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Immorpher

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Expansion of an Existing Hack - Looking for suggestions!
« on: January 30, 2021, 06:49:28 pm »
Earlier this month I made the "Doom 64: Merciless Edition" hack: http://www.romhacking.net/hacks/5634/

Since then I have been delving deeper into the Doom 64 code and have expanded its feature set. Also the I have altered the new difficulty setting quite a bit.

As it alters how the first "Merciless Edition" functions, I don't really want to update it incase it replaces the original. I would like the original around just in case someone ends up preferring its version of the difficulty setting.

So my question is, what would the policy be in uploading a "Doom 64: Merciless Edition II"? I have been contemplating a new name as well, but nothing is catching me as good as "Merciless" since it refers to "Merciless Extermination" from the Doom 64 instruction booklet. (I am hoping I wont end up going up to Merciless Edition 64 haha)

Any suggestions welcome! Oh and I may be looking for some playtesters too. :D

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Re: Expansion of an Existing Hack - Looking for suggestions!
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2021, 09:34:06 pm »
If it is a notably different hack that does something non trivial then yeah probably want to make a separate hack (make it obvious it is its own thing as well) as a simple update would replace things around here at least. There are plenty of things that might tweak one thing, and then have a secondary that might more radically alter a game and give people a choice between the approaches.

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Re: Expansion of an Existing Hack - Looking for suggestions!
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2021, 09:40:37 pm »
Doom 64: Unmercilessful

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Re: Expansion of an Existing Hack - Looking for suggestions!
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2021, 10:13:09 pm »
Perhaps giving Doomworld the same question would yield some grand ideas.  Doom64's maps have been made into a Doom 2 WAD multiple times, so there could be some inspiration to be found there.

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Re: Expansion of an Existing Hack - Looking for suggestions!
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2021, 11:34:52 am »
Indeed it does a few things non-trivial. Thanks for the suggestions! I mostly wanted to make sure I wouldn't be going against any guidelines by calling it "Merciless Edition II". I have a few more things I want to add to it before releasing, so I will do some more brainstorming as well. :) I am on doomworld too, so I will poke around there too.