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Apple II Elite Message Strings

WARNING: spoilers ahead. Some messages reveal story details.

There are three tables of strings. The strings are encrypted (with a simple exclusive-OR) and tokenized. Each token may be a plain character, an index into a table of two-letter digrams, a reference to another message, or an internal function.

This site explains how "flight" strings are encoded. "Docked" strings are similar.

All strings are encoded in upper case, and converted to lower case by algorithm (and possibly forced back to upper case if configured to do so). The string extractor I threw together to generate this list attempted to do something reasonable and occasionally succeeded.

"Flight" Strings

Index Token Message
0$a0Fuel Scoops On [beep]
1$a1 Chart
2$a2Government
3$a3Data On [sel-planet]
4$a4Inventory[lf]
5$a5System
6$a6Price
7$a7[cur-planet] Market Prices
8$a8Industrial
9$a9Agricultural
10$aaRich
11$abAverage
12$acPoor
13$adMainly
14$aeUnit
15$afView
16$b0Quantity
17$b1Anarchy
18$b2Feudal
19$b3Multi-Government
20$b4Dictatorship
21$b5Communist
22$b6Confederacy
23$b7Democracy
24$b8Corporate State
25$b9Ship
26$baProduct
27$bb Laser
28$bcHuman Colonial
29$bdHyperspace
30$beShort Range Chart
31$bfDistance
32$c0Population
33$c1Gross Productivity
34$c2Economy
35$c3 Light Years
36$c4Tech.Level
37$c5Cash
38$c6 Billion
39$c7Galactic Chart [gal#]
40$c8Target Lost
41$c9Missile Jammed
42$caRange
43$cbSt
44$ccQuantity Of
45$cdSell
46$ce Cargo
47$cfEquip
48$d0Food
49$d1Textiles
50$d2Radioactives
51$d3Slaves
52$d4Liquor/Wines
53$d5Luxuries
54$d6Narcotics
55$d7Computers
56$d8Machinery
57$d9Alloys
58$daFirearms
59$dbFurs
60$dcMinerals
61$ddGold
62$dePlatinum
63$dfGem-Stones
64$e0Alien Items
65$e1[lf] 10$$$$$$$.0 Cr 5$$$$$$$.0 Cr
66$e2 Cr
67$e3Large
68$e4Fierce
69$e5Small
70$e6Green
71$e7Red
72$e8Yellow
73$e9Blue
74$eaBlack
75$ebHarmless
76$ecSlimy
77$edBug-Eyed
78$eeHorned
79$efBony
80$f0Fat
81$f1Furry
82$f2Rodent
83$f3Frog
84$f4Lizard
85$f5Lobster
86$f6Bird
87$f7Humanoid
88$f8Feline
89$f9Insect
90$faAverage Radius
91$fbCom
92$fcCommander
93$fd Destroyed
94$feRo
95$ffUnit Quantity[lf] Product Unit Price For Sale[lf] [nl]
96$60Front
97$61Rear
98$62Left
99$63Right
100$64Energy Low[beep]
101$65Right On Commander!
102$66Extra
103$67Pulse Laser
104$68Beam Laser
105$69Fuel
106$6aMissile
107$6bLarge Cargo Bay
108$6cE.C.M.System
109$6dExtra Pulse Lasers
110$6eExtra Beam Lasers
111$6fFuel Scoops
112$70Escape Pod
113$71Energy Bomb
114$72Energy Unit
115$73Docking Computers
116$74Galactic Hyperspace
117$75Military Laser
118$76Mining Laser
119$77Cash:$$$$$$$.0 Cr
120$78Incoming Missile
121$79Energy
122$7aGalactic
123$7bDocking Computers On
124$7cAll
125$7d$$$$$$$.0 Cr Legal Status:
126$7eCommander [cmdr-nam][lf] [lf] [lf] Present System :[cur-planet][lf] Hyperspace System :[sel-planet][lf] Condition :
127$7fItem
128$0e
129$0fLl
130$10Rating:
131$11 On
132$12[lf] EQUIPMENT:
133$13Clean
134$14Offender
135$15Fugitive
136$16Harmless
137$17Mostly Harmless
138$18Poor
139$19Average
140$1aAbove Average
141$1bCompetent
142$1cDangerous
143$1dDeadly
144$1e---- E L I T E ----
145$1fPresent
146GAME OVER

