From firstname.lastname@example.org Wed Oct 11 16:20:01 1995 Newsgroups: alt.games.quake,rec.games.computer.doom.misc Subject: New and Improved: Hexen FAQ v0.666 From: "A.J." <email@example.com> Date: Wed, 11 Oct 1995 16:20:01 -0700 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- e" .. .z$% . 4ee" J$* z$$P e. ...."$e J$$*" zeeeee$$$$P z$$$. .d$" d$$P .$$$$$$$P "$b. ..e$$P" .d$$$eeee z$$$$$c z$$" .ee$ z$$F .$"*"**" ^)$e$$$$* z$$$*"***" z$*"$$$$e$$" $$F J$$* zdL.z.. ... $$$$" $$$$eeeeeed$$- .$$ *$$$$L .$$$$$$$$$" z$"$$$$$****- ..$$**$F. 4$$$$$$*$""**" P" 3P*" ^$$$P*$$$ $" . e$$"" $$.. ^ 4$$" $$F "$$$**" .dP* $$P $$$ .$*" " "" - F A Q - v0.666 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- .--------. |Contents| `--------' 1 *Important info! 2 *What is Hexen? 3 *What's new in Hexen? 4 The 4 levels 5 !A simple walkthru 6 *Cheat Codes 7 Weapons 8 *Artifacts 9 *Armor 10 *Monsters 11 Some text buried in hexen.exe! 12 *Script info 13 Some limited tech info * = new info from last release ! = section revised, but no new information added To look up a section quickly, do a search for the name of the section surounded by | |. For example, |Weapons| Note that wherever I say "deathmatch" below, Cooperative mode will almost always do the same thing too. I just like saying "deathmatch" a lot more.I also havn't played coop yet ;) .---------------. |IMPORTANT INFO!| `---------------' This FAQ will not deal with the beta version once the full version of Hexen is released on Oct 30th. Raven has asked that I concern it only with the release version. So, come Oct 30th (or as soon thereafter as I can) I (with some help from others, I won't be doing it alone anymore!) will be posting the _Official_ Hexen faq 1.0. A lot of things will be changed by then, namely character balance and fixing some bugs. I also have it on good authority that the cheat codes will be changed too. I have done a massive workover on the general feel of this document. Also, Colin Caird will be HTML-izing it for me soon. Look for it within a few days at his awesome Doom/Heretic/Quake web page at: http://www.islandnet.com/~ccaird/doom You will need a graphical browser to get anywhere. Netscape is highly recomended. If you absolutly cannot get access to a graphical browser (like me!) you can go to the hexen page directly under /doom/hexen.html Hexen is being published by GT Interactive. Their web page is http://www.gtinteractive.com (go figure!) They have a lot of info on Hexen, including a lot of story background. A lot of rumors have flown around (rumors are treason!) that Hexen will support 8 player networks and SVGA... even I helped spread these... but now I have found out that they are FALSE. It will still be only 4 players, and limited to regular VGA, not SVGA. Frankly, I don't even care about high res myself, although 8 players would have been nice. Players *will* be able to select a different class when they die in multi-player, however. This will be a Good Thing. The full version will have 31 levels. These will be grouped into large "sections" much like the several interconnected levels in the beta. There will be 6 or 7 large sections, with between 5 and 8 levels apeice. There may be a few single level parts in between some of the sections as well. Note that in the setup program, when you select warp, it lets you pick levels up to 41... there are a few numbers missing in the middle. Don't ask me why though... .--------------. |What is Hexen?| `--------------' Hexen is the sequal to a great game called Heretic by Raven Software. Hexen's full title is "Hexen: Beyond Heretic." Heretic was the first game to use the now infamous Doom 3D engine. It took the awesome 3D first-person perspective of Doom and put it into a fantasy setting. It also added a lot of new features to the basic game-play structure of the Doom Engine. Unlike Doom, Heretic allowed the player to look up and down (to a limited degree), carry items around and use them when you pleased, even fly! It also added ambient sounds, currents, and wind to the levels, as well as objects that could be pushed (and carried off by the wind!). It had a lot of subtler improvements as well, like better texturemapping, more detailed objects, even partial transparacy as opposed to Doom's "Predator" looking partial invisibility. All of the eight weapons had two modes of fire each, giving 16 different ways to kill your friends! And now, here comes the sequal to Heretic... Hexen! Hexen has added some major changes to the way the Doom engine represents the maps, not to mention more intelligent monsters, a bigger collection of artifacts, and even different character classes! The official release date is Oct 30th. There will not be a shareware version, but Raven has publicly released a small (4 level) beta version for us to drool over! .--------------------. |What's new in Hexen?