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This CD-ROM contains over 3700 fully functional shareware programs, each
with a detailed review. The 12th Edition has added over 300 new programs
and over 500 updates since the release of the 11th Edition. The
collection is always kept current and now contains over 70 megabytes of
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The range of software is phenomenal! There are huge assortments of
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the program title takes you to a detailed description of the program.
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System Requirements: IBM PC/AT PS/2 or compatible with 640K, DOS 3.3 or
higher, Microsoft MS-DOS CD-ROM Extensions and a CD-ROM player. We
recommend a 386 with a VGA monitor.

T h e E s s e n t i a l H o m e & B u s i n e s s C o l l e c t i o n

"Never before has such a valuable collection of popular shareware been
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Finally, 368 of the most useful, popular, important shareware programs
have been put together on one CD. No matter what your need, it's on The
Essential Home & Business Collection.  Everything from Administration to
Windows software is here.

The Essential CD incorporates the WordCruncher text retrieval system.
Every program on the disc is indexed by title, filename, PC-SIG disk
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program you want and review it to be sure, without ever having to run it
from your hard disk.

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System Requirements:

IBM PC/XT/AT PS/2 or compatible with 384K memory DOS 3.1 or higher and
Microsoft MS-DOS CD ROM extensions.

T h e  P C - S I G   G a m e s    C D - R O M

Now you can play a game a day fo over a year.  This CD-ROM is jammed
with over 380 shareware games of all types, designed to appeal to the
new generation of CD-ROM users out for fun.  The CD incorporates a
hypermedia interface and allows 250 of the games to be played directly
from the CD-ROM.

The hottest games in shareware are on this disk, including the
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rival or surpass commercial PC and Nintendo for use of animation,
SoundBlaster audio, and VGA graphics.  There are also games designed to
teach children mathematics, spelling and even ecology.  All these games
for less than a dime each!

Over 250 of the games can be played directly from the CD without copying
them to a floppy or a hard drive.  Being able to run from the CD means
that users can explore games without using up valuable hard disk space
or spending time downloading and deleting files.  The hypermedia
interface makes it easy to browse the titles, read a one line
description or full review, and copy or start a game by clicking the
mouse or using the keyboard.

T h e   P C - S I G   W o r l d   o f   G a m e s   C D - R O M

The new PC-SIG World of Games CD-ROM contains over 550 of the best
shareware games, including 53 educational games for children and 57
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using your hard drive space.

This edition employs the award-winning HyperReader interface, allowing
easy searching and playing by using a mouse or the keyboard.

This CD is the first in a six-volume PC-SIG Encyclopedia of Shareware
series. Each volume will include the programs from a section of the
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of Shareware Magazine. This CD contains the entire text from the
May/June issue of Shareware Magazine, featuring hardware reviews of
the Tandy Sensation and the Media Vision Pro 16 Multimedia System.
Software reviews included cover 58 new shareware releases, security,
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magazine are included and can be downloaded using the HyperReader

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continues the ten year PC-SIG tradition of providing quality programs
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System Requirements: IBM PC/AT/PS/2 or compatible computer with 640K,
DOS 3.3 or higher, Microsoft MS-DOS CD-ROM Extensions and a CD-ROM
player. We recommend a 386 with a VGA monitor.

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			Gridwars is a strategy game for 2-4 players. At the beginning
		of the game each player will select a team to begin with. Each
		team consists of 3 icons (or characters) to start with. With
		these icons you, in turn, can move & attack other players. You
		can collect gold (money), and other items to help you in your
		ultimate goal: wipe out all of your opponents.


		Computer: DOS compatible
		  Memory: 384K
		Graphics: VGA (640X480X16)
		   Input: Mouse Required

		The following is a list of the files that should be included:

		gridwars.exe	('286 or above version)
		grid8086.exe	(8086 version)
		gridwars.doc    (This File)
		examp1.gif		(The GIF's are visual aids)
		examp2.gif		(look at them with any GIF)
		examp3.gif		(file viewer.)

		Jump right in:

		If you have a GIF file viewer, take a look at the screens, they
		will help you understand what is what better than any printed
		material can. You should be able to play a practice game after
		studying these pictures without to much help, although understanding
		every aspect of this game will take time....

		The Game:

		How to get started:

			The left mouse button is used for selection, the right aborts
			in most situations. This is important to remember when you
			change your mind about moving, attacking, or loading a game.

			Click on NEW. A menu will appear for a new game. You will see
			four boxes at the top, which have X's in them. X means that
			team is not playing, click on the boxes to cycle through
			possible teams. Change only the number of boxes as there are
			players playing. Then choose the length of players' turns by
			clicking on the box next to the number of seconds. Then click
			on DONE.

			The OPTION menu will then appear. Choose the number of rounds
			between BUY PHASES. Then choose the player turn mode:
				FLAT = 1,2,3,4 ...
				PACE LINE = 1,2,3,4  2,3,4,1  3,4,1,2 ...
				PALANDROMIAL = 1,2,3,4 4,3,2,1 ...
			Then click on DONE.

