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  The MaraMag  

Yes folks you'd better have cutting edge equipment with at least a 13 inch monitor that can display thousands of colors or you will be in heap big dudu. Welcome to a blast from the past. Back during the heady days of early Marathon when all we had to play Marathon on was a vacuum tubed computer the size of a house with a round buzzing CRT screen that wouldn't fill the face of a wristwatch. Those were tough times when REAL men played the game, REAL men with hairy chests and broken, bloody knuckles. Huge men, with muscles the size of Buicks and the temperament of a hammerhead shark. Yes, harken back with me into the days of yesteryear as we explore a manly man's magazine made by manly men for other manly men. If you are a girl, I suppose you can read this but shut up and sit in the back and don't interrupt us while we men folk bark like Klingons and shove iron pikes into each other's stinking guts.

I had considered the MaraMag to be lost for the ages but the last editor to man the manly helm of the MaraMag, a man named Frost (Nik Manak, actually a manly 13 year old at the time with gigantic sack and "man" in his name) showed up at the Inside Mac Games Forums all growed up and after trading manly throat punches and a few head butts we got to talking about the old days and the MaraMag. It came up that he still had an archive of old MaraMags he inherited when he took the position of Editor. Frost only made me beg like a dog with cheese on it's nose and then wear lederhosen to a biker convention before he realized I really was serious about getting these damn MaraMags. Someday the pendulum will swing the other way Frost, and you will have an alien imbedded in your chest or sumptin and you'll be begging me to blow your brains out and and and... stuff, but I'll do it just to show you what manly man friends are supposed to be like. I won't make you walk through the mall with a potato stuck down the back of your pants, or make you lick the floor in the monkey house first.

Right now this is only available in Mac Classic DocMaker format but I'll probably get around to making a HTML version of it for those of you unable to run Mac Classic.

But now a new day is here, one in which those of you who missed it can have a taste of what it was like back then. For those of you who knew this happy thing called the MaraMag in the heady days of Marathon, here it is again for you to thumb through once again. Enjoy!


February 1995

Volume One Issue One. Edited by Ben Chess.

Files:
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Marathon Cheater 2.5 , Marathon FAQ 2.0, MaraModel Edit 1.1, Marathon Shape Installer

Articles:
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Making Your Own Backgound Music - Durandal
Marathon Review - Jeremedia
Learning to Talk - M Gaines
 • Arrival Walkthrough - Steve78171
 • Never Burn Money Walkthrough- Steve78171
Internet Marathon Sites


March 1995

Volume One Issue Two. Edited by Ben Chess.

Files:
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New Interface, Marathon GIF, MaraMag Fonts, Physics Models (empty folder), Phun Textures (empty folder)

Articles:
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The Story of Marathon - Bungie Software
 • Defend This Walkthrough - Marathon Spoiler Guide
 • Couch Fishing Walkthrough - Marathon Spoiler Guide
 • The Rose Walkthrough - Marathon Spoiler Guide
 • Smells Like Napalm Tastes like Chicken - Marathon Spoiler Guide
 • Cool Fusion Walkthrough - Marathon Spoiler Guide
 • G4 Sunbathing Walkthrough - Marathon Spoiler Guide
 • Blaspheme Quarantine Walkthrough - Marathon Spoiler Guide
Marathon Internet Sites - Editor


June 1995

Volume One Issue Three. Edited by Ben Chess.

Files:
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Marathon Marine JPEG, Marathon Software Catalog, Running Man Preview (empty folder), Athens Outpost (empty folder), Durandal's MIDI stuff: Marathon Music Typer, MultiMusicMovieMaker 0.5, All Midi Fat 1.1.2 + readmes.

Articles:
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Making Music in Marathon Pt 2 - Durandal
 • Reprisal Walkthrough - Marathon Spoiler Guide
 • Shake Before Using Walkthrough - Marathon Spoiler Guide
Terminal Editing Manual - brew@carina.unm.edu
Marathon Internet Sites - Editor


July 1995

Volume One Issue Four. Edited by Ben Chess.

