Source:Eamon Adventurer's Log, January 1987
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The Eamon Adventurer's Log newsletter, volume 2 number 4.
John Nelson (editor)
The use of this item is permitted and constitutes fair use on the grounds that it's free or in the public domain.
Greetings, from your long lost friends at the National Eamon User's Club. Did everybody have a good summer? We did, but we were a tad busy on things other than Eamon. Hence there has been little or no activity to let you know we were still alive. But not to worry! We are still here; we still read your mail and do still work on Eamon.
Now that the cold weather has hit, we are shut in our little dungeons in front of our word processors (Apples with big teeth!!) with a fire blazing and a cup of hot cider, so we are planning on hitting it hard and getting things rolling again. So, as soon as the fire department arrives to put out that darn fire, we'll be back in full production.
3A Computer Products of Cheyenne, Wyoming has completed their Eamon contest and 11 Eamon adventures were the result. We did not enter any of our adventures, because we lost our amateur standing long ago.
We want all our loyal fans to cast aside their doubts and fears about the club going belly up. We can't!! We don't make enough money to go out of business!!
Anyway, although we have been dormant for a few months while we were doing other projects and re-organizing, we want you to know we are still here. We may not have time to answer all your letters all the time, but we do read them and if you need anything of real importance, you can always call. The club's number is (515) ###-####. The best hours to call are 6:30 - 10:00 pm central time. If you're calling during the day, you can leave a message on the new answering machine.
Notices & Junk
The results are in!!
The results of the questionnaire are in and it looks like most of you would like to see the club continue in the same manner it has been forever. Since this is not really possible to do in the current format with the limited amount of time we have, we have to find a more efficient mode of operation.
We were attempting this with the questionnaire we sent out. The theory was if we could make the operation less expensive and more efficient, we would have more time to do the work of the club. An adventure a month type of plan would allow us more time because one of the greatest time factors here in the dungeon is printing the newsletter articles, proof-reading them (yes, we do attempt this from time-to-time) and printing them again. Then if the printer messes up, or the articles aren't spaced properly, we do it again. Then there's the paste up, and finally, dropping it off at the printers. Much of this time could be saved if we distributed the articles on disk.
Also, along with the deal of sending out disks, instead of a newsletter, we have the advantage of being able to do cuter things. Just think of the possibilities: Dungeon Designer routines that would be in text files that you could plug into your own adventures using an EXEC command; demo routines that will demonstrate, rather that just describe dungeon designer techniques; bug fixes in text tiles that could correct bugs for you; and a whole lot of neat new frontiers.
Given the choices on the adventure-on-a-disk deal, most of you chose options D, B and E in that order, but it was very close (only 2 votes between each of the top choices!). Option B was one adventure and some newsletter articles on disk; option D was two adventures on one disk, replacing one of the adventures quarterly (personally my favorite). Option E was two adventures on disk each month with a small newsletter published quarterly.
Since most people wrote in the comment they liked it the way it was, we have chosen to postpone starting this project until a later date. The newsletter will continue by popular demand, but on a semi-regular basis. (So what's new, you might ask – well we were trying to be consistent, but it wasn't working, so now we'll just do our best and admit we're not perfect.) What is this new semi-regular basis?? — I don't know, but what we thought we could do is publish the newsletter every quarter, except summer, when everyone would rather be out water-skiing and hiking and lying around on the beach, rather than slaving away in a hot dungeon. In place of the quarterly summer issue, we'd just make the fall issue a special double issue.
Also from January 1 to April 15th is a bad time because we are finishing the club's books, and calculating Uncle Sam's cut, or (more frequently) our tax deductions – and are usually swamped right up to the dead-line of April 15th. Therefore, during the spring, the newsletter may be delayed, depending on how that task is coming and the summer will be a slack period as far as a newsletter goes. We would like to cut the number of issues per year to three for sure, with one of these being a double issue, and if we can, trying to get a fourth out.
