Jump to content

Dutchman2000

Members
  • Content Count

    660
  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

372 Excellent

About Dutchman2000

  • Rank
    Dragonstomper
  • Birthday 12/12/1972

Profile Information

  • Custom Status
    FINDING items in a Chicago basement!
  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Chicago

Recent Profile Visitors

20,520 profile views
  1. Hopefully the final version can be brought to the 5200.
  2. Looks good! Hopefully this leads to a new series of sports games! Champ Games Basketball and Hockey please!
  3. Yes, remember this game was for the Japanese market so it was being developed for the Famicom not the NES.
  4. Not sure, there are memory locations for the score for 4 players in the code: SCORE0: .BLKB 6 ;PLAYER 0 SCORE (ASCII) SCORE1: .BLKB 6 ;PLAYER 1 SCORE SCORE2: .BLKB 6 ;PLAYER 2 SCORE SCORE3: .BLKB 6 ;PLAYER 3 SCORE
  5. I really need the help of someone who knows more about NES code and ROMS then I do to get this working. It does look like he stopped working on it in August of 1986. I don't think any of the "Space Game" changes got made.
  6. FC MILLIPEDE SCHEDULE AND STATUS REPORT 18 July 1986 For the past three weeks I have been in limbo and have not worked on this game as planned. I will restart my programming effects when I return on September 8. The following schedule reflects a change in direction from the original game desription. I have changed the theme from an insect game to a space game. The new game name is ?????????. All the creature graphics will need to be redone. The program must also be modified for the new graphics animation and sizes of the objects. There will no longer be a three or four player game. There will no longer be a growth/death of the mushrooms. This schedule assumes that someone else handles all the sounds and graphics. It also assumes that there will ne no major problems with timing or squeezing the program to fit a 27128. Currently there is nobody assigned to do the animation or audio. My hope is that a majority of the graphics and audio will be done during my vacation. I have a major concern for the RPM driver because it may cause me to use too many of my resources (EPROM, RAM and processing time). I feel it is a better idea to have a simple driver that uses precalculated tables (sounds) instead of calculating the values each frame. At the current time I plan to use RPM as is. In summary, while I am gone the following should be done: 1. Verify that the game name is ok with Namco and with Dennis Wood. We should also verify that there will be no problem with a Centipede look-a-like game from a legal standpoint. 2. Get most of the new graphics done. 3. Start on new audio. I will check on my return to see that we are going in the right direction. 4. Let Namco know that they will receive a cart approximately 10/6/86 for testing. We should start work on the details for release. schedule time new old completed ______________________________________________________________________________ 1) Project initiation ********************************* 3/27/86 3/27/86 2) Software startup (1 programmer) 3/20/86 3/20/86 * Set up Dev. Sys. 1 day 3/21/86 * Set up VAX account and files 1 day 3/21/86 * Learn new hardware 5 days 4/1/86 * Update FC.DOC documentation file 1 day 4/1/86 * Update FCEQU.MAC include file 1 day 3/21/86 * Display playfield with alphanumerics 2 days 6/3/86 * Get shooter moving to joysticks 2 days 4/2/86 * Get shots working 1 day 4/2/86 * Get Millipede working 2 days 6/4/86 * Do pause mode 1 day 5/30/86 * Do select option screen 2 days 3/31/86 * Add 3rd and 4th players 2 days 6/12/86 * Add cooperative and competitive 2 days 6/12/86 * Add stun and kill 1 day 6/12/86 * Add player versus player collision 1 day 6/13/86 * Work on Gauntlet II 10 days ------- * Vacation/Sick/Holidays 3 days ------- 3) Animation startup 3/24/86 3/25/86 * Convert Millipede graphics 3 days 3/28/86 * Modify PB utilities for FC format 2 days 3/27/86 * Get title for title screen 2 days 4) 1st Review **************************************** 6/13/86 5/21/86 5) Sound startup 3/24/86 3/24/86 * Learn FC sound system (Rusty Dawe) ?? days 8/18/86 * Sound driver ?? days 8/18/86 * Sound development system 6 days 8/18/86 * Convert old sounds ?? days 6) Continue software development * Get spider working 2 days 7/16/86 * Make DDT work 2 days * Get poison mushrooms working 1 day 7/16/86 * Get other creatures working 3 days 7/18/86 * Add stages and rounds 1 day * Add super bombs 2 days * Make scrolling work 3 days * Relayout the scores on the top line 2 days * Make each player a different color 1 day * Do attract mode (see Centipede) 3 days * Complete sounds (my time) 2 days * Complete animation (my time) 2 days * Tune game play 2 days * Brainstorming 1 day 9/9/86 * Work on FC Gauntlet 2 days 8/14/86 * Work on Gauntlet II 7 days ------- * Vacation/Sick/Holidays 11 days ------- 7) 2nd Review **************************************** 10/3/86 6/??