Another Microprose game with "similar" copy protection was Pirates! Gold I believe. You'd have to recognize a Pirate banner.

On railroad tycoon you had to recognize a specific train wagon.

Trying to remember what the copy protection was on Covert Action but memory is failing me...?

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Back then I had a friend who worked for a newspaper.  He was in charge
of a color separator (it sounded impressive then) so they could print
color ads in multiple passes.  It made the dark red and black sheet
black and white.  It was excessive but it was fun to have such an
overkill solution.

Jim: I got Tie Fighter and Perfect General from EBX (yet another
division of EB, how many do they need)?

I kinda liked Microprose's copy protection.  Their war games had you
identify enemy vehicles.  After a while of playing the game, you didn't
need to refer to the manual.  Came in handy knowing just what it was
shooting at you, too.  Some of them let you play anyway if you failed
the doc check, but only at the beginner level.  Nice incentive to buy
the game if you just cracked the disk check.





On Jun 12, 2004, at 6:03 PM, Freddie Bingham wrote:

> I had no problem duplicating the codes on the copy machine at the
> drugstore
> near my house.  The second release of Maniac Mansion also came with
> that
> type of protection.
>
> http://lucasarts.vintagegaming.org/index.php?gameid=2&r=2
>

> -freddie
>
> Lucasarts Museum - http://lucasarts.vintagegaming.org
>
>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Jim Leonard [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
>> Sent: Saturday, June 12, 2004 2:24 PM
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>> Marco Thorek wrote:
>>
>>> IIRC the game came with five-symbol codes printed in black
>> on really
>>> dark brown paper.
>>
>> I was lucky enough to have a B&W hand scanner (remember
>> those?) that used a red scanning beam.  A bit of adjustment
>> to the contrast, and voila -- I could reproduce those like
>> they were black on white sheets of paper.  :-)
>> --
>> Jim Leonard ([EMAIL PROTECTED])
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