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by LordVaderUK
Wed May 27, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: other vintage hardware, software and languages
Topic: Surf Champ - ZX Spectrum
Replies: 0
Views: 337

Surf Champ - ZX Spectrum

Wow, don't remember this, does anyone else?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/52682338

A surfing simulator for the Spectrum which came with a miniature surfboard which you placed on the keyboard for 'realism'...!
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by LordVaderUK
Wed May 27, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: new projects and releases: text and graphic adventures
Topic: MoonBase2 - Any sound experts out there?
Replies: 5
Views: 416

Re: MoonBase2 - Any sound experts out there?

Helpful, thanks. I've also done a fair bit of googling to look for example programs and have turned up a couple of examples which I can use.

Still looking for a few more though (see original post). If only there was some sort of sound archive out there for BBC BASIC...!
by LordVaderUK
Tue May 26, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: new projects and releases: text and graphic adventures
Topic: MoonBase2 - Any sound experts out there?
Replies: 5
Views: 416

MoonBase2 - Any sound experts out there?

I am just about to publish (makes it sound very grand) the new version of my MoonBase adventure, with an expanded map and new puzzles. I'll be looking for testers so if that sounds interesting please keep an eye out here :wink: One suggestion from a previous tester was to add some sound. I haven't g...
by LordVaderUK
Thu May 21, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: the complete BBC games archive
Topic: Bug in The Golden Figurine
Replies: 40
Views: 2802

Re: Bug in The Golden Figurine

I have watched and read this thread with admiration - the skills on show, debugging a 30+ year old programme! It's been like watching a detective solve a crime by following the clues and gathering evidence :shock:
by LordVaderUK
Thu May 21, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5988
Views: 609692

Re: Today I received.....

Two deliveries for me today, firstly a box of programming books from Bart's collection, hopefully there'll be some ideas in here to further improve my programming (and get MoonBase2 to actually fit on a BBC B :roll: ) Also, an eBay win, £1.50 for these three, to add to my slowly increasing collectio...
by LordVaderUK
Tue May 19, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: programming
Topic: PACK utility for a Mac?
Replies: 1
Views: 204

PACK utility for a Mac?

Hi all, well I am sure you will be very excited to hear that development on "MoonBase Escape" version 2 is nearing completion... :lol: For those who can't wait for the new version, a reminder that version 1 is still available for your download, delight and delectation here ... I have used the *PACK ...
by LordVaderUK
Sun May 10, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Retrobrited my Master
Replies: 1
Views: 251

Retrobrited my Master

Took advantage of lockdown, sunshine and no work to finally strip down my Master and retrobrite the case. Used cream hydrogen peroxide. As you can see, it worked incredibly well! First pic is the “before” shot, with the yellowed top cover over the inside of the bottom cover, for contrast. IMG_3402.j...
by LordVaderUK
Mon May 04, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: new projects and releases: text and graphic adventures
Topic: A simple text adventure: MoonBase Escape
Replies: 53
Views: 3186

Re: A simple text adventure: MoonBase Escape

Well after the rip roaring success and world wide adulation for MoonBase Escape, I've set to work on version 2 :lol: Already implemented: Multiple commands on single line, e.g. GET TORCH THEN GO NORTH THEN DROP TORCH Other fixes to the parser to streamline responses Verbose mode ON/OFF Cacheing syst...
by LordVaderUK
Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello from Arkansas, USA
Replies: 17
Views: 848

Re: Hello from Arkansas, USA

Welcome - good to hear the lure of the magnificent BBC Micro (and of course its little sister the Acorn Electron and big brother BBC Master) is alive and well in the US of A. These are odd times but I’m sure once things return to some sort of normality, you will be able to find someone here with a B...
by LordVaderUK
Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: past all-day virtual ABugs
Topic: All-day 'Virtual' Acorn session #3, Saturday 16th May 2020, 9am - 9pm. Supporting CCfCH. 50 attendees max. NOW FULL!
Replies: 125
Views: 8583

Re: Virtual Acorn meetup: May 16th 2020 supporting Cambridge Computer museum

Yes please, I will drop in and out though due to other commitments.