/86 8) Send a sample cart to Namco 10/3/86 9) Japanese Focus or Testing ************************** 10/?/86 6/??/86 10) Complete Software * Add color coding to each stage 1 day * Add secret scoring 3 days * Add battle cruiser 3 days * Help Namco with storyline ?? days * Instruction Manual and instructions 3 days * Extensive testing ?? days * Misc game tuning 5 days 11) Prod Release ************************************** 10/?/86 7/??/86 12) Finished Goods ************************************ ?/??/86 8/??/86
  7. ; ;INITIATED: MARCH 21,1986 ; ;PROGRAMMER: ED LOGG ; ;CHARGE NUMBER: ; ;VAX DIRECTORY: [LOGG.FC] ; ;HARDWARE: FAMILY COMPUTER ; SCROLLING PLAYFIELD ; 64 MOTION OBJECTS (MAX OF 8 PER LINE) ; COLOR RASTER TV ; ;DESCRIPTION: THIS GAME IS AN EXTENSION OF CENTIPEDE AND MILLIPEDE FOR THE ; NINTENDO FAMILY COMPUTER (FC). MULTIPLE PLAYERS ARE PERMITTED. ; THERE WILL ALSO BE A NEW FEATURE CALLED A SUPER BOMB WHICH CAN ; BE COLLECTED AND USED TO DESTROY OR STUN ALL THE CREATURES. ; ; ; COPYRIGHT 1982 ATARI ; UNAUTHORIZED REPRODUCTION, ADAPTATION ; DISTRIBUTION, PERFORMANCE OR DISPLAY OF THIS ; COMPUTER PROGRAM OR THE ASSOCIATED ; AUDIOVISUAL WORK IS PROHIBITED.
  8. MILLIPEDE for the Family Computer Date: AUGUST 19, 1986 File: [LOGG.FC]NEWMILLI.DOC From: Ed Logg cc: Dan Van Elderen Lyle Rains Chris Downend Pat McCarthy Cris Drobny Animators I have been asked to change the FC Millipede from an insect theme to a space theme. This means we must come up with a new game name and names for all the playfield objects and creatures found in Millipede. I am asking you to help me brainstorm some interesting new creatures and think how these would be animated. Please remember that there will at most 3 colors per object and the choice and number of colors is very restricted. In the next couple of days I will have a meeting to make a final choice for all the creatures and to assign them to the animators. Please try to respond as soon as possible. Below you will find a list of all the current objects and their sizes. On the far right are some possible ideas. These are just suggestions at this time. The sizes, colors and palettes can be changed but remember that motion objects are 8x8 and anything larger means that I may not have enough objects or enough time to process them. creature size palette colors type new creature -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- mushroom | 8x8 | 0 | 1,2 | plfld | rocks poisoned mushroom | 8x8 | 0 | 2,3 | plfld | different rocks flowers | 8x8 | 0 | 2,3 | plfld | indestructible rocks DDT explosion | large | 1 | 1,2,3 | plfld | the same explosion extra player lives | 8x8 | 2 | 1,2,3 | plfld | space ship alphanumerics | 8x8 | 3 | 1,2,3 | plfld | 3 player colors DDT | 16x8 | 0 | 2,3 | m. o. | space mines Bombs | NA | NA | NA | NA | super bombs players shooter | 8x8 | 0 | 2,3 | m. o. | space ship players shot | 8x8 | 0 | 2,3 | m. o. | same as now spider | 16x8 | 0 | 2,3 | m. o. | energy pulsar millipede head | 8x8 | 0 | 2,3 | m. o. | larger head of dragon millipede body | 8x8 | 0 | 2,3 | m. o. | space dragon earwig | 16x8 | 0 | 2,3 | m. o. | transformer inchworm | 16x8 | 0 | 2,3 | m. o. | flying clock bee (flea) | 16x8 | 0 | 2,3 | m. o. | comet dragonfly | 16x8 | 0 | 2,3 | m. o. | flying saucer mosquito | 16x8 | 0 | 2,3 | m. o. | missile beetle | 16x8 | 0 | 2,3 | m. o. | space ameba New possible game names: 1. Marauders 2. Gridlock (Gridrock) 3. Blastron Master 4. Nebula 5. Laser Star 6. Nebulon 7. Dragons of Andromeda 8. Star Speed 9. Megapedes 10. Star Warrior 11. Astron Warrior 12. Astra Warrior 13. Galactic Attack 14. Space Patrol 15. Space Warp 16. Time Warp 17. Galaxy Express 18. Alien Reign 19. Mutant Fleet 20. Alien Convoy 21. Mutant Marauders 22. Gemini Run The new game program will be changed so that only one to two players can play at