Subject: [stella] Poker Solitaire/Squares build 025|
From: Phantom of the Opcodes <urchlay@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2001 21:30:31 -0500 (EST)
Things have been pretty slow in the stella world lately... what's everybody up to? I finally got a chance to work on Poker Solitaire/Squares some more this weekend... Here's what's new in this version: - Changed name to `Poker Squares', mostly because `Poker Solitaire' is too darn wide to display as a title :) - Added PAL binary. Looks OK on Z26, would someone mind testing on a PAL console & let me know if it works OK? (This is my first attempt at a PAL version of anything...) - Game Select now acts as a toggle to switch between normal display and crib sheet. Debounce time is 16 frames. Sadly, this used my very last byte of free RAM :( - Scrolling title during shuffling. This could look better than it does.. - Crib Sheet now uses strict 3x5 UPPERCASE font, with an extra pair of scanlines between rows of text. Also rearranged hands so they're listed in order by score, low to high. Thanks to Jake Patterson for designing the new crib sheet, although I modified his design some (inverse video for the scores, for one thing) - Minor fixes to the fonts: A and Q cards look a little better, and the 5, 6, 8, 9 in the score font were modified (can't decide if they look right or not..) ...at this point, I've used all 128 bytes of RAM (126 for variables, with 2 left over for stack, which I actually do use). I'm also down to around 100 bytes of ROM space free. I was considering adding a couple of different game modes (sliding puzzle mode, with timed and/or move-limited variants), but unless I want to use bank-switching, I don't think it's going to happen.. and even with 4 more K of ROM, I'd still be out of RAM. (No, I don't want to use SuperCharger RAM. I want to write an Atari VCS game, not a SuperCharger game) So, set your TARDIS controls for the mid-80's.... if this game had existed in '83 or so, as it is now, would you have bought it? Would you have enjoyed it? Would you have felt ripped off? Would you have still played it 5 years later? I *really* want to `release' this version as 1.0... been working on this game for months, and want to move on. But I want to get it to a point where, if I never touch it again, it could be considered complete. Opinions? B. --- If a trainstation is the place where trains stop, what is a workstation?
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