[Comp.Sci.Dept, Utrecht] Note from archiver<at>cs.uu.nl: This page is part of a big collection of Usenet postings, archived here for your convenience. For matters concerning the content of this page, please contact its author(s); use the source, if all else fails. For matters concerning the archive as a whole, please refer to the archive description or contact the archiver.

Subject: DOOM Level Design FAQ . . . . . . (94/09/09)

This article was archived around: 4 Sep 2000 03:45:25 -0400

All FAQs in Directory: games/doom
All FAQs posted in: rec.games.computer.doom.announce, rec.games.computer.doom.help
Source: Usenet Version

Archive-name: games/doom/design-FAQ Rec-games-computer-doom-announce-archive-name: design-FAQ Posting-Frequency: monthly
-------------------------------------------------------------------- DESIGN12.FAQ -- Frequently Asked Questions about DOOM Level Design -------------------------------------------------------------------- Version 1.2, 09 Sept 1994. Editor: Tom Neff <tneff@panix.com> INTRODUCTION ------------ This document answers questions on DOOM level design in general, not how to play the game (covered in the DOOM FAQ - see Appendix B) or how to use a particular editor (read the documentation that came with it). Designers should also get the Unofficial DOOM Specs (see Appendix B). Contributions to this document are welcome (see Appendix C). The main sections are: 1. EDITORS 6. MONSTERS/THINGS 2. WALLS 7. LEVELS AND MAPS 3. SECTORS/ROOMS/FLOORS/CEILINGS 8. GRAPHICS/SOUNDS 4. DOORS 9. OTHER ERRORS 5. TAGS/TRIGGERS/EFFECTS The Appendices are: 1. THE 10 MOST COMMON DESIGN ERRORS 3. CONTRIBUTING TO THIS DOCUMENT 2. GETTING ESSENTIAL FILES 4. DESIGN SOFTWARE/REFERENCE LIST Questions and sections are numbered for reference, e.g., [3-5]. 1. EDITORS ---------- [1-1] What's the best level editor? Where can I get Editor XYZ? A. Try a few out and decide for yourself. See Appendix D for a list filenames and current versions, as found on the primary DOOM software sites listed in Appendix B. (Editor's Note/Full Disclosure Dept.: I am on the development team for one of the popular editors [DEU], but this FAQ plays no favorites. All the packages are of excellent quality nowadays, and well worth your time to download and try.) ----- [1-2] Where can I get an editor that works with Shareware DOOM? A. Id has asked that user written DOOM utilities, including editors, only work with the registered version of DOOM, and every major author has complied as of this writing. Register your copy and join the fun. ----- [1-3] Will the DOOM editors work with DOOM II or QUAKE? A. The structures of DOOM II and the final (1.666) release of DOOM I are expected to be similar, but we won't know for sureuntil DOOM II is officially released in October. (Rumors indicate some changes in mission naming may be needed.) No known level editor will support anything having to do with the infamous "pirate copy" of DOOM II, in keeping with Id's wishes. QUAKE (still in early development) is going to be a completely different design, and its "maps" will have nothing to do with DOOM WADs. Id seems to be ready to encourage user-written QUAKE add-ons as they have done with DOOM, but an entirely new set of editors will have to be written when the time comes. Today's editors are for DOOM, period. ----- [1-4] I heard about some editor that speeds up the shotgun or makes Imps shoot barrels; how does that work? A. Those are "EXE HACK" utilties, and not covered in this DOOM Level Design FAQ. The most popular EXE hacker is DEHACKED, found on the FTP sites mentioned in Appendix B. Lots of fun, but not our topic! 2. WALLS -------- [2-1] I flagged a two-sided wall Impassable, but monsters and players can still shoot through it. What's wrong? A. Lines with the 2S flag lit DO NOT stop bullets/fireballs, no matter what other flags are set. To stop shots, you need either one-sided lines (void space) or a floor-ceiling mismatch high enough to block the line of sight. "Impassable" only refers to motion by monsters or players. (Note that lines having two sidedefs but with the 2S bit OFF will stop bullets -- but not rockets or plasma. See [2-9] below.) ----- [2-2] I set "Blocks Sound" on the lines surrounding a room, but monsters still seem to hear me. What's wrong? A. A sound you make (punching, firing or launching, not grunting, wheezing or talking in Multiplayer) will activate every non-deaf monster that hears it. Sound first fills your own sector, then travels across every *2S flagged* line into adjacent sectors whose floor and ceiling leave a gap (i.e., not closed doors or sealed-off lifts). It then fills those sectors and proceeds the same way. Sound will cross *one* line with the "Blocks sound" flag lit, but will stop at the *second* such line it encounters. So - place a thin "buffer sector" next to your room, with both lines flagged "Blocks Sound," and monsters on the other side of the buffer sector won't hear you. -- with material from Richard Krehbiel <richk@netcom.com> ----- [2-3] OK, I understand how sound blocking works and my monsters work properly, but why can *I* can still hear everything (monsters, shots, lifts, etc), even across "Blocks Sound" lines? A. Sound blocking only affects monsters. Human players can hear everything possible (if there is a physical sound path) without regard to line flags. Sound does attenuate with distance, e.g., a distant lift will sound faint to you, a near one loud. (Monsters hear perfectly at any distance.) ----- [2-4] I wanted to make a doorway that LOOKS like a wall, by taking a passable two-sided line and giving it a Normal texture on one or both sides. Then you could walk/shoot through it, hide behind it, etc. But when I loaded my level and walked up to the secret wall, it looked like weird colored strings, and my PC slowed to a crawl. What's wrong? A. We call this the Medusa Effect - it looks like snakes and you turn to stone. :-) It happens because you used a *multi-patch* texture on the Normal of your passwall. A fuller explanation of patches and textures can be found in the Unofficial Specs (see Appendix B), but briefly, each texture (like STARTAN3) is built from one or more graphic "patches" (like SW19_1 and SW19_2); and for some reason, DOOM's engine can only draw SINGLE-patch textures on passable walls. Examples of single-patch textures (which you could use) are BROWNGRN, SKINTEK2, and ASHWALL. Examples of multi-patch textures that won't work are STARTAN3, COMPBLUE, and WOODSKUL. A complete list (TEXPATCH) of textures and the patches that make them up is available (see Appendix [D-4]). ----- [2-5] I got some strange colored dots and lines on some of my walls, but I wasn't trying to make anything secret or strange. My PC seems to run at full speed and the walls function normally, but they look funny. What did I do? A. This is Tutti Frutti effect (TFE), sometimes called "pink bug." It happens for one of three reasons: you used a short texture (less than 128 high) on a taller wall; or you used a transparent texture (like MIDGRATE) on an Upper or Lower surface, instead of the Normal surface; or you accidentally set an X offset greater than the width of the texture applied. (Many editors will attempt to prevent this, except that if you change the texture to a narrower one afterward the old X offset will stay.) The "short texture TFE" happens because textures are only *vertically* tiled