The alt.fan.dopefish
FAQ
Version 1.01
By André Viens and James Edgar
Information contained is as current as of 02/18/98

Dopefish

1.1 What is the Dopefish?
1.2 Why is he so popular? 
alt.fan.dopefish
2.1 What is alt.fan.dopefish?
2.2 What is discussed in alt.fan.dopefish?
2.3 What is allowed in alt.fan.dopefish?
2.4 What is not allowed in alt.fan.dopefish?
2.5 Why was the newsgroup alt.fan.dopefish name used?
2.6 Famous people you might come across 
2.6.1 Joe Siegler
2.6.2 Lee Jackson
2.6.3 André Viens
2.6.4 James Edgar
Internet and Dopefish
3.1 What are some web sites that talk about the Dopefish? 
3rd Party Dopefish Programs

4.1 What are some of the Dopefish items I can check out?

Dopefish

1.1 What is the Dopefish?

The story behind the character of the Dopefish is well defined. The Dopefish is the second dumbest creature in the universe, and his thought patterns are only "Swim, swim, hungry...". The Dopefish's food tastes are pretty much anything that's near him, although he does prefer heroes.

The Dopefish originally was an enemy character in the game Commander Keen IV: Goodbye Galaxy!. Since then it has appeared in many other games with cameo appearances. The Dopefish is particularly quite a part of Apogee/3D Realms software.

Game Company
Commander Keen IV id Software
Wacky Wheels Apogee
Rise of the Triad Apogee
Raptor: Call of the Shadows Apogee
Terminal Velocity 3D Realms
Duke Nukem 3D 3D Realms
Quake id Software
Quake II id Software
1.2 Why is he so popular?
The Dopefish has been steadily gaining fame over the years. It basically all started when Tom Hall created the Dopefish on some scrap line paper. At the time, Tom Hall was working for id Software and he was developing the Dopefish character as an enemy in the game Commander Keen IV: Goodbye Galaxy!.

At around the same time the Dopefish and Commander Keen IV was being ready to be released, it's publishing company, Apogee, had recently hired a few new employees. Joe Siegler, Steve Quarrella, and Lee Jackson were hired and they seemed to have fallen in love with this fish. They sort of adopted the Dopefish as their mascot. Joe, Steve, and Lee all started creating little Dopefish items. They created a Dopefish ANSI file, and convinced the operators at Software Creations BBS (then Apogee's home Bulletin Board System) to display it if you typed in DOPEFISH at the command line.

They soon convinced Jay Wilbur who was working for id Software to allow them to create some in-house Dopefish polo shirts (The Dopefish was and still is owned by id Software.) They had a picture of the "Burpfish", which is the animation frame that shows the Dopefish burping, on the front of the shirt. More people started creating Dopefish items as time went on.

Some stuff that was created in-house at Apogee include Dopefish dolls, Dopefish needlepoint, Dopefish coffee mugs and Dopefish mobiles.

The love of the Dopefish has generally grown over time, with a large part to do with all the secret cameo appearances and mentioning in top selling games by id Software and Apogee/3D Realms.
Steve Quarrella even had a mail order ordainment service legally recognize him as the "Pope of the Church of the Dopey Fish."

alt.fan.dopefish

2.1 What is alt.fan.dopefish?

alt.fan.dopefish is a UseNet newsgroup that has been created to handle discussion of the Dopefish and his many products.
2.2 What is discussed in alt.fan.dopefish?
Discussions are about the Dopefish and it's many products. This includes cameo appearances, the screen saver, the game, the Win95 theme, bitmaps, icons, buttons, etc. Anything now or in the future relating to the Dopefish can be talked about in alt.fan.dopefish.
2.3 What is allowed in alt.fan.dopefish?
Discussion relating to the Dopefish.
2.4 What is not allowed in alt.fan.dopefish?
Spam and binary postings. Spam (or commercial bulk e-mail) has no real place in this newsgroup. While it's difficult to be stopped, let the rules show now that it's not a welcome member.

Binary messages (messages that have files attached) should not be posted in alt.fan.dopefish. This is done for a few reasons. Some people have no choice but to download all the messages in a newsgroup, and news administrators added this group with the intent that there would be no binary in it.

I'd also be nice if you keep the cursing down. A little "H-E-double hockeysticks" might be alright, but the children are listening in.

Questions about the personal life of the Dopefish, unless treated in a respectful and courtious manner, are also not allowed.

2.5 Why was the alt.fan.dopefish name used?
alt.fan.dopefish was used because it is UseNet hieararchy friendly. The alt groups are generally divided into several subcategories, and in order to get maximum exposure of this newsgroup, it conformed to the most recognized and appreciated form.

One possible name could have been alt.dopefish.swim.swim.hungry, however most news administrators don't like names like that for two reasons. One, it creates a second level hierarchy (alt.dopefish) when it could easily be put into something like alt.fan.dopefish. Second, creating needless subdirectories for newsgroups (.swim.swim.hungry) is generally frowned upon.

2.6 Famous People you might come across
NOTE: This section only lists people well-known to the Dopefish that have been seen posting on alt.fan.dopefish. Other famous people may come and post on a regular basis, but for the time being, these are it.

2.6.1 Joe Siegler

Joe Siegler is only the St. Peter of the Dopefish. If it weren't for his efforts to make the Dopefish world-famous, such as dopefish.com, you wouldn't be reading this right now. Needless to say, it is a requirement to worship him. :)
2.6.2 Lee Jackson
Made some Dopefish music used in Apogee/3D Realms' games, such as "Dopejaws" and "Fish Polka". If it weren't for Lee, we might as well gouge our eardrums out with a fork, as our ears would be useless weird things attached to our heads. He is THAT important, folks.
2.6.3 André Viens
Not only is he responsible for the creation of alt.fan.dopefish, but is responsible for bringing our favourite fish to our desktop in the form of a screensaver. Revere him.
2.6.4 James Edgar
The organizer of the Royal Society for the Use of the Dopefish in 3D Realms' Games (RSFTUOTDI3DRG) and maintainer of this FAQ. No need to revere him - this is just self-indulgence on his part. 
Dopefish and the Internet

3.1 What are some web sites that talk about the Dopefish?

Some web sites that you should check out include dopefish.com as a high priority. It lists pretty much everything on the Dopefish. To check out some Dopefish fan pages, you should check out the Dopefish Webring Homepage. Also, to ensure the Dopefish survives to the year 2000 and beyond, see the RSFTUOTDI3DRG's homepage and sign their petition.

3rd Party Dopefish Items

4.1 What are some of the Dopefish items I can check out?

There are lots of different Dopefish things available. Some particular items of interest include a Dopefish Screen Saver, Dopefish Game, Dopefish graphics, sounds, art, graffiti, burps, music, and more. You can pretty much find all the Dopefish stuff on dopefish.com
The End!
---Andre C. Viens
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--James R. Edgar
JamesE@geocities.com
http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Realm/6079/ 
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