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by algenon_iii
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 125
Views: 9223

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

US YouTuber The New Retro Show reviewing some new games for the BBC Micro (you might just recognise some of the games and authors 8) )
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzJFyxP86Ps
by algenon_iii
Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Palettemate / enhanced video ULA with 4096 colours
Replies: 506
Views: 21269

Re: Palettemate / enhanced video ULA with 4096 colours

I've got to ask what the going rate is for the new ULA board as I don't think I've seen a price for it (assuming there are still any available). They are £52.50 including UK P&P. I only have one left but I may order some more PCBs and make some more if there's enough demand. I'm in Newport so y...
by algenon_iii
Mon Jul 31, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Palettemate / enhanced video ULA with 4096 colours
Replies: 506
Views: 21269

Re: Palettemate / enhanced video ULA with 4096 colours

Having seen all screenshots of the likes of Exile and Strykers Run without the Crayola palette I've got to ask what the going rate is for the new ULA board as I don't think I've seen a price for it (assuming there are still any available). Looking at the Exile screen it's shocking that just the addi...
by algenon_iii
Thu Jun 29, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: New Acorn 8bit? Should there be one?
Replies: 85
Views: 3955

Re: New Acorn 8bit? Should there be one?

Just seen this discussion, so here's my 2p worth. The idea sounds good and the possibility of making it multi-Acorn 8-bit sounds cools as well. Adding 4096 would be appropriate as well considering that the chameleon board added this capability to the original. Data Centre style USB and CF(IDE) / or ...
by algenon_iii
Mon Jun 26, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 125
Views: 9223

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Chinnyvision teardown and review of the BBC Master https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I86s8cWfRso IIRC I do apologise to everyone in this forum in advance for any mistakes! And I apologise again! No need to apologise. Personally I thought it was a very entertaining video. The Break key problem is a ve...
by algenon_iii
Wed Jun 14, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 125
Views: 9223

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Chinnyvision teardown and review of the BBC Master
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I86s8cWfRso
by algenon_iii
Sat May 20, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: "Minus One" - 3 x cartridge Electron expansion
Replies: 20
Views: 998

Re: "Minus One" - 3 x cartridge Electron expansion

Nice idea, considerably more compact than a Plus 1 as well. As an aside, has anyone ever considered an Electron Plus+? Basically a single expansion that gives all of the BBC B ports (and ROM sockets) in one handy unit that plugs into the back of the electron (perhaps retrofitted into a Plus 1 case)...
by algenon_iii
Fri May 19, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: "Minus One" - 3 x cartridge Electron expansion
Replies: 20
Views: 998

Re: "Minus One" - 3 x cartridge Electron expansion

Nice idea, considerably more compact than a Plus 1 as well.

As an aside, has anyone ever considered an Electron Plus+? Basically a single expansion that gives all of the BBC B ports (and ROM sockets) in one handy unit that plugs into the back of the electron (perhaps retrofitted into a Plus 1 case).
by algenon_iii
Fri May 19, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: general
Topic: Do you insure your retro systems for much?
Replies: 5
Views: 351

Re: Do you insure your retro systems for much?

I'd never thought of that :shock: I'm not overly worried about the Beebs and Archies I have there's nothing that special about them so could be replaced with stuff off ebay. However, my electron set-up has a few bits that would be difficult (AP5) or maybe even next to impossible (4-channel sound car...
by algenon_iii
Wed Apr 12, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?
Replies: 161
Views: 6303

Re: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?

Mark - that's pretty what I'd imagine the A+ or A-lectron :wink: to be. Only thing I'd drop is the RGB port (the model A didn't have one as standard I think) and just have TV and colour composite video - more than enough for a home computer. I suspect that Acorn decided that they wanted a £150 machi...
by algenon_iii
Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: general
Topic: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?
Replies: 161
Views: 6303

Re: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?

