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by Kevin Edwards
Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: ABug NORTH User Group meeting | 19-21 JAN 2018 | MANCHESTER *BOOKING INFO*
Replies: 143
Views: 9674

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

Hi, I'd also like to thank Dave M and this team for another excellent event and to all the members who took the time to haul themselves over to *sunny* Manchester to take part. It was great to meet many of you and match faces to names. Sadly, I had a limited amount of time to visit on Saturday, but ...
by Kevin Edwards
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Personal Computer News. Missing Games.
Replies: 31
Views: 1581

Re: Personal Computer News. Missing Games.

I just found the description for Road Hog and it kindly confirms that i lived in Didsbury, Manchester. Now 100% sure it was me!

Thanks again for the detective work everyone. Especially Dave_E for his original work!

PCN_RoadHogDescription.PNG
by Kevin Edwards
Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: projects
Topic: New game - tube type thingy
Replies: 45
Views: 2969

Re: New game - tube type thingy

Hi Sarah. I'd say faster frame rate would be best. Most gamers care more about FPS than resolution / detail, but not everyone! How easy would it be to allow the user to select their preference, either in the front end menu, or ideally, 'on-the-fly''? Also, if it is possible to change 'on-the-fly' yo...
by Kevin Edwards
Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: ASBAS Assembly Orientated BASIC
Replies: 5
Views: 477

Re: ASBAS Assembly Orientated BASIC

Sure, but the issue is to do with BBC BASIC keyword tokens. All of the token IDs in HI-BBC BASIC ( $80-$FF ) are used so they had to piggy-back existing tokens with new commands and functionality. As you are unlikely to use SIN, COS, TAN etc, when writinglarge scale assembly code, these were the obv...
by Kevin Edwards
Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Accessing ROMs from the 6502 second processor
Replies: 15
Views: 1103

Re: Accessing ROMs from the 6502 second processor

It's a shame OSWORD 5 didn't include the option to specify a ROM number then that would have been a complete and clean way to read IO memory using an approved API. OSRDRM was the legal way to select and read the contents of sideways ROMs when running in non-tube mode. Useful for 'ripping' ROM images...
by Kevin Edwards
Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: ASBAS Assembly Orientated BASIC
Replies: 5
Views: 477

Re: ASBAS Assembly Orientated BASIC

I'm not sure who the original author is, but they obviously had a very good understanding of the Basic interpreter and knew their way around the ROM routines.
by Kevin Edwards
Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: ASBAS Assembly Orientated BASIC
Replies: 5
Views: 477

ASBAS Assembly Orientated BASIC

Hi, Whilst going through my archived discs i found one called ASBAS. I haven't seen any mention of it in the forums and wondered if anyone has ever used it or is interested in it? Basically, it's a hacked version of HIBASIC (cmos) that has been modified to include extensions useful for assembly lang...
by Kevin Edwards
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: Accessing ROMs from the 6502 second processor
Replies: 15
Views: 1103

Re: Accessing ROMs from the 6502 second processor

It's a bit odd that OSRDRM wasn't implemented 'across the tube' as it was designed to be the 'clean' way to access IO processor ( and ROM ) memory in the first place.

I'm sure there's a good explanation why.
by Kevin Edwards
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Personal Computer News. Missing Games.
Replies: 31
Views: 1581

Re: Personal Computer News. Missing Games.

Many thanks for the image and website update guys!

Yes, it does look like some quick and dirty MODE 7 game i knocked up in BASIC many moons ago when i was about 17.

Another one for my 'softogrophy' list.

Cheers.
by Kevin Edwards
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Personal Computer News. Missing Games.
Replies: 31
Views: 1581

Re: Personal Computer News. Missing Games.

Thanks, Dave. It does look familiar from those screen grabs. I did a very similar game on the Commodore PET in about 1980 called 'Maze Craze' or something similar - all written in BASIC. Would love to see the code / article to nudge my brain a bit more. Thanks for giving DaveE a ping. All the best, ...
by Kevin Edwards
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Favourite/best games list
Replies: 86
Views: 13310

Re: Favourite/best games list

My favourite games ( from a technical point of view and in no particular order ):- Elite, Exile, Aviator, Revs, Firetrack, Sentinel, Cholo, Alien 8, Nightshade, Thrust. My favourite games for just fun:- Planetoid, Asteroids, Rocket Raid, Zalaga, Chuckie Egg, Mr Ee, Killer Gorilla. Level 9 adventures...
by Kevin Edwards
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Personal Computer News. Missing Games.
Replies: 31
Views: 1581

Re: Personal Computer News. Missing Games.

Hi, I know this is an old thread, but i just spotted a reference to a game that i *may* have had published in Personal Computer News in 1983. I honestly can't remember if it is something i wrote, or is it by someone else with the same name as me, but would love to find out! "Road Hog by..... Ke...
by Kevin Edwards
Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Galaforce for NULA (16 Colour)
Replies: 17
Views: 1808

Re: Galaforce for NULA (16 Colour)

I wish i'd had 16 proper colours when drawing the original sprites! I must give credit to Paul Proctor who helped me with the game sprites ( and original loading/title page - you can see the PP initials in the corner of the image ) As has already been spotted, a couple of the alien sprites didn't ac...
by Kevin Edwards
Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: Gauging Interest: ABug Manchester Friday 19th - Sunday 21st January 2018
Replies: 48
Views: 2968

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

Would like to pop in for a few hours, probably Saturday ( without kit ) - subject to other commitments!
by Kevin Edwards
Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: community projects
Topic: BASIC ROM User Guide
Replies: 7
Views: 725

Re: BASIC ROM User Guide

Awesome work!

Thank you. Nice to have a digital version to go with my original.

