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Disclaimer : These rules are loosely based on Compet-N rules, partly rewritten and adjusted to heretic.


Part I: Technical Questions

Where to find the current records:

After each update the demos are placed in the Demo Archive


How to submit demos:

Always send your demo zipped, with text file included (but not sending the text file separately) to the following email :

Heretic . demos (at) free . fr

Once I upload your demos into the temporary folder, you can find them in Incoming


Recording and playing back demos:

Vv has developed a great patch that fixes several issues that made heretic a no-no for demo recording. Get it here here.

 

Part II : The Categories


Opened Categories :

- Smite-Meister SPEED: finishing the level as fast as possible, in Smite-Meister.

- Black Plague SPEED: finishing the level as fast as possible, in Black Plague.

- Nightmare SPEED: finishing the level as fast as possible, in Nightmare (Black Plague with –respawn).

- Smite-Meister MAX: finishing the level as fast as possible, in Smite-Meister, killing every monster and with 100% secrets.

- Black Plague MAX: finishing the level as fast as possible, in Black Plague, killing every monster and with 100% secrets.

- TYSON : finishing the level as fast as possible, in Smite-Meister, killing every monster using only weapons 1 and 2. Artifacts are allowed.

- PACIFIST: finishing the level as fast as possible, in Smite-Meister, with the following restrictions: not harming monsters directly or indirectly monsters (including Time Bomb). Triggering monsters infights and unintentional telefrags are allowed.

- NO MONSTERS: finishing the level as fast as possible, in Smite-Meister with -nomonsters. Any demo showing stats screen will always be discarded (for timing purpose). For this you need the original HERETIC.EXE v1.3 or Vv HERETIC v1.3+ with –noquitfix . Demos will be timed using any LMP tool.

- Smite-Meister SPEED EPISODE: finishing an episode as fast as possible, in Smite-Meister. Time is the total time of all the maps completed. The level in which the player dies doesn’t count.

- Black Plague SPEED EPISODE: finishing an episode as fast as possible, in Black Plague. Time is the total time of all the maps completed. The level in which the player dies doesn’t count.

- Nightmare SPEED EPISODE: finishing an episode as fast as possible, in Nightmare (Black Plague with -respawn). Time is the total time of all the maps completed. The level in which the player dies doesn’t count.

- Smite-Meister MAX EPISODE: finishing the episode as fast as possible, in Smite-Meister, killing every monster and with 100% secrets on all maps. Taking the secret level is mandatory.

- Black Plague MAX EPISODE: finishing the episode as fast as possible, in Black Plague, killing every monster and with 100% secrets on all maps. Taking the secret level is mandatory.

 

Misc Ruling on categories and specific maps:

Speed Categories:

- E1M6, E2M4, E3M4, E4M4 and E5M3 have secret exits. Demos are accepted on both exits.

- E6M3 does not have an Exit. Speed demos are not accepted for this map.

- E5M8 may be almost impossible in Nightmare, any challengers are welcome to try to conquer this map in Nightmare J

 

Max Categories:

- E6M3 does not have an Exit. Nonetheless, demos are accepted for this map on the following categories : Smite-Meister Max and Black Plague Max. As it does not have an exit, it is required to save the game when you think you have killed all the monsters. The save game tic will be the valid exit time.

- TYSON : finding 100% secrets is optional.

Multi-levels run (or Movies):

- Incomplete movies are accepted as long as at least 2 maps are completed in a row.
- To beat a movie record , you'll have to : complete more maps than the previous record or complete the same number of maps faster.
- One player cannot hold both places for a movie category, only the best demo will be listed.
- Speed movies : the secret level is optional.
- Max movies : the secret level is mandatory.

Deaths and Respawns:

No deaths or respawns are allowed in any demos (dying and then hit space to restart the map). Exceptions with exiting while dead and miscellaneous demos showing tricks or weird things.

Requirements to beat a current record:

- Any records, except No Monsters, can only be bested with at least a 1 second improvement over the previous record. (a 53.17 wont beat a 53.82).
- No Monsters records can be improved tic by tic (a 53.17 will beat a 53.20).

Points:

- Single level records are awarded by 1 point.
- Multi-level runs (movies) : fastest demo is awarded by 5 points, second fastest by 3 points.

Naming Convention:

- Smite-meister Speed (skill 4) : HxSy-abc
- Black-plague Speed (skill 5) : HxBy-abc
- Nightmare! Speed (skill 5 -respawn) :  HxNy-abc
- Smite-meister Max (skill 4) : HxMy-abc
- Black-plague Max (skill 5) : HxFy-abc
- Pacifist (skill 4) : HxPy-abc
- Tyson (skill 4) : HxTy-abc
- NoMonsters (skill 4) : HxOy-abc
- Movie Speed : Skill 4 : HxSP-abc
                       - Skill 5 : HxBS-abc
                       - Nightmare : HxNM-abc
- Movie Max  :  Skill 4 : HxMA-abc
                       - Skill 5 : HxFA-abc
- Incomplete Movies : movies that complete at least 2 maps are accepted at the Heretic-N. The naming convention is as following.
                                  H[episode_#][category][#_of maps_completed]-[player_initials]          
                                  Example : In a max run, the player died in e5m5 but completed the episode successfully up to e5m4.
                                  The file name will be : H5MA4-pl   

Notes :  x = episode number, y = mission number, abc = time
             if time has 4 digits, you can remove the – and display the time as this example H5M52355.
             For speed entries, demos using the secret exit change the – to a s, example H1M6S112.

Part III : Cheating

Movement

When using LMPC or any other LMP tool to analyze a demo the following tics must not be present :

- GF and GB higher than 50
- SR or SL higher than 50.
- SR or SL higher than 40 when turning (TL or TR equal or higher than 1).

Slow motion

Since it is impossible to 100% detect a slow motion recorded demo, the detection will go like this:

- using LMP tools and seek single UT and NWx tics.
- visual detection.
- discussion with other players.

Allowed tools

- Various spinning utilities are allowed : for example, use Doom Mouse Spinner, Novert and Sens are allowed.
- Mouse drivers that can remap keystrokes to mouse buttons such as Intellipoint and Logitech Mouseware are allowed.
- Using a different engine other than HERETIC.EXE v1.3 or Vv HERETIC v1.3+ is not allowed.
- No ports allowed for now as none support HERETIC v1.3 demos so far.
- Using WAD files which alter the palette aren't allowed.
- Using WAD files which change monsters aren't allowed.
- Suspicious demos will be discussed among players, and will be disqualified if decided so.