Forgot to say that I think we got ours when it was full price or nearly full price, purely because it was a cheap BBC 'compatible' computer. As mentioned before, with hindsight, a stripped down Model A (cheaper psu, no empty chip sockets, no provision for additional ports on board and all on a small...
by algenon_iii
Wed Apr 12, 2017 6:43 am
Forum: general
Topic: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?
Replies: 161
Views: 6303

Re: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?

..... at the £199 price point. I wonder how many people actually paid that much for one. If it had been a success and remained at that price I would never have owned one.I'd probably have got a speccy instead because at £199 my parents could not afford it. I agree that it only became popular when t...
by algenon_iii
Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?
Replies: 161
Views: 6303

Re: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?

If as has been suggested Mode 0 had been dropped, it might have been an idea to replace it with a halfway house resolution sitting between Mode 1 and 5 that might have been better suited to gaming. Basically a compact 4 colour 30 column x 25 row text / 240x200 resolution mode (using blanking lines a...
by algenon_iii
Sat Apr 08, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 125
Views: 9223

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Personal Computer News magazine review of the electron on Chinnyvision

https://youtu.be/-I6YVuVAPcE?t=18m10s
by algenon_iii
Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Microcomputer magazines - the early years
Replies: 12
Views: 661

Re: Microcomputer magazines - the early years

Personal Computer News http://www.acornelectron.co.uk/mags/pcn/top_lvl.html Some scans seem to be missing, like the electron and Torch BBC Unix front covers :( and dedicated PCN site is down. One set of scans that is there is the "Acorn quits home computing" front cover about the demise of...
by algenon_iii
Wed Feb 08, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Playing Tetris got me thinking...
Replies: 13
Views: 862

Re: Playing Tetris got me thinking...

Got PC Tetris (CTetris) up and running on Dosbox with a Hercules display using SIMCGA. Other that a weird looking aspect ratio it looks reasonably good in just B&W

SIMCGATetris.jpeg
by algenon_iii
Wed Feb 08, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Playing Tetris got me thinking...
Replies: 13
Views: 862

Re: Playing Tetris got me thinking...

Could it be worth looking at the CGA version of Tetris (that I remember well albeit via a monochrome Hercules emulation of CGA) as that is based on a four colour mode with similar(ish) resolutions as the BBC/elec? Here's a screenshot courtesy of mobygames http://www.mobygames.com/images/shots/l/8242...
by algenon_iii
Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: The Cascade 50 cassette
Replies: 44
Views: 2122

Re: The Cascade 50 cassette

A youtube video has been released for the spectrum version, covers some of the history it as well as looking at the games.

At 1:43 the game clip looks suspiciously like it could be off an BBC/Electron.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Z-4k-jDS_s
by algenon_iii
Thu Nov 24, 2016 4:26 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: APPALLING games list?
Replies: 22
Views: 1480

Re: APPALLING games list?

sydney wrote:
danielj wrote:Cassette 50.


I declare Daniel the winner.

Licensed to kill was pretty bad.


So bad it managed to make the book "Terrible old games you've probably never heard of".

Trench for the BEEB made the book as well (personally I'd never heard of this game).
by algenon_iii
Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:08 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2652
Views: 171491

Re: LOLPRICE

WTF? Someone is selling blown BBC psu capacitors for 99p + 75p p&p.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Original-Retr ... 2254594429

On yer bike mate!
by algenon_iii
Wed Nov 02, 2016 1:08 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Super Mario on the BBC?
Replies: 111
Views: 6600

Re: Super Mario on the BBC?

I'd prefer a Sonic port if someone thought of adapting a console game to the Acorn 8 bits. I've never been a fan of the Mario games. Rant: It seems that the NES always has to have a prominent place in the histories of computer and console games that are published on mainstream sites dedicated to ga...
by algenon_iii
Mon Oct 31, 2016 10:59 am
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 125
Views: 9223

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Ashen gives the electron a fair bit of attention. Licence To Kill on the electron gets a dishonourable mention at the Norwich Gaming Festival. https://youtu.be/6Shmi76Pax8?t=29m30s I guess that means it gets a mention in his terrible old games you've probably never heard of book, might have to buy a...
by algenon_iii
Thu Oct 27, 2016 3:23 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Super Mario on the BBC?
Replies: 111
Views: 6600

Re: Super Mario on the BBC?

