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what happens when two-so-different personas get involved together in the same UAC mission, and are supposed to collaborate?...

7.7 MB
WAD Type
Archive Maintainer      : Ty Halderman
Update to               : rslexeem.zip in /combos subdirectory, this is RELEASE #5+!
Advanced engine needed  : GZDOOM 1.6.0 (software renderer)
Primary purpose         : Single/cooperative play
Title                   : X-Marines
Filename                : rslexeem.wad (main modification),
                          PowerSoldier\rslxmred.wad ("Power Soldier" upgraded class)
Release date            : July 17, 2013
Author                  : Richard Smith Long
Email Address           : <email removed>
Other Files By Author   : rslproto.zip, rslrebel.zip, rslvenge.zip, rsliczdp.zip,
                          rslengee.zip, rslforce.zip, rslredux.zip, rsldiazp.zip,
                          rslshino.zip, rslquest.zip, rslzerox.zip, rslpolar.zip
Misc. Author Info       : AKA "Dick S. Long"

Description             : what happens when two-so-different personas get
                          involved together in the same UAC mission, and are supposed
                          to collaborate?...


December 31, 2011: initial release.

February 1, 2012: release #1+.

- adjusted bullet ammo sprite scaling. (thanks terranova)
- removed spurious UAC logo from Icicle Gun.
- augmented divergence between / rebalanced the two classes.
- increased explosive barrel damage.
- customized FireStarter appearance.

April 13, 2012: release #3.

- fixed Veteran LightStinger jamming bug. (thanks Sergeant_Mark_IV)
- added custom teleportation effect.

July 05, 2012: release #3+.

- fixed hell nobles and cacodemon blood decals.
- fixed raise/lower sounds.

November 11, 2012: release #5.

- added new Volcano Cannon smooth sprites from Eriance,
  together with new sounds (can be reverted back).

July 17, 2013: release #5+.

- implemented pushing kick altfire for tier 3 to tier 7 weapons
  (better coverage of melee section, allows for evasive manoeuvers).
- provided new "Power Soldier" upgraded class
  (suitable for Hell Revealed-level challenges, increased power w/caveats).
- reverted back Volcano Cannon to original appearance, albeit with new sounds
  (Eriance sprites directed to "Power Soldier" upgraded class).
- corrected several imperfections of the previous version.
- made Revenant gibs non-blocking.
- improved X-Chainsaw effectiveness.
- fixed behaviour of particle actors on moving flats (MOVEWITHSECTOR).
- improved appearance of still actors whenever applicable (FORCEXYBILLBOARD).
- rationalized directory structure of the modification.

A bit of rationale... A few months ago, I started working on a new modification
                      using resources that Chronoteeth sent me - that modification
                      eventually became 'Polaris'.
                      After a couple months of work, I decided that I wanted to
                      show off to Chrono the "system" that I conceived for such mod,
                      yet none of the planned weapons was ready. And so I went
                      completely nuts, and decided to create a minimal set from scratch,
                      that would have exploited the above effects. At the end, 'Polaris'
                      went its own way also by reusing something that originated here,
                      but I wanted this set not to be lost anyway.
                      This is what I came up with.

The characters

Two playable characters are included - they bear different stats
and personas, and represent the real peculiarity of this modification.

 [UAC           veteran  ] Leone Granger, AKA Gran "Cog" Leone

A long time operative on the Phobos moon, and one that witnessed the original
inter-dimensional incident that brought so many trouble afterwards, Mr. Granger
has proved brave and skilled enough throughout the years to survive countless
hordes of hellspawn. He's earned a reputation as a great soldier, and
superior endurance capabilities; being his training deeply rooted in the past,
he is naturally more versed in the use of firearms.

 [Polaris Corp. privateer] Stuart "Stu" Katz

A relatively-new figure among those committed to the DOOM war, Stuart Katz
is one of the most prominent representatives of a new race of bionic-implanted
cyborg soldiers.
He decided to undergo such a painful and sacrificial transformation after losing
half of his family in a netherworld attack on earth, and is now fully devoted to
the cause. Involved as a trusted mercenary in UAC missions, he specialized in the
control of new and prototypical cryogenics-based weapons, under the special training
program of 'Polaris Corp.', UAC's newest subsidiary.

The weapons

  UAC special X-Chainsaw

 A renewed version of the Mixom classic, this is still the preferred weapon for
 dealing with hordes of demons. Can be raised and kept silent only to start it
 when ambushing the monsters.

