Ancient knowledge for free! (sort of)

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By AuroraMSX

Paragon (1902)

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30-03-2006, 21:50

Would you be willing to reveal the complete story line you had intended for Core Dump? (Or publish it in a PDF some time; heck, I think I'd even buy the book! Tongue)

By parallax

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30-03-2006, 22:10

@auroramsx: you spotted the similarity, indeed. Well, these were the first tests we ran: the gallery contains few pictures of the final version, and the part you mentioned was later changed to more inspired original work Smile

About the storyline, well, maybe I'll look up what's left sometime. But it was fairly intricate and I cannot remember all the details I had in my. Mind you, it was a fairly dark storyline, turning the humans into the 'evil' force.

By parallax

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30-03-2006, 22:27

Well, allright then, I've got a little present then. I've relocated the Blade Lords beta: I made this more than five years ago in 2001, and never finished it, because I started my phd. However, it works online in Flash 5, and it's even twoplayer... on the same keyboard, that is. It's much like the MSX version with the one-button option for the joystick. Hope you enjoy the bits that work:

games.shape9.nl/bladelords/beta

login: msx
password: nostalgic

Mind you, I found programming an MSX easier than Flash 5, but hey, I heard they made it easier now. It was a fun experiment.

ps. I don't think the downloadable wallpapers work, don't know why.

By Latok

msx guru (3843)

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30-03-2006, 23:14

hey parallax, don't you worry, you made perfectly clear you're no longer motivated for active MSX development. It's just cool hunting down abandoned MSX projects which might become open source in the near future. Chances are these kind of games will see daylight after all. If CD data from the crashed HD can be retrieved....well.......who knows ^_^

By NYYRIKKI

Enlighted (5889)

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30-03-2006, 23:41

Ok, now I know, what the BL would have looked with GFX9000 Tongue

By ro

Scribe (4541)

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31-03-2006, 10:49

the ZIP didn't work for me, 2 bad.

By parallax

Expert (85)

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31-03-2006, 11:27

I fixed the zips, they should work now.

By AuroraMSX

Paragon (1902)

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31-03-2006, 21:49

About the storyline, well, maybe I'll look up what's left sometime. But it was fairly intricate and I cannot remember all the details I had in my. Mind you, it was a fairly dark storyline, turning the humans into the 'evil' force.
Sounds cool already Smile Many thanx in advance!

The Flash version of BL is a lot of fun, even tho I really suck at playing Big smile

By Pat

Expert (67)

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03-04-2006, 09:37

Just wondering, were did you get your information from when you started your hobby?

For me it was quit hard to obtain specific MSX info, especially on the VDP, until some diskmags started some articles with tech information. I loaned a Z80 assembly book at the local library, though that was purely focussed on z80 arithmetic etc, no graphical thingies etc.

By parallax

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03-04-2006, 10:39

Well, at first it was also looked into the code of other games, to see how things were done. It turns out each company had a pretty distinct coding style. But pretty soon I got hold of the big official tech documents of the VDP. I don't know where they came from exactly, but I simply got a big copy in a binder. I also started on reverse-engineering the FM-PAC protocol but was very happy when official documents arrived Smile

So really it was just experimenting / reading / reverse-engineering at first. Once we got to know more people in the MSX scene, many documents turned up. I did have a copy of the purple MSX-assembly book by Klopper and Le Belle, in Dutch.

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