Daphne: the First Ever Multiple Arcade Laserdisc Emulator
Daphne, the First Ever Multiple Arcade Laserdisc Emulator is a program that lets one play the original versions of many laserdisc arcade games on one's PC.
The official website for Daphne is http://www.daphne-emu.com.
As development for Daphne has stopped, this repository is intended as something of a continuation until the author decides to do something official.
Compiling Daphne on Linux
These instructions will work to get Daphne built on a machine using an amd64 processor. I'm not sure anymore how to get Daphne compiled for 32-bit Linux.
cd src/vldp2 ./configure --disable-accel-detect make -f Makefile.linux_x64 cd ../game/singe make -f Makefile.linux_x64 cd ../.. ln -s Makefile.vars.linux_x64 Makefile.vars make cd .. mkdir -p ~/.daphne cp -a pics sound ~/.daphne/
Cutting and pasting the following in a Debian GNU/Linux system (or derivative), will install all prerequisite development libraries.
sudo apt install libsdl-dev libglew-dev libvorbis-dev libsdl-image1.2-dev libsdl-ttf2.0-dev
Laserdisc images and ROMs
The laserdisc and game ROMs necessary to play a game are not included
here. You'll need to buy those from Digital
Leisure and copy them into
If you do not install them, you'll get an error message like:
ROM dl_f2_u1.bin couldn't be found in roms/lair/, or in ./roms/lair.zip
SINGE based game files
Game data using the singe plugin should be copied into
within a sub-diretory name matching the game title.
.txt framefiles should also match this naming
convention within the game sub-directory.
Running Daphne or SINGE
This version of daphne comes with simple command line frontends:
./run.sh lair ./singe.sh maddog
|In order to||press this|
|start a game||5 5 1|
|play a game||arrow keys, ctrl, alt|
SINGE games may utilise mouse control.
For a list of all possible keys, please see the daphne wiki.
Why a new frontend?
Daphne is highly dependent on a front-end for ease of use.
Unfortunately the standard front-end is closed-source. I've been
working off and on to create a new graphical front-end. In the
meantime, I've provided a shell script that works for most of the
run.sh. It looks for stuff in
$HOME/.daphne. Footage and
audio for Space Ace, Dragon's Lair 1 and 2, and Thayer's Quest are
$HOME/.daphne/vldp_dl. The others are found in
$HOME/.daphne/vldp. This script takes care of those differences. The
reason for this weirdness is how the old front end set things up. It
would download the footage and audio for those games if you inserted a
DVD of the same title and store it in
vldp_dl/. Other stuff it
downloaded went into