More on Avalon Hill Computer Games on Heath/Zenith platforms

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I had some time to further test Telengard (which I discussed here the other day), B-1 Nuclear Bomber, Computer Football Strategy, and Computer Stocks & Bonds, which, as far as I can tell, and seems to be confirmed by the "Heath/Zenith Games" insert included with all of these boxed games, were the only H-8 H/Z-89 Z-90 H/Z-100 ports from Avalon Hill. As was stated, these games require CP/M-85 and MBASIC to work on my Z-100, which is an all-in-one model. They're all single density disks. All of the games worked, and I was able to make backups of each, though some disks did have errors, which as far as I can tell did not affect running the games or were necessarily present in the copies. It probably helps that these were more or less one or two program BASIC files.

One thing I should point out is that Avalon Hill games are notorious for having catalogs and manuals with staples that become rusty, even when the box is sealed. That was present in my sealed copies. I put any of the documentation with rusty staples in their own zip loc bags for safety, so hopefully that will solve that particular issue going forward.

Of the four games, the only game with multi-platform instructions that specifically mentioned and included the Heath/Zenith platform(s) was Computer Stocks and Bonds, otherwise, every other game just included the aforementioned insert, with the previously mentioned incorrect instructions for running Telengard. So, outside of Computer Stocks & Bonds, you basically had to use the generic instructions for keyboard commands and otherwise wing it.

On a side note, Avalon Hill specialized in supporting many, many platforms with single games right up to the mid-80s through a combination of games written in BASIC and the use of cassette tapes, the former making ports easy and the latter allowing multi-platforms on each side of the tape (six or more platforms on one tape was not uncommon). Naturally, with a disk, at best you could have two formats, one on each side, but all of these Heath/Zenith-based games just had the one platform. In looking at the instructions for B-1 Nuclear Bomber, which again, didn't even mention the Heath/Zenith version it was included with, the game was on Atari 8-bit, Apple II, C-64, TI-99/4 and 4a, TRS-80 Model I/III, IBM PC, and Timex/Sinclair (oddly enough, no PET or Vic-20, which were two Avalon Hill favorites). Every version was assumed on the same tape except for the IBM PC version, which mentioned being on a disk.

The Heath/Zenith versions of these games are mostly unremarkable, with rudimentary text-based graphics, with the occasional line or symbols that vaguely represented what they were intended to be. Crude, but functional, and again, the only CP/M support that I know of that Avalon Hill ever directly provided.

Here are some rough photos of the screens for each of the games just to give you an idea of what I'm talking about:

Computer Stocks & Bonds:
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B-1 Nuclear Bomber:
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Computer Football Strategy:
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Telengard:
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I have several thousand boxed games in my collection, and Avalon Hill (like SSI) has always been a favorite component because of the bookshelf-style boxes. Here's my present boxed holdings of Avalon Hill items:

