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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.

.: 31 December 2018 - Three Ways to Die

Posted by Rex Claussen at 12:14.

Three Ways to Die is a single map for DooM II that plays on Map 27. It is based on Snowball's Chance in Hell, which I released for The Ultimate DooM in 2011. This version features 3 different progressions, depending on skill level chosen. Weapons, keys, and power-ups are also placed in different locations. All skill levels pose a reasonable challenge, and many fights are different, lending this map some replay value.

The game may be downloaded here. The textfile may be reviewed here.

Here are some pics:

All pics may be viewed here

.: 17 November 2017 - .... Something Wicked This Way Comes [Released]

Posted by Rex Claussen at 13:06.

Welp, the game is now in the hands of beta-testers. I speak, of course, of By the Pricking of My thumbs ...., my 11-map set that is fully compatible with vanilla DooM. I'm hoping for a November release. November 2017, that is.

Meanwhile, I've tallied up my various mods, and with this game my total has reached 132 maps. Precious little to show for years in this grind, if you ask me. But that's the price one pays for a shot at 15 seconds of fame. [On a related note, my 10-map mod, Temple of the Ancients: Redux, is still in the wings, awaiting its cue to get on stage. But that's a different story for a different time.]

EDIT: The game has been released. The game may be downloaded here. The textfile may be reviewed here.

Here are some more pics:

.: 2 November 2017 - By the Pricking of My Thumbs ......

Posted by Rex Claussen at 05:14.

Wicked_0 (By the Pricking of My Thumbs) is the latest in my "Wicked" series of maps, each of which is intended to be fully compatible with vanilla and chocolate DooM and uses no custom resources. It consists of 11 maps. All development aspects (mapping, gameplay, alpha-testing) of the game are complete. I have asked Ed the Bat to implement multi-player gameplay into the game, but his real-life schedule may not allow him to get to it soon. I will also ask people to beta-test the game, and then release it. My alpha testing of the game suggests that there may be a bit too much ammo in each map, and health may be a bit tight. Of course, knowing how each map is supposed to play out, allows me to conserve ammo and use the right kind of ammo. Let's see what the beta-testers say.

The levels are intended to be an homage to the original 10 maps of DooM2. I have used comparable texturing, some of the geometry resembles that of the originals, and the enemy types are consistent. However, the map design of each map is completely different from the originals, the progression is different, and the gameplay (particularly traps, etc.) varies significantly. It's as if UAC's competitors stole incomplete parts of UAC's plans, and built their own bases on the other side of the planet. Silly rabbit. DooM is not for amateurs.

.: 10 July 2017 - And Now For Something Completely Different ....

Posted by Rex Claussen at 09:40.

On January 6, 2012 I said the following: "....a couple of weeks ago I started work on an episode-length mod for vanilla DooM2, and have completed about half of one map." And then on January 26, 2012 I said: "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 ...." Well, I'm pleased to report that I am turning the corner to finishing the mod, which is designed to be fully compatible with vanilla/Chocolate DooM. All mapping and gameplay has been completed for Maps01-07 & Maps 09-11. I have completed alpha testing for most of the maps, and will be asking for beta-testers when the project is ready. Meanwhile, here is the obligatory Ike-Andy:
The rest of the pics are here.

.: 31 March 2017 - Paranoiac Released

Posted by Rex Claussen at 13:35.

Paranoiac, the sequel to Paranoid is complete and available for download.

Text file for Paranoiac

Important information to play Paranoiac

Download Paranoiac

.: 28 March 2017 - Ready ..... Set ...... WTF?

Posted by Rex Claussen at 05:08.

So Paranoiac has been largely ready for release for a couple of weeks now. The game was tweaked in several ways, including imparting a very cool new freezer damage effect, courtesy of Rachael and Gez. Meanwhile, Ed the Bat and Rachael patiently tested the game in co-op mode, and we have made some modifications to the game to facilitate co-op gameplay. Unfortunately, the orbiting islands in the Xen maps and the moving platform in Map 23 don't yet seem to be set up for multi-player use. Therefore, we will be releasing the game as a single-player experience first. [Subsequently, we will update the game to be fully compatible with co-op mode. We are also looking to update the original Paranoid to accommodate the many GZDooM changes that have occurred since our game's release in 2010.]

But after the release of GZDooM 2.4.0 we discovered that most combinations of sector light mode and fog mode (in GZDooM's GL options) create visual glitches in a couple of maps; they do not affect gameplay. Although a few combinations will get rid of the glitches, we have decided to wait a few days to see if an updated version of GZDooM to fix these problems is forthcoming. If an updated version will not happen, look for the game's release later this week.

.: 13 February 2017 - Paranoiac: Slight Hiccup in Release

Posted by Rex Claussen at 12:22.

Paranoiac has been largely ready for release for about a week now. However, the latest round of beta-testing has revealed a couple of minor, cosmetic issues. These don't occur with v2.3.2 of GZDooM (the latest official release) but occur with the newest development build of GZDooM:

1. The fade-in and fade-out in the TITLEMAP does not work.
2. The fog effect in the freezer areas of Map 15 doesn't work.

We could have released the game for v2.3.2 of GZDooM, but Davitch discovered a few days ago that saved games don't remember gravity setting of maps in v2.3.2. This is rather important in the Xen maps. (The newer GZDooM dev builds have fixed this, thankfully.)

So, all-in-all, the situation is FUBAR. Therefore, for now we are delaying the release in the hope that these minor issues will be resolved by the next official release of GZDooM. Stay tuned. Hic!

.: 26 January 2017 - Paranoic Trailer

Posted by Rachael at 08:51.

Many thanks to Daniel "Tormentor667" Gimmer for the editing work to finally put this together!

.: 6 January 2017 - Temple of the Ancients: Redux

Posted by Rex Claussen at 06:03.

With development on Paranoiac winding down (and forthcoming release, but don't quote me on that), my interest is being drawn back to an older project of mine. I speak, of course, of Temple of the Ancients: Redux. The pics don't show all the work already done; more pics later.

I already have new weapons, which I'll be incorporating into the game. Also, I have ideas for new (but DooM-based) enemies.

.: 31 December 2016 - .... In With the New

Posted by Rex Claussen at 21:10.

Fear Station: Charlie is a tech-themed map for GZDooM that plays on DooM2 Map01, but the gameplay is more suitable for Map27 or so. It features a new music track, a new, tall sky, non-linear progression, and plenty of 3D constructs.

Fear Station: Charlie is ready for download:

Text File
Download File

Happy New Year, friends.
More pics here.

.: 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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