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This plugin enables M2SE music with the stock Marathon 2 or Marathon 2 for Windows 95 map.

Requires Aleph One 1.7b1. Simply unzip and copy the folder to your Marathon 2 Plugins directory.

Credits from the M2-SE Music Readme (included):

  • The Mark Sumner “Zipper Cat” OGGs are copyright Team Unpfhorgiven.
  • The Mike Gorczynski “The Punisher” OGGs are copyright Team Unpfhorgiven.
  • The Cannibal Whore Feast OGGs are by Iain McLaughlin.
  • The “Mercenary” track "Trapped In Space" is by Julian Zielke and is copyright Team Unpfhorgiven.
  • The MuShoo track "We're Everywhere!" was originally a bonus track for M1A1, but is now in use with Marathon 2: Special Edition, allowing M2-SE to flower.

12 downloads, 0 reviews, 0 screenshots

NEFX - Marathon: Sucks 2023-09-28

Adminn_1 on 09/29/2023

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[Credit to Windbreaker for the title.] "Until they've searched thoroughly, one can never be clean." In this scenario, you get to spend a bunch of time cleaning up a space of its filth balls with your trusty Yucatan Suckaman™ vacuum cleaner. But watch where you step, and be sure to empty the bag often so the vacuum cleaner doesn't explode!

Notes for version 2023-09-28:

Today I added two new maps: "Serpents to Patience" and "Runic Passcode Culture Escape". These can be downloaded individually or with other maps or the scenario itself at the provided link.

398 downloads, 0 reviews, 5 screenshots

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In this Aleph One Marathon scenario shell by NEFX, survive as long as you can and rack up as much time and score as you can fighting against intensifying waves of Pathways Into Darkness enemies with Pathways Into Darkness weapons. Like with Marathon: Machina, every level is open-ended, and there is nothing particularly won or lost except your competition with yourself and anyone else who dares to take on the Underrealm challenge and share their exploits. Good luck, endless fighter! There may well be more levels to come to be experienced in any order desired.

42 downloads, 0 reviews, 2 screenshots

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In this NEFX scenario shell, experience maximum terminal action as you read a bunch of strange but edifying terminals brought to you by interdimensional emissary Bad Take Jake.

24 downloads, 0 reviews, 3 screenshots

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In this new NEFX scenario shell for Marathon Aleph One, travel around a corn maze to get to the exit without a map. If you try to use a map, you'll die, because that's cheating. So really use your navigational skills, prowess, memory, etc. You'll become a better person if you persevere through this.

66 downloads, 0 reviews, 1 screenshot

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In this NEFX scenario shell, trawl through insane winding structures fighting humanoid enemies using the same weapons as you in order to retrieve chips.

120 downloads, 0 reviews, 1 screenshot

Screenshot titled "NEFX - "Non-Linear Transfigurative Climbs""

In this latest NEFX shell to be added to map-wise over time, you accidentally teleport into a messy, long-abandoned, and now-infested storage complex run by an AI who has gotten imaginative in isolation but who is thwarted in progress and needs someone to retrieve missing keys amidst a great mess in order to both grow unabated and help you escape. All maps in this scenario shall be Retrieval missions.

Notes for version 2023-08-16:

I added a new map, "NEFX - Dawned Age First Sight and Strike". You can download it and other maps either individually or together at the provided link.

563 downloads, 0 reviews, 4 screenshots

Screenshot titled "It's a long line to the NEFXpo event, and you have to yell and shove to get around it."

In this new NEFX scenario shell for Marathon Aleph One, you're a pedestrian trying to get past a crowd of other pedestrians to get to the exit, in part by yelling and shoving. But no one can die, so be patient, persevering, and careful about where, when, and how you shove and yell.

Notes for version 2023-08-10:

A new map has been added today, "Beyond the Subconscious Paradigm of Mercenary".

