Meanwhile, over in Korea… Ian Kim has been busy developing his own SD-based Disk II emulator. The site is in Korean, but movies of the card in action are available for viewing.
You may recall from our KansasFest 2013 coverage that Martin Haye gave attendees a sneak peek at an upcoming NEW Apple II game called ‘Lawless Legends’, a fantasy role playing game set in the wild west for the Apple II & other platforms!
The year is 1856, you have just arrived at Fort Miller, near Mariposa California. The gold rush has now past it’s peak and the region is slowly being over run with cutthroats, thieves, murderers and the like. It seems like drifters from the wilderness are gravitating back into the nearest town they can find. The only other thing keeping the peace in these parts, besides lawmen, are the saloons with their fill of booze, gambling and loose women. To make things worse, there are rumors circulating about mysterious, unnatural things taking place behind the curtain of mountains beyond the local ridges, spreading like wildfire. It’s getting to the point where most folks are too nervous to venture far from town…even for gold.
Lawless Legends is being developed for Apple II & Commodore 64 computers with potential ports to PC/MAC/etc…
If you are an Apple II or C64 coder and would like to participate, please contact us!
Thank you all in advance for your support!
It’s that time again when our friend Vince Briel sells his awesome retro-computing kits assembled, but at DIY kit prices. Save time and money! Check out Briel’s I can’t solder sale 2013. The sale ends August 12th.
Eric ‘Sheppy’ Shepherd has announced the “S-Prize”, a project to encourage and reward the development of a SMB2 compatible FST for GS/OS, the graphical operating system for the Apple IIGS.
Sheppy has fronted $400 of his own money, and will accept donations to increase the reward. See the S-Prize site for rules and requirements.
Edit: Link fixed
Andrew Roughan has announced the date and location of the (we think) second-largest gathering of Apple II users in the world.
The Australian retro computing gathering, OzKfest, will be happening in Brisbane, Australia, July 26-28. That’s just 6 weeks away. Steve Kazoullis and I would like you join us for a few of days of retro inspiration, Aussie ingenuity and camaraderie.
Some of the confirmed sessions include:
- Live discussion of the events of KanasFest that will have taken place in the previous days
- Matt Jenkins will take us on a ‘A trip down Memory lane’
- There will be a demonstration of the Carte Blanche with HDMI adapter in an Apple IIe (courtesy of Stephen Howell)
- I will be demonstrating The Complex, a turn based, multi player, RPG created by Sean Craig (who may be in attendance)
- Skype link up with Woz
- Skype link up with KansasFest attendees
I keenly anticipate some hardware hackery from Alex Lukacz and Jon Co and I’m sure Alex will be bringing his turtle robot controlled via Bluetooth. There may even be some Apple interfaces with the Raspberry Pi. We also have some presentations related to other classic computer platforms and current hobbyist innovations such as the Maximite.
The website has all the logistical details including a registration form. Session details will be updated shortly. http://ozkfest.net/
There will be a few attendees of past KansasFests and the previous OzKfest and we hope to imbibe the KansasFest spirit into OzKFest again this year.
Now is the time to get your registration form in, arrange how to get there and where you’ll stay. If you need help, let us know how we can help.
If you have an idea for a session that you’d like to present, please let us know so we can allocate a time slot for you. If you would like to learn something, let us know what that is and we will try to find a presenter for that topic, e.g. Stephen Wright would like an introduction to IIgs development and I’d like to find out how to change and manage disk images within ActiveGS.
Steve and I are really excited about this event and can’t wait to see you there! Reminder that the ‘Downunder Chat’ happens every Friday night from 9pm Australian EST in irc.a2central.com #a2.chat
If you find yourself in jolly ol’ England this summer, say between the dates of June 8th and July 28th, be sure to stop in at the Furtherfield Gallery’s McKenzie Pavillion in London and personally see Melissa Barron’s Glitch screencapture weavings on display as part of the Glitch Moment/ums exhibit.
You may recall from our prior Prince of Persia coverage that Jason Scott and Tony Diaz helped Jordon Mechner resurrect the PoP source code from Mechner’s old disks and upload it to Github. Recently, Jason Scott posted a follow-up on Facebook’s Apple II Enthusiasts group about the efforts of PoP fan Adam Green.
Here’s Jason’s post:
Great news on the Prince of Persia front: Adam Green, a huge fan of the code and the original game, has been spending the time since Tony Diaz and I worked with Jordan Mechner put Prince of Persia on Github. He’s reverse engineered everything, documented it to within an inch of its life, and then created instructions and helper code to allow someone to actually build working images of Prince of Persia that boot in emulators (and possibly an Apple II). It’s a monumental achievement, and what we dreamed someone might have the time and effort to get done. If you scroll down, you can read all the essays he’s written explaining all the ways the code, the disk protection, and the system works. Great stuff.
You can see all Adam’s contributions here.
City Prints is offering a collection of prints featuring the schematics of iconic computers and consoles from the ’70s and ’80s. Naturally, the Apple 1 and Apple II are represented. Each print is produced on high quality, heavy GPA 110# Ice Pearl Cover for a nice shimmer effect. Prints are $40 each and framing options are available (but those can get expensive).
If your love for the Apple 1 or II knows no bounds, then take down that tired old Picasso or Warhol and replace it with an Apple.
Tech news giant CNET gave the Apple II some love today, posting an article about how Apple’s original DOS came into existence. Coincidentally, this is one of the themes we will be interactively exploring with Randy Wigginton at this year’s KansasFest. Be there or regret it forever.
Following in the footsteps of his Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who delivered the 2005 Commencement Address to Stanford, Steve Wozniak has been named the keynote speaker for UC Berkeley’s 2013 Commencement program. Â Commencement activities are scheduled to begin promptly at 9am on Saturday, May 18, “rain or shine”.Â The Daily Californian has the full text of the press release.