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Author:sock, Bal, mfx, necros, Lunaran, Scampie, FifthElephant, ionous, EricW, Preach, PulSaR, necros, Giftmacher, others
Title:Arcane Dimensions 1.81 (ab7be72533164fbd5af6dd72a28dfab1)
Filesize:313392 Kilobytes
Release date:13.10.2020
Additional Links: AD 1.80 test maps
Type:Partial conversion
BSP: ✔ • PAK: ✔ • PROGS.DAT: ✔ • Custom Models/Sounds: ✔

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Arcane Dimensions 1.81

Large-scale single player campaign with many new levels, some of them labeled as "test" maps, featuring a whole line-up of new monsters and items as well as several tweaks and changes to the gameplay. Furthermore, it is meant to serve as a tool box for level designers, offering a large number of modified and new things to use in custom-made maps. Map and QC sources are included.

This is version 1.8 (including patch 1) which includes various bug-fixes, additional features, and four additional maps: Grendel's Blade and Nyarlathoteps Sand Castle as well as Ak-Alakha by PulSaR and Tears of the False God by Bal.

Note: These maps (and all subsequent maps based on AD) require a source port with increased limits as well as support for BSP2 and transparent textures. Quakespasm 0.93+ is strongly recommended.

Tags: episode, large, monsters, weapons, items, limits, bsp2, fog, alpha, base, medival, metal, runic, ikwhite, speedbase, exploration, secrets, start, remix, remake, dm, ad, particles, toolbox, source, makkon, skybox, jump boots

Editor's Rating: Excellent
User Rating: 5/5 with 79 ratings
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dwere Registered 18 October 2020, 13:17

Fun, it was literally today when I thought about barons and how they were forgotten compared to "super buff knight" additions from other mods.

Aluminumhaste Guest 18 October 2020, 15:47

I really love this new update, I just wish that Tears of the False God ran better. Still, this update is 5/5 amazing.

palcore Registered, rated this a 5 18 October 2020, 16:49

List of things this mod update maked stutter: 1. My computer, cause the Tears of the False God level is too hard for him {but not for me;) (lie)} 2. Me, cause MY GOD those new levels are amazing. But seriously, this mod is something incredible. I really like, that devs just get concept of Quake's dark dungeons, gloomy castles, and Lovecraftian eldritch horror and make on this basis something unique. Every level feels like it's different world or dimension with it's own rules, with own atmosphere, architecture, and history, but at the same time you also feeling that they all somehow connected. And it's so fun to research every one of them that sometimes I feel sad that I must leave one level to go to another. It's certainly gets 5 of 5 from me.

JuanchoES Registered, rated this a 5 19 October 2020, 0:53

The new ad_tears map its not only the best map ever created in quake, its the best map that i ever played in any videogame

dwere Registered 19 October 2020, 2:08

This is the price of (sorta) mainstream recognition - a lot of VERY EXCITED people.

dwere Registered 19 October 2020, 2:38

By the way, I'm not sure what to think about the inclusion of jump boots. Feels like absorbing so much content from other mods can deprive them of relevance, but on the other hand it's a great feature that can greatly enhance both action and exploration aspects of an FPS.

In fact, I kinda wished they were there when starting Tears, right before I found them.

Mugwump Registered 19 October 2020, 9:36

So, TWO additional maps, then. Grendel's Blade and Sand Castle were already AD maps. Are they reworked or did Sock just throw them in the official release?

Gioyo3aa Registered, rated this a 5 19 October 2020, 10:54

dwere: I think the main point of this particular release was to provide mappers with many (many!) more features and new enemies. I don't believe every mapper is suddenly going to switch to AD because of that. Those who want to use plain id1 or other mods in combination with the boots still have that option, and I certainly hope to see a new January Jump Jam with the same level of quality as this year's no matter which mod is used.

