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The default OS/8 RK05 disk image shipped with our binary OS images has Rick Murphy's version of Adventure installed and ready to run, so that unless you go out of your way to disable Adventure, you do not need to follow Rick Murphy's build instructions.

Since Rick's documentation is somewhat irrelevant to our configuration here and we wanted to make some additional points not covered in his documentation, we thought we should have some documentation of our own.

Starting the Game

There are two supported ways to start Adventure. Either:

*ADVENT$          ⇠ $ = Escape keypress



How to Wreck Your Adventure Game

...And How to Fix it

The second command is obviously shorter, but it has a severe risk attached: if you forget to include the file name extension, it puts you at the mercy of OS/8's choice of ADVENT.* file to run:


As currently distributed by the PiDP-8/I project, there are two choices available to the EXE command: ADVENT.FT, the main FORTRAN IV source code file for Adventure, and ADVENT.LD, the binary FORTRAN IV loadable executable file that we've pre-built for you.

If OS/8 happens to choose ADVENT.FT, it attempts to build the program from source code and run it, which will fail, because OS/8 Adventure requires a fairly complex compilation and loading sequence. Simply building ADVENT.FT will produce a broken ADVENT.LD, overwriting our version without any notice that this has happened.

Consequently, the above correct commands will begin to give an error:


The fix is to restore ADVENT.LD from the binary tape we've provided. From within the simulator, press Ctrl-E to get out to the SIMH command prompt, then follow this script:

sim> att dt0 /opt/pidp8i/share/media/os8/subsys/advent.tu56
sim> cont

Now you should be able to start Adventure again using one of the above correct commands. We recommend that you use the R FRTS method exclusively to avoid getting into this broken state again by forgetting to include the .LD suffix in your OS/8 EXE command.

How Not to Start the Game

You may find pages elsewhere online that use commands like the following:




These are relying on the existence of ADVENT.SV, a core memory image save file that OS/8 can just load up and begin executing directly, without directly involving the FORTRAN IV run-time system. The old os8.rk05 disk image used in release v2017.04.04 and older — including the final v2015.12.15 release by Oscar Vermeulen — does provide this ADVENT.SV file, but we chose not to provide this in our distribution of Adventure, because that amounts to a duplicate copy of data already provided in ADVENT.LD and the OS/8 FORTRAN run-time system. We ran out of space on the OS/8 disk images multiple times during development, so we're reluctant to do anything that takes up space without a sufficiently good reason.


Copyright © 2018 by Warren Young. This document is licensed under the terms of the SIMH license.