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by fuzzel
Fri Jan 24, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: LAND - A Multi-User Dungeon (well almost)
Replies: 85
Views: 4507

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

Points 5 and 7 from above added. Thanks for the interest in my progress JohnH, you've given me some impetus.
I've added the 10 MUD rankings from novice all the way up to wizard.
Land 240120.jpg
by fuzzel
Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: tape inlay instructions wanted.
Replies: 370
Views: 43142

Re: tape inlay instructions wanted.

Very impressive topic this with lots and lots of contributions. Is there a de facto (if that's the right word) repository for these? It's nice to look at a tape inlay cover while I'm playing a game so I'd like a go-to webpage where I can find them all in one place. For example, Stairway to Hell has ...
by fuzzel
Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: adventures
Topic: Acheton - Playability
Replies: 6
Views: 159

Re: Acheton - Playability

Good evening lurkio. I'm playing the one which says "Cracked by P.N. 18.12.1985" It doesn't actually say whether its Topologika or Acornsoft, I'm assuming Acornsoft given the date. I've disabled sound effects and it seems to be faster thanks, I'm not sure how much faster it would be if played from a...
by fuzzel
Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: adventures
Topic: Acheton - Playability
Replies: 6
Views: 159

Acheton - Playability

Thought I'd have a look at Acheton, Acornsoft's massive text adventure for the BBC. Think (Castle of Riddles + Kingdom of Hamil + Philosopher's Quest) cubed. I've not played it apart from a cursory look since bitd and I can't remember getting very far on it then either. Anyway, the disc version is a...
by fuzzel
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Boffin2 HELP needed on Cave 25.
Replies: 36
Views: 7108

Re: Boffin2 HELP needed on Cave 25.

Very embarrassing! I'm stuck on Level 2, I can't get past this spidery thing.. I need help!
Boffin2 L2 Stuck.jpg
Just found the answer, patience does it! If you jump and land in the centre of the spidery thing it squashes down. You have to jump though, not land on him with the brolly up.
by fuzzel
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: LAND - A Multi-User Dungeon (well almost)
Replies: 85
Views: 4507

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

Well, I've had a day off work so set to work on the maze puzzle and I can now strike off point 3 off the to do list above. Next up is point 7 - the weather system. In answer to your question about the *SAVE file, JohnH, I've used a block of zero page addresses, some at &C00-CFF and the object locati...
by fuzzel
Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Boffin2 HELP needed on Cave 25.
Replies: 36
Views: 7108

Re: Boffin2 HELP needed on Cave 25.

Got to play these games again. I'm pretty sure I completed both bitd. Will report back on progress..
by fuzzel
Sun Jan 19, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: LAND - A Multi-User Dungeon (well almost)
Replies: 85
Views: 4507

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

JohnH wrote: Hmm, also if you were to make it true multi-player you'd have to store visited/not-visited on a player by player basis for each room, and this would soon become a big memory overhead as it wouldn't fit in your spare byte. You're quite right, I hadn't actually thought that through yet bu...
by fuzzel
Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: adventures
Topic: Level 9 adverts
Replies: 14
Views: 311

Re: Level 9 adverts

Thanks 8bitAG, it looks like it's game on then regarding 16k versions of Colossal Adventure and Adventure Quest for the BBC. We'll have to set off the hounds to hunt for these lost versions. I'll see if I can find a 16k version for one of the other 8 bit machines to see how far reduced the text desc...
by fuzzel
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: adventures
Topic: Unfinished Text Adventures
Replies: 100
Views: 12046

Re: Unfinished Text Adventures

I've started playing Alpine Software's Plague Planet, a nice looking disc-based adventure for the BBC. After a fair start I'm now hopelessly stuck. I found a hints sheet on CASA but it appears to be for a slightly different version. Either that or the one I'm playing is bugged. I'm stuck at a padloc...
by fuzzel
Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: adventures
Topic: Level 9 adverts
Replies: 14
Views: 311

Re: Level 9 adverts

I've found possibly the first advert for Colossal Cave from Computing Today, August 1982. This one's for the Nascom only and is a 16k version.
PersonalComputingToday-v1-01_Aug1982_0096.jpg
by fuzzel
Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: adventures
Topic: Level 9 adverts
Replies: 14
Views: 311

Re: Level 9 adverts

Further note: By the time of the March 1983 advert the ZX81 has been dropped and so has the reference to the 16k version.
by fuzzel
Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: adventures
Topic: Level 9 adverts
Replies: 14
Views: 311

Re: Level 9 adverts

The Your Computer September '82 advert is identical to the Acorn User September '82 advert except that the Acorn User one is specifically for the BBC Micro whilst the Your Computer one is for Spectrum, ZX81 (16k enhanced I guess!), BBC and Nascom. Which begs the question, did they create the Your Co...
by fuzzel
Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: tape inlay instructions wanted.
Replies: 370
Views: 43142

Re: tape inlay instructions wanted.

