Peter Scott has
finally released his 198x adventure game. Apparently, work started on it in
2014 and took over five years. It was written in the ACT system (Adventure
Creation Tool) for QL.
Here is a
summary of the story.
“In the new
future, computer data is the newest and most valuable commodity, worth more
than rare metals, dwindling fossil fuels or even gold. Individuals, companies
and even countries will stop at nothing to get a lead on information before
someone else does, receiving vital information even just minutes before a rival
can mean difference between war or peace, profit or bankruptcy, or even life or
This new endless thirst for information has led to the rise of data extraction profession; clandestine agencies and individuals, who receive shady anonymous requests for data espionage jobs ranging from the world changing to the almost mundane or petty. A new job request has flashed up on your encrypted messaging system.”
I’ve set up a
new page on my website containing scanned magazine articles.
Thanks to the
work of individuals like Klaus Frank who’ve been busy scanning articles for me,
the first draft of the page is ready with a few articles from various
Not all of the
magazines listed have been scanned yet – this is a work in progress.
Note that many
of the scans are graphical and so pretty HUGE in size. Offered as they are just
everyone start sending me “improved” scans etc etc of existing
material, I just won’t have time to handle it. Since such scans are huge and
internet upload so slow here, uploading new scans takes overnight per 50MB
typical scan. In other words, large volumes of material just won’t happen.
there. The RetroCom software will soon be ready for release…..it will sure
ease up the daily work with QL for the community….things like connecting to
various services on the Internet, save and load software across your local LAN
I must admit it´s more complicated to code for QL than for any other platform I´ve been working with. It has been a steep learning curve, but now I´m over the ridge 🙂 Thanks to Derek Stewart and others for helping me out.”
Back in 2018, Johan started work on a software suite for what was referred to as QL Wifi Interface (now known as RetroCom), described a bridge between the modern world and old computers such as QL and Spectrum. The device would basically work on any system with a serial port.
Charlie Ingley, designer of the vDrive system for the QL, has announced a new case for the vDrive, styled to match the QL. These are available through Charlie’s presence on SellMyRetro.com and can be purchased either by themselves (rectangular LED upgrade kit included – £15 + postage) or with a bundle along with a vDriveQL+cable+vMap. Charlie has expressed thanks to Michele Perini for his kind permission to use his original vDriveQL enclosure model. https://www.sellmyretro.com/offer/details/40597