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0 Readme File October 20, 1999 [ To read this file, select Edit/Word Wrap from the menu above ] *********************************************************************** ABOUT THIS DOCUMENT This document contains general information about Pharaoh including last-minute a dditions, and certain other items not found in the game's Help files. Should yo u experience any technical difficulties with your computer, or encounter any oth er problems while playing Pharaoh, please consult the information below for assi stance. Thank you for purchasing Pharaoh. Please visit our website at http://www.pharaoh1.com for additional information a bout Pharaoh. *********************************************************************** TABLE OF CONTENTS I. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS II. GENERAL TECHNICAL ISSUES III. GENERAL GAME ISSUES IV. MANUAL UPDATES V. CONTACTING SIERRA
I. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS ----------------------Pentium 133 Mhz 32 Mb RAM Windows 95/98 DirectX 6.1 or higher --The Pharaoh installer will install DirectX 6.1 if necessary. To reinstall, run \DIRECTX\Dxsetup.exe from the Pharaoh CD. 360 Mb Minimum Install size 100 Mb Swap file on your Windows drive. 4X CD-ROM Video card with at least 1Mb of Memory capable of 640x480 resolution at 16 bit ( High color) color depth II. GENERAL TECHNICAL ISSUES ---------------------------For better game performance, we highly recommend exiting all non-essential backg round programs before running Pharaoh. Pharaoh will also run better if your syst em has current hardware drivers and a recently defragmented hard drive. Using animated mouse cursors can create cursor anomalies in Pharaoh. If you enco unter problems, restore your windows mouse cursor to its default settings. To play Pharaoh in Windowed mode, your desktop resolution must be set higher tha n Pharaoh's game resolution, and your desktop color depth must be set to 16 bit (high color.) III. GENERAL GAME ISSUES ------------------------
There is a lot of feedback and advice available in Pharaoh, if you are having pr oblems, consult your overseers and info click (right click) on problematic build ings, people, or other items. The very easy difficulty level is a "Sandbox" mode. Some features of the game ar e disabled or greatly reduced. Some missions require you to build multiple monuments. We recommend building one at a time, since the construction foremen of the monuments can be quite competi tive, and may issue conflicting orders to your workers. You don't want to see st onemasons working on one monument while stone is being delivered to another. Soldiers must be able to get to their Forts. Be sure to have a walkable path for the soldiers from the city's Recruiter to the Academy and to the city's Forts. Many Egyptian cities trade quite a lot of goods. Sometimes the cities are willin g to trade a greater total volume of goods than their trade ships and caravans c an handle. If you have a particular good from a particular city that you want to buy or sell, then you may need to limit the traders from that city to trading o nly that good or only a few goods. This will ensure that you are selling valuabl e beer instead of less valuable barley, or that you are importing the granite ne eded for the construction of Obelisks, instead of importing less needed luxury g oods. Storage Yard delivery men will attempt to deliver goods in their Storage Yards t o buildings that need the goods. If they take a good somewhere that can no longe r accept the good, then the delivery men will wait with their cart of goods unti l they can take the good somewhere. If you see a lot of delivery men standing ar ound doing nothing, try to provide a place for them to take their goods, because they won't do anything else until they can drop off their loads. Delivery men can briefly appear and disappear in front of their home buildings i f they are trying to "Get" a good from somewhere else and cannot "Get" the good for some reason. When delivery men are trying to "Get" food from a Granary, a ro ad connection to the Granary is needed. Lastly, buildings will not "Get" from ot her buildings that are also "Getting" the same good. Roads must touch the middle two tiles of a Granary's edge for the Granary to hav e road access. On rare occasions, Granaries and Storage Yards can get their special orders sett ings linked to other Granaries or Storage Yards special orders settings. If this occurs, saving and reloading will fix the problem. IV. UPDATES TO THE GAME MANUAL ======================= The following items either changed after the game manual went to press, or weren 't covered in the manual at all. We encourage you to use Pharaoh's extensive in -game Help system, which we continually expanded and updated after we finished t he manual. CONTROL PANEL In some missions, particularly the early ones, new structures are introduced as the mission unfolds. When something new is available, the Control Panel button that accesses it will flash on and off. "DATA LIMIT REACHED" Pharaoh has limits on how many buildings, walkers and point-to-point walker rout es it can handle. These limits are quite high, and you should never encounter t hem in the missions that we included with the game. Some of Pharaoh's "Custom M