This will require some patience on your part and some understanding. First, we want you to know, we consider all of you very important and feel like we know you all, from your letters and comments. We want you to continue to be active and know we are here. Please continue sending us any adventures you may write, articles or submissions for the club's information and files, but please be patient on expecting answers to correspondence and such. We are going to work on getting the files here organized and back where we will be core efficient, but we need time to do this.
Orders were at a virtual halt during the summer and fall, but have been caught up and we now dedicate every Saturday morning to finishing up all the orders. Therefore, orders should never sit around here for more than a week and you should be able to expect them in a week and a half, or so. Thanks for your patience.
|John Nelson||– President and Editor|
|Tom Zuchowski||– Technical Support / Bug Killer|
|Pat Hurst||– Assistant Testing Coach|
|Bob Davis||– Missing and presumed dead|
|Dan Cross||– Almost totally missing|
|Steve Mahr||– Even more missing than Bob|
|Gary Flanagan||– Omaha art dept. now defunct?|
2701 Arnold Road, Des Moines, Iowa 50310. Written permission will usually be given if you ask nicely, say please, and we're in a good mood. (Which is almost always, unless we've just lost our favorite character in a mindless adventure, and then watch out!)
Membership dues due
Most of you have membership dues due. The problem I've been having since Bob left is that he was the one who was responsible for updating our membership files. Since he left, the file has been somewhat of a mess. I applied all of the updates that I found around the dungeon, but I can't guarantee that I got them all. Besides that, we have published the last couple of issues on a very irregular schedule. We therefore do not really know who has expired and who hasn't!
We are therefore asking that you do us a big favor. The mailing label on your newsletter has a date on it. This is the date we show your membership expiring. Since the last two issues have been so irregular, we are going to add one year onto everyone's expiration date. The date you see on your label is BEFORE this one year addition. I will be updating the database to add this year onto everybody.
If your membership has expired even after this one year has been added to the date, then your membership has expired. If you have evidence (like a cancelled check) that you renewed and it should not have expired, please drop us a card and we will get the database updated.
I admit this is a shabby thing to do, but I don't know how else to get it straightened out without just chucking the whole club. (Which I definitely do not want to do!)
Proposed new dues – what do you think?
As many of you know, when we first started the club, we wanted it to be free and run simply off donations and orders. We didn't get enough of either to continue, so we had to resort to a fixed dues schedule. We have been tossing around the idea of modifying our first approach and trying it again. Let us know what you think of it.
This is how it would work: Members could send in $12.00 per year to be guaranteed of getting all issues of the newsletter and being a member in good standing. If you thought this was too expensive, or your particular finances were such that you couldn't afford that, you could send in whatever you could afford. The club would continue to send you newsletters as normal. If after a period of time, it became impossible to continue sending issues for the price you had paid, we would send you a renewal notice. If you did not renew within three months, you would stop receiving newsletters. A minimum rate (such as say, $1.50 per issue) would be established to make sure you got your money's worth.
Also, other good and valuable considerations will be considered. For example, if you have a way with words and want to review adventures, or write articles for the club, we will take this into consideration. Let's look at a sample of how we see this working: A member sends us $5.00 for membership. We send him at least 3 issues of the newsletter because of the $1.50 minimum per issue. Then we don't hear from that member for a year. His membership will probably expire after the three issues, unless other members and orders are coming in so well that the club is surviving without threatening him. Another member sends in $5.00 and sends us an adventure that he writes every 3 months. This guy won't have to worry about being cut off, because he is providing us with a valuable consideration. Of course, if everyone sent us work instead of money, we wouldn't be able to publish the newsletter, anyway. (Our printer insists on being paid!)
It really just boils down to: the club needs funds to operate. We do not like to establish fixed dues for our service. Those who are on a limited budget are paying a higher percentage of their income to continue getting the newsletters. We would like to put out the newsletter on a free basis and accept donations, but past experience has taught us we can't do that and have enough money to survive.
