In The Keep Podcast – #16 Carnevil (Skulltag/Wrack: Exoverse)

Brad “Carnevil” Carney is the founder of Final Boss Entertainment, creators of Wrack and its upcoming re-imagining: Wrack: Exoverse, an ambitious rouge-like tower defense first person shooter. Carnevil is also well known for his work on the multiplayer Doom port Skulltag. We sat down in a hotel room at Quakecon: Year of Doom to chat.


We were also joined by Dewsome and HumanBones of the Multiplayer Doom Federation so that they could help us dig a little deeper into what made Skulltag such a household name in the online Doom community. Because they are experts on Doom, we managed to cover all the bases. How did Skulltag come about? What made it special? What is it’s legacy? How can modern ports learn from Skulltag? We could answer all those questions here, but its better if you hear them in the interview.

Wrack: Exoverse

Wrack can still be purchased on Steam. It was somewhat controversial because many players didn’t care for some of the gameplay and features, but it was also one of the first projects to take on the challenge of modernizing our genre. I’ve been playing through it recently so I will say that it is still a very fun game with a lot to offer and therefore worth going back and having a play-through.

Wrack: Exoverse is a re-imagining of what Wrack could have or perhaps should have been. The idea of a randomly generated tower defense first person shooter is, to my knowledge, a completely fresh idea so how could this not be worth checking out? Because it harnesses the visuals, weaponry and lore that Wrack got right, Exoverse seems the more interesting as a prospective good time. It is currently in early access on Steam and projected to be fully released within the month so don’t forget to add it to your wishlist!


We covered many subjects which are all timestamped for your listening pleasure on The Keep’s YouTube channel.

00:43 How this episode came about
06:45 Carnevil
09:23 Wrack’s beginning
13:03 Skulltag
16:56 Evolution into Zandronum
22:54 Dusk frag nights
27:58 Podcasting
36:23 Doom Community/You can do anything in Doom!
47:49 Pure Doom and Modernized Doom
50:41 Listening to the community/ Wrack: Exoverse

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