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by richardtoohey
Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:43 am
Forum: programming
Topic: Zalaga
Replies: 5
Views: 344

Re: Zalaga

I thought the illegal opcodes were more to do how the aliens were drawn, not so much to do with the explosions.

Have to go rummage around and see.

Do things like Planetoid and Snapper etc. work OK? I'm trying to think of games that tickle the 6522 - think Planetoid does that.
by richardtoohey
Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:41 am
Forum: trickysoft (new bbc micro games)
Topic: Asteroids emulator/source code port without the source
Replies: 9
Views: 262

Re: Asteroids emulator/source code port without the source

My memory not much cop these days, but pretty sure Asteroids was the first arcade game I laid my eyes on.

Didn't have much spending money in those days so I didn't waste much on it!

=D>
by richardtoohey
Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:37 am
Forum: general
Topic: ARM sold to Nvidia (by Softbank)
Replies: 6
Views: 370

Re: ARM sold to Nvidia (by Softbank)

Yes ... not sure how this is going to work out.

Apparently there are going to be promises made about HQ being kept in the UK etc. but ... we'll see ...

Doesn't feel like there is going to be a happy ending.
by richardtoohey
Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:29 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: For sale: Acorn Electron WiFi cartridges
Replies: 27
Views: 1071

Re: For sale: Acorn Electron WiFi cartridges

Thanks, roland & dave. We can cross the shipping-to-NZ bridge when we get to it, so give me a prod when we get to that point. But definitely interested (and used to paying $$$s for stuff to get to NZ.)
by richardtoohey
Sun Sep 13, 2020 12:28 am
Forum: stardot FORUM
Topic: Increasing code length in posts
Replies: 15
Views: 394

Re: Increasing code length in posts

Thinking I'm dragging things a bit off-topic (moi?) but are you meaning things like PWA? In which case, yes, Apple wants to make sure they get their 30% cut and "real" apps will be better than web apps. But on the other hand Google wants everyone using Chrome as the one-and-only web-browser (that's ...
by richardtoohey
Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:45 pm
Forum: stardot FORUM
Topic: Increasing code length in posts
Replies: 15
Views: 394

Re: Increasing code length in posts

Incidentally Mark I tried different web browsers but had no joy. You would think Chrome would be ok..... If this is on Apple devices then they (Apple) force every browser to use their web browser back-end. So it's not really Chrome: https://www.howtogeek.com/184283/why-third-party-browsers-will-alw...
by richardtoohey
Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: For sale: Acorn Electron WiFi cartridges
Replies: 27
Views: 1071

Re: For sale: Acorn Electron WiFi cartridges

roland wrote:
Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:36 pm
please keep asking .... I want to know if I have to order 5, 10 or even more additional boards
Oh, you've convinced me then! Yes, please. No rush, and we'll have to sort out postage to NZ if you're OK sending it this way. :D
by richardtoohey
Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:37 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: (Found - Thanks) RetroClinic DataCentre.
Replies: 10
Views: 637

Re: RetroClinic DataCentre.

But ... you also need a Master Compact, an Electron, a B+64, and a B+128K. :twisted:
by richardtoohey
Thu Sep 10, 2020 2:41 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5956
Views: 588404

Re: Today I received.....

Lardo Boffin wrote:
Wed Sep 09, 2020 2:10 pm
Another reasonably priced book in virtually perfect condition.
Even has the original receipt.
That looks mint. I have my copy from BITD and it's a bit sad ... the glue in the spine and the paper quality not the best, I don't think. :( But I can still read it ... carefully ...
by richardtoohey
Thu Sep 10, 2020 2:39 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Retro computing fans rejoice!
Replies: 1
Views: 144

Re: Retro computing fans rejoice!

That's good news! :D

Maybe next year I can visit. [-o<
by richardtoohey
Wed Sep 09, 2020 2:57 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Recommended BBC Model B upgrades
Replies: 50
Views: 1107

Re: Recommended BBC Model B upgrades

But if you don't fancy building anything, Mark @ Retro Clinic an excellent source!
by richardtoohey
Wed Sep 09, 2020 2:54 am
Forum: acorn & bbc micro user group (abug) events
Topic: Acorn Preservation Team meeting #1, Sunday 20th September 2020, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Replies: 17
Views: 671

Re: Acorn Preservation Team meeting #1, Sunday 20th September 2020, 6pm - 9pm

Hmmm, 7 a.m., Sunday morning, after my wife's 50th birthday party (dear little COVID permitting, of course). I'm ticking the boxes of wanting (and able!) to be involved but that time isn't going to work (after a late night), but do remember I'm available to work on the LAMP/FAMP side of things, just...
by richardtoohey
Wed Sep 09, 2020 2:48 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - R07 - Arkanoid
Replies: 64
Views: 1334

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - R07 - Arkanoid

Hmm, for me it's more a matter of reacting to the ball moving and making my fingers move the bat in the correct direction before the ball disappears! :roll:
by richardtoohey
Wed Sep 09, 2020 2:34 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - R07 - Arkanoid
Replies: 64
Views: 1334

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - R07 - Arkanoid

fwibbler wrote:
Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:51 pm
If I play the ZX Spectrum version instead, does that still count? :mrgreen:
I'm still researching the Atari ST version - that's definitely easier ... but I'm still not getting on that hi-score table either!
by richardtoohey
Tue Sep 08, 2020 2:46 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - R07 - Arkanoid
Replies: 64
Views: 1334

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - R07 - Arkanoid

:shock: I'm sure it wasn't this fast back in the day ... will have to dust off a real machine and see. Managed about 1500 after a few goes so don't think I'll be getting onto the high score table with this game, either! ](*,) Pretty sure I was playing this BITD and not the Atari ST version ... can't...
by richardtoohey
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: For sale: Acorn Electron WiFi cartridges
Replies: 27
Views: 1071

Re: For sale: Acorn Electron WiFi cartridges

Heart says "want" but head says "look at all the other cool retro stuff gathering dust".

