Submitted by Dan Dooré on Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 13:35.
|Magazine||One Meg available, news roundup|
|Freviews||Pipe Mania, Sam IBU, LERM Assembler, Search: “Ditchscape”|
|Screenshots||Search: “Ditchscape”, Lizard wars|
|Compatibles||The Shadow||Sam-compatible spectrum titles|
|Grab demos||Brian McConnell||Demos of what can be done with grab|
|Diary||Steve Taylor||Keep a diary on your sam|
|Uneraser||Colin MacDonald||Retrieve erased files|
|The Mad Bit||Brian McConnell||Pointless drivelling nonsense!|
|MC made easy||Steve Taylor||Machine Code Made Easy - Part 1|
|Compo results||Results of an earlier competition|
|Address manager||Joao Nuno Coelho||Store names and addresses|
|Screen$||Malcolm Phillips||Converted pictures|
|Interview||Colin MacDonald||Interview with Brent Stevens of the SCPDSA|
CONTENTS 1 1 : CONTENTS 11 : THE PD SECTION 2 : EDITORIAL 12 : LETTERS 3 : NEWS 13 : LETTERS 4 : HINTS 'N' TIPS 14 : LETTERS 5 : HINTS 'N' TIPS 15 : LETTERS 6 : QUESTIONAIRE 16 : LETTERS 7 : THE MEANING OF LIFE 17 : SCPDSA 8 : THE MEANING OF LIFE 18 : ENCELADUS 9 : THE MEANING OF LIFE 19 : SORRY! 10: THE PD SECTION 20 : CREDITS REMEMBER , C FOR COLOURS AND SPACE TO SELECT PAGE. EDITORIAL - ISSUE SIX 2 WELCOME TO ANOTHER ISSUE OF YOUR FAVOURITE DISK-BASED MAGAZINE, FRED. THIS MONTH IS A VERY IMPORTANT MONTH FOR US, AS IT'S THE FIRST TIME WE'VE HAD TO COPE WITHOUT ANY HELP WHAT-SO-EVER. THIS IS BECAUSE COLIN HAS EXAMS COMING UP,AND OF COURSE DOES NOT WANT TO FAIL THEM. I HAVE EXAMS TOO, BUT AM NOT THAT FUSSED ABOUT STUDYING YET ( GUESS WHO'S GOING TO FAIL!!). THIS MEANS THAT IT'S UP TO IAN AND ME TO KEEP THE MAG GOING. ACTUALLY, IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE OUR RESPONSIBILITY LAST TIME, AS COLIN WENT ON HOLIDAY, BUT HE STILL ENDED UP DOING THE LION'S SHARE OF THE WORK. FORTUNATELY, THE FACT THAT YOU ARE READING THIS EDITORIAL IS WITNESS TO THE FACT THAT WE HAVE MANAGED SOMEHOW TO FINISH THE ISSUE. (THAT'S A LAUGH! - CM) THIS MONTH, WE INTEND TO MAINTAIN THE SORT OF QUALITY YOU'VE HOPEFULLY COME TO EXPECT, AND PERHAPS EVEN IMPROVE UPON IT. WHATEVER THE OUTCOME YOU CAN BE SURE THAT WE'VE TRIED OUR BEST. HAPPILY, OUR READERSHIP IS STEADILY INCREASING, AND THANKS TO A WONDERFUL REVIEW IN CRASH AND POSSIBLY A MENTION IN THE NEXT SAMCO NEWSLETTER, THE READERSHIP FIGURES COULD TAKE ON AN EXPONENTIAL RISE. ENJOY FRED!! BRIAN ,EDITOR OF EDITIRIAL!! NEWS 3 THIS MONTH IS NOT ONE OF GREAT REVELATION, BUT THERE ARE A COUPLE OF INTERESTING POINTS. FIRSTLY, THE 1-MEGABYTE MEMORY UPGRADE SHOULD BE AVAILABLE BY NOW. IN THEORY, WITH THE RIGHT SOFTWARE, 1 MEG COUPE OWNERS SHOULD BE ABLE TO COPY A DISK IN ONLY TWO DISK SWOPS. ALSO SCHEDULED FOR THE START OF DECEMBER IS THE CARD CAGE. THIS LITTLE DEVICE WILL SERVE THE SAME PURPOSE AS AN ELECTRICITY ADAPTOR IN THAT IT WILL ALLOW YOU TO USE 4 INTERFACE - REQUIRING PIECES OF HARDWARE AT THE SAME TIME. UNFORTUNATELY FOR ANY BUDDING ARTISTS AND ANYBODY ELSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE SAM MOUSE IN ACTION, THIS IMPORTANT PERIPHERAL WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE UNTIL SOMETIME NEXT