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    gadgetmind

    gadgetmind Mindbender in training

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    Greetings.

    I joined this forum shortly after a particularly vivid dream embedded a concept onto my brain that could only be extracted by writing a novel. My background in Computer Science, computer games writing, and semiconductors, has left me ill-prepared for such a task, so I'll mostly be found in the Aspiring Writers forum, usually asking stupid questions.

    I live in Leeds, UK, have the usual spouse (wife in my case), children (one girl in my case) and collection of cats (currently 5) that people mention in this type of blurb for reasons that escape me.

    Motivation:
    I seek fame. I used to have a shred of it in the computer games days, as some of them proved quite popular, and are still talked of - in certain circles - to this day. You see, I was famous among spotty faced youths. which never really seemed to be worth the effort, but I guess it's better than nothing.

    From what I hear of writing as a profession, it's fortunate that I don't crave anything more on the material plane than my day job (which I have no desire to give in!) already provides.

    Thank you for listening, or at least skipping straight down to this last line.

    Ian
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    Jane Holland

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    Hi Ian, and welcome. I went to Leeds once. :)
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    Boneman

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    Welcome Ian. I can see you've fitted in already, and are getting a lot from the chrons. It is amazing how much I learn from reading what others are asking about, and you've certainly helped me already! When you want a break, pop along to the playrooms - there's ooodles of mindless stuff that will amuse and refresh...

    And is this an anniversay introduction? (hence the title to the thread?). That could start a trend...
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    gadgetmind

    gadgetmind Mindbender in training

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    I'm not very good at mindless, unless I'm drunk, which commences at 6pm sharp on most weekdays, and significantly earlier at the weekend.

    Yes, I've found you can't rush this introduction malarkey, or writing for that matter.

    Ian
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    Vladd67

    Vladd67 Stake Holder

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    Welcome, enjoy, and wave goodbye to spare time. As an aside which games did you write?
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    The Judge

    The Judge Truth. Order. Moderation. Staff Member

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    Well, since we've been meeting all over AW lately, saying "hello" might seem a little tardy, though perhaps not as much as an introduction thread posted a year after joining...

    Never mind, Hello Officially, and Welcome to the Chronicles One Year On.

    And do I get the impression that the day off for writing is still being frittered away in other things?
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    Jane Holland

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    OMG. I only just noticed the join date on your profile. You're not this slow at getting the round in though, I hope?
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    Vertigo

    Vertigo Mad Mountain Man

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    Hello and welcome???? Errr actually you've been around for a lot longer than me :eek: How on earth did you manage that?
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    gadgetmind

    gadgetmind Mindbender in training

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    Here is our wikipedia page, which I didn't write. The list at the bottom contains two games I don't remember writing, but things were a blur at times.

    Realtime Games Software

    Well, after I'd rebalanced my pension, and changed the tap washer, the roofer popped around to say he wasn't coming because of the rain. I pointed out the egregious logical flaw in his statement, which I don't think will help reduce the bill.

    On the bright side, now all today's vital tasks have been addressed, I can dedicate tomorrow to writing. :)

    Ian
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    gadgetmind

    gadgetmind Mindbender in training

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    Yorkshireman, what do you think?

    My first visit was a bit of a hit-and-run, then I engaged the cloaks. Over recent weeks, I have been more active, so finally decided to announced my intentions and make an honest forum of you.

    Ian
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    Vladd67

    Vladd67 Stake Holder

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    Ahh I see you were partly responsible for a lot of my lost time in the 80s
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    gadgetmind

    gadgetmind Mindbender in training

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    Oops, sorry about that. Any game in particular?

    Ian
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    Vladd67

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    3D Tank Duel was a favourite and Starglider
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    Dozmonic

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    Welcome o/

    Enjoyed your piece in the critique section. My cousin and I also spent a lot of time playing carrier command in the past on the old Atari ST. Always thought that equipping your vehicles would lend itself well to other strategy type games and then lo and behold, out comes alpha centauri and proves me right :)
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    gadgetmind

    gadgetmind Mindbender in training

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    Wow, Tank Duel was our first! We wrote that in our final year at uni, and started our own company to publish it. We sold about 8k copies, and as this was self published, got about £3 a copy. Three students, early 80s, over £20k in the kitty ... do recall me mentioning things being a blur? :)

    For our second game (3D Starstrike) we put up the price and sold 60k copies. More blur, year long variety.

    Which piece in critique, or all of them? :)

    Carrier Command was definitely our best work, but it also nearly killed us. We were too ambitious and didn't have failure as an option due to advances as we'd stopped self-publishing.

    Someone is doing a remake of Carrier game, and there is a book in (debatably) the same universe. There are also rumours of a movie!

    Ian
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    Dozmonic

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    I only saw the one in the critique section. I almost never look there to be honest and even rarer than I read much, let alone comment on it. The one with the InterroBot :)

    Carrier Command reminded me a lot of Hunter which was released a little later I think. Open worlds, lots of fun. Games focus too much on visuals and leave the fun element behind these days. Although different genres, I think they held the same interest for me as the early mmorpgs (meridian 59, ultima online) and the more recent ones seem to have forgotten what makes something fun ;-/
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    Vladd67

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    Also back in the days of the Spectrum etc games developers had to fit their games to the machine, these days it seems they develop a game and then expect the public to keep upgrading their hardware to match the software.
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    gadgetmind

    gadgetmind Mindbender in training

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    Ah, yes, me trying to be nasty. The shorter scene I posted earlier got better feedback.

    The same was true on the Amiga and ST. On the early PCs you also had the same limitations, but also a huge variety of different hardware and no drivers/middleware to help. If you wanted pixels on that screen, you drew them, and if 3D objects needed rotating, you had to write the 3D package including maths primitives.

    I'm shortly doing a short presentation at Leeds Uni for some embedded systems undergrads. I'm going to kick off with - "I started back in the early 80s, when men were men, and computers were rubbish!"

    And it's all true.

    Ian
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    nixie

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    welcome
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    Rosemary

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    Greetings and Welcome to The Chronicles :)

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