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October 27th, 2019    

Video episode 131 - With Floyd Resler, Chet Simpson and Inside CoCoTALK!

Watch Now:

CoCoTALK! video episode 131 - With Floyd Resler, Chet Simpson and Inside CoCoTALK!

Some news stories for October 26, 2019 show:

1) Jim Gerrie release "Stronghold of the Dwarven Lords" for the MC-10.

https://youtu.be/Ovdg0AiZwZQ

2) Brian Palmer has been experimenting with custom Coco 3 palettes for the Dragon game (that works on the Coco) called Back Track:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2359462640/permalink/10157585763007641/

3) Paul Shoemaker has gotten a fair bit further on his port of the Apple II version of Oregon Trail to the Coco:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2359462640/permalink/10157585460487641/

4) Related to this: Vintage is the New World has an article on (and mini interview with) Paul Shoemaker about his port of Oregon Trail:

https://vintageisthenewold.com/after-35-years-the-trs-80-color-computer-will-get-a-faithful-port-of-the-classic-game-the-oregon-trail/

5) Diego Barizo has released version 4.0 of his X-Filer virtual disk utility for the Coco 3:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2359462640/permalink/10157583688102641/

6) petsasjim1 on YouTube has been adding more Dragon 32/64 game videos, of course - a neat one is a text adventure game that not only has an interesting user interface, but allows up to 4 players.

Death Cruise 4 player:

https://youtu.be/dq_gaKY6yjc

The Dark Pit (which actually works with the Tandy Electronic Book, too!):

https://youtu.be/NLxygDDNnIY?t=96

Cyclops (Semigraphics Pacman type game):

https://youtu.be/-z_Wq6BoZ78

Cuthbert in the Cooler:

https://youtu.be/wUgIKWGpmYM

Dragon Golf:

https://youtu.be/lSXGsk4ldSE

Dragon Trek (a graphical Star Trek game):

https://youtu.be/wsffitkCXP8?t=10

And another Dragon Trek (completely different), also graphical game

https://youtu.be/5pg7qgEmWZ8

7) Amigos Retro Gaming did a play of Poltergeist on real hardware:

https://youtu.be/CGh9jMui6dc

8) Dave Philipsen has a video showing some of the progress he has made on his CocoDEV board - which features an FPGA 6809 core running at 25 MHz and with BASIC.

https://youtu.be/kztLj53tNfA

9) Stevie himself did a couple of special Coco YouTube videos this past Tuesday. One was a demo of some BASIC games using the extended features of the CocoVGA, which included Brendan Donahe & his daughter Morgan (Brendan is the man behind the CocoVGA, and his daughter wrote the games and designed the custom characters):

https://youtu.be/s96dGe14Jw0

His second video had Sheldon MacDonald as his guest, and he was showing prototypes of Sheldon's new Coco controllers, demonstrating multiple games with it:

https://youtu.be/iQ7e8udWi44

10) Bill Pierce uploaded a video (from VCC) of his horizontal scrolling demo again, this time written in assembly. One thing that happened during people testing it on real hardware, is that it was causing screen glitches on real 2 MB RAM systems (both Triad+ and Boomerang E2). It appears to be a timing problem if running the computer at .895 MHz. On both boards, it runs fine if running at 1.78 Mhz) (a huge discussion trying to track down what what happening is in the comments).

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2359462640/permalink/10157584143357641/

And, more discussion on the 2MB / video above 512k issue:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2359462640/permalink/10157594300962641/

11) Steve Bamford has a new video displaying a Halloween themed level in his upcoming GMC cartridge game, 'kiruke-no-shima-circe'

12) CanadianRetroThings has put up a video about his MC-10 (including his 16K RAM pack & cassette), with general info, etc. A bonus - he has a modified MC-10 which has 8K on the main board, but still only goes to 20K with the 16K pack added in. This is also labelled as "Part 1", so he is planning on more MC-10 content in the future. (He also plays Minefield, written by our own Ken Reighard). Unfortunately, I think the 8K RAM upgrade is causing problems with the 16K upgrade pack (as seen on PacMan)

https://youtu.be/cwCvuT2oRs8

13) Simon Jonassen has graphic/game demo that he has been working on for the Coco 3:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2359462640/permalink/10157598804057641/

14) Ben Drakes has made a video playing Ken Kalish's Escape game (which was the first use of the engine he used for Phantom Slayer) using his VR rig:

https://youtu.be/lKFdnLs0lGo

 

October 27th, 2019    

Episode 131 - With Floyd Resler, Chet Simpson and Inside CoCoTALK!

CoCoTALK! audio episode 131 - With Floyd Resler, Chet Simpson and Inside CoCoTALK!

