... similarities I found between me and John Carmack ...
We both experimented with burglary as teenagers (he was caught; I wasn't).
Does one discover one's inner burglar?
I got caught, funny enough when returning a disc rather than stealing it.
This turned into my first job as the guy agreed to not make a big deal out of is if I used my Ape50 to do deliveries for him after school for a bit. After the bit ended, we decided we got along, so I kept working there afternoons until I graduated, and two years fulltime after graduation.
Then the place closed because a Euronics opened two streets over, and I moved to the US for university.
"If you find yourself in the right adventure," replied Bilbo.
And _Dark Designs_, a more elaborate RPG, one of his first games for Softdisk:
(though apparently a few utility programs I wrote for class were still being passed around after I graduated. I sometimes wonder how long that lasted, though by now they've no doubt disappeared as well)
I'm not sure that's true, other sites report he got a 4.0.
The first one is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlELK_3dGm0
The very few I made myself in gwbasic died with the double side floppy disks (720KB!) were I had them stored. At some point at the end of the 90s I tried to recover them, but it was already too late.
It's a shame. Not that they were good games in anyway, but that's how nostalgia works :)
I wonder if Carmack ever dreamed that in 20 years he'd be building rockets and the author of Ultima would have traveled to space. (Incidentally, in Ultima II, you could travel into space!)