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by sydney
Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: WinPC + Avast help
Replies: 6
Views: 98

Re: WinPC + Avast help

Which software are you thinking of removing permanently? Avast, Windows or both? I'd go with both and install linux.
by sydney
Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABug NORTH User Group meeting | 19-21 JAN 2018 | MANCHESTER *BOOKING INFO*
Replies: 34
Views: 1236

Re: ABug NORTH User Group meeting | 19-21 JAN 2018 | MANCHESTER *BOOKING INFO*

I usually bring 2 or 3 screens so if you bring your scart cable I'd be happy to lend one to you for then time you are there.
by sydney
Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Arduino Filestore
Replies: 39
Views: 1411

Re: Arduino Filestore

gazzaD wrote:And apologies to anyone who has PMed me about this, I'm not able to send replies at the moment.


You can now!
by sydney
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Repton 3 and Elite on a Master with TurboMMC
Replies: 4
Views: 207

Re: Repton 3 and Elite on a Master with TurboMMC

I seem to remember elite not working properly from the games menu. Tube/Master elite is on Disc 45 so try the following:

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*DIN 45
*EXEC !BOOT


or

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*DIN 45
*M128ELT
by sydney
Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: Social event sat 9th dec
Replies: 5
Views: 402

Re: Social event sat 9th dec

northernbob wrote:theres none from south wales on here?

None is South Wales, one or two in the North and a few in Bristol: Stardot google map.
by sydney
Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Windows Remake of Elite any thoughts?
Replies: 6
Views: 452

Re: Windows Remake of Elite any thoughts?

I played it loads a few years back. It's great! There is a fantastic community built around it too. Check out the forums - can't remember the address atm.
by sydney
Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: Gauging Interest: ABug Manchester Friday 19th - Sunday 21st January 2018
Replies: 48
Views: 1481

Gauging Interest: ABug Manchester Friday 19th - Sunday 21st January 2018

Note this meetup has now been confirmed - for booking info please see this thread . ABug January 2018 - Manchester. Following on from the roaring success that was ABug Leicestershire we've been planning an event in January. Dave is looking to book a Manchester city centre hotel conference room (or ...
by sydney
Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: projects
Topic: Happy Mrs Chicken!
Replies: 21
Views: 1086

Re: Happy Mrs Chicken!

Excellent, I spotted this yesterday, even with the minimalist game-play it kept the three year old quiet for 20 minutes. Do you plan on making more of this? D Thank you. I do plan on developing it further but I'm going to be working 7 days a week until Christmas Eve. I'm off for a week or maybe 2 o...
by sydney
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Wanted: BBC Micro User Disk Volume 1 No 2 April 1983
Replies: 3
Views: 192

Re: Wanted: BBC Micro User Disk Volume 1 No 2 April 1983

Don't know where to get an original from but you can download an ssd here:
http://www.8bs.com/pool/tmu/tmu83-04.zip

If you want I can write it to floppy and post it to you.
by sydney
Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High score challenge rules discussion.
Replies: 23
Views: 791

Re: High score challenge rules discussion.

A good counter-example of where allowing milking the game for points makes sense and should definitely be allowed (and, when we played it, it was considered OK) is the excellent Android Attack. You can play it by completing the levels as fast as possible, but you won't get the highest scores that w...
by sydney
Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High score challenge rules discussion.
Replies: 23
Views: 791

Re: High score challenge rules discussion.

Point pressing / farming / whoring has always been banned. Point-pressing, from what I saw in videos, is maximising your score, not farming. In e.g. a video I watched of Donkey Kong. There is a limit to the extra points per level you can attain there, so it's not farming. Similarly you might call c...
by sydney
Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High score challenge rules discussion.
Replies: 23
Views: 791

Re: High score challenge rules discussion.

Point pressing / farming / whoring has always been banned. The high score challenge here is based upon the llamasoft lleague at yakayak. The FAQ there states: 31. What about the bug in Game X that makes your character do an Irish Jig whilst increasing your points by 100,000 each time? Can I do that?...
by sydney
Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:42 am
Forum: wanted
Topic: Wanted: Disc Drives for BBC B
Replies: 15
Views: 471

Re: Wanted: Disc Drives for BBC B

Those are 3.5" drives, which are probably not what was wanted. DOH! #-o Well, my excuse is it was late and I was tired and somehow combined this thread with the 'BBC II micro' thread where they are taking about 3" and 3.5" drives. I could have sworn the OP asked for 3.5" drives!...
by sydney
Wed Oct 25, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S8 - R4 - Caveman Capers
Replies: 77
Views: 1559

Re: High Score Challenge S8 - R4 - Caveman Capers

Just a token score from me this round. Definitely not my kind of game.