| `--------------------' For those who havn't played Heretic, it had a set of items that could be carried and used at any time in the game. This was new to the Doom engine. Hexen also has most of the first Heretic's artifacts, plus many new ones! Hexen also has added a lot of atmospheric effects (like lightning in the background and MANY ambient sounds). Another nifty effect seen in level 1 is that you can actually break windows! There are some other peices of terrain that can be affected too, like the trees that can be destroyed, even a large bell that you can ring! The first thing you notice when playing is that you can choose one of three characters to play now! They all have strengths and weaknesses. (The details of each has moved to another section) When playing Hexen, there is a lot more emphasis on puzzles and traps now. No more simple hacking and slashing! (there still is a lot of that though!). I have found some rooms with very interesting traps, from crushing pillars to poisen darts to rapid-fire shards of ice! Not to mention very deep pits, spiked balls, and the occaisional earthquake! Another new feature is randomness in the terrain. Sometimes pulling a lever can do one thing, but play the level again and it might do another. This randomness is not used to a major extent in the beta, but has a lot of potential for making levels that are different each time you play. Yet another new thing is the ability to travel back and forth between worlds. For instance, level 2 has portals to levels 3,4,5 and 6 (5 and 6 are not available in the beta, however). Some actions you do in one level can affect another. Sometimes you have to get an item in one level (like the flame mask) and bring it to another to accomplish your goals. Another big difference is the way the difficulty levels are set up. On skill 1, artifacts that replenish your life will be automaticly used if you are going to die. Also, skill 5 acts a lot like the skill 5 (Nightmare!) from Doom, except the monsters do not respawn. In fact, the -respawn function that worked on all other doom engines does not make a difference in Hexen. Instead, monsters respawn at any skill level, but very slowly. Also, Ettins and fire gargoyles are the only creatures I have seen respawn ever, and the gargoyles don't do it often. Now skill level 5 can be played as a good challenge (Ettins are actually dangerous) but without the extreme burden of monsters respawning in 8 seconds! There are two very important changes to the engine now that make it more powerful than ever: 1) The lines that make up the walls can be moved now! In Doom, doors could only open up and down. In Hexen, they can swing or slide as well! There is a trap in level 4 where you are on a narrow ledge and the wall moves out to push you off! Being jammed between two moving walls can really hurt too! 2) Probably one of the best changes: Triggers now activate scripts instead of single actions. Now walking into a room can do all sorts of neat things at once, like lowering the lights, opening two doors behind you, teleporting monsters into the room, and dropping the floor 20 feet! Scripts can also be used to automate "continuous" actions. See the end of this FAQ for more info on scripts. .------------. |The 4 Levels| `------------' A lot of people are confused about the 4 levels in the beta varsion. Most have already seen all four without realizing it. Level 2, called "Seven Portals" actually leads to levels 3, 4, and 5 with two portals to each, and then on to (I assume) #6 at the very end. The portals to levels 5 and 6 all say "restricted access - beta" when you enter them. The reason Seven Portals leads to all these different worlds is because you can travel back and forth between worlds, and some things you do in one world will affect another. Thus, in the fire world, when you pull the chain that says "you hear the distant cracking of ice" you are affecting something in the ice world, so you should go there next. Unfortunately, this beta version does not actually show you any changes there. I believe that in the full version this same chain will activate script #19 in the Guardian of Ice level, opening the room to the firekey. When playing in deathmatch, all four levels each contain their own set of ALL 4 weapons for each class. Yes, all three parts of all three superweapons can be found on each level. You can pick up other peoples weapons too! You can't use them, but you gain mana. .-----------------. |A simple walkthru| `-----------------' In level 1, you must first enter the church and vandalize the place until you find some stairs behind one of the stained glass windows. Down here you can find the emerald key which allows you access to the bell tower. The fighter and cleric must get the silver key and climb the tower, but the mage can ring the bell from outside if he aims carefully! This will open the fence surrounding the teleporter inside the church. Here is what you can do when playing single-player on "Seven Portals" After the face asks you if you are prepared to die, jump down into the fray and look for a switch near the doors on the east side of the map. They should open (plus a weapon drops into reach) when you pull it. In this door is a portal to the ice world. Go there and fight till you find a dark room with four pillars. Behind those pillars is a switch. When you pull it, all pillars rise up, then randomly crash down a few times. They will all stop in the "up" position now. One of the four pillars will have a sword on the floor pointing to it. (The sword is a sector with a slightly higher light level, so you should see it fine). If you step into this circle, you will port back to "7 Portals" and two more doors will open there. If you step in any of the other three, you will die a horrible squishing death. Note that the pillar that transports you is *random*... everytime you play and pull the switch, a different one will be selected as the "teleporter" and the other three become nasty-death. Back in 7 portals, two more doors open up. Both have switches you pull to reveal new portals. One leads to the "Steel Guardian" stage, which is inactive in the beta, and the other leads to the Fire Guardian stage. This level has some really cool features in it. First off, when you first get there, the wall ahead of you opens in a cool pattern. The room beyond the wall will erupt and sink when you step in, so step back quick. The floor will drop in jagged segments while fireballs fly up, then when the whole floor is