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.: DooM Nexus: The Future is Tomorrow

DooM Nexus, for those of you who may have stumbled upon this site, is a space that will not illuminate, illustrate, inebriate, articulate, fascinate (well, maybe just a little, for those with infantile minds), flaggelate, alliterate, hypothecate, postulate, prevaricate, or urinate. What it will do, however, is give you the low-down on any and all DooM-related activities in which I am engaged.

So, if you're visiting for the first time, feel free to browse this space using the handy links to the left. For those who have been here before, ignore my ramblings like you usually do, and do whatever the hell you do when you visit. (Please do not piss on the rug on your way out. Remember the Big Lebowski.)


.: Link of the Moment

In this space I shall endeavor to provide an excape hatch from the life monotonous. To that end I shall seek to unearth diverse and interesting nuggets of trivia, art, humor, and anything else that strikes my fancy. If it happens to be DooM-related, consider that a bonus.

The Last of Us is an upcoming post-apocalyptic third-person survival action-adventure game developed by Naughty Dog for the PlayStation 3. Here is an almost photo-realistic screenshot from the game, where you can see the hairs on the protagonists's beard. In this picture you can see the wonderful play of light and shadow in the atrium of a devastated house.

.: 26 February 2015 - Be afraid. Paranoid, even.

Posted by Rex Claussen at 18:36.

With the onset of 2015 I find myself energized and full of ideas. Despite a heavier-than-normal work load at my job, I have made great strides in moving one of my DooM projects forward. Paranoiac is now approaching completion. The game now has 9 maps + a TITLEMAP. The mapping on all but two maps is 100% complete, with 95% of one of the remaining maps complete, and 60% on the last map complete. Of course, gameplay needs to be added, tested, and tweaked. Jeff Ligda has done quite a bit of music, but he may be planning some more. Also, I will be asking for coding help for one more weapon, and if I get it there will be 2 new weapons in this game (it already has the crossbow). There are several new enemies. Some new screenshots, below (but none of the crossbow or new enemies):

.: 31 December 2014 - Fear Station: Bravo - Download

Posted by Rex Claussen at 10:41.

Fear Station: Bravo is ready for download:

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Happy New Year, friends.

[In separate news, mapping for Paranoiac is proceeding apace. It'll probably be the next release for a project with which I'm involved.]

.: 23 December 2014 - Fear Station: Bravo - More Screenshots

Posted by Rex Claussen at 04:27.

All mapping and gameplay for Fear Station: Bravo is complete. Testing continues, and the game will be released forthwith.

.: 4 December 2014 - Fear Station: Bravo - Screenshots

Posted by Rex Claussen at 11:16.

Fear Station: Bravo is a tech-themed map for GZDooM that plays on DooM2 Map01, but the gameplay is more suitable for Map20 or so. It features a new music track, a new, tall sky, non-linear progression, and plenty of 3D constructs. All mapping, and most gameplay, is complete. Preliminary testing is also done.

More pix to follow.

.: 29 September 2014 - Reach > Grasp

Posted by Rex Claussen at 06:37.

In other words: Bit Off > Can Chew

At this point the two of you who visit here are probably scratching your heads and going: "What's the nutter going on about?" Fear not, gentle readers (unless, of course, you happen to blunder into one of my new maps - see below), all shall be explained.

As I mentioned in my last post, a long, long, time ago [(seemingly) in a galaxy, far, far away], I had decided to expand Temple of the Ancients: Redux to a 10-map set. But I couldn't make significant progress. An example of reach exceeding one's grasp. Subsequently, I was working on the final map of Paranoiac, and was creating a cargo storage area. It grew, and it grew, and I finally decided to split it up into its own map. And then it languished. An example of biting off more than I could chew. Sound familiar?

