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                               Westwood Studios Official
                              Command & Conquer: Red Alert
                            Frequently Asked Questions List
                            Last Update: December 2nd, 1996
    
                                      Version 1.3
    
    
    About this document....
    
        This FAQ file contains all information currently being released
        regarding Westwood Studios' newest Command & Conquer game, RED ALERT.
        Because the game has not yet been finished (but we are only days away
        now), some details may change before our final release.
    
        This FAQ is available from our web site (www.westwood.com).
    
        All information contained herein is copyright 1996 by Westwood Studios.
        You are allowed to distribute it freely, but not to make changes.
    
    (support@westwood.com)
    
    
    --- PART 1 : GENERAL INFORMATION
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    1.1    What is Red Alert?
    1.2    System Requirements.
    1.3    Is this Command and Conquer 2?
    1.4    When is the game going to be released in North America?  Elsewhere?
    1.5    Are there screenshots or maybe a Demo available to download?
    1.6    Where are GDI and Nod?
    
    
    --- PART 2 : NEW FEATURES
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    2.1  What new units and structures are there?
    2.2  What kind of missions are there?
    2.3  How is the computer AI in comparison to C&C?
    2.4  What new controls are there?
    2.5  How do I set waypoints?
    2.6  Are there any cheat codes?
    2.7  Is there any kind of editor included?
    
    
    ---PART 3: MULTI-PLAYER
    OPTIONS---------------------------------------------
    
    
    3.1  Can I play Command & Conquer against a friend?
    3.2  What kind of Internet support is there?
    3.3  What is Westwood Chat?
    3.4  Can DOS and Wind95 play together?
    3.5  How many players, IPX, modem, null modem?
    3.6  Does the AI build bases in multiplayer games?
    3.7  What is "skirmish" mode?
    3.8  Are the crates back?
    
    
    --- PART 4 : TROUBLESHOOTING
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    4.0  Read Me First!
    4.1  What is DirectX?
    4.2  Video Card Problems
    4.3  Sound Card Problems
    4.4  DOS and Win95 LAN connection
    
    --- PART 5 : GETTING MORE INFO
    ---------------------------------------------
    
    
    5.1  How to Order Red Alert.
    5.2  Contacting Westwood Studios directly.
    5.3  Our Internet WWW and ftp sites.
    
    
    --- PART 6 : IN THE FUTURE
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    6.1  Will there be a mission disk for Red Alert?
    6.2  When is C&C2: Tiberian Sun going to be released?
    
    
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    ** GENERAL INFORMATION
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    1.1 WHAT IS RED ALERT?
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       Red Alert is a real-time strategy-combat game developed by
       Westwood Studios, the creators of DUNE II and the original
       COMMAND & CONQUER: TIBERIAN DAWN; Red Alert is a prequel to
       the latter game.
    
    
       The Press Release :
    
           With the release of Command & Conquer last year, Westwood Studios
           broke new ground in the computer real-time strategy genre. C&C has
           been heralded as one of the year's best, selling over 1 million
           copies to date worldwide. Thousands of people challenge each other
           daily, with the war raging over phone lines and Internet as all
           strive for supremacy over their peers.
    
           Now, Westwood Studios prepares to once again re-define the real-time
           strategy game with Command & Conquer: Red Alert. The prequel to C&C,
           Red Alert probes deeper into the mystery of the C&C universe, giving
           the player all new strategies and elements to further their
    conquests
           in solo, LAN, and modem play.
    
           At least, not the way we think of it. Hitler never rose to power and
           threatened all of Europe - something more terrible happened: Joseph
           Stalin. The Soviet empire is storming into Europe. Towns are falling
           and countries collapsing before the overwhelming might of the Soviet
           forces. Does anyone stand a chance, or will the red storm engulf all
           of Europe?
    
           New Features for Red Alert include :
    
           Enhanced AI - The computer is smarter than ever! Base construction
           and management are the smallest of the enhancements. New settings
           will allow the player to set the difficulty of the opponent they
    want.
    
           New Units & Structures - Thieves, Medics, Attack dogs, Spies, Land
           mines, Tesla Coils, Mobile Radar Jammers, Saboteurs, Destroyers,
           Cruisers, Bombers, Paratroopers, and Submarines... to name just a
           few. We won't even hint at what the Chronosphere and Gap Generators
           do.
    
           Improved unit control - Complete control over air, land and sea.
           Formations control for those with specific tactics in mind, and
           waypoint plotting for all those that want units to get to their
           destination in a certain way.
    
           Enhanced Multiplay - New Internet head-to-head and 8 Player IPX
           multiplay. Improved chat interface that allows for longer messages
           and more transmission of information to the player. New setup
    options
           make starting a game even faster.
    
