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Blackthorne (game), now freeware (Announce)

posted by Rugxulo(R) Homepage, Usono, 24.01.2014, 14:27

"In 2013 the game was added to as free download emulated through DOSBox."

However, this was clearly intended to be used on "Windows only" since it comes as an .EXE installer. (But it's a DOS game, you say. Yes, I know. Sigh.)

Luckily (probably more by accident than otherwise), you can still manually install and play this in DOS.

Grab the .EXE (.CAB / installer, no you don't need an account, I didn't):

Unpack it with either p7zip or cabextract.

ren _7770311E01264484BDC66FB81E4EF650 bthorne.exe
ren _126448A72F4442D39DCD600746EE09F7 data.dat
ren _C987F762EF304955BB86AB432FF6F847 manual.pdf

jemm386 x=test i=test load (since it demands EMS) or similar

Since it doesn't come with SETUP.EXE (as DOSBox always has sound), if you don't have an old SB compatible (or similar?), it won't run. However, you can grab SETUP.EXE from the old BTDEMO.ZIP and temporarily rename data.dat -> demo.dat.

For me, on my desktop, since it has Intel HDA, I just disabled sound entirely, and to save you some effort, here's the four bytes it changed (so you can use a hex editor manually if you find that easier):

[ FreeDOS ] G:\BTHORNE>comp old\demo.dat new\demo.dat

Byte    File 1  File 2
058E    01 ^A   FF
058F    00      FF
059E    07 ^G   FF
059F    00      FF
4 error(s).


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