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by Strident
Sat Nov 16, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Classics
Topic: Saigon: The Final Days (Atari 400/800 & TRS-80)
Replies: 16
Views: 2455

Re: Saigon: The Final Days (Atari 400/800 & TRS-80)

I don't doubt anyone's recollection from back in the day, I'm just trying to track down primary sources (as I try to always do). I've not yet seen any advertising that links it to the Other Ventures series. It's only that odd manual (linked earlier) that has a single reference, in the loading sectio...
by Strident
Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Classics
Topic: Saigon: The Final Days (Atari 400/800 & TRS-80)
Replies: 16
Views: 2455

Re: Saigon: The Final Days (Atari 400/800 & TRS-80)

And that "Tri-pack" entry is odd... because the box lists three games, as you'd expect... which are "other ventures" ones... but that manual on the page has four games! And the title of the pack makes reference to Jyym rather than other ventures too. https://www.mocagh.org/loadpage.php?getgame=jyymp...
by Strident
Wed Nov 13, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Classics
Topic: Saigon: The Final Days (Atari 400/800 & TRS-80)
Replies: 16
Views: 2455

Re: Saigon: The Final Days (Atari 400/800 & TRS-80)

But "Other Venture #5" was Dog Star Adventure, as seen by this box art... https://gamesdb.launchbox-app.com/games/images/40364 We've already referenced that manual earlier in this thread, by the way. We're looking for other references aside from that. Which I can't yet find. Not saying it's not part...
by Strident
Wed Nov 13, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Classics
Topic: Saigon: The Final Days (Atari 400/800 & TRS-80)
Replies: 16
Views: 2455

Re: Saigon: The Final Days (Atari 400/800 & TRS-80)

It's most definitely one of the Other Venture series. I bought it for the Atari 400/800 back in the day (and solved it). From memory, it was also available for the Apple II. Not sure about other platforms. I must dig out my notes and map. CoCo and TRS-80 too according to the catalogue listings wher...
by Strident
Wed Nov 13, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Classics
Topic: Saigon: The Final Days (Atari 400/800 & TRS-80)
Replies: 16
Views: 2455

Re: Saigon: The Final Days (Atari 400/800 & TRS-80)

Yes.... I just wonder why MoCAGH hasn't placed it with the other Other Ventures games? Looking through various AI catalogues, where Saigon is listed, and doing a magazine search, I can't find a single instance where it is listed in the Other Ventures series. At the point where it was released, it s...
by Strident
Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Classics
Topic: Saigon: The Final Days (Atari 400/800 & TRS-80)
Replies: 16
Views: 2455

Re: Saigon: The Final Days (Atari 400/800 & TRS-80)

That manual https://www.mocagh.org/ai/jyympearsonpack-manual.pdf does have 'Other Venture Series Loading Instructions" in it. (But I can see it explicitly stated anywhere. Some sites give Saigon as Other Venture #1 which is obviously incorrect, as that is contradicted by AI advertising and box art!)
by Strident
Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Site feedback & announcements
Topic: Clarification about conversions
Replies: 15
Views: 123

Re: Clarification about conversions

I reserve my doubts you would actually do that ;) I find it unlikely that this is just an issue of programming resources or database design. That amount of work would be feasible. Maintaining the massively increased data to fill such a "perfect resource", on the other hand, seems like a Herculian t...
by Strident
Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Site feedback & announcements
Topic: Clarification about conversions
Replies: 15
Views: 123

Re: Clarification about conversions

We are, of course, limited by the existing structure of the database. Were you to design a reference source for text adventures, from the ground up (rather than a solutions site), then you would create a system so that each version of the game could be listed on the game page with the relevant year ...
by Strident
Sun Nov 10, 2019 12:56 am
Forum: Site feedback & announcements
Topic: Clarification about conversions
Replies: 15
Views: 123

Re: Clarification about conversions

To put in another way; the point of the game-to-platform connection in the database should be to answer this question: "Can I play this game on platform X?" But alas, here it means something else. In this case, the aim of the game-to-platform connection is to document what platforms a game has been...
by Strident
Sat Nov 09, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Site feedback & announcements
Topic: Clarification about conversions
Replies: 15
Views: 123

Re: Clarification about conversions

As far as I understand it, and this is what I personally prefer when adding new information to the database, is that only official conversions should be listed in the platform section. Any unofficial/fan conversions can be mentioned in the notes section. Unofficial conversions are a particular minef...
by Strident
Sun Oct 06, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Classics
Topic: Moonstone (Atari 130xe)
Replies: 9
Views: 404

Re: Moonstone (Atari 130xe)

Tony doesn't seem to remember Sabotage... so maybe it wasn't his? Or he's just forgotten it!
by Strident
Sun Oct 06, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Classics
Topic: Moonstone (Atari 130xe)
Replies: 9
Views: 404

Re: Moonstone (Atari 130xe)

Thanks, Garry. I will pass it on.

I hadn't realised that Tony did the music for the Get Lamp documentary, and even has produced a whole album inspired by the Infocom games https://tonylongworth.wordpress.com/201 ... x-artwork/
by Strident
Sun Oct 06, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Classics
Topic: Moonstone (Atari 130xe)
Replies: 9
Views: 404

Re: Moonstone (Atari 130xe)

I'm sure that Tony would be interested in a copy of John's solution, if we could possibly pass it on to him.
by Strident
Sun Oct 06, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Classics
Topic: Moonstone (Atari 130xe)
Replies: 9
Views: 404

Re: Moonstone (Atari 130xe)

I did think it was quite spooky that your column is on the very next page. https://archive.org/details/Page_6_Issue_34_1988-07_ABACUS_GB/page/n21 But then, also spookily, it turns out Tony is from the same town as me too and didn't live that far away. I'll ask Tony if he remembers anything about his...
by Strident
Sun Oct 06, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Classics
Topic: Moonstone (Atari 130xe)
Replies: 9
Views: 404

Moonstone (Atari 130xe)

Here's one for the Atari guys... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJHZ9J4LpkU The author of Moonstone, Tony Longsworth, plays through the game he wrote back in 1986/1987 for Page 6 magazine. :) Here's a challenge if you want one... I was asking him about it on Twitter and mentioning we don't yet have...