I my defense, I have been swamped with work for my job - four new contracts, additional travel to new customer sites, blah, blah. blah. In addition, I've traveled far & wide for recreation as well, once across the Atlantic and once across the Pacific. So I think I can be excused for falling down on the job, so to speak. Still, I have finally managed to squeeze in some work for DooM, as have others:

    1. I have been working on a new GZDooM map, named Fear Station Bravo. This is based on the proof of concept I had developed for Rampage M. All the basic mapping had already been done, and I have been "beautifying" it with sector-based decorations. It's meant to represent a waste-treatment facility, with lots of liquid columns, pipes, etc. Screenshots soon.
    2. Jeff Ligda has created some more tunes for Paranoiac.
    3. Nothing from DBT. I'm thinking of alternatives for new weapons and enemies for ToTA:R.

.: 29 April 2014 - Obligatory ...uh .... Update. Or Something

Posted by Rex Claussen at 06:21.

You hear that? The thunderous racket that is deafening in its intensity? That's the sound of the cruel, unforgiving hooves of Real Life trampling me afoot. The months of February & March were incredibly demanding for me, both professionally and personally. April has been somewhat better, and as a result I have some progress to report:

    1. I have done some mapping for Map09 of Temple of the Ancients: Redux, and the map appears to be approaching completion. I'll post some pictures when I have a chance.
    2. Enjay has given me some very cool models for use in ToTA:R, and I'll try to include them when I take the screen pics.
    3. I heard back from DBT, who will hopefully be able to jump in and do the new weapons and enemies for ToTA:R.
    4. Jeff Ligda has created some very nice tunes for ToTA:R and for Paranoiac.
    5. I have completed mapping for Map02 of Rampage M. Next, I'll be putting in the gameplay elements and the artists will be doing the art pass on the map.
    6. As a proof of concept for Map02 of Rampage M I had first created the map in ZDooM. I will check to see if the ZDooM map can be released to idgames, in which case the two of you can have a preview of the map as it has been developed for Rampage M.

And, oh yes, ToTA:R is now officially planned as a 10-map set. Maps 6-8 are snow-themed maps, and Maps 9-10 are water-themed maps. Map 6 is 100% complete, Map 7 is 85% complete, and Map 9 is 80% complete. Maps 8 & 10, sadly, are languishing as place-holders in the wad. But not to worry. Development shall proceed forthwith.

.: 25 January 2014 - ToTA: New Screenshots

Posted by Rex Claussen at 13:53.

I've made significant progress on Map07, Threading the Needle. It's a mix of indoor and outdoor environments, and includes a canyon, several caverns, and more snowy terrain. It features a new obstacle, in the form of a large crystal that blasts the player when s/he gets too close. Plus, it looks like the place inhabited by giants. But you're not here to listen to me ramble on. Forward, to the screenshots:

.: 19 January 2014 - ToTA: Now To Have At Least 8 Maps

Posted by Rex Claussen at 14:57.

Temple of the Ancients Map07, named "In the Castle of the Winter Moon", was originally intended to be a large castle map with an introductory snowy terrain area and a cavern. The snowy terrain area became quite large, I've added 2 caverns, I have plans to add a few more caverns, and I will be adding at least one canyon. In other words, the map has already become very large, and I have decided to split it into 2 maps. Therefore, Map07 will not have the castle, and will be named "Threading the Needle" - the reference will become clear once you play the map (or see the screenshots). Map08 will now be named "In the Castle of the Winter Moon".

I have also decided to have 2 water/swamp-based maps. Let's see how that goes.

.: 9 January 2014 - Temple of the Ancients: Redux

Posted by Rex Claussen at 19:16.

As one or two of you may know, I've been working on giving a face-lift to an old project of mine by the name of Temple of the Ancients. It was developed at a time when ZDooM did not yet support slopes, much less "true" 3D architecture. Using the original 5 map set as a base, I have been adding GZDooM features extensively, including 3D structures when warranted, translucent water, sloped sectors, models, snow effects, oversize (hi-res) textures, etc.

I've completed the first of 2 (and perhaps 4) new maps to be added to the set. It is called "Under the Shadows of Starfrost", and is a snowy terrain with a cathedral at its center. The next map is also on snowy terrain, but will mostly consist of a massive castle. The map is named "In the Castle of the Winter Moon". Anyway, on to the screenshots:

.: 31 December 2013 - Out With The Old .....

