GIF News Issue 18

January / February 1992


                           GIF News
                     January/February 1992
                          Issue #18
                (C)1992 Hsiao & Hunter, Inc.
               Release date: January 3, 1992

------------------- From the Desk of the Editor -------------------------

Hi, this is Eric Hsiao, the creator of GIF News.  In the  November 1991
issue, I mentioned a seperate December 1991 issue.  Unfortunately, that
issue was never released.  The main  reason behind this was  because we
had hoped to have the AdLib Gold Card  to review for our feature story.
However,  due to hardware chip problems,  the Gold Card was delayed, so
we were unable  to provide a full review.   Secondly,  with the Thanks-
giving  Holiday and busy schedules  around here,  we were unable to get
all  the articles together  in time for a separate  December issue.  We
apologize sincerely for this.  
   Anyway,  we hope you like the January/February issue.  Here are some
of the headlines you will find inside:

   * AdLib Gold Card Delayed
   * Brief reviews of three interesting Windows 3.0 programs
   * New Game Releases for 1992
   * Coming products and attractions for the New Year
   * Psygnosis releases "Oh No! More Lemmings!"
   * Our first Super-VGA page (see GN9201V3.GIF)
   * Accolade Vs. Sierra Vs. LucasGames - Who Makes the Best Adventures?
   * and much much more.

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  -------     ----           -----------
    01        Nov/Dec 1988   Reviews of Leisure Suit Larry II, Fire Power,
  GN88-11                    and Sentinel Worlds, a short autobiography of
                             Hsiao & Hunter, Inc.

    02        Feb/Mar 1989   Virus protection safeguards, review of Police
  GN89-02                    Quest II, "Are MS-DOS Games Getting Better"
                             editorial, game hints to Leisure Suit Larry 2.

    03        May/June 1989  Industry news, Space Quest ]I[ review, 1st
  GN89-05                    annual Sight & Sound Awards, "Taito Games Are
                             Terrible" editorial.

    04        July/Aug 1989  Nintendo Game Hints (Super Mario Bros 2, Rad
  GN89-07                    Racer, Karnov), Reviews of 4 different driving
                             simulation games (Vette, Test Drive 2, Lombard
                             Rally, F40 Pursuit Simulator), Review of the
                             game Caveman Ugh-Lympics, a short overview of
                             Lotus 123 Release 3.

    05        Nov/Dec 1989   Review of Maxis' Sim City, the new Tears For  
  GN89-11                    Fears CD "Seeds of Love", and a review of
                             Sierra's Manhunter II.

    06        Jan/Feb 1990   A Look back at the eighties, review of Sierra's
  GN90-01                    the Colonel's Bequest, and a overview of music
                             cards (AdLib, GameBlaster, SoundBlaster, &
                             Roland), the best VGA games.

    07        Mar/Apr 1990   "Do Sound Cards Really Sound that Good?" 
  GN90-03                    editorial, a profile of the Channel 1(tm) BBS
                             in Cambridge, MA, review of Access' Crimewave
                             and Bitmap Bros' Xenon II, look at digitizing
    08        May/June 1990  Detailed look at the VGA and VESA video
  GN90-05                    standard, the Ultima VI built-in cheat, the
                             World of Amiga show in New York City.

    09        July/Aug 1990  Request for BBS distribution sites, Computer
  GN90-07                    Industry News, a look at the Sound Blaster card,
                             a review of Spectrum Holobytes' Faces game.
    10        Sept/Oct 1990  Review of the games Atomix & Puzznik, a look at
  GN90-09                    Battlechess II and future game releases, v.42
                             & v.42bis - what their advantages are.

    11        Nov/Dec 1990   Look at the TrakBlaster program, new Flight
  GN90-11                    Simulator scenery disks, Reviews of games
                             Spellcasting 101 and Jones in the Fast Lane,
                             the Amiga Video Toaster by NewTek, Being a
                             Game Designer for Electronic Arts.