           Skirmish Mode - Want a little practice? Take on one to five computer
           opponents in a solo Multi-player game.
    
           Detailed, interweaving story-line - an Allied and a Soviet path
           through the game with 13+ missions per path. A large cast of
           characters, including Stalin and Einstein, brings it all to life,
           drawing you into the C&C universe.
    
           Play in standard VGA and Super VGA screen modes with detailed
           graphics like you have never seen before!
    
           Add to this the superb 3D cinematics and audio that people expect
           from Westwood Studios, and the result is obvious - A game so
           addicting you'll swear the history books are wrong.
    
    
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    1.2 SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
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       Red Alert will be released in both a DOS version and a Windows 95
       version, both of which are included in each box on 2 CD's.
    
           ** DOS VERSION:
    
               MS-DOS 5.0 or higher
               486 DX2/66 or higher
               Double Speed CD-ROM
               8MB RAM
               30MB of free HD Space
               VGA compatible video card (320x200 with 256 colors)
               Keyboard & Mouse
               100% Sound Blaster compatible sound card.   (Gravis Ultrasound,
                       Ultrasound Max, ESS Audiodrive, Ensonique Soundscape,
                       Roland RAP-10, Gold Sound Standard, Pro Audio Spectrum,
                       Microsoft Sound System)
    
               Multiplayer Requirements:
                    * 2-8 Players over IPX compatible network
                    *   2 Players over Null modem cable
                    *   2 Players over minimum 14.4 baud modem
    
    
           ** WINDOWS 95 VERSION :
    
               Pentium Required
               Windows 95 Required
               8MB RAM (16 recommended)
               30 MB HD space
               Double-Speed CDROM
               1MB Local BUS video card with MS DirectDraw compatibility.
               Sound Card:  Sound Blaster (all models), ESS: 488, 688, 1488,
    1688
                            Mediavision (most models), Aztech: Nova 16,
                            Washington 16, Rocky 2 or any Microsoft DirectSound
    
                            supported card
               Keyboard & 100% Microsoft Compatible Mouse
    
               Multiplayer requirements:
                    *   2 players over Winsock 1.1 compliant Winsock
                          stack (requires ISP connection over 28.8 baud
                          modem or direct Internet connection such as ISDN or
    T1).
                    * 2-8 players over IPX compatible Network
                    *   2 players over null-modem cable
                    *   2 players over minimum 14.4 baud modem
    
    
    
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    1.3 Is this Command & Conquer 2?
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       Red Alert is commonly mistaken for Command & Conquer 2: Tiberian Sun.
       C&C 2 will be out late in 1997.
    
    
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    1.4 When will Red Alert be released?
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       Red Alert is available now! We appreciate everyone's patience during
       the past few months while we made Red Alert the best game we possibly
       could.
    
    
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    1.5 Is there a demo or screenshots available?
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       There is no demo available yet.   We do have movie files, plenty of
       screenshots, and music from the game available at our website :
       http://www.redalert.net
    
    
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    1.6 Hey! Where are GDI and the Brotherhood of Nod?
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       Red Alert takes place early in the history of the alternate Earth
       where the Command and Conquer saga takes place.  At that time, GDI
       was not yet formed, and Nod was still hiding in the shadows.  Red
       Alert will show you the beginnings of these two powers.  In addition,
       the mineral Tiberium has not yet been discovered, so the wars and
       technology surrounding that mysterious substance are not yet around.
    
    
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    ** NEW FEATURES
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    2.1 What new units and structures are there?
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       Lots!  There are many new units and structures in the game such as
       Badger Bombers, Mine Layers and the Chronosphere, and a few
       that will be familiar to C&C players like the Mammoth Tank, Artillery
       and Barracks. Also new for C&C is the addition of several naval units,
       so you can take the battles to the high seas. As with C&C, each side has
       different units, strengths and weaknesses, so strategies will vary.
    
       Check the quick-reference cards included with the game for unit types
       and info for both sides.
    
    
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    2.2 What kind of missions are there?
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       There are many different styles of missions in Red Alert - protection,
       assassination, sabotage, search and rescue, etc. Also new for Red Alert
       is the addition of timed missions - you need to be quick to finish the
       objective before time runs out! - and multiple mission goals. To help
       you out, EVA will state your goal periodically on screen.
    
    
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    2.3 How is the computer artificial intelligence compared to C&C?
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       The AI has been enhanced since its C&C days. It will now use all of
       its options to the fullest. In multiplayer games and Skirmish mode,
       the AI players will build bases, form alliances, and will generally make
       your life difficult. Don't think that your tried and true Command and
       Conquer strategies will work here!
    
       For those that find the AI a little TOO tough, there are 3
       difficulty level settings to choose from.
    
