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by sydney
Fri Jul 10, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Action games an average person can likely complete
Replies: 15
Views: 325

Re: Action games an average person can likely complete

I'll mention Plan B 2 (and probably Plan B too!) as I managed to complete it and I'm probably an average (abilty) game player. I took time, a map and a solution but I got there in the end. I've not really played Plan B much but I've read that it's easier than PlanB 2. I get the feeling many games ca...
by sydney
Fri Jul 10, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Methods and ethics of cheating in retro computer games
Replies: 9
Views: 277

Re: Methods and ethics of cheating in retro computer games

Cheating. Back in the day I was always dead set against it. I only remember once using a cheat printed in electron user to give super fast energy recharge in Starship Command just to see what the later ships looked like. I did however buy a solution and map for Exile and possibly Codename Droid, wou...
by sydney
Wed Jul 08, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Your TOP 10 Games on Model B/Master 128
Replies: 8
Views: 307

Re: Your TOP 10 Games on Model B/Master 128

It would be interesting to see if opinions have changed in the last few years. I'll have to have a think about the games I'd pick now.

Bare in mind it took over two years of collating votes to produce the original list.
by sydney
Fri Jul 03, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: acorn & bbc micro user group (abug) events
Topic: All-day 'Virtual' Acorn session #5, Saturday 4th July 2020, 9am - 10pm
Replies: 63
Views: 2233

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

I've pm'd the meeting details to everyone. Let me know if I've missed you.
by sydney
Fri Jul 03, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: new projects in development: games
Topic: Conversion of Atari 2600 game Robot Tank
Replies: 3
Views: 197

Re: Conversion of Atari 2600 game Robot Tank

I've been playing around with the graphics for beebs equipped with a standard ula and this is how the game could look. I't's a first draft so should get better from here.
robottank-standar-ula.png
It looks better than I thought it would given the limitations of the beeb palette.
by sydney
Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: new projects in development: games
Topic: Conversion of Atari 2600 game Robot Tank
Replies: 3
Views: 197

Conversion of Atari 2600 game Robot Tank

I'm going to write Robot Tank for the Beeb. robottank.jpg This is an Atari 2600 screenshot. I'll be utilising the videonula but I'm hoping to produce a standard ula version too. I've been thinking about this for a while and eventually discussed it a bit at the weekday ABug. It won't be a direct port...
by sydney
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: acorn & bbc micro user group (abug) events
Topic: All-day 'Virtual' Acorn session #5, Saturday 4th July 2020, 9am - 10pm
Replies: 63
Views: 2233

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

List updated to here. Let me know if I missed you. Does the Jul 4th event have a schedule at all? Are you still looking for talks? Cheers Chris There is a schedule for July 4th and from what I can see it's looking pretty full though I'm not the man to ask, Arcadian deals with most of the scheduling...
by sydney
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: past weekday virtual ABugs
Topic: Weekday 'Virtual' Acorn session #5, Tuesday 30th June 2020, 6pm - 10pm
Replies: 27
Views: 645

Re: Weekday 'Virtual' Acorn session #5, Tuesday 30th June 2020, 6pm - 10pm

cjm wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:19 pm
Me, please.

Chris
I just pm'd you
by sydney
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: past weekday virtual ABugs
Topic: Weekday 'Virtual' Acorn session #5, Tuesday 30th June 2020, 6pm - 10pm
Replies: 27
Views: 645

Re: Weekday 'Virtual' Acorn session #5, Tuesday 30th June 2020, 6pm - 10pm

Meeting details have been sent by pm. Let me know if I've missed you.
by sydney
Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: past weekday virtual ABugs
Topic: Weekday 'Virtual' Acorn session #5, Tuesday 30th June 2020, 6pm - 10pm
Replies: 27
Views: 645

Re: Weekday 'Virtual' Acorn session #5, Tuesday 30th June 2020, 6pm - 10pm

I'll be there, moderating. I'd also like to discuss the comentary for a couple of copro videos and possibly demonstrate/ ask questions about the vertical rupture technique I'm hoping to use in a game I'm about to start writing.
by sydney
Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: past weekday virtual ABugs
Topic: Weekday 'Virtual' Acorn session #5, Tuesday 30th June 2020, 6pm - 10pm
Replies: 27
Views: 645

Weekday 'Virtual' Acorn session #5, Tuesday 30th June 2020, 6pm - 10pm

It's time for the next weekday evening meeting so please respond in this thread if you are interested in attending. 6pm - 10pm is the running time but it is possible we will go past this. The evening meets are less structured and have tended to be quite social whilst still being mainly about Acorn a...
by sydney
Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: other events + general event chat
Topic: Weekday Virtual ABug feedback
Replies: 8
Views: 352