    12        Jan/Feb 1991   V.32bis standard, XGA, LaserDiscs, the   
  GN91-01                    controversial Lotus-Equifax CD-ROM CD, "Boo to
                             Disney Software" editorial, FD-Format, review of
                             the game Hard Nova.

    13        Mar/Apr 1991   Look at Workstations, BBS's pay business rates
  GN91-03                    on their phone lines, JMPlayer review, Amiga 24
                             bit graphics, the first VGA page ever.

    14        May/June 1991  The Prodigy STAGE.DAT controversy, review of 
  GN91-05                    TrakBlaster v2.0, MediaVision's Pro-Audio
                             Spectrum, Amiga News, Review of Lemmings.

    15        July/Aug 1991  The PC Expo in NYC, look at Creative Labs'
  GN91-07                    Voice Edit program, hints to the adventure game
                             Time Quest, a review of the game Armor Alley,
                             Internet News, and the first-ever GIF News

    16        Sept/Oct 1991  Sound Blaster Pro Vs. AdLib Gold, "High Prices
  GN91-09                    for Game Software" Editorial, Internet News,
                             Contest Winners Announced.
    17        Nov/Dec 1991   Closer look at AdLib Gold, Windows 3.1 news,
  GN91-11                    Wing Commander II Built-in cheat, Police
                             Quest III, WordTris, Internet sites, new
                             releases for various computers.

    18        Jan/Feb 1992   AdLib Gold Delayed, Brief Windows 3.0 program
  GN92-01                    review, Oh No More Lemmings!, 1992 planned
                             releases, best graphical adventure game company,
                             first SVGA page, Internet Archie Server.


             Jan 2, 1992

Dear GIF News Readers, 
   The following information was taken from Claude Rains' Release #18
file.  We congratulate him and appreciate the work that goes into these 
lists.  We hope you find it as informative as we have.  I, myself, do not
know Claude Rains so please do not direct questions about this list to me. 
This should give you a good idea of what games will be coming out in '92.  
        Happy New Year!
           - Editor-in-Chief

Hi all.  Claude here.  This edition of RELEASES actually snuck up 
on me too! I wasn't really planning on putting this out until after 
the new year and the Jan. CES show, but such is life.  I got a LOT 
of new information, got it quick, and thought, "what the heck - let's 
just waste a weekend and put this out for out beloved readers!!"  You
know I just live for this ... NOT.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Claude's next version of RELEASES and from that time onward
will be written in Word for Windows 2.0.  I'm sick of using editors, so if
you're not into Windows, get into it, or get it from someone else, or
whatever.  This will be written in W4W2.0 formatted for an HPLJ 3.  Same
goes for Capsules.

Battlechess MPC CD/ROM                          Interplay               12/9
Dusk of the Gods                                Interstel               12/9
The Secret of Monkey Island 2                   Lucasfilms              12/9
Civilization                                    Microprose              12/9
Falcon 3.0                                      Spectrum Holobyte       12/9

Obitus                                          Psygnosis               12/10

Star Collection                                 Electronic Zoo          12/13
Volfied                                         Empire Software         12/13
The Taking of Beverly Hills                     Intracorp               12/13
Ninja Turtles: Adventure                        Konami                  12/13
College League Football                         Microsports/Interplay   12/13
Twilight 2000                                   Paragon Software        12/13
Space Ace II: Borf's Revenge                    Readysoft               12/13
Eye of the Beholder 2: Legend of Dark Moon      S.S.I.                  12/13

UMS II Planet Editor                            Microprose              12/15

Omar Sharif on Bridge                           Interplay               12/16
Star Trek                                       Interplay               12/16
Uncharted Waters                                Koei                    12/16

Super Tetris                                    Spectrum Holobyte       12/17

NCAA Road to the Final Four                     Bethesda Softworks      12/20
Eye of the Storm                                Empire Software         12/20
Greetings                                       Epyx                    12/20
Getaway                                         Epyx                    12/20
The Magic Candle II                             Mindcraft               12/20
Ecoquest I: The Search for Cetus                Sierra On-Line          12/20
Baseball Fantasy Manager                        S.S.I.                  12/20
The Godfather                                   U.S. Gold               12/20
Cybercon III                                    U.S. Gold               12/20

