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  1. I'm one of those fans who did not mind the prospect of a female Doctor, and I was glad when Jodie got it instead of Kris Marshall -- I would have simply stopped watching it if he had got the role. So I have been watching the current series with an open mind, hoping it was going to be good, and while some episodes have been "ok", overall I'm pretty disappointed with the series so far. The two episodes you liked that most are the two episodes which I disliked the most, to me they were little more than preachy history lessons. As for Jodie herself, I quite like her in the role, but I think she (or her portrayal) lacks a certain authority or something -- I don't really "buy" her being a 2000 year old timelord. I agree with you about the companions, though Bradley Walsh has been more watchable than I expected (definitely better than Matt Lucas). Also four companions seems too many given the length of the show, I think the stories could be "tighter" and give more screen time to the Doctor if there were fewer companions to follow.
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    Stairs Limit in Vanilla DooM?

    There is no hard-coded limit on the number of active moving floors (like stairs), but each moving floor uses a small amount of memory, so it's theoretically possible to trigger a fatal out-of-memory error, but I reckon you could have a few thousand moving floors without getting anywhere near to that stage.
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    Snapmap's Rising

    Judging from that video, Snapmap has become a lot more powerful than I ever thought it could be, it's quite impressive what can be done with it now.
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    Craving some piping hot duck for dinner

    So you'll take a gander then?
  5. You know, something I just thought of... Is there a function within EPI endianess routines to convert from an Integer to unsigned short? I just realized...if I did that i could technically avoid having ROTT patches in their own struct entirely. . .keep the code tidier by just having everything in the base patch_t structure and that could potentially make it easier to handle those patches.


    Also, does EDGE explicitly require a pnames and/or TEXTURE1/2 for textures and patch displays? Since ROTT just displays patches directly, i wonder if even a lone dummy value would work..its either that or i would need to meticulously hand-roll one... I want to say EDGE has that capability but I could be wrong. .

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      Sometimes a struct like patch_t is used to represent the exact (bit-for-bit) structure of the binary data in a lump or file.  So you cannot change, for example, a short to an int in that structure because the sizes are different (16 vs 32) and it won't read the binary data in the lump properly anymore.


      Other structs are used in memory, and it is less important if a field is a short or an int.  EDGE code does not make the distinction between these two usages very clear.  In Eureka and AJBSP, the file w_rawdef.h contains the structs for on-disk binary data, and they are only used to read/write the binary lumps, other structs are used for in-memory version (of a linedef, sector, etc).


      For example, raw_linedef_t is a struct for the raw (on-disk) representation of a DOOM linedef, and raw_hexen_linedef_t is the variant use in the Hexen map format.  These are converted to a single in-memory struct "linedef_t" by code which reads the LINEDEFS lump in maps.  This linedef_t has enough fields for both the DOOM version and the HEXEN version.  The types of fields can be "wider" too, e.g. the "flags" field in linedef_t is an "int" (32 bits) whereas the on-disk structure uses a 16-bit value (a "short").


      The EPI endianness conversion functions need to be a specific size, like 16 bits, since they need to work on the raw representation of binary data.  If you are reading the value into a different struct, you can have a wider type (like an "int"), but you don't need any extra endianness functions, in C and C++ integers of different widths are automatically converted.


      (will answer the other question later)

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    120 Doomguy Variant Skins: Released+Fixed!

    The CREDS lump is out of date, says 70 skins.
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    Maps for FreeDoom

    I don't think the intention here is to contribute to FreeDoom, these are simply maps you can play with FreeDoom.
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    k8VaVoom: no good thing ever dies!

    That sounds like a reasonable approach. If I were you I would use plain text, omitting fields containing default values -- much nicer to debug. Quake did this (if I remember correctly).
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    k8VaVoom: no good thing ever dies!

    I wouldn't bother trying to make a save format that is future proof. I spent a great effort doing that with EDGE (long ago), but consider it a waste of time now. ZDoom broke savegames all the time, and nobody stopped using it because of that, people will just finish their current game before upgrading.
  10. There are two possible ways it could be done: 1. use a method similar to Chocolote-Doom which is similar to the original DOOM networking, every client has to be in lock-step with every other client. This is doable, but it is only good for LAN play, very unsatisfactory for internet play. 2. use proper client/server networking like Quake, Odamex, ZDaemon, Zandronum (etc). It is very difficult to modify an existing engine for this, requiring major surgery to the code (which is why ZDoom and GZDoom never got it).
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    k8VaVoom: no good thing ever dies!

    Ah I never knew about that function.
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    Hall Of Mirrors going ape in Chocolate DooM

    I don't know about the DB plugin, but in Visplane Explorer (the program) you can see the drawseg numbers by pressing 'D' key, and go back to visplanes by pressing 'V' key.
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    k8VaVoom: no good thing ever dies!

    I can answer that. In Windows, a program is either a console program or a GUI program. Console programs can print to the console, and GUI programs cannot. It is a really stupid system, but that is how it is.
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    Could the CDI run Doom?

    The GameBoyAdvance has a 16.8 MHz 32-bit CPU and 256kbyte of RAM, and DOOM runs on that, so I reckon the CDi could handle it about as well as the GBA.
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    k8VaVoom: no good thing ever dies!

    That is an impressive list of changes :) Function calls without parentheses seems a bit iffy to me, I remember QuakeC had some support for first-class functions (e.g. the th_pain stuff) so you need to differentiate a reference to a function from a function call. Anyway, happy hacking!