Doomsday of UAC
|Doomsday of UAC|
|Author||Leo Martin Lim|
|This mod was one of the ten 1994 mods to feature in the Top 100 WADs of All Time on Doomworld!|
|1994 - 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998|
1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003
Doomsday of UAC (commonly known by its filename UAC_DEAD) is a single-level PWAD designed by Leo Martin Lim. As part of their 10 Years of Doom feature, Doomworld named it one of the ten best WADs of 1994.
One of the first ever fan-made Doom mods, UAC_DEAD features an attempt at creating realistic-looking vehicles and environments. It contains a replacement sky graphic, and uses careful flat and texture choices in places to simulate colored lighting. It also includes the first known instance of the self-referencing sectors trick, used to create both invisible stairs and an invisible chamber enclosing a cyberdemon.
- 1 Walkthrough
- 2 Areas / screenshots
- 3 Speedrunning
- 4 Deathmatch
- 5 Statistics
- 6 Technical information
- 7 Inspiration and development
- 8 Trivia
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Make a 180 degree turn, lower wall, go inside the building in front of you, open its door, open the sign behind it, take blue key. Get back outside, open the doors on the corner of the silver building, go down the halls, go to the left side of the 3D UAC letters, take yellow key behind the furthest pillar on the right side. Backtrack to the silver building, go to the highest floor, open blue door and the yellow door behind it, go right, push switch, go through the door near it that it opened, kill the baron of Hell, push the switch behind the counter, go through the screens it lowered, go beneath the red torches, then beneath the candles, approach the top, go through the opening, approach the idle cyberdemon, kill the two barons of Hell, kill the cyberdemon, take the red key. Backtrack to the wall that locked you in the red caves, to the right of it there are red sunken bricks, open them and push the switch behind them, then keep backtracking to the spawn, open red door, shoot the barrels to the left, go through the "crack" they've made, shoot "off" the furthest dirt tile, go left, open door, then the door to the right, lower one of the UAC logos and push the screens on the front.
Other points of interest
- Of the three trailers closest to the northeast of the first area, the middle one can be opened from the east. At the other end is a chaingun; approaching it will cause the door to close. Press the switch behind it, and the sides will drop to release monsters. In the northern trailer is a partial invisibility, and in the southern one is a switch that opens the door. Enter the southern trailer to trigger this secret. (sector 82)
- After pressing the switch that leads to secret #1, another trailer to the south of the three trailers will open to release monsters. At the end of this trailer is a medikit. This trailer counts as a secret. (sector 62)
- In the middle of the first area, the top halves of multiple crates will be floating in the sky; beneath them is a wall of fire. Run through it to find a supercharge. (sector 109)
- On the third step from the stop of the stairway leading to the underground parking lot, open the wall at its western side. This will reveal a tunnel that leads behind the UAC sign, where you can get a supercharge and megaarmor. (sector 351)
- To either side of the conveyor belts, there is a pair of supercomputers. Both of them have sections that stick out diagonally from the wall. Behind those of the southern supercomputer, press the wall at a spot that coincides with the middle of either one of those diagonal parts. At either of these locations, a secret door will open, leading to a reactor room built in the shape of the UAC logo. (sector 193) Among the loot you can recover from this room are four medikits, two boxes of shotgun shells, three energy cell packs, two radiation shielding suits, a computer area map, a chainsaw, and a plasma gun.
- In the red rock cavern, just after the exit to the complex is sealed off, there is a section of red stone in the middle of the eastern wall. Open it to find megaarmor, as well as a switch that opens access to the complex early. (sector 277)
- Playing this map on UV exceeds the savegame buffer size in Doom v1.2.
- As it is necessary for all barons of Hell to be killed in order for tag 666 to be triggered, if the player does not kill the baron of Hell in the BFG9000 room, they will become trapped in the red key room as the platform with the key will never lower. This can also happen on Nightmare! if the first baron respawns before the others have been killed.
Areas / screenshots
Routes and tricks
The records for the map at the Doom Speed Demo Archive are:
|NM speed||3:35.83||Serge Marudov (Never_Again)||2010-10-04||uac_deadn335.zip|
|UV max||06:11||Eric Baker (The Green Herring)||2010-11-17||uac_dead-611.zip|
The data was last verified in its entirety on February 21, 2022.
This level contains four spawn points:
- facing south. (thing 480)
- facing west. (thing 481)
- facing south. (thing 482)
- facing south. (thing 483)
This map occupied the E1M8 slot in order to use the special tag 666 twice, exploiting a peculiarity of Doom's handling when more than one type of boss monster is present in the map. This peculiarity was changed in Ultimate Doom, and as the Doom source release inherited the change, the map is unplayable in many modern source ports due to the red key being unobtainable. Chocolate Doom, Doomsday and PrBoom have option settings which allow the trick to operate as intended, and ZDoom and GZDoom identify the level through its checksum and automatically apply the correct compatibility flag.
Inspiration and development
The sky texture in this level is taken from Josh Fallon's Nightfall (NIGHTFAL.WAD).
- The invisible stairs are meant to be reminiscent of the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
- John Romero has specifically named UAC_DEAD as the first "really cool" user-made PWAD he ever played.