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  1. After about eighteen months of development, I am pleased to announce the availability of the Aquaricart, the first and only multi-cart for the Aquarius Home Computer System! NOTE: The original Aquaricart shown above—which was built using repurposed Night Stalker cartridges—has been unavailable for some time. I have since switched to a new form factor based on the Intellivision cartridge design; see here for pictures. In addition to making the cartridges smaller, and easier to ship and store, this new design allowed me to reduce the price to $60 per cartridge (postage extra). Send me a PM, or e-mail me at [email protected], if you're interested! For those who are unfamiliar with it, the Aquaricart is a collection of ALL of the original cartridge software ever released for the Aquarius, along with several unreleased, prototype, and enhanced titles. It also includes the original instruction manuals and overlays, exclusive historical information and trivia, and Quick Reference guides ... all in electronic format, so they can be printed with the Aquarius Thermal Printer or viewed on-screen! Here is a complete list of the cartridge titles in the Aquaricart collection: AD&D Treasure of Tarmin Astrosmash Biorhythms BurgerTime Chess Demonstration Cartridge Extended BASIC FileForm FinForm Logo Melody Chase Mini Expander Diagnostic (an unreleased Radofin diagnostic tool) Night Stalker Shark! (an incomplete prototype of Intellivision Shark! Shark!) Snafu Space Speller TRON Deadly Discs Utopia X10 Command Console (the software for the unreleased Aquarius X10 home automation system) Zero In Plus, as a bonus: The 1541 OS ROM (an enhanced version of Extended BASIC) The Demonstration Cassette (the six mini-games originally included with the Aquarius on cassette tape—Stalactites, Macho-Man, Torment, Cute Cubes, Alien Quest, and Mad Mould—converted to cartridge format for instantaneous loading) "BurgerTime Plus" (an slightly enhanced BurgerTime which fixes two issues with the original that have always annoyed me: it increases the maximum number of peppers and lives from 9 to 99, and it removes the extra "junk" characters from the screen border) Each of these cartridges, along with the instruction manual text and other extra content, can be accessed through an easy-to-use menu interface that you can control from the keyboard or the hand controllers. Or, if you prefer to skip the menu, you can use the "Quick Boot" feature to jump immediately to the cartridge of your choice on startup. The Aquaricart is fully compatible with a stock Aquarius computer console, so no Mini Expander or extra RAM are required (although some of the cartridges in the collection recommend or require extra RAM). Here is a video by The Immortal John Hancock which demonstrates the Aquarius and the Aquaricart in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HbjOnC-JSE I'm offering fully assembled Aquaricart cartridges for $60 each. They include a color cartridge label and a printed manual. Here is the current design: If you're interested in adding the Aquaricart to your collection, contact me via PM—or, if you're not an AtariAge member, click on my profile and use the e-mail link. Be sure to include your shipping address so I can calculate the postage and give you a final total. If I have an Aquaricart cartridge ready to send, we will exchange information and complete the transaction; otherwise, I will provide an estimate of when it will be available (usually within one week). I won't accept payment unless I have a tested product that is ready for shipment, so you won't be kept waiting for your order any longer than necessary. I'm in the process of putting together a web site for the Aquaricart, which will offer complete scans of the original instruction manuals and other useful Aquarius resources. In the meantime, if you're interested, you can follow the eighteen-month development history of the Aquaricart in the original project thread, which includes testimonials from fellow Aquarius owners. Thanks for your interest and support!
  2. DoctorSpuds

    Diner (INTV)

    From the album: My Collection

  3. RetroElectroDad

    Mattel Aquarius

    From the album: RetroElectroDad Computer Collection

    My Mattel Aquarius with mini-expander and extra memory to make it just about usable.