Posted by Rex Claussen at 04:09.

As 2013 draws to a close, let me take this opportunity to wish the two of you much happiness, good health, and success (whatever your definition of "success" may be) for the New Year.

In the past month I have made significant headway in the gaming aspect of my life. To wit:

1. I have completed all mapping and virtually all the puzzles and gameplay for Map06 of Rampage-M. I am tweaking (not to be mistaken for twerking, heh) the gameplay, and adding rock slides. CodeImp has created a new heightmapping tool and texture brushing tool that will allow the creation of natural-looking landscapes.

2. I have completed most mapping for Map 15 of Temple of the Ancients: Redux. It is named "Under the Shadows of StarFrost", and is a vast, snowy landscape with a massive cathedral at its center. I have completed about half the cathedral, and once the other half is done, the mapping will be virtually complete. With Enjay's help, I have also added several new models that will greatly enhance the look and feel of the game. Plus, I'm using Jon Washburn's cool WeatherFX code to create snowfall in the map that will not cause the map to lag. Then it will be on to Map 16, "In the Castle of the Winter Moon", another snowy map but with less terrain.

It also occurred to me that 2013 will be the first year since I started creating maps & mods for DooM that I haven't publicly released a map. Well, I can promise you that 2014 will more than make up for it. Slainte!

.: September 10, 2012

My interview with DBThanatos has been posted.

I have completed mapping on E3M7 of Infernos, and have begun mapping on E3M4. I expect to complete this map soon, which will then only leave E3M5, a mapper's nightmare that I have wisely put off for last.

.: August 28, 2012

After weeks of inactivity on this site, I finally decided to get off my lazy ass and post my interview with Sergeant_Mark_IV. Actually, the whole bit about "lazy ass" in not strictly true (I just like saying "lazy ass"; can't you tell?) I've been up to my ears in job-related work and travel, and traveling to parts distant on a much-needed vacation (during which I was ill with a cold for much of the time - damn airline planes and their tendency to serve as incubators for germs). I did get to see some very cool wild life during a couple of my trips (bison and prong-horn antelope in Utah, and coyotes and mule deer in Arizona). At any rate, I've finally had some time to kick back slightly; hence, this update.

I have completed mapping on E3M6 of Infernos, and have nearly completed mapping on E3M7. This just leaves E3M4 and E3M5. I keep promising screen shots and not delivering. So you don't have any reason to trust me further in this regard. But a little more patience, kind sirs and mesdames, will be amply rewarded.

.: July 20, 2012

Read my interview with 'Scuba' Steve Browning.

I have completed mapping on E3M3 of Infernos, and have begun mapping on E3M6.

.: July 6, 2012

I've posted another interview, with Rachael 'Eruanna' Alexanderson. I've also posted several new reviews for DooM. Meanwhile, on the true Dooming front, I have made some progress on map E3M3 of Infernos, but the going is slow and I lack motivation.

.: June 28, 2012

The interviews keep overflowing, like butter being churning out in a pail. This one is with Stephen "The Ultimate Doomer" Clark.

.: June 21, 2012

Interview with a Xaser.

.: June 1, 2012

As promised, another interview, this time with James 'Phobus' Creswell. I've also reviewed another DooM mod for Doomworld.

.: May 29, 2012

I've reviewed one more DooM mod for Doomworld, and I'm eyeing DooM the Way id Did for a detailed review (but that will take much more time than I have at present). I've completed most of Map E3M8 of Infernos, and have made a modicum of progress on Map13 of Paranoiac. I've also gotten completed interviews from Xaser and The Ultimate Doomer, which will go up after my interview with Phobus.

.: May 24, 2012

Read the newest interview, this time with LilWhiteMouse.

Also, I've written up a detailed tutorial on creating a multi-storey elevator. And in the rest of my ever-dwindling spare time, I've reviewed a couple of DooM mods for Doomworld; I'll publish my reviews here after Doomworld puts them up on the /Newstuff chronicles. And, figuring that I may as well put my brain to use even while asleep, I've completed Map E3M2 of Infernos during the dark hours.

