I had just found out that the Oregon Trail game is a LOT older than the Apple II version that infested schools in the 1980’s and gave us the infamous broken axle. As a matter of fact it was first written for the HP 2100, in BASIC.
There is a most excellent blog,Â The Digital AntiquarianÂ that goes over the restoration of this old gem. Â Even better they managed to get it loaded up onto a timesharing image, on the internet so you can play it! (it’s been since taken offline. sorry).
You can download the source here/mirror, along with a revised 1978 version.
Directions from the site: 1. Telnet to mickey.ath.cx. (Telnet, mind you. None of that newfangled SSH!)
2. Slowly alternate CTL-J and CTL-M until you see a â€œPLEASE LOG INâ€ message.
3. Enter â€œHEL-T001,HP2000,1â€³. Without the quotes, of course â€” and note that those are zeroes. Oh, and the system isnâ€™t case-sensitive, but for the authentic experience you might want to have your caps lock on.
4. Enter â€œGET-OREGONâ€ to load the 1975 version, â€œGET-ORE2â€³ to load the 1978 version.
5. â€œLISTâ€ the program if you like, or just â€œRUNâ€ it.
You can download a working disk for the SIMH HP-2100 emulator(mirror)Â here/mirror. Â This comes pre-loaded with the 1978 version.
Select option J and away you go.
It seems easier then I recall as a kid, not to mention I won the first time I played it!
A random spammer left me this…:
😉 It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop. Confucius (551-479 BC)
I wonder if they actually read this, or if they got lucky?
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