YEAR, MARCH HOPEFULLY. THIS IS BECAUSE THE COMPANY WHO WERE TO START PRODUCING THE ASIC CHIP FOR IT HAVE, IN TRUE MGT STYLE, "GONE UNDER." SO IT LOOKS LIKE WE SHALL JUST HAVE TO WAIT. PLANNED FOR NEXT YEAR ARE TWO DIGITISERS FROM BLUE ALPHA ELECTRONICS (THE MAKERS OF THE AVAILABLE-NOW VOICE SYNTHESISER). THESE ARE AUDIO DIGITISER IN JANUARY AND A VIDEO DIGITISER A FEW MONTHS LATER. I'M SURE WE'RE ALL LOOKING FORWARD TO THEM!! HINTS 'N' TIPS 4 I'M SURE THAT A LOT OF YOU ARE RATHER FED UP OF TYPING IN EACH AND EVERY KEYWORD LETTER BY LETTER, SO YOU MAY FIND THIS LITTLE TIP HELPFUL. SOME OF YOU WILL UNDOUBTEDLY KNOW THIS, BUT FOR THOSE WHO DON'T, HERE GOES. WHILE ALMOST EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT THE FUNCTION KEYS ACT AS COMPLETE COMMANDS, SOME OF THE NORMAL KEYS ALSO HAVE THIS. FOR EXAMPLE THE LETTER "S" WHEN PRESSED TOGETHER WITH SYMBOL WILL PRODUCE THE KEYWORD "SAVE". THERE ARE MANY MORE OF THESE "HIDDEN" KEYWORDS, AND I'LL LEAVE YOU TO FIND THEM YOURSELVES... SOMETHING THAT THE MORE SERIOUS USERS AMONG YOU MIGHT LIKE IS THE ABILITY TO GET A DIRECTORY OF ALL THE FILES ON A DISK WITH A SET PREFIX / SUFFIX. FOR EXAMPLE, TO FIND ALL THE FILES BEGINNING WITH "ABC" YOU SHOULD TYPE IN . SIMILARLY, TO FIND ALL THE FILES ENDING IN "ABC" YOU WOULD TYPE IN
ReviewsBRIAN SAM IBU SAM IBU IS YET ANOTHER COPYING PROGRAM, BUT WITH A DIFFERENCE. ALTHOUGH IT CAN COPY COMPLETE DISKS LIKE ANY OTHER COPIER, THIS CAN DETECT THOSE FILES WHICH ARE PRESENT ON THE SOURCE DISK AND IF THERE IS A FILE ON THE TARGET DISK WITH THE SAME NAME, IT WON'T BOTHER TO COPY IT. THAT IS, IF YOU HAVE FRED AS A SOURCE DISK AND A DISK WITH ONLY SAMDOS ON IT, SAM IBU WILL COPY THE WHOLE OF FRED EXCEPT SAMDOS. SIMPLE REALLY. APART FROM THAT, SAM IBU IS A FAIRLY FAST SECTOR COPIER. IF YOU HAVE ONLY ONE DRIVE IT IS STILL A FAST WAY TO COPY DISKS. ALTHOUGH HARDLY AN INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT UTILITY TO USE, I FOUND IT LEFT SLIGHTLY TOO MUCH TO THE USER'S INGENUITY. TO SUM UP, USEFUL IF YOU HAVE TO KEEP UPDATING A DISK WITH FILES FROM A WORDPROCESSOR OR SOME SUCH THING, BUT I USE THE SDC COPIER THE MOST.(ALSO REVIEWED THIS ISH) GRAPHICS- N/A VALUE - AT ONLY £3.50, WORTH BUYING SOUND - N/A ORDER FROM: SD SOFTWARE,[redacted] Assemblers, eh? Useful, aren't they? I mean, you can write machine code, read machine code and, um, well that's about it really. But if you're serious about programming (or just want to look intelligent) it's an essential piece of kit. In fact, assemblers were just about the first pieces of software to come out for the Coupé and LERM have set the standard with theirs. So let's take a look, shall we? Firstly, it's only supplied on tape. There is an option to copy the program onto disk, though, so remember to get a spare one. The program itself runs on 256K and 512K versions although there is very little difference between the two versions. There are two main parts to it: The assembler itself and a help page/disassembler/toolkit section. ASSEMBLER: A very useful feature of this particular program is that if you own LERM's Speccy assemmbler, code from that can be loaded in