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Old 05-24-2007, 01:38 PM   #1
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Alien Carnage Released as Freeware
I just released Alien Carnage as freeware. Posted a big story about it on the main page of the 3DR site. Go check it out there.

http://www.3drealms.com/news/2007/05..._freeware.html

I would like to take this opportunity to tell people that the results of the poll I recently took had no bearing on this. The decision to release this was already made when I posted that. But it was nice to see folks agree with the decision that was already made.
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Old 05-24-2007, 01:39 PM   #2
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Cool
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Old 05-24-2007, 01:50 PM   #3
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Very cool to see more freeware games from 3DR
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Old 05-24-2007, 02:15 PM   #4
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Keep up the good work Joe, it's nice to see at least one company that actively releases their old classics to the public.
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Old 05-24-2007, 02:27 PM   #5
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that is so cool
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Old 05-24-2007, 02:35 PM   #6
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Hell yeah! Thanks 3DR!
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Old 05-24-2007, 02:50 PM   #7
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Great. I'll play it ASAP
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Old 05-24-2007, 02:58 PM   #8
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That's cool. Thanks
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Old 05-24-2007, 03:18 PM   #9
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I haven't played this game in my life. I've just downloaded it and I will find some time tomorow to play it, thanks!
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Old 05-24-2007, 03:57 PM   #10
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Thank John Passfield. You wouldn't have this game if it wasn't for him.
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Old 05-24-2007, 04:06 PM   #11
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Thanks John.
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Old 05-24-2007, 04:15 PM   #12
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John Passfield has updated his blog with a mention of the release. In there is what appears to be sketch art for Halloween Harry.

http://passfieldgames.blogspot.com/2...arnage-as.html
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Old 05-24-2007, 04:35 PM   #13
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Sweet

Will give it a go later tonight.
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Old 05-24-2007, 05:44 PM   #14
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A really nice game, and quite original for being a sidescroller. Was a bitch getting it to work on modern computers though, if I remember correctly. Luckily DOSBox has come quite a way since then.
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Old 05-24-2007, 07:07 PM   #15
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Very nice of you guys

I wonder, is the freeware version enhanced one bit from the retail box version? I've been wanting to play this childhood memory many times but I just can't get it to run. I've tried at least four different DOS computers but it didn't work for one of them, I even tried applying TPLfix to get rid of the pascal error but nothing worked.
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Old 05-24-2007, 07:40 PM   #16
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Ah, good news. I loved it way back then, it was one of the first Apogee games I played and it was endless fun.

Cheers to Halloween Harry/Alien Carnage, whichever we love to call it most. T'was -- and still is -- a great game.
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Old 05-24-2007, 09:58 PM   #17
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great, another freeware release to add to my games site
and to think they were not going to release it because of rumors about a sequel
but it's a great game & it's deserves to be released

thanx john!
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Old 05-24-2007, 11:25 PM   #18
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Many thanks for this!

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Old 05-25-2007, 12:24 AM   #19
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Very nice of you guys

I wonder, is the freeware version enhanced one bit from the retail box version? I've been wanting to play this childhood memory many times but I just can't get it to run. I've tried at least four different DOS computers but it didn't work for one of them, I even tried applying TPLfix to get rid of the pascal error but nothing worked.
The patches we(dosbox devs) supplied enable it to run on some winxp machines(a side effect). However the experience is better in dosbox.
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Old 05-25-2007, 03:41 AM   #20
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Thanks John And 3DR for releasing this..

This is awsome..

