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WOLFENSTEIN-3D and SPEAR of DESTINY FAQ
by Adam Williamson(firstname.lastname@example.org) and Parafriction
Note: 1) From here onwards 'Wolfenstein-3D' will be referred to as
'Wolfenstein' or 'Wolf3D', and 'Spear of Destiny' will be referred
to as 'Spear' or 'SoD', to avoid verbosity. Information about
Wolfenstein applies to Spear as well, unless differences are noted.
2) All specific names included herein are trademarks and are so
acknowledged: iD, Apogee, FormGen, Wolfenstein-3D, Spear of Destiny,
PkWare, PkUnzip, SoundBlaster, etc. (forgive if any missed out)
3) This document may take a little while to load as it's quite big.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
0.0 About the FAQ.
0.1 The Copyright Notice.
0.3 Id, Apogee vs the FAQ.
0.4 How can the Wolfenstein FAQ author be contacted?
0.5 Wolfenstein & SoD related files availability.
1.0 The Wolfenstein Novice Questions that new users usually ask
1.1 What are Wolfenstein-3D and Spear of Destiny?
1.2 What are the requirements to run Wolfenstein?
1.3 Where can I get Wolfenstein from?
1.4 How do I unpack shareware Wolfenstein?
1.5 How do I install it to HD?
1.6 Can I play Wolfenstein from a floppy disk?
1.7 What's with the game version numbers?
1.8 Are there map/graphics editors available, and where?
1.9 How can I CHEAT in Wolfenstein?
1.11 How can I contact iD Software?
1.12 I think I found an error in the FAQ.
1.13 Is Wolfenstein available on any other platform than an IBM?
1.14 Where can I find version x.y of Wolfenstein?
1.15 Where did iD get the inspiration for Wolfenstein?
2.0 Specific questions about the game.
2.1 What do all those guards say in game? (for those with SoundBlaster
2.16 How many hits do all those enemies take?
2.17 What weapons do all those enemies carry?
2.2 What's the difference between the difficulty levels?
2.3 What are the secret rooms/doors in the game?
2.4 What are secret levels in Wolfenstein? How can I find one?
2.5 What is that funny object/sprite in the game?
2.6 What is the purpose of the codes listed at the end of game?
2.7 Are there ghosts in Wolfenstein? If so where? Can I kill them?
2.8 What do other objects apart from ammo, food, etc. do?
2.9 I've heard you can drink blood in Wolfenstein? Is that true?
2.10 What is 'Death Cam'? How is it activated?
2.11 What is the Jukebox feature of Wolfenstein?
2.12 What are those music tunes in Wolfenstein?
2.13 What is that Morse code message in Wolfenstein?
2.14 Are there any more cheats/hints available?
2.15 The Statistics & Records Section (Numbers about the game).
3.0 The FLAMING Section. (You're annoyed with Wolfenstein because...)
3.1 It crashes.
3.2 The sounds are all screwed.
3.3 You are left with a gun and 8 bullets after you die.
3.4 It's too hard.
3.5 It's too easy.
3.6 You keep running into the walls and missing the doors.
3.7 You are feeling dizzy while you play it.
3.8 It never gives you 100% stats at the end of level/game.
3.9 You always run out of ammo/health.
3.10 You can never find any secret rooms.
3.11 You can never find a secret level.
3.12 You always get nuked by that big bad boss (guard) at the end.
4.0 Map/Graphics Editors Section (If you're messing around with map/graphics
files then this section is for you).
4.1 Discussion of available map/graphics editors.
4.2 Rules to follow when editing.
4.3 Common editing errors (What not to do and what they'll produce).
4.4 Map/Graphics files version conversion.
4.5 Editors compatibility with the game and each other.
4.6 How to make a hardcopy (printout) of the maps.
5.0 Wolfenstein Bugs & Problems (known to date),
and how to fix or get around them.
6.1 Hardware problems.
6.2 Software problems.
6.3 Game specific problems.
END OF TABLE OF CONTENTS
0.0 ABOUT THE FAQ.
0.1 THE COPYRIGHT NOTICE.
I hereby grant the right to anyone who wishes to freely reproduce WOLFENSTEIN-3D and SPEAR of DESTINY FAQ in part or in full in any electronic or written form provided that the author as well as the acknowledged people are given due credit.
- new maintainer of Wolfenstein-3D and Spear of Destiny FAQ
Date: July 22nd, 2001
Ok, It's been a couple of years now since the first release of this FAQ.
Wolfenstein-3d has been out and available as shareware for over 9 years.
I would like
to thank all of the contributors to this FAQ and Adam
Williamson for his
0.3 Id, APOGEE VS THE FAQ.
Now hear this! Apogee and iD Software have nothing to do with this FAQ.
They do not give me support with it (not counting some e-mail thanks from
J. Wilbur at iD Software). This is NOT an official publication of either iD Software or Apogee.
The information contained within this article is provided 'as is' as I collect it from various sources. I do make an effort to check whether the information is correct at the time of the post, but as usual no guarantees are provided.
0.4 HOW CAN THE WOLFENSTEIN FAQ AUTHOR BE CONTACTED?
I can be contacted via Internet e-mail at the following address: email@example.com.
0.5 WOLFENSTEIN & SOD RELATED FILES AVAILABILITY.
Throughout this FAQ I'll be refering to some Wolfenstein related files.
These can be obtained through this site. Just look up the file using the site search.
The site will be referred to now as DOME. I will not include any information on wolf3d related files unless they make their way to one of these sites.
1.0 THE WOLFENSTEIN NOVICE QUESTIONS.
1.1 WHAT ARE WOLFENSTEIN AND SPEAR OF DESTINY ?
Wolfenstein-3D is a 3-dimensional action game from iD Software.
(distributed as shareware by Apogee). Spear of Destiny is the commercial
sequel of the same game that includes some enhanced graphics.
VIEW: First person 3-dimensional perspective.
FEATURES: Smooth scrolling gameplay and character animation.
Full 360 degrees view sweep at any angle.
VGA graphics (320x200x256), SB/SB-Pro/Adlib/Sound Src support
Mouse/Joystick/Gravis pad/Keyboard interface.
DIFFICULTY LEVELS: 4
VIOLENCE RATING: PC-13 (profound carnage - analogous to the movies' PG-13)
COMMENTS: Impacts visually. Highly addictive. Slighty violent.
STORY LINE: In Wolf3D: Basically you're a WWII allied spy imprisoned in Germany
and you're trying to escape (full story included with the game).
In SoD: Capture the Spear of Destiny from a Nazi stronghold.
AVAILABILITY: First part of Wolf3D is shareware. Extra parts can be ordered
from the distributor (more later). For Spear there is a 2-level
demo version and the full version can be obtained at your local
software store. There are now SoD: Missions 2+3 availible as well.
STAGES: Wolf3D: 6 episodes (parts) each containing 10 levels.
The shareware version only contains episode 1.
The registered version (pay $$) contains either 3 or 6 episodes.
Altogether there are 10, 30 & 60 levels in the shareware and
two registered versions.
SoD: 1 set with 21 levels of pulse-pounding action.
The demo version only contains the first 2 levels.
The registered version (pay $$) contains the full 21 levels.
WARNING: Some people have reported being sick after playing or watching
others play (a kind of motion sickness if you like). --> See 3.7
1.2 WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO RUN WOLFENSTEIN?
Processor: 80286 or better (Nope won't run on XT).
Graphics: 256Kb VGA or better.
Memory: 580Kb Conventional. Also supports EMS, XMS.
If EMS/XMS are available the game will use them to preload
some of the graphics data.
Hard Disk: Wolf3D: Approx. 1.38Mb (Shareware version)
Approx. 2.40Mb (Full 6 episodes version)
SoD : Approx. 1.24Mb (Demo version)
Approx. 3.06Mb (Full 21 levels version)
(Support SB, SBPro, Adlib)
OPERATING SYSTEM & COMPRESSION UTILITY COMPATIBILITY
DOS : 5.0, 6.0 (should be downward compatible to 3.3 but wasn't tested)
Other OS's : OS/2,
Windows: (Note if you've got a SB device driver installed under Windows or a Windows TSR like an hour chime running it may interfere with some of Wolfenstein's digitized sounds) Running WOLF3d/SoD under Windows isn't really recommended.
Windows NT: unknown. (anyone?)
Compatible with: Stacker: Yes (2.0 & 3.0)
DOS 6.0's Double Space: Yes
1.3 WHERE CAN I GET WOLFENSTEIN FROM?
You can get
the shareware version of Wolfenstein 3D here at the Dome.