  UAC standard issue 'LightStinger' rifle (VETERAN starting weapon)

 The primary, standard issue firearm granted to UAC Space Marines, this weapon
 has an autonomy of 30 rounds before requiring a reload. Sometimes, it even gets
 handy to poke your opponent with it.
 VETERAN  : can use it single-round; each round has greater power and is very
            loosely affected by recoil.
 PRIVATEER: can use it full-auto; each round has low power and is more affected
            by recoil.

  Polaris Corp. 'Icicle Gun' (PRIVATEER starting weapon) <k>

 A cryogenics-based substitute of the classic shell-fueled shotgun, this weapon
 is fed by special coolant cartridges. With a well-placed round, the opponent can
 be shattered to ice pieces in a matter of instants.
 VETERAN  : less accurate when firing; rearm times equal those of a traditional
 PRIVATEER: more accurate when firing; rearm times between rounds are shortened.

  UAC Hyper-Frequency 'Volcano Cannon' <k>

 An almost-perfect incarnation of the iconic minigun, the 'Volcano Cannon' can fire
 at impressive speeds, the only real drawback being wind-up and wind-down times.
 Eats ammo very quickly!
 VETERAN  : acquires deadly power and accuracy in his hands; plus, *no wind-up wait*.
            Beware of the ricochets, though.
 PRIVATEER: becomes a bit inaccurate and uncontrollable - power is more ordinary, too.

  Stuart Katz Inc. (R) 'FireStarter' dynamo discharger <k>

 Now this is a peculiar explosive weapon which has been engineered by Mr. Katz himself -
 did we mention that he runs a small warfare systems engineering company, too?
 Basically a grenade launcher that can sustain a good rate of fire and has fearsome
 pyrotechnical capabilities.
 VETERAN  : prefers to lob grenades one-at-a-time that explode on direct hit,
            dealing greater splash damage.
 PRIVATEER: is able to exploit the secrets of his own creation, having the grenades
            bounce and hit around corners, at the cost of reduced impact power. Though
            autofire can quite make up for that...

  Polaris Corp. next-generation 'CryoTunneler' <k>

 Another brand-new prototype conceived by the Polaris laboratories, this device employs
 the traditional plasma rifle chassis - only to revolutionize its internal mechanics.
 When triggered, it emits an heavy stream of freezing particles at high speed.
 VETERAN  : uses the weapon less effectively, since the cryogenizing stream tends to
            assume a cone-shaped flow, thus becoming less concentrated.
 PRIVATEER: keeps the freezing stream under better control, avoiding excessive dispersion
            and reaching almost-permeating force levels.

  UAC X-BFG 9000 <k>

 The ultimate mass-destruction weapon - widely employed in many occasions against the
 largest legions of hell - gets a slight restyling, but most of all, a better price/
 performance ratio. The required ammunition is now constituted by "melting plasma", which
 retains a higher average temperature and reactivity to impacts. The result must absolutely
 be experienced...

 *** FOOTER NOTE ***: weapons marked with   <k>   allow the player to deliver an evasive altkick
                      with its secondary fire trigger, to push away foes and cause minor damage.
                      Learn to properly exploit this asset!

The powerups

 OmniSphere: a new black-magic artifact that grants the finder
             three powers in one...
             - double attack power,
             - double attack speed,
             - infinite resources.

The upgraded class

 Starting from release 5+, an upgraded class is available, the "Power Soldier".
 Chazz Henkule-Döeer is an extremely-advanced biomechanical droid that has been modeled
 by considering the strongest features of both "Veteran" and "Privateer"; its arsenal
 includes the best of both worlds, together with its own additions and tweaks.
 GAMEPLAY-WISE, this class is designed to slightly ease the hardest journeys (that is,
 Hell Revealed-style WADs) without giving the player gratuituous and unbalanced firepower.
 You will find that each weapon has its own great peculiarity *AND* major drawback,
 especially on upper tiers.
 A quick arsenal summary is given, partially stemming from the above weapon descriptions:

          Upgraded X-Chainsaw: increased damage rate.
           "RedStinger" rifle: major round power, increased trigger sensitivity.
         "Red Icicle" shotgun: major round power, faster response, significant kickback.
         "HailStorm" microgun: very high firerate, ripping/bouncing rounds.
   "Prowler" grenade thruster: deep-reaching powerful explosive charges, that radius-damage bosses.
  "HellMower" blaster minigun: high-frequency explosive hitscan.
           Upgraded X-BFG9000: increased number of spawned plasma sparks.