    © Trevor Briscoe

  4. After about eighteen months of development, I am pleased to announce the availability of the Aquaricart, the first and only multi-cart for the Aquarius Home Computer System! For those who are unfamiliar with it, the Aquaricart is a collection of ALL of the original cartridge software ever released for the Aquarius, along with several unreleased, prototype, and enhanced titles. It also includes the original instruction manuals and overlays, exclusive historical information and trivia, and Quick Reference guides ... all in electronic format, so they can be printed with the Aquarius Thermal Printer or viewed on-screen! NOTE: The original Aquaricart shown above—which was built using repurposed Night Stalker cartridges—has been unavailable for some time. I have since switched to a new form factor based on the Intellivision cartridge design; see here for pictures. In addition to making the cartridges smaller, and easier to ship and store, this new design allowed me to reduce the price to $60 per cartridge (postage extra). Send me a PM, or e-mail me at [email protected], if you're interested! Here is a complete list of the cartridge titles in the Aquaricart collection: AD&D Treasure of Tarmin Astrosmash Biorhythms BurgerTime Chess Demonstration Cartridge Extended BASIC FileForm FinForm Logo Melody Chase Mini Expander Diagnostic (an unreleased Radofin diagnostic tool) Night Stalker Shark! (an incomplete prototype of Intellivision Shark! Shark!) Snafu Space Speller TRON Deadly Discs Utopia X10 Command Console (the software for the unreleased Aquarius X10 home automation system) Zero In Plus, as a bonus: The 1541 OS ROM (an enhanced version of Extended BASIC) The Demonstration Cassette (the six mini-games originally included with the Aquarius on cassette tape—Stalactites, Macho-Man, Torment, Cute Cubes, Alien Quest, and Mad Mould—converted to cartridge format for instantaneous loading) "BurgerTime Plus" (an slightly enhanced BurgerTime which fixes two issues with the original that have always annoyed me: it increases the maximum number of peppers and lives from 9 to 99, and it removes the extra "junk" characters from the screen border) Each of these cartridges, along with the instruction manual text and other extra content, can be accessed through an easy-to-use menu interface that you can control from the keyboard or the hand controllers. Or, if you prefer to skip the menu, you can use the "Quick Boot" feature to jump immediately to the cartridge of your choice on startup. The Aquaricart is fully compatible with a stock Aquarius computer console, so no Mini Expander or extra RAM are required (although some of the cartridges in the collection recommend or require extra RAM). Here is a video by The Immortal John Hancock which demonstrates the Aquarius and the Aquaricart in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HbjOnC-JSE I'm offering fully assembled Aquaricart cartridges for $60 each. They include a color cartridge label and a printed manual. Here is the current design: If you're interested in adding the Aquaricart to your collection, contact me via PM—or, if you're not an AtariAge member, click on my profile and use the e-mail link. Be sure to include your shipping address so I can calculate the postage and give you a final total. If I have an Aquaricart cartridge ready to send, we will exchange information and complete the transaction; otherwise, I will provide an estimate of when it will be available (usually within one week). I won't accept payment unless I have a tested product that is ready for shipment, so you won't be kept waiting for your order any longer than necessary. I'm in the process of putting together a web site for the Aquaricart, which will offer complete scans of the original instruction manuals and other useful Aquarius resources. In the meantime, if you're interested, please see the product thread in the Intellivision/Aquarius subforum for more details and ordering information. You can also follow the eighteen-month development history of the Aquaricart in the original project thread, which includes reviews and testimonials from Aquaricart owners. Thanks for your interest and support!
  5. From the album: My Game Collection

    I picked this up a while back, for $54.99 at my local V-stock. The box had some issues, and none of the packing foam, but the game console works well .
  6. BootLoader BASIC is the answer to two requests on the ATARIAGE forums; To be able to start BASIC programs when turning on the Aquarius computer just like a cartridge and to have the most common used machinecoded routines available. After experimenting with a script to convert a .CAQ file into a .BIN file, BootLoader Basic v2.0 is now the new version to create bootable BASIC programs on the Aquarius. Together with the Virtual Aquarius, BLBasic provides a complete environment to create, test and dump your BASIC programs. BLBasic v2.0 adds the following new commands and functions: - GET - Get (an area of) the screen into array Syntax: GET (x1,y1)-(x2,y2), array - PUT - Put array back to screen Syntax: PUT (x1,y1), array, action - SCR - SCReen scrolling or background color Syntax: [ UP | LEFT | DOWN | RIGHT | color ] All these commands can be used in your own ROM file as well. To create your own BASIC ROM: Load the BLBASIC.ROM in the Virtual Aquarius. Next load your BASIC program by typing, quick type or loading cassette. Type the command LDUMP IMPORTANT: Before pressing RETURN check the Virtual Aquarius printer settings! Go to Configure -> Printer and configure the "Filename for Printer Output" Make sure you send the output to a new file (!) After checking the printer settings press RETURN at the LDUMP command Rename the output file extension from .txt to .rom or .bin and load the file into the Virtual Aquarius. NOTE: After the LDUMP statement the created ROM will be in a "STATIC" or "FINAL" state and cannot be changed. Any changes should be done against the original source code (cassette file or quick type text file). BLBasic v2.0.zip The zip file includes the following: README.TXT - this text BLBASIC.ROM - ROM to load into the Virtual Aquarius BLB-Manual.pdf - An enhanced manual in PDF format with many examples and technical information Manual Examples - A folder with all examples from the manual Demo - Demo BLBIRD.TXT to test BLBASIC/LDUMP functionality SOURCEv2.0.ZIP - Z80 assembly code to create BLBASIC Version release: v1.0 - 04/01/2014 - First release v1.1 - 08/01/2014 - Bug fix; Set RESTORE and redirect intermediate mode Bug reported by "pset" at atariage, dd. 07/01/2014 v2.0 - 14/12/2014 - Added commands
  7. Hi, all. My limited efforts to get my Intellivision II properly (as in, not me messing it up) modded for composite (along with the other usual mods) didn't pan out, so I was hoping someone had one of these pre-modded for sale. If not, I can send along mine for modding. The only thing I ask is that this be one of the newer mods that eliminates the issues with older mods that caused ghosting. Respond here or send me a PM. Thanks!
  8. From the album: RetroElectroDad Console Collection