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by sydney
Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Arduino Filestore
Replies: 39
Views: 1411

Re: Arduino Filestore

Great work.
I've always been of the opinion that econet is interesting but not that useful to me. I was thinking of trying to connect a ch375b usb interface to my beeb via the 68b54 socket but your arduino filestore makes econet useful so I may hold off for a while.
by sydney
Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: 6502 second processor poll
Replies: 40
Views: 1307

Re: 6502 second processor owners poll

I have a matchbox copro but I'm going to add an internal pi to my master then move the matchbox to my beeb at some point.
by sydney
Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High score challenge rules discussion.
Replies: 23
Views: 791

Re: High score challenge rules discussion.

I also don't agree with 'no pokes', if those pokes are to change the keys, while at the same time it is allowed to change the keys on an emulator (to a different layout as I saw in various threads in the high-scores section, not just the original layout shifted to avoid e.g. caps lock). This is som...
by sydney
Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: development tools
Topic: BASIC cruncher for PC
Replies: 22
Views: 1089

Re: BASIC cruncher for PC

I'm developing it in linux using a text editor[...]I need a way to automatically number the program. You might have the 'nl' command available: $ cat x hello there everyone $ nl x 1 hello 2 there 3 everyone If that doesn't exist then a simple AWK command will work: $ awk '{print NR,$0}' x 1 hello 2...
by sydney
Sat Oct 07, 2017 6:09 am
Forum: emulators
Topic: Recommended emulator for Linux?
Replies: 8
Views: 546

Re: Recommended emulator for Linux?

The windows version of beebem seems to work well with wine, although the debugger does not work .
by sydney
Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Looking for two books or pdfs
Replies: 4
Views: 260

Re: Looking for two books or pdfs

Doh! I was in such a rush to collect the kids I forgot to put the titles. :oops:

Yes Dave those are the books I'm looking for.
by sydney
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Looking for two books or pdfs
Replies: 4
Views: 260

Looking for two books or pdfs

Has anyone ever come across either of these books by Jeremy Ruston?

ISBN : 090756318X
Publisher : Interface Publications
Author : Jeremy Ruston

or

ISBN :
Publisher : Interface Publications
Author : Jeremy Ruston
Format : Paperback - 33 Pages

I can't seem to find pdfs online.
by sydney
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: bbcmicro.co.uk
Topic: Game categories
Replies: 24
Views: 866

Re: Game categories

I paid money for worse games than that. Licensed to kill for the electron is far worse.

Anyone want to try to beat my score?

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by sydney
Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S8 - R3 - Star Wars
Replies: 69
Views: 1871

Re: High Score Challenge S8 - R3 - Star Wars

New high score 123600.

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I noticed only 1 25000 point bonus even though I hit the exhaust port 3 times.
by sydney
Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S8 - R3 - Star Wars
Replies: 69
Views: 1871

Re: High Score Challenge S8 - R3 - Star Wars

Well, I'm obviously not getting this one..... Just keep shooting the fireballs and ignore the ships. Don't hold down fire as this slows down your sights. Looking at the points awarded for a tie-fighter - 1000 - my advice may not be the best. Still prioritise the fireballs but don't ignore the ships...
by sydney
Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: BBC Master Cartridges
Replies: 21
Views: 2556

Re: BBC Master Cartridges

I do still think that ROM cartridge slots back then were under used. And by the looks of a lot of "in-use" machines, still are. Well, I've done my bit: my Master Turbo is stocked up with a couple of 32K EPROMs on Solidisk bare-PCB cartridges. Me too. There is always at least one cartridge...
by sydney
Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S8 - R3 - Star Wars
Replies: 69
Views: 1871

Re: High Score Challenge S8 - R3 - Star Wars

KarateEd wrote:Well, I'm obviously not getting this one.....


Just keep shooting the fireballs and ignore the ships. Don't hold down fire as this slows down your sights.

barbarossa69 wrote: I pretty much keep my little finger on return constantly.

Really? I really noticed a difference by only firing when near a target.
by sydney
Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: projects
Topic: Roguelike for the beeb. In BASIC.
Replies: 23
Views: 963

Re: Roguelike for the beeb. In BASIC.

...I'm off work Monday and Tuesday so with any luck should have something playable... Here is something playable! I'm stretching the definition of 'playable' a bit but you can move your character around the level to the exit and go down the stairs to the next level. It is SLOW. Particularly when cl...
by sydney
Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S8 - R3 - Star Wars
Replies: 69
Views: 1871

Re: High Score Challenge S8 - R3 - Star Wars

My first go. I seem to remember being good at this as a young 'un but that will have been the monochrome electron version and later the C64 version. Never played it on a beeb before. I presume we'll all be starting on wave 1?

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