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Re: Hocusdoom BETA (new version 10-15-2019) almost there

PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:45 am
by ravage
Current playable version for 01-26-19
https://www.dropbox.com/s/befkrs6uqtfp7 ... 9.pk3?dl=1
Ogg versions of music
https://www.dropbox.com/s/h4wlfocvkewtm ... g.pk3?dl=1

changelog for - 10-15-2019
  • completely redone torches again. use so much fewer actors now.
  • all bosses have rebalanced resistance to the power wand. they take half damage now.
  • Trolodon's health changed from 3000 to 2000
  • Wraith's projectile speed cut in half.
  • power wand shots are now homing.
  • fixed typo in one of the Wizard's chat strings.

Re: Hocusdoom BETA (new version 10-15-2019) almost there

PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:58 am
by Scuba Steve
I felt like something was missing from the beginning of this mod...

Also... this musical history of the Apogee Fanfare is particularly nostalgic.

Re: Hocusdoom BETA (new version 10-15-2019) almost there

PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:23 pm
by Tormentor667
Awesome - a must add :)

Re: Hocusdoom BETA (new version 10-15-2019) almost there

PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 10:50 pm
by ravage
Holy shit.

Re: Hocusdoom BETA (new version 10-15-2019) almost there

PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 1:55 am
by talisa
hahaha thats just to awesome, you should totally add taht as title-screen :D

Re: Hocusdoom BETA (new version 10-15-2019) almost there

PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2019 12:25 am
by CGA Gillian Seed
Hello there! I've decided to make an account on here because I've been following this project for quite some time now, but have mostly been lurking at the time seeing this project develop and grow. I've finally done so because I want to help contribute to Hocus Pocus Doom and give out any feedback for ya, Ravage!
I did spot a couple of typos/inconsistencies with the text, like when quitting the game for example, one of the messages says this:
It'ts not fair! (Quit Message).png

It should be fixed to:
It's not fair!
Why do you get to leave?


In Map09, when you talk to the wizard at the beginning, he says this:
These Castle WALL (Typo At E1M9).jpg


It should instead be:
These castle walls are guarded by the Mad Monks of Mellenwah! Never touch one!
Note the lowercase "w" in Mellenwah. In the original Hocus Pocus, Mellenwah is spelled with a lowercase "w". But in Hocus Pocus Doom, the "w" is uppercase which is incorrect.
It's the little things I notice here when playing!

This next thing I will address is actually kinda big, and it has to do with the music used in the secret levels which I will get into.
Spoiler:

So yep! I have a recommendation that when playing back these files during gameplay, that you adjust GZDoom's module replayer Quality to "Aliasing". Of course this will make instruments lose interpolation, but on the other hand will make the instruments sound sharper in general.
If necessary, adjusting the Module Replayer's master volume to have it be balanced alongside the MIDI/FM Hocus Pocus soundtrack is also another recommendation of mine. I have made it more convenient for ya by taking the time to adjusting the internal volume between all the 4 secret level tracks so that one doesn't sound too quiet or too loud compared to the others during module playback, so all you really have to worry about is fiddling around with GZDoom's module replayer settings (in regards to interpolation and master volume) when playing Hocus Pocus Doom!

*phew*
That was quite a bit of stuff for me to write, but hey, I want to see this mod become more and more polished and am happy to help out in any way I can! I'll letcha know when I find more things to address whether it is typos, bugs, or anything like that.
Download link of my Secret Level track fixes will be provided here.
(EDIT: 11-14-2019)
https://mega.nz/#!Z3RQjYbL!0glZLRpvuBkQ ... -AOyCR7kw0

Also, I really love that Ravage Apogee logo!!! Loads of nostalgia looking at that! That totally should be used when starting up the game for next update!

Re: Hocusdoom BETA (new version 10-15-2019) almost there

PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 12:20 am
by ravage
Oh wow, that is amazing! I will definitely give those a look!

