Dumb Terminal games (was Re: Looking for a small fast VAX development machine)

Jerome H. Fine jhfinedp3k at compsys.to
Thu Feb 25 10:21:42 CST 2016

 >Ethan Dicks wrote:

>I've been meaning to ask this question since I started cleaning up
>terminals this year... what are some favorites?  Some of the obvious
>classics are:
>Zork (and anything else on a Zmachine)
>Scott Adams Adventures
>Anything in Dave Ahl's "101 BASIC Computing Games"
>Star Trek
>But what are some other favorites?  I've been running a monthly
>"retrogaming night" at our Makerspace and so far have brought out a
>C-64, a PPC Mac, and an 8032 PET.  I'm looking to add a PDP-8 (via
>Oscar Vermuelen's PiDP-8, for portability) and (at first) a simh RT-11
>box and/or VAX running VMS, though I have plenty of real DEC gear -
>it's a matter of transport and storage space).  I have a VT220 and an
>IBM 3101 (very VT52-like with a working terminfo entry) already on
>site and can add additional terminals if this becomes popular (I may
>drag in a VT52 just for the excuse to clean one up).
>I have the Commodore end pretty well covered.  I'm looking for
>suggestions for 80x24 text games that can be played on an ANSI (VT100)
>terminal and especially non-ANSI (VT52 or that IBM 3101) on
>Unix/Linux, VMS, and RT-11.  So in general, anything that uses curses
>or direct ANSI sequences or just spews text to a glass tty.
The only game I ever played consistently was the RT-11 SST (Super Start 
version of Star Trek which is still available at:


Jerome Fine

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