114 downloads, 1 review, 1 screenshot, 5.0 rating

Pepper HUD 1.0

W'rkncacnter on 08/05/2023

Screenshot titled "Alternate 1"

This is a slightly modified version of the Default HUD created by Hopper: https://simplici7y.com/items/m2-default-hud/

This is meant for people that want the HUD to be small, but not obscure parts of the game world. If you are bothered by the black bar this usually leaves, it can be filled in with artwork. I've included several options for artwork in the resources/extra_images folder. Or you can create your own.

To size the HUD, you can use the typical HUD sizes in the options. However, they will all be smaller than the default HUD, as one of the goals of this plugin is to maximize the game world view.

The normal HUD also typically leaves black bars on the sides depending on your resolution and settings, and this HUD attempts to eliminate that from happening.

Notes for version 1.0:

If you downloaded a PepperHUD that was floating around from a long time ago, you should get this new version.

146 downloads, 1 review, 3 screenshots, 5.0 rating

Pretty self explanatory.

166 downloads, 2 reviews, 0 screenshots, 4.5 rating

NEFX - Marathon: Pathsifter - The Facing of the Legion Within -- newest map addition 2023-07-25

Adminn_1 on 07/26/2023

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In this NEFX shell based on Pathways Into Darkness, you've probed too deeply into matters unknown and found yourself in the forbidden zone, at the mercy of a once-dormant deity ordering your retrieval of diamonds to escape.

Notes for version -- newest map addition 2023-07-25:

I added a separate Pathsifter map called "The Abrasion at the Horizon Boundary". You can get this map and others along with the scenario folder itself at the provided link.

397 downloads, 1 review, 5 screenshots, 5.0 rating

NEFX - Marathon: Machina - The Alien Machine Mind -- newest map addition 2023-07-25

Adminn_1 on 07/26/2023

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[PLEASE READ BELOW]

In the latest multimedia dispatch from NEFX, spend time stuck in a mad one's dimension trying to attain the most amount of glory in the most amount of time before the current iteration of your condemned (blessed?) soul is snuffed. In the cracks, drink of all the details of the strange essence you've stumbled into. More levels and optional files (i.e textures) may be added across updates (note also the extra maps folder with one map in it).

IMPORTANT NOTE: You will need to toggle the included (and modded) Survival script to play this scenario. I got Hopper's permission for its use -- just ask him. Thanks, Hopper!

New sounds come from Hollywood, sundry YouTube, SWB Audio Capture, and Cythera by Ambrosia Software.

Notes for version -- newest map addition 2023-07-25:

I added a separate map called "Permachthon Autocraft - Eternal Passage" in April.

784 downloads, 3 reviews, 1 screenshot, 5.0 rating

NEFX Mods -- newest addition 2023-07-25

Adminn_1 on 07/26/2023

Screenshot titled ""

[2023-07-26 update: New scripts added: "Aperture in Tank Myopia", "As the Dream Seeps Into and Dissolves You", "Current Prison & the Myriad Deceit", "Forced to the Finejoust", "Obscura in the Celestial Gaze", and "The False Promise of Conditioned Currency".]

Thank you for playing NEFX Marathon Modifications. Among these are scripts and physics either for multiplayer, single player, or both. More may be added over time in future versions, so look out.

What do these do?

"Aperture in Tank Myopia"

This means you cannot turn or look up or down, but are always facing straight ahead as you move. See how you kill each other with this ridiculous shared handicap!

"As the Dream Seeps Into and Dissolves You"

This turns all textures into landscape ones.

"Betrothing to the Forgotten Root of Potentiate"

This means you are permanently equipped with only a single pistol with unlimited ammunition and no way to dual-wield. This can make for some very interesting net games as you all learn to make do with what is probably the least-used multiplayer fighting option in Marathon history, even below fists. You will become a better player this way and make laughs along the way.

"Bringing All Back to the Raw Cult"

This script "flattens" levels into something reminiscent of Wolfenstein 3D (albeit less blocky). Specifically, it makes all floor heights 0, all ceiling heights 1, and all platform heights 0. It also makes all liquids in the level into rapid floors conveyors like you've come to know in NEFX maps. This may render many singleplayer levels unbeatable, mainly due to issues with platforms, but it can make for a new, interesting, and funny multiplayer experience.

