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Type: SP, Version: v1.3d
Rating: 84, Size: 104.46 KB

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Duke Nukem Repository » Downloads » Maps & Addons » Sunset Boulevard Blues, by Big Bird (Mister Ed)
Map Name: Sunset Boulevard Blues
Author: Big Bird (Mister Ed)
Released: 15th January 1998
Rating: 90

Review by Kim Robinson on 2nd August 2007

For the author's 'first level' it's a great effort, Sunset Boulevard Blues is a well built, medium sized city level with some great scenery, locations and overall terrific gameplay. Puzzles are pretty typical, just find a couple of key cards, find the doors they unlock and Bob's your uncle. There's plenty of explosive effects, cracks in walls and hidden areas to keep the level interesting though, some of the more powerful weapons are carefully hidden so be on the look-out. Design is top-notch, no oversizing issues here - just plain, quality fun. Take a gander!

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Gameplay Type: SP
Requires: Duke Nukem 3D v1.3d
Filesize: 418.05 KB
Level includes: new CON code, new music, new sounds, multiple difficulty settings

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================================Author Info===================================
Title                   :  Sunset Boulevard Blues
Version                 :  1.46
Author                  :  BiG BiRD (aka MiSTER ED)
Email Address           :  wc-wong[at]xtra.co.nz
Description             :  This is my first map and I think it's not bad for a
                           first try. I've been working on and off on it for 
			   over eight months now. After playing some maps with 
			   Duke-sized garbage bins, bad texture alignment and 
			   lots of dancing girls, I figured I'd try and do a 
			   LOT better than that!

                           Was voted the BEST LOCAL Duke3D User map of 1997
                           by NZ Duke3D gamers.

                           This is SSBB's last incarnation. It's been around
                           for two and a bit years and it's time for it to be
                           put to rest.
			   Home-grown user level - Made in good old Auckland,
                           NZ! Distributed thru The Gaulish Village BBS
                           (649-810-8955) and on the Internet at

Files included        : - SSBB146.ZIP   - Zip file containing:
                        - SSBB146.MAP   - The level
                        - SSBB146.TXT   - This file
                          SSBB.MID      - Music for the level
                        - SSBB.HNT      - Hints file for the level
                        - SSBBUSER.CON  - Modified USER.CON for the level            
                        - SSBBDEFS.CON  - Modified DEFS.CON for the level
                        + SBBPUSER.CON  - Modified USER.CON for the level
                                          (use with Atomic/Plutonium)
                        + SBBPDEFS.CON  - Modified USER.CON for the level
                                          (use with Atomic/Plutonium)
                          *.WAV         - Some new sounds for the level ;)
                        - SSBB146.BAT   - Batch file for setting up level
                        + CHECKVER.EXE  - Nifty util for checking what
                                          version of Duke3D you own.
                        - FILE_ID.DIZ   - Info file for SSBB v1.46 for BBSes

                        Note: - means it's an updated file.
                              + means new inclusion.

Additional Credits to   : 3D Realms for ruining the life of my friends & I. :)
                          Michael Downward "Ijit" for tips on using Build.
                          Chad Marinkovich "Satan's Son" for optimising the
                          music (now plays best on AWE32, but sounds okay on
                          any OPL-3 based synth) and a couple of level ideas.
                          Andrew Veale "Daisy the Sheep" for some level ideas,
                          and for multi-player beta testing.
                          "Deh Fuhrer", for pestering me to release a 486-
                          friendly version of SSBB - available on The Gaulish
			  Village as SSBB145L.ZIP)
                          "Angel", who convinced me to get off my ass and
                          finish what I started... ;)

Other levels I've made  : Working on a follow-up to Sunset Boulevard Blues.

** Play Information **

Level #                 : Level 1
Single Player           : Yes!
Cooperative 2-8 Player  : Yes!
Dukematch 2-8 Player    : Of course!
Difficulty Settings     : Yes! FINALLY...
Monsters                : Of course.
New Graphics            : No
New Music               : Yup
New Sound FX            : Yup, check out the "Gooky" answering machine!
Demos Replaced          : None

** Build Information **

Base                    : From scratch.
Build time              : Don't even ask. I got a new P-166...
Editors used            : BUILD for Duke Nukem 3D
Known Bugs              : They've been removed! See below.

Bug fixes               : New features/bug fixes from version 1.45 to 1.46:

                          NOTE: I'm only posting v1.46 as a favour to my g/f
                          "Angel", who finally convinced me to get off my ass
                          and finish SSBB off once and for all... only a few
                          days after I posted SSBB v1.45 to Dukeworld.com!
                          Watch out Dukeworld, here comes the LAST SSBB update!

