Operation: Panzerschiff is a mod for registered Wolfenstein 3D, made by Ben Blaufarb. It was released on August 29, 1999 and was an early mod to feature notable coding changes.
The most commonly seen version of the mod dates from October 1999 and features updated maps and VGA files. Initially, the classic blue status bar was featured before being exchanged for a newly made one, another Wolfenstein 3D modding first.
An SDL version was released on November 3, 2013.
The following is directly from the archived Operation: Panzerschiff website:
It's WWII and you're B.J. Blazkowicz, the Allies' bad boy of espionage.
The Allies have just gotten information about a "German Weapons Project." The project is involved in creating a super weapon to end the war. You have been assigned to find out who is behind the project and terminate them. You better pull through or this war could end up being real short.
Episode 1: Operation: Panzerschiff The Japanese have been supporting the project. So you have been sent to Africa looking for the man in charge of Japanese relations in the project.
Episode 2: Castle Blaustein The search for the leader of the project sends you back to Germany. It is believed that Castle Blaustein has become a central point of the project.
Episode 3: EXODUS! It is now believed that the whole project has been orchestrated by a Argentine man known only as "Muerte." His objectives are unknown. You will journey to Argentina and end his mad scheme.
Classically themed in many level design aspects, plenty of resources were taken from DOOM and Quake, including many sounds. Quite a few of the maps also leaned heavily on original Wolfenstein 3D and Spear of Destiny maps, though in some cases they were more an influence than a direct lift therefrom.
Release and reception
Upon release in the late summer of 1999, some months before the release of Project: Totengraeber, the mod was massively popular and was a fixture in many polls and on countless mod sites.
- Download Operation: Panzerschiff (DOS) at The Wolfenstein 3D Dome (archived)
- Download Operation: Panzerschiff (SDL) at The Wolfenstein 3D Vault
- SDL release thread at DieHard Wolfers
- Poll at DieHard Wolfers
- Poll at Haven
- Thread at Haven
- News at the Dome: 1999 2014
- Youtube videos: D1m3 Dunkelschwamm WLHack