I realized that I never made a blog post on this topic to share the work done on pulling a classic game forward into the modern world, so here it is.
Originally published about 30 years ago, Apogee Software released the source code for Beyond The Titanic and a few other titles under the GPL back in 2009 but they could only be run in an emulator and couldn't be built from source on any modern system.
I took advantage of the GPL's freedom to modify, and with about 17 hours of time invested in the ancient game source code from the 1980s, Beyond The Titanic can be compiled and run on modern systems without an emulator. There's more that could be done (and git merge requests are happily accepted) but this represents the minimum amount of work needed to make it playable all the way through to the end. The resource editor is also working.
If you're in the mood for some retro gaming nostalgia head on over to https://gitorious.org/jxself/beyond-the-titanic for some free software gaming goodness, but pay attention to the known limitations in the Build file (in particular, set your terminal to 80x24.)
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