Seattle, Washington — July 23, 2022 — Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) has published a new manual for “Trik: Contract Bridge” written by Jim Hilger in 1980 for the Apple II computer. Trik is a full-featured single player Contact Bridge game. Features include playing a straight up game, building a hand, duplicating other games, sample hands for learning the game, and many others. Trik is written in Apple II Integer BASIC.
The game uses standard codes during play, allowing the user to display the hands, play out the current hands, re-bid with the same hands, or restart with a new deal. The 100+ page color manual includes basics such as How to Play, Play Codes, and Saving Hands. Background information on Contract Bridge, History of the Game, Rules, Strategy, Bidding, and Play Techniques are also included.
Trik: Contract Bridge is available through the A.P.P.L.E. bookstore with production and fulfillment by Lulu.com. The Color Paperback has a color interior. A disk image for the game is available on the Apps page.
- Table of Contents PDF
- Play a straight up game, build a hand, duplicate other games, and sample hands
- Standard codes are used during play, allowing the user to display the hands, play out the current hands, re-bid with the same hands, or restart with a new deal.
- Background information on Contract Bridge, History of the Game, Rules, Strategy, Bidding, and Play Techniques are also included.
Jim Hilger — an Apple II programmer who was involved in the early years of the Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) user group. He is the creator of some of the famous artwork which appeared over the years in the magazine as well as the original logo for Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine. Jim contributed a number of items both to the A.P.P.L.E. Public Domain Library as well as to the periodic DISKPAK libraries which TRIK 1.0 is part of. He was also the author of all of the additional programs included on the DISKPAK 7A and 7B floppy disks released in 1983.
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: Steve Wozniak’s Apple-1 & Apple II Computers. 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 the movie “Serenity.” Co-producer of Beagle Bros and Applied Engineering websites, the retro iOS game Structris, and co-producer/writer for CallAPPLE.org and Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine.
Bill Martens — Apple historian and enthusiast, programmer, President of Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) and co-producer of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine, and books like: Cyber Jack, Synergistic Software: The Early Games, Nibble Viewpoints, The WOZPAK Special Edition, and What’s Where in the Apple: Enhanced Edition. Bill also co-produced and co-programmed the retro iOS game Structris. Bill is the author of ApPilot/W1, Beyond Quest, The Anatomy of an EAMON, and multiple EAMon adventure games. He is a systems engineer specializing in office infrastructures and has been programming since 1976. And 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.
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 dozens of new book titles since 2013 and over 100 Apple software titles. A.P.P.L.E. 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 forewords from Steve Wozniak and other Apple legends. They also publish books 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, A.P.P.L.E. 1978 and 1979 magazine Compendiums, and the retro iOS game Structris.
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