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  It seems after you put your time in the gaming scene you should look into
  creating a gaming report as a way to kick back, but still be involved in
  the gaming scene. Many gaming reports have come and gone, and this report
  is pretty a much a month by month trial basis (but from the positive
  feedback I've gotten so far, it isn't going to stop soon): When I get bored
  or too boggled down to handle the report, I just won't do it. This report is
  not 100% bias-free, as I am currently with the group Class and all attempts
  to abstain a truly unbiased report can not be fully possible. I had thought
  of calling this report "Prozac's Slightly Bias Report", but that'd be just a
  rip off TRC's old bias gaming report. This report is sort of a hybrid cross
  (no pun intended) of Just the Facts & Mason's Gaming Report in the scoring
  system and monthly gaming report.

  My personal history in the gaming scene:
  If you're reading this report and you have no clue who I am, I will give a
  history of gaming warez life. I've actually been in the scene since '92, and
  was a big-time courier & utility supplier up until about mid-96 where I
  decided to plunge into game supplying hardcore (before this I had supplied
  small games to small groups, but nothing significant) by helping startup a
  group called Illusion. When Illusion died in Oct. 96, I went over to Prestige
  until they finally disbanded on Dec. 31st 1996. On Jan. 1st, 1997, I joined
  a newly founded group called Class with ex-members from multiple groups. At
  this current time I'm still with Class and very active for the group, even
  through some hard times.

  Rules of a release (May be revisions, amended and modified at any given
  notice of one month. A % will be placed next to the rule if one has been
  modified or added in comparison to last month):

 1.  This report will uphold to The Faction's rules, including the disk limit
     of 50 * 2.88M disks. Any release that purposely breaks The Faction rules
     will have -1.0 points deducted.

%2.  Trainers and Update Cracks will receive 0.5 points. A trainer that is an
     exact duplicate with the same functions of another group's trainer will
     receive 0.0 points. Non-working trainers and uncracked updates will
     receive -0.3 points. A group that release a duplicate cracked or beta
     update will receive -0.5 points.

 3.  A game, trainer, patch or addon mispackaged will receive -0.5 points.

%4.  A game must work 100% to receive all of the points of the game. -1.0
     points will be deducted if a game requires a major fix. If one group
     fixes another group release to make the game functional at the beginning,
     that group that fixed the release will be transferred the release points
     and the original release group will receive -1.0 points for the game. If
     a game requires a minor fix (Uncommon .DLL file, etc.), a group will be
     deducted -0.5 points. A game infected with a virus will be deducted -1.0.
     A crack/fix must be released by a major group in order for any points
     to be deducted.

 5.  Trainers, patches and add-ons for an over-the-limit or ISO release will
     receive 0.0 points. Any group who releases an add-on that didn't
     originally release the rip version will get 0.0 points.

 6.  Add-ons for a game: a maximum of 2 are allowed for one game and will
     receive 0.5 points per add-on. These add-ons must be 100% completely
     functional with the original release and be under 25 disks, or the add-on
     will receive -0.5 points.

%7.  If an official add-on is released as a standalone, it will be treated as
     a full release. Official add-ons for a game that are not standalone will
     receive half the points of a full release. Unauthorized or unofficial
     add-ons will receive 0.0 points.

 8.  If two groups put out one game at the same time, the winning group on the
     FTP sites will receive the full points, and the losing group will receive
     0.0 points. A dupe from a release last month or several months ago will
     receive -2.0 points.

 9.  If a game is proven to be a beta, and the final is put out that month,
     the group who releases the final will receive the release points, and the
     group releasing the beta will be deducted -2.0 points. If a final is put
     out the next month or several months down the road, the group that
     released the beta will receive -2.5. The points from the group that
     released the original beta will have its points deducted from the yearly
     total.

     Beta to final patches from a group will receive up to 2.0 points, and
     the original group releasing the beta will be hit with -2.0 (less than
     a month old beta) or -2.5 (over a month old beta) points for the
     infraction.

 10. Games intended for kids, edutainment or just plain lame (Ex. 3D Maze Man)
     will receive -1.0 points.

 11. Any rule found to be broken after the monthly charts have been released
     will still have it's points removed from the yearly total in the next
     months charts. The original points will be removed along with points
     removed depending on the infraction.

