Quake Epsilon is a graphically enhanced build of shareware Quake 1 for Windows/Linux/Mac, which can be upgraded to the full version of Quake along with it's mission packs Scourge of Armagon and Dissolution of Eternity by copying the full-version .pak files into the correct folders.

It's made out of the Darkplaces engine and many mods from members of the Quake One forums and elsewhere (these are listed in the readme for each pack) as well as my own work. If it were not for these people, this build would not exist, so consider thanking the authors directly. These builds are legal and do not contain pirated content. Just simple unzip-and-play stuff.

There are four graphics modes, which you can switch between via a batch file ('High' is the default):

  • Ultra - Recommended for the bleeding edge of current (~2011) computers. Recent cpu recommended. Reflecting surfaces, bump-mapping, environmental effects, multiple particle effects, better flames, high-polyon models, effected reflecting water, ultra quality texturing.
  • High - Recommended for most modern machines. For good machines with good graphics cards. Geforce 7800 or upwards, dual-core 3ghz & upwards recommended. Environmental effects, multiple particle effects, better flames, high-polyon models, effected reflecting water, ultra quality texturing.
  • Medium - For medium spec computers and laptops with reasonable onboard 3d chipsets. Transparent water, high quality texturing, graphical options optimised for performance, while still retaining the 'modern' feel of the quake epsilon build.
  • Low - Recommended for older laptops, graphics cards without shader support, and older machines in general. But it's also designed to be similar to the original quake as possible for those who want a nostalgia trip but with higher quality textures. Few/no shader effects, uses the QRP texture pack, which is less gritty and grimy but more like the original quake, and uses less memory.

Please note that it runs much faster on Windows, so that would be my platform of choice if you have the option.
I don't want to clutter this summary, so more details and all credits can be found in the readme for each pack and on the homepage (http://www.xpfree.org/epsilon).

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8 comments by metamorphosis on Aug 4th, 2014

Welp, it's been fun.


Ultra quality - start mapEpsilon Mission Pack 1 Screenshot 2Epsilon Mission Pack 2 Screenshot 3
Mission Pack 3 demoEpsilon build - Travail Expansion
Epsilon build - The Myths expansionEpsilon build - Beyond belief expansion

At any rate, the v2.52 versions of the build and addons are online, and you can download them at your leisure (or upgrade to them with the handy update patch at the bottom of the downloads page, if you're running v2.5 or v2.51).

Also, the opening map doesn't chug so much CPU now, so you should be alright to run it without getting freaked out by low fps - it's still a heavy-fps count compared to the other maps, but not half as much as it was.

High Quality - Start Map

One thing that makes Quake great is it's simplicity. Here's a video which illustrates that (not epsilon build, but funny):

If Quake was done today - Youtube video

Yup...
There's one last thing to say, and that is: have fun-
m

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Epsilon v2.52 to v2.53 Update Patch

Epsilon v2.52 to v2.53 Update Patch

Jul 22, 2015 Patch 0 comments

For those running linux or playing Mission Pack 3. Others will experience no difference. Contains following corrections: * Fixed linux scripts for mp1...

Quake Epsilon Build v2.52

Quake Epsilon Build v2.52

Aug 3, 2014 Full Version 33 comments

Quake Epsilon is a graphically enhanced build of shareware Quake 1 for Windows/Linux/Mac, which can be upgraded to the full version of Quake along with...

Epsilon Mission Pack 1 Addon v2.52

Epsilon Mission Pack 1 Addon v2.52

Aug 3, 2014 Full Version 1 comment

I've done a lot of work to make sure that this and the other mission pack, dissolution of eternity, look different to Quake Vanilla. There's different...

Epsilon Mission Pack 2 Addon v2.52

Epsilon Mission Pack 2 Addon v2.52

Aug 3, 2014 Full Version 4 comments

I tried to make this mission pack a completely different experience to Quake Vanilla and Mission Pack 1, with different models and textures for as many...