The dues are still $12.00 per year. If you think our performance has been so bad that we aren't worth $12.00, then let us know. I have been thinking about going to a voluntary dues basis anyway
by John Nelson
The world of Eamon just keeps on growing and growing. We received over a dozen Eamon adventures through the summer and then we received more through the contest that 3A Computer Products had.
I haven't had time to run extensive tests on all of them, but I have run some preliminary tests on a lot of them and they look pretty good. Below is a list of the new Eamon adventures.
|122.||Valley of Death|
|123.||Wizard of the Spheres|
|124.||Assault on Dolni Keep||Tom Zuchowski|
|125.||The Mattimoe Palace|
|126.||Pyramid of Anhares||Pat Hurst|
|127.||The Hunt for the Ring||Sam Ruby|
|128.||Quest for Erebor||Sam Ruby|
|129.||Return to Moria (2 disks)||Sam Ruby|
|131.||Nucleus of the Ruby||Keith Somers|
|132.||Rhadshur Warrior||Roger Pender|
|133.||The Final Frontier||Bob Slemon|
|134.||Pyramid of the Ancients|
|135.||The Tomb of Evron||Mike Greifenkamp|
|136.||The Mountain Fortress||Mike Greifenkamp|
|137.||Ruins of Ivory Castle|
|139.||Peg's Place||Marg/Anne Anderson|
|140.||Beginner's Forest||Margaret Anderson|
|141.||The Infested Fortress|
|142.||The Beermeister's Brewery|
|143.||The Alternate Zone|
Eamon on the IBM-PC
We have received a lot of letters regarding the IBM PC version of Eamon. A lot of you probably aren't interested in the PC version, because you're Apple owners. We have had some members write to us saying they have a new PC compatible computer and that they are now very interested in Eamon for it.
The IBM PC is much more powerful than the Apple (I never thought I'd hear myself say that). With disk drives that hold 360K instead of 143 and with the additional memory possible on the PC, it looks like the way of the future of Eamon.
Anyway, I've been testing the PC version of Eamon and working on (would you believe) up to five different versions of Eamon for the PC. What happened is, I was working on converting Eamon Master 2.0 to the PC when a guy named Jon Walker completed a PC version. My version was pretty much done, but was still in testing. I therefore set it aside and started testing the Walker version. Well, the Walker version used some really hi-brow (some may call them low-brow!) I/O routines that looked like they'd be a nightmare to maintain, so I decided to change them to standard I/O conventions. I was in the process of doing this when people started suggesting improvements. I decided to add some things to Eamon while I was converting it. Well, one thing led to another and before you could say "Just finish the darn thing and put it out!" it had gotten out of hand.
To make a long story short, I had versions all over the place and decided to just get tested what I had and let people decide which version they wanted. The version I think is the best is the original version of Eamon Master 2.0 which I had converted in the first place. The versions that are ready for distribution are:
- Eamon - Jon Walker version 1.0
- Eamon - Jon Walker version 2.1
- Eamon-PC (conversion of Master 2.0)
1. The Walker version 1.0 will not be distributed by us, or supported by us. It is too difficult to dig into, change or figure out. If you want it, it can be obtained through:
3A Computer Products
721 Pike St.
Only one other adventure is available for the Walker versions as of this writing. It is called Ice Caves and 3A reports there are bugs in these programs. The club does not have copies of Ice Caves and therefore cannot recommend or help you out with this.
Jon Walker has written a DDD for his version of Eamon, but I have not been able to get it to do anything useful, and have given up on it.
2. The standard I/C version of the Walker version will be supported by us for the time being, since we're the ones that hacked up Mr. Walker's code to put standard I/O in it. I do not really recommend this version, however, because I'm planning on writing all my adventures and utilities stuff for Eamon-PC (Choice 3 above).
3. Eamon-PC is the name I'm giving to the version I converted myself. It uses the normal I/O that you see used in the IBM BASIC manuals. It is a conversion of Eamon Master 2.0 and therefore has a training center and an expanded beginner's cave.
