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  1. I've finished making my first map of the year! Might actually have started it in 2020, now that I think about it, but it's done. Hopefully the project it was for will come out this year (particularly now that I'm not holding it up...)

  2. You just can’t please some people, it seems! I, for instance, have laboured for well over a decade feeling like my mapping is unrecognised. However, every time something I made did alright, I got put off of following it up. Now I’ve made a few bigger waves, it’s like I’m getting performance anxiety in front of the editor.

     

    What’s it going to do? Laugh at how small my sectors are? The self-ridicule only helps highlight that this is a silly problem to have... It doesn’t solve the problem, however. How to overcome it?

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    2. Phobus

      Phobus

      Cheers man! I'll see if I can manage anything in the next four days for Jimmy's contest, but won't just sit there staring at the editor if it's not coming. After that, I'm happy to take a big break. I've got one map outstanding for a project where the lead isn't worried about releasing for years yet, and literally nothing else on my plate (courtesy of a mass project deletion a few months ago), so I should be in a good place to chill out.

    3. Use

      Use

      Take your time. You don't have to impress anyone! Least of all your fans (like me!). When I'm feeling ambivalent I like to step back and do something very different in the editor, like center a map design and combat around 1 weapon, or really throw gameplay on it's head and make a tyson map! When I go back to the big project I have renewed vision and maybe even some fresh ideas. 

    4. Phobus

      Phobus

      Thanks Use! That doodling in the editor on fun/throwaway ideas is a good way to ease the pressure and enjoy the process... I think that was always a draw of speed mapping. Making something crap or mean-spirited in a couple of hours is good, clean fun!

  3. I've decided that, rather than rush a map out for a deadline I'm not ready to meet, I shall instead celebrate 15 years of Doom stuff by cancelling all of my current projects (they're stored out of the way safely, for now). A nice clean slate to do my last couple of contributions for the year is a good enough gift to myself. Maybe I'll catch the anniversary next year instead.

    1. Biodegradable

      Biodegradable

      Any day a Phobus-flavoured map is completed is a good day.

  4. Hmm... 15th Anniversary of my first release is coming up in exactly 2 weeks. Is it time for a commemorative speed project?

  5. I've had a thought about a Persephone volume 4, as I've got a few years of mapping not covered by the current three volumes, including the bulk of my best work. Potential listing below:

    • MAP31: They Mostly Come At Night (Doomer Boards Project 17: Alone MAP02)
    • MAP32: Portal Facility (TNT: Revilution MAP20)

    • MAP33: Even in the Future Nothing Works! (DBP24: Spaceballs: The Sequel: The Quest for More DBP Maps MAP04)

    • MAP34: Get Up; Don't Stop (MAYhem 2020: Something, Something, Hindsight... MAP09)

    • MAP35: Ares Compound (Doomer Boards Project 01: Monuments of Mars MAP03)

    • MAP36: Blast Processing (Doomer Boards Project 18: UMBRAL PLATINUM MAP03)

    • MAP37: Winter Wonderland (Doomer Boards Project 19: A Doomer Boards Christmas Carol MAP10)

    • MAP38: Abdicate the Throne (Doomer Boards Project 23: Evil Egypt MAP12)

    • MAP39: Lost Temple (single release)

    • MAP40: For The Hell Of It (ZPack: Random Maps for ZDoom E2M0)

     

    It would be a lot of work to get those resources all together, but I could certainly manage it... Maybe something for later, if I still fancy the idea. I've had a second idea about a boiled-down "essentials" best-of that casts a much more critical eye over my history, which is a 13-map list that includes seven of those up there anyway, but wouldn't necessarily enforce pistol starts (and would probably work on Zandronum, as it wouldn't include Twisted Joke). Of course, any time spent on compiling old stuff stops me making new stuff, so that's also a consideration...

     

    I guess I like the idea of having all of my best work in one place that's easy to play through!

    1. Phobus

      Phobus

      I appreciate For The Hell Of It is in no way actually a good map, but it's very interesting and one of my very few proper "boss" maps.

  6. Just finished updating my portfolio folder on Google Drive for the first time in several months. I've used the default alphabetical sorting to highlight five projects above the rest of them. These are as follows:

    • Persephone (volumes 1-3 compilation) - my "best of" compilation for pre-2017
    • Doom II: 25 Years on Earth (One Year Late Edition) - the main highlight
    • Mini Doom
    • Winter Wonderland (from DBP19)
    • Abdicate the Throne (from DBP23)

    I've also removed any old WIP backup folders for released projects. I've tried to catch all of the Google Drive links this may have broken in my release and contribution threads, but some may be outstanding.

