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bfogel
11-18-2008, 01:25 AM
I'm starting this to act as a little history area(for those that have an interest) about the road that led to SHIII and IV as we know and love them today. Of course, better is always ...well...better! So keep those patches and mods coming!
I started by finding an SH trial game version online back about 1995 or 96. I was just "Silent Hunter" in those days, who knew? I had been mucking about with "Wolf Pack" and "Silent Service II" with only a mild addiction. WP wouldn't play any sounds and as I knew they were there, it was low on fun factor. SSII was, for it's day pretty good and the "gourad shaded" ships actually looked much better than AOD (couldn't afford it then + my PC prob wouldn't have run it right anyway), although they would sink straight down when you killed them. There was smoke and some basic effects, but one look at Silent Hunter and I was lost!
Played that darn demo at least 25 times, but lots of stuff in the demo didn't work, like the deck gun and other features, but it sure gave you the taste. I still play Silent Hunter (1) quite often as my Brother in law made the necessary adjustments to get it running under WinXP Pro on my TC1100 Tablet Computer and my Gateway Profile 4 all in one that sits on the peninsula next to the micro wave for girly (I have 3) stuff-n-things mostly, or quick look ups during morning coffee, weather and often late at night, where the noise of the keys and mouse clicks won't disturb the Very Lovely Missus, for stalking and destroying IJN units and their Merchant fleets, rescuing downed pilots, performing stealthy photo recons and generally wreaking havoc all over the Pacific Theater of operations from the Aleutians to the coast of Australia, and from Pearl to the Yellow Sea!
The graphics card in the P4 and the tablet will not handle SHIII or IV, although I have IV on the tablet now but only for building custom missions. It will load up to the first instant of motion and then lock up and crash the game. The tablet did handle SHII and the Pacific Aces mod to convert it USN in the PTO,(Pacific Theater of Operations) but I haven't reinstalled it since a recent HDD upgrade to 120Gb.
Here is a pic of some historical sub stuff with some more recognizable issues.

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0796.jpg

I thought the old sea chest I am restoring would be a fitting display place.

Here's some more:

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0797.jpg

And these are "Floppy Discs".... go ahead.... you can say it too! They were HUGE, holding ...like ...1.44 Megah Byhhtt-ss!!! PER DISC!!! (audience murmurs in awe!)

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0799.jpg

Here is the Silent Hunter, Commanders Edition! It had all the patches, extra patrol zones, historic missions and more neat stuff!

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0797.jpg

Well, that's all for tonight mates, as it took awhile to stage all this, get the pics and upload to Photo bucket. It's about 2:30 AM here in Missouri, so I'll get more up soon!

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0785.jpg

bfogel
11-18-2008, 01:38 AM
Alright!
I just reread this and I can't very well toddle off to the Very Lovely Missus F without at least putting some "actual" Silent Hunter Screen shots up here, now can I???
So here's a few. They are digital stills as SH didn't provide for "screenshots", hey who knew? Algore hadn't really gotten his new fangled World Wide Web thingy available to everyone when SH went into it's design and construction. He must have been tied up with being the model for "Love Story" still... or whatever.

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0792.jpg

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0780.jpg

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0773.jpg

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0774.jpg

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0775.jpg

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0776.jpg

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0777.jpg

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0778.jpg

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0779.jpg

Pop quiz soon! Later People!

bfogel
11-18-2008, 02:12 AM
Any one that has more to add .... DO IT!
Did you start off with AOD, Silent Service, or what?
I'll try to get some AOD and SSII stuff reinstalled and photographed soon.

bfogel
11-18-2008, 02:22 AM
Last one for this morning!
Killed this Tin Can at way too close a range!

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0817.jpg

Then, as we were at less than periscope due to shallows, we blew all the tanks dry and got the flank out of there before more IJN or aircraft showed up.

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0819.jpg

This Cruiser started spittin shells our way and did manage to knock out one of our electric motors, she'll need a dry dock to fix it.

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0823.jpg

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0822.jpg

Thats it for tonight, really!

Messervy
11-18-2008, 05:01 AM
Ahhhhh....Nostalgia.
Great stuff http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Celeon999
11-18-2008, 05:33 AM
Inspired by the pics, Celeon decided to take a look into his archives http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif


http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/3343/silentku2.jpg

Realjambo
11-18-2008, 10:57 AM
Great Thread and photo's everyone! Does indeed take me back http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Floppy disks! Aaggh! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

bfogel
11-18-2008, 11:31 PM
Ok here are more screens from Silent Hunter!