Infocom Classics                                Infocom                 12/27
Simpsons: Arcade                                Konami                  12/27
Roller Babes                                    Konami                  12/27
Crisis in the Kremlin                           Spectrum Holobyte       12/27
Megafortress Mission Disk: Op. Sledgehammer     Three Sixty             12/27

Conspiracy: The Deadlock Files                  Accolade                12/31
Hyperspeed                                      Microprose              12/31
Cribbage for Windows - MPC                      Ninga Software          12/31
King's Quest V - CD/ROM                         Sierra On-Line          12/31
Paperboy II                                     Software Toolworks      12/31
U.S. Atlas for Windows                          Software Toolworks      12/31
Jetfighter II Mission Disks                     Velocity Development    12/31
Magnetic Scrolls Collection (Full)              Virgin Games            12/31

Links Courses: Barton Creek                     Access Software         1/7

Ad-Lib Gold Series                              Ad-Lib                  1/15
Ninja Turtles: Arcade                           Konami                  1/15
MicroLeague Basketball                          MicroLeague Sports      1/15
Flames of Freedom                               Microprose              1/15
Planet's Edge                                   New World Computing     1/15
Mantis Experimental Fighter                     Paragon Software        1/15
Thunderhawk                                     Virgin Games            1/15

Jack Nicklaus Golf: Signature Edition           Accolade                1/31
Grand Prix Unlimited                            Accolade                1/31
Ultrabots Sanction: Earth                       DataEast                1/31
U.S.S. John Young                               Digitek                 1/31
Hext                                            Digitek                 1/31
Second World                                    Digitek                 1/31
Pitfighter                                      Domark                  1/31
Super Space Invaders                            Domark                  1/31
Powermonger PC                                  Electronic Arts         1/31
Team Yankee 2                                   Empire Software         1/31
The Cool Croc Twins                             Empire Software         1/31
Campaign                                        Empire Software         1/31
International Sports Challenge                  Readysoft               1/31
Lord of the Rings II: The Two Towers            Interplay               1/31
Dvorak's Top 30                                 Interplay               1/31
Dvorak on Typing for Windows                    Interplay               1/31
Out of this World                               Interplay               1/31
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis          Lucasfilms              1/31
SimAnt                                          Maxis                   1/31
Final Conflict                                  Microprose              1/31
Fight for Rome                                  Microprose              1/31
Merchant Colony                                 Microprose              1/31
Traders                                         Microprose              1/31
Siege                                           Mindcraft               1/31
Backgammon for Windows - MPC                    Ninga Software          1/31
Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss            Origin                  1/31
Armorgeddon                                     Psygnosis               1/31
Lemmings Construction Kit                       Psygnosis               1/31
Guy Spy                                         Readysoft               1/31
Summer Sports Challenge                         Readysoft               1/31
Chessmaster 3000 for Windows                    Software Toolworks      1/31
Casino Game Pack for Windows                    Software Toolworks      1/31
Carriers at War                                 S.S.G.                  1/31
California Scenery                              SubLOGIC                1/31
Theater of War                                  Three Sixty             1/31
Light Quest                                     UBI Soft                1/31
Celtic Legends                                  UBI Soft                1/31
Floor 13                                        Virgin Games            1/31
Legacy of the Necromancer                       Virgin Games            1/31

Aces of the Pacific                             Dynamix                 2/15
Mutant Warriors                                 Innerprise              2/15
A.T.A.C. F-23                                   Microprose              2/15
Ultima 7: The Black Gate                        Origin                  2/15

Battlefield 2000                                DataEast                2/28
Birds of Prey                                   Electronic Arts         2/28
American Gladiators                             Gametek                 2/28
Leather Goddess of Phobos II: Gas Pump Girls    Infocom                 2/28
Champions                                       Konami                  2/28
SimAnt for Windows                              Maxis                   2/28
Atominoes                                       Psygnosis               2/28
The Lost Admiral: Scenario Disk                 Quantum Quality Prod.   2/28
War in the Pacific                              S.S.I.                  2/28
Flight Simulator: Air Force Primary Trainer     SubLOGIC                2/28
Megafortress Scenario Editor                    Three Sixty             2/28