and modified. The assembler has a full-screen editor and will accept code in a form similar to BASIC. ie there is no need to TAB everything out into fields. Decimal, hex and binary numbers are all accepted and labels can be up to 12 chars in length. Comment lines and directives such as EQU, DB and DS are also accepted. The assembly process itself is extremely quick and commands exist for auto-lining, renumbering and finding certain strings in the text. Two source files each 32K long are present and can be used independantly or merged together. My only criticisms are that the bright white on black text strains the eyes and can't be changed. The LIST command only works with line numbers so if you want to see a subroutine you must either know its line number of FIND it and then LIST. OTHER BITS: The help page is independant of the assembler and they can be switched between with no ill effect. Some of the facilities include:- number conversion; ASCII/number dumps; mnemonical disassembly This is probably the feature of LERM SAM Assembler that makes it stand out from the crowd. It's printer compatable and vey well thought out. *****************************########### * >>>> FAX BOX <<<< #100% # * # # * LERM SAM Assembler. # -- # * Price: £8.99 (tape only) # -- # * # -- # * RATING >>>> 80% <<<< # 50% -- # * # -- # *****************************# -- # # -- # # -- # # 0% -- # ########### PIPEMANIA YES, THE ONE WE'VE ALL BEEN WAITIN FOR - PIPEMANIA FOR THE COUPE!! THIS WAS ONE OF THE MOST WIDELY ACCLAIMED GAMES OF THE YEAR, AND IT'S ALSO THE FIRST REALLY BIG GAME TO MAKE IT ONTO THE COUPE. THIS VERSION IS THE SAME AS ALL THE OTHERS IN THAT YOU MUST KEEP ADDING PIPES TO THE END OF THE MAIN FLOW SO THAT THE WATER DOES NOT REACH THE END OF YOUR NETWORK. I'M SURE YOU'VE ALL HEARD/READ/SEEN THAT A GOOD FEW THOUSAND TIMES. WHAT MAKES THIS DIFFERENT FROM ANY OTHER OF THE 8-BIT VERSIONS IS THE ENHANCED GRAPHICS. IN MODE 4, THESE ARE EASILY COMPARABLE TO THOSE OF THE ST, PERHAPS EVEN BETTER... IF YOU HAVE THE SPECCY VERSION, THERE'S MAYBE NOT AS MUCH POINT IN BUYING THIS, BUT IF NOT GO FOR IT! GRAPHICS - 85% PLAYABILITY - 92% SOUND - 76% ADDICTIVITY - 93% OVERALL - 91% VALUE - 84% IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE SPECCY VERSION,GET THIS CORKER. YOU WON'T REGRET IT! BRIAN SDC BIT COPIER THIS IS A DISK COPIER FROM SDC (AS THE TITLE MAY SUGGEST...) AND IS ONE OF THE BEST. IT IS A SIMPLE PROGRAM (WRITTEN IN BASIC WITH A BIT OF CODE) WHICH IS VERY STRAIGHTFORWARD TO USE. THIS COPIES ONLY ENTIRE DISKS, OVERWRITING ANYTHING ON THE TARGET DISK. USERS WILL ONLY NEED TO CARRY OUT SIXTEEN DISK SWOPS IN TOTAL, 512K USERS ONLY EIGHT (NOTE: THERE IS NO PROVISION FOR USERS WITH 2 DRIVES). THIS IS THE QUICKEST COPIER I'VE SEEN, COPYING AN ENTIRE DISK IN JUST UNDER 3 MINUTES. IT IS PRESENTED WELL (NOT MUCH POINT, BUT LOOKS GOOD) AND HAS A NICE LITTLE BAR WHICH FILLS WITH COLOUR AS THE DISK IS READ. OVERALL, THIS IS MY FAVOURITE COPIER (AND THE OFFICIAL FRED COPIER!!). GRAPHICS- N/A VALUE - A GOOD BUY AT ONLY £2.75 SOUND - N/A AVAILABLE FROM : BRIAN MUMFORD , [redacted] COLIN : AND DON'T MENTION FRED THIS TIME!!!
