GNCIPHER - CHALLENGES FROM THE CRYTO
GNCIPHER is a game produced for the Atari ST line of computers as
SHAREWARE. We encourage you to give it to friends, neighbors, and even
your enemies. Please post this program to as many bulletin boards and
computer clubs of which you are a member or an assocaite so that it will
become widely distributed and enjoyed by all.
It may be freely copied and distributed for evaluation.
In brief, GNCIPHER is a phrase decoding game which is mouse driven and
comes with a large library of pre-entered phrases called CIPHER
CHALENGES. Cyrptography is a very difficult challenge, even with simple
letter replacement as is the case with GNCIPHER. You will find that
some of CIPHER CHALLENGES vary from the easy to the extremely difficult.
GNCIPHER is distributed in an ARC file containing 4 files:
README this file
GNCIPHER.PRG the GNCIPHER program
GNCIPHER.HLP the GNCIPHER HELP file
GNCIPHER.DAT CIPHER CHALLENGE phrases (game data)
All the files, except README, must be located in the same directory in
order for the game to operate. GNCIPHER will not run when any file is
The CIPHER CHALLENGE phrases included in the original ARC file are to
the best of our knowledge all in the public domain. There are 500
phrases from famous, infamous, and otherwise unknown people. Quotations
are taken from famous Americans like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln,
Thomas Jefferson, Albert Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin. Other quotes
are from Greek and Latin philosophers, cultural groups (e.g. Polish,
Italian, etc.), world religions (e.g. Moslem, Confusism, Christianity),
near modern politicians (e.g. Eisenhower, Coolidge, Marx), and literary
wits (e.g. Mark Twain). The complexity and possible alien nature of the
authors names would exceedingly complicate the CIPHER CHALLENGES, so
they have been omitted for brevity. For those interested in finding the
source of any given quotation or phrase, a good book of phrases at a
local library may be the best resource.
GNCIPHER has been carefully tested for a long time before release for
public consumption and has no known errors. If you should find that
GNCIPHER fails in some way, we suggest that you may wish to find another
copy to check whether one of the files has in some way become
corrupted. We welcome all comments concerning our SHAREWARE program and
would encourage you to write to us using the address below and as
displayed in the GNCIPHER program.
Given the extensibility of the GNCIPHER.DAT file, we encourage you to
only distribute new GNCIPHER.DAT files (containing extra phrases) which
you are certain do not infringe upon any copyrights. Many interesting,
amusing, and pithy comments exist which you may wish to draw upon. One
limitation which exists in this version of GNCIPHER is that the
GNCIPHER.DAT file can only contain 750 phrases. This limitation is
enforced to ensure that GNCIPHER is able to load all the phrases into
memory on an Atari 520ST. We expect that most people will likely choose
to try the 500 supplied phrases before trying to add more.
Please remember to register your copy of GNCIPHER. More information on
registration is contained in the GNCIPHER program itself.
The Good News Software Co.,
605 Ritson Road North,
Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA