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  1. ===========================================================================
  2. Advanced engine needed  : Doom2.exe or compatible
  3. Primary purpose         : Single play
  4. ===========================================================================
  5. Title                   : Back to Saturn X E2: Tower in the Fountain of Sparks
  6. Version                 : Public Beta 3
  7. Filename                : btsx_e2_b3.zip
  8. Release date            : 02/07/2018
  9.  
  10. Author                  : Esselfortium and the Back to Saturn X team
  11. Email Address           : esselfortium@gmail.com
  12.  
  13. Misc. Author Info       : I Invented The Moonwalk (And The Pencil Sharpener)
  14.  
  15. Description             : Tower in the Fountain of Sparks is the second
  16.                           episode of Back to Saturn X, a three-episode
  17.                           partial conversion for Doom II.
  18.  
  19.                           Back to Saturn X is fully compatible with
  20.                           Doom2.exe and Chocolate Doom. It has also been
  21.                           tested with Eternity Engine, PrBoom-Plus,
  22.                           ZDoom, GZDoom, and Risen3D.
  23.  
  24. ===========================================================================
  25.  
  26.                           IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT LOADING BTSX E2:
  27.  
  28.                           BTSX has been split into two wad files which must
  29.                           be loaded together. This has been done in order
  30.                           to work around an obscure vanilla crash involving
  31.                           wads that exceed 4046 lumps.
  32.  
  33.                           Included in this zip archive are three files:
  34.  
  35.                             btsx_e2a.wad
  36.                             btsx_e2b.wad
  37.                             btsx_e2.deh
  38.  
  39.                           Vanilla or Chocolate Doom users should load
  40.                           both wads alongside the btsx_e2.deh patch.
  41.  
  42.                           Source port users should only need to load the
  43.                           two wad files together.
  44.  
  45. ===========================================================================
  46.  
  47.                           This is still a beta release, so there may be
  48.                           some minor issues encountered. Send in a report
  49.                           if you run into anything really weird.
  50.                           (Hopefully not.)
  51.  
  52. ===========================================================================
  53.  
  54. * Full Credits *
  55.  
  56.              Primary Artwork      : Sarah "Esselfortium" Mancuso
  57.                                     Sven "ptoing" Ruthner
  58.                                     Xaser Acheron
  59.  
  60.              Additional Artwork   : Matt "RottKing" Cibulas
  61.                                     Andrew "Minigunner" Rowlodge
  62.  
  63.              Music                : James "Jimmy" Paddock
  64.                                     Stuart "Stewboy" Rynn
  65.                                     Sarah "Esselfortium" Mancuso
  66.                                     Xaser Acheron
  67.                                     Eric "The Green Herring" Baker
  68.  
  69.              Playtesting and      : Boris "dew" Klimes
  70.              Quality Control        Robin "hawkwind" Palmer
  71.                                     Terra "Seele00" Hathaway
  72.                                     Michael "Marcaek" Fraize
  73.                                     Gus "Alfonzo" Knezevich
  74.  
  75.              Additional Testing  : Shannon "ConSiGno" Freeman
  76.                                    William "[WH]-Wilou84" Huber
  77.                                    Jazz "jmickle" Mickle
  78.                                    j4rio and Ribbiks (MAP31)
  79.  
  80.              Story                : Gus "Alfonzo" Knezevich
  81.  
  82.              Level Design         : Xaser Acheron
  83.                                     Mike "Use3D" Alfredson
  84.                                     Eric "The Green Herring" Baker
  85.                                     Matt "RottKing" Cibulas
  86.                                     Paul "Skillsaw" DeBruyne
  87.                                     Richard "Tarnsman" Frei
  88.                                     Adrian "DeathevokatioN" Hanekom
  89.                                     Brett "Mechadon" Harrell
  90.                                     Boris "dew" Klimes
  91.                                     Sarah "Esselfortium" Mancuso
  92.                                     John "Tango" Oksasoglu
  93.                                     Bjorn "Vader" Ostmann
  94.                                     James "Jimmy" Paddock
  95.                                     Josh "Joshy" Sealy
  96.                                     Brad "Vorpal" Spencer
  97.                                     Matt "MTrop" Tropiano
  98.                                     Adam "Khorus" Woodmansey
  99.  
