A program for building and playtesting Magic: The Gathering®
Designed and written by Paul Chapman
Version 1.02 released July 15th 1997
Cards up to and including Weatherlight™
This product is not published or endorsed by Wizards of the Coast,
|ColorMagic is a freeware Windows program which allows you to:
Build and edit Magic decks, with or without sideboards
Playtest your decks against each other
Play against a friend on a single computer
Play against a friend using two computers linked by a null-modem cable
IBM-PC-compatible computer with 386SX processor; 486DX or better recommended
8 Mb memory; 16 Mb or more recommended
16-color 640x480 graphics; 256-color 800x600 or more recommended
Two-button mouse or other pointing device
Microsoft Windows 3.1 or 95
|ColorMagic is free, and I make no guarantees that it will work perfectly.
Nevertheless, I will try and help anyone with any problems they might be
having. I've tried ColorMagic on four different computers with four different
display adapters, and under both Windows 3.1 and Windows 95, so you shouldn't
have any problems.
I'd be delighted if you would email
me any comments or problems. I have been able to answer all emails
received so far, and will continue to reply just as long as I'm not swamped.
I developed ColorMagic for my own use, and continue to improve it all
the time. I hope ColorMagic proves as useful to you as it has to me. Check
back here whenever a new edition or expansion is released: there will probably
be a new release of ColorMagic soon after.
If you want to try ColorMagic, go right ahead and download it.
If you already have ColorMagic and wish to upgrade to the latest version,
download the upgrade instead.
NOTE TO SMALLTALK USERS: ColorMagic was written using ParcPlace-Digitalk
Smalltalk/V Windows version 2.0, and the full version contains the runtime
libraries (.DLL files) needed to run a Smalltalk/V application. In the
unlikely event that you are already running other Smalltalk/V Windows version
2.0 applications on your computer, you will already have these files. In
this case, you only need to get hold of the upgrade, which just contains
the files specific to ColorMagic.
October 14th 1997
With the recent release of Tempest™, some of you who
are using ColorMagic already will be back here looking for a new version
which includes this latest expansion. I am currently working to add the
new cards. This is usually just a question of adding them to the ColorMagic
database from a spoiler list, and coping with any new "special" cards,
token creatures and counters. This time, however, matters are complicated
by the addition of the Licids, which are creatures which can change into
local enchantments and back again. I will need to find a way of doing this.
So please be patient. I hope that Tempest™ will be
available here before the end of October.
I have also begun to look at making it possible to use ColorMagic to play
over the internet. I haven't programmed TCP/IP or Winsock before, but I've
learnt a fair amount over the past few days, and I have already assembled
the necessary tools for the job. ColorMagic itself will need some changes
to make it easier for players to follow the game without being able to
speak to one another, for example a turn-phase display and the ability
to indicate easily the target for a spell.
If and when an internet-enabled version of ColorMagic becomes available,
it will almost certainly be shareware, probably with a registration cost
of around $20. Developing an internet-enabled version will cost me real
money (as opposed to merely the hundreds of hours of my time which have
gone into ColorMagic so far), since I will have to test it, and I live
in the UK where local calls are not free. Initially, though, my plan is
NOT to make it crippleware, but merely to rely on the good consciences
of those who use it.
The Official Magic: The Gathering Home Page
Nerd World Media's Magic Links
Artist-Show's Magic Links
ColorMagic pages last revised October 14th 1997
Wizards of the Coast® and Magic: The Gathering®
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of the Coast, Inc.
Magic™, Weatherlight™ and Tempest™ are trademarks of
Wizards of the Coast, Inc.
Windows® is a registered trademark of Microsoft
Smalltalk/V® is a registered trademark of ParcPlace-Digitalk,