Files in directory src/basic-games from the latest check-in
BASIC Games and Demos
When this package is installed, the files are found on the
DSK: partition of the
Many of them were ported to OS/8 BASIC by DEC employee Kay R. Fisher. Most were published in the DEC publication, 101 BASIC Computer Games. That book describes itself as follows:
It is the first collection of games all in BASIC. It is also the only collection that contains both a complete listing and a sample run of each game along with a descriptive write-up.
The first printing was in 1973. Apparently the original version of
the programs were in PDP-11 RSTS BASIC, so porting to the OS/8 BASIC
dialect would often be needed. A quite readable preserved version of
the 1975 edition can be found online. If a demo is from this
book, it is designated
-101- instead of
----- below. The book
provides a page or two of useful lore, and a sample run.
This file provides usage, history, and ongoing curation information about the items in this package. (An HTML table is used instead of a markdown table to take greater control of the display of the information.)
|BINGO .BA||-101-||Computer generates bingo card for you and itself and calls out numbers at random.|
|BLKJAC.BA||-101-||Play the card game of 21 against the computer.|
|BLKJAK.BA||-101-||Blackjack written for PDP-8 Edusystem 30 BASIC by Tom Kloos, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.|
|BUNNY .BA||-101-||Prints the Playboy rabbit as typewriter art.|
|CALNDR.BA||-101-||Perpetual calendar program, by Geoffrey Chase, OSB, Portsmouth Abbey School.|
Usage: You must modify line 160 to name the day of the week for January 1 of your year. (0 for Sunday, -1 for Monday, etc.). You also need to modify lines 360 and 620 for leap years: Change the number 365 on line 360 to 366, and change the third element of the array in line 620 from 28 to 29.
|CHECKR.BA||-101-||Written by Alan J. Segal. Play checkers against the computer.|
|CRAPS .BA||-----||The dice game of craps. Surprisingly it's not the version from 101 BASIC Computer Games.|
|DICE .BA||-101-||Simulates rolling of dice, and prints the distribution of values returned.|
|FOOTBL.BA||-101-||The first of two football simulations from 101 BASIC Computer Games.|
|FOTBAL.BA||-101-||The other football game from 101 BASIC GAMES by Raymond W. Miseyka, Butler Sr. High School, Butler, PA.|
|GOLF .BA||-----||A not so great golf simulation. The one in 101 BASIC Computer Games looks a lot better.|
|HELLO .BA||-101-||Simple conversation program where Petey P. Eight gives advice.|
|HOCKEY.BA||-101-||Simulation of regulation hockey game. Written by Charles Buttrey, Eaglebrook School, Deerfield, MA .|
|KING .BA||-101-||Land management simulation by James A. Storer, Lexington High School, Lexington, MA. Missing a bit of the text output in the game published in the 1975 edition of 101 BASIC Computer Games, but functionally equivalent.|
|LIFE .BA||-101-||Conway's game of life by Clark Baker, Project DELTA, Delaware School Auxiliary Assoc., Newport, Delaware.|
|LIFE2 .BA||-101-||Two players put pieces on the board. Rules of Conway's game of life determines survivor. Written by Brian Wyvill, Bradford University, Bradford, Yorkshire, England.|
|MONPLY.BA||-101-||Monopoly board game simulation, by David Barker, Southeastern State College, Durant, OK. Ported to OS/8 BASIC by Kay R. Fisher who eliminated the original RSTS-E virtual files.|
|POKER .BA||-101-||Play poker against the computer. Original author: A. Christopher Hall, Trinity College, Hartford, CT. Re-ported to OS/8 BASIC from CPM Users Group POKER.BAS source by Bill Cattey fixing constructs OS/8 BASIC didn't like.|
|RESEQ.BA||-----||Re-sequence line numbers of a BASIC program. Not from the DEC BASIC book.|
|ROCKET.BA||-101-||Lunar lander simulation. Written by Jim Storer, Lexington High School. Ported from Focal by David Ahl, Digital. Lost for a while due to bad disk bits. Using a partial copy from Dave Gesswein's Archive, a RSTS-11 version was found at pdp-11.trailing-edge.com and re-ported to OS/8 by Bill Cattey, converting RSTS BASIC constructs to OS/8 constructs, and eliminating ON ERROR GOTO that does not exist in OS/8. This code diverged significantly from the version appearing in 101 BASIC Computer Games, but is functionally equivalent.|
|ROCKT1.BA||-101-||Another Lunar Lander Simulator. Written by Eric Peters, Digital. Thought lost. Recovered from Dave Gesswein's Archive.|
|ROULET.BA||-----||European Roulette Wheel game. Written by David Joslin. Converted to BASIC-PLUS by David Ahl, Digital. Ported to OS/8 BASIC By Kay R. Fisher, DEC. Thought lost. Recovered from Dave Gesswein's Archive.|
|SIGNS .BA||-----||Program to print posters by Daniel R. Vernon, Butler High School, Butler PA.|
Usage: When tested the under OS/8 BASIC we get SU AT LINE 00261 which is a Subscript out of Bounds error.
|SNOOPY.BA||-----||The old Curse You Red Barron Snoopy poster.|
|SPACWR.BA||-101-||Space war game based on classic Star Trek. Game written by Mike Mayfield, Centerline Engineering.|
|TICTAC.BA||-----||Play tic-tac-toe with the computer. Simple version. Thought lost. Recovered from Dave Gesswein's Archive.|
|WAR.BA||-101-||Play the game of war against the computer. Was thought lost. Recovered from Dave Gesswein's Archive. However, that port to OS/8
BASIC contained a bug and could never run. Line 230 defines the array for the cards.
In OS/8 BASIC the maximum string size needed to be specified, as well as the number of strings.
|WAR2.BA||-101-||Deploy 72,000 soldiers to Army, Navy, and Air Force against the computer. Written by Bob Dores, Milton, MA.|
|WEKDAY.BA||-101-||Input a birth date and learn fun facts about happenings in the elapsed time. Written by Tom Kloos, Oregon Museum of Science and 'Industry.|
|WUMPUS.BA||-----||Hunt the wumpus.|
|YAHTZE.BA||-101-||Dice game of Yahtze. Author unknown. Said in the book to be "Quite an elaborate and comprehensive implementation." However testing has shown some defects. For example, taking three of a kind never tests for a valid collection of 3 sames. The test for 4 sames in taking four of a kind isrelies on an ordering of the dice that is not enforced, so frequently valid four of a kind collections are ruled illegal. So it's a fun, but flawed artifact.|
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