a time. This was done to make RAM available for sounds, and leave room for other pictures in the graphics EPROM. In addition there will be a new object called a battle cruiser that will enter at the completion of a round which will shoot at the player. The Dragon should be on a separate color palette to allow me to change their colors with each stage. The following are the new creatures and their sizes: creature size palette colors type comments -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- rock/asteroid | 8x8 | 0 | 1,2 | plfld | poisoned rock | 8x8 | ? | 2,3 | plfld | different colored rocks damaged rock | 8x8 | 0 | 1,2 | plfld | for both types of rocks indestructibles | 8x8 | ? | 2,3 | plfld | different colored rocks mine explosion | large | 2 | 1,2,3 | plfld | same explosion as Millipede extra lives | 8x8 | 3 | 1,2,3 | plfld | space ship in two colors alphanumerics | 8x8 | 3 | 1,2,3 | plfld | 2 player colors title screen | large | ? | 1,2,3 | plfld | space mine | 16x8 | ? | ? | m. o. | a paired space mine super bomb | 8x8 | ? | ? | m. o. | 1/2 a space mine players ship | 8x8 | ? | ? | m. o. | space ship players shot | 8x8 | ? | ? | m. o. | energy pulsar | 16x8 | ? | ? | m. o. | energy pulsar death of pulsar | 16x8 | ? | ? | m. o. | large head | 8x8 | ? | ? | m. o. | larger head of dragon dragon head | 8x8 | ? | ? | m. o. | smaller head of dragon dragon body | 8x8 | ? | ? | m. o. | dragon body segment transformer | 16x8 | ? | ? | m. o. | poisons rocks time warp | 16x8 | ? | ? | m. o. | slows down creatures comet | 16x8 | ? | ? | m. o. | lays rocks behind flying saucer | 16x8 | ? | ? | m. o. | lays rocks too missile | 8x8 | ? | ? | m. o. | space amoeba | * | ? | ? | m. o. | both H and V movement shot explosions | 8x8 | ? | ? | m. o. | when shot hits rocks, etc. player death | ** | ? | ? | m. o. | battle cruiser | 48x16 | ? | ? | m. o. | large shooting ship cruiser explodes| 48x16 | ? | ? | m. o. | * 16x8 for horizontal movement and 8x16 for vertical movement. ** as large as necessary (8x8 preferred but 16x16 as a max). To help assign colors here is the playfield and motion object color assignment tables. There is a choice of 4 palettes for each type of object. Playfield 1 2 3 ------------------------------------------------- 0 | | | | | | | | ------------------------------------------------- 1 | | | | | | | | ------------------------------------------------- 2 | | | | | | | | ------------------------------------------------- 3 | | | | | | | | ------------------------------------------------- Motion Objects 1 2 3 ------------------------------------------------- 0 | | | | | | | | ------------------------------------------------- 1 | | | | | | | | ------------------------------------------------- 2 | | | | | | | | ------------------------------------------------- 3 | | | | | | | | ------------------------------------------------- New sounds for the space theme Millipede will require new sounds. We will not be able to steal the old sounds. The following are the sounds needed: 1. Amoeba sound 2. Background music (Japanese style light orchestra) 3. Explosion sound for the mines (about 1+ seconds) 4. Pulsar sound 5. Pulsar death sound 6. Flying saucer buzzing (let me set the frequency based on the left right motion). 7. Missile sound 8. Player shooting sound 9. Comet bombing (let me change frequency based on height) 10. Transformer sound 11. Player explosion (2+ seconds) 12. Extra life sound 13. Battle cruiser sound 14. Battle cruiser explosion 15. Time warp sound 16. Slow down sound (use old one??) 17. Pause mode (see other FC games) 18. ACK sound (acknowledge change of options in select mode)
  9. MILLIPEDE for the Family Computer Date: AUGUST 19, 1986 File: [LOGG.FC]NEWMILLI.DOC From: Ed Logg cc: Dan Van Elderen Lyle Rains Chris Downend Pat McCarthy Cris Drobny Animators I have been asked to change the FC Millipede from an insect theme to a space theme. This means we must come up with a new game name and names for all the playfield objects and creatures found in Millipede. I am asking you to help me brainstorm some interesting new creatures and think how these would be animated. Please remember that there will at most 3 colors per object and the choice and number of colors is very restricted. In the next couple of days I will have a meeting to make a final choice for all the creatures and to assign them to the animators. Please