NetHack Version 3.6.0 (VAX)
09-February-2016 by Lightman
WOPR now hosts the latest - as of this post - version of NetHack - version
3.6.0. As far as I know, this is the only VAX that is running the code (I'll email
the team and find out if they know of any others). I haven't stumbled across any bugs yet,
but if you run across one, please be sure to let me know, especially, if it seems
like a platform bug.
Compilation Notes VAX NetHACK v 3.6.0
For the few that may be interested, compiling NetHACK on the VAX is a breeze.
Linking, however, is a tiny bit messy, due to the format of some of the options files, which,
I assume are not an issue on AXP / IA64.
The linker error:
is pretty straight forward - and points to the fact that the
%LINK-F-FIRSTMOD, first input file being a library requires module extraction
specifies a library as the first input file (I'd love to know why the VAX dislikes this).
Though it may not be the most studious fix (please feel free to email me a more-intelligent
approach), I was able to work around the linker-error with either of the following:
The second may seem a bit strange; however, I used this approach since
- extract a module from
nethack.olb and add it -first- to the options
- add an external object file -first- to the options file (e.g.
was referenced in several calls, and is, seemingly, unavailable in VAX includes.
In any case, you can access VAX NetHACK v 3.6.0 online by clicking on the
Login link under the services heading. You can also
No terminal in operation...
30-January-2016 by Lightman
After almost a decade, my friend (and 'co-lo') needed to vacate the space that housed
my DEC equipment. As such, I've been
offline for several months. I finally found time to restore WOPR and get it to a reasonable
state... routing Area20 for HECnet, serving classic VAX games and hosting this website.
Regarding my other machines... I think I've found a co-lo for NORAD::, but as my list of projects grows,
the time I have to move and re-build an rx6600 approaches zero.
WASD v10 Upgrade introducing WebSocket
15-October-2015 by Lightman
WOPR:: was recently updated to WASD v.10. As such, WebSockets may now be used to connect to the VAX over the existing TCP/HTTPS connection. If your browser supports WebSocket (most should), you should see the confirmation, immediately below:
WebSocket supported: Click
here to login.
WebSocket not supported.
Conway's Game of Life
Eventually, I plan to dust off my Nexys dev board and attempt to create a cellular
automaton (single-dimension, at first). Until then, I've added a link to a JScript version of
the Game of Life (I do have a VAX copy laying around somewhere?!?) for those to enjoy.
about wopr:: Online VMS/VAX games
12-August-2009 by Lightman
wopr:: is currently running OpenVMS/VAX v7.3 and is fully licensed as part of the HP OpenVMS Hobbyist
Program. The hobbyist program is available to anyone who is interested in running OpenVMS for educational
/ hobby purposes. To get started, or to find out more, visit the
OpenVMS hobbyist site.
shall we play a game?
12-August-2009 by Lightman
For those who enjoy the novelty and challenge of a good text-adventure, interactive-fiction (IF), classic
MUD or text-trader, I've included several classics online,
If your browser supports WebSocket, you may use the links above to connect via your browser. Otherwise,
you may telnet
to: wopr.adelphos.org. Once connected, use the following
credentials to login:
Feel free to send me a note, if you stumble across any
issues, have suggestions, etc...
Username: games Password: games
Login: List Games
The following list of VAX games, denotes those which are currently available online:
The Halls of Zk
ADVENT - Colossal Cave Adventure
NetHACK (v 3.4.3) - 2003
Hack (v. 1.0.2) - 1986
DoomsDay 2000 - 1987(?)
VMS Monster (v 1.06)
CircleMUD / VMS
Galactic Trader (v5.22)