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Torment & Torture : Classic Lost Episode Remastered

Torment & Torture : Classic Lost Episode Remastered

With Torment & Torture Lost Episode, the Classic circle can be considered as finished. In about 4 months, together with Ozymandias and Salahmander, I was able to finish Fury of Fire, a single huge map that will twist your bones. The whole remaster-procedure has been applied and the way has been set for the upcoming UTNT remaster that we are currently working on- so what's in there?

  • Added a new statusbar (base by NightFright)
  • Added widescreen graphics (incl. additional ones)
  • Added a new palette
  • Added dynamic lights (removed sector light effects)
  • Added special effects (volumetric light, fire particles)
  • Added brightmaps and gl-lights
  • Added gore effects (Nashgore)
  • Added hires sound effects
  • Added low-health effect
  • Added boss cast
  • Fixed various obivous things (aesthetics)
  • Turned everything into ZScript
  • Improved language
  • Improved colors for messages and statusbar graphics

As you might see, it doesn't seem to be much, but it should make up for a reason to replay this historical map. Enjoy the remaster and look forward to some more to come. Thanks to Ozymandias81 and Salahmander2, without you, this release would not have been possible at all.

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Torment & Torture : Classic Episode 3 Remastered

Torment & Torture : Classic Episode 3 Remastered

With Torment & Torture 3, I was quite faster considering the build time. In about 4 months, I was able to finish The Fortress of Damnation, with a total of two maps and a lot of twists that heaven't been seen in a Doom map yet, for example four totally new monsters and a new weapon without overwriting existing assets. What was that ZDoom-sorcery? This was planned to be the final installment in the Torment & Torture series, and well, I lied as we all know. As for the other two remaster, Torment & Torture 3 Classic Remaster features some quality-of-life-improvements but is a purer experience compared to TUTNT - so what's in there?

  • Added a new statusbar (base by NightFright)
  • Added widescreen graphics (incl. additional ones)
  • Added a new palette
  • Added dynamic lights (removed sector light effects)
  • Added special effects (volumetric light, fire particles)
  • Added brightmaps and gl-lights
  • Added gore effects (Nashgore)
  • Added hires sound effects
  • Added low-health effect
  • Added boss cast
  • Fixed various obivous things (aesthetics)
  • Improved language
  • Improved colors for messages and statusbar graphics

As you might see, it's not much, but it should make up for a reason to replay this historical map - historical at least for me. Enjoy the remaster and look forward to some more to come. Thanks to Ozymandias81 and Salahmander2, without you, this release would not have been possible at all.

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Torment & Torture : Classic Episode 2 Remastered

Torment & Torture : Classic Episode 2 Remastered

Two years after the release of Torment & Torture, I finished another take on this setup, this time called The Armory of Pain. Luckily the remaster didn't take me yet another two years (thanks to the help of Ozymandias and Salahmander). To date, this was the largest Doom map I have ever created. Despite its size, it was filled with intricate details (at least back then it wasn't common), a variety of styles, and a number of surprising events. As for the first remaster, Torment & Torture 2 Classic Remaster features some quality-of-life-improvements - and a lot of memories:

  • Added a new statusbar (base by NightFright)
  • Added widescreen graphics (incl. additional ones)
  • Added a new palette
  • Added dynamic lights (removed sector light effects)
  • Added special effects (volumetric light, fire particles)
  • Added brightmaps and gl-lights
  • Added gore effects (Nashgore)
  • Added hires sound effects
  • Added low-health effect
  • Added boss cast
  • Fixed various obivous things (aesthetics)
  • Improved language
  • Improved colors for messages and statusbar graphics

As you might see, it's not much, but it should make up for a reason to replay this historical map - historical at least for me. Enjoy the remaster and look forward to some more to come. Thanks to Ozymandias81 and Salahmander2, without you, this release would not have been possible at all.

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Torment & Torture : Classic Episode 1 Remastered

Torment & Torture : Classic Episode 1 Remastered

Do you remember "www.newdoom.com"? That classic Doom website that was launched prior to the release of Doom 3? Well, yes it's long time gone (and so is that third installation of our beloved classic). What makes me remember that website though is the Wad in a Week contest that was held back in December of 2000 when I created my submission and won a Doom shirt... and it started it all for me somehow as it was the very first step towards greater mapping. Oh - and it was the first episode of my Torment & Torture series. In case you haven't played it yet, you now have the chance to take a closer look at the classic episode with some additional twists - not as in the UTNT variant, but a more cleaner style, but with some quality-of-life-improvements:

  • Added a new statusbar (base by NightFright)
  • Added widescreen graphics (incl. additional ones)
  • Added a new palette
  • Added dynamic lights (removed sector light effects)
  • Added special effects (volumetric light, fire particles)
  • Added brightmaps and gl-lights
  • Added gore effects (Nashgore)
  • Added hires sound effects
  • Added low-health effect
  • Added boss cast
  • Fixed various obivous things (aesthetics)
  • Improved language
  • Improved colors for messages and statusbar graphics

As you might see, it's not much, but it should make up for a reason to replay this historical map - historical at least for me. Enjoy the remaster and look forward to some more to come. Thanks to Ozymandias81 and Salahmander2, without you, this release would not have been possible at all.

