Lost Treasure

Friday 21st January 2011, 22:21 Posted by urbancamo

As mentioned on the RetroChallenge BBS I had been rooting through the garage recently (actually trying to find the manuals for the DEC 3000, it only took me three attempts) and noticed in one of my boxes of books my Lost Treasures of Infocom box. Once upon a time this was a modern compilation of retro infocom games. However, it is now a retro item itself. The box contains two thick books - a manual which contains all the text from the individual game manuals compressed into one volume, and a hints manual in exactly the same format. Then there is a pouch of pull outs, flyers, maps etc. which would have been nicely printed and glossy (and possibly colour) in the original games, but are now gray photocopies. No matter, that's not the point. I had the original version of Suspended, and at some point that either got sold on when I sold the CBM-64 or got binned when I no longer had the CBM-64. Such is life. The guy who was next to me when I was exhibiting my DEC gear at VCF-GB had a graph which was an inverse bell curve. On the horizontal/x axis was time, and on the vertical axis was worth. This was his 'retrostuff' graph which predicted the value of hardware and software over time. Initially the value was high (new), then it dipped (virtually worthless) before rising again (retro commodity). Everyone into retrogear will recognise this phenomenon. I read recently that the mask that came with the Suspended Game (it was a plastic mask gimic to make you look like you were in Suspended Animation) is the most highly prized extra that came with Infocom games. I either gave away or threw away that mask. It was the bottom of the curve. Such is life!

Anyway, enough waffle, here are some photies of the goodies inside the box. Alas the disk that came with the box (which was in MS/DOS format but contained in addition an interpreter for the Psion 5 computer) has long since rotted in the basement. However, my recent excursions into my DDS tape library should show up the orginal game contents saved away as .z5 files which I used to play on my very early Linux box (a 486/33 as I remember, I originally started out with the Manchester Linux distro 0.98 which came on about six floppy disks!)

Lost Treasures of Infocom

 

Lost Treasures of Infocom

 

Lost Treasures of Infocom

 

Lost Treasures of Infocom

 

Lost Treasures of Infocom

 

Lost Treasures of Infocom

 

Lost Treasures of Infocom

 

Lost Treasures of Infocom

 

Lost Treasures of Infocom

 

Lost Treasures of Infocom

 

Lost Treasures of Infocom

 

Lost Treasures of Infocom

 

Lost Treasures of Infocom

 

Lost Treasures of Infocom

 

Lost Treasures of Infocom

 

Lost Treasures of Infocom

 

Were you paying attention to my previous MUD post? If so, you'll know about Smelly Morley. I was looking for the infocom adventure files when I came across this email from way back when:

	From:	CBS%UK.AC.RPMS::GMORLEY 15-NOV-1994 12:34:26.80
	To:	MWICKENS
	CC:	
	Subj:	Re: life, universe and sexual promiscuity...
	
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	From: gmorley@uk.ac.rpms (Garry Morley)
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	To: MWICKENS@UK.AC.LUTON.VAX2
	Subject: Re: life, universe and sexual promiscuity...
	Sender: gmorley@uk.ac.rpms
	
	Hi..how are things?
	 Finaly found a machine that is networked!
	Just for the record my new extension no. is:
	
	 (081( 7432030 xt 2389
	r
	 How are things up in Luton?
	Ann is looking real good at the moment..I am busy
	trying to get into her knickers..no luck so far :(
	 What aboutr you?
	ps. do you know johnboys home & work telephone no.s?
	Gary