Any advice for beginner Doom Mappers with no ideas for the full picture?
Oops, sorry, didn’t see this until just now. D: Tumblr eludes me a bit.
Anyways, I can vouch for the tried-and-true method of just jumping in and teaching oneself everything about Doom mapping, since it is a very, very accessible medium of creation - seriously, drawing simple lines and shapes is really all it takes. :P At least for the basics.
However, the community itself is rich in resources to help you get off the ground. There are editing tutorials all over the place:
- On Doomworld.com there’s an entire section of the forums dedicated to in-depth tutorials from beginner to advanced levels of Doom map design. You can also post questions there if you’re in doubt.
- Doombuilder.com also has its own video tutorials which are very short and succinct.
- This one by Eevee is definitely worth checking out if you want a no-nonsense tutorial for starting your first map all on one page.
- I also organise The Joy of Mapping which is a live communal mapping session that invites beginner mappers to simply show up and make a map in a short amount of time, with help and guidance provided by session tutors live via a public Discord channel. We just got done with our fourth session and it’s pending a final release now.
Of course there’s a lot beyond this - and you might want to make maps, and be able to, but be quite stuck for actual ideas. Again, the community is there to help.
- There are name generators and theme generators out there. Of course some of these are ineffably silly, but hey, sometimes a silly idea might stimulate you creatively in ways you’d not previously considered.
- OBLIGE is a level generator that can help you gain a general idea of how a Doom map layout can work. It is generally frowned upon to use these layouts “out of the box” though, so use them for inspiration, but don’t go generating a bunch of maps and then releasing them. :P
- The Doomwiki is a great resource regarding specifics of the engine.
- There are innumerable community projects ongoing at any one time, especially on Doomworld, with specific restrictions like using a certain size of playable area, or specific enemy placement. Limitations breed creativity, so hopefully you’ll find one that stimulates and challenges you!
- Just doodle! Find some blank paper, whether it has lines/squares or not, and get sketching. Interesting things are bound to arise.
- Play a lot of Doom. Seriously. The maps the community makes are invaluable sources of inspiration. We’re a stupidly creative bunch.
Hopefully this helps! Again sorry for the sheer lateness of this response.