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0790.jpg

1MC choices when submerged

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0804.jpg

Setting depth for my Mark 14s, I figure this early in the war they can run 8 to 12 feet deep and so I'm shooting shallow a touch here at this embarrassment of IJN targets!

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0810.jpg

ID Book comparison

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0809.jpg

Torpedos running! #3 already prematured, crap!

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0811.jpg

bfogel
11-18-2008, 11:39 PM
Hey, I forgot to say in the last post that when you take damage, your boat can shake some as seen here in the top pic.
This was simulated damage of course, I wouldn't ever intentionally hazard my boat! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0790.jpg

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0791.jpg

Narwahl, yeah, we got that!
http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0839.jpg

More?
http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0842.jpg

Closer?
http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0844.jpg

More funstuff later Captains!

bfogel
11-18-2008, 11:43 PM
Originally posted by Celeon999:
Inspired by the pics, Celeon decided to take a look into his archives http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif


http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/3343/silentku2.jpg

Do they still load??? or do you have a machine that will even handle them?

Celeon999
11-19-2008, 01:06 AM
As Celeon is living in big faraday cage, the old floppy disks are quite good protected from many sources of electromagnetism. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif


Both disk still work flawlessly and i could install and run the game utilizing a emulator. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Left side is my floppy drive

http://img508.imageshack.us/img508/7741/silent1nc6.jpg

Celeon999
11-19-2008, 07:28 AM
Update : Installed Silent Service 2 and got it running http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif


Photos were taken with my camera as i cant take screenshots while running the emulator.


Remember the old copy protection method ?

Sadly i dont have the handbook anymore http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Im sure it must be a japanese ship because of that bridge tower.

http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/7449/silent001tb8.jpg

http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/6210/silent002oe6.jpg

http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/3388/silent003qi3.jpg

http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/342/silent004zv1.jpg

http://img223.imageshack.us/img223/5198/silent005gc2.jpg

bfogel
11-20-2008, 02:01 PM
The manual says it's a BB Batleship, Fuso Class
Maybe I could scan the manual 4 ya

Heinrich505
11-22-2008, 12:29 PM
Wow, what a trip down memory lane. I loved the photos. Amazing stuff this was. Having grown up playing Avalon Hill type games, moving cardboard submarines around on a giant sea map and maneuvering around to fire cardboard torpedoes, this magical computer stuff stunned me into amazement.

I spent hours tearing up the IJN in a PT boat, provided by Spectrum Holobytes' game "PT 109." It was an amazing simulation (to me!) at the time. If I recall, you were also able to sink the occasional Japanese submarine.

I especially liked the one screen shot where you could EXIT TO DOS. Yep, I sure did that a lot. In fact, my first computer, a Tandy, did not have a hard drive, and I had to load DOS every time I booted up, before I could play games.

As my system got better, AOD was the one I spent the most time with. Well, that and the Aces Series in the air. I was squinting through that periscope, figuring out target solutions, and watching as the torpedoes ran true.

SHIII was the one that really did it for me, but I had to wait about 2 years before I could even afford a computer that would run it. So, I started out behind the curve on it. All you guys were way ahead of me, by years.

Great thread. Please keep the pictures and commentary coming.

Heinrich505

Capt.Thomsen
11-29-2008, 09:04 PM
I never played Silent Hunter 1, but I have playes SSII. One little way to get around the copy protection is to study the ship ID book in game, I had the same problem with a missing manual, but all the ships are from that book. I loved cruising in the narwhal boats. One little flaw was that it was possible to beat a destroyer in a gunfight on the easier settings. Apart from that, a great game.

Celeon999
11-30-2008, 04:35 AM
Originally posted by bfogel:
The manual says it's a BB Batleship, Fuso Class
Maybe I could scan the manual 4 ya


Thats not necessary, thanks. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Im not planning to play it.


Inspired by the nostalgia, ive dug out my old Silent Hunter 2 box. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif


http://img529.imageshack.us/img529/3466/img0911rn4.jpg


Erich Topp of U-552 was technical advisor for the game http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

The "U-522" on the box was a typo. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

http://img529.imageshack.us/img529/892/img0912oo6.jpg

bfogel
12-01-2008, 12:46 PM
Originally posted by Heinrich505:
Wow, what a trip down memory lane. I loved the photos. Amazing stuff this was. Having grown up playing Avalon Hill type games, moving cardboard submarines around on a giant sea map and maneuvering around to fire cardboard torpedoes, this magical computer stuff stunned me into amazement.

