Gaming on old systems (was Re: Twiggys [was: Re: ka... ching!])

Tapley, Mark mtapley at
Mon Oct 10 18:15:26 CDT 2016

“Starfleet Orion” and “invasion Orion”. Hot-seat 2-player and solitaire, respectively, written for the TRS-80 in basic so should adapt to other “dumb” terminal displays reasonably easily. 

2-d movement, enter orders then stand back to see how the turn plays out. You get to design your own starships, given a cost system, or they had several scenarios you could play. 

Wow, there’s a wikipedia page:

Don’t know what it would take to make it playable at two different terminals, but should not be impossible….

					- Mark

On Oct 10, 2016, at 3:56 PM, Ethan Dicks <ethan.dicks at> wrote:

> On Sun, Oct 9, 2016 at 4:58 AM, Peter Corlett <abuse at> wrote:
>> Find better games :)
>> The theme of this list means that I should recommend some retro games and
>> gaming systems...
> I am actively seeking lists of favorite games on all platforms prior
> to 1995.  Specifically, things that require Windows and a Pentium and
> newer are out of bounds.  I'm attempting to breathe some excitement
> into a retro-gaming meetup I hold a few times a year at our
> hackerspace.  I'm already bringing the hardware - to date, Commodore
> PET, Commodore 64, Apple II, Atari 2600, PDP-8 (emulated for now), and
> curses-based UNIX games, and would like to add more platforms.  I'm
> especially interested in any favorites that run on dumb terminals (I
> have numerous ones to bring in, and have a VT220 already in the
> collection).
> Yes, I know a bunch of games that run on those platforms.  I'm looking
> for other people's favorites because that is what will stimulate
> interest in the meetups.  I already bring my own favorites, but
> learning what other people remember fondly - tapping into their
> nostalgia - will be a big help.
> In bounds are any machines from the 70s and 80s that a) are common
> enough to lay hands on or b) have a reasonable emulator on modern
> platforms.  I will probably add DOS games to the list, but that's not
> the focus at first - 8-bit microcomputers and minicomputers are at the
> top of the list.  Emulation via simh is acceptable but I'll try to dig
> up the original hardware where possible.
> If you've played anything in the past 3 years, I'd especially like to
> hear about it since that speaks to enjoyment and replayability.  If
> you like it, someone here will probably like it too.
> Thanks for any and all suggestions!
> -ethan

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