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Heya! Any updates for us? :)
Recently i have added (for the cartridge-version) a packing-functionality for the selfdesigned levels to the game, so it can now save more than just 2 levels to the serial e2prom, the actual number of stored levels will depend on their design. And last weekend i added the functionality to test out the actual designed playfield immediately from within the editor. Kind regards Matthias

 

Thanks for the update Matthias.

 

2012 is looking like the year of the Jaguar.

 

With the abilities of the editor on this game, I am just wondering if it would be possible to share these designed levels with other Jag owners. I could just imagine having contests within the Jag communities for creating the best new level, best new idea, etc.

 

Based on my very limited knowledge of the Jag I am assuming it is not possible with the cartridge but would think it could be done for the CD version. On second thought maybe not even on the CD unless there was a way to save to the Skunkboard or something like that. Oh well, just dreaming probably.

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Hello Clay!

 

With the abilities of the editor on this game, I am just wondering if it would be possible to share these designed levels with other Jag owners. I could just imagine having contests within the Jag communities for creating the best new level, best new idea, etc.

 

Based on my very limited knowledge of the Jag I am assuming it is not possible with the cartridge but would think it could be done for the CD version.

 

The CD-version of Impulse X can already load 2 additional sets of 40 levels each from MemoryTrack cartridge (plus the 40 levels stored by the editor), so the game is already prepared for using the result of other users design work. But as you say the problem is to find a rather convenient way for the user to transfer his work from Jaguar to PC. This applies for both cartridge and CD, but the CD/MemoryTrack-combi has the advantage that a transfer program can be provided on a separate CD any time later.

 

Best regards

Matthias

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I see two ways to do this : with a BJL cable, and/or with a JagLink-to-serial cable. The best option would be to integrate into Impulse X directly, but I suppose it would delay the release and you probably don't want that :)

In this case it's possible to create a separate BJL or CD program to transfer levels, since both the Memory Track and cartridge EEPROM can be read and written by any software.

 

By the way, are you building your own cartridges from scratch? In this case, using a larger EEPROM could be interesting to save more levels ; they're almost as cheap as the original ones, and only small modifications are needed in the Atari EEPROM access code.

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Maybe CD-version could use the SkunkBoard transfer functions to communicate to a PC using the USB port. The problem would be to put the Skunk in console mode after loading the CD.

Normally the Skunk is placed in console mode when you load a program via the JCP -c switch. But when loading from CD, this does not happen. But maybe a call to "skunkRESET" will do the trick.

 

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Hello!

 

I see two ways to do this : with a BJL cable, and/or with a JagLink-to-serial cable. The best option would be to integrate into Impulse X directly, but I suppose it would delay the release and you probably don't want that :)

In this case it's possible to create a separate BJL or CD program to transfer levels, since both the Memory Track and cartridge EEPROM can be read and written by any software.

 

I think the serial connection is the variant that might find the most users as the JUGS-adapter is already in the hands of (probably) several hundreds of Jaguar-fans (it came with Battlesphere Gold for example).

 

The Add-On levelsets i mentioned before for the CD-version can easily be installed from CD, the discussed serial connection will only be needed to transfer selfcreated levels from Jaguar to PC.

 

By the way, are you building your own cartridges from scratch? In this case, using a larger EEPROM could be interesting to save more levels ; they're almost as cheap as the original ones, and only small modifications are needed in the Atari EEPROM access code.

 

I will use Atari-PCBs, so i have to stick with 93cXX-family of serial E2proms. I did look into the 24cXXX chip family, but those have a different pin layout. An adapter might be possible, but that's nothing i want to try out for this game-release.

 

 

Kind regards

Matthias

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I think the serial connection is the variant that might find the most users as the JUGS-adapter is already in the hands of (probably) several hundreds of Jaguar-fans (it came with Battlesphere Gold for example).