I also felt limited after finishing Bal's map when those boots were gone. They're easy to get used to.

zxr Guest 20 October 2020, 13:21

Tears of a false god, i have 13 shards, cannot find no more, still wont let me open underpool round exit, how many shards do i need, it said 8, i have 13,so what have i done wrong or doing wrong

Bal Registered 20 October 2020, 13:56

zxr, look at the lights around the water exit...

You need to go through the big outside portal before having a chance of getting down there.

zxr Guest 20 October 2020, 17:22

No still no hope, killed 217\357, no enemy anywhere, fell down every hole from top to bottom,any haze walls walked threw,as for out side portals, are they invisible ?. i see if theres a walk through on Y.T as ive done everything and still no luck

Bal Registered 20 October 2020, 18:22

zxr, if you have more than 8 shards the big portal door outside, at the end of the bridge (you can see it in the screenshot in the back on here!) should be a teleporter you can go through.

dwere Registered 20 October 2020, 19:39

I think this mod needs less enemies that just charge you and throw avoidable shit. Adding 1000 new models is meaningless if they all do essentially the same thing.

Maybe it's just Tears. The map looks like it was created as an attractive architectural installation first, then begrudgingly populated with angry things. Relatable, but still.

zxr Guest 20 October 2020, 20:15

My fault, i was still using AD 1.70. i just copied map and gfx into AD 1.70 Folder "Duh me" used the ad 180 and all is fine now,went threw round exit in pool,and shit all hell breaks loose after shooting skeleton head,killing 790 enemy,theres no end to them,before the last portal exit appears, toughest quake map ever

Mugwump Registered 20 October 2020, 21:24

Toughest Quake map ever? You should play Tronyn's maps!

Solomoriah Registered 23 October 2020, 6:40

Tears of the False God is so beautiful... it's an honor to die there... even more so to conquer!

Chaser Registered, rated this a 5 23 October 2020, 22:18

Tears of the false god...

I cant believe this map, I just cant. From the mysterious music to the breathtaking gameplay / adventure, to the MEGA secret once all the shards are collcted...

Ive been playing quake since 1997 and today I felt nearly as blown away as an 11year old back when I saw the shareware version of Quake for the first time.

I just wanted to explore and explore. I loved that monsters / knights kept showing up as if it was their habitat and I was just a journeyman. It only expanded that feeling of something mystical / new / alive.

FANTASTIC level design, beautiful texture work, out of this world colors and all of that felt somehow a lot like QUAKE even though U pushed the engine to the limits and went far from original art design.

Cant express enough how much fun I had with this one.

ps. Fantastic "Hi" easter end in the end ;). touching!

Solomoriah Registered 24 October 2020, 7:06

Ack. I've killed all but three monsters according to the stat screen, and I've gone through every door but the water exit. I see that one of the lights is out, but neither pushing it nor shooting it seems to do anything. Nor does doing the same to the active lights. It's probably a really simple trick too...

Beautiful level, though. Was a challenge to get through it, even if I did miss three foes.

dwere Registered 28 October 2020, 0:01

Can we have a way to descend down ladders? Quake has moveup and movedown bindings that are useful for flying and swimming. They can be assigned to ladders, and the latter in particular would provide a unique function that is currently not available.

Gila Registered 29 October 2020, 21:11

@ Solomoriah,

If only one of the lights around the underwater area is out that means you're missing A Hallowed Shard. Eight of them are required to enter the boss arena portal (which I'm sure you did), but even more (16 I think?) shards are required access areas behind the the underwater door.

Hazza Guest 30 October 2020, 2:06

Hmmm, something went wrong with the installation. AD (via Darkplaces) worked fine before, but I extracted this new version into the folder, replaced the old files, and two problems

1- Start map loads, but accessing other maps via the hub does not

2- the status bar at the bottom (health,ammo,etc) is now just a mass of grey pixels, looks like TV static.

Anyone else have this problem?