(1) The suggested commandline for launching the modification is the following one
    (assumes that the modification has been decompressed in subdirectory 'RSL' of your (G)ZDOOM directory):

    (g)zdoom.exe -iwad <IWAD_PATH>\<IWAD_FILE> -file <CUSTOM_LEVEL_PATHNAME> RSL\rslexeem.wad

(2) To try out the upgraded/slightly overpowered "Power Soldier" class, use the following commandline instead:

    (g)zdoom.exe -iwad <IWAD_PATH>\<IWAD_FILE> -file <CUSTOM_LEVEL_PATHNAME> RSL\rslexeem.wad RSL\PowerSoldier\rslxmred.wad

(3) To obtain the complete set of weapons and/or carriable items for quicktesting
    without breaking the weapon set at your disposal, type 'rsl' in the console.

(4) The modification is compatible with the following IWADs: The Ultimate DOOM, DOOM 2, Final DOOM.

Additional Credits to   : Various sources (see below)

                          WildWeasel for the projectile tracers, and barrel replacements

                          SilentZora for the custom blood system

                          Chronoteeth and eliw00d for the casings

                          Vaecrius for the muzzle climb script

                          PerKristian, Paavo Ilmari, Z86 for the X-Chainsaw

                          Mike12 for the LightStinger

                          Eriance, Xaser for the Icicle Gun

                          Sergeant_Mark_IV for the Volcano Cannon

                          id Software for the FireStarter

                          PerKristian for the CryoTunneler

                          BlueFireZ88, Sergeant_Mark_IV for the X-BFG 9000

                          The ZDOOM Wiki contributors for the OmniSphere

                          Woolie Wool and Chronoteeth for the Veteran class

                          Cacodemon and Woolie Wool for the Privateer class

                          MagSigmaX for the custom fonts

                          Paul Corfiatis for the custom statusbar

                          Midway for the custom teleportation effect

                          Marty Kirra for the altick base graphics

                          Eriance for the "HailStorm" microgun smooth sprites and
                                          "HellMower" blaster minigun smooth sprites

                          Ryan Cordell and Hellser for the "HellMower" attack

                          The Skulltag Team for the "Power Soldier" player skin

                          Boingo the Clown (a.k.a. Mark Quinn)
                           for the "Power Soldier" base mugshot

                          Namco for the "Power Soldier" sounds


                          ...and for the actor-wide gore and special death states:
                           - Velocity/Rogue,
                           - Daniel,
                           - The Kins,
                           - Zero Prophet,
                           - Eriance,
                           - Sergeant_Mark_IV,
                           - Jekyll Grim Payne.

All other authors I forgot to mention: please forgive me! I tried to be accurate as much as I could.
If you here notice some of your resources un-mentioned, please notify me and I will try to remedy.


* What is included *

New levels              : None
Sounds                  : Yes
Music                   : No
Graphics                : Yes
Dehacked/BEX Patch      : No
Demos                   : No
Other                   : (G)ZDOOM-specific lumps
Other files required    : None

* Play Information *

Game                    : DOOM
Map #                   : None
Single Player           : Designed for
Cooperative 2-4 Player  : Maybe (untested)
Deathmatch 2-4 Player   : Maybe (untested)
Other game styles       : None
Difficulty Settings     : N/A

* Construction *

Base                    : New from scratch
Build Time              : 4 months (of intermittent work) total
Editor(s) used          : Adobe Photoshop, GoldWave Audio Editor, Notepad, XWE, Slade
Known Bugs              : None (that I know of, at least)
May Not Run With...     : Ports not supporting DECORATE; level WADs with heavy amounts of DEHACKED / DECORATE modifications

* Copyright / Permissions *

Authors MAY use the contents of this file as a base for modification or
reuse.  Permissions have been obtained from original authors for any of
their resources modified or included in this file.

You MAY distribute this file, provided you include this text file, with no
modifications.  You may distribute this file in any electronic format (BBS,
Diskette, CD, etc) as long as you include this file intact.  I have
received permission from the original authors of any modified or included
content in this file to allow further distribution.

* Where to get the file that this text file describes *

The Usual: ftp://archives.3dgamers.com/pub/idgames/ and mirrors
Web sites: None others than the IDGames archive
FTP sites: None others than the IDGames archive
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