"Current Prison & the Myriad Deceit"

All items are mines in this one, so the way to win is to avoid them and try to rack up points against your enemies with your fist or pistol. Good luck!

"Forced to the Finejoust"

All players are always stuck looking down at a 30-degree angle, so you have to either get real close or be up on a ledge to get your enemy.

"Funneled Spatial Remembrance"

This kills and taunts you if you try to save, recharge, access a terminal, or activate the automap. This is the real "Adminn_1's Challenge" to help you train for maximum Vidmaster runs!

"Global Omnilode Onus - The Wire"

This is a multiplayer game mode in which whoever collects the most items wins. Each item you pick up gives you one point. An interesting thing about this is that items tend to respawn en masse after a player dies, meaning it further helps not only to kill others but also yourself!

"Obscura in the Celestial Gaze"

All players are always stuck looking up at a 30-degree angle, so you have to somehow get under your enemy to hit them.

"Play Pretexts to New Awareness"

This modifies the fists to drop infinite bouncing bombs that detonate upon settling, modifies grenades to be landmines, and modifies the rocket launcher to fire more explosives in a faster and honing fashion (albeit with one shot per clip).

"Realization Through Ensnarement"

In tribute to known historical NEFX practice and reference thereof by many Marathon community members, this script-and-physics combo randomly generates columns that block your way in a level. You can easily adjust the number of columns you want (enemy players) to deal with in the script. The columns are actually Tiny Pfhor that were modded to look and behave like columns -- stationary, completely idle, and not damaged by anything.

“Spectrallax of Dooming Possibility”

This makes all weapons work under liquid as they would above liquid and makes all monsters fly. This is good for net maps taking place mostly or entirely under liquid such as NEFX will later produce, where you can basically have “flying” deathmatches or survivalmatches, and thus helps to expand the combat possibilities of Marathon.

"The False Promise of Conditioned Currency"

Don't step on items or you'll lose points. It's up to you whether the points you'll get from killing your enemy with the supplies you pick up will offset the cost of picking up the supplies.

“The Full Rounding of Age-Old Collective Drives”

Since the pistols and fists don’t really find use in net games most of the time except for self-challenging purposes, this disables both and replaces them with a fusion pistol of unlimited shots (technically 12,241 per the seeming allowed maximum on ShapeFusion, but you’ll surely die before you run out) -- a "starting blaster" if you will, reminiscent of games like Quake II or Unreal I. See how threatening the invinciwimpsi are now!

"Victory of Absurdist Balance By Inwardness"

This starts you immediately with a never-ending shield charge, and you will die if you reach full triple-bar (purple) shields. This will make for an interesting net game as all players have to preoccupy themselves with finding ways based on their environment, position, equipment, etc, to die the least amount of times by constantly damaging themselves enough (without going too far). Keep in mind that you can still technically kill others, or at least incapacitate them in such a way that they can't damage themselves fast enough to avoid dying.

Thanks,

-Adminn_1 [NEFX]

Notes for version -- newest addition 2023-07-25:

[2023-07-25 update: New scripts added: "Aperture in Tank Myopia", "As the Dream Seeps Into and Dissolves You", "Current Prison & the Myriad Deceit", "Forced to the Finejoust", "Obscura in the Celestial Gaze", and "The False Promise of Conditioned Currency".]

1,013 downloads, 1 review, 1 screenshot, 4.0 rating

Deus Volt! 1.1

Synchronicity13 on 06/24/2023

Screenshot titled "Showdown"

After all, what is a metastable AI but an electric god?

You've been sent by Durandal to assist a UESC assault on the Vylae homeworld. As Pfhor resistance crumbles, a strange discovery offers new opportunities... and new perils.

A mini-scenario for Marathon Infinity. Six levels, plus one interstitial and one secret bonus level.

