Wry Atari 8-bit
Thu Sep 01, 2022 1:51am

I wrote a very short Wry style text adventure testing out the keyboard after getting it working again finally (I'll update the Atari 400 thread at a later time with how that's going).

I forgot to clear the screen before most choices and the way I threw it together, it wasn't easy to pop in a screen clear later without rewriting a bunch. Also, if you note in the video, "Retrace your steps" is actually a death for "wandering" #2. Another case of it was too much of a pain to fix for a simple demo.

Basically, the above is just testing out writing the text adventure "engine" (if you can call it that) in Atari Basic. I have to say, I'm not a huge fan of the "GW" style basic where you have to write the line numbers on each line and spaghetti a bunch of GOTOs everywhere.

I downloaded an image of a modern Basic called "Fast Basic" for the Atari 8bit computers. I tried it on the emulator and it's very similar to Qbasic. If I get a way of loading it, I would definitely choose that route to write my Wry mini adventure.

As it is right now, I need to get the cassette deck working so I can save my program before I start for real... even if it is in just regular Atari Basic. Looks like it's going to be fun!

Edit: I totally forgot you can list, then move the cursor up to the line you want to edit, change it there and hit enter again to fix stuff without having to retype everything. Still not really user friendly but it's better than having to retype the whole line again.

    • I think that was longer than "Erik's Computer Repair Adventu - Puckdropper, Sat Sep 03 2022 3:45am
      re" that I just threw together in PHP. One thing I've wondered about is using a PC as a "tape recorder", but never did get around to trying it. I don't think the Atari will let you use a tape recorder of your choosing, but the TI994/a would and I think the Commodore 64 *might* have that option.... more
      • I remember that... is it still online? - Erik_, Sun Sep 11 2022 12:57am
        It would be interesting to play through that again. I started working on a slightly longer and different version in my emulator (Using Atari BASIC) where I can save what I'm working on. So far, just trying to think of a story or at least the basic idea of one. Yeah, for the Atari, it uses the... more
        • No, I guess it got taken down during some reorganization. - Puckdropper, Mon Sep 12 2022 11:47pm
          It's still up in code form on the old new forums, though: Sounds like a good way to transfer files to and from modern computers. I was initially wondering if the cassette adapter could record too, but I don't think any of them ever could.... more
          • That thread was a fun trip down memory lane - Erik_, Tue Sep 13 2022 9:50am
            Your write up idea was good. My ideas thrown back were pretty horrible though. Haha. One idea that did eventually become a thing in Wry Mono was the game stats. I liked the worry about Dial up users.. I forgot how late dial up was still common. I think I even still had an account in 2006. "Grabbing... more
            • Sometimes I forget just how well text compresses - Puckdropper, Thu Sep 15 2022 4:41am
              and probably decompresses. It can be fairly quick too. Might be something that's doable still... The biggest issue is figuring out the best format for the story storage and then everything else would fall in to place. Good design here means lots of good compatibility later. Kinda like how Word... more
              • for transmitting over a REST request. I've started working on a Perl program(s) now that it's been my current language of fixation for the past few months. Once it gets a bit more polished, I'll make an actual post about it. Anyway, it works like: * Server has a bunch of text data documents that... more
                • I can see why exactly that works - Puckdropper, Thu Sep 22 2022 5:23am
                  Your machine is much faster than the network, so it's going to be much faster if it can do the work rather than wait for the data to be transmitted. Sometimes I wonder if Internet traffic could be more compressed so the CPU does the work rather than the other CPU or programmer. It could really help... more
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