New In The Keep Series: Maps of Madness

So we gotta new show for you guys called Maps of Madness. I would like to say that I had brainchild and that this was all part of the plan, but it wasn’t. This is a little something different. Its been one hell of a year, but we’ve managed to create a unique, self-sustaining show with guests and content that I personally find invaluable, regardless of my own involvement. This show has connected me with some of the most amazing people I could ever hope to interact with over the past year.

Every single episode has been a wonderful learning experience for me.

But I wanted something more. Inspired by some of Jehar of Tastyspleen.tv’s latest streams titled Mapper’s Mark, I thought a little more about what sort of content I want to see…

I Spend Too Much Time Watching YouTube…

I spend a LOT of time watching my favorite YouTubers’ content. Civvie 11, IcarusLiv3s, GmanLives, Quake Fans… Probably too much time, actually. Fans of In The Keep Podcast know and share my passion for FPS games. I watch these shows and streams and I think, what do they do that I don’t do? Conversely I think, what do they not do that I might be able to bring to the table. The vast majority of gaming content is simply the gamer him/herself playing, a personality, having fun and adding some commentary. The names above go a bit deeper with top notch editing, well-thought-out opinions and unique perspectives that make them each special and worth watching.

What I liked about these recent streams from Jehar was one thing in particular. The creator is present. It’s not just the perspective of the player. It offers live commentary from the creator who is able to guide, explain, elaborate and showcase what they intend for the viewer/player to take away from their experience. This, from my point of view, offers a whole new layer of player/developer interaction that can be extremely valuable to our niche genre of gaming.

Maps of Madness Is Born

So when I had the opportunity to sit down and play Glitch Arena with developer the_hack, I seized it. I launched The Keep’s ol’ Twitch stream up and proceeded to get the tour of a lifetime through one of the games that I believe to be among the most interesting within modern AFPS’s.

This inspired me to do more. Thus, Maps of Madness was born. We are now 5 episodes in featuring ZDaemon City, single-player & multiplayer Doombringer and an early look at UberGewei of Final Boss Entertainment’s latest contribution to his ZDaemon Sessions Christmas Special wad.

You can check out Maps of Madness via the above links or here is a nifty playlist.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkWrttFf2ofe7V7Jg7X6SFiIaellu5egn

Whatever you do, happy Cthalhamas and thank you for joining me on this journey over the past year! Rest assure that your donations through Patreon help cultivate The Keep!

The Pigeon Classic 2019 Recap Show!

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We’re joined by The Keep admins Spaced, Haducant & eXtwofour to discuss the success of our recent Pigeon Classic Annual FPS charity event which raised $600 for the Egyptian Cure Bank. Topics include the Doom Friday Night Survival, the Quakeworld exhibition between BPS & LocKtar, the European dominance in Warfork, Motherload’s experience working with Jehar and more.

It was my ESTEEMED pleasure to have been apart of the 2nd annual Pigeon Classic. Not a lot of people know this, but the first Classic was named for my good pal I Kill Pigeons. As a founding member of The Keep and more notably a prominent member of the Virtual Reality community (Orange Bucket Acting Troupe), IKP has not only led an influence on the ever inspiring world of AFPS but also the world of VR entertainment, producing the first ever play in virtual reality: The Princess Bride.

But Motherload… Why is this significant?! I’ll tell you why. Pigeons, aside from being a cool muthafucka, is one of the sweetest, nicest, most charitable dudes I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. His hard work and generosity knows no bounds. He spreads a positive message and general kindness that inspires others (like myself) to do everything within their power to give generously to their fellow man. That is what inspired us to start the Pigeon Classic Annual FPS Charity Event.

The Pigeon Classic

I began planning the first event shortly after the inauguration of The Keep. A fellow member expressed concern to do with the wildfires in California during the fall of 2018. Communities of people were losing their homes and (contrary to popular belief) not everyone in CA is rich. In fact, many of the people losing their homes in the North Valley that year were regular folks just like you and me. That sparked a fire in our hearts. In 2018, we organized a Quake Champions King of the Hill with the help of State of Quake. We charged a minimum of $1 to enter. Throughout the evening, people surprised us, donating far above the minimum and raising over $200 for the North Valley Community Foundation to give to victims and first-responders of the horrific fires in that area. Yes, these are humble numbers.

Suplex

So what could we do in 2019 to top that? Seems easy enough, right? But we wanted to REALLY give to a cause that we knew would make a difference in someone’s life. That’s when another member of The Keep stepped up: Flambeau.

Now… If you talk to Flambeau, he will inevitably be humble, but the fact is that he brought us the story of Suplex. Suplex is a young player in the ZDaemon community. For those unfamiliar with ZDaemon, it is an excellent Doom multiplayer source port with an emphasis on multiplayer action and community bonding. Suplex found a home here.

