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  1. Glad to hear that the records are probably safe. On a related note, someone at /r/ArchiveTeam has kindly backed up the site: https://wertercatt.com/mirrors/www.doom.com.hr
  2. Last year, the owner of Doom.com.hr announced that it is going to shut down this July: https://doom.com.hr/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=846 Doom.com.ar hosts what appears to be the only functional copy of the Compet-n database of speedruns. The original Compet-n website now gives a 403 error when you try to access the database: http://doom2.net/compet-n/index.cgi?action=database I know Compet-n is a relic of the past and hasn't received any new submissions in years, but if this site disappears, then we may lose a piece of Doom history forever.
  3. It also doesn't have a reverse lookup feature that lets you see whether a particular WAD file was included in a compilation. However, this shouldn't be too hard to implement from a programming perspective. We can store the data in name–value pairs with the CD-ROM as the name and a WAD list as the value. You can then check whether a WAD file was included on a CD-ROM by checking each pair and returning the key if the file list contains the given file.
  4. WAD Archive used to have a feature at https://wad-archive.com/discs that listed the WADs included in each commercial compilation. For each WAD file, the database also indicated whether the WAD was included on a CD-ROM. But it turns out this feature was removed from WAD Archive several years ago. It also looks like most of the pages are not on the Wayback Machine. I contacted the WAD Archive webmaster, and he told me that he shut it down because it too much effort to maintain. But I've always found that feature to be quite useful. Although the Doom level CD collection on the Internet Archive has a file list for each disc, they don't link to WAD information pages like on WAD Archive. Does anyone know of another website that provides this information?
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    Site and/or forum bugs or things not working

    I haven't been on Doomworld in a while and am not sure if this has been posted, but some parts of the site are still broken following the redesign. Example, the classic Doom editors page is returning a 404 error: https://doomworld.com/classicdoom/utils/editors.php
  6. Sorry for bumping up such an old thread, but I just remembered this post. Thanks so much for the information. This was something that has bugged me for years! It's also nice to know that you're a fellow Trekkie. :-)
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    The end of ZDoom

    Very sad to see this happen. ZDoom was one of the best source ports out there.
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    idgames Maintainer Ty Halderman Passes Away At 69

    I just found out about this on Reddit. This is so sad. :-( Deepest condolences to his family and friends.
  9. I found what appears to be John's LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-williston/39/7b1/382 LinkedIn requires a fee to send messages to other users, but there may be other ways to contact him.
  10. Thanks. I'm aware of the download, but I was wondering if it's possible to get the password as I got WadAuthor through 3D Game Alchemy. I'm sure somebody here has the password, but I'd rather get it through the proper channel as abandonware is technically illegal.
  11. I know there's a set of utilities called the WadAuthor Value Pack that was available to people who bought the registered version of WadAuthor. It was a password-protected .zip file, and people could contact John Williston (the creator of WadAuthor) for the password. Although I played with the shareware version of WadAuthor back in the day, I never really got into Doom editing enough to buy the registered version. However, I bought a copy of 3D Game Alchemy a few years ago, and that comes with the pre-registered version of WadAuthor. So I'm wondering: am I eligible for the WadAuthor Value Pack if I obtained WadAuthor through the book? The official websites for WadAuthor are long defunct, and I'm pretty sure the e-mail I found for John (wc@zyan.com) won't work because Zyan Communications shut down way back in 2001. Would it be legal if someone sent me the password? If not, does anyone know how I can reach John? I know there are many modern level editors that are probably way more powerful than WadAuthor, but I really want this piece of Doom history. Thanks!
  12. Wow, you're right. I looked at the magazine section at Fry's today, and all of the gaming magazines no longer have accompanying discs. But on the other hand, there is no shortage of computer magazines that have CDs or DVDs. Computer magazines don't really cover gaming that much, but it definitely won't hurt to try to get in contact with them. After all, the gaming market is a lot larger than it used to be. :-)
  13. I understand there are potential legal issues with regards to putting WADs and source ports on a CD, but I think it can be easily resolved as long as it's clear that the add-ons can be downloaded for free. After all, the goal is to spread the word about Doom rather than make money (a Doomworld store would also be cool, but that's probably for another thread). :-) In any case, I think the following WADs would be good candidates: The Serenity series The Community Chest series The New Doom Community Project series WADs on the Top 100 list Cacoward winners Other well-known megawads (Memento Mori, Claustrophobia 1024, etc.)
  14. Slightly off-topic, but I've heard the Hacx CD and disks are extremely rare as well.