gone a pool of lava rises up to where it was. There is a switch that says "you hear the distant creaking of ice". It does nothing in this beta version though. Going further through you come to a room that already has monsters in it, but even more teleport in to join the fun. There are two doors here that both need the fire key. bummer. There is an unmarked wall that will open up to a long bridge with many green flasks on it. Get lined up straight, and *run* across the bridge fast. Try not to turn once you are on t he bridge! When you step on, the whole screen shakes and the bridge starts collapsing as rocks fall from the ceiling. Cool effect. When you get to the end (the door you ran towards will close before you get there) just wait for the shaking to stop, then look for a ledge on the side that you can jump to. Carefully follow this ledge until it leads to a narrow doorway out. This leads to the middle of the level, you have already been here. But in the narrow doorway there is also a pull-switch that opens the door that closed before. Go back along the ledge and enter that room, and you have the Firemask (A source of confusion for many players!). The firemask makes your character grunt when he uses it against a wall. Not only is this cool, but it ALSO fits into a slot that you can't reach in single-player mode unless you activate script #19 in Guardian of Ice. (Or use clipping). Go back to Guardian of Ice and type MWAGABAZA19. Take the right door and get the fire key. The left door leads to a cool room where you get the steel key, but it doesn't fit anywhere in the beta levels. This glacier room will make the floor crack and move a lot when you enter it. After it stops, follow the left wall till you find a switch. Pull it, and the floor will move a LOT more now. Stand where you are if you want to live! Some sections of the floor will rise up and crash into the ceiling. Others will drop amazingly low creating deadly pits. After it stops moving carefully go through the doorways at the back of the room. Now you have the firekey, so go back to Guardian of Fire and open `er up! Enter either room, and pull the switch there. A wall opens... step in there and it lowers down to a room with more neat things in it. At the end of this room is a wall with a symbol that matches the firemask! When you step in front of that wall, two elevators drop and take you up to some corridors where you see more of these masks. Step into a teleporter. Pull a chain there and and you hear "grinding gears". Now look for a switch that looks like the chaos symbol. Push it and you port to a room that looks like the two secondary rooms of "7 Portals" but the door is closed and wont open (script 31 or 32 should open it. They also open in multi-player mode). There is a switch here, pull it. Then look for a teleporter that will take you back to "fire guardian". From here go back out to the courtyard of 7 Portals. The only way further now is to cheat more. But lets face is, once you start, you can never go back. So, shamefully type in "BRAFFEL" and get 25 of every item. Use the wings of wrath to fly up and start hitting switches on that tower. The lowest of the three opens up the stone door in the ice level. The next one up opens the metal door right by there. The highest one opens the big bronze doors at the south end of 7 Portals. Note that pulling the highest one by itself wont open it, all three must be pulled to open it. Go back to the ice level. When you step near those two doors they slide up and presto, more rooms to explore. Take the one on the right first (technically, when the game is working right, it would be open before you can enter the metal door). This is two rooms of ice, with a few buttons. Pressing them opens up a portal to the Fire level, although the walls in the area you go to will match the metal level. In here there are rusty walls and a very, very long drop. Creep around the edge... and when you are almost all the way around... the wall pushes you off! Quickly, use those wings to fly! Or for the skillful (like me) who can see it coming (the wall looks different), you can try and set it off without falling. Either way, the fall will kill you, even in god-mode. In fact, when god-mode is on and you die, you can't restart the level, it takes you to the menu instead. So save often! After the trap is set off, the lava floor of the pit will rise up to you. It rises very fast, but has an amazing long way to go, so it takes a few seconds. Once it is up, jump down there and get onto the bridge that goes across the lava to a round platform. There is a switch here that causes "distant rumbling"... it is raising some stairs in 7 Portals (stairs that lead to the 2nd of the three switches... but you cheated and pulled it already, cheater!). From here exit back to the lava area and take the portal back to 7 Portals. You can climb the stairs if you want and get some tone in your legs, or go to the ice level again and take the left corridor this time. (Take note! Pulling those switches does not actually open the two doors... just *walking* next to them does. The three switches themselves all control the big gold doors. I found this out later after experimenting a bit). Back to the ice level, into the metal door on the left. It's got a neato trap room, and an ice room with some guys in it. On t he backside of a pillar in that room is a switch. If you pull it and hold still, you will be pumped full of poison darts. If you pull it and move, the darts miss but two nasty nasty guys with shields attack you. They are hard to kill because when those shields are up they can't be hurt, and can reflect most spells back at you! Fortunately, they