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by sydney
Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The best version of Chess that runs on a model B
Replies: 39
Views: 705

Re: The best version of Chess that runs on a model B

No problem at all. It will give me time to get everything set up. There are 8 commercial chess programs on bbcmicro.co.uk , there are 10 listed but Complete Home Entertainment Centre's Chess is Colossus Chess 4 and First Moves Chess appears to be a chess training program. My intention is to have eac...
by sydney
Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The best version of Chess that runs on a model B
Replies: 39
Views: 705

Re: The best version of Chess that runs on a model B

If anybody else wishes to take part, using emulation, or real hardware, then please be my guest, but I would ask that maybe you could wait until I have completed each round on real equipment? The first stage is a VIC 20 - Dragon 32 re match, this time BOSS Chess Vs Cyrus Chess. If any of you are in...
by sydney
Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Chess Wars - Battle of the 8 Bit Micros
Replies: 35
Views: 556

Re: Chess Wars - Battle of the 8 Bit Micros

Just a quick message to say I'm following this thread with interest. I've recently started playing chess again after many years of not playing. I'm much worse than I was when I was younger, in fact I'm terrible! But as I'm matched against other terrible players it's not too bad!
by sydney
Sat Nov 21, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: The games that we play.
Replies: 2
Views: 185

The games that we play.

I was going though the games that have been played in the High Score Challenge over it's seven years to help me choose some games to nominate for season 15. I began to wonder how many games we've played and which has been played most often so I made a list! 133 games in total! I'm disappointed that ...
by sydney
Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Nominations - Season 15
Replies: 19
Views: 530

Re: High Score Challenge Nominations - Season 15

I'm going to make a concerted effort to take part this season, my Beeb is feeling neglected. And here are my nominations: Duck! Whoopsy Estra Could I make a suggestion? If Frenzy or Kix is played then remove the other from the selection process for at least one week. ISTR Kix immediately followed Fr...
by sydney
Mon Nov 09, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: [ALL FOUND!] Electron User mags
Replies: 5
Views: 280

Re: Electron User mag

I've got most of them Stuart. I'll pm you in a bit.
by sydney
Fri Nov 06, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: miscellaneous new bbc and electron games
Topic: Elementum for Electron and BBC Micro/Master
Replies: 35
Views: 1851

Re: Elementum for Electron and BBC Micro/Master

Just wanted to add my praise for this game. It's great and captures the frustratingly brilliant one more go feeling I remember from so many games back in the day. I've nearly smashed the break key through the table several times, which is probably what killed my elk back in the day.
by sydney
Tue Nov 03, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Acorn Electron keyboard Fault
Replies: 11
Views: 341

Re: Acorn Electron keyboard Fault

No vias in an electron so that's one thing ruled out.
by sydney
Mon Nov 02, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: acorn atom and acorn system series
Topic: Atom delivery by Hermes
Replies: 21
Views: 1280

Re: Atom delivery by Hermes

When I book through Hermes it's a 72p supplement for a home collection rather than dump-it-in-the-back-room-of-the-local-offy, so the drivers probably only get a fraction of that per collection. I don't know how much they are paid per collection but they are paid 62p per delivery. If you are out th...
by sydney
Thu Oct 29, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn emulators
Topic: Index of links to 8-bit Acorn Emulators
Replies: 38
Views: 17304

Re: Index of links to 8-bit Acorn Emulators

Can I suggest that the emulators for RISC OS be included in this list? BeebIt by Michael Foot https://mjfoot.netlify.app/bbc.htm and 6502em by Murklesoft http://www.borcherds.co.uk/murklesoft/riscos/6502em.html which also emulates the Electron and is commercial software. Cheers! Done! Is that good ...
by sydney
Thu Oct 29, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn emulators
Topic: Index of links to 8-bit Acorn Emulators
Replies: 38
Views: 17304

