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  1. Yes, I do plan to do more with Battlemorph. I'll definitely keep the audio CD as an option too. There were lots of fun Atari-only retailers to buy from back in the late 1990s / early 2000s... Go Atari, Run PC, one from Canada which I'm forgetting, and someone else in the USA I'm forgetting but mainly carried just Lynx games.
  2. It must have been a fan made item. However now that Songbird owns the rights to Battlemorph, it's something I could produce if people are interested. Let me know! As for the value of stuff, yeah, back in the early 2000s I was selling new, boxed Jaguar units for $99 then eventually $129 I think before I sold out... even had a few brand new CD units that went for only $150! If only I would have bought out all those cheap consoles at KB Toys...
  3. You're quite welcome! Heh, I think my waistline would beg to differ. But I appreciate the sentiment. Yeah, unfortunately not a good year to think about a reunion event. Maybe next year? Would people be crazy enough to come back to MN again? I'd be happy to have my full Lynx and Jaguar collection on display, show off a few hidden gems, and talk about what it's been like working with former Jag developers, the process of making new games, etc. You know, boring stuff unless you're a serious retro-nut like me.
  4. The other trick with the very first level is that all the enemies actually appear in a horizontal plane. In other words, only rotate left and right to shoot them. You can get disoriented quickly if you start rotating up and down. Of course, later levels have enemies spawning in every direction, so eventually you will need full mastery of the controls... no question, the game is very hard. But the graphics and audio are impressive and makes the game one of the Jag's very best. Thanks for your support! As of this writing, I still have a couple copies left in stock in the Songbird web store.
  5. It wasn't quite retro back then, but at the same time, it was commercially dead. Telegames had released a couple games in 1997 I believe, and I helped convince ICD to release Aircars too. Since I was a C programmer in my day job, I started tracking down former Jaguar devs in Usenet to see if they still had their unreleased games and would license them to me for publication. Mind you, we didn't even have the universal encryption discovered yet, so getting any new game out on cartridge was quite the challenge! It was a fun time to be an Atari fan, and it still is now. I've really enjoyed supporting the Lynx and Jaguar for over 20 years. More games are on the way!
  6. I was recently contacted by Hans (known as Cyberroach in the very, very old days) who asked if he could upload a conversion of the JagFest 1999 VHS tape to YouTube. It's been 21 years, so I think it's about time. Check out some spry youngsters including yours truly as we celebrated Atari in Rochester, MN, when Songbird was just getting started! Spot the fan: look for @K3V, @goatdan, @ZylonBane, @JagMod, and more! Also, you can still buy a Jag CD compatible video of the event on the Songbird website. Along with many other Jaguar and Lynx games, of course; Biniax and Xump were just released for the Lynx last month! Techie trivia: the intro graphic + music and all the title cards between segments were done with custom Jaguar programs I wrote, because back then I didn't have a simple way to edit videos using a computer! It was easier to write a Jag program and record the output.
  7. https://songbird-productions.com/2020/04/18/the-growing-family-of-songbird-ip/
  8. Final day for the launch discount! Get those last-minute orders in.
  9. @LordKraken since you have Handy building, I have a couple of quality-of-life requests for the debugger version if doable. If the user enters a "reg" command in the debugger window, he sees the current 65c02 registers like this: >reg PC=$26e3 SP=$ff PS=0x20 A=0x01 X=0xc0 Y=0x0a >step >reg PC=$26c5 SP=$ff PS=0x20 A=0x01 X=0xe0 Y=0x0a However when the user issues a "step" command, the command window is silent and just presents the user with another prompt. Could you please make "step" always execute an implicit "reg" so the user sees the registers without having to type "reg" again? Likewise, it would be nice if a breakpoint is hit, then an implicit "reg" would be executed and shown on-screen. Thank you for your consideration.
  10. Biniax and Biniax 2 gameplay video now available: The rules of the game are pretty simple: keep moving up! When your path is blocked, match your symbol to an adjacent symbol to clear a path. Your symbol keeps changing each time you match, so you constantly have to find new symbols to stay alive.
  11. Raiders of the Lost ROM part 6 is finally available! And while this closes the saga of Quadromania, the process has inspired me to hack another ROM without any original source code available -- so rest assured, more Lynxy goodness is coming down the road! But that's a story for another day...
  12. In case you're curious, here's a summary of changes that went into the versions published by Songbird: Biniax 1 (included in every Biniax 2 cartridge): Version updated to 1.3 Control added to stop background screen flashing (benefits Lynxes with modded screens) High score saved to EEPROM Increased progression of game speed over time Biniax 2: Brand new, enhanced version of Biniax not previously released Arcade Mode, Tactics Mode, and 2-player comlynx mode Chain matching messages and score bonuses High scores saved to EEPROM Numerous bug fixes and UI / UX enhancements Xump: Several UI / UX enhancements Replaced or improved graphics which were displayed incorrectly on certain menu screens or after certain events Performance fix for certain times when the headbot moved slowly across the grid Full EEPROM support for scores and last used password Also, the games underwent MANY hours of testing to ensure every level loads properly and is solvable, high scores can be saved and erased properly, UI works as expected, and so on. Special thanks to @nop90 who worked very hard on these games and dealt with many bugs and suggestions I submitted to him!