don't raise their shields till after you hit them. So just try not to hit them with lots of little spells. Instead, use one or two big ones! (oh yeah, the all-weapons code is "CRHINEHART" you cheater you... normally only the 2nd weapon can be found for each character in single-player mode). The final area to visit is beyond those big gold doors in 7 Portals. In there are many nasty things... after you kill all the serpents more doors rotate open to the south, and more of the shield-guys attack. Once you kill all of them a glittery bridge appears further south leading towards the final portal (which is disabled). Watch that drop! It is a loooooooooooooooooooooong one! I used the wings and it took me forever and a day to reach the bottom safely. Notice that there is a gap in the wall on the left... you can make a running jump to go in there and find more surprises (namely some mana and wings of wrath... oh yeah, two serpents too, in close quarters, fun). If you miss the jump you will die though... Up by the portal is more mana, and the first piece of weapon #4! If you sneak around behind the portal, there is also a "combined" mana that you can grab, which is the *only* green mana available in single-player mode so far... Thats it. Thats all the rooms you can get to. If you want _more_ you have to play multi-player, in which case ALL those bronze doors open for you and you can see more of the ice level. Besides, deathmatch is so much cooler, not to mention that you can find all the weapons and items that way... (After writing the above I finally got the clipping code, RJOHNSON. Now you CAN go anywhere!) .-----------. |Cheat Codes| `-----------. These codes will apparently only work in the beta version. When the full version is released I will compile a new list of codes for all you cheaters out there! BGOKEY = God mode CRHINEHART = All weapons + full mana MRAYMONDJUDY = All keys (one of them looks like a little axe, cool!) BRAFFEL = 25 of each item (this will not give you the firemask or other "one of a kind" items). REVEAL = same as IDDT in doom. Useable only in map mode. Shows you lots of neat places you can't go. SGURNO = 100% health JSUMWALT = coordinate display EBIESSMAN = pig mode ;) RRETTENMUND = ticker to count your framerate (like Doom's devparm mode) MWAGABAZA## = Script (01-99) I have no idea what this does! KSHILDER = sound debug. Shows info BPELLETIER## = warp. The setup warp shows you can go up to map 41. Although, like Doom II, I'm sure you can do more if you correctly name them into a WAD. RJOHNSON = No clipping mode. go through walls! No clipping means you will fall through the sparkle bridge at the end of 7 Portals and die unless you can recover quickly. PLIPO# = change your class! 0,1,2 = fighter, cleric, mage. CSTIKA = kill all creatures on the level! Ouch! Also, ala Heretic, the previous games cheat codes will hurt you! RAMBO = takes all your weapons away except #1 QUICKEN = a warning message the first two times, then instant death! Another important key is the F5 button. It is for suicide... useful in deathmatch because sometimes you "fall" into the floor by accident and get a hall-of-mirrors effect. I don't know why it happens, but it is annoying. If you have a teleporter, or wings of wrath, you can get out of it without killing yourself. Here's some other interesting keys: All the numbers above 4 activate certain artifacts (if you have them in stock). This proves that the beta does have all the weapons (unless something changes!)... this is sad because four per player doesn't seem like nearly enough! But I do think that a multi-player cooperative game would be very nice to mix the weaponry up a bit! The cleric and mage make a nice combo! 5 = Icon of the defender 6 = Quartz Flask 7 = Dark Servant 8 = Flechette 9 = Banishment Device 0 = Chaos Device \ = Disk of Repulsion <backspace> = Porkulator I certainly hope these become editable in the near future! .-------. |Weapons| `-------' All classes have four weapons. The fourth weapon must be made up of three separate pieces before it can work. The first weapon does not need any mana. The second uses blue, the third uses green, and the fourth uses lots of both. This is true for all three classes. Also note that in multi-player mode you CAN pick up items that belong to other classes, but you can't use them. I think there is a code that lets you change classes during the game, but I don't have it yet. Fighter: #1 - Spiked Gauntlets. These suck, but at least they have more range than you would expect of your arms! The fighter can land three punches in quick succession on a target, so he can deal out more damage quickly than the other 2 classes. Note that the 3rd punch will have very slow recovery though. It is a good idea to either back up a bit, or stop after 2 and restart again. #2 - Timon's Axe. This glows with blue mana, and makes a flash when you hit someone. It uses 2 blue mana per whack, but only when you actually hit someone. If you beat on the wall with it it will make the flashes but not cost mana. It has longer range than punching as well. #3 - Hammer of Retribution. This can be used with or without mana, and is about 2 times more powerful than the fists (or so). If you have green mana, and swing it without hitting anyone, it will spend 3 mana to fire a "flaming hammer" out that explodes. This is much more powerful than the hammer itself. If you do hit someone, whether you have mana or not, it will just thump them without using any mana. Range is similar to Timon's Axe. The thrown projectile explodes and can damage several targets, but the explosion does not damage the firing player at all! #4 - Quietus. This is a big sword