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Received Kingdom of Hamil today... will try to get it uploaded later :)
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billcarr2005 wrote:Received Kingdom of Hamil today... will try to get it uploaded later :)
Thanks, BillC!

Continuing the discussion from the Hamil thread:
lurkio wrote:
leenew wrote:we are still missing:
AVON and MURDAC (2 game pack)
HEZARIN (2 game pack with last days of doom)
KINGDOM OF HAMIL
SPYSNATCHER
Two down, two to go, I think?

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leenew wrote:FWIW... (And despite evidence to the contrary in the above price list) I *now* think it's only Hezarin missing for the beeb, with spysnatcher only ever being released for the Archie.... But I could be wrong...
Earlier, Arcadian wrote:Spy Snatcher /was/ actually written for the BBC/Electron, but not released. It was eventually made available via the Electron User Group - more info here: http://www.acornelectron.co.uk/eug/revs ... r_000.html
The Electron User Group article that Arcadian linked to (which has since changed its URL -- I've updated it above) purports to be written by Jonathan Partington, one of the original authors of Spy Snatcher, but I've contacted him, and he said that he didn't actually write it! He said the article consists of the standard blurb for the game with two interpolated sentences written by a person or persons unknown! Very odd.

I've also been in touch with Jon Thackray, the co-author, and Brian Kerslake, the former MD of Topologika, but none of them have a clear memory of Spy Snatcher being written for the Beeb. Then again, I don't think they remembered the Electron version either, till I reminded them about it!

The Electron version definitely does exist because I'm using it now! It runs in ElectrEm but not in BeebEm unless you switch to Master 128 mode.
Spy Snatcher screenshot 1
Spy Snatcher screenshot 1
Spy Snatcher screenshot 2
Spy Snatcher screenshot 2
So we still have no hard evidence of a Beeb version of Spy Snatcher.

It's all rather confusing.

:?
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I think it was released now :lol:
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Posting this here, since it was in the Last Days of Doom wallet.
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billcarr2005 wrote:
Tue Jan 29, 2013 1:39 am
Arcadian wrote:Right Bill, I've now dug out the Topologika FDIs from my USB Drive ... check your PMs! :)
Converted Acheton, Philosopher's Quest, Countdown to Doom and Last Days of Doom.
Return to Doom i'd already imaged from the original floppy.
Avon and MURDAC were Master compatible only :(
Didn't have an FDI for Hezarin.
There seems to be a bug in all known Beeb versions of Topologika Acheton:

viewtopic.php?p=317801#p317801

Anyone know what's going on?

:?:

EDIT: Arcadian mentions some "FDIs" which he sent to BillC. Is it possible to check those FDIs and see if the FDI of Topologika Acheton has the bug too? (Caveat: I don't really know what an FDI is or how it works!)
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lurkio wrote:
Sun Apr 18, 2021 3:15 pm
(Caveat: I don't really know what an FDI is or how it works!)
At a guess, I'd say it's a Formatted Disk Image:

http://www.oldskool.org/disk2fdi/files/FDISPEC.pdf
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