Re: Multimachine Games using 2 PET 2001s

From: Ethan Dicks <>
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2010 12:47:26 -0400
Message-ID: <>
On 4/23/10, B Degnan <> wrote:
> Following in the footsteps of Larry Anderson whom I met briefly at VCF
> 9, and in honor of the PET Alive! event, I thought I'd take a crack at
> the experiments listed in the article Multimachine Games by Ken
> Wasserman and Tim Stryker from Byte December 1980.

Very nice.

> Their premise is that games are best played against another person, not
> the computer. They describe the principles for setting up a
> communications between computers for multiplayer gaming on the PET, and
> they give some examples.  I made a copy of the article if anyone is
> interested

I read that article when it was first published (and I had a PET).  I
always wanted to play the game.

> I was able to successfully build the cable and run the little chat
> program between two PETs that comes with the article.  I am going to see
> what else I can do with it, and try to find more programs that have been
> written for this hack.

C. 1982 or 1983, I made a cable and wrote a file transfer program to
move programs between my C-64 (because it had a floppy drive) and my
PET (which was cassette only).  I had intended to put the PET
file-transfer client in ROM, but I stopped using the PET before the
code was refined that far.  It did work to load files from the 1541
through the C64 to the PET, and I think it might have even worked to
save files from the PET (to get things onto floppy), but it's been so
long that I could have abandoned my efforts before that aspect of
things was fully finished.


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