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by lurkio
Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: How do you say CONT in BBC BASIC?
Replies: 4
Views: 178

Re: How do you say CONT in BBC BASIC?

Warning! Extreme GOTO-usage ahead: ... If you load the game as usual and wait for the data values to be read in, you can then save off all the memory between PAGE (&E00) and VARTOP (&7A36 in this case): this area of RAM stores all the values of the variables that the running program has assigned so ...
by lurkio
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Repton: The Lost Realms
Replies: 12
Views: 222

Re: Repton: The Lost Realms

mygrandmawheels wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:20 pm
Yes, I have PM enabled.
No, I don't still have any contact to buy a copy of Repton The Lost Realm
Send a PM to Arcadian:
:idea:
by lurkio
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: Ray Traced Spheres
Replies: 26
Views: 819

Re: Ray Traced Spheres

This is a great little program! =D> =D> Here's the BASIC listing, refactored to remove GOTOs, GOSUBs and line numbers (for no real reason): NEW AUTO MODE2:PROCi FORI%=0TO1024STEP4:FORJ%=0TO1280STEP8 x=0.3:y=-0.5:z=0:ba%=3:dx=J%-640:dy=512-I%:dz=1300:dd=dx*dx+dy*dy+dz*dz REPEAT n=(y>=0 OR dy<=0):IF N...
by lurkio
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: wanted
Topic: Repton: The Lost Realms
Replies: 12
Views: 222

Re: Repton: The Lost Realms

If retrosoftware still sell copies of this game, well, I couldn't find... My question is: anyone has a contact (an email, I mean) with someone who sell it? You need to buy the physical copy to get the image. Try messaging Arcadian on here? Does mygrandmawheels have PMs enabled? @mygrandmawheels, ca...
by lurkio
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Educational Archive not in STH
Replies: 614
Views: 59344

Re: Educational Archive not in STH

I've now managed to archive almost all of the 150 of so educational discs I have. In only two cases have I found the discs to be too damaged or deteriorated to recover. One of these is 'XOR for Schools'... Paging the Kryoflux Wizard... Paging the Kryoflux Wizard... ... Just for interest, here are a...
by lurkio
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Any short type-ins for unattended Beebs?
Replies: 124
Views: 5924

Re: Any short type-ins for unattended Beebs?

BigEd wrote:
Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:41 am
Oh, yes, very nice! (Thanks for the URLification lurkio)
No worries. I just want these type-ins to be as easily accessible as possible because they're brief, clever and very impressive!

:idea:
by lurkio
Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Educational Archive not in STH
Replies: 614
Views: 59344

Re: Educational Archive not in STH

A lot of this is new to me. Amazing how much Beeb eduware there was, and how little of it is widely known or remembered!

Brilliant work, Kenelm! Thanks for preserving this software history.

=D> =D> =D>
by lurkio
Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: adventures
Topic: Larsoft
Replies: 4
Views: 243

Re: Larsoft

Have you consulted the Hatter?: Geoff Larsen produced a number of adventure games, first for the Acorn Electron, and then he included the BBC Micro in his repertoire as well. These adventures were developed with the help of the utility program The Quill, were priced at budget levels and acquired a l...
by lurkio
Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Any short type-ins for unattended Beebs?
Replies: 124
Views: 5924

Re: Any short type-ins for unattended Beebs?

Andrew_Waite wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:36 pm
I am pleased with this one, draws a starfield then planets in the foreground [...]
Very nice!:

=D> =D> =D>
by lurkio
Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: VDU5 behaves differently on Model B vs. Master
Replies: 30
Views: 619

Re: VDU5 behaves differently on Model B vs. Master

Richard Russell wrote:
Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:49 pm
For some time the only way of creating a ROM that could be accessed by the RFS was using a utility that I wrote. Is the RFS used much now?
I don't understand the technical details but I believe RFS is used extensively by the Mega Games Cartridge for the Electron (and the Master?).

