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The Supreme Topic of Miscellaneous Knowledge  "Trivia, Research, etc."

User is offline   Sanek 

#1441

Big list of personal Duke-related websites:

https://web.archive....othersites.html



All created very early into the game, but perhaps some interesting user-made content can be found there.
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User is offline   FRVIND 

#1442

View PostSanek, on 24 October 2021 - 06:13 AM, said:

Big list of personal Duke-related websites:

https://web.archive....othersites.html



All created very early into the game, but perhaps some interesting user-made content can be found there.


All (or most) of the sub-links are dead. We are the only ones left... let's hold on tight

This post has been edited by FRVIND: 24 October 2021 - 07:58 AM

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User is offline   Aleks 

#1443

Was intending to post this for a while. Few weeks ago, Lee Jackson wrote on his Facebook group that he's found an old e-mail from him to George Broussard which lists all the stuff he's done for Duke 3D. I've attached the e-mail here in a txt file, as provided by Lee. Now after further inquiry from me, here's some even more interesting information regarding the voices behind the trapped women and - more importantly - assault commander (the quote comes from Lee himself):

Quote

The Fat Commander is my natural voice - I can make it sound really guttural if I try. I think the Alien Talk is my guttural voice, but processed. Also, Colleen was a co-worker at Apogee/3D Realms who was in charge of shipping.


Not sure if this has been known before, but I for one find it pretty cool to know whose voice has been taunting me for the past 20+ years and telling me to "suck it down" :P

Attached File(s)


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User is offline   MrFlibble 

#1444

View PostAleks, on 30 November 2021 - 12:31 AM, said:

Not sure if this has been known before, but I for one find it pretty cool to know whose voice has been taunting me for the past 20+ years and telling me to "suck it down" :P

Nice discovery! I certainly did not know that. Now imagine Lee saying the same line in his normal voice :)

Could be a part of a special sound mode, you know, like the original release of Command & Conquer included an alternate set of sound effects produced by someone at Westwood purely by imitating the sounds with their mouth.
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User is offline   oasiz 

  • Dr. Effector

#1445

The Duke3D source has some extra leftovers under /extras, there is actually a leftover game.h (duke3d.h in final) which I speculate to be from between august-november.
https://github.com/v.../extras/RGAME.H Here is a direct link to one copy.

Header files themselves are quite useless but there are a few interesting things to note here that I haven't seen people really pick apart.

Firstly weapons:
#define KNEE_WEAPON        0
#define PISTOL_WEAPON      1
#define ELECTRO_WEAPON     2
#define RPG_WEAPON         3
#define CATAKILLER_WEAPON  4
#define SHRINKER_WEAPON    5
#define HANDBOMB_WEAPON    6
#define TRIPBOMB_WEAPON    7
#define HANDREMOTE_WEAPON  8


This is from a time when shotgun/ripper didn't exist and we had the electro weapon (one seen in LD and may demoreel)
While it's not officially mentioned in many places, Duke3D actually had some altfire capabilities for various weapons (as mentioned by TX).
You can actually see traces of this:
short ammo_count[MAX_WEAPONS][2];

In the final game you don't have a 2nd entry for each weapon's ammo counter.

When we start searching a bit more, you will realise that a lot of old screenshots have something such as 99-99 as the weapon count instead of 99/99.
But if you look even closer, you will find that some times these weapon counts can be something like 97-98 - this makes no sense for a max ammo counter to change between screenshots. Ammo was simply implied to max out at 99.
I think what you really see here is just primary/alternative ammo being displayed. Some times you also see this weird dot next to the ammo counter.

Also there is "gotweapon" but also "togweapon" -- toggle? Perhaps you had to pick them up too.
One thing to consider is that some shots have BLUE and RED variants for weapons, for example the flamer is seen with a blue and red light and the plasma/electro shoots with red in one of the screenshots.. Perhaps this was used as a motif for primary/alt?
This concept kinda supports the expander, where the crystal remains red. It could also be a default pal mockup from Build but it would indicate that base art had to initially be blue for this palswap stuff to work.
Oh and that weird dot around ammo counter in multiple shots is blue.

Few other interesting tidbits:
Player struct has alcohol_amount
Near the kill/secret counts you also have "squished"

There is a "harley_mode" in player struct -- TX mentioned some time ago that they experimented with a sideways bike ride thing (art ended up in E3L1's bar screen)
Also inspace() is mentioned as expected.


As Duke3D development was full of trial&error, the guys are known to do a lot of screenshot mockups so perhaps some of the speculation here is not fully accurate either (although it would indicate general direction).
Anyway, some trivia for today.
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User is offline   dwtietz 

#1446

Lameduke map version numbers, in case this hasn't been logged anywhere yet:

L1.MAP 5
L2.MAP 5
L3.MAP 5
L4.MAP 5
L5.MAP 5
L6.MAP 5
L7.MAP 5
L8.MAP 5
L9.MAP 4

M1.MAP 5
M2.MAP 5
M3.MAP 5
M4.MAP 5
M5.MAP 5
M6.MAP 5
M7.MAP 5
M8.MAP 4

N1.MAP 5
N2.MAP 5
N3.MAP 5
N4.MAP 5
N5.MAP 5
N6.MAP 5
N7.MAP 5
N8.MAP 5

O1.MAP 5
O2.MAP 5
O3.MAP 5
O4.MAP 5

War1.MAP 5
War2.MAP 5
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User is offline   ck3D 

#1447

I'm sure that's a bug (or feature?) introduced by Billy Boy's .con edits for this map but check out the mortar boomerang at 47:08, that's my first time ever seeing that:



edit - so apparently mortar behavior isn't handled by .con but that's just how the engine will dictate their knock-back (similarly to Pipebombs), in this case from another explosion nearby, according to Striker. Illusion still looks cool though.

