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by pippa
Sat Apr 18, 2015 12:53 pm
Forum: Classics
Topic: Another Classic Ported to TRS-80 MC-10
Replies: 124
Views: 22414

Re: Another Classic Ported to TRS-80 MC-10

I have created a port to the DRAGON, MC-10 and Coco of the classic text adventure "Adventure A: Planet of Death" for the Sinclair ZX81/Spectrum. Which version did you base it on? There were significant differences between the ZX81 and and Spectrum versions. The 16k Spectrum had a large amount of th...
by pippa
Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:05 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: My Adventure-Writing Self-Challenge
Replies: 13
Views: 4168

Re: My Adventure-Writing Self-Challenge

And what did you make of mine? Based on it, do you think I should try writing a full length game? I think so. But judging by what you say about yourself, I'd strongly recommend planning it all out on paper first and only starting coding when you have the design all written down. That's a good idea ...
by pippa
Sun Aug 24, 2014 9:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: My Adventure-Writing Self-Challenge
Replies: 13
Views: 4168

Re: My Adventure-Writing Self-Challenge

Hmmm... I don't see what you think is so ugly about that code. In fact, I see no way of changing it very much without also drastically changing the behaviour. For example, it could certainly be made simpler, by swapping mouse and mouse-eating-cheese as soon as you drop the cheese. But that changes ...
by pippa
Sun Aug 24, 2014 6:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: My Adventure-Writing Self-Challenge
Replies: 13
Views: 4168

Re: My Adventure-Writing Self-Challenge

Sounds interesting. What's the address of your site? In this case, http://rlbos.home.xs4all.nl/IF/index.en.html is probably the easiest way to get it; it's near the bottom of the page. There's also a link there to Roger's Cloak of Darkness page. Thanks for the link. You don't need flowcharts to wri...
by pippa
Sun Aug 24, 2014 3:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: My Adventure-Writing Self-Challenge
Replies: 13
Views: 4168

Re: My Adventure-Writing Self-Challenge

I tried my hand at implementing Roger Firth's Cloak of Darkness in a few Spectrum IF systems (it's on my website if you want to know more). Like you, I just can't get the feel for GAC; it seems a bit rough around the edges to me. The PAW is much more finished, and at least as powerful. Sounds inter...
by pippa
Sun Aug 24, 2014 3:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: My Adventure-Writing Self-Challenge
Replies: 13
Views: 4168

Re: My Adventure-Writing Self-Challenge

OK. Here it is. It's not based directly on any existing games, but rather my own personal interpretation of the puzzle, with a couple of unusual touches. Hope you enjoy it. Graphics? I had hoped to add some, but just getting the code finished and working took longer than planned, so I had to skip th...
by pippa
Sun Aug 17, 2014 6:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: My Adventure-Writing Self-Challenge
Replies: 13
Views: 4168

My Adventure-Writing Self-Challenge

Back in the eighties, I bought GAC for the ZX Spectrum, but utterly failed to get to grips with it. Despite my best efforts, I just couldn't get the hang of it, and my amazing adventure epic remained tragically unwritten. (With hindsight, the fact that I tried to jump straight into writing a stupidl...
by pippa
Mon Aug 04, 2014 8:02 pm
Forum: Classics
Topic: Games everybody should know
Replies: 17
Views: 3718

Re: Games everybody should know

On its target, yes. But ZCode is only the machine code of the ZMachine. Infocom's actual legible code was in ZIL, which is much more like a variant of Lisp than like imperative languages like Inform and TSAL. Speaking as a non-programmer who can usually more-or-less follow the logic of programs by ...
by pippa
Mon Aug 04, 2014 5:48 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Retro Gamer - anyone keeping track
Replies: 5
Views: 3671

Re: Retro Gamer - anyone keeping track

I've never even heard of RG, never mind keeping up with it!
by pippa
Mon Aug 04, 2014 4:54 pm
Forum: Classics
Topic: Topologika / Acornsoft games
Replies: 11
Views: 2387

Re: Topologika / Acornsoft games

About the Archimedes ports I know nothing (yet, and probably for some months yet). Sorry. I do know ZX Spectrum +3 disc versions of several of the games were published - they were reviewed in Spectrum mags of the time. Unfortunately, nobody seems to have kept any of these; in any case, there are no...
by pippa
Sun Sep 09, 2012 8:22 pm
Forum: Classics
Topic: Heyley Software Games
Replies: 15
Views: 3399

Re: Heyley Software Games

Thanks. I'll give that a try and see what happens.
by pippa
Sat Sep 08, 2012 6:12 pm
Forum: Classics
Topic: Heyley Software Games
Replies: 15
Views: 3399

Re: Heyley Software Games

I thought I'd give these a go. But this is my first ever experience with a BBC, and I'm not sure what I'm doing. I'm using BeebEm, which I've installed specially. I can do the "Hardware->BBC Model->BBC Master 128" bit OK (I think). But I'm not sure how to "load your disk image". I'm using the "Load ...
by pippa
Sat Sep 08, 2012 4:22 pm
Forum: Classics
Topic: Question about Quill version of Pirate Adventure
Replies: 2
Views: 1017

Re: Question about Quill version of Pirate Adventure

Thanks for the reply, Dave. You could be right. Mind you. If he had the source code, he didn't follow it very closely. As well as all the pointless little changes to the messages (e.g. "There's a strange sound"/"I hear a strange noise") there seem to be some changes to the actual game mechanics. You...
by pippa
Sat Sep 08, 2012 12:51 am
Forum: Classics
Topic: Question about Quill version of Pirate Adventure
Replies: 2
Views: 1017

Question about Quill version of Pirate Adventure

World of Spectrum has a version of Scott Adams' Pirate Adventure that's written on The Quill. (In fact one of the CASA screenshots is from this version, via WoS. See if you can guess which one it is!) Does anyone know where this comes from, and who wrote it? WoS lists it as "Original Release", but I...
by pippa
Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:52 pm
Forum: Site feedback & announcements
Topic: New site name?
Replies: 28
Views: 10702

Re: New site name?

2. It has the same problem as the current acronym: To me, "Supporters" only suggests assistance (a la "solutions"), but not the fact that CASA is an information database as well. Interesting point. I was thinking more along the lines of a football team's supporters: people who care passionately abo...