    
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    2.4 What new controls are there?
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       There are many new ways to control your units. You can still use the
       group hot-keys and map bookmarks that were in Command & Conquer. In
       addition, you can now keep your groups in formation, so that keeping
       those grenadiers or rocket troops behind the tanks is a snap. Air
       units can now be selected in the air, for ease of control. And for
       those that want their units to follow a specific route, you can now
       set way-points for each unit.
    
    
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    2.5  How do I set Waypoints?
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       Waypoints are set using the "Q" key. You will not see the
       waypoints appear on the map, but your unit(s) will begin following the
       path you set immediately. You can set up to 10 waypoints per unit/group.
    
       For other command keys, see the Red Alert manual or README file.
    
    
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    2.6  Are there any cheat codes?
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       There are as many cheat codes in Red Alert as there were in
       C&C - that is to say, none at all.
    
    
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    2.7    Is there any kind of editor included?
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       Yes! Red Alert will include a Terrain Editor, which can be used to
       create your own multiplayer maps. The maps can now be twice as large
       as they were in C&C. With some creativity, you need never run out
       of terrain to battle your friends!
    
    
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    ** MULTIPLAYER OPTIONS
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    3.1 Can I play Command & Conquer against a friend?
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       Yes!   Westwood has built lots of multiplayer support into Red Alert.
       Get ready to face battles with generals via the Internet (Win95 version
       only), IPX network, modem, or direct connection via null-modem.
    
       As with C&C, each copy of Red Alert comes with two CDs, so that you can
       loan one to a friend for instant multiplayer action. Each player must
       have one of the Red Alert CD-ROM's in their system before play can
    begin.
    
    
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    3.2 What kind of Internet support is there?
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       One of the most exciting additions is our built-in Internet support for
       the Windows 95 version of Red Alert which allows you to go head-to-head
       against people all over the world.  This is all done through our
       Westwood Chat service. Because Westwood Chat and Red Alert are tightly
       integrated, starting a game is as easy as clicking a button!
    
       We'll let everyone know when any arrangements have been made with other
       multi-player services.
    
       Westwood does not test with IPX emulators such as KALI and KAHN, but for
       those people who cannot run the Windows 95 version, you may want to
    check
       them out.
    
    
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    3.3  What is Westwood Chat?
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       Westwood Chat is an IRC server designed specifically to allow players
       to meet and play games via the Internet.  Westwood Chat has been in
       service for over a year, playing host to thousands of Monopoly games.
       Westwood Chat is constantly updated to provide for new game releases
       (such as Red Alert and Command & Conquer Gold) and to provide a great
       place to meet friends and have a good time.
    
       How can I join you ask? All you need to do is visit the web site at
    
       http://www.westwood.com/wchome
    
       and download the client software.  Follow the instructions, and soon
       you too will be member of Club Westwood!
    
       Westwood Chat requires Windows 95, or Windows 3.11 with the Win32
       driver.
    
    
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    3.3 Can DOS and Windows 95 play together?
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       The DOS and Windows 95 versions of Red Alert are compatible for modem
       head-to-head, IPX network, and null modem connections. Internet
       connections are available only in the Windows 95 version.
    
    
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    3.5  How many players, IPX, modem, null modem?
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       Internet, modem, and null modem connections support 2 players
       head-to-head. IPX network connections support up to 8 players. All
       connection types can add AI players up to a total of 8.
    
    
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    3.6 Does the AI build bases in multiplayer games?
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       Yes! The AI will now build a base, and use every trick it knows to
       grind you into the dirt. The computer is no longer the pushover it
       used to be. You can ally with your human companion against the computer,
       or go at it no holds barred. Rest assured, the computer players just
       might gang up on you!
    
    
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    3.7  What is "skirmish" mode?
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       Skirmish mode is a way for you to practice multiplayer games against
       AI opponents. You can play on any of the multiplayer maps with all
       of the same options that are in the multiplayer game setup (tech
       level, ore re-growth, starting units, etc.) You can then add 1 to 7
       AI players, and set the difficulty level.
    
    
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    3.8  Are the crates back?
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       Yes! The crates will be back for multiplayer games. Watch for old
       favorites such as credits, heal-all and map reveal, and watch out for
       all new crates, such as unit power-ups,  designed to make your
       life easier, or much tougher.
    
    
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    ** TROUBLESHOOTING
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    4.0  READ ME FIRST!
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       Included on both Red Alert CD's, and installed to your hard drive is a
       file called README.TXT.   This file contains important information for
       both troubleshooting and gameplay.   Please check the README.TXT file
       before writing mail, as your question is probably covered there.
    
       If your question isn't covered by the README.TXT file, or by this FAQ,
       you may write us mail at support@westwood.com.
    
