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  1. Stephen Hornback has passed away

    28 November 2016 - 02:05 PM

    George announced that Stephen Hornback passed away over the weekend:
    https://twitter.com/...354441801990144

    No doubt many here are familiar with Hornback for his work at Apogee/3D Realms as an artist on Rise of the Triad, Duke 3D, Shadow Warrior, and more. This is very sad news to hear.

    Facebook post from 3DR with an obituary:
    https://www.facebook...774164942837451
  2. Recent Steam-released game includes stolen 90s FPS assets

    23 November 2016 - 09:34 PM

    As initially pointed out on the ZDoom forums, there's some drama brewing regarding a recent game release on Steam that has some relevance here. To summarize the matter with a single image, recognize that button on the left? And that's just scratching the surface.

    The game is called Space Truckers, and it was released on Steam today:
    http://store.steampo....com/app/533320

    Check the trailer and the screenshots. From the released media, there are clear elements from Duke 3D, Blood, Rise of the Triad, obviously all of the characters from TekWar, and quite a bit of fan Doom content. Recognize anything else?

    Although it seems some of the assets were later edited, it's very blatant in this alpha trailer video:


    Quite shameless! There's not much we can do by ourselves other than using the report button on the game's store page, but I imagine Gearbox, Atari, 3D Realms, Bethesda, and so forth's lawyers probably wouldn't appreciate this matter if they became alerted to it.

    Additional (incorrectly titled) gameplay video, game begins at 1:05:


    Sound effects lifted from Half-Life, so add Valve themselves to the list.
  3. Cleaned up Endangered Species Hunter cover art

    01 September 2016 - 09:24 PM

    The following is a continuation of the discussion from this thread as I didn't wish to derail the main topic there.

    A few days ago, Joe tweeted a very high resolution photo of the original Duke Nukem: Endangered Species Hunter cover artwork from the old 3DR lobby:
    https://twitter.com/...187484731187200
    https://pbs.twimg.co...AQbc7y.jpg:orig

    I believe this is our best look of this art piece to date which unfortunately may never officially see the light of day, but of course, it's from a heavy angle with a bright flash illuminating the glass frame. Our own LGR/Clint/Phreakindee did his own cleanup of this photo here, but that still looks somewhat skewed and was downscaled by Twitter.

    Hence, in the interests of preserving this art, I've attempted my own cleanup of Joe's photo, applying perspective correction to remove the skew and color correction to mitigate the flash while keeping it as high resolution as possible. I did my best to match this cover thumbnail as a reference as I believe that's the best (and only?) officially released version of the art. My end result is a 1236x1399 lossless png which can be downloaded here:
    https://drive.google...iew?usp=sharing (3.38 MB)

    And here's a preview hosted on Imgur (beware that Imgur tends to recompress large files, so use the above link if you want the guaranteed full lossless image):
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    On a side note, the signature on the image is "Gadino", meaning this cover was made by Victor Gadino who also illustrated the Zero Hour cover and promotional art. I'm clarifying this now as I had erroneously mentioned before that these were made by Robert Grace, the artist of the original DN3D cover.

    And I don't mean to toot my own horn, but since it's somewhat related, I also previously did a high resolution scan and cleanup of the Duke Nukem Does the Internet book cover here.
  4. Problem applying the ROTT Dopefish patch

    01 November 2014 - 04:29 PM

    I'm having an issue with a classic Apogee title that I think people here would be able to appreciate the uniqueness of.

    Basically, I've been wanting to try out the Dopefish patch for the original Rise of the Triad available on the official Dopefish site (direct link to patch here) for some time now, but I've hit a snag. The patch specifically requires the 1.3 CD version of ROTT as it can only patch that version of DARKWAR.WAD. I figured this shouldn't be a problem in my case, but after years of searching, I've come to a sad conclusion: although I still have the box complete with manual and all of the original inserts, I've shamefully managed to lose my ROTT CD somehow. I even still have my The Hunt Begins floppy diskettes, but the Dark War CD has simply vanished into the ether.

    You might think I should just get a replacement copy of ROTT by purchasing one of the recent digital releases, and I do indeed own both The Apogee Throwback Pack on Steam and the 3D Realms Anthology. However, that's where a second snag arises: the GoG, Apogee Throwback Pack, and 3DR Anthology releases of ROTT all only offer the 1.3 Site License CD version. This means the included DARKWAR.WAD file is modified and the Dopefish patch cannot be applied to it.

    Hence, I'm in a conundrum. I own ROTT at least three times over, yet I have nothing that can be used with the Dopefish patch. I've scoured the net, and I've found no alternate installation methods or workarounds. As a Half-Life enthusiast as well, I'm a big fan of Chuck Jones' work and have wanted to see his Dopefish rendition for years, but it seems I won't be able to without some outside assistance. Short of forking over the cash to buy ROTT yet again in CD format, could anyone here offer any suggestions?

    Due to the nature of this patch, I can't see much of an alternative other than to obtain the appropriate DARKWAR.WAD file itself from some kind soul here who may have it, but I understand there would be a reluctance to share the registered WAD file. Thus, I wish to provide ample evidence that I do, in fact, own more ROTT than I know what to do with:

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    Any help would be much appreciated.
  5. 2001-era DNF Concept Art

    18 December 2013 - 07:06 AM

    I recently came across a few blog posts of one Paul Richards who was a concept artist at 3D Realms circa-2001. They feature a large collection of the Duke Nukem Forever concept art he created at the time. These were actually posted a few years ago, but I don't think they have ever been brought up here before:

    http://autodestructd...hives-pt-3.html
    http://autodestructd...hives-pt-2.html
    http://autodestructd...hives-pt-1.html

    Some of this is already seen scattered about in the DNF art book and the in-game extras menu, but I think having the direct source images can be appreciated.

    And just for fun, two higher resolution versions of Richards' concept art that you won't see anywhere else:
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