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3D SOFTWARE from WEST COAST PERSONAL COMPUTERS: Acorn User March 1984

3D TENNIS
3D GOLF
DOVES
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CRAZEE CAVERNS from ACORN USER April 1985 (MICROGRAF SOFTWARE)
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Ranjan: Software Bonanza (Dr. Who, Tron, Zaxxon, Tempest, Laser Command, Meteors, Mastermind and more), The Micro User - December 1983 p148:
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Warex Soft: Super Two (Escape, Probe) - The Micro User, March 1984 p155:
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PROXIMA SOFTWARE from Acorn User June 1984.
Two Player Games Duet: 4Line and Frustration
Games Quartet: Trawler, Light Cycles, Star Game, and 3D Tic-Tac-Toe
Robo Brain
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SPACE CAB from KANSAS SOFTWARE. Acorn User, June 1983.
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A.E. Allcock games. Acorn User January 1987
Battleships
Reversi (Othello)
Space Invaders
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AKOM SOFTWARE from New Computer Express issue 39, August 1989
COMPUTER CROSSWORDS:
THE TIMES vol. 1,2,3,4,5,6
THE SUN vol. 1,2,3,4,5,6
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fuzzel wrote:
Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:14 pm
It's a long, long, long shot but perhaps someone (me even) could write a nice letter to the address in the ad and maybe, just maybe, the person concerned or a relative still lives there. If not it's very unlikely (but not impossible) that we'd get a forwarding address.
This worked for me on one occassion, finding an address and phone number from the early 80s, working out what the 'current' version of the same number was - and calling them up. Managed to speak to the publisher, but they didn't have anything left at all (I won't reveal who it was for obvious reasons of privacy!).

I did try tracking a number of authors/publishers down maybe 10-15 years ago ... though I've managed to locate a few people, I don't think it resulted in any tapes/discs being located.

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AMERICAN TRADER and TEMPLE OF DISRONDU from R. STEGGLES. Laserbug November 1982.
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I was able to locate Robert back in '05 ... correspondence below (I don't really think there's any issue in my publishing this?) ... I don't think I followed up again ... I've just tried emailing the address I had for Robert back then but its bounced straight back as invalid. He gave an interview quite recently in 2017 and appears to be involved in The Strand now, so shouldn't be too difficult to locate if anybody else wants to try and get in touch with him? Edit, 8.30pm: Just dropped an email to Strand Games - I'll post back here if I'm able to reach Rob

Interesting about him moving on to Magnetic Scrolls ... I've actually got the Archimedes versions of two of his games (The Pawn and Guild of Thieves) in their boxes on a shelf just opposite me as I type! :)

On 15/03/2005 10:03, Robert Steggles wrote:
> First off, excellent work that you're doing to preserve all the old stuff. I'm not sure if my game is
> worth preserving; it was pretty dire for a first attempt and I only sold a handful, but it might have
> some novelty value as I then went on to Magnetic Scrolls.
>
> I'd really have to dig around and see if I can find the old tapes. I'm pretty sure I don't have them
> though, I think they were culled many years ago in a house move. Next time I hunt through the loft
> and cellar, I'll keep my eyes open to see if one managed to save itself.
>
> Thanks for getting in touch and keep up the good work.
>
> Rob
>
> Dave Moore wrote:
>
> Hi Rob
>
> Thanks for replying.
>
> No need to be alarmed, I was just mailing on the off-chance that you (or
> perhaps your friend) might have kept copies of the software.
>
> For the last few years I've been "preserving" old BBC titles on the internet (
> see http://www.stairwaytohell.com and http://www.acornpreservation.org ). This
> entails converting the cassette signals into "tape image" files, that can then
> be used with PC-based emulators.
>
> I recently acquired a near-complete set of "Laserbug" BBC magazines that
> contained your ad, and this prompted me to see if I could find you.
>
> So ... what is the liklihood of you being able to lay your hands on any of
> your old tapes? ;o)
>
> Cheers
> Dave.
>
>
> ------ Original Message ------
> Received: Thu, 10 Mar 2005 04:21:43 PM GMT
> From: Robert Steggles
> To: Dave Moore
> Subject: Re: BBC Micro?
>
> > Dave
> >
> > That takes me back a bit; it must be nearly 25 years ago. Yes I wrote
> > American Trader but not the other two - they were done by a friend of mine
> > though I (very) vaguely remember helping with the plot for Temple.
> >
> > But I'm intrigued. Who are you? Why do you want to know?
> >
> > Rob
> >
> > Dave Moore wrote:
> > Hi there
> >
> > Found your email address after a bit of Googling.
> >
> > I don't suppose you're the same "R Steggles" who wrote some BBC Micro
> > software in the early 1980s? Namely "American Trader", "Disassembler" and
> > "Temple of Disrondu"?
> >
> > Cheers
> > Dave.