try to respond as soon as possible. Below you will find a list of all the current objects and their sizes. On the far right are some possible ideas. These are just suggestions at this time. The sizes, colors and palettes can be changed but remember that motion objects are 8x8 and anything larger means that I may not have enough objects or enough time to process them. creature size palette colors type new creature -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- mushroom | 8x8 | 0 | 1,2 | plfld | rocks poisoned mushroom | 8x8 | 0 | 2,3 | plfld | different rocks flowers | 8x8 | 0 | 2,3 | plfld | indestructible rocks DDT explosion | large | 1 | 1,2,3 | plfld | the same explosion extra player lives | 8x8 | 2 | 1,2,3 | plfld | space ship alphanumerics | 8x8 | 3 | 1,2,3 | plfld | 3 player colors DDT | 16x8 | 0 | 2,3 | m. o. | space mines Bombs | NA | NA | NA | NA | super bombs players shooter | 8x8 | 0 | 2,3 | m. o. | space ship players shot | 8x8 | 0 | 2,3 | m. o. | same as now spider | 16x8 | 0 | 2,3 | m. o. | energy pulsar millipede head | 8x8 | 0 | 2,3 | m. o. | larger head of dragon millipede body | 8x8 | 0 | 2,3 | m. o. | space dragon earwig | 16x8 | 0 | 2,3 | m. o. | transformer inchworm | 16x8 | 0 | 2,3 | m. o. | flying clock bee (flea) | 16x8 | 0 | 2,3 | m. o. | comet dragonfly | 16x8 | 0 | 2,3 | m. o. | flying saucer mosquito | 16x8 | 0 | 2,3 | m. o. | missile beetle | 16x8 | 0 | 2,3 | m. o. | space ameba New possible game names: 1. Marauders 2. Gridlock (Gridrock) 3. Blastron Master 4. Nebula 5. Laser Star 6. Nebulon 7. Dragons of Andromeda 8. Star Speed 9. Megapedes 10. Star Warrior 11. Astron Warrior 12. Astra Warrior 13. Galactic Attack 14. Space Patrol 15. Space Warp 16. Time Warp 17. Galaxy Express 18. Alien Reign 19. Mutant Fleet 20. Alien Convoy 21. Mutant Marauders 22. Gemini Run The new game program will be changed so that only one to two players can play at a time. This was done to make RAM available for sounds, and leave room for other pictures in the graphics EPROM. In addition there will be a new object called a battle cruiser that will enter at the completion of a round which will shoot at the player. The Dragon should be on a separate color palette to allow me to change their colors with each stage. The following are the new creatures and their sizes: creature size palette colors type comments -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- rock/asteroid | 8x8 | 0 | 1,2 | plfld | poisoned rock | 8x8 | ? | 2,3 | plfld | different colored rocks damaged rock | 8x8 | 0 | 1,2 | plfld | for both types of rocks indestructibles | 8x8 | ? | 2,3 | plfld | different colored rocks mine explosion | large | 2 | 1,2,3 | plfld | same explosion as Millipede extra lives | 8x8 | 3 | 1,2,3 | plfld | space ship in two colors alphanumerics | 8x8 | 3 | 1,2,3 | plfld | 2 player colors title screen | large | ? | 1,2,3 | plfld | space mine | 16x8 | ? | ? | m. o. | a paired space mine super bomb | 8x8 | ? | ? | m. o. | 1/2 a space mine players ship | 8x8 | ? | ? | m. o. | space ship players shot | 8x8 | ? | ? | m. o. | energy pulsar | 16x8 | ? | ? | m. o. | energy pulsar death of pulsar | 16x8 | ? | ? | m. o. | large head | 8x8 | ? | ? | m. o. | larger head of dragon dragon head | 8x8 | ? | ? | m. o. | smaller head of dragon dragon body | 8x8 | ? | ? | m. o. | dragon body segment transformer | 16x8 | ? | ? | m. o. | poisons rocks time warp | 16x8 | ? | ? | m. o. | slows down creatures comet | 16x8 | ? | ? | m. o. | lays rocks behind flying saucer | 16x8 | ? | ? | m. o. | lays rocks too missile | 8x8 | ? | ? | m. o. | space amoeba | * | ? | ? | m. o. | both H and V movement shot explosions | 8x8 | ? | ? | m. o. | when shot hits rocks, etc. player death | ** | ? | ? | m. o. | battle cruiser | 48x16 | ? | ? | m. o. | large shooting ship cruiser explodes| 48x16 | ? | ? | m. o. | * 16x8 for horizontal movement and 8x16 for vertical movement. ** as large as necessary (8x8 preferred but 16x16 as a max). To help assign colors here is the playfield and motion object color assignment tables. There is a choice of 4 palettes for each type of object. Playfield 1 2 3 ------------------------------------------------- 0 | | | | | | | | ------------------------------------------------- 1 | | | | | | | | ------------------------------------------------- 2 | | | | | | | | ------------------------------------------------- 3 | | | | | | | | ------------------------------------------------- Motion Objects 1 2 3 ------------------------------------------------- 0 | | | | | | | | ------------------------------------------------- 1 | | | | | | | | ------------------------------------------------- 2 | | | | | | | | ------------------------------------------------- 3 | | | | | | | | ------------------------------------------------- New sounds for the space theme Millipede will require new sounds. We will not be able to steal the old sounds. The following are the sounds needed: 1. Amoeba sound 2. Background music (Japanese style light orchestra) 3. Explosion sound for the mines (about 1+ seconds) 4. Pulsar sound 5. Pulsar death sound 6. Flying saucer buzzing (let me set the frequency based on the left right motion). 7. Missile sound 8. Player shooting sound 9. Comet bombing (let me change frequency based on height) 10. Transformer sound 11. Player explosion (2+ seconds) 12. Extra life sound 13. Battle cruiser sound 14. Battle cruiser explosion 15. Time warp sound 16. Slow down sound (use old one??) 17. Pause mode (see other FC games) 18. ACK sound (acknowledge change of options in select mode)
  10. MILLIPEDE for the Family Computer Initial Date: March 14, 1986 Last Revision: July 16, 1986 File: [LOGG.FC]MILLI.DOC Prepared by: Ed Logg Project Team: Team Leader = Chris Downend Project Leader = Ed Logg Programmer = Ed Logg Engineer = Pat McCarthy Technician = Cris Drobny Animators = Ed Logg Sam Comstock Sound Driver = Rusty Dawe Sounds = unknown BRIEF OVERVIEW This Family Computer cart is a remake of the Coin-op game with a few embelishments. The most significant addition is the ability to play with up to four players at the same time. The multiplayer game can be played in the standard alternating format or as a competitive game or as a cooperative venture. The important features of this project is to test the Japanese market with some of our older properties and the concept of multiplayer games. It will also allow us to understand the FC and develop tools to be used on future projects. This game was chosen because it will take very little in the way of programmer and animator resources. I expect to be able to have Millipede working after about 2 months. The only animation help I may need is to create a nice looking title to be used in the title screen. The main drawbacks to this project are the controls and the lack of excitement in Millipede on the part of the Namco personnel we have talked to. The optimal controls would be a trackball with buttons but we must use a 4 directional joystick style controller which may not make this game as fun as the original. copy: Dan Van Elderen Lyle Rains Chris Downend Rich Moore Mary Fujihara Linda Benzler Dave Wiebenson Pat McCarthy Rusty Dawe Brad Fuller GAME PLAY ENHANCEMENTS The player will be able to select the variation of game that he would like to play by pressing the select button on the player 1 or player 3 control while the game is in the attract mode. In this select mode the player can select any option by using the 4 joystick directions. This is different from the standard convention used by NAMCOT carts which have only two game options (one or two player game). NAMCOT carts use the select button to toggle between the two options. When he is satisfied with the variation he wants to play all that he must do is press start to begin play. In addition to all the original game features, there will be at least one new playfield feature called a super bomb. This will be a super bomb which is capable of destroying or stunning (I haven't decided which) all creatures. The player can collect these by scrolling the screen down and running the shooter into them. The player can collect only two of these at any one time. There will be only a couple on the screen at the beginning of a game but new ones can enter when the screen is scrolled down just like the DDT bombs. The following is a partial list of the options planned for this cart. The game strategy varies greatly for some of these options. For example, disabling scrolling only allows the inital 4 DDT bombs but now allows all the strategies that were present in Centipede. The default entries have an asterix before them. Alternating means one player plays until he dies and then the next player plays. Cooperative means everyone is on the screen at the same time and there will be one total score. In addition