"Docked" Strings

Index Token Message
0
1[clr] DISK ACCESS MENU[ff][lf][lf]1. LOAD NEW COMMANDER[ff][lf]2. SAVE COMMANDER [cmdr-nam][ff][lf]3. DEFAULT JAMESON[ff][lf]4. EXIT[ff][lf]
2
3
4COMPETITION NUMBER:
5[buffer ON][planet6d] is [planet6e].[ff][buffer OFF]
6 LOAD NEW COMMANDER (Y/N)?[ff][ff]
7PRESS SPACE OR FIRE,COMMANDER.[ff][ff]
8COMMANDER'S NAME?
9[ff]ILLEGAL ELITE II FILE
10[buffer ON]GREETINGS COMMANDER [cmdr-nam], I am CAPTAIN [navy-cap-name] of HER MAJESTY'S SPACE NAVY and I beg a moment of your valuable time.[ff] We would like you to do a little job for us.[ff] The ship you see here is a new model, the Constrictor, equiped with a top secret new shield generator.[ff] Unfortunately it's been stolen.[ff] [waitkey]It went missing from our ship yard on Xeer five months ago and [believed-to-have-jumped].[ff] Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to seek and destroy this ship.[ff] You are cautioned that only MILITARY LASERs will penetrate the new shields and that the Constrictor is fitted with an E.C.M.SYSTEM.[ff][buffer OFF]GOOD LUCK, COMMANDER.[ff][buffer OFF] MESSAGE ENDS[waitkey]
11 INCOMING MESSAGE[buffer ON] ATTENTION COMMANDER [cmdr-nam], I am CAPTAIN [navy-cap-name] of HER MAJESTY'S SPACE NAVY. We have need of your services again.[ff] If you would be so good as to go to Ceerdi you will be briefed.[ff] If successful, you will be well rewarded.[ff][buffer OFF] MESSAGE ENDS[waitkey]
12(C) D.BRABEN & I.BELL 1985
13BY D.BRABEN & I.BELL
14[func15]PLANET NAME? [input-name]
15 INCOMING MESSAGE[buffer ON] CONGRATULATIONS COMMANDER![ff][ff]THERE will always be a place for you in HER MAJESTY'S SPACE NAVY.[ff] And maybe sooner than you think...[ff][buffer OFF] MESSAGE ENDS[waitkey]
16FABLED
17NOTABLE
18WELL KNOWN
19FAMOUS
20NOTED
21VERY
22MILDLY
23MOST
24REASONABLY
25
26ANCIENT
27[planet72]
28GREAT
29VAST
30PINK
31[planet77] [planet76] plantations
32MOUNTAINS
33[planet75]
34[planet80] FORESTS
35OCEANS
36SHYNESS
37SILLINESS
38MATING TRADITIONS
39LOATHING OF [planet64]
40LOVE FOR [planet64]
41FOOD BLENDERS
42TOURISTS
43POETRY
44DISCOS
45[planet6c]
46WALKING TREE
47CRAB
48BAT
49LOBST
50[rnd-name]
51BESET
52PLAGUED
53RAVAGED
54CURSED
55SCOURGED
56[planet71] CIVIL WAR
57[planet68] [planet5f] [planet60]S
58A [planet68] DISEASE
59[planet71] EARTHQUAKES
60[planet71] SOLAR ACTIVITY
61ITS [planet5d] [planet5e]
62THE [species-ian] [planet5f] [planet60]
63ITS INHABITANTS' [planet62] [planet63]
64[planet7a]
65ITS [planet6b] [planet6c]
66JUICE
67BRANDY
68WATER
69BREW
70GARGLE BLASTERS
71[rnd-name]
72[species-ian] [planet60]
73[species-ian] [rnd-name]
74[species-ian] [planet68]
75[planet68] [rnd-name]
76FABULOUS
77EXOTIC
78HOOPY
79UNUSUAL
80EXCITING
81CUISINE
82NIGHT LIFE
83CASINOS
84SIT COMS
85[planet7a]
86[sel-planet]
87THE PLANET [sel-planet]
88THE WORLD [sel-planet]
89THIS PLANET
90THIS WORLD
91SON OF A BITCH
92SCOUNDREL
93BLACKGUARD
94ROGUE
95WHORESON BEETLE HEADED FLAP EAR'D KNAVE
96N UNREMARKABLE
97 BORING
98 DULL
99 TEDIOUS
100 REVOLTING
101PLANET
102WORLD
103PLACE
104LITTLE PLANET
105DUMP
106I HEAR A [planet72] LOOKING SHIP APPEARED AT ERRIUS
107YEAH, I HEAR A [planet72] SHIP LEFT ERRIUS A WHILE BACK
108GET YOUR IRON ASS OVER TO ERRIUS
109SOME [planet73] NEW SHIP WAS SEEN AT ERRIUS
110TRY ERRIUS
111
112
113
114
115WASP