Simply open up the
You can get a full version of Spear of Destiny from FormGen (iD's Spear of Destiny distributor).
Info on ordering is included in the demo version. SoD may also be obtained from your local software store.
1.4 HOW DO I UNPACK SHAREWARE WOLFENSTEIN?
You'll need PkWare's PkUnzip software (version 2.04g) to 'unzip' the file: http://www.pkware.com. You can also use WINZIP(http://www.winzip.com).
1.5 HOW DO I INSTALL IT TO HD?
Through unarchiving the program in 1.4 above, an INSTALLATION copy of the game
was placed in the current directory. Just run INSTALL program supplied to
runable copy on your HD. You can delete the INSTALLATION
copy once a
NOTE: Initially you'll need ~4Mb of HD space to unpack and install the game.
For the SoD demo, unarching the program in 1.4 above will place a runable copy
on your HD and you don't need to take any further installation steps.
1.6 CAN I PLAY IT FROM FLOPPY DISK?
You can play the shareware version of Wolf3D and the demo of SoD from floppy
disk since it's only about 1.38/1.24Mb (we're talking 3.5" High Density disk
here). You'll have to install it to a hard disk first and then copy it across
to a floppy disk.
The full registered versions of Wolfenstein and Spear are much too big for a
1.44Mb floppy (unless you have something like a 20Mb floptical disk drive on
which it would easily fit). The performance of the game running from a floppy is much the same except when you first load it up it takes it about a minute to load up all the graphics/map
info, so just wait patiently. It's a bit slower between the levels as well.
In the game itself there is usually no speed differential except in certain
parts where it brings in a page of graphics for some wall panels. You can then
notice a split second pause.
1.7 WHAT'S WITH THE VERSION NUMBERS?
The most current version of Wolfenstein 3D is 1.4. The newest version fixes all
known bugs (as did 1.1 at the time, etc.) Apart from that there is not much of
a difference unless it comes to map/graphics editors. --> See 1.8, 1.9 & 4.X
A breakdown of the versions and what the differences are is below.
(If you never played Wolfenstein this will sound meaningless, but then again
if you NEVER played Wolfenstein then where were you this past two years? ;)
NOTE: There may have been some other bugs fixed between the versions which I
don't know about, so if you think you know e-mail me.
v1.0 - First release (05/05/92)
v1.1 - Fixed some secret doors map bugs (on level 7 & 8 in episode 1 there
were secret doors left out) and also some video problems (06/10/92)
v1.2 - Secret level elevator bug was fixed (introduced in 1.1 :( ) (06/22/92)
v1.3 - Was never released.
v1.4 - Fixed something but I forgot what. It also changed slightly the graphic
backdrop on the opening screen and other menus, changed the interior
elevator graphic and added a calibration routine in the joystick setup
The dates next to versions are the file stamp dates of the game .exe file.
They are not the actual market release game dates.
There were other 'internal' changes between versions but they are only relevant
to mapping programs. --> See 4.X
The version numbering of Spear seems to have gone through the same routine,
but currently I only have info on the initial release:
v1.0 - First release (09/28/92)
v1.1 - No information available (yet? call on info)
v1.2 - " " " " " "
v1.3 - " " " " " "
v1.4 - Final release, changes from previous versions unknown
1.8 ARE THERE MAP/GRAPHICS EDITORS AVAILABLE, AND WHERE?
Map/Graphics editors can be obtained from the same ftp site as the game.
No, they are not written by iD or Apogee nor supported by them.
(Also --> See Section 4.2)
READ THIS! IMPORTANT!
Apogee ask that you ONLY edit registered wolf3d. The latest level editors
will ONLY work on registered versions. Will FTP sites PLEASE withdraw levels
and graphics capable of running on shareware wolf3d. Anything that will work
on registered wolf3d/SoD, and ONLY registered, is OK.
Ok, continuing on...
You can even share with the world your own map/graphics creations for
Wolfenstein by uploading it to UWP in /pub/incoming/id .
(--> See 1.9 for a complete list of iD's directories for that site.)
NOTE: You are strictly not allowed to distribute the executable files from the
registered full version of the game, i.e. any .exe files. Nor anything from the game for
$ unless selling the game to third party (Legitimate registration transfer).
The editors have been obtained by reverse engineering the map/graphics files
and producing programs that changed those files in a manner consistent with the
game requirements of them.
The editor archives are:
www.wolfnode.de - Flo Edit
maped41.zip map viewer/editor
maped42.zip " " "
maped6.zip " " "
wolfed21.zip graphics viewer/editor
wolfm160.arj map viewer/editor version convertor
maped8.zip map viewer/editor
The last one will let you convert between different versions of Wolfenstein
since the map encryption for 1.0 is not compatible with 1.1 and upwards
(and you may feel left out if you designed maps before with 1.0 and now have
1.1 or 1.4, etc. Not so!
BTW: 1.1 through to 1.4 are map/graphics compatible as known to date.)
Also maped41/wolfm160 will automatically detect what version of
Wolfenstein you have installed so you need not worry if you don't want to
convert maps (upgrade/downgrade (!) them).
All of these files include ample docs with them, if you already have them and
want some tips or help on their differences and shortcomings, then --> See 4.X
In order to make the Map editors work for Spear of Destiny, an enhanced version
of the .DEF files must be used. They should be obtainable in the same ftp sites
as the map editors (file wmapdefs.zip and others). If you can't find them, some
minor work will need to be done. Find the wall types (MAPDATA.DEF) and the
object types (OBJDATA.DEF) that are undefined and define them in your *.DEF
The aforementioned editors change the following files:
where XXX is either .WL1 for the shareware version or .WL3 and .WL6 for the
registered 3/6 episode versions respectively.
Note that GAMEMAPS.XXX replaced MAPTEMP.XXX in versions of Wolfenstein 1.1 and
higher, i.e. MAPTEMP.XXX is only present in v1.0. It doesn't really make any
difference since the map editors will recognize that.
For Spear, XXX is either .SDM for the demo version or .SOD for the full
version. To have some of the map editors work with them, you'll need to rename
them to .WL6 files and then back to play the game.
Please consult Section 4.1 to see if the map editor you're using will recognize
SoD .SDM & .SOD file extensions.
where XXX is as before.
My own word (Adam) on level editors:
Basically, GET ONE NOW! They are very, very good. I use mapedit 8.0. I have
a regular conversation going with Warren Buss, one of the writers, and 8.1
is done, but not on general release. They are adding Corridor 7 support, and
it will be released with a higher no than 8.1 when this is done. Mapedit 8.0
supports every single object in wolf3d, and has many useful features. It
also supports SoD and Blake Stone 3D. Before anyone asks, there are NO plans
for Rise Of The Triad support - it is too different. Also, levels are very
easy to knock up quickly, but don't. It is not as bad as Doom (2 months
per level!), but try and think about it. Get the player lost. Build in
Graphics editing is very fun, but you need to be a reasonably talented
computer artist, prepared to work for a long time to achieve results. Enemies
have 20+ frames of animation, and these all need to be changed. I am working
on a major add-on, Warhammer Wolfenstein, which is being done with two
friends - they work on graphics, I do levels. We will have something decent
out by february 95.
1.9 HOW CAN I CHEAT IN WOLFENSTEIN?
There is a document on ftp.cc.umanitoba.ca in /pub/wolf3d called wolfdbug.txt
that describes the various cheat options in Wolfenstein and how to access them.
I have reproduced it here with some updates.
THE WOLFENSTEIN 3-D DEBUG MODE FILE
(v1.0 means Wolf3D version 1.0 and v1.1 means Wolf3D version 1.1.
Cheating with other versions is equivalent to v1.1 except as noted.)
To enter the mode, do the following:
1. Invoke Wolfenstein 3-D with the "next" parameter (wolf3d -next)
for v1.0, or the "goobers" parameter for v1.1. You can also use
whatever other command-line parameters you want.
2. Begin or restore a game. While in the game, hold down the TAB,
CONTROL, and ENTER keys simultaneously for v1.0, or the LEFT SHIFT,
ALT, and BACKSPACE keys for v1.1. You should get a message stating
that debugging keys are now available.
To use debugging mode commands, hold down the TAB key and one of the
letter keys listed below simultaneously:
B Changes the screen border color. Don't ask me why it's here, but
C Displays the number of statics, doors, and actors in the level.
Statics are things like food, ammo, pools of blood, etc., and actors
are the bad guys. Doors should be self-explanatory.
E Moves you ahead two levels. That's right, not one level, but two.
Unlike the W command (see below), this also takes you to the "level
completed" screen and gives you percentages, bonuses, etc.
