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Re: [Savannah-hackers] submission of Improbable Missio

From: Jaime E . Villate
Subject: Re: [Savannah-hackers] submission of Improbable Mission
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2002 17:14:43 +0000
User-agent: Mutt/1.2.5i

You have applied the GPL correctly and your project looks good, but there is
still one change you must do to host your project in Savannah. You must not
require GNU/Linux users to use unzip, which is proprietary. The sound files
should be archived and compressed with tar+gzip or other Free Software.

When you change that, or if you think I'm mistaken and your program will work
without unzip, please register your project again.


P.S. You should also make sure you're not breaking any laws by using those
sound files.

On Wed, Feb 20, 2002 at 05:18:04PM -0500, address@hidden wrote:
> A package was submitted to
> This mail was sent to address@hidden, address@hidden
> Jay 'Eraserhead' Felice <address@hidden> described the package as follows:
> License: gpl
> Other License: 
> Package: Improbable Mission
> System name: im
> This package does NOT want to apply for inclusion in the GNU project
> My project is a clone of the old Commodore 64 game Impossible Mission (which 
> was also ported to Apple at one point).  It is based on libSDL (LGPL) and 
> libSDL_sound (also LGPL), libogg and libvorbis.
> In case you aren\'t familiar with gameplay, it works like this: you can run 
> and flip, and gameplay is limited to six hours.  You lose 15 minutes every 
> time you die (either by falling in a hole or getting zapped by a robot).  You 
> must find the puzzle pieces and put them together to get the password (which 
> was always \"crocodile\" on the C64).  You had a portable computer which 
> could dial out to a mainframe and solve some parts of the puzzle pieces (it 
> could only correct orientation of pieces or determine if you had all the 
> pieces for a letter).
> You also had lift passes which could reset lifts to their original positions 
> (necessary if you entered the room at the bottom, rode up
> then fell down) or snooze the robots for maybe thirty seconds.
> Once you get the password, you can open the door with the bad guy, he screams 
> \"no, no, nooo\" and the game ends in the most anti-climactic way imaginable.
> It already exists and you can see it at
> I\'ve currently got a few calls out to companies which might have inherited 
> the copyright to the original game... I don\'t know how that will turn out, 
> but if I can\'t get permission or access to the copyright of the original 
> game, I intend to continue, calling it \"Improbable Mission\" and being 
> careful not to infringe (\"look and feel\"), but I\'d like to make it 
> official.
> There is an unpublished version at, 
> windows binaries at, and 
> soundtrack at  This version 
> uses sprites snarfed from the original game, so it may infringe, which is why 
> I haven\'t published it.

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