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by Adam James
Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:51 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Methods and ethics of cheating in retro computer games
Replies: 22
Views: 1871

Re: Methods and ethics of cheating in retro computer games

Some great thoughts here. It's helping me form my own ideas about getting the most out of these old games. I'm now thinking that the "practice using any means, then do it for real" is probably the most satisfying approach. To be honest I wasn't contemplating doing Vindaloo again once I've ...
by Adam James
Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: new ideas wishlist & general chat
Topic: what should i write next?
Replies: 357
Views: 36665

Re: what should i write next?

Sorry to be so unenthusiastic, but I know what I like and they were mostly made in the very early 80s. No worries, you've got to be enthusiastic about it if you're going to commit the time and effort! Do you mean you like games from the early 80s or the games suggested were too early 80s? I'm despe...
by Adam James
Sat Jul 11, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: new ideas wishlist & general chat
Topic: what should i write next?
Replies: 357
Views: 36665

Re: what should i write next?

... but am as usual finding motivating myself hard. I haven't read through all this thread, so not sure what has been suggested. In terms of motivation, how about something which is pretty much guaranteed to result in excitement from other people? One idea might be to take games which are exclusive...
by Adam James
Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Action games an average person can likely complete
Replies: 25
Views: 1622

Re: Action games an average person can likely complete

Great, list updated and restructured. Thanks!
by Adam James
Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Reasonable expectations for CUB monitor
Replies: 7
Views: 749

Re: Reasonable expectations for CUB monitor

That was what I was thinking, oh well. There is a working one for sale within driving distance of me, but I think I'll give it a miss.
by Adam James
Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Methods and ethics of cheating in retro computer games
Replies: 22
Views: 1871

Re: Methods and ethics of cheating in retro computer games

Well I'm relieved the polite people on this forum have resisted the temptation to tell me to stop whining and "GIT GUD"! @Lardo, yes, time is the biggest factor in my change of heart I think. I remember as a kid I imagined I'd have forever to finish games, now I find I'm looking backwards ...
by Adam James
Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Action games an average person can likely complete
Replies: 25
Views: 1622

Action games an average person can likely complete

I've been browsing through the excellent resource at https://www.stairwaytohell.com/cheats/index.html. I've tested out the games with in-built hidden key presses for infinite lives etc. Surprisingly few worked but I added the 3 that worked for me in a separate section in the original post. I've also...
by Adam James
Thu Jul 09, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Action games an average person can likely complete
Replies: 25
Views: 1622

Re: Action games an average person can likely complete

Repton Infinity has passwords. I'll add it to the list, thanks. I think I'm having a particularly thick moment, it's just taken me a while to work out how passwords work for that game, and I'm still a bit confused. I noticed that if I ask to load part 2, then I get asked for a password. But if I as...
by Adam James
Thu Jul 09, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Methods and ethics of cheating in retro computer games
Replies: 22
Views: 1871

Methods and ethics of cheating in retro computer games

Back in the day, I never used save-state cartridges and I never used pokes for "cheating" in games. The thought of such things, and the very word "cheat", made me feel uneasy. One should play fair, one should experience the game as the programmer intended, and one should feel gre...
by Adam James
Thu Jul 09, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Reasonable expectations for CUB monitor
Replies: 7
Views: 749

Re: Reasonable expectations for CUB monitor

A week and a half on, I'm not sure what to make of the tumbleweed:)

I guess if people had bought many and they had all been fine, or if people had had non-stop issues with them, they would have said so. So I'll tentatively conclude that they are very much pot-luck!
by Adam James
Thu Jul 09, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Unreliable ROMs / sockets in BBC B
Replies: 12
Views: 758

Re: Unreliable ROMs / sockets in BBC B

The suspect pin, pin 26 or A13, of the sockets for ROMs 12 and 13 (IC52 and IC58) are connected together, and are then connected via jumper/link S32 to either 5V or line 13 of the Address Bus. Setting this link to 5V is intended for using smaller 24-pin ROMs in the sockets, which would expect a pow...
by Adam James
Thu Jul 09, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Action games an average person can likely complete
Replies: 25
Views: 1622