What’s so significant about this Suplex guy, you ask? Suplex, aside from being a beloved member of our community, happens to suffer from leukemia at a young age. Shit. Now I feel guilty. Don’t. We reached out to Suplex, asked how we could help and… He wanted us to give all funds raised to the same organization that helped him when he most needed it: The Egyptian Cure Bank. We did as he asked.

Event Poster

The Pigeon Classic 2019

We held 3 events in 2 days, all taking donations both from the players and from viewers toward the Egyptian Cure Bank:

First we held the Doom Survival event on Friday night (put on by the US Quake Community) on Suplex’s source port of choice, ZDaemon.

Doom – Survival on Eviternity: Pigeon Classic Annual FPS Charity Event on YT

On Saturday morning, World Champion & QuakeWorld legend LocKtar took on QHLAN 2019 runner up BPS in an epic Best of 7 rematch casted by yours truly and casting legend Jehar of Tastyspleen.

QuakeWorld – BPS vs LocKtar: Pigeon Classic Annual FPS Charity Event on YT

And finally… We hosted the 2nd Warfork: King of the Keep: a King-of-the-Hill event hosted by myself and Smango of quakefans.net. This event drew out Warsow newcomers and legends alike to create one of the best competitive events in modern Warfork.

Warfork – King of the Keep: Pigeon Classic Annual FPS Charity Event on YT

The Podcast

In this episode, we are joined by some of the members of The Keep who made this event possible: prominent AFPS player/streamer eXtwofour, GFX designer and founding member Spaced and up and coming AFPS mapper/GFX designer & streamer Haducant. We say thank you to all those involved an discuss the logistics of making such an event happen. We encourage you to go out and try make a difference yourself.

Links

Artwork by Haducant/Spaced

Music by igracsimon:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ-0cSKe6RqiLeKqODlaAiw

eXtwofour:
https://www.twitch.tv/extwofour

Haducant:
https://www.twitch.tv/haducant

Give to the Egyptian Cure Bank:
https://www.egyptiancurebank.com/
Be sure to use translate if your native language isn’t Arabic.

The Keep & Other Podcasts

http://inthekeep.com/
https://quakefans.net/network/

ITK Podcast #13 DBThanatos & Michaelis (QC: Doom Edition)

This week, DBThanatos & Michaelis are here in the Keep to chat about their amazing career in the Doom modding community. These two partners in crime have developed some of the most interesting, amazing, fun, sometimes controversial Doom 2 mods ever created and QC: Doom Edition in particular checks all the boxes.

Our conversation covers the development of their work on QC: Doom Edition, Death Foretold aka D4T, the infamous Worst Wad of the Year Cacoward that was given to Aeons of Death, working with the various online Doom clients, QC:DE eSports and more.

We also took some time to chat about the legality of QC:DE as it obviously pulls inspiration from id Software’s Quake Champions. More on that around the 21:05 mark.

Thanks to those at QuakeCon 2019!

The beginning of this episode is a compilation of people hanging out in the BYOC at QuakeCon 2019. You’ll hear from some familiar and not so familiar names as they describe their QuakeCon experiences.

At 09:11 we make a big announcement for future ITK episodes. Huge thank yous owed to Mitch, Paul, Moose, Flambeau, Larissa & Branflakes for making this possible.

We also want to take this opportunity to mention that several exciting interviews were recorded or at least networked at QuakeCon so we can all look forward to some really good content in the coming weeks.

These include: janedoe aka Ms.X (Quake 3 Pro),
Carnevil (Skulltag/Wrack: Exoverse), in depth Doom discussions with the Multiplayer Doom Federation and thus collaborations with the Doom Is Dead? Podcast to name only a few. So don’t be afraid to hit that subscribe button.

The Doom Community showed up in full force to QuakeCon: Year of Doom!

QC: DOOM Edition & Other Links

QC: Doom Edition
https://discordapp.com/invite/XzD2TdV
https://www.moddb.com/mods/quake-champions-doom-edition
OST by https://markiemusic.bandcamp.com/album/augmented

More from DBT & Michaelis:
https://www.moddb.com/mods/aeons-of-death
https://www.moddb.com/mods/death-foretold
https://www.twitch.tv/dbthanatos

The Cacoward:
https://www.doomworld.com/17years/others.php

The Keep

The Keep:
http://inthekeep.com
https://quakefans.net/in-the-keep-podcast/

These links will allow you to surf the entire podcast catalog, find links to the show on your favorite podcast apps, links to our Discord, Twitter and Twitch pages as well as places to support the show such as Amazon, Paypal and Patreon.

Until next week, go frag and gib your hearts out, much love and stay In The Keep!


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!

LocKtar/QW Links:

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