John Madden Football II                         Electronic Arts         3/1

Abandoned Places                                Electronic Zoo          3/15
Cyberspace                                      Empire Software         3/15
SimCity - CD/ROM                                Maxis                   3/15
Sea Rogue                                       Microprose              3/15
Greens                                          Microprose              3/15
Darklands                                       Microprose              3/15
Robocop 3D                                      Ocean                   3/15
Strike Commander                                Origin                  3/15
Space, Inc.                                     Raw Entertainment       3/15

Links for Windows 3.0 - MPC                     Access Software         3/31
Carmen Sandiego Deluxe: CD/ROM                  Broderbund              3/31
Dog Eats Dog World                              Disney Software         3/31
Roller Coaster Construction Set                 Disney Software         3/31
Car and Driver                                  Electronic Arts         3/31
Liberty or Death                                Koei                    3/31
Dream Web                                       Live Studios            3/31
SimCity for Windows                             Maxis                   3/31
A-Train                                         Maxis                   3/31
Conquest                                        Microprose              3/31
Civil War                                       Ninga Software          3/31
Darkman                                         Ocean                   3/31
Navy Seals                                      Ocean                   3/31
Elf                                             Ocean                   3/31
Suez '73                                        Raw Entertainment       3/31
Police Quest I: VGA                             Sierra On-Line          3/31
Horse Racing: Jockey Competition                Sporttime               3/31
Basketball: Pro League Module                   Sporttime               3/31
Time Gates                                      Symtus                  3/31
Dune                                            Virgin Games            3/31
Cybernet                                        Virgin Games            3/31

NFL Challenge 3.0                               XOR Corporation         3/31

Links Pro                                       Access Software         4/30
T.V. Sports Football II                         Konami                  4/30
T.V. Sports Basketball II                       Konami                  4/30
Tom Landry Football                             Merit                   4/30
Mercenaries                                     Mindcraft               4/30
Epic                                            Ocean                   4/30
Fleet Commander                                 Raw Entertainment       4/30
Space Quest IV - CD/ROM                         Sierra On-Line          4/30
Heimdall                                        Virgin Games            4/30

World Circuit                                   Microprose              5/15
B-17                                            Microprose              5/15

Links Gold                                      Access Software         5/31
Flight Simulator 5/31                           BAO                     5/31
Cyberfight                                      Electronic Arts         5/31
Buzz Aldrin's Race Into Space                   Interplay               5/31
Laura Bow II: The Dagger of Amon Ra             Sierra On-Line          5/31
Tower Sim                                       Wesson International    5/31

Links Multimedia                                Access Software         6/30
"Amazon Adventure"                              Access Software         6/30
Prince of Persia II                             Broderbund              6/30
Willie Beamish: Further Adventures              Dynamix                 6/30
Sherlock Holmes                                 Electronic Arts         6/30
Populous II                                     Electronic Arts         6/30
Son of Zeus                                     Electronic Zoo          6/30
Kawasaki                                        Gametek                 6/30
Sword of Sodan                                  Innerprise              6/30
Dragon Wars II                                  Interplay               6/30
Mean Time                                       Interplay               6/30
Megatraveller 3                                 Paragon Software        6/30
Solitaire's Journey: 1998                       Quantum Quality Prod.   6/30
Battle for Guadalcanal                          Raw Entertainment       6/30
Quest for Glory I: VGA                          Sierra On-Line          6/30
Omniplay Football                               Sporttime               6/30
Omniplay Baseball                               Sporttime               6/30
Warlords II                                     S.S.G.                  6/30
True Classics Golf: Pebble Beach                T&E Software            6/30
True Classics Golf: Wailea                      T&E Software            6/30
V for Victory                                   Three Sixty             6/30
Realms                                          Virgin Games            6/30
Dune: The Battle for Arrakis                    Virgin Games            6/30
Kyrandia                                        Virgin Games            6/30
Race to Mars                                    Wesson International    6/30