In Wolf3D v1.4 and SoD, it moves ahead just one level. If you have
also used the "-tedlevel" parameter (see below), this command exits
F Displays your current position on the level (X,Y) and orientation (A).
To convert the X and Y values to coordinates that can be used in
Mapedit, divide them by 65,536 and round down. A is in degrees
ranging counterclockwise from right. ("Right" refers to the top
view as seen in Mapedit.)
G Turns what iD calls "GOD mode" on and off. Basically it just means
that you're invincible. The screen still turns red when you would
normally be hurt, though. This can get very annoying if you want to
do something fun like kill the episode's boss with your knife.
H Hurts you (-16% health). Not much use to us, but I guess iD had to
debug their damage code just like everything else.
I "Free items." Ups your health, ammo, and score, and gives you the
next most powerful weapon. (Machine gun if you didn't have it,
Gatling gun if you did.)
M Displays memory usage. Loads of fun.
N Turns "No clipping" on or off. This lets you walk through walls.
Wall-walking does STRANGE things to the graphics (try approaching a
door from the side and opening it). It also does strange things
to the bad guys. If you walk into a room through the wall, often
they won't notice you at all, even if you walk right in front of
them or fire your machine gun (in some direction besides at them,
of course). This command is not available in the registered version
of Wolf3D nor in shareware versions other than v1.0 but it is in SoD.
(I guess we should be glad that ANY of the commands are available.)
O Changes the main viewscreen to a map of the current level, which
you can scroll through using the movement keys or the mouse. It's
neat, but I wish that it weren't so ugly. Those numbers are from
the internal level format. ESC will get you out. Unfortunately
this command doesn't work in v1.1 nor in SoD.
P Pauses the game, without putting up the little "Paused" window.
I guess this makes it nice for taking a screen shot, although in
v1.1 it changes the screen border to an ugly bright white.
Q Bombs the machine in v1.0. Exits the game in v1.1. Both of these
functions are about equally useless.
S Turns slow motion on or off. If you have a slow computer you don't
T Pops up a window which displays graphics and sounds from the game.
Use the left and right arrow keys to page through the entries.
If you come to a blank entry, keep going. You'll know when you've
reached the end (500-something) because you won't be able to go
any higher. ESC exits. v1.1 has some interesting graphics that
v1.0 lacks, including two sprites which are particularly intriguing.
Don't bother calling Apogee and making yourself look like a fool
only to be told that you didn't win anything; I already did.
(You'll understand what I mean when you've seen the sprite.)
V Asks you how many extra VBLs you want. High values seem to make
the game sluggish and not much else.
W Warps to any level. Although it prompts for a value from 1 to 10,
you can actually enter any number up to 20 in the registered
version. Eleven through twenty correspond to levels one through
ten in the episode following the one you're currently playing.
In SoD, it prompts for a value from 1 to 21.
X "Extra stuff." Doesn't appear to do anything. The code wasn't completed.
TEDLEVEL - You can use the "-tedlevel" command-line parameter to quickly
start Wolf3D and warp to any level. The parameter is followed by a
two-digit number. The tens digit is the episode number minus one, and
the ones digit is the level number minus one. For example, to go to
level 10 of episode three, type:
wolf3d -tedlevel 29
and to go to the first episode, level 2, type:
wolf3d -tedlevel 1
By default, you will play the level on the "Don't hurt me" difficulty
setting. To change this, use one of the command-line parameters "-baby"
"-easy" "-normal" "-hard". They stand for the obvious difficulties.
Using the "-tedlevel" parameter also gives you an infinite number of
lives. Combine it with "-goobers" (or "-next") for even more fun.
DEMO RECORDING MODE - This "debugging" feature is not accessed in the
same way as the other commands, and it is available only in v1.0. To
record a demo, follow step one from the beginning of this file, and
then hold down TAB at the title screen (the one with B.J. hiding from
a guard). Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any way to display
these demos after they've been recorded, but if you've ever had a
secret desire to play Wolfenstein 3-D with a big "DEMO" sign at the
top of the screen, this is how to do it. Theory: I do not have 1.0 of
wolf3d - i use 1.1 - but I think that if you leave it on the title screen
long enough, you get a demo, and this is probably what you are recording.
SPEAR OF DESTINY - SoD's debugging mode is quite similar to Wolf3D's.
Just use the command-line parameter "-debugmode" and the same key combo
as v1.1. Oh, and be sure to check out what happens to B.J. when you turn
on God mode...
and then there's always the LIM cheat.
What you do is press L, I and M all together and you get full health & ammo as
well as the chain gun and both keys ;) However, it will reset your score to 0!
(This also renders the tab-I cheat useless).
IMPORTANT: It seems that in later registered versions of v1.4g of Wolf3d the
cheat mode has been disabled (appearently Apogee requested it).
At the moment I have no additional info to differentiate these two versions
of v1.4. If you have any such details (like file dates etc.) drop me a line.
Apogee has also stated that starting with release of their game 'Biomenace'
all their subsequent shareware game releases will be devoid of any in-built
cheat codes. This is apparently to encourage registering the game (where
the registered versions would have some kind of cheat mode (???) etc.)
1.11 HOW CAN I CONTACT iD Software or Apogee?
If you have some difficulties with Wolfenstein or Spear that are unresolved
after reading this FAQ you can send e-mail to help@iDsoftware.com.
Note that this FAQ is not produced or in any way sponsored by iD Software or
Apogee, so they are not responsible for the material included herein.
I would discourage asking them about the add-on products for Wolfenstein.
Mail only if you have a setup, installation or hardware conflict, etc.
1.12 I THINK I FOUND AN ERROR IN THE FAQ.
If you find some information contained within this article incorrect
I'll appreciate you informing me of it ASAP.
1.13 IS WOLFENSTEIN AVAILABLE ON ANY OTHER PLATFORM THAN AN IBM COMPATIBLE?
There is a SNES version (blood changed to sweat, dogs changed to rats) and
a Jaguar (uncensored, slightly altered graphics) version. Mac version IS now
availible, and uses the Jaguar graphics. The Archimedes version has just
come out. No info on graphics.
1.14 WHERE CAN I FIND VERSION X.Y OF WOLFENSTEIN?
If you're looking for older versions of shareware Wolfenstein then ftp.cdrom.com is
These are the files:
v1.0 - 1wolf3d.zip
v1.4 - wolf3d14.zip
If you want v1.1 (god knows why) you'll have to patch v1.0 using w3dpatch.zip
(--> See Section 5.3)
I don't know where to get shareware patch for v1.2 but the only difference
from 1.1 to 1.2 was the secret level bug fix on episode 1 level 1.
If you have an editor you can patch it yourself. But really, you should only
need v1.0 (for some add-ons) and v1.4 (for the rest).
1.15 WHERE DID iD GET THE INSPIRATION FOR WOLFENSTEIN?
The The idea for Wolfenstein came from an old Apple ][ game called Castle
Wolfenstein that the iD games liked. They had come up with the idea of the
3D, texture-mapped, smoothly scrolling engine, and needed a game to use it
with. Castle Wolfenstein seemed ideal. They couldn't think of a better name,
so their legal guys went out and got the copyright on the name, and
Wolfenstein 3D was born!
2.0 SPECIFIC QUESTIONS ABOUT THE GAME.
2.1 WHAT DO ALL THOSE GUARDS SAY IN GAME?
Who When Says What Translation
Guard: He sees you Achtung! "Warning" or "Attention"
or hears you
He dies. (irreproducible) He just screams in
a variety of ways.
SS Guard: He sees you Schutzstaffel! "Body Guard" (literal),
or hears you "SS!"
He dies. Mein leben! "My life!"
Officer: He sees you Spion! "Spy!"
or hears you
He dies. Nein, so was! "Well, I never!"
(Zombies): He sees you - Nothing. Silence
or hears you
He dies Khaaarrghkhkh! (Really weird sound)
episode 1: He sees you. Guten Tag! "Good Day!" (strictly)
He dies. Mutti! "Mommy!"
episode 2: He sees you. Oohahahaha! (Laughs)
He dies. Mein Gott in Himmel! "My God in Heaven!"
episode 3: He sees you. Toter hund! "Dead Dog!"
He dies. Hahahahahaha! (Laughs)
episode 3: He sees you. Die, Allied "Die, Allied Pigdog!"
You blow away Scheisse! "Sh-t!"
He dies. Eva, auf "Good-bye Eva!"
Wiedersehen! (NB: Eva Braun was
Giftmacher episode 4: He sees you. Eine kleine "A little American!"