PreviewsCOLIN PREVIEWS ANCO'S LONG AWAITED KICK OFF 2 IS ALL SET TO BE RELEASED IN JANUARY '91 AND BOTH THE AMSTRAD AND SPECTRUM VERSIONS ARE SUPPOSEDLY EXCELLANT (YS GAVE IT 80% BUT WE ALL KNOW HOW BADLY THEY REVIEW THEIR GAMES DON'T WE?). ENIGMA HAVE JUST ABOUT FINISHED PROGRAMMING THE DOMARK HIT , "KLAX" ALTHOUGH THERE ARE NO DATES AS YET IT SHOULD BE HITTING THE SHOPS SOON (THE COUPLE THAT DO STOCK COUPE GAMES THAT IS!) PRICED AT £14.99 FOR DISC. ACCORDING TO PAST DETAILS , EFTPOTRM (THAT'S "ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE ROBOT MONSTERS" TO YOU!) AND TRIVIAL PURSUIT SHOULD BE OUT ANY TIME NOW BUT I PRESUME THEY'LL BE OUT JUST AFTER THE NEW YEAR.PRICES ARE £14.99 AND £19.99 RESPECTIVELY. UNFORTUNATLY THERE DOSN'T SEEM TO BE MANY MORE GAMES ON THE NOT TOO DISTANT HORIZON THAT I COULD WAFFLE ON ABOUT SO WHAT I WILL SAY IS THAT THE NEXT SAMCO MAILSHOT SHOULD BE OUT ANY DAY NOW AND I WAS TOLD THAT FRED WOULD HAVE A MENTION IN IT SO I'LL KEEP MY FINGERS CROSSED.OH,OH - THE DISCS! I'VE FORGOTTEN ABOUT THE DISCS! I'LL HAVE TO RUSH DOWN TO MY SUPPLIER AND ORDER AN EXTRA 10,000 DISCS IMMEDIATLY! (THAT IS WISHFUL THINKING!-BRIAN)
Machine Code Tutorial #1Hello everyone out there in Coupé land. This is (hopefully!) the first in a series on machine code for beginners. No, please, don't all groan at once - m/c has its uses - it's not just for swotty egg-headed squares. Just think of all the games you'll write and all the money you'll make after reading this article! Now, firstly you'll need an assembler. This is a program with which the machine code can be entered. I can recommend the one from LERM although any old one'll do. Got one? Right. Now to lesson one..... REGISTERS:- The first thing we'll deal with are the registers. You could compare these with variables from BASIC, and there are 8 main ones. They are named after letters: A;B;C;D;E;F;H;L and each can contain a number between 0 and 255. To allocate a number to one of these registers we use the command: LD A,100 . This stands for LoaD A with 100 and is like the BASIC: LET A=100 The contents of one register can be copied into another by using : LD A,B . This will load A with whatever is in B and is like : LET A=B in BASIC Although each register can only hold a number 0 to 255, they can be used in pairs to hold a number 0 to 65535. The pairings used are: B&C ; D&E ; H&L ; A&F The F register is special and is used to store the results of tests via FLAGS (F for flag, geddit?) and so shouldn't be tampered with. A flag is just a binary digit which indicates whether a calculation has produced a carry or a zero and things like that. Don't be concerned with flags for the moment. 2 other registers we will use are IX and IY. These are known as INDEXES and can hold a number 0 to 65535. To use a number which is stored in memory we use brackets around the ADDRESS of the number. ie, where about in memory it is. The address must be between 0 and 65535 and the number is always between 0 and 255. For example, to load the ACCUMULATOR (another name for the A register) with the contents of 30000 we use : LD A,(30000) Similarly, to load A with the contents of the address held in the HL register pair use : LD A,(HL) Another two very useful commands are DEC and INC. These DECrement (take away 1 from) or INCrement (add 1 to) any register or register pair. So, if we have a program: LD A,100 ; put 100 into A LD B,A ; put A into B INC A ; add 1 to A DEC B ; take away 1 from B Our end result is that A=101 and B=99 Let us now look at a program the way it would appear on an assembler: ORG 50000 ; ORG means ORiGin-the start address DEMO1 LD HL,TEXT1 ; DEMO1 and TEXT1 are LABELS, they ; represent numbers and addresses LD B,16 ; B=16 LOOP1 LD A,(HL) ; LOOP1 is another label. A becomes ; the