Q& A : T OM MUSTAI NE

GAME DESI GNER AND E S CA­LA­TION S T UDIOS CO- F OUNDER

EDGE - - FROM HELL -

Game de­signer and Es­ca­la­tion Stu­dios co-founder Tom Mus­taine talks us through work­ing closely with Id to cre­ate SnapMap (below), and how build­ing lev­els for the orig­i­nal Doom kicked off his ca­reer. How did you get started mak­ing lev­els for Doom? The first time I played Doom on my dad’s 486, I took a left in E1M1 and saw those stairs as­cend­ing up to the green armour room with those huge pic­ture win­dows look­ing out to what felt like an in­fi­nite sky. I knew then I’d do any­thing to find out how to make lev­els for Doom. I spent months dig­ging up ev­ery pos­si­ble tool and re­source to build con­tent for the game, and from there it was a roller­coaster of mak­ing hun­dreds of lev­els and mods, in­clud­ing some that made it into Mas­ter Lev­els,

Fi­nal Doom, and more. What does it mean to you to be work­ing so closely with Id on a se­ries so close to your heart?

This is a dream come true. Doom ul­ti­mately be­came a gate­way for in­fi­nite con­tent and as a side ef­fect pro­vided a path into pro­fes­sional game de­vel­op­ment for my­self and many oth­ers like me. Be­ing able to take an idea, build it into a down­load­able pack­age, and share it with the world is some­thing that the orig­i­nal Doom es­sen­tially pi­o­neered. With SnapMap, we’re push­ing to take that ex­pe­ri­ence up an­other level by hav­ing in­fi­nite con­tent avail­able to play­ers, along with the ca­pa­bil­ity to cre­ate, remix, and share with ease. Do you still dab­ble in WAD-mak­ing th­ese days? I do! I play a fair amount of ZDae­mon, which is ba­si­cally clas­sic Doom and Doom II with mod­ern net­work­ing and tons of cus­tom lev­els. I fre­quently check out the lat­est Doom WADs, WAD edi­tors and source ports, many of which have mind-blow­ing fea­tures th­ese days. The Doom com­mu­nity is cer­tainly still go­ing strong!

Along with the many lev­els he’s con­structed for ver­sions of Doom over the years, Es­ca­la­tion Stu­dios co-founder Tom Mus­taine com­posed mu­sic for his cre­ations

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