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by billcarr2005
Sun Nov 10, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Circus Games (Tynesoft)
Replies: 21
Views: 2451

Re: Circus Games (Tynesoft)

It's not possible because CORE relocates itself over &E00 and &F00 (this can be seen by manually *RUNning CORE instead of SHIFT-BREAKing) Rather than rewriting the code used in all four parts of Circus Games, it's far easier to change the locations of the files from within S.CGC Which is LOADER 00 0...
by billcarr2005
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: The iconic BBC Elite box screenshot, recreated
Replies: 30
Views: 810

Re: The iconic BBC Elite box screenshot, recreated

Is this the kind of thing you had in mind? I was thinking of A2 portrait, with a larger logo at the top, similar to the ELITE design, but then you'd lose so much detail of the map by having it smaller. The only other graphics are from the loading screen, which isn't so colourful or the picture from...
by billcarr2005
Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: The iconic BBC Elite box screenshot, recreated
Replies: 30
Views: 810

Re: The iconic BBC Elite box screenshot, recreated

Do you have the full screenshot map at original size with 8 colours? If so if you can email it across to me I can definitely look into it! The one in the game help section https://www.stairwaytohell.com/gamehelp/MAP-Exile-BC.png is 7072 x 5856 pixels, each screen would've been around 320 pixels acr...
by billcarr2005
Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: The iconic BBC Elite box screenshot, recreated
Replies: 30
Views: 810

Re: The iconic BBC Elite box screenshot, recreated

Slightly off topic (for ELITE) but regarding posters, would it be possible to have an EXILE poster with the fantastic :wink: screenshot map and the logo from the box in the sky?
by billcarr2005
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Midi Track Performer v2
Replies: 6
Views: 185

Re: Midi Track Performer v2

I think it could be protected as it doesn't seem to copy. I guess I should maybe try to create an copy/image using XFER? Just haven't given it a go before. If you could catalogue the disk it might help Or attempt a *VERIFY The disk I have is a standard 40 track, nothing exotic. Although I think the...
by billcarr2005
Fri Nov 01, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: RS232 to USB
Replies: 7
Views: 237

Re: RS232 to USB

I saw this too, although on eBay. Clearly some kind of software would be required on the BBC side to initiate the transfer. I wondered if they would be advocating the "borrowing" (or stealing?) of MartinB's excellent UPURS suite of utilities :? EDIT: I *think* that the auction mentioned it being abl...
by billcarr2005
Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Penman plotter software
Replies: 2
Views: 127

Re: Penman plotter software

I found this... :)
by billcarr2005
Thu Oct 17, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Knight Orc (Level 9) ... yes, it actually exists!
Replies: 42
Views: 4929

Re: Knight Orc (Level 9) ... yes, it actually exists!

Works for me in JSBeeb. :) Did you want someone to test on a real Beeb? :?: I've tested the standard BBC and Master versions on b2 and also the standard on b-Em, BeebEM and JSBeeb and it seems to work too, so I *think* I've found a constant number which works :) Obviously any further testing on rea...
by billcarr2005
Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: programming
Topic: Mode 7 template colours
Replies: 3
Views: 171

Re: Mode 7 template colours

Is this natively on a BBC? I suppose a BASIC program could check through the values of a loaded page, from &7C00 to &7FFF and save the values that fall within the correct range for colour codes(129 to 136?). The program could then load another page but insert the colour values (non zero) that have b...
by billcarr2005
Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Knight Orc (Level 9) ... yes, it actually exists!
Replies: 42
Views: 4929

Re: Knight Orc (Level 9) ... yes, it actually exists!

Could somebody please try the following disk/c

The word *should* be "A", whichever Page, Line and Word is asked for... :D

EDIT: there's no need to go all the way to THROW SPEAR before it appears... RESTORE, from the beginning, should also trigger the question!
by billcarr2005
Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: bbcmicro.co.uk
Topic: Games with problems
Replies: 43
Views: 1669

Re: Games with problems

roganjosh wrote:
Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:07 pm
Ta. The loader file still needs a few adjustments to work properly on a Master but the newly uploaded file is a great improvement.

Alan
The uploaded file was a completely untouched original, so it must not have worked correctly out of the box?! :roll:
by billcarr2005
Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:06 am
Forum: bbcmicro.co.uk
Topic: Games with problems
Replies: 43
Views: 1669

Re: Games with problems

This is a known "issue" with the bbcmicro.co.uk archive, see

By Fair Means Or Foul
viewtopic.php?f=51&t=17616&p=244302

and also Stryker's Run
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=17852&p=247353#p247311

which were initially omitted...
by billcarr2005
Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Knight Orc (Level 9) ... yes, it actually exists!
Replies: 42
Views: 4929

Re: Knight Orc (Level 9) ... yes, it actually exists!

