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SonderKommando Revolt is a Wolf3D mod about real WWII revolt against the Nazis in the famous Auschwitz extrermination camp. The mod is made very realistic, moody, challenging and detailed.
It's a first part of trilogy of mods. The next 2 parts will be called "Sonder 2 - Warsaw Uprising" and "Sonder 3 - Mission:Treblinka".

Current Team members:

Doomjedi - graphics, story and managing
Tricob, AlumiuN and WLHack - coding
Dean, Ronwolf, Tricob - mapping

The engine is based on Wolf4SDL engine, and will feature very advanced
coding features, to make it one of the more advanced coding-wise wolf3d mod todate.
Graphically it'll feature many themes including Crematoriums, Block 11, Gas Chambers, execution, interrogation and torture areas...most of which are ripped/based off real pic from the real site.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Our project got an overexposure in recent days, mostly due to a trailer we've released (as the mod itself was on this site for 3-4 years now, without creating any special buzz). The overexposure took this little pixelated project way beyond it's context, proportions and intentions - to a point where this project is in real danger of cancellation. I can admit that we regret the decision to release a teaser trailer. Trailers in general tend to be over-dramatic and graphical, and to be a wrong representation of the project itself, while some people tend to prejudge the project by it's trailer.

This mod was made for modding fans, particulary for a quite limited community of Wolf3D fans, as Wolf3D mods (being mods of 18-year old game) are not much played nowdays. That community is used to all kinds of Wolf3D mods (most of which are fantasy mods anyway) - and we knew for sure our mod will not be taken more than "just a mod" - as all other mods of modding community. We knew that noone will take this in a wrong way, or try to learn or attach any historic or political meaning to it.
The lack of any additional "meaning" to a mod - is one of the basic rules of modding community in general, and the one we go by. This is the unspoken agreement/trust between a modder - and the one playing/reviewing it.

The trailer got overexposed beyond our wildest expectations (and intentions), and so reached a whole new audience that is very far from this understanding of modding concept, mentality and ethics. Though most of the responses were still good, the level of buzz itself, and some of the comments - made the team to feel really uncomfortable.
We as modders - don't do mods for publicity and do not seek it. While some good publicity is ok - if it's for the mods quality and talent - overpublicity is not something we see positively. And though we indeed made one of the more advanced Wolf3D mods ever - I refuse to believe such overexposure is not related in any way to the setting the mod is set in - and it's sensitivity to some people.

Any mod, even about birds and flowers - would make it's modders to feel uncomfortable with such level of overexposure - as it to be judged with such magnifying glass by people and organizations which are just waiting to find any "wrong" in it, even if nothing is.
We are private people who care much about our privacy - and any overexposure, even a good one - is bad news for our projects.

This mod was made by different people from different countries - that that really NOTHING in common but love of Wolf3D modding of any kind, and a will to make interesting and challenging gameplay to Wolf3D fans.
We, as makers of this mod - know the Truth. Our true intentions with this mod - and how little (or nothing) they have to do with some of the buzz this mod created, especially outside of the modding community.
Yet, we understand - that under such situation - our Truth - is not that relevant to some people who look to spill out negativity and looking for reasons to get hurt.
There is so much negativity and suffering in our World - that even by being totally misunderstood (or even deliberately manipulated) - we, as modders and as people, cannot afford to add even 1 drop to this.
We cannot afford to release a mod unless we'll know that it's seen no more than "just Wolf3D mod" - and won't hurt anyone's feelings.

I'm really sorry for all the Wolf3D fans out there - but the project is under question now, and no release date is set. I want to thank Wolf3D fans for their interest, support and positive feedback so far.

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Art and Mapping are finished, including Final Beta-Testing by Dean. Last coding features and bugfixes are in work, by our new coder, Havoc. Those mostly...

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Nice parallaxed sky was done, Title screen and some outside textures. The rest of the graphics is already done, so I hope the "serious" mapping...

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richarn33
richarn33

Dear Creator of your good cancelled mod please as a fan of wolf3d and doom, I demand a demo or an actual beta for release to the public for ***** sake and quit bitching about the media and shut up about religious ******** reasons + also be happy with the gaming community who are actually supporting your game and for dear lord focus on them instead of crying about overexposure but if you don't respond then I'll wave a # under #ReleaseSonderKommandoRevolt3d. P.s Your a great developer at modding and remember just listen to your fans and non-fans alike and in order for you to move on to other projects as an OK man?

