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Game library

The game library is the first thing that appears after you launch Doomsday. The library is part of the tabs-based Home screen that is Doomsday's primary user interface. Doomsday looks through all your data files, and all the games that are found automatically show up in your library.

Click on one of the tabs in the top of the screen to switch between game tabs and see available Multiplayer games and Mods.


Playing and quitting games

If you click on a game in the library and a ▶️ Play button appears, it means Doomsday can successfully launch that game. Just click Play and off you go.

To quit a game, use the Quit menu item in the game's main menu. This will get you back to the game library. Alternatively, the task bar allows you to shut down the game or the entire engine immediately.

View options

gamelib_view_options.jpg Click on the “…” button under each tab title to modify the game library view options. Here you can change the sort order of the games and show or hide certain elements. Note that the same options are applied to each game list, even though the popup is accessible individually in each tab.

  • Descriptions: Show a brief introduction to the game family at the top of the game list.
  • Unplayable Games: Show games that are supported by Doomsday but lack some required data files.
  • Ascending: Sort order is A…Z, 0…9 (instead of reversed: Z…A, 9…0).
  • Separate Custom: Custom games are kept under a separate subheading at the bottom of each game list.

There are more user interface settings in the task bar: ⚙️ > User Interface.

Configuring games

You can configure games in a few ways. The most typical one is selecting mods to be loaded in the game. Mod management is explained on the next page.

Custom games

Custom games have additional options:

  • Select any data file as the main data file.
  • Choose if to load a specific map immediately after launching the game.
  • Change gameplay behaviors like movement speed.

Lets say you'd like to play Aliens TC (an Aliens-themed mod for DOOM). It would be quite cumbersome to go into the DOOM game settings and select the mod's files every time you want to play it, and then remove the mods when you want to go back to playing regular DOOM.

For this kind of cases, you can set up a second customized game in the library where you have the Aliens TC files selected for loading.

Right-click on a game in the library and select “Duplicate.” This will create a custom game profile by taking a copy of the existing settings.

You can also create a custom game profile by clicking the “(+) New Profile” button at the bottom of a list of games. Note that the games of the library are separated by family, so for instance to create a custom Heretic game you would need to create it using the Heretic tab's “(+) New Profile” button.

While Aliens TC relies on the original Ultimate DOOM IWAD, with other mods it may make sense to use a customized IWAD. Custom games are free to use any game data file. It does not have to be one of the recognized game IWADs:


guide/game_library.txt · Last modified: 2018-12-16 07:03 by skyjake