Bal Registered 30 October 2020, 10:39

Hazza, don't extract this into the existing AD folder, this is a new standalone version that requires it's own folder, mixing it into an older AD version will mess everything up.

dwere Registered 31 October 2020, 23:20

Boots-related (may also be useful for Jump Mod): can picking them up do something about the falling damage? Increasing the distance/velocity necessary to get hurt would work about as well as removing the danger altogether.

It's very annoying to CRACK-CRACK-CRACK constantly while exploring a large map.

Lane Powell Registered, rated this a 5 1 November 2020, 2:36

I'm not sure I see your meaning. You can break a long fall by hitting the second jump once you're close enough to the ground to avoid taking damage, assuming you haven't already used it. Otherwise, there's no reason why having the jump boots should eliminate fall damage.

dwere Registered 1 November 2020, 2:54

Of course you can. Except the distance is so ridiculously low in Quake that it fails half the time. I'd increase it in any mod, not just ones that greatly extend jumps and thus encourage level design with a lot more falling that was envisioned in 1996.

But just to be clear: it's not a serious balance problem, it's just ANNOYING.

dwere Registered 1 November 2020, 15:39

In other news, False God is remarkable for many reasons, but one of them stands out. I think it might be the only Quake map that tries to assemble a part of human anatomy out of level geometry and pull it off. It's an impressive achievement.

Now we just need more Penile Devastation sequels.

EAO Registered, rated this a 5 1 November 2020, 16:25

Tears of the false god is a little juddery in places on my non-gaming PC, but can forgive as it's absolutely fantastically awesome on so many levels. Grendel's blade is also pretty good but I keep missing a rune somewhere.

grog Registered, rated this a 5 2 November 2020, 9:01

As usual, top notch additions. I have a point to make - as additional maps are added finding the entrances to them gets more and more onerous, I was running all over looking for Sand Castle. I would suggest in the future maybe a hub like the epsiode hub, with all the map names in each separate start map posted on a stone tablet beside that portal in Quakish runes. That way it's easy to see where you want to go and in the next start map you've got room for all the map portals on one level. Don't get me wrong, the current start map is beautiful, but I'd have more and make navigation easier as i suggested.

I can't find the last 2 shards in tears of the false god either, been to the high arena and got 14, is there a special trick to getting the last 2, if there are 16 shards? Just hint, don't tell.

Also, what is up with the super-scrags, they have an ungodly number of hit points, it seems, is there a weapon that they are more vulnerable to? I use up tons of ammo trying to kill them and they hurt me badly or kill me a LOT, I am more scared of them than any other monster.

Marian Registered, rated this a 5 2 November 2020, 9:55

I wish the map "Tears of the false god" would never end. The brushwork is unparalleled. The secret finale is the cherry on the cake. If there is anything I would change about this map, I would give the player the jumping boots right from the start (they are so f***ing addictive), and supply the player with a few powerups and armors mid-game. What I love about this map is that you can play through it "as intended" (if there is such a path), or you can skip some parts and run where you are not supposed to be, giving the player a tough challenge but also rewarding him with stuff he is not supposed to have yet. That's basically a definition of a non-linear gameplay design, something I'm used to, when I play these AAA maps. I wish other games would take an example from this. A fun fact: There are no keys is this map :-)

dwere Registered 2 November 2020, 17:48

Two of the shards are found in a very similar way. Obvious in retrospect, but maybe too obvious to think of it.

grog Registered, rated this a 5 3 November 2020, 11:38

So, I found the Source and the Firmament. Got enough shards. That plug to the basement should say, "only the insane may descend". Thought I was doing ok, then... not. :(

Very pretty map though, belongs in the top 20 of all Quake maps to date.

dwere Registered 3 November 2020, 11:44

Not sure I get it. You're almost entirely safe during the final battle. Just don't stop running. Am I the only one who plays on normal here?

Maybe it would be harder if the shambler boxes opened all at once, instead of being delayed by having to crush some of the fiends inside (by the sound of it).

