Based on the space station from the Stanley Kubrick movie of...


Based on the space station from the Stanley Kubrick movie of the same name, this map is flat-out amazing. There's some really innovative portal tricks, loads of attention to detail (check out the working showers and the pinups in the dormitories, among other things).

In memory of STANLEY KUBRIK,

Director of the film "2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY"

who died suddenly just a few days after

the initial release of DM2001.

He will be sadly missed.


Title : 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

For those who will never make it to space.

Author : Wayne Young (AKA Slartybartfast)

Date : 3rd June 1999

Version : Version 2.0.

Filename :

File contents : dmorbit.utx

: earth.utx

: realsky.utx

: DM2001_v2.unr

: wdy_mods.u

: dm2001_v2.txt (this file)

Email Address : [email protected]

Home Page :

Description : Unreal Death Match on a rotating space station similar to

the one featured in the film "2001: A Space Odyssey"

by Stanley Kubrik.


Changes introduced in Version 2.0

* You can now look out the top of the segments and see the solar reflectors.

* Addition of two traps - the Reactor Core Purge, and the Freezer.

* Working showers in the crew section.

* Additional structures in the construction zones.

* Working "hot plate" in the kitchen.

* Fixed the "ghost" urns in the swimming pool.

* Whole load of "details" added for effect.

Things that didn't make it ...

* Sound for the shuttle - couldn't get it to work :(

* "The Blue Danube Watz" by Strauss as background music - any offers to Trak it ?

* A bunch of minor stuff I don't have time to do :(


Play Information

Single Player : No.

Deathmatch : Yes.

Recommended No. Bots : Up to 12 if you have a PII/266+ with 128MB of RAM and a Voodoo 2,

Voodoo 3 or TNT 2 card.

8 or less if you have a less capable machine.

Any more than 12 bots and it gets pretty frantic !!

This map is big. It *will* run slowly in places. I know this. This map basically started

out as a proof-of-concept map and just grew. If I do it again, I will make the overall

size of the station half what it is at the moment (a quarter the volume). These are some

frame rate figures you can expect to see ....

* Pentium, 200MHz, 64MB, Voodoo Graphics (original Voodoo card), 512 x 384 x 16bit colour

Frame rates between 6 and 20 - *lots* of stalling - one second pauses

between areas and lots of disk thrashing. With more than 6 bots in the game,

these figures got even worse. Overall, it was more or less un-playable.

* Pentium II / 266MHz, 64MB, Voodoo Banshee, 800 x 600 x 16bit colour

Frame rates between 14 and 30. Much smoother play. Still lots of stalling,

and disk thrashing. Overall, playable, but with anoying pauses and breaks in

play, usually during heavy action.

* Pentium II / 266MHz, 128MB, Voodoo Banshee, 800 x 600 x 16bit colour

Frame rates between 14 and 30. Much smoother play. No stalling, no pausing

between levels. Overall, very playable even with 12 bots in the game.

* Pentium II / 450MHz, 192MB, Voodoo 3 3000, 1024 x 768 x 16 bit colour

What can I say ? The frame rate never dropped below 50 and sat at 60

(refresh rate) most of the time. Overall - smooth as a baby's bottom with

images as crisp as a fresh lettuce :-)

Oh well, one lives and learns.

The good news is that this map looks *GORGEOUS* !!! Just play it - you'll see :-)


Installation instructions

Put the following files in the folders indicated.

DM2001_v2.unr ----> unreal/maps (or wherever you keep your new maps).

dmorbit.utx realsky.utx |---> unreal/textures

earth.utx /

wdy_mods.u ----> unreal/system

dm2001_v2.txt ----> To wherever you like :-)


If, when you run the map, you get a message that says something like

"couldn't load blah..blah..dmorbit...blah..blah", try doing the following:

copy dmorbit.utx to your unreal/map directory and rename it dmorbit.unr

Yes, I know this sounds crazy, and I don't know why this helps, but it does.



Editors used : UnrealEd (Unreal V2.24)

: PaintShop Pro V 4.14

: Corel Draw V 4.0

New textures : dmorbit.utx - Most of the new textures.

: realsky.utx - Star maps of the real sky -

Look out for the "Big Dipper" and Orion :-)

: earth.utx - Planet earth textures.

New classes : SequenceLight - Allows a light to blink on and off with a

precisely controlled sequence. (used for the

exterior blinking red lights).

: ObjectPathRetrig - A retriggerable version of the existing

ObjectPath class (for the shuttle ride).

: TrigAmbSound - My own version of TriggeredAmbientSound,

that works!! (Used for the showers).

Known Bugs : There are some problems with some of the zone portals -

sometimes the fake backdrop shows through when it shouldn't.

This is much better than it used to be.

The bots seem to insist on "dithering" on zone boundaries. I

thought I had fixed this, but they still seem to get stuck


Build Time : 6 months worth of evenings - on and off.


Other maps by the Author ...

The original DM2001 - most downloaded Unreal Deathmatch map of all time (at least

up to the time I wrote this anyway :-)

Tons of "experiments" to push the bounds of the Unreal engine - none published.

For example, I made a map with a moving mirrored door long before the Quake 3 demo

and Unreal "mirrormove" maps saw the light of day.

An un-released map of the 3Dfx Interactive Headquarters in San Jose -

with some "Men In Black" style changes to the interior :-)


A message from the author...

I have to give a great big *THANK YOU* to all the people who have taken the time

to put up those useful tutorials on the web. Without some of the insights, I may

have given up map building long ago.

Thanks also to everyone who encouraged me to finally release this. Especially QAPete

and Lord MaSTeR over at Nali City, and Mike Chytracek at Unreal Action. Without the

exposure they gave my original screen shots, this map would probably still be

languishing on my hard drive. Keep up the good work guys!


Oh, and thanks to Tim Sweeney and all the people at Epic for being so damn clever :-)


(C) Copyright 1999 Wayne Young

You may distribute this map via electronic means, providing that it is done so free

of charge and that all files that constitute this map (listed above) are included

and that this text file is also included unchanged.

You may not include or distribute this map in any sort of commercial or non-comercial

product without permission from the author. You may not mass distribute this level

via any non-electronic means, including but not limited to compact disks, and floppy disks.

This map may not be used, in whole or in part, as the basis of another map, without the

author's permission.

All other trademarks acknowledged.

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