I spent hours tearing up the IJN in a PT boat, provided by Spectrum Holobytes' game "PT 109." It was an amazing simulation (to me!) at the time. If I recall, you were also able to sink the occasional Japanese submarine.

I especially liked the one screen shot where you could EXIT TO DOS. Yep, I sure did that a lot. In fact, my first computer, a Tandy, did not have a hard drive, and I had to load DOS every time I booted up, before I could play games.

As my system got better, AOD was the one I spent the most time with. Well, that and the Aces Series in the air. I was squinting through that periscope, figuring out target solutions, and watching as the torpedoes ran true.

SHIII was the one that really did it for me, but I had to wait about 2 years before I could even afford a computer that would run it. So, I started out behind the curve on it. All you guys were way ahead of me, by years.

Great thread. Please keep the pictures and commentary coming.

Heinrich505
So, Heinrich505, what about the AOD pics or the box and related stuff..... WHAT???? GONE???? How could you?
Seriously, throw a pic up if you have any of the old stuff around.
I never had AOD, but my brother in law had it up on his before a hard drive wipe. I think he ran it in a DOS box or some kind of emulator, I'll ask.
I'll see if he can get it up on the "old gamer" a Dell Dimension XPS D333, Win98, 2X IDE CD/DVD ROM, and get some screenies for the thread. I keep it for my 5 y.o. to run some old educational kids software on, (no fighting with sisters for the "Family PC" in the kitchen) Silent Hunter (1) and a few other old DOS
Interesting note: Just pulled and looking at the invoice on the old Dell from 4/11/1998, and thinking how much more computer I could buy today for that price in unadjusted dollars.
She went new for $2990.27, so today that would be what, about $5000.00 in 2008 dollars? But , hey, it came with 64 megs of RAM, 8.4 Gig HDD, and a floppy drive. Seems like I was making A LOT MORE money back then, too. Shiznit!
Anyway,
Our mutual and ongoing interest is the force that drives patches and new developments, even SH5!
Later Submariners!

bfogel
12-01-2008, 01:00 PM
Hey Celeon999, There's the SH II stuff!
I have it up on the "Old Gamer" Win98 Dell, but can't find the box-n-stuff!
Thanks for the post!
Is it me, or doesn't it seem like just the other year ago that we were all breathless and waiting for the dev team pics to load so we could just imagine ourselves stalking those other guys across the cold Atlantic? Going from site to site to see if everybody had the same pics (they did ... of course) or maybe a few new ones! Trying to figure how to upgrade the PC or afford a new one that would handle the game with ease.
"Well, Honey, you know... we've had this "old" computer for what...7 months now, we REALLY NEED to upgrade to something a little more modern... Honey? We can always get a new car next year! Besides, I need this for.... work!"
Tracking convoys, weathering depth charge attacks, etc, that's work! Right?
Ahh, those weren't the days!
SH III on my 256MB Nvidia 8600, now these are the days!
Later Submariners!

uniquewave
12-01-2008, 03:52 PM
Oh I remember AoD. I started out on that when I was like 3 or 4 years old. Seriously, my dad would leave me the Dos Command to start it and I would play it while he was at work. Somehow I actually knew what I was doing. Then once windows 98 came out and I couldn't get AoD to work I Found SH2. Got SH3 once it came out and have been playing on and off since. These have always been my favorite games literally since I could walk. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif AoD had a really nice spiral bound Manual with hundreds and hundreds of pages. The pictures and stories in it are very interesting. No games are made like that anymore. Even our beloved SH3 only has a little cheesy book that is not really useful.

jmanwell
12-03-2008, 02:23 AM
Well, I feel I should add some shots of some of the old sub games I have. Some of these pics are taken with my digital camera some are screenshots that the game allows. I think in order to make it a little easier I'll make several posts and include different games in each post. I'll start off with a game I picked up at used game store for $1.99. Tom Clancy SSN starts out with (of course) Tom Clancy.

http://i33.tinypic.com/hs0ton.jpg

After he talks about some stuff and they show some pics of different nuke subs, you get the title.

http://i36.tinypic.com/m81csx.jpg

Then the main menu.

