History of the Unix f77 Implementation of Dungeon

This version of dungeon has been modified from the original source
so that it will compile and execute on Unix[TM] Systems using the
f77 FORTRAN Compiler.  The original was written in DEC FORTRAN,
translated from MDL.  See the file "dungeon.doc" for the complete
original documentation.  See the file "PDP.doc" for notes on the
Unix/pdp implementation.

I. From the original documentation...

To:	Dungeon Players
From:	"The Translator"
Subj:	Game Information
Date:	8-OCT-80

This is the first (and last) source release of the PDP-11 version of 

Please note that Dungeon has been superceded by the game ZORK(tm).
The following is an extract from the new product announcement for
ZORK in the September, 1980 issue of the RT-11 SIG newsletter:

  "'ZORK:  The Great Underground Empire - Part I' ...was developed
   by the original authors based on their ZORK (Dungeon) game for
   the PDP-10.  It features a greatly improved parser;  command
   input and transcript output files;  SAVEs to any device and
   file name;  and adaptation to different terminal types,
   including a status line on VT100s.  Note:  this is not the
   FORTRAN version that has been available through DECUS.  This
   version has been completely rewritten to run efficiently on
   small machines - up to 10 times as fast as the DECUS version.

   ...ZORK runs under RT-ll, HT-ll, or RSTS/E and requires as
   little as 20K words of memory and a single floppy disk drive.
   The game package, consisting of an RX01-format diskette and
   an instruction booklet, is available from Infocom, Inc.,
   P.O. Box 120, Kendall Station, Cambridge, Ma. 02142."

ZORK(tm) is a trademark of Infocom, Inc.  It is available for several
popular personal computers as well as for the PDP-ll.


		    Welcome to Dungeon!

   Dungeon is a game of adventure, danger, and low cunning.  In it
you will explore some of the most amazing territory ever seen by mortal
man.  Hardened adventurers have run screaming from the terrors contained

   In Dungeon, the intrepid explorer delves into the forgotten secrets
of a lost labyrinth deep in the bowels of the earth, searching for
vast treasures long hidden from prying eyes, treasures guarded by
fearsome monsters and diabolical traps!

   No DECsystem should be without one!

   Dungeon was created at the Programming Technology Division of the MIT
Laboratory for Computer Science by Tim Anderson, Marc Blank, Bruce
Daniels, and Dave Lebling.  It was inspired by the Adventure game of
Crowther and Woods, and the Dungeons and Dragons game of Gygax
and Arneson.  The original version was written in MDL (alias MUDDLE).
The current version was translated from MDL into FORTRAN IV by
a somewhat paranoid DEC engineer who prefers to remain anonymous.

   On-line information may be obtained with the commands HELP and INFO.

II. DEC FORTRAN to f77 Conversion (17-nov-81)

The conversion from DEC FORTRAN to Unix f77 was done by Randy Dietrich,
Lynn Cochran and Sig Peterson.  Much hacking was done to get it to fit
in the limited address space of a PDP-11/44 (split I/D).  See the
file "PDP.doc" for all the gory details.  Suffice it to say that by
leaving out the debugging package and not linking in the f77 i/o
library they managed to get it to run.

III. PDP to VAX (dec-85)

Based on the work of Randy, Lynn and Sig, Bill Randle folded in the
full save/restore functions and the game debugging package (gdt) into
the pdp version to create a Vax/Unix version.  This version also uses
f77 i/o, thus eliminating the extra speak and listen processes needed
on the pdp.

IV. Cleanup I (11-dec-86)

John Gilmore (hoptoad!gnu) cleaned up the source files by moving
most of the common declarations into include files and added
comments from the original (FORTRAN or MDL?) source.  His efforts
are greatly appreciated.

V. Cleanup II (9-feb-87)

Bill Randle (billr@tekred.tek.com) added the pdp dependencies back
into the Vax source files with #ifdefs in order to have just one
set of sources.  Previously, there were two sets of source: one for
the pdp and one for the Vax.  In addition, a shell escape of the
form !cmd was added and the wizard can enter the gdt without having
to recompile the source.  Finally, a man page was generated, based
on the dungeon.doc file.