My latest release - 30 Years Later!

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My latest release - 30 Years Later!

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30 years ago, I was quite a prolific creator of saved game editors for the Atari ST (*).

Last weekend I attended the SillyVenture in Gdansk, Poland and I had submitted my disk into the Wild! Compo as it wasn't a game, nor a demo, nor something that fitted into teeny, tiny memory. This is GFA BASIC after all :)

However, during the event, I showed Grey/MSB my new Atari tattoo that I'd got done for the Atari 50th year as well as something fun to show off at the event. Once it was on Instagram, it went onto Twitter and two scene legends (Leonard/Oxygene and Gunstick/ULM) suggested that I also enter the tattoo into the same Wild! competition.

Somehow in a "wires crossed" scenario, my disk entry disappeared and my tattoo became the only entry I had. However, this got me a 2nd place and one of those SillyVenture statuettes. So a happy result in the end.

After getting back to the UK yesterday afternoon, I decided to double-check all my spelling in my .RSC files and I am releasing the disk today. It contains 12 of my older cheats brought up to date using GEM .RSC files.

All development was done using GBE v3.72 and Interface v2.33 whilst running under EasyAraMINT. EasyAraMint is very nice to use, but I did come a cropper once when I realised that designing a .RSC file whilst using a large display means that sometimes it doesn't fit on a standard medium resolution desktop. Ooops!

There are also two brand new cheats - Air Bucks & Hillsfar - as well as an update of my GFA File Linker (v2.5) which now contains example code taken from my Synthetic Delights demo. Lonny has recently added Auto v5.01 and SpeedPacker 3 depack routines to his GBE's ~UNPACK command, so get the latest beta from his Google drive.

I have to admit that trying to program GEM .RSC files after 30 years of using VBA was a pain at times because I'm so used to the extras that come with Windows GUI tools. No combo-boxes, no listboxes and general "whatever you're thinking you can add, you can't".

Samurai^Inter's son, who was at the event with his Dad, wanted to see just how "bad" things were for .RSC design as he was learning/using Kotlin and moaning about its limits. He was shocked at how few options a basic GEM application can have for a tree :)

Note: There's no hard feelings felt towards those handling the compo entries as sh!t does often happen :)

Downloads:
30YEARS.zip
For those that do Dropbox, here's a direct link:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/kyd1klmxhtijl ... S.zip?dl=0

(*) I also ported a few to the Amiga, but GFA BASIC on there was dire by comparison and I've since lost the original disk.
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Thanks Mug UK! At last! A hack for Grandad and The Quest for The Holey Vest. That was written in STOS. I'll need to try that at the weekend.
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Show that Atari tatto :)
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mlynn1974 wrote: Wed Aug 17, 2022 7:44 pm Thanks Mug UK! At last! A hack for Grandad and The Quest for The Holey Vest. That was written in STOS. I'll need to try that at the weekend.
My old one which didn't have a GEM version has been on DemoZoo for ages?
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Cyprian wrote: Wed Aug 17, 2022 8:01 pm Show that Atari tatto :)
I don't think it'll fit in the small profile window size :)
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NTW, nice tatoo @Mug UK !
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Playmobil wrote: Wed Aug 17, 2022 10:01 pm NTW, nice tatoo @Mug UK !
Thanks :)
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@mlynn1974 has sent me a PM advising me that my Desktop.INF is knackered as it blocks the TXT files from being used. I've no idea how to fix that as it's probably been the same amount of time as the title of the disk since I last properly messed about with them.

I tested the .TXT files from the disk when it was open in STEEM and I use VIEWII to open all text files, so I thought it worked. D'oh. So what line and where do I need to add in to fix this and then I'll update the disk image on the DropBox link.

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#a000000
#b000000
#c???000?000<00<?00;;400;0;;;4440??0;;?0?;0;;;0??03111103
#d                                             
#E 98 12 
#W 00 00 08 01 1E 17 09 A:\*.*@
#W 00 00 32 01 1E 17 00 @
#W 00 00 0A 0F 34 09 00 @
#W 00 00 0E 01 34 09 00 @
#M 00 00 00 FF A MUG UK@ @ 
#M 00 01 00 FF B 2022@ @ 
#T 00 03 02 FF   TRASH@ @ 
#D FF 01   @ *.*@ 
#G 03 FF   *.APP@ @ 
#G 03 FF   *.PRG@ @ 
#P 03 FF   *.TTP@ @ 
#F 03 04   *.TOS@ @
Could I remove the .APP & .TTP lines with an entry for the .TXT and the single .DIZ file?
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Thanks to @mlynn1974 for providing the line that I must have deleted in a rush using Notepad++ ... such a stupid error.

Ah well, if you did download the image yesterday, grab it again and you'll be able to view the text files on the disk.

D'oh, d'oh and thrice d'oh!
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As this is utility disk, would it make sense if the AUTO/ intro would work also in monochrome?

I mean, it runs fine with EmuTOS + monochrome, but the low-rez gfx do not look OK. The transitions work fine though.
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I'll remember that for Volume 2 :)

I just used some old GFA code that I put on the front of my Quartet Music Rip Disks.
Main site: www.mug-uk.co.uk - digging up bits from my past: Atari ST, ZX Spectrum, Sega 8-bit (game hacks) and NDS (ripping guides). I host a C64 Radio Show for a mate, Max Hall via www.chipsidshow.co.uk

I develop a free Word (for Windows) add-in for Word 2007 upwards. A toolbox that will allow power Word users to fix document errors. You can find it at: mikestoolbox.co.uk
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