                          * Changed the palette in the underwater part of the
                            "nasty surprise" room from red to normal colour
                          * A few reversed sprites were fixed (such as the
                            red magazine on the floor in the bookstore)
                          * Changed the version sign (Yahoo!)
                          * Better Atomic/PPack support, uses a nifty util
                            which determines your version of Duke and loads
                            the appropriate .CON files as necessary!
                          * I hope that's it. I'm not changing SSBB anymore.
                            So there. Haha. Ha. Hahaha.

                          Sunset Boulevard Blues is dedicated to Jessica
                          my "Angel"

                          New features/bug fixes from version 1.44 to 1.45:

                          * Higher ceiling in bookshop (previously people
                            would get squashed coming out of secret area)
                          * Added two new DM switches so "wimps" can 
			    barricade themselves up
                          * "Pig cop in the water" bug got removed
                          * Removed secret-level switch, it was causing some
                            problems with avid level-explorers hitting the
                            switch and crashing the game. A byproduct of
                            SSBB's beta days...
                          * "Lite" Version for 486 machines released
			  * Killed a major USER.CON bug - thanks to Fireball
			    for pointing that one out!
                          New features/bug fixes from version 1.43 to 1.44:

			  * Added a bit of colour to the Version Sign ;)
			  * Added another security camera
			  * Added support for Duke Nukem 3D Atomic Edition/
                            Plutonium Pak
			  * More map bugs fixed
                          * A few more DM items added

			  New features/bug fixes from version 1.40 to 1.43:
			  * Death Arena totally REMOVED because it kept
                            causing sync errors :/
			  * Tunnel for shrunken Dukes added - so look for it!
			  * A couple of map bugs fixed
                          * Finally got round to adding Skill levels
			  * The switches in the sushi kitchen now work

			  New features/bug fixes from version 1.34 to 1.40:
			  * NEW Death Arena added to map
			  * Teleports to Death Arena implemented (note: multi only)
			  * Multiplayer NOW tested for the first time!
			  * Other minor changes		

			  New features/bug fixes from version 1.3 to 1.34:

                          * Minor sky texture alignment in room off sushi
                          * Office window next to exit enlarged
                          * You can now walk around the desk in the office
                          * The yellow door now works properly
                          * The radio in the apartment has changed slightly
                          * Music is ripped - and temporary

                          New features/bug fixes from version 1.1 to 1.3:

                          * You can finally blow up the crack in the bookstore ;)
                          * Sound FX redone AGAIN!
                          * More USER.CON and DEFS.CON bugs ironed out
                          * More generous this time round with goodies!
                          * Added multiplayer teleports
                          * Swing doors now work (WooHoo!)
                          * Added more multiplayer items

** Copyright / Permissions **

If you're stuck on the level, read or print out the SSBB.HNT file. This
contains information that will help you complete the level. Use a normal text
editor (such as DOS Edit) which will enable you to view the file.

Authors MAY NOT use SSBB146.MAP as a base to build additional levels.

You MAY distribute SSBB146.MAP, provided you include this file, with
no modifications.  You may distribute SSBB146.MAP in any electronic
format (BBS, Diskette, CD, etc.) as long as you include the above mentioned
files intact.

You may do anything with the MIDI and sound files. And if you want to edit
my modified .CON files, go ahead. Just don't come crying if the game spits
out a "Found errors in USER.CON file" message, okay? (The warning that used
to follow this paragraph has been removed because of the utility described
in the next paragraph. :)

I don't know who made CHECKVER for Duke. Rumours are abound that it can be
found bundled with the Penthouse Paradise level for Duke3D. If you're the
author, thanks for letting me use it with SSBB, it's come in VERY handy. If
you're the author and want recognition, leave me a message via the contact
list below. BTW I found CHECKVER on a local BBS.

If you put this on a compilation CD (like Nuke-IT, for example) that you plan
to charge for, I would be most obliged to receive a free copy. But please,
don't alter the level in any way except for changing of the MAP number.

** Where to get this MAP **

Well ya got it now, so what's the problem? But here's a plug for my "official"
distribution site:

The Gaulish Village BBS
Auckland, New Zealand
Phone 649-810-8955

Leave any comments, suggs etc to "MiSTER ED"

On the Internet (WWW):

"The Best Duke Site on the Net"

Via Email:

wc-wong[at]xtra.co.nz (this guy will send you any version of SSBB from
v1.34 upwards. Earlier versions are perfect for laughing at. ;)

** Rest In Peace SSBB... 24th November 1996 - 15th January 1998 **

Copyright (C) 1996,97,98 BiG BiRD Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Dedicated to Jessica my "Angel"

** Updated 15th January 1998 (hopefully for the last time) **



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