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Solarn

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  1. Well, there's a new Twitch channel I need to follow.
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    Flotsam - 16 hard boom compatible maps

    I didn't know that, that explains so much and makes the platforming part so much easier, now that I know that I just need to skirt the edges of the platforms.
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    Flotsam - 16 hard boom compatible maps

    I'm not actually sure it's possible for me to complete map01 on UV. It seems completely random how often the hurtfloor on the pillars at the start activates, sometimes I have time to get to the third platform and position myself before I start taking damage, but sometimes it's already damaged me twice when I get there.
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    Time Parallax - The Burial Vault (Vinesauce DMC II)

    It looks like a Quake 3 map, which is an amazing feat for Doom, even GZDoom.
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    The Top 100 Memorable Doom Maps of All Time

    I'm in a weird position here, because the maps I remember the most from Sunder are the ones everyone else forgets (The Dreaming Garden and The Grinder), but if we consider the things that inspired later slaughtermappers (the monumental architecture viewed from afar that resolves into a series of intricately-designed setpiece arenas when approached, the use of textures to suggest colour and material rather than detail, the ever-escalating scale of combat), then it has to be either Pale Monument or The Furnace. Personally, I'd actually have picked The Furnace simply because of how many outright imitators it has, to the point that almost every slaughter megawad has a map that's just "The Furnace done by a different mapper", but Pale Monument is more visually interesting.
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    SIGIL - New Romero megawad for Feb 2019

    God, waiting for this is going to be torture. From the video, it seems that John has already fully assimilated modern mapping practices into his style, which wasn't the case in his E1M4 and E1M8 replacements, and it makes me want to play these maps so much.
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    Cacowards 2018 - 25 Years of Doom

    Erik Alm definitely deserves that Espi Award. The only other mappers I can think of who even have a shot at claiming that much influence are pcorf and Tormentor667, and they're much more divisive in terms of how positive their influence actually was.
  8. This sounds like exactly the kind of thing to help me get back into mapping.
  9. Oh wow, I forgot that I made a map for this. I'll come up with a name for it, I just need to play it a few times to remind myself what it's like.
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    Are the Catacomb games worth getting?

    I imagine it looked better when it was the best thing available. We tend to forget how "realistic" things like this can seem in a world that didn't have them before. Like, when I played the original Alone in the Dark back when it came out, I was blown away by how real everything felt. When I replayed it recently, I could barely identify what all the blobs of untextured low-res polygons were supposed to be.
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    SlaughterMAX. RC2 available!

    Yeah, there's no one in control and most of the mappers have disappeared with bugs still left in their contributions. Unless someone wants to pull a Kyka and finish up those maps, there's not much anyone can do. I've been putting off uploading my map as a standalone in the hopes that someone would come back and do the necessary clean-up work to at least get the WAD out the door, with ten maps if need be, but even that doesn't seem like it will happen.
  12. I might join, depending on the themes. I don't really like the complicated setup of these things though. I miss the Doomworld Speedmapping Sessions, when it was just a weekend of speedmapping with the themes known beforehand, it was up to everyone's own discretion to complete their maps within the time limit and anyone could make as many maps as they wanted.
  13. I failed. My map is half completed after 2 hours of work, with basic layout, textures and switches all done, but I've yet to place things, align the textures and do a thousand small adjustments it probably needs, and I need to go to sleep right now. Oh well, that's what I get for trying to speedmap at night.
  14. I' ll try to do something for the second session. I need to get back in the speedmapping groove, I still like the maps I made for the Doomworld Speedmapping Sessions, I want to make maps like those again.
  15. I played through this in ZDoom on HMP, and I still feel like ammo balance is off. I tried to be really conservative with my ammo, but thanks to monsters refusing to infight except in the two big horde battles (the grimoire fight and the final setpiece) and shoggoths eating up a ton of bullets/shells, I ran out several times. Like, completely ran out of every ammo. The first was with the satyr/revenant/heresy lord fight before the yellow crystal and the second was with the two revs where the yellow skull used to be. As for the map itself, holy Christ this was amazing. At first I was just "Oh, well, a demonic library, this looks pretty cool, I love this aesthetic", and then there was a room with oozing flesh on the floor and I had to fight a shoggoth, and I was blown away. The atmosphere never stopped being properly oppressive, the areas were all gorgerously designed and the secrets were very clever. Even when pressing a switch or accessing a new area didn't immediately lead to goodies, there was always a sense that this is leading up to something. The three circular rooms with occult symbols on the floor were a good example. Even when I found the skull in the first one and pressed it to see nothing happen, I was convinced that this was a setup for something. When I found the second one, I suspected that there would be more. And when I found the third one, pressed the skull and a portal opened up, I felt a real sense of accomplishment. So yeah, good job on all this. I love it. Except for the ammo shortages, I don't love those.
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