that has green flames on it. It uses 14 blue and 14 green mana and fires a spread of 5 green fireballs which are quite powerful. It fires them weather or not you are at close range to someone. I think that the sword itself doesn't actually hit anyone like the hammer does, just the fireballs. So you can only use it if you have enough mana. Cleric: #1 - Mace of Contrition. As powerful as the fighters fists, but slower recovery. It doesn't have the extra-slow recovery of that third punch though. #2 - Serpent staff. This thing blinks once in a while! Anyway, at long range it fires two green wavy fireballs that hit for poison damage. At close range, it hits continuously draining the victims life and giving it to you! Uses 1 blue mana per firing. #3 - Firestorm. Uses 4 green mana to fire a streak of fire across the ground, exploding if you hit someone with it. Does good damage. It has a limited range, but that range is pretty good. You just can't fire it across huge chasms. Note that even though the fire travels on the ground, you can still shoot it up. The fire makes a path any direction you fire... it just happens that most of the time this happens to be along the ground. If it hits a creature, it will explode and leave some burning marks on the ground for a second or two. This causes extra secondary damage to the target and anyone near it. It also means that a fast moving target will take less damage than a slow one. #4 - Justifier. This thing is pure evil! Fires a big gray burst that splinters into four ghosts. These ghosts fly out in a straight spread if no enemies are nearby, or fly in circles around nearby villains. They do a lot of damage as they fly around, and scream all the time. When they kill someone, they look for another victim to fly around. They do disappear after a little while though, or if there are no more enemies. Uses 18 of each color of mana. Mage: #1 - Sapphire Wand. This is like the elven wand... unlimited range, but weak. It does have neat looking tracers though. Not as powerful as the fists of the fighter or the mace of the cleric, but it fires "almost instant" bullets... that is they aren't instant, but they are so fast that you can't really dodge them at all. #2 - Frozen Shards. This is cool. Uses 3 blue mana to fire a *big* spread of icicles. Each icicle does a little damage, but there 17 per volley, so it adds up at close range. the spread looks like this: * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Note the center coloumn is 7 shards, not five. Limits of ascii... <sigh> When a target dies from these, instead of falling he becomes frozen. After a few seconds, or if he is hit with something else, or falls, the frozen guy will shatter into lots of pieces. These pieces sit on the ground and slowly melt away. Pretty cool. If a player dies by this, his screen turns blue, and he dies like normal, but the point of view does not fall to the ground. You can watch your killer move around, and then you shatter and the POV falls. You can also press space bar soon as the screen turns blue. See if you can run fast enough to see your own frozen body before it shatters! #3 - Arc of Death. This is a bolt of electricity that follows the ceiling AND the ground. If it hits someone, it stays on them and hurts them for about 3 seconds. After it hits, it "locks on" to that person. So if they move it will follow. If you move VERY fast, you can outrun it after it locks, but not usually. It is a very good monster killer though. You can fire it at creatures that you normally couldn't see as long as there is no wall completely blocking your path. For instance, you can fire it off a cliff to hit someone right at the foot that you can't even see. Requires 5 green mana. #4 - Bloodscourge. It fires three incredibly powerful fireballs. Each one is capable of killing any of the creatures I have met so far in one hit, as well as the players (except the fighter if he has a really high AC... but even then he is very near death, and thats from ONE of the three fireballs). Uses 12 of each color mana. These fireballs also go *through* the creatures they kill, so you can mow them down by the dozens if they stand nearly in line. A lot of people argue with me about this comparing to the cleric's Justifier. I believe the Bloodscourge is more powerful because: When you fire a Justifier once, it will home in on multiple enemies and kill them, but it is limited to doing only so much damage before the ghosts disapear. I fired in a room with about 8 ettins and it couldn't kill them all. It does just about enough damage to kill 3 chaos serpents as long as they don't try and kill anything else. The Bloodscourge, on the other hand, can wipe out 5 or more chaos serpents in a single shot. Its limitation is that is does not home in, so they must be standing in a narrow arc of fire (it does spread a little bit). It does at least twice the raw damage power using 2/3rds the mana. I guess the most powerful can be a matter of opinion, but the Bloodscourge is without a doubt the most damaging. .