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The Aethra Chronicles v1.1 shareware -> registered

Postby refund » 2012-5-03 @ 22:45

There is this game called The Aethra Chronicles. It is abondonware (from 1994) and used to be distributed as shareware.
I've a 'registered' edition of version 1.0b, unfortunately, it contains an error in the final dungeon :(

I would be happy forking the original $25 and buy a registered copy, but the contact information for the orignal developer is lost.

I've also 6 copies of different shareware versions of the game, including a v1.1
So, plan B is to crack the shareware protection of this 1.1 version and enjoy the full game. However, since it only runs in dosbox nowadays, I don't know if it is still possible to attach a debugger to the executable running inside dosbox. Is this possible? and if so, how?
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Re: The Aethra Chronicles v1.1 shareware -> registered

Postby Dominus » 2012-5-04 @ 04:05

This is something that isn't allowed to be discussed here.
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Re: The Aethra Chronicles v1.1 shareware -> registered

Postby eL_PuSHeR » 2012-5-04 @ 07:04

[Thread moved to Milliways Section]

And probably locking pending...
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Re: The Aethra Chronicles v1.1 shareware -> registered

Postby refund » 2012-5-04 @ 09:59

Well, I know cracked software is generally not allowed. However, since this game is by now 18 years old, the full registered edition of version 1.0b of the game is available for download all over the internet and, as far as can be determined, abandoned, I think this is a different case from your avarage shareware crack.

I've put quite some effort into contacting the original developer (Michael W. Lawrence, also called Mike Lawrence) but all trails turn out to be a dead end. So I think it is more about a tribute to the game than it is otherwise lost than it is about cheating the original developer.

As I stated before, I would not hesitate to pay the original $25 and buy the registered copy. But this option is, in absense of a contactable copyright holder, unavailable.

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Re: The Aethra Chronicles v1.1 shareware -> registered

Postby Dominus » 2012-5-04 @ 11:57

Still nothing that can be done here. Abandonware isn't a legal term.
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Re: The Aethra Chronicles v1.1 shareware -> registered

Postby keropi » 2012-5-04 @ 13:53

it sucks when this happens... :(
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