Some news stories for October 26, 2019 show:

1) Jim Gerrie release "Stronghold of the Dwarven Lords" for the MC-10.

https://youtu.be/Ovdg0AiZwZQ

2) Brian Palmer has been experimenting with custom Coco 3 palettes for the Dragon game (that works on the Coco) called Back Track:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2359462640/permalink/10157585763007641/

3) Paul Shoemaker has gotten a fair bit further on his port of the Apple II version of Oregon Trail to the Coco:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2359462640/permalink/10157585460487641/

4) Related to this: Vintage is the New World has an article on (and mini interview with) Paul Shoemaker about his port of Oregon Trail:

https://vintageisthenewold.com/after-35-years-the-trs-80-color-computer-will-get-a-faithful-port-of-the-classic-game-the-oregon-trail/

5) Diego Barizo has released version 4.0 of his X-Filer virtual disk utility for the Coco 3:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2359462640/permalink/10157583688102641/

6) petsasjim1 on YouTube has been adding more Dragon 32/64 game videos, of course - a neat one is a text adventure game that not only has an interesting user interface, but allows up to 4 players.

Death Cruise 4 player:

https://youtu.be/dq_gaKY6yjc

The Dark Pit (which actually works with the Tandy Electronic Book, too!):

https://youtu.be/NLxygDDNnIY?t=96

Cyclops (Semigraphics Pacman type game):

https://youtu.be/-z_Wq6BoZ78

Cuthbert in the Cooler:

https://youtu.be/wUgIKWGpmYM

Dragon Golf:

https://youtu.be/lSXGsk4ldSE

Dragon Trek (a graphical Star Trek game):

https://youtu.be/wsffitkCXP8?t=10

And another Dragon Trek (completely different), also graphical game

https://youtu.be/5pg7qgEmWZ8

7) Amigos Retro Gaming did a play of Poltergeist on real hardware:

https://youtu.be/CGh9jMui6dc

8) Dave Philipsen has a video showing some of the progress he has made on his CocoDEV board - which features an FPGA 6809 core running at 25 MHz and with BASIC.

https://youtu.be/kztLj53tNfA

9) Stevie himself did a couple of special Coco YouTube videos this past Tuesday. One was a demo of some BASIC games using the extended features of the CocoVGA, which included Brendan Donahe & his daughter Morgan (Brendan is the man behind the CocoVGA, and his daughter wrote the games and designed the custom characters):

https://youtu.be/s96dGe14Jw0

His second video had Sheldon MacDonald as his guest, and he was showing prototypes of Sheldon's new Coco controllers, demonstrating multiple games with it:

https://youtu.be/iQ7e8udWi44

10) Bill Pierce uploaded a video (from VCC) of his horizontal scrolling demo again, this time written in assembly. One thing that happened during people testing it on real hardware, is that it was causing screen glitches on real 2 MB RAM systems (both Triad+ and Boomerang E2). It appears to be a timing problem if running the computer at .895 MHz. On both boards, it runs fine if running at 1.78 Mhz) (a huge discussion trying to track down what what happening is in the comments).

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2359462640/permalink/10157584143357641/

And, more discussion on the 2MB / video above 512k issue:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2359462640/permalink/10157594300962641/

11) Steve Bamford has a new video displaying a Halloween themed level in his upcoming GMC cartridge game, 'kiruke-no-shima-circe'

12) CanadianRetroThings has put up a video about his MC-10 (including his 16K RAM pack & cassette), with general info, etc. A bonus - he has a modified MC-10 which has 8K on the main board, but still only goes to 20K with the 16K pack added in. This is also labelled as "Part 1", so he is planning on more MC-10 content in the future. (He also plays Minefield, written by our own Ken Reighard). Unfortunately, I think the 8K RAM upgrade is causing problems with the 16K upgrade pack (as seen on PacMan)

https://youtu.be/cwCvuT2oRs8

13) Simon Jonassen has graphic/game demo that he has been working on for the Coco 3:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2359462640/permalink/10157598804057641/

14) Ben Drakes has made a video playing Ken Kalish's Escape game (which was the first use of the engine he used for Phantom Slayer) using his VR rig:

https://youtu.be/lKFdnLs0lGo

 

October 20th, 2019    

Video episode 130 - Chet Simpson updates, Dragon Games, Assembly series, and more!

Watch Now:

Featuring game development updates from Chet Simpson, CoCo news from around the globe, and a little show and tell from the CoCoTALK! panel.