Checkmate for Windows                           Interplay               7/31
Wing Commander II: Special Ops. #2              Origin                  7/31
Patriot                                         Three Sixty             7/31

2300 A.D.                                       Bethesda Softworks      8/31
Stunt Island                                    Disney Software         8/31
Leisure Suit Larry I - CD/ROM                   Sierra On-Line          8/31
Avenger A-10                                    Spectrum Holobyte       8/31

Gretzky Hockey III                              Bethesda Softworks      9/30
Terminator 2029: Man's Battle for Survival      Bethesda Softworks      9/30
SimCity II                                      Maxis                   9/30
Sim-Life                                        Maxis                   9/30
Frozen Jungle                                   Mindcraft               9/30
King's Quest VI                                 Sierra On-Line          9/30
Quest for Glory 3: Wages of War                 Sierra On-Line          9/30
Space Quest V                                   Sierra On-Line          9/30
NFL Challenge CD-I                              XOR Corporation         9/30

Links Course Designer                           Access Software         10/31
"Tennis Simulation"                             Access Software         10/31
Wing Commander III                              Origin                  10/31
Spectre                                         Velocity Development    10/31

Magic Candle III                                Mindcraft               11/30
"Codename: Iceman" Sequel                       Sierra On-Line          11/30
"Fantasy Multi-Player" Game                     SimSystems              11/30
Victory at Sea                                  Three Sixty             11/30
Harpoon 2.0 w/ Pacific Battleset                Three Sixty             11/30

Paragon Golf                                    Paragon Software        12/92
Megafortress "2-Player / Wingman"               Three Sixty             12/92
Winter Olympics                                 Three Sixty             12/92

NCAA Football                                   Bethesda Softworks      1993
AH-64 Attack Chopper                            Spectrum Holobyte       1993
Harpoon Gold                                    Three Sixty             1993
Jetfighter III                                  Velocity Development    1993

Tank 2.0                                        Spectrum Holobyte       1994*

The following titles are listed as TBD (To Be Determined) at this point 
as the developer has only released preliminary information regarding the 
title with no expectation on completion, or the game title is simply up 
in their as to it's status.  Watch here for further developments on these 
titles as time passes.  Please keep in mind that "TBD" titles change 
radically over time.  Many are simply cancelled.

Links Courses: Harbor Town                      Access Software         TBD
Links Courses: Mauna Kea                        Access Software         TBD
Links Courses: Merion                           Access Software         TBD
Links Courses: "Irish"                          Access Software         TBD
Links Courses: "Australian"                     Access Software         TBD     
Where in Space is Hans Solo                     Broderbund              TBD
Ancient Art of War in the Skies                 Broderbund              TBD
Lode Runner II                                  Broderbund              TBD
Heaven and Earth                                Disney Software         TBD
Heart of China II                               Dynamix                 TBD
Red Baron Mission Disk                          Dynamix                 TBD
"Science Fiction" RPG                           Dynamix                 TBD
Pinball                                         Dynamix                 TBD
Rise of the Dragon II                           Dynamix                 TBD
Earthling                                       Electronic Arts         TBD
Dungeon Master                                  FTL Games               TBD
Chaos Strikes Back                              FTL Games               TBD
Star Fleet III                                  Interstel               TBD
MIDI Music Teacher                              Koei                    TBD
"Planetary Exploration" Game                    Mindcraft               TBD
"System Space Simulator"                        Origin                  TBD
Barbarian II                                    Psygnosis               TBD
Amnios                                          Psygnosis               TBD
Aquaventura                                     Psygnosis               TBD
Leander                                         Psygnosis               TBD
"Maze Game"                                     Psygnosis               TBD
"Fractal PC Engine"                             Psygnosis               TBD
Castles and Catapaults                          Quantum Quality Prod.   TBD
King's Quest II - VGA                           Sierra On-Line          TBD
King's Quest III - VGA                          Sierra On-Line          TBD
Scary Tales                                     Sierra On-Line          TBD
Fireteam 2200 Scenario Construction Kit         SimSystems              TBD
Citatel of the Black Sun                        S.S.I.                  TBD
"Buck Rogers" Sequel                            S.S.I.                  TBD
"Korean War" Military Sim.                      S.S.I.                  TBD
Carrier Strike                                  S.S.I.                  TBD
B-70 Valkyrie                                   Three Sixty             TBD
The Koshan Conspiracy                           UBI Soft                TBD
B.A.T. II                                       UBI Soft                TBD
Monopoloy Deluxe                                Virgin Games            TBD
Monopoly for Windows                            Virgin Games            TBD
Monopoly - CD/ROM                               Virgin Games            TBD
"AWACS" Sim.                                    Wesson International    TBD