Looks impressive =D>
by richardtoohey
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - R06 - Trapper
Replies: 53
Views: 1311

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - R06 - Trapper

It's my new alias and I've gotten good at games! :^o :^o :^o

Congrats Ailasue =D>
by richardtoohey
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Deathstar
Replies: 16
Views: 713

Re: Deathstar

There was in fact, Space Pilot by the same author, Peter Johnson, written not long before DeathStar and using the same engine (or at least, very similar!). :oops: I think I might have just had my first senior moment and I'm not that old! There was a little voice in the back of my mind telling me I ...
by richardtoohey
Mon Sep 07, 2020 4:56 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - R06 - Trapper
Replies: 53
Views: 1311

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - R06 - Trapper

To answer my own question, yes, have to build a little trap (with no diagonal escapes!) and lure him in there, and finally squish him. Managed it once for a pathetic 600 points which doesn't get me on the table at all. But at least I didn't completely miss this round. O:) Think I'll move onto Arkano...
by richardtoohey
Mon Sep 07, 2020 4:51 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - R06 - Trapper
Replies: 53
Views: 1311

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - R06 - Trapper

I gave this one a go, but I can't figure out what I'm meant to do? A nasty appears and I try and squish him with a brick (like Pengo) but nothing happens. I re-read the instructions about trapping them but he just escapes diagonally? Do I need to make multiple layers of bricks to trap him? Best scor...
by richardtoohey
Mon Sep 07, 2020 4:41 am
Forum: general
Topic: BBC Micro Books
Replies: 8
Views: 409

Re: BBC Micro Books

Edit: I should add, I did subscribe to Beebug for a year or two - their slim volumes were always interesting reading. I'm not sure how much I'd say they were important, but there was a feeling of belonging to something. +1 for Beebug ... not exactly a book but a great resource (along with The Micro...
by richardtoohey
Mon Sep 07, 2020 4:31 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Deathstar
Replies: 16
Views: 713

Re: Deathstar

There was never a BBC version (I don't think?) but if you liked Sinistar you might like Time Pilot:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_Pilot
by richardtoohey
Fri Sep 04, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Barbarian Controversy - Was It All Fake News?
Replies: 11
Views: 555

Re: Barbarian Controversy - Was It All Fake News?

Yes, it was Wolf and Maria.

Can't remember the game being much cop! But I might have moved on by then & be thinking of the Atari ST version.
by richardtoohey
Fri Sep 04, 2020 3:45 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5956
Views: 588404

Re: Today I received.....

Lardo Boffin wrote:
Thu Sep 03, 2020 1:53 pm
I’m a sucker for reasonably priced books.
I love reading (or at least skimming!) the old computing books - it was all so exciting and FRESH in those days. Now all "intuitive" GUIs and "AI" etc.

Or am I just hitting peak nostalgia [-X
by richardtoohey
Fri Sep 04, 2020 3:43 am
Forum: other vintage hardware, software and languages
Topic: Ace nearly up and running
Replies: 9
Views: 955

Re: Ace nearly up and running

Looks nice & solid! =D>
by richardtoohey
Fri Sep 04, 2020 3:38 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Barbarian Controversy - Was It All Fake News?
Replies: 11
Views: 555

Re: Barbarian Controversy - Was It All Fake News?

I'm trying to remember the controversy (without looking at the magazines or internet!)

Was it the blood & gore or the large-chested lady in the adverts (Maria?) Or is that Barbarian II?
by richardtoohey
Thu Sep 03, 2020 12:52 am
Forum: other vintage hardware, software and languages
Topic: Ace nearly up and running
Replies: 9
Views: 955

Re: Ace nearly up and running

Keyboard looks great.

Was that an add-on BITD? I remember there were add-on keyboards for the ZX81, so was this something similar for the Ace?

Or just something you've done yourself? Just curious! :D
by richardtoohey
Fri Aug 21, 2020 5:31 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Master 128
Replies: 11
Views: 427

Re: Master 128

I think it really depends on what you want it for. If the biggest set of games - go for the BBC B. If you want to explore what's different - well you need both! :D The Master is a better machine in terms of RAM and expandability (think I'm right in saying that) and it has DFS/ADFS built-in, as well ...
by richardtoohey
Fri Aug 21, 2020 5:27 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - R05 - MrEe!
Replies: 64
Views: 1788

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - R05 - MrEe!

I've had a few more goes but failing to improve so far. Just trying to see how many levels I can get through, but at some point you do have to stop and kill a few beasties to give yourself a chance of eating all the cherries ... and it's my attempts to kill them off that end in disaster! ](*,) I do ...
by richardtoohey
Fri Aug 21, 2020 5:25 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello from Milton Keynes
Replies: 9
Views: 335

Re: Hello from Milton Keynes

Welcome, Dave.
BBCDave wrote:
Wed Aug 19, 2020 12:27 pm
I enjoyed ploughing through the entire BBC User Guide
I've gone through a few BBC (and Spectrum and C64 etc.) books from the era - it was all a lot more exciting and new in those days. :D

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