Darryl Steffen (dobu gabu maru)

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Darryl Steffen, known by his alias dobu gabu maru, is an American level designer, and host of The DWmegawad Club since its inception. He was named as the Mapper of the Year at the 2017 Cacowards, in addition to receiving a Cacoward for Saturnine Chapel and a Machaward for his monsterless puzzle map The Given.

Steffen is known for his highly idiosyncratic style, with common tropes being difficult, cruel combat setups, extravagant, richly detailed environments, ambitious concept levels, and meticulous worldbuilding. He also has a fascination with puzzle maps; besides The Given, his other levels in a similar style include Moonlight and his Exuviae levels such as MAP31: Iron Exuviae (NOVA: The Birth).

Steffen is also noted for his community project management efforts. He co-led NOVA: The Birth, and was the project lead for its sequel. In 2017, he playtested and did major mapping work for TNT: Revilution. One of the levels he retouched, his collaboration Transduction with Stupidbunny, Kyka, and Megamur, placed 90th in Doomworld's Top 100 Most Memorable Maps.

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  • Team Rocket 2 - Looks like we're blasting off again! (Doomworld forums thread)
    • MAP29: Self-Destruct
  • Dark Scythe (Doomworld/idgames)
    • Project leader
    • MAP01: The Dark Shadow
    • MAP24: Distant Suckers
    • MAP29: Designing a Sculpture
    • MAP30: The Diorama Symposium
    • MAP34: Door Savvy
    • MAP37: Disseminator of Sin
    • MAP39: Dork Smasher
    • MAP43: Delivering Shakespeare
  • Pious Simplicity (Doomworld forums thread) (with 40oz)


  • Ultimate Doom In Name Only (Doomworld forums thread)
    • Co-Project Lead
    • E1M4: Command Control (additional edits)
    • E1M5: Phobos Lab (additional edits)
    • E1M7: Computer Station
    • E2M1: Deimos Anomaly (additional edits)
    • E2M4: Deimos Lab (additional edits)
    • E2M6: Halls of the Damned (additional edits)
    • E2M7: Spawning Vats (additional edits)
    • E2M9: Fortress of Mystery (additional edits)
    • E3M3: Pandemonium
    • E3M4: House of Pain (additional edits)
    • E3M5: Unholy Cathedral (additional edits)
    • E3M9: Warrens
    • E4M3: Sever The Wicked
    • E4M7: And Hell Followed (additional edits)
    • E4M8: Unto The Cruel
  • 10 Line Genocide (Doomworld forums thread)
    • MAP35: Demon Dance (from Episode 4)

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