there are extra lives which any one of them can use. Competitive means that all players play at the same time but they have separate scores and lives. The game will stop when the last player dies. In this case the player with the highest score is the winner. Option Meaning ______ ______________________________________________________ * SHOTS MISS PLAYERS This option is only displayed in a cooperative SHOTS STUN PLAYERS or competitive game. It controls the effect of SHOTS KILL PLAYERS the players shots on other players. * ALTERNATING This option controls the type of game. Alter- COOPERATIVE nating is the normal style. Cooperative and COMPETITIVE competitive are discussed above. This option is only displayed if 2 to 4 players are playing. * 1 PLAYER This controls the number of players in the game. 2 PLAYERS 3 PLAYERS 4 PLAYERS * SCROLLING Enables or disables scrolling. NO SCROLLING EASY This option controls the game difficulty. This MEDIUM will control which creatures are entered into * HARD the game and how fast they move. HARDER IMPLEMENTATION The original game was written on a 6502 processor which will make the conversion to the FC hardware considerably easier. I will list here the FC hardware contraints and the Millipede harware features which are not available on the FC. I will also explain how I plan to handle those problems. The controls for Millipede consisted of a trackball (or joystick) and a fire button. Since there is no trackball for the FC we must use the 4 directional buttons on the standard control. I propose however to use the up and down arrows differently than the joystick controls. On Millipede they moved the shooter one pixel per frame but it was difficult to place the shooter on a row where the millipede segments could not get the shooter. I propose that a single press of the up or down direction move the shooter up or down one row. Millipede uses a playfield which is 32 rows of 30 columns of 8 by 8 pixel stamps which were 2 bits deep. FC does not have a vertically mounted monitor so we must live with 26 rows of 30 columns (due to overscan of the monitor even though the FC limit of 30 by 32). We may have to change the game parameters (the speed) so that the millipede will not get to the bottom too fast. The FC also uses 8 by 8 pixel 2 bit deep stamps, so the graphics should not be a problem. The FC has a restriction of 256 playfield stamps at any one time. There were only 128 in Millipede so again there should be no problem with this restriction. The playfield color palette selection on the FC is based on 16 by 16 pixel areas with a total of 4 color palettes per area. Millipede used a total of 4 color palettes but on a 8 by 8 pixel area. Hence, all the playfield stamps will use the same color palette. This means the mushrooms, poisoned mushrooms, and the flowers must all use the same colors. The DDT bombs and DDT explosions will no longer be part of the playfield. They will be motion objects. The playfield background colors are not part of the playfield palettes. Instead there is one motion object color address for the entire screen. This means the grey portion of the screen marking the players area will be black just like in Centipede. The FC has 64 8 by 8 (or 8 by 16) motion objects. Millipede used 16 by 8 motion objects. In addition, the millipede segment pictures are really a little larger than 8 by 8 pixels. I plan to reduce the pictures to 8 by 8 pixels. This means than the body segments will be one pixel less than before. The head segments will be 3 pixels less because I must reduce the size of the mandibles. Except for the players shooter, players shot, and possibly the beetle, all the remaining creatures will use two motion objects to create a 16 wide by 8 high object. Millipede hardware allowed motion object colors to be remapped. This allowed the programmer to use the same pictures for the head and body segments and set the body segment eye color to the body color. I plan to add new pictures so that the correct colors are used in the FC Millipede. The FC has a restriction of only 8 motion objects per scan line. I plan to flicker only the motion objects which exceed this limit of 8 per line. The FC motion object priority is opposite from that used on Millipede. At this time I plan to reorder the motion objects. Collision detection on the FC will not be the same because the program cannot easily go out to the