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Nice work getting that working. Especially for a gem like Jagged Alliance!
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Thanks!

Actually I have never played the game. Do you know if the demo mission (and/or the scenario in the demo of Deadly Games) is included in the full game? I'm collecting info on demo versions with unique levels.
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No, I don't, I've not played the demo. Or even the game all that much, just loved what I did play. OTOH, maybe this is a good excuse to remedy those failings... :)

If I get a chance, I'll check it out. Gog has the full game, in case it matters.
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Cold Dreams
o Shareware v1.05 (13.08.1995): COLDD.ZIP
o Shareware v1.06 (31.10.1995): COLDREAM.ZIP
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I just went through the first post and marked with an asterisk all FTP sites that are now down. Luckily some were archived by the Internet Archive.
MrFlibble wrote:Game developer and publisher FTP sites
ftp://ftp.atari.com/demos/
*ftp://ftp.bluebyte.com/demos/
*ftp://ftp.gtinteractive.com/demos/
ftp://ftp.idsoftware.com/idstuff/
*ftp://ftp.lucasarts.com/demos/pc/
ftp://ftp.team17.com/pub/t17/demos/pc
*ftp://ftp.ubisoft.com/Demos/
ftp://ftp.wizworks.com/demos/
http://largedownloads.ea.com/pub/demos/

Mirrors:
*ftp://ftp.games.skynet.be/spool1/games/ ... com/demos/
*ftp://ftp.games.skynet.be/spool1/games/ ... twood.com/
http://ftp.gameaholic.com/pub/mirrors/ftp.blizzard.com/

DOS games
*ftp://ftp.padua.org/pub/msdos/dos/games/local/
ftp://nic.funet.fi/pub/msdos/games/
http://ftp.icm.edu.pl/pub/coast/games/
*ftp://ftp.pgp.net/pub/msdos/dos/games/local/
http://ftp.sunet.se/pub/games/PC/
ftp://ftp.uni-potsdam.de/pub/systems/dos/games/
ftp://delphi.hs-niederrhein.de/pub/dos/games/
http://www.ftp.funet.fi/index/msdos/games/
http://www.gamers.org/pub/archives/uwp-uml/ [mirror]

Windows games
*ftp://ftp.icm.edu.pl/vol/rzm1/ntware/games/files/
*ftp://ftp.farlep.net/pub/clubix/demo/
*ftp://ftp.farlep.net/pub/clubix/demo2/
*ftp://ftp.farlep.net/pub/clubix/demo3/
ftp://ftp.fi.netbsd.org/.m/archive1l/ft ... n95/games/
ftp://ftp.gamers.org/pub/mirrors/ftp.ga ... .uk/demos/
*ftp://ftp.peliplaneetta.net/pelidemot/
ftp://ftp.uni-potsdam.de/pub/systems/win95/games/
*http://elektron-bbs.dyndns.org/files/win95/spiele/
http://ftp.gameaholic.com/pub/demos/
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Guimo
o Public Beta v1.0 (10.09.1996): guimo!.zip
o Public Beta v1.1 (24.09.1996): guimo!.zip
o Public Beta v1.2 (08.10.1996): guimo!.zip
o Shareware v2.1 (26.04.1997): GUIMO.ZIP
o Shareware v2.2 (18.12.1997): guimo.zip
o Wallpaper (BMP): guimo-w.zip
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KKND: Krush Kill 'N Destroy
o Survivors English demo (27.01.1997): kkndsurv.exe
o Evolved English demo (29.01.1997): kkndevol.exe
o Evolved German demo (31.01.1997): kkndevlg.exe

William Shatner's TekWar
o demo v0.90: tekwar.zip

Witchaven
o demo v0.1 (18.07.1995): whaven.zip
o demo v0.1 (21.07.1995): whaven.zip
o v1.0 demo patch (29.07.1995): witchfix.zip
o v1.0 demo patch (31.07.1995): wtchfix2.zip
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A working DOS demo of Scorched Planet: spdos.zip
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Magic Carpet 2
o Demo (10 July 1995): mc2nosnd.zip [file name should be mc2demo.zip]
o Demo (7 August 1995): mc2nosnd.zip, mc2sound.zip

These are two different demo versions with different levels, the first one has some other differences from the final version as well.
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I just found another old site which has some of its file archived preserved by the Wayback Machine: The Gamer's Inn. It was listed here. Some notable highlights:
o The Terminator: Rampage Demo v1.20: ramdemo.zip
o The Terminator: Future Shock Demo v0.144: shockdem.zip
o Zyclunt DOS Demo: zyclunt.zip
o Cool Spot Demo: coolspot.zip
o Magic Carpet Demo: carpet.zip
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MrFlibble wrote:Magic Carpet 2
o Demo (10 July 1995): mc2nosnd.zip [file name should be mc2demo.zip]
[...]
These are two different demo versions with different levels, the first one has some other differences from the final version as well.
Apparently this pre-release version was originally a CD exclusive published on the cover disk of the September issue of the Computer Gaming World Magazine (as attested by this and this newsgroup discussion). As the demo does not require the CD to play, a user replaced the 13 MiB intro sequence with an empty file and uploaded it at wuarchive.wustl.edu. Interestingly, it appears that Bullfrog later uploaded the same demo without intro to their FTP site (it is inked to from the official Magic Carpet 2 page).

Later the full version of the demo (w/ the intro) was also published on the coverdisk of the October 1995 issue of PC Gamer.
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XCar: Experimental Racing
o Demo v1.0 (1997-01-02): xcardemo.exe
o Demo v1.20 (1997-07-10): xcardemo.zip
o 3dfx demo v1.0 (1997-07-18): xdemofx.zip
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At the suggestion of 486 player, here are two websites with freeware (mostly) DOS games:
WIP Games by Georg Rottensteiner
The Hamster Republic Download Museum
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I was just browsing some old topics and found a link to a shareware RPG called Enchantasy:
http://freelicensegames.com/Enchantasy.htm

The site is only accessible via the Wayback Machine now but it looks like there could be some other interesting titles as well.

UPD: I found the home page of the project:
http://members.aol.com:80/enchantasy/

The download works too (link at the bottom of the page):
http://members.aol.com:80/egaftp/index.htm

There's also a mirror page (sort of) that has a list of shareware RPGs from the era.

UPD2: Here's the working download link: enchants.exe
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The Bard's Lore freeware (2002-03-15): bardfree.zip
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I found an updated demo of Fantasy General. It has the same scenarios as the regular FTP demo but has more sound effects and proper fullscreen images for all units (the FTP demo uses the Orc Warrior image as placeholder), as well as some fixes. This makes the demo around 2 MiB larger than its FTP counterpart.

Here's the file: fg_demo.zip
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Thanks
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