The End Is Nigh...for PPC users.

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The End Is Nigh...for PPC users.

Post by BasiliskWrangler » June 30th, 2010, 9:26 am

Eschalon: Book II will be the last game we support on the PowerPC-based Macintosh. Sorry- some of the development software we use won't work with PPC anymore.
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Post by IJBall » June 30th, 2010, 10:25 am

BasiliskWrangler wrote:Eschalon: Book II will be the last game we support on the PowerPC-based Macintosh. Sorry- some of the development software we use won't work with PPC anymore.
I don't think anyone should be surprised by this.

Frankly, I'm surprised that PPC support has generally lasted as long as it has... :|

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Post by Dragonlady » June 30th, 2010, 2:07 pm

Sigh, :(

Oh well, guess I'll have to use my Laptop for next games. At least that way I can take it to bed with me and play when I can't sleep! :D
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Post by Randomizer » July 1st, 2010, 12:12 pm

Nooooo !!!!!! I really have been putting off getting a new computer since just being able to play games didn't seem like a good reason.

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Post by CrazyBernie » July 1st, 2010, 3:03 pm

Randomizer wrote:Nooooo !!!!!! I really have been putting off getting a new computer since just being able to play games didn't seem like a good reason.
WHAT!?!? Are you trying to tell me that computers are good for something other than playing games??? =P

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Post by Randomizer » July 1st, 2010, 5:27 pm

CrazyBernie wrote: WHAT!?!? Are you trying to tell me that computers are good for something other than playing games??? =P
Word processing, meaning typing up letters when you make lots of typos. I just found my Pentium 1 computer needs to get fixed so I can use the laser printer for it. The printer only has serial and parrel port access. :(

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Post by Kreador Freeaxe » July 1st, 2010, 5:36 pm

I only keep my one remaining PPC machine around as a print server and fax, since it's the only one I have that actually has a modem port and Apple discontinued support for Appletalk, so it's my only machine that can still talk to my old LaserJet (which, after 16 years, is still the most cost effective and reliable printer I have ever used).
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Post by CrazyBernie » July 1st, 2010, 7:19 pm

You guys need a parallel port JetDirect (or equivalent) so you can plug them printers into your network. ;)

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Post by BasiliskWrangler » July 8th, 2010, 8:52 am

Randomizer wrote:Nooooo !!!!!! I really have been putting off getting a new computer since just being able to play games didn't seem like a good reason.
I'm really sorry about this, Randomizer. You were the first person I thought of when I realized that support for PPC was going away.

You can always just get a low-end Mac mini with an Intel CPU, then add your own keyboard/mouse/monitor. That's what I do, and it's a lot cheaper than getting a complete Mac.
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Post by Kreador Freeaxe » July 8th, 2010, 9:04 am

BasiliskWrangler wrote:
Randomizer wrote:Nooooo !!!!!! I really have been putting off getting a new computer since just being able to play games didn't seem like a good reason.
I'm really sorry about this, Randomizer. You were the first person I thought of when I realized that support for PPC was going away.

You can always just get a low-end Mac mini with an Intel CPU, then add your own keyboard/mouse/monitor. That's what I do, and it's a lot cheaper than getting a complete Mac.
If you have an HD television, you can always hook a Mac Mini to that and play Eschalon on a massive screen. ;-)
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Post by Randomizer » July 8th, 2010, 1:37 pm

Kreador Freeaxe wrote: If you have an HD television, you can always hook a Mac Mini to that and play Eschalon on a massive screen. ;-)
I'm in a marginal over the air TV reception area. After finding out how really bad my reception is I saw no reason to upgrade to an HD set.

I'll probably get a new computer around the time Book 3 comes out.

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Post by BasiliskWrangler » August 30th, 2010, 1:32 pm

Perheps the end is closer than I thought!

I am preparing version 1.06 of Book I and I cannot get it to compile on the PPC Mac. :? It just crashes without producing an error. So I may release Book I 1.06 Mac version as Intel only. How many people will this affect?

As for Book II [1.05] I will do my best to get a PPC version done, but no promises! :cry:
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Post by Dragonlady » August 30th, 2010, 1:50 pm

BasiliskWrangler wrote:Perheps the end is closer than I thought!

I am preparing version 1.06 of Book I and I cannot get it to compile on the PPC Mac. :? It just crashes without producing an error. So I may release Book I 1.06 Mac version as Intel only. How many people will this affect?

As for Book II [1.05] I will do my best to get a PPC version done, but no promises! :cry:
I've got both, Big Mac(ppc) and Laptop with Intel so it won't effect me much. Just have to to a bit of wire hooking up and making room. :|
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Post by IJBall » August 30th, 2010, 1:51 pm

BasiliskWrangler wrote:Perheps the end is closer than I thought!

I am preparing version 1.06 of Book I...
How soon is this coming?

Do you need me to prepare a Book I 'bugs' list? (I have somewhat of an 'informal' list that I can probably codify if you're interested...)

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Post by BasiliskWrangler » August 30th, 2010, 2:07 pm

IJBall wrote:
BasiliskWrangler wrote:Perheps the end is closer than I thought!

I am preparing version 1.06 of Book I...
How soon is this coming?

Do you need me to prepare a Book I 'bugs' list? (I have somewhat of an 'informal' list that I can probably codify if you're interested...)
Thanks IJBall, I have really appreciated the work you've done compiling the Book II bug list.

Our plan is to re-release Book I sometime next year with all the bug fixes and a large additional area to explore. This will probably be called "Book I Collectors Edition" and I will offer some more DVDs of it since I still get a few requests each month from people wanting to know if they can get a DVD of Book I.

So yes, I would very much appreciate if you could begin to compile a list of fixes and wishes for Book I which I could begin to work off of. But for now, version 1.06 is just a brand-new compile of the game with a couple minor technical bugs fixed which should make the game more stable for Mac users. I still get regular complaints of crashes and glitchy graphics on Mac which is why I am dropping PPC support and making a few other technical tweaks.

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Oops, my above post wasn't very clear!

Version 1.06 of Book I should be done in the next 24 hours, then we'll upload it to all the portals.

The "Collector's Edition" of Book I is (as I stated) a 2011 project.
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