So forever ago I had done a super bare port of Quake to NeXTSTEP. It was based on a copy of UAE 0.6.0 source code that included hooks for NeXTSTEP. So seizing on this I built a shaky framework and amazingly got it to work. Well work enough I had trouble with the mouse part, and never did get around to fixing it, but I kicked it out into the world. And amazingly the HPPA cross compiled version that I compiled but never tested runs!
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, The Digital Antiquarianthat goes over the restoration of this old gem. 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).
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 “PLEASE LOG IN” message. 3. Enter “HEL-T001,HP2000,1″. Without the quotes, of course — and note that those are zeroes. Oh, and the system isn’t case-sensitive, but for the authentic experience you might want to have your caps lock on. 4. Enter “GET-OREGON” to load the 1975 version, “GET-ORE2″ to load the 1978 version. 5. “LIST” the program if you like, or just “RUN” it.