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The Arcadian Legend
The Arcadian Legends is a multiplayer, empire-building strategy door game for bulletin board systems set in medieval times.
In TAL, the player begins as ruler of a small county. The goal is to build the largest, strongest county.
Gameplay in The Arcadian Legends is similar to its SRGames cousins, Barren Realms Elite and Falcon's Eye, also turn-based strategy games. The player must manage his county's economy, build an army, and engage in trade and diplomacy. TAL is unique, though, in that each of its turns represents one day of a month, and during that day you can only do one thing, such as mining, farming, conducting war or sending out a treaty proposal.
Name The Arcadian Legends Internal Code TAL Start-up Directory ../xtrn/tal Command Line tal Clean-up Command Line Execution Cost None Access Requirements Execution Requirements Multiple Concurrent Users Yes Intercept Standard I/O No Native (32-bit) Executable No Use Shell to Execute No Modify User Data No Execute on Event No Pause After Execution No BBS Drop File Type (R) Solar Realms DOORFILE.SR Place Drop File In Start-Up Directory Time Options Set as needed for your BBS
Door Specific Instructions
TAL and the other SR / John Daily doors are easy with Synchronet since it supports SR doors native
DOORFILE.SR. Basically just place the
DOORFILE.SR in TAL's directory and you're home free.
Note: TAL is not Multiplayer and can only be used on one node at a time. However, we can leave
Allow Mulitple Users ON in SCFG as BRE will inform the player the door is in use by itself.
From the command prompt, in the TAL directory, run the TAL103.EXE executable. Once that is completed, run the UNPACK.BAT file. This will create the DATA and DOC directories. TAL.DOC is in the DOC directory. Next, run INSTALL.EXE...
Local BBS Playing only
Install The Arcadian Legends (Y/N)? - Yes. Next screen 'BBS Types', select #10 - Synchronet (DOORFILE.SR). Ignore next screen which contains 'Setup Instructions' by pressing any key. Game Setup Screen TAL 1.03 setup: The TAL Directory is '[The directory to which you installed TAL]' Which directory is your BSB in? [Enter the Directory to which you installed TAL] Hit 'Enter' Enter the full path to your BBS's door files: [Enter the Directory to which you installed TAL] Hit 'Enter' Batch file to create: [Enter the Directory to which you installed TAL]\tal.bat Hit 'Enter' TAL Can use the fossil driver for communications. Do you want TAL to use the FOSSIL? (Y/N) Hit 'Y' If you have locked baud rates, please enter the baud rate: Hit 'Enter' Hit 'Enter' again Score File Setup Enter the location for the ANSI score file Enter the location for the ASCII score file Hit 'Enter' News File Setup Enter the location for the ANSI News file Enter the location for the ASCII News file Enter the location for Yesterday News ANSI file Enter the location for Yesterday News ASCII file Hit 'Enter' Hit 'Enter' again BRE creates the following BAT files: @ECHO OFF C: CD \SBBS\XTRN\TAL10 COPY C:\SBBS\XTRN\TAL10\DOORFILE.SR . TAL C: CD \SBBS\XTRN\TAL10 Since SBBS places the doorfile in the startup directory, edit it to match this @ECHO OFF TAL FULL I run a FULL with each game to process and stray inbound or outbound packets
Contact the League Coordinator for the League you wish to join and they will send you the files needed to setup InterBBS play. Once you have those files, run FE SETUPINTERBBS and fill out the information as needed.
You are about to create a BBS.CFG file for InterPlanetary warfare. Proceed? (Y/N) - Yes Sysop Name: Enter your Name BBS Name: Enter your BBS's Name The Net/Node number should include zone only if BRNODES.DAT has it. Input as: (zone:)net/node Net/Node Number: Enter the information given to you by the League Coordinator The Following questions are related to your front end mailer. Incoming FILES Directory: Enter the location where your mailer places inbound files Outbound NETMAIL directory: Enter the location where your outbound netmail is placed TAL Planetary League Number: Enter your TAL League number Your mailer must be one of the following: FRONTDOOR BINKLEY DBRIDGE DBRIDGEOLD OTHER NONE DBRIDGEOLD is the setting that should be used for DBridge v1.32 and lower mailers Front End Mailer: Enter the type of mailer you are using (Note: Argus/Radius/Taurus use NONE) Hit 'Enter' and your BBS.CFG file will be created. Copy the TALNODES.DAT that you received from your League Coordinator into the TAL directory. Edit the RESOURCE.DAT file and make the changes requested by the League Coordinator to match the other systems in the League. Normally these are: ReconUpdate OldestRecon TimingCheck From the command line, in your TAL directory, run TAL RESET and set the information to match what your TAL League Coordinator has given to you. Here, for example, are the settings for League 10: TAL League 10 settings for game starting Jan 6, 2016 -=[ Current version used at this time v1.03 ]=- Next start will be around Jan 2, 2017 ------- The Arcadian Legends Configuration Editor -------------- Game Start Date : 01/6/2016 00:00:00 Game Join Date : 01/8/2017 00:00:00 Turns Per Day : 20 Turns of Protection : 100 Land from Exploring : 25 Max Players : 25 *Days for "Lost Attacks" : 3 *Dupe Checking : Enabled From the command line, run TAL TEST and take a look at the RESULTS.TXT file generated. This will tell you if there are any issues. I run TAL inbound whenever my system receives mail. I also run the following every midnight in my nightly maintenance batch file. ::TAL League 10 CD C:\sbbs\xtrn\tal10 TAL INBOUND [Processes any inbound BRE packets] TAL SCORES [Creates InterBBS score files] TAL PLANETARY [Runs daily Maintenance for BRE] TAL REQUEST [Create global recon updates and requests] TAL BBSINFO [Creates a text file of all League BBS's, their version number and date of last recon.] TAL OUTBOUND [Processes any outbound packets] cd outbound move *.* c:\taurus\out\[filebox name] [Moves outbound packets to the filebox for the League Hub system] del c:\taurus\out\[filebox name]\*.msg [Deletes extraneous MSG files]
TAL can still be registered at John Daily Software. If you plan on joining a InterBBS league, I highly suggest you register the software to have all functionality available to your players. Registration cost is $15.00. You can purchase the “Bundle” the includes BRE, FE, TAL and FH for $45.00