on 128 pixel boundaries. If your wall is taller than your texture and the texture is less than 128 high, DOOM fills in the extra pixels with quasi-random garbage, hence the colored tutti frutti. You often see this when designers put "STEPx" on 20-24 high steps. The "upper/lower holes TFE" happens because Upper and Lower surfaces actually have *nothing* behind them, so DOOM has nothing to show through the holes; hence random garbage or tutti frutti. ----- [2-6] A wall in my level looks strange - it seems to flash rapidly with lots of overlapping textures and pictures from elsewhere in my viewscreen. What did I do wrong? A. This is the infamous Hall Of Mirrors (HOM) effect. You probably omitted a necessary texture: either the Normal of a one-sided line, or the Upper/Lower of a side whose upper/lower surface is exposed to air. Many editors will catch this nowadays, but you can still run into it when a lift or floor/ceiling movement exposes a surface that was "originally" covered in the editor. Note that there is another way to get Hall Of Mirrors, from too many lines in view: see [9-1]. ----- [2-7] There is a place in my level where the whole screen flashes for a moment, usually in random hash but sometimes in a pattern. If you keep walking, it goes away. Am I hallucinating? A. That's the "Moire'" or "Flash Of Black" error. It's another DOOM bug/limit, triggered by getting close to a wall in a very tall room. The effect first kicks in at about 559 units high, and gets worse (you see it farther from the wall, and stay in it longer) as the room gets taller. (The "pattern" you see is actually your old room's ceiling texture, repeated forever at a great distance above and below you, as though you were floating in some vast Stargate. Cosmic, man!) If you don't really NEED the tall room, get it below 559 high. (Some people make F_SKY1-ceiling exteriors very tall, for example, because they figure "why not?" Answer: moire' error is "why not.") If you must have it, accept the (harmless) error, or else work your way down to below 559 high with steps up (constant ceiling) before exiting the room. This is fixed in DOOM 1.4 and later versions. ----- [2-8] Some of my level's long walls behave strangely. If you stand on the edge, or in the corner, of this *big* room I built, you can SEE the wall sort of "jump" and slide around. If you shoot from there, the bullets sometimes stop right in front of your face! What did I do? A. This is the Long Wall Error (LWE). Your wall is thousands of units long, right? That gives the DOOM engine fits with round-off error when it tries to compute and display the wall's position relative to you. The blocked shots are from the "real" wall right in front of your face! The solution is simple: break up long lines. Keep them under 1024. If you choose 768 or 512 unit long "segments," you will never have a problem with X offsets in the texture tiling. ----- [2-9] I guess I don't understand why the "2 Sided" flag (the 0x04 bit) is needed at all! If a line has two sides, isn't that automatically a two-sided line? What does the flag do, and what happens if you leave it off? (I tried turning it off, but my editor wouldn't let me, it silently put the flag back!) A. The 2S flag allows light, sound and bullets to cross a line. It does not affect the movement of players, monsters or projectiles (rockets and plasma). It is required if one or both sides carry either no middle texture or a see-through texture like MIDGRATE. If 2S is lit, any nonempty middle texture must be "single patch" (see [2-4] above). If you set up a line with two sides but the 2S flag turned off, you and your enemies will be able to walk through it and fire projectiles through it, but not see, hear or shoot through it. It must carry an opaque texture on both sides, although this can be multi-patch. Monsters on the other side will not wake up or notice you, even if you shoot plasma at them through the wall, but once they ARE awake and "on your trail" they will follow you through the wall (but not try to shoot or throw projectiles across it, even though the latter would work, because they cannot "see" you). This might have some uses as a "trick feature" in a level. Ideally, editors should not interfere with you turning off (or on) any flag you want, although their consistency checkers might notice this kind of "strangeness" and query you on it. 3. SECTORS/ROOMS/FLOORS/CEILINGS/STAIRS --------------------------------------- [3-1] Is it possible to make a two-story area, where you could walk over or under another player? What about a floating cube? A. Not really - that's a limit of the DOOM engine. Only one sector can occupy a given spot on the (2-D) map, and that sector has one floor and one ceiling height. You can do some fairly convincing imitations, though. Two- or three-"story" buildings have been done, with transporters placed in the middle of the "up"/"down" staircases or lifts. Criss-crossing mazes on two or three levels (see OCTAGON) have been done, where you jump over "trenches" while running the upper levels. You can also make things that LOOK like floating platforms, even though you can't go both over and under them. Judicious use of F_SKY1, uppers and lowers does the trick. ----- [3-2] I set a sector's type to Light Pulsates Smoothly, but it doesn't. A. First, some versions of some editors got the pulsating sector type wrong. It is type 8. Second, the smooth pulsing goes from the initial brightness level *DOWN TO* the lowest adjacent brightness, and then back up. If the type-8 sector is at or below the brightness of all adjacent sectors, nothing will happen. ----- [3-3] I made a Teleporter, but I can't get the "pentagram" floor texture to line up properly with the teleporter pad. Aren't there X and Y offsets for floor textures? A. No, floors and ceilings are tiled on a fixed 64x64 grid throughout the level, regardless of where you draw your lines. In order to make the various patterns align properly, you need to build your ceilings, telepads, etc, *on* the 64x64 grid or some multiple thereof. Most editors have some kind of grid overlay that can make this easier. ----- [3-4] How do I make stairs? A. Consult your editor's documentation: some have canned procedures for this, and some do not. In general, stairs must be shallow enough to climb and wide and tall enough to fit through. Remember that the HIGHER step riser's floor must be at least 56 units below the LOWER adjacent ceiling, or you won't fit. You can only climb up 24 units at a time. ----- [3-5] How tall can I make my ceiling, or how deep my floor? Editor XYZ only lets me input values from -1000 to +1000 (or whatever), but someone told me they saw a WAD with rooms taller than that. A. The only hard limit is +16383 for the ceiling and -16384 for the floor. Many editors impose more conservative limits, but they should properly allow any value in the above range. Under DOOM versions 1.2 and earlier, the Tall Room or "Moire'" error (see [2-7]) will crop up if the *difference* between floor and ceiling is great; but a (Floor=15000, Ceil=15100) room will play perfectly in all versions. The only reason most designers would want to put rooms that high or low would be to take advantage of the enormous jump-down or lift raise/lower times they incur! (The author sometimes builds "delay" Deathmatch exits atop 2000-high lifts inside an elevator alcove: anyone