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Welcome to openNorth, the opensource Northworld project

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Northworld is a sci-fi/fantasy world created by author David Drake. It is a trilogy of books I had the pleasure of reading when I was about 14 on a camping trip with my buddy Kevin and his family in northern British Columbia, Canada. We drank beers with his old man, explored, went fishing, played lots of Tetris on his Gameboy, and I got to read an excellent novel... Northworld. It was also right around that time that I played a little AD&D (Advanced Dungeons & Dragons) here and there. Naturally, being a computer nerd, I came up with the idea of making an RPG (Role Playing Game) based on the ideas, characters, and places of Northworld and the AD&D 2nd edition game system for rules. David Drake is not involved with the development but is aware of the project and has given me permission to use his books as a basis for the game.

Northworld v1.0beta

Created by James Saunders aka Taadow aka Johnny Blaze
Hardcore Inc. 2015

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Minimum Requirements

· 80386SX-25 or compatible processor of similar performance
· 4mb RAM
· DOS or Windows 9x/Me/XP/NT/2000/2003

FileSize (kb)Description
nworld10.exe240Binary self-extracting package
nworld10.zip252Binary ZIP package
opennw10.zip107FreePascal source package
hardpack.zip30FreePascal dependancies/units *required*
jsaunders.jpg47Picture of developer

If you plan on developing this game further please discuss it with me as I would very much like to have
a community based effort. I am the original developer, the holder of the source code, and will continue
to develop and release revisions on this website for as long as I breath.

Feel free to contact me via email at jamesrsaunders at hotmail dot com


Please feel free to leave any comments and/or suggestions. I'd love to see someone do some work on this, anyone remember Pascal? :D

2009-05-11 22:50:49

Well, I finally got off my ass and put a comments section in here. Anyone? Thoughts?

2009-06-23 18:32:58

Sorry folks, domain registration was expired for a month before I could get it renewed. Back up n' runnin' smooth. :) Cheers

2010-01-08 18:25:30

Few minor page updates in 2010. :) Been awhile since I worked on this. One day I'll work on the next stage, one day. Too busy w/ telephony these days. Fun stuff.

2010-06-16 10:06:10

Hey explain the game more on this page you might get more bites

2010-06-16 10:13:05

Hey explain the game more on this page you might get more bites

2010-07-03 18:55:47

Agreed. Also need screenshots.

2010-08-06 09:25:17

cute little game. website needs some work and perhaps a forum instead of a comments section.

2010-08-23 07:56:15

I'm an avid David Drake fan and was looking to repurchase Northworld. I came upon your page after googling around a bit. Great idea for a game. I've bookmarked the page and will be keeping up to date. Good luck.

2010-08-23 07:56:43

I'm an avid David Drake fan and was looking to repurchase Northworld. I came upon your page after googling around a bit. Great idea for a game. I've bookmarked the page and will be keeping up to date. Good luck.

2010-09-11 01:32:43

Incompatible =( ( windows 7)

2010-10-21 11:00:44

for Windows 7 users please try DOSBOX emulator - http://www.dosbox.com/

2010-10-30 01:52:20

just finished rereading the books, stumbled across your page, sounds like a cool idea, of course now I have to figure out how to get it to work on linux

2010-12-04 13:37:06

Such a fun game... can't wait for the 3-D version!

2012-02-10 19:19:34

Sorry all. We were offline for about a week. Old IPs got decommissioned and I didn't have monitoring. Back up and g2g!

2013-06-19 07:27:55

make a 64 bit version please!

2014-01-16 21:30:02

64 bit guy, you should be able to run it in dosbox :)

2014-01-16 21:30:41

also why does the counter keep rolling back, we're welllll over a few thousands hits over the years :/

2014-02-13 07:10:17


2014-08-14 13:53:29

> 2014-02-13 07:10:17

Sure you can, run it in DOSbox program. :)

2014-10-13 03:42:12

I don't know how to run the game with the DOSbox program. I downloaded it and everything, but I'm having trouble starting the game. I've tried to follow the way how the video did it but with no use. Can you help me?

2014-10-18 15:38:25

Absolutely. First thing I do is create a Games folder from the root directory/folder on drive C:. Then I create a Northworld subfolder in C:\Games and we now have an empty C:\Games\Northworld. Download nworld10.zip or .exe and extract the files into the newly created folder. Next run Dosbox and mount your C: drive just like in the video...

Z:\>mount c c:\


C:\>cd games\NORTHW~1


These commands will mount your C: drive in Dosbox then we change drives from Z: to C: then we change directories into our Northworld directory and finally we run the game.

Give this a try and let me know how you make out please. Probably the most important thing I can say after all this is ALWAYS run the game in fullscreen mode, never in a window. Its designed to be run in its native text mode 80x50 and both performs better and looks far better this way, in my opinion as the guy who wrote the whole game from scratch with the help of some libraries of course as given credit to appro

2014-10-24 08:49:47

It works perfectly now, thanks! The only problem I had that it wasn't NORTHW~1, it was NWORLD. I died at the beginning by a jackal, I have 0 money, and in addition to that I can't rob the bank and whenever I attempt a loan it doesn't respond. IDK why. Do you know what might be the problem with that?


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