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Imperial Starfire System Generator

Postby aramis on Mon 15 Feb 2016 04:47

Back in 1993, I wrote a series of Qbasic programs to generate ISF systems and output them in a huge text file.

I've since recompiled them using QB64 for use on macintoshes, and QB4.5 dosbox for running them in dosbox or on legacy devices.

They are NOT pretty. They are NOT slick. They do, however, do the job.

Mac zip at http://aramis.hostman.us/starfire/ISF_S ... rchive.zip

The dos version is compiled using MS QBasic 4.5 (downloaded from MS, and running in DosBox)
Dos zip at http://aramis.hostman.us/starfire/ISF_SYGN_DOS.zip
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Re: Imperial Starfire System Generator

Postby Morpheus on Tue 16 Feb 2016 01:42

These are really good. They get the job done and that is what is important.

My other favorite Classic tool is the DOS-based "Drydock" program written by Noel Ang. I still run it inside DOSbox for generating new classic ship designs. I wish I could get my hands on the source code for it. I contacted Noel on Facebook but unfortunately he no longer has the source code.
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Re: Imperial Starfire System Generator

Postby Cralis on Tue 16 Feb 2016 02:54

Morpheus wrote:These are really good. They get the job done and that is what is important.

My other favorite Classic tool is the DOS-based "Drydock" program written by Noel Ang. I still run it inside DOSbox for generating new classic ship designs. I wish I could get my hands on the source code for it. I contacted Noel on Facebook but unfortunately he no longer has the source code.


If he's willing to let people use it, I'm sure we could host it in our downloads.
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Re: Imperial Starfire System Generator

Postby Morpheus on Wed 17 Feb 2016 16:09

Cralis wrote:If he's willing to let people use it, I'm sure we could host it in our downloads.

He messaged me back, and seems to be willing. I'll PM you with the details.
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Re: Imperial Starfire System Generator

Postby aramis on Sat 20 Feb 2016 16:57

Cralis wrote:
Morpheus wrote:These are really good. They get the job done and that is what is important.

My other favorite Classic tool is the DOS-based "Drydock" program written by Noel Ang. I still run it inside DOSbox for generating new classic ship designs. I wish I could get my hands on the source code for it. I contacted Noel on Facebook but unfortunately he no longer has the source code.


If he's willing to let people use it, I'm sure we could host it in our downloads.


As an aside, you have my explicit permission to host mine, as well, and/or toss it on the CD.
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Re: Imperial Starfire System Generator

Postby Cralis on Sun 21 Feb 2016 02:37

Morpheus wrote:
Cralis wrote:If he's willing to let people use it, I'm sure we could host it in our downloads.

He messaged me back, and seems to be willing. I'll PM you with the details.


Got it. I want to look over it first, so I'll let you know.

aramis wrote:As an aside, you have my explicit permission to host mine, as well, and/or toss it on the CD.


Alrighty. I'll look at both :-)
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Re: Imperial Starfire System Generator

Postby Cralis on Thu 25 Feb 2016 01:54

My apologies I haven't gotten to this yet, it's on my list and I haven't forgotten.
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Re: Imperial Starfire System Generator

Postby aramis on Fri 26 Feb 2016 04:16

Cralis wrote:My apologies I haven't gotten to this yet, it's on my list and I haven't forgotten.

I coded it in 1993... and only now, 23 years later, put it somewhere readily accessible... Yes, the code's been transferred from drive to drive for almost a quarter century. And, it's JUST BARELY useful enough to bother with.
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Re: Imperial Starfire System Generator

Postby Cralis on Tue 05 Apr 2016 23:32

So my apologies for this taking so long.

First, I have taken a look at the Drydock dos program.

I have to say that for such an old application... this is pretty cool. And that all of the data in easily configurable text files... even cooler.

Obviously this is for 3rd Gen (not revised) without modifications to the data, and it requires DOSBOX to run. But I'll gladly put this in the download section.

Now about your original program you asked about...
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Re: Imperial Starfire System Generator

Postby Cralis on Tue 05 Apr 2016 23:44

I tried running your generator Aramis.

I ran ISF_SYGN.EXE using DOSBOX, since the readme indicated that they should be run "in order"

This is what I got.

Code: Select all
Starting System Number? 1
Ending System Number? 100
Storage file number (SFS_xxxx.txt)? 0001
enter path to save to ? c:\temp
c:\temp\SFS_0001.Txt
Is this correct? 1=Y 0=N? 1

Path not found in line 9 of module ISF_SYGN at address 01A2:0D10

Hit any key to return to system
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