Welcome to ETTiNGRiNDER's Fortress

The grim stone walls stand tall and strong before you, crowned with gargoyles whose hollow eyes seem ever watchful. As you approach, the portcullis slowly opens with an ominous creak, revealing the gloom beyond. Within lies the domain of ETTiNGRiNDER.

You can call me ETTiNGRiNDER, or EG for short. This site is a place to share my interests, primarily in video games, though I may include other items if I'm so inclined. I have aimed to keep the ETTiNGRiNDER's Fortress web pages as no-nonsense as possible. That means simple page design, no ads, no JavaScript, no downloads with dodgy bundleware and no hit trackers. The page should work on older browsers, up to a point, and be light on resource consumption. The only way I know that people are visiting and appreciating the page is via e-mail correspondence, so drop me a line and let me know what you think and what you'd like to see more of.

Here you may find info and files for some of my favorite old games and computing info primarily of the DOS/Windows 9x era, including my personal game modding, creative and programming projects. Particular attention is given to the Heretic & Hexen series, the Witchaven series and to strategy guides and add-on level CDs. Take a look around.


Latest Update

I'm reconsidering my priorities and going on hiatus from game modding for now, so updates may not be as frequent any more. The Fortress will remain up and be maintained / updated from time to time as a tribute to retro game modding history and hosting mods by other authors.

New stuff uploaded -

A few typo corrections and other adjustments were made here and there as well.


Older News

2020-02-06
The Fortress still stands in 2020. Not a super exciting update yet, however. Just adding favicon, pruning dead links, correcting typos, moving 2017's news to the news archive page, etc.

2019-12-21
As part of cleaning and tidying my computer files for the coming year, I started going through my various old archives and backups, and exhumed a bunch of my old graphics work, galleries of which can now be viewed on the following pages:

In another long-overdue move, I've updated the site info section with a more in-depth FAQ on me and the Fortress.

2019-12-16
More additions to the archives. Some of the Rune level sets are quite good, so check them out.

Hexen curiosities:

  • Hexen 2D fangame

Rune add-ons:

  • Nidavellir
  • Making of an Odinsblade
  • Unfinished Business
  • Kuolema

2019-11-18
Fixed up and uploaded a couple of my Doom II levels that were originally intended for community projects but didn't make the cut.

I've also added a couple new sections for Heretic II: help on getting the game to work and also a couple of sequence breaking tricks. To the best of my knowledge, these sequence breaks haven't been documented anywhere else!

2019-08-25
Updates for a couple of the game sections, especially more levels for the archives.

Abuse

  • Levels and mods added to add-on archive: more Abuse (Steven), Inferi, Rougan, Mike1, Trench, Toasty, Torture, Twisted Minds demo, Banana
  • More hints & tips.

Rune (New section)

  • Levels added to add-on archive: Dwarven Treasure Hunt, Sparena, GoblinGibz, TestMap, SP-Vikings

2019-06-28

whirledtsar alerted me of an updated version of the "Tyrant's Tome" map for Hexen II. It's been updated on the Hexen II add-ons page.
A few more Duke Nukem add-ons were also added.

2019-05-14
If you like the original Duke Nukem sidescroller from Apogee, then today's your day: after a bunch of digging around to find them scattered around the internet (and CD compilations) I've uploaded approximately 10 episodes worth of custom levels from various authors. Check them out in the brand new Duke Nukem add-ons page.
On the Abuse front, I've added a miscellaneous Abuse downloads section that currently contains Satan Paint and Mike Perry's Abuse FAQ.
Aside from that, a few small additions and corrections were made to some of the vintage system info.

2019-04-21
Expanded the Abuse section some more. Now there are some hints and secrets for you to learn.

I've also gone through and added some more links to the links page, some of which were reader submitted. If you've been visiting primarily for the Hexen II map archive, you might find HexenWorld.org of particular interest for latest Hexen II community news. Thanks, and keep all link suggestions/corrections coming! Sorry for all slowness of response to any e-mails that have been sent in.

2019-02-02
New game section added—Abuse! There are some add-on levels that I was able to find available to download, more to come.