 Scoring System:

 The scoring system mixes both JTF & Mason's report with this formula:

 1. Rating. This is based on how good the game is. This can collect between
    1.0-4.0 points depending on the quality of the actual game.

 2. Company. A release will receive 0.1-0.5 points based on what company the
    game was published and/or developed by. The more well-known the company,
    the more points it will accumulate. An example is a game from EA will
    receive 0.5 points, while a game from Webfoot would receive 0.1 points.
    The game will not receive any points in this category if it breaks a
    rule like being a dupe or beta.

 3. Popularity & Anticipation. This depends on how awaited and how well
    receive the game is, like Quake 3, or if the game is a surprise smash
    hit, like Grand Theft Auto. If it's an unknown game by an unknown company,
    like Rising Star, it'd get 0.0. This can receive 0.0-0.5 points. The game
    will not receive any points in this category if it breaks a rule like
    being a dupe or beta.

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Release Name & Company                       Date |Rating|Comp.|Popu.= Total |
                                                  |      |     |             |
Starshot +3 Trainer                          04/01| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Jimmy White 2 Cueball (c) Virgin             04/01| +3.0 |+0.5 |+0.3 = +3.8  |
Virtual Deep Sea Fishing (c) Interplay       04/01| +2.9 |+0.5 |+0.2 = +3.6  |
Requiem: Avenging Angel (c) 3DO              04/01| +3.7 |+0.3 |+0.5 = +4.5  |
Requiem: Avenging Angel 3DFX Addon           04/01| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Requiem: Avenging Angel D3D Addon            04/01| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
High Heat Baseball 2000 (c) 3DO              04/01| +3.4 |+0.3 |+0.4 = +4.1  |
V-Rally Trainer -PDM WON                     04/01|  0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 =  0.0  |
Requiem: Avenging Angel Cheat Codes          04/01| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.5 = +0.5  |
Sci-Fi Pinball (c) Fox Interactive           04/01| +2.8 |+0.3 |+0.2 = +3.3  |
Baseball Edition 2000 (c) Interplay          04/01| +3.0 |+0.5 |+0.3 = +3.8  |
Sci-Fi Pinball Trainer                       04/02| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Trophy Buck v1.01 Cracked (c) Sierra         04/02| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Requiem v1.1 D3D Patch Cracked (c) 3DO       04/02| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Hell Copter (c) Ubi Soft                     04/03| +3.0 |+0.3 |+0.2 = +3.5  |
Hell Copter Good Reg. -REG FIX               04/03| -1.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 = -1.0  |
Hell Copter +9 Trainer                       04/04| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Sports Car GT (c) EA                         04/06| +3.6 |+0.5 |+0.5 = +4.6  |
Extreme Wintersports (c) Head Games          04/07| +2.3 |+0.2 |+0.1 = +2.5  |
Atari Collection 2 (c) Midway                04/08| +2.5 |+0.2 |+0.2 = +2.9  |
Great Battles Collection v1.1 (c) I-Magic    04/08| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Sports Car GT Save Game & Cheat Codes Cheat  04/08| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
V-Rally Full Cheat (Cheat Codes)             04/11| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Football Mogul (c) Wizworks/I-Monkey         04/11| +2.3 |+0.2 |+0.1 = +2.6  |
Triple Play Fix -FIX BY RZR                  04/12| -1.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 = -1.0  |
X-Wing Alliance Level Skip                   04/13| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Baseball Edition 2000 v1.2 (c) Interplay     04/14| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Yoot Tower (c) Sega PC                       04/14| +3.0 |+0.4 |+0.3 = +3.7  |
Sega Puzzle Pack (c) Sega PC                 04/14| +2.5 |+0.4 |+0.2 = +3.1  |
Malkari (c) Interactive Magic                04/16| +2.9 |+0.3 |+0.2 = +3.2  |
Golden Tee Golf Golf Addon (c) ITS           04/23| +2.9 |+0.2 |+0.2 = +3.3  |
Championship Manager 3 NT Update (c) Eidos   04/26| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Guardians of Darkness (c) Cryo               04/30| +2.9 |+0.2 |+0.2 = +3.3  |
Operation Art of War 2 (c) Talonsoft         04/30| +3.1 |+0.2 |+0.2 = +3.5  |
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Monthly Total Points                                                 | +64.3 |
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Notes worth mentioning:
Welp Class came back on the 1st with a vengence, and never really let go
of the month. While PDM made a run for the #1 spot, CLS ended up as #1 for
the first time in the month of April. While it wasn't a pretty month for
CLS, at least they showed the scene they aren't even close to death.


