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  1. Sergeant G

    Unpopular Doom Opinions

    I was kinda underwhelmed by my prior answer to this thread. Had time to think about it tonight. Here's one; I love The Chasm (E2M4 of DOOM 2) There's an unpopular DOOM opinion for you. Mind you, it's not so much the gameplay I'm in love with, it's the idea, the look. Say what you will about it, id were in a place where they could push the engine a bit further. They were trying to do different things. There were bound to be hits and misses. Yeah, the rims are hard to fight on, but why shouldn't we have been thrown a curve ball? I understand that many peoe are going to have many reasons why this particular curve ball was not...fair? Is DOOM fair? I also get it that it's particularly awful for speed runners, I've watched the explanations on YouTube. I just felt that it was a cool looking level, once again I dig the music. For me it added something worthwhile to the DOOM 2 experience. That does NOT therefore mean that I am standing up on some cliff in that level with Evilman, sneering at all the people who have suffered so much annoyance from it, but I just kinda like the level.
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    Akeldama: A Review

    It was a BLAST, as only good DOOM can be!
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    The story behind your custom avatar

    Sergeant G's custom profile avatar is of my patron Saint, Sergeant D, of detestable memory. Unfortunately, Sergeant D isn't with us any longer, not for some years now actually. You see he'd already been undead since at least the Vietnam era anyways, maybe even earlier. But I try to carry on in the traditions and foster mayhem in his name. Scripture: https://greenandblackmusic.com/home/2016/07/21/sargent-d-and-the-s-o-d-stormtroopers-of-death/ See also: https://genius.com/Sod-sargent-d-and-the-sod-lyrics Some monks performing a hymn on Sergeant D's (cannibal) feast day:
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    Akeldama: A Review