contents of the address in HL RST 16 ; See next page INC HL ; HL becomes HL+1 DJNZ LOOP1 ; See next page RET ; End the routine and RETurn TEXT1 DM "This is a ; DM isn't an instruction, it just demo!!!" ; tells the assembler to POKE the ; message into memory **** PLEASE NOTE: On some assemblers DM is written as DEFM **** There are two new instructions in this one. RST 16 jumps to a ROM routine which prints the character currently held in the A register. (NB. The character is stored as an ASCII code. Refer to your manual for explanation) The other new command, DJNZ, is more complex. Firstly, it does a DEC B and decrements the B register. If this produces a non-zero number (ie B is now not 0) then the zero flag (in the F register, remember) is not set and so the program jumps back to LOOP1. If the B register IS now 0 then the zero flag is set and so the CPU goes on with the next instruction in the program which in this case is RET. RET simply means RETurn and will, in our case, stick us back into BASIC. To get this up and running, assemble it (see your assembler for details), save it and reload it to address 50000. To run a m/c routine we can use the BASIC command CALL 50000 where 50000 is our start address. Now, let's get onto something more complicated. (Great,huh?) THE STACK:- The stack is a part of memory where numbers can be stored temporarily using simple commands. It grows downwards and its current memory location is held in another 16-bit register called SP for Stack Pointer. (A 16-bit register can hold a value 0 to 65535, while an 8-bit one can only hold a value 0 to 255) The two main commands for using the stack are PUSH and POP. To store a value held in HL, we can use: PUSH HL . This puts the value to the position pointed to by SP and then lets SP=SP-2 To retrieve this value we can use use: POP HL . This lets SP=SP+2, takes the value in the address pointed to by SP and sticks it into HL. There is no reason why this value couldn't be POPped off into BC or IX etc. and you should note that the value stays in memory - just under SP. The stack is also used when a subroutine is called. The command to jump to a subroutine is CALL xxxx, where xxxx is the start address of the routine. The computer has to know where to RETurn to when the subroutine ends, so the address of the command after the CALL is PUSHed onto the stack. When the CPU comes across a RET command it POPs a value off the stack and jumps to this address. Jumping from place to place also uses certain commands: JP xxxx ; JumPs to address xxxx without affecting the stack JR xx ; Jumps Relative to current address without affecting the stack. This means that JR -100 will jump back 100 addresses, and JR +100 will jump forward 100 addresses. The jump MUST be in the range -127 to +128. Another important feature of jumping is that we can qualify the jump. In simple terms this means that we can JP, JR or CALL depending or the state of certain flags. For example, CALL NZ means call if not zero. ie, the zero flag is NOT set. CALL Z would do the opposite and call if the zero flag IS set. All the flags can be used in this way,although a beginner would probably only use the CARRY and ZERO flags. A jump can also be made to the address in HL. The command is JP HL or JP (HL). Don't be confused by the brackets - they shouldn't really be there. We will end today by looking at some simple arithmetical commands:- ADD A,xx ; xx is added to the A register. The result is stored in A. xx could be an 8-bit number or an 8-bit register. SUB xx ; xx is subtacted from the A register. The result is stored in A and xx could be an 8-bit number or an 8-bit register CP xx ; This is a sneaky one. CP stands for ComPare and the A register is compared to xx. In fact, xx is subtracted from A, but the