Anyone know what this book was called?

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The Doctor
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Anyone know what this book was called?

Postby The Doctor » Fri Mar 08, 2002 3:53 pm

Hi,<br>
<br>
I remember reading a book at school (some 14-15 years ago!) but can't<br>
remember the title of it.<br>
I'm fairly sure it was aimed at the Acorn Electron (rather than BBC) and<br>
it contained BASIC game listings.<br>
I seem to recall it was split into various parts, ie: Arcade, Puzzle,<br>
Adventure etc..<br>
<br>
The Adventure section (I think!) consisted of just one game that was<br>
built up in stages throughout the chapter.<br>
The code was very 'spread out' with lots of REM statements to explain<br>
what each section did.<br>
<br>
Thats probably a tad vague, but does it ring any bells with anyone?<br>
Cheers!<br>
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Retroman
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Joined: Thu Nov 29, 2001 6:15 pm

Possible books

Postby Retroman » Fri Jan 17, 2003 1:08 pm

Hi Doc, aint been here 4 a while so I didn't see your posting. Regarding the book, 2 possible titles spring to mind-both of which are likely to NOT be the ones your after LOL<!--EZCODE EMOTICON START :rollin --><img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/roll.gif ALT=":rollin"><!--EZCODE EMOTICON END--> . <br>
Anyway,they are both listing books for all computer formats-not just the Electron.<br>
They are;-<br>
(1)Write your own Fantasy Games for your microcomputer-Les Howarth and Cheryl Evans<br>
(2)Weird computer games-Jenny Tyler and Chris Oxlade<br>
<br>
The first is concerned with creating a single game- it lets you plan out the characters ,settings etc ,and there are plenty of explanations abouts what the different codes do.<br>
The second book has listings for 6 different games-the first 5 are smaller games,with there being listings for a much bigger adventure game at the back of the book. The games are- Tower of Terror,Skulls of the pyramid,Monster Wrestling,Jaws, Flying witches and the 'biggie'- Micropuzzle<br>
This second book was a book specially produced for schools( I think) and is dated 1984- aah the memories.<br>
<br>
Let me know if either ring a bell and I will perhaps send you a scan of them- I could scan all of the second book as it is pretty thin! LOL<!--EZCODE EMOTICON START :rollin --><img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/roll.gif ALT=":rollin"><!--EZCODE EMOTICON END--> <!--EZCODE EMOTICON START :rolleyes --><img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/eyes.gif ALT=":rolleyes"><!--EZCODE EMOTICON END--> <p></p><i></i>

David Boddie
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More possibilities

Postby David Boddie » Fri Jan 17, 2003 9:01 pm

Have you tried looking through the following list?<br>
<br>
<!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://8bs.com/scansbook.htm">8bs.com/scansbook.htm</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br>
<br>
Alternatively, your description of REM statements matches the description given in this review:<br>
<br>
<!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://www.geocities.com/electron_user_group/Rev_Adventure.html">www.geocities.com/electro...nture.html</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br>
<br>
However, the format of the book sounds familiar and I thought it might have been mentioned in the Inform Designer's Manual by Graham Nelson, but I can't find a reference. It sounds like a <number> Games for the<br>
<machine name> type of book, like one of these "hard to find" titles:<br>
<br>
<!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0863690297/qid=1042837259/sr=1-6/ref=sr_1_0_6/026-9463644-4003607">www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obi...44-4003607</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br>
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<!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/014007807X/qid=1042837312/sr=1-19/ref=sr_1_0_19/026-9463644-4003607">www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obi...44-4003607</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br>
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The Doctor
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same sub

Postby The Doctor » Fri Jan 17, 2003 11:58 pm

(I've tried to post this twice now. Third time lucky)<br>
<br>
Thanks for replying guys.<br>
Unfortunately none of these has lead to the book I'm after.<br>
One of Davids links (8bs.com) lead me to another book I've been looking for (The WHICH? Software guide) though, so thanks for that one.<br>
Cheers! <p></p><i></i>

David Boddie
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Usbourne

Postby David Boddie » Sat Jan 18, 2003 12:28 am

The book you described sounds like it was in the same style as many of the Usbourne books, so perhaps using Google to search along those lines might yield results. <p></p><i></i>

Retroman
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Another possible book

Postby Retroman » Sat Jan 18, 2003 8:14 pm

Maybe this is the book you're after (The games collection)?<br>
<br>
Check out this E-bay auction:<!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2301177185&category=<!--EZCODE EMOTICON START ;) --><img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/wink.gif ALT=";)"><!--EZCODE EMOTICON END--> ">cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISA...ategory=<!--EZCODE EMOTICON START ;) --><img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/wink.gif ALT=";)"><!--EZCODE EMOTICON END--> </a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--> <p></p><i></i>


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