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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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10 comments by doomjedi on Dec 13th, 2010

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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Machinehead420
Machinehead420 May 6 2011, 11:17pm says:

I know I am repeating my self, but I keep checking back to see if you guys are releasing the awesome mod! Please don't scrap it, you can release it please there is nothing stopping you, the world will not end if you release the mod I promise!

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doomjedi Creator
doomjedi Apr 7 2012, 3:09am replied:

The world will not end. But my world will.
Modding is a hobby, and when my personal life/space/privacy suffers - I have to remind myself it's just a mod...
After all the media buzz - I see no way it can go back to be (what it actually was) just a mod of 20-year old game played by a few devoted old fans who see it as nothing but a mod.
It became something more... And I want to keep it away from all people who might get offended. Being exposed in Wolf3D modding community, where it offends noone - is one thing...but being exposed to the whole world...

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LunaG
LunaG May 10 2011, 11:36pm replied:

machinehead420: "the world will not end"

lolx XD

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studiostok
studiostok Jan 30 2011, 10:40pm says:

NOOO! How can you cancel a project like this? I am so frustrated here! You *have* to finish it! I haven't seen a mod this original since Counterstrike, 12 years ago. I have never in my life seen anything like this. You have created something truely unique here. It's original, it's well presented and it's controversial. It's like the work of a master. Yes, this is a masterpiece. And yes, it looks FUN to play too! Oh please, you can not abandon this project. It is simply too good!

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doomjedi Creator
doomjedi Apr 7 2012, 12:04pm replied:

I can fully understand your frustration, it's legit (And again - I'm truly sorry for cancelling this mod, and you have the right to be upset about it). Naturally, it cannot compete with my own frustration cancelling a 4-year work.
So you can assume I have good reasons for cancelling it, and you can try to accept them, even if you cannot fully grasp them never being in a simular situation.

I want to thank you for all the kind words.

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Phoenix9000
Phoenix9000 Jan 14 2011, 9:25am says:

I registered on this board specifically to address this issue. When I saw the teaser vid, your project caught my eye as the BEST project for Wolfenstein-3D I've seen, and it rekindled my interest in the game after a very long time. I just learned about what happened and I'm very sorry for the negative publicity you've received. I'm a long time Id game fan, and a modder myself, so please hear me out on what I am about to say.

The ADL and other organizations that are attacking your project exist for the sole purpose of knee-jerk reactions and generating bad press. They use the word "offensive" as a club to shut up people they disagree with. YOU know why you're making this game. WE, the game fans, know why you're making this game. Don't sacrifice everything you've worked for in an attempt to appease a narrow-minded minority that does not understand nor will not ever bother to try to understand what you're doing. You cannot make them happy, and their opinions DO NOT MATTER. Don't listen to them! Please find it within you to persevere. I know what kind of a loss it would be to throw all that away. I would be very saddened to learn your project was scrapped, and so would many others I know that have heard of your project and have been looking forward to it.

Nothing that you are doing in this project is morally wrong or objectionable. If people play your mod and decide to learn about the historical event it is based upon, that's not trivialization, that's a GOOD THING! If someone considers a game about killing NAZIS to be offensive, their sensibilities are completely backwards. Please, I urge you to continue this project. The gaming world would be suffering a tragic loss if you were to abandon it.

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doomjedi Creator
doomjedi Apr 7 2012, 3:25am replied:

Everything you say it's true...EVERYTHING. (and I'm sorry for the outcome)
The mod was cancelled not because I felt there is something wrong with it, or that ADL/Konami were right....it was more of a selfish decision. I didn't lose the arqument with them - I just decided I don't wanna discuss it at all...as those modders/gamers who know what it is - need no explanation from me, and supported this project all the way. Those who request such "explanations" - won't get it anyway, especially as some of them see only the benefit of juicy headline. Everything I did say was distorted and manipulated into a headline anyway.

You just ignore the fact that it directly affects my personal life...in a negative way. You ask for a real-life personal sacrifice/risk for a mod with no agenda, political or historic. We have to remind ourself - it's just a mod.
I'm not a martir - I'm just a Wolf3D modder :)

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Machinehead420
Machinehead420 Jan 3 2011, 2:22am says:

Please release the mod! Many people want to play. There are always going to be people that this will be offensive too, and you know? It's just too bad, that means that they have the right not to play it, or look at it, or anything. Tell them that games like GTA are already released and are way more gory and violent, and aren't educational. Tell them to complain about those games, not a game where a Jew escapes from a concentration camp! That is not offensive! That is Heroic! Just ignore these complainers don't not release the game cause a couple people don't wan't it released that's not fair.

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doomjedi Creator
doomjedi Apr 7 2012, 3:28am replied:

First - thank you for the support, and I preciate it much.

But again, a comment to tell me I'm right.

I KNOW I'm right. And not ADL.
This is not why I cancelled the public release.
My real and personal life suffered because of this overexposure...that's the only reason.

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Dotdroid
Dotdroid Jan 2 2011, 8:27am says:

Did you realise that this is featured in Kotaku's This year in controvetys lol

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Gambini
Gambini Dec 30 2010, 9:51pm says:

Wow. I didnĀ“t know people could do cool stuff out of the old Wolfestein 3d. This looks great!

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pagb666
pagb666 Dec 22 2010, 6:37am says:

Do not give up! I modded Wolf3d in the past and this looks awesome! Cheers!

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