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The Page 6 PD Library / What's with the leech detection?
« on: December 08, 2008, 11:10:47 AM »
I decided to download any of the ST disks with adventures, but when I click on the disk download icon, I get a leech detection page. What gives? I'm just using an ordinary, everyday browser (Firefox, of course), not some sort of automated download tool.

Has anyone else had this problem?

Website Feedback / Re: Hello?
« on: December 08, 2008, 10:50:43 AM »
And I pop in from time to time to see what's new.

General Page 6 Discussion / Re: Adventure column
« on: October 27, 2006, 01:34:29 PM »
Did I finish all those games myself? What do you think?

If you've read all my adventure columns, you'll know that I did indeed finish all the games, unless I said otherwise. From memory, Powerstar was the only one that I hadn't finished when I wrote the article. I would try to finish the games myself. When I got stuck, I'd ask around for hints. Our users' group had a small Adventure Special Interest Group and we would all help one another when needed. But we had very strong moral code and we would never give a solution, as that spoils the fun. We would occasionally have an Adventure weekend, where we would play a number of Adventures as a group effort - usually new releases or games that someone else was already having trouble with. These were great fun!

But there would come a time when you just couldn't finish a game - usually because of poorly written software. In these cases, it was anything goes. Out came the hint books and magazine articles and anything else you could find. Scorpia's column in Computer Gaming World was a good one.

The single most important tool in any Adventurer's arsenal was the disk editor! There was many a game that I would never have finished without hacking the source code or searching the disk for the vocabulary or the text strings. I probably spent as much time hacking the games as I did playing them, drawing the maps and writing the articles.

All's fair in love and war and solving Adventures!

- Garry

General Page 6 Discussion / Re: updates?
« on: October 27, 2006, 01:12:34 PM »
Life away from the PC? What's that?

- Garry

General Page 6 Discussion / Adventure column
« on: October 15, 2006, 12:12:45 PM »
Hi folks,

I've updated all my articles from Page 6 and sent them to Paul. This includes all the Adventure columns and Adventure articles from issues 9 to 41 and a few other articles from issues 4 to 25.

I've corrected all the typos, reformatted all the Adventure hints (so they're a bit easier to read) and replaced most of the images. I added a splash of colour to some of them. It was very time consuming, but fun. I just hope Paul sees the light and converts the site to standards-compliant XHTML and CSS to make everyone's life a lot easier. I could have done the work in a fraction of the time.

I found the original GEM files of the Adventure maps for The Dark Crystal and Escape from Traam, converted them to Adobe Illustrator format using Corel Draw, then imported them into Macromedia Freehand to fix the botchy conversion. I then imported them into Macromedia Fireworks, spiffied them up a bit and exported them to GIFs. Whew! The end result was much better than a grainy black and white scan, so it was worth the effort.

This was a real nostalgia trip. I remembered my program listings (Grab An Apple, Colour Palette and Speed Check), but there were many Adventures that I can't even remember playing! It was a real joy to reread the articles. I hope everyone else enjoys them as well.

- Garry Francis

Page 6 Contributors / Re: Bill Halsall and Garry Francis
« on: June 07, 2006, 02:31:09 PM »
Oops.  Smilies don't work.


Page 6 Contributors / Re: Bill Halsall and Garry Francis
« on: June 07, 2006, 02:28:23 PM »
Woohoo! Page 6 meets the 21st century! Who'd have thought it?

Well, Paul wrote that letter and found one of those early Page 6 contributors. (Me!) I never knew I was so popular. Like jon, I have many happy memories of the Page 6 days and of Les Ellingham, in particular.

You must remember that all the Page 6 contributors donated their time and effort for free. It was all voluntary (at least in the early days) and there was no reward other than the warm fuzzy feeling you got from helping your fellow Atari enthusiasts. Les used to be pretty good to me. He'd send a free copy of the magazine and the software and other bits and pieces.

I used to get quite a few letters asking for Adventure hints and tips and the return airmail postage used to cost a fair bit, hence the request to include two international reply coupons. (You could buy them at your local post office in ANY country and I could exchange them at my local post office in Australia for the stamps to pay for the return postage.) Mind you, hardly anybody ever included the IRCs, but I always answered them.

So jon, if you've still got that letter lying around, why don't you email it to me? Just remember to attach two international reply coupons!   :)

Garry Francis

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