Wow. I haven't put anything here since May. I got addicted to a game (which I'm done with)(really!) and it consumed the time I'd otherwise use for the blog.
I try to help everyone who has an issue with a game, as these requests aren't too numerous. Frankly, there isn't a large demand for text-mode games, what with all the competition in the form of, I don't know, the Sims, Half-Life 2, etc.
The truth is, most of my advice consists of "read the manual", "use DOSBox", and "try re-installing". Occasionally I dig deeper to solve a problem, as with NFL Challenge. I was quite proud of myself for figuring that out. Clever me. On the other hand, I'm a CS major and that kind of thing should be right up my alley.
Any news in the world of text-mode games? I was contacted by the author of J.D.Spy. The e-mail is at home and I'm not. I'll pass along what he said, and maybe update the J.D.Spy page. But you never know when I'll get around to doing anything on the site.