Re: Hocusdoom BETA (new version 10-15-2019) almost there

PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 5:42 pm
by CGA Gillian Seed
S'all good, Ravage! Out of all the Doom Total Conversions out there, Hocus Pocus Doom is easily one of my favorites I've ever experienced and makes me really happy playing through what is essentially a 3D remake of Hocus Pocus! Seeing what's been accomplished here in terms of level design, sprites, textures, etc. is all so inspiring, and has been peaking my interest for getting into Doom modding again!
I have noticed how certain enemies like the Fire Crocs, Bugbears, etc. have different angled sprites, but others like the Demons and Egg Dragons for example have front facing sprites only. Will those enemies eventually have their other angled sprites drawn at some point in the future as a means to keep things consistent for the enemies?
I totally understand that it can be a time consuming process having to draw all different directions for each and every sprite. (My pixel art skills aren't exactly the greatest, but I have dabbled on a few personal projects in the past so yeaaaaah :P)
Spoiler:

Re: Hocusdoom BETA (new version 10-15-2019) almost there

PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:22 pm
by CGA Gillian Seed
Found a couple more typos as I was playtesting Hocus Pocus Doom more.
When pressing the Show High Score key while talking to the wizard/Terexin, a couple of message strings will show up which misspells Terexin's name as "Terrexin". The extra "r" should be removed from both of the message strings at the top of the screen, as shown in both screenshots here:
Terexin High Score Typo 1.png

Terexin High Score Typo 2.png

I am aware though that the current High Score system might perhaps be changed (hopefully someday when it does get figured out) to work in the main menu as opposed to ingame to be more accurate to how the original Hocus Pocus handles the scoring system, (though I haven't figured it out myself unfortunately given my limited knowledge on that deal), but I'd thought I point these out anyway. Typos are typos and it's only right for me to mention about 'em!

On a totally random note, I've spent time to actually work on an ENDOOM screen dedicated to Hocus Pocus Doom. Been kinda nervous about sharing it, but I hope you like it anyway, Ravage! Believe it or not, it's actually my very first ENDOOM screen I've ever made for a Doom mod which feels so satisfying to see it finished! It's basically to replicate the behavior of exiting the original Hocus Pocus game back to DOS which shows a screen similar to the one I've made. Of course, mine has a bit more eye candy going on and dithering effects to give off the illusion of there being more colors than there actually are. Mmmmm strict color/resolution limitation workarounds.
Something about ENDOOM screens are so charming to me and I personally love it whenever I see a custom-made one included in a Doom mod, mmmm EGA colors...
Only 16 colors to work with (16 for the foreground, 8 restricted to just the background), and 80 x 25 text resolution.
To see the screen, you will have to enable "Show ENDOOM screen" in GZDoom's Miscellaneous Options, so seeing this screen when quitting the game is totally optional to the player!
I will link the ENDOOM screen here so that you can put it in the PK3 yourself, Ravage matey! Once you insert it in the PK3, you shall be able to see it magically appear when exiting the game. :D
I was initially going to upload an animated GIF of it as a way to showcase it, but uploading a GIF attachment on my end kinda messes up the GIF playback every time I do, so it'll be best to see it in action for yourself within GZDoom.
HOCUS_ENDOOM.zip
(1.5 KiB) Downloaded 12 times

As always, I will letcha know when I find out more stuff!

Re: Hocusdoom BETA (new version 10-15-2019) almost there

PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 6:45 pm
by ravage
Well that endoom is getting added for sure!

Looking through the music fixes you've worked on and I gotta say I like most of them--except the jill of the jungle version.

Re: Hocusdoom BETA (new version 10-15-2019) almost there

PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 6:58 pm
by Scuba Steve
Haha, amazing.

Re: Hocusdoom BETA (new version 10-15-2019) almost there

PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2019 3:45 am
by NightFright
For the final packaging of the wad, assuming you will keep the PK3 format, I suggest you take the maps out of the big wad archives you are currently using and place them as single-level wads inside a "maps" subdir. It's nothing that any player would notice, but if I am not mistaken, it'd be better for memory management. (Also note that in this case the name of the single-level wad files would also be those you need to use in MAPINFO.)

Re: Hocusdoom BETA (new version 10-15-2019) almost there

PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:49 am
by ravage
https://www.dropbox.com/s/iidpui6hasb2y ... 1.pk3?dl=1



I'm hoping to wrap this up in the next few days. Clock's ticking!
I'm not going to worry about the highscore table until maybe a later patch. I just want to get this out the door already so I can focus on other things. :P

changelog:
  • added ENDOOM by CGA Gillian Seed
  • added musical fixes by CGA Gillian Seed
  • added intro card thanks to Scuba Steve
  • updated map39 to fix some errors
  • more typo fixes
  • imported maps for final compilation
  • shaved off almost 9mb in trimming extraneous files
  • compressed many sounds to cut down filesize.

Re: Hocusdoom RC1 (new version 12-2-2019)

PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:27 am
by ravage
Just to let everyone know, Hocusdoom has been uploaded to incoming, so should show up within a few days! When its officially accepted I will post the link.

Re: Hocusdoom RC1 (new version 12-2-2019)

PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:41 am
by NightFright
Wow, it's really happening! Any further changes compared to RC1?