This site is dedicated to Mercenary, Damocles and Mercenary 3 games, by Paul Woakes, (c) Novagen.
They were released on Atari ST and Amiga computers (and elder 8-bits for Mercenary).
Thanks to everyone that contributed to this site, check the credits section. Their names are associated to each of their contirbutions :-)
(for E-mails, see also this section)
latest update: 5th May 2012
Rather big update. It took a while but the site is now filled with many small things I found back from emails between 1996 and 2003. It's been a 150-pages trip back in time (in font size 8)! Updated items tagged with , so that you notice them easily.
Updated the Escape From Targ Solution (more hints section) with a piece of advice from Szymon Grygiel about the Mechanoid, another by Mooz about fighting tactics, and a couple of maps by Pawel Garycki. Added many details to Pawel's military solution. BTW Pawel was right: the Mechanoids don't give any reward for the destruction of Palyars, nothing except a message! (I guess I dreamt I got a big reward, or was it in the 2nd City?). Finally, added two small videos of a bug in the game.
Thanks to Ben Hill, completed the Second City Solution with the Antenna position; and thanks to Mooz fixed a mistake with the Maze in the solution (ooops), detailed Domnion Dart maximum altitude or Neutron Fuel position. Also fixed little things or gave more small details here and there.
In both solutions, I have also offered alternate maps from the great Mooz's maps, with new colours so that people with aging eyes like me can read them better. Added details about how to fly the PC BIL new ship.
Also added a new Mercenary 1 box and manual page, incomplete for now as there are so many different versions and packages, but that's a start. If you have nice and detailed pictures of your versions that are not up on the site, please send! (and hope for them to be updated before 2020 ;-))
Minor updates and corrections to the Damocles Solution (spelling), and updated the Damocles guides and maps sent by Pawel Garycki. Also added details in Damocles' Mercenary 1 saved games feature, and thanks to Simone how to have strange fun with explosives. Oh, and finally added the turbo mode for the Author's Chair, discovered by the MDDClone author!
Removed the link to the video of the Damocles Demo, which has been deleted a couple of months ago it seems.
Added one or two small details on the Damocles for PC page.
Major update of the Mercenary III Solution, years after some of you sent me hints. The guide is much more complete now and various help files have been added. Interesting news about the Authors Computer, how to avoid PC Bil forces, and much more!
Added a link in credits/links section to Simone Gremmo's works around Mercenary (take a look at TADPSID!), to Amiga Magazine Rack (filled with press reviews), fixed links to the Automation and D-Bug team website, and added links to Youtube videos (not comprehensive).
Added Gary Walton's name in the Novagen Team and many other in the Novagen related people, as well as a small page about the Novagen office.
Made an attempt to start a new version of the games page, trying to list all the different relleased versions (including boxes, laguages, contents...). This is unfinished work and I'll need help as I almost don't know 8-bits verions of Escape From Targ or Second City.
Also made a new page about references to Novagen games, just spotting funny things.
Finally added a Damocles review from the Italian edition of The Games Machine, thanks to Simone again.
On the cosmetic side, with all the magic and incerdible new technology of HTML 3, you can now make the frame menu appear or disappear from this page, with a graphic frame in Benson font, or the good old text frame (see at the top left of the page).
Don't waste any time, here they are! If you think some hints are missing or if you discovered more about the games, mail me!
Mercenary, Damocles and Mercenary III . Also available: the Targ Survival Kit (official hints for Mercenary 1).
If you never saw the games or would like to see them again, make your choice! About 30 pictures for every game are available, so you're warned: it might be long to be loaded.
Mercenary 1 and The Second City, Damocles and data disks, Mercenary 3, and the quick story and pictures of Damocles for PC!
See also the Atari ST demo of Damocles, the Damocles boxes scans and Mercenary 3 boxes scans.
Pictures and interviews of The NOVAGEN team - the people that made the games.
Thanks to the work of Peter Young, here are the first reviews available here. I should add some more in the future.
Amiga users, here are hard drive installers for Mercenary 1, Damocles and Mercenary 3! They also fix some problems for use with A1200. Thanks to John Selck who sent them.
The D-Bug team patched Damocles and Mercenary III to run on Atari Falcon. The patched games also work for conventional Atari ST, and are hard-drive intallable.
Also available: the public transport schedule that was supplied in Mercenary 3.
The emulators section is here to help you to run Mercenary with various emulators. Fell free to contribute if you know emulators that are not described yet!
Welcome to the Benson Board System! Use the Mercenary BBS to leave a message, comments about the site or to ask anything about the games! All of the fans will be able to read your messages, and I hope the members of the Novagen team will take a look at it from time to time. I hope to see it filled quite quickly! :)
They are now here !
Thanks to everyone that contributed (and keep contributing) to this site.
If you feel interested, have any wish or comment about this site, send me an Email!
This Mercenary site might take a long time to be built, don't be impatient!!! Riss-Key builders are sorry.