He dies. Donnerwetter! "Good heavens!"
episode 5: She sees you. Kein Durchgang! "No Trespassing!"
She dies. Mein Busen! "My repentance!"
episode 6: He sees you. Erlauben Sie, "Allow me, please!"
He dies. Roseknospe... "Rosebud..."
(cf. film "Citizen Kane"
SoD floor 5: He sees you. Einer "A mistake!"
He dies. Es ist schade! "What a pity!"
SoD floor 10: He sees you. Ach so! "Oh, I see!"
He dies. Wenn schon! "So what!"
SoD floor 16: He sees you. - Nothing. Silence
He dies. Argh! (Wierd scream)
SoD floor 18: He sees you. Tod ist mein leben! "Death is my life!"
He dies. Alles ist verloren! "All is lost!"
Angel of Death,
SoD floor 21: He sees you. Prove your worth, human!
He dies. You may wield the Spear...
2.16 HOW MANY SHOTS DO ALL THOSE ENEMIES TAKE TO KILL?
Here is detailed roughly how many shots each normal enemy takes to kill.
1 shot, 1 knife hit.
2. Brown Guard
1 shot if close up and on target, or hit in back, and 2 if at a distance.
If your aim is out it can be 3. About 2/3 knife hits.
3. SS Man
About 8 shots or 12 knife hits.
About 4 shots or 6 knife hits.
About 8 shots or twelve knife hits.
6. Hitler's Ghost
About 6 shots or 10 knife hits.
2.17 WHAT WEAPONS DO ALL THOSE ENEMIES CARRY?
2. Brown Guard
3. SS Man
Machine gun (you get it if you kill him)
Pistol (does more damage and fires more rapidly than the guard's)
Pistol (Faster than officer's)
6. Hitler's Ghost
7. Hans Grosse
8. Dr Schabbs
Four chainguns in armour, two out of it
10. Otto Giftmacher
Can't remember (fill me in someone)
11. Gretel Grosse
12. General Fettgesicht
Two chainguns and rocket launcher
2.2 WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE DIFFICULTY LEVELS OF THE GAME?
There are four main differences:
1) There are more guards on harder difficulty levels.
2) They are harder to kill (can take more shots and you have to aim better)
on harder difficulty levels.
NOTE: on the lowest level 'Can I play Daddy?' you can generally pick off a
guard even at long distance with one shot in the general direction
(well, not every time but often). On the hardest level this usually
will not happen.
3) On harder levels you take more damage when shot.
4) NB: There are a certain number of guards on difficulty 1 (can I play
daddy), the same on difficulty 2 (don't hurt me), they just do more harm,
more on difficulty level 3 (bring 'em on) and a hell of a lot on difficulty
level 4 (I am death incarnate! meaning: I am death personified, made into
There is another minor difference. On the lowest level the 'first-aid kit'
sometimes bumps up your health more than on other harder levels.
--> See 2.8 & 2.15 for more.
2.3 WHAT ARE THE SECRET ROOMS/DOORS IN THE GAME? HOW CAN I FIND ONE?
The secret rooms are like any other room in Wolfenstein except they are
accessed by a 'secret passage' (not really a door). There are certain wall
panels which can be pushed (acted on) like a normal door. The wall will then
slide back revealing a passage to another room. Secret rooms are usually used
to store treasure, food, first aid and ammo packs and more powerful guns, i.e.
the items of interest when survival is at stake (the treasure helps get more
points which accumulate to extra lives, etc.). Sometimes they are used to store
keys to locked doors, but not often (not in the Wolf3D shareware episode
NOTE: There is nowhere in the game that anything vital to completion is
hidden behind a secret wall. Keys are just to shortcut routes. iD thought
necessary secret rooms would be too hard to find. This is strictly untrue,
but the areas it is used (Episode 1, level 8 for example) are in tiny rooms
where it is dead easy to find the pushwall.
Although there are no strict guidelines to where a secret room might be, you
can get some slight hints on where one might be positioned. Since the maps in
Wolfenstein are true (i.e. they're not warped space) then if you see a block
of wall which is pretty thick and houses no standard rooms (operated by normal
sliding doors) it could potentially house a secret room. Try first the obvious
places on the walls e.g. Hitler's painting, nazi banner & other obvious wall
decorations. Some secret panels are in the corners of a room, others in the
middle of a wall (midpoint of a wall in a standard room). There are also a few
between two objects, like between two plants or two barrels positioned against
the walls. --> See 3.10 for more.
2.4 WHAT ARE SECRET LEVELS IN WOLFENSTEIN? HOW CAN I FIND ONE?
The secret levels are just another level which has been made a bit harder to
find than others. To get to a secret level you must take a special elevator
(well, they don't look special though, in fact in appearance they look like a
normal elevator) from one of the normal (non-secret levels). Elevators like
that are hidden. There's one secret level per episode (so there's one in the
shareware version too :).
When you arrive at a secret level it will be marked 'level 10' on your status
bar. In Spear there are two secret levels in total, marked 19 and 20.
After you finish the secret level the exit elevator will take you back to the
level that you should have gone were it not for the secret level. Say you got
to secret level from level 1, then after secret level (10) you'll end up on
For a bit of a spoiler --> See 3.11
2.5 WHAT IS THAT FUNNY OBJECT/SPRITE IN THE GAME?
That funny object only occurs in the registered 3 or 6 episode version of the
game. It is a sign saying to call Apogee. See, it was going to be a part of a
competition with the game, like you find it and then call the distributor
(Apogee it was then) and you could win something (???).
The competition idea was dropped fairly quickly though, after all the mappers
and editors were unleashed only weeks after the game's release. OK, for all
those who haven't found it, the object is a wall saying "Phone Apogee Say
Aardwolf." It isn't very exciting, trust me.
2.6 WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE CODES LISTED AT THE END OF GAME STATS?
Same thing as in 2.5 the code is the checksum for your score in game. It was
going to be a proof that you actually went through the game and obtain such and
NOTE: To my knowledge the codes only occur in Wolfenstein v1.0 & 1.1
(maybe 1.2, not sure)
2.7 ARE THERE GHOSTS IN WOLFENSTEIN? IF SO WHERE? CAN I KILL THEM?
There are two kinds of ghosts in Wolfenstein. The Hitler's ghosts which haunt
you in episode 3 level 9 (the boss level where you kill Hitler). You can
certainly kill those.
There are also some funny Pacman Ghosts in episode 3 level 10 (secret level).
You can't kill those but they can hurt you if you touch them. Just stay clear
and you'll be ok. (Or cheat with GOD MODE --> See 1.10)
In Spear there are ghosts in the final floor (21). These white ghosts can be
shot, but after a short while they reappear. They can also hurt you if you
2.8 WHAT DO OTHER OBJECTS APART FROM AMMO, FOOD ETC. DO?
Umm, well ... nothing really. They're there 'cause they look nice.
Here's a short list of all the usable objects:
Ammo clip: gives you ammo (duh)
Ammo box (SoD only): gives you loads of ammo :)
Machine guns (Schmeisser (some people call it PM-40) & Gatling gun): increase
your firepower. NOTE: They do not actually take more powerful bullets, but
the machine gun has rapid-fire and the chain-gun has 2 bullets at a time
rapid-fire. Two bullets from a pistol will kill a guard, so will two from
a pistol - it is just easier to fire from a chain-gun.
Chicken meal, Dog food, Blood pool, Bloody skeleton & First aid kit:
Cross, Chalice, Treasure chest, Crown: points
Sphere with your face on it: extra life + health + ammo
Doors: open and close these.
Keys: access locked doors.
Elevator: use it to progress to next level.
2.9 I'VE HEARD YOU CAN DRINK BLOOD IN WOLFENSTEIN? IS THAT TRUE? HOW?
You can slurp up the blood pools and consume the bloody skeletons if your
health falls below 11%.
2.10 WHAT IS 'DEATH CAM'? HOW IS IT ACTIVATED?
Death Cam is a animation replay of the final few seconds of the killing
sequence of some the games bosses (you know, the huge guards). The only bosses
subject to Death Cam are:
Dr. Schabbs (episode 2)
Hitler (episode 3)
Otto Giftmacher (episode 4)
General Fettgesicht (episode 6)
The Death Cam is activated after you kill one of these bosses. After the replay
the current episode concludes regardless of whether you killed all other
There is no Death Cam in Spear. It has a nice set of end screens though.
NOTE: Deathcam does not replay your killing, from your viewpoint - it just
shows all the guy's dying frames from close up, so it is always the same.
