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  1. I finally got my GameDrive firmware updated and I'm finally trying some JCDs from the Internet Archive. I have a K-series Jaguar (got it for Christmas in 1993). Here's the serial if that's helpful: I've been trying hardest to play Battlemorph. I frequently get a black screen if I hit a button at the Jaguar logo. Sometimes if I just wait, then the Battlemorph title screen will appear by itself and I can play. I seem to be able to get through one mission, but after I select a second mission, the game usually glitches out and crashes. Something similar happened with Primal Rage. It loaded just fine, but when I got to the character select screen, the color palette was completely wrong and eventually the game crashed. Most of the others that I tried didn't load (just a black screen), at least at the first attempt. If I ever get some free time I need to go through them all systematically.
  2. On the front page of the Internet Archive, searching for both "Jaguar" and "jcd" (with the quotes) will show several collections folks have uploaded to IA.
  3. Looks like a user finally uploaded a full set of JCD and MRQ files to the Internet Archive, claiming they are "fully tested, CRC confirmed, 100% compatible". I am just now downloading them, so I can't verify that claim.
  4. I lived in St. Louis, so we didn't have local access to it at launch ... but my parents secretly arranged for an uncle in California to buy one for us. They surprised us with it for Christmas in 1993. I wrote about it on my blog, Break Into Chat, in 2012.
  5. As I mentioned in my message, I tried to run cd2jcd using Wine under MacOS Mojave, but cd2jcd always crashes. I tried re-installing wine in various ways, and installing the microsoft libraries, but it made no difference. Hence my desire to see a Mac-specific build of cd2jcd.
  6. Any update on the possibility of a Mac-native version of cd2jcd? I have tried to run it under Wine in MacOS Mojave, but it crashes every time.
  7. I would love to see such a patched version of Zool 2 someday.
  8. Anyone else using a RetroTINK 2X-Multiformat with their Atari Jaguar? I'm connecting my Jaguar’s via S-video cable to the RetroTINK, and displaying on a TCL 4-Series Roku TV. It mostly works well, but I am running into a persistent issue with the picture cutting out momentarily. Here is a video that shows what I’m talking about: https://vimeo.com/543650035/ec57b9d649 I didn't have any flicker / cut-outs like this when using S-video on my old CRT. Anybody else come across this? Any tips or ideas for stopping it?
  9. This really is a fantastic collection of clip art and music. I wanted to follow up on the BBS stuff ... you mentioned having "the original disks for the BBS software itself." Any chance you will post those, or any other BBS-related files? How about the MMS source code?
  10. I wish I could find a copy of one of the original Radoff/Lambe "Final Frontier" releases. I have two of Jeff Bath's modified releases. I also have a partial source code listing for Bath's FF 1.46 (saved this myself when I was a teen, but the file is corrupted in several places).
  11. Something quick that you might enjoy: Jon Radoff, creator of the Atari ST BBS games Space Empire Elite and Final Frontier, recently shared a small cache of old correspondence related to his games. He was a teen when he developed those games, and his mom had saved these artifacts in a scrapbook. https://breakintochat.com/blog/2020/12/03/jon-radoffs-bbs-related-correspondence/
  12. Thanks, DarkLord! I submitted the story, interview, and source code repo to Slashdot -- and to my surprise, it made the front page. Pretty exciting! Hopefully it introduced many folks to the quirks and wonders of the Atari ST and BBSing worlds.
  13. Yes, the “Thieves Guild emulator” can be run inside Hatari, but you’ll need a telnet->serial connection, either by hardware (WiFi modem or Lantronix) or software (tcpser). FWIW, I recently updated my tutorial on using tcpser and socat on a Mac. https://breakintochat.com/blog/2020/09/03/tutorial-telnet-to-a-bbs-using-a-terminal-program-in-the-hatari-emulator/
  14. Also, check out my interview with Paul Witte, who wrote Thieves' Guild, and his friend Herb Flower, who made all the art for the graphical front-end: https://breakintochat.com/blog/2020/09/15/paul-witte-and-herb-flower-creators-of-thieves-guild/ They met at a Utah Atari users group, where Witte was blown away by Flower's submission in a NEOchrome art contest. "It was these swirling purple clouds and stuff," Witte said. They later incorporated that image into the ending of Thieves' Guild.
  15. Yes, a real ST and a WiFi modem are the perfect way to do it.
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