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Making stickers for floppy disks is totally doable! And a good idea.

 

I should do a poll here on the forums for the media questions... It's the 99'ers who would have the most vested interest. Any retro CRPG enthusiasts on other platforms (and there's more than a few on my Twitter) will probably be cool with the digital version and a box of stuff without media unless they WANT to run it on hardware.

 

I originally was going to just distribute the game for free, actually. But after spending all this time and realizing there is a sizable retro CRPG community out there that is actually trying to make some money, I realized it would be bad of me to do that. It would marginalize all the hard work everyone does.

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31 minutes ago, pixelpedant said:

That feeling when the pandemic won't leave you be, even in Realms of Antiquity:

 

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To be fair, I've had that area designed for well over two years prior to Covid-19!

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23 hours ago, adamantyr said:

Making stickers for floppy disks is totally doable! And a good idea.

 

I should do a poll here on the forums for the media questions... It's the 99'ers who would have the most vested interest. Any retro CRPG enthusiasts on other platforms (and there's more than a few on my Twitter) will probably be cool with the digital version and a box of stuff without media unless they WANT to run it on hardware.

 

I originally was going to just distribute the game for free, actually. But after spending all this time and realizing there is a sizable retro CRPG community out there that is actually trying to make some money, I realized it would be bad of me to do that. It would marginalize all the hard work everyone does.

I'm with Ksarul - this is in the league with Dragon's Lair and I will order multiple copies. (Not profiteering)

 

I was thinking, if you were to make a cartridge for the main program loader, could it also create the floppies, if the flash were big enough (I guess 2048K?) 

That way, making floppies would be all in-system for TI-99/4A owners. 

 

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18 minutes ago, FarmerPotato said:

I'm with Ksarul - this is in the league with Dragon's Lair and I will order multiple copies. (Not profiteering)

 

I was thinking, if you were to make a cartridge for the main program loader, could it also create the floppies, if the flash were big enough (I guess 2048K?) 

That way, making floppies would be all in-system for TI-99/4A owners. 

 

I'm disinclined to re-engineer the game at this point for that.

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1 minute ago, adamantyr said:

I'm disinclined to re-engineer the game at this point for that.

I didn't mean run from cartridge, just an installer program. Maybe a project for someone else; no changes to the game, just a floppy maker. On your poll, was the "cartridge" option just a trial balloon?

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43 minutes ago, FarmerPotato said:

I didn't mean run from cartridge, just an installer program. Maybe a project for someone else; no changes to the game, just a floppy maker. On your poll, was the "cartridge" option just a trial balloon?

No, the cartridge is something that will be provided as a BIN file so you can use your FinalGROM to load the game binary faster than you can from disk. (It runs marginally faster than most disk systems.)

 

A cartridge would basically just be something pretty with a label that does the same thing.

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And on the subject...

 

So today I received from Amazon a small set of 512mb micro SD cards. These have more than enough space for ALL the game data, and could potentially be used directly in a FinalGROM.

 

Maybe. My experimentations haven't been working out. Either my FinalGROM cart is just flakey as hell or it's not working.

 

If I put the cart binary on it's own SD card it works... sometimes. I've had to repeatedly press reset and insert/re-insert the cartridge for it to take.

 

But on my microSD card, either it shows nothing or ONCE it showed the FinalGrom99 menu but it showed nothing I could execute. Even with the cart binary at the root level.

 

Anyone have any suggestions? Maybe I need a better FinalGROM, I don't know. I am just trying to figure out how to store the data on it in a way that's the easiest to use directly.

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SD Card vary widely, and SD implementations usually only work with the cards that the developer had on hand to test with.

 

Basically... I recommend trying a few other SD cards.

 

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You are aware... that when you have a single binary(which may include G, C, and perhaps even D, files(all with the same name prefixed)) in the root DIR, that FG99 will act as a dedicated cartridge. So, the FG99's menu will be superseded?

 

Also, if the 8th character in your file name is not G, FG99 assumes it is a ROM type .bin!

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4 hours ago, HOME AUTOMATION said:

You are aware... that when you have a single binary(which may include G, C, and perhaps even D, files(all with the same name prefixed)) in the root DIR, that FG99 will act as a dedicated cartridge. So, the FG99's menu will be superseded?

 

Also, if the 8th character in your file name is not G, FG99 assumes it is a ROM type .bin!

Yes and yes. I have a bin file at the root. And it once loaded the final grom menu.

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