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    Gazillionaire FAQ
    by Naomi Kokubo and Steven Hoffman
    e-mail:  LavaMind@netcom.com
    
    FAQ.......   FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
    
    Here is a complete list of the most frequently asked
    questions for the new game Gazillionaire.  There is
    a 99% chance that you will find the answer to your
    questions on this list, but if you  don't, please let us
    know, and we'll update this list right away!!!
    
    
    WHAT IS GAZILLIONAIRE?
    
    Gazillionaire is like Monopoly set in outer space.
    As the owner of your own galactic trading company,
    you travel from planet to planet buying/selling goods,
    encountering alien creatures, acquiring larger ships, investing
    in advertising, and trying to out maneuver your competitors.
    You can play against up to 5 other human players and
    6 computer players.  Gazillionaire can be  played  at
    various complexity levels.  The more advanced you
    become, the more challenging the game becomes.
    
    
    WHERE CAN I FIND GAZILLIONAIRE?
    
    If you want to check out Gazillionaire, the fastest way
    to get the shareware version is to download it from
    Compuserve, America On-Line or the Internet.
    Sorry, but our game is too large to send by email.
    
    You will find four Gazillionaire files
    waiting to be downloaded to your computer.
    The files are:
    
              gaz.txt
              gaz1.zip
              gaz2.zip
              gaz3.zip
    
    NOTE:  We broke our game up into four
    separate files so that it is easier to download.
    
    CompuServe
              in the games forum, GO GAMERS, LIBRARY 4
                        or
              in IBM, new users/fun forum, WINDOWS FUN
                        or
              in ZiffNet, games
                        or
              in Public Brand Software, games
    
    America On-Line, pcgames, strategy, GAZSHARE
    
    If you want to download our game from the
    Internet, here is a complete list of ftp sites.
    If you cannot find our game on one site, try
    another.   Also, some of these sites are faster
    than others.  The speed of a site depends
    on the number of users and the distance from
    your computer.  We  recommend you try several
    sites before downloading the game.
    
    ftp.netcom.com       /pub/lavamind
    wuarchive.wustl.edu     /pub/msdos_uploads/games/gazillionaire
    ftp.wustl.edu      /pub/msdos_uploads/games/gazillionaire
    ftp.std.com         /pub/games
    ftp.cica.indiana.edu      /pub/pc/win3/games
    ftp.orst.edu         /pub/mirrors/ftp.cica.indiana.edu
    ftp.sunet.se         /pub/pc/windows/mirror-cica/games
    ftp.uu.net            /tmp
    ftp.concert.net    /pub
    biochem.dental.upenn.edu     /pub/gazillionaire
    ftp.cd.chalmers.se    /pub/pc/games
    garbo.uwasa.fi     /windows/educgames
    ftp.funet.fi     /pub/msdos/windows/games
    
    We are in the process of uploading our game to
    as many ftp sites as possible.  If you can think of
    any additional sites, please let us know.  Also, if you
    want to upload it to any additional ftp sites or your favorite
    BBSs, feel free to do so!
    
    NOTE:  Once you have the game downloaded, be sure to UNZIP
    GAZ1.ZIP and read the SETUP.TXT  (NOTE:  SETUP.TXT
    is a text file located inside GAZ1.ZIP).  It will tell you how
    to PKUNZIP the files directly onto three 1.44 MB floppy
    disks before you can install the game onto your computer.
    
    
    HOW DO I USE FTP?
    
    Here is a simple example of how to use ftp to access any of the
    ftp sites we have listed.   For instance if you want to access
    ftp.netcom.com in directory pub/lavamind, you would type:
    
    ftp ftp.netcom.com
    anonymous
    (type in your personal email address)
    
    cd pub
    cd lavamind
    dir
    hash
    asc
    get gaz.txt
    bin
    get gaz1.zip
    get gaz2.zip
    get gaz3.zip
    bye
    
    This assumes you are operating from a UNIX shell account.
    Now just apply this to any ftp site.  The commands and their
    functions are listed below:
    
    ftp = connects you to ftp the site.
    anonymous = user name = allows you to access the site as an anonymous
    user.
    (type in your personal email address) = password.
    cd = changes directory.
    dir = lists the files in the directory.  (ls may also work in place of
    dir)
    hash = keeps the data transfer from timing out.
    asc = changes to ASCII text data transfer mode.
    get = transfers the file to your computer.
    bin = changes to Binary data transfer mode.
    bye = exits ftp.
    
    
    DO I NEED TO DOWNLOAD IN BINARY?
    
