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Author:Dustin "Tronyn" Geeraert
Title:The Masque of Red Death (f06935126a98b09c21370ac8e305946a)
Filesize:3085 Kilobytes
Release date:12.10.2005
Additional Links: erc's QualityUnderworldfan's
Type:Partial conversion
BSP: ✔ • PAK: ✔ • PROGS.DAT: ✘ • Custom Models/Sounds: ✔

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Pak0.PAK7564 KB11.10.2005
Masquereadme.txt5 KB12.10.2005

The Masque of Red Death

Large Medieval mountain fortress with extreme scale and horde combat.

Note: This map requires Scourge of Armagon and an engine port with increased limits. An updated version is available here.

Tags: large, medieval, soa, limits, canyon, hipnotic, old version

Editor's Rating: Excellent
User Rating:
4.4/5 with 35 ratings
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Aen 9 September 2011, 14:28
Spirit 17 February 2012, 23:25
Crazy and fun in coop.
Lane Powell Registered 13 September 2013, 7:21

Really cool and fun, love the horde battles on hard. But there's a weird way to sequence break if you get to the secret area with the red armor from the first landing of the spiral staircase after the gold key door... just saying.

boink182 Guest 8 January 2014, 3:50

hell yeeeah! now this is good stuff! at first i didn't think i was gonna like it; i think there should have been just a little more restraint in the very beginning. not because it was overwhelming or too hard, it actually wasn't at all, but just because it felt unnatural and forced somehow. i think maybe just a little bit of corridor combat leading into the main exterior area would have gone a long way to setting the stage. after this minor misstep however, the action very quickly finds a wonderful tempo, and this really was very fun and exciting. very doomish. i think this may be slightly underrated actually.

MikeTaylor Registered 10 January 2014, 17:22

Wow. There are levels with better architecture, or more atmosphere, or a more coherent narrative than this, but I doubt there are levels that are more FUN than this. I'd forgotten what a blast it was to smash your way through horde after horde of relatively low-powered enemies (or, later on, high-powered ones). With ammo and health never in short supply, some would call this map unbalanced. I didn't care. It was awesome. Jumps straight into my all-time top half-dozen maps. And need I say, 5/5.

MikeTaylor Registered 13 January 2014, 16:23

I just played straight through this again. Love love love it!

There are a couple of places where I hit switches, then the doors of the room I'm in lock; then unlock again after a second or two and I'm free to go. It feels as though waves of monsters are meant to spawn in, and I should have to fight them to progress, but they never come. It's the sort of misbehaviour that I've sometimes seen when I've played Quoth maps without Quoth, but this is not a Quoth map. (And yes, I remembered the -hipnotic command-line argument.) Is anyone else seeing this?

MikeTaylor Registered 14 January 2014, 11:55

Just played through on nightmare, in case the monsters only spawn in at that level. Nope. Still those odd moments of press a switch, doors close, wait, doors open.

Also, the penultimate horde that materialises on the plain at the very top of the map only sometimes seems to come: it arrived on my first play-though, but not on the second or third. I have no idea why. Anyone? It left me with an unsatisfying 249/259 monsters.

Anyway, none of these bugs detract from how awesomely playable this map is. I stand right behind my 5/5 score.

onetruepurple Registered 15 January 2014, 11:32

Nightmare never adds any monsters or items that aren't there already

MikeTaylor Registered 15 January 2014, 13:16

I know Nightmare monster counts are always the same as Hard. I wondered if there was a teleporting trigger that only fired in Nightmare.

Daz Registered 13 March 2014, 14:09
MikeTaylor Registered 27 June 2014, 11:46

NOTE: use the revised release of Masque instead of this one:

It fixes the bug I mentioned when no monsters teleport in.

Jehannum Registered 12 July 2022, 22:29

This goes onto my top 10 of all-time favorites. The brushwork is great and texturing spot-on as well. The game balance was just right, IMO for skill 2, but the main and most important positive attribute about Masque is that it's solid fun.

I also advise installing the revised game file from:

I tried the old one and ran into several problems that the final fixes.

Mopey bloke Registered 2 September 2023, 19:12

I've just played through this version of the map for the first time. I was surprised to not find any of the custom enemies or weapons from Scourge. It's near identical to the vanilla Quake version.

Still my favourite map from Tronyn. He can do amazing things when you don't let him Drake stuff. The weirdests things about this map besides the non-Sourginess of it is that the rocket launcher is abandoned in an unassuming corner, and the experience is dimished without it. I thankfulle never missed it, but seen people miss it before. The other thing is there is a secret thunderbolt at the top of the map, but the map hands you one soon into it.

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