198? - A cyberpunk ACT text adventure Release thread & Download!

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198? - A cyberpunk ACT text adventure Release thread & Download!

Postby vanpeebles » Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:14 am

OK, the big surprise! Happy Christmas everyone! Here is my completed game (at last!) For you all to enjoy for free, I've also included the source files, design manual, my working notes, and box art, and the animated intro! Please if posting hints or tips, or game help, use the spoiler tags, so not to spoil the game for others!

http://www.zen70509.zen.co.uk/198-adventure.zip
http://www.zen70509.zen.co.uk/198-adventure.zip

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Here are the release notes:

Release Notes for the 2019 Christmas release of 198?, a cyberpunk adventure written in ACT, for the Sinclair QL.

I had initially planned to create a boxed version of the game, of around 50 copies as a one time release. But, I really didn't feel any enthusiasm for sourcing the boxes and stickers (and buying them), storing them, and making numerous trips to the post office etc etc. I hit upon the good idea (I hope) of releasing the game for free on the QL Forum, as a surprise Christmas present for everyone. This gets the monkey off my back so speak, draws a line under my game, and I can move on to start with the next one. I've got plans and designs for another 3 to 4 QL games, including a sequel to this one.

The game is a free gift for the QL Forum & QL scene in general, but if anyone really really (really!) enjoys it, I don't mind donations or gifts as a thank you! ;) They would be graciously accepted.

I've decided to try and make this, a complete a package as possible. It's bundled with the following:

The original game, with title screen, border and boot file.

The animated intro as a gif file, and all the individual slides as png files. It was my intention to convert each png to an scr file, and make a superbasic animated intro to start before the main game. (Similar to the Christmas I made some years back) I wasn't sure if I'd manage this on an stock 128k QL.

The box art design as png files, with front, rear, and side stickers. (If anyone does make the boxes, please send me one!)

The box manual as a leaflet, this was originally to be A5 with two copies printed back to back on an A4 sheet.

The original source code as ACT build files are all included, so you can build your own version of the game, or edit my modules for use on your own games if you have ACT (this would be great).

A huge PDF design document detailing the whole game in detail, this was built up over a number of years. LOADS OF SPOILERS!

JPG photo images of my working notes, the hand written ones I used as I code the game in ACT. Excuse the hand writing. LOADS OF SPOILERS!

I'll be starting a thread on the forum, so please post any questions or comments there. Everyone is free to do what you want with this game, apart from sell it for money, unless agreed with me first! :) And lots of it!

Please enjoy and have fun,

Until next time,

VP

So there we go, please play it! :lol:


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Re: 198? - A cyberpunk ACT text adventure Release thread & Download!

Postby RWAP » Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:41 am

It is a great game and I have already had the pleasure of trying various versions to date :)


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Re: 198? - A cyberpunk ACT text adventure Release thread & Download!

Postby robheaton » Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:46 am

Congratulations to Vanpeebles for releasing this, I know how much hard work he has put in!

As one of the play testers, I can tell you all this game is excellent and well worth a play!


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Re: 198? - A cyberpunk ACT text adventure Release thread & Download!

Postby tofro » Tue Dec 24, 2019 12:04 pm

As one of VP's testers I can only consent to the above.

Too bad he never fixed the account number on the initial screen. No wonder I did never receive the three bounties set out there.

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Re: 198? - A cyberpunk ACT text adventure Release thread & Download!

Postby vanpeebles » Tue Dec 24, 2019 12:40 pm

tofro wrote:As one of VP's testers I can only consent to the above.

Too bad he never fixed the account number on the initial screen. No wonder I did never receive the three bounties set out there.

Tobias


I’ll have to get Urs to set up an account :lol:


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Re: 198? - A cyberpunk ACT text adventure Release thread & Download!

Postby QLvsJAGUAR » Tue Dec 24, 2019 2:34 pm

Just came home from work...

Thank you very much Peter, what a present. That what I call a QL Christmas!

Already downloaded it and gave it a first go using QemuLator. Sinclair C55, aha. Will now shift away from the QL to my family for Christmas Eve.

vanpeebles wrote:I’ll have to get Urs to set up an account :lol:

Always a good idea. QL forever! :D

Merry Christmas everyone,
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Re: 198? - A cyberpunk ACT text adventure Release thread & Download!

Postby Andrew » Tue Dec 24, 2019 3:03 pm

Thank you Peter for the unexpected Christmas present !
And many thanks for publishing the source code ! Maybe I will also learn how to use ACT !


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Re: 198? - A cyberpunk ACT text adventure Release thread & Download!

Postby SinclairSociety » Tue Dec 24, 2019 4:52 pm

Super... one day once I know WTF I am doing on the QL, I will figure out how to get this to play on mine...
Merry Christmas and thank you for this nice present.
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Re: 198? - A cyberpunk ACT text adventure Release thread & Download!

Postby Cristian » Tue Dec 24, 2019 5:01 pm

Yesss! Finally, the long wait is over 8-)
Thank you very much, and happy happy Christmas!


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Re: 198? - A cyberpunk ACT text adventure Release thread & Download!

Postby FrancoisLanciault » Tue Dec 24, 2019 6:40 pm

Downloaded!

Will try it in the coming days.

Thank you for your efforts.

Francois



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