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by Lardo Boffin
Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Acornsoft Elite
Replies: 81
Views: 7912

Re: Acornsoft Elite

Plus 1 for the Voltmace. :D BITD I only played the tape version on the keyboard (no joystick) to start with. The disc version was certainly a major improvement! I always found the keyboard controls to be very easy and intuitive personally. When I got a Voltmace a couple of years ago however it was a...
by Lardo Boffin
Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: general
Topic: LET me ask a stupid quieston
Replies: 9
Views: 255

Re: LET me ask a stupid quieston

Bobbi wrote:
Sun Oct 18, 2020 5:05 pm
@Lardo Boffin -- thanks for the BCPL manuals and disks. I think I found some of that material already but not all of it.
No worries. I live in hope of finding a copy of the calculations package at some point.
by Lardo Boffin
Sun Oct 18, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: programming
Topic: Strings in BASIC
Replies: 13
Views: 228

Re: Strings in BASIC

I always try to minimise use of strings as much as possible and reuse where possible, setting the size (as per Flaxcottage’s post) to the largest possible usage. In my adventure frame work (written in BASIC, link in signature and https://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=65&t=19303#p268318) I on...
by Lardo Boffin
Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: general
Topic: LET me ask a stupid quieston
Replies: 9
Views: 255

Re: LET me ask a stupid quieston

It is also optional in Microsoft BASIC which accounts for most of the other 80s micros. In 70s minicomputer BASICs, LET was sometimes required. I am just learning BCPL on the Beeb and that uses a LET keyword quite extensively, interestingly enough. Depending on how far you have got this may help: h...
by Lardo Boffin
Sat Oct 17, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5988
Views: 608736

Re: Today I received.....

tricky wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 4:48 pm
Some more bits, so I made myself an analogue joystick for BBC or Vectrex.
If you ever happen to make a spare one I worry about using my original Vectrex joystick... :D
by Lardo Boffin
Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5988
Views: 608736

Re: Today I received.....

My repaired Tatung Einstein (ZX81 for scale) - a new AY chip was required as the keyboard was not working too well.

I have no idea where I am going to put it. :shock:

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by Lardo Boffin
Thu Oct 15, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5988
Views: 608736

Re: Today I received.....

Boydie wrote:
Thu Oct 15, 2020 2:11 pm
I’ve got the same model. Extremely useful and usable, even in my ham-fists.
Do you have a model number? :D My wife recently asked me what I want for xmas...
by Lardo Boffin
Wed Oct 14, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5988
Views: 608736

Re: Today I received.....

Saved up my pocket money and got one of these.... 27679CFC-5E95-4463-9A0C-236C9B400A50.jpeg I have bought a couple of the....iron on a solder sucker type .....only lasted a couple of chips, so bit the bullet. I just got an atom, which is yet to be delivered, so will be looking for a few bits and pi...
by Lardo Boffin
Sat Oct 03, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: other vintage hardware, software and languages
Topic: Looking for some Z80 CPUs
Replies: 4
Views: 238

Re: Looking for some Z80 CPUs

If nobody has any freebies you can buy them from here:

https://retroleum.co.uk/zx-spectrum-chips
by Lardo Boffin
Sat Sep 26, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: No Such Variable Errors in Two Different Programs
Replies: 6
Views: 269

Re: No Such Variable Errors in Two Different Programs

A variable you refer to, e.g. IF T(I), has to be declared before being referred to. So if the bit of code that sets the value of T(I) has not been called before the IF (e.g. it is set in a branch that has not been followed) then it won’t exist and will cause an error. Even if there is a line of code...
by Lardo Boffin
Sat Sep 26, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Acorn - A World in Pixels - new book
Replies: 18
Views: 1053

Re: Acorn - A World in Pixels - new book

+1 for ordering.

My kids can give it me for xmas. :D
by Lardo Boffin
Fri Sep 25, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: JetPac NuLA refuel
Replies: 14
Views: 944

Re: JetPac NuLA refuel

The graphics are awesome on this! Its runs nicely on my Master in OS1.20 mode. :D

I’m still rubbish at it though.

So - the million dollar question. Which game is next for this treatment? [-o<
by Lardo Boffin
Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Worth Taking a Look At
Replies: 2884
Views: 343934

Re: Worth Taking a Look At

flaxcottage wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:36 pm
A huge lot of BBC books and manuals - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/71-BBC-Acorn ... SwksRfZNIl

Includes the Peter Kilworth book on writing adventures. :D
That is a good bundle! I suspect it will go for a fair bit of cash.
by Lardo Boffin
Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: I want one of these . . .
Replies: 5
Views: 342

Re: I want one of these . . .