Hazza Guest 10 November 2020, 14:25

Bal, alas there's still something wrong. I tried deleting the old AD folder, creating a new one and extracting he new version into that- same problems. I also tried Quakespasm and the mod didn't even load. Really appreciate the help but it looks like I have a uniquely bad touch with technology.

Ninja Registered, rated this a 5 17 November 2020, 22:35

Tears of a false god skill 3

94:41 16/16 773/773

Gioyo3aa Registered, rated this a 5 20 November 2020, 9:09

Mugwump: I just replayed Grendel's Blade 100%, and didn't notice any change --- but then that's just me. Only there were two special keys, and I only remembered the Ivory Tower key, but it's been a while since my previous run.

I enjoyed every bit of it, but I was hoping something would have happened to the odd area I mentioned in my review of the standalone version. I'll just ask sock.

There are so many quality maps out there for Arcane Dimensions... at some point a major overhaul of the start map or of the chapter maps will be needed, should the authors decide to include them. But that's optional, really, everyone can just download these maps and launch them the usual way, and I guess most people who know AD are aware of Quaddicted by now.

ArrrCee Registered, rated this a 5 21 November 2020, 3:10

Tears of the False God on The Quake Grave

Great work guys! This map and the new update rock!

fire-d Guest 23 November 2020, 5:18

Hi, after getting 13 shards + 1 in the upper level, the remaining two shards are despawned. This happens always, no matter in what order you pick the shards. So, there is no way to get to the lower level. Any idea how to solve this?

Bal Registered 23 November 2020, 9:29

fire-d, the map has 18 shards, you need 16, a few of them are required finds, some are despawned once you've found all the optional ones.

Here's a hint for the ones you're missing : portals.

veteran-ish dude Guest 26 November 2020, 0:57

The new additions are great. The improvement of a masterpiece.

Just a question: I "no-clipped" my way into the room above the exit portal in "ad_lavatomb" (don't judge me, I got all secrets xD) and found a switch that wasn't activated.

Stepping on it led to nothing (after disabling "noclip", sure). Would that be an additional secret?

Gioyo3aa Registered, rated this a 5 26 November 2020, 9:30

veteran-ish dude: no, it is a forgotten leftover (source: sock). There's no real way in our out of that room.

JP 1 December 2020, 13:22

Tear of the False God rightly getting all the praise it deserves in this thread.

But don't forget to check out Ak-Alakha by Pulsar - the other genuinely 'new' map in this update - it's an absolute cracker, featuring lots of tricky jumping and cramped space (something Quake isn't usually great at) - and combining them into an atmospheric, tight adventure with lots of juicy crossfire situations. Watch your footing!

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ToMaHaKeR 6 December 2020, 23:55

Sorry for dumb question, but where are the portals to adakalakha and adscastle in the starting room? Do you enter them from some other maps, or am I missing something here? The same goes for ad_s1m1.

One more thing, playing chaos mode on ID1 maps. I believe there's a bug: if you have (for example) E1 / E2 runes and then save the game, after loading E3 and completing it you will have the E3 rune, but you will lose E1 / E2 ones. To get all four runes, you would need to complete all ID1 episodes in one go. Bug, or an intended feature?

All in all, great mod.

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h4724, rated this a 5 7 December 2020, 0:04


akalakha and scastle are in ad_chapters

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Lane Powell, rated this a 5 7 December 2020, 3:26

Some of the maps in ad_chapters are sort of hidden. There's a hidden-in-plain-sight "elevator" that takes you up to the rafters where there are some portals, but there are also easy-to-miss ladders that lead to a couple other portals.

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ToMaHaKeR 8 December 2020, 23:38

Thanks, found them all.

Also regarding the losing runes issue, it happens only in chaos mode (regular mode works fine).

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VoreInTheWilderness 13 December 2020, 17:03

Christmas came early! THANQQQQYOU. Dear Santa, next Christmas I would like THAT shotgun from Nehahra. Yes, you know the one I mean :-)

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Hazza 20 January 2021, 8:12

Lol- figured out what the problem is. AD no longer works with Darkplaces- I'd recommend using Quakespasm.