result isn't stored anywhere. xx can be as above. In all three of the above commands, flags are affected. If, during an addition or subtracion (including CP), the result crosses 0 or 255 then the CARRY flag is set. eg. if A=100 and we did an ADD A,200 the carry would be set. if A=100 and we did a SUB 200 or a CP 200 carry would also be set. BUT if A=100 and we did an ADD A,50 or a SUB 50 or even a CP 50 then carry would be reset. If the final result of any of these commands is 0, then the zero flag is set. eg. If A=100 and we do a SUB 100 or a CP 100 then zero would be set. **** PLEASE NOTE although the final result may be less than 0 or more than 255 the A register always contains a number 0 to 255. So, in effect any values above/below 255/0 are "wrapped around" so that they will fit into this range **** Finally, here's a short proggie. Try to see how it works. ORG 32768 ; Start address 32768 DEMO2 LD B,96 ; B set to 96 LD A,32 ; A set to 32 LOOP2 RST 16 ; A printed on screen ADD A,2 ; A=A+2 CP B ; Does A=B? JR NZ,LOOP2 ; If not then go back to LOOP2 LD HL,TEXT2 ; HL set to start of text LD B,20 ; B set to 20 (20 letters to print) LOOP3 LD A,(HL) ; A set to letter value RST 16 ; letter printed INC HL ; HL moved to next letter DJNZ LOOP3 ; Go round loop 20 times RET ; All done TEXT2 DM "HOWZABOUTIS,THEN!!!!" ; Stupid message
Interview SCPDSA B StevensHow have you been involved in computers up till now? I started up a general interest in micro-electronic equipment, ever since I unscrewed my dad's hi-fi at the age of 3, and I put it back togther again, before he came home. But the Atari 2600 games console was my first step to programming, with its BASIC cartridge. Since then, I have played games, learned AMC machine code, and AMC asembly language, a well as being fluent in SAM BASIC. I am using my Coupe for word processing, for a Science fiction book I am writing, but I am so busy, that it probably won't be finished for a good few years. >How sucessful were past business efforts? I have had experience in setting up databases for M&D Balloons international, Firetechnics Ltd, and Octogram. Octogram was my own company, and as a sole trader, I published spectrum POKEs. This was my first major business intrest, and I am closing it down to put full efforts into the SCPDSAThe other reason for this is that I want to stop promoting the spectrum, and give Sam a chance. My first ever business was busking outside an exclusive resturant, playing the mouth organ. I earned over thirty quid! This was a one off event at the age of four. >What other computers have you owned/own? Did you have to ask that one. Here goes... Apart from my Sam, I own : ZX81, Spectrum +3, Toshiba 1600 (PC), Atari 2600 (with BASIC). I did at one time own : Speccy 48K+, ZX80 >Why did you buy the Coupe? I was going to buy an ST right from the beginning, but when I heard about the Sinclair LOKI, I decided to wait for a while, and hope for the dream computer to turn up. Not to long afterwards, I read about a computer being developed, which had most of the LOKI's features, and a few more. It was just as good as an ST, and being 8-bit, the software proces would be quite low (this was the ST's main repulsion factor). >Are you pleased with it? Yes, and how! >How do you think it stands up to the 16-bits? Pretty well!. The only difference in bits is the size of the registers. The memory is all 8-bit! I only wish a faster vesion of Sam's Z80 could be produced, like on some of the new 8-bit consoles. How does a 12MHz Coupe sound? It does well with 6 though, and don't le the press fool you about the Soviet speccy clones. They run at about 3MHz, or slower. >What gave you the idea of SCPDSA? I needed to form a company name, stating association and public domain. My first thought was