Starting a half-elf warrior in Umoria, compiled--after some code hacks--in Cygwin on Windows 11.
Oh! The high scores and version displays not working were actually due to me not understanding that after the game builds into in a subfolder, umoria/umoria, you're suppose to cd to that subfolder and run it from there (./umoria). Ah! I got that part all wrong! So if you do that, the high scores and version display--jeez and the splash screen--would work. Ignore all that blather I did about commenting out the high score file loading, that was me being wrong!
Wow so stairs are always disconnected--even when you go back up to town, where you then have to re-locate the stairway down (1:20:25)!!
Moria for VMS computer systems came out in 1983. Umoria--the port to Unix--came out in 1987. Angband (https://rephial.org), the current descendant of the Moria/Umoria code, started in 1990 at the University of Warwick, and released to the outside world in 1993.
Umoria is a free, roguelike dungeon exploration game you can download from https://umoria.org, or play right through your web browser at https://angband.live .
And it's open source, so you can download the source code from the official code repository and compile it yourself. I compiled and ran it in Cygwin on Windows 11 (Cygwin is free from https://cygwin.org) by doing this:
headers.h - comment lines 21, 27, 28 - add "#else" as line 22 ^ hack to get around the code not knowing how to identify Cygwin--this makes it treat anything it doesn't know as Linux, rather than just quitting with an error message
game_save.cpp - comment lines 810, 811, 812 ^ working around an actual bug in the code when running a modern compiler--see https://github.com/dungeons-of-moria/umoria/issues/44
Umoria is also usually dated to '87, but https://umoria.org/highlights/ notes that developer James E. Wilson still considered v5.1.1--March 4 1990--as "alpha-level" source code; code updates continued through 10/24/2001.
Oops ugh I'm bad at this. Lower down that page, it notes "5.4.0 (1992-7-16) (Maintenance taken over by David Grabiner)"; code changes and fixes continue through '94. Then there's a gap, with more releases 2000-2001... Ah okay looking at the "full CHANGELOG" https://github.com/dungeons-of-moria/umoria/blob/master/historical/CHANGELOG those were code fixes by Rene Weber. Then some fixes in 2008 by Grabiner, and since then just license changes.
Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moria_(1983_video_game)#History says "In 1990 the Angband project was started, which is based on the UMoria 5.2.1 source code."
No note I can find on when Umoria was no longer considered "alpha-level." ^_^