Master of Orion II (Commercial Game)
danielfsantos at att.net
Thu Mar 31 13:04:48 UTC 2011
Hello folks. I'm writing because I've written a fairly nice adaptation
of Master of Orion II (an ancient DOS/Win95 game) to a modern multi-user
*nix package. This is done on Gentoo, but should be fairly easily
adapatable for any *unix system. I'm hoping to find a Debian developer
interested in porting it.
* It is non-free (commercial software)
* The install requires the presence of the CD, a mounted .iso or
copy of the files from said
* It requires dosbox (which is, however, free)
* There is no source code, although some members of the community
have been releasing updates (new features, bug fixes, etc.) via
hacking the executable and releasing binary patches.
Why an ancient proprietary DOS game!?
* This series pretty much invented the space 4x genre.
* It still has a huge following of people who compete online.
* It's still quite relevant until an open source clone is completed
(last I checked, one was in progress but still pre-alpha).
The Gentoo package is available here:
Or if you have a Gentoo system, add "sunrise" repository from layman and
"emerge -a games-strategy/moo2". If anybody is interested in porting
this to a debian package, I would be more than happy to assist. The bulk
of the work that I have done is actually distro-generic shell scripts
and an installation structure.
In summary, most everything is installed into /opt/moo2. Then, the
first time a user runs the game, a user-level install is performed into
their ~/.moo2 directory. This install mostly consists of symlinks to
files under /opt/moo2, with the exception of files that are changed by
normal ruining of the game (saved game files, settings ,etc.) as well as
config files for both dosbox and the moo2 script its self. This is the
primary mechanism of facilitating the multi-user functionality for an
app that's designed to be single-user (where save game files co-exist
with game data & executable files), *and* not waste a ton of disk space.
If anybody is interested, please let me know.
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