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The City of the Damned 2 - Apocalypse | Remaster released!

The City of the Damned 2 - Apocalypse | Remaster released!

After an on-and-off development phase of 3 years together with Nash Muhandes, Blue Shadow and Ozymandias81, we are proud to present you the long-awaited remaster of one the most prominent Realm667 classics: The City of the Damned 2 - Apocalypse. This is not just a visual facelift but an extensive overhaul. So what can you expect from this team-effort?

  • Improved progression and modern-style game design
  • Combat tweaks with punchier weapons
  • Bespoke(tm) gore effects by Nash Muhandes, made specifically for TCOTD2
  • A journal to keep track of your objectives, as well any letters you've found
  • A new, custom font to improve readability
  • New areas to discover (city cistern, camping site, swamp)
  • Expanded areas (new rooms in buildings, new shortcuts to avoid backtracking)
  • New puzzles and quests
  • A new item to help you anticipate the impending nightmares
  • Unique ammo types for all weapons
  • Fully localized text (available in english, german and italian)
  • Improved user interface for reading letters
  • Improved grammar and language
  • High resolution letter images just for the sake of style
  • Revamped monster cast (improved enemies, new enemies)
  • Final boss variants depending on whether you choose the Path of Doom or the Road of Blood
  • New final boss battle music
  • New fullscreen HUD and a slightly customized alt HUD
  • Improved player/actor scaling for fitting proportions
  • Improved exclamation marks for quest objects and letters
  • Judicious use of shaders for some sprites, and post processing
  • Toggle-able fog and snow effects
  • Optional weapon sway and strafe-tilting
  • Voxels for some static decorations
  • Converted most doors into Polyobjects for increased realism
  • Faux volumetric lighting effects
  • Displacement maps
  • Widescreen support (21:9)
  • Animated TITLEMAP instead of a static graphic
  • Full color sprites and textures (no longer restricted to the Doom palette)
  • Actor optimization and massive scripting cleanup
  • Full coop support (GZDoom P2P multiplayer only; NOT Zandronum)
  • Special: Finally you can visit the barn from the original TITLEPIC ;)

No matter if you have played the classic back in 2007 or if you are totally new to The City of the Damned 2 - Apocalypse, it's worth playing both ways. Check out the project page for more info and enjoy the remaster as much as we have enjoyed it revisiting it for you.

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Apocalypse of the Damned gets a remaster

Apocalypse of the Damned gets a remaster

The first release of The City of the Damned: Apocalpyse has hit the crowd on the 1st of November 2007. That's quite a long time to be honest. It was well received and still is one of the must-play-classics but it didn't age too well. In the past two years I didn't release anything new after finishing Blade of Agony but I remastered a few older releases that I thought of deserving it, like Austerity, Sapphire or The City of the Damned. For the second part of the series, I avoided working on it for a while because I found it too difficult to realize my own ideas without too much help. Fortunately though some well-known people from the communt like Blue Shadow, Nash and Ozymandias decided to join me and since about half a year we are concentrating on this very special remaster. So, what can you expect?

  • An extensive overhaul 3 years in the making
  • Combat tweaks with punchier weapons
  • Improved gore effects
  • A journal to keep track of your objectives, as well any letters you've found
  • A new, custom font to improve readability
  • New areas to discover (city cistern, camping site, swamp)
  • Expanded areas (new rooms in buildings, new shortcuts to avoid backtracking)
  • New puzzles and quests
  • A new item to help you anticipate the impending nightmares
  • Unique ammo types for all weapons
  • Fully localized text
  • Improved user interface for reading letters
  • Improved grammar and language
  • High resolution letter images
  • Revamped monster cast (improved enemies, new enemies)
  • Short introduction cutscenes for bosses (skippable)
  • Final boss variants depending on whether you choose the Path of Doom or the Road of Blood
  • New final boss battle music
  • New fullscreen HUD and a slightly customized alt HUD
  • Judicious use of shaders for some sprites, and post processing
  • Toggle-able fog and snow effects
  • Optional weapon sway and strafe-tilting
  • Voxels for some static decorations
  • Converted most doors into Polyobjects for increased realism
  • Faux volumetric lighting effects
  • Displacement maps
  • Widescreen support (21:9)
  • Animated TITLEMAP instead of a static graphic
  • Full color sprites and textures
  • Actor optimization and massive scripting cleanup
  • Full coop support (GZDoom multiplayer only; not Zandronum)
  • Special: Finally you can visit the barn from the original TITLEPIC ;)

That's quite a lot, isn't it? For further details and the latest content, just feel free to check the GitHub repository. Stay tuned for more media soon!

