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Re: Delta 4 : Andy Greens portrait ...

Posted: Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:06 pm
by Symoon
iss wrote:
Sat Jul 06, 2019 5:42 pm
Other curious details are some strings inside the TAP file:

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Andy Green, Author of DELTA FOUR, sold  his first 
program, MISSILE BASE to  ACORNSOFT when he was sixteen.  
Since then he's gone on to write PROTECTOR for QUICKSILVA, 
DELTA FOUR (this one!)then ULTIMA ZONE and THEM for TANSOFT..
Those lines appear under Andy Green's face in HIRES resolution. A bit of self-promotion (well deserved), along with a technical achievement for the time!
Maybe there is/was kind of protection scheme.... is it possible that this was Andy's real phone number ? :)
Didn't notice any physical protection, the WAV directly decoded and worked as a TAP file.
I bet that was his real phone number. Some French authors did the same, and IIRC Andrew Moore left his address the game Don't Press The Letter Q ;)

Re: Delta 4 : Andy Greens portrait ...

Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:29 am
by Symoon
Delta 4 Oric.org's page updated with TAP file, pictures and manual.
https://www.oric.org/software/delta_4-31.html

Re: Delta 4 : Andy Greens portrait ...

Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:09 am
by Dbug
Thanks for adding all that, well done!

Re: Delta 4 : Andy Greens portrait ...

Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:32 am
by Symoon
:wink:
The game seems quite good. Keys need a bit of training.
Instructions have some interesting details (how to train with a specific level for instance)

Re: Delta 4 : Andy Greens portrait ...

Posted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:12 pm
by robcook
Anyone know what happened to Andy 'Grun' Green? He always made weird-as-anything games that had a touch of the nightmare about them. 'Them' released by Virgin, I believe, was another game that somehow just made me feel uneasy and I get the feeling it was the author's intention to unnerve the player. I could be wrong and he was just smoking good weed. I'm not criticising, btw, Them and Delta 4 were both very, very good IMO and original.

Anyway. I hear the name Andy Green regularly still making new 8 bit games on various platforms (no Oric yet) but it could easily be someone else.

This author wasn't exactly your average type of game designer. I doubt he'd easily disappear into obscurity.

Re: Delta 4 : Andy Greens portrait ...

Posted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:03 pm
by iss
robcook wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:12 pm
Anyone know what happened to Andy 'Grun' Green?
Long and interesting list of Andy's activities HERE.

Re: Delta 4 : Andy Greens portrait ...

Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:28 am
by robcook
iss wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:03 pm
robcook wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:12 pm
Anyone know what happened to Andy 'Grun' Green?
Long and interesting list of Andy's activities HERE.
Thank you very much. ETA: I don't see Delta 4 on that page, pretty sure another of his.

ETA 2 : Nevermind, I see this game was covered above. No idea how I missed it.

ETA 3: This game inspired me to write a (hopefully decent) Crossfire game. Never got around to getting past the BASIC prototype.