Before Tabula Rasa
and even before the Ultima
games, Richard Garriott
made a teletype game he called D&D #1
. A high school student at the time, Garriott built the RPG after his astronaut dad told him he'd split the cost of an Apple II as incentive. D&D #1
eventually branched out into 27 more versions of the game, with D&D #28
being rewritten as Akalabeth
, his famous first money-maker sold in plastic Ziploc bags.
But now Garriott wants fans of his work to play that first D&D #1
game once again. No, not on a teletype machine, but from within his upcoming Shroud of the Avatar
Starting today, a new contest will reward the best version made on Unity and the best version made as a plug-in browser port. Winners will receive the Citizen-level Kickstarter pledge reward ($550 value) and both runners-up will receive the Collector's level pleadge reward ($165 value).
If this sounds like something up your programming alley, snatch up the original code
for the game at Shroud of the Avatar
's official site.