Files:
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Death of the Hulk JPEG, Marathon Software Catalog, Fonts suit case, Myriad Map Folder (empty but I found the file at Fileball for you), One Shot One Kill folder (empty folder).

Articles:
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 • Fire Fire Fire Walkthrough - Marathon Spoiler Guide
 • Colony Ship For Sale Walkthrough - Marathon Spoiler Guide
 • Habe Quiddam Walkthrough - Marathon Spoiler Guide
 • Neither High Nor Low Walkthrough - Marathon Spoiler Guide
Chapter Screens Hack - Durandal
Marathon Internet Sites - Editor


August 1995

Volume One Issue Five. Edited by Ben Chess.

Files:
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Marathon Marine 2 JPEG, Marathon Software Catalog, Marathon 2 Cheat 1.7 Folder (empty folder), Marathon 2 screen shots (empty folder).

Articles:
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Marathon 2 Demo Walkthrough:
 • Waterloo Waterpark Walkthrough - joebob@crl.com
 • What! About! BoB! - joebob@crl.com
 • BaseDestruction Walkthrough - joebob@crl.com
The Better Marathon Story - peter_bjorn_perlso@online.pol.dk
Marathon Internet Sites - Editor


September 1995

Volume One Issue 6. Edited by Ben Chess.

Files:
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Marathon Battle JPEG, Marathon Software Catalog, TERM Editor v1.2b3 (HyperCard!), Preditor sound file and corresponding physics model.

Articles:
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Marathon ARA Directory
Marathon Walkthrough Chapter "The Pfhor"
 • Pfhor Your Eyes Only...
 • No Artifical Colors
 • Unpfhorgiven
 • Two Times Two Equals...
 • Beware of Low Flying Defense Drones
 • Eupfhoria
 • Pfhoraphobia
 • Ain't Got Time Pfhor This...
Marathon Internet Sites - Editor


October 1995

Volume One Issue 7. Edited by Ben Chess.

Files:
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Mobius - solo map, Marathon Software Catalog, Marathon ARA Directory (HyperCard!), "You killed BoB!" system sound, Quake screen shotes, and Gatorade physics model.

Articles:
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Mobius readme
Gatorade readme
Marathon ARA Directory
Back Issues and FTP
From the Editor
Rumor Mill
Quake, Good Vibrations or All Shook Up About Nothing?
Marathon Software Catalog
Marathon Walkthrough Chapter "Rebellion"
 • Welcome to the Revolution
 • Try Again
 • Ingue Ferroque
Marathon Internet Sites - Editor


November 1995

Volume One Issue 8. Edited by Ben Chess.

Files:
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Attack on the Xanthan - solo map, Marathon ARA Directory (HyperCard), "Marathon Vs Doom" comparison rant, and Full Marathon Walkthrough (DocMaker app).

Articles:
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Attack on the Xanthaan readme
M1 Vs Doom rant
Full Marathon Walkthrough readme
From the Editor
Marathon ARA Directory
Rumor Mill
Marathon Software Catelog (error, DocMaker link to app that was not supplied)
Marathon Internet Sites


December 1995

Volume One Issue 9. Edited by Ben Chess.

Files:
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Bunker Safari- solo maps/w physics, Marathon ARA Directory (HyperCard), Marathon Software Catalog, NetLink Remote v1.0.1, and NetLink Directory (HyperCard), Alchemist 1.0b2.

Articles:
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Bunker Safari
NetLink Remote
Alchemist
NetLink Directory
From the Editor
Marathon ARA Directory
Rumor Mill
Marathon Software Catalog
Marathon Internet Sites



February 1996

Volume Two Issue One. Edited by Ben Chess.

Files:
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Netlink Directory, ARA Directory, Marathon Software Catalog, Stick Around map pack, Gatling Gun shapes and sound.

Articles:
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Trojan Marathon Shapes
Stick Around
Gatling Gun
From the Editor
Marthon Remote Net Directory
Rumor Mill
Marathon Software Catalog
Marathon 2 Walkthrough:
 • Waterloo Waterpark
 • The Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Fortune
 • Charon Doesn't Make Change
Internet Marathon Sites
Submissions


March 1996

Volume Two Issue Two. Edited by Ben Chess.

