Seeking text-only demo programs

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RichardRussell

Seeking text-only demo programs

Post by RichardRussell »

I'm on the lookout for interesting demo / test / example programs that use only text features, i.e. no graphics, no sound, no mouse etc (and not MODE 7). The only such program in the current set of example programs supplied with BB4W and BBCSDL is hanoi.bbc, which makes good use of changing foreground and background colours.

If you have any programs of this kind I would be most interested to see them.

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hellomike
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Richard,

Have a look at my BB4W entry in this Rosetta page:
BB4W 15 Puzzle Game

I would hardly label it as a graphics program, but maybe it helps. Please let me know.

Regards,

Mike

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hellomike wrote:
Thu 25 Jun 2020, 20:01
Have a look at my BB4W entry in this Rosetta page:
Very nice. It needs a line added at the beginning to set the colours initially, for situations when the default colours are white-on-black, e.g. when running in Matrix Brandy:

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      COLOUR 0 : COLOUR 143

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RichardRussell wrote:
Wed 24 Jun 2020, 09:23
If you have any programs of this kind I would be most interested to see them.
I'm sure I've seen a text-only version of the 'Snake' program, but I can't find it. Does anybody know where it can be found?

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RichardRussell wrote:
Thu 25 Jun 2020, 20:39
I'm sure I've seen a text-only version of the 'Snake' program, but I can't find it. Does anybody know where it can be found?
Somebody at the StarDot forum found it. For those who may not have been following developments, I ended up with these four demo programs in addition to 15puzzle.bbc (snake.bbc, 8queens.bbc, hanoi.bbc, chess.bbc) but I would certainly be interested in adding more:

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get a text adventure

Dwarf fortress is ascii based

star trek https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek ... ideo_game)

plenty typing listing out there

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found this interesting one for a potential conversion

https://myman.sourceforge.io/

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if you look you find

These are example for potential conversion https://www.roskakori.at/ascii/

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Repton wrote:
Sat 25 Jul 2020, 11:30
found this interesting one for a potential conversion
https://myman.sourceforge.io/
Indeed that looks particularly appealing, and could hopefully use the VT-100's box-drawing characters to good effect. But the licensing terms would have to be studied carefully, and PacMan clones often raise tricky IPR issues. But if those considerations can be resolved, and somebody would like to convert it to BBC BASIC, it would make a good candidate.

To anybody who may want to give it a try, I would suggest using VDU 23 in BB4W and BBCSDL to redefine the characters to correspond to those in the VT-100 secondary character set. The Console Mode editions will ignore those VDU 23s so by that means compatibility can be improved.

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'But the licensing terms would have to be studied carefully, and PacMan clones often raise tricky IPR issues. '

Acorns released Snapper and planetoiad back in the day and all jeff minter games were unlicensed arcade clone

It also didn't stop Bill Gates lifting WiMp from xerox.

In any case saying you are going to close down BBC Basic is hardly a motivation for new development is it?