can call for it, but it takes fifteen seconds to arrive, enough time for cowards to be "discouraged.") ----- [3-5] I wanted to have a sector rise and change texture, then later lower it again. I have the sector tagged properly and a "lower floor" switch set up with the same tag, but after I raise and match the floor, it won't lower! What's wrong? A. "Raise and match texture" appears to work by *copying* ALL sector information from the sector to be matched (the one on the right side of the activation line; see [5-6] below) to the target sector, including textures, type, light levels and -- what counts here -- tag number. Any tag you had originally set in the map is gone. A workaround is to set a *different* tag number on the sector to be matched; this will then be copied to the target sector at the time of raise-and-match. The second "lower" switch could then be tagged to this new number. Only problem is that this means the sector adjacent to the raise-and-match activation line will also be lowered! But you may be able to set another line somewhere in a 0-tagged sector to do a "dummy" raise and match and wipe out the extra "lower" tag number. Oh, it gets hairy. Experiment with it. -- with material from Evan Bynum 4. DOORS -------- [4-1] How do I make a door? A. Your editor's documentation probably covers this, including whatever specific keys, buttons, menu selections (and so on) that you need to use to do it. But in general, for the simplest, "classic" Door, you need to have a sector lying between two other sectors. The Door sector itself should have its Ceiling lowered to equal its Floor height. The two "door face" lines should be two-sided, with their right (first) sides facing outward; those right sides should have no Normal texture, but an Upper texture of something "doorish" like BIGDOOR2. The Door face lines should have a "Door" Type number like 1, and Tag of 0. The other two ("door jamb") lines should be one-sided (void space behind them), with a Normal texture like DOORTRAK and the "Unpeg Lower" flag set. (This holds the DOORTRAK still while the door goes up and down.) The lowest of the adjacent sectors' ceilings must be at least 64 higher than the highest adjacent floor, or you will not be able to walk through the door. (The rising door stops 4 below the lowest adjacent ceiling, and you are 56 high.) There are many more complicated kinds of door and door-like features, but this is the simplest. -- with corrections from Scott Amspoker ----- [4-2] I built a door in a high-walled room, and now the door texture "repeats" all the way to the ceiling. It's very ugly. How do I get rid of it? A. Recess the door. Add a mini-"hall" leading from your main room, with a lower ceiling height to match the texture height of your door, and place the door in that. | +-+-+------- : |d| room : |o| hall : |o| : |r| +-+-+------- | ----- [4-3] I added a door but when I play the level, the door is already open, and it makes an opening noise but it won't close. What gives? A. It's hard to get this to happen. You may have a Tag number set to something inappropriate: for most Door types, it should be zero. Make sure the activating lines face "outward" (right side facing the player). Most doors start out closed (floor = ceiling), but they don't have to. Note: Even if a door starts out partly open, it will still close all the way (floor=ceiling). ----- [4-4] How can I keep monsters from opening a door? A. One way is by requiring one of the Keys (red/blue/yellow) to open the door. Monsters don't have keys. This is the only simple way to keep monsters out or let them in under *your* control. If you want to keep them out of a door, period, you could put a thin high step in front the door, or mark one of the door lines with the BLOCKMONSTERS flag. There are also some Tag-based "door-like" special linetypes which monsters do not seem to want to trigger, so you could use one of those. ----- [4-5] I want to make a door that only works (opens) AFTER a switch somewhere else is pressed. Can this be done? A. Not "directly" -- linetypes cannot change dynamically in a map -- but you can make a terrific mock-up that does what you want. The trick is to put a thin door IN FRONT of the door you want to open later. The inner and outer doors might have exactly the same Upper texture and lighting level, unless you want to make the change obvious. You can even light the "Unpeg Upper" flag on the front of the outer door. Then, when you press your external switch elsewhere on the level, the thin outer door rises, revealing the "real" door underneath. If you unpeg the outer front and keep your thickness down, this process will be nearly undetectable. To make sure the user can't activate the inner door by pressing "through" the outer one, you may want to give the outer door's front face an innocuous special linetype, like one that lowers a hidden lift somewhere. ----- [4-6] I set up a door (or even a secret door) in a wall, and I raised the "sill" a few units above the floor. But now you can see right through it on the Map display as if it weren't there! I don't want this effect, is there a workaround? A. DOOM has a bug where, if you look at a closed door whose floor(=ceiling) is higher than the sector floor beyond, it appears on the map like an open window. Secret flags don't help. What you can do is either make the whole sector behind the door higher to match the raised sill, or at least put a narrow "buffer sector" behind the door at the same height. Then the door will become opaque on the Map again. -- with material from Robert Forsman 5. TAGS/TRIGGERS/EFFECTS ------------------------ [5-1] I can't get my Tags to work right. I put the sector number I wanted into the Linedef... A. Hold it right there! :-) Tags are perhaps the most misunderstood DOOM feature. Tags are NOT sector numbers and they are NOT line numbers! They are *arbitrary* numbers, 1 to 32767, that are *shared* by one or more lines and sectors, as a way of identifying the sectors as a group. It's just like being assigned a "box number" when you place a newspaper classified ad. You say, Here's my ad, and they give you Box 78, which happened to be unused. 78 bears no relationship to you personally, it's just the place where replies to your ad will be sent. Similarly, if you set up an effect like "lights out," with a walk-over line to trigger it and a set of one or more sectors whose lights you want to go out, the actual *numbers* of the lines and sectors don't matter. You pick an unused Tag number out of thin air -- say #7 is free -- and you plug that Tag number into *both* the trigger line (or lines) and the affected sector (or sectors). Then later, when you walk over that line, DOOM says oh, that had Tag #7, now where are all the Tag #7 sectors? and when it finds them, whatever their actual sector numbers, it turns out their lights. ----- [5-2] Then what's a Platform? A. Originally it was Id slang for a lift, the "down wait up stay" elevator sectors. Platforms needed tags like any other effect, but unfortunately the concepts got confused in a few minds and some design software came out that used "platform" to mean Tag. In fact, Tags are much more flexible and applicable to many more things than just lifts. Current versions of just about everything get it right. "Plat" in the game has a related but different meaning: it's a data structure used to apply an effect to