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by richardtoohey
Fri Jul 10, 2020 4:41 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello from Hampshire
Replies: 8
Views: 133

Re: Hello from Hampshire

I'm a Richard too.

Never lived in Hampshire, but had a mate who lived in Fleet.

Welcome! :D
by richardtoohey
Fri Jul 10, 2020 2:52 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Methods and ethics of cheating in retro computer games
Replies: 9
Views: 276

Re: Methods and ethics of cheating in retro computer games

@Adam - definitely had the same association with the "cheating" "scene" back in the day - but maybe they had it right and it's taken us this long to realise it. :?: I'd feel it was "wrong" to try the codes that were in the magazines because I'd "spoil" my experience - but I was spoiling my own exper...
by richardtoohey
Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:24 am
Forum: new projects in development: games
Topic: COSMOS CHRONICLES
Replies: 22
Views: 636

Re: COSMOS CHRONICLES

Ohhh the suspense! :shock: :lol:

Looks like you are making good progress, well done. =D>
by richardtoohey
Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:22 am
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

Oh, yes, I did finish ONE of the Megaman (NES) titles - either 1 or 2. Think they are up to well over 10 (X) by now?

EDIT: and Resident Evil 2 on PS, but I'm a bit off-topic! :-# Don't worry my list of completed games is VERY short!
by richardtoohey
Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:11 am
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've been playing since the late 1970s and I have hardly ever finished any game. I think Doom II and maybe one of the Quakes ... but that's about it. Thought I'd finish Mario Odyssey on the Switch but after two "end" sequences there seems to be yet more to do. Don't think I've ever finished an 8-bit...
by richardtoohey
Wed Jul 08, 2020 12:32 am
Forum: new projects in development: games
Topic: COSMOS CHRONICLES
Replies: 22
Views: 636

Re: COSMOS CHRONICLES

Oops, that's a bit of flaw in my thinking ... :oops:
by richardtoohey
Wed Jul 08, 2020 12:02 am
Forum: new projects in development: games
Topic: COSMOS CHRONICLES
Replies: 22
Views: 636

Re: COSMOS CHRONICLES

Also on a Master, you've got the sideways RAM ... so you should have a lot more space?

That's the theory, never done it myself ... :D
by richardtoohey
Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:20 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - R02 - Felix in the Factory
Replies: 55
Views: 1079

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - R02 - Felix in the Factory

I have noticed that I get an extra life occasionally although I have seen no trigger for it. Instructions (from a photo online) seem to say new life at 3000. That's on the Electron version instructions, anyway: https://www.everygamegoing.com/inlal_back/electron/micropower/tapes/Felix-In-The-Factory...
by richardtoohey
Mon Jul 06, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: About BBC Basic 4
Replies: 93
Views: 2104

Re: About BBC Basic 4

There are BASIC compliers but I think :-k they are for different dialects. And as Coeus says - whatever you do will be crackable. The simplest solution from BITD for a BASIC listing was something like this: 10 REM **** ?&1906=21 That 1906 is a guess - it assumes PAGE is &1900 and a rough offset from...
by richardtoohey
Mon Jul 06, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High score challenge rules discussion.
Replies: 31
Views: 9139

Re: High score challenge rules discussion.

A further interesting point about the problem with Manic Miner is that I don't think it's in-built scoring system can be correlated to skill, even when trying to respect the current rules of this high-score competition. If two people just try to get to the end with no exploits, and both succeeded, ...
by richardtoohey
Sun Jul 05, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: VIDEONULA questions
Replies: 41
Views: 1197

Re: VIDEONULA questions

Find the ULA chip - IC42 - on your motherboard and see if it is in a socket or soldered to the motherboard. Do you have the information you need to find IC42? EDIT: this might help identify it: http://8bs.com/in128.htm Move your mouse over each IC and you'll see the URL change at the bottom of your ...
by richardtoohey
Sun Jul 05, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High score challenge rules discussion.
Replies: 31
Views: 9139

Re: High score challenge rules discussion.

There are also speed runs - fastest to finish first level of game X.

Not sure how you measure that sort of thing - the times - easily, though. :-k
by richardtoohey
Sun Jul 05, 2020 4:39 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Graphics / scrolling issue in some games
Replies: 15
Views: 325

Re: Graphics / scrolling issue in some games

I think Planetoid really likes a working 6522 so it's back to eliminating that.

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by richardtoohey
Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: TROUBLE SHOOTING BBC MASTER
Replies: 17
Views: 506

Re: TROUBLE SHOOTING BBC MASTER

And if you don't have to get rid of it, it might be a good idea to keep for spares ... if your main machine develops a fault it will be good to have a set of spare parts. :?:
by richardtoohey
Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:15 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Closest thing to Minecraft on Beeb?
Replies: 3
Views: 219

Re: Closest thing to Minecraft on Beeb?

Imogen has the combine-things-to-solve-problems aspect ... but not exactly Minecraft-like! In the same vein, Castle Quest.
by richardtoohey
Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:10 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: THE MASTER 128 OF THE FRENCH FROGGER !
Replies: 62
Views: 1298

Re: THE MASTER 128 OF THE FRENCH FROGGER !

understand nothin, i need to progress Slow down ... you are trying to pick everything up at 300 miles-an-hour! Even the old 8-bit machines have so much in them, plus you are trying to learn all the new features that are available with newer electronics. It's a learning marathon, not a sprint! :D An...
by richardtoohey
Wed Jul 01, 2020 5:51 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Screen Flicker
Replies: 18
Views: 493

Re: Screen Flicker

Hardware not my thing, but have you tried another TV/cable to eliminate those?

