Rough number of known Doom WADs?

Would you guys say 20,000 or so known wads exist across doom/doom2/final doom?

But maybe only 5% of them... or 1000 of them are good?

I see in the idgames query string about 17000, but let's say maybe 3000 or so WADs aren't in idgames but are floating around on maximum doom, d! zone, etc.

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Why does this matter? Just play the ones you like.

I'll humor you though. I'd say there are about that number, however probably more than half are decent, and the more important thing is that 80 - 90% of them are fun. Your 5% is probably how many are really really good.

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Depends on how you define "known". A significant amount of wads posted on this forum never end up on idgames, for example. Then there's localized websites - many countries have their own Doom community, and their own modding scene.

I'd guess there are at least as many public wads out of /idgames as there are in /idgames. Not that I have any evidence or even a calculated estimation, just a gut feeling.

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You are forgetting stuff other than Doom levels are being uploaded to/have been to /idgames/, such as the official source code, front ends, utilities, demos, etc.

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This isn't even including private WAD's, unfinished WAD's, cancelled WAD's, unreleased WAD's, etc.

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So many that one person would likely be unable to get through even just the fun ones.

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I know of about 20,000.

princetontiger said:

I see in the idgames query string about 17000, but let's say maybe 3000 or so WADs aren't in idgames but are floating around on maximum doom, d! zone, etc.

There's around 14,500 wads in the archive and I'd previously guesstimated the number of released wads (including Doom<>Doom2<>Heretic conversions, updates, modified IWAD maps, wadpaks of other peoples work and etc.) to be maybe 30,000. That figure's probably a bit low.

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Define "WADs". There are hundreds, nay thousands, of small WADs that are parts of tutorials or examples etc. These might not really be playable maps (or other types of mods) but they are WADs and many of them are known about.

Do PK3s count?

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A while ago someone posted the amount of wads uploaded to /idgames separated by year, but I can't find the thread. Does anyone know how to do that?

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Yeah thanks, yours looks like what I was thinking of, but I didn't realize it was 3 years ago. Please cheat. :)

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Here you go, if Enjay asks nicely I might add PK3s to the list. There's also a few tucked away inside executables that my file manager doesn't pick up.

Year    Wads    Size (kB)
1994    2105      228
1995    2983      308
1996    2164      457
1997     865      767
1998     671      740
1999     488      922
2000     448     1175
2001     379     1037
2002     327     1286
2003     445     1408
2004     581     2229
2005     470     1904
2006     439     2763
2007     338     2996
2008     309     4773
2009     326     5007
2010     316     3784
2011     272     5243
2012     260    10522   (as of 22 Nov)
Other    155            (invalid datestamps)
Since the data is sitting in a spreadsheet I decided to calculate the average uncompressed filesize by year, which might help explain the decline in uploads. ;-)

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Cool, thanks. :)
For 94-96, at least half of those wads are for deathmatch, right?

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I'd say 20,000 - 50,000. I only really know for sure of about 2500, and I have about 1000 of those on my computer.

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TimeOfDeath said:

Cool, thanks. :)
For 94-96, at least half of those wads are for deathmatch, right?

Less than half, with 1995 being the peak year.

1994 - 426 (20%)
1995 - 1380 (46%)
1996 - 865 (40%)

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