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by VectorEyes
Thu Aug 13, 2020 12:27 am
Forum: new projects and releases: demoscene
Topic: New demo: 'Evil Influences' for the BBC Master
Replies: 9
Views: 558

Re: New demo: 'Evil Influences' for the BBC Master

Just a quick note to say that we've released version 1.1 of Evil Influences. A number of the transitions have been tidied up, one effect in particular massively improved, and a few other minor issues addressed. It's now the version that I wish I'd shipped two months ago! I've updated the links in th...
by VectorEyes
Wed Aug 12, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Kenda "The Professional" DMFS
Replies: 60
Views: 1029

Re: Kenda "The Professional" DMFS

Wow, excellent Nigel - really enjoying this. Is there anything I can do on the hardware? Is there any software or commands I can run that can interrogate registers, etc. on the FDC that could hint at which one it is? Paging @ScaryBeasts to this thread who may know just a little bit about talking to...
by VectorEyes
Sun Aug 09, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: DIY floppy cleaner
Replies: 8
Views: 243

Re: DIY floppy cleaner

The advantage of a cleaning disc, though, is that you don’t have to open up the drive (and risk damaging the heads or other internal mechanisms). That might be very attractive for people who don’t want to open up the drive or just don’t have the time for more involved repairs.
by VectorEyes
Sat Aug 08, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: TOP 10 GAMES A3010?
Replies: 28
Views: 612

Re: TOP 10 GAMES A3010?

The Dungeon A lot of Acorn games like Dungeon really annoyed me, because they could have been awesome but just... weren't. They were impressive technical achievements, but the game itself was pretty meh. I actually agree. I put it in the list because I did play it all the way to the end after I’d b...
by VectorEyes
Sat Aug 08, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: TOP 10 GAMES A3010?
Replies: 28
Views: 612

Re: TOP 10 GAMES A3010?

Elite
Stunt Racer 2000
Star Fighter 3000
Chocks Away
The Dungeon
Zarch
Aldebaran

Anyone else want to add their favourites?
by VectorEyes
Fri Aug 07, 2020 11:47 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Spycat variant
Replies: 38
Views: 1096

Re: Spycat variant

There was a bug in Omega Orb where you could get stuck under a platform at the top of a lift, and the only way to escape was to keep shooting bullets (which drained a tiny amount of health with each shot) until you lost a life.

I wonder whether there were ever any variants which fixed that? :)
by VectorEyes
Fri Aug 07, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Spycat variant
Replies: 38
Views: 1096

Re: Spycat variant

I have nothing to say except to note my appreciation and amazement that you're all able to work these things out so quickly. It's great to see these mysteries being revealed after all these years.
by VectorEyes
Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Skirmish + Kourtyard strange disc variant
Replies: 10
Views: 336

Re: Skirmish + Kourtyard strange disc variant

Yes, the box has space for tapes and a disc. Interesting idea, that it might be a review copy!

I have very vague memories of reading a review of this game that mentioned Skirmish on one side and Kourtyard on the other ... but so far no luck in tracking it down, so I may be mis-remembering.
by VectorEyes
Thu Jul 30, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: new projects and releases: demoscene
Topic: Thousands of colours (Acorn Electron)
Replies: 6
Views: 334

Re: Thousands of colours (Acorn Electron)

A very nice effect, and by repeatedly pausing and unpausing the video I can see how you're doing it! I played around with rapidly alternating between two colours to create new ones last year. I found that yellow and white worked nicely, as did magenta and red, and a few other combinations, but that ...
by VectorEyes
Tue Jul 28, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Amateur Workshop Clearout
Replies: 10
Views: 582

Re: Amateur Workshop Clearout

Hello Joe. Sorry to hear about the medical issues, I hope that recovery goes well. And it's also a shame to hear about Acorn groups closing down, although to a certain extent it's inevitable. At least there are plenty of online forums to keep people busy. If you happen to have an ARM Evaluation Syst...
by VectorEyes
Tue Jul 28, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Cholo challenges
Replies: 17
Views: 857