Re: Index of links to 8-bit Acorn Emulators

Can I suggest that the emulators for RISC OS be included in this list? BeebIt by Michael Foot https://mjfoot.netlify.app/bbc.htm and 6502em by Murklesoft http://www.borcherds.co.uk/murklesoft/riscos/6502em.html which also emulates the Electron and is commercial software. Cheers! I'll look at this o...
by sydney
Thu Oct 29, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Master econet module connector
Replies: 101
Views: 13952

Re: Master econet module connector

Hey sydney, did you ever get around to doing the write up? I quite fancy having a go at putting one of these together for my Master. Unfortunately I didn't ever get round to documenting this properly. I stopped using mine a couple of years ago as it stopped working. I still have the board but it's ...
by sydney
Fri Oct 23, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Could you plug a pi into a matter cartridge slot?
Replies: 11
Views: 404

Re: Could you plug a pi into a matter cartridge slot?

Would it need to work via a tube interface? Would it be possible for the pi to appear as 32k of sideways ram that both it and the elk/master can read from and write to.
by sydney
Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: MMFS Version 2
Replies: 368
Views: 2687

Re: SD card without the MMB file (aka MMFS2)

Martin has not logged into stardot for over a year so a pm might not reach him.
by sydney
Sat Oct 17, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: RISC OS Direct for Dummies
Replies: 8
Views: 503

Re: RISC OS Direct for Dummies

I think 99% of Archimedes games will not work without using something like ADFFS(I think). Just buying a boxed game on eBay and trying to get it to work isn't going to happen. Maybe here will provide some good answers: https://forums.jaspp.org.uk/forum/viewforum.php?f=14&sid=11747d96f8625ebe9aebf0ff...
by sydney
Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: programming
Topic: Free ram in Basic
Replies: 3
Views: 215

Re: Free ram in Basic

This discussion might help: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=10309&hilit=Basic
by sydney
Thu Oct 15, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: BBC Basic: Any way to invoke LIST from within a program?
Replies: 13
Views: 502

Re: BBC Basic: Any way to invoke LIST from within a program?

I really should re-read posts before I reply with something that doesn't answer the question!
by sydney
Thu Oct 15, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: BBC Basic: Any way to invoke LIST from within a program?
Replies: 13
Views: 502

Re: BBC Basic: Any way to invoke LIST from within a program?

I don't think so but someone else smarter than me might know for sure.

One thing that does work is to *EXEC a file containing the LIST command using OSCLI.

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*BUILD LISTER
0001 LIST
0002 
Escape
>

...

10 PRINT "HELLO THERE!"
20 OSCLI "EXEC LISTER"
by sydney
Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: HELP: BBC Model B fails to load from SD, tape or disc
Replies: 25
Views: 938

Re: HELP: BBC Model B fails to load from SD, tape or disc

With tape you may need to type the following

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*TAPE
PAGE=&0E00
CHAIN""
Floppy disks will need the DFS Rom as there is no code in MMFS to use them.
by sydney
Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: past weeknight 'general' acorn sessions
Topic: No Tuesday General ABug meeting this week.
Replies: 13
Views: 657

Re: No Tuesday General ABug meeting this week.

Thanks for the good wishes everyone.
Her operation was very successful and she is recovering well. She'll be allowed home once the pain can be controlled easily at home so hopefully tomorrow or over the weekend at the latest.
by sydney
Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: past weeknight 'general' acorn sessions
Topic: No Tuesday General ABug meeting this week.
Replies: 13
Views: 657

No Tuesday General ABug meeting this week.

