Just started a small new project: a bare bones IWAD (main resource file) for making standalone games with GZDoom. This makes it so you can build something with GZDoom - probably the most advanced, feature-rich, quickly evolving Doom port - without needing to own any of the Doom games, or be beholden to Doom's genre or design.
More info in the TODO list:

The compiled resource file is only 87kb, but includes menus, a single minimal level, and some placeholder assets. You can download this, open it in SLADE and start adding your own graphics, sounds, ZScript files, and of course levels.
The next step will be to copiously document everything and add a PK3 (new-style WAD, basically) of example content, so that people who aren't yet familiar with GZDoom modding can learn the engine and build games with it.

5 years ago I talked about a project called DECK - the Doom Engine Creator's Kit. This is not that.
DECK would be a full Klik & Play style library of libre content, to give creators a firm starting point for making levels even if they don't have spriting or texturing experience. I'd still like to do that someday, but I'd want to crowdfund one or two professional artists to make that content. So it's a "someday" project. I don't have the time or energy for it right now.

One thing that's different now compared to 2014 is that GZDoom now has a very powerful, if idiosyncratic, full scripting system. I've made several Doom mods with it over the past couple years. I think a lot of people could make cool things with it, but the dependence on Doom's retail content and design conventions filters for certain tastes. When really, this is a fairly powerful engine with a uniquely fun and easy to learn level design pipeline.


@jplebreton As someone who has bounced off Doom modding in the past but really appreciates the breadth of creative output from it, my excitement for this went to 100 almost immediately

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