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by 8bitAG
Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: The Classic Adventurer (Bookazine)
Replies: 12
Views: 2682

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 the ZX80/8...
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: 932

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: 29
Views: 6535

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: 389

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: 398
Views: 16357

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: 441

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: 196
Views: 14352

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: 165
Views: 34714

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: 777

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 around too....
by 8bitAG
Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Hopesoft
Replies: 0
Views: 322

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: 171
Views: 21896

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: 165
Views: 34714

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 memories of this prog...
by 8bitAG
Thu Jun 25, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Unfinished Text Adventures
Replies: 171
Views: 21896

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: 6593

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: 171
Views: 21896

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: 171
Views: 21896

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: 196
Views: 14352

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: 171
Views: 21896

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) which...
by 8bitAG
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Unfinished Text Adventures
Replies: 171
Views: 21896

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: 2905

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: 3375

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...
by 8bitAG
Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Gnome Adventure (from Model B Computing magazine)
Replies: 63
Views: 3375

Re: Gnome Adventure (from Model B Computing magazine)

I think I've nearly solved it but am stuck and now suspect that it maybe wasn't completed after all. I'm pretty sure that Barbara Gibb completed the first part, as the game's playtester. Knowing Barbara, she wouldn't have passed it on for publication if it couldn't have been completed. [Poor Barbar...
by 8bitAG
Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Level 9 adverts
Replies: 37
Views: 2905

Re: Level 9 adverts

I don't want to put a dampener on things but it's possible that, given the 16k limitations of that version, the extra 70 locations weren't included in the 16k version. If only we had one to try... The 70 extra locations were in the 16K version. That was one of the selling points in the advert. See ...
by 8bitAG
Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Level 9 adverts
Replies: 37
Views: 2905

Re: Level 9 adverts

Just heard back from the Nascom archive... They've found a submission that was the real version of Colossal Adventure. :)
Adventr.zip
(44.36 KiB) Downloaded 20 times
by 8bitAG
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Level 9 adverts
Replies: 37
Views: 2905

Re: Level 9 adverts

Go ahead, no need to credit. They're created with MAME, very easy to use :) I need to get around to installing MAME. The last time I used it was over twenty years ago! EDIT: There is a way to tell if the 16K file is Colossal Adventure by Level 9, rather than the more faithful port by Syrtis Softwar...
by 8bitAG
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Level 9 adverts
Replies: 37
Views: 2905

Re: Level 9 adverts

Considering both versions look identical I'm tempted to say they're both Syrtis. I wouldn't expect a Level 9 version to ask for instructions either. I'd agree with the fact they look pretty much identical and are probably both Syrtis. It's great to have both versions of that preserved, if that's th...
by 8bitAG
Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Level 9 adverts
Replies: 37
Views: 2905

Re: Level 9 adverts

They both say 'Welcome to Adventure!' so I'd say they're both either Syrtis or Level 9, not one of each. Why do you think they're Syrtis Adventure and not Level 9's Colossal? They're both ports of the mainframe game. You'd expect them to both start with 'Welcome to Adventure!' in some form* On the ...
by 8bitAG
Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Level 9 adverts
Replies: 37
Views: 2905

Re: Level 9 adverts

Bad news... well, good news for preserving some lost games but bad news for others... There are some issues with the Nascom games labelled "Colossal Adventure by Level 9" on the Nascom Homepage http://www.nascomhomepage.com/ The file that's labelled a 32K version of Level 9's Colossal Adventure, is ...
by 8bitAG
Thu Jun 18, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: SUDS help
Replies: 22
Views: 3103

Re: SUDS help

I believe that, sadly, the author died before the third game was completed. (At least, that's what I've read in various places) [Edit: Ah! The full explanation is just a couple of posts above... although that suggests that there should be two additional parts out there, with just the fourth part mis...

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