly. It also seem that monsters from one closet in the final fight doesn't teleport in properly. I've also started to think about changing the texture of the middle switch in the purple fight. It should be obvious that it is a switch here and that purple skull doesn't seem like the best choice. It was kinda unfortunate that you looked twice for a secret on a symmetrical ledge (first and last fight) and both times you picked the wrong side and missed two secrets :P It was a lot of fun for me to watch both streams (especially the final fight :D). Thanks for streaming the map! At some point I've considered adding some kind of checkpoint that would work in such a way that once the player would go through a half of the platforming section a new teleport will be accessible so the player wouldn't have to replay the whole section. If there will be enough linedefs left I would consider implementing it in a future update.
  9. Good job on the run! You're definitely a great Doom player! I've watched like half of the run and I really enjoyed it. I hope that in the winter Lightpath will not be a single map but a part of a 2 or 3 level wad :). The order actually doesn't matter here. Remembering just to press the blocks on the corners and the middle one will do the trick. Now I'm gathering ideas for some crazy stuff in next levels. I have ideas for a few more maps but the next one would definitely be of a different theme than Lightpath. Looking at the same textures for another few months would be too much for me:). Next map will most likely be something hellish and a bit abstract. I'll definitly come up with more crazy voodoo doll stuff but I'd rather stay with some dynamic areas and simple puzzles instead of hardcore platforming:)
  10. Great job! I've watched the whole run. It was really a lot of fun for me. I really liked how you took BFG to BK fight. I also like that you've found an easier way to go through purple room, while it may look cheesy it is ok for me that such non-trivial cheesing possibilities exist. At some point I thought you would like to know about this page. This could help you get the last secret:) (spoilerish) http://perfectweb.org/ddo/solver/vale_puzzle.html I actually think that the main problem with beating the map in a single run comes from it's length. I don't think these fights are significantly harder than fights in other popular difficult mapsets but the length of the map makes it much more difficult. As I'm a hardcore analytical freak I would explain it in a mathematical way with an abstract example: if a player can beat every difficult fight 3 out of 4 times (75% chance), then if there are 3 such fights in a map the chance of beating them all is 42,19% as it is 0,75 * 0,75 * 0,75 = 0.4219. By average two runs out of five should result in a success. If there are 12 such fights then the chance is only 3,17% (0,75 to the power of 12). So with 12 fights instead of 3 not only the time required to beat the map is 4 times longer but the chance of success is over ten times lower. The amount of effort required to beat a map raises exponentially. I really liked your run and it is always a great learning experience for me to see others playing my content, thanks! Now it is time to seriously think on what map should join Lightpath as MAP02:)
  11. I've prepared a layout of my strategy. I'll go step by step through it. Every step is marked with a number on the mini map. I choose chaingunners to die on the altar. Killing all viles as soon as possible is crucial to succeed. Blue arrows represent which viles to kill at each step. 1. Start by pressing the switch and just before the viles appear on the pillars shoot rockets into the vile far on the opposite side to kill it immediately. 2. Jump down to the ledge in front of 2 viles killing them as fast as possible with RL. It is possible to get zapped here as it is difficult to get cover from the closest vile. 3. Move behind the altar and kill another 2 viles. It is possible to refill lost health/armor with soulsphere/blue armor. 4. Go to the outer ledge on the other side and kill the last vile on this side. 5. Move back. I switch to plasma here as it's possible to get close to some imps/hks. 6. Get back to the northern ledge. Kill last two viles. 7. I usually stand here with RL and shoot into the swarming pinkies for as long as possible to make next steps easier. 8. Switch to plasma and go for the mega. With plasma it is possible to go through pinkies without taking much damage. 9. Go down the stairs and escape to the cavern ledge. This is a bit longer part where I refill ammo several times and try to kill as many enemies as possible. Shooting rockets up the stairs seem to be pretty effective to kill most of the ground monsters. I also do some dancing with the cacos to kill as many of them here. I go up and down the cavern several times in this step. 10. Once the caco swarm is near go up and go to the secret area. It requires a few precise jumps but this shouldn't be a problem if cacos are not blocking the way. 11. Take the radiation suit and mega and jump down into lava pit. Do it fast to not get hit by a bunch of caco fireballs or other stuff. 12. This is also a bit longer step. I just use all the time on the radiation suit to kill as many cacos while being in the lava. There are also some resources here and there to pick. 13. Once the radiation suit is over I take all other resources I can and teleport back up. The teleport destination is behind the altar so all monsters should be lured far away from here just before teleporting in. 14. I take the second mega and refill ammo. There will be some cacos/hks/barons left but now it should be managable to kill them. Hope that helps. Choosing to kill viles instead of chaingunners seemed to be less consistent for me but I think it should also be possible to find a good strategy. Cheers!
