July 8th, 2016

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AppleIIGSMarc posted to comp.sys.apple2 about a game he’s working on. Looks good!

Hey everyone, I just wanted to share with you a small preview of a game I’ve been working on. It’s a lo-res, vertically scrolling shooter that will run on any 48k Apple II. Yes, the graphics are extremely blocky and a bit ugly, but I thought it’d be a fun way to learn 6502 assembly on the Apple II. It’s not quite ready for release, but when it’s done I’ll make it available to anyone interested.

Oh, and if you watch the video, I recommend keeping the size small as it’s easier on the eyes. I know this isn’t Game of the Year material, so please be kind! :)



July 7th, 2016

Apple II Festival France 2016


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Mark your calendars again! Coming this August 12th through August 15th is APPLE II FESTIVAL FRANCE 2016, at Maska to Castera-Verduzan in Gers. Join your fellow European Apple II enthusiasts for a few days of retrocomputing, gaming, hacking, good food and some wine. Apple II Festival France 2016 is being produced by Silicium and Facebook Group Apple II France.

http://www.apple2festivalfrance.fr

July 6th, 2016

The GEnie Apple II RoundTables at Mac GUI Vault


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Poof! The GEnie is out of the bottle in time for KansasFest 2016 as Mac GUI Vault now holds the Apple II GEnie and Delphi software and RoundTable archives. Both of these online services were central to the Apple II world and were used by thousands of Apple II subscribers in the 1980s and 90s.

Visit the GEnie page to start browsing

The GEnie discussion RoundTables, A2 and A2Pro, are now online. Reading these archives gives one a more complete view of the Apple II world of the 1990s and early 2000s, and forms an interesting parallel to the discussions in the Usenet newsgroups.

Furthermore, the software libraries of GEnie and Delphi are also online at Mac GUI Vault and come complete with their original text descriptions and comments.

June 30th, 2016

KABOOM! v1.03 released

Just in time for the American 4th of July (Independence Day) Holiday, Jesse Blue of NinjaForce has released KABOOM! v1.03. KABOOM! was recently updated to support the 4play Joystick Card by Alex Lukacz and the 4soniq 4-Channel Stereo Card by Jon Christopher Co and John Valdezco.

June 30th, 2016

Wear your Apple II pride

Javier Rivera has opened a store to offer fashion-conscious Apple II enthusiasts an array of Apple II-themed t-shirts (and coffee mugs). Check them out at the Apple II FAQ Store”.


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June 10th, 2016

RAMWorks IIII v1.0 kits now available from UltimateMicro

Hello Everyone! A quick update that we have some new items now listed in the UA2 Store – The RAMWorks IIII Kit v1.0.

This Kit is mainly designed and meant for the SolderFEST part of KFEST to help add to the show. We will however ship to users since there is a demand for the board and a fun “kit” project for the Apple II.

KFEST Delivered Kit: https://goo.gl/SH6NUZ
Shipped Kit:https://goo.gl/nc86dZ

All details and pics are listed on the item’s page in the Store. I’ll be posting a facebook announcement tomorrow for the above items being active in the Store.


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May 26th, 2016

KansasFest early-bird registration ends May 31st!


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Reminder!

Discounted early-bird registration for KansasFest 2016, the 28th annual Apple II convention, ends May 31. On June 1, prices rise $55, so reserve your spot now. Official KansasFest shirts are extra and optional and must be ordered by June 22; registration for staying on-site closes July 1.

Users, programmers, hobbyists, and retrocomputing enthusiasts are invited to Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, from Tuesday, July 19, through Sunday, July 24, for six days and five nights of sessions, demos, announcements, contests, and camaraderie. Mike Harvey, a business executive, salesperson, technologist, project manager, entrepreneur, programmer, and best known in the Apple community as the founder and publisher of Nibble Magazine, will join us with a keynote presentation. Harvey will be available immediately afterward for a Q&A and autograph session.

Attendees present all KansasFest sessions, so please submit your session proposal by May 31. Whether it’s a behind-the-scenes look at new software, preorder opportunities for new hardware, a hands-on workshop, a podcast recording session, 4 player Kaboom! tournament, or an athletic round of Bite the Bag, there are experiences to be had and memories to be made at KansasFest that aren’t possible except in the company of surprising, brilliant, diehard Apple II fans.



