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by Samwise
Tue Apr 04, 2006 2:14 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Best original BBC micro games?
Replies: 45
Views: 19947

Ahhh ...

I have another candidate.

Not really a paradigm shift, but how about XOR:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XOR_(computer_game)

That came out on the beeb first, didn't it?

Sam.
by Samwise
Sat Apr 01, 2006 1:08 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Complete Acorn Archive?
Replies: 1
Views: 1591

Re: Complete Acorn Archive?

Is there a complete, standard archive out there anywhere? If you're talking websites, STH is probably the biggest with The BBC Lives! also offering a lot ... there are a couple of other smaller sites, but nothing else that could claim to be a complete archive. If you look outside the beeb community...
by Samwise
Thu Mar 30, 2006 4:04 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Best original BBC micro games?
Replies: 45
Views: 19947

I can see Rich's point and I think maybe my use of the word ground-breaking should be replaced with the word genre-defining. I certainly wouldn't want to understate Exile's achievements and it undoubtedly broke through a lot of the technical boundaries of the beeb and really pushed it to the limits ...
by Samwise
Thu Mar 30, 2006 11:42 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Best original BBC micro games?
Replies: 45
Views: 19947

Why was Exile not groundbreaking? I'll have a stab at answering this ... because it was pre-dated by other arcade adventure titles? It's a great implementation and also has 100% beeb origins, but it didn't define it's own genre in the same way as, say, Elite did. There are many earlier examples of ...
by Samwise
Tue Mar 28, 2006 9:59 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Best original BBC micro games?
Replies: 45
Views: 19947

Is this definetly true? I've read some articles which say it was definetly C64 first with no mention of the BBC, developed in Australia - did they even have the BBC? Well, the only two links I can find off the top of my head aren't definitive, but I'm fairly certain I've also seen the claim in more...
by Samwise
Mon Mar 27, 2006 1:35 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Best original BBC micro games?
Replies: 45
Views: 19947

Best original BBC micro games?

Pop quiz. What are the best *original* BBC micro games? i.e. groundbreaking games that were originally released on the BBC before being ported elsewhere and, possibly, even defined a genre. To start: Definitely: Elite (obviously) Thrust Maybes: Chuckie Egg (released across 3 platforms simultaneously...
by Samwise
Mon Mar 27, 2006 1:26 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: New to BBC Micro - Recommended Games?
Replies: 8
Views: 4340

Adventure games seem to have been well covered above, but if you fancy venturing further afield, I would definitely recommend: Elite (Master 128 / 6502 enhanced version available) - 3D space simulation Exile (also enhanced version available) - arcade adventure Thrust - skillful, arcade Ravenskull - ...
by Samwise
Sat Aug 27, 2005 1:18 pm
Forum: acorn atom and acorn system series
Topic: Atom 1.33
Replies: 3
Views: 2341

I recently fired this up so I could grab some screenshots of early A&F games. It wouldn't work at all on my AMD 1900, but I took it into work and managed to get it work on a Dell workstation. It mostly worked OK, but I had real problems getting Cylon Attack to run for longer than 4 or 5 seconds. I e...
by Samwise
Tue Jun 14, 2005 10:37 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn emulators
Topic: RZX-type functionality in Beeb emulators
Replies: 7
Views: 4172

RZX-type functionality in Beeb emulators

I it would be ok if u were lazy, as one software house said ' Ultimate - Play The Game ' !! :P I think you're missing the point that most ppl were unable to finish all the games they wanted when they put in the hours as kids. There just isn't enough time in the day to finish all the games you'd wan...
by Samwise
Mon Jun 13, 2005 5:50 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn emulators
Topic: RZX-type functionality in Beeb emulators
Replies: 7
Views: 4172

RZX-type functionality in Beeb emulators

Perhaps I should have been clearer - for those who haven't visited the link, the point of the RZX format is so that you can record yourself playing a particular game. For example, there was recently a post on the BBC Micro mailing list asking for help with MicroPower's Castle Quest. If an RZX-like f...
by Samwise
Sun Jun 12, 2005 2:16 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn emulators
Topic: RZX-type functionality in Beeb emulators
Replies: 7
Views: 4172

RZX-type functionality in Beeb emulators

General musing post here, but It seems to me like we're missing out on some of the cool parts of having great emulators for our community. After reading yet another post in the games forum asking for help in a beeb game, it occurs to me that it would be great to have the equivalent of the RZX functi...
by Samwise
Sat Jun 11, 2005 11:09 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Christian Pinder's 'Elite - TNK'
Replies: 3
Views: 2653

Christian Pinder's 'Elite - TNK'

A quick google seems to show it available from here:

Elite: The New Kind

Can't see any mention of it being pulled.

If that's of any use,

Sam.
by Samwise
Tue Jun 07, 2005 9:44 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Wikipedia BBC Micro Entry
Replies: 3
Views: 2381

RE: Wikipedia BBC Micro Entry

melchett wrote:wouldn't it be great to have more Wikipedia "links" that were BBC related?
There's certainly one already for Chuckie Egg, which I've contributed to ... :wink:

Sam.
by Samwise
Tue Jun 07, 2005 1:13 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn emulators
Topic: MESS help
Replies: 14
Views: 7776

RE: MESS BBC Micro drivers

Oh, I see, I read it as though you had worked out how to configure the CMOS, but just not how to save it, in the MESS BBC Master driver. The BBC Master driver has only just been added to MESS and, I think, is what they term a test driver (i.e. a skeleton, not ready for use). For example, there is no...
by Samwise
Tue Jun 07, 2005 10:53 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn emulators
Topic: MESS help
Replies: 14
Views: 7776