    If you are downloading a .ZIP file, you should set
    the ftp to binary mode by typing:
    
                    bin
    
    If you are downloading a .TXT file, you should set
    the ftp to ascii mode by typing:
    
                    asc
    
    
    ERROR WHILE INSTALLING THE GAME
    
    If you try installing Gazillionaire on your hard drive
    and get the message
    
            Error - Could not copy file: VER.DL_
    
    then just go to your Windows directory and delete files VER.DLL
    and VER.DL from the WINDOWS/SYSTEM directory
    as well as the WINDOWS directory.  Now, reboot the computer
    and try installing Gazillionaire again.  It should install without a
    problem,
    and don't worry, Gazillionaire will install a copy of VER.DL
    and VER.DLL on your hard drive.  This same rule applies
    any time you get the message
    
            Error - Could not copy file:
    
    Just make sure not to delete a newer version of the .DLL or .VBX files.
    
    This is a problem with Microsoft's component software
    system, not our game.  If an old version of VER.DL
    or VER.DLL is on your system, the game will not install
    properly.  This also applies to any of the following .VBX
    and .DLL files:
    
    GRID.VBX,  GRAPH.VBX,  GSWDLL.VBX,  SPIN.VBX,
    THREED.VBX,  MCI.VBX, VSVBX.VBX,  VER.DLL,
    VBRUN300.DLL,  VBRUN200.DLL,  SETUPKIT.DLL
    
    We have gone through this with several people,
    and they all have the game up and running now.
    
    
    WHY DOESN'T PKUNZIP WORK?
    
    If your PKUNZIP doesn't work, you probably
     have the incorrect version of PKUNZIP.
    If you have an older version, it will give you
    an error when trying to extract the game files.
    
    We used version 2.04g
    
    If you do not have PKUNZIP version 2.04g,
    then go to any software library and try
    downloading PK204G.EXE.  Most ftp
    sites have a copy of PK204G.EXE including
    our ftp site:
    
    ftp.netcom.com       /pub/lavamind
    
    This should solve the problem.
    
    
    HOW AND WHERE DO I UNZIP THE PROGRAM?
    
    After you copy GAZ1.ZIP, GAZ2.ZIPand GAZ3.ZIP files
    into a temporary directory on your hard drive and
    unzip them, you must unzip the DISK1.ZIP, DISK2.ZIP,
    DISK3.ZIP directly to 1.44 MB floppy disks.  For example, type
    
            PKUNZIP DISK1.ZIP A:
    
    Assuming A: is your floppy disk drive.
    
    After this is done, you can delete the temporary directory
    containing the .ZIP files.  Now you can install the game to
    any computer from your floppy disks by simply running
    the setup routine from Windows.
    
    
    INSTALLING THE GAME DIRECTLY TO YOUR HARD DRIVE.
    
    Another alternative is to copy GAZ1.ZIP, GAZ2.ZIP and GAZ3.ZIP into
    a temporary directory named GAZTEMP.   Then unzip
    all three .ZIP files.  You should now see three more files called
    DISK1.ZIP, DISK2.ZIP and DISK3.ZIP.  Simply unzip these
    files into the same directory.  For example, type
    
            PKUNZIP DISK1.ZIP
    
    Once you have unzipped all three DISK files into a single directory,
    start Windows and from the Program Manager select FILE and
    choose RUN.  Then type C:\GAZTEMP\SETUP.EXE to install
    the game.  Once the game has finished installing itself, you may
    delete the temporary directory called GAZTEMP.
    
    
    IS THIS A WINDOWS GAME?
    
    Yes, it is a Windows game.
    It runs on any Windows 3.1 compatible computer.
    
    
    HOW LARGE IS THE GAME?
    
    Compressed, the game is around 3 MB.
    Uncompressed, it's about 10 MB.
    
    
    IS THE GAME COPYRIGHTED?
    
    Yes.   We own 100% of the game and have already
    copyrighted it.
    
    
    IS THIS A SHAREWARE GAME?
    
    Yes.  This is a shareware game, and we hope you enjoy it.
    This SHAREWARE game is NOT a DEMO.
    The SHAREWARE version doesn't include as many features as
    the FULL version.  However, the SHAREWARE version is
    a fully functional game and lots of fun to play.
    
    
    WHAT IS THE SHAREWARE GAME ABOUT?
    
    As the owner of your own galactic trading company,
    you travel from planet to planet buying/selling goods,
    encountering alien creatures, acquiring larger ships,
    investing in advertising, and trying to out maneuver your
    competitors. You can play against up to 5 other
    human players and 6 computer players.
    Gazillionaire is a non-violent, business
    strategy/adventure game.  It can be  played  at
    various complexity levels.   As you become more
    advanced, the game becomes more challenging.
    
    
    WHAT ARE THE SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS?
    
    Windows 3.1
    386, 486 or Pentium computer
    640 by 480 VGA graphics
    Hard drive and 1.44 MB floppy drive
    
    
    WHAT DO I LOOK FOR WHEN SEARCHING
    FOR GAZILLIONAIRE?
    
