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Marathon 1 Redux 0.0.12-alpha

liacrow on Oct 1st 2018

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Latest releases now on Github: https://github.com/ravenshining/M1R

A project to give Marathon 1 a facelift, incorporating the new features of Aleph One to flesh out and add realism to the Marathon's architecture. Eventually, to include a branching storyline- possibly even missions on the colony moon.

Featuring Marathon 1 with liquids, ambient sound, new weapons, more scenery, improved sprites, expanded architecture, new terms & terminal art, the latest HD plugins. Also including Craig Hardgrove's soundtrack, you can visit his page over at themarathonmusic.com !

Although it is now a playable scenario, I still consider this an Alpha release for development and testing, but at this stage you may find it more entertaining than, and in some respects more faithful than M1A1. To contribute to this project, download it and read the "Help Wanted.txt" and/or TODO.txt," or head over to the Pfhorums where the lists and discussion are posted: http://pfhorums.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=53510

Notes for version 0.0.12-alpha:

M1-style Rescue missions now work! We don't have the branching storyline yet, but you WILL get different terminal messages on The Rose and Bob-B-Q if you succeed or fail to save 50% of the BoBs. A big thanks to Treelama for patiently explaining how this works and releasing a new version of Weland to eliminate the need for hex editing!

M1-style activation triggers! Every level has been gone over to restore Glue activation mechanics for all non-teleporting monsters. Not only does this make M1R replicate M1 activation, but BoBs may freely roam the levels (provided you don't kill them) instead of being confined and/or glitching behind zone borders as in M1A1. A yuge thank-you to Wrkncacnter for writing a Weland plugin that streamlined this process!

The ridiculously-slow-on-early-levels shock staff mechanic has been scaled way back as it was not fun. Instead, early levels have you hitting monsters with the staff as a fragile but highly effective melee weapon - complete with it's own HD animation - until exposition is delivered via terminal on how to operate it properly.

As with 0.0.11, please note that if you command-option- or control-shift- begin new game, only levels 1-37 are playable. Levels 38-99 are redundancies for the planned branching storyline, and do not yet have physics, terminals, or MML. Levels 101-119 are multiplayer carnage.

The flamethrower now obscures your vision as it should when using the HD weapons plugin.

Architectural updates to seven levels (Never Burn Money, The Rose, Blaspheme Quarantine, Shake Before Using, Pfhor Your Eyes Only, Unpfhorgiven, & Try Again).

Lava and Goo should be generally shallower (more like M1) and emits noise to eliminate abrupt sonic transitions.

Welcome level removed and replaced with a placeholder, the goal being to have a populated spaceport and functional Mirata for 0.0.13.

More terminal exposition

Less ammo

touched up Arrival chapter screen

various physics tweaks

1074 downloads, 1 review, 6 screenshots, 3.0 rating


Upscaled Weapons for M1 1.0

Flippant Sol on Jul 4th 2018

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A similar scaled texture pack as "xBR Monsters for M1", but this is for M1's weapons and the algorithm is slightly different.

I would recommend leaving linear filtering on to smooth out the textures.

Notes for version 1.0:

Shouldn't be any incompatibilities with other plugins.

220 downloads, 0 reviews, 1 screenshot, 0.0 rating


Marathon Music Remasterd 2.0

herecomethej2000 on Dec 30th 2017

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The music that is shipped with the Marathon release is based off of the classic Quicktime synth. This is the fed through fluidsynth which utilized a modern sample set — in this case, Don Allen's Timbres of Heaven. All tracks have been normalized and made working for in-game.

To install, simply replace the Music folder within the Marathon data folder

Notes for version 2.0:

-A new attempt utilizing Timbers of Heaven 3.4 and the latest fluidsynth.

fixed missing track 14

1419 downloads, 4 reviews, 1 screenshot, 3.0 rating


xBR Monsters for M1 1.3

Flippant Sol on Nov 19th 2017

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Marathon 1 monster textures at 16x the original resolution using xBR scaling. Includes marine textures and every color palette.

Credits:

  • General Tacticus, who helped me index M1's original shapes file
  • Treellama, who helped me use Aorta to remove blue from the textures
  • Hawkynt, who created the program that could batch upscale 2,602 textures, and
  • Hyllian, who created the xBR 4x scaling algorithm
Notes for version 1.3:
  • Added some missing textures
  • Reverted back to original algorithm
  • Quality-of-life improvements

569 downloads, 2 reviews, 7 screenshots, 5.0 rating


3D scenery for M1 1.2

General Tacticus on Nov 16th 2017

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Replaces the 2d scenery sprites with 3d models in Marathon 1

Note: works best in shader mode.

Make sure bloom is turned off!

Obviously some errors can't be avoided, but I have done my best to smooth over as many bumps as possible.

Notes for version 1.2:

-Replaced the escape pod model with a much better one

-Changed the pfhor egg to be more like the original (an egg)

1497 downloads, 4 reviews, 4 screenshots, 5.0 rating


Marathon over Tau Ceti E-I Landscape Texture 8192x3072 3.0

liacrow on Sep 17th 2017

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This 360° wrap-around starscape replacement shows the stars as they would appear in the Tau Ceti system on July 3, 2794 at 0839 UTC, as well as a few local objects likely to be visible.

The stars, colony, and positions of planets have been rendered by Celestia, the open-source universe explorer. Using data on the planets known to be orbiting Tau Ceti, I made a few tweaks within real parameters to make things more comfy for our Martian colonists.

