Ian Mapleson is an author and webmaster who was an early anchor of the Doom community from its inception in 1993 up to 1999.
Ian is best known for founding and maintaining the Doom Help Service, a period collection of FAQs, guides and utility downloads, which launched out of the Usenet groups in 1994. The project also spawned a website at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, which—after several service interruptions—moved to gamers.org in 1996. Besides collecting numerous documents from other community members, he authored a sizable number of the DHS documents himself.
He created the alt.games.doom.newplayers group, and was a member of the RGCD Support Team as well as the volunteer coordinator of the rec.games.computer.doom.help group.
During the 1990s, Ian became an avid user of Silicon Graphics workstations at Heriot Watt University, and worked as system administrator of a SGI network at University of Central Lancashire. He played Doom on a SGI computer rather than a PC, and part of his dissertation concerns the side effects of playing Doom.
- 3D Stereo Vision and Realism in Computer Graphics, Ian's BSc (HonS) Dissertation in Computer Science