RE: MESS BBC Micro drivers

I still cant get the BBC B to work .. The link i provided to the Bios's doesnt have it, do u have a better 1 for the BBC B? :shock: As always, just Google for mess bios 0.97 ... How do u tell the Master one to set up the CMOS, when there is no break key? So after ive done it I can save state and do...
by Samwise
Mon Jun 06, 2005 6:38 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Wikipedia BBC Micro Entry
Replies: 3
Views: 2381

RE: Wikipedia BBC Micro Entry

As much as I love the Beeb, it's worth bearing in mind the intended audience for someone looking up the BBC Micro in wikipedia - they're going to be slightly overfaced if presented with reams and reams of technical data. I'm not saying it doesn't need updating but it needs well-written, quality info...
by Samwise
Mon Jun 06, 2005 6:16 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn emulators
Topic: MESS help
Replies: 14
Views: 7776

MESS BBC Micro drivers

Yes, CM, the driver in MESS only supports single-sided images (though you can, of course, convert a double-sided image to two single-sided images). By default it uses Acorn’s 1770 DFS, but this can be changed with the DFS SELECT option, reached from the DIP Switches option under the Options pull-dow...
by Samwise
Sat Jun 04, 2005 10:56 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn emulators
Topic: MESS help
Replies: 14
Views: 7776

MESS BBC Micro drivers

MESS 0.97 has been released and the BBC Micro Model B driver is now working again.

Cheers,

Sam.
by Samwise
Thu May 26, 2005 11:27 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn emulators
Topic: MESS help
Replies: 14
Views: 7776

Re: MESS BBC Micro drivers

I'm sure it'll be fixed before long let the MESS guys know - they're usually happy to fix such things when they know about them. I reported the problem with the BBC Micro Model B driver on the MESS forums - it turns out it was to do with a sound rewrite of the 5220 using drivers on the MAME side, i...
by Samwise
Mon May 23, 2005 12:55 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn emulators
Topic: MESS help
Replies: 14
Views: 7776

MESS BBC Micro drivers

The main problem I had was that it insists on you having all of the roms, even if it may not use them. I think that must be a quirk of XMESS or an older version rather than a general problem with the current MESS releases - I've certainly not experienced this problem with either the DOS or Windows ...
by Samwise
Wed May 18, 2005 6:30 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: A&F games and State of Atom Emulation
Replies: 9
Views: 4779

Tower of Hanoi

Hi, Jeremy.

I certainly am interested. I emailed & PM'd you a reply, but I'm not sure if they got through :?:

Sam.
by Samwise
Mon May 09, 2005 7:16 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Dread Dragon Droom, Dragon Drooms Revenge & related prog
Replies: 9
Views: 7015

Resource are still alive and kicking, they're even online ... Resource Education http://www.resourcekt.co.uk/ They have no mention on their site of Droom, it's sequel or DUST so what the official position is on selling it or distributing it online, is anyone's guess until someone contacts them. Mean...
by Samwise
Sat May 07, 2005 11:26 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Chuckie Egg... with more colour!
Replies: 28
Views: 14407

Re: Chuckie Egg... with more colour!

Hopefully this now makes the Beeb version a contender for the Best Version Ever. Well, I think it's safe to say that the majority of people reading this forum probably had the beeb version pegged as that already, even before your enhancement .. :) I've added your loader to my site, Rich - it is def...
by Samwise
Sat May 07, 2005 11:09 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: A&F games and State of Atom Emulation
Replies: 9
Views: 4779

The Chuckie Egg Professional's Resource Kit

OK, It's probably about time I published the URL of the site I was referring to here. It's made it to the front page of STH, so it's probably safe to say it's been officially launched ... The Chuckie Egg Professional's Resource Kit http://www.bagshot-row.org/chuckie-egg/ Any feedback appreciated ......
by Samwise
Mon Mar 21, 2005 12:23 am
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Minefield, Tower of Hanoi and/or Bouncer from A&F softwa
Replies: 4
Views: 3777

Minefield, Tower of Hanoi and/or Bouncer from A&F softwa

Anyone got images of the first two?

I've also heard rumours of an A&F game called Bouncer, but that might be a confusion with an Acornsoft game. Anyone got an A&F Bouncer?

Many thanks,

Samwise.
by Samwise
Mon Mar 21, 2005 12:19 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn emulators
Topic: BBC Emulators
Replies: 11
Views: 5392

I think BeebEm is generally acknowledged as the most technically up to date emulator - and it is also still in development, unlike a lot of others. The problem with emulators is that they tend to die when the authors in question stop updating them. In the beeb world, there has been some passing on o...
by Samwise
Wed Mar 16, 2005 12:11 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: A&F games and State of Atom Emulation
Replies: 9
Views: 4779

Pharaohs Tomb UEFs for Electron and BBC are at STH. They load with BeebEm but possibly not with Electrem/Elkulator. Ah. I forgot to check the Electron archives. :oops: They look almost identical - I think I was trying to confirm that the version in the BBC section wasn't just a disk image of the co...
by Samwise
Mon Mar 14, 2005 9:28 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: A&F games and State of Atom Emulation
Replies: 9
Views: 4779

A&F games and State of Atom Emulation

Hi, After being quite disappointed about the lack of decent online resources, I'm working on Yet Another Chuckie Egg site. I like to think I'm bringing together quite a few new bits of info, tho. Anyway, as part of this, I've taken an interest in A&F games in general and had a few questions, that I ...

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