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☼ HEDON ☼

Hedon is an entirely original game designed throughout a fair number of years, first as a concept/fantasy world, and thanks to the Doom modding community - an actual thing in the works.

Why give Hedon a try?

➣ It's an oldschool shooter not by just looks and engine, but by gameplay.

➣ Gory, fast paced shooting, a solid arsenal of weapons and magic items.

➣ Sprawling levels that offer a degree of freedom and don't hold the player's hand. Exploring, hunting secrets, backtracking and having to figure out what to do next is key.

➣ Original soundtrack ranging from tense to serene ambient, spiced up with bursts of metal. Also, did I mention Alexander Brandon? :^)

➣ Thousands of hours of work put into an original concept, digital drawn graphics (textures, sprites, frame by frame animations etc.), scripting, sound effects and level design, all by a one man dev team aiming to create a unique game with a unique atmosphere.

➣ It's easy to set up and play (unzip and go).

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☼ GAMEPLAY ☼
Hedon is an oldschool shooter, and that's pretty much enough of a description. Fast paced, gory gun play, non linear level design, various aesthetics (forest, caves, forge, barracks, snowy mountain etc.), exploration and learning by yourself is key (puzzles and secrets that reward the player investment in the game and so on).

You may find that Hedon takes a certain amount of inspiration from games such as Unreal, Blood, Thief, Arx Fatalis, Serious Sam etc. but nonetheless aims to be original at all times.

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☼ STORY ☼
You play as Zan (any similarity with the creator's username is a pure coincidence), a half orc - half demon warrior who wakes up in a caved in tunnel with no memory of how she ended up there.
The first episode will focus on our hero's descent into a strange underground world which is threatened by the sudden attack of a massive Cultist force.

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☼ LORE ☼

There are certain races and factions populating the world of Hedon.

➣ The Iron Division

A faction of amazon-like orcs and goblins, the Iron Division are the keepers Hedon's greatest secret - the crystal technology. Various magical crystals sprawl across the underground, providing energy, heat, oxygen and often forming entire biomes around them. Combining this power with crafting and the ancient art of magic, the Iron Division has founded a whole new civilization within their mountain stronghold known as Valc.


➣ The Cultists

Fallen to sin, the raving husks of what were once human now worship various figures of the Underworld. Little can be done to cull their addiction to pain and suffering. Little but a spray of frag fire or an explosive bolt that is...


➣ The Demons

Chaotic Demons dwell in the deepest parts of Hedon, lashing out at the weaker minds of the inhabitants of the Overworld. In time, they have subdued entire towns to become their cultist slaves and feed their endless hunger through pain and suffering. Demons only care about feeding, and they will stop at nothing to do so.


➣ The Earthborn

Ancient dwellers of the underground, Minotaurs and Dwarves have built their own civilisations, ever clenched in warfare with the Demons spawning from below. However, their great cities and lore were lost hundreds of years after their inevitable defeat in front of hell's armies, and now they have been scattered and forced to live in small clans and towns.

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☼ COLLABORATION ☼

iamfailtacular - Story composer and beloved consort.

Akhzul - Hedon's OST dedicated composer. A one guitar band.

Alexander Brandon - The man himself. If you enjoyed the soundtracks of Deus Ex or Unreal, then you're in for a few pleasant surprises. I'm aiming on buying licenses for some of his personal tracks (and other songs that didn't make it in Deus Ex/Unreal) and fit them into Hedon!

Breathelast - A band of underground sharks who pitched in with instrumental tracks of their songs. Also one of my favorite bands ever.

Methadone Skies - Another solid band from the underground, guilty for creating permeating musical atmospheres.


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☼ SOFTWARE USED ☼

Engine: GZDoom
Coding/Scripting/Resource Management: SLADE3
Level Design: GZDoom Builder
Graphic Design (Textures, Sprites, Animations etc.): Adobe Photoshop Elements 8
3D Modelling: Blender
Sound Editing/Recording/Mixing: Audacity


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The ninth map is here. Only one more to go.

Yes, Hedon's just one big step away from a first full release. There is still a fair bunch of content to be added, but it won't take more than few months for us to see the fully fleshed version of Chapter I.

Map09 - Research and Decay

The level takes place into a seemingly deserted underground clinic/lab. Outside of the Brutalizing difficulty (which has a big fight at start), it plays on atmosphere and tense exploration while giving the player more answers regarding the events that have been developing in the story so far.

