Single Status Update
Phew. Finally over. Well, I guess the official end is when I post /newstuff 158 tonight, though I'm still waiting on Grazza.
Anyway I'd just like to say that if any of you are ever thinking about writing up a bunch of features about Doom for a major Doom website, you really shouldn't wait until like three weeks before to shove it all together. I've gotta give huge thanks to Quasar and Opulent who wrote exceptional articles in a very short amount of time, as well as all the people who had access to the 10 years forum who suggested WADs for the top 100 and offered any other sorts of general help. I doubt all of it would have happened in the short amount of time we had without them. Thanks guys.
Actually, if you want the truth, we came up with the 'design' (which is just a stripped down version of the regular site) an hour or two before the 10th, including the logo and formatting all the articles. Crazy. Ling was a big help there, since he designed the site and knew all the proper php headers and stuff. Plus he wrote some new php thingy for the Doom comic page.
Speaking of the Doom comic, it's ironic (but expected) that it got the highest amount of feedback and comments when in actuality I came up with the idea and we threw it together maybe 6 hours before it got posted (which is why part 2 of Quasar's article got pushed back to day 4). It was a serious quickie job, but I think it turned out pretty well. Also, it's not mentioned anywhere, but those scans came from Auxois a while back, though he wasn't Auxois at the time... heh.
Actually, the reality of it is that none of the articles were started before the month of November except for the StC article which Ling and myself began to write back in August or September, though I didn't complete it until a week or two before the 10th.
Probably one of the more annoying parts was reviewing all those frickin WADs. I know the older ones are classics, but frankly some of them are just bad. You'll notice Ling reviewed most of the old ones (he also liked reviewing stuff that had some sort of historic story behind it) because I really don't like playing maps that don't look nice. As for regrets, I think the list is more or less perfected though now that I think about it, I think Enjay's Marine Assault map should be in the 2003 list instead of the RTC Demo, which is good, don't get me wrong, but it's way short and essentially a teaser for hub1 (plus it has a bit of a 'look at me!' factor to it) whereas njma01.wad is just plain fun (and also looks nice, though not as nice as 3057demo, but then few maps do). Sadly Enjay's map got the shaft because I forgot about it, and nobody on the 10 years forum suggested it (or if someone did, I totally missed it). So sorry Enjay, your map is #101 hehe.
Aside from that I think it turned out well as a whole, the demos and ports articles are good reads, the doom comic is pure hilarity, the top 100 is good, and people tell me the StC article is funny so I'll take their word for it. All in all, pretty successful I think, and I'm glad there was a nice amount of positive feedback for in the comments (and I think we even got an email or two).
So yeah, that's about it, I hope everyone enjoyed it, thanks for reading (if you did), thanks for contributing (if you did) and see you in five years.
God I hope not.
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So long for the guy who suggested the articles topics. sob. No internet makes Julian a dull boy.
heh, oh yeah mr frenchie got Opulent and Quasar to write the articles, and he tried to get interviews with Romero and Carmack, but to no avail (those basrads). Julian doesn't have internet at home tho, so he had troubles helping, which is understandable of course (I know he would have if he could have :) ) But I did thank everyone who has access to the 10years forum, so I did thank you indirectly :P