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Interactive fiction

Back in my youth I used to spend many hours play “adventure games”. There was something about the text-only descriptions that inspired my imagination and created an atmosphere that you just didn’t get from the rudimentary graphics of the time.

My first encounter with text adventures or Interactive Fiction as they are now known, was with a VIC20 title. My dad persuaded my brother and I to buy VIC20 cartridge called Pirate Cove by Scott Adams. The interface was very simple with just “verb noun” commands and incredibly terse descriptions. I didn’t go down very well with my brother, who preferred traditional joystick twiddling, but for me there was something rather magical about the idea of creating an alternate reality within a computer’s memory – even if that computer only had 5k of memory!

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Unfinished works

Unfinished Works

Here’s a small collection of demo parts that never made it to a release. I found these on my collection of old 5.25” floppies. There’s more stuff on my Commodore 64 discs, but either the disks are damaged from being inappropriately stored for so long or I can’t remember what I was thinking back in the late 80’s/90’s when I started putting these demo parts together. These parts actually run!

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Wool on her mind - workstages

Wool on her mind -  workstages

Back in October last year I entered the graphics competition at X2006 with the picture “
Wool on her mind

This animation shows workstages involved in creating the image which may be of interest to one or two people.

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X-SID logo

X-SID Logo

A simple logo created for Jeff’s music editor X-SID . It was one of the first things I did following my return to the scene.

Jeff suggested that hi-res might be nice and historically I’ve not played with hi-res much at all. So, I decided to try and do a simple logo using just hi-res characters and hi-res sprite overlays. The only problem was that I had no idea what I was going to use to do it.

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Grandma has gone fishing

Grandma Has Gone Fishing

A new release, just weeks after my X2006 entry! What’s going on!

All is not what it seems. This picture was started over a year ago and has become a bit of a millstone around my neck. It’s one of those pictures that started well, seemed to be going ok and then didn’t quite turn our as well as you’d hoped.

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