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Scan of part of my program textbook

If you guessed the next two words were "are dead" - you were close, but foiled by my sense of literary variation (thanks for that go Mr. Lytle, the English master.)

Scan of part of my program textbook

More evidence of hasty coding - this code branch is actually hit if the user chooses East, yet the text says South.

Scan of part of my program textbook

Not having the key appears to have a rather strange causal relationship on the sturdiness of the door handle. Off to the dreaded line 70 again.

Scan of part of my program textbook

Ah, sunlight! For those not familiar with the term, a "fluky plonka" is a very lucky person. This characterisation appears to be recognition on my part of the game's excessive linearity, and over-zealous punishment of mistakes.

Scan of part of my program textbook

A time delay loop; an example of busy-waiting. This technique, while frowned upon today, is perfectly reasonable on a single-tasking operating system - obviously a case of using the right tool for the right job. The BBC did, in fact, take a significant amount of time to run round an empty loop 1000 times. The delay was probably necessary because the screen was cleared on program termination, and the user needed time to read the (well-earned) success message.

Scan of part of my program textbook

Belatedly-added game instructions. "The Cave of Traps" (rubber marks indicate that the title went through several revisions) seems a rather weak post-hoc justification for the agressive nature of the game. Note that in the success message (a few lines above), there's no mention of the promised reward...

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