As a point of interest to all of you who are interested in the PC version, there are now available the following adventure diskettes for use with Eamon-PC only:
|2.||Lair of the Minotaur||– available now|
|3.||Cave of the Mind||– available now|
|4.||Zyphur Riverventure||– available now|
|15.||Heroes Castle||– in testing|
|16.||Caves of Mondamen||– in testing|
|19.||Death Trap||– in conversion|
|20.||The Black Death||– in conversion|
|21.||Quest for Marron||– in conversion|
|24.||Black Mountain||– in conversion|
Also available for Eamon-PC is a Dungeon Designer Diskette for creating your own adventures for IBM dungeons or for editing any of the Eamon-PC adventures.
IBM Eamon diskettes are $5.00 each. We have to charge more for it because the machine is more expensive, therefore maintenance is more expensive, the diskettes are double density, instead of single density, we only have one PC, and several Apples, so computer time is more precious to us and our copy program is not as fast on the PC as the one we use on the Apple.
In addition to the Eamon-PC master diskette and the Eamon-PC Dungeon Designer Diskette, there is an Apple → IBM conversion kit available from the club for $10.00. It consists of a set of programs that can be used to assist those interested in converting Apple adventures to the IBM in the Eamon-PC format.
Requirements for the conversion are an IBM-PC (or compatible), with a modem, an Apple II (plus, IIe or IIc) with a modem, some communications software and an editor on the IBM.
Conversion of an adventure can be done petty quickly, using the kit once you get the procedure down, although the programming and testing of the final versions can be very tedious.
Also available for Eamon-PC is a character editor program that allows you to modify your character to god-like qualities. This program will be distributed for the time being on the Eamon-PC DDD.
Commodore 64 / 128 Version
The Commodore 64 version of Eamon is also available. We do not distribute it here, however. The club sold their Commodore 64 (although Bob still has one, wherever he is). You will therefore have to order this version from the authors. Kent Sullivan and Roy Riggs are responsible for the Commodore version of Eamon. They ran into some difficulties with the slow disk drives that Commodore is famous for and had to work out a deal for licensing a faster DOS and such. As a result, they had to copyright the product and change its name. It is called Imagery! and sells for $10.00 per diskette. This include a nice owners manual and two diskettes. For more information, write to:
Dr. Evil Laboratories
P. O. Box 190
St. Paul IN 47272
by John Nelson
This is embarrassing. This issue I had planned on letting Pat Hurst, designer of Grunewalde, write a quickie article on how he did some special stuff in his newest adventure Buccaneer, but sorry, Pat, I lost your article. It must have gotten thrown out with the level 6 trash. Anyway, if you can get me another copy, or if I find it, I'll run it next issue, I promise. Thanks.
Okay. Anyway, let's talk about how to go about this design business in an orderly step by step article, okay? Many of you out there would like to write an adventure, but are not quite sure how to start out. Let's try a simple example and take you through it. When you get done, you'll have a miniature adventure.
Follow along with me and we'll design an entire adventure right here. This is for you beginner's now, so Evan, Rick, Roger, Sam, Scott, Don and Tom, and some of you other guys, go on to the next article, please.
To begin with, you need a Dungeon Designer Diskette. Version 6.0 will be used here because it has more stuff built into it. This will make designing an adventure faster and easier.
The first thing to do is locate a blank diskette that you don't mind erasing. Then boot on the DDD 6.0 diskette and select option 1 from the menu (for initialize an adventure). The program will load and then ask you a couple of questions. It will ask for the name of your adventure; let's use
QUEST FOR SOCKS. Then it will ask for your name. If you don't know this one, you're really in trouble. Then it will ask if this is a six direction or 10 direction. Just type in
6 and make it easier on yourself.
The disk will whirr for a little bit and make the normal noises it makes when it is erasing a diskette. (I hope you took the DDD out!) If not, DDD 6.0's init program will show you the catalog and verify that you want to erase it.
