Rich Mellor writes:
Having tracked down Philip Jones who ran Impact Entertainments with his friend Andrew Cserbakoi, the following items of software have now been released as freeware:
- Here We Go – a text adventure written in ACT
- The Gee Gee System – a system to increase your chances when betting on horse races
- Quizmaster – a Pub Quiz game
I updated Quizmaster to allow you to load in extra sets of questions – this was then sold as Quizmaster II.
I will also release Quizmaster II as freeware.
I can obviously send Quizmaster II including the sources to Dilwyn for the Sinclair QL Homepage.
Phil is going to have a look for copies of Here We Go and the original Quizmaster. Hopefully they also have a copy of the Gee Gee system (presuming any of these cartridges still load).
However, if anyone else has copies of these programs on disk – please send them to Dilwyn…
Here We Go! and Quizmaster II are now available to download from the Games page on my website at http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/games/index.html
Released in early April through Quo Vadis Design (on CD) and Sandy (on USB flash memory drive), this is a new and totally reworked version of the popular emulators package.
It has been released to coincide with QPC2 being made freeware, but there’s a whole lot more to it than that. Added to the packages are various Windows-based file transfer packages such as the QXL.WIN Explorer, WXQT2, QXLtool and QLTools and disk imaging programs such as Floopy, Floppy Image and Emt4Win. Incidentally, WXQT2 and QXLWIN Explorer are now available to download from http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/files/index.html
The font end menu is now completely reworked, giving access to many more documentation files, for example, as well as the Windows utility programs.
QL On A Stick SE is available from Quo Vadis Design at http://www.ql-qvd.com/ and on a USB pen drive from Sandy at http://sinclairql.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&path=59&product_id=59
If you’d like to be the proud owner of what is possibly the smallest portable QL ever, you can also get a copy on a 2GB mini-pen drive measuring just 30mm x 12mm (plus a small carry cord – see picture) direct from me at the address inside the front cover for just 5 pounds, but please call to check first as I have only a handful of these mini drives left. I can take Paypal payment, get in touch for the details.
QL On A Stick SE – The smallest ‘QL’ ever?
You’ll be the talk of the meet-up with the smallest QL ever from Sandy.
QL On A Stick comes on a stylish, black 2GB USB drive and includes latest versions of all the most popular emulators in one device. This high quality 2GB drive is stylishly etched with the Sinclair QL logo on the front. Sustained read speeds of 25MB and write speeds of 15MB. AA grade flash memory formats to 1,999,294,400 bytes.
Never fear of getting out of date – you can update emulators individually by visiting the authors’ sites. This is a brand new version of the QL On A Stick package, featuring various QL emulators for Windows, including QPC, SMSQmulator, QemuLator (shareware version), QLay2 and QL2K.
Colossal Cave adventure
The first ever “interactive fiction” adventure game, Colossal Cave by William Crowther, is available for the QL. Tobias Fröschle obtained the sources from http://www.ifarchive.org/if-archive/games/source/ and ported it to the QL.
Here’s the description from my website:
Colossal Cave – originally produced in the 1970s, this was the historic first “interactive fiction” game where you type in what to do next in simple English in a computer presented scenario. Originally written by William Crowther in 1975, enhanced in 1976 by Don Woods and ported to many computer systems since, it has now been ported to the QL by Tobias Fröschle. Play the role of someone exploring the Colossal Cave system in Kentucky, but beware, although there are rumours of gold and treasure, magic is afoot – you are in a twisty maze of passageways (all alike!)…
See the README_TXT file after downloading and unpacking the zip file for instructions – basically, point DATA_USE and PROG_USE to the directory containing the program files and execute the ADVENT_EXE program. (51K download)
It is now available from the Games page on my website: http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/games/index.html under the title Colossal Cave.
Colossal Cave adventure for QL
An older port of this game by David Stevenson is still available from the Quanta Library, disk GS 03
QATS, otherwise known as the QL Application Traffic Supervisor, is a formerly commercial program from Gordon Henson at Cope, which was made shareware. It’s a utility designed to reduce the number of keystrokes needed to perform housekeeping and task control on your QL.
QATS is menu driven, and the menus can be tailored to your QL setup and way of working to maximise your productivity. Includes facilities for controlling the Psion programs and other executables, swoppers and Basic programs, wildcard filename processing file and job management facilities.Works best with JS or Minerva QL ROMs, some facilities may not work on earlier ROM versions.
Several Quill _doc files included, and a scanned PDF original manual also available. Download from
http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/utils/index.html (139K download)
You should be able to work out what this program is from the title! It’s a former commercial title from many years ago from Buzzz Software, now available free of charge. Both 128K RAM and expanded memory versions supplied, although it’s possible the expanded memory version may ironically not work too well on anything larger than Trump Card-sized memory (i.e. more than 1MB, e.g. Gold Card). Extensive Quill _doc file manuals.
Download it from
http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/business/index.html (100K download)
UNARJ is an update (v2.65) of the UNARJ decompressor for the QL, by Derek Stewart.
Download it from http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/arch/index.html (62K download)