My original sketch for E1M1, the first map in Quake. This was on my pad of paper where I listed myself as Project Specialist because I did so many different things on our games. The original filename of E1M1 was jrbase1. This map is for the inside of the base. Other sketches cover the outside area.
Originally, I was going to start you outside after you step on the slipgate in the Start map. I decided to start you inside a base-themed area so you'd have a little bit of indoor time before seeing the outdoors. I could also show off some jumping and more of the 3D aspects of the design.
These are the concepts for the light pylons I created for this level. I don't think they were used anywhere else in the game. Also, there are keycard concepts here, too.