 

Email any suggestions you have for the show to cocotalk@cocotalk.live

Visit us on the web at http://cocotalk.live

Join us for daily conversations on Discord:  https://discord.gg/4J5nHXm

To find out more about the Color Computer visit http://imacoconut.com

 

Some news stories for October 19, 2019 show:

 

1) Petsasjim1 has put up more Dragon gameplay videos (Copta Snatch & Cosmic Crusader are quite good):

Chuckie Egg+

https://youtu.be/M5tUCIujuM0

Chateau of Gold (interesting interface for a text adventure game):

https://youtu.be/1ZPXujEkKuA

Championship Darts:

https://youtu.be/avMxWV-ctAA

Clowns:

https://youtu.be/y8LkGXLuByM

And Clowns part 2?

https://youtu.be/n5GBfL24EUU

Tom Mix Colour Golf:

https://youtu.be/lv77A9n1Lx4

Convoy:

https://youtu.be/-OmZ--aWfZs

Cuthbert in Space:

https://youtu.be/2LWsEs8VrH0

Cuthbert Goes Digging:

https://youtu.be/IZO9ccNYHhE

Cuthbert and the Golden Chalice (jump to 2 minutes in to show multiple screens):

https://youtu.be/8wJLMhkuAlU

The Cricklewood Incident (another cool "GUI" for an adventure game):

https://youtu.be/-uuHvdS2uDQ?t=45

Cruising (actual gameplay starts around 2:20)

https://youtu.be/MPNM77DepAs

Crusader:

https://youtu.be/t0EfMpM9FGw

 

Copta Snatch (A hi-res semi-graphics game similar to Chopper Strike/Scramble):

https://youtu.be/EysJf_Xap74

Cosmic Crusader:

https://youtu.be/CBCTVlo-PH8

 

2) Ed Snider (Zippsterzone.com) has his shrunken footprint Orchestra-90 cards for sale (called CocoDAC-16).

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2359462640/permalink/10157559098787641/

 

3) Paul Shoemaker has an update on his porting Oregeon Trail from the Apple II to the Coco:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2359462640/permalink/10157560611492641/

 

4) John Linville has made a video demonstrating his first version of replacing the standard Extended BASIC PLAY for the GMC

https://youtu.be/uj-WKwgIGy8

 

5) ShareSquid put up another "Tips and Tricks" video, this time for Dungeons of Daggorath:

https://youtu.be/WGofc41TV6k

 

6) Frédériic Griignon Posted a video on Facebook about a video game tournament from Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1983. The price as a 16K Coco 1, and the competition was playing Mega Bug. All in French.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2359462640/permalink/10157566416852641/

 

 

7) Matchy released a video showing a Coco generating a QR code (and using the Axel F MOD file playing using Sock Master's MOD player as background music), and showing that is scannable.

https://youtu.be/DyAYuW-hG9o

 

8) GigerPunk on YouTube started to do long play Dragon game reviews about a year ago - on the real hardware, but I just found out about his page with his latest video, released this week.. He also reads out the original instructions, too.

When he got his Dragon:

https://youtu.be/gUJ3u--7V-I

Transylvanian Tower:

https://youtu.be/BLi4B7_6r7I

Phantom Slayer:

https://youtu.be/KUenov72GQ0

Backtrack:

https://youtu.be/Dqjb717REmw

 

9) Secretly helped by our own host Steve Strowbridge, Manny Wolfe II got an awesome anniversary present from his wife & Cloud 9 - a 2 MB RAM, 6309 Coco 3 (including 2048K replacement sticker):

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2359462640/permalink/10157570045997641/

 

10) Rick Adams put up some details and background story behind his first game cartridge, Temple of Rom, that he has discovered while going through the sourcecode, with an eye on making an updated version of the game:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2359462640/permalink/10157578172622641/

 

11) Neil Blanchard put up a photo of some Game Master Cartridge boards being manufactered, as the unstoppable onslaught of winter starts approaching us that live in the Great White North:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2359462640/permalink/10157577927592641/

 

12) Simon Jonassen put up some graphic images showing a technique that he is working on of (I think) just using the primary RGB (& black & white) colors with dithering, and alternating lines vertically with red, blue and green based palettes to make it appear as if more colors are being display (kind of like a zoomed up version of the RGB phospher dots that appear in a triangle on a TV):

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2359462640/permalink/10157577945362641/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2359462640/permalink/10157578152282641/

 

13) Glenside has released the latest Coco~123 newsletter, with some tweaks by brand new newsletter editor, Stevie Strowbridge:

https://glensideccc.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ede30d58ff87ad93d480d6401&id=10507e4a80&e=d6af30851b

 

13) Stevie has gotten Steve Bjork's assembly series in a separate playlist on his Youtube account:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDfh7JjQaSYAs92js43dJ05ytKqswUV4

He also has a download page for the slides and sample files from the tutorial:

http://cocotalk.live/6809asm/

October 20th, 2019    

Episode 130 - Chet Simpson updates, Dragon Games, Assembly series, and more!

Featuring game development updates from Chet Simpson, CoCo news from around the globe, and a little show and tell from the CoCoTALK! panel.

