Eamon Deluxe

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Eamon Deluxe (abbreviated EDX, and sometimes known by the longer title The Marvelous World of Eamon Deluxe) is a cross-platform update of the classic Eamon adventure system created by Frank Black.

It includes an updated Main Hall based on the Graphics Main Hall and dozens of adventures which have been converted to the DOS game engine; the installation package includes a copy of DOSBox which allows the game to be played on any modern computer.


The Eamon Deluxe Main Program contains most of the game play enhancements from Main Program version 7.1 as well as a several new features like colored text and screen reader compatibility. Because it runs in DOS instead of on the Apple II, the game engine has more memory available and is better able to handle large adventures with hundreds of rooms and many special effects. It also includes a few newer adventures that never had Apple II versions, such as A Runcible Cargo and Stronghold of Kahr-Dur, as well as the Eamon Deluxe Demo Adventure, a simple adventure meant to demonstrate the capabilities of the unmodified EDX game engine.

In early 2024 author and developer Kenneth Pedersen made a version of Eamon Deluxe available for online play at itch.io. The project uses the DOSBox emulator with Emularity to enable the game for browsers.



Eamon Deluxe incorporates nearly every Eamon adventure, plus some others like SwordThrust, into "Classic Adventure Conversion Sets". These sets generally contain multiple adventures that share a point of similarity, such as being written by the same author. Numbered along with the sets are a few individual adventures written for Eamon Deluxe.

EDX# Title Author Adventures
01 Beginners Adventures Various 7
02 The Donald Brown Adventures Donald Brown, Peter Wityk 16
03 The Jim Jacobson Adventures Deluxe Jim Jacobson 5
04 The John Nelson Adventures John Nelson 20
05 The Thomas Zuchowski Adventures Tom Zuchowski 6
06 The Pat Hurst Adventures Pat Hurst 4
07 The Frank Black Adventures Deluxe Frank Black 5
08 The Nathan Segerlind Adventures Nathan Segerlind 9
09 The Sam Ruby Adventures Sam Ruby 18
10 The Roger Pender Adventures Roger Pender 7
11 The Robert Parker Adventures Robert Parker 19
12 Best of the Classic Adventures Various 15
13 Classic Eamon Adventures, Vol. 1 Various 13
14 Classic Eamon Adventures, Vol. 2 Various 21
15 Classic Eamon Adventures, Vol. 3 Various 20
16 Classic Eamon Adventures, Vol. 4 Various 20
17 Classic Eamon Adventures, Vol. 5 Various 20
18 Classic Eamon Adventures, Vol. 6 Various 14
19 Worst of the Classic Adventures Various 21
20 Journey Across the Muerte Sea John MacArthur 1
21 Realm of Fantasy Jared Davis 1
22 A Runcible Cargo Thomas Ferguson 1
23 The Lost Treasures of Eamon Various 9
24 Stronghold of Kahr-Dur Derek Jeter 1
25 The Treachery of Zorag Derek Jeter 1

Two sets included in the previous version of the software were retired in version 5 —Unofficial Eamon Deluxe Adventures, volume 1 and volume 2. Their constituent adventures were added to other sets.

Playing version 5

Eamon Deluxe version 5.0, released in 2013, is the latest iteration of the software. It deactivates most of the adventure sets because their Main Programs haven't been upgraded to the latest Eamon Deluxe features. Only adventure sets 1 and 3 are playable out of the box, but the other adventures are still in the system and playable with a few simple steps:

  1. Locate the folder within EDX containing the adventure you want to play
    1. See Category:Adventure sets to find the set containing your adventure.
    2. The folder name is based on the set number (e.g., for Adventure Set 4, look for EDX/C/EAMONDX/E004)
  2. Locate two files named INTRO.BAS and INTRO4.BAS
  3. Delete INTRO.BAS and rename INTRO4.BAS to INTRO.BAS
  4. Start the program, go on an adventure, and choose the adventure set. The adventures should now be playable.

Be advised that all adventures except sets 1 and 3 have not been upgraded to the latest Eamon Deluxe game engine. Most adventures are still playable, but they may not have some of the game play upgrades introduced in later versions.



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