  7. A "State of the Phobus", if you will...

     

    I've been bogged down with unfinished projects for a while, having bursts of enthusiasm for different things. I've decided to fix that, so here's a quick run-down of what I'm up to:

    • Triacontathlon has been cancelled. I've mentioned it a lot over the years, but at 14 maps complete out of 30 after 6 years or so, it's not really going to get finished.
      • 6 of the more "traditional" maps have made it into Doom II: 25 Years on Earth, bringing that up to 26 maps complete
      • Lost Temple, the intended MAP29, has made it as a solo release because it's pretty hard compared to pretty much the entire 25 Years on Earth map set so far
      • I've got five other maps that are pretty gimmicky, and will get a select UMAPINFO port release shortly
      • 1 map has been retextured as a stocking-filler for DBP19, as it fits the project surprisingly well
    • Doom II: 25 Years on Earth has gained 6 maps, as mentioned above. These have slotted into the middle, as the high difficulty of Triacontathlon meant to that even the first 10 maps are still tough by 25 Years on Earth standards.
      • Some tweaking will be required to make these fit better - I've already done this for one map to make it quicker to play and a bit easier for the player
      • This leaves 6 maps left to make - MAP04 (which has a tentative start made), MAP05, MAP06, MAP13, MAP17 and MAP18 - I will attempt to do this in December
    • Persephone: Complete Edition has been cancelled. I've already compiled a volumes 1-3 .WAD file on my portfolio and the three /idgames volumes released should run together anyway.
      • For The Hell of It is already in ZPack and on my portfolio, so doesn't need to be included
      • Warpzone II and Warpzone 2019 Mix have been cancelled
        • Warpzone 2019 Mix is a niche idea that wouldn't get much traction
        • Warpzone II has been cut down and the better parts retextured for DBP18, which should be out soon. This map is nearly finished
    • Suicide MissionsDarkened Heart and Phobus Labs are three similar GZDoom projects for The Ultimate Doom that I'll be trimming down and combining to try and make a worth-while release. All three are stalled at low completion percentages, and also completely unknown. This will happen next year, once 25 Years on Earth is done.
    • I've cancelled Bigger Woodchip and Escalation III as well, as they never got going to begin with

    So, immediate plan... Finish my DBP18 map, release my collection of gimmicky challenge maps, make a dedicated DBP19 map, probably do the Hellforge Speedmapping second session and finish 25 Years on Earth... All before 2020. Sounds like a lot, but I think it's doable!

  8. Strangely upset for a second time to read through the memorable maps listing and runners up and not see myself on there once.

  9. A couple of years ago I wrote that I'd finished 9 maps for Triacontathlon. I'm currently up to 14, with two more in various states of progress. It's still slow going, and I'm bouncing between loads of projects, but I may actually see this through at some point! I'll probably hold off on the project thread until I think I'm getting close. Here's how the challenge listing looks so far:

    1. Tyson
    2. 25 monsters
    3. 512x512 (actually done twice, as the first attempt was pretty "meh")
    4. 1-hour speed map
    5. 50 monsters
    6. 2-hour speed map
    7. 10 sectors
    8. 1 monster type
    9. 1024x1024
    10. 100 monsters
    11. 5 rooms
    12. 2 monster types (in progress)
    13. 1 tag
    14. 4-hour speed map
    15. 2048x2048
    16. 200 monsters
    17. Grid 32
    18. 1 room (in progress)
    19. 150 monsters
    20. Monochrome
    21. 1 monster
    22. No monsters
    23. No pickups
    24. 10 textures/flats
    25. 512x2048
    26. 1500 lines
    27. Grid 64
    28. 3-hour speed map
    29. Grindmap
    30. 1024 monsters

    I'm working on a load of other interesting shit as well, but this is the only limit-removing map set I'm currently working on... Even then, it's limited to UMAPINFO ports.

    1. Ichor

      Ichor

      How about this:

       

      31. Double Trouble

      Map 1 - 1 monster

      Map 2 - 2 monsters

      Map 3 - 4 monsters

      Map 4 - 8 monsters

      Map 5 - 16 monsters

      .

      .

      .

      Map 14 - 8192 monsters

      Map 15 - 16384 monsters

      Map 16 - 32768 monsters

    2. Phobus

      Phobus

      I was thinking that wasn't a bad idea, but once you get over 4000 monsters the mapping would be ridiculous. To be honest, I struggled with making maps around the 1000 mark! Could be a fun experiment for if ever this one is done, though!