http://i34.tinypic.com/vhf4vb.jpg

You get your first mission (which I've never completed because I don't have the book that tells how to actually play the game. You don't get much for $1.99).

http://i33.tinypic.com/2aikeu8.jpg

Here is the first ingame shot.

http://i34.tinypic.com/30k3xg6.jpg

Surfacing.

http://i34.tinypic.com/33kbzew.jpg

That's all for now for Tom Clancy's SSN. Stay tune for some screenshots from Silent Hunter 2, Jane's 688I, and Wolfpack.

bfogel
12-05-2008, 12:06 AM
Originally posted by Capt.Thomsen:
I never played Silent Hunter 1, but I have playes SSII. One little way to get around the copy protection is to study the ship ID book in game, I had the same problem with a missing manual, but all the ships are from that book. I loved cruising in the narwhal boats. One little flaw was that it was possible to beat a destroyer in a gunfight on the easier settings. Apart from that, a great game.
As a Bud from Wausau, Wisconsin used to say, "You got that right!" The Narwhal guns were 8" I think, that's like the naval rifles in the main battery for a cruiser! A Tin Can (DD) skipper would sure need a lot of guts to go up against that kind of fire power, and he probably wouldn't have the guts or the Tin Can for long!
The Narwhal class was built as an American version of the big German cargo subs from the earlier decades that were trading with us (US) before we entered the war. Like them, they had some external torp tubes and other unique features. A little under powered at the start of the war, they got some new motors and other mods, did lots of unusual duty and ought to be in SH4 as well!

jmanwell
12-05-2008, 12:19 PM
[Quote:
Originally posted by bfogel
As a Bud from Wausau, Wisconsin used to say, "You got that right!" The Narwhal guns were 8" I think]

I believe the guns on the Narwhal class were 6". These guns could still do a lot of damage to any ship out there especially if the sub got into position to fire both guns on the same target. I do share your feelings that the Narwhal should be in SH4 and it is a real shame they left it out.

bfogel
12-19-2008, 10:31 PM
Well, jmanwell has got it right!
I just looked back at my own pic (reposted below) which clearly shows that the Narwhal Class did indeed sport 6" guns. Assuming that we can believe our old game. Actually it is correct.
I'll post some actual pics I found that show the real deal with some crew for scale, these are BIG Guns!
http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0839.jpg

Also, thanks for the great older game shots as well. We're all waiting for some more from Wolfpack especially.

Here are som additional Silent Hunter screens as promised.

First, we see the Captains Cabin. You could click on the bulkhead hatch in the Control room and it swings open, then you find yourself in the Captains cabin ...

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0827.jpg

where you will see my pic with the wife and 3 daughters, (Hey, my 5yr old believes!) also the calender and desk. A click takes you to ...

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0828.jpg

the calender which shows all the correct information and times. Then you can check out the desk ..

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0824.jpg

where you can see the log ...

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0825.jpg

and ...

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0826.jpg

turn the pages. There is a radio log and ship ID book as well.

More in a minute!

bfogel
12-19-2008, 10:58 PM
OK, so back with more for all youse-guyses or girlses too as the case may be.
So, here we go with Control room. Scope up...
http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0829.jpg

and, scope down!

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0830.jpg

In the Conn you can click to go to several other stations by clicking on them. Here's the gauge set up. One great feature was the ability to control the planes directly, rather than setting a specific depth. I've also enabled the depth below the keel gauge (realism settings)or you would not see it here at all.

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0833.jpg

Here we see Torpedo loadout and reload status, times, and a brief torp description. This boat is on her way back home with no torps left.

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0831.jpg

Here is the Narwahl. Good ole Mark 10's loaded. Many a Skipper would rather have had these in the early days of the war when Mark 14's were so totally unreliable. Doubtless some good men would have lived that didn't too.

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0840.jpg

Here is the scope in navigation mode ....

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0813.jpg

and in torp mode. Torp details were ckick adjustable from here and different info on setting, depth, gyro angles etc is available as well.

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0816.jpg

and TBT Target Bearing Transmitter on the bridge.

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0823.jpg

And the TDC in the Conn.