playfield to determine what is there. I plan to keep a page per player to store the mushroom and flower arrangement. Collision detection will use this array. This will also allow me to redraw each players playfield in the case of a 4 player alternating game. This will also allow me to write the players scores over mushrooms without destroying the mushrooms. Sounds in Millipede used two POKEY chips for a total of 8 channels. The FC has only three channels (two for tones and one for noise), so I must stop certain sounds when higher priority sounds start. This will add several days to the conversion. The score line will vary depending on the number of players in the game. The diagram below shows a four player screen. Each players score will be in a different color which matches the players shooter. This will help determine which shooter he is controlling. High score will not be displayed during game play. At the completion of a game I plan to implement a screen which summarizes statistics for each player. SCREEN LAYOUT 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 ________________________________________________________________ 0 |XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX| 0 1 |XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX| 1 2 |XX 000000000000 111111111111 222222222222 333333333333 XX| 2 |XX BBBB SS==nn BBBB SS==nn BBBB SS==nn BBBB SS==nn XX| |XX XX| 5 |XX XX| 5 |XX XX| |XX XX| |XX XX| |XX XX| 10 |XX XX|10 |XX XX| |XX XX| |XX XX| |XX XX| 15 |XX XX|15 |XX XX| |XX XX| |XX XX| |XX XX| 20 |XX XX|20 |XX XX| ---------------------------------------------------------------- |XX XX| |XX XX| |XX Players Area XX| 25 |XX XX|25 |XX XX| |XX XX| 28 |XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX|28 29 |XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX|29 ________________________________________________________________ 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 XX = not used because it will be overscanned. 00 = player 0 score digit 11 = player 1 score digit 22 = player 2 score digit 33 = player 3 score digit BB = super bomb picture if any SS = shooter picture nn = number of shooters left SCHEDULE time scheduled completed ______________________________________________________________________________ 1) Project initiation ********************************* 3/27/86 2) Software startup (1 programmer) 3/20/86 * Set up Dev. Sys. 1 day 3/21/86 * Set up VAX account and files 1 day 3/21/86 * Learn new hardware 5 days ------- * Update FC.DOC documentation file 1 day ------- * Update FCEQU.MAC include file 1 day 3/21/86 * Do title screen 2 days * Do pause and restart modes 1 day * Display playfield with alphanumerics 2 days * Get shooter moving to joysticks 2 days * Get shots working 1 day * Get Millipede working 2 days * Get spider working 1 day * Make DDT work 2 days * Get poison mushrooms working 1 day * Get other creatures working 1 day * Do select option screen 2 days * Add super bombs 2 days * Add 3rd and 4th players 2 days * Work on Gauntlet II 10 days * Vacation/Sick/Holidays 3 days _______________________________________________ 43 days 3) Animation startup 3/24/86 * Convert Millipede graphics 3 days * Modify PB utilities for FC format 2 days * Get title for title screen 2 days 4) Sound startup 3/24/86 * Sound driver ?? days * Convert old sounds ?? days 5) 1st Review **************************************** 5/21/86 6) Continue software development * Do attract mode (see Centipede) 2 days * Complete sounds (my time) 2 days * Complete graphics 2 days * Tune game play 5 days * Misc 3 days 7) 2nd Review **************************************** 6/??/86 8) Japanese Focus or Testing ************************** 6/??/86 9) Complete Software * Misc tuning of game 5 days+ 10) Prod Release ************************************** 7/??/86 11) Finished Goods ************************************ 8/??/86
  11. I believe I have the source code to millipede and super sprint for NES in my archive. I will have to look and see if it can be compiled.
  12. These ROMs were originally archived by Scott Stilphen.
  13. These ROMs were originally archived by Scott Stilphen.
  14. This ROM was originally archived by Scott Stilphen years ago.
  15. I think Rusty took it over after Babcock, from the look of things he didn’t do much with it and it was not touched until archived onto 9-track tape in April of 1985.
×
×
  • Create New...