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by Kecske Bak
Sat Mar 01, 2008 2:06 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: BBC Micro games with a story to tell...
Replies: 19
Views: 3236

My favourite BBC games were Citadel and Repton 2.

The games I return to the most for a quick play are Elixir, Bumble Bee and Estra. The latter is a little masterpiece.
by Kecske Bak
Wed Feb 27, 2008 2:11 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: *must* not spend a fortune ... *nnngh*
Replies: 47
Views: 6257

Where did the posters come from - well, the 4th Dimension started out as "Impact Posters", selling posters of Zarch, Elite, Codename Droid, Ravenskull, Around The World In Eighty Screens, Palace of Magic etc. It was Mark and Steve Botterill, formerly of Superior. They then became "The Impact Games C...
by Kecske Bak
Tue Feb 26, 2008 5:42 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: How do you do?
Replies: 8
Views: 1549

No need to worry Jerry - this is the friendliest forum I've ever been part of.

It's great to have you here.
by Kecske Bak
Mon Feb 25, 2008 11:56 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: retro 70s!
Replies: 10
Views: 1391

The one I usually use is:

http://www.wolfbane.com/rpi.htm
by Kecske Bak
Mon Feb 25, 2008 11:27 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: retro 70s!
Replies: 10
Views: 1391

That's £107 exactly in today's money. If it's worth more than that now it was a good investment :wink:
by Kecske Bak
Sat Feb 23, 2008 9:56 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Commodore envy?
Replies: 23
Views: 3742

Didn't Ripton have a version of Breakout as a tape loader game?
by Kecske Bak
Sat Feb 23, 2008 2:12 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: linux help?
Replies: 59
Views: 10014

I'm sure than B-Em is dripping with natural goodness inside - it's obviously very cleverly written - but until it has a decent Mode 7 it just won't feel like a real live Beeb. :wink:
by Kecske Bak
Fri Feb 22, 2008 4:29 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: *must* not spend a fortune ... *nnngh*
Replies: 47
Views: 6257

Are these officially licenced? Has anyone seen any of these to vouch for the sort of quality they are?

I'd love to buy some of these but I'm always wary of eBay.
by Kecske Bak
Thu Feb 21, 2008 4:21 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Commodore envy?
Replies: 23
Views: 3742

The BBC was certainly very uncool. It was the "teachers' children" computer - it had an odd sort of "Blue Peter" image. On the subject of cost: The BBC B on 1 Jan 1983 cost £399. That's £1013.31 using the Retail Price Index to work out what the equivalent price would be today. An Acornsoft game like...
by Kecske Bak
Tue Feb 19, 2008 8:50 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Commodore envy?
Replies: 23
Views: 3742

And of course, the BBC could do "Knight Lore" or "Alien 8" - the Spectrum sort of things - on one hand or "Way of The Exploding Fist" or "Bubble Bobble" C64 sort of things on the other - it was a good compromise between those two worlds.
by Kecske Bak
Tue Feb 19, 2008 8:02 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Commodore envy?
Replies: 23
Views: 3742

I remember seeing "Uridium" for the first time on the C64 just after it was released and being utterly stunned. I also liked "Gribbly's Day Out" and loved "Paradroid". As a games machine the C64 was truly stunning. I have an mp3 of the music from Zoids I listen to sometimes even now. However, the aw...
by Kecske Bak
Sun Feb 17, 2008 9:59 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Two Towers Update
Replies: 35
Views: 6487

I don't think any of them really matched Citadel. Palace of Magic has ugly graphics and the puzzles are far too linear. There are no monks, no trampolines and you can't walk up inclines. The screens are too small, some of the screens are too frustrating. You can't really explore or choose what to do...
by Kecske Bak
Fri Feb 15, 2008 1:28 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Superior Interactive Blog
Replies: 21
Views: 2971

Personally I think the PC Repton conversions are great - and a lot of effort has gone into them by a large team of people. I've played Repton 2 constantly since I bought it, and it really feels like Repton to me - it's a great game. I haven't played any of the other Superior Interactive games, but I...
by Kecske Bak
Sat Feb 09, 2008 6:40 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Master
Replies: 7
Views: 1554

Maiden Beech School in Crewkerne used to have a network of BBCs using an Apple IIe as a server - I don't know why they didn't go for Econet. Does anyone know who marketed this solution?
by Kecske Bak
Sat Feb 09, 2008 2:44 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Master
Replies: 7
Views: 1554

My Master 128 has the Econet DIN socket fitted, but it does not have ANFS fitted so it couldn't be used.
by Kecske Bak
Sat Feb 09, 2008 2:37 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Master
Replies: 7
Views: 1554