---------. |Artifacts| `---------' First, these items are directly descended from Heretic: Wings of Wrath: Let you fly for about a minute or so. The time seems to be unlimited though if you have god-mode on. Quartz Flask: Gives you about 25% health back. These will be used *AUTOMATICLY* when your life hits 0 *AND* you are on skill level 1. At higher skill levels you still must use them yourself. Mystic Urn: Gives you 100% health back. These will be used AUTOMATICLY as the flasks are, but only after the flasks run out. Chaos Device: Teleports you to the starting point of the level. Torch: Well, duh! Now for some new stuff! Banishment Device: Like a Chaos Device, but you use it on others instead! It fires a neat-o pattern of rings. Whoever gets hit by it (monsters included) gets teleported to a random starting position of the level. For some real fun, transport a bunch of MEAN monsters, then hit another player to send him into the thick of them! Boots of Speed: What can I say? They make you run faster. Dragonskin Bracers: These glowing purple bracers increase your AC by 4 when you use them. You can use a few at once, but only up to a certain maximum level, depending on which class you take. Disk of Repulsion: Makes ALL enemies within a certain range of you get pushed AWAY. Can be used to get out of corners, smash guys into the wall, or push guys of the cliff (great fun here!). Pushing people into the wall does do damage to them, but not very much it seems. I had to use 5 disks to kill an Ettin. BUT, any creatures bumping into eachother from this effect count as having attacked eachother, and this means they will usually start fighting with eachother. *IMPORTANT* The disk can repulse fireballs too! In fact, all the creatures in the beta that shoot can have their missile weapons turned away by the disk. Dark Servant: Too cool! When used, you toss a Maulator "voodoo" doll out a few feet. Sometimes it sits there and you can pick it up again. Sometimes it becomes a giant Maulotor for 30 seconds to pummel your enemies! Note that if you drop it in a spot where the Maulotor would overlap another object on the map, he won't form. The doll floats there and you can pick it up again. A note on the Maulotors: They can be killed like normal, but generally they will disapear by the time you can muster enough firepower to get them anyway. If you use the Porkulator on them, the change becomes PERMANANT and they won't disapear. Also, when the Maulotor first forms, he is semi-transparent. If you can hit him with the Porkulator at the instant he appears, the result is a transparent pig! Porkalator: Just like the morph ovum of Heretic, but it turns people into pigs! Note that when you are a pig now, you can still use items. Anyone who is a pig can throw the green flechette flasks as though they were the fighter. Wings of wrath can make you a Pig of Wrath!. Pigs are also small enough that you can stand on them like steps! Pigs can be resurected. Flechette: The green flasks. Each class uses these differently. The fighter chucks them forward and they bounce off of the walls and floor. It explodes when it either hits someone, or comes to rest for 3 seconds. The cleric drops it right where he stands (run!), then it quickly explodes into a noxious cloud for about a minute. Anyone walking into this cloud suffers poison damage. The screen turns green and they cough a lot. Even after they leave the cloud, they will take damage while the screen slowly fades back to normal. The mage drops these like the Timebomb in heretic. it explodes very quickly! This is one of the most plentiful artifacts in Hexen. Scroll with the blue rune on it: This raises the life of all three classes to 100%. Also, when the cleric uses it near any dead monster (I havn't tryed it in deathmatch yet) that monster comes back to life. No creature can be "reserected" more than once though. If you try a second time they disapear in a puff of smoke. Does anyone know what the fighter and mage do with it? (Many people have written me saying that creatures can be resurected any number of times, but everytime *I* do it for the second time, the creature disapears in a puff of smoke.) Icon of the Defender: This gives you invincibility without changing the color of your screen, which is handy. It also has side effects which are different for each class. The cleric fades in and out from total to partial invisibility. When he is totally invisible, missile weapons can move right through him! The mage becomes reflective to all missile weapons. Any that hit him bounce away. If a cleric fires his Justifier at you, this can make the ghosts home in on him and kill him! I'm not sure about the fighter yet, but it seems that he can throw the icon like a more powerful version of the flechette. It only did this when I was standing directly in front of the fighter that tried it. I need someone to confirm this last part because I don't get to play multi-player very often. Krater of Might: Looks like a chalice. This artifact, when used will fill your mana levels to the max. .-----. |Armor| `-----' Each class has a different limit on armor. Each peice of armor protects you in different amounts depending on your class. .------------------------. |class max min A S H a| |------------------------| |Fighter 16 3 5 4 3 1| |Cleric 14 2 2 5 1 4| |Mage 12 1 1 3 2 5| `------------------------' Max = maximum armor class *without* using any bracers. Min = minimum armor that never goes below this value. A = chainmail armor S - Falcon Shield H = Platinum Helmet a = Amulet of Warding .