Re: Cholo challenges

Weird, I actually enjoyed Cholo. I played it quite a bit on the Beeb, and completed it under emulation on the CPC. It really, really helps to have read through the manual, I think... and understood how the city is divided into zones, and that robots won't follow you outside of their zone and will di...
by VectorEyes
Tue Jul 28, 2020 1:17 am
Forum: development tools
Topic: BeebAsm
Replies: 117
Views: 13082

Re: BeebAsm

I have to say, I thought my build system was about as slick as could be; but using BeebAsm is even slicker, needing only to "eject" the disc and "reinsert" it after building all the code on the host. And you can remove that annoyance as well if you're using Beeblink! At few months ago (before there...
by VectorEyes
Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: development tools
Topic: Looking for a <modern image format> to bitmap tool (python, preferably)
Replies: 4
Views: 185

Re: Looking for a <modern image format> to bitmap tool (python, preferably)

Oh, when you say 'to bitmap' do you mean to a sequence of bytes that matches the Archimedes screen memory layout for the appropriate screen mode? Obviously Imagemagick won't help with that directly, but you can use it to extract specified pixels from the image in <scripting language of choice> and t...
by VectorEyes
Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: development tools
Topic: Looking for a <modern image format> to bitmap tool (python, preferably)
Replies: 4
Views: 185

Re: Looking for a <modern image format> to bitmap tool (python, preferably)

If you can stand an hour or two of learning how to use it, then Imagemagick will do exactly this sort of thing. You can give it one image which is the 'source', another image which contains all the colours in your target palette, and it will spit out an image that contains only target palette colour...
by VectorEyes
Wed Jul 22, 2020 12:22 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello Everyone!
Replies: 7
Views: 264

Re: Hello Everyone!

Welcome Brett! Sounds like you have some nice projects planned. I imagine it will be a real nostalgia-trip when you hear the 'boo-beep' sound again!
by VectorEyes
Mon Jul 20, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Discbeast, new disc and archival utility -- NEED VOLUNTEERS
Replies: 70
Views: 2514

Re: Discbeast, new disc and archival utility -- NEED VOLUNTEERS

I was sure I used the DSTP 1 command but I cant be 100% sure anymore so I may have made a mistake, sorry for the trouble. I've noticed that it's easy to occasionally type 'DSTEP 1' instead of 'DSTP 1'. The utility replies 'DSTP 1' when it successfully parses the correct command, but even so it's ea...
by VectorEyes
Sun Jul 19, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: development tools
Topic: BeebAsm
Replies: 117
Views: 13082

Re: BeebAsm

Two possible routes: 1. If you use the -v option, and pipe BeebAsm's output to a text file, you get a massive file which contains every label. Here's a tiny example: .sync 0E94 08 PHP 0E95 A9 02 LDA #&02 .vsync0 0E97 2C 4D FE BIT &FE4D 0E9A F0 FB BEQ &0E97 0E9C 8D 4D FE STA &FE4D .vsync1 0E9F 2C 4D ...
by VectorEyes
Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: new projects and releases: demoscene
Topic: Demo for The CODE Show [Acorn Electron]
Replies: 10
Views: 374

Re: Demo for The CODE Show [Acorn Electron]

Thanks! It does seem a long time ago when I saw you trying to hunt down a bug in one of the effects that found its way into Evil Influences! :mrgreen: However, I hate to challenge your memory but none of this demo actually existed back then :lol: Maybe the colour cycling bar reminded you of my Boun...
by VectorEyes
Thu Jul 16, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: new projects and releases: demoscene
Topic: Demo for The CODE Show [Acorn Electron]
Replies: 10
Views: 374

Re: Demo for The CODE Show [Acorn Electron]

Lovely demo! I recall you showing a version of this to me at ABUG in January (it seems so long ago now!)