    
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    4.1  What is DirectX?
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       DirectX is a set of drivers used for Windows 95 and Windows NT which
       allow for the easy setup of hardware devices. If your hardware devices
       support DirectX (and most do) you can play any DirectX compatible
    program
       without fear of having to go through a tedious setup process. Red Alert
       contains the newest version of DirectX -  3.0.  Red Alert uses only
       the DirectDraw (for video) and DirectSound (for sound cards) portions of
       the DirectX set.
    
       To be fully compatible with DirectX, you must have certified drivers.
       To check if your drivers are certified, you can run the DirectX setup
       program from the CD in the following directory:
    
       D:\DEXSETUP\DIRECTX\DXSETUP.EXE (Where D is your CDROM drive)
    
       This will open a window showing your current driver sets. ALL of the
       drivers must have the word CERTIFIED in the right column for your
       hardware to work correctly with the DirectX drivers. If you do not
       see a certified label next to a driver, contact the manufacturer of
       the device for updated drivers that are DirectX 3.0 compatible.
    
    
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    4.2  Video Card Problems
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       Most Video card problems are caused by drivers that are not DirectX
       certified (see above). If you get a blank screen or an error message
       when you run the game, try reinstalling DirectX from the Red Alert CD
       and rebooting. If you still get a blank screen or error message, your
       video drivers are likely not compatible with DirectX. Contact Microsoft,
       or the manufacturer of your video card.
    
       There is a comprehensive listing of video card manufacturer's web sites
       at : http://www.windows95.com/drivers/video.html
    
    
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    4.3  Sound Card Problems
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       Sound card problems which are DirectX related included stuttering sound,
       pauses, and can sometimes affect the video as well.
    
       A full listing of sound card drivers can be found at :
       http://www.windows95.com/drivers/sound.html
    
    
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    4.4  DOS and Win95 LAN Connection
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       The DOS and Win95 versions of Red Alert are fully compatible in an IPX
       LAN environment. In some cases, you may find that your DOS machine will
       not see your Win95 machine in the multiplayer setup, and vice-versa.
       Try the following to correct this problem (thanks to Tom Wright for
    these
       tips!)
    
           1) On the DOS machine, you must run LSL, your card driver, and
              the IPXODI protocol.
           2) On the Win95 machine, make sure you are running the Client
              for MS Networks, your card driver, and the IPX/SPX
              protocol.
           3) You will need to adjust the Win95 machine to see DOS. To
              do this:
                  a) Open the Network Icon in the control panel.
                  b) Select the properties for the IPX/SPX protocol in the
                     list.
                  c) Select Advanced.
                  d) Change the default of AUTO to the Frame type used
                     by your DOS machines (this is generally stated when
                     you load the card driver on the DOS side).
                  e) Hit OK, until Windows asks you to restart.
                  f) It is suggested to turn off the machine and restart it
                     to reinitialize the net card.
           4) Run the game on the DOS machine, then the Win95 machine, and
              it should connect.
           5) Have fun!
    
    
    
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    ** GETTING HELP / ORDERING INFORMATION
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    5.1 What is the purchase price/How can I order Red Alert?
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       As of October 25th, the Virgin Interactive Entertainment order line
       is pre-selling Red Alert for $54.99 plus $4.00 postage and handling.
    
          In the United States, call..................1-800-874-4607
    
          Everywhere else.............................1-619-549-0222
    
    
    
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    5.2 How to contact Westwood Studios
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       You can email Westwood Studios at :
    
        support@westwood.com
    
       Westwood also has online support available through America Online,
       CompuServe, GEnie, PRODIGY, and the Westwood BBS.   After
       connecting to these services, simply do a search for "WESTWOOD" or
       "WESTWOOD SUPPORT" and you'll find our section.   Check your
       manual for exact instructions.
    
    
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    5.3 Westwood FTP / WWW site.
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       You can get to our web site at :  http://www.westwood.com
    
       Or our FTP sites at            :  http://ftp.westwood.com
                                         http://ftp2.westwood.com
    
    
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    ** IN THE FUTURE
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    6.1  When will "Command & Conquer II: Tiberian Sun" be released?
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       There is no official date set yet, but we expect to release it late
       in the fourth quarter of 1997.   As soon as details are available about
       the game, we will let everyone know through the Westwood Studios WEB
       site.   Tiberian Sun is an entirely new game, not a data disk for
       C&C:Tiberian Dawn.
    
    
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    6.2  Will there be a mission disk for Red Alert?
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       Who knows? :)
    
       A mission disk is always a possibility, but no positive plans have
       been made yet.  Watch the web site for future announcements!
    
    
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    END OF DOCUMENT 10/28/96
    
    -PP