Project Einherjar (beta release)

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Project Einherjar (beta release)

Postby ImpieTwo » Thu Jul 14, 2016 9:18 pm

So I had a fun idea for a way to promote my dystopian novel on Amazon and Smashwords.



Why not a Doom mod?

DOWNLOOOOAD!

5-episode GZDoom mod, 35 levels, all-new weapons and enemies.

Marty Kirra has been nice enough to let me mod a few of his assets here and there, since his Space Pirate and my novel's protagonist aren't too different (physically anyway). Of course, I'll have to invent a new story for the mod, since it's intended as a spinoff.

I'll post updates periodically, if I make any noteworthy progress.

About the Book
Juno Radcliffe is a former army commando and former POW camp warden who lives an empty, solitary life during nuclear winter in the fascist state of Midgard. She becomes a pawn in a power play when the new dictator-to-be orders her to deliver a eugenically perfect boy to her sister dictator on the other side of the wasteland. With a treacherous despot awaiting her, a team of assassins on her tail, and irradiated tundra in-between, the delivery is anything but a simple errand.

Project Einherjar: The Story So Far...
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The book and the mod both have a lot of Norse mythological influences. Mythological valkyries would choose which fallen warriors got to go to Valhalla; in the book, the Valkyrie Guard polices all of Midgard's male population. The einherjar was what those fallen soldiers became when they reached Valhalla; here, its the name of the super soldier project where hapless male subjects are converted into giant murderous fuck-apes. Etc, etc.
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Postby JimpArgon » Thu Jul 14, 2016 9:32 pm

looks interesting, do keep us posted on the progress.
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Re: Valkyrie 3D (WIP)

Postby Captain J » Fri Jul 15, 2016 4:53 am

Replying for bookmarking, i'm seriously going to have some fun with this mod! Keep up!
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Re: Valkyrie 3D (WIP)

Postby Freaklore1 » Fri Jul 15, 2016 5:40 am

From what i see,look like Russia based on the kind of location and clothing shown in the video.

Could you give us a basic explanation of your story ?
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Re: Valkyrie 3D (WIP)

Postby ImpieTwo » Fri Jul 15, 2016 3:07 pm

Freaklore1 wrote:From what i see,look like Russia based on the kind of location and clothing shown in the video.

Could you give us a basic explanation of your story ?

The book is set during nuclear winter. All the old nations fell apart and were replaced with new ones mostly based on norse mythology. The protagonist, Juno, is an ex-special forces trooper who lives in Midgard, which is ruled unofficially by a psycho lady named Skuld, a former acquaintance of Juno's and chief of the Valkyrie Guard secret police. In the book, Skuld has a project underway that involves the attempted eradication of all homosexual males in Midgard, because she sees them as a constant source of dissent (and because she's an awful fucking person). It's not the central plot of the book, although it does give us something to dread should Skuld remain in power: Skuld's purpose in the book is to get the main plot underway, but otherwise remain in the background. She sends Juno on a diplomatic mission to the city of Lernea, on the other side of the wasteland, as part of a power play. Juno runs into all kinds of trouble along the way, and really doesn't want to help Skuld in the first place, but she also doesn't have a choice.

I'm thinking the mod will be a spin-off that revolves around the "purge" aspect of the story, where now instead of simply eradicating them, Skuld is using them in genetic experiments and turning them into big bad juggernauts in preparation for some major military op. Juno will somehow be forced to shut the project down and probably face off with her old rival.
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Re: Valkyrie 3D (WIP)

Postby chronoteeth » Fri Jul 15, 2016 3:23 pm

Just some critiques, like im surprised you're using the grenade launcher of rampage as a shotgun? plus the random swearing with the voicetypes is jarring.

Also, coincidence? Named valkyrie? Protag is one eyed?
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Re: Valkyrie 3D (WIP)

Postby Vostyok » Fri Jul 15, 2016 4:02 pm

chronoteeth wrote:Just some critiques, like im surprised you're using the grenade launcher of rampage as a shotgun? plus the random swearing with the voicetypes is jarring.

Also, coincidence? Named valkyrie? Protag is one eyed?


At least the Wolfenstein maps will make sense now, arf!

Joking aside, this looks pretty cool. Who says that literature and kill-counts don't belong together?

Edit: Also, I hope that ballistic knife in the custom art makes an appearance. For silent kills, like. :twisted:
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Re: Valkyrie 3D (WIP)

Postby Cryomundus » Fri Jul 15, 2016 4:20 pm

chronoteeth wrote:Just some critiques, like im surprised you're using the grenade launcher of rampage as a shotgun? plus the random swearing with the voicetypes is jarring.


