Talk:Jay Fenlason's Hack

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A tarball of the source?

Is there a good way to make a .tgz of the source? If so, I would be willing to host it on my webserver. 18:57, 26 February 2015 (UTC)Elronnd

Here you are (temporarily hosting on Google Drive): -- 11:11, 29 March 2015 (UTC)

Assuming you meant the Huisjes-Wilde PDP-11 sources, that is. -- 21:51, 31 March 2015 (UTC)

The amulet of Frobozz

PDP-11 Hack has only the "amulet of Frobozz", which may be the forerunner of the Amulet of Yendor.

Interesting... the name "Frobozz" appears frequently in the Zork series, as in "Zork II: The Wizard of Frobozz" (1981). Maybe that's where the Wizard of Yendor idea came from too? --Cadex 03:34, 30 July 2006 (UTC)

No Server?

I take it there is no server for this game? Slarty 16:51, July 7, 2010 (UTC)

Given that the nobody even has binaries available for download, I'd guess not. -Ion frigate 18:15, July 8, 2010 (UTC)

Revised Usenix date and source

Though the page claimed it might have been, Usenix 83 did not, apparently, contain Hack. (See here ; here ; and here.). Given that this page claims it could only be the '83 or '84 version, this just leaves the 84. Unfortunately, the only '84 tape I can find is the 84 tape 2 here, not the 84 tape 1, which is what would have had the original Hack, so I can't confirm that Hack even came on a Usenix tape, though it almost certainly did (Also checked the available 85, 87, 88, and 89 tapes for kicks, still no dice.).

Since a few people apparently really want to find this (at least, appear to, from my looking at the logs and such of this and related pages), the following might not be the best discussion board etiquette for a wiki, but if you want to search on your own, my suggestion would be to contact "Scott G. Taylor" (The person who hosts the mrynet link, apparently) and "Tim Shoppa" (The person who originated the Usenix '83 Shoppa_Tapes entry back in 2000, along with other Usenix tapes. Of course, this is no obviously not a guarantee. I also might have very well missed something, so feel free to recheck my links if you'd like. - 02:53, 11 November 2010 (UTC)

Supposed extant copy - does anyone think that this is credible? Someone called Robert Grover is claiming to have a copy of Hack given to him by Fenlason himself on a floppy which he can no longer read, and that it starts in a shop (which would be like hack121). He also gives an email address. -- 18:25, 6 February 2014 (UTC)

Edit: by the way, I refer to the comments section. -- 20:06, 6 February 2014 (UTC)

PDP-11 version weirdness

I've built this version on 4.2 BSD without any issue, but as they say it is for the PDP-11. I've tried Unix v7, 2.9 BSD and 2.10 BSD which all seem to have the same C compiler as they all barf on:

I got hack.monst.c to compile, and I had to change some stuff in hack.h regarding structures with initial values. Now I'm facing the bane of every PDP-11:

# ./hack
./hack: Not enough core

Neozeed (talk) 03:04, 30 October 2014 (UTC)