Notes for version 1.1:

Notable changes in v1.1:

  • Rebalanced ammo and shield chargers throughout scenario to provide a smoother difficulty curve and encourage exploration/aggression.
  • Embedded MML+Lua (no longer requires Previous AI plugin)
  • Substantially revised Atom Heart Mother (more climactic battles in central portion) and Our Lord Debussy (more to explore in upper floors, more connections between different areas of level).
  • Removed potential Cask-of-Amontillado-esque soft lock in Sic Transit Gloria Mundi.
  • Added a secret bonus level! Getting there is half the challenge.
  • More weapon pickups on more levels, for those that prefer pistol starts (or just missed the weapon the first time around).
  • Tweaks and aesthetic improvements to all levels.

I'm always looking to hone my craft as a mapper -- reviews, suggestions, &c are greatly appreciated. Special thanks to hypersleep for feedback on v1.0 and help with Lua!

2,776 downloads, 4 reviews, 3 screenshots, 3.8 rating

Simplici7y 2.0.0

Switch on 06/24/2023

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Simplici7y is a file sharing web application for the Aleph One community. Originally written in with Ruby on Rails 1.0 and hosted alongside The Pfhorums, Simplici7y is now a Django 4 Application deployed to Heroku from Github.

The project is named after a 7-polygon mapping challenge, which focuses on doing more with less.

When Fileball suffered downtime in early 2007, Jon Irons saw the need to fill the gap as soon as possible. He came to me with his idea for a new project. Jon's support was fundamental to the development and successful launch of Simplici7y, and I consider this project his as much as it is mine.

Simplici7y came online on the second anniversary of The Pfhorums. After Fileball was destroyed in a fire, S7 became the de facto place to publish. In the 16 years it has been online, there have been over 12 million downloads, 600 items and 1,400 reviews.

Notes for version 2.0.0:

On our 16th anniversary, 2.0.0 is a complete rewrite of the original Ruby on Rails application into Python / Django 4. This also includes:

  • Moved to modern hosting (Heroku / AWS) which means no more downtime!
  • Much faster file download and page load times
  • Better permissions and data validation (10,000 star feature)
  • Higher resolution thumbnails
  • Automatic deploys from git main branch for quick and easy development or bug fixes
  • An automatic admin backend for easy moderation
  • Trigram search for misspellings
  • Much more search-engine optimized with redirects from bad URLs and mobile-friendly CSS
  • All of this and more in 4k lines of code vs the previous 33k!

Feature development is now much easier, so head over to Github to submit requests or report any bugs you find.

4,153 downloads, 3 reviews, 4 screenshots, 2.3 rating

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Marathon: Istoria is a single-player RPG scenario set in the Marathon universe and designed for the Aleph One engine. It pushes the engine to its limits by using advanced character progression, combat, and storytelling.

Customize your character by choosing from seven different player classes, each with their own unique active and passive abilities. Decide which conventional weapons you want to specialize in, and make use of a brand new arsenal of spells. Explore Istoria while discovering its secrets and how you fit in the world through a combination of terminals and communicating with the recently deceased. Istoria features an original soundtrack by Jon Irons.

Notes for version 1.0:
  • Initial release.

341 downloads, 5 reviews, 6 screenshots, 5.0 rating

NEFX Netmaps 62

Adminn_1 on 04/02/2023

Screenshot titled ""Tripchallenge Elemental Claywring""

Happy 50-map landmark! Here's to more.

[2023-04-01 - The following have been added over the past week:

"Classical Contraption Contemplation"

"Drive of Constant Flux Maintenance"

"Initiatory Perspectival Pathsetting"

"Jousters on the Frame Warp"

"Shared Fray-Urge Unconscious"

"At the Underground Mesmer"

"Confinement Contemplations Weaponized"

"The Untapped Bond Point Come to Life".]

You wanted it, you finally got it (and I've wanted it too): Height variation, differential shading, non-square based architecture, dynamic lighting, ambient sounds, textural variety, and random sounds. Initially this was based on the Kill Them All project in the sense of following the rule of having 100 polygons per level max, but over time it seems I could not stick to that necessarily. :3 However, I have made many of these maps from a 700-polygon template I made (you know, 700 because 7 because Marathon).