--------. |Monsters| `--------' So far I have only run into 5 monsters in the beta. There are a few places where there are monsters in multi-player, but not in single player (just like many artifacts and weapons). Ettin - The first monster you will probably see is the two-headed brown beastie wielding a mace. His attack is hand-to-hand range only, so he is not a major threat. All the players hand weapons have a greater range than he does (even the fighters punch!). Typically takes about 5 or 6 hits to kill using the weakest weapon of any class. Fire gargoyles - These creatures resemble the gargoyles from Heretic, but they are on fire! They are also much smarter: They shoot fireballs at you in bursts of three, and the strafe side to side quickly when they fire, maiking them very hard to hit. A fire gargoyle in its "resting" state looks like a gray fiery sphere. When you "wake them up" they unfold into themselves. Chaos Serpents - D'Sparil rode one of these at the very end of Heretic. It is a large (taller than you) creature that shoots fireballs at you or bites at close range. They are not nearly as hard to kill as the one in Heretic, but they are still trouble, and usually appear in groups of two or three. Icey guys - These can not normally be found in single-player games unless you use the cheat codes to go to them. They look like Swamp Thing but bluish and made of ice instead of green moss. They fire pairs of spikey ice balls that shatter when they hit anything into a spread of 6 ice shards that have the same effect as the mages #2 weapon. When you kill these guys (with any weapon) they shatter like they died from frozen shards. Centaurs - These creatures are tough to kill. They don't have a lot of hit points, but everytime you hit them they raise their shield and become invulnerable (and can reflect most spells). After they drop their shield they can be hurt again. Take the mage, turn on the Icon of the Defender, and fire two volleys of shards at him. The first will hit, then he will raise his shield and the second will bounce back at you, then off of you (since the mage can reflect spells too with the Icon) and back and forth until either he drops his shield or they bounce at a far enough angle to miss one of you. .------------. |Hidden texts| `------------' The following info was posted by Kyle Hofmann on usenet. He found this text buried in hexen.exe [begin Seven Portals ending text] Having passed the seven portals which sealed this realm, a vast domain of harsh wilderness stretches before you. Fire, ice, and steel have tested you, but greater challenges remain ahead. The dense tangle of forest surely hides hostile eyes, but what lies beyond will be worse. Barren deserts, dank swamps, and musty caverns bar your way, but you cannot let anything keep you from your fate, even if you might come to wish that it would. And beyond, flickering in the distance, the ever shifting wall of the hypostyle seem to mock your every effort. Your mind still reeling from your encounters within the hypostyle, you stagger toward what you hope is a way out. Things seem to move faster and faster; your vision blurs and begins to fade... as the world collapses around you, the brightness of a teleportal engulfs you. A flash of light, and then you climb wearily to your feet. You stand atop a high tower, and from below come the screams of the damned. You step forward, and instantly the sound of demonic chanting fills your blood. By all the gods of death! What place have you come to? By all the gods of pain, how will you ever find a way out? The mightiest artifacts and weapons of the ancients barely sufficed to defeat the heresiarch mand his minions, but now their foul remain lie at your feet. Gathering the last of your strength, you prepare to enter the portal which leads from the heresiarch's sanctum. Above you, the ramparts of an immense castle loom. Silent towers and bare walls surround a single spire of black stone, which lies square in the center of the castle like a brooding giant. Fire and shadow twist behind gaping windows, dozens of baleful eyes glaring down upon you. Somewhere within, your enemies are waiting... "...and he shall journet to the realms of the dead, and contest with the forces therein, unto the very gates of despair. But whether he shall return again to the world of light, no man knows." Damn. Damn damn damn damn damn damn damn. [end text] Now for the end game text: [begin text] With a scream of agony you are wrenched from this world to another, every part of your body wreathed in mystic fire. When your vision clears, you find yourself standing in a great hall, filled with ghostly echoes and menacing shadows. In the distance you can see a raised dias, and upon it the only source of light in this world. This can only be the chaos sphere, the source of Korax's power. With this, you can create worlds... or destroy them. By rights of battle and conquest it is yours, and with trembling hands you reach to grasp it. Perhaps, now, a new player will join the cosmic game of power. Like the pawn who is promoted to queen, suddenly the very reaches of the board seem to be within your grasp. But there are other players mightier than you, and who can know their next moves? [end text] .-----------. |Script Info| `-----------' Ever wonder what those scripts do? In Doom, when you crossed a linedef that triggered an action, it simply sent the action number to any sectors that shared its activation number. In Hexen, linedefs activate "scripts" that can do any amount of actions. An example is in the "Guardian of Ice" level, when you place the firemask in the proper slot, two doors open to the sides of the room showing lava flows going beneath the floor. A pillar of ice in the center of the room slowly melts down to a puddle, bringing down the fire key, then the two doors close again. This all happens from putting the firemask into the one slot! Scripts can also create or remove objects from the levels. On the first level, some of the obstacles near the silver key are removed after you ring the bell. In the ice level, you can use the "CSTIKA" code to kill all monsters on the level, but when you go into the circular room monsters still "teleport" in. I think the scripts can also do things depending on if the game is running single-player or Deathmatch. Possibly by skill level and character class too. Each level can have as many as 99 scripts, although none of the levels in