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#1 KBRpilot OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Sep 29, 2015 5:10 AM

Does anyone know where I might be able to find a working ATR image of Morloc's Tower?

 

The one on Atarimania seems to be faulty, it loads up nice enough but as soon as you try to leave the first room, more of the dungeon fails to load properly.  Anywhere else I've looked just seems to be a copy of the corupt image on Atarimania.  This copy neither seems to work in the emulator or my real Atari 800. 

 

I have been a big fan of Epyx (Automated Simulations) since I very first started using an Atari computer in the early 80's.  Jumpan was one of the big motivations for me to work all summer one year as a teenager to get a disk drive.  Temple of Apshai was the very first CRPG I ever played (original basic version.)  Lately I have been revisiting the Dunjonquest series, but this one game has eluded me.

 

I also have been trying to rebuild my collection of Epyx games from the '80s.  Sadly the way many people are way over charging for these games (way outside my budget anyway,) has made my rebuilding of this collection a slow one.  Recently I just purchased Crush, Crumble & Chomp! at a decent price but am still waiting it's arrivial.  Here are some of the games that I have managed to get so far;

 

Epyx.jpeg

 

CC&C will probably be my last purchase for a while due to the Christmas Holidays season coming up.  The Jumpan box, even though it says C64 on it, I have disks of both it and the Atari version in there as well as loose Jumpan Jr. carts for both systems.

 

Anyway if anyone can help me locate a working copy of Morloc's Tower (atr format as I use aspeqt which I don't think supports ATX,) I'd greatly appriciate it.  Thanks.


Edited by KBRpilot, Tue Sep 29, 2015 5:26 AM.


#2 ballyalley OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Oct 6, 2015 3:33 PM

Does anyone know where I might be able to find a working ATR image of Morloc's Tower? The one on Atarimania seems to be faulty, it loads up nice enough but as soon as you try to leave the first room, more of the dungeon fails to load properly.


I just tried the zipped ATR that I have on my hard drive.  This ATR matches perfectly with the one on AtariMania (which is probably where I got it).  I see what KBRpilot means that the game doesn't work correctly.  I can exit north, and it works okay, but then when I exit that room, I exit the Dungeon (well, Morloc's Tower).  The only proper exit from that Room 7 (the room that the player begins in on first starting the game) should be to the south.  Exiting west also exits the Tower.  Exiting east sort of works, but it doesn't appear to work correctly, as I was attacked by a Dire Wolf from two rooms away (which I don't think is normal, is it?).
 
Like many early Atari games, the graphics of "Morloc's Tower" are quite primitive (and they're also monochrome).  Still, the game is pretty neat, but it plays quite differently than "Temple of Apshai:" games are limited to 20 minutes.



#3 ballyalley OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Oct 6, 2015 4:16 PM

I tried "Morloc's Tower" (under emulation) on an Apple II using Applewin 1.24 in order to check if the game works as I expect it should work on an Atari 8-Bit.  "Morloc's Tower" works just fine on an Apple II.  I made a few screenshots to show that exploring the game works correctly on an Apple II.

 

Here is what "Morloc's Tower" looks like when it first begins:

 

Morloc's Tower (Room 7)(Game Begins).gif

Here is a screenshot of the game after the player's character opens the west door:

 

Morloc's Tower (Room 7)(Opened West Door).gif

Here is a screenshot after six rooms have been explored:

 

Morloc's Tower (Explored Six Rooms).gif

If you're familair with "Temple of Apshai," that you may notice a difference in how the map is drawn.  Only the current room that the player's character occupies In "Temple of Apshai" is drawn on the screen.  In "Morloc's Tower," each room that has been explored (thus far, at least) is still shown.

 

 



#4 ballyalley OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Oct 6, 2015 5:51 PM

"Morloc's Tower" for the Atari is written in BASIC.  You can see the AtariMania version, here:

http://www.atarimani...tower_3533.html

A listing of the files on the disk shows these files:

  DOS     SYS 0037
  DUP     SYS 0042
  LESSMORE001 0035
  LESSXREF    0165
  TOWER       0010
  MORGRAF0FNT 0009
  AUTORUN SYS 0002
0407 FREE SECTORS

I loaded "LESSMORE.001" (the file loaded by AUTORUN.SYS) into BASIC and then LISTed it to my h: drive using the Altirra emulator.  Here is a ATASCII version of the file of that file:

 

Attached File  LESSMORE.001.txt   3.29KB   75 downloads

 

Note that if you open this with a regular text editor (for instance, Notepad under Windows), then the file will have garbage in it).  The file can be viewed properly using an ATASCII editor, such as ATASCIIView (for Widows).