a sector. If you mess up your Tags and accidentally try to lower every sector in the level at once, you'll probably bomb out to DOS with a "no more plats!" error message. ----- [5-3] I set a line to turn the lights out on a sector, but when I walk across it, almost ALL the lights go out in my level! What in the world have I done now? A. You forgot to set the Linedef Tag number (and the affected Sectors) to something NONZERO. If DOOM sees a Tag of zero (0) on a trigger line, it will find all the sectors with the SAME (0) Tag (i.e., most of the sectors on your level) and do the action on all of them. There is some confusion about when and how Tags should be used. There are only TWO kinds of trigger lines that don't require a Tag: "true" Doors (types 1, 26, 31, etc - see the Unofficial Specs) and the End Level group. Every other kind of special linetype WILL use the Tag stored in its Linedef. ----- [5-4] I have a lift in front of a door, and sometimes I can't get the door to open. What's wrong? A. When two trigger lines are in front of you, DOOM always chooses the closer of the two. What's probably happening is that your lift is so narrow that its trigger line blocks the door's. Try setting the lift well back from the door, or using a separate wall switch for the door. Of course, this can be an advantage too: to keep people from pressing the "back" of a switch (in a cooperative exit, for instance), surround it with innocuous special linetypes that do something like open a door or turn the already-bright lights up. [5-5] How do I make a teleporter? A. This is covered in a lot of tutorials and editor manuals, but briefly: You need at least one departure Line, one arrival Sector and one destination Thing. The line can be anywhere, must be two-sided, and must have its linetype set to 39. Its Tag number should be set to match the Tag of the arrival sector. The sector can be anywhere, should be tall enough to accomodate a player, must share the same Tag number and must be the only Sector with that Tag (although there can be as many Lines as you like). Inside the arrival Sector must be exactly one Thing of type 14 (Teleport exit). With those pieces in place, you're set: a player or monster walking from Right to Left (1st side to 2nd side) across the line will be teleported onto the Thing in the destination Sector. The Direction of the destination Thing will be the direction you face on arrival. ----- [5-6] I wanted to make a sector that moves and changes texture, using one of those exotic linetypes my editor tells me about. But when I hit the switch, the sector gets the wrong texture! How do I fix that? A. Most "change texture" triggers modify the tagged (target) sector floors to match the texture on *side 1 of the line where the switch is*. Put the texture you want on that side, and the tagged sector will follow suit. ----- [5-7] Rising staircases are confusing! Mine do everything but what I want. How do I fix them, and what does the Tag 999 do? A. Yes, they can sure be confusing, but we're fearless, so read on. Here's how rising stairs work. You trigger the first (bottom) step in the expected way, with a linetype 7 or 8 (in DOOM 1.666, linetypes 100 and 127 also work) tagged to a sector. That sector rises -- make sure it has the necessary lowers or you'll get HOM! -- and then DOOM looks for the next sector to raise by searching for the *lowest numbered* linedef whose *first* (right) side faces onto the current sector. If no first side faces inward, rising stops. Otherwise the "found" neighboring sector is raised, and the search continues from there. Tags are not used at any time. Now, why do Id's examples have odd tag numbers like 99 or 999 on alternating sectors? For the very dumb reason that their nodes builder -- IDBSP, whose source was released to the DOOM user community -- actually *combines* adjacent sectors with identical characteristics! Before rising, all the staircase steps have the same height, light levels and textures. So, to make them "different" and prevent IDBSP from merging them, Id's level designers stuck a nonsense tag number on every other one. The nodes builders we use these days (including several adaptations of Id's original) no longer do nasty things like combining sectors without permission, so we can skip the tagging gymnastics. ----- [5-8] I set up a floor sector that's supposed to rise and fall every 5 seconds, but when I activate it nothing happens! Or, I made a "lift" but it doesn't go up and down! What could be wrong? A. Make sure that you start "perpetual raise" floors (linetypes 53 and 87) and lifts in the *UP* position. They are designed to go DOWN from their initial position to the lowest nearby (or nearest) floor when activated, then back up to the initial position. If you start them "lowered" in the level map, they will go nowhere. 6. MONSTERS/THINGS ------------------ [6-1] I built a hallway/room that my monsters refuse to enter. They stamp around at the entrance but that's it. A. Make sure your hall is wide and tall enough! The Unofficial Specs [4-2-1] have a list of monster heights and widths. What's more, if a hall is *just* wide enough for a monster, it's less likely to enter than if it's *plenty* wide enough. Also be careful about step-downs and step-ups. Monsters will not step up/down too far onto narrow steps. If you want a monster to go up or down more than 16, make sure there's plenty of room on both sides of the riser line. The actual tested measurements for all monsters are in the METRICS document; see Appendix D. And of course, make sure you didn't accidentally mark the entrance with BLOCKMONSTERS or something, by accident in the editor. -- with material from Adam P. Harris ----- [6-2] I put some demons in a room but they don't move, they just stand there and twitch, although they scream when I shoot them. How did that happen? A. You probably placed them too close together when you laid out your level. Monsters have to be separated from each other (AND from nearby walls) by at least their own width, or they freeze in place. (If you kill all of a monster's too-close neighbors, it will usually free the monster to attack you.) The other possibility is that your ceiling is too low. See the Unofficial DOOM Specs (Appendix B) for monster widths and heights. ----- [6-3] There's this great "zoo room" I built with a hundred demons in it! What a blast to mow your way through so much alien flesh. But it's weird, like some of the monsters "flicker" in and out of view. Should that be happening? A. DOOM can only keep track of 64 sprites in your view at once. If you have more than that, some will fail to display in each frame, effectively at random. (This includes things like torches and barrels.) The more sprite overload, the greater the chance that any given sprite will be "invisible" at a given moment. Put 200 imps in a room and each one will be "gone" 2/3 of the time. The workaround is, quite simply, to design your level in a way that avoids sprite overload. Instead of 100 troopers in a room, use 50 and keep the hanging corpses to a minimum in that area... etc. -- with material from Vesselin Bontchev ----- [6-4] How close to the edge of a "shelf" do I need to put my stim packs and potions so the players can get them? How far back must I put something to keep the player's hands off of it until the right moment? Does it matter how high or low the items