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Release Name & Company                       Date |Rating|Comp.|Popu.= Total |
                                                  |      |     |             |
Civilization:Call to Power +1 Trainer        04/01| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
North Vs. South v1.2 Cracked (c) I-Magic     04/09| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Hoyle Backgammon & Cribbage (c) Sierra       04/20| +1.7 |+0.5 | 0.0 = +2.2  |
Redline Update v1.1 (c) Accolade             04/30| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
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Monthly Total Points                                                 | +3.7  |
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Notes worth mentioning:
Another ho-hum month for DVN, putting on one measly title to show they
are alive in April. This was not a good month at all, and it shows that
DVN is just another idle group.

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Release Name & Company                       Date |Rating|Comp.|Popu.= Total |
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SiN v1.04 Cracked (c) Activision             04/04| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Warzone 2100 +2 Trainer                      04/05| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Livewire (c) SCi                             04/16| +3.0 |+0.3 |+0.2 = +3.5  |
Battle of Britian v1.01 (c) Talonsoft        04/20| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Actua Ice Hockey 2 (c) Gremlin               04/20| +2.9 |+0.3 |+0.2 = +3.4  |
Chess System Tal 2 (c) Oxford                04/21| +2.3 |+0.1 |+0.1 = +2.5  |
Wild Metal Country (c) Gremlin               04/22| +3.0 |+0.3 |+0.3 = +3.6  |
Warzone 2100 v1.01 -Beta Patch               04/24| -0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = -0.5  |
RT2: The Second Century (c) G.O.D.           04/24| +3.6 |+0.4 |+0.4 = +4.4  |
Railroad Tycoon 2 v1.05 Cracked (c) PopTop   04/26| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Worms Armageddon Patch (c) Team 17           04/30| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
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Monthly Total Points                                                 | +19.4 |
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Notes worth mentioning:
While the UK team came back and dominated in April, the US side has
seemingly disappeared. Maybe they should just stick to just the UK side,
so they can at least concentrate on what they're good at.


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Release Name & Company                       Date |Rating|Comp.|Popu.= Total |
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Grand Theft Auto:London 1969 (c) ASC Games   04/01| +3.8 |+0.3 |+0.5 = +4.6  |
V-Rally (c) Infogrames                       04/01| +3.1 |+0.3 |+0.4 = +3.8  |
V-Rally +2 Trainer & Cheat Codes             04/01| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Imperialism 2 v1.02 Cracked (c) SSi          04/02| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Dead Reckoning DX6 Patch Cracked (c) Piranha 04/02| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Hell Copter +7 Trainer                       04/02| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Creatures 2 Deluxe (c) Mindscape             04/06| +3.0 |+0.3 |+0.3 = +3.6  |
Beatdown (c) Hot-B                           04/09| +2.8 |+0.1 |+0.2 = +3.1  |
Civ 2 Gold v1.3 Cracked (c) Microprose       04/13| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Boss Rally (c) Southpeak                     04/13| +2.9 |+0.2 |+0.2 = +3.1  |
Axis & Allies v1.33 Update (c) Hasbro        04/13| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Boss Rally All Tracks & Cars Cheat           04/13| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Microsoft Baseball 2000 (c) Microsoft        04/14| +3.1 |+0.5 |+0.3 = +3.9  |
Microsoft Baseball 2000 PBP Addon            04/14| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Microsoft Baseball 2000 Music Addon          04/14| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Machines (c) Acclaim                         04/14| +3.6 |+0.3 |+0.4 = +4.3  |
Yoot Tower Money Trainer                     04/15| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Blaze & Blade (c) THQ                        04/15| +2.9 |+0.3 |+0.2 = +3.4  |
Machines Money Trainer                       04/15| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Cosairs (c) Microids                         04/15| +2.9 |+0.2 |+0.2 = +3.3  |
HOMM3 v1.1 Update Cracked (c) 3DO            04/16| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Blaze & Blade FIX -FIX                       04/16| -1.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 = -1.0  |
Blaze & Blade +6 Trainer                     04/16| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Myth: The Fallen Lords v1.3                  04/17| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Starsiege v1.002 Update Cracked (c) Sierra   04/20| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Wild Metal Country Trainer                   04/22| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Tribond (c) Patch Products                   04/23| +2.3 |+0.1 |+0.1 = +2.5  |
Bubble Hero 2 Trainer                        04/25| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Gangsters #3 Patch Cracked (c) Eidos         04/26| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Midtown Madnes All Cars & Tracks Patch       04/27| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Resident Evil 2 v1.04 Cracked (c) Capcom     04/28| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Official Formula 1 Racing (c) Eidos          04/29| +3.0 |+0.5 |+0.3 = +3.8  |
Warzone 2100 v1.01 Update Cracked (c) Eidos  04/30| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
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Monthly Total Points                                                 | +48.9 |
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Notes worth mentioning:
Well Paradigm was at it, and tried very valiantly at the end to make it
four in a row, but fell just short of the goal. While it was a decent month
for PDM, I'm sure this month was a fluke in losing, and should be rocking
it next month.