When the disk drive is quiet again, you have an initialized dungeon. Put the DDD diskette back in and load the program MAIN PGM into memory by typing
LOAD MAIN PGM. Then put the dungeon you created back in and type
SAVE MAIN PGM.
The next step is to create the introduction program. To do this, put the DDD 6.0 diskette into the drive and type
LOAD LEADIN PROGRAM. Switch back to your adventure disk again and type
DELETE SAVE QUEST FOR SOCKS HERE and press return. Then type
SAVE QUEST FOR SOCKS.
Now you're ready to add rooms, monsters, artifacts, and effects to your adventure! Put the DDD 6.0 in the disk drive and type
RUN DUNGEON EDIT.
The program will load and ask you to insert the adventure diskette again. Please do so and press return.
Now, let's add a room. Press
1 for add,
R for room. You will get a screen that allows you to key in the room information. The room name is the first piece of information you have to key in. The room name will always be preceded with "
YOU ARE" when the base program is running your adventure, so you want to complete that sentence with your room name. Let's type "
IN YOUR BEDROOM." and press return.
Then you will give a description of what your bedroom looks like. You have approximately 6 lines of text to describe your room. You may enter punctuation, if you wish. Go ahead and type in an appropriate description for your room.
Now you are ready to type in the directions of movement. This is room 1 you are entering. The next room you describe will be room 2. You should draw a small map and number your rooms. Let's say that your room exits to the hall. We will make the hall room 2. Let's further say the exit from your room to the hall is to the north. Therefore for the direction labeled north, key in
2. For all the other directions, let's leave them zero by pressing the
ESC when prompted for them. Now let's say that the hall goes either to your room (to the south) or the kitchen to the north. The kitchen will be numbered room 3. Therefore, when entering the hall, key in
1 for the south prompt (your bedroom) and
3 for north (the kitchen). You may continue entering rooms in this manner until you get tired of this.
When you are tired of this, you may start entering artifacts or monsters. Monsters are added by selecting
M from the menus. Then key in the monsters name. It is printed in the base program as (monster's name)
IS HERE. You might want to put in something like
BURGLAR for your first monster. You then enter a description just like you did for the rooms. These descriptions will describe what the monster looks like. You then enter the 12 fields that define a monster. Let's enter
10 for hardiness,
12 for agility,
0 for friendliness,
50 for courage,
3 for room,
120 for weight,
0 for defensive odds,
0 for armor,
-1 (unarmed) for weapon number,
60 for offensive odds,
1 for dice and
5 for sides.
You proceed with adding monsters until you have the idea. The fields you enter for a monster describe how tough, brave, well armed, etc. the monster is. If you don't know what the fields are you may look at your designer manual or experiment.
Artifacts are just about as easy, maybe easier. You select
A to add an artifact. The name of an artifact is simply the name. Examples:
SOCKS, etc. Version 6.0 understands 10 different kinds of artifacts. Each of these has their own set of data fields. The program will prompt you for these. You can experiment with different kinds of artifacts. Let's add a weapon:
BUTTER KNIFE, enter
1 for value,
2 for artifact type,
1 for weight,
3 for room (in the kitchen),
5 for weapon type,
10 for complexity,
1 for dice and
2 for sides. Now, just to show you how it's done, let's do a door.
PANTRY DOOR for the door name. Its value is
0, type is
8 (door/gate), its weight is
220, its room is
3. The room into is room
4 (pantry) and let's say there is a key to it – artifact number
3. (Which we'll have to put in later). In the kitchen, put the east exit
102. The fact that it is greater than 100 tells the program that there is a door there. The base program subtracts 100 to determine the artifact number of the door (2). When the door is unlocked, the base program will automatically look at the "room into" field to determine which room to move the player into.
When you have entered all of the rooms, artifacts, and monsters you want, press
7 to quit the edit program. You are then ready to test the adventure. To test it, use Eamon Master 2.0 or any other master to take a character on your adventure. Once a character has been transferred, and a FRESH MEAT file exists on your diskette, you can test it as often as you like without going back to the master.
