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Grazza

cd.textfiles.com Content Guide

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Over the last year or so, quite a lot of old shovelware material has been made available at http://cd.textfiles.com. I have compiled a rudimentary index of the disks that contain Doom content, with in each case a link to a text-file listing the files (and giving brief descriptions in many cases).

Note that many of these disks had Doom files mixed up together with non-Doom stuff, even when the directory was called "doom". Most of this material is 1994-1996, with a little bit of 1997 stuff.

If you're looking for a specific file, then I'd suggest a Google Search for a file at cd.textfiles.com (replace "filename" with the name of the file you're looking for).

Club Software (1996)
Club Software Doomwads

Cream of the Crop
Cream of the Crop #3 (1994) - text index
Cream of the Crop #4 - text index
Cream of the Crop #5 - text index
Cream of the Crop #6 - text index
Cream of the Crop #7 - text index
Cream of the Crop #8, Disk 1 - text index
Cream of the Crop #8, Disk 2 - text index
Cream of the Crop #9 - text index
Cream of the Crop #10 (Disk 1) (December 1995) - text index
Cream of the Crop #10 (Disk 2) - text index
Cream of the Crop #11, Disk 1 (early 1996) - text index
Cream of the Crop #11, Disk 2 - text index
Cream of the Crop #20 (1996) - text index
Cream of the Crop #21 - text index
Cream of the Crop #22 - text index
Cream of the Crop #23 - text index
Cream of the Crop #24 - text index
Cream of the Crop #25 - text index
Cream of the Crop #26 (1997) - text index

Gold Medal Software (1994)
volume3
volume4
volume5

The Hacker's Encyclopedia '98
The Hacker's Encyclopedia '98 (1998) - text index - html index (documents - no pwads)

Instant Doom (1996)
Instant Doom

MegaCD-ROM #5 (October 1994)
games - text index
gamextra - text index

Night Owl Games 3 (1995)
part 4 - text index
part 5 - text index
part 6 - text index
part 7 - text index

Night Owl
Night Owl #13 - text index
Night Owl #15 - text index
Night Owl #16 - text index
Night Owl #17 - text index
Night Owl #18 - text index
Night Owl #20 - text index

The Pier Shareware
The Pier Shareware #5 (May 1994) - text index
The Pier Shareware #6 - text index
The Pier Shareware #7 (1995) - text index (hardly any Doom stuff in this one)
The Pier Shareware #8 - text index
The Pier Shareware #9 (March 1996) - text index
The Pier Shareware #10 - text index

PSL Monthly Volume #3-10: Education (August 1995)
GAMES/DOS/SHOOT_EM/ (not all Doom) - text index

Shareware Extravaganza 8 (1997)
Shareware Extravaganza 8 (Disk 2, Part 1) - text index
Shareware Extravaganza 8 (Disk 2, Part 2) - text index

So Much Shareware
So Much Shareware 6 (1996) - text index

Software Vault: Diamond (1995)
Software Vault: Diamond (1995) - text index

Sprint Gamers Companion 5 (February 1995)
WADS - text indexes can be found (as FILES.BBS) in the individual directories <-- lots of stuff here
HERETIC (contains a lot of Wolf3D and other non-Heretic stuff) - text index
root directory

Ultimate Gameware CD-ROM (October 1994)
part 1 - text index
part 2 - text index
part 3 - text index

Edit (10-Dec-2014): Fixed links that were broken due to restructuring at cd.textfiles.com. Content not otherwise updated since 16-Feb-2006; there no doubt are newer uploads with Doom content. To see which disks those might be, this is a good place to start, and maybe a search like this or this.

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Thanks. I had looked around there a bit but it was a bit baffling due to the way it's organized, so this should help.

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Argh, more 1994 WADs for people to upload!

This looks like an awesome site, not just from the Doom aspect. Would be nice if you could download actual disk images off the site though.

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I've added a few more that I had missed.

zarkyb: Yes, it's a shame they don't appear to offer the disk images for download. Still, it is possible to use a download manager and download the stuff en masse, so it's more user-friendly than some file libraries.