are? A. First the height issue: In order to be grabbed, a thing must be sitting on a floor that's between your feet and your head, e.g., between 0 and 56 units above the floor the grabbing player stands on. Above or below that and it won't be taken no matter how close to the edge. As for horizontal distance from the edge: On paper, your body radius is 16 units, your grabbing "arms" extend another 32 units beyond that, and gettable objects themselves have a radius of 16, so that when you bump up against an unclimbable "shelf" lower wall, you should be able to grab things centered as much as 48 units back from the edge. But in practice I find considerable "slop" at the edges of these numbers, and also a longer reach if you run full speed into a barrier. To be absolutely certain an item will be taken at the lightest shelf contact, place it 24 or fewer units back. To be absolutely sure the item will NOT be taken, even with a running start at -turbo 200, place the thing 40 or more units back. (If you try to finesse these numbers or shave them very close, beware of editors or WAD post-processors that snap Thing coordinates to an 8x8 or coarser grid!) ----- [6-5] I put some Columns and Torches in a room, but they look funny, almost as though they're sticking up "into" the ceiling. Why does that happen and what do I do about it? A. Make the room taller or pick shorter Things. Each Thing has an apparent height when its Sprite is drawn, and low ceilings do not cut off any excess; the whole thing is drawn, even if it seems to pass mysteriously into the ceiling. Tech Columns are about 112 high, the highest example. Other things are lower. -- with material from Vesselin Bontchev 7. LEVELS AND MAPS ------------------- [7-1] When I play my level and switch to Map mode, it only shows me a little bit of the local area I'm in, even when I hit "-" a lot or "0" to Zoom Out. The Id levels seem to work OK and some of the levels I've downloaded do too. What am I doing wrong? A. The culprit is the resource called BLOCKMAP. It is described in the Unofficial Specs [4-11]. Some editors don't build a good one. You can usually overcome this by creating a few dummy "sectorlets" or just linedefs out at the "corners" outside of your real level map area. Otherwise, you'll have turn Follow off and scroll around the map. ----- [7-2] I designed a level that's about as complicated as one of the original ID levels - roughly the same number of rooms, monsters, etc. But mine plays much *slower* than the originals! What's wrong? A. Remember that DOOM only loads PWADs when it needs them, so there will be some inevitable disk overhead when your level first starts, and occasionally thereafter if DOOM needs to keep going to disk to get other entries from your WAD file. (If you have enough memory, DOOM actually improves with about 1 Megabyte of disk cache, although results vary from system to system.) More importantly, there is a resource called REJECT that quickly tells DOOM whether sectors can "see" each other, allowing many expensive line-of-sight checks to be skipped. Without REJECT, DOOM must constantly check each monster to see whether it has a line of sight to your location. On a level with a lot of monsters, this can be time consuming. As of this writing, some editors generate a real, usable REJECT resource when you save a level, while others need to be used in conjunction with a separate, standalone REJECT builder (like IDBSP, REJECT10 or RMB) in order to optimize playing speed. See Appendix D. ----- [7-3] I have designed several mission maps, but now I'd like to combine them into a mini "episode" for distribution together. How do I do it? A. You may be able to do it right in your editor; check the documentation to find out whether your software supports combining multiple PWADs into a single group file. If not, you may have to "borrow" another editor temporarily, just long enough to do the combine. If you have created each of your mission maps as E1M1, and if your editor doesn't easily allow you to change a map's mission number (something just about all of them do), you can use the MOVELEV utility to change the episode and/or mission of your PWAD in place without editing it. See Appendix D. ----- [7-4] I just lost two days worth of work because that new Beta Test release of NODEMAKE 2.99 [a made-up example] is buggy! I saved my PWAD, ran NHOUND on it, and when I edited the PWAD again the lines were all crazy! How can I get my data back? A. You probably CAN'T get your data back, because you made the dangerous mistake of editing, post-processing, and playing all out of the SAME file. That's not the way to protect your valuable design effort! Here is the safe way to do design work. Have one "cycle" of files which contain nothing but editable map data for the level you're working on. If your editor allows it, you can give these files a different extension, say, MYLEV.EDI instead of MYLEV.WAD. Your editor may also allow for the "old" input file to be renamed as MYLEV.BAK when you save, adding another level of protection. Then when you edit, do it with a *batch file* that runs your editor followed by any post processor, directed to another file. So for example MYED.EXE %1.EDI NODEMAKE.EXE %1.EDI %1.WAD after which you might have as many as *three* good files: MYLEV.BAK, MYLEV.EDI, and MYLEV.WAD. So if a test version of NODEMAKE hoses the output, you're still in business. ----- [7-5] Do nodes builder programs like BSP take into account any nodes I have already built in the editor or with a previous program? A. No, they always build them from scratch using just the map data. You may have some control over the "depth" and/or "speed" of the BSP structure, depending on your editor's or utility's parameters; consult the documentation for details. -- with material from Douglas Baker ----- [7-6] Is there any way to import AutoCAD or other CAD/CAM or home design program datasets into DOOM as level maps? A. Nobody has written a DOOM level editor that reads such files, to the best of my knowledge. In principle, any CAD program that allows dataset export to a Text file could be used along with a suitable text editing script or program, to generate a DWD or WIF file which could then be converted to a WAD with the IDBSP package (see Appendix D), but again, nobody's done it that I know of. One of the problems you would have, of course, is that much important information (special line and sector types, tag numbers etc) would probably be absent from the CAD dataset and have to be added later. 