Source:The Donald Brown Adventures notes
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Source:Beginners Adventures notes
Source:The Jim Jacobson Adventures Deluxe notes
DONALD BROWN, THE FATHER OF EAMON.
Donald Brown wrote the original Eamon system for the Apple II in the early 80's so that ordinary BASIC programmers could write their own adventure games, using his Eamon software as a building block. That was nearly twenty years ago, making Eamon one of the oldest computer RPG systems.
While the Eamon Deluxe system is exceptionally different from Brown's original version, it is still based heavily around his original formulas and database structures. And, aside from this, most Eamon Deluxe adventures are conversions of original Apple II Eamon adventures.
Before moving on to commercial software, Don Brown wrote a total of nine Eamon adventures: The Beginner's Cave, The Lair of the Minotaur, Castle of Doom, The Death Star, Assault on the Clone Master, The Tomb of Molinar, The Lost Island of Apple, The Castle of Count Fuey, and The Rescue Mission.
The Beginner's Cave is included with the Eamon Deluxe Master, the other eight are collected into The Donald Brown Adventures. These versions are very close to Brown's originals, however some changes were made to either enhance playability or make the adventures run under Eamon Deluxe.
None of these adventures are very complex, nor do they have much in the way of quests or puzzle-solving. But I think that you'll find that each one has a share of special events which make it at least interesting to play.
The Lost Island of Apple is a semi-graphic adventure that requires a color graphics adapter. I've included the program which displays and/or saves the shapes in a file called "SHAPES.DAT". This can be selected from the main menu.
These adventures were among the first converted to Eamon Deluxe, so you may notice that some routines and such aren't as advanced as in adventures converted to a later Eamon Deluxe version.
I hope you enjoy these adventures, and the next time you're in the Main Hall, buy a Double Dragon Blomb, slap the Irishman on the back, and make a toast to the man who started it all. Donald Brown, the father of Eamon.