Once you have tried it and have gotten into the testing, I think your confidence and comfort level will increase and you'll be writing adventures with the best of them.
This has of course, been a real crash course, because an entire adventure could take months and the process could take years, but I think if you'll try it, you'll see it really isn't that tough!
by John Nelson
There were so many hug reports this summer that I don't know if we can afford to print them all. The following adventures had bugs reported:
Adventure #82 – Escape from Mansi Island
Problem: Zip code was wrong on a sign
Date fixed: 12-9-86
50310 in line 6001 of MAIN PGM
Problem: Program tried to access a file on the disk that no longer exists. The file "TOP SCORES" used to be on the disk when it was created as a tournament diskette.
Date fixed: 12-9-86
Cause: Improper conversion to non-tournament version
2420 PRINT: PRINT "PRESS ANY KEY TO CONTINUE...";: GET A$: PRINT: HOME: GOTO 2495
Problem: There is a trap door that gives a random chance of taking injury. However, if the person is killed, the program says he is dead, but he really is alive and well and living in the current room! But shades of horrors, his body is here, too!
Date fixed: 12-9-86
Cause: The program has an extra statement that forces this.
MD%(M,5)=76 from line 24035
Problem: The program does not prompt you to insert the master diskette before it tries to write the character file.
Date fixed: 12-9-87
Cause: Missing line, prompting the change
2495 PRINT: PRINT "INSERT THE EAMON MASTER DISKETTE": PRINT TAB( 10);"HIT 'C' TO CONTINUE" 2496 GET A$: IF A$ <> "C" THEN 2495 2497 PRINT
Adventure #83 – The Twin Castles
Problem: Bad subscript in line 7505
Date fixed: 12-7-86
Cause: Line 7120 sets
M to an incorrect value after it was found by the monster search routine. Old monster search routine was changed to use logic in new monster search routine, which used variables differently. Logic was changed without removing the
M = X from line 7120.
7110 GOSUB 4700: IF FO THEN 7290
Delete line 7120
Problem: Type mismatch in line 4730
Cause: Missing "
$" in line 4730
Date fixed: Club copy did not have this error. Its code did not match that found in bug report and bug fix. We therefore fixed the program by installing the new monster and artifact search routines. If you have this problem, you may try the fix below, but may need to get a new copy, if your code doesn't match.
4730 IF S$ = MN (X) THEN BM = X
4730 IF S$ = MN$(X) THEN BM = X
Adventure #104 – The Lost World
Problem: Undefined statement error in 19025
Cause: Referenced line is not correct.
Date fixed: 4-4-86 (approx.?)
Fix: Line 19025: change
GOSUB 4950 to
Adventure #110 – Fire Island
Problem: Spear (artifact #1) has a bad description.
Date fixed: 12-9-86
- unlock EAMON.DESC
- unlock EAMON.ARTIFACTS
- run DUNGEON EDIT on DDD 6.0 diskette
- edit artifact #1 and change the description to whatever you think the spear should look like
Problem: Lantern is required to get through the adventure, but it is impossible to find without cheating.
Cause: Artifact #2's room number is set to 210 instead of 310.
Date fixed: 12-9-86
Fix: Change the room number of artifact #2 to 310 instead of 210. This requires you to unlock the files as shown above and edit artifact 2.
Problem: Trying to flee in a passage that has only diagonal exits causes the program to hang.
Cause: The program is only looking for exits in the first six directions and doesn't find any, so it keeps looking.
Date fixed: 12-9-86
Fix: Replace line 8020 with the line below:
8020 FOR X = 1 TO ND: IF S$ = LEFT$(C$(X),LEN(S$)) THEN D = X: C = D: X = ND: NEXT: GOTO 3030
Adventure #113 – Orb of Mevtrelek
Problem: The light command always works, because lamp count doesn't decrement. The lamp going out is caused by entering a certain room.
