Source:A World Far, Far Away 1985
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"A World Far, Far Away", an article about Eamon published in the 3A Computer Products 1985 Apple Public Domain Software Catalog, pages 23-26.
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World Eamon Group
Let's improve Eamon
3A supports the Eamon adventure system and solicits your support.
We know there are bugs in some of the Eamon programs that need to be identified and published so you and others can fix your copies.
We know significant improvements are long overdue, such as...
- a save-game feature on every disk,
- faster run time,
- better code structure, and
- (even the spelling needs work).
When you help out in this continuing project to find and fix the the bugs or improve the Eamon system (even create a super-Eamon master?) we will show our appreciation by publishing and distributing your "fix" and exchanging a 3A volume of your choice with you at no charge as well. We will also publish your name as having contributed to improving Eamon.
For those sitting on the side lines, after improved versions are published, we will recopy your volume with the improved version for a $1 copy and shipping fee.
Many folks have requested a level of difficulty grading system for each Eamon adventure. We would like to hear your opinion of each adventure you play. Perhaps you will write a short review that we may publish and give you credit.
We intend to keep Eamon in the public domain and discourage locking-up programs or affixing copyrights to the series!
In our last catalog we sponsored a "National Eamon Club" believing it would accomplish some of the above, but it hasn't happened. For example, rather than identifying and publishing how to fix some of the Eamon bugs the "club" wrote a program to log the bugs, but still has not published any.
So we now launch the 3A "World Eamon Group" and look forward to spreading the Wonderful World of Eamon even more than in the past and keeping all of Eamon in the public domain!
We are very interested in any and all comments and suggestions on Eamon and how you would like to participate. We are particularly interested in exchanging copies of Eamon adventures and other Eamon programs that you may create or know of.
Welcome to Eamon
The Wonderful World of Eamon
Eamon is an adventure series quite similar to Dungeons & Dragons. Eamon was created and developed by Donald Brown. The adventures were created by Donald and various people as yourself.
To actually play Eamon on the Apple computer, you must first "bootup" the diskette marked "E001 Eamon Master". Your disk drive controller card must be in slot six, drive one — Eamon doesn't know how to handle any others yet.
After you are shown the dragon picture (which you can break out of early by pressing the "Esc" key), you will be almost ready to enter the Main Hall and create a character. Simply follow directions. The Main Hall is a place to leave from to go on an adventure.
Only one Eamon adventure will be stored on a diskette. To go on an adventure, proceed from the Main Hall as directed, inserting the diskette with the new adventure into the disk drive (slot six, drive one) at the proper time. From then on, you're on your own.
Characters who do not return from adventures are considered dead (erased). Turning off the computer in the midst of an adventure or halting it by pressing Ctrl-C or Reset merely commits suicide.
To help your character get some gold to equip himself properly and gather a little bit of experience, one adventure is included on the master diskette —The Beginners Cave. It's a gentle little romp through a set of caves. We strongly advise that you send your new character through The Beginners Cave first.
If you succeed in getting back to the Main Hall your character is stored on the E001 Eamon Master Diskette, so it can be called up again the next time your play.
Run the "Player Manual" and learn much more.
E001 Eamon Master & Beginners Cave
Public Domain 60 free sectors
|A||002||E001 EAMON MASTER V4.0|
|A||015||THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF EAMON|
|A||061||THE BEGINNERS CAVE|
Order by volume number and title to avoid mistakes.
Each adventure consists of a group of programs (as shown above) that are on one diskette.
The Eamon Master "E001" is required to run any of the adventures!
The numbers after each adventure name are explained at the end of the list.
Compare program size
The set of numbers after each Eamon adventure indicate the relative size in sectors of the dungeon description text file / and the Main Program. These are provided as a basis for your comparison.
To save space we have not printed the "catalog" of each adventure volume as we did for all the other public domain volumes.
We hope we have correctly listed all the authors' names and spelled them correctly as well. Please tell us if any are not right!
There is now one less Eamon utility volume because we discovered 26 program duplications on the former 4 volumes and eliminated them!
E241 Eamon Utility 1
Public Domain 72 free sectors
E242 Eamon Utility 2
Public Domain 117 free sectors
E243 Eamon Utility 3
Public Domain 182 free sectors
E250 Eamon Designer
Create your own adventure!
Public Domain 129 free sectors
Eamon Player Manual
Insights to Eamon
On the original Eamon Designer Diskette were two "manuals" (text files) named...
One explains how to design your own Eamon adventures and the other manual tells the background and some secrets of playing Eamon.
We moved the "Player Manual" onto E001, the Eamon Master Diskette!!
We felt it is more appropriate to have access to the Player Manual when first encountering Eamon and, moreover, not to have to buy another diskette to learn more about the Eamon system.