:?:
by lurkio
Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: archive issues
Topic: Repton Thru Time Problem
Replies: 4
Views: 351

Re: Repton Thru Time Problem

I was trying to play Repton Thru Time from the archive, and I had a problem when I tried to load a different scenario, e.g. "Now". Kept getting error "Disk Fault 18 at 00/00" This happens if I try and play online, and also if I download the file and try and play it through Beeb-Em. (Except the erro...
by lurkio
Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: archive issues
Topic: Dungeon Adventure
Replies: 7
Views: 208

Re: Dungeon Adventure

I do vaguely remember noting this while I was in the middle of a misguided and thankless attempt to "enhance" a load of classic Beeb text adventures, including the Level 9 ones, so at the time all I could do was shrug and move on to the next item on the accursed list. Sorry to hear that you thought...
by lurkio
Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: archive issues
Topic: Dungeon Adventure
Replies: 7
Views: 208

Re: Dungeon Adventure

The version of Dungeon Adventure on the Stairway To Hell site seems to have an inventory bug that isn't present in the disk version at bbcmicro.co.uk. The cassette version does have the same bug. I haven't investigated this issue in any detail. I was hoping that someone might remember it and know w...
by lurkio
Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: adventures
Topic: Level 9 Electron experiments
Replies: 3
Views: 231

Re: Level 9 Electron experiments

I hacked Red Moon to work from ROM cartridge. It still copies a lot of stuff into RAM but we can reclaim a lot of the memory from &6000 upwards. I don't know if I've caught everything that needs relocating but I'm hoping experts can let me know if they see anything wrong with the conversion. I don'...
by lurkio
Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: VDU5 behaves differently on Model B vs. Master
Replies: 30
Views: 619

Re: VDU5 behaves differently on Model B vs. Master

Is there a list of OS bugs (and/or "regressions") somewhere, to accompany the list of BASIC bugs?

(My Google-fu is weak today.)

:?:
by lurkio
Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: VDU5 behaves differently on Model B vs. Master
Replies: 30
Views: 619

Re: VDU5 behaves differently on Model B vs. Master

Hi. I just discovered something odd about the behaviour of BASIC. This has nothing to do with BASIC: it's an Operating System difference. Ah. Thanks. That'll be why I didn't find it mentioned in the BASIC bugs sections on BeebWiki then! :oops: Do all VDU calls just get passed straight to the OS, th...
by lurkio
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: VDU5 behaves differently on Model B vs. Master
Replies: 30
Views: 619

VDU5 behaves differently on Model B vs. Master

Hi. I just discovered something odd about the behaviour of BASIC. It concerns the VDU5 command, which enables the Print-Text-At-Graphics-Cursor feature, where you can MOVE X,Y and then PRINT"Text" , and the text will be printed at the pixel-coordinate location of the graphics cursor. What's odd is t...
by lurkio
Sun Sep 30, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Woodbury End
Replies: 7
Views: 294

Re: Woodbury End

did anyone actually win a print of "local artist" David Cohen's lovely atmospheric cover for the game? Does anyone know what happened to him? More to the point, does anyone have a copy of the “sealed confession”, without which I presume the game remains a bit of a mystery even if you complete it?! ...
by lurkio
Sun Sep 23, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: New game for the BBC Master : Planet Nubium
Replies: 8
Views: 575

Re: New game for the BBC Master : Planet Nubium

Really good game (even if I personally am a bit rubbish at platformers in general)!

=D> =D> =D>

Ludicrous and unreasonable feature-requests:
  • Optional background music
  • A gun to shoot the monsters/aliens with!
:D
by lurkio
Sat Sep 22, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Does anyone 'own' SSD and DSD
Replies: 21
Views: 479

Re: Does anyone 'own' SSD and DSD

all I'm interested in is the catalog which for DFS is pretty simple to read and is detailed in manuals from what I remember It's quite well detailed in the Advanced Disk User Guide by Colin Pharo: advanced-disk-user-guide.pdf An unprocessed scan is here: https://acorn.huininga.nl/pub/scans/ :idea:
by lurkio
Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: bbcmicro.co.uk
Topic: author name correction
Replies: 6
Views: 327