Notes for version 62:

[2023-04-01 - The following have been added over the past week:

"Classical Contraption Contemplation"

"Drive of Constant Flux Maintenance"

"Initiatory Perspectival Pathsetting"

"Jousters on the Frame Warp"

"Shared Fray-Urge Unconscious"

"At the Underground Mesmer"

"Confinement Contemplations Weaponized"

"The Untapped Bond Point Come to Life"

1,640 downloads, 4 reviews, 27 screenshots, 3.0 rating

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Marathon 2 replacement textures based on the originals, created with AI.

There's no reason for this to exist. I just wanted an excuse to screw around with some new technology.

229 downloads, 0 reviews, 4 screenshots

Screenshot titled "JWT"

Landscape replacement plugin that uses high definition James Webb Telescope images.

267 downloads, 0 reviews, 1 screenshot

Eternal X 1.3 preview 5

The Man on 02/08/2023

Screenshot titled "We Met Once in the Garden"

Eternal is one of the largest scenarios ever created for Aleph One, initially created by Forrest Cameranesi (Pfhorrest) and subsequently revised and expanded by a massive team known as the Xeventh Project, which, as of this writing (February 2023) now includes more than 40 people. Besides Tempus Irae, it may be the oldest scenario still being actively developed; it was first released in 2004 and has been refined and expanded almost continuously ever since. Features include, but are hardly limited to:

  • 52 levels, some revisiting familiar locations from the Marathon trilogy and some being among the largest ever created for the engine
  • An intricately layered plot featuring dense political and philosophical themes, a tragic romance, time travel, major events from Marathon’s backstory, complex original characters, and returning faces from the Marathon trilogy’s cast
  • A huge, acclaimed soundtrack containing some fifty tracks, lasting more than six hours, and created by some thirteen composers and arrangers (significantly expanded in 1.3 previews 4 and 5)
  • Redesigns of most of the game’s familiar cast (new in 1.3), some old foes from Pathways into Darkness, and some new faces (some new in 1.3)
  • Hundreds of gorgeous terminal images (many added for 1.3 preview 4)
  • Five texture sets, encompassing 650 high-resolution textures, 12 detailed original landscape textures, and several separate human and alien environments
  • A secret tracking system (new in 1.3 preview 4)
  • More than 360 sounds, remixed or remastered in CD quality, in stereo where possible (new in 1.3)
  • Atmospheric weather like rain and snow (new in 1.3)
  • A “quicksave on level transition” feature (new in 1.3)
  • A final boss battle of sorts (new in 1.3)
  • Detailed documentation including illustrated field guides to Eternal’s weaponry, aliens, and humans, detailed credits, a meta-history of Eternal, and technical notes on how its maps and scripts work (new in 1.3)

The current development release, 1.3 preview 5 (released on 2023-02-08), is perfectly playable despite still being incomplete; it is now our recommended way to play the game. We’ll refrain from estimating the release date of 1.3 final, as we’ve overshot too many estimates to count (thank you, feature creep). The current “stable” build, 1.2.1 (released on 2021-11-07), is missing several features listed above but is still an enjoyable game in its own right.

The screenshots seen on the right are from a development release from between 1.3 previews 4 and 5 and are a reasonable reflection of Eternal’s current appearance. Although they were taken on Normal (so as to show more monster types), we do recommend playing Eternal on the highest difficulty you can manage.

Notes for version 1.3 preview 5:

Current development release. 1.3 incorporates several new features, many detailed above. New in 1.3 preview 5:

  • Fixes to several major bugs, including crashes in six different levels, the HUD messing up in non-16:9 aspect ratios, and problems in network games with the secret counter and map overlay.
  • Over an hour of new/updated music since preview 4.
  • New secrets in a few levels.
  • Jjaro sludge is no longer coloured like M1’s toxic Pfhor goo.

707 downloads, 2 reviews, 5 screenshots, 5.0 rating