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

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

Wrack: Exoverse & Carnevil
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TALKING DOOM w/ Flambeau & NationwideMoose

In this episode we get In The Keep with Flambeau and NationwideMoose to talk about ZDaemon and Doom in general. Flambeau is a veteran of the multiplayer Doom community, having done everything from administrating the ZDaemon Discord to development work on some of your favorite Doom mods including John Romero’s Sigil. NationwideMoose is the head of the U.S. Quake Community where he administrates their Doom servers and Doom events.


The Keep:


US Quake Community:

Artwork by Haducant/Spaced

Music by igracsimon:…


Discovering ZDaemon and Doom
Multiplayer Doom Federation
Favorite Doom Clients and Modes
New Players/Brutal Doom/BethesDoom
The Psychology of Doom
MDF Events
USQC Events/The “Perfect” Client
Maturity in the Doom Community/And Lack-There-Of
Flambeau’s Work on Sigil/Helpful Community
Watching Growth in the AFPS Community
ZDaemon City (GTA in Doom)
The Variety of Mods in Doom/FCT
ZDaemon Sessions
Michael Jackson in Doom
Best Days to Play Doom
Why Play Doom?

In The Keep Podcast – #08 M3ssia (US Quake Community)

M3ssia, “The Messiah of QuakeWorld”, is an admin for the United States Quake Community where he manages their Quake servers and events. His team is at the tip of the spear in the effort to revitalize the QuakeWorld and AFPS community in North America.

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In The Keep Podcast – #07 LocKtar (QuakeWorld Pro)

We are very proud to present the first independent episode of ITK with “The World’s Best DM2 player” himself, Dennis “LocKtar” Larrson. We go in depth about his QuakeWorld career spanning decades, his way of life, his departure from competitive play and a whole lot more in our longest episode yet!

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ITK Podcast available: iTunes (soon), Stitcher, Spotify, YouTube, Google Play, Alexa, Soundcloud (soon), or whatever podcast app you prefer.