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To play the game, simply go to the Files tab here, download the latest version and follow the instructions inside the archive you download.

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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 demonic 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, oxigen 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 humans 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 ☼

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


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What the hell is Hedon?

Nothing could introduce it better to newcomers than this review made by the awesome Mr. Icarus! The rest is in the description :^)

Hedon has reached version 0.6.a!

Yep, that's well over half of development completed! After thousands of hours of work over an year and half, Hedon's getting closer and closer to a fledged, original and enticing game.

So what's the big news?

Well, perhaps it's not that big, as some of you might have seen my patreon updates, but Hedon is breaking away from Doom. Few months ago, GZDoom has been relieved of copyright ties, and has become a solid, free engine for people to use. That's a huge deal for the future of "retro" shooters, and Hedon is one of the first standalone creations to benefit from this. Standalone? Oh, right. Well, I figured that if I'm still going to such lengths to make and original mod, I might as well... well, make it an *actual* game instead of a mod. Nothing will change development wise, except for the few assets (mostly sounds) ripped from other games which will now be replaced with new stuff.

About Map06

This mid-way level aims to give a fresh breath of air in the layout of the game. It's the odd one out, the weird level that settles up the plot, and helps the player figure what the hell is going on. It's fairly straight forward, and not quite long, but it culminates with a crazy boss fight! Here, check out some sneak peek screenshots~


Don't forget to check out my Youtube channel for the full ass kickin' soundtracks HERE.

Want to try it out?

Hit my Patreon page right here - Patreon.com

A mere buck can give you access to current alpha builds, and it helps me build that budget to buy more soundtrack licenses from Alexander Brandon :^) It's also a great way to stay up to date with development, and see some extra "behind-the-scene" work.

Oh, and you've got a chance to get some neat rewards too. Custom drawn avatars of your choosing that will feature in a secret in-game gallery along with your name. Here's a couple of lastest reward examples (made for Vodyanoi and kiyu69):


Thanks for reading, for commenting, for supporting this project with your mere attention, it means a whole lot, and definitely keeps me going hard at it and striving to get better and better!

- Zan

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Hedon 0.5.2.a (Standalone Update)

Hedon 0.5.2.a (Standalone Update)

Demo 5 comments

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

Hedon 0.5.a (Final Open Alpha)

Hedon 0.5.a (Final Open Alpha)

Demo 27 comments

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)

Demo 6 comments

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

Hedon 0.1.a (Testing Demo)

Hedon 0.1.a (Testing Demo)

Demo

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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aizem
aizem

Ok i found this mod today and...i love it
i think i am in level 4 by now and i just can't stop playing
to me...it's the best mod i found this year, sure will track the progress.
love the weapons, the protagonist and the ART OMG its so awesome and beautiful, congrats to the artist, also thumbs up for the soundtrack.
i was tired of full non stop action mods, but this, this is different, makes u read things and think , and all the weapons and enemies...such a good mix of things, I LOVE IT
ONE OF MY TOP 3 FAV MODS <3
(SOOOO sorry the bad english, brazil here, will share this mod with everyone i know, congrats :D )

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Zan_HedonDev Creator
Zan_HedonDev

Thanks a lot, yeah, I kinda took that edge from Ultima Underworld/Arx Fatalis where you have to pay some attention to the surroundings and backtrack/go back at times and read things. And mix it with a more fast paced and bloody combat Unreal/Brutal Doom style. Good to hear you enjoy it, the next levels will keep up the style.

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Kyurichu
Kyurichu

Hi, I followed this game for a few months now, after I first saw it on Doom Mod Madness, and I loved every second of playing it. So I decided to make an account here for the first time and comment :D

Love the protagonist, and her kickass ways of doing things.
Love the music, was immediatly pumped after starting the game.
(I guess the starting picture helps :D)
Love the art and the characters. I can see that there's a lot of care and love in this.
Love the maps, and the exploration inside. Clever secrets, I must say.
Love the story, only got more intrigued as I played.

But I have one HUGE problem with this game... I need more of this.
I feel like I am addicted :D
So thank you for giving me this addiction with your game, and I hope you will continue being awesome.

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Zan_HedonDev Creator
Zan_HedonDev

Aw, thanks man, will keep it up!

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Skylarkoverthesunset
Skylarkoverthesunset

Great attention to detail, excellent music and sound, too. :)

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Zan_HedonDev Creator
Zan_HedonDev

Thanks, glad you dig the music :^)

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Sasha_The_Lynx
Sasha_The_Lynx

I been following this project for awhile and i gotta say, it shows alot of promise and i really love the fact that not only are you playing as a female protagonist, but also a hybrid that is quite a cutie hehe, but really she is a pearl, and lots of muscles and guns, and an axe!

I really admire the style of the game and it is clear that you know exacly waht you are doing with the engine and it looks fantastic, and i love the fact that you go for Unreal 1 styled s3m music. Unreal have been an all time favorite since childhood.

Keep up the amazing work and i swear, you will go miles and miles with this project!

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Zan_HedonDev Creator
Zan_HedonDev

Thanks a lot, will keep doing what I do, been constantly improving through the feedback you guys give out. Thanks for sticking around and commenting and all, this is what I appreciate most.

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RaYnoXu
RaYnoXu

Where is th vine key? I got axe key and crystal, but i cant find vine key. Does it even exist????

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Zan_HedonDev Creator
Zan_HedonDev

On which map? For map 2 it's in the library, for map 5 it's in one of the huts.

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RaYnoXu
RaYnoXu

Holly cows, thanks, i wasted like 6 hours that day and was mega frustrated. Thing is maybe you could make it so that you dont need to jump to pick it up? becasue i found the scroll on the window easily, but had no idea how this vine key looked and had no clue that i was looking at it for probably 50 times before i picked it up. Cheers great mod! Also if you ever need some help with audio stuff you can always hit me up, just text me on soundcloud, facebook or steam, nickname is the same :)

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Zan_HedonDev Creator
Zan_HedonDev

Ah, damn, I didn't know you need to jump to get it. I've fixed this right away, thanks for pointing it out. I think it's because I changed the key hitbox at some point after making that map -__-

And although I don't use any of those sites, it's good to know I can contact you. I'm currently in process of replacing the sounds I have taken to placehold from other games, they're not many, but still some. I might need some help with those at some point, will see, thanks!

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RaYnoXu
RaYnoXu

Oh I didnt notice before, you can text me on moddb and it sends an email. awesome! :)

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