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Release Name & Company                       Date |Rating|Comp.|Popu.= Total |
                                                  |      |     |             |
Populous: Undiscovered Worlds +6 Trainer     04/08| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Triple Play Fix 2 -FIX FOR CLS REL.          04/12| +1.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +1.0  |
Midtown Madness (c) Microsoft                04/23| +3.7 |+0.5 |+0.5 = +4.7  |
Bubble Hero 2 (c) Lonisoft                   04/24| +2.5 |+0.1 |+0.1 = +2.7  |
Bubble Hero 2 Trainer +10 + Passwords        04/26| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
Starsiege Tribes v1.4 Cracked (c) Dynamix    04/29| +0.5 | 0.0 | 0.0 = +0.5  |
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Monthly Total Points                                                 | +9.9  |
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Notes worth mentioning:
Yet again RZR does the 1-big-title-month for the 2nd month in a row. RZR
should maybe look into changing their name to RAZOR 1-TITLE-911 (j/k :) .
It doesn't seem like nothing will change in the month of May, and we should
expect to see them do one or two titles in May also.

Other
This ranking will not be tallied each month, but this column is worth
mentioning games from group not considered top groups in the scene. This is
where groups like TPC, Backlash, & Fusion would typically fall under.
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Release Name & Company                                        Date     Group

Speedy Blupi (c) Escitech                                     04/01     TPC
Karate Fighter (c) Valu-Soft                                  04/01     TPC
Atlantis (c) Xtreme Games                                     04/06     TRD
Extreme Board & Blades (c) Head Games                         04/06     TBT
Extreme Rodeo (c) Head Games                                  04/07     TPC
Extreme Watersports (c) Head Games                            04/08     TOS
CARnivorus (c) Macmillian                                     04/10     TBT
3D Pets (c) Neeechez                                          04/14     TBT
Real Deal 2 (c) Mindscape                                     04/17     TPC
Sega Worldwide Soccer Championship (c) Sega                   04/20     IND
Red Odyessy: Battlezone Addon (c) Macmillian/Team Evolve      04/21     TPC
World Cricket 99 (c) Eurekasoft                               04/26     TPC
Instant Airplane Maker (c) Abacus                             04/26     TBT
3D Bug Attack (c) Romtech                                     04/29     TBT
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Notes worth mentioning:
TPC finally had an excellent month and are really starting to get the
recognition that they desire. When the big titles start coming out of TPC,
then I'm sure the groups will take notice. TBT had shortly merged with TPC,
then split back, and put out just as many titles as TPC.

Ranking of groups for the month.
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     Group          Monthly Total Points

 1. Class                +64.3
 2. Paradigm             +48.9
 3. Origin               +19.4
 4. Razor                +9.9
 5. Divine               +3.7

Yearly total so far:
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     Group          Yearly Total


 1.  Paradigm            +191.5
 2.  Class               +145.4
 3.  Origin              +73.0
 4.  Razor               +26.5
 5.  Divine              +18.9

Feature of the month
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Welp, I know most people are expecting my monthly interview, but all the
people I approached, something always happened. I was either declined, or
we couldn't setup a time to do the interview. So, there will be no interview
this month. I'll try again next month.
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