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0810.jpg

Mo Better stuff coming soon! Custom missions, the live footage movies with narration by Bud Grunner himself, the sub tour and lots more!
Stay tuned!
Blaine
I still get a lot of play from SH (1) so happy to answer any questions.
Blaine

bfogel
12-26-2008, 07:04 PM
Well, back again with some more Silent Hunter stuff and this will finish up the original SH stuff,mostly, I think.
The game included several videos narrated by Bud Gruner himself, which is kind of neat to hear and see some of the tactics, stories and so on that he tells as well as a sub tour.
The tour shows the cutaway of the boat

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0854.jpg

or the exterior, shown here with a feature highlighted, which opens the related picture of that area and plays a sound track with narration. Not bad for those old days!

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0855.jpg

and in the cutaway view you see interior shots, the first view for many that only saw real fleetboat interiors in the movies.

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0857.jpg

The video library has some great still and full motion stuff ...

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0853.jpg

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0852.jpg

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0851.jpg

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0850.jpg

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0849.jpg

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0847.jpg

and many more.

There were also the beginnings of other features we still see in the newest additions to the franchise, SH4 like:
Historic Missions

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0836.jpg

Special Missions

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0837.jpg

Convoy Encounter

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0838.jpg

and you could choose your boat

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x305/bfogel/DSCN0839.jpg

So, all in all it was and still is a great game with a lot of playability. The great thing for me is that it travels and plays well on my tablet PC running WinXP Pro, so I can play it almost anywhere if boredom threatens or while I'm stuck someplace.
Next, we will be checking out Aces of the Deep, Command edition which I just found and bought!
The tech team here at "How it all began .... not so long ago" thread promises to get it up and going upon arrival!
Yes, readers, this thread HAS a tech team!
Send any questions you have and if we don't have the answer .....we'll make up something that sounds so good we'll both believe it!
Satisfaction guaranteed or your next 5 questions are absolutely FREE!

Heinrich505
12-26-2008, 07:40 PM
bfogel,
This is a great thread. I love looking back on this stuff. All this computer stuff was so amazing when it first came out. I am still looking for my Aces of the Deep floppies, but all I could find was my Aces of the Deep Hints book. It has to be somewhere....I never throw things out, ha hah.

Please keep up your postings. I especially enjoy the screen shots, as they bring back really fine memories.

Heinrich505

bfogel
01-01-2009, 10:57 AM
Heinrich505, good to hear from you!
Actually I have thought of a few more screens that ought to be up here for a well rounded look.
The career recap that shows the awards and medals, the newspaper shots that show certain headlines when you are lost at sea, captured or the war ends.
There is the "Abandon ship" choice in the 1MC menu but in all the years I have played, I never used it. I'll have to "simulate" a badly damaged boat and try out the option to see what actually happens. Anyone out there ever do it?
My guess is that you will be rescued and interned by the friendly and hospitable IJN. You could even get to help build a bridge like the movie "The Bridge on the River Kwai" which of course is a hopeless and thoroughly 'orrible and misleading account of the actual and horrific events surrounding the work to bridge the Mae Klong river. Writer Boulle thought that Kwai made for a better sounding name.
Wikipedia says:
The largely fictitious film plot is based on the building in 1943 of one of the railway bridges over the Mae Klong"”renamed Khwae Yai in the 1960s"”at a place called Tha Ma Kham, five kilometers from the Thai town of Kanchanaburi. This was part of a project to link existing Thai and Burmese railway lines to create a route from Bangkok, Thailand, to Rangoon, Burma, to support the Japanese occupation of Burma. About a hundred thousand conscripted Asian labourers and 40,000 prisoners of war died on the whole project.
World War .... what a bee-otch! Lets try to avoid that in future!
Any way, I'll fire up the game, the camera and so on and get this stuff up in the next few days!
jmanwell will get up some more pics of some of the other old dos based games as well we hope!
I have AOD Command edition enroute and will explore it in the coming weeks too.
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bfogel
01-19-2009, 12:50 PM
News!
AOD has arrived, been installed on the "old Gamer" (newbies will have to read back a lil) and is up and running with help from jmanwell. Thanks jmanwell! (actually head of our 'how it all began ... not so long ago' thread tech staff!)
Included were all the manuals and printed stuff, and looking near new too!
Watch for updates!

Celeon999
01-19-2009, 01:47 PM
The good ol days http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Another sub game i loved was Red Storm Rising.

Played it on the C-64 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

The cool intro of the C-64 version (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nvQZdWmOiQ)

bfogel
01-26-2009, 10:42 PM
Nice intro vid, sure takes me back to the style of those times.
I never played the game, but I had heard about it and seen it played before, about 1994.
Can you get any game play screens up?