8. GRAPHICS/SOUNDS ------------------- [8-1] Some of these DOOM levels I download have custom graphics. How can I do that? A. If you can create or find a GIF file of the right size, there is a utility called DMGRAPH (see Appendix D) that will insert it into your WAD file. You are on your own as far as picking a Windows or DOS based graphics editor -- there are a lot of them, preferences vary widely, and if you've never made a picture before, you're probably not ready to use them in your DOOM levels. Once you have a picture, the DMGRAPH documentation tells you more about how to use it. ----- [8-2] I wanted to change STARTAN3, but when I ran the DMGRAPH utility, it said "entry not found." What's wrong? A. As described in the Unofficial Specs (see Appendix B), textures are built out of graphic "patches." DMGRAPH 1.1 (the latest version at this writing) only deals with patches, which have their own names. STARTAN3 is a texture name. A few textures are composed of exactly one "patch," allowing you to do a full substitution, but others are built of three or five or more "patches." A future version of DMGRAPH may (or may not) address this situation. ----- [8-3] I can change the wall graphics just fine, but when I try to change a floor or ceiling, DOOM either crashes or ignores my new texture. What am I doing wrong? A. Not much, unfortunately. As the DMGRAPH documentation points out, only some kinds of graphic patches can be supplied in PWAD files. Floors and ceilings ("flats") cannot be used from PWADs in any DOOM version; sprites (Imp, Shotgun, Torch etc) can be used from PWADs in DOOM 1.6 and later, but not in DOOM 1.2. (Yes, Id once said they would allow flats to be added from PWADs in 1.6, but it didn't happen.) The only thing you can do is patch them in the *original* DOOM.WAD file. You could supply the GIFs, a copy of DMGRAPH and a batch file along with your custom level, so that the user can insert the graphics him/herself, but many users don't like having to patch their main IWAD. Note that the one "ceiling" you CAN change in a PWAD is the Sky graphic that's displayed "outdoors" in rooms with F_SKY1 as the ceiling texture. But this is really a wall patch (SKY1/SKY2/SKY3, depending on which episode you're in) that's displayed as a combination wall/ceiling via a special algorithm. -- with material from Matt Fell and Arek Wojciechowski ----- [8-4] I got a utility (DMAUD) that replaces DOOM sounds, but I don't know what numbers go with what sounds, and the Unofficial Specs don't say. What are the various sound names? A. Ask DMAUD: just type "dmaud -l" at the command prompt, and you'll see a list of them. ----- [8-5] Why can't I replace the DOOM music with the cool "Batman" theme music .WAV file I downloaded from a BBS? A. Because a .WAV file is a sampled waveform -- essentially one long digitized sound effect -- and DOOM only uses this form for "noises" like door sounds, gunshots, grunts etc. (Those you CAN replace, with Bill Neisius's DMAUD utility; see Appendix D.) DOOM's background music is stored in .MUS format, similar to MIDI (and convertible from MIDI with the MIDI2MUS program; same Appendix) -- actually specifying instruments, notes to be played, durations etc. There's no readily accessible way of going "backward" from a .WAV to a MIDI music sequence. So if you want to substitute your own music, you need to find some MIDI files, or record your own with a MIDI-capable synthesizer. -- with material from Jered Floyd and Brad Reynolds ----- [8-6] Okay, I got a top of the line bitmap editor and I created some GIF pictures to use as textures, then I inserted them into a PWAD using DMGRAPH and I played my WAD. The pictures are there, but the colors are awful! Lots of ugly red speckles, washed out areas, nothing looks the way I expected. How did Id get theirs looking so good, and how do I do the same? A. Simple, they cheated. :-) That is, Id uses a non-uniform palette that's optimized for the "look" they wanted their world to have. If you extract one of their big patches out to a GIF file with DMGRAPH, then load that into your graphics editor and examine the "image palette," you'll see what I mean: lots and lots of shades of grey, plenty of intermediate greens and browns, a few blues, some reds, few yellows, and other areas very skimpy. This lets Phobos look terrific, but when you import your Euro Disney slides and feed them to DMGRAPH straight, it has to map colors to their nearest equivalents in the DOOM palette, with sometimes-horrendous results. How to cope? Your fancy bitmap editor may or may not allow you to "coerce" work to stay within the DOOM palette; some, like Corel Photo-Paint 4&5, are designed for pro artists and always "think 24 bit." If you keep the DOOM palette loaded, though, you can still use it exclusively for new fills, lines, textures etc. You can also use one or another freeware/shareware "image handlers" like Paint Shop Pro, which can run in the background and coerce images to the palette for you. If you can see in advance what the graphic's going to look like, you're a lot better off. In general you can try to use colors that have plenty of equivalents in the DOOM palette, keep things muted and somewhat low contrast, etc. Beware when "dithering" pictures, because the results may look awful up close in play. ----- [8-7] I created some graphics and put them into my PWAD with DMGRAPH, but when I run my editor it spits out some funny error messages, and when I save my edited level the graphics are gone! Or the editor preserves the graphics, but when I pass my PWAD through my favorite standalone NODES or REJECT builder, it strips away my custom graphics and music. How can I get around this? A. The easiest way is to maintain a *separate* graphics/music PWAD while you develop your level. Use only DMGRAPH/DMAUD/DMMUS to insert, remove or change graphics/sound/music into that PWAD; never open it with an editor or feed it to any other standalone map-oriented utility. Let the PWAD you use in your editor contain *only* map data. Then when you test your growing level, simply load *both* PWADs, map and graphics/sound/music, with the -file switch: doom.exe -devparm -skill 4 -file mylev.wad mygfx.wad Then when you are ready to release your level, combine the two PWADs into a single one using an appropriate editor or utility; see [7-3]. (Also see question [7-4] which is related to this one.) ----- [8-8] How do I make a see-through wall like MIDGRATE? A. Everywhere in your graphic that is PURE CYAN (Red=0, Green=255, Blue=255) will be rendered as transparent if a texture using your graphic patch is applied to the Normal (Middle) surface of a 2S line. To see the proof of this, extract MIDGRATE (patch name M1_1) to a .GIF file with DMGRAPH and edit it with your favorite graphics editor. The reason this might not have been obvious is that many DOOM graphics viewers and editors politely translate "pure cyan" to BLACK for you on the display. -- with material from Adam P. Harris 9. OTHER ERRORS ---------------- [9-1] I have a level that passes all my editor's consistency checks, and looks clean to me, but when I play it, I get strange flashing effects on a few of the walls, what I think they call "Hall of Mirrors." What's wrong? A. First, make sure you built a good node tree with a BSP utility. (See Appendix B for where to get them.) If you used BSP and it still happens, and you're *sure* you didn't omit any required textures, you may have hit a DOOM engine limit. The limit has to do with how many lines DOOM can show you at a time. If you have too many lines in sight at once (128 in DOOM 1.2, increased to 256 in DOOM versions 1.4 and later), the extra sides will not be drawn, and you will tend to see the Hall of Mirrors (HOM) effect somewhere twards the back of the room. Note that there are often MORE edges visible than there are lines on the map! Looking at a staircase from above, for example, will show two edges (riser and flat) for every map line. And an intervening "shaft" or pillar in the middle that cuts the staircase in half will double the number of long edge segments visible -- so you can reach the limit more quickly than you think. If you hit this limit, find a way to simplify your room's layout or interpose some void space (one-sided