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W.O.P.R. Dreams

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

So we got chess working but it really bugged me that there was no Tic Tac Toe. 

Maybe there’s an old Tic Tac Toe game on CBT



So all the CBT tapes are included in YOSPOS/380 the trick is finding out which dataset. After much digging I found out it’s on CBTCOV so time to load up the TN3270 and connect to YOSPOS/380



Then we logon as yospos

We’re presented with RPF. Which is a freeware version of ISPF, which is like your BBS menus but for mainframes. To look at a dataset we select 

To view a dataset we pick option 3 (a listing of utilities), followed by option 4

which brings us here:

Now, this probably means nothing to you but think of “level” as the root folder on the mainframe. So we put CBTCOV as the root level 

and get presented

We can see that File 160 holds our Tic Tac Toe, so we open file 160 for viewing with the ‘b’ for browse I think

We then see the “members” of File 160. On the mainframe you can have a file that’s partitioned in to multiple parts and each part is a member. TEC012 holds our game so we “browse” that file, which really means “view”. 

And we see this game in all it’s glory!

what the shit, god damned fortran is awful

So now let’s try and compile this bugger now that we know where it is, lets take a look at the hello world fortran example

Welp, this is awful and confusing, sorry folks no Tic Tac Toe, you’ll need to relive your W.O.P.R. fantasies elsewhere cause I’m not dealing with this shit

Time to Log On

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Anyway, now that you’ve got some shit running you’ve got to initialize the terminals…

working in this makes Linux look like some pro level shit

alright, now to a civilized OS where I can use a good TN3270 emulator to connect, 

and get the same hercules screen as before, welp,  now you have to “CLEAR” your screen, whatever that means

anywho, TSO requires a password so I give it “yospos”

and get logged in straight to RPF (a ripoff of SDSF)

which I promptly exit (by pressing x) so I can get to TSO “prompt”

and now time to play some games


note, those are F keys, not 1, 2, 3 etc. The game, like almost everything in MVS is unuseable.