Feb 2005 JnuxBand, a portable Angband v0.2.1
JnuxBand is a floppy disk that contains everything you need to play
Angband, an ASCII roguelike dungeon exploration game based on the
books of J.R.R.Tolkien .
It is a simple Linux bootdisk, based on Busybox  and uClibc .
It includes a lot of documentation and you can, of course, save your
game on another floppy disk.
A small Linux system, no hard drive or CDROM support, only floppy.
Angband version 3.0.5, complete, with bonus documentation, help and
spoilers. Support transparent load/save on floppy disks (including
the jnuxband floppy disk), in MS-DOS, VFAT or EXT2. Support for
international US and French keyboard. Feature some console fonts.
Some Busybox applets, like Vi clone, gzip, loadkmap, etc. You have
everything to do a floppy copy, if you want to easily redistribute
JnuxBand for example ;-) You can use a tmpfs filesystem if you want
to do work.
You need a PC with monitor, floppy drive and keyboard. Should boot
with anything above an i486 and should work with any kind of common
keyboard, including USB. About memory requirement, tests show that
you need more than 8MB. Should work with 12MB, though. Don't expect
to use all the funny options of Angband in this case.
This is a little bit tricky because the floppy image is more than
If you are using Linux, that's very simple. Download the last
JnuxBand package , uncompress it, put a blank floppy in the drive
and type "./install.sh" as root. The script use very common program
that you can find on any Linux distribution. That's all.
If you are using another system, like MS Windows, you will need a
special software  to copy the image to the floppy. Sorry, Rawrite
doesn't work here.
 for example http://www.winimage.com/download.htm
4. How to play
Put the floppy in the drive and reboot. You should see a greeting screen.
If not, check the BIOS to insure that drive A is the first boot device .
You can push <ENTER> or wait 20 seconds to get JnuxBand starting. You
will then be able to see this help screen:
Welcome to JnuxBand 0.2.1 (Linux 2.6.10-ac12)
Copyright (C) 2004 Jerome Pinot <firstname.lastname@example.org>
You can change keyboard mapping by typing 'FR' to get a french azerty
keyboard, or 'US' to get back the default US qwerty mapping.
You can change the console fonts by several commands:
To get a CP850 font of size 8, 14, 16, respectively type:
'FA1', 'FA2' and 'FA3'.
For Lat0 font of size 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, respectively use:
'FB1', 'FB2', 'FB3', 'FB4', and 'FB5'.
If the display is messy (staircase effect), and 'reset' do nothing, type:
CTRL-C, CTRL-D, ENTER
Type 'play' to start the game. Then, <CTRL>-X to exit. You may want to
use another floppy disk, see the menu.
I included a lot of documentation about Angband, check the user menu of the
online help system (by typing '?'). You will find FAQ, guide and spoilers.
You can do a 'mount /tmp' to get a tmpfs filesystem. You will have half of
your RAM in /tmp in order to work.
Type 'bye' to exit.
During game, type '?' to get help, '=' to modify options and <CTRL>-X to
save and quit. Good luck.
5. No floppy drive ?
You can use qemu to test the image without writing it to a floppy disk :
qemu -fda jnuxband-0.2.1.img -boot a
Copyright (C) 2004 Jerome Pinot