Introducing myself

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Introducing myself

Post by aqarius » Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:18 pm


My name's Joe. :)

My first computer was a Commodore 64, and that's the online community I've been the most active in to date. I've developed a few games for it since the mid 2000s, most recently Super Carling The Spider which was released by retro publisher Psytronik last year. (You'll find links including free digital downloads at

Going back to the beginning, I started with C64 BASIC, then I got to do a bit of programming on the BBC computers at primary school in the mid 90s. I think I got to skip a lot of classwork that way :) Coming from the C64, I was impressed by the range of things you could do in BBC BASIC with its drawing and sound commands, but my time on the machine was always limited until a friend and his dad (who was also the head of the technical department at the high school) gave me an Acorn Electron that was going spare, which allowed me to carry on programming at home.

My programming/game making eventually switched to the PC for a while, before I got into assembly cross development on the C64 and Spectrum. I now make games for a living, mostly for mobile devices, but I still spend a lot of my time playing and developing for older systems. I've gradually built up a modest collection of 8 and 16 bit computers, which I'll maybe list another day.

I still have that Electron* and I've recently gotten hold of a BBC Master. I didn't know much about the Electron/BBC's game library until recently, apart from the few games that journalists write about the most (Elite, Exile, etc) it's a lot bigger than I thought so I'm enjoying looking for new games to try, and I hope I'll eventually get around to adapting some of my C64 work to the Elk/Beeb!

Thanks for the warm welcome on the forum thus far, hope I can contribute something other than a barrage of questions at some point! 8)

* my original Electron's recently swapped brains and power supplys with a cleaner (and as it turned out, deader) untested Electron I landed myself with on eBay.

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Re: Introducing myself

Post by Lardo Boffin » Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:46 pm

Welcome Joe! I’ve been on here for several years and still have regular questions - no one seems to mind! :)
BBC model B 32k issue 4, 16k sideways RAM, Watford 12 ROM board, Retroclinic Datacentre + HDD, Viglen twin 40/80 5.25" discs, acorn cassette, Acorn 6502 coproc
BBC model B 32k issue 7, turboMMC, Opus Challenger 3 512k, Pi 3 coproc
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Re: Introducing myself

Post by tricky » Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:26 am

Welcome, your journey sounds quite familiar and I'm keen to see how you find the beeb with its quirks.
I have made a few Arcade posts for the beeb as well as a few single game emulators in the style of name, you'll find them via my signature and some are on
Enjoy your visits and I look forward to your first release.

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Re: Introducing myself

Post by DutchAcorn » Wed Nov 29, 2017 6:14 am

Welcome Joe! Thanks for the intro :D

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Re: Introducing myself

Post by Multiwizard » Wed Nov 29, 2017 6:19 am

Hey Joe, (LOL)

welcome to this great Forum... :D

Greetings from my little Dutch Acorn Attic, Wim... :-)

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Re: Introducing myself

Post by davidb » Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:20 am

Welcome from a fellow Electron user! :D

You'll find information about a lot of Electron games at Stairway To Hell, Acorn Electron World and Every Game Going. Some of us even write new games for the machine and release them at Retro Software. :)

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Re: Introducing myself

Post by daveejhitchins » Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:30 am

Welcome to the Forum, Joe . . . Enjoy . . .

Looking forward to all your game conversions for the Electron :-

Dave H :D
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Products: ARA II, ABR, ATI, AP6, MGC, AP5 . . .
For a price list, contact me at: Retro Hardware AT dave ej hitchins DOT plus DOT com

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Re: Introducing myself

Post by flaxcottage » Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:08 am

Welcome, Joe.

Try the Electron games cartridge - it is awesome! :D
- John

Why do I keep collecting Acorn gear? I'm going to need a considerably bigger man-cave. :?

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Re: Introducing myself

Post by CMcDougall » Wed Nov 29, 2017 6:13 pm

Welcome Joe :)

hope you sort out a working elk with a mix of your 'dead' elks!

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Re: Introducing myself

Post by danielj » Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:43 pm

Hello there :)


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Re: Introducing myself

Post by roland » Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:11 pm

Welcome Joe,

Enjoy your visits to this forum.

Greetings from the south of the Netherlands,
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MAN WOMAN :shock:

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Re: Introducing myself

Post by Arcadian » Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:45 pm

Welcome to the forum Joe, great to have another homebrew programmer on the board...!

Hey, if you ever feel inclined to write a nice new game for the BBC/Electron then I acquired a bunch of lovely vinyl disc wallets earlier this year specifically for Acorn homebrew games (see piccie below). Have already put the first chunk of them to use for White Light - do help yourself to the download from it's fabulous!

Perhaps Carling could be ported, what do you think? :)

We have our next Acorn User Group meeting coming up in January (see Events forum) and there will be other homebrewers present so if you're anywhere near Manchester and are free on 19-21 Jan then do consider bobbing along!
For a "Complete BBC Games Archive" visit

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Re: Introducing myself

Post by oss003 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:31 pm

Hi Joe,

Welcome and enjoy the forum ...


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