  10. Just uploaded and catalogued my WADs to a new central place:

    Phobus Portfolio

  11. Having renamed "Phobus Challenge Maps 1" to "Triacontathalon", I'm now up to 9/30 maps made. Doing the odd one every now and then is fun, but not enough to make me knuckle down and really start pushing for progress.

    1. Alfonzo

      Alfonzo

      Good to read that you're still plugging away in the wings, Phobus. Have always been a bit partial to your work!

    2. Fonze

      Fonze

      Seconded; it will be interesting and fun when you release these :)

    3. Phobus

      Phobus

      I find these positive responses very encouraging :) Maybe by the end of the year we'll see results!

  12. Because fuck office life, basically.

    It's looking good so far, with assessment three weeks off and me aiming for the Parachute Regiment. As they're about as hard to get into as you can manage without going into Selection for the SAS, even a near miss should mean I'm a shoo-in for my second choice, which is The Rifles.

    Could be the next 24 years of my life if I'm good at it and enjoy it. Plus my ambition of not having to deal with old age is more realistic, particularly with David Cameron chomping at the bit to get Britain back into a middle eastern quagmire.

    Just need to keep my laziness at bay for another three weeks and brush up on relevant knowledge and I should be OK.

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    2. Phobus

      Phobus

      Memfis said:

      I don't really know, what people do most of the time in the army when there is no war going on? Training?

      Maes has echoed what I've been told. Once we get through the initial 26-week training period, it's all about maintaining fitness and equipment, with chores and optional extra courses (which can range from parachuting to academic pursuits) either being thrown at you or offered. Ultimately, I'm going to be doing a 08:30-16:30, Monday-Friday job that enforces discipline and fitness, aside from any deployments, where it becomes 24/7 for 6 months or so, in exchange for an additional 40 days of leave and additional pay.

      Not a bad life, all told.

    3. Technician

      Technician

      Memfis said:

      I don't really know, what people do most of the time in the army when there is no war going on? Training?

      Drinking. My dad was pickled for twenty-five years.

    4. Linkrulezall
  13. I hate work, facing the future and all the time I spend on my own. I'd almost go as far as to say I hate life, but I think it's more the modern western lifestyle.

    So I woke up depressed today, like I do about once or twice a week. I doubt I'll actually kill myself any time soon, but I worked out who I'd notify, what I'd say (I'm torn between proper spilling my heart and just leaving some kind of quip as my final words), how I'd get my finances in order and let my boss know not to expect me in ever again.

    The hard part is the actual suicide, IMO. I know a few obvious methods, but that's a lot of cleaning for some poor sod if you jump in front of a train (plus there'll be a lot of delayed people like me cursing me for a selfish bastard) or throw yourself from your 20th floor flat window. If I wasn't British I'd probably make use of the frequent firearms in various parts of the world, but I am, so I'll either have to slit something or go for a needle to a vein with only air in. I'd like to think I'll have a crap first so my death is less messy, seeing as I envisage this being a well-prepared affair rather than a spur-of-the-moment, emotionally driven kind of deal.

    I'm airing this to you lot as I imagine it's more upsetting for friends, family or colleagues. The way I see the remaining 50-60 years of my natural lifespan, my suicide is only a matter of time. Frankly I'm not even that upset - more resigned in the acceptance that I simply don't want to live.

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    2. printz

      printz

      TheCupboard said:

      d) drop acid

      Pardon my assumption, but isn't that similar to getting drunk? Isn't that known to be too easy and in the end unhelpful?

    3. Cupboard

      Cupboard

      It is not similar to getting drunk because alcohol manifests itself as poison. It is very easy to take, easier than a pill, even. Does it help? Maybe not. You might feel better or think differently though. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychedelic_therapy

      I would strongly recommend psychoanalytic therapy before using chemicals like that.

    4. Clonehunter

      Clonehunter

      Phobus said:

      This was sufficiently different enough an idea that I've found out about some auditions for an amateur production of Much Ado About Nothing tomorrow evening about 5 minutes away from where I'm staying. Don't really know about the play, but I'll give it a go.

      Edit: scratch that, turns out there's a lot more to auditioning than merely turning up. I might go along tomorrow to see how it's done, but I don't believe I have the time to learn a monologue or whatever else they need in one evening.


      Yah, generally you audition with some monolouge. It can be anything, really. For example, I was in a drama class and we had to do mock auditions, and I decided to go with this:



      It was a contest, and I won. I don't know what else they'd have you do, so who knows. It could be fun though.