Re: Action games an average person can likely complete

List updated, thank you:) I've also just had a quick look at which Repton titles have a password system and added all the ones that do. It seems that Repton 2 and Repton Infinity don't. If anybody spots any mistakes, or has found that even a game with passwords is too difficult, or that e.g. Repton ...
by Adam James
Thu Jul 09, 2020 2:22 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Action games an average person can likely complete
Replies: 25
Views: 1622

Re: Action games an average person can likely complete

Thanks everyone so far. I've started a list in the first post.

It occurs to me that *any* action game with a save feature built in, or a password feature such as in the Repton games, should make the list. If people can think of which games have those please let me know.
by Adam James
Thu Jul 09, 2020 12:27 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Your TOP 10 Games on Model B/Master 128
Replies: 12
Views: 1111

Re: Your TOP 10 Games on Model B/Master 128

I don't think I have a top 10 yet, not been playing on it long enough, but... Estra by Firebird. Once I started to realise what I was supposed to be doing, I loved it. Very unusual, mainly fair, lots going on, smooth action, great feeling when you finish a round. Vindaloo by Tynesoft. I love the ele...
by Adam James
Thu Jul 09, 2020 12:00 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Action games an average person can likely complete
Replies: 25
Views: 1622

Action games an average person can likely complete

I'd like to build up a list of action games of the sort that have a beginning and an end, like Manic Miner or Vindaloo or (I presume) Exile. I'd like to limit the list to just those games which I can likely complete, without saving state, and on a real machine, not an emulator. Where I'm coming from...
by Adam James
Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Unreliable ROMs / sockets in BBC B
Replies: 12
Views: 758

Re: Unreliable ROMs / sockets in BBC B

Kazzie, I'm just adding a quote from you from a different thread where I raised possibly-dodgy ROM sockets as a side-issue (a couple of weeks old now and took me ages to find!). At that point I hadn't noticed the pattern, but the info in your quote will be very helpful when I finally take my motherb...
by Adam James
Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Unreliable ROMs / sockets in BBC B
Replies: 12
Views: 758

Re: Unreliable ROMs / sockets in BBC B

You haven't said which Issue number Motherboard you have but there have been reports of Sockets with "thin" Pins on Issue 4 Boards which have severed below the Plastic housing and giving intermittent contact with the Board. I prefer to replace these with Augat branded Turned Pin Sockets t...
by Adam James
Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Unreliable ROMs / sockets in BBC B
Replies: 12
Views: 758

Re: Unreliable ROMs / sockets in BBC B

I'll be interested to hear what other have to say but to me that sounds like there is a dodgy connection of the socket for ROM 13. I don't think you need to rush to do anything with any of the others. As the corruption happens in the top 8K I would suspect the address line that distinguishes the to...
by Adam James
Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Unreliable ROMs / sockets in BBC B
Replies: 12
Views: 758

Unreliable ROMs / sockets in BBC B

Hello, I've been having strange problems when I try putting new ROMs / rearranging ROMs in the sockets of my BBC B. It may well be that there are just arbitrary poor connection issues and I need to replace the sockets with better ones. However, the symptoms seem to be very repeatable, and of a sort ...
by Adam James
Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Vine Micros Mk 2 Replay and Gotek
Replies: 174
Views: 9242

Re: Vine Micros Mk 2 Replay and Gotek

It seems they didn't get the opportunity to sell many of the Mk2 variety anyway: Nice find RE their history, thanks. Having read the source link, I'm now going to be checking out this 'SNAPSHOT' software if I can find it:) The ROMs etc. are on their way. :D Arrived today, thank you so much:) I have...
by Adam James
Wed Jul 08, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Vine Micros Mk 2 Replay and Gotek
Replies: 174
Views: 9242

