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by 8bitAG
Wed Apr 14, 2021 8:36 pm
Forum: archive issues
Topic: Alien from Outer Space, at least two issues. Is it solvable?
Replies: 9
Views: 1183

Re: Alien from Outer Space, at least two issues. Is it solvable?

lurkio wrote:
Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:29 pm
* All of whom were, I suspect, Barbara Gibb!
No. The Scribe was Neil Shipman.
by 8bitAG
Mon Apr 12, 2021 1:16 pm
Forum: archive issues
Topic: Alien from Outer Space, at least two issues. Is it solvable?
Replies: 9
Views: 1183

Re: Alien from Outer Space, at least two issues. Is it solvable?

The reviews definitely seem to say it demands "precise inputs".

The Adventure Club Ltd review...
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by 8bitAG
Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:13 am
Forum: archive issues
Topic: Alien from Outer Space, at least two issues. Is it solvable?
Replies: 9
Views: 1183

Re: Alien from Outer Space, at least two issues. Is it solvable?

Having received several playtest reports from Barbara, in my youth, she wouldn't have let obvious errors or bugs go without notice, so I can only presume that there is something wrong with the archived version. Her review in Adventure Probe, like the What Now? one, was positive... alien-from-outer-s...
by 8bitAG
Sun Apr 04, 2021 7:40 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Larsoft
Replies: 20
Views: 2604

Re: Larsoft

Yes he's emailed me back, I'm going to reply tomorrow, still on today's ABug event which has been running since 9am(!) Very cool... I was literally just about to message him last night, to ask about the Spectrum versions of hi titles, when I noticed your comment on the page so I thought I'd wait an...
by 8bitAG
Sat Apr 03, 2021 9:52 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Larsoft
Replies: 20
Views: 2604

Re: Larsoft

Looking at Geoff's Facebook page, it seems like Arcadian has been in touch with him recently. Hopefully he can be coaxed into talking about his games.
by 8bitAG
Mon Dec 07, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: the complete BBC games archive
Topic: Bug in Arrow Of Death 2
Replies: 8
Views: 1177

Re: Bug in Arrow Of Death 2

I'm guessing that there's only one archived BBC version of Arrow of Death 2? Do we know which release of the game is archived?

I wonder if there are any different Digital Fantasia, Molimerx, Channel 8, Adventure International versions?
by 8bitAG
Wed Nov 25, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: new projects and releases: text and graphic adventures
Topic: Re-worked text adventure re-released Ultimate Nightmare 2092
Replies: 6
Views: 428

Re: Re-worked text adventure re-released Ultimate Nightmare 2092

Thanks 8bitAG. Yes there's a few more released on the Amstrad, but only Ultimate Nightmare for the Beeb/Elk at the moment (I'm hoping to write a brand new game next year) :) Cool. I think most of your 8-bit games are preserved online... Amstrad CPC/PCW preservation is a bit patchy in general... esp...
by 8bitAG
Wed Nov 25, 2020 7:06 am
Forum: new projects and releases: text and graphic adventures
Topic: Re-worked text adventure re-released Ultimate Nightmare 2092
Replies: 6
Views: 428

Re: Re-worked text adventure re-released Ultimate Nightmare 2092

Hi Tony, I remember your Amstrad CPC games (later ported to Spectrum) from the Adventure Probe days. Nice to see an enhanced version of your BBC game. (I've just noticed that there might be a couple of games missing from your entry on CASA, so I will look at adding them later https://solutionarchive...
by 8bitAG
Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: The Classic Adventurer (Bookazine)
Replies: 14
Views: 4375

Re: The Classic Adventurer (Bookazine)

Never say never... Mark has just released a brand new "special edition" of the Classic Adventurer... http://classicadventurer.co.uk/ The contents include interviews with... Garry Cappuccini, author of ZX Spectrum game Crack City; the early microcomputing pioneer, Trevor Toms of Ramjam and ...
by 8bitAG
Sun Nov 01, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Island of Xaan - Second Guard
Replies: 13
Views: 1477

Re: Island of Xaan - Second Guard

Sometimes it's hard to get your head into the same place it would've been in the 1980s... when a lot of us regularly watched cartoons where someone would sing a lullaby to send someone to sleep.
by 8bitAG
Thu Oct 29, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Sphinx Adventure
Replies: 48
Views: 8869

Re: Sphinx Adventure

PMF wrote:
Mon Oct 19, 2020 11:04 pm
In answer to the question posed here about who wrote Sphinx - that would be me.
Your recent Abug talk was really interesting... I love the fact that elements of Sphinx Adventure made it into some of your later utilities, such as S-Pascal. :)
by 8bitAG
Sun Aug 16, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Pieces of Eight
Replies: 0
Views: 521

Pieces of Eight

One to keep your eyes out for... an educational text adventure from Australia....
http://www.ourdigitalheritage.org/archi ... -of-eight/
by 8bitAG
Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: PunyInform and Ozmoo
Replies: 657
Views: 33174

Re: PunyInform and Ozmoo

Stefan Vogt has got an interpreter planned for BBC/Electron for his forthcoming PunyInform release, hasn't he?
by 8bitAG
Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:06 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Molimerx BBC Mysterious Adventures
Replies: 2
Views: 610

Molimerx BBC Mysterious Adventures

I did a bit of research recently into the early Molimerx releases of Brian Howarth's Mysterious Adventures (as part of a series of investigations trying to track down the very earliest British *home computer* text adventure releases). The generally accepted narrative, mainly from articles on the Mys...
by 8bitAG
Sun Jul 12, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: new projects and releases: text and graphic adventures
Topic: LAND - A Multi-User Dungeon (well almost)
Replies: 204
Views: 18987

