The /newstuff Chronicles


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The /newstuff Chronicles is a periodic roundup of recent uploads to the /idgames archive that are reviewed by users from the Doomworld forums. When a sufficient number of quality reviews have been approved, they are compiled in a new issue on Doomworld's homepage. Community users can post comments on a /newstuff Chronicles issue within the forums. The name /newstuff Chronicles is taken from the /newstuff directory, where the latest submissions to the archive can be found.

The original idea took root after Doomworld staff member Flood started taking in-depth looks at a single new release every week. Andrew Bassett later took over and he decided to post a weekly review of every new WAD uploaded, publishing issue #1 to Doomworld on July 23, 2000. Subsequently, regular reviewers have included Liam Mason, Tom White (Hyena), Stephen Clark (The Ultimate DooMer), Graham Burgess (Grazza), DD_133 and duncan. The last featured regulars were Dean Joseph (deathz0r), Alex Mayfield (AlexMax), and myk with Graham Burgess. Guest reviewers were also invited to fill gaps in the regular rotation.

After a several months long hiatus because of lack of reviewers, The /newstuff Chronicles returned in May 2008 based on a new system which allows any Doomworld forums member to choose WADs and to submit reviews for them. This proved to be far more effective than a closed group of reviewers. New reviewers such as Not Jabba and gaspe have done a number of honest and successful reviews, with some members making a review out of the blue.

On June 2016, the /newstuff Chronicles had hit issue #500. But the number of WADs not reviewed yet, still remains approximately 100, and increasing every few weeks.

As of December 20, 2018, the latest issue of /newstuff Chronicles is issue #546. There have been no recent publications since then.

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