The 16th Italian QL meeting will be held on 5th April 2020, at the DTM Technologies premises – Via Tacito 65, Modena, from 10am to 5pm. For further details, visit Giorgio Garabello’s website at http://www.hunggartorino.it/ql/16th-italian-meeting-sinclair-ql/?fbclid=IwAR2QWgJ-yp73V1ennGIrpyfO7rNdFWqdrNcw7N-d1FI0abn5wh2F8kI8Lpo or contact Davide Santachiara – ergon AT libero DOT it
Johan Engdahl writes:
“Slowly getting 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 etc.
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
Issue 20 of the Italian publication ‘Retro Magazine’ is now available. Download it now, a lot of exciting content, articles, reviews and exclusive interviews are waiting for you!
Looking for RetroMagazine’s back issues? Download them all for free from: http://www.retromagazine.net
Tobias Fröschle has been busy for some months now porting The Pawn’s game engine to the Q68 (and possibly other systems in the future).
Seasoned QL users will probably be aware that Magnetic Scrolls released a game called The Pawn for the QL through Sinclair back in the 1980s. This version had no graphics. Then, in all, Magnetic Scrolls produced seven adventure games between 1985 and 1990 for other systems, but the QL only ever got The Pawn. The others were: The Guild Of Thieves, Jinxter, Corruption, Fish!, Myth, Wonderland and The Legacy: Realm Of Terror.
The game and graphics files can be downloaded from https://msmemorial.if-legends.org/magnetic.php for use with Tobias’s software.
However, the versions for other computers were based on the same game engine written in 68000 code, with some systems using a minimalistic 68000 code emulator to allow it to run on systems without the 68000 series processors.
One noted feature of the interpreter is its ability to handle complex sentences rather than the simple verb/noun inputs of traditional text adventure games. So this parser would understand sentences such as “use the trowel to plant the pot plant into the plant pot”.
Tobias said that the Q68 version of the game engine essentially emulates a QL on a Q68. The graphics are derived from 16 colour Atari ST graphics with original resolution of 320×200, rescaled to look better on the Q68.
Once the Q68 version is complete, a version for 16-bit colour systems will follow.
Download the Q68 version from the “The Pawn is back. And it’s not alone!” thread in the Software & Programming section on QL Forum