* New Record!

Lots 'o new stuff coming out next year, and that's not all, I'm sure.  Take
special note of RELEASES #19 as it will have the post-CES report in it, which
is always exciting with many new titles coming out.  As always, if you have
any questions, you know where to reach me.

Anyway, take care all.
Claude Rains
"Illigitimus Non Carborundum"
12/7/91 - May they rest in peace
9:14 p.m.



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       3. If contributing money for an ad:
           a. A full page with customized drawn graphics by me will general-
              ly run around $75 - add $25 for each additional issue that you
              want the ad in.
           b. Pre-supplied/drawn graphics full page size will generally 
              be around $50 - add $25 for each additional issue that you
              want the ad in.
           c. Half a page of custom graphics will run around $30 - add $10
              for each additional issue that you want the ad in.
           d. Pre-supplied/drawn graphics half size will be around $15 -
              add $10 for each additional issue that you want the ad in.
           e. Please keep in mind that these are only general numbers, I am
              very flexible and will negotiate.  Also, unlike the FREE BBS
              ad policy, you can request that your ad be in for a certain
              number of issues (ex. "Please put my full page ad in the 
              January issue for a contribution of $50, plus I would like 
              to see it in the March/April and May/June issues for an 
              additional contribution of $50 (2 x $25).  See above for
              contribution guidelines.  
           f. Contributions not need be in the form of monetary units   
              (money).  Instead, products of interest to me such as a
              PostScript Laser Printer, v32Bis Modem, etc. would really
              be appreciated.
       4.  Any legitimate commercial/non-profit/organization/group can      
           advertise in GIF News.  GIF News retains the right to refuse
           any advertisement due to content, space considerations, or
           other reasons.  We try to screen all advertisers for legitimacy.
           Complaints against advertisers should be directed toward the 
           advertiser or the Better Business Bureau, not GIF News.



                        .MOD files at your service

     If you're a SoundBlaster owner like me (or SB Pro), you probably
     heard of the TrakBlaster program that plays Amiga NoiseTracker
     sound files (.MOD files).  NoiseTracker is a format that stores
     samples of real or electronic instruments and the play back program
     uses wave manipulation to play them back at different frequencies to
     achieve different notes on the scale.  As a result, you get
     song files that are very realistic sounding, and are much better than
     .ROL or .CMF files.  Everything is taken care of by the SoundBlaster
     DAC.  Several programs out there exist for the PC to playback these
     .MOD files.  ModPlay 2.0 is one of them and will even play them back
     through your internal speaker.  It also includes plans to build your
     very own stereo DAC that you could plug into your parallel printer port.
     For EGA users, there is JMPLAY, and for VGA users, there's the ever
     popular TrakBlaster 2.0 program.  If you're a SoundBlaster Pro owner,
     TetraComposer, available through Creative Labs, will also let you play
     these files back. Although there are literally thousands of .MOD files 
     out there,  you may be having difficulty finding some on your local 
     Bulletin Board Systems.  And you wish you had more, but don't want to 
     spend the lengthy time to download them from long distance boards. Well, 
     I have a solution to those people who want more, but can't find more.  
     I have amassed about 10 megs of .MOD files, and would like to share them
     with you.  