Can't Wait for the next freeware release..
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Old 05-25-2007, 03:46 AM   #21
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This is great! I used to play the shareware version of this game all the time.. this was long ago so I could not buy the full version, didn't have a credit card or anything. Finally I have a chance to finish the whole thing, thanks a lot John Passfield and 3DR!
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Old 05-25-2007, 04:22 AM   #22
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Thank you very much John Passfield and Apogee!
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Old 05-25-2007, 04:38 AM   #23
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John, Joe and 3DR get massive cookies!
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Old 05-25-2007, 05:34 AM   #24
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Awesome! (It better ****ing work this time!)
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Old 05-25-2007, 07:05 AM   #25
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I get a strange sense of relief from this freeware release. Alien Carnage is one of the first games I ever tried to get "liberated", and the one that I felt had the least chance of success because it required John Passfield's approval, and he is still hoping to port the game to other platforms. I want to, of course, thank Joe for his efforts, but I'd also like to encourage everyone to send special thanks to John Passfield for deciding to do this. If you ever see AC for sale for your cell phone, buy it anyway! He deserves to be repaid for his generosity.
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Old 05-25-2007, 08:39 AM   #26
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Thanks for releasing another great game of an era gone by! Thankfully the DOSBox devs are on top of the nostalgia trip junkies and all games play just like they used to
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Old 05-25-2007, 11:10 AM   #27
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I wonder, is the freeware version enhanced one bit from the retail box version?
There was no retail box version. This was a direct sale only through us.

This was never in retail to my knowledge, except some shovelware FormGen CD's that were out there, but that was a very small release.
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Old 05-25-2007, 11:29 AM   #28
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actually gold medallion... the second company by by my uncle, scince they were founded by the same person, and are in the same building, the gold medallion sofware libraries are often mistaken for formgen software.


btw: TYVM i played this be4 in shareware and LOVED it
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Old 05-25-2007, 12:42 PM   #29
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Thanks a lot for this release! I haven't yet truly tried this game, never made it past the first level in the shareware
Also Joe there's an error on the site, it says version 1.2 when it's actually 1.0
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actually gold medallion... the second company by by my uncle, scince they were founded by the same person, and are in the same building, the gold medallion sofware libraries are often mistaken for formgen software.
Nah, FormGen distributed Alien Carnage in retail, at least I've seen some boxes and they clearly had the FormGen logo on them.
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Old 05-25-2007, 01:43 PM   #30
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and are in the same building, the gold medallion sofware libraries are often mistaken for formgen software.
I know who they all are. I worked here before, during, and after that time. I have a CD sitting right in front of me. Gold Medallion was shareware. FormGen was not.
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Old 05-25-2007, 01:45 PM   #31
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Gold Medallion was shareware. FormGen was not.
I can vouch for that, I used to own a Gold Medallion 'Gamepack' cd. In fact thats where I found many apogee and id games for the first time.
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Old 05-25-2007, 08:32 PM   #32
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Cool!

Any chance of a release for that Microbee version? Should be emulatable by e.g. MESS....
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Old 05-25-2007, 10:47 PM   #33
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You'd have to ask John about that. I never even knew it existed until two days ago.
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Old 05-26-2007, 08:40 AM   #34
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Old 05-26-2007, 09:19 AM   #35
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Old 05-26-2007, 05:36 PM   #36
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This is great! Does it also mean that the original release as Halloween Harry is now freeware too?
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Old 05-27-2007, 09:12 AM   #37
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This is great! Does it also mean that the original release as Halloween Harry is now freeware too?
I doubt it. I registered the first Duke Nukem game recently and they all say Nukum. You'd think 3DR would give us the "Nukem" version since they found out that it's not copyrighted. So I'm guessing no HH for us.
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I think in that case it was because Nukem was an old version, and Nukum was newer - so when you get the latest version, it happens to say Nukum. I would imagine that you'd be allowed to get hold of the Nukem version, if you've paid for Nukum.

I already have the original Halloween Harry release, so I'm wondering whether it's now legal to distribute it, given the "newer" version is freeware. Aside from it being interesting because of the different name, this version also includes a program to play the music from the game (studio.exe), something that's not in the Alien Carnage release.
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Old 05-27-2007, 04:31 PM   #39
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There was no retail box version. This was a direct sale only through us.

This was never in retail to my knowledge, except some shovelware FormGen CD's that were out there, but that was a very small release.
Oh I'm sorry. I meant the CD version that KiXX published.
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Old 05-27-2007, 10:27 PM   #40
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John has a followup to the release on his blog. Check it out.

http://passfieldgames.blogspot.com/2...hat-might.html
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