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

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WAD Type
Archive Maintainer      : please replace the currently-archived copy of this modification with this new one
Update to               : rslexeem.zip in /combos subdirectory, this is RELEASE #7+!
Advanced engine needed  : GZDOOM 1.6.0 (software renderer) / GZDOOM 1.8.02 (software renderer) for the "Power Soldier" class
Primary purpose         : Single/cooperative play
Title                   : X-Marines
Filename                : rslexeem.wad (main modification),
                          PowerSoldier\rslxmred.wad ("Power Soldier" upgraded class)
Release date            : September 10, 2015
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.

December 29, 2014: release #5++.

- integrated the modification with multiplayer-specific improvements.
- fixed bugs affecting multiplayer.
- fixed BFG altkick not-being-silent.

August 31, 2015: release #7.

- fixed a few minor inconsistencies in the main modification.
- completely overhauled the 'Power Soldier' addon through the following integrations:
  - several additional death animations for monsters, mutuated from 'Random Deaths
    and Decorations' by Mr. Chris;
  - 'Empowerments', a programmable alternate fire system loosely based on the ACS
    body of work contained in PillowBlaster's first version of 'Guncaster';
  - enhancements to the base system actors, including an array of ten (!) different
    explosive barrel types - each one with peculiar properties - inspired/drawn by
    a multitude of sources.

September 10, 2015: release #7+.

- fixed explosive barrels behaviour and definitions of several derived actors.
- fixed unterminated death states of several foes.
- augmented microwave with the capability to affect fallen corpses.
- improved plasma by allowing for thread propagation from bodies of fatally-hit foes.
- increased attractive power of antimatter projectiles.

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.

 The Empowerments System

 A Power Soldier can exploit a specific feature of its own, that of 'Empowerments': singular
 armament upgrades that can consume the auto-recharging bionic surplus of the droid to unleash
 extra matter-based attacks towards hellspawn, each one with its strengths and weaknesses.
 Empowerments can be loaded as secondary attacks to each of the ordinary arsenal staples by
 using a special loader system (see 'Footnotes' section on how to operate it).
 Available empowerments - to be rarely found during quests or on bosses - are:

  *        REPULSION * A simple kinetic thrust command, guaranteed as fallback function when no other empowerment is available or can be sufficiently fueled.
                       => useful to make room in crowded situations.
  * WHITE PHOSPHORUS * Unleash volcanic formations enclosing a white phosphorus gassous nucleum. Rapid inflammation of surrounding bodies guaranteed.
                       => perfect for mass carnage of large former humans groups - leaves a short-lived mine-like formation
                          if it does not immediately explode by contact into a target.
  *  LIQUID NITROGEN * Propel a thread of absolute zero, self-nurturing icicles of liquid nitrogen. Create a small-scale glaciation effect.
                       => very effective against biomechanical monsters, and in closed spaces - can bounce off multiple times against surfaces
                          before extinguishing, watery ones in particular!
  *        MICROWAVE * Permeate the targeted body with a concentrated microwaves burst. Easily replicate the egg-in-oven effect.
                       => instantly kills any lesser organic foe (or tight group of). Useless against stronger hellspawn, but effective
                          even on organic corpses.
  *           PLASMA * Hurl multiple threads of overheated, proximity-tracking plasma. Dispatch multiple scattered targets with ease.
                       => designed for aerial spaces crowded with many different (flying) targets; each thread keeps irradiating the impact zone for a short while
                          before exhausting its power. An additional thread might propagate from the body of your victims.
  *            POWER * Discharge a power-line load equivalent into the nearest body. Mass-chain-folgoration is very likely to ensue.
                       => the ensuing explosion is sure to clear out immediately a quite large area surrounding it; however, usage of this empowerment
                          is to master carefully, since the user can easily get killed in the process.
  *            METAL * Polarize an airborne formation of metallic shards to high speeds, with timelapse side-effects. Perfect welding against any armour plating.
                       => mostly effective against armored foes (i.e. biomechanical); the ability to release the trigger and spare a couple waves
                          of metal shards (and bionic surplus) is a nice extra.
  *       ANTIMATTER * Liberate a large and unconstrained antimatter concentration. Destructive diffusion of attracting macro-particles.
                       => the ultimate weapon of mass destruction. If used in a close space, it is guaranteed to leave none alive. Yet
                          be aware that antimatter particles can be equally lethal to yourself.

 Creative Waste Instances

 Once were simple explosive toxic waste barrels, now... There's something more, or to be honest, a lot more.
 Ten different kinds of explosive barrels replace the older ones, each with its peculiar properties and behaviour.
 This briefing should help distinguish between them, to exploit each one most effectively in every situation.

 barrel type               symbol                     special traits
 Biohazard barrel          biohazard danger           slightly weaker-than-average explosion, but leaves after
                                                      a cloud of toxic gas that tears aggressively
                                                      and exhausts shortly after

 Nuclear barrel            radioactive danger         normal explosion, but doubled radius

 Tuple-thrust barrel       broken purple arrow        normal explosion with smaller radius, but also
                                                      spread of a large number of bouncing metal shards
                                                      all around; spawned also everytime the barrel is
                                                      hit with a weapon

 Chemical barrel           green molecular structure  standard explosion, with poisonous blobs emitted
                                                      at the same time; they first deposit on ground, then
                                                      pop into multiple acid blobs (decaying shortly after)

 Flammable barrel          fire danger                standard explosion, with extra flame leaps ensuing
                                                      afterwards and everytime the barrel is hit anyway;
                                                      the highest-movable of all barrels

 Frost barrel              frostbiting danger         cryogenic explosion; releases freezing clouds
                                                      whenever being shot

 Reactional barrel         do not touch               lower explosion damage and radius, but deflagrates at
                                                      mere touch - avoid colliding into it

 Hazardous barrel          exclamation mark           explosion shockwave is harmful and generates radial
                                                      debris projections: highly damaging

 Shock barrel              shockwave                  explosion shockwave is harmless but highly effective:
                                                      surrounding creatures are pushed away in all directions

 Holocaust barrel          death danger               releases a chain of multiple explosions upon deflagration;
                                                      its heavy shockwave is often sight-disrupting

 (NOTE: all barrels now more resistant to damage, require more shots to explode)


(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) To obtain all empowerments at once and try them out beforehand in "Power Soldier", type 'epm' in the console.

(5) To activate the Empowerments Loader System at any time in "Power Soldier", do not forget to bind a key for weapon reload
    under 'Options > Customize Controls' in (G)ZDOOM.

(6) In "Power Soldier", the default statusbar is not accessible. However, you can use the high-resolution statusbars
    at 'fullscreen' and 'none' scaling levels instead.

(7) 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 and PillowBlaster for the custom fonts

                          Paul Corfiatis for the custom statusbar

                          Midway and TerminusEst13 for the custom teleportation effects

                          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

                          Mr. Chris and others for the alternate death animations (RDND15.ZIP)

                          PillowBlaster and the Guncaster team for the resources and scripting work (Stan423321)
                           that serves as the base for the Empowerments Loader System

                          Xaser for the Repulsion empowerment

                          TerminusEst13 for the Power empowerment

                          El Zee for the Plasma empowerment

                          PillowBlaster for all the other empowerments

                          Xaser and KeksDose for the empowerments special effects

                          PFL, WildWeasel, DBThanatos and Major Cooke, TiberiumSoul, Railgunner,
                           PillowBlaster/Xaser/Zero Prophet for the explosive barrel variations

                          PillowBlaster for the high-resolution HUD parts


                          ...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
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