Great idea to support the museum =D>
by LordVaderUK
Tue Apr 28, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: past all-day virtual ABugs
Topic: All-day 'Virtual' Acorn session #2, Saturday 2nd May 2020, 9am - 9pm
Replies: 73
Views: 3724

Re: Acorn Virtual Saturday Session. 9am - 9pm. 2/5/20

Hi all, I'd like to come along in the afternoon session - nothing in particular to discuss although I might ask for some advice re graphics routines for a program I'm developing...
by LordVaderUK
Tue Apr 28, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Drawing a circle in BBC BASIC
Replies: 71
Views: 7596

Re: Drawing a circle in BBC BASIC

This code: L. 10MODE2 20REPEAT 30r%=RND(512):h%=RND(1280):v%=RND(1024):c%=RND(8)-1 40IFRND(2)=1 PROCcircle(h%,v%,r%,c%) ELSE PROCfilledcircle(h%,v%,r%,c%) 50UNTIL FALSE 100DEFPROCcircle(h%,v%,r%,c%) 110VDU 29,h%;v%;:GCOL 0,c% 120x%=r%:y%=0 130LET z%=x%/2 135REPEAT 140PLOT 69,x%,y% 150PLOT 69,x%,-y%...
by LordVaderUK
Tue Apr 28, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: new projects and releases: text and graphic adventures
Topic: A simple text adventure: MoonBase Escape
Replies: 53
Views: 3186

Re: A simple text adventure: MoonBase Escape

fuzzel wrote:
Tue Apr 28, 2020 1:54 pm
Here's my save state of the Inventory error.
Moonbase1 error got 4 items says got nothing.uef
I'm in the kitchen. When you LOOK then INV you can now see your objects again. Strange one.
Stupid error introduced by me, fixed now. Sorry about that!
by LordVaderUK
Tue Apr 28, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: new projects and releases: text and graphic adventures
Topic: A simple text adventure: MoonBase Escape
Replies: 53
Views: 3186

Re: A simple text adventure: MoonBase Escape

Edit to previous post. Doh! I really need to read the blurb before playing games! I guess I must have thought Moonbase was the name of the spaceship :D Further to previous post, I'm loving this game! I goofed up near the start and drew my map wrong so I've been wandering about trying to find a torc...
by LordVaderUK
Mon Apr 27, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: new projects and releases: text and graphic adventures
Topic: A simple text adventure: MoonBase Escape
Replies: 53
Views: 3186

Re: A simple text adventure: MoonBase Escape

OK, I have now attached an updated MOONBASE.SSD to the original post. Should work on the Electron (can someone test it on Elk hardware for me!?) This version fixes the scoring bug (you can now score 100% #-o ) as well as various improvements kindly suggested by EdwardianDuck and Lurkio. Happy to rec...
by LordVaderUK
Sun Apr 26, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: new projects and releases: text and graphic adventures
Topic: A simple text adventure: MoonBase Escape
Replies: 53
Views: 3186

Re: A simple text adventure: MoonBase Escape

iamaran wrote:
Sun Apr 26, 2020 3:45 pm
Original version of the game completed with a score of 84% in 111 turns.
That's not half bad! Wonder where you dropped the 16%... did you eat the pill? :?

Also - any suggestions for improvements/bug fixes?
by LordVaderUK
Sun Apr 26, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: new projects and releases: text and graphic adventures
Topic: A simple text adventure: MoonBase Escape
Replies: 53
Views: 3186

Re: A simple text adventure: MoonBase Escape

Many thanks to EdwardianDuck and Lurkio for trying the game and coming up with ideas for improvements. I've fixed many of the assorted bugs / niggles they raised. I've also modified the game so it should now work on the Electron in MODE 6. Can someone give it a try on the real hardware and let me kn...
by LordVaderUK
Sat Apr 25, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Floppy Days Podcast coming on the BBC Micro - Need HELP
Replies: 18
Views: 1781

Re: Floppy Days Podcast coming on the BBC Micro - Need HELP

I think the reason you've had no response is that speaking personally I have no clue really what you're hoping to get (depth, detail, even file format). And it's quite tough talking to yourself for 3-5 minutes about anything anyway!
by LordVaderUK
Fri Apr 24, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: new projects and releases: text and graphic adventures
Topic: A simple text adventure: MoonBase Escape
Replies: 53
Views: 3186

