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MELDON WINServer Documentation

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Version 1.2
Author/Contact Al Lawrence/Sunrise Door Software
Overview A true adventure RPG BBS door game! The magical Sword of Meldon has been stolen from the King's Throne. The King of Meldon summons all warriors throughout the land to begin the search and bring the Sword home. Riches beyond your wildest dreams await the victor! Comes complete with 6 AOP's (Add On Places) installed.
Non-Registered
 Restrictions
- Game can not be reset
- Players only allowed to reach Level 2
- Game can not be won
- maximum number of battles limited to 5 per day
- Number of days of inactivity before being purged is unchangeable at 5 days
Installation (1) Create a directory to hold all files
(2) Unzip the archive into the above directory
(3) MOVE the WCX file to your WC5 directory and delete it from the directory created in step (1)
(4) Create a menu entry to run the wcBASIC Door and you MUST pass the FULL drive:\path of the directory as a command line parameter when defining the Door on the menu. An example follows:

Program Name: MELDON
Parameter:      c:\wc5\doors\MELDON

(5) Modify the supplied CFG file. A description follows:

CONFIGURATION FILE

# = Requires registration to change to a different value.


NOTE: There are NO Blank Lines in the Config File!!
SUNRISE-80 BBS Your BBS Name
Al Lawrence Sysop's First AND Last name
00000000 Registration Number
Y Y = Log all callers to USAGEx
N = Do not log callers
2 1 = DO NOT Display ADOPT-A-DOOR Message
2 = Display ADOPT-A-DOOR message
N Y=use European Date Format (dd/mm/yyyy)
N=use American date Format (mm/dd/yyyy) DEFAULT!
# 5 Number of days of inactivity before player is purged from the game
G Door Rating. Default is G.
Maximum Characters: 5

Maintenance Maintenance is run AUTOMATICALLY when the first player of the day enters the Door. This maintenance program performs the games daily maintenance like purging inactive players, resurrect all players that were killed that day. Players are automatically deleted after the number of inactive days defined in the CFG file.
Game Reset To reset a game, which in effect resets EVERYONE and causes them to start over, you would have to enter the game and use an NON-DISPLAYED Main menu Command of ~ (tilde). Be sure that no one is in the game on any other node. Please be aware that this is a REGISTERED feature ONLY.
BADPLAY.DAT File BADPLAY.DAT is used to house the LOGON NAMES of those folks that you DO NOT wish to be able to play the MELDON Door. The format is a standard ASCII text file with each word on a single line.
Game Data Files We would strongly advise you to AVOID making any changes to the .DAT files. If you just can't resist, and you do so at your own  risk, then be sure to RESET the GAME first. If you encounter ANY strange occurrences in the game AFTER you fiddle with the files, be sure that you restore them to their original state BEFORE you call Sunrise Door Software for help.
AOP's (Add On Places) AOP's are special places that players can visit within the game by choosing the (O)ther Places option from the Main Menu.

AOP's become available one at a time to players as their characters progress in the game. Once the AOP number becomes highlighted, that AOP is available to the player to visit.

AOP's currently available in the game are:

(At Level 2)
Temple of Doom - User must choose the right 3 directions.
User can gain Gold or lose HitPoints.

(At Level 3)
The Waterfalls - User must choose to drink Warm or Cold water.
User can gain Experience.

(At Level 4)
The Stashing Tree - User can "stash" their Gold away from other
Warriors, so they do not lose it in battle.

(At Level 5)
The Secret Cave - User must choose to enter the Cave or not.
User can gain Gold or lose Experience.

(At Level 6)
The Demon's Hideaway - User must choose from 3 colors that the Demon changes his eyes to. If correct, the User will become INVINCIBLE in battle for the remainder of their stay that day!

(At Level 7)
The Cold Land - User has access to ANY CLE files that have been installed into the game. CLE files are installed via the CLE.DAT file in the main Meldon directory. CLE files are kept in the CLE subdirectory off of Meldon. SEE CLE.DOC for more information on CLE files.

***** FUTURE ENHANCEMENT *****
 
CLE Language ***** FUTURE ENHANCEMENT *****

Meldon also features a special language that anyone can write in a basic TEXT file. These files are called CLE's. CLE stands
for Cold Land Experiences. CLE's work in conjunction with AOP #6, The Cold Land.

See CLE.DOC for information about creating your own CLE files!
Usage Log As an option, we provide you with the ability to log every player to a text file. IF you enter Y in the CFG file to log callers, the Door will place the caller's name as well as the ON and OFF times each time a caller selects the Door. A separate file will be created for each Node and the name of the file will be USAGEx, where x is the Node number.

You may delete these files at any time and the Door will recreate them the next time a caller enters the Door. If you do NOT want to continue logging callers, change the CFG file entry to N.
Adopt-A-Door The concept, ADOPT-A-DOOR, allows a caller to register (ADOPT) a door. It would be the same as sending in a donation, only this way it is earmarked for registering a particular door. In a way, the user feels he/she is "getting something in return". As a Door author I have decided to build this concept into each of my Door programs. The concept replaces the usual message "tell the Sysop to register this Door" we find in most
doors.

If the Door is unregistered then a message appears on the opening screen to that effect. After finishing or suspending a game, a message screen is displayed about the ADOPT-A-DOOR concept. The message also tells the caller to contact the Sysop to find out if there is any further details to the ADOPT-A-DOOR concept. Some Sysops give extra D/L time, online time, etc to callers that ADOPT-A-DOOR.

If the Door has been registered, either by the Sysop or other callers, the names of those contributors will be displayed in the closing screen.

NOTE: If you want to display the names of the callers that contributed to registering the Door, you must create an ASCII file called ADOPT.SYS. You create it with an ASCII text editor. Enter the names of the contributors (one on each line, maximum of 5 entries, each a maximum of 30 characters long). This file must be saved, in ASCII format, and placed in the Door directory.
Legalities THIS SOFTWARE AND ACCOMPANYING MATERIALS ARE DISTRIBUTED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY, EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. IN NO EVENT SHALL ANYONE INVOLVED WITH THE CREATION AND PRODUCTION OF THIS PRODUCT BE LIABLE FOR INDIRECT, SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, ARISING OUT OF ANY USE THEREOF OR BREACH OF ANY WARRANTY.
Distribution You may make this file available for downloading from your BBS or you may upload it to any BBS or WEB site of your choice, provided that you do not make any changes to the contents of the archive (ZIP/EXE file). The archive and its individual contents may not be used by any service that charges any money whatsoever, without the written permission of the author.
Registration Registration and the subsequent insertion of the registration number into your configuration file, allows for the display of your BBS name on the opening and closing screen as well as the reduction of a delay built into the opening screen display along with the ability to change certain values in the configuration file.

Once a door is registered, any changes to registration information (Sysop name or BBS Name) will require the doors to be re-registered at the registration fee in effect at that time.

Be sure to use the proper upper/lower case when filling in your name and BBS name, as they MUST match the way you entered them in the configuration file.
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