			Here is a list of teams:

			5th Column : 3 good soldiers make up this team.
			Force 10   : For a real challenge pick this team. There is a
						 wizard, knight, and a good archer on this team.
			Blisswimpy : 2 mediocre archers and a soldier make up this team,
						 but they all carry potions to begin with.
			Morgans Men: 2 wizards, a soldier, and RANDOMLOGIC (TM) plus
						 few potions hold this team together.
			Hobbsrapes : The obvious team of choice for those who want to
						 win at all costs. A good soldier, knight, and
						 techno make up this team.
			The Caddies: 3 very respectable archers with Slayer arrows make
						 up this team.
			THE ONE!   : 2 technos and a wizard--enough said...

		Phases of the game:

			Each player takes their turn in the order that was choosen at
			the beginning of the game. If the timer runs out during a players
			turn then that players turn will be ended for him. One round of
			play is finished when all players have taken their turns. Every
			3, 4, 5, or 6 rounds the BUY phase takes place. No team may EVER
			possess more than six (6) Icons at a time. So if you already
			have 6 do not bother trying to buy more.

			During a turn a player may ATTACK or MOVE in any order. The
			procedures for attacking, moving, and buying are described
			in the "playing screen" section.

  ********* In between turns and rounds items may appear randomly on the
			various levels. It is completely random, there are no favorites
			played out here. This aspect of the game makes it very unpre-
			dictable as to who will win.

			If a player does not ATTACK during a round, that player will
			have two ATTACKs during the next round (this applies to MOVEs as
			well). Note that only TWO ATTACKs or MOVEs can ever be saved up.
			Also note that using some items (Slayer, Grenade, M-72A3 LAW)
			does not count as an ATTACK. The game is over when only one
			player is left.

		The game pieces:

			Player Icons:

			All Icons have the following attributes:
			HP:  Hit Points- Rating of damage that can an Icon can take.
			AC:  Armor Class- Rating of ability to evade an ATTACK.
			MOV: Movement- Rating of movement of the GRID.
			RNG: Range- Rating of range for ATTACKs on other Icons.
			SPD: Speed- Minimum # of attacks (most Icons have a min. to max.)
			ACC: Accuracy- Modifier to hit enemy.
			Damage- Rating of minimum to maximum amount of hit point damage
					an Icon can do. This attrubute is not displayed.

			All of these attributes can be increased by picking up special
			items or weapons during the course of the game.

			Here is a table of icons and their GENERAL attributes. Note that
			this table is not hard and fast for every Icon- each will be at
			least slightly different in some way...

					 HP | AC | MOV| RNG| SPD| ACC| Damage
			Archer | HI | LOW| MED| LOW| LOW| MED| LOW
			Soldier| MED| LOW| LOW| MED| MED| LOW| MED
			Wizard | LOW| MED| VHI| HI |VLOW| HI | HI
			Knight | VHI| HI | MED|VLOW| LOW| LOW| VHI
			Techno | MED| VHI| LOW| VHI| VHI| HI | MED

			Here is a list of items any Icon can pick up and/or use:

			Chest of Gold: Landing on this will yield your team 3-10 gold
		  *	Mystery Potion: Imbibe this and some of your attributes may go up,
							or they may go down...(Blue)
		  *	Heal Potion: Drink this to fully heal yourself.(Green)
			Ring of Speed: Save this for a higher number of attacks.(Pink)
			Ring of Accuracy: Save this for better accuracy.(Cyan)
			Ring of Movement: Keep for better movement.(Dark Purple)
			Ring of Protection: Saving this will raise your AC.(Brown)
			Ring of THE ONE!:Best ring of all. An Icon with a few of these
							 will be tough to kill. Raises Hit Points and
							 other attributes.(White)
		  *	Free Icon: Pick this up and use at any time. Gives your team a
					   free (random) Icon. Remember that no team may EVER
					   possess more than six (6) Icons at a time. So do
					   not waste this if you already have 6, wait until
					   one of them is killed.
		  *	Random Killer: Save and threaten other players with using it.
						   Using this destroys, at random, Icons all over
						   the MAIN level. Note that it can affect your
						   team as well, and does not always work.

			Here is a list of special items and which icons can use them:

		  *	Slayer-Archer: This arrow almost always hits when used.
		 ** Crossbow-Archer: This magical weapon will increase speed
							 and damage.
		  *	Grenade-Soldier: Use this to Destroy all but the strongest
		  *	M-72A3 LAW-Soldier: Use this anti-tank weapon to obliterate any
								bad situation which happens to befall you.
		 **	Orb of Power-Wizard: Speed and damage are increased with this.
		 **	Shield of Inverness-Knight: AC goes way up!
		 **	Sword of Might-Knight: Range increase of one, speed and damage
								   also go up.
		 **	Fussion Accelerator-Techno: You have just become a terminator.

			 * These items are disposable.
			** Never pick up more than one (each) of these items for each
			   Icon, or you will LOSE more than you gain.

