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By Dewey Wang (Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 04:21:29 PM EST) Turbo Pascal, Trade Wars, BBS (all tags)
So I was looking for stuff to 'look busy' and I found this old copy of trade wars pascal source...

It's pretty well tied to Turbo Pascal 3.0, but I've been making some tweaks to get it running under 5.5....



Which is all good and fine, but then I almost have to wonder, does anyone even play games like that anymore?

What good would it be to have it running in one obsolete compiler, to a slightly newer obsolete compiler?

I've never used Turbo Pascal 3.0 but I did use 5.5 a good deal in High School & College so it's been kind of fun re-using the := ..  Some of it really does remind me of C# but then it's the same guy.

Any thoughts on the world of MS-DOS BBS text door games?

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Come on, port it to Facebook by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 04:29:07 PM EST
so it can go against Mafia Wars and Farmville.


as embarassed as I am... by Dewey Wang (2.50 / 2) #5 Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 07:10:10 PM EST
I don't have a facebook account... I really have no intention of joining...

besides its like all popular...

this whole thing revolves around locked files....

Although I do have to admit the idea of using SQL did come across my mind..

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it shouldn't be too hard by aphrael (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 05:24:09 PM EST
to move from TP5.5 to Delphi win32 console mode.

although that really depends on the level of use of 16-bit features the source made (pointer math was a major pain at the time).
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Yeah, by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 05:32:21 PM EST
what would you know about that? ;)

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there is a bunch of weird string stuff by Dewey Wang (2.00 / 0) #7 Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 07:19:12 PM EST
from pascal 3, and only a handful of MS-DOS interrupt stuff... mostly keyboard & date/time..

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keyboard interrupt stuff by aphrael (2.00 / 0) #8 Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 07:26:10 PM EST
would probably be a pain moving to win32 console mode.
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Although I feel bad by ni (2.50 / 2) #4 Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 05:52:11 PM EST
feeding the trolls, I'm not going to get a chance to confess this again:
I have played Trade Wars within the past six months.


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don't be too ashamed.. by Dewey Wang (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 07:11:26 PM EST
I understand there are quite a few BBS's online...

I've read that synchronet is free now...

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?! as in out in the wild and not a sandbox machine by greyshade (2.00 / 0) #10 Tue Nov 17, 2009 at 03:04:14 PM EST

Where are you doing this?



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there are tonnes of them: by Dewey Wang (2.00 / 0) #11 Tue Nov 17, 2009 at 05:10:22 PM EST
http://www.synchro.net/sbbslist.html

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Sounds like a fun side project by LinDze (4.00 / 1) #9 Tue Nov 17, 2009 at 12:34:07 AM EST
I guess you could try and port to delphi. But then you might as well move to a modern language. Either way, sounds just as worthy as any other time wasting "hobby".

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Well I got it to compile with Turbo Pascal 5.5! by Dewey Wang (2.00 / 0) #12 Thu Nov 19, 2009 at 01:50:12 PM EST
so at least its easier to debug... f7 for the win there!!!

it turns out they used the future reserved str key word as a variable which screws up all kinds of things...

It's barely playable.. but im surprised it's limping around.

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