The event will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Doom, the first-person shooter game originally released in 1993 for MS-DOS. Moderating the event will be David L. Craddock, author of the book Break Out: How the Apple II Launched the PC Gaming Revolution, reviewed in Juiced.GS Volume 22, Issue 4.
The duo’s Apple II connection goes beyond their introduction at Softdisk. John Romero and John Carmack were the lead programmers on Wolfenstein 3D, released for MS-DOS in 1992 and ported to the Apple IIGS in 1998. It is available for download from Eric Shepherd’s software repository, and the history of its development can be read on Steve Weyhrich’s history site.
Both Johns are also alumni of KansasFest. Romero delivered the event’s keynote speech in 2012.
And John Carmack, who is raising his kids in the Apple II tradition, attended KansasFest virtually in 2020–2021.