Workprint – May 2017

I’m completely messed up this month due to the web server spluttering and screwing its boot drive’s file system (did I lose a workprint from last month or just forget…?) and going through the final preparations for getting married in a week’s time so the workprint is rather late! And yes, I’m lightly terrified about getting hitched, the lack of throughput on this ‘ere blog should indicate that I’m not particularly comfortable with being in the limelight!

The post about the April instalment in the release was lost so I might as well bundle it in here so there’s a pretty screenshot to look at! MD201704 was for the Commodore 128 and used 2MHz mode in the upper and lower borders to get sixteen pixel wide colour splits. The inspiration came from seeing Rabenauge’s Elvis Copper on the Revision 2017 Twitch stream and wondering why the colour splits on their demo were so wide with only two distinct colours per scanline. Since I’d been playing with a four cycle wide splitter with three colour values and 2MHz enabled on the C128 anyway, that code was brought forward and overhauled to install the plotter and scroller.

Speaking of Revision, have a look at Ninja Dev’s What Are You Syncing About? because it’s a lovely piece of work – there’s no chance of any machine at Chez Roundabout running it without the result being more a slideshow than a demo, but that link goes to the YouTube video I’ve been trying to wear out.

Finally, the workprint itself and, as noted, spare time is a little more scarce this month but I’ve managed to get MD201705 on the C64 mostly written with just a couple of cosmetic features and the scroll text left on my “to do” list. Basically it’s a reworking of something I’ve done previously with a few extra tweaks and a little more colour, but I’m quite pleased with the results and it should turn up at some point either next week or possibly the week after depending on what I’ll amuse myself by calling “my schedule”.

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