 

The Add-On levelsets i mentioned before for the CD-version can easily be installed from CD, the discussed serial connection will only be needed to transfer selfcreated levels from Jaguar to PC.

Don't forget the BJL users ; both JUGS and the JagCD are pretty expensive, while BJL is cheap. I think it would be best to allow both options. I can contribute some code for the BJL part if you'd like some help :)

 

I will use Atari-PCBs, so i have to stick with 93cXX-family of serial E2proms. I did look into the 24cXXX chip family, but those have a different pin layout. An adapter might be possible, but that's nothing i want to try out for this game-release.
Indeed. You can use the 93C86, which is easy to find and compatible with the original 93C46 ; it can store 2 kilobytes, instead of 128 bytes.
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Hello Walter!

 

Matthias, it would be awesome to have the abilities to add wallpaper to the game, like jpeg for our own custom levels too.

 

You mean as the background graphic for the playfield? Sorry, this won't work too well, because the playfield background is filled by tiles of just 32*32 pixels and there is no RAM-space left for additional stuff. But you have 40 different tiles to choose from when creating your own levels.

 

Kind regards

Matthias

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Hello!

 

Don't forget the BJL users ; both JUGS and the JagCD are pretty expensive, while BJL is cheap. I think it would be best to allow both options. I can contribute some code for the BJL part if you'd like some help :)

 

Impulse X already allows BJL-uploads (8 bit transfer), this opens the door for a lot of options.

 

I will use Atari-PCBs, so i have to stick with 93cXX-family of serial E2proms. I did look into the 24cXXX chip family, but those have a different pin layout. An adapter might be possible, but that's nothing i want to try out for this game-release.
Indeed. You can use the 93C86, which is easy to find and compatible with the original 93C46 ; it can store 2 kilobytes, instead of 128 bytes.

 

I know :)

 

Cheers!

Matthias

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Sounding pretty exciting Matthias. Looking forward to what you come up with on this (since I am a big Arkanoid fan.)

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Hello!

 

The manual for the CD-version is about to be printed, and i already started doing the conversion of the content for the cartridge-version.

 

Kind regards

Matthias

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Hello!

 

The manual for the CD-version is about to be printed, and i already started doing the conversion of the content for the cartridge-version.

 

Kind regards

Matthias

 

Fantastic!

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Hello all,

 

today i have updated the Impulse X webpage with photos of the two product versions (CD and Cartridge), i'll add descriptions of the details later.

 

The release will probably take place at the Euro-Jagfest 2012.

 

Kind regards

Matthias

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Hello all,

 

today i have updated the Impulse X webpage with photos of the two product versions (CD and Cartridge), i'll add descriptions of the details later.

 

The release will probably take place at the Euro-Jagfest 2012.

 

Kind regards

Matthias

 

This looks awesome. Will there be mail-order link for those of us who can't make it to E-Jagfest?

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Hello!

 

Looking good.

 

When is e-JagFest?

 

They are aiming for November 24.

 

 

This looks awesome. Will there be mail-order link for those of us who can't make it to E-Jagfest?

 

Of course this isn't an Euro-Jagfest-exclusive release, i'll inform you about the ordering details as soon as they are worked out.

 

Kind regards

Matthias

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Did I read that right somewhere that AA was going to be showing this at the PRGE?

Thought that was Duckie Egg not impulse ?

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Thought that was Duckie Egg not impulse ?

 

oh ok It must have been! What day? Saturday or Sunday? I live right next door and I will be there this weekend. :)

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oh ok It must have been! What day? Saturday or Sunday? I live right next door and I will be there this weekend. :)

I would imagine both :)

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Sweet! I've always been a big fan of the Breakout-type games. This looks like a lot of fun! Hopefully, I'll be able to afford to pick up a copy.

 

Nice job! :)

 

Cheers,

Smeg

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Hello all,

 

the CD-version of Impulse X will be released on November 24 at Euro-Jagfest, the cartridge-version will follow shortly after this.

 

Kind regards

Matthias

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