I found the voices to be painfully corny, really. Looks nice otherwise, just very corny.
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Re: Valkyrie 3D (WIP)

Postby Zhs2 » Fri Jul 15, 2016 7:17 pm

Painfully high-school popular queens rather than battle-hardened soldiers corny, even.
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Re: Valkyrie 3D (WIP)

Postby Captain J » Sat Jul 16, 2016 1:52 am

...Except those flaws seeing in the preview video, i just can't wait to play!
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Re: Valkyrie 3D (WIP)

Postby ImpieTwo » Sat Jul 16, 2016 4:00 am

Vostyok wrote:Edit: Also, I hope that ballistic knife in the custom art makes an appearance. For silent kills, like. :twisted:


I haven't started work on that yet, but I'm hoping to include it! I wanna have an alternate kick attack regardless of which weapon is out, and the knife would be a very slow, high damage ballistic knife attack.

Zhs2 wrote:Painfully high-school popular queens rather than battle-hardened soldiers corny, even.


Well, they're supposed to be the lowest tier enemy, basically cadets and pencil pushers. Thought it'd be funny if they sounded like they were totally in over their heads. Battle-hardened soldiers wouldn't run away or die that easily.

chronoteeth wrote:Just some critiques, like im surprised you're using the grenade launcher of rampage as a shotgun?


That's more of an observation than a critique. It looks like a shotgun, and it's a dystopian future, so why not?

chronoteeth wrote:plus the random swearing with the voicetypes is jarring.


lol You're fine with young women being shot in the face, though? Not sure what you mean by this.

chronoteeth wrote:Also, coincidence? Named valkyrie? Protag is one eyed?


Yes, coincidence. Though I changed the title back to the original title I had in mind, since Valkyrie 3D is kind of dull and doesn't have anything to do with the plot, except for Juno being a member of the Valkyrie Guard.
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Re: Project Einherjar (WIP)

Postby Zhs2 » Sat Jul 16, 2016 10:02 am

Unless the whole mod is supposed to be silly like that, I would skip the juvenile commenting lines on enemies. Unless every one of these enemies were somehow stupidly cocky people, which might explain their rank, or brainwashed fanatics, which would explain how dumb they are intelligence-wise, you would think most people would freeze up in the presence of a gun and make that split-second fight-or-flight decision, which, considering these people are armed, would be to attempt to draw and shoot, not comment and run around like idiots. (Unless you were far enough away that shots might miss, would you try to run if you knew a bullet would always be faster than you?) Or perhaps try to negotiate if they have no backup (and basically realize they're fucked and attempt to make a desperate move anyway), but that's about it.
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Re: Project Einherjar (WIP)

Postby ImpieTwo » Sat Jul 16, 2016 10:05 am

Zhs2 wrote:Unless every one of these enemies were somehow stupidly cocky people, which might explain their rank, or brainwashed fanatics, which would explain how dumb they are intelligence-wise

Basically this.

I can leave out their lines, but then they won't have any ambient sounds to alert the player to their presence. And a lot of the bad girls Juno fights in the book are pretty much just like that: foul-mouthed, arrogant lunatics. And half of the common enemies do try to flee when they get hurt enough (the cannon fodder basically flee at the first sign of trouble if you don't kill them outright, and possibly alert other enemies elsewhere in the level, which is why I rounded the corner and found an army waiting for me).

Besides which, it's a Doom mod. I'm not setting out to completely rewrite the AI. Although it would be cool to give them a ROTT "cowering" state and leave them useless for the rest of the map.
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Re: Valkyrie 3D (WIP)

Postby chronoteeth » Sat Jul 16, 2016 10:55 am

ImpieTwo wrote:
Vostyok wrote:Edit: Also, I hope that ballistic knife in the custom art makes an appearance. For silent kills, like. :twisted:


I haven't started work on that yet, but I'm hoping to include it! I wanna have an alternate kick attack regardless of which weapon is out, and the knife would be a very slow, high damage ballistic knife attack.

Zhs2 wrote:Painfully high-school popular queens rather than battle-hardened soldiers corny, even.


Well, they're supposed to be the lowest tier enemy, basically cadets and pencil pushers. Thought it'd be funny if they sounded like they were totally in over their heads. Battle-hardened soldiers wouldn't run away or die that easily.

chronoteeth wrote:Just some critiques, like im surprised you're using the grenade launcher of rampage as a shotgun?


That's more of an observation than a critique. It looks like a shotgun, and it's a dystopian future, so why not?

chronoteeth wrote:plus the random swearing with the voicetypes is jarring.


lol You're fine with young women being shot in the face, though? Not sure what you mean by this.

chronoteeth wrote:Also, coincidence? Named valkyrie? Protag is one eyed?


Yes, coincidence. Though I changed the title back to the original title I had in mind, since Valkyrie 3D is kind of dull and doesn't have anything to do with the plot, except for Juno being a member of the Valkyrie Guard.


what I mean is that its jarring to see the voicetypes for the women (Very high pitched yet flat) Swearing like every few seconds. Its jarring, feels juvenile and lacks the emphasis and impact swearing usually has, and stands out from the rest of the thing.
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Re: Project Einherjar (WIP)

Postby ImpieTwo » Sat Jul 16, 2016 11:05 am

I see where you're coming from, but I don't think removing the cussing would necessarily make a difference. I might adjust the voices in the later stages anyway.
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