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Re: Hello from Bristol

Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2021 9:38 pm
by Xeron
I love Bristol. A wonderful city.

I stopped commuting to Bath about 10 years ago (my commute now outside of covid times is a drive up the M5 to Bristol). That train journey gave me a couple of hours a day to quietly get on with my programming projects (this was before smartphones with decent Internet or WiFi on trains)

Re: Hello from Bristol

Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2021 11:42 pm
by Kon
I'm delighted to see such love for Bristol and to discover the role of Great Western Railways in the Oriculator!

When lockdown ends, we can all meet up in Bristol for an Oricbash + cider! 8)

Re: Hello from Bristol

Posted: Sat Feb 06, 2021 10:07 am
by ibisum
I think Bristol is a fascinating place, and the region around it is full of interesting things to see and do .. last time I was around Weston-super-Mare, they'd just started clearing the spot for Banksy's dystopia theme park, which is something I wish I'd been late enough to see.

Having taken that train a few times, I can see how it would have inspired a bit of code. Its a pretty commanding view from that train .. a lot of obnoxious British pub lads, though.

Re: Hello from Bristol

Posted: Sat Feb 06, 2021 2:33 pm
by Kon
ibisum wrote: a lot of obnoxious British pub lads, though.
I feel seen... :oops:

Actually I'm usually the one hiding behind a book at the back of the train :!:

Re: Hello from Bristol

Posted: Sat Feb 06, 2021 4:50 pm
by Xeron
Kon wrote:
Fri Feb 05, 2021 11:42 pm
When lockdown ends, we can all meet up in Bristol for an Oricbash + cider! 8)
Or just set up an oric corner at the south west amiga group meetings :D

Re: Hello from Bristol

Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2021 4:17 pm
by Kon
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The Erebus has arrived for my Oric Atmos!

It came preloaded with a few TAP files -- including a side-scroller called Krillys, pictured here!

And I had a go at Scuba Dive. I didn't realise it was originally made for the Oric and then adapted for the Spectrum!

What are your suggestions of nice pieces of Oric software to explore? Particularly interested in anything Oric-specific that is not as well known on other platforms.

Re: Hello from Bristol

Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2021 5:31 pm
by Steve M
Krillys and Scuba Dive are quite good.
I guess it depends on what sort of games you like. Defence Force, The Hellion, The Ultra, Xenon-1 and Oricium for shoot em ups.
I like Psychiatric, Doggy, Rabbit, Cock In.
There's things like Manic Miner.

I've got some (NOS) tapes if you're interested.
(Send me a PM and I'll give you a list. )

Re: Hello from Bristol

Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2021 7:47 pm
by Mustangus
Hope you are enjoying the Erebus. :)

Re: Hello from Bristol

Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:13 pm
by ThomH
Kon wrote:
Wed Feb 10, 2021 4:17 pm
What are your suggestions of nice pieces of Oric software to explore? Particularly interested in anything Oric-specific that is not as well known on other platforms.
Don't Press the Letter Q!

For which, thanks to the current slate of nutjobs, you'll get maybe a couple of relevant search results before things get decidedly, ummm, 'political'. But it's essentially a frantic mini-game compilation with a sense of humour. I guess something like WarioWare is as close as the world still gets to the same genre.

Re: Hello from Bristol

Posted: Fri Feb 19, 2021 2:55 pm
by Symoon
ThomH wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:13 pm
Don't Press the Letter Q!
I second that!
Also the classic Zorgons Revenge (watch for the doc for space level keys), or Zebbie.

Also lots of adventure games, and 21th century games in TAP format (especially from Twilighte or Raxiss, many other recent releases being more floppy-drive based).

Re: Hello from Bristol

Posted: Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:52 pm
by ibisum
The top 100 software list on oric.org really provides a great election of Oric eccentricity. My favourites as an original owner were The Ultra, Xenon-1, Hunchback .. but don't forget, there are 21st century games too, and if you are a newcomer to Oric, you may not yet know about SPACE:1999, and the rest of the gems: https://www.defence-force.org/index.php?page=games

(EDIT: Africa is another underrated gem: https://www.oric.org/software/africa-1037.html)

Re: Hello from Bristol

Posted: Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:55 pm
by Dbug
ibisum wrote:
Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:52 pm
The top 100 software list on oric.org really provides a great election of Oric eccentricity. My favourites as an original owner were The Ultra, Xenon-1, Hunchback .. but don't forget, there are 21st century games too, and if you are a newcomer to Oric, you may not yet know about SPACE:1999, and the rest of the gems: https://www.defence-force.org/index.php?page=games
I believe he only has a Erebus, he can't run disk based games

Re: Hello from Bristol

Posted: Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:59 pm
by ibisum
Dbug wrote:
Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:55 pm
I believe he only has a Erebus, he can't run disk based games
Ah, I skipped that point, but okay, there are a lot of .TAP games in the top 100 too ..

Re: Hello from Bristol

Posted: Mon Mar 01, 2021 11:35 pm
by Kon
Thanks for all the suggestions, guys! :D

I've had a busy couple of weeks at my day job, so haven't seen the latest replies until today. But this week is a little less busy, and I'm looking forward to firing up the Atmos again and playing some of these games

Re: Hello from Bristol

Posted: Tue Mar 02, 2021 7:43 am
by jbperin
Kon wrote:
Mon Mar 01, 2021 11:35 pm
looking forward to firing up the Atmos again and playing some of these games
As a warmup before gaming all these marvels, perhaps you could try the tap file provided here:
https://forum.defence-force.org/viewto ... 713#p24713

It's not a game. It's rather a tech demo. But the technology exposed in this tap can be used on next gen games on Oric.