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by equinox
Sat Apr 13, 2024 8:09 pm
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: Was Hannah Smith real?
Replies: 27
Views: 3124

Re: Was Hannah Smith real?

WhatHoSnorkers wrote: Wed Apr 10, 2024 10:00 pm I met a guy at the 40th Spectrum Birthday who met Toni Baker IRL back in the 80s. She wore a duffel coat I think he said.
Heheh... I was thinking "is that nerd cred?" but no, trainspotters don't wear duffel coats, possibly anoraks.
I think the duffel was military.
by equinox
Mon Apr 08, 2024 10:49 pm
Forum: Other Retro Stuff
Topic: Lara Croft voted most iconic character ever
Replies: 42
Views: 946

Re: Lara Croft voted most iconic character ever

Indeed I chose a bad example, but then why was it Undertale and not Manic Miner? Recency bias.
by equinox
Mon Apr 08, 2024 9:01 pm
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: Was Hannah Smith real?
Replies: 27
Views: 3124

Re: Was Hannah Smith real?

But the one female member of the Total! staff I'm more likely to remember was Dane McLellan. Apparently she had a massive black coffee addiction and favoured "violent beat'em-ups with lots of gore". I assume she's Scottish, and probably a Weegie. Wouldn't surprise me if she imagined herse...
by equinox
Sun Apr 07, 2024 5:47 pm
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: Was Hannah Smith real?
Replies: 27
Views: 3124

Re: Was Hannah Smith real?

PeteProdge wrote: Sun Apr 07, 2024 5:44 pm Kati Hamza, Linda Barker and Jackie Ryan have entered the chat.
Yes? "Extremely rare" doesn't mean zero.
by equinox
Sun Apr 07, 2024 5:44 pm
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: Was Hannah Smith real?
Replies: 27
Views: 3124

Re: Was Hannah Smith real?

I don't have any evidence but personally would assume a real staffer who was just assigned tips as her remit.

There were plenty of women working on magazines, but but women with any interest in home computing prior to the WWW — particularly technical interest — seem to have been extremely rare.
by equinox
Sun Apr 07, 2024 5:40 pm
Forum: ZXDB Discussion
Topic: Is this Snare a duplicate entry?
Replies: 1
Views: 76

Is this Snare a duplicate entry?

There are three ZXDB entries for the puzzle game Snare : Speccy version: https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/entry/4594/ZX-Spectrum/Snare Sam Coupé version: https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/entry/28350/SAM_Coupe/Snare A third one with no screenshots, an exclamation mark ("Snare!"), and an earli...
by equinox
Sun Apr 07, 2024 11:41 am
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: The best playable demo of a full price game on a YS/Crash/SU covertape: vote
Replies: 45
Views: 846

Re: The best playable demo of a full price game on a YS/Crash/SU covertape: vote

PeteProdge wrote: Sun Apr 07, 2024 11:39 am There will be a poll for ''Special Edition' Games That Are Like Playable Demos Yet Offer An Experience Fairly Exclusive From The Full Game, once I can come up with a more succinct term!
Promos?
by equinox
Sun Apr 07, 2024 11:39 am
Forum: Other Retro Stuff
Topic: Lara Croft voted most iconic character ever
Replies: 42
Views: 946

Re: Lara Croft voted most iconic character ever

How are Donkey Kong and Miner Willy not on the list at all? Why are deliberately generic characters like Agent 47, Master Chief and frickin' Steve from Minecraft even on the list? Recency bias. It always happens with these "X of all time" polls. Remember Undertale being voted the best gam...
by equinox
Sun Apr 07, 2024 9:20 am
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: The best playable demo of a full price game on a YS/Crash/SU covertape: vote
Replies: 45
Views: 846

Re: The best playable demo of a full price game on a YS/Crash/SU covertape: vote

Hero Quest for me. It's a slow, absorbing turn-based game, so even the demo had plenty of lastability. Also they hadn't finalised the character names so they were called stupid things like BOGROL.
by equinox
Sun Apr 07, 2024 9:18 am
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: Sinclair-related Cambridge sights?
Replies: 11
Views: 365

Re: Sinclair-related Cambridge sights?

5MinuteRetro wrote: Fri Mar 15, 2024 10:35 pm And I'm going to have a pint and a polite brawl in the Baron of Beef
Went out, "had a Curry"...
by equinox
Sun Apr 07, 2024 9:14 am
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: What's this weird QL character?
Replies: 0
Views: 80

What's this weird QL character?

Have a look at Wikipedia's article on the Sinclair QL character set . What's that strange character at 0xB5, rendered as "Q̬"? The manual calls it a "script mark" but doesn't seem to go any further. Here's a (blurry) screenshot from real hardware that I found. To me it almost loo...
by equinox
Sat Apr 06, 2024 7:43 am
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: C.S.S.C.G.C 2024 is/will be/has open/ing/ed
Replies: 102
Views: 4590

Re: C.S.S.C.G.C 2024 is/will be/has open/ing/ed

Super basic also has a nice feature where the input command can have a timer. So I tried to use code that was QL specific, as I was just exploring super basic with no sense that a 'game' would come. When I was first learning BASIC as a kid, I knew about INPUT but not INKEY$. I also noticed that the...
by equinox
Fri Mar 29, 2024 12:02 pm
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: What are the speech samples saying, in Auf Wiedersehen Monty?
Replies: 12
Views: 596

Re: What are the speech samples saying, in Auf Wiedersehen Monty?

