List of Beeb/Elk Quill Adventures for Atom Porting

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List of Beeb/Elk Quill Adventures for Atom Porting

Postby hoglet » Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:03 am

Hi all,

I'm trying to put together a list of BBC/Electron Text Adventures written using The Quill, with a view to picking a few of the best and porting them to the Atom.

Here's my list, which I'll try to update as we find more.

I'm looking for requests and/or recommendations for which ones to do first. I'm hoping this will be mostly mechanical, as I think they all use the same database format.

Dave

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Larsoft
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Wychwood - Geoff Larsen
The Puppet Man - Geoff Larsen
Hex - Geoff Larsen
Rising Of Salandra: Return Of The Warrior - Geoff Larsen
Rising Of Salandra: The Prophecy - Geoff Larsen
The Nine Dancers - Geoff Larsen

http://www.acornelectron.co.uk/profs/el ... rsoft.html
http://www.beebgames.com/games.php?company=161
(all in The Larsoft Collection)

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Elk Adventure Club
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Magnetic Moon - Larry Horsfield
Reluctant Hero - Paul Waterman
Rohak The Swordsman - Aamar Mazir
Starship Quest - Larry Horsfield
The Axe Of Kolt - Larry Horsfield

http://www.beebgames.com/games.php?company=87

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Lee Software
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In Search of Atahaulpa - Anthony Lee
Annabel Gray - Anthony Lee

http://www.acornelectron.co.uk/profs/el ... s/lee.html

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Squaresoft
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Runestaff - Martyn Amos

http://www.acornelectron.co.uk/profs/el ... quare.html
http://www.ifarchive.org/if-archive/gam ... taff_E.zip

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Riverdale
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Suds - David Edwards
American Suds - David Edwards
Aussie Suds - David Edwards

Some other titles, might not be Quill:
Paranoral
What the Dickens?

http://www.beebgames.com/games.php?company=244

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Andy F Quill Ports
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Urban Upstart
Galaxias
Project-X: The Micro Man
Micro Man II: The O Zone
Subsunk
Magic Castle

http://www.retrosoftware.co.uk/SGAP

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Other
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Insomnia - The Ice Man
Rainbow's End - D D Green
Quest For The Last Baked Bean - Unknown
The Four Wands - D W Gore
The Inca Treasure - D W Gore
The Sea Queen - Jonathon Oates
Dodgy Geezers - Trevor Lever and Peter Jones
Stranded on Iollfrak - Matthew O'Donnell

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See also
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http://solutionarchive.com/list/platfor ... ystem%2C3/

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Re: List of Beeb/Elk Quill Adventures for Atom Porting

Postby oss003 » Sun Mar 02, 2014 11:14 am

Hi Dave,

I read that there are about 450 adventures written with The Quill for the ZX Spectrum. If the databases of the Spectrum and BBC versions are the same ....

http://www.worldofspectrum.org/infoseek ... id=0006857

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Re: List of Beeb/Elk Quill Adventures for Atom Porting

Postby oss003 » Sun Mar 02, 2014 11:36 am

Hi Dave,

If you know the database format then you can find 149 textfiles to build a Quill database here: http://www.winpaw.com/Snapshots.htm#UnPaw

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Re: List of Beeb/Elk Quill Adventures for Atom Porting

Postby hoglet » Sun Mar 02, 2014 12:11 pm

Kees,

The problem is the BBC/Electron port of Quill came later, and it's database format is sufficiently different that porting is hard. AndyF has done 5 or 6, but it seems like a lot of work.

That's why I'm planning to focus on ones that already exist for the BBC and Electron.

Dave

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Re: List of Beeb/Elk Quill Adventures for Atom Porting

Postby oss003 » Sun Mar 02, 2014 12:21 pm

Hi Dave,

hoglet wrote:The problem is the BBC/Electron port of Quill came later, and it's database format is sufficiently different that porting is hard. AndyF has done 5 or 6, but it seems like a lot of work.
Is this also difficult for the textfiles at WINPAW?

Code: Select all

Quill Database : seazirun.z80

Extracted by UNPAWS32 v2.0

General data
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Locations                           84
Objects                             31
Conveyable objects                   5
Messages                            61
System messages                     32
Character sets                       0
Default ink color                    7
Default paper color                  1
Default flash state                  0
Default bright state                 0
Default inverse state                0
Default over state                   0
Default border color                 1
Database version                     A
Database not compressed
Snapshot type          Z80 48K Basic48

--------------------------------------------------------------------------

Vocabulary
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N       1
NORT    1
S       2
SOUT    2
E       3
EAST    3
W       4
WEST    4
NE      5
NW      6
SE      7
.........
I found the sourcefiles for VDU4024. Just assembler the sourcefile at address #xxxx and then *LOAD VDUDATA at #xxxx. All keys are working now, start VDU40 by pressing CTRL-4 and the ESCAPE.

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Kees
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Re: List of Beeb/Elk Quill Adventures for Atom Porting

Postby hoglet » Sun Mar 02, 2014 1:27 pm

Perfect! Do you prefer the lower case or the upper case version?
TCCOTMG6.png

TCCOTMG7.png

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Re: List of Beeb/Elk Quill Adventures for Atom Porting

Postby oss003 » Sun Mar 02, 2014 3:23 pm

Hi Dave,
hoglet wrote:Perfect! Do you prefer the lower case or the upper case version?
The lower case version looks nice!! =D>

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Re: List of Beeb/Elk Quill Adventures for Atom Porting

Postby aerworuld » Sun Mar 02, 2014 3:43 pm

^ nicely done sir! =D> I will upload the corrected .uef soon I you fancy making a permanent Atom version of TCCOTMV?


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