issions," though, let you build much larger cities, and you might reach one of t hese memory limits if you build a city of 35,000 or more people. If you do see this message, your only recourse is to resculpt your city for greater efficiency . Populations in excess of 50,000 are possible if you build very efficiently. FLOOD PLAIN EMBANKMENT The boundary between the flood plain and dry land is steep, slippery and treache rous. No one can move to or from the flood plain unless at least a small stretc h of road spans this embankment. You're most likely to notice this if troops di sembark onto a flood plain, or if you notice hunters and gatherers skirting the boundary. MESSAGES The Help item on the game's menu bar lets you turn "Popup Messages" OFF. This m eans that all game messages go directly to your Message box, except for a few th at require you to make an immediate choice (like whether or not to accept a gift ). While turning off the popups does almost entirely eliminate interruptions in your game, it also puts you at considerable risk of missing important notices. Use this option with extreme caution! The Message button on the Control Panel blinks when a new, unread message arrive s. It stops flashing when you click on the Message button. We added a button to the bottom of the Message box that deletes all opened messa ges, except those tutorial messages that are marked with a blue scroll. You can delete unopened or blue-scroll messages by right-clicking on them. MONUMENTS Monuments have a "staging area" represented by some wooden planks on one side of the monument. Don't block access to these planks while construction is underwa y! Work will stop if workers can't reach the staging area. If you don't see pr ogress being made, right-click on the monument to find out why. If the construc tion foreman reports that access is blocked, he's referring to this staging area . Masons and bricklayers work in pairs on pyramids and mastabas. One sledge load of stone or bricks occupies two stonemasons or bricklayers, and fills in two sec tions of the pyramid or mastaba. The "Trader's Guide to Pharaoh's Egypt" shows that plain stone, limestone and br icks are needed for the brick core pyramid. Plain stone is NOT required for thi s pyramid; only limestone and bricks are needed. TRANSPORT SHIPS When a transport ship is selected, pressing the "K" key orders troops to embark or disembark. V.CONTACTING SIERRA ======================= A) Customer Service, Support, and Sales B) Technical Support C) Legal Information A) Customer Service, Support, and Sales ---------------------------------United States
U.S.A. Sales Phone: (800) 757-7707 Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week International Sales: (425) 746-5771 Hours: Monday-Friday 8 AM to 4 PM PST FAX: (916) 939-1010 Sierra Direct P O Box 629001 El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-9972 Email: email@example.com http://www.sierra.com United Kingdom Havas Interactive Main: (0118) 920-9111 Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Fax: (0118) 987-5603 Disk/CD replacements in the U.K. are £6.00, or £7.00 outside the UK. Add "ATTN.: Returns." 2 Beacontree Plaza, Gillette Way, Reading, Berkshire RG2 0BS United Kingdom France Havas Interactive Téléphone: 01-46-01-46-50 Lundi au Jeudi de 10h à 19h Vendredi de 10h à 18h Fax: 01-46-30-00-65 Parc Tertiaire de Meudon Immeuble "Le Newton" 25 rue Jeanne Braconnier 92366 Meudon La Forêt Cedex France Germany Havas Interactive Tel: (0) 6103-99-40-40 Montag bis Freitag von 9h - 19Uhr Fax: (0) 6103-99-40-35 Robert-Bosh-Str. 32 D-63303 Dreieich Germany On-Line Sales CompuServe United Kingdom:GO UKSIERRA CompuServe France: GO FRSIERRA
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Disk and or Manual Replacement: Product Returns*: Havas Interactive Sierra On-Line Returns 4100 West 190th Street Torrance, CA 90504 Havas Interactive Sierra On-Line CD/Doco Replacement 4100 West 190th Street Torrance, CA 90504 NOTE: To replace your cd(s) please send only the damaged cd and copy of your dat ed Receipt, if less then 90 days. After 90 days please include a $10.00 handlin g fee along with the cd(s). For Documentation replacement, please include a $5. 00 handling fee and a photocopy ONLY of either your disk or cd. Payment should be made at the time of your request. Sorry, no credit cards. * Returns to this address valid in North America only. B) TECHNICAL SUPPORT ------------------------North America Sierra On-Line offers a 24-hour automated technical support line with recorded a nswers to the most frequently asked technical questions. To access this service, call (425) 644-4343, and follow the recorded instructions to find your specific topic and resolve the issue. If this fails to solve your problem, you may still write, or fax us with your questions, or contact us via our Web site. Sierra On-Line Technical Support P.O. Box 85006 Bellevue, WA 98015-8506 Main: (425) 644-4343 Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 4:45 p.m. PST Fax: (425) 644-7697 http://www.sierra.com firstname.lastname@example.org United Kingdom Havas Interactive offers a 24-hour Automated Technical Support line with record ed answers to the most frequently asked technical questions. To access this serv ice, call (0118) 920-9111, and follow the recorded instructions to find your spe cific topic and resolve the issue. If this fails to solve your problem, you may still write, or fax us with your questions, or contact us via our Internet or Co mpuServe sites.
Havas Interactive 2 Beacontree Plaza, Gillette Way, Reading, Berkshire RG2 0BS United Kingdom Main: (0118) 920-9111 Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Fax: (0118) 987-5603 http://www.sierra-online.co.uk France Havas Interactive Parc Tertiaire de Meudon Immeuble "Le Newton" 25 rue Jeanne Braconnier 92366 Meudon La Forêt Cedex France Téléphone: 01-46-01-46-50 Lundi au Jeudi de 10h à 19h Vendredi de 10h à 18h Fax: 01-46-30-00-65 http://www.sierra.fr Germany Havas Interactive Robert-Bosh-Str. 32 D-63303 Dreieich Deutschland Tel: (0) 6103-99-40-40 Montag bis Freitag von 9 - 19Uhr Fax: (0) 6103-99-40-35 Mailbox: (0) 6103-99-40-35 http://www.sierra.de Spain Havas Interactive Avenida de Burgos 9 1º-OF2 28036 Madrid Spain Teléfono: (01) 383-2623 Lunes a Viernes de 9h30 a 14h y de 15h a 18h30 Fax: (01) 381-2437 Italy
Contattare il vostro distribotore. C) Sierra Warranty & Legal Information ----------------------------------Sierra's end user license agreement, limited warranty and return policy is set f orth in the EULA.txt, found on the CD, and is also available during the install of the product. Copyright (1999 Sierra On-Line, Inc.)
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