2.11 WHAT IS THE JUKEBOX FEATURE OF WOLFENSTEIN? HOW IS IT ACCESSED?
The JukeBox feature of Wolfenstein is just a menu of different music
scores that normally play through the different levels of Wolfenstein.
To access it press and hold 'm' while Wolfenstein starts (after you started
it from DOS).
Now you can listen to that favourite tune from the game.
The Jukebox is present in all versions as I understand (shareware/registered
1.0 through to 1.4). The menu of music scores may be different between
the versions but it nevertheless is there.
2.12 WHAT ARE THOSE MUSIC TUNES IN WOLFENSTEIN?
What is the theme music for Wolfenstein 3-D?
The tune that opens Wolf 3-D is known as the "Horst Wessel Lied" (Horst
Wessel's Song), which was the official Nazi party anthem. Here are the
first couple of bars to the lyrics, though further research will follow:
(translated from the original German)
Raise high the flags! Stand rank-on-rank together.... SA will march with
steady, quiet tread....
Historical background: Horst Wessel was an average SA (Sturmabteilung --
literally, Storm Detachment; which was the Nazi goon squad) trooper and
local party leader in Berlin. He was killed in a street brawl with
Communists in 1930, but not before leaving the words and music to the tune
that became the Nazi anthem. It was played along with the official German
national anthem, whose tune is still used today, although with different
lyrics than what was played in Nazi Germany.
Other musical trivia: a few bars of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and
Marine Corps anthems are played throughout the game. In one of the music
pieces, a Morse-code message is played in the background...
The music on episode 1, mission 9 is vaguely reminiscent of the British
National Anthem, God Save The Queen/King (depending on who is the monarch
at the time).
2.13 WHAT IS THAT MORSE CODE MESSAGE IN WOLFENSTEIN?
In Episodes 3 & 6 of the registered version the music seems to
include a Morse code beeping in the background.
I have scooped the following from UseNet's comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action.
Here it is:
TO BIG BAD WOLF DE ["de" means "from" in amateur radio Morse code jargon]
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
IMPERATIVE COMPLETE MISSION WITHIN 24 HOURS
2.14 ARE THERE ANY MORE CHEATS/HINTS AVAILABLE?
Yes Siree! There's certainly that Wolfenstein hintbook you can obtain for some
extra $ (US$ 10 I last heard), when you order the full version of the game.
It's supposed to be packed with hints about the game levels and how to cheat in
the game (--> See 1.10). I don't know all the details 'cause I don't have it.
(Er, the game's too easy anyway (No flames! --> See 3.X))
There's also the Spear of Destiny hintbook to be obtained for US$ 15.
It has lots of background info on the game, the storyline, its development
history and the guys at iD Software, plus hints for playing, the full set of
printed maps and how to access a few hidden features in the program.
2.15 THE STATISTICS & RECORDS SECTION (NUMBERS ABOUT THE GAME).
Ok, at the risk of repeating myself here goes:
The Wolfenstein game has:
10 levels per episode
6 episodes (full version)
1 secret level per episode.
The Spear of Destiny game has:
21 levels (full version)
2 secret levels and a special end level.
Both games have:
4 difficulty levels
4 weapon types: knife, pistol, machine gun & chain gun
2 key types: gold & silver.
Max ammo: 99
Ammo with guns: 6
Ammo with clips: 8
Ammo with guards' clips: 4
Ammo with ammo box (SoD only): 25
Ammo with X-tra life: 25
Max health: 100 %
Health for blood/bones: 1% (Note: health must be <11% for this to work)
Health for dog food: 4%
Health for chicken meal: 10%
Health for first aid: 25% or 35% depending on which level of difficulty
Health for X-tra life: 100%
Score for brown guards: 100
Score for dogs: 200
Score for white ghosts (SoD): 200
Score for white officers: 400
Score for blue SS troopers: 500
Score for undead: 700
Score for ghosts of Hitler: 2000
Score for bosses: 5000
Score for cross: 100
Score for chalace: 500
Score for treasure chest: 1000
Score for golden crown: 5000
Score for 100% completed: 10000
Score for secret level completed: 15000
Score for boss level completed (SoD): 15000
Score for 1 sec under par level time: 500
The following table shows the par level times for all Wolf3D episodes:
Episode 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 1:30 2:00 2:00 3:30 3:00 3:00 2:30 2:30
2 1:30 3:30 3:00 2:00 4:00 6:00 1:00 3:00
3 1:30 1:30 2:30 2:30 3:30 2:30 2:00 6:00
4 2:00 2:00 1:30 1:00 4:30 3:30 2:00 4:30
5 2:30 1:30 2:30 2:30 4:00 3:00 4:30 3:30
6 6:30 4:00 4:30 6:00 5:00 5:30 5:30 8:30
The boss and secret levels have no par level time.
The following table shows the par level times for all SoD levels:
Level 1 2 3 4 6 7 8
1:30 3:30 2:45 3:30 4:30 3:15 2:45
Level 9 11 12 13 14 15 17
4:45 6:30 4:30 2:45 4:30 6:00 6:00
Once again, the boss and secret levels have no par level time.
Extra life: every 40000 points or if you find the icon.
NOTE: extra life icon counts as treasure! If you forget one --> no 100%
NOTE: Par times cannot be edited with any edit programs I know - anyone
Average number of rounds (on 'Death Incarnate' difficulty) required to kill:
White ghost (SoD): 1
Brown guard: 2
SS trooper: 5
White officer: 3
Minimum number of rounds required to kill:
Ghost of Hitler: 25
Hitler: 70 to blast him out of his harness &
another 70 to finish him off.
Other Bosses: 80
3.0 THE FLAMING SECTION. (YOU'RE ANNOYED WITH WOLFENSTEIN BECAUSE...)
3.1 IT CRASHES.
Usually the reasons for Wolfenstein bombing out are these:
1) You have a hardware conflict with your soundcard.
2) You have a software configuration problem.
3) You have more than one version of Wolfenstein and some game files from the
versions are mixed.
1 & 2 are discussed later --> See 6.1 & 6.2
If you mixed Wolfenstein versions or put different home-brew add-on maps in the
same directory then Wolfenstein might hang since map and graphics file formats
are different from version 1.1 onwards.
3.2 THE SOUNDS ARE ALL SCREWED.
Either your card is not fully Soundblaster compatible or you have IRQ or DMA
conflict. --> See 6.1
3.3 YOU ARE LEFT WITH A GUN AND 8 BULLETS AFTER YOU DIE.
a) Cheat (--> See 1.10)
b) Learn about secret rooms and how to find them (--> See 3.10), there is
plenty of ammo/food inside them.
c) Save often.
d) The blue SS troopers carry machine guns. Toast one with your gun and you can
pick up his machine gun. If you have the machine gun already, he just drops
an ammo pouch.
3.4 IT'S TOO HARD.
--> See 3.3 & 3.10
Also start on an easy difficulty level. Don't despair, you'll get better. One
of the advantages of veteran players is that they know the layout of the maze.
They know where to find ammo, food, etc.
As you get familiar with the game you'll also be able to judge how many shots to
fire and where to aim. Thus you can conserve your ammo.
To preserve health learn how to use the strafe function (useful when ducking
Also don't just plunge into rooms. Hang back and see if any guards come running
out. Then ... Pang!
Some difficulty can also be attributed to disorientation of new players.
Several corridors or rooms may look alike. Try look for dead bodies (i.e. the
trail that you've left behind) or other characteristic objects.
If you're having trouble with movement then --> See 3.6 & 3.7
One nice hint I've received is about slowing the game a little. If you have
turned on debugging keys then holding TAB slows the game down a bit (not as
slow as slow motion from the debugging options). This means that you can let
off a couple of accurate shots before the targets (guards etc.) have time
to react. Great for some tight rooms and conserves ammo as well.
3.5 IT'S TOO EASY.
Like a challenge eh? Check out some home-brew maps. --> See 5.1
You might also try to reduce your health with the cheat mode (--> See 1.10)
or decide to play without machine guns. Take that for a challenge.
3.6 YOU KEEP RUNNING INTO THE WALLS AND MISSING THE DOORS.
Sounds like a major new user disorientation syndrome to me, but could also be
attributed to a slow computer. See, slower machines sacrifice the frame rate to
keep the gameplay speed constant. Thus you might miss a few frames here and
there and that will fool you into overshooting your targets (doors, guards when
you're aiming your pistol at them, etc.) Strafe function helps here sometimes.
You can also try experimenting with various input devices. Mouse is more
accurate on position but slower when it comes to movement. Joystick is rather
inaccurate but easy to handle and still slow. Especially your rotation speed.
If you have a Thrustmaster or other joystick + configurable buttons you can
program these for strafe & run functions. That should make it a little easier.
3.7 YOU ARE FEELING DIZZY WHILE YOU PLAY IT.
There have been a lot of discussion about this phenomenon. In short some people
experience dizziness attributed to the game movement. There were many theories,
most along the line of motion sickness.
Some also said that the animation is too smooth so it fools your brain into
believing it to be real. Others said its too jerky and it makes you vomit like
being sea sick. Another popular theory is that lack of proper acceleration
(like on-off high speed) attribute to the nausea.
I will not go into discussion of why. Rather I'll post some steps people
suggested. Remedies are not guaranteed to work. There are many, all are
experimental and some will have opposite effects on different people. This, it
seems, is a very individual problem.
a) Try different display sizes. Either different size monitors or use the F5
function to vary the display window.
b) Try sitting closer/further from the display (but don't stick your nose in
it, I don't want you to get radiation sick). Combine with focusing/
defocusing on the display or surroundings (your room, etc.) This is to see
if you're being aware that you're looking at the monitor (by seeing other
objects around it) and hopefully it may convince your brain that what you
play is not really real.
c) Try different machine speeds. If you have a turbo switch try playing with
it on/off. See what the difference is.
d) Try different input devices (--> See 3.6) With a mouse you can control
acceleration more accurately than with a joystick or the keyboard.
e) Play on your friend's/collegue's computer. See if it's better/worse.
f) Have breaks while you play. Play in turns. Watch others play & then play
g) If you have Soundblaster try playing with/without the sound. If your
soundcard is stereo try playing with headphones on. Reverse the headphones
so that left becomes right. Does it confuse you more. (It has no difference
on me if you want to know ;) This one is not meant as a torture (Hehe) only
to see if you're generally well adaptive.
After I switched machines from 386SX-25Mhz to 486DX-33Mhz I had problem
adjusting too. Everything seemed "too smooth". Now when I see it on the 386 it
makes me want to vomit. Sometimes you'll have to give it time to adjust.
3.8 IT NEVER GIVES YOU 100% STATS AT THE END OF LEVEL/GAME.
Hmm, must have missed some treasure/secret room/enemies.
1) Improving secret room ratio --> See 3.10
2) Improving treasure ratio = Improving secret ratio since most remaining
treasure you missed is probably hidden.
3) Improving kill ratio.
A few dogs running wild may be the cause.
There's also a few places in the maze where the guards can follow you in
circles. Back up your tracks, you might smash into one around the corner.
3.9 YOU ALWAYS RUN OUT OF AMMO/HEALTH.
There's plenty of ammo/food/first aid around to last to twice the fun. Problem
is knowing where to find it. Be careful to not leave behind ammo clips dropped
by guards after you kill them. Its only 4 rounds but it adds up. Sometimes
ammo/food/first aid is concentrated in a couple of rooms on a level. If you
find that cache you'll have no problems. Some levels have relatively little
food/first aid but lots of ammo. It may be wise to plan ahead and stay healthy
for that level. You can also plainly waste ammo and overshoot ensuring you'll
be hit as little as possible. Other levels may have little ammo and lots of
food/first aid. Adopt ammo saving strategy there.
Remember that extra-life sphere boosts both your health and ammo.
Also --> See 3.10
3.10 YOU CAN NEVER FIND ANY SECRET ROOMS.
Secret rooms usually house most of the treasure, ammo and health bonuses as
well as machine guns and extra lives.
Some "obvious" places where a secret room may be located are shown below:
a) Different wall panels
b) Room corners.
c) Between objects and at midpoints of a wall.
d) In narrow alcoves
e) On wall panel in straight line extending from an object
(classic object in this example is an overhead lamp!)
NOTE: Some secret rooms have secret rooms within them. Sometimes secret
movable panels can be moved to block each other. Be careful not to
block yourself in. This is also why sometimes you cannot get 100%
secret ratio for some levels.
3.11 YOU CAN NEVER FIND A SECRET LEVEL.
Well, if you read Section 2.4 you'd know that you need to find a secret level
elevator to get to a secret level. These elevators are hidden inside secret
rooms (that is, behind pushwall passages). They can be pretty darn hard to find
map. I wish you luck with that. Or go to the extras section
3.12 YOU ALWAYS GET NUKED BY THAT BIG BAD BOSS (GUARD) AT THE END.
Note: This section is *far* from complete. Why not send in your hints
for wiping those tough guys at the end.
Well, here's a general guide submitted by Douglas Bottoms
"Usually, I try to get as close to the boss as possible, then back STRAIGHT
away from the boss while firing. Then strafing left or right to hide behind
a wall (or get out of the way)."
Note: You will find that most boss scenarios conveniently include blocks
of wall behind which you can hide while the boss fires its 'salvo'.
Episode 2: This is the Mad Doctor who is creating all the Zombies. If you go
at him straight on he'll just zap you with his syringes and you'll go all
red-eyed and die. If you go to the corridor to the left of the room where
he's hiding and wait for him to come out you can zap him with the old chain
gun from the side. There's also a first-aid kit in there which helps. Once
he's retired back to the room rush out to the beginning of the level where
there is a secret room (which you will already have opened up) full of ammo
clips and restock on ammo. Now you can go back in for a frontal assault and
finish him off. This guy doesn't fire much - I hit him a bit, get out of
the way, hit him a bit, get out of the way...
Episode 3: Hitler is to the left of the entrance to the final room in the
final level. Hit him with the chain gun until his armor drops away. Then
rush down to the end and turn right, knock off the 2 white guards in there
and you'll find lots of extra ammo and some first aid. If you lurk here
Hitler may come after you - in which case blast him, or if you wait long
enough he'll seem to go away. If this happens go right back to the beginning
of the level where there is a secret room full of ammo and stock up because
you'll find he's trailed you. So turn round fast and give him everything
4.0 MAP/GRAPHICS EDITORS SECTION
4.1 DISCUSSION OF AVAILABLE MAP/GRAPHICS EDITORS.
There are 7 map/graphics editors available as far as I know.
a) MAPEDIT v4.1 - Map editor.
a) MAPEDIT v4.2 - Map editor.
a) MAPEDIT v6.0 - Map editor.
a) MAPEDIT v8.0 - Map editor.
b) WOLFMAP v1.6 - Map editor/version convertor.
c) WOLFEDIT v2.1 - Graphics editor/extractor.
d) FLOEDIT v1.0 - Map/Graphics/Sounds/VGA editor.
- Written by Bill Kirby (who incidentally retired from working on his
This software will let you edit Wolfenstein's maps for any version
released to date (1.0 through to 1.4). It will recognize if your copy
is shareware, or registered (3 episode or 6 episode).
Turbo Pascal source is included so you can make your own adjustments.
NOTE: Not compatible with SoD.
This is the 'vanilla' version of this editor. Many have changed this
version to produce their custom 'enhanced' editors with more features
etc. (Thus this version is where the version tree splits).
The following two are the most popular.
- Written by Ralf Seider (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Some new functions were added to v4.1
- Item selection memory while editing.
- Can select items from map (pick up using mouse)
- Fill & rectangle functions for easier level construction.
NOTE: Not compatible with SoD.
- Written by Dave Huntoon & Brian Baker
Some bugs of v4.1 fixed.
Some new functionality added
- Copy, Paste
- Exchange (maps)
- Help (ah, user friendly)
- Write / Read individual levels to / from disk
- Statistics display (# of actors on level etc.)
- Compatibility with SoD.
Mapedit v8.0 [*** FAQ editor's choice ***]
- Written by Warren Buss, David Huntoon and Bryan Baker
- Blake Stone compatibility
- Zap function
- Loads of other useful stuff!
Wolfmap - Written by Jan Peter Dijkstra (Sysma Automatisering).
This one was based on v old version of Mapedit but then evolved into
an editor of its own.
It's really more of a Wolfenstein map processor with functions such
as: version conversion, level map export into intermediate file
(allows moving and copying of levels), level ASCII dump for printing
purposes, etc. The editor is really based on Mapedit visually with
slightly more functionality. C++ source included.
NOTE: Not compatible with SoD.
Wolfedit - Written by Bill Kirby (again!). This is a must if you want to change
Wolfenstein's graphics. Not only does it let you edit the wall
panels as well as images of guards and various objects. You can also
export/import images as GIF files. This makes editing with your
favorite paintbrush tool easy. The picture size is limited to 64x64
pixels but for importing images you can position a square on a
larger image and snap it into the editor.