I think you're thinking of the Master ET: From Wikipedia: Master ET The ET (Econet Terminal) system was designed for use in a network and as such had no interfaces except RGB and Composite video, plus an Econet interface module and ANFS fitted as standard (it was usually an option). It used the same...
by Kecske Bak
Fri Feb 08, 2008 7:12 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: My YouTube showreel
Replies: 2
Views: 732

My YouTube showreel

As part of the necessary horrors of job-hunting (Flash Actionscript any offers gratefully accepted!) I've put my showreel thing on YouTube. It's BBC related, but not as in microcomputer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLIeaNxents Having said that, I think one of the graphics here would have been ori...
by Kecske Bak
Sat Feb 02, 2008 6:31 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Superior Interactive Blog
Replies: 21
Views: 2971

I actually thought that Quest looks quite nice and Quest-y. I never liked it as a game so much as "admired" it. The invention in the puzzles was great, and it was programmed really well but it was hard to the point of not being fun. And another good thing about Tony Oakden was he really knew how to ...
by Kecske Bak
Fri Jan 18, 2008 3:06 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Two Towers Update
Replies: 35
Views: 6487

Re: Two Towers Update ver-2

Tony Oakden was like Gary Partis - a very gifted programmer who wrote things that were so hard they weren't much fun.

Although I admired all of his games, the only games of Gary's I liked to actually play were EGO:Repton 4 and Impact.
by Kecske Bak
Thu Jan 10, 2008 8:51 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Problem with tape recorder
Replies: 14
Views: 2406

It may be the tape motor control, used to allow the computer to stop and start tapes automatically.

Type *TAPE and then *. on the BBC B and see if you can play a tape.
by Kecske Bak
Mon Dec 31, 2007 6:10 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Bill Carr's maps
Replies: 7
Views: 2290

billcarr2005 wrote:Not guilty... i haven't mapped Citadel :P
:oops:
by Kecske Bak
Mon Dec 31, 2007 1:04 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Bill Carr's maps
Replies: 7
Views: 2290

Looking at Bill's excellent map of Citadel, he seems to be missing the destroyed Star Port - with the dish reduced to a stump.
by Kecske Bak
Sat Dec 29, 2007 10:15 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Beeb creator to be honoured by Queen!
Replies: 4
Views: 1249

Only a CBE, when Mick Jagger has a knighthood...

:roll:
by Kecske Bak
Sat Dec 22, 2007 1:50 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Greetings
Replies: 9
Views: 2134

Is the Golden Brown program the one with teletext blocks moving backwards and forwards as the tune plays? I have that on a 5.25" floppy with "Night And Day" - the dancing skeletons thing.
by Kecske Bak
Fri Dec 21, 2007 5:33 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Citadel Font
Replies: 12
Views: 2324

AJW wrote:The only method? Did you bother to read my reply?
User defined characters would not really be practical for a commercial quality game - Rich's method and the GCOL method use a few bytes - and with a BBC B game you tend to be scraping around for every spare byte you can find by the time you're done.
by Kecske Bak
Fri Dec 21, 2007 9:36 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Citadel Font
Replies: 12
Views: 2324

Also there's seemingly no pattern as to which stripe combination you'll get from a particular GCOL x,y. Yes, I remember a 14 year old me sitting patiently logging which numbers corresponded with which combinations! I wrote a home-brew 3D maze game that used striped fills. As Rich says, it's best to...
by Kecske Bak
Thu Dec 20, 2007 9:08 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Citadel Font
Replies: 12
Views: 2324

I would guess that this was the technique used in Citadel - and the reason why things like the roof of the Witches House and the location titles are not striped on the Master version is that it was BBC B only. The people doing the Master conversion for Superior should have used the GXR codes you men...
by Kecske Bak
Thu Dec 20, 2007 8:56 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Citadel Font
Replies: 12
Views: 2324

Weren't there some strange numbers you could add as the first parameter of GCOL that allowed you to get stripey writing like that? ISTR recall I could get that effect in Basic. Try:

Code: Select all

GCOL243, 3
VDU 5
by Kecske Bak
Thu Dec 13, 2007 8:32 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Using keys in Citadel 2
Replies: 6
Views: 1622

I just wanted to bump this thread because I notice that Symo's Citadel 2 website is now offline. I got to it using the WayBackMachine, but I wondered whether the material that was on that site could possibly go into the Game Help section now?
by Kecske Bak
Tue Dec 11, 2007 3:22 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Games that made use of Acorn Speech synthesiser
Replies: 14
Views: 3393

sorvad wrote:Wasn't that just sampled speech ? not using the Acorn speech chipset ?
Yes, that's right. Like Bonecruncher, it was just a sample.