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Realm667 gets a needed face-lift

Realm667 gets a needed face-lift

After the page layout hasn't been touched for more than 4 years, I thought it would be the right time again to update the general layout and design. As you can (hopefully) already see, the complete menu and landing page got a large overhaul. On top of that I begun to make improvements to the subpages as well, which are mostly only aesthetical. If you spot something or if you have suggestions or wishes, feel free to post them in the board. Other than that I hope you like what you see.

By the way: We are still looking for news authors, so if you are interested in taking care of an up-to-date news section, feel free to apply in our forums as well.

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The Refinery - Trinity released

The Refinery - Trinity released

Lately I am really enjoying spicing up my old projects from time to time. It's nothing that "I have to" or that time plans demand from me, it's something I can work on when I am interested in doing. For the past year I have been working on a remaster of The Refinery with the title Trinity. There has been some bashing around when it was released in 2012 (let's simply forget about the "Shores of ZDoom" drama) and maybe it was released in a certain rush back then. Anyhow it wasn't released the way it was meant to be so I took the time to finish it up, adjust the gameplay, exchange some actors, add some new content and on top of it all, enhancing it with a 3rd playthrough that totally shuffles the cards again. Give it a try, at least three times before you wipe it of the harddrive again. It might be fun.

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DOOMIUM, one month till fission

DOOMIUM, one month till fission

After going on a trip towards the plains of Eternal Evilness and back, fai1025 got tired of huge adventures with a hidden treasure deep into far-far away shores of Hell. The Fai Slayer realised that travelling wide, desolated bits of Hell just to retrieve a random MacGuffin wasn't for them anymore. That's why they decided to gather a team of Science Slayers to exploit a chaotic and demonic radioactive matter known as DOOMium. Their research team has two months, until the 10th of December, to test and find out how DOOMium will benefit the future of mankind and other thriving people that have to deal with demons and alike on a daily basis.

This community project is a collection of 32 short maps using OTEX 1.1 as their only texture set and are interconnected using the exact same teleports for entering and exiting the level. It started on the 16th of October and there's only less than one month left now.

Prior to this community project, fai1025 also did a 20 maps MegaWAD named Unternity in an attempt to move on from Eviternity as a too big maps MegaWAD. Check the links provided for the community project and Unternity MegaWAD if you want to learn more about this DOOM mapper's past projects.

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Doom Wads' showcase channel

Doom Wads' showcase channel

Few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a YouTube channel named "Doom Wads" that uploads one video weekly (+ the month the week is set in) where they show a bit of gameplay from multiple WADs. They display the name of the WAD, the number of maps the WAD has, the author's name and the monster count. If you want to try new WADs, test fresh creations and keep yourself up to date with what's going on, I am confident you will find this channel interesting and useful. Moreover, because the NanoWADMo finishes less than 10 days ago, a lot of WADs were put in the video. First week of November. And here's the direct link to their channel.

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NaNoWADMo is over

NaNoWADMo is over

There are many things that are cool about the month of October. Mainly because it ends with Halloween, objectively the best special day earthlings have to offer. The Spook Season has the best vibes, so I guess it’s not a surprise that the NaNoWADMo took place during that month. For those who do not know, the NaNoWriMo (standing for National Novel Writing Month) is a month-long contest but foremost a self-challenge spanning each November in which you try to be consistent enough to compose a story made of 50,000 words on about any topic.

And NaNoWADMo is clearly the same vibes, but with WAD mapping. The goal is basically to map something during the 31 days of October. Well, October is sadly over and so is NaNoWADMo. And oh yeah! People did map WADs! I’m particularly looking forward into trying the WADs from Kam Tovalski, Meowgi, Blue Phoenix, Death Bear, Napsalm and cannonball; but just try them all! There are 17 links in the second message of the event and you can head toward the provided link to discover them.

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Mekanism Episode 2 is here

Mekanism Episode 2 is here

Back in March, Womp the Cat released their WAD named MEKANISM. Initially, it had 6 maps with an interesting, dark environment accompanied with, according to its author, orange and purple touches. It got updated about an hour ago with a brand new episode, along with some tweaks and a secret level made with the collaboration of Thelokk.

Sadly enough, the initial episode 1 message got wiped out for the second episode's release, but if you’re looking for stuff to try, here’s a really fresh addition. I will definitely try it out soon and you can read more on their project page.

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