 

Email any suggestions you have for the show to cocotalk@cocotalk.live

Visit us on the web at http://cocotalk.live

Join us for daily conversations on Discord:  https://discord.gg/4J5nHXm

To find out more about the Color Computer visit http://imacoconut.com

 

Some news stories for October 19, 2019 show:

 

1) Petsasjim1 has put up more Dragon gameplay videos (Copta Snatch & Cosmic Crusader are quite good):

Chuckie Egg+

https://youtu.be/M5tUCIujuM0

Chateau of Gold (interesting interface for a text adventure game):

https://youtu.be/1ZPXujEkKuA

Championship Darts:

https://youtu.be/avMxWV-ctAA

Clowns:

https://youtu.be/y8LkGXLuByM

And Clowns part 2?

https://youtu.be/n5GBfL24EUU

Tom Mix Colour Golf:

https://youtu.be/lv77A9n1Lx4

Convoy:

https://youtu.be/-OmZ--aWfZs

Cuthbert in Space:

https://youtu.be/2LWsEs8VrH0

Cuthbert Goes Digging:

https://youtu.be/IZO9ccNYHhE

Cuthbert and the Golden Chalice (jump to 2 minutes in to show multiple screens):

https://youtu.be/8wJLMhkuAlU

The Cricklewood Incident (another cool "GUI" for an adventure game):

https://youtu.be/-uuHvdS2uDQ?t=45

Cruising (actual gameplay starts around 2:20)

https://youtu.be/MPNM77DepAs

Crusader:

https://youtu.be/t0EfMpM9FGw

 

Copta Snatch (A hi-res semi-graphics game similar to Chopper Strike/Scramble):

https://youtu.be/EysJf_Xap74

Cosmic Crusader:

https://youtu.be/CBCTVlo-PH8

 

2) Ed Snider (Zippsterzone.com) has his shrunken footprint Orchestra-90 cards for sale (called CocoDAC-16).

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2359462640/permalink/10157559098787641/

 

3) Paul Shoemaker has an update on his porting Oregeon Trail from the Apple II to the Coco:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2359462640/permalink/10157560611492641/

 

4) John Linville has made a video demonstrating his first version of replacing the standard Extended BASIC PLAY for the GMC

https://youtu.be/uj-WKwgIGy8

 

5) ShareSquid put up another "Tips and Tricks" video, this time for Dungeons of Daggorath:

https://youtu.be/WGofc41TV6k

 

6) Frédériic Griignon Posted a video on Facebook about a video game tournament from Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1983. The price as a 16K Coco 1, and the competition was playing Mega Bug. All in French.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2359462640/permalink/10157566416852641/

 

 

7) Matchy released a video showing a Coco generating a QR code (and using the Axel F MOD file playing using Sock Master's MOD player as background music), and showing that is scannable.

https://youtu.be/DyAYuW-hG9o

 

8) GigerPunk on YouTube started to do long play Dragon game reviews about a year ago - on the real hardware, but I just found out about his page with his latest video, released this week.. He also reads out the original instructions, too.

When he got his Dragon:

https://youtu.be/gUJ3u--7V-I

Transylvanian Tower:

https://youtu.be/BLi4B7_6r7I

Phantom Slayer:

https://youtu.be/KUenov72GQ0

Backtrack:

https://youtu.be/Dqjb717REmw

 

9) Secretly helped by our own host Steve Strowbridge, Manny Wolfe II got an awesome anniversary present from his wife & Cloud 9 - a 2 MB RAM, 6309 Coco 3 (including 2048K replacement sticker):

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2359462640/permalink/10157570045997641/

 

10) Rick Adams put up some details and background story behind his first game cartridge, Temple of Rom, that he has discovered while going through the sourcecode, with an eye on making an updated version of the game:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2359462640/permalink/10157578172622641/

 

11) Neil Blanchard put up a photo of some Game Master Cartridge boards being manufactered, as the unstoppable onslaught of winter starts approaching us that live in the Great White North:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2359462640/permalink/10157577927592641/

 

12) Simon Jonassen put up some graphic images showing a technique that he is working on of (I think) just using the primary RGB (& black & white) colors with dithering, and alternating lines vertically with red, blue and green based palettes to make it appear as if more colors are being display (kind of like a zoomed up version of the RGB phospher dots that appear in a triangle on a TV):

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2359462640/permalink/10157577945362641/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2359462640/permalink/10157578152282641/

 

13) Glenside has released the latest Coco~123 newsletter, with some tweaks by brand new newsletter editor, Stevie Strowbridge:

https://glensideccc.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ede30d58ff87ad93d480d6401&id=10507e4a80&e=d6af30851b

 

13) Stevie has gotten Steve Bjork's assembly series in a separate playlist on his Youtube account:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDfh7JjQaSYAs92js43dJ05ytKqswUV4

He also has a download page for the slides and sample files from the tutorial:

http://cocotalk.live/6809asm/

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