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MartinHowe

Instant Doom Levels vs Tricks of the Doom Gurus

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Years ago, I bought a book-and-CD package called "Tricks of the Doom Gurus" by Sams Publishing. Now I have found a reference on cd.textfiles.com to a similar CD called "Instant Doom Levels" by the same people and it appears to have an electronic version (PDF) of the book in the other one -- the rest of the content seems to be just a rehash of the "Tricks of the Doom Gurus" CD.

I'd never heard of "Instant Doom Levels". Anybody know anything about it?

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It looks to be the work of MacMillan Digital Publishing. They were fairly active in the late 90's re-publishing books in PDF form - I have several that accompanied Red Hat Linux distros. It's a way of squeezing a little more money out of a publication. Fun fact - my copy of "Tricks of the Doom Gurus" came in a glossy box bearing the title "Doom Companion" - don't ask me why.

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Interesting ... my TotDG was a book with the CD envelope stuck inside the back cover; it was sold as a book that happens to include a CD, rather than a product in a box. On a similar note, I just posted question on the 3DR forums about the Kill-A-Ton collection :) Why do all these add-on publishers republish and republish... to make more £££ and $$$ of course :P

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GreyGhost said:

Fun fact - my copy of "Tricks of the Doom Gurus" came in a glossy box bearing the title "Doom Companion" - don't ask me why.

I believe there was a repackaging of DOOM called "Doom Companion" that came with magazines or something, and included some additional thing like that.

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MartinHowe said:

Interesting ... my TotDG was a book with the CD envelope stuck inside the back cover; it was sold as a book that happens to include a CD, rather than a product in a box.


I never actually bought it, but that's how I remember it sitting on the shelves in my local game shops. Book with included CD.

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