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Greetings from Fife

Post by MrDo » Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:26 pm

Afternoon Everyone,

I've been hankering after some Acorn action for a few years now - mostly for the games, but also to see if I can knock the rust off my ancient programming chops. We're talking basic stuff here, literally! The BBC was the first real home computer I came across - back in late '82 / early '83. My friend's dad had all the kit - a model B, a CUB monitor, dual disk-drives, the lot! Even our primary school didn't get one until the following spring. I shudder to think of the cash equivalent he must have dropped on it. We were allowed the occasional go on classics like Planetoid and Chuckie Egg. And that inspired me to convince my parents to get me my first computer - a 16K Spectrum :lol: Not exactly in the same league at the time, but at least it had Chuckie Egg! Hopefully, I'll soon be able to pick up where I left off.

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Post by MrDo » Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:32 pm

I should also add that I've been running a Retro Games Club for the local kids, and am keen to add a Beeb to the roster. Whether the kids would appreciate it as much as the dads remains to be seen.

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Post by CMcDougall » Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:53 pm

welcome M :)

just over the new bridge from you, I preferred the old one :lol:
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Post by Elminster » Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:56 pm

Welcome. I am sure there is many games on the Beeb that would interest them. When I have taken Beeb's or Electrons into code club at Christmas they are always popular.

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Re: Greetings from Fife

Post by Multiwizard » Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:04 pm

Hi,

welcome to this great Forum... :D


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

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Post by daveejhitchins » Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:37 pm

Welcome to the Forum, MrDo . . . Enjoy . . .

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Post by MrDo » Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:49 pm

Ta muchly!

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Post by danielj » Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:54 pm

Welcome! :)

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Post by MrDo » Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:24 pm

Thanks for the warm welcome Guys,

Got a few questions to ask about beebs and peripherals - although I imagine that everyone else who joins wants to know exactly the same things, eg. best joystick, RPI co-processors, SCART vs proprietary monitor connections etc. etc. I'll have a look through the discussion threads a bit later on and see what I can find.

Cheers the now

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Post by flaxcottage » Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:37 pm

Welcome, MrDo. :D
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Re: Greetings from Fife

Post by tricky » Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:05 pm

Welcome, I take some of my Beeb's to shows and have found that although not authentic for the parents, a Sega megadrive pad works best for the youth, although you will need an adapter. Frogger usually goes down well as the kids recognise "crossy road", although they don't appreciate the precision required.

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Post by davidb » Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:38 pm

Welcome! :D

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Post by DaveLecky » Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:49 am

Welcome to the forum...great people here and access to lots of hardware and software.

I just dug out my old electron in June, so fairly new myself.

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Re: Greetings from Fife

Post by mr-macrisc » Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:25 pm

Another fifer...

Welcome, I am based in Leuchars.

Best joystick is the Competition Pro (esspecially in bbc micro colours) they came in versions for other computers too so make sure it’s bbc version (picture of connector below). If running retro games on bbc I suggest the wee cheap micro SD devices you get on eBay that come preloaded with the Stairway to hell (it fits into port underneath and you have easy menu access to a big library of games that load in seconds).

Though not all games work out box with joystick some do, some need programmed and others may need a wee utility to make joystick give key presses.
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Post by mr-macrisc » Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:26 pm

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Post by MrDo » Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:04 am

Morning Everyone,

With the help of TopCat96 and Tricky, I've put the postie through his paces, and voila! Looks like I'm all Beebed up...

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The memory card system is brilliant

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Although it confirmed what I expected to find - ie. that while most of the relics should be allowed to rest in peace (or bits?), there are some genuine survivors in there

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Gotta say, though, big hats off to Tricky for his retro recreations. OK, so we had the likes of Planetoid from Acornsoft bitd, which was the gold standard way back then. But to see Frogger, Space Invaders, Centipede and Astro Blaster pretty much pixel perfect on a home computer from 1981 is stunning.

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I look forward to exploring the back catalogue over the coming weeks and months.

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Post by topcat96 » Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:31 pm

\:D/ Fantastic! \:D/

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Re: Greetings from Fife

Post by tricky » Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:38 am

That's great, we love to see people enjoying their machines, although from your avatar, I was expecting a MrE screenshot ;)
The menu is still a work in progress, so let me know if you have any issues over on the menu thread.

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Re: Greetings from Fife

Post by MrDo » Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:35 am

Ha! I actually had one of them, but didn't want to overload the post with pics. Great game, and super - if slighty cheeky - conversion!

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Re: Greetings from Fife

Post by mr-macrisc » Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:42 pm

Nice, maybe we can have a Fife games day/night or something at some point :)

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