Hi RonBate, many thanks, I've been monitoring ebay for over a year now and there's never been a sniff of a Magus game on there. Any other goodies amongst your Christmas decorations? A year seems a long time to wait for your next surprise... :D
by fuzzel
Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: adventures
Topic: Level 9 adverts
Replies: 14
Views: 311

Re: Level 9 adverts

Well spotted, I hadn't actually noticed mention of the 16k versions in the advert. I'd certainly love to play these versions if they can be found - I'll have to check later Micro User adverts to see if any of their other games were advertised as 16k. Perhaps we should add these to the missing games ...
by fuzzel
Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: adventures
Topic: Level 9 adverts
Replies: 14
Views: 311

Level 9 adverts

Because I'm such a huge fan of Level 9 I thought I'd try to find the oldest advert they did for computer magazines. The oldest one I can find so far is from the September 1982 Acorn User featuring Colossal Adventure and Adventure Quest. Is there an older one out there? Level 9 Advert Acorn User Sep8...
by fuzzel
Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: adventures
Topic: Unfinished Text Adventures
Replies: 100
Views: 12046

Re: Unfinished Text Adventures

I've started playing Alpine Software's Plague Planet, a nice looking disc-based adventure for the BBC. After a fair start I'm now hopelessly stuck. I found a hints sheet on CASA but it appears to be for a slightly different version. Either that or the one I'm playing is bugged. For example, the clue...
by fuzzel
Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: LAND - A Multi-User Dungeon (well almost)
Replies: 85
Views: 4507

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

Hi John, you must have read my mind, I have a spare byte for each location and I'm using the 8 bits as on/off flags for different things eg dark / light locations and inside / outside locations (as I intend to include some weather text like the original). One of these was for whether you've visited ...
by fuzzel
Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: ROM archive?
Replies: 9
Views: 396

Re: ROM archive?

I've loaded up Ice-Box 1.00 into one of the free Rom Configuration slots in Beebem. I've then set it to "Mark Writeable". This is important, it appears to use its own SW Ram (cleverly) to store data, probably zero page, registers, etc.. I've then *ASSIGNed a filename but when I try to freeze activit...
by fuzzel
Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: ROM archive?
Replies: 9
Views: 396

Re: ROM archive?

Very useful thread this. I've had a quick browse and noticed my favourite ROM from yesteryear, Ice-Box.I wonder if anyone's got a manual for this? Confession time, I used it back in the day to effectively save state so I could save my position on Repton 2, Citadel, Ravenskull etc. Not sure I could'v...
by fuzzel
Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: adventures
Topic: Nellan Is Thirsty (1980)
Replies: 19
Views: 754

Re: Nellan Is Thirsty (1980)

Great work lurkio, I agree the map is a great idea, very well suited to adventures with "limited" location descriptions (and there've been quite a few of those for the beeb!). I've just looked on CASA for a bit of background and I see you've been there already !
by fuzzel
Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: tape inlay instructions wanted.
Replies: 370
Views: 43142

Re: tape inlay instructions wanted.

RonBate wrote: Here are the scans for Locks of Luck and What's Eeyore's. Sorry no hint sheets. Many thanks for uploading these, as lurkio's post above will attest, I spent many a happy hour playing these two classics so it's nice to see the original artwork for both games. Maybe one day someone wil...
by fuzzel
Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: tape inlay instructions wanted.
Replies: 370
Views: 43142

Re: tape inlay instructions wanted.

Fantastic news about the inlays for Locks of Luck and What's Eeyores. If indeed RonBate has hint sheets as well then it would be doubly brilliant (although didn't you have had to send off for those ?)
by fuzzel
Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Missing A&B Computing scans
Replies: 3
Views: 130

Re: Missing A&B Computing scans

Hi and a Happy New Year to you too!

I've located my collection of A&B magazines, here's the instructions you're after.
lc-p107.jpg
lc-p106.jpg
I also noticed a screen designer for Electron Frak which sounds interesting, I loved that game!
by fuzzel
Tue Dec 31, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: LAND - A Multi-User Dungeon (well almost)
Replies: 85
Views: 4507

LAND - A Multi-User Dungeon (well almost)

Well, I'm nearly finished now programming the puzzles. Another adaptation I've done this week was to switch to 16 bit messages as I'd hit the 256 barrier. Thank goodness for beebasm, all I had to do was a search and replace in notepad of "JSR mess" with "LDX#0:JSR mess" which means I'm using the Acc...
by fuzzel
Tue Dec 31, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Missing Micro User scans
Replies: 39
Views: 1140

Re: Missing Micro User scans

10.05 appears to be The Micro User from July 1992. I can't find any mention of Entropy in that magazine sorry.
by fuzzel
Fri Dec 27, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Missing Micro User scans
Replies: 39
Views: 1140

Re: Missing Micro User scans

Found it:
lc-p039.jpg
I should have read the pages more thoroughly, the header on this page was Gorilla's Hols so I quickly turned over.
by fuzzel
Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Missing Micro User scans
Replies: 39
Views: 1140

Re: Missing Micro User scans

And here's Black Widow:
lc-p063.jpg
by fuzzel
Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Missing Micro User scans
Replies: 39
Views: 1140

Re: Missing Micro User scans

Mecha Worm on 10.08 - there's no such game according to the magazine but it sounds like Myriapod, see below:
lc-p040.jpg
by fuzzel
Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Missing Micro User scans
Replies: 39
Views: 1140

Re: Missing Micro User scans

Here's Fives and Threes:
lc-p027.jpg