Remember the pink-brown planet from the Pfhor chapter screen? It's now an ice giant around which the colony orbits. Or is it a water giant? Celestia says it's 40F up there. Whatever, it's like Uranus, execpt smaller, warmer, and not sideways.

The huge blue planet is the colony moon, 1300 km below. I tried to put the Marathon in as high an orbit as possible while still being close enough to be an easily reached space station.

You can easily find Sol in the screen shot from G4 Sunbathing. It's just above and to the left of the right gantryway, or just below and to the right of Arcturus, slightly brighter than the surrounding stars.

On Marathon levels, your point of view will be from the Marathon's surface. The Scoutship will be part of the backdrop, while the scenery item is replaced by the unused slave transport sprite. On Pfhor levels, you view from an alien ship surface, and the Marathon sprite has been enhanced.

Software used: 1 - Gravitation to find a stable orbit for the moon, 2 - Celestia to produce renders, 3 -Hugin to stitch them together into a panorama, 4 - GIMP for postprocessing and Marathon's surface texturing.

To install, please drop the zip file into your appropriate plugins folder. Also, make sure that in Preferences > Graphics > Rendering Options, that "Replacement Texture Quality" for Landscapes is set to "Unlimited."

Notes for version 3.0:

-New landscape for Pfhor levels -Corrected star orientation on Pfhor levels -Removed floating Marathon logo -Restored & enhanced Marathon sprite -Shortened plugin UI name -Fixed Windows compatibility (I hope)

686 downloads, 0 reviews, 3 screenshots, 0.0 rating


Marathon over Tau Ceti E-I Landscape Texture 4096x1536 3.0

liacrow on Sep 17th 2017

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This 360° wrap-around starscape replacement shows the stars as they would appear in the Tau Ceti system on July 3, 2794 at 0839 UTC, as well as a few local objects likely to be visible.

The stars, colony, and positions of planets have been rendered by Celestia, the open-source universe explorer. Using data on the planets known to be orbiting Tau Ceti, I made a few tweaks within real parameters to make things more comfy for our Martian colonists.

Remember the pink-brown planet from the Pfhor chapter screen? It's now an ice giant around which the colony orbits. Or is it a water giant? Celestia says it's 40F up there. Whatever, it's like Uranus, execpt smaller, warmer, and not sideways.

The huge blue planet is the colony moon, 1300 km below. I tried to put the Marathon in as high an orbit as possible while still being close enough to be an easily reached space station.

You can see Sol in the screen shot from G4 Sunbathing. It's just above and to the left of the right gantryway, or just below and to the right of Arcturus, slightly brighter than the surrounding stars.

On Marathon levels, your point of view will be from the Marathon's surface. The Scoutship will be part of the backdrop, while the scenery item is replaced by the unused slave transport sprite. On Pfhor levels, you view from an alien ship surface, and the Marathon sprite has been enhanced.

Software used: 1 - Gravitation to find a stable orbit for the moon, 2 - Celestia to produce renders, 3 -Hugin to stitch them together into a panorama, 4 - GIMP for postprocessing and Marathon's surface texturing.

To install, please drop the zip file into your appropriate plugins folder. Also, make sure that in Preferences > Graphics > Rendering Options, that "Replacement Texture Quality" for Landscapes is set to "Unlimited."

Notes for version 3.0:

-New landscape for Pfhor levels -Corrected star orientation on Pfhor levels -Removed floating Marathon logo -Restored & enhanced Marathon sprite -Shortened plugin UI name -Fixed Windows compatibility (I hope)

642 downloads, 0 reviews, 3 screenshots, 0.0 rating


M1A1 Compatible Hd Weapon Pack 1.0

General Tacticus on Jul 14th 2017

This is a version of the Marathon 1 Hd Weapons Pack that has been made compatible with the old M1A1 release.

As such, this will not work with current versions of aleph one, using the original files.

All credit for making this compatible with M1A1 goes to to Thedoctor45.

529 downloads, 0 reviews, 0 screenshots, 0.0 rating


Tacticus' M1 Weapons Redux 1.1

General Tacticus on Jul 13th 2017

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Hd Replacements for:

Weapons Projectiles Most Items

Notes for version 1.1:

Version 1.1 includes: -tweaked weapon size and position -new animations for rocket and grenade detonation -new bullet impact effect -new trooper grenade projectile -fixed color tables for spht bolt

...and probably some other minor fixes that I forgot about.

821 downloads, 2 reviews, 8 screenshots, 5.0 rating


TTEP Updated Plugin (M1) @ 1024x1024 v7.0

Zetren on Dec 17th 2016

Plugin Version of Tim Vogel's 'Total Texture Enhancement Pack' v7 for Marathon. Updated to be compatible with Aleph One 1.2.1 and above.

The all-in-one (AOI) Marathon installer has these textures at 512x512 resolution. Install this to enjoy Marathon's textures at double that.

This folder is identical content wise to the 'TTEP v7' folder contained by default within Marathon's plugins folder, except all textures have been replaced by ones with a resolution of 1024x1024.

To install: unzip, and drop into Marathon's plugins folder, then activate it in-game.

IMPORTANT: Delete or deactivate the original "TTEP v7" folder.

730 downloads, 0 reviews, 0 screenshots, 0.0 rating