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ZDS #113 - Tricks and Treats!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 9:09 pm    Post subject: ZDS #113 - Tricks and Treats! Reply with quote



Got a gaggle of PWADs in my goodie bag this weekend for all you trick or treaters!

First up - the main event, the maps! Now I'm always on the lookout for new stuff popping up in the serverlist. Sometimes I'm excited, other times just morbidly curious what I'll find when I grab something. d2reload - 'Doom2 Reloaded' - was a WAD I saw up on Knightmare's 'Blast of the Past' server and I figured it'd perhaps be some terrible remixy maps so I was highly pleased to see I was wrong! It's kinda like a better looking Doom2, using custom gfx from places like the AliensTC to craft much better looking tech bases, Earth locations that actually look like they could be, etc.

And look! Here's a video of it!


So that's the meat of the this ZDSandwich, but what do we have for garnish and dressing?

Well there's a patch which chews up the Doom palette, sucks out all the colour and spits it back out with added blood. The result is kinda more 'Sin City' than silent-horror-movie but it looks very cool.
Then we have the epicness which is the PSX Doom music! This spooky, ambient soundtrack beats Doom's cartoon MIDI tunes hands down. NOTE: This is about 20meg so you might want to make sure you grab it before the actual session.
Finally there's some improved sounds, but when I say that I don't mean these are the usual goofy sound replacements. See when iD released Doom they wanted it all to fit on floppy discs so compression was paramount, the author of this patch went back to the source files for all the sounds and so here you get to hear what Doom should've sounded like Smile

Oh and I almost forgot to mention - we're finally giving the Survival gamemode a ZDS outing! Truly this is going to be some hardcore halloween hell!


Didn't quite finalise settings yet and I don't have time now but I wanted to post this up tonight.

TO BE CONTINUED...


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never heard of this before, but sounds interesting. I don't want to spoil the fun, so I'll just wait for the session to see it all.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now where was I?

Oh yah, SURVIVAL! I didn't want to run it before now because it's kinda not what ZDS is all about. We want as many people as possible playing as many maps as they can every Saturday, not having to wait 15mins while the remaining players clean up a map after they die. But the d2reload maps are all a moderate size so there should never be too much cooling of heels.

    Game Mode: SURVIVAL
    WADs: d2reload
    doomnoir
    psxdoom
    psxdoom4d2reload
    pk_doom_sfx
    nohoming
    Just ensure that psxdoom4d2reload comes after d2reload in the loading order!

    Maps: 30 (01-30)
    DMFLAGS: 81956/1179650
    Skill: 3 - Ultraviolence
    Timelimit: No
    Players: 8 (+2 spectator slots)
    Voting: Kick + map
    Lives: 1

    Date: Saturday 31st October
    Time: 7:30pm UK Time / 9:00 pm EST
    Location: L@P/XXX/Kruk / Unfy
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like fun! I'll be in this weekend with an ear AND a sinus infection, so maybe if I'm not busy dying I'll try and catch a game or two!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I might not make it, but I think the atmosphere is going to be wicked with that palette upgrade. Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't seen any other ZDS hosts yet this week, so I've got two servers running for you guys. I'll try and catch ya on the US sesh.

64.244.60.135:10672 - server 1
64.244.60.135:10673 - server 2
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unfy servers should be good to go. I might be at a 'ween party tho ...
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This proved that Survival can make Coop actually fun again.
I might steal the settings from ZDS once more.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First time I play Survival, it is good if there no cyberdemons in map. I have also added this wad to my favorites list. I will make a SP run when I feel like it.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, my server was still packed 3 hours after ZDS started... impressive.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, we were in there longer than usual. Definitely some really slick maps which are a great size for survival, and the mods really improved the atmosphere. I think the only problem was that Barons and HellKnights look the same. Anyways, thanks for the excellent host-age. RCON FTW when we hit some harder later maps and I wanted to add SG starts Smile

And thanks Jad for the backup servers Smile

qwaszx- wrote:
I have also added this wad to my favorites list. I will make a SP run when I feel like it.

A Mexican saying he'll do something when he feels like it? Laughing
But yeah, I want to play this through in full colour SP sometime too.

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I might steal the settings from ZDS once more.

Sure! Just quit stealing my duck!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not only the Barons and Knights.
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[n00b]kyberhai: lol should have dehacked teh msgs
[n00b]kyberhai: omg u needz a gray key
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

D2Reload is highly recommended. It's a pretty classic-feeling level pack with new textures and level design that feels close to Doom 2's atmosphere and game pace.

I played a bit at the Euro party. It was a moody gameplay experience. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[FEAR]Tobi wrote:
Not only the Barons and Knights.
Code:
[n00b]kyberhai: lol should have dehacked teh msgs
[n00b]kyberhai: omg u needz a gray key


Code:
picked up a grey keycard
you need a greyer key to open this door
you need an even greyer key to activate this object
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2009 4:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the atmosphere this generates. I am going to borrow these mods for my server when I change it next friday.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2009 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah atmos was what I really wanted last week, and the mods used provided buckets of it. I hope people will give d2reload a chance without the palette mod too though!

In other news, it came to my attention after the ZDS that servers were hanging up after people played through map30. I looked into this and it was down to something in the MAPINFO which I'd not noticed needed patching. At map end the server was being told to go to one of the DoomII end sequences - obviously this wasn't going down too well on Zdaemon Laughing

So for Empyre, Roland, Tobi and anyone else who wants to carry on running this then please use this fixed version of my patch instead:
http://wadhost.fathax.com/files/psxdoom4d2reload-.zip
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 3:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will be running this with my maps, so I plan to use the psxdoom patch for Doom2 (I think it is called psxdoom4doom2), and MAP30 is not included, so no problem there anyway.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really enjoyed playing through all these maps. Some very creative maps there, interestingly detailed. That plus the new palette providing the proper atmosphere, made it a fun and worthwhile Zdaemon Session for me.

Oh, and although this part of Zdaemon Sessions seems to have been forgotten about, here's a screenshot for old times sake! Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah yeah, we were just talking about screenies last week too Smile

Empyre wrote:
I will be running this with my maps, so I plan to use the psxdoom patch for Doom2 (I think it is called psxdoom4doom2), and MAP30 is not included, so no problem there anyway.

To clarify, the problem was with the d2reload MAPINFO which I had to patch and had missed something in. 'psxdoom4doom2' will work fine for all maps.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2009 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In case you liked this, HorizoN is running it now.
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