Doom Honorific Titles


The Doom Honorific Titles (DHT) were an early form of competitive Dooming, begun in May 1994. Players could ask for a level to be randomly chosen from either Doom or Doom II, in one of several difficulty classes. Upon submitting a valid demo (referred to as an "exam") in a particular style, they would be considered to have earned that title.

The idea for DHT is credited to Frank Stajano. Notable speedrunners of this era included George Bell, Steffen Udluft (Rini), Kai-Uwe Humpert, Frank Siebers (Jesus), Thomas Pilger (Panter), Yonatan Donner, Richard J. Sham, Jonathan Hoof (Hunter), Andreas Kren (Anthe), Adam Williamson, and Steffen Winterfeldt.


Initially, the following titles were awarded:

  • Doom Master: a player that can finish any level on Ultra-Violence.
  • Doom Grand Master: a player that can finish any level on Nightmare!.
  • Doom Tyson: a player that can finish any level on Ultraviolence with 100% kills, using only the fist, pistol, and chainsaw as weapons.
  • Doom Grand Ass Kicker / Doom God: a combination of the three titles above.

As time went on, a few new categories were proposed, such as Pacifist and Reality.

When interest in DHT declined due to the rising popularity of Compet-N, Bell and Udluft maintained their own speedrun archives for Tyson and pacifist styles, respectively, until those categories were added to Compet-N in 1998.


The DHT rules went through several iterations:

Version Start date Notes
DHT1 1994-05-01[1]
DHT2 1994-05-20[1]
DHT3 1994-08-07[1]
DHT4 1995-02-27[2]
DHT5 1995-05-02[3]
DHT6 1997-05-04[4]


External links[edit]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Stajano, Frank (1 December 1994). "DHT1-3 log." idgames archive. Retrieved 5 April 2024.
  2. Stajano, Frank (28 February 1995). "DHT4 log (the first one!)." Retrieved 5 April 2024.
  3. Stajano, Frank (3 May 1995). "DOOM Honorific Titles: DHT5 is out." Retrieved 5 April 2024.
  4. Stajano, Frank (30 January 2002). "DHT6 log." DOOM Honorific Titles. Retrieved 5 April 2024.