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1June 25, 1986
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4This is a much modified version of Phantasia. It is intended to fix
5all reported bug fixes, enhance the game, and speed up the game.
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7I have to thank Chris Robertson for many ideas which have made the game
8faster, and more user-friendly. Most of her changes/additions are
9incorporated in this latest versions, although perhaps not in the exact
10manner of her design. I left out a few items which were not in keeping
11with the spirit of the game. (For example, I didn't like the extra lives
12and the pausing of the game. I think it's too easy even WITHOUT that stuff.)
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14CHANGES:
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16 - Wormholes have been deleted (I never liked them anyway).
17 - The source code has been greatly enhanced for speed, size, readability,
18 and maintainability.
19 fight.c should no longer cause optimizers to run out of space.
20 - A few loopholes have been tightened to make the game more enjoyable.
21 (Except for those who are in the habit of exercising those loopholes.)
22 - Chris' map is enclosed.
23 - The "charac" file is not compatible with older versions of Phantasia
24 (3.3.1 and 3.3.1+). A 'convert' program is provided to convert your
25 old file to the new format. See Makefile for details.
26 - Movements can be made with HJKL for WSNE, respectively.
27 - Players may examine others while playing ('x') option.
28 - Monsters are now stored in a binary data base, to speed calling
29 monsters, and to ease formatting of monster listings.
30 - Taxes are collected on all gold and gems.
31 - Dead players can be resurrected by the 'wizard'.
32 - 'setup' is smarter, although not as smart as it should be.
33 - Players can change their names and passwords
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35PORTABILTY:
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37 I have tried to make this as non-machine/system specific as possible.
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39 All identifiers are unique to 7 characters or less, dual case.
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41 The code WILL NOT fit on a 16-bit machine without separate I/D.
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43 Stdio MUST support fopen() with mode "r+". I think this is true
44 for all Version 7 and later.
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46 'curses' library functions are required.
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48 All problems/solutions with portability should be reported to me,
49 and fixes will be included in subsequent versions of this software.
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52Please send me any bugs, (of which I am sure there are many), you may find,
53but PLEASE be specific. I cannot correct a bug which is described as:
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55 "When I choose a character type, it blows up."
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57 (What blows up? What exactly was printed at the terminal?
58 Which character type was chosen? Etc. . . ?)
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60Also, please tell me which version of UN*X you are running, and upon
61which type of hardware.
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63I will also do my best to help anyone with problems just trying to
64get the game running. Again, I need to know which version of UN*X
65and what type of CPU. Also, a copy of the output from 'make'
66would be extremely useful.
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68Any and all ideas/suggestions/additions are more than welcome. If
69you feel strongly enough about it, write the change and send it to me,
70and I will do my best to incorporate it in the next version of Phantasia.
71Otherwise, I will give serious thought to adding it myself.
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73Follow the directions in the Makefile CAREFULLY to set up the game.
74Read the comments at the beginning of 'main.c', if you haven't already.
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76Enjoy.
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78Ted Estes
79AT&T Information Systems
80Skokie, IL 60077
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