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Using Emulators to play Eamon

 

The following two articles were written in the EAG newsletter describing how to use emulator programs to play Eamon on a non Apple ][ computer.

You can pick between Windows or Macintosh.

 

For more support check out the newsgroup comp.emulators.apple2

For detailed information on emulators, check out Apple II emulator FAQ

To get emulators for both platforms, check out http://www.st.rim.or.jp/~gkt/apple2/ or the Eamon CD from Tom Zuchowski.

 

After you get the emulator up and running, you'll need some Apple II .dsk images.


 

Playing Original Eamon Adventures in Your Modern Home Computer

by Matt Vigor (March 1999)

    I was introduced to Eamon adventures by my four-year-older cousin, Joe. The year was 1984 and I was nine years old. We bought our 5 1/4 inch floppy disk copies of Eamon Adventures from a mail-order company called the Apple Avocation Alliance for $4 each. At the time there were already 90 games and four utility disks. Obviously we didn't have the budget for a complete set. I remember loving games such as Cave of the Mind, The Sewers of Chicago, and The Jungles of Vietnam. I also loved to copy and reprogram the master disk so that I would  automatically get advanced statistics. I have so many wonderful memories of my old Apple IIc.

    But kids get new toys, and I got a new computer. I've had six or seven different computers since 1984. Modern computers have so much more power that it's easy for them to emulate an Apple IIc, II+, or even an Apple IIgs. In this article I will show you just how easy it is.

    An emulator is a software program that performs most of the functions of a piece of hardware, usually out-of-date hardware. An Apple II emulator is a software program that will run on your PC or Macintosh computer that will let you use Apple II software. However, you can't run the software right off of the original disks, that would be difficult considering that no new computers in the last four years have had 5 1/4" disk drives. Instead of floppy disks, you use "disk image" files. More on those later.

    The Apple II emulator program that I prefer to use on my Windows computer is called ApplePC and it was programmed by David Ellsworth. ApplePC will run from the command prompt if you don't have Windows. When you start ApplePC, you will see a screen full of options. It is from this option screen that you "load" the virtual disk drives of the Apple II computer with files called "disk images." Disk images can be made for 5 1/4" disks, 3 1/2" ProDOS volumes, or even 32MB ProDOS formatted hard drive volumes. If you no longer have an Apple II, you don't have to make your own disk images, you can just download them from the internet at sites like ftp://ftp.gmd.de.  Please observe copyright law when downloading non-public-domain software.

    After starting ApplePC, press 'M' to change the emulated Apple's mode. The default is Apple II+, but you get best emulation with Apple IIe. To play an Eamon adventure, on ApplePC's option screen, press 'D' for Drives. Notice that you now get a new screen listing two drives in the virtual Apple computer's "Slot 6." If you want to play from a 5 1/4" disk image, press '1' for drive 1, and then select the name of the disk image file that you want to load, the Eamon Master Disk. If you want to play Eamon adventures from the ProDOS hard drive image that I have made, press 'S' for Slot and the load "Slot 7, Drive 1" with the hard drive files. Press ESC to begin the emulation.

    The screen goes blank and then the familiar Apple II startup screen is displayed. Soon, you see the Eamon Dragon. From here on out, you wouldn't know the difference between your computer and your old Apple II, except depending on the speed of your computer, your virtual Apple II will run MUCH FASTER than a real Apple II.

    You can create a character, take him through the Beginners Cave, and even save your game. If you want to go on another adventure, though, ApplePC's emulated Apple II will prompt you to insert another adventure disk. Simply press F10 to bring the ApplePC menu back onto the screen, "load" a disk image file into whichever virtual drive it is needed in, and press ESC again to resume the emulation.

    I have prepared a ProDOS hard drive image that contains many of the ProDOS Eamon adventures. I am currently in search of someone who would be willing to make disk images for me for several dozen ProDOS adventures that I do not have.

    ApplePC and its related files, the virtual hard drive disk image, and several 5 1/4" disk images can be found on my Internet website, located at: http://www.zip.com.au/~alexm/faq/emu3.html  (Address no longer valid)

    (Editor's note: the "missing" Eamon adventures that Matt wants to obtain are the redundant 40-column ProDOS Eamons. Every 80-column ProDOS Eamon has a corresponding 40-column predecessor. When I made and uploaded the Eamon ProDOS "DSK" disk images to the Internet, I made a complete DOS 3.3 set and a complete ProDOS set. However, since emulators do a beautiful job of displaying the 80-column Eamons, I saw no reason to supply their less-enjoyable 40-column counterparts. Matt is not missing any Eamon titles, but he desires to have a complete set of every existing ProDOS Eamon, even the redundant ones.

    I should also perhaps add that ApplePC is not the only Apple II emulator available for the PC. While ApplePC is the most versatile emulator, it is also DOS-based and has a correspondingly steep learning curve. PC users who are uncomfortable using a DOS program might prefer another emulator named AppleWin. AppleWin is a pure Windows program with a familiar Windows graphical interface. However, AppleWin does not support large virtual ProDOS volumes, but only supports two 5 1/4" virtual drives. In sum, ApplePC is the better emulator, but AppleWin is somewhat friendlier to use.