    My Intellivision playing Pitfall!.

    © Trevor Briscoe

  9. Hello Atarists, I am looking for a Tron M-network joystick with the games and box, in a good and original shape! Well, kind of a holy grail I am sure but if anyone of you few who own it are interested in selling it, send me a signal!
  10. This is an update I've been waiting to write for quite a long time, and I thought it best to put it in its own thread, so here goes ... After finishing my work on the Aquaricart in late 2011, I was forced to put my classic computing and gaming projects waaay on the back burner through most of 2012 because of some very stressful and time-consuming responsibilities at work. It couldn't be helped at the time, but I was profoundly annoyed at having to set these projects aside for so long. So, at the beginning of this year, I lightened my workload and resolved to create enough free time to regain my momentum and to get those projects back on track. Here is the first practical result of those efforts ... a prototype of the latest revision of my SuperCart cartridge board, which I've been working on since early February: This represents the solution to one of the most vexing problems I've had since I started publishing Aquarius software on cartridge: the lack of a plentiful and consistent supply of affordable cartridge shells. The solution came about thanks to Joe "intvnut" Zbiciak, and the new Intellivision shells he has designed. Shown in the picture is a "limited edition" version of these new shells; it cannot be used with the Intellivision, but it works very well with the Aquarius, and with other systems whose cartridges are of a similar size but "upside-down" relative to the Intellivision's. Because these shells are "upside-down", and are a different shape than the original Aquarius shells, I had to flip my SuperCart design "upside-down" and re-shape it for the new shells. It took some doing, but I finally have the new design finished to my liking, and the prototypes are functioning perfectly. I'll be sending it off for manufacturing soon. Here's how a fully assembled cartridge looks inside the Mini Expander (the label would face the front), next to an original Aquarius cartridge shell for reference: It's not a perfect cosmetic match for the originals, obviously, but it's still very attractive, and it even fits nicely into the Aquarius console itself. It almost looks like the Aquarius cartridges that Activision might have produced, if they had actually supported the Aquarius. But most importantly, it finally solves the problem of scarcity, for me and for any other Aquarius homebrew developers who might wish to use them. (Its more conventional shape may even allow us to produce boxes for our games, when the time comes.) This new SuperCart board is functionally identical to the originals, so all the technical information that I posted in my original thread is still applicable. I'll probably be changing some of it a bit to make room for some other interesting features I have in mind, but ... that's for the next revision!
  11. Hello I am looking for the lovely Huntin' plug n play light guns which were part of the Play TV series. Does anybody sell one? I am having part 3 sent, so I just need part 1 and part 2. With kind regards Ben
  12. A while back, I started a thread which was intended to be a place where interested programmers could go to find everything they needed to get started with assembly language programming on the Aquarius. Since then, with the popularity of batari Basic for the Atari 2600 and other homebrew-oriented languages, there has been some interest in developing games for the Aquarius in BASIC, so ... here's another Aquarius thread, just for BASIC programmers! Fortunately, the Aquarius already has its own version of BASIC, and it's built right in to the computer! When you turn on your Aquarius (without a cartridge inserted), or start your favorite Aquarius emulator, you'll be presented with a startup screen for Microsoft BASIC. This is the BASIC interpreter that is built in to the Aquarius OS ROM, and contrary to what you might have read elsewhere, it is a perfectly capable implementation of BASIC; it is not a "crippled" version that is missing such elementary features as the ability to do FOR-NEXT loops. The Extended BASIC cartridge (released in very limited quantities, and available today as part of the Aquaricart) did add a few "missing" features, such as the ability to edit previously entered lines of code, but you can easily live without most of them, and as we'll see, there are even better ways of editing BASIC programs using the tools available today. Speaking of tools, let me begin by posting a few. First is the most recent version of the Virtual Aquarius emulator for Windows, version 0.72a: VirtualAquarius.zip This distribution archive includes the emulator itself, the OS ROM, several