I recall that after some serious sleuthing I also managed to locate one of the people behind Dragonsoft who published the late-period "Explorer" game - they thought there was a chance they still had copies but again, I don't think I got replies to my follow-ups...
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Just to follow up I've emailed Strand Games and will post back here if I have any success in contacting Rob.

Edit: 20:45: Had an immediate response back from Strand Games and they've forwarded my message to their last known email addy for Rob.
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SQUIRREL SOFTWARE: SPACE WALKER from Micro User July 1983

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Can anyone find an advert for CODEBREAKER or GAMES DISC?
Codebreaker: Micro User vol. 1 no. 3, p. 91 (bottom left):
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Games Disc: Acorn User November 1988, p. 33 (bottom right):
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Magic & Mayhem from Tortoisesoft. Acorn User August 1984.
Could this be Tortoisesoft? https://www.torty.org.uk/
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Lasers and Grange Adventure by Dobsoft. Advertised in Acorn User, December 1983 page 68.
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Prior to this, Grange Adventure was sold by R. A. Lober at the same address. Advertised in Acorn User, August 1983 page 108.
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iamaran wrote:
Prior to this, Grange Adventure was sold by R. A. Lober at the same address. Advertised in Acorn User, August 1983 page 108.
Well spotted!

But you missed this one for The Grange Adventure and Hell's Landing (from Your Computer magazine - May 1983):
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iamaran wrote:
Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:13 am
leenew wrote:
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Magic & Mayhem from Tortoisesoft. Acorn User August 1984.
Could this be Tortoisesoft? https://www.torty.org.uk/
Yes.
lurkio had a conversation with him when we found "Pentoms" but I don't think Magic & Mayhem was discussed.
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Eastenders by Macsen. There were many adverts for the TV tie-ins. This mention is from Beebug volume 5 issue 8 (Jan/Feb 1987) page 4.
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leenew wrote:
Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:46 am
iamaran wrote:
Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:13 am
Could this be Tortoisesoft? https://www.torty.org.uk/
Yes. lurkio had a conversation with him when we found "Pentoms" but I don't think Magic & Mayhem was discussed.
Actually, I don't think I did have a conversation with him at all! Or at least there's no record of my ever having done so. But I've just emailed him now. Thanks.

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Ranjan: Software Bonanza (Dr. Who, Tron, Zaxxon, Tempest, Laser Command, Meteors, Mastermind and more), The Micro User - December 1983 p148:

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This is Ranjan Bhattacharya. The Doctor Who game was published as a type-in in Acorn Programs magazine, issue 5 (August/September 1984) page 44.
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Paranormal by Riverdale. Reviewed in The Micro User, October 1986 page 47.
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Blazing Star by Robico. Mention in Mad Hatter's adventures column, The Micro User - September 1987:
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Are we allowing "should be available soon" as evidence of a game being released?
I think a minimum should be an advert with a price :wink:

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Star Battle, Star Lander, and Star Patrol by Kudusoft. The Micro User, August 1983 page 34.
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Hangman, Horses, Noughts And Crosses, Space Tank, Space Traffic Controller, and Star Hawks by Kay Ess. The Micro User, March 1984 page 139.
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WHITEWASH from AMCOM: Acorn User August 1983.
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Everton F.C. Intelligensia from AMFAS COMPUTER SOFTWARE: Computer & Video Games June 1990
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MISS MOLLY MOP from APOCALYPSE SOFTWARE: Personal Computer Games March 1984
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Crossword Puzzler from Microtrust. Acorn User, September 1983 page 69.
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MANSION MURDERS from CHALLENGE GAMES: Micro User July 1983
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CHARTING SUCCESS from CHECKMATE PUBLICATIONS: Acorn User May 1984
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CRESVILLION from C.M.G. GAMES: Acorn User December 1984
This is a computer moderated board game.
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