surfaces) so you can't see so many lines at once. -- with assistance from John Carmack, and material from Robert Forsman ----- [9-2] I'm getting Hall of Mirrors, but I'm sure my room isn't too complicated or anything. My level passes all the editor's checks and I use the best BSP node builder. But when my crushing ceilings (or rising platform/stairs, or lowering wall etc) are activated, the HOM appears. What did I do wrong? A. You're missing a necessary texture just like always, but your editor's consistency checker didn't catch it because the texture is only needed *dynamically* -- in the initial static map state, the pillar's lower, crushing ceiling's upper, etc, are safely "hidden" and don't appear to need a texture. The only "solution" is to be vigilant about textures when adding a feature like a surprise crusher, and/or keep careful bug-notes on such things when testing out your level. ----- [9-3] Some of my level's walls seem to "jump around"... A. It might be Long Wall Error. See [2-8]. ----- [9-4] When I playtest my level, I sometimes get "invisible barriers" running across a room or corridor. Either I can't get through them at all or I can only squeeze past with great difficulty. When I type IDDT on the Map display, I see extra lines that aren't on my real level! Why does this happen? A. These seem to be artifacts created by some Nodes builders. Usually they occur in conjunction with very complex-shaped, "straggly" or concave single sectors. A curved "maze" done as one big sector may show this effect, or a giant "crescent moon" sector. Try breaking up such sectors into simpler, more nearly convex pieces. You may also want to try feeding your level to a different Nodes builder. -- with material from Leigh Dehaney APPENDIX A. THE 10 MOST COMMON DESIGN ERRORS --------------------------------------------- Some of these are show-stoppers, i.e., DOOM will crash if you try to run the level; others will let you run DOOM but game play is screwed up; others are just ugly; and a few are common stylistic complaints. All are encountered often in user-written levels, or asked about in discussion forums, or both. There is no particular order. [A-1] Bad Wall Effects. This includes HOM (Hall Of Mirrors), caused by missing textures (see [1-7]); Medusa Effect, caused by incorrect Normal textures on 2-sided walls (see [1-5]); Tutti Frutti, caused by short Normal or transparent Upper/Lower textures (see [1-6]); Long Wall Error, from superlong lines; and Moire Error, caused by ceiling changes near tall rooms (see [1-8]). [A-2] Wall Pegging. Wall faces exposed by rising/lowering ceilings or floors (including door side tracks) should usually have the Unpegged Lower/Upper bits set in their Linedef. This keeps the side textures from "following" the adjacent rising/lowering sector. Many, many user level designers forget to unpeg their door tracks. Just cosmetic, but contributes to the sense of realism or lack thereof. [A-3] Lines/Vertexes that Cross or Coincide. A show-stopper. If two or more vertexes occupy the same position, or if two or more lines cross or lie "on top of" one another, DOOM's engine will crash trying to work out the sector math. Several editors are capable of checking for this; if you get crashes, use one. [A-4] Slowdown from Monster/Two-Sided Line Glut. Not a crash but a playability issue. See [6-2]. Designers should try their levels on less powerful PC's and/or at full screen resolution to see whether some rooms are unacceptably slow. [A-5] Unaligned Textures, both X and Y. Just cosmetic, but important for realism. If your X textures are properly aligned and you split a line or drag vertexes around, you will probably need to re-align. A tedious job, but some editors help automate it for you. (But note: It's considered polite to offset secret door textures a little bit -- say 2 pixels -- just enough so that an attentive player might notice it.) [A-6] Missing Player Starts, Insufficient Sectors. Another show-stopper. Every level must have a minimum of two (2) sectors. It must also have a Player 1 Start if you are going to play solo; Players 2-4 Start if you will be playing Cooperative multiplayer; and anywhere from four (4) to ten (10) Deathmatch starts if you will be playing Deathmatch. Otherwise DOOM will crash. Hint: Unless your Deathmatch design specifically forbids it, use all 10 starts; it will make play more interesting. [A-7] Floor/Ceiling Mismatch. Usually caused by raising/lowering a floor but forgetting the associated ceiling, or vice versa. Sometimes caused by accidentally "including" an unintended sector in a floor/ceiling change, under editors that support multi sector "gang" operations. Unless the ceiling is at least 56 higher than the floor, you either can't enter or (if you are already there, via teleport, floor/ceiling movement or start of play) you will be stuck. This is sometimes an issue on stairs: the LOWER ceiling must be at least 56 higher than the HIGHER floor, or you cannot pass between two sectors. [A-8] Missing/Wrong Tag Numbers. When tagged operations like Lights Out or Raise Floor get the tag number wrong (in the activating Linedef), the results are usually awful. The whole level "rises" or crushes or something else you don't want. This can be tough to spot at first in gameplay. Ideally, editors should check for this. [A-9] Monsters Too Close To Each Other or to Walls. See [5-2]. You must also be careful to place Deathmatch and multi-player Start points far enough from walls, or arriving players will be immobilized. [A-10] Dead Ends. Designers sometimes leave out an EXIT switch, which makes it hard to play a level in Deathmatch or as part of a larger episode. Also, perhaps this is a stylistic argument, but at least be AWARE of which places (if any) on your level have "no escape" for the unwary user who enters. ID's original levels do have a couple of these, but many users don't like them. -- with assistance from John Romero APPENDIX B. GETTING ESSENTIAL FILES ------------------------------------ There are a number of essential files files for DOOM level designers, particularly the basic reference Text files like the DOOM FAQ and the Unofficial DOOM Specs; see Appendix D, [D-4] for a list. Many of these documents are widely distributed on the various DOOM BBS's, Usenet newsgroups, game boards of online services, and FTP sites supporting DOOM players. Some services may use slightly different names from the ones listed in Appendix D, and versions change over times, so examine the directory listings carefully. Where to FTP this stuff? Try one of the following sites: infant2.sphs.indiana.edu:/pub/doom/wad_edit wuarchive.wustl.edu:/pub/msdos_uploads/games/doomstuff ftp.uwp.edu:/pub/incoming/id /pub/msdos/games/id/home-brew/doom APPENDIX C. CONTRIBUTING TO THIS DOCUMENT ------------------------------------------ If you have a correction, contribution or suggestion, please mail it to me, the editor, at one of these addresses: tneff@panix.com (Internet) uunet!panix!tneff (UUCP) >INET:tneff@panix.com (CompuServe) or any other Internet mail gateway you can reach. I will read all submissions and (if I use them) credit the author. Remember, this is a level design FAQ for things that users really ask about. It is not for editorial essays, unpublished screenplays, or wish lists for someone's editor. :-) If you have discovered some new and interesting technical fact about