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Steff
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 8:53 am    Post subject: ASCII DASH Reply with quote

Hi everyone,

I am pretty new to this forum, but I would like to announce a new Boulder Dash remake: ASCII DASH

This one is special as it is a Boulder Dash clone for the text terminal. It runs on a Linux or MacOS X console and uses ASCII graphics to render Rockford. Although a text terminal is kind of limiting, this BD version still looks decent in my opinion, since it is using 5x3 text characters and side-scrolling just like the original.

The home page for this open-source software is:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/ascii-dash/

There you also find a video, to see how the ASCII graphics looks like.

Principally, the software could also run on the Windows command line, but this has not been realized yet. The same holds for embedded devices with limited capabilities, e.g. with small LCD text displays.

ASCII DASH contains all Boulder Dash I levels, so it is basically ready to play. Although it has been tested for quite a while, it is a new software that might still contain some glitches. So you are invited to give it a try and tell me how you like it and what could be improved.

Happy ASCII coding,
Stefan

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2020 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Steff.
Thank you for the new BD remake.
I watched the game videos on your site.
I'd love to play this clone.
But I am very weak with Linux.
I can't install this.
Is there an option to compile this game under Windows?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good morning
I decided to install Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.
To see Ascii dash.
I was doing quite well.
In the terminal, I started typing commands that I read in the README.TXT file.
Unfortunately, at the command:
cmake. && make && ./main
message appeared
"CMake Error: The source directory" / home / zsom / ascii106 / "does not appear to contain CmakeLists.txt."

What am I doing wrong?
Please help
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

zsom wrote:
Good morning
I decided to install Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.
To see Ascii dash.
I was doing quite well.
In the terminal, I started typing commands that I read in the README.TXT file.
Unfortunately, at the command:
cmake. && make && ./main
message appeared
"CMake Error: The source directory" / home / zsom / ascii106 / "does not appear to contain CmakeLists.txt."

What am I doing wrong?
Please help


Hi,

thanks for giving it a try!

I checked the version v1.06 you are refering to, and on Ubuntu 18.04 everything works fine.

Can you please paste the full history of the terminal from start to end when the error occured. Plus an additional "ll" to see the files in your current directory.

Cheers,
Stefan
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for your answer.
However, I cannot install this software.
After typing in the terminal:
cmake. && make && ./main
I still have the same message
"CMake Error: The source directory" / home / zsommk "does not appear to contain CMakeLists.txt.
Specify --help for usage, or press the help button on the CMake GUI. "

I wish I could play your version of Boulderdash Sad
But I am very weak on Ubuntu.

best regards
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2020 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello
I did exactly as it says in the README.txt file

installed under windows ubuntu 18.04 lts as windows-subsystem
I typed commands
sudo apt-get install gcc cmake libncurses5-dev
everything was going well
and after the command
cmake. && make && ./main
I will get a communist

CMake Error: The source directory "/home/zsom/ASCII-DASH-1.1" does not appear to contain CMakeLists.txt.
Specify --help for usage, or press the help button on the CMake GUI.

Help
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2020 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

zsom wrote:
Hello
installed under windows ubuntu 18.04 lts as windows-subsystem


It appears that the Windows-Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is the culprit. This is not a real Ubuntu, but a very special one, so that things can easily go wrong during installation when you are not used to this system as a regular developer.

For non-developers the easiest way to get a Linux system running on Windows is not to use WSL, but to use Virtual Box 6.0 and install Ubuntu 18.04 LTS in a virtual machine. Please do not use Ubuntu 20.04. The latest Virtual Box 6.1 has still some issues with Ubuntu 20.04, which have not yet been sorted out as of this writing.

So please give Virtual Box 6.0 with Ubuntu 18.04 a try. Meanwhile I will have a look at WSL, to see what could possibly going wrong there. My guess is that it is a version issue with CMake and WSL.

Cheers,
Stefan
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2020 5:04 pm    Post subject: Windows-Subsystem for Linux Reply with quote

I tested WSL in the meantime. It is not recommended due to the following reasons:
* slow performance
* no sound playback
* terminal compatibility issues with termcap
at least for WSL 1, I did not check WSL 2

So the bottom line for Windows users is:
* please install VirtualBox 6.0
* install Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS in a virtual machine
* and just proceed as outlined in the ReadMe

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Stefan
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:39 am    Post subject: ASCII DASH v1.2 Reply with quote

Hi all,

I just finished version v1.2 of ASCII DASH. It now has support for joysticks (e.g. Speedlink Competition Pro) and contains all levels from Boulder Dash I, II, II and the Construction Kit plus many more. It also supports repeating caves (as occuring in FutureDash), multiple Rockfords at the same time (as occurring in Arno Dash 11). Bombs and dynamite (as occuring in some emerald mine levels) are also supported in the editor now.

Have fun,
Stefan
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good day.
I really wanted to play ASCIIDash,
So I decided to install the new Ubuntu 18.04 on the laptop.
And since I'm not good at Ubuntu, it took me a while.
But it worked.
I copied the game to the / home directory
I started typing commands in the terminal like in the Readme file.

Well, I came to the command: cmake. && make && ./main

I received a message:
CMake Error: The source directory "/ home" does not appear to contain CMakelist.txt

Why is installing this game so difficult?

best regards
Maybe someone familiar with Ubuntu will write instructions on how to do this.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

zsom wrote:

CMake Error: The source directory "/ home" does not appear to contain CMakelist.txt


Hi, this might be a Linux beginner's problem with the Linux terminal. Did you forget to change the working directory to the unpacked directory?

If you have unpacked the software into a directory "dir", then you need to change the working directory of the terminal to that directory with the following command:

cd dir

Then proceed with cmaje .

and so forth.

If you were a regular Linux user you probably would have known that, because it is standard proc3dure with working with the terninal

To account for that misunderstanding, I updated the Readme and added a note about the cd command. See here:

https://sourceforge.net/p/ascii-dash/code/HEAD/tree/README.txt

I hope know everything works out...

Cheers,
Stefan
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2020 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you very much for your answer.
I have asciidash installed in / home / ascii-dash /
I have another problem

After entering the command:
cd ascii-dash

I get the message:
bash: cd: ascii-dash: no such file or directory

I'm sure you'll be able to play ASCII-Dash with your help.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2020 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello

I started reading various Ubuntu discussion forums on the internet,
and I found out a little about it.

And ... I installed ASCII DASH 1.2.1

No sound, but I installed ...

Sorry, Windows is definitely the easier operating system.

best regards
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