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Star Merchant in T-40 on TI-99/4a

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Another Extended BASIC game for the Ti-99/4 line; Star Merchant.

Back in the 80's there were several variations of this game where you traded merchandise between star systems. The game dates back to at least August 1981 when Creative Computing published the game but probably goes back even further to the mainframe era. I seem to remember playing something like this on the TI mini-frame in school. 

Simple game, you buy merchandise in one star port the 'Warp' to another star port and try sell it at a profit. The version I am posting is a modification of a Atari 8-bit version that Creative Computing sold through a 3rd party. I again use Harry Wilhelm wonderful 40 column routine as I used with the Civil War program. Only difference is I'm using the inverse utility in T40 to livin' up the text. 

Translating from the Atari 8-bit was fairly straight forward for this program (not like the Mille Borne which took and almost total rewrite). The two things that were the big difference was, of course, string usage and the fact that with the Atari you can have a variable line number in a ON GOTO and ON GOSUB statement (can't with the TI ExBASIC).

Included is a copy of the manual for T40, the auto LOAD .dsk of the game and a copy of the original text from Creative Computing Aug, 1981 where the game was printed.

Enjoy, HLO

star-mech.zip

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