I went through my various game level releases and updated the text files. This was just for the sake of updating e-mail and licensing info, the maps themselves weren't changed so there's no rush to re-download any of it.

2019-01-12
The fortress still stands in 2019! I've uploaded Rino's latest level set for Hexen II, "The Baron Gastone House". You can find it on the Hexen II add-ons page. This is a pretty good one, so check it out!

Additionally, I've continued to update the Heretic HHE page, now with a much more detailed table of thing flags and what they do, as well as a note on an unused thing and frames for modding. Also expanded on the Witchaven trivia page with some more info on the WyrmWorks set prompted by a reader question.

Giveaways have concluded for now; no one took the strategy games so I might re-offer at a later time. To those who got codes, enjoy!

2018-12-29
I've made a few updates to the Heretic HHE page, mostly to detail a few more peculiarities I've encountered in my latest experiments with it. I've also archived some more Hexen II and Heretic II maps on their respective pages. More to come as I continue to dig through old archives of this stuff.

2018-12-28
While I've heretofore only collected single-player maps in my Hexen II add-on archives, I've now opened them up to collecting deathmatch maps as well. As a result, over 50 maps for Hexen II have been uploaded. Some of these were exhumed from pretty sparse remnants of long-defunct sites so in a few places it might be a bit spotty on the titles/authorship of some of the maps, feel free to contact if you know more about some of the uncertain ones. The Heretic II section should be likewise expanded some time soon.

2018-12-24
A bunch of sprite and texture resources that were formerly only accessible from a crusty old forum thread have now been sorted through and uploaded to the Heretic & Hexen resources page. Merry Christmas to all you Heretics and Hexers out there!

2018-12-23
A few expansions on the vintage computer & console section with updated software recommendation and compatibility sections for old PCs. I've also added sections of "Extras & Curiosities" to hold miscellaneous downloads related to the Witchaven and Heretic & Hexen series. These new sections should continue to expand in the near future.

2018-11-29
FGSFDS kindly contributed fixed MAP files for Witchaven II that correct some of the bugs on level 5 and level 13. You can get the files from the Witchaven patches and tools section. I've also updated the Witchaven version gallery with more images.

2018-10-31
As the HUMP Mini compilation (for which I contributed E1M6 "The Black Heart") finally has an official completed release, I have added it to the Heretic add-on section. Additionally, from other authors, the Hexen II add-ons section has been expanded with "The Tyrant's Tome" by whirledtsar and "The Docks" (a Heretic E1M1 remake) by Kenon. A large gallery of photos from various releases of Witchaven and Witchaven II has been added to the Witchaven versions page. Also various small updates including to the Witchaven trivia pages, the vintage game and system notes page, better quality version of the Witchaven "Death's End" cover illustration, and combed through to add/remove links from the links page.

In other news, it appears that OpenMailbox is dead. I am attempting to clean up any references to my address there from these pages, but if any remain, please make sure to address all e-mails to my primary Tutamail address instead. I've upgraded to premium Tutamail but will also be investigating further options for the future.

2018-06-24
I've updated my collection of Hexen textures for use in custom levels, and added a pack of Heretic ones as well. These contain my edits and original textures as well as some of the best textures from the community. You can find the WADs on the Heretic and Hexen modding resources page.

2018-04-27
Updated EGwhaven with a quick fix to prevent crashes with certain sound setups.

I have also uploaded my newest Heretic map, "Tyrant's Tomb", as well as the Jaws In Space Heretic Speedmapping session 1, to the Heretic levels page.

2018-04-23
After a dark and bitter winter, ETTiNGRiNDER makes a triumphant return to rule over the fortress once again. A few important updates have been made, notably:

A new EGwhaven version is now out, bringing it to version 1.3. This fixes some serious bugs to savegame code that were introduced in v1.2 when I rushed it out the door and then failed to update for a long time, for which I apologize. A few other bugfixes and feature updates have also been made so trash your buggy v1.2 and upgrade to v1.3 ASAP.

I've also updated the HHE page for Heretic with a lot of new info about things that can be done with the tool. It's not fully complete yet, but a lot more helpful than before.

Also moved 2016's updates to the "old news" page.

Really Old News Archived Here