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It culminates in a fashion worthy of one of the final levels, and while I'm not going to spoil much, I'm only going to give you a hint via the choice of soundtrack.

And of course...

Many thanks for all my patrons and testers for giving me feedback and support, as well as you guys for following and commenting on the project so far!

I'm building up a budget for a final Alexander Brandon track, as well as some custom voice acting for Zans' grunts and huhs. If you want to pitch in and support, here's the link Patreon.com

Oh, and you probably know it by now but you can win custom art avatar rewards that will feature in-game with your name in a secret gallery.

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Development Update - Map08 & Difficulty Update

Development Update - Map08 & Difficulty Update

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The 8th map is now finished, and new features are in!

Development Update - Map07

Development Update - Map07

News 6 comments

Hedon takes another step towards a stable release.

Development Update - Map06 and the future of Hedon

Development Update - Map06 and the future of Hedon

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Although the new alpha Hedon builds have been restricted to my Patreon and dedicated testers, development is progressing smoothly and many things are...

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Hedon 0.5.2.a (Standalone Update)

Hedon 0.5.2.a (Standalone Update)

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Unzip & Play. Click on the .exe to launch the game.

Hedon 0.5.a (Final Open Alpha)

Hedon 0.5.a (Final Open Alpha)

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Unzip & Play. Click on .exe to launch (don't drag & drop the .pk3). Do not use any other engine version, everything you need is in the download.

Hedon 0.4.a (Testing Demo)

Hedon 0.4.a (Testing Demo)

Demo 10 comments

Run the game by clicking on the exe. DO NOT drag and drop the pk3 as it seems to cause the 3D models to not render.

Hedon 0.3.a (Testing Demo)

Hedon 0.3.a (Testing Demo)

Demo 9 comments

16th Nov. - Last mini-update for this demo, including more polish for the map layouts as well as some new tips and map markers for locked doors which...

Hedon 0.2.a (Testing Demo)

Hedon 0.2.a (Testing Demo)

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Instructions included in the file you downloaded. All feedback appreciated!

Hedon 0.1.a (Testing Demo)

Hedon 0.1.a (Testing Demo)

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Note: I am aware of the water glitch, it will be fixed in a new engine update. Feel free to report anything else/give any sort of feedback until then...

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SchrdingCat
SchrdingCat

I just discovered your mod and wow ! Great work ! The graphics are absolutely gorgeous (I truly love the artistic direction !).
The main character, the environement, the weapons, the music/soundeffects... everything is perfect ! Keep on your amazing work !
EDIT : Just read that you code and do the artwork on your own, so another "wow" !

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Zan_HedonDev Creator
Zan_HedonDev

Thank you very much! Yes, I pretty much do everything outside the soundtrack. Stay tuned, we're months away from a first full release.

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Jaapio87
Jaapio87

Cool weapons!

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Zan_HedonDev Creator
Zan_HedonDev

Few but cool - that's the principle!

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Zan_HedonDev Creator
Zan_HedonDev

Wew, thanks for the 300 watchers and 40k visits, this is pretty damn motivating, let's keep on rolling babyy

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Linus.Hyper
Linus.Hyper

Hedon - Apply directly to the forehead!

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Zan_HedonDev Creator
Zan_HedonDev

I remember having to google that

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Dragonhearted18
Dragonhearted18

Now that I have an x64 pc, I will give a proper review. Amazing mod, runs smoothly on opengl render even though the normal gzdoom needs opengl to run on my pc, all weapons are unique and not just clones of existing doom weapons. Even the enemies are unique. I give this mod a 10/10. P.s. sorry for my first comment on this mod. I just don't really understand how hard modding is at all.

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Zan_HedonDev Creator
Zan_HedonDev

No problem, good to know it worked out. As I said, Hedon's not really a mod, it's pretty much built from scratch and uses the GZDoom engine much like it could use Unreal or Unity.
Some of the monsters aren't THAT original (like the Forge Elemental which kinda mixes a Cacodemon and Pain Elemental) but nonetheless, I would rather refresh and improve upon solid ideas than come up with wonky originality when it comes to gameplay.
Glad you like it, anyway, release is coming steadily so keep an eye out for it.

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wacaqa
wacaqa

I dont know why but I cant run the exe at latest files of your it just crashes (Im useing win 7 opareting system)

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Zan_HedonDev Creator
Zan_HedonDev

Did you try running the .exe in the downloaded folder or did you change any file in it?
Do you get an error? What kind of crash do you get?
Is your Windows 64 or 32 bit?

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