Games 10 (Moria) (Disk 105) (Sep 1988) : Moria / moria.readme

                            Amiga Moria 1.1


1.0 Introduction

    Moria is a dungeon adventure game in the manner of Rogue, Hack, Larn,
etc., but not descended from Rogue.  Moria is to VMS systems (VAX), as Rogue
is to UNIX.  It is a game similar to the above games in that it involves
wizards, warriors, scroll, potions, magic.  In order to win the game the
player must perform certain tasks.  In this case he/she must destroy the
Balrog that lurks in the lowest levels of the dungeons below your village. 
Moria, however is much bigger and more detailed than the other D&D type
games, and requires considerable dedication, and determination to triumph
over the forces of evil.  For a much more detailed description of Moria see
the Moria documentation file (MORIA.DOC). 


2.0 Moria Amiga Requirements

    In order to play Moria, you must first configure your system properly. 
Because Moria is so big and so complex, it can only be played on Amigas with
at LEAST 1 MEG of memory (two drive are nice, but not really necessary,
especially if you're into burning your arms with cigarettes, playing leap-
frog with Unicorns, multiple disks swaps, and other such pains). 

    If you are going to play from CLI, which is what we recommend, it is
wise to set your stack to at least 50,000.  If you have two or more drives
"CD" (by typing CD and the drive name) to the one that Moria is on, making
certain that there is enough space to save your character (about 80000
bytes) once your done.  That is, assuming it lives (don't expect the first
few characters to live vary long). 

    If you only have one drive, don't worry about the last step, just put
the Moria in your internal drive and be prepared for multiple disk swaps. 
Now type the drive name, colon, Moria (eg 'df0:Moria').  Make sure, by the
way, that your system disk, the one you booted from, has the
MathIEEEdoubbas.library file in the libs directory or else Moria won't boot. 

    If you insist on using workbench, the game does supply an icon but it
doesn't (yet) supply character file icons for saved games.  In order to run
Moria, simply double clicking on the Moria icon and wait for the initial
start-up display. 

    Once Moria has initialized (after starting from either CLI or workbench)
you can either create a new character, or play an older one.  If you are
creating a new character, type an 'n' on the keyboard, or select item from
the menu.  If you want to continue playing a previously save character, type
an 'o' command on the keyboard, or select the corresponding menu item, then
type name of the name of the file that was used when last saved the game
(simply barbaric isn't it). 


3.0  Hints for the new Moria player

    1) Start with a half-troll fighter.  They have the best short-term 	   
       life expectancy.  They can be used to acquire a 'feel' for the game. 
    
    2) Purchase as much armor as possible. Stay away from the magically
       enhanced armor at the start of the game. (It does not provide as 
       good a cost to performance ratio. Upgrade those items later when 
       every gold piece is not so vital.)

    3) Buy armor for as many parts of the body as is available in the 
       store: head, hands, arm (shield), body, feet, and around the body
       (cloak).

    4) Buy a few (as money permits) cure light wounds potions. They can
       save your life if you don't have the time to heal naturally. 

    5) Buy a shovel (or pick). These items help provide more gold during
       the early levels.  Later, items found in the dungeon can be sold to
       the stores for lots of gold. 

    6) If you still have gold left buy a weapon. Cost is a reasonable
       indication of the capability of the weapon.  If your character has
       a relatively low strength, then be carefull not to buy a heavy
       weapon.  He/she won't be able to hit anything with it.

    7) Get a few spikes, they may come in handy if a nasty insists on 
       getting close to you.

    8) Stay on the first level until you are a level three (or four)
       character. 

    9) If you want to backup your character (which is a good idea since
       you never know when the Angel of Death will pay a visit), you
       can but you will have to do a diskcopy (don't want to make it to
       easy to beat the game).  Don't try to copy your character, MORIA
       will think that someone has touched the file and your character
       is then as good as dead.

   10) Don't save your character to RAM:, this is asking for trouble.
       For one thing if the system dies so does your character, and 
       as mentioned above, you can't copy a character file.  If you
       insist on using RAM:, use MORIA to move your character file
       from RAM: to a normal disk.


4.0 History & Comments

    This is our first official release, with many modification planned (if
there is sufficient interest in this game).  The Amiga version of Moria is
relatively new, and has had limited play testing.  If you should happen to
come across any problems, please let us know, and we will make every effort
possible to rid the game of any nasty varmints.  Also, if you have any
changes, or enhancements, that you would like to see in a future release,
let us know about it and we will see what we can do about including them. 

    The following list shows some of the possible enhancements that we are
considering.  If you have a preference for any of them, please let us know
ASAP. 

	1) Hack-like (god view) graphics for town and dungeon.
	2) Character's point of view graphics.
	3) Multi-player and/or multi-character versions.
	4) Futher game complexity (more spells,...)
	5) A monster dictionary, potion list, spell list, object list,...
	6) Special order store for custom made items.
	7) Catalog store, where you can special order items that the
	   stores don't have in stock.
	7) Sound (various klanks, klunks, grunts and moans).
	8) An all new SF based adventure game.


    This version of Moria is based on the excellent BSD UNIX C port by James
E. Wilson of UC Berkeley, which in turn is based on the original 4.8 VMS
Pascal sources written by Robert Koeneke, Jimmey Todd, Gary McAdoo and
others at the University of Oklahoma. 


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