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Brotherhood of Harmonious Fists 1.0

A tiny arena, nice to look at, deadly to be in. In the words of the author, "a real all-punching instant death trip." No weapons, no baddies (well, except for the occasional fighter), and it's set with the Rebellion flag... so you're down to minimal health when you start. Designed for 4+ players (remember, it's tiny!). If you're lucky, you'll be near the center when the rare 2x canister or alien weapon appears. (Then the death rates really go up.)

Gladiators 3 1.0

A huge circular arena, with several surrounding corridors. Elevators connect levels, and the odd jug or MOAH keep you busy if you're having trouble finding your friends in all this room. Lots of little alcoves to hide in and ambush folks from... but it's so big that if you pick too good a hiding place, you may never get the chance to actually ambush anyone. Plenty of ammo.

Task-Sensitive Term Tutorial

A tutorial (with nifty pictures and an example map) showing how to allow multiple messages on a term without tying them to full level goals. That is, if you want to change the message on a term after a particular task is completed, but before all the level tasks are completed, this little guy will show you how. My wife says I wrote it because I was feeling like a cool technique we used a few years ago was unappreciated. I'd rather think it's useful info for the Marathon community.

ToastMonkey's Revenge 1.0

A large, convoluted map, with a central, raised hill surrounded by a lava moat, and lots and lots of side passages to play with. Tons of secrets... teleporters that take you to the hill (in a roundabout way), an invincibility, little things that'll keep you busy for a while. Beware: there's a switch that puts up barriers around the hill for over 30 seconds... the only way in is via teleporters (while the barriers are up), and the only way out is by dying. An ill-timed switch can really tip the balance in a KOTH game...


Big, dark (mostly), multilevel, very nicely constructed. Great flow.

Klaatu Verati Nictu!

A simple arena, in principle... but play it for a little while, and you might change your mind. The hill is accessible via 5D passageways from the outer ring... and you come out on the far side from where you started. Big weapons are on the hill, everything else is in the pit surrounding it... and to make matters a bit more complicated, 3x canisters can be found in sort of hidden corners (we found ourselves shooting at them just out of principle... you never knew when someone would be in there). Adds up to serious carnage, with anything more than 2 players.

Evil-When You Dance

A small, tight map, with no open space other than corridors. One autogun to keep you on your toes... and be aware that most of the weapons/ammo are in the small rooms, not in the corridors. Interesting physics model.

Unsavory Tidbits (M1)

13 maps, various sizes. Most (all?) were released under the name Netmap13. Still good levels... a few have been redone in the Unsavory Tidbits (M2) version. Not new, by any stretch... just new to the site.

Unsavory Tidbits (M2)

10 maps, all small, most quite nicely done. They're not new, just new to this site. Great for 2-3 person games. Simple, fast, clean... carnage in its pure form.


A couple of levels, and a small shapes patch. The first level is seriously claustrophobic, and you'll be hitting your head on the stairs every time you go down. The fun part comes in with the small shapes patch...

The Heap 777

4 map netpack for groups of 3 to 8 players. most of the maps support all game types... good construction but the gameplay could be a bit better in most of the maps.


A small arena with a surrounding corridor, and a subterranean waterfilled network of access tunnels. Nice attention to detail, but there are two problems. The tunnels are pretty long, with no exits other than at the ends, which makes it easy to get trapped (I'm not really fond of underwater netmaps, anyway), and the weapons/ammo are really light. More than 2, and you're gonna be duking it out with bare fists.

The Cyborg Quadrille

A large, convoluted level with lots of staircases and chutes. A little too much use of the safety hazard texture, but other than that, a very nice map.

Guide to Using Unused Sounds Slots

Detailed information on reactivating (or activating, depending on your view) the unused slots available in the M2/Mi Sounds file. This is a great way to add new sounds, without losing what's already there. The doc mentions that you can see the technique being used in "M1->Mi Hunter conversion patch that this doc is bundled with"-while the patch does have these docs bundled, this version is just the docs. If you want the patch, you need to get it from the Alterations section.

M1 Style Hunters for Infinity

A patch that incorporates the hunters from the original Marathon into the Infinity environment. Replaces the MOAH with a big black hunter who fires nasty firebolts... pretty cool.

Bob of the Bill

A nice-looking level centered around a big open area with the hill in it. Lots of sniper perches, lots of ways to die. (For example, there's a lava column that it's easy to brush jumping out a window... there goes some health.) Ammo is pretty scarce, but the author said he set the level up to kill you fast, so this isn't a problem.

Kiasma 2

A large, sprawling level, with several open arena-like areas, lots of stairs, and some funky tighter passageways. Ammo and especially weapons are a little tight... but 3 or 4 should have no trouble at all.

M2/Mi Photoshop CLUT

One question that has come up more than most is "How do I get the Marathon CLUT in a form I can use it?" Hamish Sanderson has answered that question, with two files: a Photoshop CLUT file (directly importable), and a PICT containing all the colors in a nice grid, that you can eye-dropper anywhere you need in any painting program. There are also some very useful hints on making Marathon artwork in the readme... if you're doing serious work in Anvil, and having troubles making things look right, get this file. 'Nuff said.

Map Exporter Documentation

Documentation for the Marathon Map Exporter. Contains info on exporting to various 3D games (including a few upcoming ones), and some discussion of the evolution of 3D games. Worthwhile reading for anyone looking beyond the Marathon universe for first-person-shooter games.


A series of courtyards, connected by stone passageways. Very castle-looking. Fantastic attention to detail, especially in the lighting category (although sounds seem to have been neglected). For big groups, this provides a nice balance of open space and tight corridors, with just enough entrances to give someone an out if he's getting shot badly. (For smaller groups, you might be hunting for someone to kill.) Weapons and ammo are segregated... you'll most likely be using the same weapon until you're killed.