The Apogee FAQ

By Samuel Stoddard

Version 7.01w - December 15, 2000


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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
          [1.4]  What Is Apogee?
          [1.5]  What Does "Apogee" Mean?
          [1.6]  How Apogee Markets Its Games
          [1.7]  Getting the Latest Information
  New!      [1.7.1]  Apogee's Internet mailing list
  New!      [1.7.2]  World Wide Web
          [1.8]  Apogee's Staff

        [2]  Historical Information
          [2.1]  The Apogee Theme Song
  New!    [2.2]  The Dopefish
          [2.3]  Early Games By Apogee's Executives
          [2.4]  Working Titles of Apogee Games
            [2.4.1]  Alternate titles for Wolfenstein 3D
  New!    [2.5]  Cancelled Projects
  New!    [2.6]  The Great Price Drop
          [2.7]  Apogee's Relationship With Other Companies
            [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
  New!      [2.8.2]  Commander Keen
            [2.8.3]  Crystal Caves and Secret Agent
            [2.8.4]  Duke Nukem and Duke Nukem II
  New!      [2.8.5]  Wolfenstein 3D and Spear of Destiny
              []  "Call Apogee and say Aardwolf"
              []  What's B. J. Blazkowicz's relationship with Commander Keen?
  New!      [2.8.6]  Halloween Harry and Alien Carnage
            [2.8.7]  Mystic Towers
  New!      [2.8.8]  Wacky Wheels
            [2.8.9]  Boppin
  New!      [2.8.10] Rise of the Triad
              [] ROTT characters
  New!        [] ROTT levels
  New!      [2.8.11] Terminal Velocity
            [2.8.12] Paganitzu and Realms of Chaos
  New!      [2.8.13] Duke Nukem 3D
  New!        [] Duke Nukem 3D theme music
  New!      [2.8.14] Balls of Steel

        [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?
  New!      [3.2.2]  What console games are no longer sold?
  New!      [3.2.3]  Companies involved with each console game
  New!    [3.3]  Previews
  New!      [3.3.1]  What slide shows are currently available from Apogee?
            [3.3.2]  What games are forthcoming?

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

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

        [6]  Playing the Games
  New!    [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
  New!      [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]  Balls of Steel
          [6.4]  Troubleshooting
            [6.4.1]  Things to try first
            [6.4.2]  Setting the BLASTER environment variable
  New!      [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
          [7.4]  Through Networks

  New!  [8]  Credits

        [9]  Dopefish and Friends


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This FAQ is Copyright © 1994-2000 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.