Files:
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Netlink Directory, ARA Directory, Marathon Software Catalog, Black Market Carnage (empty folder but I found the file at Fileball and downloaded it for you), SPNKR Laser Sighting (empty folder).

Articles:
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Black Market Carnage
SPNKR Laser Sighting
Gatling Gun
From the Editor
Marthon Remote Net Directory
Marathon Software Catalog
Marathon 2 Walkthrough:
 • What About BoB?
 • Come and Take Your Medicine
 • We're Everywhere
Internet Marathon Sites
Marathon Magazine Info


April 1996

Volume Two Issue Three. Edited by Ben Chess.

Files:
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Netlink Directory, ARA Directory, Marathon Software Catalog, Daily Grind folder, Great War Preview folder, Holzp's Trimaps folder.

Articles:
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The Great War Preview
The Daily Grind
Holzp's Trimaps
Marthon R-Net Directory
Rumor Mill
Marathon Software Catalog
Marathon 2 Walkthrough: Garrison
 • Ex Cathedra
 • Nuke & Pave
 • Curiouser and Curiouser
Internet Marathon Sites
Marathon Magazine Info


May/June 1996

Volume Two Issue Four. Edited by ??? - Note, this issue of the MaraMag has no resource fork which means that the DocMaker doc will not launch and there is no way to extract the text for you. The accompanying files in this release are still intact however.

Files:
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Netlink Directory, ARA Directory, Marathon Software Catalog, Scarpi M1 Map folder, High Anxiety M2 map folder, Teritory M2 Map folder, the Goo the Bad and the Ugly M2 map folder.

Articles:
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Unknown



March/April 1997

Volume Three Issue One. Edited by Nik Manak aka Frost.

Files:
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Marathon R-Net Directory, Marathon Software Catalog, Marathon Map Splitter folder, Chisel Folder, Marathon Fighters folder, Hell Hole v1.3 folder.

Articles:
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Marathon Map Rating Club
Hell Hole v1.3 - (worlds best map)
From the Editor
Letters to the Staff
Map Ratings
Marathon R-Net Directory
Bungie Interview - Jason Regier
Rumor Mill
Marathon Software Catalog
Internet Marathon Sites
Marathon Magazine Info


May/June 1997

Volume Three Issue Two. Edited by Nik Manak aka Frost.

Files:
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Marathon R-Net Directory, Marathon Software Catalog, Marathon Magazine Fonts, Frost's VidMaster Films Folder, Marathon Fighters folder, MA-75C Demonstration Graphic.

Articles:
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The Marathon World Needs
Some Better Scenarios
Siege of Nor'korh
Marathon How to Guide #1
Face the Facts (1-4)
From the Editor
Letters to the Staff
Map Ratings
Marathon R-Net Directory
No Interview
The Film Files
Rumor Mill
Marathon Software Catalog
Internet Marathon Sites
Marathon Magazine Info


July/August 1997

Volume Three Issue Three. Edited by Nik Manak aka Frost.

Files:
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Marathon Magazine Fonts.

Articles:
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Thoughts on Major Scenario Projects
Constructive Criticism For Level Designers
Face the Facts
From the Editor
Letters to the Staff
Map Ratings
Internet Marathon Sites
Marathon Magazine Info


July/August 1997

Volume Three Issue Pfhor. Edited by Nik Manak aka Frost.

Files:
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None

Articles:
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Puzzles, Net Play Etiquette and Other Marathon Thoughts - Article by the Battle Cat!
From the Halls of Twit
From the Editor
Interview With Jonas Eneroth
Internet Marathon Sites
Marathon Magazine Info


Bonus Interviews

As a final offering in the presentation of the MaraMag, I have some raw uncut footage of the IRC interviews that Frost conducted. If you've never been on IRC then you might like to take a look at what an IRC log looks like. Unlike the smooth, flowing and organized interviews that you read in the MaraMag, you will see the bumps, hiccups and outright stoppage that occurs on IRC. People start talking out of phase due to the constraints of typing, people come and go, lag causes huge gaps in the conversation and sometimes net splits occur then everybody has to wait until the servers shake hands again.

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