Re: A simple text adventure: MoonBase Escape

Arcadian wrote:
Fri Apr 24, 2020 5:13 pm
It would be nice to get the cover art converted into a loading screen as well ... I might drop a 'specialist' a line if you're happy for me to do so?
Sure thing!
by LordVaderUK
Fri Apr 24, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: new projects and releases: text and graphic adventures
Topic: A simple text adventure: MoonBase Escape
Replies: 53
Views: 3186

Re: A simple text adventure: MoonBase Escape

Ok that gives me a starter for 10. Best Elk emulator?
by LordVaderUK
Fri Apr 24, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: new projects and releases: text and graphic adventures
Topic: A simple text adventure: MoonBase Escape
Replies: 53
Views: 3186

Re: A simple text adventure: MoonBase Escape

In the age old tradition of text adventures... one screen says Moonbase escape, and the other says Escape from moonbase. :roll: I like ... 'Moonbase Escape' ! But that might be because there's already an 'Escape from Moonbase Alpha' game on the Beeb - hence going with the former title would help di...
by LordVaderUK
Fri Apr 24, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: new projects and releases: text and graphic adventures
Topic: A simple text adventure: MoonBase Escape
Replies: 53
Views: 3186

Re: A simple text adventure: MoonBase Escape

Naomasa298 wrote:
Thu Apr 23, 2020 11:34 pm
Can I point something out with my pedant hat on?

The Moon isn't a planet. :)
#-o
by LordVaderUK
Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: new projects and releases: text and graphic adventures
Topic: A simple text adventure: MoonBase Escape
Replies: 53
Views: 3186

Re: A simple text adventure: MoonBase Escape

Please feel free to have a go, if you break it please let me know so I can fix the bugs Not sure if this is a bug or if I've missed something: I ran out of life support and died, and the game said I didn't have a spacesuit, even though I was wearing a spacesuit! :?: Had you repaired the spacesuit? ...
by LordVaderUK
Thu Apr 23, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: new projects and releases: text and graphic adventures
Topic: A simple text adventure: MoonBase Escape
Replies: 53
Views: 3186

A simple text adventure: MoonBase Escape

As demo'ed this evening on the virtual ABUG, I've attached a disk image for my text adventure, MoonBase Escape. Don't expect the new Zork, it's a relatively simple game, with a few puzzles to solve. I haven't yet been able to test it on real hardware, but it seems pretty happy on the B2 emulator. Th...
by LordVaderUK
Thu Apr 23, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Acquired my first Model B today
Replies: 41
Views: 2050

Re: Acquired my first Model B today

Stand by, I have asked the organiser to send you a PM with joining details.
by LordVaderUK
Thu Apr 23, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Acquired my first Model B today
Replies: 41
Views: 2050

Re: Acquired my first Model B today

It's slated to run until 9pm.
by LordVaderUK
Thu Apr 23, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Acquired my first Model B today
Replies: 41
Views: 2050

Re: Acquired my first Model B today

So, I have recapped my PSU successfully today. It's the first time I've attempted anything like it so I was flying by the seat of my pants! I watched a LOT of YouTube videos about it and I'm happy to say it was a relatively straightforward job in the end. I have also received today IFEL's 1772 disc...
by LordVaderUK
Wed Apr 22, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: past weeknight 'general' acorn sessions
Topic: Weekday 'Virtual' Acorn session #1, Thursday 23rd April 2020, 6pm - 9pm
Replies: 52
Views: 3049

Re: Acorn Midweek Meetup 1. Thursday, 23/4/20 6pm - 9pm

Yes please, I was about to post a new topic asking for volunteers to test my text adventure - but maybe I can demo it during the Zoom session to see what people think?
by LordVaderUK
Mon Apr 20, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: Maximising memory for BASIC program
Replies: 23
Views: 1623

Re: Maximising memory for BASIC program

OK thanks folks for the replies so far. All of the bulky program data (messages, room descriptions, etc) is stored in separate files. The main program uses a small index to jump straight to the appropriate point in whatever file and load the relevant bit of text. It will also have a load/save player...
by LordVaderUK
Mon Apr 20, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: Maximising memory for BASIC program
Replies: 23
Views: 1623

Maximising memory for BASIC program

Can someone point me to an idiot's guide for maximising available memory for a BASIC programming running on the Beeb (or emulator). I found this thread which explains PAGE, LOMEM, HIMEM etc. but it's still a bit beyond me! I am stuck with my adventure program, which runs in MODE 7 but crashes out sh...

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