The National Association For Sam Coupe Public Domain Software Publishers and Suppliers (NASCPDSPS). It was too long, so I thought again, with The Sam Coupe Public Domain Software Association (SCPDSA), which was shorter. >Why are you setting up the SCPDSA? It is early days still for the Coupe. Unlike other computers, there is still time to sort out who produces what, and where. With other computers, the strength of thier PD support often gave the machine a promising future. Software libraries were formed, but only a few titles in each. The SCPDSA will show ALL titles, by every publisher. >What els will SCPDSA be doing apart from the PD catalogue? Proceeds from comission of orders will go into advertising, so all publishes will be represented. The advertising will contimue when the reviews for PD software die down, and commercial games begin to take the review space. Also, the SCPDSA will form a communication between Coupe owners, and be at all the major computer shows. In the future, other activities will be thought up, and at present, the main aim is to getall titles down. >Do yo think there is enough (high quality) PD software around? If the Coupe wasn't saved by Alan and Bruce, the PD software so far would have been its lifeline. There is a surprising amount already, and my research showed that the Coupe owning public only had heared of one or two PD names for the Coupe. The last thing the Coupe needs is so many PD contrbutors, who get good coverage to start with, and after a while, the product is still avaliable, but the name is nowhere to be found amoungst the piles of computer mags in the corner. He titles are just pouring out at the moment, especially like the Coupe "Mags" like FRED, providing high quality, and continous new programs. >What is your fave Coupe game? It will probably be SPHERA, when I get hold of a production copy, but for now, I think FUTUREBALL, with its good graphics, and very good stereo sound. The others are all pretty good as well though. >What do you watch on TV? When I get the time, it is usually newsnight, while I am doing my homework, Tomorrow's world, Lost in Space (which isn't on anymore sob, sniff), and anythinG that has got a science fiction/fantasy plot. WELL, I MUST THANK B.C.STEVENS FOR RETURNING THE INTERVIEW IN SUCH SHORT A NOTICE BUT UNTIL NOW , ONLY FRED AND SAMCO KNEW ABOUT SCPDSA SO ONCE AGAIN , FRED READERS HAVE ALL THE LATEST NEWS. AND FOR MORE DETAILS ON THIS EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE SEE THE ARTICLE IN THE MAGAZINE. CONTACT : SCPDSA , [redacted] AND OF COURSE , SAY YOU SAW IT IN FRED!
Next monthCOLIN NEXT MONTH - FRED7 THE SUPPORT IS BEGINNING TO PICK UP NOW SO I'VE A FAIR IDEA OF WHAT WILL BE IN THE NEXT ISSUE ALREADY.OUT ON THE 6TH OF JANUARY,IT SHOULD HAVE A REVIEW OF SPHERA AND TRIVIAL PURSUIT AND HOPEFULLY I'LL HAVE SOME SHOTS OF SPHERA ARRANGED BY THEN TOO. ON THE DISC WILL BE A GREAT SPRITE DESIGNER FROM ADAM PERRY , A FREDDY DEMO FROM MALCOLM PHILLIPS,THE MODE 4 PROGRAM MENTIONED IN PAUL KELLY'S LETTER,THE NEXT MACHINE CODE ARTICLE,SOME GREAT MUSIC DEMOS FROM SEVERAL PEOPLE (ALLAN NORTON AND NEIL HOLMES & STEVE LEONARDI).IF ALL GOES WELL I MIGHT HAVE ANOTHER GREAT GAME (A GREAT SHOOT-EM-UP!).AND OF COURSE THERE WILL BE THE USUAL INTERVIEW,PICTURES,FPC RESULTS ETC ETC BY NEXT MONTH I SHOULD BE PREPARED TO LAUNCH ANOTHER IDEA FOR FRED READERS BUT YOU'LL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE (HEE HEE , I LOVE KEEPING PEOPLE IN SUSPENSE.OH ALL RIGHT THEN ,I'M...ER...AH.. I'VE FORGOTTEN (HA HA!) ANYWAY HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS ISSUE.SEE YOU NEXT MONTH I HOPE. REMEMBER : FRED ; IF YOU LIKE IT , WRITE FOR IT!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! BUT DON'T FORGET TO SOBER UP FOR THE 2ND!!!