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The Apogee FAQ

By Samuel Stoddard

Version 7.2w - September 30, 2005

This FAQ is the official FAQ of Apogee and its spin-off brands such as 3D Realms and Pinball Wizards. It is copyrighted by Samuel Stoddard. While it is authorized and "officialized" by Apogee, it is not the property nor the work of Apogee. It was not written by Apogee, or any employee of Apogee. However, Apogee has contributed greatly and generously to its creation and growth; for that, I offer my sincere thanks.


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        [1]  Introduction
          [1.1]  A Word From Me
          [1.2]  About This FAQ
            [1.2.1]  Obtaining the latest version of the FAQ
  New!      [1.2.2]  Revision history
          [1.3]  Obtaining Other Apogee-Related FAQs
  New!    [1.4]  What Is Apogee?
          [1.5]  What Does "Apogee" Mean?
  New!    [1.6]  How Apogee Markets Its Games
          [1.7]  Getting the Latest Information
            [1.7.1]  Apogee's Internet mailing list
            [1.7.2]  World Wide Web
          [1.8]  Apogee's Staff

        [2]  Historical Information
          [2.1]  The Apogee Theme Song
          [2.2]  The Dopefish
          [2.3]  Early Games By Apogee's Executives
  New!    [2.4]  Working Titles of Apogee Games
            [2.4.1]  Alternate titles for Wolfenstein 3D
  New!    [2.5]  Cancelled Projects
          [2.6]  The Great Price Drop
          [2.7]  Apogee's Relationship With Other Companies
  New!      [2.7.1]  What's Apogee's relationship with id?
            [2.7.2]  What's Apogee's relationship with Softdisk?
            [2.7.3]  What's Apogee's relationship with Parallax?
          [2.8]  History of Specific Apogee Games
            [2.8.1]  The Kroz Series
            [2.8.2]  Pharaoh's Tomb and Arctic Adventure
  New!      [2.8.3]  Commander Keen
            [2.8.4]  Crystal Caves and Secret Agent
            [2.8.5]  Duke Nukem and Duke Nukem II
            [2.8.6]  Wolfenstein 3D and Spear of Destiny
              []  "Call Apogee and say Aardwolf"
              []  What's B. J. Blazkowicz's relationship with Commander Keen?
            [2.8.7]  Halloween Harry and Alien Carnage
            [2.8.8]  Mystic Towers
            [2.8.9]  Wacky Wheels
  New!      [2.8.10] Boppin
  New!      [2.8.11] Rise of the Triad
              [] ROTT characters
  New!        [] ROTT levels
              [] Fish Polka
            [2.8.12] Terminal Velocity
            [2.8.13] Paganitzu and Realms of Chaos
  New!      [2.8.14] Duke Nukem 3D
              [] Duke Nukem 3D theme music
            [2.8.15] Shadow Warrior
              [] Lo Wang's rap
  New!        [] Wanton Destruction
  New!      [2.8.16] Balls of Steel
  New!      [2.8.17] Max Payne and Max Payne 2

        [3]  About the Games
          [3.1]  PC Games
  New!      [3.1.1]  What games are currently available from Apogee?
  New!      [3.1.2]  What Apogee games are no longer sold?
            [3.1.3]  The games are too big to download!  Are there "split" versions?
  New!      [3.1.4]  What upgrade patches are currently available?
  New!      [3.1.5]  Hardware requirements and support
  New!      [3.1.6]  Companies involved with each game
          [3.2]  Console Games
  New!      [3.2.1]  What console games are currently available?
            [3.2.2]  What console games are no longer sold?
  New!      [3.2.3]  Companies involved with each console game
          [3.3]  Previews
            [3.3.1]  What slide shows are currently available?
  New!      [3.3.2]  What games are forthcoming?

        [4]  The Almanac
          [4.1]  Release Dates
  New!      [4.1.1]  PC Games
  New!      [4.1.2]  Console Games
            [4.1.3]  Slide shows
  New!      [4.1.4]  Miscellaneous
          [4.2]  Cast of Characters
  New!      [4.2.1]  Heroes
  New!      [4.2.2]  Villains
            [4.2.3]  Cameos
          [4.3]  Behind the Scenes
  New!      [4.3.1]  Programmers
  New!      [4.3.2]  Artists
  New!      [4.3.3]  Musicians
  New!      [4.3.4]  Sound engine programmers
  New!      [4.3.5]  Level designers
  New!      [4.3.6]  Vocal artists
  New!      [4.3.7]  Creative directors
            [4.3.8]  Advertising layouts

        [5]  Obtaining the Games
          [5.1]  The Shareware Episodes
            [5.1.1]  The Internet
          [5.2]  The Registered Episodes
            [5.2.1]  Ordering information
            [5.2.2]  What combination deals does Apogee offer?
          [5.3]  Other Products

        [6]  Playing the Games
          [6.1]  Cheating
  New!      [6.1.1]  Complete cheat list
            [6.1.2]  Hex editing
              []  Raptor: Call of the Shadows
              []  Wacky Wheels
          [6.2]  Hints
            [6.2.1]  Paganitzu
            [6.2.2]  Commander Keen: Goodbye Galaxy and Aliens Ate My Babysitter
            [6.2.3]  Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition
            [6.2.4]  Stargunner
          [6.3]  Secrets and Other Fun Things
            [6.3.1]  Commander Keen: Goodbye Galaxy!
            [6.3.2]  Raptor: Call of the Shadows
            [6.3.3]  Wacky Wheels
            [6.3.4]  Rise of the Triad
            [6.3.5]  Terminal Velocity
            [6.3.6]  XenoPhage: Alien Bloodsport
            [6.3.7]  Stargunner
            [6.3.8]  Balls of Steel
            [6.3.9]  Max Payne
          [6.4]  Troubleshooting
            [6.4.1]  Things to try first
            [6.4.2]  Setting the BLASTER environment variable
            [6.4.3]  Slowing down your computer to play old games

        [7]  Contacting Apogee
          [7.1]  By Phone
          [7.2]  By Fax
          [7.3]  By Snail Mail
  New!    [7.4]  Through Networks

  New!  [8]  Credits

        [9]  Dopefish and Friends


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This FAQ is Copyright © 1994-2005 by Samuel Stoddard. No part of this FAQ may be distributed unless it remains intact, with all credits, attributions, and other miscellaneous praises to myself preserved. You may keep as many copies of this FAQ as you like, on whatever and however many different mediums that you like, and you can even read more than one copy at one time. There's a whole lot of trademarks in here that are acknowledged implicitly because there's too darn many to acknowledge every last one explicitly. All company names are trademarks of said company. All software titles are trademarks of the companies that own them. Comm-Bat network play is a trademark of Apogee. If there's anything else, I hereby explicitly acknowledge it implicitly. The header for the ASCII version of this FAQ was done with the aid of the "Figlet" software package (also a trademark). I take no responsibility whatsoever for anything that happens as a result of this FAQ's existence. Except for the good things. Finally, I am not liable for lost or stolen valuables, and no dogs are permitted on the premises.