DescriptionEamon was one of the earliest role-playing games available for the Apple II. It was also perhaps the first ever adventure game construction set. The game was public domain, so it was mainly distributed in Apple user groups and by trading with friends.
The main game consists of the Eamon Master disk, which has the Main Hall and a short adventure called the Beginner's Cave. You start the game in the Main Hall, where you create a new character or select an old character. You are able to buy weapons, spells, and armor and go on your adventure. Weapons come in five different types: Axe, Bow, Mace, Spear, and Sword. There are three types of armor: Leather, Chain, and Plate. There are also several spells: Blast, a damage spell; Power, which has random effects, Heal, which cures you; and Speed, which increases your chance to hit.
Character development is fairly simple. Your character starts with random stats in three categories: Hardiness (how much you can carry and the amount of damage you can take), Agility (How good you are in combat) and Charisma (Affects the costs of items in the store and the friendliness of monsters). You also has percentage ratings for each of the weapon types that determine, along with the armor penalty, whether you can hit or not. These percentage ratings have a chance of going up every time you hit a monster with that type of weapon.
The game is entirely text-based, though the construction set allows the addition of graphics. You interact with the environment typing simple one or two-word game commands such as ATTACK RAT, INVENTORY, or NORTH. There is no option to save your game, so death is often quick, sudden, and final.
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- "The Wonderful World of Eamon" -- Alternate title
- "Le Monde Merveilleux d'Eamon" -- French full title
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1001 Video GamesThe Apple II version of Eamon appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
CodeSince Eamon and all of its modules were written in Applesoft BASIC, you could easily find all the secrets to the game by listing out the code and examining it for secret rooms or surprises. You could also use the Dungeon Designer disk to list out all the rooms and monsters for a dungeon.
You could also modify your character's stats by changing a few lines in the adventure code if you wanted a super character.
DOS versionThe DOS conversion of Eamon was released in four parts (all in 1988):
- Eamon Adventure Disk 1 - The Main Hall
- Eamon Adventure Disk 2 - The Ice Cave
- Eamon Adventure Disk 3 - Assault on the Clone Master
- Eamon Adventure Disk 4 - Quest For Trezore
Information also contributed by Arjon van Dam and FatherJack
Related Web Sites
- Eamon Adventurer's Guild Online (This website is designed to be a comprehensive information source and archive for Eamon adventures. Includes newsletters, maps, design-tips, adventure lists, manuals, magazine articles on Eamon, and DSK images.)
- The Unofficial Home Page of Eamon Games (Fan site that contains links to the history of Eamon, links to disk images of the modules (suitable for use in an Apple II emulator), and other goodies.)