    Usually the game will be saved  as three .ZIP files:
    
                    gaz1.zip
                    gaz2.zip
                    gaz3.zip
    
    However, sometimes the Sysop will have changed the name
    to some other name such as:
    
               gazz1.zip    or     ga1.zip   or    gaz_1.zip
    
    It may be called  some other name similar to those listed
    above.  The game may even be saved in one giant .ZIP
    file called GAZ.ZIP.
    
    
    WHERE IS THE SETUP.TXT FILE?
    
    The SETUP.TXT file is located inside the
    GAZ1.ZIP file.  First, unzip GAZ1.ZIP,
    GAZ2.ZIP and GAZ3.ZIP files.
    Then be sure to read the SETUP.TXT file.
    
    
    WHAT DO I DO ONCE I HAVE THE GAME DOWNLOADED
    TO MY COMPUTER?
    
    In order to install the executable game to Windows 3.1,
    the SETUP ROUTINE requires three blank formatted
    1.44 MB floppy disks.
    
    1)  First, extract the DISK files by typing
    
                                    PKUNZIP GAZ1.ZIP
                                    PKUNZIP GAZ2.ZIP
                                    PKUNZIP GAZ3.ZIP
    
            Three disk files will be extracted:
                                    DISK1.ZIP
                                    DISK2.ZIP
                                    DISK3.ZIP
    
    2)      Go to the directory on your hard drive where
            DISK1.ZIP is located.
    
            Insert a blank 1.44 MB disk in drive A:
            (assuming A: is your floppy disk drive)
            Type PKUNZIP DISK1.ZIP A:
            Once PKUNZIP has extracted all the files to your disk,
            remove the disk from drive A:
    
            Insert another blank 1.44 MB disk in drive A:
            Type PKUNZIP DISK2.ZIP A:
            Once PKUNZIP has extracted all the files to your disk,
            remove the disk from drive A:
    
            Insert another blank 1.44 MB disk in drive A:
            Type PKUNZIP DISK3.ZIP A:
            Once PKUNZIP has extracted all the files to your disk:,
            remove the disk from drive A:
    
    3)      You have now completed creating your Gazillionaire
            floppy disk installation set.  Follow the instructions
            below to install Gazillionaire onto any Windows 3.1
            compatible computer.  NOTE:  You may now delete
            all the .ZIP files, such as DISK1.ZIP, DISK2.ZIP,
            DISK3.ZIP, GAZ1.ZIP, GAZ2.ZIP and GAZ3.ZIP.
            This will free up over 6 MB of hard disk space.
    
    4)  To install Gazillionaire from the FLOPPY DISKS follow
          these instructions:
    
            i)      Start Microsoft Windows
            ii)     Insert DISK # 1 in drive A:
                    (assuming A: is your floppy disk drive)
            iii)    From Program Manager, select FILE menu
                    and choose RUN
            iv)     Type A:\SETUP
    
    The installation has been completed.
    Now it is time to play the game.
    
    
    ONE OR MORE VISUAL BASIC APPLICATIONS ARE RUNNING?
    
    I have  a problem installing Gazillionaire on Windows.  When I go to
    my 'File Manager' and select Run on the 'File Menu' and type
    a:\setup.exe,
    an error message appears on the screen.  It says ONE OR MORE
    VISUAL BASIC APPLICATIONS ARE RUNNING.
    PLEASE CLOSE THOSE APPLICATIONS THEN CHOOSE OK.
    I don't get it. I am not running any applications.  Just the 'File
    Manger'.
    Could you help me out?
    
    Yes, we can help you.  The error occurs because you
    are using the FILE MANAGER.
    Don't go to the 'File Manager' and type run.
    Go to the 'Program Manager'.
    The 'Program Manager' is different from the 'File Manager'.
    The 'Program Manager' is the main menu for Windows,
    while the file 'File Manager' is the yellow filing cabinet icon.
    Go to the PROGRAM MANAGER and choose FILE,
    look at the top left corner of the screen, select RUN, and
    type A:\SETUP  (assuming A: is your floppy disk drive).
    Gazillionaire should install without a problem.
    
    
    HOW DO I RUN THE GAME?
    
            i)      Go to the Gazillionaire program group.
            ii)     Double click on the icon labeled Gazillionaire.
            iii)    The game Gazillionaire should run.
    
    
    DO I NEED A GRAPHICS CARD?
    
    The graphics look best if you are running in 256 color mode.
    If you run the game and the planets do not look like real
    planets with hundreds of colors, then you are probably
    running in 16 color mode.  You should use VGA, 640 by 480
    graphics, 256 colors, small fonts.  To change your system
    settings (Windows Setup), contact your computer manufacture's
    technical support.  They should help you install the necessary
    graphics drivers.
    