    ****4 OUT OF 5 STARS**** Akeldama is a 32 level adventure created by a sizable and skilled team of map authors. It was released on 5/31/2020, or 7/31/2020 (I've seen two dates given), either way, about a year and a half ago. I profusely enjoyed this polished and punishing project, there's a great deal to talk about here. The creators identify their project with Momento Mori and Alien Vendetta. As I play more and more community made DOOM projects, I am fast becoming a fan of what I see as the "mountainous tech base" sub-genre. I can't say if that's a real classification. All I know is that lately, I happen to have played a lot of DOOM featuring tunnels in mountainous terrain, which feature intermittent tech base and industrial areas. That's basically an almost ubiquitous theme in Akeldama, you're clearly up in the mountains and deep below them, it's a frozen wasteland. I really dig it, ah ha ha. I played this on UV, so it took some doing. I would not call Akeldama in any way unbalanced or especially difficult, but neither is it a casual jaunt. On UV, yer not going to be handed anything at all, you'll be fighting for every inch, but the fights are winnable. You're not starved of ammo and power ups, and there is always plenty of cover to use, so you can fight intelligently, without always having to rely on your dancing skills. I found plenty to admire all the way through playing Akeldama. The awesome is evenly distributed throughout, I had no sense that any one part of the game was stronger or weaker than any other. When I was selecting my favorite levels for this review, I had no idea who had made what, a blind selection process was used here. Obviously, most my selections were made by valkiriforce, but that's just how it is. So, a special kudos to valkiriforce for making so many awesome levels. Highlights: MAP04: Chillwell by dt_ - A very well realized mountainous tech base with snow and ice frosting, this level reminds me a lot of the opening level of CPD. MAP05: Bunker Hill by DerFurer'sFace - This level presents us with an exercise in trench warfare and succeeds in pushing its idea far enough to be convincing. MAP06: Insurrection by Gothic - This map is tied with MAP12, MAP16 and MAP30 as my favorite Akeldama level. Again, here we have another well done take on that whole mountain tech base idea I keep mentioning and I like the music. MAP07: Carnage Facility by Michael Jan Krizik (valkiriforce) - Again I like the music, but more importantly, this is one of those maps that's just an adventure all on it's own. It's kind of a tech base, and kind of an urban setting, a hybrid of the two, if you will. It makes good use of the vertical axis, there are enemies above you a lot of the time and several major elevation changes have to be navigated while under fire. MAP09: Winter Stronghold by The Mysterious Moustachio - A highly detailed, accented level. I like the ecosystem of health and armor bonuses in the covered terrace. This level has courtyards and corridors and plenty of mid-ranged combat with handy cover to make use of. MAP12: Urban Strike by complexDoomer / valkiriforce - One of my favorite Akeldama levels, this level delivers exactly what its title promises. A lot of crowded indoor combat in amongst skyscrapers and an urban tech base. Kick @55 music track. MAP16: Aqueduct Fortress by valkiriforce - I finished playing Akeldama some months ago, and as time goes on, if I think of Akeldama, MAP16 and MAP30 are always the first to come to my mind. This level is epic! It's quite a fight and it looks great. The Aqueduct itself is well implemented and succeeds in being a defining motif that the level is centered upon. But the byways and side passages are equally well realized and satisfying to play through. Terraced open spaces are balanced against crammed and tense tunnel passages. A really strong level. MAP17: Blood Covenant by antares031 - Again, this is another one of those levels that's its own entire adventure. A bloody brawl in an evil temple. Highly detailed, challenging and rewarding in equal measure, but still fast paced and not tedious. In my irrelevant opinion, I would say that this level is a master study in balanced, challenging gameplay, set in a highly resolved level. Blood Covenant also features the music track "The Forgotten God" by Eris Falling, who of course needs no introduction from me. This is the most kick ass track from Akeldama's soundtrack. MAP21: Disaster Country by valkiriforce - This level is very dark, and sinister and evil and cold-hearted. Disaster Country potently manifests the idea of a DOOM level as a place where human beings are destroyed in every sense that matters...or are you going to prove that you're stronger than this very rough house? In other words, this level does what a DOOM level is supposed to do, and it does so quite well at that. MAP22: Dark Sacrifices by Paul977 - This is a very otherworldly map. It reminds me of Quake, of H.P. Lovecraft. It does give you the sense of being in some hateful temple dedicated to insane gods, which is floating in an all consuming beast of a void, in a dimension which the human nervous system isn't even meant to process. Not a terribly difficult level, but it has a wonderful sense of place. The Akeldama readme mentions that Alien Vendetta, specifically MAP17 & MAP23 were big influences. MAP26: Duskbound by Breezeep - Another level with an especially resolved sense of place and atmosphere. It's as though the author had a very well thought out idea of how they wanted this level to look and play and they stuck with it until it was ready. The results do not disappoint. A properly placed, later level for this epic journey which we call Akeldama. MAP27: Bitter Waters by valkiriforce - Another strong later level, with a well implemented river motif. MAP30: The Devil's Capital by valkiriforce - It is a fact that this is a kick @55 final level. I have a theory about it that I want to mention. It is as though valkiriforce wanted to end Akeldama in a more unique way than just another open air horde protecting an Icon Of Sin, and the non-functional demon spitter at the opening of this level is a direct statement of that intent. I don't know if that's the right way to interpret the fallen Icon Of Sin that greats you first thing upon arrival, but it is true that this level has a lot more to offer than yet another chore of giving Romero Man a headache. This level is almost a mini episode. You have several distinct areas to fight through, each with its own character. There are nosebleedingly high abstract towers to conquer. This makes for a lot of long range, vertical combat. There are many Cacodemons waiting to be blown out of the sky. There are also more mountainous and tech base tunnels to clear out, and a riot to put down, in a really neatly designed hanger bay. A long, challenging and rewarding finale. MAP32: Operation Pump And Dump by Doomkid & Valkiriforce - A manifestly over the top and boisterous super secret level. This map is demented, but brilliantly so. I think you can say that it is "slaughter-ish", in that there are more than a couple moments when you have a large horde coming at you straight on, along a long, narrow avenue. But is this a slaughter map? I don't know. It seems to me that perhaps overall, this level has more in common with the likes of Go 2 It, Go 4 It and Have At It, though on a somewhat smaller scale. Do not think for one instant that just because this level is a bit smaller than those infamous examples, that it's any easier. It's not.
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    How Do Ya Like Your Coffee?