Celeon999
01-27-2009, 02:17 AM
Ive found some using google. They are from different platforms though (C-64, Amiga, PC)

I cant take any of my own while running the C-64 emulator. Nothing except the print key method works but the screenshots are somehow messed up then.

http://www.classicamiga.com/images/stories/jreviews/games/R/RedStormRising_004.png

http://media.giantbomb.com/uploads/0/9350/459219-rsrpc3_screen_large.jpg

http://www.abandonia.com/files/games/4858/Red%20Storm%20Rising_4.png

When you hit a submarine or surface vessel , this animation was played. The rest of the game action took solely place on a situation map just like in a real submarine.

http://www.ellosnuncaloharian.com/imagenes/pantallas/big/RST_3.png

Heinrich505
01-27-2009, 03:43 PM
Celeon999,
Oh yes, I remember many hours spent on this game. The intro really brought me back. I remember wire-guiding my MK 48s right into the enemy subs, and watching them break apart in the cut screen where the torpedo hit. Yeah baby, Los Angeles Class. Nice pictures.

Heinrich505

horseman1985
02-11-2009, 12:10 AM
ahhh, the good ole C-64 and for some of you "youngin's" who don't know thats a whopping 64Kilobytes of RAM which was my first comp way back then I had Red Storm Rising, Silent Service, Gunship, F-15 Strike Eagle, a little known one called Project:Stealth Fighter based on the Testor's F-19 Stealth model surprisingly enough, that was before the F-117 was even acknowledged to exist Red Storm was a major hit for us on the Ohio http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Wasatch.
02-11-2009, 05:48 PM
The level of detail present in SH1 that is not present in SH4, and to a lesser extent SH3, makes me weep.

MWolfe1963
02-19-2009, 12:21 PM
Brings it all back. I can remember playing Silent Service on a Tandy. I was a big shot then, because I had a CD Rom.

I still have the book. Back then they did give you one heck of a manual.

Then old "Harpoon" I loved the sub aspects of that game.

Jamsac
02-22-2009, 09:45 PM
SH1 was the first game I rented from the video store when I got a computer that had a CDrom, and had to buy it. Intel 386-66 with 1 meg of ram and 20 meg HD. It was an astonishing game for it's time and still holds it's own. Still have the game, don't play it as stated in another post, got tired of dual booting and could never get the programming deal to work. Next sub game I got Sub Command in 2001. Never got SH2 as I heard it was crap, but bugged the game store guy tirelessly when I heard SHIII was coming out. SH1 was my first Cd, at the time I was still installing DOS 5.2 and Windows 3.22 on floppies. My newest computer I never bothered to include a floppy drive, though I have a couple in my computer stuff drawer.
Those shots bring back hours of fond memories.

James

bfogel
03-17-2009, 08:15 AM
There are some simple instructions that will get SH(1) up and running under WinXP.
I'll try to get our "How it all began ...not so long ago" thread official,"Tech Guy" to post the "destructions" here in the next few days!
It will run under almost any main board video card, 32Mb on my "Old Gamer" (see page one)handles it just fine. I was going to challenge him to get it going under WinCE on an old hand held Sharp PDA, an HC4600, just because it's there, and just because he seems able to install anything on anything.... so far.
But don't mention it to him, I want to make it a surprise!
In other news, We (me and Tech Guy) just became the most recent to pay a visit to the old U 505, type IX boat on display in Chicago at the Museum of Science and Industry. Pics and Video will post soon, probably on a different thread.
What a display! I last saw her when she was outside back in '77. They have done a great job!
Say, who would we have to talk to to obtain the right to redistribute the game on a small scale for a buck or two?
Any interest?

jmanwell
03-19-2009, 03:58 AM
If anyone wants to play Silent Hunter under WinXP, all one has to do is follow the instructions at the following site.

http://www.subsowespac.org/sh_...ilent_hunterxp.shtml (http://www.subsowespac.org/sh_xp/silent_hunterxp.shtml)

The instructions are clearly written with screenshots of the steps to take. One problem with this though. I have been able to get this to work under Windows XP with SP1,2, and 3 installed; however if your graphics card is fairly new, it will work but you will have psychedelic colors in the game. I guess the new cards can't create the color scheme used in DOS games.

bfogel
03-22-2009, 01:20 PM
If anyone wants to do this, I can offer copies of the files/folders already set up. They work and will save some time.
You can just copy them into your machine and make a few clicks, etc ... voila!
(WinXP)