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Better enemy formation indicator

Posted by SpiceWare, in Draconian 20 October 2014 · 197 views

I wasn't quite happy with the alternating radar/formation display. While it worked, I kept getting annoying whenever I'd glance down to check the radar only to see the formation display instead. So I did a quick hack in Stella to see what might happen if I set the players to have 2 copies. First attempt was 2 copies wide:

which didn't pan out due to c...

Enemy formations

Posted by SpiceWare, in Draconian 19 October 2014 · 117 views

More levels, we think Beta Quadrant (Namco) is done
16 rotations for the enemy ships now in place
test of formations in place.  Enemy ships just fly in a circle
radar display will alternate with formation display

Line Formation (with and without radar)

Arrow Formation

Square Formation

Diamond Formation


And another Drobo 5D capacity increase

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 19 October 2014 · 81 views

Guess I overdid the blu-ray ripping - the light by one of the drives in my Drobo turned yellow, which means it's time to replace the indicated drive with a larger one!  Besides the blu-ray content there's a number of new series, as well as older series that started up in reruns, that I flagged to record when the fall season started up.

Alpha Quadrant is done

Posted by SpiceWare, in Draconian 18 October 2014 · 108 views

and Beta Quadrant is done thru level 19.



Quadrants vs Sectors

Posted by SpiceWare, in Draconian 14 October 2014 · 127 views

When I announced Draconian , I wasn't sure if we'd be using Quadrants or Sectors.  Turns out, we're using both!

The new menu options are:
Quadrant: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta
Sector: what used to be the level selector.  Range varies per quadrant
Level: Kids, Easy, Normal, Hard

Nathan's been busy doing stellar cartography of the...

September Savings

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 05 October 2014 · 102 views

No new content purchased in September so $151 in savings for the month.  Cumulative savings are now at $2541.
I did purchase a 6 TB drive for the Drobo though, so the hardware investment increased by $316 to $3400.  This means there's $859 remaining to pay off the hardware.
When I installed the 6TB drive my free space increased to...

changing jEdit colors

Posted by SpiceWare, in jEdit 30 September 2014 · 171 views

I don't care at all for the default colors used by jEdit:

The main thing I don't like is how the white background overpowers the colors.  So I change it to black by doing the following:
​Select Utilities menu
Select Global Options... menu option
In the jEdit section select Text Area
Change the Text color from black to white

Compile and Run 2600 assembly code from jEdit

Posted by SpiceWare, in jEdit 29 September 2014 · 151 views

In this blog entry we'll be making the changes to compile and run your 2600 program from jEdit.  You must have already followed the steps in Add a console to jEdit for this to work.

You must also have already installed the 6502 mode file and updated the catalog file.  The current 6502 mode file can be found in this blog entry .

For this we...

Add a console to jEdit

Posted by SpiceWare, in ColecoVision, jEdit, batari BASIC 29 September 2014 · 138 views

As I mentioned last night, due to some prodding by iesposta I finally took the time to figure out how to use jEdit to Compile and Run 2600 assembly code.  Now that I have it working, I really wish I'd done this years ago :roll:  I've also worked out how to do the same for ColecoVision assembly programs and will look into batari BASIC as well....

Updated assembly-6502 and batari BASIC mode files

Posted by SpiceWare, in batari BASIC, jEdit 28 September 2014 · 115 views

DPC+ registers have been added to the assembly-6502.xml mode file for 2600 development.
The zero and hex problems have been fixed and DPC+ registers have been added to the batari BASIC.xml mode file.
See the prior blog entry for how to add the mode files.  The assembly entry for the catalog file is:

 <MODE NAME="assembly-...

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