That is beyond awesome.
by Lardo Boffin
Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Worth Taking a Look At
Replies: 2884
Views: 343934

Re: Worth Taking a Look At

The same seller also has a Master:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/333723497966
by Lardo Boffin
Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:01 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Hello and my 'new' USA beeb kit
Replies: 14
Views: 547

Re: Hello and my 'new' USA beeb kit

Mark at Retroclinic sells the speech stuff. It may be worth contacting him about the Kenneth Kendal ROM.
by Lardo Boffin
Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Worth Taking a Look At
Replies: 2884
Views: 343934

Re: Worth Taking a Look At

USA Beeb manuals (I think):

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/254717524415

Pretty sure I read someone was looking for these?
by Lardo Boffin
Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: wanted
Topic: (Found - Thanks) RetroClinic DataCentre.
Replies: 10
Views: 732

Re: RetroClinic DataCentre.

And an Atom?
by Lardo Boffin
Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: How to save and load games on Turbo MMC
Replies: 8
Views: 311

Re: How to save and load games on Turbo MMC

It depends on the game I think. As you are using a kind of disc filing system when running the MMC you are not in Tape filing system mode (you would have to do *TAPE to get from MMC to tape loading). If the game calls *TAPE before it tries to save then it should save to tape. It would also need to d...
by Lardo Boffin
Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: How to save and load games on Turbo MMC
Replies: 8
Views: 311

Re: How to save and load games on Turbo MMC

If Football Manager doesn’t give you the option of selecting which disc to save to you may struggle. With a physical floppy disc you can just swap it. With an SD card system its not so easy. I’m not sure if you could load the game, change the SD card and then save. The MMC ROM may give errors due to...
by Lardo Boffin
Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: How to save and load games on Turbo MMC
Replies: 8
Views: 311

Re: How to save and load games on Turbo MMC

Yes you can. Certainly with Elite anyway! For Elite you will need to mount a second disc image into one of the other ‘drives’. So (assuming I can remember the correct terminology): *DRIVE 2 *DIN Blankdisc *DRIVE 0 *DIN Elite *TUBEELT Where ‘Elite’ is the image containing Elite (ideally the disc or c...
by Lardo Boffin
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5988
Views: 608736

Re: Today I received.....

Another reasonably priced book in virtually perfect condition. Even has the original receipt. That looks mint. I have my copy from BITD and it's a bit sad ... the glue in the spine and the paper quality not the best, I don't think. :( But I can still read it ... carefully ... Its not far off brand ...
by Lardo Boffin
Wed Sep 09, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5988
Views: 608736

Re: Today I received.....

Another reasonably priced book in virtually perfect condition.

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Even has the original receipt.
by Lardo Boffin
Sat Sep 05, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: new projects and releases: text and graphic adventures
Topic: Beta Tester(s) wanted for Text Adventure (Follow-up to SIGMA Experiment)
Replies: 60
Views: 1846

Re: Beta Tester(s) wanted for Text Adventure (Follow-up to SIGMA Experiment)

lurkio wrote:
Sat Sep 05, 2020 12:48 pm
Here's a link to play the game in your web browser, if that's more convenient for anyone:

:idea:
Is there any way to get a keyboard to appear when running these in a browser on an iPhone?
by Lardo Boffin
Sat Sep 05, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Hello and my 'new' USA beeb kit
Replies: 14
Views: 547

Re: Hello and my 'new' USA beeb kit

Welcome!

I have a USA beeb converted to PAL by Mark at Retroclinic so happy to post any photos that may help.

Some photos of mine here:

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=15446
by Lardo Boffin
Fri Sep 04, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Barbarian Controversy - Was It All Fake News?
Replies: 15
Views: 984

Re: Barbarian Controversy - Was It All Fake News?

sydney wrote:
Fri Sep 04, 2020 10:08 am
On behalf of all 12 year old boys I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Superior Software for their advertising campaign. We wholeheartedly approved.
Agreed. It brings back happy memories!
by Lardo Boffin
Thu Sep 03, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5988
Views: 608736

Re: Today I received.....

I’m a sucker for reasonably priced books.

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by Lardo Boffin
Sun Aug 30, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: general
Topic: That was almost a mistake!
Replies: 15
Views: 485

Re: That was almost a mistake!

We should have an international ‘check batteries in devices day’ pop up once a year on here to remind people to check!
by Lardo Boffin
Sat Aug 29, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: new projects and releases: text and graphic adventures
Topic: Revised BASIC framework and tools to build an adventure
Replies: 48
Views: 2622

Re: Revised BASIC framework and tools to build an adventure

I’m thinking it is time for a built in tokeniser, or at least having a go at one. When building and running a work in progress game the process is: 1) Build the output files / tokenise (separate program) / crunch / SSD and launch BeebEm 2) Load all the game data 3) Run the walkthrough 1) is pretty f...
by Lardo Boffin
Sat Aug 29, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello from Chesterfield
Replies: 12
Views: 621

Re: Hello from Chesterfield

Welcome also to near my neck of the woods! A few more people round here and we would have enough for a club. :D

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