DOOM, mail it to Matt Fell for the next Specs. I only want material that answers real-world design questions. I am grateful for the numerous contributions this document has already received from generous readers. Where their material has inspired or improved an entry, I have mentioned them by name. I would also like to thank the "Doom Design Elders" for your patience and support. APPENDIX D. DESIGN SOFTWARE/REFERENCE LIST ------------------------------------------------ These are in alphabetical order within each section. No endorsement of any particular product over its competitors is intended, although the reference files in [D-4] get thumbnail evaluations. Each section heading is followed by the name of the directory where the files mentioned can be found on the INFANT2.SPHS.INDIANA.EDU FTP site (see Appendix B). [D-1] LEVEL EDITORS - /pub/doom/wad_edit/editors DCK11.ZIP - Doom Construction Kit 1.1 by Ben Morris. A DOS-based level editor. DE_260B4.ZIP - DoomEd 2.60b4 by David Bruni. A Windows-based level editor. A preliminary, incomplete release of 3.0 (DE3ALPH8.ZIP) allows texture previewing and some other things. DEU521.ZIP - DOOM Editing Utility 5.21, by Raphael Quinet and Brendon Wyber. A DOS-based level editor. DEU521GCC.ZIP contains a GNU C compiled version which uses a DOS extender to allow editing bigger levels, but which will not work under Windows or OS/2. DMCAD43.ZIP - DoomCAD 4.3 by Matt Tagliaferri. A Windows-based level editor. EDMAP110.ZIP - EdMap 1.10 by Jeff Rabenhorst. A DOS-based level editor. A newer file, EDMAP111.ZIP, upgrades to version 1.11 but requires that 1.10 already be installed. MDE90B1.ZIP - My DOOM Editor 0.90b by Patrick Steele. A DOS-based level editor, last updated May 1994. ULTED.ZIP - UltEd 1.00b by Peter Ott. An OS/2-based level editor (preliminary, use with caution). WADED129.ZIP - WadEd 1.29 by Matthew Ayres. A DOS-based level editor. WADSUP11.ZIP - Wads_Up 1.1 by G. Whitehead. A Windows-based level editor, last updated April 1994. ----- [D-2] NODE/REJECT BUILDERS - /pub/doom/wad_edit/node-build /pub/doom/wad_edit/misc BSPxxx.ZIP - BSP nodes builders by Colin Reed and collaborators. There are several different versions, so a chart may help: Filename Version Runs on Extended Memory? 387 needed? -------- ------- ------- ---------------- ----------- BSP11TC 1.1 DOS No No BSP11W 1.1 Windows Yes No BSP12X 1.2 DOS Yes Yes BSP4OS2 1.2 OS/2 Yes No IDBSPxxx.ZIP - Nodes+REJECT builders adapted from Id's published "IDBSP" code by Ron Rossbach and collaborators. Another chart: Filename Version Runs on Extended Memory? 387 needed? -------- ------- ------- ---------------- ----------- IBSP101D 1.01 DOS No No IBSP101L 1.01 Linux Yes No IBSP101O 1.01 OS/2 Yes No IBSP102D 1.02 DOS No No IDBSP10 1.0 DOS No No (this version moves Things and merges Sectors - use 1.01 or better) IBSPWAT 1.0x DOS Yes No (Steve Larsen's WATCOM build fixes some bugs) NODENAV.ZIP - NodeNav 0.8 by Frank Palazzolo. Shows nodes rather than building them, but useful for learning how nodes work. REJECT10.ZIP - REJECT.EXE 1.0 by L.M.Witek. A DOS-based REJECT builder; uses a distance based algorithm that may cause problems on some WADs. RMB11.ZIP - Reject Map Builder 1.1 by Jens Hykkelbjerg. A DOS-based REJECT builder with full line of sight computation and a command file based override/customization facility. VNB1050.ZIP - VNB 1.050 by Robert Fenske, Jr. A DOS-based Nodes+Blockmap builder. ----- [D-3] WAD MANIPULATION UTILITIES - /pub/doom/wad_edit/misc DMADDS1B.ZIP - Doom Add Sprite utility 1.0b by Bernd Kreimeier. Allows sprites from PWADs to be added to the main IWAD. DMASE.ZIP - DOOM Audio Sound Extractor 1.2 by Bucky La Dieu. A front end to DMAUD (see below) that extracts all sounds from a PWAD at once. DMAUD11.ZIP - DOOM Audio Editor 1.1 by Bill Nesius. Inserts and extracts digitized audio (sound effects) from IWAD and PWADs. Outputs WAV files, inputs any kind. DMCHECK09.ZIP - DOOM Check 0.9 by Jean-Serge Gagnon. Checks DOOM version, file space, etc, for use in batch files. DMDUMP09.ZIP - DOOM Dump 1.0 by Steve Simpson. Dumps PWAD data out in readable text format. DMGRAP11.ZIP - DOOM Graphic Editor 1.1 by Bill Neisius. Extracts, replaces, adds and views graphics in WADs. Inputs, outputs GIF or PPM files. DMMUI.ZIP - DOOMusic User Interface 1.0 by Pooka. A front end to DMMUSIC (see below) and MIDI2MUS, to simplify putting and getting music into and out of WADs. DMMUS10A.ZIP - DOOM Music Editor 1.0a by Bill Neisius. Extracts, replaces and adds music to/from IWAD and PWADs. DMPS20.ZIP - DOOM PostScript Map Generator 2.0 by James Bonfield and Gerhard Karnik. Produces printer-ready PS images of IWAD or PWADs. DMTEX09B.ZIP - DooMTex 0.9b by Steve McCrea. Tools for adding new patches and textures to PWADs. Requires WadTool and DMGRAPH. DOOMTOOL.ZIP - Doom Tools by James Dooley. Has a standalone tool for combining two PWADs into a third. DVIEW200.ZIP - DOOM View 2.0 by Mr. Skibone. Views and extracts graphics from WADs. EWT.ZIP - WAD Extended Tools 1.0 by VeLS. Views resources. MIDI2MUS.ZIP - MIDI to MUS Converter from Id. Converts MIDI to "Paul's MUS format." Needed with DMMUSIC. MOVELEV2.ZIP - Move Level 2.0 by Steve Simpson. Displays and/or changes the episode and mission numbers in PWADs. RENWAD.ZIP - another ExMx changer, by ASRE. TED12.ZIP - TED 1.2 by Peter Monks. Edits the ENDOOM resource (colored text displayed on exit from game) in WADs. WACKERB7.ZIP - Wacker 0.7beta by Keith Wilkins. Edits and creates new graphic textures in WADs. WADGC2.ZIP - WAD Graphics Compiler by Stefan Gustavson. Beta source (Unix flavor) for graphics tools. WADHAK.ZIP - Wad Hacker 1.0 by Roger Hayes. A Windows-based WAD resource viewer. WT100.ZIP - WAD Tools 1.0 by Jeff Miller. A DOS-based WAD resource viewer/exporter/importer. ----- [D-4] REFERENCE FILES - /pub/doom/wad_edit/text ALLWALL2.ZIP - contains a single huge GIF showing all the wall textures. Someone needs to break it up into manageable pieces; it would then be an important reference tool instead of a curiosity. An "ALL-FLOOR" companion GIF also exists but is not as widely distributed. DESIGNxx.ZIP - Level Design FAQ, edited by Tom Neff, i.e., this document! In case you found it floating in a bottle, and wanted to look for a newer version... DMFAQ58.ZIP - The Official DOOM FAQ 5.8 by Hank Leukart. A big omnibus collection of info on DOOM game play, culture and origins. Now shipped with registered DOOM itself. Designers have less call to use it than you'd think, but when they need it, they need it. DMSPEC13.ZIP - The Unofficial DOOM Specs 1.3 by Matt Fell. An essential compilation of technical data on all aspects of the game and level design. Should be on every designer's desk. Needs updated with some DOOM 1.666 changes, so look for 1.4 soon. METRICS.ZIP - "DOOM Metrics" by Scott Amspoker. Comprehensive summary of DOOM sizes, distances, clearances, speeds etc, with all information experimentally verified. Covers more detail on this subject than the Specs, and where they disagree, Scott is usually right. TEXPATCH.ZIP - Textures To Patches, by Gregory Lewis. Lists texture names on the left, with component patches and offsets on the right. Very useful for creating substitute graphics. TEXTURES.ZIP - "Managing Textures and the Unpegged Attribute" by Scott Amspoker. Intensive examination of how to use textures effectively in level design. * * * END OF FAQ * * *