  14. ... And I've realised that, basically, they're unplayable shit. I like them because I know them and have a full understanding of what was going through my mind when I made them, but there is no reason why anybody else should play them.

    This is specifically for Scourge and Warpzone. As I've never really thought this stuff through before, I figured I'd indulge in a post-mortem. As I can't imagine my rambling tl;dr (and it definitely will be both of those things) will interest anybody other than me, I've opted to stick it here in blogs rather than put it in the main forum. Here goes...

    ==========================================

    My main observation was that, in my ignorant naivety of the wider Doom community and it's products, 10-15 y/o me was basically reinventing the mid '90s, right down to big chunky sector furniture, nonsensical, opaque progression and rampant but entirely impotent imagination. Chuck in my fascination with the "newly discovered" jumping ZDoom 1.22b offered when I found it in a rare foray online and you've got a very uneven, mostly poor playing experience. I like that I had the ideas and was so keen to chuck them all into DEU 2 (and later Doom Builder, at MAP18 of Scourge and onwards), but I definitely needed more experience.

    Likewise, I like that I put new artwork in them. Yes, the INTERPIC for Scourge is hilariously bad, but the TITLEPIC for both projects is serviceable, in an MSPaint-y kind of way (I'm pretty proud of the meteor strike on the Scourge TITLEPIC, even if the base and cliff are piss-poor). The Armoured Baron from MAP31 of Scourge is a pretty minor edit and I only fucked up the face on the A1 sprite (since rectified in other distributions of the monsters) whilst the Ignis Locus in Warpzone is pretty original, even if the from-scratch sprites are pretty poor.

    Special touches like the MAPINFO and scripted "credits" map in Scourge, plus the invisible pickup that snatches all of your cells (and some) in Warpzone also things I'm glad I did. The absence of music in Scourge was relatively wise, as putting on your own in the background works... I rather misused Tom_D's cool metal track in Warpzone though, as it definitely isn't intended to be heard on loop for over an hour straight...


    ==========================================

    Anyway, on to the bulk of the offering - the maps!

    Scourge basically splits into 5 chunks, so I'll analyse those:
    MAP01-MAP06 - I think I'd just finished learning all the technical stuff from Hank Leukart's Hacker's Guide to Doom and wanted to make a series of levels. Each map leads on from the last to an extent, aside from the transition from MAP05-MAP06. The "story" is goofy, but did allow me to frequently change setting (something I do still to this day). I'd say these maps show a lot of beginner-isms, what with the inescapable damaging pits, very "broad-strokes" visuals that just about do the job and simple play and progression. Overstocking is a major problem, as is the start of MAP04 with it's convoluted spiral-descent thing where you have to start again at the top (and press the switch twice) every time you fall over the side, all with a load of crushers on the stairs and some very damaging lava at the bottom.

    Highlights here include a giant, surprisingly lethal horde of zombiemen in MAP06 that is a lot of fun to chaingun; and MAP05 is kind of fun, even though it mostly looks like arse (I kind of like the outdoors bit). Lowlights are basically all of MAP04 and things like difficult-to-hit Revenants in MAP02 and inescapable pits in MAP01.

    MAP07-MAP14 - Very conceptual here, but with a greater overall competence. This section is where I started bouncing off of the limits of DEU 2 and really experimenting. This means MAP07 has a poisonous atmosphere in all caves and the starting room, MAP08 is all about pushing through foliage in an outside area, MAP09 is mostly dark and centred around a pit, MAP10 has you approaching the least well-realised castle in the history of Doom, MAP11 sports a bullshit Indiana Jones jumping sequence (followed by crushers), MAP12 features a dichotomous secret, MAP13 is all about the build-up to the second cyberdemon encounter of the map and MAP14 has a very dark building that can be lit in a couple of ways (all in aid of raising a really big bridge to access a flood of Demons).

    The problem here is that a lot of these creative ideas (and others not mentioned) aren't executed particularly well, will probably be frustrating and are in very 90's maps that have lots of square rooms, symmetry and thin corridors. On the flip side, texturing is surprisingly consistent for me through this bit and the fights don't tend to be too bad (then again, it is Doom still). Secrets are fairly varied here, but usually just leave the player with stacks of health, armour and ammo, or supply things that aren't particularly useful (like a chaingun just before a Spider Mastermind fight, in MAP08).