Date fixed: 12-9-86
146 IF (ROOM = 70 OR ROOM = 65) AND UU = 0 THEN QQ = 9: GOSUB 28000: UU = 1: LT = 0: AD%(12,5) = 0: GOTO 100
Adventure #114 – Thror's Ring
A fix that had been applied in October of '85 mysteriously reappeared. We must have gotten a hold of an old version or something. Anyway it has been corrected again. The bug is in the program POSTLUDE.
300 PRINT: PRINT "IT IS WITH GREAT JOY THAT I LEARN THAT THE QUEST HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL. FOR THIS, YOU WILL BE AMPLY REWARDED": M$(16) = STR$ ( VAL ( M$ (16)) + 5000
Adventure #115 – Ring of Doom
Problem: The introduction is in lower case letters.
Date fixed: 4-4-86
Fix: Changed using PLE to switch the case of the letter.
Problem: The flee command ignores specified directions and always flees in a random direction instead.
Cause: Actually, fleeing in a direction is cheating and is supposed to be a secret and hidden feature of Eamon, but since you found it out, here is a fix to this problem:
Date fixed: 12-7-86
8020 FOR D = 1 TO 6: IF S$ = LEFT$(C$(D), LEN(S$)) THEN V$ = S$: S$ = "FLEE": GOTO 3000
Problem: If you examine the short sword (artifact 17) the program crashes with an
END OF DATA error. If you try to edit the artifact, the dungeon edit program crashes too.
Cause: Artifact 17's description is trashed.
Date fixed: 12-7-86
LOAD DUNGEON EDITfrom DDD diskette
- delete line 20010 (this is a temporary fix, so don't save the program after doing this!!)
- edit artifact 17
- for the description, type in:
YOU SEE THE SCOUT'S SHORT SWORD.
Adventure #116 – The Iron Prison
Problem: Room 53 has a bad connection.
Date fixed: 12-7-86
UNLOCK EAMON.ROOM NAMES
- run DUNGEON EDIT program on DDD
- edit room 53 – changing the north connection from 59 to 58.
Problem: The IRON PRISON program has lowercase letters in the introduction. These were changed to uppercase. Also, line 750 says
THORUGH and should say
Problem: Impossible Adventure!! Only managed to get 7 friends with a total hardiness of 192 up against 80 enemies with a total hardiness of 3,655!! This does not include the army that you meet with a hardiness of 10,000!!!
Fix: Don't play it and send the author a raspberries type letter. Then go in and edit the monsters and make them more reasonable.
Adventure #117 – Dungeon of Doom
A new copy of this adventure was received from the author. A new copy will need to be ordered to get all the changed made to it, since they are too lengthy to try to publish. A lot of the changes had to do with the 80 column routines.
Adventure #119 – Grunewalde
Please order a new copy if you have the old 2 diskette version. The new version has been pared down to one diskette. If you got it from the club, we'll swap you for a $1.00 postage & handling fee.
Adventure #120 – Orb of My Life
Problem: Undefined line number in 3946
Date fixed: 5-27-86
Fix: Delete line 3946
Problem: Examining the monster will show the monster's description twice.
Date fixed: 12-7-86
Fix: Delete line 6050 in MAIN PGM
Problem: When you say ROVATHA, printed output is not correct.
Cause: Incorrect branch.
Date fixed: 12-7-86
16210 IF AD%(10,4) = ROOM THEN A = 10: GOTO 16260 16230 IF AD%(23,4) = ROOM THEN A = 23: GOTO 16260 16240 IF MD%(9,5) = ROOM AND AD%(11,4) = -10 THEN A = 11: GOTO 16260
Problem: If you are invisible, every 6th turn you get a medical report of the last monster that attacked you.
Cause: When you are invisible, it is supposed to take its toll on the adventurer every 6 turns, but a variable did not get set up.
Date fixed: 12-7-86
DF = 0 into line 128 so it looks like below:
128 IF IV THEN PRINT: PRINT "YOU'RE INVISIBLE.":VC = VC + 1: IF VC > 5 THEN VC = 0: D2 = 3: DF = 0: GOSUB 7640
Problem: The flee command does not work correctly when a direction is given, especially if the direction is diagonal.
