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Open source engines for Heretic and Hexen games?
Shmerl 22 Dec, 2020
Heretic and Hexen games just came out on GOG.

Are there some good open engines to play them on Linux?

Last edited by Shmerl on 22 December 2020 at 4:59 am UTC
Flabb 22 Dec, 2020
Any Doom engine out there - I would recommend Chocolate Doom if you want old-school experience or GZDoom if you want modernized gameplay.
For HeXen II you want to look at uHexen2 - it's based on Quakespasm engine.
nate 22 Dec, 2020
GZDoom is the best. Download the latest version from here:

http://debian.drdteam.org/pool/multiverse/g/gzdoom/

After installing, just go to your directory with your Heretic of Hexen "iwads" and type gzdoom in a terminal. It will then prompt you with which base Doom style game you want to launch, like Heretic, Hexen, Doom, Freedoom or whatever other iwads you have in that directory. Enjoy.
Julius 22 Dec, 2020
http://dengine.net/
is really nice
Shmerl 23 Dec, 2020
I tried uHexen 2, but limited resolution support makes it a bit annoying.
Shmerl 25 Dec, 2020
Tried using Gzdoom with Heretic wad, but it just keeps hanging after half a minute of usage and I need to kill the process every time. Some kind of bug?
ageres 25 Dec, 2020
Quoting: ShmerlTried using Gzdoom with Heretic wad, but it just keeps hanging after half a minute of usage and I need to kill the process every time. Some kind of bug?
Most probably. I've just tried it with GZDoom 4.5.0, finished the first level with no problem.
Shmerl 25 Dec, 2020
Quoting: ageresMost probably. I've just tried it with GZDoom 4.5.0, finished the first level with no problem.

I'm trying to run it with GZDoom g4.5.0 on Debian testing. May be I didn't set up / configure things right.
ageres 25 Dec, 2020
What about Doom WADs? How did you get GZDoom, by building from its source code or downloading compiled binaries? The latter gives me similar troubles, so I'm using the AUR version now.
Shmerl 25 Dec, 2020
I downloaded pre-built binary from here: https://debian.drdteam.org/pool/multiverse/g/gzdoom/

But didn't install the package, just placed the unpacked data in $HOME/games/gzdoom

And then tweaked $HOME/.config/gzdoom/gzdoom.ini so it would pick needed things:

[IWADSearch.Directories]
...
PATH=$HOME/games/heretic/game
...
[SoundfontSearch.Directories]
...
Path=$HOME/games/gzdoom/soundfonts
Path=$HOME/games/gzdoom/fm_banks
...


May be they built it weirdly. I'll try building it from source. For some reason it's not in the Debian repo.

Last edited by Shmerl on 25 December 2020 at 3:21 pm UTC
TimeFreeze 25 Dec, 2020
Quoting: ShmerlTried using Gzdoom with Heretic wad, but it just keeps hanging after half a minute of usage and I need to kill the process every time. Some kind of bug?

Can confirm this happens also on LZDoom. After i choose a difficulty it just keeps hanging and i have to force quit the program. So its definitly a bug since with Chocolate-doom its not happening.
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