Re: LAND - A Multi-User Dungeon (well almost)

I definitely recall adding this in homage to an Acornsoft classic but I believed it was actually Castle of Riddles and not PQ but I've just checked and you're right and I'm wrong. Funny how the memory plays tricks. ADDED: I've just looked up Philosopher's Quest on CASA and am intrigued about the or...
by 8bitAG
Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: other vintage hardware, software and languages
Topic: Compukit UK101
Replies: 167
Views: 38446

Re: Compukit UK101

Can anyone please tell me what I need to do with the .hex file mentioned below to load it into the UK101 java emulator?
viewtopic.php?p=61073#p61073

Edit: ah... may have figured it out from an earlier post there... monitor mode...
by 8bitAG
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Geoff Lynas
Replies: 11
Views: 1019

Re: Geoff Lynas

Hi Geoff, Nice to hear from a fellow Zenobi author and Adventure Probe reader. I'm glad my "kind words" attracted you to the forum! (There are quite a few Zenobi authors around on the Internet... such as Mark Walker; you did the loading screen for his Amulet of Darath game. John is still a...
by 8bitAG
Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Hopesoft
Replies: 0
Views: 458

Hopesoft

I've put together a page of material on Hopesoft; an early UK publisher of text adventures for the Acorn Atom and BBC Micro. Founder, Paul Shave kindly sent me some additional comments on his programs. http://8bitag.com/info/hopesoft.html (Thanks to Hoglet for his help with the WYO program and for p...
by 8bitAG
Sat Jun 27, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Unfinished Text Adventures
Replies: 181
Views: 26621

Re: Unfinished Text Adventures

I've been looking at the disassembly recently and have been thinking about recreating the game in The Quill from scratch, just for the hell of it. Despite the silly warning in the intro, it's only a simple introductory-level fare after the issues with it have been removed, so shouldn't take too lon...
by 8bitAG
Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: other vintage hardware, software and languages
Topic: Compukit UK101
Replies: 167
Views: 38446

Re: Compukit UK101

UK101 experts... I'm looking for early text adventures... Are there any early examples on UK101 that you know of? Was Galactic Hitchhiker, mentioned earlier, a "proper" text adventure? [I need to fine & fire up a UK101 emulator to give it a go] Does anyone have any knowledge of memorie...
by 8bitAG
Thu Jun 25, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Unfinished Text Adventures
Replies: 181
Views: 26621

Re: Unfinished Text Adventures

lurkio wrote:
Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:03 am
Maybe use this one:
Have added to that topic, as suggested, thanks. viewtopic.php?p=275558#p275558

Leaving this one free to talk about the games themselves.
by 8bitAG
Thu Jun 25, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: The Quill
Replies: 23
Views: 7360

Re: The Quill

As discussed elsewhere... I'm maintaining a document that attempts to document the various versions of The Quill, including the BBC one at: http://8bitag.com/info/documents/Quill-AdventureWriter-Reference.pdf As mentioned earlier in this thread, the BBC version has a few very distinct differences to...
by 8bitAG
Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Unfinished Text Adventures
Replies: 181
Views: 26621

Re: Unfinished Text Adventures

We probably need a new Quill discussion thread. :) Values of 253, 254 and 255 have special meanings. 252 means that an object is carried. 253 means that an object is worn and 255 means that an object is not created (the default value). If there is no response when the RETURN key is pressed then the ...
by 8bitAG
Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Unfinished Text Adventures
Replies: 181
Views: 26621

Re: Unfinished Text Adventures

Do you happen to have any insight into whether there's a typo in this extract from the Beeb Quill manual downloaded from 8-bit.info (emphasis mine)?: Values of 253, 254 and 255 have special meanings. 252 means that an object is carried. 253 means that an object is worn and 255 means that an object ...
by 8bitAG
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: new projects and releases: text and graphic adventures
Topic: LAND - A Multi-User Dungeon (well almost)
Replies: 204
Views: 18987

Re: LAND - A Multi-User Dungeon (well almost)

Very much brings back memories of logging in to Elemud on my university's computer system. :)
by 8bitAG
Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Unfinished Text Adventures
Replies: 181
Views: 26621

Re: Unfinished Text Adventures

Hi, I'm the author of The Sea Queen. I transferred it from a tape I found in my parents attic many, many moons ago.. Unfortunately, it appears to be an earlier version - The fight sequence in the tavern isn't properly implemented & there's some bugs in part 2 (Both parts are in the same file) w...
by 8bitAG
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Unfinished Text Adventures
Replies: 181
Views: 26621

Re: Unfinished Text Adventures

Looks like you've beaten me to it lurkio! This unquilling business is interesting, I'll have to have a close look at the text files created to see exactly what it gives you. I presume it would provide a full list of all possible inputs which have been anticipated by the author and their consequence...
by 8bitAG
Sat Jun 20, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Level 9 adverts
Replies: 37
Views: 3865

Re: Level 9 adverts

I'd say that this confirms the current 16K is by Syrtis, as I'd expect the Level 9 version to have a similar intro that says it's from Level 9. I wonder what else they have that's not available on the site. Yes, they've labelled the 16K and 32K as such now. The communication with the Colossal Cave ...
by 8bitAG
Sat Jun 20, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Gnome Adventure (from Model B Computing magazine)
Replies: 63
Views: 4771

Re: Gnome Adventure (from Model B Computing magazine)

Ok thanks, I'll resume Aussie Suds today. Any idea what Barbara's up to these days by the way? She was a major contributor to a number of adventure sites but seems to have disappeared in the last 8 years or so. I don't. Barbara, as you will know, was the longest-serving editor of the legendary Adve...

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