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Grazza said:

I've added a few more that I had missed.

zarkyb: Yes, it's a shame they don't appear to offer the disk images for download. Still, it is possible to use a download manager and download the stuff en masse, so it's more user-friendly than some file libraries.

I've tried using Flashget to do this but it didn't work successfully. Any recommendations on other download managers?

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I've used Free Download Manager. I've only used it to download batches of files from the same directory though, and not to download a whole disk's worth of stuff at once, with the program automatically recreating the directory structure. Maybe it can do that too though.

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getleft is good for cgi and http links.
getright is good for 'browser-only' links... and accepts parsable files.

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I've updated the list. The newly-added ones are shown in red. [Edit (24-Aug-2007): red highlighting now removed, as the updating is not exactly recent any more.]

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Thank you Graham for links to new additions at cd_textfiles. I've found loads of levels and demos (these 1.1's coops are simply fantastic) from my 'lost' classics list.

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Thanks for keeping these up to date.

It's amusing to find some of my own stuff on these.

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Enjay said:

It's amusing to find some of my own stuff on these.


I know, you don't like the idea, but it would be great, to have your *enjay doom* in the vanilla version for the three-episode-doom(1).

Greetings
Funduke

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I'm not desperately bothered about it to be honest. It is very primitive though. However, I was happy enough to release it to Compuserve all those years ago, so it's been in the public domain ever since. I see no particular reason to deny it or try and hide it. I couldn't even if I wanted to. In fact, given it's age and whatever, it may be very n00bish and jam packed with 1994 errors and overflowing with excessive simplicity, but I'm still kind of happy with it as a very early megawad.

The main reasons I haven't done anything about it is a) laziness and b) I'm not convinced I have the definitive earliest version anywhere. Grazza helped hook me up with some old versions of my stuff quite a while back (which are now tucked away on a backup CD somewhere), but I'm pretty sure I don't have the earliest one, and I'd like the earliest and most awful one to be the one in the archives. :) I guess I could dig out what I have again and have another look at what's what.

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Enjay said:

I guess I could dig out what I have again and have another look at what's what.


That would make me very happy! :)

It's impossible to find it anywhere.

Greetings
Funduke

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do you think some of these CDs contain some old demos ? even v 1.1 or 1.2 ? especially nightmare ones ...

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It's safe to assume Vince was referring to lmp demos. And yes, there are some, including very early ones (I mentioned a few specifically in this post).

The quickest way to locate them, if you have a high-speed connection, would be to batch-download all the files from the directories listed and then use a utility that can search within archives (e.g. IZArc) to look for all *.lmp files.

BTW, I added support in my autoloading patterns for all the demos in these files that I sensibly could (they are marked as "cd-textfiles" in the name field when the demos were ones I had not previously found elsewhere), although 1.2 demos have a pretty good chance of desynching in prboom+. [Years-later edit: no longer true, as 1.2 compatibility has been greatly improved. Let me know if you find any that don't work.]

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Grazza said:

Note that many of these disks had Doom files mixed up together with non-Doom stuff, even when the directory was called "doom". Most of this material is 1994-1996, with a little bit of 1997 stuff.


I remember on CD was this Doom version - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3tEt3l8CLc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVNK6E4gZPU&t=14s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0DEoGpKh_k&t=7s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZMZd9vav60&t=8s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMzi6FsOH9Y
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_6CO5WrzEw&t=109s

I search it sounds! Soundpack.
It had on disk MMCD (Multimedia CD)
This Doom version contains ~ such files:
There was here such utility DCC:

I found an ISO image MMCD https://archive.org/details/Exploring_the_Boundaries_of_Sound_and_Vision_MMCD_v1.0
but do not have this version too:
Also this version Doom was there MMCD http://web.archive.org/web/19970608143417/http://www.pinegroup.com/p_scd.html

Who knows where to find that Doom sounds version?

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Quite a bit of a gold mine for shovelware WADs, including hidden potential gems in them. Thanks for the initial listing, Grazza.

EDIT: Didn't realize the first post was from 2005, but still a great compilation of links.

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