Linedef type 257

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Player sinking into quicksand.

Linedef type 257, Quicksand, is a type of floor over floor block which the player will sink into. It can be used to create sand, mud, or any other sludgy material that the player will be pulled into on contact. The player can escape the quicksand simply by jumping many times. However, normal jump height is greatly reduced in quicksand, so any ledges near the quicksand that are meant for escape should be low enough for the player to jump onto. Sinking deep into quicksand alone will not harm the player, so death pits are normally placed under the quicksand so the player dies if they sink too deep. The player can sink right to the bottom of the quicksand and fall out of the bottom if it is placed above the sector floor, so it is possible to make secret areas or even alternate routes under quicksand, à la Sandopolis Zone from Sonic 3 & Knuckles.


The flats, floor height, and ceiling height of the FOF are determined by the flats, floor height, and ceiling height of the control sector, and the sidedefs of the FOF's walls are determined by the sidedef of the control linedef.

The light level of the control sector will determine the brightness of the shadow cast by the FOF. If the light level of the control sector is lower than that of the target sector, then it will cast a dark shadow. If the light level of the control sector is higher than that of the target sector, then the FOF will illuminate the area below it. If the light level of the control sector is equal to that of the target sector, then the FOF will not affect the light of the area below it.

The player's sinking speed and movement reduction are determined by the linedef's X distance and Y distance, respectively. The X distance determines how fast the player sinks into the quicksand. The greater the X distance, the faster the player sinks. If the linedef's X distance is 0, the player does not sink at all. Specifically, 70 fracunits of X distance equal 1 fracunit per tic of sinking speed. The Y distance determines the "sludginess" of the player's movement while he is in the quicksand. The shorter the Y distance, the slower the player moves. If the linedef's Y distance is 0, the player is completely unable to move while in quicksand. If the Y distance is higher than 50, the movement instead becomes "slippery", as though the player is walking in oil. However, this is not recommended, as the physics are unrealistic.

Note that if the control sector is set up improperly, the player will sometimes sink only a few units into the quicksand; this issue can be remedied by reversing the direction of the linedef.

Checking Flag [10] / Repeat Midtexture / Effect 5 will cause the flats of the FOF to "ripple", similar to the effect you would see inside a water block.


Example file: ex_ld257_fofquicksandblock.wad (MAP01)
How to use
  • You may load this file into your favorite map editor, such as Zone Builder. Select MAP01 as the map to load.
  • You may also load this file in the game:
    1. Save ex_ld257_fofquicksandblock.wad into the addons folder of your SRB2 directory.
    2. Start SRB2, go to the Addons menu, and then select ex_ld257_fofquicksandblock.wad.
    3. Start the game in Single Player mode.
    4. Press the Console button (~), and type in the command MAP MAP01 to access the example map.
  • When you load this file in the game, it replaces Greenflower Zone Act 1.

  Linedef typesFloor over floor [view]
Solid, Opaque, ShadowcastingSolid, Opaque, Non-ShadowcastingSolid, TranslucentSolid, Sides OnlySolid, No SidesSolid, InvisibleIntangible from Bottom, OpaqueIntangible from Bottom, TranslucentIntangible from Bottom, Translucent, No SidesIntangible from Top, OpaqueIntangible from Top, TranslucentIntangible from Top, Translucent, No SidesOnly Tangible from Sides
Water, OpaqueWater, TranslucentWater, Opaque, No SidesWater, Translucent, No SidesGoo Water, TranslucentGoo Water, Translucent, No SidesIntangible, OpaqueIntangible, TranslucentIntangible, Sides OnlyIntangible, Invisible
Air BobbingAir Bobbing (Adjustable)Reverse Air Bobbing (Adjustable)Dynamically Sinking PlatformFloating, BobbingRising Platform, Solid, Opaque, ShadowcastingRising Platform, Solid, Opaque, Non-ShadowcastingRising Platform, Solid, TranslucentRising Platform, Solid, InvisibleRising Platform, Intangible from Bottom, OpaqueRising Platform, Intangible from Bottom, Translucent
Crumbling, RespawnCrumbling, No RespawnCrumbling, Respawn, Intangible from BottomCrumbling, No Respawn, Intangible from BottomCrumbling, Respawn, Intangible from Bottom, TranslucentCrumbling, No Respawn, Intangible from Bottom, TranslucentCrumbling, Respawn, Floating, BobbingCrumbling, No Respawn, Floating, BobbingCrumbling, Respawn, FloatingCrumbling, No Respawn, FloatingCrumbling, Respawn, Air Bobbing
Light BlockHalf Light BlockFog BlockMario BlockThwomp BlockShatter BlockShatter Block, TranslucentBustable BlockSpin-Bustable BlockSpin-Bustable Block, TranslucentQuicksandLaserCustom FOF