Wolfedit will not read SoD graphics file as such (VSWAP.SOD file).
If you're trying to edit SoD graphics then just rename your
VSWAP.SOD file to VSWAP.WL6 before editing. Rename it back after
Written by Florian Stohr. This is a must if you want to
4.2 RULES TO FOLLOW WHEN EDITING.
IMPORTANT! READ THIS!
First of all I would like to stress that iD Software and Apogee are not
responsible for the home-brew add-ons floating around. They will offer
you no support whatsoever if you encounter problems with them so
DO NOT CALL Apogee about them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Even when Wolfenstein bombs out with an error message giving you the
1-800 number of Apogee DO NOT CALL if you were playing the non-original
maps/graphics. Apogee especially DOES NOT appreciate it.
If you want to get help about it read the rest of this section. If you find
no clues mail Brian Lowe or Parafriction for help.
Ok, Here's a few guidelines if you're just starting to play around with the
editors. I thought I'd put something down that might save you from screaming
ARGHHH!! after a few hours of editing. Most of these are just a few pointers.
- First of all save your work often. This one needs no explanation.
- Also test it often. Some editing quirks will produce game bugs that are just
plain hard to get rid off. That might mean you'll have to start editing that
level from scratch.
Landscape objects are similar in that they are displayed as landscape
when aligned east/west and as starry skies when aligned north/south.
If you REALLY want to have elevators north/south then the elevator
lever would have to be one of the side panel (as you enter the
- Secret elevator needs floor number 6B (hex) inside it to work
- Mobile guards and dogs can have arrows (turning points) to direct
them. Place these on the path you want them to move. When they notice
you they'll obviously break from that pattern, otherwise they'll
follow it. If no turning points are set, they will keep on walking in
the direction you set them off in, walking through walls and everything.
In other words, SET TURNING POINTS!
- Note that when placing guards and dogs on the same arrowed path
you might screw up the pattern since dogs are faster than the guards
and will finally 'bunch up' behind them.
See map of episode 1 level 2 for an example of this.
- Number of objects on one level is limited to 399.
Secret doors and guard guiding arrows are NOT objects.
Actors are not objects either.
- Number of actors (guards/dogs, etc.) on one level is limited to 149.
Note that dead guards are considered actors too.
- Number of doors (sliding doors, NOT secret doors) on one level is
limited to 64. This includes unlocked, locked and elevator doors.
- Don't forget you need an entrance to a level.
- You also should have an exit or game end trigger (see level 9 of the
shareware version to see how it's done.)
- The exit must be the elevator icon unless you changed the graphic.
- Exit from level 9 leads to level 10. Thus you can have 10 straight
levels with no secret level.
- Secret doors can "collapse" onto one another. Thus if you have many
secret doors in a row with only the first secret door positioned over
a wall you can repeatedly push the same wall panel.
- Too many guards in one room or area will result in the disappearing
bodies phenomenon. --> See 6.3
- Only guards over the same floor as you will hear you shoot your gun.
Since this concept is quite important to game strategy here's a
If you fire your weapon (this does include the knife but only if you actually
poke someone) in a room then all the non-deaf guys in the same room who
stand/walk over the same floor values will hear you. That is they will become
active and try hunt you down.
Also guys in other rooms which are not connected to your present room at the
moment (What I mean is the doors between that room and your current room where
you are are closed) will also hear you if they stand/move over the same floor
value. This allows for a variety of dynamic effects.
The first floor value in the Mapedit/Wolfmap editor index is the DEAF floor
(hex value=6A; this should be annotated in map editors).
The guards standing on deaf floors will react only if you pass within their
sight (that seems to span slightly less than 180 degrees (~90 either side of
Note that if you mix floors in one room (other than the DEAF floor) then only
the floor which connects to the door through which you entered will become
active. Guards standing on other floors will be oblivious to you unless you
shoot at them (not sure if you can run through them).
In a way when you enter through the sliding doors a change of active floor
takes place (after the door shuts --> while it's open both floor values are
A classic example is when you enter a room through a secret door. If the
floor in that room is different then no guard in that room will respond to
If you're still unclear about this here's an explanation by iD's
J. Romero (straight from the horse's mouth so to speak):
"Wolfenstein 3-D is basically made up of a lot of closed
rooms. When you open a door, the guards get a chance to
see you and opening the door connects your sound area to
the revealed room's sound area, so a gunshot will be heard
in both places. Guards in both places will respond to this
kind of action".
- Putting an object inside a wall allows you and other actors to walk
through that wall. Now you know how that guard jumped you from the
- Directing moving actors (guards, dogs, etc.) into a wall of unity
thickness makes that square wall panel permeable. That is you can
walk through it in the same way as if you used the wall walking
cheat. (--> See 1.10)
- You must have a minimum of at least the following on any level you
1 enemy (guard, dog, etc...)
1 piece of treasure (cross, jewels, etc...)
1 secret door
They are needed because Wolfenstein tries to calculate the % of each
of that you have killed, opened, picked up, etc..., and if there are
0 items of any one of the above, Wolfenstein will crash trying to
divide by zero.
- Secret doors can pass over/through any object that you can (kitchen
utensils, food, etc.) EXCEPT Dead Guards.
- Be careful not to set up secret doors that might go beyond the edge
of either the bottom or left-hand sides. The top and right hand edges
of the "world" are solid, but the left and bottom sides are permeable
(no range checking), and weird things can happen.
- Be careful not to set up secret doors such that a small passage
behind them is blocked when the 'pushwall moves too far' phenomenon
occurs. Either insure that the pushwall can move only 2 grid
locations or enlarge the passage. --> See 6.3
- Doors should be parallel to the walls you are inserting them in, as
you will get phantom blocks of grey stone otherwise.
Try placing a door all by itself without any walls and you will see
that it is accompanied by two phantom walls on either side. This has
presumably something to do with the opening act of a door (???). You
can go through these blocks, and even open the doors within them.
BTW: The phantom walls P look like the regular stone wall (or the
first wall in the graphics file for that matter).
- Deaf Guard floors directly in front or behind a sliding door result
in the door being invisible. The floor seems to be replaced with a
"force field" (it becomes an invisible wall).
Of course, if what you want is an invisible barrier, then this is how
to do it.
Note that if you put a Deaf Guard in an elevator, you will not be
able to get in! (I think this only occurs in v1.0 of Wolfenstein,
later versions allow you to have deaf elevator floors)
- If you make regular sliding doors into secret doors, they behave
rather strangely, when you "open" them. They move away and transform
into a random wall panel.
- Placing two or more doors side-by-side will produce a bizarre "picket
fence" wall of crazed wall panels, and will not allow you to pass
through them (except the last door on the right side) but will let
the bad guys through.
Editing the graphics, hints:
--> See later part of 4.5
4.3 COMMON EDITING ERRORS (WHAT NOT TO DO AND WHAT THEY'LL PRODUCE).
- You forgot to put an entry position into a level.
When you start that level you'll find that you can't move around and
you see walls in all directions.
- You put too many guards in one level.
Wolfenstein will terminate with the following error when entering
'GetNewActor: No free spots in objlist!'
- You put too many objects in one level.
Wolfenstein will terminate with the following error when entering
'Too many static objects'
- You put too many doors in one level.
Wolfenstein will terminate with the following error when entering
'64+ doors on level'
- You included in your shareware episode map some objects used in
non-shareware episodes only.
Wolfenstein will terminate with the following error when that
object/wall comes into your view:
'Tried to load sparse page'
If you patch the map and try to continue from the last saved position
within the same level, you'll still get this error as Wolfenstein
stores the map as loaded on level entry in the save-game file. You
must restart from a saved position in the previous level.
Hint: always save before taking up the exit elevator of a level.
- You have mixed versions of Wolfenstein maps or have corrupted
Wolfenstein will terminate with the following error when you start
'Map not 64x64'
Usually this is due to the fact that you might have only one
MAPHEAD.??? file in the editor's directory and many
MAPTEMP.???/GAMEMAPS.??? files. In short you're confusing the program.
Determine which map files are the ones you want to play and clean up
- One more error which I cannot attribute to anything I know can occur.
It happens when you die for the first time on a level. Wolfenstein
kicks out with this message:
'MM_GetPtr: Out of Memory!'
This can occur in spite of the fact that the level has few actors or
objects and there's plenty of RAM around.
If you know how to fix it or what the cause is let me know.
4.4 MAP/GRAPHICS FILES VERSION CONVERSION.
Map files version conversion:
Wolfmap 1.6 can convert between any version of Wolfenstein map files.
Maps for versions 1.1 and higher are considered equivalent.