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doomjedi Creator
doomjedi

I'm sorry about your frustration, but if you've never been a center of world-wide media controversy regarding one of the most sensitive subjects in the world - you won't be able to fully grasp the full impact of such on any person, and especially on certain types of person, like me. Call it "bitchin'" but it's something genuine for me, I'm not just faking wounds.

...Why would I release a demo of finished mod? It was already finished at the time it got cancelled.
I have released a full non-Holocastic remake of it (with original maps and features) - which is more than most other developers did in case of cancelled projects. So I feel fine with myself.

I've thanked gaming community for their support, this is really a highlight of this otherwise frustrating story. I appreciate it much. Gaming is an artform that should be free from demand for historic accuracy (its not a schoolbook, damn it) and overall historic sensitivity and censorship.

Thank you for your modding compliments.
I myself am looking only forward and focus on making new, better mods. Away from controversy and with added experience. Sonder was our first mod as a team and we made many modding mistakes even unrelated to the particular controversy, so we're now into making better and better mods, more carefully designed and detailed.

Keep following Team RayCast mods, we're fully into making our next mod.

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lastninja
lastninja

+1 for a release. It could be AS GOOD as Super Columbine Massacre RPG!. That game had backlash at first too from idiots but later had documentaries made about it and it's actually quite a good art game. I'm sad I won't even see a build of this potentially but hope one day you change your mind. At least perhaps put in your will that you would like your children or executor to put it online for you or something.. it is an historical mod really and one that I think deserves to be available in at least an unfinished alpha/demo form.

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doomjedi Creator
doomjedi

Regarding it being "historical mod" - it wasn't.
It was historically inspired, yes. Historically inspiring - maybe. But not historically accurate or of any historical value as of level design. Its historical value can only be in inspiring many to learn more about related subjects from actual historical sources, but not directly from the mod.

Limitations of the engine, mixed with it being sort of "past life" recreation, and the need of challenging and balanced gameplay made it something of Holocaustic feel expressed in quite a classic Wolf3D gaming experience and mapping style, with no historic detail depicted with sufficient historic accuracy.

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doomjedi Creator
doomjedi

Thank you.
Small remark - the original mod was fully finished, just not released. Its not "unfinished" in any way.
Moreso - its remake publicly released.

If you mean the overall quality of the mod (disregarding the particular theme), non-Holocaustic remake of it has been released publicly, and youtube is full of its gameplay videos. Despite being a good mod, we have released since much better mods by all relevant modding standards of quality. The mod itself, based on feedbacks and our own impression has too oldschool mapping style, way too many levels and too little sub-themes, also some projectile-based Boss fights have been disappointing.
So this is a good mod but from from being our best. Its unique thing was its original thematic and historic references, without it its just another nice mod.

I don't see myself changing my mind about the original version, especially now after "safe" public remake of it was released and every wolfer knows its levels and features by heart by now.

Which documentaries came out for it? I know if one in development (not yet released), but that's it.

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XMEzy
XMEzy

Can the Owner of this Upload to a new Website and continue the Making of this because i really wanna play this.

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doomjedi Creator
doomjedi

Making of it? That mod was fully finished by the time it was cancelled. Media buzz first arised only 2 weeks prior to its planned release.

If you wanna play this, you can play the remake that was released publicly. Just check my mods list.

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GeezerBot
GeezerBot

I love ALL the Team RayCast wolf3d mods. I understand your feelings for dropping it, but as a wolf 3d fan, I'm sorry I won't get to play it. However, I wouldn't want to be in your place with the negative press, and people reading into it more than just being a game. The idea for the mod seems like a great idea.

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doomjedi Creator
doomjedi

Thank you for the kind words and even more - for the understanding.

If you've never been a center of world-wide media controversy regarding one of the most sensitive subjects in the world - you won't be able to fully grasp the full impact of such on any person, and especially on certain types of person, like me.

I expressed my apologies to the fans numerous times.

I myself am looking only forward and focus on making new, better mods. Away from controversy.
Keep following Team RayCast mods, we're fully into making our next mod.

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Foreskin Jim
Foreskin Jim

What a damn shame.

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doomjedi Creator
doomjedi

Yes, it is. World needs to grow up.

Yet I did everything I could to allow those maps to be played. I just couldn't allow Holocaust thematics to be released publicly.

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