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Eye of the Beholder 3

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A classic first-person RPG, similar to Dungeon Master.

It uses a runtime system called AESOP/16. It is one of only two games using this runtime system (another one is the Dungeon Hack). The main executable (AESOP.EXE) display this when run without arguments:

AESOP/16 Runtime Host Interpreter V1.00
Copyright (C) 1992, 1993 Miles Design, Inc.  All rights reserved.

Usage: AESOP script_file program_name

The AESOP.EXE files between Eye of the Beholder 3 and Dungeon Hack are not interchangable (even though in both cases the same version 1.00 is reported).

To start the game, you have to run the file EYE.BAT, which simply starts AESOP EYE START. It seems that start here references some kind of entry point in the main game data file.

All game data is in a .RES-file called EYE.RES. It seems to contain lots of linked tables which reference each other.

Graphics data for the cutscenes (intro, finale, ...) are stored inside .GFF files.

Another probably important file is XVA.DRV, which looks like an overlay with a few entry points at the beginning (SHORT JUMP instructions). It is probably used as graphics driver.

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