  100. ===========================================================================
  101.  
  102. * Map Listing *
  103.  
  104. --- EPISODE II: Tower in the Fountain of Sparks ---------------------------
  105.  
  106. 01 Joshy/Esselfortium/dew: Shadow Port
  107. 02 Tango: Underwater Explosions
  108. 03 Brad Spencer/Xaser: Wings of Thorn
  109. 04 Use3d/Tarnsman: Dirty Water
  110.  
  111. 05 Xaser: Episode Hub
  112.  
  113. 06 Vader: Useless Inventions
  114. 07 The Green Herring: Shrine To The Dynamic Years (Athens Time Change Riots)
  115. 08 Matt Tropiano/Tarnsman: A Blue Shadow
  116. 09 DeathevokatioN/Esselfortium: Adverse Wind
  117. 10 Esselfortium: Eureka Signs
  118.  
  119. 11 Xaser: Episode Hub
  120.  
  121. 12 Skillsaw: Demons Are Real
  122. 13 Jimmy/Tarnsman: Nation Gone Dry
  123. 14 Mechadon/Vader: Shocker in Gloomtown
  124. 15 Vader: The Theory of Broken Circles
  125.  
  126. 16 Xaser: Episode Hub
  127.  
  128. 17 Xaser: Steeple of Knives
  129. 18 Skillsaw: Optional Bases Opposed
  130. 19 Tarnsman: Unbaited Vicar of Scorched Earth
  131. 20 Tarnsman/Esselfortium: Speedtraps for the Bee Kingdom
  132. 21 Khorus/Esselfortium: Bulldog Skin
  133. 22 RottKing: Bite
  134.  
  135. 23 Xaser: Episode Hub
  136.  
  137. 24 Tarnsman: Perhaps Now the Vultures
  138. 25 Mechadon: Unstable Journey
  139. 26 Xaser: Beneath A Festering Moon
  140.  
  141. Secret
  142. 31 Joshy/Esselfortium/dew: Fireking Says No Cheating
  143.  
  144. ===========================================================================
  145.  
  146. * Music Listing *
  147.  
  148. 01 Stewboy - Alien Jungle
  149. 02 Stewboy - 94
  150. 03 Jimmy - Twilit Jungle
  151. 04 Esselfortium - Lost City
  152. 05 Esselfortium - Mystproj
  153. 06 Jimmy - Encased
  154. 07 The Green Herring - Free from My Shackles
  155. 08 Jimmy - The Night Guard
  156. 09 Stewboy - 95
  157. 10 Esselfortium - Noir
  158. 11 Esselfortium - Mystproj
  159. 12 Jimmy - Mist At Dawn
  160. 13 Jimmy - Scattered Ashes
  161. 14 Jimmy - Enigma
  162. 15 Jimmy - Geometry
  163. 16 Esselfortium - Mystproj
  164. 17 Xaser - Ominus
  165. 18 Stewboy - Birdsong
  166. 19 Xaser - Kashmoney Temple
  167. 20 Esselfortium - Ether
  168. 21 Jimmy - Stormwater
  169. 22 Esselfortium - Lurking
  170. 23 Esselfortium - Mystproj
  171. 24 Jimmy - Petrichor
  172. 25 Jimmy - Weather Warning
  173. 26 Xaser - Angry Science
  174.  
  175. 31 Jimmy - Vinefort
  176.  
  177. Title Screen: Jimmy - Back to Saturn X Intro
  178. Stats Screen: Jimmy, Essel, and Xaser - BTSX Intermission
  179. Story Screen: Darkhaven - Wait For Dawn
  180. End Screen: Esselfortium - Cruel
  181.  