Epsilon Mission Pack 3 Addon v2.52

Epsilon Mission Pack 3 Addon v2.52

Aug 3, 2014 Full Version 1 comment

Abyss of Pandemonium - the 'unofficial' (but still commercially-released) third mission pack for Quake, and most likely my last official addon. A great...

Epsilon Beyond Belief Expansion v2.52

Epsilon Beyond Belief Expansion v2.52

Aug 3, 2014 Full Version 3 comments

The talented Matthias Worch has allowed me to port/package Beyond Belief for the epsilon builds. This is a seminal and classic 7-level (8 if you count...

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dinoguts1434056689
dinoguts1434056689 Jul 21 2015, 4:20pm says:

Why can't I use F3 to load games in this mod? It is very inconvenient at the moment.

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metamorphosis Creator
metamorphosis Jul 21 2015, 5:55pm replied:

I'm used to using quicksave (f5 & f9 IIRC).
But you can bind any keys you want with darkplaces.
Icculus.org
for more info.

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dinoguts1434056689
dinoguts1434056689 Jul 21 2015, 8:43pm replied:

The only other issue I have encountered so far is that the ammo picture does not correctly match the weapon being used. Nails are shown for the shotgun and cells for the grenade launcher :O

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metamorphosis Creator
metamorphosis Jul 22 2015, 7:15pm replied:

Thanks for this - occurs only in mp3 - appears to be bug caused by a lack of correct mapping to graphics in the abyss programming, due to the additional weapons.
Will fix up.

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dinoguts1434056689
dinoguts1434056689 Jul 21 2015, 8:36pm replied:

Okay thank you, great mod btw.

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Quake_Fans
Quake_Fans Jul 11 2015, 10:03am says:

Hi to all or to the Maker of "Epsilon" Please if it ok to modified the Saved Games as I dont want to MYLINK id1 'folder' as it 2.48GB of where the saved games is in the id1 'folder'

i did saw someone mention Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Users\"USER NAME"\Saved Games\darkplaces (where "USER NAME" is your windows login name)

but it not so while there be a modified to put saved games into Saved Games or ever My Document or ever Save 'folder' in the Quake 1 Epsilon Directory

Thank You

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metamorphosis Creator
metamorphosis Jul 21 2015, 6:23pm replied:

I don't control where Darkplaces puts savegame files, unfortunately.

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Quaker540
Quaker540 Jul 10 2015, 4:58am says:

I'm usually not a fan of graphical enhancement mods because they usually take the old vibe from the game away, but this one is absolutely wicked. It gives the good old Quake a new absolutely terrific (In a good way) enhanced environemt and the textures, animations and resolutions are done just right.

I have to honestly say that some things are just too much, though. Like the souls that faint away when enemies die. IMO it lacks that Quake feel.

Congratulations on this mod, I would like to see more of this!

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metamorphosis Creator
metamorphosis Jul 22 2015, 7:24pm replied:

Thank you - certainly I put a lot of time into toning down the original SMC mod effects - they were way more OTT.

You can drop the level of particle effects further by switching to medium quality mode (run "epsilon - change graphics quality.bat" if in windows).

A few people have taken issue with the death animations - to get rid of them load up id1/autoexec.cfg in a text editor and change the following lines so that the numbers are 0:

set souldamage 0
set soulattack 1
set vengeancedamage 0
set demon 0
set dog 0
set enforcer 0
set hknight 0
set knight 0
set ogre 0
set shalrath 2
set shambler 3
set soldier 0
set wizard 0
set zombie 1

Do it for any other packs you have installed as well (eg. mp1/autoexec.cfg).

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nerdenfromsweden
nerdenfromsweden Jun 23 2015, 1:31am says:

Hi there! just wanted to tell that iam working on a new mission pack for this Quake 1 mod and just asking if its Okey for you Metamorphosis?

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metamorphosis Creator
metamorphosis Jul 21 2015, 5:57pm replied:

Fine with me. Just flick me a message with it when you're done so I can take a look and suggest any technical changes.

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nerdenfromsweden
nerdenfromsweden Jul 27 2015, 5:15am replied:

:) will do, working hard for the moment on it :)

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