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ZOMBIES ATE OUR ROADIES!

Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:26 pm
by aerworuld
Hey all!

Hope you're well, just wanted to let you know about my latest text-adventure - it's #3 in my British IBM fan-game series on the Electron and it's available as FREEWARE on 3.5" floppy disc on DFS. (If you need ADFS, just ask). All I need folks to do is cover postage, rest is free free free :-)

The game is 'ZOMBIES ATE OUR ROADIES (the British IBM on Trubell Island)' and you are off to a little South American island to catch your favourite band on their World Tour. Unfortunately, you wake up in a zombie apocalypse but must still find your way to the gig ;-)

It's written with the Quill with a nice little BASIC intro. More info at the British IBM site and Acorn Electron Today.

Please let me know if you'd like a disc, or, of course, you could go along and see the band play at the Corner House, Cambridge, this friday (15th) where they will be giving away some floppies!

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Disc label - ZAOR!


Artwork done in AMX Art on my Elk.

Best,
Stu.

**EDIT** By popular demand, here is the .ssd image of the game too, for folks that don't have access to a floppy drive.

zaor_DFS.ssd.zip
Floppy (DFS) image of ZAOR!
(19.73 KiB) Downloaded 26 times


There's also now a FLAC audio file of the cassette version on the ZAOR page on AET. UEF conversion will be added when I get a chance ;-)

Re: ZOMBIES ATE OUR ROADIES!

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:35 am
by lurkio
Good work!

Any chance you could also distribute this in non-physical form, as a .SSD disc-image?

:?:

Re: ZOMBIES ATE OUR ROADIES!

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:49 am
by aerworuld
lurkio wrote:Good work!

Any chance you could also distribute this in non-physical form, as a .SSD disc-image?

:?:



Someone is bound to put an .SSD image out there eventually, but I'm trying to keep it old skooool with a good old fashioned disc. It's free after all, it will only cost folks the price of a couple of stamps to get the floppy.

Stu.

Re: ZOMBIES ATE OUR ROADIES!

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:24 am
by daveejhitchins
aerworuld wrote:it's #3 in my British IBM fan-game series on the Electron and it's available as FREEWARE on 3.5" floppy disc on DFS. (If you need ADFS, just ask). All I need folks to do is cover postage, rest is free free free :-)
Stuart . . . So, where's #s 1 & 2? I've not seen these!

Dave H :D

Re: ZOMBIES ATE OUR ROADIES!

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:40 am
by lurkio
aerworuld wrote:
lurkio wrote:Any chance you could also distribute this in non-physical form, as a .SSD disc-image?

Someone is bound to put an .SSD image out there eventually, but I'm trying to keep it old skooool with a good old fashioned disc.

Even on Stardot, there might be people who would like to play your game but for whom postal delivery of a disc that can only be read with original Beeb/Elk hardware* isn't exactly convenient.

More people might play the game if it was available on .SSD straight away. Just a thought...

:?:

* Or a PC with OmniFlop installed and working -- which is rarer, if anything.

Re: ZOMBIES ATE OUR ROADIES!

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:20 am
by aerworuld
lurkio wrote:
aerworuld wrote:
lurkio wrote:Any chance you could also distribute this in non-physical form, as a .SSD disc-image?

Someone is bound to put an .SSD image out there eventually, but I'm trying to keep it old skooool with a good old fashioned disc.

Even on Stardot, there might be people who would like to play your game but for whom postal delivery of a disc that can only be read with original Beeb/Elk hardware* isn't exactly convenient.

More people might play the game if it was available on .SSD straight away. Just a thought...

:?:

* Or a PC with OmniFlop installed and working -- which is rarer, if anything.



I see your point, and up until now, everything I release has been primarily on ssd with the option of floppy. My worry was that if I put an SSD straight out there for this, no one would bother with the floppy lol.

Okie dokie, I'm headed home for lunch, so I will pop the ssd image up here forthwith ;-)

Re: ZOMBIES ATE OUR ROADIES!

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:23 am
by aerworuld
daveejhitchins wrote:
aerworuld wrote:it's #3 in my British IBM fan-game series on the Electron and it's available as FREEWARE on 3.5" floppy disc on DFS. (If you need ADFS, just ask). All I need folks to do is cover postage, rest is free free free :-)
Stuart . . . So, where's #s 1 & 2? I've not seen these!