May 23rd, 2016

Nox Archaist developers announce graphics tile contest

Hey Guys,

We would like to offer a chance for members of the retro gaming community to participate in the design of Nox Archaist while hopefully improving the final result and getting the game into your hands more quickly.

Starting today we are running a tile graphics contest!

The top three submitted tiles will be determined on 7-31-2016 and the winners will receive the benefits below:

  • One custom in-game NPC named and based on input from the winner
  • Copy of the initial release of Nox Archaist on 5.25” floppy disks
  • Pre-release digital copy of Nox Archaist
  • Printed manual
  • Name mentioned in Nox Archaist game credits
  • Announcement of winners on our blog and in this forum
  • Any other goodies we can come up with

To participate, just send us one or more tile designs using the criteria provided at the link below. Submissions can be sent via email to contest@6502workshop.com

CLICK HERE for contest rules and details.

May 9th, 2016

KansasFest Special from UltimateMicro: Universal PSU Kit $89.99

Henry Courbis writes:

With KansasFest only weeks away I wanted to remind attendees about the specially priced show offer from Ultimate-Micro.com for the Universal PSU Kit: https://goo.gl/amFHma

You’ll receive a $10 discount plus save the regular shipping charges, plus your order will be hand-delivered to you at KFEST. Ultimate-Micro staff will also be available to assist if you have any issues or questions. We recommend bringing some basic tools if you want to install the Universal PSU Kit while at the conference.

There aren’t plans to bring extra PSU Kits due to their weight and added complexity with travel to and from the show, so be sure to place your order NOW and don’t miss out on this great offer which ends July 16th, at 6:00pm Eastern.

For Accessories and Related Items:
IIe: https://goo.gl/GIBcyZ
IIGS: https://goo.gl/GIBcyZ
///: https://goo.gl/NYYI1A

NOTE: Be sure to select “KFEST Special” items for discounted prices and no shipping charges.

May 4th, 2016

4soniq IIGS stereo card press release (debuted at WOzFest ///)

Manila Gear Introduces the 4soniq – a 4Channel Sound Card for the Apple IIGS

Sydney, Australia, 29 April 2016—Manila Gear today announced the 4soniq interface card for the Apple II GS. The card gives II GS owners the ability to connect up to 4 separate powered speakers so they can enjoy quadraphonic surround sound. In addition to providing four channels of output, the 4soniq gives owners the ability to capture audio with a single channel input digitiser.

The 4soniq was announced at WOzFest /// where Jon Christopher Co demonstrated a prototype 4soniq card for attendees to inspect and use in KABOOM! gameplay. “It all started when we were chatting about how the Apple II GS can generate 8 channels of sound, and fellow Apple enthusiast Andrew Roughan wondered ‘if anyone ever attempted such a design.’ John and I checked it out and we decided to give it a shot!” said Jon. “We hope Apple II GS users enjoy using it and programming for it as much as we have enjoyed creating it.”

Hardware
The 4soniq unlocks the capabilities already available in the Apple II GS ’ Ensoniq Digital Oscillator Chip. The simple design and robust engineering delivers clean, reliable sound.

Features:

  • 4 channel output via two 3.5 mm stereo jacks
  • 1 channel input via one 3.5 mm mono jack

When paired with another 4soniq card, it is possible to achieve 8 channels of output. The 4soniq can also be setup for slotless operation.

Software
A Programmers Guide for the 4soniq will be available on the Manila Gear website in the near future. The guide will show developers how to program for the 4soniq, and will include sample code on how to modify existing software to support 4 channel sound.

In addition, thanks to the hard work of Ninjaforce’s Jesse Blue, the recently announced v1.02 of its popular Bomberman clone KABOOM! is fully 4soniq compatible.

The 4soniq will soon be available for pre-order on manilagear.com. For more information on the card specifications please visit http://manilagear.com/product/4soniq-sound-card

Manila Gear is an electronics company founded by Jon Christopher Co and John Valdezco. Jon has been a hardware hacker for the past twenty years and maintains a blog at: http://damntechnology.blogspot.com.au. John advises Silicon Valley startups, and has a degree in Electrical Engineering. Both Jon and John attended Philippine Science High School, and have been working together on cool stuff since then.


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