Eagles Dare (C64) Released

It’s “busy season” again, so there’s yet another entry into the CSDb Intro Creation Competition to mutter about! This time it’s called Eagles Dare, has got code and graphics by yours truly – the picture is mostly wired, but I did some work to make that happen and added details – and aNdy handed in another great tune. The memory footprint is $0400 to just before $43ff so this is a 16K intro.

The unusual feature of this one has to be the scrolling message, it uses Extended Background Colour Mode which limits font use to the first 64 characters (the upper two bits of the character code are used to select one of four background colours) but, rather than a fixed character set, the scroller has a 39 character buffer which is scrolled along the line, recycling whichever character falls off the end for the next. This means that any character from the C64’s upper or lower case ROM font can be selected, although the embedded commands for that and those used to select background and foreground colours take quite a bit of space and there’s not much room for actual text in this one!

Funky Stars (C64) released

Just a quick post to talk about Funky Stars, a new release for t’other label from new member aNdy; the name comes from the stars behind the logo and a lovely cover of Quazar/Sanxion’s Impulse Tracker tune. This is also an entry into the CSDb Intro Creation Competition for the 16K category, which is always a Good Thing in my book.

It was something of a surprise to hear that somebody else actually wanted to be a member of C64CD and I had to tweak the CSDb entry accordingly whilst pushing this out… so I wonder if there’s anyone else out there?

Gamerz Xtreme Intro 2 (C64) released

The original Gamerz Xtreme Intro was written in 2016 for the Twitch channel of the same name and, after a request on Twitter a couple of months back from the channel’s owner and a little work from myself and aNdy, there’s now a second intro which hopefully turned up just in time for a planned channel refresh and transition to Mixer. This new intro is the rather imaginatively titled Gamerz Xtreme Intro 2 and it has everything you could want from an intro; lots of moving raster bars, bouncing multicolour bitmap logos with wave effects, a sideborder ROL scroller and some great music.

As with the previous intro, this was provided to Psycho Stick in source code form including the relevant tools to build it and a configuration file. The latter is basically an assembler include containing all of the bits which can be edited to change the scrolling message text and tweak it’s colours or select one of the pre-made raster effects for the main part of the screen. Once that file has been modified and saved, a supplied batch file can be triggered which assembles the code and crunches it down ready for use.

Getting this done was a lot of fun and one piece of “overkill coding” only becomes visible when the “debug borders” option is enabled in VICE, all of the colour splits in the main effect area are lined up to the same cycle for the entire height of the screen… that took far too much effort to get right, especially considering it’s completely hidden from view and nobody would’ve even noticed either way had I not drawn attention to them!