Ultima ~ Escape from Mount Drash (Vic-20)

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Ben Johnson

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Mar 27, 1997, 3:00:00 AM3/27/97
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Hmmm...
While rummageing around in the thrift store, I found a Vic-20 cart
called Ultima - Escape from Mount Drash. It was distributed by Sierra
On-Line Inc and Written by Keith Zabalaoui. In the lower right hand
corner of the casettw is writthen Ultiam (tm) of Lord British. Any
ideas of where, whence and why it exists?
-Ben (Not quite a Dragon, but developing scales) Johnson

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Ben Johnson

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Mar 27, 1997, 3:00:00 AM3/27/97
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>Ye Gods! If this is true, get a VIC-20 system as soon as possible and
>dump
>the contents of the cartridge to a ROM file on your computer! This is
>one
>the only games we know next to nothing about.....

Yep! After hearing how rare this bugger is I'm going to hunt down a
Vic-20 ASAP! There's a side 'b' and side 'a' - I hope they are the same
as that would give me two tries at a good copy.

What's really odd about this tape is that it came in a box of other
rare VIC-20 carts (an Xonox double ender and a VIC Forth). It was the
only item that dident come with any docs in the box.

Any ideas on who Keith Zabalaoui is?

...
Hmmm... maby I shoulden't copy it...after all it *is* copyrighted ;)

devere1

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Mar 28, 1997, 3:00:00 AM3/28/97
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Ben Johnson <be...@halcyon.com> wrote in article
<333B02...@halcyon.com>...


> Hmmm...
> While rummageing around in the thrift store, I found a Vic-20 cart
> called Ultima - Escape from Mount Drash. It was distributed by Sierra
> On-Line Inc and Written by Keith Zabalaoui. In the lower right hand
> corner of the casettw is writthen Ultiam (tm) of Lord British. Any
> ideas of where, whence and why it exists?
> -Ben (Not quite a Dragon, but developing scales) Johnson

Ye Gods! If this is true, get a VIC-20 system as soon as possible and dump


the contents of the cartridge to a ROM file on your computer! This is one
the only games we know next to nothing about.....

-Ophidian Dragon

devere1

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Mar 28, 1997, 3:00:00 AM3/28/97
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Ben Johnson <be...@halcyon.com> wrote in article

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> Hmmm... maby I shoulden't copy it...after all it *is* copyrighted ;)
>

Actually, it was published by Sierra and I think it's rights are in limbo
right now...You can copy it, because it's just backing up the game. you
cannot distribute it without breaking the law.

-Ophidian Dragon

Mark Maurer

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Mar 28, 1997, 3:00:00 AM3/28/97
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devere1 (dev...@ix.netcom.com) wrote:
:
:
: Ben Johnson <be...@halcyon.com> wrote in article
: <333B02...@halcyon.com>...

Heh. I currently have a working version of a Vic-20 (ahh...the good old
days...:) and a huge-ass motherboard (supports 8 carts...;) that can make
backups...funny I never saw this before...too busy playing Moon Patrol I
guess...:)
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Michael Carmack

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Mar 28, 1997, 3:00:00 AM3/28/97
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Ben Johnson (be...@halcyon.com) wrote:

: Hmmm... maby I shoulden't copy it...after all it *is* copyrighted ;)

With apologies to Lady Whisper, screw the copyright! If you don't find a
way to make those files available, there will be a horde of angry Dragons
breathing fire down your back.
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Donald Kruse

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Mar 28, 1997, 3:00:00 AM3/28/97
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Hello,
There is a VIC-20 emulation site that has some information available on
how to archive VIC programs at:

http://192.216.191.21/TimesSquare/Alley/3583/pcvic.html

....and, if you are willing to send me a copy of the tape, I will try to archive
it for you. I have a working VIC-20, disk drive, cassette drive and memory
expander (I think I heard somewhere that the program needed it, although on the
copy of the addvertisement I have it does not mention it). Let me know.

Don


Col Hamwood

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Mar 29, 1997, 3:00:00 AM3/29/97
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There is a gent working at atomic games (http://www.atomic.com/staff.html)
named Keith Zabalaoui. Whether he is the same person I do not know.....

Randor Dragon
Col Hamwood
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Ben Johnson <be...@halcyon.com> wrote in article

<333B3E...@halcyon.com>...


> >Ye Gods! If this is true, get a VIC-20 system as soon as possible and
> >dump
> >the contents of the cartridge to a ROM file on your computer! This is
> >one
> >the only games we know next to nothing about.....
>

> Any ideas on who Keith Zabalaoui is?
>
> ...

> Hmmm... maby I shoulden't copy it...after all it *is* copyrighted ;)

Matt Forrestal

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Mar 29, 1997, 3:00:00 AM3/29/97
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Ben Johnson <be...@halcyon.com> wrote:

<snip>


>Any ideas on who Keith Zabalaoui is?

President and founder of Atomic Games, makers of Close Combat. That
is if he's the same Keith Zabalaoui that many wargamers know and
admire.

Matt
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SilverSurfer Dragon

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Mar 29, 1997, 3:00:00 AM3/29/97
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Ben Johnson <be...@halcyon.com> schrieb im Beitrag


<333B3E...@halcyon.com>...
>Ye Gods! If this is true, get a VIC-20 system as soon as possible and
>dump
>the contents of the cartridge to a ROM file on your computer! This is
>one
>the only games we know next to nothing about.....

What game? Escape from Mount Drash? What is that?

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Edward Franks

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Mar 29, 1997, 3:00:00 AM3/29/97
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My glass typewriter shows SilverSurfer Dragon saying...

>
>
> Ben Johnson <be...@halcyon.com> schrieb im Beitrag
> <333B3E...@halcyon.com>...
> >Ye Gods! If this is true, get a VIC-20 system as soon as possible and
> >dump
> >the contents of the cartridge to a ROM file on your computer! This is
> >one
> >the only games we know next to nothing about.....
>
> What game? Escape from Mount Drash? What is that?
>

See the Escape From Mt. Drash section of Underworld Dragon's
Ultima Resources at http://scott.net/~rgregg/ultima/ .

Fortran

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Ben Johnson

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Mar 29, 1997, 3:00:00 AM3/29/97
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Hi Col!
Thanks for the info! I took the liberty of politly asking Keith
Zabalaoui at Atomic if he indeed is the author and if he had any
information he would like to share with us.
-Ben (developing scales) Johnson

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Quarex

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Mar 31, 1997, 3:00:00 AM3/31/97
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rec.games.computer.ultima-dragons doesn't deserve this filth from Ben Johnson:

: Thanks for the info! I took the liberty of politly asking Keith

: Zabalaoui at Atomic if he indeed is the author and if he had any
: information he would like to share with us.

And if he's *not* the same Keith Zabalaoui, be sure to ask him how there
could possibly be more than one coder named "Keith Zabalaoui".

Incidentally, I still refuse to believe that the original poster actually
found Escape From Mount Drash, since if what I've read on the game is to be
believed, it doesn't sound like it was ever released. However, I've always
been overly skeptical, so if someone can prove me wrong, I'd be more than
happy to eat my words :)

Quarex
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Rybread Celsius

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Mar 31, 1997, 3:00:00 AM3/31/97
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>Incidentally, I still refuse to believe that the original poster actually
>found Escape From Mount Drash, since if what I've read on the game is to be
>believed, it doesn't sound like it was ever released. However, I've always
>been overly skeptical, so if someone can prove me wrong, I'd be more than
>happy to eat my words :)

What do words taste like, ASCII at that?

When Sierra On-Line had their 15 year anniversry they showed the game in their
'zine, Interaction.

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