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Pedit5

a.k.a. orthanc

published by unknown in 1974, running on PLATO
type: role-play
genre: Fantasy
player options: single player
languages: eng
4/5

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Can apparently still be played (somehow) at www.cyber1.org/.
# 2008-06-26 13:50:03
Description
Actually for the PLATO mainframe.
Never 'published'.
The first dungeon crawl. Wander through a dungeon killing monsters and collecting treasure. Use several spells in battle. Save your character to play later.
[Zerothis, description]

Pedit5 is the name of a programming workspace on the PLATO. Games were strictly forbidden by administrators and the title was deliberately misleading in order to hide it. Furthermore, the actual owner of the Pedit5 workspace was not aware of the game. It ran on the mainframe but was played via a terminal in another room. When discovered, the Pedit5 game was unceremoniously deleted. Months of work and the worlds first dungeon crawl was lost. An attempt to reimplement the game was called orthanc. orthanc was deleted as well. Pedit5/orthanc was short-lived but extremely popular. Lessons learned from the programming and deletion of Pedit5 would lead to programmers printing source code for the future project, dnd, and eventually gaining permission to keep and play it on the PLATO system.
Zerothis, history - # 2006
Technical specs
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Authors / Staff

coding

Eric Hagstrom[curly/iu] (programming)
Larry Kemp[kemp/ced] (programming)
Paul Resch (programming)

other

Paul Resch (last pedit5 maintainer)
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