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Tell me where a REAL "getting started" instruction is.

I get the impression that the people who wrote the instructions assumed that people already knew 95% of how to do this stuff. Nobody REALLY EXPLAINS anything. Said I needed a "WAD" file. Presumably I had them 20 years ago. Didn't explain how to find that. Eventually, I found what might qualify. Then, I tried downloading "version 2.0" Got a file. Unzipped it. Bunch of files. What do I do then? How to start it? Didn't see a .EXE file.
Etc.
Don't think of me as a total newbie. I DESIGNED my first computer in 1978. I actually ran Doom in 1993. Instructions were EASY, as they had to be. But not now.
Would it really be so hard for somebody to write a detailed, line-by-line EXPLANATION of what needs to be done? It would only have to be done once, more or less.

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  • jim wrote: »
    I get the impression that the people who wrote the instructions assumed that people already knew 95% of how to do this stuff.
    I have written most of the instructions. My apologies if some crucial details were left out — I admit I have assumed a certain level of familiarity with classic DOOM-based games.

    I am happy to answer any questions you have and improve the documentation as needed. :)
    Said I needed a "WAD" file. Presumably I had them 20 years ago. Didn't explain how to find that.
    Did you find this page: http://dengine.net/manual/guide/wad ? And if so, if it lacks some information please elaborate.
    I tried downloading "version 2.0" Got a file. Unzipped it. Bunch of files. What do I do then? How to start it? Didn't see a .EXE file.
    I recommend that if you're not familiar with Doomsday, you should get the MSI installer. This is a standard Windows Installer package that creates Start menu shortcuts etc, so you don't have to hunt for the executables manually. The ZIPs are provided for advanced users so that they can e.g. have multiple versions simultaneously available.

    When you use the MSI installer and you have your WAD files somewhere, you can then follow these instructions to let Doomsday know where the WAD files are: http://dengine.net/manual/guide/2.0/readme_windows#games

    There are further helpful tips here: http://dengine.net/manual/guide
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