Re: Weekday Virtual ABug feedback

Is a bit more structure needed? 6:00 pm : Welcome, intros for new members and general chat. 6:30 pm : Topic discussion ?:00 pm : Social time (Whenever topic discussion is finished) This wouldn't be rigidly enforced as a topic discussion may lead onto something related but not necessarily 'on topic'....
by sydney
Wed Jun 17, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: other events + general event chat
Topic: Weekday Virtual ABug feedback
Replies: 8
Views: 352

Weekday Virtual ABug feedback

I'd like to hear what people think of the format of the weekday events. Are you happy with the current 'freeform' style or would you like them to be more structured? Is there anything you'd change? I always ask for people to let me know what they have to talk about but very few do so. How far 'off t...
by sydney
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Acornsoft Elite
Replies: 73
Views: 6163

Re: Acornsoft Elite

Always thought it was possible on the Master at least if only with wireframe graphics. But what else did Elite 2 have? Planet landing, alliances, more missions? More ships (and you could change ships), a lot more detail in systems (e.g. Sol had predefined stations and planets), different and varyin...
by sydney
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Seeking ways to showcase fast second processors
Replies: 57
Views: 2055

Re: Seeking ways to showcase fast second processors

I'm recording some footage today. I've got the fast 6502 running the soduku solver with the T.HARDEST problem, the queens program and sphere. Total running time: 2:46. I then tried the same with the 4MHz 6502 and after 38 minutes it had done soduku and queens but was only maybe half of the way throu...
by sydney
Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Acornsoft Elite
Replies: 73
Views: 6163

Re: Acornsoft Elite

trixster wrote:
Tue May 26, 2020 7:19 pm
1) you count budget as well as full price, and if you count the Acorn User covedisk release and the Amstrad Action cover tape release,
I'm pretty sure one of the C64 magazines had it on the cover tape too. Possibly Commodore Format.
by sydney
Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: acorn & bbc micro user group (abug) events
Topic: All-day 'Virtual' Acorn session #5, Saturday 4th July 2020, 9am - 10pm
Replies: 63
Views: 2233

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

It'll soon be time for the next all day meeting so please respond in this thread if you are interested in attending. 9am - 10pm is the running time and we are aiming to cap the event at 50 people. The all day events tend to be a bit more structured but there are still opportunities for general discu...
by sydney
Mon Jun 15, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: other vintage hardware, software and languages
Topic: Amiga 500 fast RAM + IDE
Replies: 21
Views: 812

Re: Amiga 500 fast RAM + IDE

How did I miss that update? 36MHz? What speed is the cpu rated at?
by sydney
Mon Jun 15, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Master Vs B
Replies: 24
Views: 540

Re: Master Vs B

I'm sure zalaga uses the 'illegal' opcodes in the 6502 so doesn't work and like you say there will be a handful of others too but Prince of Persia, Stunt Car Racer and the demos more than make up for them.
by sydney
Mon Jun 15, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Master Vs B
Replies: 24
Views: 540

Re: Master Vs B

Depends what you want to do but personally I reckon Master with multi OS from retro clinic (gives you two master MOS, 1x bbc b+ MOS and 1x bbc b one available bury turning rotary switch. This. Most (all?) of the BBC games should work in BBC mode, most demos require a master. The stuff from Bitshift...
by sydney
Sun Jun 14, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: TURBO MMC or GOTEK ?
Replies: 58
Views: 1201

Re: TURBO MMC or GOTEK ?

drfloyd wrote:
Sun Jun 14, 2020 1:28 pm
to resume, if it's jut to try games, MMC

if it is to replace floppy, Gotek.
I'd say this is true. If all you want is a complete collection of games then MMC is good enough.
by sydney
Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: TURBO MMC or GOTEK ?
Replies: 58
Views: 1201

Re: TURBO MMC or GOTEK ?

One down side of the gotek is that you need a disk controller. No problem on a master as its standard but on a Beeb it is possible you will have to buy one as well as the gotek.
by sydney
Fri Jun 12, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Co-processor Menu
Replies: 9
Views: 601

Re: Co-processor Menu

This is a great idea! I will definitely be using this to replace the printed list sellotaped to thetop of my beeb.
by sydney
Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: new ideas wishlist & general chat
Topic: Atari 2600 games
Replies: 13
Views: 382

Re: Atari 2600 games

I'd started River Raid but abandoned it quite quickly so that is one I'd want to have a go at. I'd love to see River Raid on the Beeb - particularly if we could get it to use vertical rupture for smooth scrolling. That was my plan but I couldn't quite get my head around it so decided to take a brea...
by sydney
Thu Jun 11, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: new ideas wishlist & general chat
Topic: Atari 2600 games
Replies: 13
Views: 382

Re: Atari 2600 games

I have not converted any Atari 2600 games yet but once my current 2 or 3 projects are finished it's something I've thought about doing. I'd started River Raid but abandoned it quite quickly so that is one I'd want to have a go at. I've recently modded my Wii and installed an Atari emulator on it and...

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