I don't think it was cost effective to add custom chips to games on systems where games were normally published on cassette or disk. Doctor Who and the Mines of Terror being an exception on the BBC. On other home computer systems, games needing extra hardware didn't even make it to publication. May...
by algenon_iii
Tue Oct 25, 2016 9:07 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Micro: advantages, disadvantages, quirks, questions and suggested features
Replies: 65
Views: 3480

Re: BBC Micro: advantages, disadvantages, quirks, questions and suggested features

The C64's main problem was it ran it's CPU at 1MHz (or thereabouts). And the available colours from the VIC-II were a bit dull (which was okay for life like graphics, but did not so good for what was suppose to be brightly coloured games compared to a BBC B/ZX Spectrum/Amstrad CPC). I like the C64'...
by algenon_iii
Mon Oct 17, 2016 12:22 pm
Forum: general
Topic: "Outline specification for the BBC MICROCOMPUTER system"
Replies: 180
Views: 8557

Re: "Outline specification for the BBC MICROCOMPUTER system"

The information provided by schools included both photographs and text, and my recollection is that the textual content was displayed in MODE 7. But I can't be certain, and the only way of ascertaining for sure (in the absence of evidence from screen shots) would be to run up a working system - and...
by algenon_iii
Fri Oct 14, 2016 1:31 pm
Forum: general
Topic: A Definitive, Ever-Changing Top 10 Of BBC Games (And Everything Else)
Replies: 6
Views: 437

Re: A Definitive, Ever-Changing Top 10 Of BBC Games (And Everything Else)

I'd be interested to note the criteria for bad games. Certainly how fiddly they are to play by keyboard could be one standard. Though some say a game can be bad simply for being outdated by its release. Nintendo magazine teams gave Pac Man and Donkey Kong cartridges low scores, just for being old a...
by algenon_iii
Fri Oct 14, 2016 8:55 am
Forum: general
Topic: A Definitive, Ever-Changing Top 10 Of BBC Games (And Everything Else)
Replies: 6
Views: 437

Re: A Definitive, Ever-Changing Top 10 Of BBC Games (And Everything Else)

Having spent too much time watching Ashens stuff on YouTube I'd be interested to see a Worst 10 BBC/electron (etc.) games. Would it be possible to a worst 10 for every machine page based on the number of down votes? I've done my bit by voting down Paperboy for the electron. Paperboy? Paper granddad ...
by algenon_iii
Wed Oct 12, 2016 4:47 pm
Forum: general
Topic: How many people had a BBC Master at home?
Replies: 8
Views: 567

How many people had a BBC Master at home?

On the BBC specifications discussion I mentioned that I thought choices made by Acorn might have killed any chance the Master had as a home computer. That got me wondering, did anyone buy/own a BBC Master as a home computer in the 80s and early 90s and/or do you know anyone who did? Thinking back to...
by algenon_iii
Wed Oct 12, 2016 3:38 pm
Forum: general
Topic: "Outline specification for the BBC MICROCOMPUTER system"
Replies: 180
Views: 8557

Re: "Outline specification for the BBC MICROCOMPUTER system"

(a Cub cost around £250). That's scandalous. Full TVs cost less and while the CUB was good, solid and rich, I've seen much sharper 80s screens. Had a quick check in October 86 the std/med/hi res versions were £206/260/420 inc VAT respectively. I can't remember where they were assembled, I suspect t...
by algenon_iii
Wed Oct 12, 2016 12:29 pm
Forum: general
Topic: "Outline specification for the BBC MICROCOMPUTER system"
Replies: 180
Views: 8557

Re: "Outline specification for the BBC MICROCOMPUTER system"

Had a more detailed read of the specs and this really caught my eye Video display: Either (a) an integral single line display of 40 characters (each built from at least 5 by 7 dots) and a modulated UHF output of the full screen (see below) or (b) an integral display of the full screen plus a modulat...

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