			One final note on items- If you click a ring or weapon, it means
			that you are dropping it forever. All benifits of keeping that
			item will be lost, but sometimes dropping one item of five to
			pick up something better is a good idea.....

		The playing screen:

			After the title screens are gone the playing screen will appear.
			Except for the size of the GRID, it will not change.

			The GRID:

			This is the playing field. You will notice four icons already
			placed on the GRID, these are teleporters which lead to four
			different sub-levels. This level is the main level, the sub-
			levels have one teleporter each which lead back to the main
			level. The players will start the game in a corner of the main
			level (which one depends on the teams' color).

			The Control Area:

			The right side of the screen is where all of the game controls
			are located. At the top:
			NEW: Click here to start a new game.
			LOAD: Load a saved game.
			SAVE: Save a game.
			PAUSE: Pause in the middle of a game (note that the timer stops).
			QUIT: Exit to DOS.
			OPTION: Only used to change somthing in the middle of a game.

			Next there are several squares and lines. This area is the
			Icon Display Area. When ever an icon is selected, information
			about it will be displayed in this area. There are 5 boxes at
			the top with lines which lead to a box at the center. The box
			at the center is where the character selected will be displayed.
			the other 5 boxes display any items that character might have.
			The long rectangles left and right of the box in the center dis-
			play the selected characters' attributes in a bar graph. If a
			friendly icon was selected, the items displayed in the 5 boxes
			(if any) can be dropped or used by clicking on that box. During
			the BUY PHASE, clicking on the center box will cycle through
			the available icons (in the catagory that was selected).

			Below the Icon Display Area and to the left:
			This area has 5 small GRIDs labeled M,1,2,3,&4. They represent the
			Main level, and Sub-Levels 1-4. Buy clicking on any of these, the
			various levels can be displayed, notice that the outline of the
			level selected will change color to show which level is being

			Below the Icon Display Area and to the right:
			This is the Buy Area. This area is only used during the buy phase
			of the game. There are five small boxes labeled A,S,W,K,&T. these
			boxes are for selecting the type of Icon you whis to look at:
			Archer, Soldier, Wizard, Knight, & Techno. Click on one of these
			and an Icon will appear in The Icon Display Area, also its cost
			will appear. To cycle through the available Icons of that type,
			click on the center box in the Icon Display Area. At any time
			during the Buy Phase you can switch types. To buy an Icon click
			on BUY, if you have enough Gold it will be yours. Note that once
			an Icon is purchased, that particular one can not be bought again
			during the game. This means that after all of the cheap ones are
			gone you are going to have to save a lot more Gold, also this
			keeps a game from going on forever. To end the buying, the player
			must click on DONE to the right of the BUY Area.

			Below the BUY Area:
			Here you see ATTACK, MOVE, & DONE. You will use these 'Buttons'
			the most through out the game. Use DONE when you are finished
			with your turn. For ATTACK & MOVE you must first select a
			friendly Icon, then ATTACK or MOVE, then select an enemy or
			destination. If the enemy or or destination is in range your
			team color will outline the box, if it is not in range the color
			will be dark grey. Experiment with this to see how it works.

			Other areas:
			The black area is where all text will be displayed. 'GOLD' shows
			how much gold you have. 'TIMER' shows how much time you have
			left before your turn is over. 'ROUND' is the current game round.
			'PLAYER' displays the color of the team whoose turn it is.


			Do damage to other teams right off if you can, otherwise hunt
			for good weapons and collect as much gold as possible. Even
			though an Icon may not use a certain weapon, (such as an archer
			landing on a Sword of Might) it is a good tactic to waste it to
			prevent an enemy from getting to it.

			Unless you only have one Icon left, don't buy a bunch of cheap
			Icons in the face of a powerful enemy. The best way seems to be
			save for later and buy a real challenge when you have enough

			The range of the LAW is VERY long, but make sure you are fairly
			close when using a Grenade or Slayer arrow. In time you will
			know the ranges of these weapons with reasonable accuracy.

			Spread out to cover many sub-levels, and check all levels every
			time it is your turn to see if anything suddenly showed up. You
			should coordinate your moves and attacks so as to collect any
			items of value if possible.

			Saving 2 ATTACKS & 2 MOVES allows for a nice hit and run, with
			Icons of high movment.

		Last Word:

			This program was refined, played and tested many times for logic
			errors and bugs, however there is one which involves using a
			DEXXA mouse driver. It seems that during an attack or move the
			cursor does not show a colored outline around the box. I don't
			know how DEXXA managed this, but switching the same mouse with
			a Microsoft Mouse driver seemed to work fine. This program was
			written on a 20 Mhz '286 and compiled in Turbo C++ 1.01, and
			took about a year (off and on) to complete. I plan more additions
			and refinements in the future, so please register your copy for
			-$7.50- and get the latest update. Send payment and any questions
			you may have to:

					Brian McMahon
					PO Box 900411
					San Diego, CA 92190

			Thanks and have fun with it!


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