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    Default Trying to write an "editor" for The Bard's Tale...

    Hi there everyone.

    I've been working on a program in BASIC (using WinVICE) to write an editor of sorts for The Bard's Tale. If anyone here knows what I'm talking about, raise your hand.

    Okay, so, the idea is that it loads the dungeon called the "Wine Cellar" and displays it visually on screen via a reprogrammed character set. I get only so far before confusion and frustration kick in - namely the point where I try to have the user move the "cursor" on-screen to highlight a given square. What happens is that it doesn't behave as it should and at some point it disables RUNSTOP/RESTORE, meaning I can't debug it further.

    Anyone willing to help me out with this?

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    That sounds cool, I myself had actually always wanted to write my own game similar to the Bard's Tale a while back, and I started learning a little programming just for that but in the end other stuff kicked in and I didn't have time (and writing an engine similar to Bard's Tale is pretty complex, so kudos on writing this thing).

    Not sure I can help you much with this problem, do you have any idea why the run/stop restored is disabled

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    Do you have any POKEs in your code that would disable the runstop restore button?

    I think these ones can potentially do that:

    POKE 808,239
    POKE 792,193
    POKE 808,234

    or could be some other problem with Poking

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    Here's the disk image containing the program:
    Free File Hosting Made Simple - MediaFire

    "WC3.PRG" is the program in question. Feel free to have a look and tell me where I'm going wrong.

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    I've overcome the issue.

    500 more await, of course.

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    Yeah thats how it goes in programming

    Out of curiosity, what was the issue?

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    I had put in a few plus signs where there needed to be minus signs, thus POKING at memory locations above where I had copied the character set.

    The issue now is to define every possible door/wall/secret door location for each square. It transloads Kylearan's Tower when I tell it where to grab the disk info from and so when it displays doors/walls that aren't decoded from the Wine Cellar I have to poke the character representing it so it displays it properly.

    My head hurts.

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    By the way, how many people would be interested in such a system for the C64? A construction set that lets you make your own adventures using the Bard's Tale engine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darendor View Post
    I had put in a few plus signs where there needed to be minus signs, thus POKING at memory locations above where I had copied the character set.

    The issue now is to define every possible door/wall/secret door location for each square. It transloads Kylearan's Tower when I tell it where to grab the disk info from and so when it displays doors/walls that aren't decoded from the Wine Cellar I have to poke the character representing it so it displays it properly.

    My head hurts.
    Yeah, POKEs can be tricky

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darendor View Post
    By the way, how many people would be interested in such a system for the C64? A construction set that lets you make your own adventures using the Bard's Tale engine?
    I'd be interested. Would certainly be fun making my own Bard's Tale adventures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darendor View Post
    By the way, how many people would be interested in such a system for the C64? A construction set that lets you make your own adventures using the Bard's Tale engine?
    I'd be interested in that too. I think it would be cool to write and share Bard's Tales like adventures.

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    That's a very cool project, good luck with it

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    I'd be interested, I really liked The Bard's Tale

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    We need people who are somewhat good at assembly language and/or BASIC to help us out.

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    Is anyone interested in checking out what I've written perchance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darendor View Post
    Is anyone interested in checking out what I've written perchance?
    I'd like to see it where can I see

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    Quote Originally Posted by goonie View Post
    I'd like to see it where can I see
    Try here: The Adventurers' Guild :: View topic - 8-Bit BTCS - 6502 Reverse Engineering Project

    Running into memory errors.

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    Sounds like a great project, I hope you get the memory issues sorted out (I can't help, don't know any Basic really )

 

 

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