  182. ===========================================================================
  183.  
  184. * Additional Credits *
  185.  
  186. 02, 06, 07, 08, 12, 15, 17, and 18 feature additional mapping by Esselfortium.
  187.  
  188. 04 features additional mapping by Seele00TextOnly.
  189.  
  190. 09 features additional mapping by TheGreenHerring.
  191.  
  192. Thanks to Xaser for maintaining the compiled WAD, and providing the ZMAPINFO
  193. and DEHACKED lumps.
  194.  
  195. Beyond the two levels he's directly credited for thing placements on,
  196. dew's contributions extend to virtually every map. His detailed gameplay
  197. recommendations are a big part of what's made BTSX what it is.
  198.  
  199. Bonus superthanks to Marcaek and Alfonzo for eagerly hopping on board to
  200. bring fresh perspectives to the maps late in development, and for helping
  201. out with skill setting refinement and the mad rush to the public release.
  202.  
  203. Similarly, thanks to j4rio and Ribbiks for playtesting MAP31!
  204.  
  205. Automap cleanup has been done primarily by Seele00TextOnly and Tarnsman.
  206.  
  207. Various OCD alignment fixes have been taken care of by Seele00TextOnly.
  208.  
  209. Episode end-screen map is by Tarnsman.
  210.  
  211. ===========================================================================
  212.  
  213. * Difficulty Settings: Serving Suggestions *
  214.  
  215. Back to Saturn X was designed primarily for the Ultra-Violence skill, but all
  216. skill settings have been fully implemented!
  217.  
  218. We initially used the first episode of Alien Vendetta as our guideline for
  219. target difficulty, but as development continued, the mapset became harder and
  220. more unrelentingly paced. If you consider Alien Vendetta E2 or Plutonia too
  221. hard on UV, consider playing at a lower skill setting. Difficulty adjustments
  222. were aimed towards making the maps easier, not emptier, and the mapset has
  223. been tested thoroughly by team members who themselves prefer Hurt Me Plenty or
  224. Hey Not Too Rough.
  225.  
  226. All maps were designed around pistol starts, but feel free to play
  227. continuously! Item balance has been tweaked in order to limit the
  228. trivializing nature of equipment carryovers. Maps will feel easier, as is
  229. generally inevitable with continuous play, but you shouldn't be completely
  230. swimming in ammo. (And yes, withholding the backpack is intentional!)
  231.  
  232. Extra multiplayer-only monsters and resources have been added to provide
  233. extra challenge for cooperative play. Given the prevailing trends in modern
  234. PvE netplay and the widespread use of C/S ports that relax player limits,
  235. resource balance does not target any particular player count. It is assumed
  236. item respawn will be used in coop games, so play without it at your own risk!
  237.  
  238. All maps have been tested to be completable with the coop extras, even with
  239. only one player. In fact, players who seek extra challenge can treat this
  240. "solo-net" mode as a hidden "Ultra-Violence+" skill!
  241.  
  242. To start a netgame in single-player ("solo-net"):
  243.  
  244. - In Prboom-Plus or Eternity Engine, run the game from the command line or a
  245. batch with added "-solo-net" parameter
  246.  
  247. - In ZDoom (or derivatives), use "-host 1 +map map01" in the command line,
  248. or "map map01 coop" in the console. (The latter may not work in older ZDoom
  249. versions.)
  250.  
  251. Although Back to Saturn X is otherwise vanilla-compatible, cooperative and
  252. solo-net are recommended for limit-removing source ports only. Due to the
  253. added multiplayer arch-viles, you're likely to crash out with a visplane
  254. overflow sooner or later if you try coop or solo-net in Chocolate Doom or
  255. Doom2.exe.
  256.  
