E1M8: The Gate (URE2020: Unexpected Retro Experience)

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This level occupies the map slot E1M8. For other maps which occupy this slot, see Category:E1M8.
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E1M8: The Gate is the eighth and final map of URE2020: Unexpected Retro Experience. It was designed by Zylinderkatze and uses one of the following music tracks: "Nobody Told Me About id" by Robert Prince (base WAD), untitled track by Amaury Laurent Bernier (when loading base WAD with URE2020A.WAD) or "Don't Die; Kill Stuff" by Nathan Maxx (Lippeth) (when loading base WAD with URE2020L.WAD).


Map of The Gate
Letters in italics refer to marked spots on the map. Sector, thing, and linedef numbers in boldface are secrets which count toward the end-of-level tally.


Other points of interest[edit]


  1. Head east from the start and use the computer, then head west through a new hall. Open a slimy wall to the west to find a stimpack, an ammo clip, and/or shotgun shells depending on your skill level. If you use the east wall, you can get a green armor. (sector 53)
  2. Open the south wall in Secret #1 and take the teleporter to access the northeast portion of the map. (sector 89)
  3. Head east from the start and open two doors going south. Shoot the southwest wall and get the chaingun to open the south wall. Enter this alcove and shoot the west wall to find a passage with a stimpack (not on Ultra-Violence or higher), health bonuses, shotgun shells, and the blue key. (sector 109)
  4. In the room with the chaingun, open the southeast door and take the teleporter. Head to the door you can open, go through, then backtrack and head south, opening another door there. There are two computers here. Use the east one, then quickly run back to the teleporter and go through the door to the north to access the north portion of the map. (sector 263)
  5. In the room with the arrow, take the east lift up and open the north wall. Use the switch to the left and quickly run back to the lift, taking it down. Enter the small alcove that the arrow points to to get a soul sphere. (sector 519)
  6. In the northwest room, go to the northwest end and lower the wall to get health bonuses. Ride up to get armor bonuses, a BFG9000, stimpacks or medikits depending on your skill level, and more health bonuses. (sector 504)
  7. After getting the yellow key, return to the starting area and open the door at the east side. Open the door to the west, go to the lamp, then use the switch there. Flip another switch atop some steps that were created and take the lift up. Open the east wall to get a plasma gun. (sector 93)
  8. Take the steps leading south, open the door, and head west to another door. Lower the southwest corner to get an invulnerability or partial invisibility depending on your skill level. (sector 154)


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Current records[edit]

The records for the map at the Doom Speed Demo Archive are:

Run Time Player Date File Notes
UV speed
NM speed
UV max
NM 100S
UV -fast
UV -respawn
UV Tyson
UV pacifist

The (absence of) data was last verified in its entirety on March 3, 2023.


Player spawns[edit]

This level contains twelve spawn points:

  1. facing north. (thing 4)
  2. facing north-west. (thing 62)
  3. facing west. (thing 196)
  4. facing south-east. (thing 367)
  5. facing west. (thing 371)
  6. facing west. (thing 372)
  7. facing west. (thing 373)
  8. facing north-west. (thing 627)
  9. facing south. (thing 716)
  10. facing north. (thing 717)
  11. facing south. (thing 722)
  12. facing north. (thing 1021)


Map data[edit]

Things 1177
Vertices 7601*
Linedefs 8849
Sidedefs 13361
Sectors 1842
* The vertex count without the effect of node building is 6761.


This level contains the following numbers of things per skill level:

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