From what you've said seems unlikely, but just to eliminate them.
by richardtoohey
Wed Jul 01, 2020 5:48 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - R02 - Felix in the Factory
Replies: 55
Views: 1079

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - R02 - Felix in the Factory

Wow Richard. You smoke me in one game and now you're trash talking me? Pfffffff :P You weren't even trying last time. I'll be happy if I manage to even get in the high score table for this one ... ](*,) Definitely a good game, showing what the old BBC could do =D> Just wish it started a litle bit e...
by richardtoohey
Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:49 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - R02 - Felix in the Factory
Replies: 55
Views: 1079

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - R02 - Felix in the Factory

I thought what a rubbish score, Ed, even I'll beat that in a game or two ... haven't got past 300 yet! Too many varmints!

Good colourful game =D> but probably a bit too fast for old dead-cat-reflexes me! :oops:
by richardtoohey
Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:29 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Acornsoft Elite
Replies: 73
Views: 6163

Re: Acornsoft Elite

Do you ON BBCs? Or any machine? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elite_Dangerous

I think you mean on BBCs.
by richardtoohey
Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:15 am
Forum: new ideas wishlist & general chat
Topic: what should i write next?
Replies: 256
Views: 25401

Re: what should i write next?

there are good learning tutotials for the BBC micro ? I've used this as an answer to a few of your questions - definitely go and look at the magazine archives. Beebug and The Micro User had really good articles on how to write programs from fun short programs to utilities to games - in BASIC, assem...
by richardtoohey
Thu Jun 25, 2020 5:49 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Here are some scans of the Barson computers Electron Econet interface CCT and blank board
Replies: 33
Views: 1014

Re: Here are some scans of the Barson computers Electron Econet interface CCT and blank board

I haven't figured out the IM business yet, getting that privilege doesn't seem to have any correlation with the apparent value of ones contributions. So stick with the email in the footer I think, I have no way of replying otherwise. Do you mean the PMs - private messages? You can receive them afte...
by richardtoohey
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:38 am
Forum: scanning of books, magazines, ads and letters
Topic: Inter-Word Reference Manual
Replies: 6
Views: 573

Re: Inter-Word Reference Manual

Pi machines are quite underpowered and throwing large images at them to convert to PDFs is probably a bit too much for them, especially the low-end machines. ImageMagick etc. is quite a beast. How much RAM does it have? If you open top in another console window can you see where the pressure is (RAM...
by richardtoohey
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:27 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Here are some scans of the Barson computers Electron Econet interface CCT and blank board
Replies: 33
Views: 1014

Re: Here are some scans of the Barson computers Electron Econet interface CCT and blank board

daveejhitchins wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:07 am
Woooooooow! Hens teeth / Rocking horse muck . . . Absolutely brilliant =D>
@awilliams: I'm not entirely sure but I think Dave is really pleased you posted this. :wink:
by richardtoohey
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:22 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Best and worst licensed ports for the Beeb/Elc
Replies: 7
Views: 616

Re: Best and worst licensed ports for the Beeb/Elc

Best: Mr Ee! for Mr Do.

Worst: Will have to do some research!
by richardtoohey
Tue Jun 23, 2020 2:27 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: RGB to HDMI using a Pi Zero and a small CPLD
Replies: 1144
Views: 73965

Re: RGB to HDMI using a Pi Zero and a small CPLD

I can't seem to add attachments - do I need access granting on a per forum / per post basis? Not that I know of. What sort of attachments are you trying to use (JPG, PNG, ZIP, whatever?) and what is stopping you? i.e. does it just not work or are you getting some sort of error message (if so, what?)
by richardtoohey
Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Vine Micros Mk 2 Replay and Gotek
Replies: 171
Views: 3980

Re: Vine Micros Mk 2 Replay and Gotek

I was so nervous as I was performing the organ transplant that I ended up having to set up a fan to stop me sweating into the BBC! I came so close to permanently snapping legs and botching the soldering. The green wire is soldered on by just a few strands. Oh well, it works, and I've stuck some Gor...
by richardtoohey
Sat Jun 20, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - R01 - Helter Skelter
Replies: 50
Views: 1245

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - R01 - Helter Skelter

I think the programmer was Kevin Blake (but he knew what he was doing too!) - if you look at the splash screen it looks as though Adrian Stephens was involved but doesn't say how exactly.
by richardtoohey
Sat Jun 20, 2020 2:46 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - R01 - Helter Skelter
Replies: 50
Views: 1245

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - R01 - Helter Skelter

Hmm, goes a bit better if you read the instructions (and your hints when I asked about the C key) but still can't quite make it bounce how I want to ... and this game requires more patience than I am willing to give it ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) 70487
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by richardtoohey
Fri Jun 19, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: TURBO MMC or GOTEK ?
Replies: 58
Views: 1201

Re: TURBO MMC or GOTEK ?

Aren't CF cards a bit more difficult to get these days - superseded by SD? Not sure, just wondering aloud. :?:

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