    This stuff has the cinnamon already infused.
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    Your doom head-canons?

    Head canons were really important to me the first few times I played through DOOM. I was used to headier games with more story. DOOM was so immediate and scary, and so slight on explanation that my mind tried to fill things in as I went. I had many many head cannons...too many to list. Mine mainly related to how the various objects encountered and layouts of levels might be explained. I came up with these on the fly, and eventually a framing narrative reverse engineered itself from all the pieces. It forked and there were several continuities and story arcs. All in my head, during gameplay and on the bus to and from school. Laying it all out would take two hours of typing.
  7. Sergeant G

    How Do Ya Like Your Coffee?

    I take my coffee with half and half, or whole milk, or black. But when possible, with cinnamon added. Spice coffee from Dune.
  8. Sergeant G

    Plutonia's odd map rotation

    Gotta say, I much prefer the rising and falling difficulty levels approach over some of the too easy to almost impossible linear progressions I've had to play through lately. Bloodstain comes to mind. Mind you, I like Bloodstain but it starts easy and doesn't end so. The last 4 or 5 levels are an exhausting gauntlet. A couple of breaks along the way would have made the ascent easier.
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    Any snow and ice themed maps?

    There are snow themed levels in the beginning of Rush. https://www.doomworld.com/idgames/levels/doom2/Ports/p-r/rush
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    An effort I'm beginning today

    Glad to see Eviternity, Sunlust, Vanguard, Alien Vendetta and Plutonia 2 on this list! I would strongly recommend adding TNTR (TNT Revilution)!
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    Does Anyone Agree With This Mindset?

    Responding to the OP, I agree. People who don't stand up for themselves, in my experience, usually become resentful and take it out on anyone but the person who p!55ed them off. In this connection, I'll mention that I am not politically correct. If it's important, and if I feel strongly about it one way or another, then my opinion is what it is. If that offends anyone's sensibilities, that's regrettable. Too bad. We can talk about it. Someone might have their mind changed, or not. If they walk away triggered then they'll get over it, or they won't. If they wanna say I'm a mean white man, I won't blink. You can say just about anything you want to me, as long as you're not stepping into my space. There's a thrash crossover song about me which describes what happens when someone does that. But otherwise, people have freedom of speech and freedom of expression. I think it's generally true that we are all better served if we exercise those rights often and honestly. But that's just my opinion.
  12. Sergeant G

    May I have some WAD recommendations?

    Try These! Plutonia Revisited Community Project https://www.doomworld.com/idgames/levels/doom2/Ports/megawads/prcp - Similar to PL2, but with it's own spin on the matter. Akeldama https://www.doomworld.com/idgames/levels/doom2/megawads/akeldama - Newer, but very well done and a satisfying romp. Vanguard https://www.doomworld.com/idgames/levels/doom2/Ports/v-z/vanguard - Older school classic, plenty challenging but fast past and shorter run time.
  13. Sergeant G

    What is your favorite memories with windows xp?

    My favorite memory of Windows XP was when I figured out how to reset the desktop to the old school Windows 2000 style. I remember thinking that the default Win XP status bar was the ugliest thing I'd ever seen. That being said, Win XP made itself useful. From a compatiblity perspective it was better for the games I was playing for my YouTube channel than the perfidious Windows Vista, so XP helped until Windows 7 came out.
  14. Sergeant G

    Do you do any drugs?

    The imbalanced chemicals in my brain, plus waaaaay too much coffee are the only drugs I'm on atm. I know what alcohol and pot are. Meh.
  15. Sergeant G

    What are you listening to?

    A sweet serenade by a female Archvile, sigh...