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  1. joepallai

    What are you listening to?

    I've been on a 1000mods kick for a while now:
  2. The biggest tip I learn back in the 90's was save often.
  3. So I've managed to make 1 sector during the past month.   One freaking sector; and it's not even connected to anything yet.    Just been busy with work, I guess; at least I've played more than I've edited for a change.      

     

    I've finally figured out my next move on the techbase I've been reworking.   For the blue key switch that lowers the platform to allow access; I'll add a teleporter that lowers with the switch in the same room (I know--it's revolutionary)(well to be honest, in the old days I'd have the player walk back to the blue key dealing with monster closets that lowered with the blue key).   

  4. joepallai

    Melee combat in old FPSes

    @Cherno that looks amazing and I loved the game that inspired this so I am looking forward to this when it comes out!
  5. What I've contributed to (plus my earlier single releases)
  6. for me it would have been played a couple of times before making room for the next big rpg. It's all about user-made content and exploring other people's ideas.
  7. need to revisit Slayer

    1. Reelvonic

      Reelvonic

      im not a fan of slayer.

      too agressive for me

    2. joepallai

      joepallai

      some days I need just that, but I generally go slightly more casual with mapsets like Slayer on the upper end of my skill level

  8. joepallai

    Good non mega wads to try out?

    Syringe Hellrun2 (always a favorite of mine) Dark Covenant Flay the Obscene series Coffee Break Death Tormention episodes NoSun series
  9. joepallai

    What are you playing now?

    Just finished playing through maps 10 - 12 of Dark Covenant and it was a great mapset overall. A couple of the earlier maps didn't age too well, but overall this was a fantastic overlooked mapset from the classic era of Doom mapping. Not sure what I'll play next, probably something newer or do a bunch of single levels.
  10. joepallai

    What are you listening to?

    just stumbled onto this:
  11. A bookstore that only carries self-help books.
  12. joepallai

    What are you playing now?

    Still dying to Map09 of Dark Covenant...stupid revenant rocket in the last room got me this time. Good map overall, classic styled '96 map. Looking forward to the last two maps after I beat this one.
  13. joepallai

    What are you listening to?

    I need to listen to this album again...so good.
  14. joepallai

    what are you working on? I wanna see your wads.

    @ketmar really cool lateral moving platform you got there. Never thought I'd see stuff like this in Doom
  15. joepallai

    What are you playing now?

    Went back to Dark Covenant, finally got past Map 07 from a pistol start and then blew through Map 08 and ended up getting killed on Map09. Really liking the second half more than the first (Map 03 is still brilliant). Took a break from that and played The Rabbit Hole by Michael "Prower" Reed. Pretty good '95 level with some visual bugs and ugly texturing in spots--fun level though, with a great set piece in the NE section of the map. Lotta fun in that section and mappers could learn a thing or two there; I'm definitely going to re-examine that area as it was an intense rolling fight for me. Overall I'd give it a 4 out of 5.
  16. joepallai

    Ask John Romero Questions

    What game do you look at and think, "Wish I had made that"?
  17. joepallai

    all time best wads or hiden gems

    Older hidden gems: Outpost21, Dark Covenant, Osiris, Hellrun2, Castle of Evil Newer hidden gems: Reverie, Bond of Hatred, Syringe (there's a ton of good, newer stuff--the problem is that it all just blends into one another since the overall quality of the newer stuff is that much higher than the older stuff).
  18. joepallai

    Any Night Shift Workers?

    I did 30 years of nights before my promotion in January and personally I loved it; though I'm a night person by nature, so take that with a grain of salt. Best advice I can give is try to eat dinner by 9PM, otherwise you risk getting use to eating late which isn't good on your body. (I still never followed this one completely and had a snack when I got home since my job was very physical). My food schedule went like this: breakfast 11AM, lunch 1PM, dinner/lunch 6PM, snack/breakfast between 12am- 3am depending how late I worked. For sleep, try to fall asleep before birds begin to wake up (4AM) otherwise earplugs are your friend (cuts out on school buses, garbage trucks, birds, etc.). Heavy curtains also help when trying to sleep. Also, don't listen to dayshifters question you on why you go to bed so late, none of them go to bed at 6PM after their job is over; you're going to need an hour or two to wind down once you get home.
  19. joepallai

    What Video Game Are You Currently Playing?

    lately the only thing I've been playing is Doom...pretty bored of my XBox right now
  20. joepallai

    What is your favorite map, that you made

    Thanks Paul!
  21. joepallai

    What is your favorite map, that you made

    Dementia is probably my all time favorite level that I did; I like it enough that I started making an episode inspired by that one level's theme. Everything else is okay, but doesn't hold the same draw that Dementia does for me (what can I say, I'm a sucker for GSTONE and Orange skies).
  22. I really hate when I get too clever for my own good; it just leads to endless headaches during playtesting.  You'd think I would have learned by now....

    1. joepallai

      joepallai

      Welcome @Reelvonic 

      Here's the most recent update to what was originally planned to be Map06 of PUREDOOM.   The biggest change is I'm now using DBX2 due to a random windows update preventing GZDoombuilder from loading maps into Doom from the editor.   

       

      Also started working the NE area again since I had a random idea that wasn't too terrible.   This should allow me to connect the two sections easily in that area and have a decent weapon/powerup as a reward for the area.   Thinking the reward should be enough for the player to last long enough to reach the yellow key via the middle building.

       

      Enough rambling...

       

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  23. joepallai

    Do you prefer huge non-linear maps or smaller ones?

    I love the sense of adventure a large non-linear map provides, but I like short punchy levels too. It all depends on my mood that day.
  24. joepallai

    Vintage Doomworld from the 90s

    that brings back memories...
  25. joepallai

    Making combat fun and dynamic

    Just discovered this thread and found it interesting. So my two cents.... Making combat fun, for me, involves applying pressure to the player until they nearly bite off more than they can chew and still somehow find the means to survive and beat back the odds. This involves providing adequate space and cover for multiple sets of enemies that activate at different times; preferably while the first set of monsters is still active. In my view it is only unfair if there isn't enough resources, cover or space; and it doesn't necessarily have to be available to the player immediately, they might have to run for their life and come back later. I prefer to have the player start combat with enemies from 3 directions, then as they move they open themselves up to a new attack from the 4th direction as they become visible to the monsters; for example, high up on a ledge from behind but deaf so that they don't activate until in the monster's sightline. Staging the monsters is key and requires a mixture of deaf/non-deaf monsters spaced out in small groups that engage the player at different times or in different attack forms. Variety is all-important here; you don't want your mixtures of monsters to be all of one type, throw in a couple of small nuisance monsters with your hordes; or have a rev/imp/spectre party set facing the party while a pack of imps attack from the left and a mancubus/caco team on a ledge attacks from the right. Force the player to make tactical choices and give them the tools to do it. The use of hazards comes into play here, as does forcing the player to choose sub-optimal weapons against mixed hordes. Also, I find it critical that a small percentage of your enemies are given free range over large sections of the map; so that even players well versed in the map (primarily you as lead tester) never become too bored with the combat situations, because of the few random encounters throughout the map. Finally you need to occasionally give the player a free "gift" in the form of a helpless gib-able monster standing too close to a barrel (of course if that's tied in to a monster teleporter closet via sound propagation that's even better).
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