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Old 01-27-2019, 08:34 AM   #1
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BeardedSonOfNel and Evil Avatar Are Creating A Love Child With A C-64


I'm happy to announce that Evil and I are making a retro text adventure. The name in the screen shot above is a place holder and not the name of the game.

Yesterday I began prototyping the game engine. Evil will be the true hero here as he has graciously taken on the task of helping me write the story (or maybe the whole story )

The game will be written in BASIC, so multiple platforms could be supported in the future. The initial target platform is the Commodore 64. The game will run on real hardware as well as the C-64 Mini, and emulators for Windows, OS X, Linux, and tablets/phones.

I plan on doing a weekly development blog here so the EvAv community can watch our progress.
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Old 01-27-2019, 08:39 AM   #2
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Time for a flashlight dance!
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Old 01-27-2019, 10:04 AM   #3
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I don't have a C64 but would totally spin up a emu to play this.

Very cool, guys.
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Old 01-27-2019, 10:33 AM   #4
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These are fun. Here's one I wrote in BASIC back in 2008. It's a full text adventure in about 400 lines (around 2k file size).

https://pastebin.com/K79RnBuC

Here's another one I wrote in a Western setting with a map, combat, and everything. It's much larger to say the least:

https://pastebin.com/anR6qg9k
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Old 01-27-2019, 10:45 AM   #5
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Very cool!
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Old 01-27-2019, 11:13 AM   #6
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Old 01-27-2019, 02:06 PM   #7
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I don't have a C64 but would totally spin up a emu to play this.

Very cool, guys.
It's BASIC and a text adventure at that, it's an interpreted language, not a compiled one. Ya don't need a C-64.

I wish you the best of luck. Your biggest hurdles will be laziness, apathy, and self-doubt. I kid you not. Not everyone can be our own SorcerorXIII aka Tom Happ who made millions with a completely self written indie game, Axiom Verge. We both went to the same college, same dorm, same major. Difference between me and him is he probably had none of the above, and I had a motherload.
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Old 01-27-2019, 07:03 PM   #9
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Cool idea, guys! Will be fun to follow.
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Old 01-27-2019, 07:57 PM   #10
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I still have my C64, with one key replaced from a Vic 20. Man, that was a chore to do, they aren't meant to be taken apart like that.

I've got two of the bigger disc drives and two of the smaller drives. It's been a while since I spun it up, but I've got a nice quality standard TV here somewhere that will work perfect.

I need to get one of those MicroSD drives that pretend to be the floppy drive. That will be handy here.
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I need to get one of those MicroSD drives that pretend to be the floppy drive. That will be handy here.
Those are very handy!
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Shame on all the C64 owners that never bought an Amiga.
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Shame on all the C64 owners that never bought an Amiga.
I wanted one, but couldn't afford it at the time. By the time I had the cash to upgrade I had seen the light... the Amiga was doomed here in the US by IBM, and Apple had the schools.

Commodore had some real missed opportunities back in the day.
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Old 01-28-2019, 12:17 PM   #14
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Have fun getting your Bandersnatch on!

You're already off to a "fine start", what with the plethora of rem statements, all 1 line number away from each other.
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Have fun getting your Bandersnatch on!

You're already off to a "fine start", what with the plethora of rem statements, all 1 line number away from each other.
A plethora? How many is a plethora?
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I look forward to undermining your efforts and flaming your results. Good luck!
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I look forward to undermining your efforts and flaming your results. Good luck!
I look forward to trying to figure out where to find room to hook up my old C-64. While an emulator is fine in the beginning, the fun will be seeing it run on a real C-64 at some point.

I would love to find someone to copy the final game onto a cart. That would be sweet.
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Have fun getting your Bandersnatch on!

You're already off to a "fine start", what with the plethora of rem statements, all 1 line number away from each other.
Thanks! While Bearded is doing all the heavy lifting, I did some Basic programming back in the old days, I enjoy the idea of picking up a few old C-64 books and trying it out.

I might even still have a few of my old C-64 programming books lying around in the top of my closet.

I will have to pull out the whole system and post a few pictures this week. I’ve got a great TV to hook it up to. It isn’t the official C-64 monitor, I used that thing for like 20 years till it finally died. I’ve still got the old CRT that I was using in the Xbox 1 days to play Halo.
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I look forward to trying to figure out where to find room to hook up my old C-64. While an emulator is fine in the beginning, the fun will be seeing it run on a real C-64 at some point.

I would love to find someone to copy the final game onto a cart. That would be sweet.
A cart would be cool. I'll have to see if I can keep this at or under 16K.
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Have fun getting your Bandersnatch on!

You're already off to a "fine start", what with the plethora of rem statements, all 1 line number away from each other.
A plethora is a good start, but I'm going for full ass load
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