Now, this is truly amazing; Tears of a False God really blows everything out of the water.

I'm starting to think it might be a good idea to combine more AD maps and turn the initial (and secondary) hub maps from "level" hubs into an episode hub instead

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AKosir 28 January 2021, 0:27

Alright, something absurd happened today.

The books (tomes) that you collect in ad_swampy to obtain the rune won't show up in the map anymore. It happens on any difficulty, both normal and chaos mode.

I haven't changed my quake.rc, autoexec, engine - anything at all. The damn books just won't show up any longer. This is definitely the weirdest bug I've ever encountered in Quake.

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AKosir 28 January 2021, 1:17

EDIT: I'm an idiot. You have to trigger the books to appear by visiting the rune room

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MikeTaylor Registered, rated this a 5 17 February 2021, 13:07

Ak-Alakha (ad_akalakha) doesn't seem to be getting a lot of love here, perhaps because Tears feels like a bigger deal, but I really enjoyed it. It's a lovely example of how a relatively limited space — almost all of it visible from the outset — can be the venue for a lot of combat, most of it deely satisfying in that distinctively Arcane Dimensions way. Very nice Forgotten Sepulchre-like atmosphere, too. And the scrag-mother at the end was a fun and aproachable combat, rather than the sheer punishment that scrag-mothers can sometimes be. If this were a standalone release I'd already be giving it five stars.

I Like Quake Guest 18 February 2021, 13:34

In Ad Aspera Ex Inferi (ad_lavatomb) you can jump and then slowly slide through the bars blocking the exit.

MikeTaylor Registered, rated this a 5 19 February 2021, 16:01

Like everyone else, I love the beautiful new level Tears of the False God. But I am finding it infuriating that, having killed everything available, I am stuck on fifteen shards. Is there guide anywhere to tell me where the missing one is?

Gioyo3aa Registered, rated this a 5 19 February 2021, 18:58

@MikeTaylor: You may have missed that some portals are two-way streets ... in any case, the relevant func_msgboard thread may help (praying that the URL will be parsed correctly ...):

dwere Registered 19 February 2021, 19:48

It would be strange to find one portal and not the other.

MikeTaylor Registered, rated this a 5 22 February 2021, 17:55

Strange indeed, @dwere ... Yet, somehow, that is exactly what I did! Thanks to all who prodded me in the right direction.

MikeTaylor Registered, rated this a 5 23 February 2021, 15:11

I'm delighted to say I made it through that extraordinary final battle, finishing the level will all but two kills (where are they??) and two secrets. As everyone else says, this is an absolutely extraordinary masterpiece. Does it surpass The Forgotten Sepulchre, Leptis Magna and Foggy Bogbottom? That's more than I can say; but it certainly deserves to stand alongside them in the very, very rank of Quake maps. (The only non-AD map on the same level, to my mind, is Telefragged.)

Cracko Guest 8 April 2021, 17:09

I've played TotFG a few times now, and as gorgeous as it is visually, what I love most is that it's open to different styles of play. You can go through early to set up more monsters in waiting for later, go back and forth to clear out different areas while the monster count is low and repopulate those areas later, play with sniper/sneak attacks or chaotic melee style... it's awesome. I don't recall having played a quake map before where the player has so much control over the flow of the action.

Theshep Guest 7 May 2021, 3:25

This was very legit! thank you!

vodkins Registered, rated this a 5 11 May 2021, 21:23

Can't play The Horde of Zendar via Quake Injector, because of typo error in config: game trying to open "azzendar" instead of "adzendar" map. Please fix!

MikeTaylor Registered, rated this a 5 12 May 2021, 15:46

Just wanted to note that I played through The Forgotten Sepulchre again yesterday and today, and it continues to be amazingly satisfying even on the fifth or sixth time through. So much to see, to do, to discover, to kill. Utterly beautiful, and amazingly immersive.