The CODE Show looks great as well, what a lovely idea. Perhaps once lockdown eases they can visit my child's school...
by VectorEyes
Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello from Oslo
Replies: 14
Views: 418

Re: Hello from Oslo

Welcome! It's always nice to meet people who were coding for Acorn machines 'back in the day'!
by VectorEyes
Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:46 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Mysterious "lost" game or weird hoax?: The SIGMA Experiment (1983?)
Replies: 54
Views: 1861

Re: Mysterious "lost" game or weird hoax?: The SIGMA Experiment (1983?)

Quite enjoying this so far! Only solved the first few puzzles (don't want to put any spoilers in here) but just wanted to say that it's good fun.
by VectorEyes
Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: volunteers to archive a damaged disc
Replies: 16
Views: 769

Re: volunteers to archive a damaged disc

Well this is all very mysterious isn’t it?...
by VectorEyes
Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Trying to remember a rocket ship game with an asteroid field (educational game)
Replies: 5
Views: 340

Re: Trying to remember a rocket ship game with an asteroid field (educational game)

That sounds like one of the sub-games from Space Mission Mada by Sherston Software. I recognise it because I was playing it a few weeks ago!
by VectorEyes
Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Reasonable expectations for CUB monitor
Replies: 7
Views: 510

Re: Reasonable expectations for CUB monitor

Sorry, I must have missed this thread when you posted it. I think it’s very much pot luck. I’ve had a few that were fine, and others with a totally blank screen or a horizontal line in the middle. The problem with Cubs, as distinct from Beebs, is that there are fewer people who know how to diagnose ...
by VectorEyes
Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:29 am
Forum: programming
Topic: Self Modifying Code
Replies: 12
Views: 578

Re: Self Modifying Code

I even spotted a place where I got to it by falling through from a BCC that did not branch, meaning the carry would definitely be set ; so I just used ADC #&3F instead of CLC ; ADC #&40 like somebody who pegs their socks in pairs. I mean if you're going to get hanged for taking a lamb, you might as...
by VectorEyes
Thu Jul 09, 2020 12:30 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Action games an average person can likely complete
Replies: 25
Views: 932

Re: Action games an average person can likely complete

I think I completed Storm Cycle on my second playthrough, but that says more about the easy nature of the game than about my game-playing prowess! Regarding Exile, it's really more of an action adventure... as such it's designed to let you save the state, reload, think about the puzzles, try things,...
by VectorEyes
Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: BBC Master BIOS
Replies: 5
Views: 264

Re: BBC Master BIOS

BBC Masters don’t really have a BIOS, they’re not PCs! They have an OS in ROM. To help us to help you it would be good if you could tell us what model you have and say what appears on screen when you turn it on.
by VectorEyes
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: Self Modifying Code
Replies: 12
Views: 578

Re: Self Modifying Code

Personally, I use SMC all over the place where it will save space or cycles! But only if I *need* to save the space or the cycles!
by VectorEyes
Tue Jul 07, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: past all-day virtual ABugs
Topic: All-day 'Virtual' Acorn session #5, Saturday 4th July 2020, 9am - 10pm
Replies: 70
Views: 3268

Re: All-day 'Virtual' Acorn session #5, Saturday 4th July 2020, 9am - 10pm

Really looking forward to watching these! I need to move to a country where it's the middle of the night when they're happening, so I can get up and participate in realtime. But for the moment, watching on catch-up will have to do. Thanks for uploading them so quickly.
by VectorEyes
Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: FS: USB "POST box" adaptors (for debugging Archimedes / Risc PC systems that don't boot)
Replies: 47
Views: 1842

Re: FS: USB "POST box" adaptors (for debugging Archimedes / Risc PC systems that don't boot)

Given that I have about 5 RiscPCs and a variety of other machines that could do with some fixing ... at some point in the future ... please could I be added to the queue?

Thanks!

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