Sunday, December 01, 2013
What's it like for someone to discover Eamon for the first time? Jalen Wanderer over at http://comparativecreation.blogspot.com/ has come across Eamon and is considering writing a new adventure for the system. It's an interesting read for those of you who have known Eamon for years and years!
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Chester Bolingbroke, author of the excellent blog The CRPG Addict found at crpgaddict.blogspot.com, has written a couple of posts on Donald Brown's SwordThrust, the commercial successor to Eamon. The first post details the game and Bolingbroke's thoughts on it, while the second post is more detailed, and even contains some insight by the only non-Don-Brown author of SwordThrust, Peter Wityk
Bolingbroke has also written an in-depth FAQ/Walkthrough of SwordThrust. The document is very thorough, documenting the history and gameplay of the system, as well as walkthroughs and maps for all seven adventures written for it.
The document has been posted here or may be found at:.
Also, I remind the reader that in general, crpgaddict.blogspot.com is worth the time of any Eamon enthusiast.
More news to come. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Readers will recall a pair of posts concerning one of Eamon's cousins, the Commodore 64 text adventure system Imagery!. For those not recalling them, part one and part two will direct you to the blog of our comrades at Doctor Evil Laboratories, featuring a wonderfully written retrospective of the rise and fall of the company.
Well, I sadly missed it this last month, but the concluding chapter of our friend Kent Sullivan's history of Dr. Evil Labs went up in September. You needn't be familiar with C64 jargon to enjoy the blog posts; Kent's writing really outlines a coming of age story that only incidentally contains C64 jargon.
There isn't a concise web address for the Dr. Evil Labs blog, but you can get to the blog by clicking here and you can read the last installment here.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
One individual's discovery of the Beginners Cave recently led to quite a bit of amusement on Reddit a couple of days ago, making its way to the front of r/gaming and grabbing nearly a thousand comments.
While there's a bit of salty language, it's interesting to see the Xbox generation try to get their collective head around the notion of a text adventure. I certainly enjoyed reading the comments.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Monday, June 24, 2013
This is just a short post to throw something out in hopes that some reader or other will have information.
I stumbled upon some unusual Eamoniana (I'm coining a term here) today while going through WorldCat: the "Creative Adventure Disk," Apple II software published in 1986 by an Australian company called Select Software. It is described as:
Create your own dungeons and dragons adventure game. Compatible with Eamon series. Suitable as an educational aid.
Select Software, it appears, distributed Eamon proper before releasing this, so this is presumably not Eamon. Moreover, the system spans four disks, so it's clearly robust.
The reference can be found at WorldCat with OCLC number 225973575. No libraries seem to have a copy. If you've encountered this software, I'd love to learn more about it.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
A further Eamon for Jon Walker's PC Eamon has been found lurking in the internets. While PC-SIG supported Walker's ports of The Beginner's Cave, The Ice Cave, Assault on the Clone Master, and Quest for Trezore---and released Cronum's Castle and Lord of the Underland independently---it never released his port of Lair of the Minotaur. Walker's port of Lair was distributed by his "Wisconsin Software Systems"; why it wasn't picked up by PC-SIG is unknown.
David Kinder at www.ifarchive.org was generous enough to fix the compressed files---updating them for modern systems---and to host this port of Lair of the Minotaur on the site as well here. He has posted Cronum and Underland to the archive as well. Hence, the Walker PC Eamon library stands at:
- The Main Hall/ Beginner's Cave by Donald Brown (ported by Jon Walker)
- The Ice Cave by Jon Walker
- Assault on the Clone Master by Donald Brown (ported by Jon Walker)
- Quest for Trezore by Jim Jacobson (ported by Jon Walker)
- Cronum's Castle by Matt Ashcraft and Richard Tonsing
- Lord of the Underland by Justin Langseth
- Lair of the Minotaur by Donald Brown (ported by Jon Walker)
- Dungeon Designer
All of these files can be conveniently found at at the PC Eamon page. Many thanks to David Kinder for his help.
There will soon be some announcements concerning the Micro-Adventure Contest. If you haven't submitted something yet, we still welcome contributions, though the competition itself has closed.