    
    HOW DO I ORDER THE FULL GAME?
    
    We are distributing the SHAREWARE version of Gazillionaire
    free of charge.  The FULL version is similar to the SHAREWARE
    version,  only it includes more graphics, voices, sound effects
    and game features.  The FULL version is so large that we are not
    distributing it over the Net.  The FULL version comes on a
    CD ROM or eight 1.44 MB floppy disks.  If you want to order the
    FULL version of Gazillionaire, just send a check or money order
    for $39 plus $4 shipping/handling payable to LavaMind,
    3627 Moraga St., San Francisco, CA 94122.  Remember to include
    your full name, address and day time phone number.
    Please specify whether you want the CD ROM version
    or the 1.44 MB floppy disk version.  Also, don't forget to
    include a mailing address and clearly specify what you
    are ordering so we don't confuse it with other orders.
    In addition to this, you can order a GAZILLIONAIRE HINTS
    AND STRATEGIES GUIDE (on 1.44 MB floppy disk) for $9
    plus $2 shipping/handling.  NOTE:  California residents please
    include sales tax.  If you are ordering from outside
    the U.S. or Canada, please include an additional $6.  Thanks!
    
    
    POSSIBLE ERRORS:
    
    (If you encounter an error not on this list, please let us know.)
    
    1)  If you have any trouble with the display,
    text size or colors, try switching Windows to VGA graphics.
    Gazillionaire looks best if you use VGA,
    640 by 480 graphics, 256 colors (8 bpp), small font size.
    
    2)  All programs running under Microsoft Windows
    share resources, and this tends to cause problems.
    If you encounter any problems, try closing down any
    power hungry applications like Photoshop or MS Word.
    They may be stealing resources from Gazillionaire.
    If you are still having problems, try rebooting your
    computer and running Gazillionaire without any
    other programs active at the same time.
    
    3)  Gazillionaire uses a lot of memory, so if you
    are having memory problems, you should go to
    the Windows Program Manager, double click on
    the MAIN program group icon, double click on
    CONTROL PANEL icon, double click on 386
    ENHANCED icon, select VIRTUAL MEMORY.
    Check to see that your VIRTUAL MEMORY is
    set to at least 6 megabytes.
    
    4) If you try installing Gazillionaire on your hard
    drive and get the message
    
              Error - Could not copy file: VER.DL_
    
    then just go to your Windows directory and delete file
    VER.DL from the hard drive.  Try installing Gazillionaire
    again.  It should install without a problem, and
    don't worry, Gazillionaire will install a copy
    of VER.DL and VER.DLL on your hard drive.
    This same rule applies any time you get the message
    
              Error - Could not copy file: .
    
    Just make sure not to delete a newer version of
    the .DLL or .VBX files.
    
    5) Gazillionaire copies several .VBX files and
    DLL files into your Windows system directory.
    If you already have these files installed, the installation
    program will NOT overwrite them.  Other Windows
    applications may also be using these same files.
    If you have older versions of these files already on
    your hard drive, the older versions may not be compatible
    with the new versions.  This is a design problem with
    Microsoft's component software system.  Microsoft has
    not yet figured out how to solve this problem.  If you
    encounter this problem, you need to delete the older
    VBX and .DLL files yourself using the FILE MANAGER.
    Be sure to check the version number before deleting
    any of the .VBX and .DLL files in your Windows
    System directory and Windows directory.
    
    NOTE:  We have included WPS.EXE to help you
    check the version numbers.  Just go to
    FILE MANAGER, select RUN, and
    type C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\WPS.EXE.
    WPS allows you to load in any file from any
    directory and check its version number.
    
    Once you have deleted any outdated files,
    try installing Gazillionaire again. The Gazillionaire
    setup program will install all the .VBX and .DLL
    files required to run the game.  Listed below are
    the .VBX and .DLL files we use in connection with
    Gazillionaire.   All these files are from either
    Microsoft Visual Basic version 3.0 or VideoSoft
    VSVBX version 4.0.  If you have any questions
    regarding later versions, please contact either
    Microsoft or VideoSoft.
    
    GRID.VBX,  GRAPH.VBX,  GSWDLL.VBX,
    SPIN.VBX,  THREED.VBX,  MCI.VBX
    VSVBX.VBX,  VER.DLL,  VBRUN300.DLL,
    VBRUN200.DLL,  SETUPKIT.DLL
    
    
    WHO ARE THE AUTHORS OF THIS GAME?
    
    Naomi Kokubo and Steven Hoffman
    LavaMind@netcom.com
    
    If you need any additional information, just let us know,
    and we'll send it to you!   Thanks again for your support.
    
    Cheers,
    
    Naomi and Steve
    
    

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