Dave H :D


Mr H, they're on my website for download if folks fancy it :-)
1) Space Grab and 2) the British IBM pub quiz.

They're pretty basic (pun pun) but a bit of fun ;-)

Re: ZOMBIES ATE OUR ROADIES!

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:06 pm
by lurkio
aerworuld wrote:By popular demand, here is the .ssd image of the game too, for folks that don't have access to a floppy drive.

Thanks!

=D> =D> =D>

Re: ZOMBIES ATE OUR ROADIES!

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:16 pm
by aerworuld
8) 8) 8) 8)

Enjoy!

Re: ZOMBIES ATE OUR ROADIES!

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:06 pm
by CMcDougall
Nice one Stu =D>

was going to say where is SSD earlier, but , well, it's here now. 8)
Also saves your trusty elk & drives (& yourself time to image /package /postbox walk) :wink:

Re: ZOMBIES ATE OUR ROADIES!

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:13 pm
by aerworuld
CMcDougall wrote:Nice one Stu =D>

was going to say where is SSD earlier, but , well, it's here now. 8)
Also saves your trusty elk & drives (& yourself time to image /package /postbox walk) :wink:


Cheers my friend!
Heh, you know me though Col, I'm weird like that :lol:

Re: ZOMBIES ATE OUR ROADIES!

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:22 pm
by 1024MAK
lurkio wrote:Or a PC with OmniFlop installed and working -- which is rarer, if anything.

Ha! I'll have to remember that if I sell a "retro" PC on fleabay... :lol:

Re: ZOMBIES ATE OUR ROADIES!

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:14 pm
by CMcDougall
^tried most PCs with 31/2" omniflop, and old laptops (Win98) work fast & 100% good data 8)
band.jpg

"N" ,seems my new £1k iTelephone10 needs to go out nearest window :shock: :lol:

Re: ZOMBIES ATE OUR ROADIES!

Posted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 3:31 pm
by brownsugar
cool

Re: ZOMBIES ATE OUR ROADIES!

Posted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 3:41 pm
by aerworuld
brownsugar wrote:cool


Thanks! hope you enjoy the game.

Re: ZOMBIES ATE OUR ROADIES!

Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:12 am
by aerworuld
ZAOR! Disc giveaway goes live at the British IBM gig in Cambridge last night!

Re: ZOMBIES ATE OUR ROADIES!

Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:12 pm
by uniforix
Great game :-) I've not got any further just yet as I was working on Freddy Frog, but I will pick it up again soon ;-)

Re: ZOMBIES ATE OUR ROADIES!

Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:23 pm
by aerworuld
uniforix wrote:Great game :-) I've not got any further just yet as I was working on Freddy Frog, but I will pick it up again soon ;-)


Glad you're enjoying it! Don't let it distract from FF though: that is one cool looking frog 8)

Re: ZOMBIES ATE OUR ROADIES!

Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:26 pm
by aerworuld
Cassette version accelerating ;-)

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Cassette label


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Inlay

Re: ZOMBIES ATE OUR ROADIES!

Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:10 pm
by uniforix
aerworuld wrote:
uniforix wrote:Great game :-) I've not got any further just yet as I was working on Freddy Frog, but I will pick it up again soon ;-)


Glad you're enjoying it! Don't let it distract from FF though: that is one cool looking frog 8)


Hah, cheers, hope to do a little work on it tonight :D

Re: ZOMBIES ATE OUR ROADIES!

Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:46 am
by duikkie
shoot me if i have some questions about the game programming [-X

i am not a player , but i look at things :)

i have downloaded the ssd , and a lot of files there :shock:

first of all are files ZOAR (picture) and p.flyer used in any form by the game ?

oke:

we have !boot that runs loader in loader we load picture ZAORCV in mode 4 then chain INST
what is the instuctions in mode 4 ? after that we go to mode 6 and *run BIBM from &2900

people know me as the 1 or two file man :roll:

if i make inst in mode 6 then

start adress &2000 ....

&2000+&879(inst)=&2900+&3200(bibm)=&5b00+some machine code till mo.6 it is 1 file

if you want zaorcv screen with sounds and env in a 2 file version.

just asking 8) ,

Re: ZOMBIES ATE OUR ROADIES!

Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:26 am
by aerworuld
duikkie wrote:shoot me if i have some questions about the game programming [-X

i am not a player , but i look at things :)

i have downloaded the ssd , and a lot of files there :shock:

first of all are files ZOAR (picture) and p.flyer used in any form by the game ?

oke:

we have !boot that runs loader in loader we load picture ZAORCV in mode 4 then chain INST
what is the instuctions in mode 4 ? after that we go to mode 6 and *run BIBM from &2900

people know me as the 1 or two file man :roll:

if i make inst in mode 6 then

start adress &2000 ....

&2000+&879(inst)=&2900+&3200(bibm)=&5b00+some machine code till mo.6 it is 1 file

if you want zaorcv screen with sounds and env in a 2 file version.

just asking 8) ,


Kind offer, but I'm pretty happy ;-) I just kinda roll with things the way they work out in my quirky way... If it does what I need it to, I'm happy :-)

Flyer and ZAOR piccy are just on there for posterity, really.

Re: ZOMBIES ATE OUR ROADIES!

Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:42 am
by duikkie
i think that the mega software cartidge is happy with 1 file to load.
allso is you have a dfs real disk there was 31 files max, and a disc back then was expensieve :)

i will see what i can do , if people here what the org , and maybe someone whats the 1 or 2 file version :)


aerworuld wrote:
duikkie wrote:shoot me if i have some questions about the game programming [-X

i am not a player , but i look at things :)

i have downloaded the ssd , and a lot of files there :shock:

first of all are files ZOAR (picture) and p.flyer used in any form by the game ?

oke:

we have !boot that runs loader in loader we load picture ZAORCV in mode 4 then chain INST
what is the instuctions in mode 4 ? after that we go to mode 6 and *run BIBM from &2900

people know me as the 1 or two file man :roll:

if i make inst in mode 6 then

start adress &2000 ....

&2000+&879(inst)=&2900+&3200(bibm)=&5b00+some machine code till mo.6 it is 1 file

if you want zaorcv screen with sounds and env in a 2 file version.

just asking 8) ,


Kind offer, but I'm pretty happy ;-) I just kinda roll with things the way they work out in my quirky way... If it does what I need it to, I'm happy :-)

Flyer and ZAOR piccy are just on there for posterity, really.

Re: ZOMBIES ATE OUR ROADIES!

Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:09 pm
by aerworuld
I would prefer it if you didn't release it as an improved/more efficient version of what I've already done; that's the game the way it is and that's how I have released it as a completed version (whether you think it was done in the most organised or efficient way is a different matter). It was just intended as a bit of fun and it's only a small game, I don't think we need to over analyse it.

Of course, if you would like to streamline your own copy of it, please go ahead ;-)

Stuart.

Re: ZOMBIES ATE OUR ROADIES!

Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:23 pm
by daveejhitchins
If Stuart doesn't mind(?), duikkie, I'd like a more compact version for the MGC - Although the MGC can load more that one file, as long they are LOAD-ed, it would alleviate work elsewhere :D

Dave H :D

Re: ZOMBIES ATE OUR ROADIES!

Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:36 pm
by aerworuld
daveejhitchins wrote:If Stuart doesn't mind(?), duikkie, I'd like a more compact version for the MGC - Although the MGC can load more that one file, as long they are LOAD-ed, it would alleviate work elsewhere :D

Dave H :D


If it makes life easier on the MGC I don't mind

Re: ZOMBIES ATE OUR ROADIES!

Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:37 pm
by daveejhitchins
aerworuld wrote:If it makes life easier on the MGC I don't mind
Thanks Stuart . . . =D>

Dave H :D

Re: ZOMBIES ATE OUR ROADIES!

Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:15 pm
by duikkie
uploading :)

it works at zoar1 but if you want the intro start with zoar

Re: ZOMBIES ATE OUR ROADIES!

Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:15 pm
by daveejhitchins
Thanks, duikkie . . .

Next stop MGC list :D

Dave H :D

Re: ZOMBIES ATE OUR ROADIES!

Posted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:05 pm
by davidb
The UEF file is a bit odd. It seems to include junk data at the end of each file block, so either my understanding of UEF files is incomplete or BeebEm is doing something strange. I can make a cleaned up version of the UEF if required.