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by Wouter Scholten
Tue Jul 25, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: BBC micro stuff
Replies: 9
Views: 1239

Re: BBC micro stuff

Oh, and totally ridiculous confirmatory datum: this article http://www.nytimes.com/1990/03/23/arts/review-photography-paul-laster-treads-a-painterly-path-to-reality.html asserts that "The Whole-Truth Home Computer Handbook" has a green cover. Today got the book from a US seller and a while ago the ...
by Wouter Scholten
Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S7- R10 - Galaforce 2:Alien's Revenge
Replies: 56
Views: 3794

Re: High Score Challenge S7- R10 - Galaforce 2:Alien's Revenge

By the way, instead of playing Galaforce 2 more, the past few days I tried the original Galaforce a bit, and that is a lot harder. I played it first 'seriously' (so more than a few minutes, i.e. apart possibly from trying out very briefly as I mentioned in an earlier posting) in 2001, curiously, an...
by Wouter Scholten
Mon Jul 24, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S7- R10 - Galaforce 2:Alien's Revenge
Replies: 56
Views: 3794

Re: High Score Challenge S7- R10 - Galaforce 2:Alien's Revenge

There are actually a number of ways to points-whore in this game as there were in the original Galaforce , albeit the "multiplier" sequences start occurring far later on in this sequel (from galaxy 8, with the Deck Of Cards from Galaforce making a reappearance in galaxy 13, I think it is). That's a...
by Wouter Scholten
Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today ZAP museum received....
Replies: 52
Views: 4316

Re: Today ZAP museum received....

Sinclair C5. It's easy to think that Clive was obsessed with the idea of a personal electric transport to the exclusion of all else (as dramatised in "Micro Men"). I owned a C5 for a while and it wasn't a viable alternative to a car or bicycle (despite me trying very hard to make a go of it). On th...
by Wouter Scholten
Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S7- R10 - Galaforce 2:Alien's Revenge
Replies: 56
Views: 3794

Re: High Score Challenge S7- R10 - Galaforce 2:Alien's Revenge

I gave it one more try to see about beating Jeremy Grayson's score on beebgames.com, and you guys now have an even higher target... 359,060 (I think that's it from me for now even though I feel that I can go on to a much higher score, but there's no challenge in it as it doesn't seem to get harder, ...
by Wouter Scholten
Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today ZAP museum received....
Replies: 52
Views: 4316

Re: Today ZAP museum received....

I have not read any of that book. But, it sounds like the author of the book is biased. There are ALWAYS compromises in all forms of engineering. The trick is to produce a product that works and at a price that means people will buy it. Although some of Sinclairs products flopped, the ZX80, ZX81, Z...
by Wouter Scholten
Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S7- R10 - Galaforce 2:Alien's Revenge
Replies: 56
Views: 3794

Re: High Score Challenge S7- R10 - Galaforce 2:Alien's Revenge

I hear you on this one FS. Very hard to follow the later boxes as the ol' mind just doesn't want to handle all that extra data while it's trying to kill/avoid alien entities during the battle. Usually for me, when I get to a level I just seem to 'know' what the box does, mainly because I've found o...
by Wouter Scholten
Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: AtoMMC on the Beeb's 1mhz bus.
Replies: 29
Views: 1650

Re: AtoMMC on the Beeb's 1mhz bus.

The essence of changing the beeb.mmb, which I agree should be done if only to get rid of an inane microsoft filing sysrtem, is to change MMFS, no need to go to the 1Mhz bus. Just devise a format to create a fully hierarchical system and/or diskimages. Writing to the SD card is then direct writing t...
by Wouter Scholten
Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today ZAP museum received....
Replies: 52
Views: 4316

Re: Today ZAP museum received....

A book which I believe I will love reading because at last a link is made between promoting some people, and political propaganda, and media manipluation. Read the back cover. 1497706084473-853386439.jpg 1497706149967-39437432.jpg The text of "Sinclair and the ‘Sunrise’ Technology" can be found her...
by Wouter Scholten
Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: AtoMMC on the Beeb's 1mhz bus.
Replies: 29
Views: 1650

Re: AtoMMC on the Beeb's 1mhz bus.

