The object of the game is to locate and explore Colossal Cave, find the treasures hidden there, and bring them back to the building with you. The program is self-descriptive to a point, but part of the game is to discover its rules. Output will be in mixed case but all commands must be in upper case
To terminate a game, enter QUIT
To stop your adventure for a time, give the SUSPEND or PAUSE commands. The program will return to the monitor, and allow you to save the image again to allow restarting. For example,
SUSPEND (Given to ADVENT)
.SA SYS ADV !Save the game
.R ADV !Re-run it.
If the game is suspended, the location of the data file ADVENT.DA MUST not change before re-starting. It is advisable to have it as the first file on a device to maintain its position. If the file is not where ADVENTURE expects it to be, the messages output will be trash. Simply quit with control c and resume after correcting the problem.
Instructions for PDP-8 Adventure
Somewhere nearby is Colossal Cave, where others have found fortunes
in treasure and gold,though it is rumored that some who enter are never
seen again. Magic is said to work in the cave. I will be your eyes
and hands. Direct me with commands of 1 or 2 words. I should warn
you that I look at only the first four letters of each word,so you'll
have to enter "northeast" as "ne" to distinguish it from "north".
(Should you get stuck, type "help" for some general hints. For information on how to end your adventure, etc., type "INFO".)
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This program was originally developed by Willie Crowther. Most of the features of the current program were added by Don Woods. This version, for the PDP-8, was done by Dick Murphy. it is based on a version for RT-11 done by Bob Supnik.
The source for the PDP-8 adventure is here. Rick Murphy updated the source tape I aquired to add a few more features in 2007. It is available here
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