  12. Hello again! I've uploaded an updated version of Lightpath. Link is in opening post. I'd like to thank everyone for playing Lightpath. I really appreciate all the feedback I've got from you. If you haven't played the map already then you're somewhat lucky as you missed a really painful pillar dance experience:). Hope you'll enjoy the new version! Some fixes and rebalancing on all difficulties have been made. UV monster count was unchanged. There are 10666 monsters on HMP and 6666 on HNTR (I don't remember who but somebody suggested 6666 would be cool - thanks:)). A quick changelog: I'm aware of some performance issues. I wonder if there are any ways to optimize this map without giving it a serious rework. Every fight have been tested to be beatable without infight saving but I haven't tried beating the whole map. I would consider beating the map on UV in a single non-TAS run as an ultimate challenge. I personally hate this map too much to even try it myself:). But I think it should definitely be possible. One of my design goals was to make all the fights challenging but as little dependent on RNG as possible (if it comes out that a fight requires RNG grinding I would rework it). For most of the fights I've found strategies that work quite well when executed properly so it should be a matter of practice and patience. I'd love to see that once you succeed:).
  13. Hey! I'm glad that you like design of the map. I've actually tested the map extensively up to the point where I've had to take some break from Doom after showing it here. Seriously, at some point I've got sick of that:). I must also say that it is not about authors don't putting any effort into testing a map and expecting community to do this. Every mapper and every player is a different person with different playing style and skills. It is just impossible to know exactly how other players will react to your work. Feedback received from players is a crucial component that will eventually make mapper's work better. I've tested the map only in PrBoom+/GlBoom+/GZDoom and I didn't experienced any serious issues but I'm aware that it may not work properly on other source ports due to its size and that may be your case. I'm aware that the red section is improperly balanced and the main cause is probably that I've spent too much time testing this room and I've become pretty good at jumping the platforms. That may sound silly and ironic but I've problably designed the moving platforms in February and jumping over these platforms for several months made me very familiar in navigating them and I didn't realize that it might be too hard for a player seeing them for a first time. Two fights that seem to require more serious fixes and rebalancing are the red room fight and the final fight. For the red room the plan is following, effects on different difficulties would be acheived by voodoo dolls with difficulty setup: On UV/HMP: Change the platform pattern, so there will be like 4 or 5 platforms up at the same time instead of 2, now it requires perfect timing and such change would give the player more space for error On HNTR: Move all platforms up, and lower a few teleports down the pit to make going back up possible. The platforms would be stationary. On all difficulties enemies will be significanly nerfed and one switch be removed. The pain sector on the bottom will be changed from -20% to -5%. I've also thought of adding some teleports to make the navigation easier. In the final fight I'd like to put a few more resources, a few more invulns and probably a few more cyberdemons to make the fight go faster. I'm pretty sure it is beatable now once the player knows the location of all invulns but I'd like to nerf it after receiving some feedback. More cybies should also help because now the fight usually results in a large group of hks/barons left that have to be killed manually. Actually I've came up to the conclusion that it would probably be better if the final fight wasn't that hard at all. I'm pretty satisfied with other fights on UV. My personal favourite is the YK fight, making the lavafall was so damn fun:). Some more nerfing would be required on HNTR as I'd like to make all puzzle elements completely optional. Purple room currently requires the player to make proper usage of the switch and that shouldn't be the case on HNTR. I've done very little mapping in last month but I've spent quite a lot of time analyzing everything concerning this map. I plan to publish a fixed version soon. I hope you'll enjoy the fixed version where the red room will not be so brutal:). I've also gathered quite a bit of new ideas and I plan to start a new map later, it will probably be hell-themed but I'm still not sure.
