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CRYPTOGRAMS

v1.4

PCBoard 14.x

by

Al Lawrence

Sunrise-80 BBS
(404) 256-9525




OVERVIEW
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In CRYPTOGRAMS you must solve a coded phrase. It is played exactly like
the puzzle games of the same name, that appear in magazines and newspapers.
It is very difficult to solve and requires a lot of patience.


NOTE: Most errors will be logged to a file called DFRAME.ERR which is
created in the directory you run the door from.



INSTALLATION
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Installation is fairly easy and straight-forward. The following steps and
examples should have you up and running in a very short period of time.
It is assumed that you are familiar with setting up DOORS on your system.
To this end, only examples of the configuration file and Door batch file
are described.

1) Create a directory to hold all CRYPTO files

2) Unzip CRYPTOxx.ZIP into the the above directory

NOTE: BRUN45.EXE is not included but is required !!!

3) Create a configuration file, with a name of your choice, or
modify the supplied CRYPTO.CFG file. A description follows:

** Location of system file (See Below)
SUNRISE-80 BBS Your BBS Name
Al Sysop's First nameAP

Lawrence Sysop's Last Name

00000000 Registration Number

! # 1 Maximum # of Calls per day(Plays per day)
(Sysop gets 99, Registered version ONLY)

50 Number of Top Score entries.

Minimum = 10, Maximum = 99.

# NONE Drive:\Path\Filename to contain the
Top Score Bulletin or enter NONE
for NO Bulletin creation.

# NONE Drive:\Path\Filename to contain the
Top Score Bulletin (Color) or enter NONE
for NO Bulletin creation.

2 1 = DO NOT Display ADOPT-A-DOOR Message
2 = Display ADOPT-A-DOOR message

# 2 Keyboard timeout value in Minutes

! # 0 Time Allowed in Door
(Sysop = Time Remaining - REG. VERSION)

# 2 Number of players that must solve the
Cryptogram before it is changed by
your nightly event.

! # 000=00/00 Security Level/Games Allowed Per Day
! # 000=00/00 Security Level/Games Allowed Per Day
! # 000=00/00 Security Level/Games Allowed Per Day
! # 000=00/00 Security Level/Games Allowed Per Day
! # 000=00/00 Security Level/Games Allowed Per Day
! # 000=00/00 Security Level/Games Allowed Per Day
! # 000=00/00 Security Level/Games Allowed Per Day
! # 000=00/00 Security Level/Games Allowed Per Day
! # 000=00/00 Security Level/Games Allowed Per Day
! # 000=00/00 Security Level/Games Allowed Per Day


** = Replace with ONE of the following:

C:\PCB\PCBOARD.SYS <- For PCBoard systems using PCBOARD.SYS only
C:\PCB\USERS.SYS <- For PCBoard systems using USERS.SYS
C:\BBS\CALLINFO.BBS <- For Wildcat! systems (prior to v3.0)
C:\BBS\USERINFO.DAT <- For Wildcat! systems using v3.x
(Note:DOOR.SYS must be in SAME directory)
C:\BBS\DOOR.SYS <- For systems that support DOOR.SYS
C:\BBS\DORINFOx.DEF <- For QBBS/RBBS/RA. Replace x with Node #.
C:\BBS\SFDOORS.DAT <- For Spitfire systems.
C:\BBS\CHAIN.TXT <- For WWIV systems


# = Requires registration to change to a different value.
! = See "Plays Per Day" Below

NOTE: There are NO Blank Lines in the Config File!!




4) Create a batch file or modify the CRYPTO file supplied. A
description of this file follows:

ECHO off
cd\PCB\DOORS\CRYPTO Location of CRYPTO files
CRYPTO CRYPTO.CFG EXE filename and CFG filename (Name
used in creating file in #3 above)
CD\PCB
BOARD


5) When running in more than one node, be sure to supply a
different configuration name for each node (your choice of name).



PLAYS Per DAY/DOOR Time
_______________________

Plays Per Day and Door Time can be controlled several ways:

(1) You can use the Games Per Day, singular option, in the config
file above. This option, will affect ALL callers whose Security
Level is NOT defined in any of the 10 optional Security Level/
Plays Per Day entries in the config file.

(2) You can use the Door Time, singular option, in the config file
above. This option, will affect ALL callers whose Security
Level is NOT defined in any of the 10 optional Security Level/
Plays Per Day/Door Time entries in the config file.

(3) You can restrict the number of games a specific Security Level
will be allowed to play per day or REWARD specific Levels with
more Plays Per Day.

Likewise, you can restrict the Play time for a specific Security
Level or REWARD specific Levels with more Door Time.

These options are handled by the use of the 10 config
entries (00=00/00).

The format of each entry is as follows:

XX=YY/ZZ where XX is the Security Level (must be 2 digits)
where = is a constant and MUST be included
where YY is the # of games per day (must be 2 digits)
where / is a constant and MUST be included
where ZZ is num. minutes per Door entry (must be 2 digits)

If the callers Security Level is NOT defined, his/her Plays Per
Day and Door Time will be controlled by the values in items
(1) and (2), above, respectively..