No you're thinking of "Punchy" (2023 Marvel remake). If I have a really boring afternoon then I might record the Auf samples just so we can hear them. But not tonight. As I was saying to Dok the other night: I thought Auf was amazing, the little attention to detail, the cute little nationa...
by equinox
Fri Mar 29, 2024 11:58 am
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: games where protagonist transforms / changes in time
Replies: 29
Views: 547

Re: games where protagonist transforms / changes in time

Should this be merged with the Games Where The Main Sprite Changes thread from a few months ago? Or is there a difference between the topics? Good call. There is a difference between changing sprite, and switching character, although it's tedious to outline the difference. It is pretty clear (TO ME...
by equinox
Fri Mar 29, 2024 9:29 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Tiling challenge
Replies: 7
Views: 277

Re: Tiling challenge

This does not seem like a "challenge", rather "I want to produce certain patterns obeying certain rules, and I haven't worked out the rules yet"... How big must the repeat be (4x4? 5x5? ...) and what are the real rules? We can't use the same colour within x squares? Emergency rop...
by equinox
Fri Mar 29, 2024 9:20 am
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: games where protagonist transforms / changes in time
Replies: 29
Views: 547

Re: games where protagonist transforms / changes in time

Could you change between protagonists in Hammerfist ? Hammerfist and Gauntlet: scroll up and click the button marked YES, CORRECT, SOMEONE ALREADY SAID THIS, I DIDN'T READ THE DAMN THREAD. I wish you a fine afternoon ''Ke Rulen los Petas'' I would never have thought of, even if Crash had included i...
by equinox
Fri Mar 29, 2024 1:24 am
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: games where protagonist transforms / changes in time
Replies: 29
Views: 547

Re: games where protagonist transforms / changes in time

I have found a game titled Terminus and screenshot says it is the one you mention. https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/entry/5189/ZX-Spectrum/Terminus Then i have watched half of video but ... it looks like you play with the same spaceship during all the game. I think this is mainly curiosity. I have r...
by equinox
Fri Mar 29, 2024 1:22 am
Forum: Sales/Commercial
Topic: Collection clear out
Replies: 11
Views: 607

Re: Collection clear out

Postage is death, NZ is far away, and I was always a software nerd. Don't worry, I only hijack a thread once. Just wanted to say that I very much appreciate you offering kit to the user scene first. The pics show that you cared about it.
But why are you getting rid of it?
by equinox
Fri Mar 29, 2024 12:32 am
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: games where protagonist transforms / changes in time
Replies: 29
Views: 547

Re: games where protagonist transforms / changes in time

Life is short and I might not be following your green-text rules precisely, but I hope this will help: (I will explain more if you need it) Protagonist transformation: of course Knight Lore (you become a werewolf), and similarly Werewolves of London . In Moonwalker you are quite a different characte...
by equinox
Thu Mar 28, 2024 8:39 pm
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: What are the speech samples saying, in Auf Wiedersehen Monty?
Replies: 12
Views: 596

What are the speech samples saying, in Auf Wiedersehen Monty?

"Money"?
"Burgers"? (I may have dreamed this one)
"Ouch"?
"Link it"...???

And who said them? At least one is female.
by equinox
Thu Mar 21, 2024 2:55 pm
Forum: Brand new software!
Topic: Space 1999: the Invasion
Replies: 32
Views: 1821

Re: Space 1999: the Invasion

I feel like talking about GAC might deserve another thread, or discord. So that we can discuss your game here instead. Should I make a GAC related thread later? (not home today until late in the evening). EDIT. I'm very cautious about talking about GAC. The last time I did something for it, it had ...
by equinox
Thu Mar 21, 2024 3:44 am
Forum: Brand new software!
Topic: Space 1999: the Invasion
Replies: 32
Views: 1821

Re: Space 1999: the Invasion

Reply to ICreateWorlds_dotNet: Believe it or not, I'm an Englishman who knows James Bond and The Prisoner, but I had no idea that "Space 1999" was a TV series. I thought it was just a new Spectrum game. So it was total guesswork -- I didn't know anything about the characters or skills. I h...
by equinox
Thu Mar 21, 2024 3:35 am
Forum: Brand new software!
Topic: Space 1999: the Invasion
Replies: 32
Views: 1821

Re: Space 1999: the Invasion

Ah yes, Maya was special... :mrgreen: :lol: When Maya transformed to remove the heavy metal object from the door, I was like "HEY! Maya! I see that you like heavy metal -- how about if you--" She reported me to the (space) cops. I'm very glad. I was a bad male human being and I needed to ...
by equinox
Fri Mar 15, 2024 3:15 am
Forum: Brand new software!
Topic: Space 1999: the Invasion
Replies: 32
Views: 1821

Re: Space 1999: the Invasion

No, not yet, but I might be able to create a 128k version of GAC. [...] That would be cool (deserves its own thread?). There seem to be CPC and C64 versions (and maybe others?) so I wonder how similar the format is — but we already have decompilation tools. There would be the same size issues on ev...
by equinox
Thu Mar 14, 2024 4:43 pm
Forum: Brand new software!
Topic: Space 1999: the Invasion
Replies: 32
Views: 1821

Re: Space 1999: the Invasion

Goddammit...
I decompiled your game and studied it carefully in the pub, over a beer.
Well, I have a nice map too.

Map is here (unfinished, incomplete): https://cl4.org/_1999.xlsx
I will delete the file later.
When I solve the game, I will produce a proper 100% map. This one is only experimental.