Technodream on emulation

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Technodream on emulation

Post by arakeen » Fri Sep 04, 2020 1:18 pm

Hi,

I'm keen to have another go through Technodream after 20+ years. Unfortunately I don't have any working Acorn hardware to use/extract my original disks and the copy protection is defeating me in emulation.

I've seen that an updated version has been available on CD with Nevryon from Matthew Thompson - he hasn't been active here for a while though, and I'm not yet approved to send PMs.

So, I have a few requests, one of which will hopefully get me going with this:

Does anyone know if Matthew Thompson is still supplying these CDs (whether physical or digital), and have alternative contact details?
Has anyone previously purchased one of the CDs and is willing to part with it (second hand purchase for at/around original price)?
Slightly grey area - does someone have working JFDs which they could supply offline (further proof of my ownership can be provided)?

(As I can't send or reply to PMs I'll need another way to get back to anyone who is able to help).

Thank you.
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Re: Technodream on emulation

Post by arakeen » Thu Oct 08, 2020 5:09 pm

Thanks for the PM, sorry but still can't reply directly. Thanks for clearing up the situation, I think I must have misunderstood things (gleaned from various sources across this board and elsewhere).

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Re: Technodream on emulation

Post by MatthewThompson » Sun Oct 18, 2020 10:55 am

I have dug out this re-issue version I have , it was the original Superior packaging, but instead of the discs came with a ProAction CD-ROM which also contains the BBC version of Nevryon.

This version of Technodream does not require any floppy discs and runs perfectly on my ARMX6 (RISC OS 5.27) running in Acorn RISC OS 3 legacy mode.

I have attached a picture of what the product looks like and a picture of the game running on my ARMX6 .

Whether David Bradforth at ProAction still has any copies of this still available I don't know. I think he's still active in the RISC OS world in some capacity. But this is the version you need to run under emulation as it doesn't need any floppy discs to run.
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Post by MatthewThompson » Sun Oct 18, 2020 11:01 am

the game running on ARMX6 (legacy mode - not the best picture but you can see it running)
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Post by arakeen » Fri Oct 23, 2020 3:24 pm

Thanks for the extra info - I'll maybe try and track him down, but it's looking like I've just left it all a bit too late on all counts :(

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Post by acorndave » Fri Oct 23, 2020 7:04 pm

There's one on ebay

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Nevryon-and- ... Swp49exn3Y

£30 staring bid though + £5 postage.

Nearly 6 days to run, might be worth watching. ...

Or too pricey ? Guess it depends how keen you are on it.

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Post by arakeen » Fri Oct 23, 2020 7:40 pm

Not quite that keen for something that was £6 originally :lol:

Thanks for letting me know though. I'm pretty sure that seller just puts it on repeatedly, every time I do another search for something I've missed I see it on there for the same price with a few days to run but still no takers... Next time I'm bored enough I might contact them to see if they'd put it on for less but it looks like they're holding out for the big profit.

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Re: Technodream on emulation

Post by MatthewThompson » Sat Oct 24, 2020 10:56 am

I was going to mention I spotted that on Ebay , but that is just people out to cash in/rip off people, no need to sell it for that much,which is probably why it hasn't sold !!

There were another relase of Technodream later on, see the attached version that APDL/4th Dimension put out.

This maybe still available, i'm not sure, APDL does not really exist anymore, only a website here.

http://www.apdl.org.uk/

But it might be worth contacting CJE Micros who own 4D they might be able to help or might even one in stock - worth a try

http://www.cjemicros.co.uk/
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Post by philpem » Sat Oct 24, 2020 4:36 pm

MatthewThompson wrote:
Sat Oct 24, 2020 10:56 am
But it might be worth contacting CJE Micros who own 4D they might be able to help or might even one in stock - worth a try
http://www.cjemicros.co.uk/
CJE don't own the 4D software any more -- it was sold to APDL some years before David Holden's unfortunate passing.

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Re: Technodream on emulation

Post by MatthewThompson » Sat Oct 24, 2020 6:29 pm

philpem wrote:
Sat Oct 24, 2020 4:36 pm
MatthewThompson wrote:
Sat Oct 24, 2020 10:56 am
But it might be worth contacting CJE Micros who own 4D they might be able to help or might even one in stock - worth a try
http://www.cjemicros.co.uk/
CJE don't own the 4D software any more -- it was sold to APDL some years before David Holden's unfortunate passing.
I didn't know that , they obviously just own the 4D name now, rather than the actual software, as the name is still used on their website.

Still worth asking them if they might have any of either re-issue in stock or could get one, they do have a lot of stuff !

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Re: Technodream on emulation

Post by arakeen » Tue Oct 27, 2020 11:16 am

I tried "sales" at the old and current apdl domains with no response, a previously active apdl-proaction domain no longer exists either. CJE don't have it available. Really appreciate all the suggestions, thank you.

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Re: Technodream on emulation

Post by acorndave » Tue Oct 27, 2020 2:07 pm

The credits at the bottom of the apdl webpage mention Aaron Timbrell / 3QD. You could give him a try

http://www.riscos.com/contact_details/index.htm

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Re: Technodream on emulation

Post by MatthewThompson » Wed Oct 28, 2020 4:09 pm

acorndave wrote:
Tue Oct 27, 2020 2:07 pm
The credits at the bottom of the apdl webpage mention Aaron Timbrell / 3QD. You could give him a try

http://www.riscos.com/contact_details/index.htm
Certainly worth a try, as Aaron was involved with APDL and (maybe) Proaction, but he might have a recent contact for David Bradforth, he had his Alligata Media operation but that seems defunct now and the email address there doesn't work.

I don't actually know who owns the copyright to this re-issued Technodream release as it is different to the original Superior release, at a guess I would say Proaction/ADPL do , but I could be wrong.

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Post by MatthewThompson » Wed Oct 28, 2020 4:10 pm

acorndave wrote:
Tue Oct 27, 2020 2:07 pm
The credits at the bottom of the apdl webpage mention Aaron Timbrell / 3QD. You could give him a try

http://www.riscos.com/contact_details/index.htm
Certainly worth a try, as Aaron was involved with APDL and (maybe) Proaction, but he might have a recent contact for David Bradforth, he had his Alligata Media operation but that seems defunct now and the email address there doesn't work.

I don't actually know who owns the copyright to this re-issued Technodream release as it is different to the original Superior release, at a guess I would say Proaction/ADPL do , but I could be wrong.

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Post by arakeen » Wed Oct 28, 2020 4:33 pm

Thank you again - I've popped him a message at the address on that page, I'll post again with any updates.

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Post by arakeen » Tue Nov 10, 2020 11:24 am

Aaron replied a few days ago after my email ended up in his spam folder. He's not in a position to help at the moment as he gets lots of queries looking for support, but it sounds like he doesn't have a stock of these CDs available anyway. He is still hoping to make "all the APDL software available as downloads" (suggesting that distribution isn't an issue) but has been struggling to find the time to complete the work needed.

He's happy for me to post this info, hope it's of interest to know that this and other APDL software may become available in the future.

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