Enchanter
by Infocom
(Dysan release)








Infocom Dysan boxes are easily identified by their bright red slipcover, about the size and thickness of an Activision Collection box, with the title and Infocom logo in green and the company name in gold. The gold box under the slip is open-ended, that is, there's no top box piece to cover it. As a result, the slip will likely be pressed in a little bit in front, despite the inclusion of some foam padding. The entire package is very light and flimsy-feeling.




Enchanter contains the scroll, the same size as in the folio package but folded differently, a miniature version of the folio manual, and the disk with the trademark green Dysan label. The red rubber seal is included, though it appears to have been loose and is missing the sticky patch on the back used to hold it in place. The paper is folded end-to-end along one edge, like a two-piece registration card, leaving no place to apply the seal to hold the two ends together. This one also came with the "Our Circuits, Ourselves!" catalog. The game description on the back of the box paraphrases and dilutes the original Infocom blurb.

The disk in mine is 5-1/4", but one side of the slipcover says it contains 3-1/4" media. Yes, 3-1/4". Back before 3-1/2" was selected as the new industry standard for floppies, there were experiments with other sizes. (Thanks to Paul Coad for this tip.) As Dysan was a leading disk manufacturer, this makes sense. Some Dysan Infocoms actually contain this type of disk, but all I've seen personally are the 5-1/4". Perhaps this was the reason Dysan produced these in the first place, to support this obscure media format?


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