Seattle, Washington — October 23, 2020 — Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) is proud to announce the availability of a new manual for the “Beyond Quest“ game written by Bill Martens in 1985 and completed in 2020.
Beyond Quest is an all-text RPG game that’s the most old school fun you will have with your Apple II computer. Adapted from the Quest 1 engine by Brian Reynolds, it builds on the original with a new backstory, objective, improved menus, and expansion to 90 rooms. Brian Wiser designed and edited the new manual and cover, like he does for other books.
In Beyond Quest, you are a strong warrior commissioned by King Haetha of the Lividian Kingdown. The king’s daughter, the Princess Belina has been kidnapped and taken to the Syrinx Dungeons on the outskirts of the Plevin Desert. Your commission is to find her, deliver her from the evil Wizard Marcova and bring her back. During your journeys through the ancient dungeon in search of the princess, you will come across four huge sapphires and other treasures.
The princess and the precious jewels are guarded by terrible Wraiths, Giants, Mummies, and other unpleasant monsters. To complete your mission, you must be very strong, brave, dextrous, and very intelligent. Prepare well, guard your supplies and use them wisely, and most of all, survive and bring the Princess home!
“Beyond Quest” is available through the A.P.P.L.E. bookstore with production and fulfillment by Lulu.com. A disk image is available on the Apps page.
Bill Martens — A systems engineer specializing in office infrastructures and has been programming since 1976. The DEC PDP 11/40 with ASR-33 Teletypes and CRT’s were his first computing platforms with his first forays in the Apple world coming with the Apple II computer. Influences in Bill’s computing life came from Byte magazine, Creative Computing magazine, and Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine as well as his mentors Samuel Perkins, Don Williams, Joff Morgan, and Mike Christensen.
Bill is the author of ApPilot/W1, The Anatomy of an EAMON, and multiple EAMon adventure games, as well as a co-producer of many books including What’s Where in the Apple: Enhanced Edition, The WOZPAK: Special Edition, Nibble Viewpoints: Business Insights From The Computing Revolution, and co-programmer for the iOS version of the retro game Structris. He has written many articles which have appeared in user group newsletters and magazines such as Call-A.P.P.L.E..
Bill worked for Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) under Val Golding and Dick Hubert as a data manager and programmer in the 1980s, and is the current president of the A.P.P.L.E. user group established in 1978. He reorganized A.P.P.L.E. and restarted Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine in 2002. He is the production editor for the A.P.P.L.E. website CallApple.org, writes science fiction novels in his spare time, and is a retired semi-pro football player.
Brian Wiser — A producer of books, films, games, and events, as well as an Apple consultant, historian and archivist. Designer, editor, and co-producer of dozens of books including: Nibble Viewpoints: Business Insights From The Computing Revolution, Cyber Jack: The Adventures of Robert Clardy and Synergistic Software, Synergistic Software: The Early Games, Graphically Speaking: Enhanced Edition, What’s Where in the Apple: Enhanced Edition, and The WOZPAK: Special Edition – an important Apple II historical book with Steve Wozniak’s restored original, technical handwritten notes. Brian is also the author of The Etch-a-Sketch and Other Fun Programs. Producer/Director of the documentary film “Done The Impossible: The Fans’ Tale of Firefly & Serenity“, his Browncoat Cruise convention with Firefly cast, and an extra in Joss Whedon’s “Serenity.” Producer of Beagle Bros and Applied Engineering web sites, co-producer of the retro iOS game Structris, and co-producer/writer for CallApple.org and Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine.
Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) has been a global Apple user group since 1978, with membership peaking near 50,000 in 1985. Offering many services, A.P.P.L.E. is also a book publisher and game developer, and has produced over 40 new book titles since 2013 in addition to over 100 Apple software titles.
A.PP.L.E. produced and published the The WOZPAK Special Edition – a detailed book containing Steve Wozniak’s restored handwritten notes and printouts about his Apple II computer, as well as a forward from Steve Wozniak and other Apple legends. They also publish titles such as: Graphically Speaking: Enhanced Edition by Mark Pelczarski, Tome of Copy Protection, Cyber Jack: The Adventures of Robert Clardy and Synergistic Software, Synergistic Software: The Early Games, Nibble Viewpoints: Business Insights From the Computing Revolution by Mike Harvey, What’s Where in The Apple: Enhanced Edition, The Colossal Computer Cartoon Book: Enhanced Edition by David H. Ahl, The A.P.P.L.E. 1978 and 1979 Compendiums, and the retro iOS game Structris.
Press information is available at: www.callapple.org/press
Books are listed at: www.callapple.org/books