Cause: Bad program error.
Date fixed: 12-7-86
Fix: Split line 3030 into two lines and change line 8020 as shown below:
3030 R2 = RD%(D) 3032 IF R2 > 100 AND R2 < 200 THEN 3300 8020 FOR D = 1 TO ND: IF S$ = LEFT$(C$(D), LEN(S$)) THEN V$ = S$: S$ = "FLEE": R2 = RD%(D): GOTO 3032
LIGHT commands are still in the command list, but the commands have been removed to save memory.
Date fixed: 12-7-86
DRINK from the data statements in the command list and from the
ON GOTO list at 290.
Problem: The gate of light is not supposed to open using the
OPEN command, but it does.
Date fixed: 12-7-86
Fix: Add new lines as shown below to MAIN PGM
20305 IF A = 13 AND NOT IC THEN PRINT: PRINT "AS YOU REACH FOR THE GATE, YOU FEEL GREAT PAIN!": GOTO 100 20307 IF A = 13 THEN PRINT "YOU DON'T FEEL ANY GATE.": GOTO 100
Adventure #121 – Wrenhold's Secret Vigil
Fresh Meat file is locked. Unlock the file and delete it.
Test code is still in the program. Delete lines 2005, 16800, 16820 and 16840.
Problem: You don't get rewarded as promised.
Date fixed: 12-7-86
Fix: Correct line 2960 as shown below:
2960 AD%(50,4) = -1: PRINT: RETURN
Problem: Speed up modifications are not installed.
Cause: This adventure was created from a DDD that was copied before these mods were in place. The adventure still works, but is slower than it might be.
Much Ado About a Lot of Things
From John's Notepad:
Since we got the newsletter printed (it's sitting here waiting to be mailed right now!), we realized we forgot a few things. We therefore are including this little addendum to the newsletter and we will be running it off on the club copy machine for all.
No reviews this issue because Bob carried them away with him in his own private diskette carrier. I spoke with Bob today and he said he would get them to me in time for next issue. Sorry about that. In lieu of reviews how about if I just say which adventures he reviewed and give a yay or a nay!? Wizard of the Spheres – yay! very good. Final Frontier got good reviews from 3A. Bob reviewed some other ones too but I don't know which ones.
Those people out there who would like to see Eamon in ProDOS need wait but little longer! The Eamon Master (version 2.0) has been converted to ProDOS. Also, the Dungeon Designer Diskette, the character modifier program and a few other things have been converted to ProDOS. It's easy!! (Almost.) Use Copy II Plus version 6.0 to convert the programs and text files from DOS 3.3 to ProDOS and then change the programs to work with ProDOS commands. The ProDOS commands are almost the same as the DOS 3.3 commands, except you don't have MAXFILES and it's best to stay away from using slot and drive addresses. The file names are changed for you when the files are copied and all you have to do is change the programs to use the files with the new names. One thing that had to change a bit is the Eamon.Name file on all of the adventures. Two strings have to be kept in this file for the program name and the file name. As a result, a conversion program was written for converting this file. If anyone would like any adventure in ProDOS , please specify when ordering that you would like the ProDOS version. I will convert them as they are ordered (rather than sitting down and trying to convert 150 adventures at once!). I will charge $5.00 for converting each adventure to ProDOS .
Please send in your club dues, if you think you owe some, because we could certainly use the funds. Club newsletter now costs .91 per issue to print the small issue we just printed. The mailing cost is .39 each and envelopes (when we use them) are .11 each, making the grand total of 1.41 per issue. (And some people think we're ripping them off when we charge 1.50 each!) Maybe we should take advertising. Probably wouldn't do us any good, though – who'd advertise in our little rag?
For your convenience and shopping enjoyment, we now accept Visa and MasterCard! No Kidding!! Really! We got our merchant account right after the last issue went out and haven't used it yet. Now you can own all the Eamon stuff and just put it on your card!