Station (DOS)

Station DOS This is the initial game screen. 
There are a few setup questions that are asked here such as name, name of ranch and how fast do you want the game to play?


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Station is a single player, shareware game which simulates the management of an Australian sheep ranch. It is Shareware Systems' first game and it is text based.

The game consists of a single screen divided into three main areas. In the upper left is a box containing a list of keyboard commands, S - Buy/Sell Sheep, L Buy/Sell Land etc. Pressing any of these keys brings up a small window in which the player decides whether they are buying or selling and by how much. Over on the right is a status window, here the function keys F1-F4 bring up the farm's status, current buildings owned, market prices, and a capacities window that shows how many sheep, dogs, and employees can be fed, watered and housed. Game events are also posted in this area, these include good things such as investments maturing and uranium being found on the land and killing sheep.
Over on the lower left the game displays a "Welcome to Station!!" message. This is also a scrollable message area which, over time, replaces the welcome with warnings such as 'the buildings need to be maintained' or 'the employees are overworked'.

When the game is initially set up the player sets the speed at which it will run, after that it starts at the current year and gives interim status reports at the end of every season with the overall report at the end of the year. The player can both farm the sheep to sell their wool building the farm as they go and they can also invest in buying sheep, wool, buildings etc which can later be sold at a profit. It's a tough life and it's possible to lose all your sheep due to dehydration very quickly if they are not cared for.

The game is entirely keyboard controlled. It has a save/load feature with ten save slots but has no sound.


Station DOS The F3 key brings up the current market report.
The player can speculate on future price rises by monitoring the window on the right while buying & selling on the right
Station DOS The start of a  game. 
It is important to remember that January is high summer in Australia!
Station DOS The Save/Load functions are accessed via Game Options in the left window.
Station DOS When the player logs out they are shown their score.
This can be seen in game via Game Options / Evaluation.

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piltdown_man (151592) added Station (DOS) on Sep 22, 2014