Thought experiment - don't get excited. The whole beeb.mmb thing is painful. MMBImager, don't fragment the file, format restrictions blah blah blah. Plus sides - cheap. Who don't like that. However. If the Atom can have a non-painful virtual disk system and very high speed transfers why can't the b...
by Wouter Scholten
Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: stardot.org.uk
Topic: List of Acorn/BBC related websites
Replies: 26
Views: 7642

Re: List of Acorn/BBC related websites

The purpose of this thread is to provide a list of current Acorn/BBC related websites (sorted alphabetically, by site name): Site: The BBC Lives! (Retro-kit mirror) Contact: N/A Description: A mirror of perhaps the first BBC-related website. Contains software, ROMs, documentation etc. Actually, the...
by Wouter Scholten
Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Beeb SD card interfaces for sale
Replies: 46
Views: 8119

Re: Beeb SD card interfaces for sale

These are really nice, now the main system I use (though the Challenger is better for keeping page at E00 for a standard BBC B), but if you're going to make changes in a future version, perhaps a micro-SD holder instead of SD, or even both? Will add cost and effort, but just up the price more than t...
by Wouter Scholten
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S7- R10 - Galaforce 2:Alien's Revenge
Replies: 56
Views: 3794

Re: High Score Challenge S7- R10 - Galaforce 2:Alien's Revenge

Is everyone busy practicing? Well good, then I have a new high score for you to aim for: 215740. I was up late and thought I'd give this game one more go. As it was going badly in the beginning (quickly lost 2 lives) I experimented. I remembered on level 5 the last cube gives an extra smart bomb (an...
by Wouter Scholten
Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: coordination of magazine scanning projects
Topic: OCR of magazine listings
Replies: 8
Views: 1307

Re: OCR of magazine listings

davidb seemed to have got some good results with the Tesseract OCR program recently: I ran the pages through Tesseract and cleaned up the output. It's not really designed for this kind of text. Feel free to fix any errors I've introduced ... http://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=12062&st...
by Wouter Scholten
Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High score lists: Old magazines, web
Replies: 2
Views: 821

High score lists: Old magazines, web

I mentioned having collected high scores from magazines already quite a while ago (though I miss some lists/scans from other magazines than those listed on my page below, that I am sure I made) and I saw again the 30M+ score for Zalaga, mentioned in TMU 1990. But others got to almost the same score,...
by Wouter Scholten
Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S7- R10 - Galaforce 2:Alien's Revenge
Replies: 56
Views: 3794

Re: High Score Challenge S7- R10 - Galaforce 2:Alien's Revenge

On the subject of high scores, I had one for Firetrack published in Let's Compute! On this topic, I'd be interested in high score lists in magazines, in which are printed high scores? I've gone through Acorn user, micro user (but not sure I have all as I didn't go through them all), and beebug (but...
by Wouter Scholten
Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S7- R10 - Galaforce 2:Alien's Revenge
Replies: 56
Views: 3794

Re: High Score Challenge S7- R10 - Galaforce 2:Alien's Revenge

So, let me get this straight..... you've kept records of what your scores were from way back then? Yep, don't you write down scores? I only do it for games that I played more than let's say a few minutes (I tried out a lot of games then, usually briefly, when setting up the software archive on my w...
by Wouter Scholten
Sun Jul 16, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S7- R10 - Galaforce 2:Alien's Revenge
Replies: 56
Views: 3794

Re: High Score Challenge S7- R10 - Galaforce 2:Alien's Revenge

I'm not in that stratosphere yet but coming along. I think the challenge is getting to know the level patterns. You've obviously played this enough to get to know that. For me this game is a first so it's going to be slower building up a good score. Actually, I played it quite briefly in 1996, on j...
by Wouter Scholten
Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S7- R10 - Galaforce 2:Alien's Revenge
Replies: 56
Views: 3794

Re: High Score Challenge S7- R10 - Galaforce 2:Alien's Revenge

I remember playing this in 1996-1997. Esp. the power downs of slow movement and not being able to move... I avoid the power up/down cubes but you could make a list of what you get and when... I tried it a bit and only level 16 is problematic. I got to 166230 starting from level 1 to 16 or 17. And 16...
by Wouter Scholten
Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Table - Planetoid
Replies: 46
Views: 4642