116MOTH
117GRUB
118ANT
119[rnd-name]
120POET
121ARTS GRADUATE
122YAK
123SNAIL
124SLUG
125TROPICAL
126DENSE
127RAIN
128IMPENETRABLE
129$81EXUBERANT
130$82FUNNY
131$83WEIRD
132$84UNUSUAL
133$85STRANGE
134$86PECULIAR
135$87FREQUENT
136$88OCCASIONAL
137$89UNPREDICTABLE
138$8aDREADFUL
139$8bDEADLY
140$8c[planet5c] [planet5b] FOR [planet65]
141$8d[planet5c] [planet5b] FOR [planet65] AND [planet65]
142$8e[planet66] BY [planet67]
143$8f[planet5c] [planet5b] FOR [planet65] BUT [planet66] BY [planet67]
144$90 A[planet6f] [planet70]
145$91PLANET
146$92WORLD
147$93THE
148$94THIS
149$95LOAD NEW COMMANDER
150$96[clr]
151$97DRIVE
152$98 CATALOGUE
153$99IAN
154$9aCOMMANDER
155$9b[planet68]
156$9cMOUNTAIN
157$9dEDIBLE
158$9eTREE
159$9fSPOTTED
160$a0[planet78]
161$a1[planet79]
162$a2[planet61]OID
163$a3[planet7f]
164$a4[planet7e]
165$a5ANCIENT
166$a6EXCEPTIONAL
167$a7ECCENTRIC
168$a8INGRAINED
169$a9[planet72]
170$aaKILLER
171$abDEADLY
172$acEVIL
173$adLETHAL
174$aeVICIOUS
175$afITS
176$b0[buffer ON]
177$b1.[ff][buffer OFF]
178$b2 AND
179$b3YOU
180$b4PARKING METERS
181$b5DUST CLOUDS
182$b6ICE BERGS
183$b7ROCK FORMATIONS
184$b8VOLCANOES
185$b9PLANT
186$baTULIP
187$bbBANANA
188$bcCORN
189$bd[rnd-name]WEED
190$be[rnd-name]
191$bf[species-ian] [rnd-name]
192$c0[species-ian] [planet68]
193$c1INHABITANT
194$c2[species-ian] [rnd-name]
195$c3ING
196$c4ED
197$c5 D.BRABEN & I.BELL
198$c6
199$c7
200$c8 NAME?
201$c9 TO
202$ca IS
203$cbWAS LAST SEEN AT
204$cc.[ff]
205$cdDOCKED
206$ce(Y/N)?
207$cfSHIP
208$d0 A
209$d1 ERRIUS
210$d2 NEW
211$d3 HER MAJESTY'S SPACE NAVY
212$d4.[ff][buffer OFF] MESSAGE ENDS
213$d5 COMMANDER [cmdr-nam], I am CAPTAIN [navy-cap-name] of HER MAJESTY'S SPACE NAVY
214$d6
215[buffer OFF] UNKNOWN PLANET
216 INCOMING MESSAGE
217CURRUTHERS
218FOSDYKE SMYTHE
219FORTESQUE
220WAS LAST SEEN AT REESDICE
221IS BELIEVED TO HAVE JUMPED TO THIS GALAXY
222 INCOMING MESSAGE[buffer ON]GOOD DAY COMMANDER [cmdr-nam].[ff] I am Agent Blake of Naval Intellegence.[ff] As you know, the Navy have been keeping the Thargoids off your ass out in deep space for many years now. Well the situation has changed.[ff] Our boys are ready for a push right to the home system of those murderers.[ff] [waitkey]I have obtained the defence plans for their Hive Worlds.[ff] The beetles know we've got something but not what.[ff] If I transmit the plans to our base on Birera they'll intercept the transmission. I need a ship to make the run.[ff] You're elected.[ff] The plans are unipulse coded within this transmission.[ff] You will be paid.[ff] Good luck Commander.[ff][buffer OFF] MESSAGE ENDS[waitkey]
223 INCOMING MESSAGE[buffer ON]Well done Commander.[ff] You have served us well and we shall remember.[ff] We did not expect the Thargoids to find out about you.[ff] For the moment please accept this Navy ENERGY UNIT as payment.[ff][buffer OFF] MESSAGE ENDS[waitkey]
224ARE YOU SURE?
225SHREW
226BEAST
227BISON
228SNAKE
229WOLF
230LEOPARD
231CAT
232MONKEY
233GOAT
234FISH
235[planet6a] [planet69]
236[species-ian] [planet78] [planet7b]
237ITS [planet6b] [planet79] [planet7b]
238[planet7c] [planet7d]
239[planet6a] [planet69]
240MEAT
241CUTLET
242STEAK
243BURGERS
244SOUP
245ICE
246MUD
247ZERO-G
248VACUUM
249[species-ian] ULTRA
250HOCKEY
251CRICKET
252KARATE
253POLO
254TENNIS
255[ff][disk] ERROR