Advanced Civilization - PC DOS
Andromeda Conquest - PC DOS
B-1 Nuclear Bomber - Heath/Zenith Z-90 H/Z-100
B-1 Nuclear Bomber - PET, TRS-80 Level II, Apple II
B-1 Nuclear Bomber - PET, TRS-80 Level II, Apple II
Bomber Attack (Arcade Pak #3) - PET, Apple II, Atari 8-bit
Breakthru - CoCo, TDP-S100
Breakthru - CoCo, TDP-S100
By Fire & Sword (By Fire and Sword) - PC DOS
Clear for Action - Atari 8-bit
Clear for Action - TRS-80, Atari 8-bit
Close Assault - Apple II
Combots - C-64
Computer Acquire - PET, TRS-80 Level II, Apple II
Computer Baseball Strategy (Sports Illustrated) - TRS-80, Apple II, Atari 8-bit
Computer Diplomacy - TRS-80 I/III
Computer Diplomacy - TRS-80 I/III
Computer Facts in Five - Atari 8-bit
Computer Football Strategy (Sports Illustrated) - Heath/Zenith Z-90 H/Z-100
Computer Football Strategy (Sports Illustrated?) - TRS-80 I/III, Atari 8-bit, C-64
Computer Major League Baseball - TRS-80 Level II
Computer Stocks & Bonds (Stocks and Bonds) - Heath/Zenith Z-90 H/Z-100
Computer Stocks & Bonds (Stocks and Bonds) - PC DOS
Computer Stocks & Bonds (Stocks and Bonds) - TRS-80 I/III, Apple II, Atari 8-bit
Conflict 2500 (Computer) - TRS-80 I/III, Apple II, Atari 8-bit
Darkhorn - Apple II, C-64
Dnieper River Line - TRS-80 I/III, Apple II, Atari 8-bit
Draw Poker (casino, cards) [Five Card Draw Poker Arcade Pak #2] - PC DOS
Draw Poker (casino, cards) [Five Card Draw Poker Arcade Pak #2] - PET, TRS-80 Level II, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, C-64
Dreadnoughts - C-64
Empire of the Over-Mind (Overmind) (blue version) - TRS-80 Level II, Apple II, Atari 8-bit
Empire of the Over-Mind (Overmind) (red version) - TRS-80 Level II, Apple II, Atari 8-bit
Flying Ace - Atari 8-bit
Foreign Exchange (Computer) - TRS-80 Level II
Fortress of the Witch King - Apple II
Fredericksburg - TRS-80 I/III
Free Trader - Apple II, Atari 8-bit
G.F.S. Sorceress - TRS-80 I/III
G.F.S. Sorceress - TRS-80 I/III, Apple II, Atari 8-bit
Galaxy - TI-99/4A, TRS-80 I/III/IV, Atari 8-bit, C-64
Galaxy - TRS-80 I/III, Apple II, Atari 8-bit
Gryphon - C-64
Guderian - Atari 8-bit, C-64
Gulf Strike - Atari 8-bit, C-64
Guns of Fort Defiance - TRS-80 I/III
Guns of Fort Defiance - TRS-80 I/III, Apple II, Atari 8-bit
Guns of Fort Defiance - TRS-80 I/III, Apple II, Atari 8-bit
Gypsy - Atari 8-bit
History of the World - PC Windows
Jupiter Mission 1999 - Atari 8-bit
Jupiter Mission 1999 - C-64
Knockout (boxing) - Atari 8-bit
Legends of the Lost Realm - Macintosh
Legionnaire - Atari 8-bit
London Blitz - C-64
Lords of Karma - TRS-80 I/III, Apple II, Atari 8-bit
Mac Pro Football - Macintosh
Maxwell Manor - Atari 8-bit, C-64
Midway Campaign - PET, TRS-80 Level II, Apple II
Midway Campaign - TRS-80 I/III, Apple II, Atari 8-bit
Mission on Thunderhead - Atari 8-bit, C-64
Moon Patrol (Arcade Pak #7) - Atari 8-bit
North Atlantic Convoy Raider - Atari 8-bit
Nukewar - TRS-80 I/III, Apple II, Atari 8-bit
Panzer-Jagd (Panzer Jagd) - C-64
Panzers East! (Panzer's East!) - C-64
Panzers East! (Panzer's East!) - TRS-80 I/III/4, CoCo, C-64
Paris in Danger - Atari 8-bit
Parthian Kings - Apple II
Planet Miners - PET, TRS-80 Level II, Apple II
Pro Manager (Sports Illustrated, Game of Major League Baseball) - PC DOS
Quest of the Space Beagle - Atari 8-bit
Ripper! - C-64
Roadracer Bowler - Arcade Pak #4 (racing, bowling) - PET, Atari 8-bit
S.C.I.M.M.A.R.'s (SCIMMAR'S) - Apple II
Shootout at the OK Galaxy (Arcade Pak #1) - VIC 20, Atari 8-bit
Space Station Zulu - Atari 8-bit
Spitfire 40 - Atari ST
Sports Illustrated Computer Title Bout (boxing) - Atari 8-bit, C-64
Super Sunday (football) - C-64
T.A.C. - Tactical Armor Command (TAC) - Apple II
T.A.C. - Tactical Armor Command (TAC) - Atari 8-bit
T.G.I.F. - Atari 8-bit, C-64
Tank Arkade (Arcade Pak #5) - PET, TRS-80 I/III, Atari 8-bit, VIC 20
Tanktics - PET, TRS-80 I/III, Apple II, Atari 8-bit
Telengard - C-64
Telengard - Heath/Zenith Z-90 H/Z-100
Telengard - PET, TRS-80 I/III, Atari 8-bit, C-64
Telengard - TRS-80, Apple II
The Alien - Apple II
The Controller - Atari 8-bit
Tsushima - C-64
Under Fire! (Ralph Bosson's) (with Extended Capabilities Disks 1 and 2, and Map Maker) - Apple II
VC - Atari 8-bit
VC - TRS-80 Model I/III
Vorrak - Atari 8-bit
Voyager I - PET, TRS-80 I/III, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, CoCo
Wooden Ships & Iron Men - C-64