(Sadly, it seems still no Lich Fiend, though, not even in this most recent version of the map.)

Ninja Registered, rated this a 5 16 May 2021, 13:49

Tears of the false god, skill 3 using quake spasm spiked. Can only kill 752 - 755 so i think ive missed a trigger point somewhere for more enemy to appear, ive hunted hrs to try and find them, but no luck,but def 5 star

JuanchoES Registered, rated this a 5 16 May 2021, 15:11

There are enemies in some vases, maybe the ones you are missing are there.

Ninja Registered, rated this a 5 16 May 2021, 16:04

yeah i know that, i did do a big vase hunt, to destroy them all, maybe i missed some, as they are everywhere, in every nook and cranny, or small ledge that cant be seen

Shikadi Guest 22 June 2021, 1:55

Hi, I've been playing AD for a "long" time, and after patch 1.7 the status bar shows divided and I really don't like it. Any way to change it back to the vanilla style?

h4724 Registered, rated this a 5 22 June 2021, 4:35

Press H to switch HUDs. There are several custom ones included in 1.8.

Quiet-Emerald Registered, rated this a 5 11 August 2021, 18:54

I had a lot of fun playing through these maps. I found them very interesting and intricate, especially in their designs. I enjoyed the new monsters and the triple shotgun is a lot of fun. Tears of the False God was probably my favourite though >.>

smallfish robocat Guest 11 September 2021, 8:41

Hey AD Team,

could you guys add the following to your custom bestiary?

Cthulhu stuff:

Cthulhu cultists:


Please also make AD compatible with the expansion packs Scourge of Armagon & the Dissolution of Eternity, make it compatible with all the maps in Quaddicted and expand the Chaos system with more monsters, items and weapons.

Thank you in advance. :)

smallfish robocat Guest 11 September 2021, 9:08

also, one more addition to custom bestiary:

K9 Gun Dogs -

Thank you in advance. :)

dwere Registered 11 September 2021, 9:47


Gioyo3aa Registered, rated this a 5 11 September 2021, 13:28

Yes, and pay the players as well while you're at it.

Cyberfunk Guest 12 September 2021, 17:03

In The Crucial Error (AD_CRUCIAL) level where in the 9 hells do I find the Purple Keycard. Also WHY when I enable developer 1 mode does the entire game glitch out with visible arrows floating heads incorrect monsters and other errors?

Roch Guest 14 September 2021, 18:24

Tears of God was limping on my potato PC until I tryied it in vkQuake, I got entry level vulkan GPU and it runs night and day compared to qss opengl, (AMD Radeon HD 8800 Series (PITCAIRN DRM 3.41.0 5.13.16-198-tkg-muqss LLVM 12.0.1 and my CPU is AMD Phenom II X4 940)

ppanski Registered, rated this a 4 29 September 2021, 12:50

This is a fantastic campaign with some of the best maps ever. The new enemies are hit and miss but most of them are way above average.

My only gripe is the very tough difficulty even on easy. This needs better balancing.

Bluellama Registered, rated this a 5 23 October 2021, 21:43

Tears of a false god - best quake level I ever played. Truly incredible

tyfighter Registered, rated this a 5 2 November 2021, 12:24

What can I say that others haven't already said. This collection is all excellent, and keeps getting better with each release.

THK Guest 3 December 2021, 17:33

I can only say one thing - I need more of this. I SAID MORE.

I Like Quake Guest 3 December 2021, 20:21


Here, here!

I Like Quake Guest 4 December 2021, 8:47

《Hear, hear!》

AD_One Guest 4 December 2021, 13:54

@cyberfunk The purple keycard is found near the GK card, there are 3 red displays to shoot which lead to an exploding pipe leading the way… Developer Mode is for mappers to test certain gameplay setups, in no way it is meant to be played like normal. HTH cheers!

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