cartridge and cassette images, and a few sample BASIC programs in ASCII text format to get you started (more on these later). This is the primary emulator that I will be writing my instructions for in this thread, since it has a few features which are especially useful for BASIC programming but which other Aquarius emulators (such as MESS) presently lack. (There is no "installer" for this emulator; just unpack the ZIP archive into a folder, move the folder to a convenient place, and open the "aquarius.exe" executable inside the folder to start the emulator. It's a few years old now, but I've used Virtual Aquarius under every version of Windows from XP through Windows 8 (in Desktop mode), and it appeared to function perfectly.) Next is a bootloader utility, generously provided by Martin v.d. Steenoven, which will convert completed BASIC programs of up to 16K into cartridge images. You can use these images in Virtual Aquarius like any other cartridge binary, or even burn them to a 16K cartridge ROM for use with a real Aquarius. In either case, your BASIC program will load and start automatically when the Aquarius is started; the users will not even see BASIC. Here is a link to the most recent version of the bootloader from the assembly thread, along with Martin's usage instructions: [AQUARIUS] Machine Language Programming on the Aquarius (Post #52) (Note that it is not necessary to use this bootloader utility until after you have completed your BASIC program. While you are writing your program, you would load it into BASIC for testing, using the procedure I will outline in my next post. If you are interested in putting your first completed program onto a real cartridge, send me a PM; I'll be offering a cartridge publishing service in the near future.) Finally, here is a dump of the original Aquarius Character Generator ROM, containing the default Aquarius character set. This replaces the "reconstructed" character set used by Virtual Aquarius: AquariusCharacterSet.zip To explain why this is important, and how to use the replacement ROM in Virtual Aquarius, I'll quote from the assembly thread: The only other tool you will need is a text editor. Note that a text editor is not the same thing as a word processor: both are writing tools, but the text editor saves your files as plain text, without any formatting information or metadata. Microsoft Windows comes with Notepad, but since this is a very simple editor, many developers choose to use editors which offer more features, such as macros and syntax highlighting. The editor that I usually use on Windows systems is VEDIT by Greenview Data, but just about any editor will do. Even plain old Notepad is a much better alternative than typing a lengthy BASIC program on a real Aquarius!
  13. BLBird is a Flappy Bird clone for the Aquarius computersystem. It is written in 100% BLBasic, without any additional machinecode. The object of the game is to navigate the BLBIRD through the openings of the pilars. Flap your wings and gain altitude by pressing SPACE. The source code is included with BLBasic v2.0 blbird.rom
  14. I resolved at the beginning of this year to get caught up on a number of Aquarius projects this summer, and I think I'm going to begin by dusting off an idea that I had previously put on the shelf ... an inexpensive 32K RAM module: As you may know, 32K is the largest amount of (flat) RAM that you can add to the Aquarius without using the space reserved for cartridge software. Mattel's original 32K module was big and bulky and was produced only in very limited quantities, but it's now possible to create a much more efficient version of this module using SRAM. I designed my first prototypes around the same time I was designing the Aquaricart, and I built a few more for collectors who wanted them, but I decided against making it into a product at the time because I thought it would be a better value to integrate that extra RAM into my enhanced Mini Expander design instead. But the new Mini Expander is going to take a lot longer to finish than I planned, and in the meantime, I've heard from several people who already own the original Mini Expander and wouldn't necessarily want to buy another one just for the extra RAM. So, I thought there would be value in offering a standalone 32K RAM module, particularly for programmers who need the extra RAM for their projects, or those who are interested in playing the many Aquarius cassette games which required expanded RAM. I've begun the layout for the new boards, and I hope to have them finished and manufactured by the end of next month. The cost per module will be just under $30, not including shipping, so I hope it will be an affordable and easy upgrade for anyone who owns an Aquarius. I'll post updates, including ordering information, as they become available.
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