[Blindapple] Strategy or RPG games?

Zachary Kline zkline at speedpost.net
Mon Nov 4 04:24:36 EST 2013

I half suspected a lot of these issues were the case. Thanks for clarifying.
So I guess my next step is to look for a DOS emulator, or perhaps A2, which I could theoretically compile for OS X :)
On Nov 4, 2013, at 12:01 AM, Tony Baechler <tony at baechler.net> wrote:

> Yes, I realize this is a very old post, but I didn't see any reply.  I got
> an Avalon Hill game working with the A2 emulator, but I'm not sure if it
> would talk or not.  You have a few problems with most commercial games, at
> least in my experience.  First, they are still under copyright, so there is
> a slight legal concern.  It's not as if they'll sue you, but still, keep in
> mind that in most cases, they haven't officially released the games as
> freeware or otherwise.  Second, most have some form of disk protection,
> weird DOS, etc, making them impossible to boot and run normally with
> Textalker.  Of course a lot of them have been cracked, but it's still not
> unusual to have them not catalog or otherwise run like a standard disk.
> Finally, even though they are mostly text, they use the graphics modes for
> map drawings, logos, etc and use various tricks to hide the Applesoft
> programs, like compiling them.  Therefore, you usually end up with one big
> program to brun which somehow doesn't work with Textalker.  A recent example
> is Taipan.  It's one big binary file and should work as it's turn-based and
> should be mostly text, but when I brun it, I get silence.  The A2 plain text
> emulator is better for those games.  If you're really interested in playing
> those old games, look for early PC versions.  I've found that old MS-DOS
> games actually talk better and usually don't seem to have quite as much copy
> protection.  You can try an Avalon Hill game under the disks/emulators
> section of Jayson's site which I tried and got to work with A2 and let us
> know how far you get.
> On 10/7/2013 12:54 PM, Zachary Kline wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I was wondering if anyone had success getting some of the strategy or RPG games released for the Apple series to talk? There are many available in the various FTP archives, by companies like Avalon Hill, SSG, and SSI. I ask because a lot of these had text-based UI, and seem as if they could be playable. Nothing against some of the games we already have, but variety is a wonderful thing.
>> Thanks for any input,
>> Zack.
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