Painkeep v3 - Blast your opponents with 3 times the Pain. Deathmatch mod - make other players "die." Disclaimer - this is a free product with no warranty - see disclaimer.txt for details. Number Six - welcome to the village.

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pk 3.0 tag

Yes, surely, 3 times the PaiИ!
And I did call you surely!


o- All original 1.1 elements with minimal change
o- Thing & Ergodic artifacts update
o- Quo Vadis and clan [N] update
o- Bots and maps from 2.0
o- new rcon admin with cfg scripts
o- Quake-Hack random DM maps & hub
o- options to randomize items on maps
o- new play modes, weapons, runes, etc

Release schedule:

1. First cut when its ready - "soonish"
2. Enhanced Tosser items update
3. Even more random q-hack map pack
4. Final cut - a last bit of shiny



fig 1. pk12 "the Other Side" - a pk 1 original map

PainKeep 1 improved vanilla deathmatch in many ways.
Weapon balance, throwable items, atmosphere, the hub
voting system and great DM levels.

PK Artifacts

fig 2. Artifacts update - added: phone, ego, tomb and mask

Painkeep Cafe

fig 3. "Painkeep Cafe" seen in the convenience pack hub

The artifact and convenience pack updates added more
maps and new hubs to play from. These are some of the best
DM maps I have ever played on.

I know a few hard core quakers believe this is one of
the best DM mods ever released. How do you improve

pk 1.2 admin menu

fig 4. version 1.2 admin menu

Version 1.2 added a menu admin system that beat the
old collection of impulses with a spikey stick.
Also includes both updates support, all 3 hubs and new maps.
Previous releases name every hub start.bsp thus making
them incompatible. And the ability to have painkeep
throwables and weps on any DM map.

stuck like a pig

fig 5. version 2.0 testing on quake 3 map "Altarbeta"

Version 2.0 was the code base used for the Archon mod.
Since finding a server to play your favorite quake stuff
is most challenging these days - I added 2 kinds of bots.
And then taught them to use pk items. Visible weapons
(include pk stuff) and a chasecam in the mix. Support
for quake 3 maps via darkplaces engine.


fig 6. version 3.0 testing the LASERS of the "Super" Gravity Well

Version 3.0 sort of snuck into the Archon mod mark II
code base. It started with server var controls for the
operation of the throwables. I started with an extended
mode for beartrap and autosentry live times. Then I
made an extreme mode where they hang around a lot longer.
And the "Super" Gravity Well. Sucks longer, harder and nastier.
Did I mention that it fires lasers at stuff it cant pull in?

Once you get bored with standard DM features, adding
rune server support is a decent way to extend play.
The double rune set premiered in q2 lithium server has
a considerable strategy bump over the original runes.

cube evolution

fig 7. version 3.0 early designs of the pk cube

Add some non-q1 weapons as swaps or temp items for a new flavor.
Care has to be taken for weapon balance, so these new weps are
not permanent. They come in the flavor of random results from
pk cubes or crates. New goody boxes that need to be opened.
The cubes can be traps, so there is some risk with the rewards.
Items like railguns, hyperblasters and bfgs are limited as
well by ammo available.

chain thunderbolt

fig 8. chain thunderbolt test with silhouette targets

A few years back I took a look at making 3.0 a new PK
release. And killed the idea. Too much trouble trying
to extract the code buried so deeply in the Archon mod.

Then I ran into a problem with Archon. The code was
getting so complex I bombed the frikqcc compiler. I
used more than 32768 globals! After research I
switched to fteqcc. There was still an issue.
Many features were not done on the Archon slate, and I
still had a ton of globals.

After much soul searching and a bunch more research of
darkplaces extensions allowing string manipulation -
I decided to do a major recode. The main point being
able to do mucho weapon, monster and morph manipulation
without tons of globals or even more code changes.

PʌɪռKεεƥ 3.0 release is a big bonus!

tribute image

fig 9. a tribute to painkeep's creators - Team Evolve and map pk16

What else?

Next will be some throwable item operation bumps.
More Quake-Hack random build DM maps will be added.
Helper monsters were in Archon. I might add those.
Also possibilities are CTF, KOTH, and other capture

I'll run server tests with the bots prior to release.

My main mission with 3.0 is to keep the original flavor
but add fresh play modes that keep it exciting.

sig line

fig 10. my mapper signature - the 8 ray star of Chaos - as a map!

Trials and Tribulations

Trials and Tribulations

News 2 comments

Well penned article by James Long details much about the quest for better Quake C!

Chaos mod mark (II) - "the Archons"

Chaos mod mark (II) - "the Archons"

News 3 comments

"the Archons" - where is it? This is the coming 1.2 beta release update!

Programming / Creating

Programming / Creating


Get Inspired! We are all programmers and creators. You program your own life, and create your own daily content in the simulation we call "reality".

Painkeep v2.0 beta release!

Painkeep v2.0 beta release!


EXTRA EXTRA EXTRA! The beta release of Painkeep v2.0 is available for quake players and the moddb community. Get it while its hot.

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numbersix Creator

The question: can PainKeep 3 be released in March?

Answer: outlook is decent

Much depends on the current testing.
I have a feeling I'll be tweaking a few cfg scripts
and looking for missing models.

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numbersix Creator

Building the release package
I've come to realize I dont like writing docs
or building packages much

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Looks very good now painkeep classic very improved!

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Ohhh man, Painkeep. This takes me way back, I was disgustingly good at this MOD back in the day. lol

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numbersix Creator

Hope to have 3.0 done by end of winter.

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numbersix Creator

Getting closer
Just squashed some major bugs
unfortunately they were all added by the new code
for now, I'll just spoof and say "weeks"

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numbersix Creator

PainKeep 3.0 is coming along.
Soonish I will publish an article about it and update the site title to reflect the coming release.

Will the Christmas release happen? It could.

If so there will only be 2 of the new "random build" maps and no pkbots.
In my mind thats lacking full feature, if only because frikbots are a bit loopy by themselves.

I still have 7 1/2 days, so I'll see how far I get.

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numbersix Creator

I feel like PainKeep needs more love.
Most of my quake energy is going into quake-hack right now.

Shortly after the demo release I'd like to make a new PK hub / map set.

Definitely want PK 3.0 released for christmas, and maybe I'll use the maphack tech
to make a hub / map set work like Q-one:
The server wont need to load any of the maps!

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numbersix Creator

The code for painkeep v3.0 is mostly done. Lets say 98%.
I just have to redo the config scripts and test them.
Dont get psyched for a release before summer though - I want to setup a new map pack. Maybe make a new hub.

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numbersix Creator

Thx - I'll try to sneak in a verify if this is a live server...

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