  257. Note that an alternative version of MAP16 (MAP16C) is included in the wad
  258. for co-op purposes (replacing the bridge raising/lowering effects with
  259. Boom silent teleports); this map will appear instead of regular MAP16 in
  260. Eternity and ZDoom, which should cover most of the co-op bases.
  261.  
  262. ===========================================================================
  263.  
  264. * Music Playback: Serving Suggestions *
  265.  
  266. The easy recommended option is to use the Microsoft MIDI synth that comes
  267. with Windows.
  268.  
  269. The soundtrack to Back to Saturn X was predominantly composed using the
  270. Roland SoundCanvas instrument set, which the Microsoft MIDI synth's
  271. instrument set was based on. That means you'll hear Back to Saturn X's
  272. music just as intended without having to set up anything special at all!
  273.  
  274. Alternately, using a Roland SoundCanvas soundfont can provide great
  275. results, with similar but slightly higher quality instruments than the
  276. default Microsoft ones.
  277.  
  278. Your mileage may vary when using OPL emulation or using other soundfonts.
  279. In particular, custom soundfonts usually give instruments wildly different
  280. timbres and volumes than what we intended when we composed and mixed these
  281. songs, so in many cases they leave BTSX's music sounding a bit muffled,
  282. reverby, and badly-mixed, rather than enhancing the sound quality like
  283. they're intended to. For that and other reasons, we recommend the default
  284. Microsoft Windows MIDI playback for most users.
  285.  
  286. ===========================================================================
  287.  
  288. * What is included *
  289.  
  290. New levels              : 27
  291. Sounds                  : No
  292. Music                   : Yes
  293. Graphics                : Yes
  294. Dehacked/BEX Patch      : Yes
  295. Demos                   : Yes
  296. Other                   : No
  297. Other files required    : None
  298.  
  299.  
  300. * Play Information *
  301.  
  302. Game                    : Doom 2
  303. Map #                   : MAP01-MAP27, MAP31
  304. Single Player           : Designed for
  305. Cooperative 2-4 Player  : Designed for
  306. Deathmatch 2-4 Player   : No
  307. Other game styles       : None
  308. Difficulty Settings     : Yes
  309.  
  310.  
  311. * Construction *
  312.  
  313. Base                    : New from scratch
  314. Build Time              : Since 2009
  315. Editor(s) used          : Doom Builder, Slade, DeepSea, Photoshop, ProMotion
  316.  
  317. Known Bugs              : Hopefully none, but this is a beta release.
  318.                           If you encounter visplane overflows or other buggy
  319.                           behavior when playing Back to Saturn X, please send
  320.                           us a report so we can look into the problem and fix
  321.                           it!
  322.  
  323. May Not Run With...     : Back to Saturn X has not been tested with gameplay
  324.                           mods, and we make no guarantees that it will work
  325.                           as intended with one. The maps have been carefully
  326.                           balanced for exciting gameplay with Doom's standard
  327.                           monster and weapon behavior: if you're playing with
  328.                           mods and run into issues, well... stop doing that.
  329.  
  330.  
  331. * Copyright / Permissions *
  332.  
  333. Authors may NOT use the contents of this file as a base for modification or
  334. reuse.  Permissions have been obtained from original authors for any of
  335. their resources modified or included in this file.
  336.  
  337. There will be a full release of the texture resource after Back to Saturn X's
  338. three episodes are complete. In the meantime, please be respectful and don't
  339. take our stuff. Thanks!
  340.  
  341. You MAY distribute this file, provided you include this text file, with no
  342. modifications.  You may distribute this file in any electronic format (BBS,
  343. Diskette, CD, etc) as long as you include this file intact.  I have
  344. received permission from the original authors of any modified or included
  345. content in this file to allow further distribution.
  346.  
  347. * Where to get the file that this text file describes *
  348.  
  349. The Usual: ftp://archives.3dgamers.com/pub/idgames/ and mirrors
  350. Web sites: http://esselfortium.net/
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