Planetoid: 857300

Same night as the 812k score I did better, 857300 so really close to my 1996 high score of 888150, and I feel sure I can wipe out that old high score. I had no more time as preparing for a trip and I will be away for 4-6 weeks. I made a page about Planetoid with comparisons with Guardian, Williams D...
by Wouter Scholten
Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Table - Planetoid
Replies: 46
Views: 4642

Planetoid: 812450

Another improvement, could have gone much higher but I was experimenting with new tactics. My 2017 high score is now 812450. As to the swarmers overtaking you, as I remembered (as mentioned in an earlier post) somewhere at 700k+ this can be used to ride the wave and shoot them from behind. Can be do...
by Wouter Scholten
Sun Jun 04, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Table - Planetoid
Replies: 46
Views: 4642

Planetoid video: 767275

I've uploaded a new video, again some swearing I'm afraid as it didn't go well at all. With not well I mean compared to what I feel I can do. Score was not bad I suppose, 767275. I wanted to go to 800K+ but I experimented with different tactics, and after 300K it didn't go well in lots of respects. ...
by Wouter Scholten
Thu Jun 01, 2017 12:49 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Table - Guardian
Replies: 2
Views: 1027

Re: High Score Table - Guardian

I don't like this game, Planetoid is much better. I esp dislike the too slow deceleration and too long life of bullets forcing extra turn arounds not as a tactic for high scores but as a necessity all the time. It is also ugly and sound sucks (1 channel, for the Electron?) However some skills from P...
by Wouter Scholten
Mon May 29, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Table - Planetoid
Replies: 46
Views: 4642

Re: Planetoid: 797275

I finally got to a rhythm where I can go to 900k+. In a few earlier games I got 37 bombs/30 lives (definitely better than in 1996) but blew it later on. This game I got to ca. 34/27 and I knew I could improve on my 1996 high score, but I was too careless, I shot the last man twice. Got to wave 48 o...
by Wouter Scholten
Mon May 29, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Table - Planetoid
Replies: 46
Views: 4642

Planetoid: 797275

I finally got to a rhythm where I can go to 900k+. In a few earlier games I got 37 bombs/30 lives (definitely better than in 1996) but blew it later on. This game I got to ca. 34/27 and I knew I could improve on my 1996 high score, but I was too careless, I shot the last man twice. Got to wave 48 or...
by Wouter Scholten
Wed May 24, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: BBC micro stuff
Replies: 9
Views: 1239

Re: BBC micro stuff

Off topic, but is wanted to thankyouk in your own thread, for the BBC lives!, which was the site that in the late 90s prompted me to get my beeb back out. Thanks. Actually, Robert Schmidt and I cooperated but that was his site. My site was as indicated here: http://wouter.bbcmicro.net/bbc/index.htm...
by Wouter Scholten
Wed May 24, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: wanted
Topic: BBC micro stuff
Replies: 9
Views: 1239

Re: BBC micro stuff

I remember the funny book about computers that you mention on your Wanted page! It's "Micromania: the whole truth about home computers" by Charles Platt. I had a look and it seems that was the title of a UK adaptation, so I will check a bit more, it's hard to find any information other than the cov...
by Wouter Scholten
Tue May 23, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: BBC micro stuff
Replies: 9
Views: 1239

BBC micro stuff

I am looking for a few things, such as - BBC micro with type 2 keyboard (see http://wouter.bbcmicro.net/pictures/computer/keyboard/index.html ) - BBC micro with old rough type casing (and more ventilation space). A few more things that I'd like to find I've listed here on my BBC micro site: http://w...
by Wouter Scholten
Fri May 19, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Table - Planetoid
Replies: 46
Views: 4642

More on tactics etc. for Planetoid

A few notes: - I never use hyperspace as the H-key is too far away (and all around it that also work are still too far away) from the other keys. Not just that, you won't know where you end up and there is a 1/7 or so chance of dying just by using it. - Reversing makes bullets and bombs go away as o...
by Wouter Scholten
Fri May 19, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Table - Planetoid
Replies: 46
Views: 4642

Re: High Score Table - Planetoid

After just 4 minutes of that video I realised I've been playing it wrong all this time. You didn't first have a cup of tea? :) I've got 1 keyboard working though the space bar is a bit heavy going on this one but managed to improve it a bit with some grease. With that non-optimal situation still a ...