You may define up to 10 Security Levels. All unused entries must
be defined as 00=00/00
--------------------------------------------------------------------
Example: Suppose you had 3 Security Levels defined on your BBS as
(20=Subscriber, 30=Visiting Sysop, 40=CoSysop, 90=Friend) and you
wanted to set Plays Per Day as : Subscriber=5
Visiting Sysop=2
CoSysop=3
Friend=10

and Door Time as follows: Subscriber=30 minutes
Visiting Sysop=20 minutes
CoSysop=10 minutes
Friend=remaining call time


You would set the Individual "Games per Day" config entry to 1 and
the individual "Door Time" to 5 minutes (these would be the
default number of games and default Time for all Security Levels
other than 20,30 or 40... make them any number you want). Next you
would replace 4 of the Security Level entries as : 20=05/30
30=02/20
40=03/10
90=10/0


EVENT PROCESSING
________________

To change the CRYPTOGRAM phrases automatically, you must run the
CRYPENVT.EXE program, using the same configuration file you use for the
Door. Place the following in your nightly event batch file and it will
check the CFG file to see if the correct number of players have solved
the CRYPTOGRAM. If so it will change the CRYPTOGRAM by taking the next
available one from the CRYPTO.DAT file, and reset the Hi Score file for
a new game.

CRYPENVT CRYPTO.CFG

NOTE: This option requires that CRYPTOGRAMS be registered!!!


CRYPTOGRAM DATABASE
____________________

The CRYPTOGRAM database (CRYPTO.DAT) can be added to using your favorite
text editor. Phrases MUST only contain alphabetic characters (A-Z) and
spaces. No other characters will be permitted. The maximum length of any
phrase is 66.





COM Support
___________

Support for COM 1-4 on the standard IRQ's - COM1/COM3 = IRQ4 and
COM2/COM4 = IRQ3. If you wish to use a non-standard IRQ, add the IRQ
number after the configuration filename. Let's assume your Door is
called FOOBAR and you want to use COM1 and IRQ5. The command line
passed to your Door would be:
FOOBAR FOOBAR.CFG /5
The /5 tells FOOBAR to use IRQ5 rather than the standard IRQ4 that is
normally used with COM1. No /x parameter is needed for the standard
IRQ's.



ADOPT-A-DOOR
____________

Having been a Sysop for a number of years, I have had my share of problems
and frustrations getting financial support for my board's upkeep. A fellow
Sysop left a message on my board, not long ago, about a concept that was
being used by several boards around the country.

The concept, ADOPT-A-DOOR, allows a caller to register (ADOPT) a door. It
would be the same as sending in a donation, only this way it is earmarked
for registering a particular door. In a way, the user feels he/she is
"getting something in return". As a Door author I have decided to build
this concept into each of my Door programs. The concept replaces the
usual message "tell the Sysop to register this Door" we find in most
doors.

If the Door is unregisterd then a message appears on the opening screen
to that effect. After finishing or suspending a game, a message screen
is displayed about the ADOPT-A-DOOR concept. The message also tells the
caller to contact the Sysop to find out if there is any further details
to the ADOPT-A-DOOR concept. Some Sysops give extra D/L time, online
time, etc to callers that ADOPT-A-DOOR.

If the Door has been registered, either by the Sysop or other callers,
the names of those contributors will be displayed in the closing screen.

NOTE: If you want to display the names of the callers that contributed
to registering the Door, you must create an ASCII file called
ADOPT.SYS. You create it with an Editor or Word Processor. Enter
the name(s) of the contributors (one on each line, maximum of 5
entries, each a maximum of 30 characters long). This file must be
saved, in ASCII format, and placed in the Door directory.



LEGALITIES
__________


THIS SOFTWARE AND ACCOMPANYING MATERIALS ARE DISTRIBUTED "AS IS"
WITHOUT WARRANTY, EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, INCLUDING BUT NOT
LIMITED TO ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS
FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. IN NO EVENT SHALL ANYONE INVOLVED WITH
THE CREATION AND PRODUCTION OF THIS PRODUCT BE LIABLE FOR INDIRECT,
SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, ARISING OUT OF ANY USE THEREOF
OR BREACH OF ANY WARRANTY.





DISTRIBUTION
____________

You may make this file available for downloading from your BBS or you may
upload it to any BBS of your choice, provided that you do not make any
changes to the contents of the archive (ZIP file). The archive and its
individual contents may not be used by any service that charges any money
whatsoever, without the written permission of the author.





REGISTRATION
____________

Registration and the subsequent insertion of the registration number into
your configuation file, allows for the display of your BBS name on the
opening and closing screen as well as the reduction of a delay built into
the opening screen display along with the ability to change certain
values in the configuration file.

To register your copy of CRYPTO, please fill out the registration form
(REGISTER.FRM) and mail it along with a small donation ($20,25,etc) to
the name and address on the form.

Be sure to use the proper upper/lower case when filling in your name and
BBS name, as they MUST match the way you entered them in the configuration
file. ^^^^

Based upon information supplied on the registration form, I will pre-
register you on my BBS. You will then be able to call SUNRISE-80 and pick
up your registration number.



MISC
____

The latest version of CRYPTOGRAMS and other fine SUNRISE DOOR programs
are always available for download from SUNRISE-80 BBS.

Remember, should you have any problems, questions or suggestions, be sure
to drop me a message on Sunrise-80 or in the RIME network (BBS_Doors,
PCBHints, SYSops) or on SMARTNET (SN_Sysops).


  3 Responses to “Category : BBS Programs+Doors
Archive   : CRYPTO14.ZIP
Filename : CRYPTO.DOC

  1. Very nice! Thank you for this wonderful archive. I wonder why I found it only now. Long live the BBS file archives!

  2. This is so awesome! 😀 I’d be cool if you could download an entire archive of this at once, though.

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