Re: author name correction

As it stands, if you search for "S. Martin", "Steven Martin", or "Stephen Martin" you will get the 4 Electron User Games. Wrong. If you search for "S. Martin" , you get the two Ixion games. If the search is "S. Martin" you also get the 2 Ixion Software games. Not quite. If you search for "S. Martin...
by lurkio
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Does anyone 'own' SSD and DSD
Replies: 21
Views: 479

Re: Does anyone 'own' SSD and DSD

I don't fully understand the issues involved, but that never stopped me commenting before... What about SSD and DSD (and of course all the other Acorn emulator disk file formats)? Has anyone claimed them, or created standard / public UTIs? I'm not aware that anyone has, for what it's worth. If the D...
by lurkio
Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Mystery Of The Java Star (1984)
Replies: 5
Views: 334

Re: Mystery of the Java Star (1984)

I could never actually find the wreck... It was near impossible so far as I could tell to the extent that I thought the elk version was bugged! Ha! Yes, the game's extremely finicky about where you position the little yellow boat before you dive if you want to actually find the shipwreck. You have ...
by lurkio
Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Mystery Of The Java Star (1984)
Replies: 5
Views: 334

Re: Mystery of the Java Star (1984)

I've attached a (barely) playable disc-image of the game to the first post in this thread.

:idea:
by lurkio
Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Best Basic Games
Replies: 9
Views: 303

Re: Best Basic Games

what are the best (written in Basic) 'B games ? Not just a sprinkling of adventure type games, anything really. When you say "B games" do you mean games for the BBC Micro Model B? I was thinking along the lines of erm "other platforms" By "other platforms" do you mean non-Acorn machines? where say ...
by lurkio
Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Mystery Of The Java Star (1984)
Replies: 5
Views: 334

Re: Mystery of the Java Star (1984)

To play the game, see my previous post (above).

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Who knew the seabed was bright green?

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The weirdest part of the game by far. If you find the ruby, it starts to magically burn your hands. "What can you do?" the game asks. The answer is off-the-wall and utterly inexplicable.

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More incredibly slow movement as you search the three levels of the sunken ship for treasure.

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Good question. (Also: what's the use of a game that's impossible to play???)

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Apparently I "solved the mystery of the Java Star", but I'm still not sure how.

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This must be the saddest of humble-brags. Sorry.
by lurkio
Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Mystery Of The Java Star (1984)
Replies: 5
Views: 334

Mystery Of The Java Star (1984)

Mystery Of The Java Star is a multi-part puzzle game written in BASIC for the BBC Micro. It was released on cassette-tape in 1984. The player has to track down the location of a centuries-old shipwreck and then dive down to the seabed to recover the treasure that the ship was carrying. The game is ...
by lurkio
Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: Emulator information
Replies: 43
Views: 1840

Re: Emulator information

Website (macOS): http://www.g7jjf.com/download.htm Github: https://github.com/stardot/beebem Windows: Install and run. Linux: Compilation needed. macOS : In its current state, the source code for Mac BeebEm can't be compiled under recent versions of macOS . Thanks to guddler and Jon , the note for ...
by lurkio
Sat Sep 15, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Electron versions of archived software
Replies: 53
Views: 663

Re: Electron versions of archived software

iamaran wrote:
Sat Sep 15, 2018 3:32 pm
What I think I ought to do is to finish the cataloguing
Ah. I thought you had finished! Hence my previous post.

Have you finished now? Or is there more to come?

:?:
by lurkio
Sat Sep 15, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG Cambridge Sept 7th-9th 2018 BOOKING THREAD
Replies: 203
Views: 7458

Re: ABUG Cambridge Sept 7th-9th 2018 BOOKING THREAD

going by Flax cottage /John's post about the museum wanting things archived , and folk can take & bring back with working archive files, would someone look out the missing tape games from the mass of boxes, & any chance they can post to myself so can work my magic on them Thanks, Col. We may yet ha...