Cheers,
Kevin.
by Kevin Edwards
Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Legacy of the BBC Micro User magazine / Database Publications Ltd
Replies: 12
Views: 1441

Re: Legacy of the BBC Micro User magazine / Database Publications Ltd

Absolutely, there were 4 or 5 editorial staff plus a handful of external writers but most of the content was produced in-house for several magazines. I remember writing articles for The Micro User, Electron User, Atari User, and Computing with the Amstrad amongst others. It was a production line as ...
by Kevin Edwards
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Legacy of the BBC Micro User magazine / Database Publications Ltd
Replies: 12
Views: 1441

Re: Legacy of the BBC Micro User magazine / Database Publications Ltd

I wouldn't be surprised. I thought one of them was Jon Revis, a prolific game reviewer at The Micro User who used many pseudo-nyms. In fact all the editorial staff had numerous names. One of mine was Edward Johns. Otherwise, some issue looked like they only had a handful of contributors. Did you wor...
by Kevin Edwards
Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Legacy of the BBC Micro User magazine / Database Publications Ltd
Replies: 12
Views: 1441

Re: Legacy of the BBC Micro User magazine / Database Publications Ltd

I do know who Hac Man is, but my memory is totally letting me down! I'll probably remember in a week or two!

The popular Bob and Trev stories were the work of Pete Bibby - Mike's twin brother and editor of The Electron User.
by Kevin Edwards
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Mini Office II disk protection (Split from: Legacy of the BBC Micro User magazine / Database Publications Ltd)
Replies: 23
Views: 1570

Re: Legacy of the BBC Micro User magazine / Database Publications Ltd

I missed the duplicated sectors. Interesting. It depends what they try and do with them during the load. Do they simply check for duplicate sectors ( read CHRN values ) or do they actually read and use data from the duplicate sector IDs? I think on some disk controllers you can actually write the en...
by Kevin Edwards
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Mini Office II disk protection (Split from: Legacy of the BBC Micro User magazine / Database Publications Ltd)
Replies: 23
Views: 1570

Re: Legacy of the BBC Micro User magazine / Database Publications Ltd

Ah, track 1 has mixed sector sizes 128 and 256 byte with some normal and deleted data sectors. Additional sectors added due to 128 byte ones being used. Track 1, Sector 00 is interesting 01 10 00 01 00 00 0080 0100 OK For sector 0 the CHRN has been set as a 128 byte sector ( on format ), but actuall...
by Kevin Edwards
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Mini Office II disk protection (Split from: Legacy of the BBC Micro User magazine / Database Publications Ltd)
Replies: 23
Views: 1570

Re: Legacy of the BBC Micro User magazine / Database Publications Ltd

Ah, OK. I don't know who did the protection for MOII - pretty sure it wasn't me. :-)

I left Database to write Galaforce before MOII was finished. Probably had the obligatory duff track / sector somewhere!
by Kevin Edwards
Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Mini Office II disk protection (Split from: Legacy of the BBC Micro User magazine / Database Publications Ltd)
Replies: 23
Views: 1570

Re: Legacy of the BBC Micro User magazine / Database Publications Ltd

I doubt it had ANY protection on it.

I vaguely remember helping out on the Spectrum and possibly C64 versions for a week or two. It was a pretty awful game that tried to copy Hyper-Sports ( arcade ). Looks like it was written in BASIC, but actually used some machine code IIRC!
by Kevin Edwards
Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Mini Office II disk protection (Split from: Legacy of the BBC Micro User magazine / Database Publications Ltd)
Replies: 23
Views: 1570

Re: Legacy of the BBC Micro User magazine / Database Publications Ltd

Amazing! Mini Office sold like hot-cakes and made them a small fortune - much cheaper than the View suite or Inter-series from CC. Not sure how they compare in terms of quality or features. I just had a flashback and remember working on Micro Olympics for Database - about 1984ish? Totally forgot abo...
by Kevin Edwards
Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Legacy of the BBC Micro User magazine / Database Publications Ltd
Replies: 12
Views: 1441

Re: Legacy of the BBC Micro User magazine / Database Publications Ltd

Hi, You can find more information about Database Publications / Europress here:- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europress I worked there for a couple of years in the mid-80s with Mike and Pete Bibby, but haven't a clue what they're up to now i'm afraid. Derek Meakin, the founder of Database Publicati...
by Kevin Edwards
Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Exile
Replies: 51
Views: 4973

Re: Exile

Quick update on my archiving so far... I have found three EXILE BBC versions so far:- D100.43 14/10/88 D100.44 15/10/88 RETAIL 21/10/88 Two Electron version:- 3/11/88 ( UNLRELEASED - BUG ) 6/11/88 ( RETAIL ) Looks like the Review Copy is identical to the one I have ( D100.43 ) All the versions appea...
by Kevin Edwards
Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Exile
Replies: 51
Views: 4973

Re: Exile

dan_daran wrote:yes i heard there was a pre release version with a dog in it!


I've never heard of a dog in Exile? Has anyone found the article yet? Could it have been in an April issue? As a former member of the editorial team at TMU I know that we always did a few April Fool pieces.
by Kevin Edwards
Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Best 16K commercial games ?
Replies: 9
Views: 1191

Re: Best 16K commercial games ?

Space Pirates ( Pirates in Space? ) by Bug-Byte Software was a great game for the Model A.
by Kevin Edwards
Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Acornsoft P-System
Replies: 9
Views: 608

Re: Acornsoft P-System

Awesome. Thank you!
by Kevin Edwards
Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Acornsoft P-System
Replies: 9
Views: 608

Re: Acornsoft P-System

Would be good to see it running on a Master Turbo. Must see if i have the discs. Not seen them anywhere else, so i do hope I can find them.