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  1. Doomworld and Reddit have different flavors of vapid discussion. Here, instead of rip and tear and animal crossing memes you'll get endless variations of "What is your favorite monster/what is the worst port/what is the most overrated wad etc etc" created every week. Though with plenty of other interesting discussions too, of course.
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    Which iWAD map has the most unfitting music?

    E2M3 for reusing the intermission music. It's jarring hearing the intermission music restart when you enter the level and then restart again when you leave it. I have to think that the music was originally designed for a level and was given to the intermission screen later (in spite of the name of the track being "Intermission from Doom").
  3. If you're lazy like me, instant pop-up traps are generally a lot easier to set up and more reliable than teleport traps. Sink the sector(s) containing monsters far into the ground, and don't texture the sides of the pit, so it will appear to be completely flat ground at surface level. Make the player pass line type 19 and the pit will instantly rise and surprise the players, no matter how deep it is. Unlike teleport traps, the monsters will also play their wake up sound. You can't use these traps for every situation (for example for areas you need to pass through multiple times), but it's a useful tool in the mapper's arsenal.
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    Gave this a shot because I like these kind of short and sweet maps, and overall it's quite good. Visually it's very tidy, with clean vanilla detailing that I like, though maybe it's a bit square in parts. You can feel the Scythe influence in the early maps, being short and sweet techbases with few higher tier monsters, but after around map 4 or so your individual style becomes a lot more prominent (which is also good). The new map 7 is quite difficult and maybe packed a little too densely with hitscanners. I was able to beat map 26 on HMP but not UV because I ran out of ammo.
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    24 carat speed- A limit-removing megawad!

    I gave the first few maps a try. Overall, it kind of shows that they are speedmaps, but they aren't bad. Map 1 was the weakest of what I played, looking like a decent beginner map with some unnecessary Barons. The shrunk Hell Knights are cute, though I feel that just draws more attention to how Barons have too much HP while being not much of a threat. I liked the Episode 1-ish style to Map 3, though some of the hallways are a little plain.
  6. I see. I compared it to GZDoom where that Mastermind woke up immediately upon getting close and seemed to block me much earlier, but I hadn't considered that it was GZDoom that had non-vanilla collision behaviour.
  7. I don't know if this happened with the Deathless update or now, but the Spiderdemon's collision size seems to be massively reduced. Not only can you get much closer, but you can also literally run against her back and she wont wake up. Generally this will be a quality of life increase, but it could introduce problems down the line because her huge size was sometimes used to block enemies or progression.
  8. This is looking like a really nice way to play vanilla/limit removing wads, even on pc. If support keeps up and adoption improves, it might be worthwhile to test future projects for compatibility with this port.
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    DB family comparison

    I've been using GZDB for vanilla(ish) mapping, and hadn't heard of DBX. What advantages does it have for mapping in the original formats?
  10. Final version is now on idgames: https://www.doomworld.com/idgames/levels/doom2/Ports/g-i/glaive2 This includes another rework of the final fight (it's a bit more elegant than the last version) and a few changes to Map 5.
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    Cheapest Traps in the IWADS?

    The slow crusher in Map 19 has caught me a few times.
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    How do you plan or design wads?

    It helps me to decide on a basic layout first, then map it out in basic blocks in the editor. I tend to give up on maps much sooner if I make detailed rooms 1 by 1 without having an idea of how it progresses.
  13. That's true, Romero said he was the one who programmed the editor, so it makes sense that he would create actions he needed for a specific scenario, while also creating some actions because he thought they night have some use eventually.
  14. Doom 2 added 38 new linedef actions for level designers to use, and I would say many of them are important for giving Doom 2 its 'feel'. The new 'fast' or 'blazing' doors and lifts help to increase the speed of the game compared to its predecessor and amplify the difficulty of many traps. I was curious of just how often these new actions were used throughout the game and decided to waste a few hours of my Saturday writing this up. Maybe this has been done before, but I couldn't find it all in one place. If you're unfamiliar with map editing, 'wr' means walkover repeatable, 'w1' means a walkover action that can only happen once, 'sr' means a repeatable switch, etc. First, we have the new linedef actions that went completely unused for whatever reason: 107 wr door close fast 108 w1 door open wait close fast 111 s1 door open wait close fast 113 s1 door close fast 121 w1 lift fast 122 s1 lift fast 128 wr floor to higher adjacent floor 129 wr floor to higher floor fast 130 w1 floor to higher floor fast 132 sr floor to higher floor fast 133 s1 door blue open stay fast Next we have the actions that were used only in one map. Can you remember where? 99 sr door blue open stay fast - only in Map 4 100 w1 stairs raise by 16 - only in Map 9 110 w1 door close fast - only in Map 27 116 sr door close fast - only in Map 26 124 w1 exit secret - only in Map 15 125 w1 teleport monsters - only in Map 8 131 s1 floor to higher floor fast - only in Map 29 134 sr door red open stay fast - only in Map 4 135 s1 door red open stay fast - only in Map 2 137 s1 door yellow open stay fast - only in Map 15 140 s1 floor up 512 - only in Map 30 141 w1 crusher silent - only in Map 4 Now we have the actions that were only used in 2 maps 127 s1 stairs raise by 16 - Map 15, 21 136 sr door yellow fast - Map 4, 6 138 sr light 255 - Map 4, 28 139 sr light 35 - Map 4, 28 3 maps: 106 wr door open stay fast - Map 5, 15, 16 112 s1 door close fast - Map 9, 17, 27 Now we have the more common/useful actions. 105 wr door open wait close fast - used in 6 maps 109 w1 door open stay fast - used in 16 maps 114 sr door fast - used in 10 maps 115 sr door open stay fast - used in 4 maps 117 dr door open wait close fast - used in 12 maps 118 d1 door open wait close fast - used in 4 maps 119 w1 floor to higher adjacent floor - used in 5 maps 120 wr lift fast - used in 9 maps 123 sr lift fast - used in 13 maps 126 wr teleport monsters only - used in 4 maps Now some trivia: Maps 1, 7, 13, 18, 19, 24 and 31 don't use any of the new actions. They all happen to be Sandy maps. American McGee and Romero were seemingly more familiar or open to experimenting with the new features. American in particular loved fast doors, and his map 4 contains a bunch of one or two-off gimmicks such as the light level changes, and silent crushers acting as the window shutters. *apologies for any minor errors in this post. It's possible I glossed over some actions somewhere