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Dusty_Rhodes

What were the first three PWADs you downloaded?

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First two pwads I played were Raven and ASD2. Both solid efforts, with the former better known, and the latter more interesting.

 

But I didn't download them, as it was before I got my first modem, and they were given to me on a disk.

 

First pwads I downloaded.. hard to say for sure. Maybe Surreal2, Theatre and beyond that I don't know. Probably some DM wad where I thought "WTF there are no monsters". Or maybe a Beavis and Butthead sound wad, beavis.zip, which I used a lot. In fact, for years it was a wad I loaded by default with everything, and I forgot what the original sounds even were. Seriously, watch a 30nm run using it, and you'll see how well it fits.

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Not sure about the third, but the first two were Plutonia 2 and Scythe 1. Plutonia 2 because I wanted a sequel after playing Plutonia and Scythe 1 since I saw BigMacDavis making videos for it.

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I think the first one was Japanese Community Project, which isn't the most difficult thing in the world, but it was really fun and was my earliest exposure to this whole Doom thing.

 

After that was Toilet of the Gods. Don't remember where I had heard about it, but I thought I'd take a look and well it didn't really turn out well. I just resorted to every cheat that GZDoom had to offer after failing to get passed the hell knights at the very beginning. Just for reference, I only played Doom 2 before I jumped into all the PWAD shenanigans, so I definitely wasn't ready for the more difficult offerings. I still really enjoyed it regardless, even if I haven't even finished it legit to this day. I'm not the best Doom player, but I'm definitely way better than I was in 2016, so maybe I should go back to it sometime.

 

Third one would probably be Newgothic Movement 1, which I was also woefully unprepared for. I think around that time I had just heard about the Metroid Dreadnaught mod and I wanted some stuff to check that out with, so I downloaded whatever I could find. Somehow it ended up being Newgothic Movement 1 and I was still struggling despite the mod. I didn't like it as much as the previous two and I decided to just not touch it again. I did check it out again when I was messing around with GZDoom after dropping it for PrBoom+, and there are some really cool levels in there. I wish I could've appreciated them more all those years ago, but oh well, can't change all that, but I do realize now that it's actually really cool.

 

If there's one thing I've learned about myself from this it's that I just get too ahead of myself sometimes. Even when I was getting more into classic Doom in 2019, I started with Hell Revealed II, so clearly I just like making things hard on myself. Still though, I think these were really cool WADs to start out with as JPCP showed me how whimsical and special community-made offerings can get, while the other two served to show my long road to being alright at the game. It's not like I can beat either of them yet, but I'm getting there!

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Freedoom 2

Sunlust

Sigil

 

I had those three (later also Ancient Aliens) and played them on Brutal Doom / Project Brutality. I was stupid, for a good few months I thought that's the best way to experience Doom because it had more monsters, atmosphere, intensity, whatever. In reality, those mods actually ruin Doom and the levels weren't even beatable with that. I didn't stop to think that the gameplay wasn't enjoyable because the sourceport and those mods were turning it into trash. Still a lot of good impressions from that first, if tainted, contact with Doom and those masterpiece mapsets. 

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There was no cheap Internet in the UK in 1995 when I had just bought DooM, so I bough a ton of shovelware CDs instead; I idly played several PWADs, most were crap or course and utterly forgettable. The two I remember that stood out were Galaxia (with the smoking skull cursor) and EVIL_E (with arguably the first 'boat in water' structure). Happy days :)

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I think DWForums.wad was the first I've downloaded, back in my older Windows Vista computer around 2012 or so.

I remember being amazed by the polyobjects, which I've never seen in Doom before. I never got any of the jokes because I wasn't a DoomWorld member at the time, and the WAD was from the early 2000s anyway, so it was kind of meh.

 

As for the other 2, it's kind of hard to remember, much more than 2 pop up in my head. Maybe Cacodemon Squad is among them? When I played that in ZDoom back then, I had no idea multiple source ports had incompatibilities with each other, so I was confused when I saw warning sign sprites all around the WAD, which was actually made for EDGE(now Hyper3DGE). Playing it later in EDGE, it was also pretty meh. There was this weird imp sprite replacement(which I later found out was taken from one of the Sailor Moon Doom WADs), and there were what I later found out to be HECU soldiers. The sound at the end was pretty funny, though.

 

I don't remember if Chosen by Lil' White Mouse was the 3rd I've played or not, my memories of preteen me are blurry. I'm sure everyone here's familiar with it. I remember being amazed at how different it was from the Doom 2 IWAD it uses. So many of its textures I would later found out were taken from PowerSlave on DOS. The gameplay itself was okay, I think most of my enjoyment was from the wow factor. I also remember trying to scan the enemies using LineTarget, and not knowing why they had the names of original Doom enemies. Of course, now I know it was DeHackEd.

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On 8/24/2021 at 10:35 AM, Jacek Bourne said:

Scythe. Hell Revealed. Alien Vendetta 

Good stuff right there.

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My first was Sigil since I wanted to get into fan made wads but didn't know any others at the time, before I came to this place. Then once I knew more I downloaded Scythe since I found a list of wads ordered by difficulty and that was just above Plutonia, which is right if you ignore map 30 which I didn't. I did download Valiant after that but didn't play that as my third pwad, that would be Rush.

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6 hours ago, Dusty_Rhodes said:

Good stuff right there.

 

Indeed. Although Hell Revealed was quite inconsistent in quality. 

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2004 was the first time I downloaded a WAD but honestly, they were random crap. I started my WAD collection in 2005, one of them was UAC Base, which is pretty good. Another was some UAC base styled map, but the standout of my first 3...UAC_Dead. Loved it then, still love it now. 

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