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Today I wanted to run an old DOS game called Ascendancy which was released 1995 by the “Logic Factory”. The game is about conquering the whole universe, doing research and war or diplomacy.
It’s basically a strategy game.
I am using Dosbox for old DOS games on Linux. Dosbox creates an old DOS like environment and the old .exe files can be started in this environment. Tutorials on how to install and to use Dosbox can be found in the internet.
The Problem and the Fix
In the Dosbox the game doesn’t run because the 3 major files of the game need to be found by the binaries. A configuration file contains the path to the 3 files and this configuration file needs to be adjusted. The files are “ascend00.cob”, “ascend01.cob” and “ascend03.cob”.
The configuration file is in the main directory of the game and is called “COB.CFG”. Open this file with an editor and adjust the path to the 3 files above.
It’s not rocket science this time in my post but hopefully someone is helped with this information.
Start the game and have fun 😉
Recently I wanted to run an old DOS game called ZED (created by Bitmap Brothers, 1996) in a Dosbox on Ubuntu. Dosbox is an emulator which enables to run old DOS games and applications on a modern PC. ZED is a realtime strategy game.
After installing Dosbox on Ubuntu and putting the Software under the file system path “/home/MyUser/Desktop/Dos/Z”, I started the dosbox.
I executed the following commands in the dosbox:
mount c /home/MyUser/Desktop/Dos c: cd z z.bat
I could start the game but finally I ended up with this error message on starting the first level of the game:
Missing: MAIN.PAC COMMANDER ZOD SHOOTS PIRATES AT DAWN! PLEASE READ COPYRIGHT MESSAGE IN MANUAL
It seems that an old times piracy protection prevented me to start Level 1 of the game. I had to emulate a CD Drive and start ZED again with this commands:
mount d /home/MyUser/Desktop/dos/z -t cdrom z.bat
Finally I could start and enjoy the game.