Note though that not all wall panels map directly to the same panels
through this conversion. In particular the false door of v1.0 has been
removed and after conversion to v1.1 will appear as a mud-wall which
will cause you problems if the maps were only the 1-episode shareware
which doesn't have the graphic for that wall.
In short: don't trust the conversion. Look through the maps carefully
to see if something has gone wrong. I suspect some objects are
converted to 'unknown' objects as described by the editors.
Also by using Mapedit 6.0 you can convert between versions of
Wolfenstein 'by hand' using the individual map import / export
facility. Just load up maps of one version, export all the levels
to disk (one at a time). Quit the editor, restart with map files
of a different version and import those individual levels in.
Note: This does mean you have to have the destination version map
file available (as a place holder for the imported maps).
Graphic files version conversion:
No known convertors exist. If you know one let me know.
Yes, that does mean you'll have to import all the walls etc. as GIFs
into the version of the file you want.
4.5 EDITORS COMPATIBILITY WITH THE GAME AND EACH OTHER.
Mapedit, Wolfmap and Wolfedit are compatible with all versions of Wolfenstein
from 1.0 to 1.4 shareware and both of the registered releases.
Mapedit 6.0 and 8.0 will also read/write SoD files. For Wolfmap you'll need
new definition files. --> See 5.3
Wolfmap is compatible with Mapedit, but Mapedit is NOT compatible with Wolfmap.
That is, files processed by Wolfmap are not readable by Mapedit.
Sometimes the objects edited do not always appear as they should. An example is
missing sliding doors when they were placed in the map. The door vacancy is
present instead but you cannot move through it. Someone suggested that this
can by fixed by changing floor values next to the object/door in question.
You can also move the door to another place on the wall.
I know it may stuffup your design but it should help.
NOTE: Placing a deaf-floor by the door will always make it invisible. For some
reason v1.0 of Wolfenstein experiences more of these problems (?).
Also --> See 4.2
Wolfedit has no major problems with wall panel graphics. There are some
problems when it comes to objects such as lamps, dog food, guards, etc. It
seems each object has a 'size' parameter. Editing the object may overrun that
limit. Wolfedit won't let you save the file if any objects are at fault.
Curiously even editing the colour (shade) of an object may adversely affect it.
Most importantly though objects need to have a blank background. This is
denoted by the bright pink background colour in the Wolfedit editor. (Have a
look at some standard objects that came with Wolfenstein.)
4.6 HOW TO MAKE A HARDCOPY (PRINTOUT) OF THE MAPS.
I recall there are four ways.
1) Use printscreen key + graphics.com program under DOS to capture the screen
of one of the map editors.
2) Use Wolfmap's ASCII map dump feature. Then print it as any file. There are
also other utilities for that. --> See 5.3
3) Capture map screen under Windows and print it later (costly on ribbon or
toner since in bitmap mode).
4) Use a TSR screen shot utility such as PCX-Dump to dump a screen from one
of the editors. Then print it as you would a graphics file.
NOTE: If you only want maps to original Wolfenstein then there are some already
made. --> See 5.3
5.0 WOLFENSTEIN BUGS & PROBLEMS (KNOWN TO DATE).
6.1 HARDWARE PROBLEMS.
- Sound FX all screwed or cut out (SB + compat only).
If your sounds are short or hang the machine shortly into the game
then most likely you have an IRQ mismatch on your soundcard. Try
changing it. Good values are 5 & 7.
Also try DMA channel change, although #1 (default) should be ok.
... and don't forget to set your BLASTER variable in DOS like this:
(Best to put this in AUTOEXEC.BAT)
SET BLASTER=A220 I5 D1 T4
^^^ ^ ^ ^
A=??? port number for your soundcard.
I=? interrupt number for your soundcard.
D=? DMA channel number for your soundcard.
T=? Type of your sound card (must consult manual).
99% of the time you'll only need to fiddle around with I & T.
NOTE: the values pointed at may be different for you.
Consult your SB & Computer manual.
As far as I know T4=SB Pro & T3=Regular Sb.
Dunno About others (anyone?).
- You get some weird graphics on the screen then later the games hangs.
a) Change your SB IRQ number. Some graphics cards will clash with
it (Don't ask me why, it could help...)
b) If your system is VLB you might try a newer Wolfenstein version.
Try version 1.4 (since version 1.0 has a video problem)
6.2 SOFTWARE PROBLEMS.
- Game hangs. Sound hangs on last note.
Try getting rid of some TSRs.
Also some EMM managers can cause the problem with older versions of
v1.1 is notorious for hanging under EMM386.EXE. The problem is
apparently related to VGA card compatibility. It seems some of the
earlier HiColor cards (15/16 bit RAMDACs) do not coexist peacefully
with Creative Labs. SB products. Some of the early SB chips are posing
some problems too.
If Wolfenstein hangs with EMM386 with EMS enabled (/RAM option) then
try the /NOEMS switch. If still no joy then try only HIMEM.SYS with
no EMM386 (extended memory only).
- Game hangs or refuses to run with memory problems.
If you have DR-DOS 6.0 + QEMM with stealth then disable stealth mode.
Wolfenstein doesn't quite agree with it.
- Game hangs at the 'Get Psyched' screen.
Err, you probably mixed some version numbers and have a very messy
directory with 999 add-on maps installed. Wolfenstein won't like that.
- Game hangs with some horizontal stripes through the status bar.
- Heisen-bug, a glitch. Mostly with the add-on maps.
Reboot, probably won't happen again.
- Also happens if you mixed versions of the VSWAP.??? file and of the
game itself. Make sure you have the appropriate version of the game.
- Game seems to run but all you can see is some weird graphics.
- Must have got a slightly corrupt VSWAP.??? file. Hope you have
a backup somewhere (Nya Nya Nya!)
- You cheater! You tried to go above the last level 10 with the TAB-W
cheat. Ha! (Yes this IS possible with some versions).
- Err, if you edited that map then you forgot to place level entrance
6.3 GAME SPECIFIC PROBLEMS.
- 'DISAPPEARING BODIES' phenomenon. This occurs when there are so many enemies
in your view at a time that the game stops displaying some. The game engine as
it seems is limited to only so many "sprites". Anything beyond that and you
won't be sure which guys will start disappearing. This only occurs on a
couple of levels in Wolfenstein I think. Be aware if you are editing your own
map! There is no fix. The engine is set and iD won't rework it.
- 'PUSHWALL MOVES TOO FAR' phenomenon. This is when the pushwall (or secret door
if you prefer) moves TOO FAR and blocks your further passage into the room
full of goodies etc. I cannot recall if there is one in episode one, but
apparently there are at least two places where this occurs in episode 6.
Episode 6, level 2. This is the FIRST pushwall in the map. All others on
this level are *behind* it. It's supposed to move two grid locations and stop, so you can go around it. Instead, it moves three, and blocks everything.
NOTE: This does not always happen. That is, sometimes the pushwall will move
2 grid locations, i.e. correctly. Also any interference from guards behind it is not connected with thissince that would prevent pushwall moving at all or impede it to move only 1 grid location.
Lastly I would like to thank all who contributed to this FAQ.
In no particular order, thanks go to:
Ben Rudiak-Gould (benrg@ocf.Berkeley.EDU)
Jay Wilbur (email@example.com)
Brian D Milner (Brian.Milner@brunel.ac.uk)
Fred Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nancy Rabinowitz (email@example.com)
Greg Cohen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Stephen Schimpf (email@example.com)
Don Campbell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Andrew Baker Glazier (email@example.com)
Tony Lezard (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Frans P. de Vries (email@example.com)
John Edwards (firstname.lastname@example.org)
*Bob O'Bob (email@example.com)
Richard Ward (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dov Sherman (email@example.com)
Ben Castricum (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mark Deplyn (email@example.com)
Joe Siegler (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Elias Papavassilopoulos (email@example.com)
*John Romero (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Iain Noble (100020.2125@CompuServe.COM)
Douglas Bottoms (BOTTOMS_DOGLAS_J@Lilly.com)
Charles E. Corway (72672.1553@CompuServe.COM)
Stanley Stasiak (ooops...forgotten your e-mail address...apologies)
????? ????? email@example.com <<< ( Could not trace this address )
Lastly iD Software Inc. cannot be forgotten since without their efforts this
FAQ would never have existed (Buhahahahahaha!)
Oh, and did I mention Apogee, the friendly shareware distributors ;)
If I forgot your name here then e-mail me a whinge and I'll fix that.
* - means grabbed from News posts rather than e-mail
so you may not even know you helped with the FAQ ;)