"You wake up on a sunny August morning with birds singing, and the air fresh and clear. However, your joints are stiff and you have not woken up in your bedroom as you would have expected. Trying to recall what happened the night before, you manage to piece together a few brief glimpses to give the following account:"
That is the beginning of "The Pawn", a classic text adventure from Magnetic Scrolls. Since I loved those games when I grew up, I always wanted to play it on modern hardware. Fortunately, the magnetic scrolls memorial website enabled me to do so.
One day, when I looked at the sourcecode of the interpreter available there, I realized that even more than playing, I wanted to recreate the virtual machine myself. The simplicity and the atmosphere of playing games in a terminal is wonderful, so I came up with ways to render the beautiful BEAUTIFUL images in glorious ANSI art.
dMagnetic - A Magnetic Scrolls Interpreter can be used to play "The Pawn", "The Guild of Thieves", "Jinxter", "Fish!", "Myth", "Corruption" and "Wonderland".
On July 25th, 2019, I joined the ranks to THE GUILD OF THIEVES.
On November 20th, 2019, I rescued the princess in THE PAWN.
On November 30th, 2019, I successfully ported dMagnetic to SGI IRIX 6.5.
On December 27th, 2019, I decided to publish dMagnetic as .tar.bz2 files.
On April 27th, 2020, I installed dMagnetic in Ubuntu 20.02 as an official package.
On July 11th, 2020, I uploaded dMagnetic 0.24, which was capable of reading the Commodore 64 (C64) binaries from D64 images. :)
On September 14th, 2020, dMagnetic became a finalist in the XYZZY awards
On October 31st, 2020, I uploaded dMagnetic 0.26, which was capable of reading the Amstrad CPC binaries from DSK images. :)
On November 4th, 2020, Gryzor told me that dMagnetic 0.27 works like a charm on MAC OS Catalina
Version 0.29 (24-dec-2020)Welcome to the "Night before Christmas" Release of dMagnetic! This one allows players to use ATR images from the AtariXL and Atari800 releases of the games. In addtition to this, a new graphics vmode has been added: UTF. It works on more terminals than the sixel mode and allows more people to enjoy the beautiful pictures!
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Comparison of the video modes