Re: Vine Micros Mk 2 Replay and Gotek

I have tried amending the colours of the saved TKV game (the gotek is currently plugged into the Master so I could try the nULA version of Mountain Panic) as that is what is on my disc and nothing I tried made any difference. I have changed the value of every colour slot and then reloaded. Nothing ...
by Adam James
Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: programming
Topic: Reading shift key status from BASIC
Replies: 5
Views: 472

Re: Reading shift key status from BASIC

Note that negative parameters to INKEY can be used to check the status of any individual key; there is a table in the User Guide. If you use a FOR loop something like this ... you have the basis of a "select your own direction keys" feature. Top tip, thanks:) That's a nice terse way of im...
by Adam James
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: Reading shift key status from BASIC
Replies: 5
Views: 472

Re: Reading shift key status from BASIC

The shift keys are connected in parallel in the keyboard matrix; there is no way to read them seperately. Drat. Good to know though, thank you:) INKEY(-1) will read the status of the shift key Great, thanks. For a moment I started to think that it didn't matter because I'd know, from what was going...
by Adam James
Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: Reading shift key status from BASIC
Replies: 5
Views: 472

Reading shift key status from BASIC

Is it possible to read the status of the left and right shift key from BASIC? I guess the reason it can't be done with INKEY is that 'shift' doesn't have an ASCII code and I guess presses to the shift key do not get put in the keyboard buffer? Also, are there any pitfalls in using the shift key as a...
by Adam James
Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Vine Micros Mk 2 Replay and Gotek
Replies: 174
Views: 9242

Re: Vine Micros Mk 2 Replay and Gotek

This talk of Archimedes and Vectrex (I would attempt to pluralise both of those if I was sure I could do it correctly:)) makes me wish I could plunder my mum's attic where all my retro stuff is, but there's nothing quite so unusual there, certainly not like a Vectrex anyhow. Sounds great fun. There ...
by Adam James
Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Vine Micros Mk 2 Replay and Gotek
Replies: 174
Views: 9242

Re: Vine Micros Mk 2 Replay and Gotek

Meanwhile, on the reverse engineering front, I've got roughly ninety subroutines or entry points labelled with a rough outline of what they're doing. Most of these insights came from strings in the code, calls to hardware/OS addresses, and just reading the assembly code. My next goal is to work out...
by Adam James
Tue Jul 07, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Vine Micros Mk 2 Replay and Gotek
Replies: 174
Views: 9242

Re: Vine Micros Mk 2 Replay and Gotek

it says :- IC58 : Banks 1=RAM, 5=RAM, 9=ROM, 13=ROM (going by the photo showing the bank its plugged in) so the way I read that is banks 9 and 13 (&D) are if you plug a ROM into the socket on the cartridge so you need to load a file in to one of the two RAM banks so that is bank's 1 or 5 which ...
by Adam James
Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:27 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Vine Micros Mk 2 Replay and Gotek
Replies: 174
Views: 9242

Re: Vine Micros Mk 2 Replay and Gotek

I think I've arrived at bizarre point when trying to simply load a ROM image into sideways RAM, after a lot of reading around while falling asleep. I now have a disc image with a file called EELOAD on it and a file called REPLAYF which contains a version of the Replay ROM in which I've changed some ...
by Adam James
Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High score challenge rules discussion.
Replies: 31
Views: 12401

Re: High score challenge rules discussion.

I just make lots of mistakes along the way and never get anywhere NEAR final screens! ](*,) So these discussions are just thought experiments for me! :D Haha, I know what you mean:) So long as you save your best incompetence for the Kong level however, making lots of mistakes could serve you very w...
by Adam James
Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Vine Micros Mk 2 Replay and Gotek
Replies: 174
Views: 9242

Re: Vine Micros Mk 2 Replay and Gotek

Crikey I don't know how many more excursions into the depths of my BBC I've got left in me, never mind how many more my poor old BBC has left in it! Sooo many things can go wrong. I dislodged the Replay header board without realising it till just before I turned it on thankfully, and some of the ROM...

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