    I'd say the gunplay in certain parts of each map here is probably the highlight, whilst the lowlights really stand out, like the nonsensical way you get into the main part of MAP12, the afore-mentioned jumping sequence in MAP11 (and stuff like the blue skull needing to be jumped at). This'd probably be a fair source of ideas to reuse if I were to do another "Coils of the Twisted Tale"-style project (which used a checklist of ideas from my Old Map Compilation) but is probably the most likely part of the map set to stop the average player in their tracks.

    MAP15-MAP17 - Here I'm aware of the limits and am consciously working within them to produce better quality stuff. However, I'm also joining sectors on either side of doors, still putting in plus-size sector furniture and, particularly in MAP15, having a lot of square rooms linked by narrow corridors. I'm pretty proud of the puzzles MAP15 and MAP17 have (for the secret exit and to cross the nukage respectively), although MAP17's one is pretty damn opaque. MAP16 probably plays the best out of these three, with Doom E2-style monster usage (with chaingunners and Hellknights) through most of the map and a reasonable teleporting horde at the end of the main tunnel. However, MAP16 and, to a much worse extent, MAP17, misuse barrels and do have a couple of rooms just stuffed full of enemies that are only really going to kill each other. I was definitely picking up some stuff from Evilution here, but not much of it good, IMO.

    Aside from the visuals, which largely need work, I'd consider this a reasonable baseline for quality if I were to do a simple one-man-megaWAD again in the future.

    MAP18-MAP21 - Having discovered Doom Builder and the practically unlimited editing ability that it and ZDoom 2.0.63a seemed to offer me, I immediately set about making larger maps. Theming here is all over the place, but with more architectural complexity than before, so the overall aesthetic was improved, I'd say. MAP18 makes use of secret tunnels and ways around monsters, which was a fairly interesting experiment, although it also is a fairly square sprawl of a techbase (more TNT influence, I'd suspect). MAP19 is remarkably big and goes from a reasonably clean techbase layout filled with ideas to a large Hell section that progresses through a few themes, whilst MAP20 is full-on progression through Hell (pretty much a continuation of MAP19) and MAP21 is sort-of an Icon of Sin battle, but really just a switch hunt with an Icon spewing twin sets of spawn cubes out in the background. I'm pretty proud of these maps, even though they do have some odd scaling issues and still have a few naff ideas.

    Highlights are the final battle on MAP20 (a slaughter that is built up to in a revisited area) and the reasonable visuals for MAP21, I think. Lowlights would be the "turn on the lights" room in MAP20 (the damaging flickering light sector on the switch that you go there for isn't great, either) and the stupid maze in MAP18... A lot of the conceptual stuff in MAP19's techbase section definitely isn't worth having, too.

    MAP31 - hyper-detailed (by my standards) but plays like crap, with lots of little bits to snag on, mostly cramped rooms and very dense monster placement. The final switch puzzle is pretty sadistic too. I suppose the odd room probably looks good, rather than cluttered, and the Armoured Barons at least make it interesting, but I'd probably say this is better off skipped.

    In summary, Scourge is a lot of ideas (some good, some not) and mostly poor execution. The mostly bite-sized maps and pretty easily overcome resistance would probably be good were it not for all of the other obstacles to progress.


    ==========================================

    Warpzone was originally made as Scourge MAP31 (my "bigger is better" obsession in DB had really gotten out of hand here) but was replaced with a new crappy map focused around teleporting so that this could be polished up and improved a bit from what it was (yep, this map used to be worse than it is now!). I'd say the major flaw with this map is that it was built entirely for looks and then I tried to shoehorn game play in afterwards. Some bits didn't suffer too badly (although are largely too densely populated for the weapon availability) whilst others, particularly the monorail station bit near the end, flow like treacle as a result.

    Again, some bits look good, others have chunky sector furniture and other bits are just cluttered to all hell - for example the bit you access through the red key switches is barely navigable. Speaking of navigation, the central hub is kind of helpful, although it is remarkably easy to miss some of the triggers that move the "objective markers" up and down and it is very easy to get all the way through hell only to find the final bit is locked off because you didn't do the entire southern techbase first... Which means you've got to do that damn jumping bit again. However, if you want a rocket launcher you're going to hell and trying not to blow yourself up on the ambush that triggers.

    We've got enemies rising out of solid floors, big areas packed with enemies, small areas stuffed with enemies, tiny little corridors that are constant streams of light resistance, a cyberdemon you'll probably be taking down with the chaingun and single-barrelled shotgun, a Spider Mastermind that will probably do nothing useful, if it even teleports in at all and shed-loads of enemies hidden away in little nooks and crannies. This one mixes style-over-substance with a very 90's mentality WRT progression and some inadvisable stinginess with weaponry.

