The Deck Daemon

The Deck Daemon

July 23, 2004 | Life

Yes, this was software that I wrote in 1993 – DOS-based, written in Clipper, to help players and collectors of Magic: The Gathering card game organize their collections, trade cards, and track their decks. It was a fun utility to build, and an eye-opening experience as far as how *not* to run a business.

Here is the splash screen for the DOS version …

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And the awesome UI of the DOS version …

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Dave Armga created a Windows version (for which we commissioned Christopher Rush to create custom artwork) …

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Here’s a recently opened Windows version box …

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And the splash screen for the Windows version …

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And the awesome UI of the Windows version …

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Our first advertisement was in the Duelist Magazine #2 …

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I also managed to find a copy of our old website too …

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It’s funny, it’s been more than 20 years on, and copies of the DOS version still pop up on eBay now and then …

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If you’re interested, you can download the DOS version and Windows version and check them out. No setup program to run, just unzip in a folder and double click the EXE. You might want to have a DOS 6.22 and Windows 95 (respective) virtual machines handy to do this. 🙂