Ok, I know… why? But it’s more of a why not!
So I figured since I’ve had major issues trying to get DOOM to run, I’d try something bigger, like NetHack. I figured its a good fit, it’s all ASCII based anyways, so how complicated can it be?
Actually it turned out to not be that complicated. Thankfully having both run68’s source and NetHack source I was able to adapt enough of the system stuff to get it running. I decided to use this build of NetHack 1.3d that has been updated to compile with modern compilers, since the cross tools use GCC 4.6.2. NetHack 1.3d synchronized PC hack, and UNIX based NetHack enough that I could start to build under MS-DOS, and then re-target it, as Human68k and MS-DOS share a lot of features (although Human68k has support for tasks, and shared memory. It’s more like OS/2 although no memory protection… ).
I’ve gotten it to the point where you can save, load and quit. Oddly enough the ANSI support in Human68k isn’t as good as ansicon so it actually runs better on run68.
So my next step will be to figure out more of the console controls on Human68k, and remove the ANSI support.
Ideally I’d love to figure out how to talk to the sound drivers on the x68000. Add some music. Maybe sound effects, and graphics?
So for anyone who cares, my source directory, binaries and a xm6 disk image is all here. I’ve seen in the cvs tree on sourceforge that run68 has some support for BSD. That’d be another interesting thing to add, common exe’s between windows/linux. But console access first!