Hi everyone. Just to say sorry but I'll not be hosting a 'General ABug' this week. My daughter has an operation tomorrow so I'll be a bit more distracted than usual.
by sydney
Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: new projects in development: games
Topic: Sprites that can be used from BASIC
Replies: 52
Views: 5429

Re: Sprites that can be used from BASIC

AAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!
I changed HIMEM but didn't save!
It works beautifully! Next is to get the right scroll and vertical scrolls done and I'll be nearly finished.
It'll be Wednesday before I get a chance to look at this again unfortunately.
by sydney
Mon Oct 12, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: new projects in development: games
Topic: Sprites that can be used from BASIC
Replies: 52
Views: 5429

Re: Sprites that can be used from BASIC

So I'm trying to write an assembler routine which will scroll the zoomed window by copying bytes in memory |6000|6008|6010| : 6008 -> 6000 : 6010 -> 6008 etc across the screen for 32 chars(&80 bytes) |6001|6009|6011| : 6009 -> 6001 : 6011 -> 6009 |6002|600A|6012| : 600A -> 6002 : 6012 -> 600A |6003|...
by sydney
Sat Oct 10, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: new projects in development: games
Topic: Sprites that can be used from BASIC
Replies: 52
Views: 5429

Re: Sprites that can be used from BASIC

Assuming the left is zoomed in 4X, you could use the hardware cursor for the left hand side, although it might be a little clumsy from BASIC. IIRC, you can set the width in bytes, the start and end in scan lines and the address in characters (real addr / 8). Or you could use a sprite ;) I was also ...
by sydney
Sat Oct 10, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: new projects in development: games
Topic: Sprites that can be used from BASIC
Replies: 52
Views: 5429

Re: Sprites that can be used from BASIC

It's going to be pretty slow at moving the zoomed window the way I've done it so I might need to write it in assembler to make it useable.
by sydney
Sat Oct 10, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: new projects in development: games
Topic: Sprites that can be used from BASIC
Replies: 52
Views: 5429

Re: Sprites that can be used from BASIC

I am looking forward to seeing how you get on with your editor. So I'm doing pretty well but if I were to write another one, which I might, I think I'd do it very differently. How it will work: The sprite file is displayed on the right of the screen. The left of the screen houses a zoomed in area i...
by sydney
Fri Oct 09, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: new projects in development: games
Topic: Sprites that can be used from BASIC
Replies: 52
Views: 5429

Re: Sprites that can be used from BASIC

He's not as fat as you'd expect! brucelee.png L. 1 RESTORE 130 2 C=0 10 MODE 5 20 VDU 19,0,6;0;:REM COLOU 0 TO CYAN 30 VDU 19,1,0;0;:REM COLOUR 1 TO BLACK 35 VDU 19,2,3;0;:REM COLOUR 2 TO YELLOW 40 VDU 19,3,7;0;:REM COLOUR 3 TO WHITE 41 RESTORE 130 60 FOR Y=15 TO 0 STEP-1 64 FOR X=7TO 0 STEP -1 70 R...
by sydney
Fri Oct 09, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: new projects in development: games
Topic: Sprites that can be used from BASIC
Replies: 52
Views: 5429

Re: Sprites that can be used from BASIC

I had a feeling that would be a problem, so redesigning them is something to keep the kids busy with tonight! Or it could just be fat Bruce Lee Vs The Fat Ninjas!
I'm currently 1/4 of the way through writing a simple editor so maybe we'll have something to show by Sunday.
by sydney
Fri Oct 09, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: new projects in development: games
Topic: Sprites that can be used from BASIC
Replies: 52
Views: 5429

Re: Sprites that can be used from BASIC

So the kids and I had a bit of a play with some graph paper and felt pens last night. We are going to write a Bruce Lee Vs Ninja's platform game using Trickys BASIC sprite routines.
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by sydney
Thu Oct 08, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: new projects in development: games
Topic: Sprites that can be used from BASIC
Replies: 52
Views: 5429

Re: any interest in a character display with sprites?

Works like a charm!

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10 PRINT FNtab(0,0);"WRITE OR READ";
20 INPUT A$
30 IF A$="R" GOTO 100
40 CALL C% : REM CLS
50 *LOAD SAMPLE 6000
60 PROCscr2spr(0,9)
70 *SAVE SPRFILE 5400 6000 
80 CALL C% : REM CLS
90 END
100 REM READ 
110 CALL C% : REM CLS
120 *LOAD SPRFILE 
130 PROCspr2scr(0,9)
140 END

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