User maps are fan-made levels created for a computer game. This article talks primarily about user maps made for Duke Nukem 3D, since it is by far the largest fan community around it also is there so players can make their own levels. As a result of the improved capabilities of technology and the source ports, it is not uncommon to see recently-made user maps with far more detail than the original levels.

Description Edit

User maps are created the same way as the maps included in the game, i.e. by using the level editing program Build.

As technology develops, it becomes possible to expand on the limits of maps, such as increasing the maximum number of walls allowed in a map, and the number of sprites allowed on the screen at once. This increasing of the limits is often made possible through the use of a source port. More recent user maps will often take advantage of the larger limits to create bigger and more elaborate maps, but they will then not be able to be played without the source port to support the larger limits.

Also related to growing technology is the issue of compatibility. Old user maps are often not compatible or run incorrectly under newer source ports (which are often necessary to be able to play the game at all). This is due to the source port being changed to no longer support features the old user map used, or to make those features perform differently.

However, if the user remains up to date, improving technology is only a good thing. That user can create bigger and better maps, and has access to little tricks the source ports have that can produce effects that weren't possible with the original game engine. New tricks can also be discovered by fellow mappers in the community, and being part of that community allows the user to learn these new tricks.

As a result of the improved capabilities of technology and the source ports, it is not uncommon to see recently-made user maps with far more detail than the original levels.

See alsoEdit

  • Duke Nukem's Penthouse Paradise, an official user map available exclusively from GT Interactive and Penthouse Magazine. This user map is notable due it's plotline canonical to Plutonium PAK and the sexual themes over the standard for a Duke Nukem 3D level.
  • Duke Xtreme, an add-on developed by Sunstorm Interactive, containing 50 levels and other utilities.
  • Duke!ZONE and Duke!ZONE II, two retail products once sold by WizardWorks, which contained over 500 levels made by fans.
  • Duke Assault, another official add-on, which contains over 1,500 levels.

Duke Nukem 3D
Episodes L.A. Meltdown | Lunar Apocalypse | Shrapnel City | The Birth | Alien World Order
Items Access Card | Holoduke | Jetpack | Night Vision Goggles | Portable Medkit
Protective Boots | Scuba Gear | Steroids
Health: Small Medkit | Large Medkit | Atomic Health | Armor
Scrapped: Space Suit | Shield
Weapons Mighty Foot | Pistol | Shotgun | Chaingun Cannon | RPG | Pipe Bomb | Shrinker
Microwave Expander | Devastator | Laser Tripbomb | Freezethrower | Incinerator
Scrapped: Flamethrower | Laser Chainsaw | Sonic Resonator | Tazer | Plasma Cannon
Enemies Assault Captain | Assault Commander | Enforcer | Assault Trooper
Battlelord Sentry | Firefly Trooper | Cycloid Sentry | Overlord Sentry | Octabrain | Pig Cop | Pig Cop Tank | Protector Drone
Protozoid Slimer | Recon Patrol Vehicle | Sentry Drone | Shark | Turret
Bosses: Battlelord | Overlord | Cycloid Emperor | Alien Queen | Cycloid Incinerator
Scrapped: Organic Turret | Snake Head | Bat | Captain | Drone | Drone 2 | Mandroid
| Trooper | Turret | Alien Queen Sentry
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and add-ons
Duke Assault | Duke Caribbean: Life's A Beach | Duke: Nuclear Winter | Duke It Out In D.C.
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Source ports | High Resolution Pack
Other Difficulty | Hazards | Multiplayer | Cheat codes | Easter eggs
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Build engine | Game bugs | Unused data | LameDuke