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Roadtrip: Swedish Apple’s

It all begins when i was contacted by Peter Fuks, who was an Chairman of the AUG (Apple User’s Group Sweden) in 1999-2002.

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Apple User Group of Sweden – formed in the early 1980s, the AUG still has 30-35 enthusiastic members. The group usually meets twice a year in Stockholm and Gothenburg, usually 5-10 people each, and has an extensive software library, ”mostly older games on 5.25? disks. To join the group, the fee is 150 Swedish crowns (US $10) per year. For more information, visit the group’s web site at http://www.appleusergroup.org.

So Peter offered some Apple ][ material he needed to dispose due need of space and lack of time as well other hobbies taking time when he got retired and he knew i could preserve the software and if there were, anything else, paper material for the other users and for the future.

I was very honored and we figured out the dates as i’d need to travel from Finland to Sweden with ferry and take my car with me. It took some months to find the suitable dates and i booked the tickets to Viking Line-ferry that goes from Helsinki to Stockholm. It’s about 16.5 hour per side with the boat so it would take about two days for the trip in total.

Leaving: “It was Roadtrip time!”on_boat_s
So it was roadtrip time! My friend Marko joined me to the trip and i picked him from train station and we headed to the ferry. I booked the tickets so i could drive the car in the boat first, and get out, first. That would save time and nerves.

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Lots of cars and trucks use the ferries to get over the sea to Sweden.

Arriving: “Så här är vi i sverige”
Arriving at 10:00 to Sweden. Weather was nice but slightly clowdy. Nice and dry compared to Finland when we left..

Driving to: “On our way to Järfälla”
Järfälla is about 20km away from downtown Stockholm to north-west so it’s rather easy task to drive there and back. There’s not that much time as the boat leaves back in afternoon but enough for quick round trip there. Or so we thought.. My GPS-navigator is about 10 years old that was however ok, it did work out well. Just IF i would have believed the route it offered.. I tried to use my own very easy, very fast route that i could now however track from the GPS-device itself…  so we drove some 15km to wrong direction first then i started to actually pay attention to the GPS and changed the route… and we found the place. Rather easily in the end 🙂

At Peter’s home: “Meeting Peter”
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Me, Peter and Marko:

Peter and his wife, Gunnel, were waiting. So we drinked some coffee, talked about the tech in general (Peter collects old radios and those are so beautiful!) and the loaded up the car. We were sadly bit on a tight schedule so there were not so much time i was hoping. Peter and Gunnel were as nice people as you could think of.

Peter’s Computers:
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Peter have/have had, lots of Apple ][ computers over the years. He had kept two i think, of Apple //e’s. The main unit he had was really COOL hacked one with just motherboard inside, external keyboard, HDD, 5.25″ and 3.5″ drives with powersupply in another external case!
He had Slotbuster, Phasor cards on his board among PC Transporter setup. What an great period perfect hack-unit!

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Inside of the Peter’s Apple //e with SlotBuster-card.

 

Leaving: “Heading back to Stockholm”
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Car packed with Apple ][-goodies..

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Getting back to the ferry thru downtown Stockholm was easier than i tought. The GPS took us thru the oldtown of the Stockholm and thru the  construction area of Slussen, but the route was so FAST. We got in time to the ferry and even had to wait quite a bit to get in.

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Waiting to drive the car inside the ferry at Stockholm harbor.

At home:
Roadtrip was over! Took about 40 hours for the total trip or so.

Of cos when getting home, i unloaded the material to my work/hobby/mancave-room but only few hours later, had time to start looking into them (i was exicited of cos).

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Apple ][-case : REAL ][ but no serial number on bottom for some reason, only reads “2000”, Apple //e (taiwanese clone), Apple //e.

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Pineapple : Apple II+ clone motherboard + ROM card

boards_cards_sApple //e international NTSC board, CP/M card (Microsoft card clone) with Microsoft Softcard manuals & floppies. The //e board reads “broken” so it might need some work to get it working again.

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The Swedish Apple User’s Group (AUG Sweden) “User News” – magazines from 1982-1983.
These are very interesting! These all will be scanned of cos.

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Manuals of all kinds and some game manuals for various games (copied), Apple II books etc. Some of the books “Bag of Tricks” and “Beneath the Apple DOS” seems to be Taiwanese/Hongkong copies. Deep Dark Castle Magazine’s are interesting, somesort of BBS-user’s magazine i think?

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Few books, catalogs, Beagle Bros. manuals, Pineapple catalog/magazine.

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Apple Answer Books Vol.1 and 2 and some manuals and catalogs.

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Microsoft Softcard manuals with disks (13-sector).

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Original games (EPYX)) and Apple Special Delivery title and even one Apple /// software.

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Early (1979) original games in casette with boxes (!). These things are quite rare.

magazines_sMagazines of all kinds: Call A.P.P.L.E., Nibble, Byte, InCider, User’s News (Swedish) etc.

broderbund_sBroderbund – catalogs.

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Heavy-beast, HDD-drive (assuming 5MB) with the interface card. Never have had an “real hdd” with Apple ][ before.

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Connections in the back. Made in Sweden i’d say.

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Interface-card.

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Model/number.

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Floppies : about 50 pcs (Apple II and CP/M).

Lots of material to be preserved! It’s like christmas for geeky Apple ][ guy like me.

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Apple ][ forever.

 

EOA “Album sleeve” games for Apple ][

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I have lately added to my collection some more nice games released by Electronic Arts (good ol’ “EOA”), those all come in  “album”-style sleeve. Activision also released games in such packaging – not sure if any other company did this?