    ==========================================

    So what can I take away from all this? Well, basically that my two most-ambitious-projects-ever were undertaken way too early and really suck as a result. I know I can do ideas and I know I'm both technically capable and a lot more experienced with producing game play these days, so maybe I owe it to myself to get a new 20+ map episode out into the world and perhaps a megamap or two (the Escalation series will cover the latter). Maybe I should go limit removing with said megaWAD to make it less prone to wild ideas and an extended development cycle...


    Well, if anybody made it through all of this, well done, I guess! Thanks for taking the time to hear an old hand ramble on about what forms his experience today. Maybe we'll see a Phobus megaWAD worth downloading some day.

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    2. Phobus

      Phobus

      Whilst you're not wrong, checking my release threads and the /idgames archive demonstrates that I don't get much, if any, feedback whether I release my maps or not!

      As a result, I've been running under the assumption that I've been producing inoffensive, unremarkable, average maps for years, that have a few fans, a few detractors and spend their lives mostly unplayed.

    3. traversd

      traversd

      Heh - I'm not sure specifically when the doomworld idgames page was created that allowed ratings/comments but either way my early stuff has got years on your Phobus and most of your releases on idgames have more comments/votes than all mine put together haha ;)

      In fact I suspect some of the entries with single votes are a friend of mine - increasing the gap even further!

      At any rate whilst I agree seeing someone play your map is a big hoot. The hobby/passtime of making it is where the real fun is (IMO).

      "inoffensive, unremarkable, average maps for years, that have a few fans, a few detractors and spend their lives mostly unplayed" I could live with that :)

      It is something no one will likely ever know (unless the major ports have been recording stats!), but it would really be interesting to get a semi-accurate idea of just how many times any particular pwad has been played. The figure might surprise you!

    4. 40oz

      40oz

      I should probably confess that I play tons of wads without bothering myself to make a single review or vote or any piece of feedback whatsoever. Even wads I really really like that I recommend to people all the time don't even have a single word comment or idgames rating or anything from me.

      I'm not boycotting or anything I just don't have the time or interest to make people aware of what I think about it, or my thoughts are too disheveled for me to find any satisfaction in taking the time to form them into words or a single rating. Wads are very easy to pick up and play and I'd estimate that for any review or vote a wad gets, its probably been played ten times, exponentially so depending on its age and the better reviews. I play wads especially when they're described as average or bad so I can learn how to make things extraordinary. I tend to find entertainment in almost any doom wad no matter how lousy.

  15. I don't blog often. When I do it's usually negative (although I'd like to think it's not quite the pages of unjustifiable/teenaged angst some blogs are) and this one is no exception :D

    I've got an office job. Specifically I'm a Management Information Analyst/Developer (see, it doesn't even sound interesting). I've been here for about 5 months and, before I got made redundant at the start of April, I had an MI Analyst role at a different company for about 15 months before this one. It is mind-numbingly boring. So boring I'm in fact blogging about it just to relieve the boredom for a couple of minutes. So boring, in fact, that I've muddled through some of the hideous crap other people have blogged in the last 2-3 pages, despite being painfully disinterested in what they had to say and actually kind of angry/despairing by turns.

    I'd do something about it if I hadn't just gotten the job this year. In fact, when my contractual obligations dry up (I believe my rather nice studio flat in central Liverpool is anchoring me in place until mid-2014) I intend to get back on the job market and find a job I don't hate. For balance, I like living in Liverpool and being near to my mates in the North West is fantastic, so compared to my previous job (where I lived in a retirement village in the arse-end of nowhere, just outside Cambridge) this is definitely an improvement in overall life. The money is also pretty awesome, given I'm 23, although I think I may actually be slightly poorer in terms of disposable income due to renting a flat rather than sub-letting (like I was in my last job), or mooching off my dad, which I'm loathe to do as he's definitely supported me enough by now!

    So, who else doesn't like their job? What, if given to idle fantasy, would you rather be doing? Personally, I think I just strongly dislike all work, but I kind of want to do something physical... I keep thinking Army, much as my mum would rather I didn't. If I had one of those lottery wins (which would be a shock, given I buy no tickets!) I'd definitely never work another day in my life and embark on a wonderful adventure around the world that would probably end very ignobly.

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    2. GooberMan

      GooberMan

      I work in an office.

      I also have an Xbox One devkit on my desk.

      Take that as you will.

