Army of Darkness TC
|Army of Darkness TC|
Army of Darkness TC is a total conversion for Doom and Doom II based on the movie Army of Darkness. Players take on the role of Ash Williams, the protagonist from the Evil Dead franchise created by Sam Raimi. It was released on August 1, 1996, 18 months after the film's US theatrical debut. Along with 10 levels it includes seven new weapons, nine new monsters, sound effects from the movie, and an original MIDI soundtrack.
Levels for the WAD were made by:
DeHackEd for the WAD was made by:
- Stefan Maes
Graphics for the WAD were made by:
- Steve Conway
- Jeff Allen
Music for the WAD was written by:
- Rick Sparks (Suture)
Installation instructions were written by:
- Scott Powers
In the Doom release, nine new levels replace episode 3. All levels by Stefan Maes unless otherwise noted.
- E3M1: Evil Dead
- E3M2: Arthur's Castle
- E3M3: The Pit by Andrew Stine and Stefan Maes
- E3M4: Good Ash vs Bad Ash
- E3M5: Necronomicon Ex Mortis by Steve Conway and Stefan Maes
- E3M6: In The Deal
- E3M7: Let's Go
- E3M8: Shop S-Mart by Mike Barker and Stefan Maes
- E3M9: Slept Too Long by Lawton Roberts
One bonus level starts episode 2.
- E2M1: Multiplayer Level
The Doom II release slots the episode into levels MAP01 through MAP09. The bonus level appears as MAP10.
All songs are composed by Rick Sparks (Suture).
- E3M1: ?
- E3M2: ?
- E3M3: ?
- E3M4: ?
- E3M5: ?
- E3M6: ?
- E3M7: ?
- E3M8: ?
- E3M9: ?
- E2M1: ?
The new enemies are based on "deadites" from the Evil Dead franchise.
- Four-legged soldiers
- Skeletons and Invisible Skeletons
- Floating torsos
- Little Ash
- Fake Necronomicon
- Skeleton captains
- Bad Ash
The installation includes a comprehensive aod-faq.txt file compiled by Andrew Stine that covers the project's inception and includes team member commentary.
The team began formation in October 1995 when Steve Conway started making graphics and sounds for a Doom WAD based on his favorite movie at the time, Army of Darkness. Impressed by Stefan Maes's 1994 medieval castle level Excalibur, Steve asked over email if Stefan would make the levels. Stefan accepted and a project web site was published October 18, 1995 to recruit more members.
Two of Stefan Maes's levels are modifications of standalone releases already on the idgames archive: warhouse.wad by Mike Barker and xcalib11.wad by Stefan himself. Stefan also modified the new levels submitted by Steve Conway and Andrew Stine (Linguica). The secret map by Lawton Roberts was based on an idea of Linguica's to use the movie's original ending. Instead of Ash Williams returning to present-day as an S-Mart employee (E3M8's ending), he miscalculates a sleeping potion dose and time travels to a far-future apocalyptic wasteland.
A composer with the alias BruceAODD originally joined the team in late 1995 to make music. However he lost all his work in a March 4, 1996 hard drive crash and soon left the team discouraged. Replacement composer Rick Sparks (Suture) was hired on April 17, 1996.
With a short timeline, Suture's soundtrack wasn't complete when the August 1996 release date was reached. The v1.1 patch in December 1996 included the now completed music.
Multiple file downloads
To support both games, the project was unconventionally split into many files by lump type:
Instructions in aodtc.txt and install.txt
Partial instructions appear in the uploaded /idgames/themes/aod/aodtc.txt:
You'll certainly need AODTCSPR.ZIP, AODTCSND.ZIP (sprites and sound). Get AODTCTX1.ZIP and AODTCMS1.ZIP if you have DOOM 1 or Ultimate DOOM, otherwise go for AODTCTX2.ZIP and AODTCMS2.ZIP (textures, flats, gfx and music). Levels come in four flavours: AODTCLV1.ZIP : DOOM1/Ultimate DOOM, requires DeHackEd AODTCLV2.ZIP : DOOM2, requires DEHACKED AODTCLV1MAC.ZIP : DOOM1/Ultimate DOOM, MAC-version (i.e. no DeHackEd) AODTCLV2MAC.ZIP : DOOM2, MAC-version (i.e. no DeHackEd) !! WADenizer AOD for MAC-DOOM (see aodtcmac.txt for details) !!
After downloading all files, a batch file must be executed to setup custom sprites and install the DeHackEd patch. The remaining batch file instructions appear in file install.txt included with the levels.
2003 re-release for source ports
Given the end-user complexity to get the TC running, in November 2003 project team member Andrew Stine merged all the files and uploaded it to the idgames archive. As a single WAD, only the -file parameter is required in most source ports. Vanilla Doom installations still require additional manual steps for the new sprites and DeHackEd patch.
- August 1, 1996
- The total conversion was simultaneously released for both Doom and Doom II.
- December 11, 1996
- November 30, 2003
- Andrew Stine repackaged all files into a single WAD that can be run by modern source ports.
- This release did not modify any gameplay from v1.1.
- Army of Darkness TC at Moddb.com
- Review (archived 🏛) at Doom Wad Station
- Review at ONEMANDOOM: WAD Reviews
- Rick Sparks (Suture) (29 July 2015). "Musical Bio... as of yet... Rick Sparks." Retrieved 6 July 2020.