Using the excellent debugging features of B2, I've since discovered that the password(s) are stored in their token form at &11E3,E4,E5 The offsets are the same in both the BBC with SWRAM and BBC Master versions, namely BBC &8000 Master &1100 +DF,E0,E1 PAGE,LINE,NUMBER +E2 ? +E3,E4,E5 WORD ATTEMPT 1,...
by billcarr2005
Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Gnasher Superior
Replies: 7
Views: 414

Re: Gnasher Superior

Hacker is here, along with other Firebird titles which use a continuous data stream
http://www.stairwaytohell.com/bbc/archi ... r_B.hq.zip

Or do HQ UEF require more to create them? :?
by billcarr2005
Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Gnasher Superior
Replies: 7
Views: 414

Re: Gnasher Superior

it doesn't work because the second file has been written *GNASH2 instead of *RUN GNASH2. So the tape version errors out with Bad Program. It could error out due to GNASH? being not a BASIC program which is it supposed to be, from being CHAINed from within GNASHER In fact, it looks to have code from...
by billcarr2005
Sat Oct 05, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: bbcmicro.co.uk
Topic: Games with problems
Replies: 43
Views: 1669

Re: Games with problems

I've added "PRESS ANY KEY" to the main file too
by billcarr2005
Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Viglen Utilities Disc 3.05
Replies: 3
Views: 599

Re: Viglen Utilities Disc 3.05

V3.02 original disc contained unformatted tracks
I presume V3.05 is the same as the one posted above, but was on a 40track disc
by billcarr2005
Sat Sep 28, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Knight Orc (Level 9) ... yes, it actually exists!
Replies: 42
Views: 4929

Re: Knight Orc (Level 9) ... yes, it actually exists!

Working with the BBC Master version on BeebEM and b-Em, i found that page/line/word numbers which are displayed are stored in &11DF/E0/E1 The counter for the number of attempts is at &11E6, so this can be reset to 0 in the debugger to give infinite stabs in the dark :D Changing the display numbers o...
by billcarr2005
Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Knight Orc (Level 9) ... yes, it actually exists!
Replies: 42
Views: 4929

Re: Knight Orc (Level 9) ... yes, it actually exists!

Arcadian wrote:
Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:34 pm
Level9PricePriceWithKnightOrc.png
Also as an aside, interesting to see that Scapeghost (I presume) was once called "Spook" :o
by billcarr2005
Tue Sep 24, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Knight Orc (Level 9) ... yes, it actually exists!
Replies: 42
Views: 4929

Re: Knight Orc (Level 9) ... yes, it actually exists!

KnightOrc-Contents.jpg Surprised to see a mobile phone so close to delicate magnetic media! (I've had first hand experience of their destructive power - although it was then placed on top of a disc...) After a few scares, with the help of Pernod, Prime, Kieranhj, scarybeasts and Tom Seddon we were ...
by billcarr2005
Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Game software protection list ( Kevin Edwards )
Replies: 32
Views: 1091

Re: Game software protection list ( Kevin Edwards )

/\ yes GAME2 & MCRIDR2 are never loaded from normal DFS, they are loaded via the original GAME & MCRIDER kev loaders, to keep things original & work on all FS for Solinet user group BITD (which I've already said :roll: ) Then they just used *BACKUP to give copies to friends, as *COPY does things ba...
by billcarr2005
Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:38 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Game software protection list ( Kevin Edwards )
Replies: 32
Views: 1091

Re: Game software protection list ( Kevin Edwards )

here is my Crazee Rider from BITD, needed for the Solinet group that had Solidisk / Watford / other DFS that would not load it :D also folk with the Watford Rom/Ram 144k boards, pressing Option3 (instead of 1 or2) would load the M128 version into a beeb :mrgreen: cr3.png so the dummy files "*!BLANK...
by billcarr2005
Wed Sep 18, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Game software protection list ( Kevin Edwards )
Replies: 32
Views: 1091

Re: Game software protection list ( Kevin Edwards )

I did BITD too, easy, even for a 10year old! :shock: it's basically this : https://www.stairwaytohell.com/articles/RETROBBC-Protection.html I'm quite aware of that guide :wink: I use to make a "dummy" file to pad the tracks, so the 'unprotected' game was sitting on correct track/sector, this way, a...
by billcarr2005
Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Game software protection list ( Kevin Edwards )
Replies: 32
Views: 1091

Re: Game software protection list ( Kevin Edwards )

Ordinarily, only one file was protected, usually but not always the final one to be *RUN, so the graphics would possibly have been viewable, on some titles at least...
by billcarr2005
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Game software protection list ( Kevin Edwards )
Replies: 32
Views: 1091

Re: Game software protection list ( Kevin Edwards )

I remember the "Hac Man" columns inside the Micro User often used to publish cheat pokes for Superior Software 5.25" disc games. The problem was that this code made it absolutely trivial to copy the Superior disc titles (things like the Superior Collections 1 and 2) that you had protected. The only...
by billcarr2005
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: STH Elite disc image
Replies: 8
Views: 488

Re: STH Elite disc image

I'm slowly finding more discs that don't have a 40-track compatible version on STH. Repton 1 is another one. But at least Repton ( the version here? https://www.stairwaytohell.com/bbc/archive/diskimages/Superior/Repton.zip ) is undersized and can be padded out if necessary. The fact that the SSD sa...
by billcarr2005
Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: STH Elite disc image
Replies: 8
Views: 488

Re: STH Elite disc image

The original disc has an unformatted track and also several tracks where the physical and logical track numbers don't match, so a straightforward SSD isn't possible... but there shouldn't be any reason why the STH version won't write to a 40 track disc, just delete $.ELTDEMO and $.ELTCODE (the ELITE...
by billcarr2005
Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: STH Elite disc image
Replies: 8
Views: 488

Re: STH Elite disc image

On the original disc, drive 0 was 40 track and if an 80 track drive was detected the data was loaded from drive 2
by billcarr2005
Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: STH Elite disc image
Replies: 8
Views: 488

Re: STH Elite disc image

The maximum size for a standard-formatted 40 track disc is 256 bytes per sector * 10 sectors per track * 40 tracks, which gives exactly 102400 bytes. So, what's with this image? I'm guessing it used some non-standard sector format to squeeze the extra data in there -- can anyone confirm? It's an 80...