     Introducing the GIF News .MOD file server
     Files available on both 5.25" & 3.5" format

      If you order 1-2 disks, the following rates apply:

            Disk Type       Price
         5.25" 360K disk = $1.00 ea
         3.5"  720K disk = $1.75 ea
         5.25" 1.2Meg disk = $2.25 ea
         3.5"  1.44Meg disk = $2.75 ea

      If you order 3 or more, the following rates apply:
            Disk Type       Price
         5.25" 360K disk = $.75 ea
         3.5"  720K disk = $1.50 ea
         5.25" 1.2Meg disk = $2.00 ea
         3.5"  1.44Meg disk = $2.50 ea 

      Please print out the following order form to help you out.

      Name: ___________________________      Date: ___/___/___
      Phone: (   )    -

         Disk Type             Qty         Price          Total
      ___________________     _____   x   _______        _______
      ___________________     _____   x   _______        _______
      ___________________     _____   x   _______        _______
      ___________________     _____   x   _______        _______

      See above for information on        US Shipping    _$.75__
      Disk Type & Price
                                          Total          _______

      Shipping to Canada is $1.50, not $.75 (funds in US Dollars please)
      Checks & Money Order accepted as payment
      Please make check out to Eric Hsiao
      Mail this order form to:
           Eric Hsiao
           406-A BARH Mailroom, RPI
           Troy, New York 12180-3590

      All sales are final.

      To make sure I don't send you .MOD files you already have, it may be
      helpful for you mail your list of .MOD files along with the order


                               5280 Belmont Rd.
                           Downers Grove IL  60515

                        Instructions and Order Form.

     Alter-Image Complete Scanning Services offers the highest quality scans
currently available to the public for the lowest possible prices.  Scanning 
resolution of up to 800 Dpi with up to 16.7 MILLION individual colors is 
possible, resulting in near photographic quality images.  Images can be 
created from any photograph or item (8"x11"x1" max.).  To order, send a 
completed copy of this order form (which can be printed), your photograph 
or item, and a check or money order, made out to "Alter-Image" for the 
appropriate amount.  Pricing is as follows: $5.00 per scanned image (using 
standard options) + $2.00 shipping and handling (up to two disks).  The 
additional options (custom Dpi scans, 16.7 million color) listed have prices 
that are higher due to their larger file sizes and longer scan times.  Call
for a price quote of these non-standard options before ordering, please.
Assume that each standard scan will have a file length of about 50K.  If you
send multiple images, and their total disk usage is greater than 2 disks,
please add the specified additional shipping and handling charge.
     |               Standard Options ($5.00/scan)               |
     |               (Check one box in each column)              |
     |                                                           |
     | Screen Resolution |  # of Colors |       Disk Format      |
     |   [] 320x200      |    [] 2      |   [] 5 1/4" 360k       |
     |   [] 640x200      |    [] 4      |   [] 5 1/4" 1.2M  (HD) |
     |   [] 640x350      |    [] 16     |   [] 3 1/2" 720k       |
     |   [] 640x480      |    [] 256    |   [] 3 1/2" 1.44M (HD) |
     |            Additional Non-Standard Options                |
     |       (This section optional - call for pricing)          |
     |                                                           |
     |   [] 1024x768          [] 16.7 Million Color Scan         |
     |                                                           |
     |   [] Custom Dpi setting/resolution (70-800 dpi)           |
     |        Horizontal Dpi______                               |
     |        Vertical   Dpi______                               |
     |                     Image Formats                         |
     |                                                           |
     |   [] .gif         [] .tif            [] .tif (compressed) |
     |   [] .pcx         [] .tga            [] .bmp              |
     |   [] .msp         [] .eps                                 |
     | Total cost:_______  ($5/scan + $2 p/h for every 2 disks)  |
     All items sent become property of Alter-Image Inc. if no provision
     is made for their return.  If you desire your items returned, please 
     send a self-addressed stamped envelope (package) of sufficient size 
     and with sufficient postage.  They will be returned promptly.

Alter-Image also does photo-retouching, 8 color plotting, and
photographic computer-image downloading.  For information on these other 
graphic services, call during regular business hours (CDT).