the beta use more than 35 I think. You can activate scripts by using the code "MWAGABAZA" and it will ask you "Activate which script (01-99)?". Type in two numbers and there ya go. Most scripts will not have any visible effect, since many just open doors and you usually are not near them when you do it ;) Some do major things though. One script in "guardian of Ice" lowers *ALL* ceilings to the floor, which really sucks. So be careful, and expect to reload your game once in a while. Also, some scripts are running continuously. An example would be a script that makes the lights of a hallway blink on and off in a pattern (like the corridor leading to the fire key). When you try and activate these, you do not get a "activating script number ##" message because it is already running. This script system seems very similar to the programmable lift system in Dark Forces. Note also that if no script exists, a message pops up saying that it couldn't find that script number. I am cuttingthe size of this list... I will only post the important ones for now. [Winnowing Halls] 03 sets off fire ball traps. [Seven Portals] 01 I had to do this twice.. Not sure.. Opens first gold door. 18 lifts all middle stairs? 19 Opens Top gold door? 26 "Greating Mortal" Are you Ready to Die? 31 -32 opens gold doors to the sides.. Not the middle right though. [Guardian of Ice] 19 Turns on light in the shape of a sword pointing to the door right and left in the circ main area. You can now access to fire key to the right if you have the mask and the steel key to the left. .-------------. |WAD file info| `-------------' This is just the beginning of the info, and is not very detailed yet. The format is close to the Heretic/Doom type, although the level names are MAP01 MAP02 etc, more like Doom II. There are some big changes too so none of the current editors will load them without some tweaking. The THINGS entries are twice as long, and have the following format: 0. tag number? 1. x position 2. y position 3. bitmask of some sort? 4. angle 5. thing type 6. thing options (some extra bits have been added) 7. bit mask of some sort? 8. ? 9. ? The LINEDEFS entries are one field longer, and have the following format: 0. from vertex 1. to vertex 2. flags 3. data for trigger lines? 4. lower byte is code of some sort for trigger lines? upper byte contains code of what happens? 5. additional data for trigger lines? 6. right sidedef 7. left sidedef or -1 The other level resources look generally the same. (The above info, sketchy as it is, should be enough to at least make it possible to write something to allow the levels to be loaded into an editor.) This info was sent to me by Paul Falstad. He also writes about the following, which I believe is the scripting info for the levels. There's a BEHAVIOR resource for each level, which looks really scary. The format looks like a mini wad file. first 4 bytes: ACS\0 next 4 bytes: longword offset of directory ...data... The directory starts with a longword containing the number of entries, followed by the entries, which consist of three longwords. The first longword is an identifying number of some sort; the first few entries have id numbers of 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. but the later entries have seemingly arbitrary numbers. The next longword is an offset to the entry data itself. I don't know what the third longword is. I have no idea what the actual data that the entries are pointing to is. It's probably some compiled language of some sort, so I'm not optimistic about figuring out what it does. It looks like a series of longwords, which are instruction codes of some sort. I don't know what they do, except for 0x4f and 0x34, which look like jump instructions of some sort (they have longword offsets following them). Also, 0x01 is probably a "return" instruction, since it occurs at the end of each entry. After the directory is a longword containing a count, followed by that many longwords, which are offsets to strings. The strings are things like "GlassShatter", "FireDemonAttack", "THE DOOR IS LOCKED", etc. This would indicate that the BEHAVIOR data allows you to attach arbitrary sounds and strings to a linedef. All this info (I believe) will eventually turn into a working knowladge of how the scripting system works. My guess is it has a limited set of commands for moving linedefs and such, as well as triggering sounds and messages. This will make level building more difficult, but will be an immense tool of power for making fantastic levels! --------------------------------------------------------------------------- If anyone has extra info, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please only send useful information, not stuff like misspellings (of which there are many, I know). Feel free to add this to any web page or whatever, just let me know when you do so I can come and see it! Make sure you give me credit for it too! --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Arne Michaelsen - keeper of the FAQ, email: email@example.com Special thanks to: Todd Wagner <firstname.lastname@example.org>.... for many cheat codes and activation keys. Killian <email@example.com>............ for listing a lot of scripts. Deird'Re M. Brooks <firstname.lastname@example.org>............. for the clipping code. Paul Falstad <email@example.com>........................... for the tech details. Kyle Hofmann <firstname.lastname@example.org>....................... for the hidden text. Rowan <Rowan@chwilson.demon.co.uk>.................. for the ascii picture. Colin Caird <email@example.com>............. for too many thigs to list!
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