    On the Mac side, an emulator called Bernie II the Rescue does an awesome job of fully emulating an Apple IIgs. I don't have a Mac, but I've seen amazing accounts of the power of this emulator.   -   Tom Z)


 

Eamon on the Macintosh:  a guide to Apple II emulation for Mac users with Web connections

by Henry Haskell (September 1996)

    We've all watched as Apple let the Apple II line slowly decline. But optimism reigns supreme, and not even Apple can suppress old II users' love of Apple's now-disinherited line.

    Those of us with internet connections and 33 Mhz 68030 or better Macs can still have and use their favorite Apple II programs.  The Macintosh line has two well-finished Apple II emulators as well as a few under development, including a pair that hope to bring the //gs to a Power Mac.

    You may know about the $125 Apple IIe emulation card, which can be plugged into certain Macs, and requires a 5.25" drive.  But what I describe here is a simple Mac application that can use Apple II disk "images," which abound on the internet, and work just like the old 5.25"s they are made from, except they are documents.

    The two best emulators are "IIe," currently in version 2.0.3, and "STM" ("StopTheMadness") now in version 0.88r.  IIe emulates the Apple //e (surprise!) and STM emulates the ][+.  Both emulators can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.st.rim.or.jp/~gkt/apple2/.

    Here are a few comparisons that reflect my experience.  STM needs about 1 MB of RAM, and IIe needs at least 1.35 MB; STM requires that your computer be in 256 color mode, but IIe requires only color of any sort.  IIe emulates a 128k IIe, expandable to 1M.  STM emulates a 48k ][+, expandable to 64K.  If you want to run programs that require an enhanced //e, go straight to IIe. However, DON'T expect EITHER program to run PRODOS. Even though I think they should, I cannot get them to run it yet.  Hopefully, this is just my own obtuseness, but I'm flummoxed.  Another comparison is financial: STM is freeware, while IIe is $25 shareware, with an annoying enforcement mechanism. Finally, IIe runs a bit slower than STM.

I find these comparisons less important than the fact that IIe is more versatile in small things, like its superior joystick support, and in one BIG thing -- it can read and write more easily to more kinds of disk images than can STM.

    STM can read the standard ".dsk" emulator disk image.  It cannot save to such disks, however, but saves only to the "nibbleized" format, by creating an entirely new disk first -- this process is slow, and easy to forget.  STM's option of creating a memory image of STM's processor and RAM, is not compatible with some programs, particularly the Graphics Main Hall.  On the other hand, IIe can utilize every kind of disk image I have ever found (choose compatible 5.25" read/write in the preferences.)

    You'll need some Eamon adventures to try these emulators out on. The EAG supports one ftp site: ftp://ftp.gmd.de/if-archive/games/appleII/eamon/ guild/dsk/.  For old favorites other than Eamon, try asimov at ftp://ftp.asimov.net/pub/apple_2/. Disk images are usually compressed with Gzip, and must be unpacked with MacGzip, available at http://persephone.cps.unizar.es/General/gente/spd/gzip/gzip.html.

    STM and IIe both have specific instructions in their documentation that direct you to assign a certain program type and creator to every disk image. If these are not set right, the emulator will not recognize the disk image, even though it is there on your desktop!  You can set these with MacGzip while unpacking them. If you make a mistake, a control panel called Snitch 2.0.2 is an easy way to change these settings -- look it up on The Mac Hack Page at http://members.tripod.com/~Buzzguy/z.

    Emulators are not yet very polished, not even IIe 2.0.3, and it takes a little practice to get used to them.  Be prepared to read the manuals even before booting a disk -- that is, a disk image.  But the pains are worth it, if only because we now have a way to carry Eamon and our other old favorites into the future with us.

Addendum - September 1998

    I saw your blurb on emulation in the latest newsletter and it reminded me to send in my thoughts on Catakig 1.10b.  It's a newish Apple ][, ][+, and //e (you get to take your pick) emulator for the Mac.  It gets high marks from me for simplicity, reliability, capability, and best of all, being freeware NOT shareware. It's at least as reliable and has as many features I care about as other emulators I've tried, but the simplicity of configuring it is unusually good.  (I know this sounds like it can't be: but if there are any features I haven't noticed that are gone from catakig, I never used them.)  Eamonauts who aren't running system 8 yet on their macs can probably do just as well with a previous version of catakig (like 1.03), since catakig 1.10b relies on appearance manager, a control panel which helps give system 8 its look.  (I use system 7.5, and I easily downloaded appearance manager, but now it looks like half my computer's in system 8.  Which makes me even more of a Luddite than if I never downloaded the appearance manager in the first place.) Anyone who's interested in Catakig can get more information, plus the program itself, at http://www.emulation.net.

Second Addendum - September 2009

A lot has changed since 1996. Catakig is still around, and better than ever Ė itís up to version 1.16 for classic OS; for Mac users who are now running OS X (like me), version 2.00b4 is available. Both can be downloaded for free here: http://catakig.sourceforge.net/

However, the best apple ][ emulator for Macs Ė and the one I currently use Ė did not exist when I last wrote. Itís virtual apple ][, an Apple //e emulator. It is native to OS X. Itís shareware, but costs only $19, and in my opinion, is well worth it. A demo mode is also available, but if you canít afford the fee, youíll probably be happier sticking with Catakig. Virtual Apple ][ can be downloaded here: http://www.xs4all.nl/~gp/VirtualII/