.: May 14, 2012

The newest interview for my feature, Doomster Unveiled: Inside the BossBrain, is with Daniel 'Tormentor667' Gimmer, the author of many well-known projects, and Capitan of Realm667.

.: May 11, 2012

I've put up a new interview for my feature, Doomster Unveiled: Inside the BossBrain. This one is with wildweasel, resident ZDooM weapons modification guru, and all-around BossBrain on the ZDooM forums. Also, DBThanatos, the main author of the (in)famous Aeons of Death gameplay mod, has agreed to be interviewed. I've sent interview questions to Xaser, Stephen "The Ultimate Doomer" Clark, and Sergeant_Mark_IV, and I'm waiting for them to respond.

.: May 9, 2012

It's time to debut my new feature named Doomster Unveiled: Inside the BossBrain. You can read the edited version of my interview with Nigel 'Enjay' Rowand, here, or the uncut version here. I've completed interviews with Daniel 'Tormentor667' Gimmer, wildweasel, LilWhiteMouse, and James "Phobus" Cresswell, and I'll be posting them soon. Others who have agreed to be interviewed since my last update include Stephen "The Ultimate Doomer" Clark, Rachel "Eruanna" Alexanderson, and "Scuba Steve" Brown.

I have almost completed Map E3M2 of Infernos, my 9-map replacement for The Ultimate DooM. I'd previously completed Map E3M1 and most of Map E3M9. No progress to report for the updated Temple of the Ancients, nor on Paranoiac, the expansion pack for Paranoid.

.: April 24, 2012

The Paranoid expansion pack now has an official project name: Paranoiac and is greatly "expanded" as well - it is now a 7-map hub with two extra non-canon (secret) levels and a TITLEMAP. One of the new maps I started is a terrain-style map with valleys, a river and island, and cliffs. I keep promising screenshots, and I'll get around to it soon. I have also started a new project named Infernos, which is a 9-map replacement for The Ultimate DooM. I've completed Map E3M1 and most of Map E3M9. However, there's no progress to report for the updated Temple of the Ancients.

My last update indicated that I had written several reviews for DooM modifications. You can read those reviews here. I have also started a new feature named Doomster Unveiled: Inside the BossBrain, wherein numeraries in the DooM community are interviewed. I have started a list of interviewees, selecting them on their contributions to the community and their more-or-less unique positions within it. The interview questions will be customized to reflect the individual's contributions, abilities, and role in the community. So far, I have lined up Nigel 'Enjay' Rowand, Daniel 'Tormentor667' Gimmer, wildweasel, LilWhiteMouse, Xaser, and Sergeant_Mark_IV, who have all agreed to be interviewed. I've sent the customized questions to each of them and have heard back from wildweasel already. I'm preparing a web page for the feature; look out for it soon.

.: March 30, 2012

wildweasel has told me he's going to start work on the new weapons for the updated Temple of the Ancients. Meanwhile, I've done a heap of work on the Paranoid expansion pack. I've completed Map 10, and virually all of Maps 11 & 12. I was fired up by an idea to create a multi-storey parking garage, so I have made quite a bt of progress on a fourth map. The garage is built, complete with ramps to drive up to the upper levels. The garage is next to a 4-storey office building, which is also complete. [This building is basically a copy & paste of the 4-storey building in Map05 of Paranoid, but it now has a functional elevator that looks and works much like a real-world elevator - the entrance to the elevator from each floor is stacked, one above the other. Also, you can use a single switch/button to choose whether to ride the elevator up or down. Unfortunately, it does not have a numeric keypad with buttons for each floor, as I did not want to undertake the arduous programming for the script. I also have ideas for a sewer-themed map, and a terrain-type map; this would bring the map count up to six (not including the 2 secret maps, for which mapping is already done).