Additional "Docked" Strings

Index Token Message
0
1THE COLONISTS HERE HAVE VIOLATED INTERGALACTIC CLONING PROTOCOL and should be avoided
2THE CONSTRICTOR WAS LAST SEEN AT REESDICE, COMMANDER
3A [planet72] LOOKING SHIP LEFT HERE A WHILE BACK. LOOKED BOUND FOR AREXE
4YEP, A [planet72] NEW SHIP HAD A GALACTIC HYPERDRIVE FITTED HERE. USED IT TOO
5THIS [planet72] SHIP DEHYPED HERE FROM NOWHERE, SUN SKIMMED AND JUMPED. I HEAR IT WENT TO INBIBE
6[planet73] SHIP WENT FOR ME AT AUSAR. MY LASERS DIDN'T EVEN SCRATCH THE [planet73]
7OH DEAR ME YES. A FRIGHTFUL ROGUE WITH WHAT I BELIEVE YOU PEOPLE CALL A LEAD POSTERIOR SHOT UP LOTS OF THOSE BEASTLY PIRATES AND WENT TO USLERI
8YOU CAN TACKLE THE [planet68] [planet73] IF YOU LIKE. HE'S AT ORARRA
9COMING SOON: ELITE II
10[planet74]
11[planet74]
12[planet74]
13[planet74]
14[planet74]
15[planet74]
16[planet74]
17[planet74]
18[planet74]
19[planet74]
20[planet74]
21[planet74]
22[planet74]
23BOY ARE YOU IN THE WRONG GALAXY!
24THERE'S A REAL [planet73] PIRATE OUT THERE
25THE INHABITANTS OF [planet6d] ARE SO AMAZINGLY PRIMITIVE THAT THEY STILL THINK ***** ****** IS 3D
26WELCOME TO THE SEVENTEENTH GALAXY!

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