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magnusfalkirk

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Aug 19, 2021, 3:44:41 PM8/19/21
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I've been using Virtual II on my Mac desktop, and now laptop, computers for years. Last night playing Akalabeth I discovered s feature that I'm sure has been there forever but I never noticed before.

In the menu bar across the top one of the drop downs is titled "Machine". If you click on that the first heading is "Make Machine Snapshot". I decided to go ahead and do that and discovered that is a convenient way to be able to save a game in progress when the game itself doesn't have the ability to do a save game.

Just gores to show that I either should read the docs or at least check out all the feature of the emulator.

Magnus

peter....@gmail.com

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Aug 20, 2021, 2:04:54 PM8/20/21
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It's great except if the disk ever gets written. Restoring save-states won't restore the disk contents, so anything that was written before you saved will be read back (instead of what you might want read) if you reload.
We had a lot of trouble in Nox Archaist with people using save-states before combat instead of saving. They'd load the save-state, the disk would get read for stats or whatever, and then the game-state was broken.

magnusfalkirk

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Aug 22, 2021, 6:34:58 PM8/22/21
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On Friday, August 20, 2021 at 1:04:54 PM UTC-5, peter....@gmail.com wrote:
> It's great except if the disk ever gets written. Restoring save-states won't restore the disk contents, so anything that was written before you saved will be read back (instead of what you might want read) if you reload.
> We had a lot of trouble in Nox Archaist with people using save-states before combat instead of saving. They'd load the save-state, the disk would get read for stats or whatever, and then the game-state was broken.

I only plan on using the save state of Virtual II on games like Akalabeth and others that don't have a save function. So, for example, with Nox Archaist I do use the save game function in the game. Games like Nox Archaist that have a save game function are a blessing, especially when you think your party can take on a much more powerful bunch of monsters and get the party wiped out.

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