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This made me wonder of cos, what games were released by EOA packaged like this?
I found an list from wikipedia listing these:

list-of-apple-ii-games-wikipedia_shttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Electronic_Arts_games

I don’t think the Wikipedia-list is very complete however..


My collection:

Adventure Construction Set
Music Construction Set
Movie Maker
Archon
Archon II: Adept
Lords of the Conquest
Age of Adventure
Murder on The Zuinderneuf
The Seven Cities of Gold
Pinball Construction Set
Marble Madness
Skyfox
Pinball Construction Set
Axis Assassin
The Seven Cities of Gold (Chinese disk and manual, no box)
Adventure Construction Set (Chinese disk and manual, no box)

What i am looking for:
Hard Hat Mack
Arcticfox
Bard’s Tale
Bard’s Tale II
Bard’s Tale III
Amnesia
Wasteland
etc..etc…”collect ’em all”

FinApple 2017
Apple ][ forever

Apple II – Chinese Game Manuals online

Finally, i got the remaining Chinese game manuals scanned! These are now all available at: https://archive.org/details/AppleII-ChineseGameManuals

They are scanned either 300 or 60dpi, black&white and some have box pictures and floppy labels scanned, if available. The quality of the originals wasn’t that great sometimes, but i did what i could. Important is, that they are now been saved up in digital form.

 

Chinese Apple II game manuals

Got an nice donation from Simon Ng all the way from Hongkong. He was kind enough to donate all these  for archiving. Even all of them might not be totally original, preserving these will serve the common good and preserving the history of Apple II in Hongkong/China/Taiwan.

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-The Dam Busters (Accolade) – Chinese manual
-Project: The Space Station (HesWare) – Chinese manual
-The Halley Project: A Mission in our solar System (Mindscape) – Chinese manual
-Thunderchopper (ActionSoft) – English manual
-Ticket to Hollywood (BlueLion Software) – English manual
-Shard of Spring (SSI) – Chinese manual
-Rampage (Activision) – English manual
-Roadwar Europa (SSI) – English manual
-Techno Cop (U.S. Gold) – English manual
-Hacker II (Activision) – Chinese manual
-Strike Feet (EOA) – English manual
-Paperboy (Mindscape Inc.) – English manual
-The Seven Cities of Gold (EOA) – English manual
-Maniac Mansion (Lucasfilm Games) – English manual
-Alice in Wonderland (Windham Classics) – Chinese manual

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These games have either original Taiwanese gamebox or game manual (English/Chinese) and have Taiwanese  “Pirate” company TERMINATOR-badge on them.

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I’ll scan the boxes, disk labels and the game manuals (when in Chinese) for archiving and they’ll be  available at http://www.archive.org > “Apple II Chinese Collection” and Asimov-archives.

Some of the English language manuals (or disk images) are already available but the missing ones, will be scanned and uploaded to Archive.org & Asimov-archives.

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The disk images will be available as well in Asimov. Most are cracked already, some are been cracked now in 2017 by talented crackers.

I’ll possibly crack these with the help of “Hardcore Computist”/”Computist” magazine just for the learning  purposes and as well, the FUN of it.

Apple Stellar Invaders (A2D0031, 1980) 13-sector

I’ve thought this floppy just wont boot. I once received it among lots of old DOS 3.2/early 3.3 floppies and could not get it to boot (knew it was 13-sector after looking at it with disk editor) and put it side. Now i just came across it again and give it a try. It did boot. But not everytime.

There seems to be an later 16-sector version of it around as well, which kind of was an suprise.

There were great discussion about the game and the copy protection written by legendary Apple II hacker “HotRod” in Googlegroups at:
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!msg/comp.sys.apple2/elYDhdB6oPQ/xCrVZ5FL23gJ

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The original 13-sector floppy.

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Before you get to play the game, you are asked if you (really) need instructions, or if you are uisng game controllers or if you wish to hear the sound effects.

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The game itself is pretty basic Invaders-clone shoot-em-up game with pretty amusing enemies that are attacking you. Shoot ’em all!

 

Apple II software list (Computer Game Station)

Found also an nice list of Apple II games/software sold by “Computer Game Station” in Helsinki. This was just an listing for some hot items, they had more of other titles as well.

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Utility/productivity software.

 

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And the games.

I do collect (&preserve) original software for Apple ][ – so IF you happen to have any of these, please do contact me.

Choplifter (Omenahyve, Joulukuu 1983)

Omenahyve (Appleklubi – Apple Finland User’s Club Ry) user’s magazine had an review of classic Apple ][ game, “CHOPLIFTER” (by Broderbund), in their December 1983 issue.

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Original review by Esa Juntura, son of Aapi Juntura who wrote articles to the magazine and was quite a hardware hacker back in the day. Sadly the magazine was printed cheaply and there’s issues with quality, which, i’m afraid, i have NOT fixed as of yet. Maybe someday i’ll do complete rescan for the whole serie of issues published (i am missing few i think).

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And the original box for the game (from my own collection). Thanks to Alex Lee of http://www.whatisthe2gs.apple2.org.za/ for the fixing the image.

 

Game boxes

Got bunch of original Apple ][ games last year from a friend who bought these brand new back in the day here in Finland. These got preserved at perfect version later on by well-known Apple ][ preservationist “4am”.  Love the old game box design a lot.

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H.E.R.O. from Activision. This game have always been one of my favorites, even first i played this must have been either MSX or Commodore 64. Never seen or hold the box in my hand before.

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Very cool comics inside!

PITFALL_II_BOXPITFALL II – LOST CAVERNS by Activision. I had this on MSX, about the first games on MSX i had. It took awhile to get the casette deck to load the games (non Spectravideo original deck). Never completed the game at the time, it was insanely difficult and i hated the game big time!

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Very cool poster-style picture inside of the box.