I rarely play DooM or any other game nowadays (or, indeed, even my own maps - except for testing), so it was a pleasant surprise when I played several recently-released wads. It started when I volunteered to review a small "weapons" mod for DooM World's /Newstuff Chronicles. I tested it out, wrote it up, and decided to go back for more. I was looking for wads with small file sizes, as I only wanted to digest bite-size chunks of DooM. I found three more wads that met this criterion, have played and reviewed two of them, and am in the middle of playing my third one. I'll post those reviews here after they have been published on DooM World.

.: February 21, 2012

I haven't heard from wildweasel on the new weapons for the updated Temple of the Ancients. But you can't keep a good bozo down, and I've spent quite some time on the Paranoid expansion pack. I've done most of Maps 10, and 12, and have made good progress on Map11. Pictures are forthcoming.

.: January 26, 2012

While wildweasel is busy at work on the new weapons and coming up with ideas for the mission/objectives, I have been updating Temple of the Ancients with GZDooM features. Did you know that when it was originally released in December 2000, ZDooM did not have the slope feature? This meant that all the arches were done with textures applied to lower-unpegged main textures on multiple linedefs. [For those of you that aren't familiar with DooM editing terminology, see the pictures below to see what I mean.] I have started replacing these "fake" arches with real ones, and the pictures below allow you to compare the before-and-after. I've also begun replacing "fake" 3D architecture (e.g., bridges) with true 3D constructs, and the old ZDooM deep water with GZDooM translucent water. Again, see below for the differences.

I have also made quite a bit of progress on my vanilla DooM2 map set. I've tentatively named it By The Pricking of My Thumbs ...., which Shakespeare/Macbeth aficionados will recognize as being part of the witches chant that is followed by "... something wicked this way comes". And, as some of you may know, the first map in my Wicked series of vanilla DooM2 maps was named Something Wicked This Way Comes. I've completed Maps 01 and 02, and 75% of Map 12.

.: January 6, 2012

A somewhat belated wish to both of you for a Happy New Year. I had a busy Christmas week, after which I promptly fell ill, and am only just recovering. There's very little to report on the DooM front. A few weeks ago I resumed work on the expansion pack for Paranoid, but progress was sporadic. And then, a couple of weeks ago I started work on an episode-length mod for vanilla DooM2, and have completed about half of one map. Meanwhile, wildweasel (who is well-known for his weapons mods other work), suggested a collaboration to update Temple of the Ancients, and we're discussing it. I've also promised kappes buur that I will play-test his WIP map, so I better get cracking on it.

Despite the shitfest that surrounded The Phobos Directive on the ZDooM forums, DIYGamer has seen fit to provide a balanced review of the game. They seemed to have pegged the intentions of the development team with comments like: "The end result is a large, non-linear and remarkably replayable campaign", and "The Phobos Directive still uses every trick in the book that the updated GZDoom engine offers". My sentiments, exactly.

In 2012 I've gone retro. A couple of days ago I finally installed Riven, which I had bought more than 10 years ago but never played. Riven is the sequel to the best-selling game Myst, which is a first-person puzzle-solving adventure. The premise and pacing is so very different from first-person shooters such as DooM, that the game is definitely not for everyone. It requires a lot of patience, keen observation, and some mental acuity. I figure it'll give me an appreciation for the challenges faced by developers of other types of game.

In another sign that I'm into the whole retro gig, I have installed and begun playing a 1994-era game (which was originally developed for the Mac) named Marathon. It is a DooMesque first-person shooter, but done more like a (G)ZDooM adventure, with a story-line, interactive environments, and extensive scripting. Just the sort of stuff I've been fascinated with and have been creating since I discovered the wonders of ZDooM. I'll play the game with an eye to writing a review, but I'm not promising anything.

.: Acknowledgements

I would be remiss if I did not thank my kind host Eruanna (formerly SoulPriestess) for the use of her web space. Please visit her site, which has more DooM-related stuff than you can shake a stick at. [Let me re-phrase for those English Grammar purists who cringe when a sentence ends in a preposition - Please visit her site, which has more DooM-related stuff than at which you can shake a stick. Heh.]

I'd also like to thank StevesTemplates for the web design you see before you. Feel free to visit that site to get ideas for your own web pages or to download a template or two.

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