 

Here is a pdf version of the same file for easier viewing (but it's not searchable):

 

Attached File  LESSMORE.001.pdf   810.2KB   38 downloads

 

LESSMORE.001 loads the main "Morloc's Tower" program called "LESSXREF."  Here is an ATASCII version of "LESSXREF:"

 

Attached File  LISTXREF.txt   25.58KB   63 downloads

 

Here is the same file as a pdf for easier viewing:

 

Attached File  LISTXREF.pdf   6.12MB   42 downloads

 

Hopefully this will allow someone to spot a potential problem with the "Morloc's Tower."



#5 ballyalley OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Nov 9, 2017 10:26 PM

Does anyone know where I might be able to find a working ATR image of Morloc's Tower?

 

I still don't know where you can get a working disk image of Dunjonquest: Morloc's Tower, but I did get the original disk for the Atari 8-bt yesterday:

 

Dunjonquest - Morloc's Tower.jpg

 

I don't even have a disk drive, so I can't test if it works, but I'm working on trying to get someone to archive this disk for me.  I'll keep you posted.

 

Adam



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Posted Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:27 PM

I still don't know where you can get a working disk image of Dunjonquest: Morloc's Tower, but I did get the original disk for the Atari 8-bt yesterday:

 

attachicon.gifDunjonquest - Morloc's Tower.jpg

 

I don't even have a disk drive, so I can't test if it works, but I'm working on trying to get someone to archive this disk for me.  I'll keep you posted.

 

I would have made an image of my Morloc's Tower before I sold it, but it was a sealed copy...

 

morloc front.jpg     morloc back.jpg

 



#7 dragos OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:18 AM

Yes, and it will remain sealed as part of my Epyx collection.  If you have one not seen below and it is for sale, contact me (Early Epyx titles only, system doesn't matter)

 

14168607352_44123ab8ea.jpgimage by Mark Gladson, on Flickr

 

14167991661_fc9ee7b2f9.jpgimage by Mark Gladson, on Flickr


Edited by dragos, Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:19 AM.


#8 GlowingGhoul OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:48 AM

Yes, and it will remain sealed as part of my Epyx collection.  If you have one not seen below and it is for sale, contact me (Early Epyx titles only, system doesn't matter)

 

14168607352_44123ab8ea.jpgimage by Mark Gladson, on Flickr

 

14167991661_fc9ee7b2f9.jpgimage by Mark Gladson, on Flickr

 

Very nice collection. I have a number of sealed copies of your open ones, Jumpman, Temple of Apshai, Gateway, Monster Maze, Alien Garden, Plattermania, as well as some variation packaging of titles you have and couple of oddball EPYX titles you're missing, like Fun with Art. I even have some commercially produced bootleg Epyx titles complete with misspellings on the box ("Gateway to Apsh").

 

I'm an SSI/Avalon Hill/Infocom/Origin/Epyx collector, with room for RPG's and strategy titles from any publisher. 


Edited by GlowingGhoul, Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:57 AM.

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#9 ballyalley OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 5, 2017 12:56 PM

Kevin Savetz dumped my Morloc's Tower disk.  It has errors on it (which he presumes is copy protection).  He uploaded a kryoflux dump of the disk here:

http://atariage.com/...30#entry3905021

He is hoping that someone can get the game to work.  So... progress is being made.  If my disk is bad, then maybe someone else can get a good disk dumped of this game.

Adam



#10 McDeath OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Feb 1, 2018 11:09 PM

Here's hoping.

#11 icetique OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:31 PM

I checked the dump thread, but it seems forgotten (after a few tries). Any chances on this?



#12 ballyalley OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:46 PM

I checked the dump thread, but it seems forgotten (after a few tries). Any chances on this?

 

Nope, the dump didn't work.  I'll follow-up with Kevin just to make sure, but I think the disk is bad.

 

Adam



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Posted Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:13 PM

I wouldn't assume the disk is bad, or should I say so bad it can't be read. It's happened a few times with a disk cleaning or different drive or both a second or third try and it works. KryoFlux doesn't always get it on the first try, sometimes scp gets it and vice versa



#14 ballyalley OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:29 PM

 

I'll follow-up with Kevin just to make sure, but I think the disk is bad.

 

I heard back from Kevin.  He said he hasn't tried to redump Morloc's Tower, but it's still on his to-do list.  It might be awhile before he gets a chance to get to it though.

 

Adam



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Posted Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:06 PM

I remember having a Fantasy Role Playing Game back in the day. Might had been written in Basic. That did maps in graphics 0, redefined font. Had the Dungeons & Dragons attributes (Charisma, Strength, Dexterity, etc) and when you died states "Though Art Dead." Been long time ago, and I think the game had an error in it. Not sure if I had the finished version. But as you know I like this sort of game. 



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Posted Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:47 AM

Sound like something I would have done, but couldn't blame a spell corrector for!

 

Thou Art Deceased! Press the button for Life increased!


Edited by _The Doctor__, Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:48 AM.





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