  14. Thanks for your warm comments, feedback and suggestions! I'm really happy that you liked the map and had a bit of fun with it. It really makes me motivated to do more in the future. @Steve D I believe that while later fights may seem a bit difficult on HNTR they just require the player to spam bfg into a swarm of monsters while being on invuln and be careful to not be inside this swarm while invuln ends. For most part of the map my idea for HNTR would be to make most encounters doable by providing a few invulns. I'm aware that platforming sections may be a bit of pain as it is not so trivial to balance in different difficulties. I've actually had an idea at some point to just enterily skip the blue platforming section on HNTR by adding another teleport destination in the next part. Red area is another story and now I'm pretty sure it is not properly balanced at the moment. @Arbys550 The line limit is a real pain. I've started drawing the exit part once there was like 200 linedefs left so I tried to be as efficient as possible :). I could think about some rework about it. I suspect that I've made one mistake while balancing the red room. Last tweaks were made a few moments before showing it and the platform section was made like three months ago, I've jumped many, many times over them and I've become quite familiar with dancing on them. Every person playing this map will see them for a first time and it would take a while to get proficient at jumpig. I haven't realized that before. I really like your idea of a large platforming section without any monsters. In such case I would design the area differently and make it more detailed. At the moment it would be quite a bit of rework so I'll probably just make the difficulty of the fight much lower. I will definitely consider making a dynamic large platforming section without any monsters in future maps. In the last part the invulns and knowledge of their placement were intended to be the key. Thanks for pointing out a way to cheese. I think that this is a quite trivial way to cheese so I will get it fixed. @Doom-X-Machina The part that looks like lego the most is not on the screenshots :). Unfortunately I wasn't able to make a cool looking screenshot of it. After receiving some initial feedback I've though of implementing such changes: 1. In all red themed areas with moving platforms reduce damage of the pain sectors, from 20% to 10% or even 5%. 2. In big red room make two teleporters between the cross shaped platforms. That should make the fight easier. 3. Scale down the difficulty in red key fight, chaingunners will probably be changed to zombiemen on higher difficulties and into imps on HNTR. 4. Skip the blue pillar platforming area enterily on HNTR by making another teleport destination in the next area. 5. Make a HNTR voodoo doll that will just raise all the platforms in red themed areas and lower a few teleports to make returning up possible. The voodoo doll controlling the platforms would only be present on HMP/UV. 6. Remove potential softlock in first blue room fight in the pit before the bridge is raised. 7. Fix potential cheese in teleport room during final fight. 8. If there would be enough linedefs, make some linedef-efficient detailing in the exit area.
  15. Update 12.07.2020: Updated version of LIGHTPATH is available. Red room isn't that brutal anymore:). Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-VvzOMeYaMdCAS49I2UJ2LqI1jIiQrzy/view Orginal opening post: Hey Doomworld! I'd like to present something that I've been working on during last 5 months. Main features: - map for Boom compatible ports - Doom 2 IWAD - OTEX textures by Ukiro - Orginal music by me - implemented difficulty levels - 65k+ linedefs :) - 15,000 monsters on UV :) - extensive voodoo dolling (some simple puzzles) The map is very long. May take over 4 hours to complete. Difficulty levels: UV - Extreme slaughter! You've been warned! It was designed to be challenging even for the best players who spent many years on mastering their Doom skills. For majority of players UV may be frustrating or unmanagable at all. HMP - Normal slaughter. Still challenging but not as brutal as UV. HNTR - Casual slaughter. There are tons of enemies too, but difficulty is way lower. Recommended ports: GLBoom+/PrBoom+/GZDoom (crouching + jumping disabled, disabled infinite height may make the map slightly easier) I've tested it using GLBoom+. Perfomance may be an issue on older machines. Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1O4aeTk7wB3E_CPInD2BwQmDJjwklSyIJ/view (old version with extremely brutal red room) This is actually the first map I've ever created (only another map I've made is one for a Jimmy's community speed mapping project once this one was like 60% complete). Before I started making it I've read a bunch of tutorials/guides about Doom mapping. There were a lot of hints like "start small" so I started small and made a simple room with a SSG and a few items. It soon became the starting area:). The map is somewhat inspired by two sets with a sun in their names (Sunder/Sunlust - very thanks for their respective creators for inspiration). For a long time I've had a feeling that community truly loves that kind of maps which are highly detailed and difficult but unfortunately there are not so many high quality WADs like these. My goal here was to push the features that I liked to the extreme and make even bigger fights with as much detailing and aesthetic polish as possible and mix it with some creative usage of Voodoo Dolls. I've decided to make a map in Boom format as I love the more old-school Doom experience and because voodoo dolling is so fun:). I also have to add that watching twitch streams with hardcore Dooming or Doom mapping helped and motivated me quite a bit (Very thanks!). The map is currently in a stage that I would describe as late beta. I've already tested it for quite a bit of time and fixed many issues but there may be more of them. I'm also not exactly sure about difficulty and resources balancing so I'm open for all comments and suggestions from you! I'd also love to hear comments about all other aspects of the map and its midi track. In the future I would like to make a few more maps and form it into a single WAD. I've learned a lot during last 5 months and it will definitely make my fututre work smoother. I've got some ideas that I'd like to implement but I don't expect to finish anything in next months. Now it is time for some screenshots: Blue room: Green room: Grey/Orange room with a lot of buttons: A red room that you will hate: A cavern and an altar of choice: Any guesses what will spawn here? Bird's-eye view: Some random fact: In the map there is a reference to an old strategy game that was released as a remastered edition recently and got quite popular. At the time of making this reference I didn't even know about a remastered edition and it was quite a nice surprise:). Enjoy!
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