  13. Good catch! The game is actually quite simple to play (but difficult to master!) when you realize the cardinal rule is: stay alive! And Tactics is a fun mode for people who prefer a brain burner to arcade frenzy. Did you see that you are awarded chain bonuses to your score if you can keep matching symbols without a miss? Watch for the floating messages on-screen. It's a great way to boost your score and add an extra challenge to the game. And watch out for those barriers! They can be quite nasty if you don't plan ahead.
  14. That's pretty cool! I would not have thought of doing that, but I could see where it would save some instruction space if you can give up the RAM to hold the table.
  15. First orders are go! I should be caught up on everything by early next week, so watch for those shipping emails.
  16. I like how this: produces this:
  17. Every Biniax 2 cartridge includes both Biniax 1 and Biniax 2. The "duo" ordering option is just to give you a chance to buy a second cart at a discounted price. Other Songbird games with comlynx now have a similar ordering option (Champ Rally, SIMIS, Othello, etc.). Thanks for all the support so far! Happy to publish these for Atari fans.
  18. My build invocations on Remnant were pretty bland: cc65 -DCARTRIDGE main.c xopt main.m65 ra65 main.m65 link65 -o remnant.o lynx.olb u*.obj b*.obj sled?.obj met*.obj ex*.obj cockpit?.obj remlogo.obj pw3d.obj main.obj lynxer remnant.mak make_lnx remnant.lyx -b0 256K I don't recall running a special tool or tool parameter to generate the *.map file. I think I just redirected the text output to a file. But that was many years ago...
  19. In the case of Quadromania, the levels occupy a blob of RAM but have other variables before and after them. So I had to ensure that I worked within the original start and end RAM locations. That means individual levels could grow or shrink but I couldn't go past the original end. And actually, I could have gone past the original end of level RAM by finding a new unused location in RAM and updating the level pointer. So then I'd have more of a scatter/gather list instead of a contiguous chunk of level RAM. But as it turned out, a lot of the higher levels had so many blocks I found it easy to shrink levels rather than grow them. As Bastian said, you should be able to see the memory map for C code during the build process. That's a tool I've used for many years on C programming -- just haven't done any C recently! But you usually get some kind of linker output that shows your text, data, and bss. For example, I wrote Remnant for the Lynx in C with cc65 20 years ago, and here's a snipped of the "map" file output: R - relative A - absolute T - text Z - zeropage text-segment base address 0400 d:\prog\lynx\newcc65d\lib/runtime.run (0400 to 09f4 = 1525 bytes) ufo1.obj (09f5 to 0a81 = 141 bytes) ufo2.obj (0a82 to 0b18 = 151 bytes) ufo3.obj (0b19 to 0bab = 147 bytes) ufo4.obj (0bac to 0c33 = 136 bytes) boss1.obj (0c34 to 0df8 = 453 bytes) sled1.obj (0df9 to 0e9f = 167 bytes) ... more stuff ... _LoadCartBlock 962c RT _viddma fd92 A? _remlogo 2137 R? incsp7 0464 RT _cos1 a0de RB _pFirstEnemy a450 RB incsp8 0468 RT __iodir 0090 RZ _cos2 a0e0 RB _scbnext fc10 A? sreggeax 0774 RT _cos3 a0e2 RB _SetBuffers 8f58 RT _debris a108 RB ... etc. So I can see all my variable locations, data structs, and function calls (such as SetBuffers()).
  20. Songbird is super-excited to announce orders are open for Biniax 2 and Xump for the Atari Lynx! Biniax is a frantic push-your-luck puzzle game that includes Biniax 1 and Biniax 2, while Xump is a clever navigate-the-maze game with dozens of levels. Both games feature top-notch graphics and music to keep you entertained. First run of each game is limited to 150 copies, so click on the links to reserve your copies today. Regular price is $49.95, but everyone who orders these games before June 30, 2020 will receive a $5 discount for each! First orders will ship by end of June. Happy gaming!
  21. OK, I figured out how to create patterns by typing new numbers in the playlist. Now I understand it's a "pattern within a pattern" for each channel, thus I can reuse for example a drum beat in one track in multiple patterns. This does help so I don't have to type something in repeatedly, but if there are any advanced editing options such as "select-and-copy" or "copy a track to a new track ID", please let me know. Very nice tool, though!
  22. Raiders of the Lost ROM part 5 is now available! See how a sailboat made it into Quadromania, and how a tiny amount of Python code can enable you to become a ROM hacker too!
  23. How do you change the number of measures / lines for a given song in Chipper? It seems to default to 64, and I'd like it to be 128 or longer. However if I change the "Lines" number, I can't see the lines to edit; only the first 64 are visible. Am I missing something? Edit: realized the above question didn't make any sense. I know the pattern has 64 lines in it. However the Chipper "playlist" window seems more like a channel window. How do I edit patterns besides the first one, and then also create a list of patterns like a regular MOD player would have? Also is there any kind of cut and paste or duplicate support? Would be nice to have so I don't have to type out repeating patterns manually.
  24. In case anyone is interested, and you don't regularly keep up with the programming sub-forum, I've been blogging on Quadromania ROM hacking. Enjoy!
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