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Windows 2000-XP-Vista

Leylines -- Master of Magic-Like Game (Discovery)

I'm not much of a computer gamer. I tend to avoid the new, cutting edge, and expensive because I seldom play a game from start to finish before getting bored with it. One of the few that I really enjoy playing is an old DOS game from 1994 or so, Microprose's Master of Magic. Unfortunately, there was never been a remake or sequel for Windows. Master of Magic runs fine in DOSBox -- if you can find a copy.

Avidemux Video Editor (Discovery)

My idea of video is watching a DVD, but if you make your own videos and are looking for a simple but functional video editor, you might want to give Avidemux a try. I saw someone on a forum (unrelated to video) say it was "basic, but simple to use -- and free" when someone new to video editing was asking about editing programs.

MUSHclient -- Excellent MU* Client Now Freeware

While graphic games seem to have taken over the commercial online multi-player gaming market, free-to-play text-based MUDs and their later incarnations (MUSHes, MUCKs, MOOs, etc) -- collectively referred to as MU*s -- still live on, both for roleplaying and for social chatting. I've been an occasional user of social MU*s since I created a character for the then uber-popular LambdaMOO in June of 1994 -- only a few days after I got my first dial-up Internet provider.

FreeGuide -- TV Listings Browser (Discovery)

FreeGuide is a TV guide program listing program. It extracts TV information from web pages and stores them for viewing without the need to connect to the Internet. The viewer allows the user to view television listings and create customized TV guides by selecting programs and by building up a favorites list.

This program works with listings for Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan (Linux only), the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the United States.

My Pictures 3D Screensaver (Discovery)

My wife reformatted her Windows XP box yesterday due to various registry problems it had picked up over time. While downloading new copies of various freeware programs she uses, she stumbled across this nifty screensaver. My Pictures 3D Screensaver takes a directory of pictures on your hard drive and displays them on the walls of a 3D gallery. When the screensaver activates, it walks through the gallery displaying your pictures in a nifty 3D setting. It comes with two galleries and you can download others (although my wife has yet to figure out how to make downloaded galleries work).

Deep Paint 2.0 Freeware (Discovery)

Deep Paint 2.0 is an older version of Deep Paint 3D which Right Hemisphere USA has made available as freeware on Download.com. Deep Paint, like Corel Painter, is intended to allow an artist to paint on the monitor screen like they were painting on canvas. This program once sold for a few hundred dollars.

HeroQuest 2 (Discovery)

HeroQuest is a turn based computer game in a fantasy setting. It was inspired on MB's and Games Workshop's boardgame 'HeroQuest' and is a modern remake of the old DOS version of the boardgame published in the early 1990s, only for Windows and with better graphics. The game focuses on four different heroes working through various quests, encountering foes ranging from goblins to chaos warriors. You can play the original campaign, additional quests created by other players or take a single character into the self generating random dungeon.

Urban Terror 4 (Discovery)

Urban Terror 4 is a "total conversion" for Quake 3 Arena. Unlike most First Person Shooter mods, Urban Terror does not require that you own a copy of the original Quake 3 Arena game to play. If you do not own a copy of of the commercial game, you can download ioUrbanTerror -- created from the open source version of the Quake 3 code. Downloading ioUrbanTerror only adds about 6 megs to the 550 meg Urban Terror 5 download.

IE Pro -- Ultimate Addon for IE (Discovery)

If you use Internet Explorer 7, but would like some of the many features in popular addons for Firefox (like adblocking, greasemonkey scripting, etc.), give IE Pro a try. It is still in beta, but already adds a lot of features to IE as this feature list from the IE Pro web site demonstrates:

* Easier Tab Management
* AD Blocker
* Super Drag and Drop
* Mouse Gesture
* Save Page to Image
* Proxy Switcher
* Crash Recovery
* Greasymonkey alike User Script

Shadow Armada (Discovery)

This looks like a very professional job for a freeware game. It can be played by one player or by multiple players via the Net.

From the Shadow Armada web site:

Shadow Armada is a turn-based action game where your objective is to destroy all enemy ships. You have a large arsenal of missiles, and many different kinds of ships to accomplish this with. As far as I know most bugs in this are fixed and it runs smoothly. The network coding's stable too!


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by Dr. Radut