8 BIT SOFTWARE
To :999 (All) From :2J3 (Chris Richardson) Program: Amazed Knight By D2N V.Horgan.Two games by Victor appeared in 8BS-47.They were 'Horse Race and Amazed Knight. The info I gave with the programs was a bit terse to say the least. The two games were accepted by 'The Electron User' for publication. Unfortunately, the magazine packed up before the games appeared. Victor dug them out and submitted them to 8BS. I clapped them onto 8BS-47 after giving them a quick once over. After the dust had settled a while later, in a quiet moment, I had a closer look at Amazed Knight and must admit spent quite a while playing it. What at first appeared to be quite an illogical game gave me hours of fun. Two problems: 1. No buffer flush, causing the character to continue moving after letting go of the keys. 2. The finish screen was not visible. I fixed these problems with a new line:165*FX21 That fixed the character movement. A change to line 2870 and 3500: 2870IFV%=140980PROCclear:VDU26:PROCwin:END Then remove COLOUR 0 from line 3500. This fixed the finish screen problem. Later versions of 8BS-47 (v3 onwards) have these alterations. To see which version you have, examine the TITLE of the disc using *CAT. From: 3PM (dp-j) Subject: CALENDAR 8BS-47 The introductory note is in error. The 3rd Sept 1752 became the 14th Sept resulting in the loss of the 3rd to the 13th inclusive. ie 11 days 'lost', not the 11th to 13th as stated. The year end was decreed to be on the 31st Dec instead of 25th Mar thus curtailing 1752 to 9 months. So prior to 1753 dates between 1 Jan and 25 Mar are often designated 1751/52 etc. for clarity. This has no effect on the calendar as such, as indeed changing the tax year end would not. The calendar is a means of keeping track of the planetary motion and the assignment of a year end (as opposed to the definition of a year) is an arbitrary choice. I have submitted (see program CALad) a calendar for any month from Jan 1AD to Dec 3999AD which takes account of the changes including the absence of a leap year in 4AD. The original program was by K R Smith, written for TRS 80 machines (I think), covering 25000BC to 20000AD! I rewrote it for BBC's, corrected for the years prior to 5AD and terminating at 3999AD since I understand that some further adjustment may be legislated for year 4000AD. So the Papacy had better start now if the Galileo fracas is not to be repeated. I like Mr Smith's method (which itself may not be unique) and have left the program, although much modified, still credited to him. Take a look at Sept 1752.