Does anyone fancy testing The Vespozian Affair (BBC)

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Does anyone fancy testing The Vespozian Affair (BBC)

#1 Post by iamaran » Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:48 am

From the Computer & Video Games Year Book 1984.I typed it in and that process has drained me of any desire to play it... I would like to correct any typos though.

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#2 Post by Gunness » Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:30 pm

Sure, I'll be happy to give it a go. Not sure if I'll have the patience to complete it, tho' :)

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#3 Post by iamaran » Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:56 pm

Great, thanks.

I learnt that it's quicker to just get on and type in rather than correct the OCR from poor scans...

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#4 Post by jgerrie » Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:11 am

Does anyone know if the Dragon version exists anywhere?

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#5 Post by Garry » Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:07 pm

I typed in the Atari 8-bit version and I've also got the BBC and Spectrum versions (but need to check the typing), so if the Dragon version doesn't show up anywhere, you could possibly start with one of these. I haven't checked to see which one is closest to the Dragon listing.

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#6 Post by jgerrie » Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:22 pm

Any chance you could shoot me any of these versions as text files? I have the scan, but some of the edges are missing in a few places. Any additional info, text strings, etc. would be really helpful.

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#7 Post by jgerrie » Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:48 am

Don't worry. I managed to detokenize a Speccy version. I think it will convert easily to TRS-80 MC-10.

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#8 Post by Garry » Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:57 am

Okey dokey. If you need anything else, don't hesitate to ask.

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#9 Post by jgerrie » Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:01 pm

Been working on Vesporian from a Spectrum version I detokenized. There seems to be something deeply wrong with it. I can't "GET" anything. It would be helpful if there was a walkthrough, but there doesn't seem to be one. Is this because there are no working versions? The same problem with "GET" seems to affect an online BBC version. Am I missing something?

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#10 Post by jgerrie » Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:30 pm

Oops. Not a problem with "GET" as such. I had introduced a subroutine that used the same variable as the Verb list. Fixed that. Then realized it only take "TAKE". Still fiddling. Been assassinated once for treason. Oh well...

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#11 Post by Garry » Sat Feb 23, 2019 12:58 am

Been assassinated once for treason.
In this context, "treason" means porting from Spectrum to MC10. :lol:

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#12 Post by jgerrie » Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:05 am

I believe "non-kosher" would probably more accurately capture what's happening... :D
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In this context, "treason" means porting from Spectrum to MC10. :lol:

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#13 Post by jgerrie » Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:08 pm

Iamaran,

Here's a walkthrough that might help in your debugging.

Walkthrough for MC-10 Version of Vespozian Affair (heavily debugged).

You are continuously being dogged by the Bloodline Empire spy "Grakta." The following list of actions are the ones needed to win, but they can't include the random occasions when Grakta will appear in a room. When he is present you must avoid taking items, opening doors or going through bulkheads, otherwise Grakta will take you out with extreme prejudice. But you can "LOOK AROUND," which will produce clues. You can also do a few other mundane actions like "LOOK SCREEN" in the navigation room. Hit enter or "LOOK AROUND" as much as necessary until Grakta goes away, and then continue with the list of actions. INVENTORY is also okay when he is around.
LOOK and EXAMINE are the same command. You can use them on some specific items for additional details. The disks provide the information you need to figure out the story, but retrieving them and "INSERTing" them in the navigation room to view their contents is not included in this walkthrough. Avoid viewing them when Grakta is present. LOOKING at Beszel in the Captain's Cabin will have him wink at you and look at Grakta. He's clearly on your side, but can't speak out loud.
Your bunk in the crew quarter can be used to store items safely from Grakta when you don't want to carry them. Just drop them, and they will be slipped under your pillow. LIFTing your pillow will reveal them again. Don't leave the suits anywhere but under your pillow or in the suit room, otherwise they will be discovered and removed from the game. You can wear the asbestos suit in the core, just outside the core or in the suit room. Otherwise make sure to carry it or put it under your pillow. The space suit should normally be carried and only worn in the shuttle bay, shuttle and (obviously) when you venture outside the ship.

GO FORWARD
GO UP
LOOK AROUND
GO BULKHEAD
TAKE KEY
PRESS BUTTON
H
YUSES FAR
E
GO OUT
UNLOCK DOOR
DROP KEY
OPEN DOOR
GO DOOR
TAKE ASBESTOS
WEAR ASBESTOS
GO PORT
GO PORT
LOOK AROUND
GO CRAWLWAY
TAKE CONTAINER
GO CRAWLWAY
GO STARBOARD
GO DOOR
REMOVE ASBESTOS SUIT
DROP ASBESTOS SUIT
TAKE SPACE SUIT
GO PORT
GO DOWN
GO AFT
PRESS BUTTON
GO BULKHEAD
WEAR SPACE SUIT
PRESS BUTTON
WAIT (TYPE AS MANY TIMES AS NEED UNTIL YOU ARE IN ORBIT AROUND YUSES FAR)
GO OUT
TAKE POLYPS
GO VESPOZIAN
GO SHUTTLE
PRESS BUTTON
YUSES FAR
GO OUT
GO EAST
DROP POLYPS (THEY VANISH INTO ROCKS)
GO WEST
GO SHUTTLE
PRESS BUTTON
VESPOZIAN
GO OUT
PRESS BUTTON
REMOVE SPACE SUIT
GO PORT
PRESS BUTTON (CLOSE BULKHEAD OR GRAKTA WILL NOTICE WHERE YOU HAVE BEEN)
GO FORWARD
GO UP
GO BULKHEAD
PRESS BUTTON
C
20 (CRYONGENICALLY FREEZE CREW FOR 20 YEARS--THEY DON'T SEEM TO NOTICE-- WAKE UP IN YOUR BUNK)
GET UP
GO STARBOARD
TAKE TONGS
TAKE DEVICE
PRESS BUTTON
GO BULK
WEAR SPACE SUIT
PRESS BUTTON
GO SHUTTLE
PRESS BUTTON
YUSES FAR
GO OUT
GO EAST (YOU'LL SEE A GLOWING ROCK)
DROP CONTAINER
DROP DEVICE (SWITCH STARTS MOTOR, DRILL ENGAGES AND FILLS CONTAINER-- NOW YOUR CONTAINER IS A FUEL CONTAINER)
TAKE CONTAINER (YOU NEED THE TONGS TO DO THIS)
GO WEST
GO SHUTTLE
PRESS BUTTON
VESPOZIAN
GO OUT
PRESS BUTTON
REMOVE SPACE SUIT
GO PORT
PRESS BUTTON
GO FORWARD
GO UP
GO DOOR
DROP SPACE SUIT
TAKE ASBESTOS SUIT
WEAR ASBESTOS SUIT
GO PORT
GO PORT
DROP CONTAINER (VESPOZIAN IS NOW REFUELD)
GO STARBOARD
GO BULKHEAD
PRESS BUTTON
H
GYRATES
E
WAIT (TYPE AS MANY TIMES AS NECESSARY UNTIL YOU ENTER ORBIT AROUND GYRATES-- ABOUT A DOZEN)
PRESS BUTTON
L
STARGATE (WHAM-- YOU HAVE VAPOURISED THE STARGATE AND SUCCESSED IN YOUR MISSION-- YOU WIN!)

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#14 Post by jgerrie » Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:05 am

Discuss some of the problems I found with the game here, including the online BBC micro version:
https://jimgerrie.blogspot.com/2019/02/ ... ffair.html

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#15 Post by iamaran » Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:02 pm

Thanks, I'll take a look.

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