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  1. 1 hour ago, Fred_M said:

    Other Page 6 / New Atari User software was available and advertised for years. So it seems like your tape is a really rare one ;-)

    I’ve certainly never seen it before. What could make it even more rare is that I had a call from Les saying that a number of copies had been sent back as the game crashed past a certain level. He asked me to look into it.

     

    After a lot of digging I found the only way to crash it as described was to load with BASIC enabled on the XL/XE. It turned out that there was a change Les made to the loading instruction to say *not* to press OPTION where I wrote to press it. This is why in the archive you’ll find a small errata pdf that was a slip of paper included saying “disregard the loading instruction”.


  2. 2 minutes ago, Yautja said:

    Many, many thanks Trevor! Brik-Bat is part of my sweetest Atarian memories, as me and one of my brothers spent hours playing against each other. Also, always wanted to understand the construction set, but lacked the instructions at the time.

     

    Best regards,

     

    - Y -

     

     

    Wow thanks! At the time, and since, I don't think I ever had any feedback and wasn't sure anybody ever played it until i saw it on YouTube.

     

    It's wonderful to hear it brought some joy!

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  3. Hi All,

     

    As requested in the FaceBook "Atari 8-Bit Computers" group, I'm uploading an archive of the cassette version of my own game Brik-Bat with its construction set that was released by Page 6 in the UK in 1991.  I didn't have my own copy of the published media until very recently when I stumbled across it on eBay.  The archive contains scans of the instructions and cover along with CAS files for both sides and pictures of the tape.

     

    Please let me know of any issues with the files... and if anybody finds a copy of the published disk version please let me know!

     

    Cheers,

    Trevor

    BrikBat.zip

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  4. Yep, that message re:Rebooteroids and the post being pulled from Facebook with a reference to “vile people” was from me. If required I have an archived copy I can retrieve.

     

    To me, there’s no doubt that such comments will have resulted in a loss of orders. KH opinions had an air of legitimacy, at least to me probably naively. Those not in the know I believe would take his comments at face value from a “journalist”.  This definitely has resulted in lost orders for both Reboot and AtariAge.

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  5. I've collected much more than I had BITD but the only item I ever got rid of was my broken 800XL. It broke the day after my Amiga arrived with a red screen and I always thought that was suspicious.  I always regret getting rid of it as I know now they are fixable and it had a wonderful keyboard. Oh well.

     

    My final BITD setup was my orginal 600XL with 1064 expansion (it resumed service after the 800XL death) with two 1050s and a 1010.  I loved having two drives when playing Alternate Reality: The Dungeon and the Wizard's Crown games or using Synassembler.


  6. Im so glad its back to you after its stay with me. I didnt notice anything obvious with the reset switch when I was testing it so I hope it wasnt bashed during transit. I tried to protect it from the rigours of international postage.

     

    I never did change the battery so thats a wise move!

     

    Cheers,

    Trev

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  7. My Amiga with Workbench Amiga 1.3 was outstanding for it's time (haven't used subsequent releases). I was using MS-DOS 3 at work and wondering why everybody didn't go Amiga. Somebody at work had a Mac 128K to evaluate and it seemed primitive in comparison.

     

    MS-DOS 6 was, for me, the best DOS I worked with. Windows 3.1 was OK but 98 seemed more capable and solid to me. Then I moved into the Windows NT world and wasn't greatly impressed until XP which seemed great until I sampled Mac OSX Tiger.

     

    These days Windows 7 seems even better now that I've had to 'upgrade' to Windows 10 for work. OSX Snow Leopard was the peak of that line for me, luckily as it's the highest my vintage Macs will reach. If I had to choose two, it would be Snow leopard and Win 7.


  8. In September 1982 I bought my first computer, a Sinclair ZX81, then a couple of weeks later the very necessary though unreliable 16K RAM pack. The first magazine listing I remember typing in was a Star Trek game in the UK magazine Personal Computer World (Octobet '82).

     

    I vividly remember spending all evening over it and I loved it. I was very reticent about switching the machine off in case it didn't reload but I think the cassette save was OK in this case.

     

    I have looked for that very magazine issue for a few years now but until three weeks ago it had not appeared on eBay as far as I could tell, but now I have it! I plan on reliving that evening soon and once again typing that Star Trek game into my ZX81. I have not even found the game saved online so I think the effort is justified. I'll save it to SD card this time!

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  9. This year:-

     

    TRS-80 Model I original model without the keypad but upgraded to level II BASIC, fully working. Best pickup of the year so far.

     

    ZX Spectrum +3 that was 'untested' but turned out just to need a new disc drive belt and is now fully working.

     

    Amstrad 8256 CP/M machine, beloved by authors, rescued from recycling for free and I don't yet know whether it works but it is in some state.

     

    Dragon 32 fully working.

     

    Dragon 32 in a bit of a state but served as a motherboard donor for a broken machine.

     

    Atari 1040 STe with colour monitor both fully working.

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  10. Did you get anywhere with running the code? I do have an Atom though it spends most of its time in a box and I haven't used it much.

     

    In case it helps, I looked up running machine language code in Atomic Theory and Practice and there were the following commands:-

     

    LINK - link to machine code subroutine (returns with RTS, A,X and Y are initialised to the same-named BASIC variables and decimal mode flag is cleared) e.g. LINK #FFE3

     

    *RUN - load and run a machine code file, e.g. *RUN "FILENAME" SSS where "SSSS" is an optional load address. The execution address is as stored in the file even if you relocate it.

     

    *LOAD - load a named file, optionally relocated, e.g. *LOAD "FILENAME" SSSS where "SSSS" is again the optional relocated load address.


  11. I'd hazard a guess that it will be in the "Minority Report" section - it could be two double pages worth, one on hardware and one on the pick of the software. I hope they include some of the newer homebrew titles as they're way above the standard of the vast majority of the back-in-the-day releases.

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