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My recently renewed passion for all-things Atari, as well as more general retro-computing, gaming, and development, has me itching to play, explore, discuss, and build such things. What better place than here to cover various Atari/retro-computing related projects, small and large, both hardware and software in a build-log/series and/or how/to format? And I’m sure other history/commentary will creep in as well ...

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The Woebegone Trail: DevLog - Day 16 - Hitching the Wagon ...

Woebegone: An “The Oregon Trail” Homage - DevLog: Day 16 (07/03/24) - Hitching the Wagon ...   A little more progress ...   Thanks to @MrFish, I've added the very nice oxen and wagon graphics he created (which I very much appreciated!)!  You can see how this looks, statically, here, and I've attached the respective .XEX file if you want to see it actually run.   This completes 95% of the primary technical eleme

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The Woebegone Trail: DevLog - Day 14 - ANTIC antics ...

Woebegone: An “The Oregon Trail” Homage - DevLog: Day 14 (06/28/24) - "ANTIC antics ..."   I've managed to squeeze in two solid days, and several "stolen hours" on various other days, of work on this in the last two weeks.  The bulk of this time has been spent taking the code I originally wrote to test various techniques and a) re-writing it to use the various macros and equates/includes I created, and b) adding various moving elements and "graphics".  It is still not the f

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The Woebegone Trail: DevLog - Day 11 - Now Including ...

Woebegone: An “The Oregon Trail” Homage - DevLog: Day 11 (06/15/24) - "Now Including ..."   A very productive, and quite "Atari", week (and change) ...   I read Howard Scott Warshaw's "Once Upon Atari: How I Made History by Killing an Industry" (excellent, and well worth the time). I focused on getting my "includes" project to a point where I could just use it, rather than fiddle with it (see below). Finished incorporatin

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The Woebegone Trail: DevLog - Day 8 - Famous Last Words ...

Woebegone: An “The Oregon Trail” Homage - DevLog: Day 8 (06/07/24) - "Famous Last Words ..."   I had expected, based on my schedule (a.k.a. “the list of fun events my darling wife is constantly adding to our calendar”) to have gotten the “final” version of the Intro (and “Travel”) screen done.  I said as much last time (famous last words) …   That was overly optimistic.   There has been progress; most of it around some supporting

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The Woebegon Trail: DevLog - Day 6 - Oh, Clara ...

Woebegone: An “The Oregon Trail” Homage - DevLog: Day 6 (05/30/24) - "Oh, Clara ..."   Poor, sweet, gentle Clara ...   Dysentery hath taken thee ... without remorse or pause ...   To be fair, I've Died of Dysentery four times, myself, this week ... once, even, before breakfast (which seemed a bit rude) - so it's not just Clara.  Nor Harriet; though her days are clearly numbered.  If she contracts Dysentery again, even if it is fro

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The Woebegone Trail: DevLog - Day 4 - First Code

Woebegone: An “The Oregon Trail” Homage - DevLog: Day 4 (05/20/24) - "First Code"   Disclaimers   The first thing to say, here, is that this is NOT the actual/final presentation!  It is a low-fidelity, coarse, facsimile of it. Its purpose is purely to bring together the elements/techniques that'll be used in presenting the "Travel Screen" (which will also be the core of the "Title/Start" screen, and the architectural hub of the game), to act as a testb

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The Woebegone Trail: DevLog - Day 3 - Prep & Practice

Woebegone: An “The Oregon Trail” Homage - DevLog: Day 3 (05/18/24) - "Prep & Practice"   Temporal Anomalies   While it has been seven days since I started this DevLog, this is only the third day I’ve had time to work on the project to which it directly pertains.  And in thinking about that, I decided the counter in the graphic, and number of days elapsed, will be incremented for the number of days of actual work on the project, rather than just th

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The Woebegone Trail: DevLog - Day 2 - Dev Tools

Woebegone: An “The Oregon Trail” Homage - DevLog: Day 2 (05/13/24) - "Development Tools"   Choosing Development Tools & Environments   I’ll start here by saying that my original, nostalgia-soaked, thought was to do this build on actual Atari hardware and software (nominally MAC/65) – just as I would have done if I had undertaken this as 12/13 year-old back in 1982.  The attendant nostalgia/purist factor would, however, come at the cost of being tied to a desk.  Not tenabl

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The Woebegone Trail: DevLog - Day 1

Woebegone: An “The Oregon Trail” Homage - DevLog: Day 1 (05/12/24)   Here begins my “devlog” for “The Woebegon Trail” (working title, subject to change); my build of a “homebrew” Atari 800 version of, or at least homage to, the 1985 (and later) versions of “The Oregon Trail”.   Why “Woebegone”?   Let’s start with a definition:   Woebegone [phn: woh-bi-gawn, -gon]   adjective:   Beset with woe; surrounded by woe; affected by woe,

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