    3. Melon

      Melon

      I remember my time as a pensions actuary (well, actuarial assistant, I never qualified as a chartered actuary) and it was dull as shit. Paid really well, but I couldn't bear it after 2 and a half years and just quit. Actuarial is an excellent and well paid job if you like it, but if you don't, it's absolute hell.

      So now I'm back at Uni doing an Offshore and Ocean Technology master's degree. I'm the only guy with a background in finance in a room full of engineers.

    4. SavageCorona

      SavageCorona

      esselfortium said:

      I wish I had a job.


      Fixed for my current situation.

  16. 2013 has been an odd year for me. I've barely touched Doom at all (2012 wasn't dissimilar on that front, to be honest), but far more importantly I've been made redundant and found a new job. I've not had an official contract saying a definite start date just yet, but it's looking to be Monday 13th. I'll be working for Yodel up in Liverpool doing loads of stuff with OBIEE and their legacy systems. It's about 5 grand more than the previous job earned me and, thanks to how my redundancy pay worked out, I've basically earned an extra month's salary this year overall, with an extra 1.5 months of holiday too. Not a bad deal, all told :P


    As for the stuff you are presumably more interested in... I don't think I have the drive for Doom mapping any more. I've got loads of WIP maps in various states of completion, for ZDoom and limit-removing projets (mostly my own, but a few community efforts too) with a lot of cancellations over the last year or two, but essentially no enthusiasm for any of them. Just now I opened a map to do a proof-of-concept for my MAYhem 2013 idea and almost instantly realised that I knew it would work and can't be bothered to see it through.

    The idea was that, now my life is seeing some stability and certainty once more I'd be able to pick up some hobbies again. You know, play games more (which I've certainly been doing), read some books, keep up with some of my favourite shows, get back to the gym (I'll want to move to Liverpool first for this one) and find a creative outlet. It appears Doom is unlikely to be that creative outlet.

    I think I need a new challenge. Turns out that, after 80 maps or so over 10 years, it just doesn't seem to be as exciting as it was, even with all of the stuff ZDoom has to offer or the limitations to push in Boom, limit-removing or vanilla projects.

    Maybe I've got some more maps in me, maybe not. I'm just really not feeling it and figured you guys might be the ones to discuss with.

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    2. TwinBeast

      TwinBeast

      I got the same problem.. start project, then lose interest in about a week. Well, during this summer, I'm not going to bother with any projects, or wonder if I still want to do them later. Maybe better is to just work on single map projects that can be finished in a few days.

    3. Jodwin

      Jodwin

      ArmouredBlood said:

      That's how I've been doing the last year or two. No big ideas, no drive to finish that last large map, just a casual interest in doom. I'm just going to say it's a bit of a break and as long as I return from time to time I won't get out of mapping completely.

      Well, since we're all being doomy and gloomy I'll say...thirded.

      @Creaphis: But wouldn't DW as a collective entity want people to say they're leaving, if that means it'll be even more likely for them to come back and make more maps? ;)

    4. j4rio

      j4rio

      Technician said:

      If I ever "simply disappear," I'm probably dead.


      Makes you wonder how many people who disappeared without a word are already, well, dead.

  17. ... to go and get a more interesting job (and indeed, life) than my current (rather boring, although comfortable) one.

    The more negative is that I'll be made redundant in the near future (I'm one of the 67 in Cambridge). We were told to keep this quiet, but as it's on the news (I've had people outside the company telling me they know why I'm suddenly job hunting) I figured I might as well mention it here too.

    You may find I get a bit intermittent over the next couple of months, as I'll be dedicating a lot of my free time to making sure I have somewhere to go when free time would otherwise not be an issue :P The good news is that I'm already getting leads and seem to know a lot of people who know people/companies/places that I could/should go, so optimism is my current note.


    tl;dr: Dat economy...

    1. Grazza

      Grazza

      At least you're in an excellent location to look for a tech job - or indeed a job of any type.

    2. Phobus

      Phobus

      Indeed - although oddly enough, so far everything that'd been mentioned has been in other areas. Sheffield, London and even Dorset being the main ones to pop up so far. I'm very happy to go to the work though - the change of scenery and possibly moving near people I know would be welcome.

    3. DoomUK

      DoomUK

      Losing one's job is a terrible inconvenience, even if you seem to have a positive attitude about it. I hope that you find something else better swiftly.

      I can't say I'm surprised by the demise of Play.com as a retailer, though. In it's early days it competed with the behemoth that is Amazon quite well, in regards to the prices of things. But recently it's been just as economical to shop on Amazon, which also has a much wider range of products.

