The Classic Episode
|The Classic Episode|
|A screenshot of E2M2: Mars Outpost|
|Authors||Jan Van der Veken, et al.|
|This mod was one of the ten 2000 mods to feature in the Top 100 WADs of All Time on Doomworld!|
|1994 - 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998|
1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003
The Classic Episode is a nine-level Doom PWAD that replaces episode 2. It was made by Jan Van der Veken, Anthony Soto, Nick Baker, and Travers Dunne who also worked on The Darkening series. The Classic Episode is one of the few PWADs that Compet-n allows recording on. Two versions of WAD exist: the original version from 2000, which must be used for Compet-n demos, and version 2.0 released in 2002. Only the latter is uploaded on the idgames archive.
The Classic series of levels was an idea borne out of the The Darkening Episode 2 team as a reprieve from making detail-oriented maps using a custom texture set. As a side-project, three of the level designers (Jan, Anthony, Nick) made standalone PWADs meant to re-create the basic atmosphere of the original Doom levels by id Software.
After The Darkening Episode 2 v1.1 was completed in August 2000, Anthony Soto turned his attention to completing Classic as a 9-level episode. In December 2000 v1.0 was completed and in October 2002 he decided to release v2.0 to fix outstanding issues.
All songs by Bobby Prince from the original Doom.
Between July 1998 and September 2000, seven of the levels were uploaded individually to the idgames archive by their respective map author.
|Filename||Release date||class_ep.wad map #|
|July 13, 1998||E2M4: The Evil Base|
|July 13, 1998||E2M7: A Place of Sin|
|August 19, 1998||E2M5: Deimos Observatory|
|December 3, 1998||E2M8: Evil Refinery|
|July 22, 2000||E2M2: Mars Outpost|
|September 15, 2000||E2M6: Outpost 666|
|September 15, 2000||E2M3: The Deimos Complex|
On December 21, 2000 the completed nine level episode replacement was released. It contains the previously-released seven levels with some minor edits along with two brand new maps. Compet-n uses this version for its speedrun competitions.
On August 31, 2002, class_ep.zip on the idgames archive was replaced by a new version. Eight of the nine levels contain fixes to both gameplay and visuals. The ZIP archive includes text file changelog.txt with a per-map breakdown of the changes.
The Compet-n episode records for The Classic Episode are:
|UV speed episode||18:34||Radek Pecka||2002-11-25||ce2-1834.zip|
The data was last verified in its entirety on June 21, 2020.
- . Has a download link for both versions.
- GG Inc. - Review (archived 🗺) by Joel Murdoch
- Review at ONEMANDOOM: WAD Reviews
- Jan Van der Veken (13 July 1998). "I do these kind of levels when I'm getting tired of working on Darkening stuff and want to do something different." Retrieved 14 October 2020.
- Anthony Soto (20 December 2000). "Swedish Fish's DOOM Site." (archived 🗺). Retrieved 14 October 2020.
- Anthony Soto (6 October 2002). "Swedish Fish's DOOM Site." (archived 🗺). Retrieved 14 October 2020.