Akalabeth Scans

I mentioned in a post a few days back that I’d finally picked up a copy of Akalabeth in the last couple of months. I was asked if I’d be doing any pictures so I’ve added a pdf of the manual + the disk (which is all I’ve got) and they can be downloaded from here.

There are a few versions of Akalabeth and this is the last of them. The manual for this may be short but the first California Pacific version had half as many pages. None of them were ever released in a box as these came out back in the days when everything came in zip-lock bag’s. The huge Ultima 2 box must have stood out when it hit the shelves a year or two later.

The version that everyone really wants, of course, is one of the copies that Richard Garriott originally made himself before it was published by California Pacific. There are a few of them around still but there is no way I’m ever going to own one. The amount I paid for this was frankly silly, but I’m sure it would be dwarfed if an original Akalabeth ever hits Ebay. I’m happy with this anyway, and I’m definitely not making a habit of spending this sort of money on a game.

2 thoughts on “Akalabeth Scans

  1. Very nice. I don’t think I had ever seen that Denis Loubet cover artwork before.

    You really have to get a dump of this to the SPS folks – who knows how many of these still exist? If you don’t have the proper drive, some of their guys in the UK will certainly be willing to help.

    • There are probably more copies than you think. This was the second I’d seen up for sale within a couple of weeks. You are right though, I should get an image done and will give it a go tonight.

      I’ve not actually tried the disk yet so I’ve no idea if it still works or not. Given the size of the game, I’m assuming it’s only single sided so I should be able to image it with the Kryoflux. It’s only flippy disks that I have a problem with. There isn’t any easy solution to reading those that I’m aware of, which doesn’t involve damaging the original disks.

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