Paul Allen's DECsystem-10
ethan.dicks at gmail.com
Wed Jan 10 10:17:26 CST 2007
On 1/10/07, Brad Parker <brad at heeltoe.com> wrote:
> Richard wrote:
> >I was thinking of getting ADVENT running on it.
> i've searched everywhere for mdl sources but have not not found
> any. (but typing that I'm having dejavu all over again. has this topic
> come up before?
> now that i think about it the tops-20 version was in fortran, right?
ADVENT was always FORTRAN (until it was ported to BASIC in the
8-bit-micro era, and C as well for UNIX, then 16-bit micros). When
you say "MDL", you are probably thinking of Dungeon/Zork. The sources
are not lost (there's a copy on Bob Supnik's pages), neither are
compiled versions for at least TOPS-20 (it's on the Panda distro), but
what _is_ lost, AFAIK, is the MDL compiler and environment. So one
can inspect the source (at least one version, anyway), and one can
play the game (two versions for 36-bit that I've personally run), but
not turn source into a playable game.
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