Back to Saturn X
Back to Saturn X is a series of megawad/partial conversion projects for Doom II, designed to be compatible with DOOM2.EXE. Created by the Back to Saturn X Team, it features an exclusive texture set, original music, and a new palette and colormap.
Song and album titles from Guided by Voices provide the title, episode names, and map names. Titles and song lyrics are incorporated into the text screens as well.
The first episode was originally released on December 10, 2012 for Doom's 19th birthday, featuring twenty regular levels, one secret level, and a recurring train station hub. An additional level was inserted in a later release on August 1, 2013. The first non-beta release was on February 27, 2017, and inserted another additional level. The episode received one of the 2013 Cacowards.
The second episode was released on 1 September, 2014, with another twenty-two levels, a secret level, four episode hubs and an ending screen. It received one of the 2014 Cacowards.
On June 25, 2020, the first episode was added to the list of official add-ons for the 2019 re-release of Doom II. This curated version replaces all the Guided by Voices-derived level names and its title is reduced to the acronym "BTSX Episode 1". The title screen was changed accordingly, and jokingly expands the title to "Better Texturing with Startan X".
One final episode remains in development.
Episode 1: Get Out Of My Stations
Episode 2: Tower in the Fountain of Sparks
The development of the first episode was slowed down by the discovery of a then unknown bug, called the PWAD size limit bug. This bug occurred when the limited memory available to the lump stack, which is 64 kilobyte in size, caused issues as Back to Saturn X's PWAD needed more lumps than the 4046 that are available within this memory segment. On September 14, 2011, programmers Xttl and ConSiGno announced in a Doomworld forums to have an executable hack ready that increased the limit of the lump stack to 512 KB, allowing BTSX to load its resources fully. The released version however was split in two separate WAD files, mitigating the issue and allowing to be fully compatible with DOOM2.EXE, and removing the need for the modified executable, which was later released as Doom32.
Official add-on version
This version is technically an IWAD. The WADINFO lump identifies it as version 1.14i, and mentions "DO NOT DISTRIBUTE". The new list of level names:
- MAP01: BTSX Contractual Obligation
- MAP02: Mortar Cavalry
- MAP03: Drilling By Night
- MAP04: Conceptual Birdbath
- MAP05: No Enclosure
- MAP06: Visplane Holding Zone
- MAP07: Arachnobeliever
- MAP08: Waiting
- MAP09: Offworld Dentistry
- MAP10: A Guide To Dynamite Carnivores
- MAP11: Not Drawing The Mammoth
- MAP12: Subterranean Searcher
- MAP13: Keep Being Cryptic
- MAP14: Runoff Fat From The Skygrill
- MAP15: Tesselation Cycle
- MAP16: Waiting II
- MAP17: Johnwind Quesadilla
- MAP18: The Annex
- MAP19: Christmas Golf Asphyxiation
- MAP20: State Karate Supply
- MAP21: Trash and Sewer With Pestcontrol
- MAP22: Vesta Station
- MAP23: Waiting III
- MAP24: Within Reach
- MAP25: ???
- MAP31: Defenestrator
- MAP32: The Terror Of Maniac High
- - Episode 1
- - Episode 2