  18. I'm going to be 23 on the 15th! So young, but it feels so old...

    Figured I'd get it up a few days early as I had a birthday meal with some family members yesterday evening and it gives people more time if they feel I deserve a birthday map this year ;)

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    2. Lizardcommando

      Lizardcommando

      Happy birthday Phobus! Keep on Doomin'!

    3. Tristan

      Tristan

      Happy birthday Phobus!


      PS: Am I the only doomer not born in October/November?

    4. Phobus

      Phobus

      And there we are - actually 23 now :O

  19. I'm not sure how well known this is, but 4 months ago my girlfriend (of 7 months) left the country to go back home to the United Arab Emirates. As she was just here for one year to do a third year of her degree, that makes perfect sense. Now, because we'd gone and gotten really attached we didn't break it off. We were both upset enough at the airport as it was afterall.

    We'd worked out a few plans to go and see eachother. Her plan of coming back to do a Master's after earning money for a year has fallen through as she's now serving as her parents' retirement fund along with her sister (apparantly that's how things are done in Indian families). My main hope was to get a Scholarship to the University of Bolton's Ras-Al Khaimah Campus, where I'd spend a year within 80 miles of where she lives in Sharjah.

    Just found out today, after what amounts to around 3 whole months of waiting, that I came a close second. I don't think I can accurately decribe how this has made me feel at the moment.

    All that time spent staying in touch, all the hard work I've put in and now I've been told I'm just not quite good enough to get a second year with her. Yeah there's a load of other shit to do with the actual scholarship, but the thing is I was almost the ideal candidate for that. Al-fucking-most.


    Guess I'll save up for a holiday and get a last week or two with her so we can give up on good terms.

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    2. Phobus

      Phobus

      Yeah - she'd definitely enjoyed a lot more freedom as a student in the UK than she ever had in the UAE.


      No idea when (or even if, really) I'll end up going out to see her that one last time now, as we've hit a couple of practical snags at her end concerning jobs and the like. She would like me to come at some point, but she feels she needs a job first as money would quickly become an issue if she can't help her sister with supporting their parents. Still we'll wait and see. Definitely not going to be going long distance again any time soon though - even the one time I did it across the length of the UK didn't work very well!

    3. deathbringer

      deathbringer

      Ironically I ended up with a girlfriend in Japan because I didn't want to do "the long distance thing" and get a boyfriend in Scotland. She was right there at the time!
      Moral: Think with your passport and not your dick. Though the Scottish guy later moved to Holland which is of course sooo much further.

    4. DuckReconMajor

      DuckReconMajor

      Phobus said:

      I'm not sure how well known this is, but 4 months ago my girlfriend (of 7 months) left the country to go back home to the United Arab Emirates.

      god damn shit ass motherfucker im not going to read the rest of your post im just going to say why didnt you go back with her and ride Formula Rossa? DUMBASS

  20. I'm in my final year of a course entitled "Computer Games Software Development" at the University of Bolton. I've got about 4 weeks left to get a game in, and naturally, I've been making a simple FPS. It's got to be in full 3D, got to use a shader and some middleware other than the rendering one. There's obviously a few other points on the project specification, and I'm working to fulfill most of them. My portfolio has a selection of my best work from prior years, and I'm hoping to emulate the relative success I had with Assignment 2: The Game, and then go way above and beyond.

    The linked video shows where I am so far. Information on what is going on and what I'm still planning to do are in the description for the video.



    Whilst this is still very in-development, and quite primitive too, it's a healthy dose of progress for me, so I thought I'd show it off. Models and materials are all stock OGRE stuff ATM. I canned the use of PhysX a month or two ago as it was causing a lot of headaches. The game uses a combination of new code and rewritten code from A2:TG. Once I've got a GUI in, I'll only need to make a couple of more complex levels to already have a better game (from a technical stand-point) than A2:TG, which is all quite exciting for me!

    Anyway, enjoy :)

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    2. Phobus

      Phobus

      Quite an impressive start - I can see plenty of potential for a cool 3D tank game from there. Collision detection seemd pretty solid, and all the tank animation stuff worked nicely. Looks a good one to develop into a portfolio piece, if you have the time :)

    3. DuckReconMajor

      DuckReconMajor

      Thanks.

      When I tried to run your Action Hero! game, it just crashes :(

    4. Phobus

      Phobus

      Hmm... that's unencouraging. I'll have to investigate into what could cause that - particularly as it does work on the machines I've tried it on.

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