2018-11-08 00:07:52

Hey all.
So, has anyone tried playing the Legend Entertainment Adventures (Eric the Unready, Spellcasting 101, Timequest and the like), either on Talking Dosbox or (*gasp*), dosemu?
The legend games were written by Bob Bates, Steve Meretsky and Mike Verdu and were basically upgraded Infocom games written for DOS (and DOS only). Most of them have useful niceties (mainly for sighted folks), such as a set of menus where you could choose your verbs and objects instead of typing commands.
I tried them in Talking DOSBOX and ASAP just died.

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2018-11-08 00:31:28

The hardcore gamer in me is crying over the fact that I've never even heard of these! I thought I knew  a good deal about stuff but this is completely new to me. I love adventure games, so it'd be neat to be able to play them.

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2018-11-08 04:41:46

@sterlock, I can upload these to dropbox if ya like. The 7 games I'm referring to are:

  • Eric the Unready

  • Timequest

  • Spellcasting 101, 201 and 301

  • Gateway and Gateway 2: Homeworld

BTW, Legend contributed quite a bit to the Unreal Engine and wrote the first 2 or 3 Unreal games, before Unreal Tournament was a thing.

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2018-11-08 05:37:23

Hmm, why not? Might be worth poking around with.

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2018-11-08 08:56:19

Here ya go.

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2018-11-08 10:09:30

I tried Eric in Talking Dosbox once and quickly lost patience with both.
ASAP did not read the text in the game automatically and I did not know how to make it read properly.
Since I got Talking Dosbox in the first place because I wanted to play Eric and it did not seem to work, I deleted both programs from the computer.
I am interested in playing the Spellcasting series as well, so maybe another try is in order...

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2018-11-09 05:53:11

I'm not sure myself--I tried both Eric and Spellcasting 101 and ASAP barely functions.
If only there was a way to run the games in plain text mode. But this is the 90's, when commercial text adventures had to be loaded with graphics and/or shiny, clicky thingies.

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2018-11-09 09:00:13 (edited by Luel 2018-11-09 09:07:32)

I have tried once again yesterday.
In Eric the text has been read in response for two commands:
Examine Myself and Look.
I had no luck with any other command.
With Spellcasting 101 I got nowhere.
The screenreader did not read any text for me.
So it seems I was doing something wrong, or the Talking Dosbox does not work with these games.
This is really a pity, I hoped I could play them.

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