This post has been edited by ck3D: 29 December 2021 - 10:59 AM

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User is offline   Jimmy 

  • Let's go Brandon!

#1448

I've seen a lot of bizarre behaviour from the mortar over the years, good eye there though.
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User is offline   ck3D 

#1449

Don't know if that's known or even remotely useful to know, but recently I found out that adding lo-tag 3 to sectors you want a Cycloid to be able to reach actually de-activated (all?) effectors in them (at least that de-activated whole bunches of my SE31's, then as soon as I removed the lotags everything started working again - didn't test other effectors). That's only making me curious about what exactly they were trying to do with the Cycloid, old screenshots and stories of Stadium and its development stages have been shared or theorized on here before with earthquakes going on altering the terrain, etc. I always felt like there were many scrapped ideas or at least attempts at making that fight way more memorable than what we got that were lost on their way and so perhaps that's one more hint that the devs were struggling to direct specific behaviors or well I don't know.

edit - lol, the Stadium talk was actually on this very page. I need sleep.

This post has been edited by ck3D: 31 December 2021 - 09:09 PM

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#1450

Not sure where to best post this, but this thread's fairly apt. Joe posted some unseen Duke Nukem Forever concept art on Twitter last year which I think got by most people: https://twitter.com/...852464769159175

It's concept art of Bombshell (and an unnamed bulldog!) for Duke Nukem Forever, I guess because he has sheets of original 3D Realms artwork just lying around for some reason. Anywho, of note is that this concept is by Chuck Jones and is dated 1996, making it one of the oldest pieces of media we have for DNF.

Not satisfied with Joe's angled handheld photography of a curled page, however, I've attempted to do my own perspective correction and cleanup of this artwork for easier and more pleasant viewing:
https://i.imgur.com/TsOqljn.png

And just in case Imgur greatly compresses this PNG, I've also uploaded my cleaned up version to Google Drive for guaranteed preservation quality: https://drive.google...iew?usp=sharing
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User is offline   MrFlibble 

#1451

Heh, I think I like Joe's daughter's take on it better, as her version does away with the clumsy attempts to sexualise the character and gives her a more pronounced action-y posture. A sprite sheet based on this reimagined version would look at home alongside Duke's sprites IMO.

With all due respect to Chuck Jones, the original image looks almost like a caricature you'd find in the MAD Magazine. Maybe that was intentional though.
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User is offline   ck3D 

#1452

View PostMrFlibble, on 07 January 2022 - 12:25 PM, said:

With all due respect to Chuck Jones, the original image looks almost like a caricature you'd find in the MAD Magazine. Maybe that was intentional though.


I think it looks like the style you would see in the Duke 3D graffiti sprites for some reason.
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User is online   DNSKILL420 

  • Honored Donor

#1453

Lunick noted on Discord that The City Streets was slightly different on V0.99 and V1.0, as heard here. It was mentioned in the past on this thread that dethtoll's file size was different when comparing V0.99 to later versions, and the reason is that Duke Nukem 3D V0.99 uses an older version of dethtoll.mid compared to what appears in v1.0 shareware and beyond. It is 59 seconds shorter and while mostly the same song, it doesn't have some of the drum sounds. I never noticed this difference until recently.
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User is online   DNSKILL420 

  • Honored Donor

#1454

Lunick uploaded the old version of Death Toll mentioned in my previous post here.

This post has been edited by DNSKILL420: 12 April 2022 - 12:47 PM

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User is online   DNSKILL420 

  • Honored Donor

#1455

(Thanks to TerminX and Hendricks226)
In the demo reel shared on YT of the 1995-05-09 beta you can see this security monitor screen, and here's what it likely looked like in art form:
https://i.imgur.com/mdCABzO.png

TerminX shared this one here below which appears to be an updated version of what is seen in that beta:

https://i.imgur.com/0D19sac.png

Today, I was looking at my user guide manual and noticed something I hadn't noticed before (see it here).

This image in the manual appears to be this same exact tile, only it doesn't say POLARIS.

With the help of Hendricks226 and TerminX, TX shared the version that can be seen in the manual:
https://i.imgur.com/zfg2aG4.png
Not sure what MAGAWARD means. High Treason mentioned on Duke4 Discord that perhaps it is a reference to this and this.

This post has been edited by DNSKILL420: 20 April 2022 - 07:04 PM

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User is offline   Sanek 

#1456

Interesting. Makes your wondering if they intented to have separate viewscreens for each company that exists withing the game (Polaris/EDF/Tiberius etc).
Is this white on the borders come from file itself, or it's just the way it was cropped from source?

This monitor art can be easily redrawn from scratch though. Still, props to Voidpoint for sharing this! Wonder if we can see something more elaborate in the future. :rolleyes:
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User is offline   Ghostwar 

#1457

I feel like a rookie with this question, considering the colossal amount of time I have spent over the years map building with the original build editor, and more recently with Mapster32, but if there is a way to actually copy TROR sectors from one map to another, I sure would appreciate someone enlightening me.
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#1458

View PostGhostwar, on 12 May 2022 - 11:19 AM, said:

I feel like a rookie with this question, considering the colossal amount of time I have spent over the years map building with the original build editor, and more recently with Mapster32, but if there is a way to actually copy TROR sectors from one map to another, I sure would appreciate someone enlightening me.


One way I found to do this is with additive sector select, using the [ RALT ] and [ ' ] key, moving the editor camera into each TROR layer in the process and selecting the mass of sectors each time.

Then load another map and the selected sectors should transfer over.
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