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The Pawn by Magnetic Scrolls, remastered From Original Source Code by Strand Games

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Strand Games has released in 2017 a remastered version of The Pawn, Guild of Thieves and Jinxter by modifying binaries. Since them source code of The Pawn has been found. So it's time for a remastered verion from this original code source which let adding ambient sounds with new adjustable volume, improved sound handling on Linux, item icons and an option to put text below graphics.

For at least 1,49 pound, you can buy the windows (32/64), linux and mac versions of The Pawn. There are also Iphone and Android versions of The Pawn.



Repairing and Servicing a 3" Floppy Disk Drive by Noel Llopis

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If you are interested by the hardware of the Amstrad CPC (and GX4000), you should go read Noel Llopis's Twitter.

His Youtube channel Noel's Retro Lab has at the moment a video about repairing and servicing a 3 inch floppy disk drive.




A new adventure game : On the Queen's footsteps by Davide Bucci on Amstrad CPC

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Seen on Twitter, Davide Bucci is the author of adventure games, including On the Queen's footsteps for several platforms.

His game is written with The Adventure Writing System (AWS) by Aristide Torrelli and his own utility aws2c which translates AWS ascii files directly in C code. As his utility uses Z88DK to create the ZX Spectrum version, it was easy for him to write an Amstrad CPC version, thanks to him.

Here is the introduction of the game : today is August 27th, 1904. Nine months ago, you, Emilia Vittorini, joined the Italian Archeological Expedition in Egypt led by Ernesto Schiaparelli, the director of the Egyptian Museum of Turin. You are now back in Genova, Italy: your steam ferry arrived three days ago with 25 wooden boxes containing Queen Nefertari Meritmut's grave goods, a real treasure! They left Genova by train, heading towards Turin, yesterday evening. While they were in transit, you were invited to a sumptuous reception organised by a wealthy art lover, Eugenio Collovati, count of Raligotto, but it would be hard to say that you appreciated the evening. But the reception was yesterday: now, you must catch the train to Turin and check that the treasure arrived safely. I will be your eyes and ears. Good luck.

After the loading screen, press the Return Key to get the start of the game (see second screen below).

On the Queen's Footsteps par Davide Bucci, loading screen On the Queen's Footsteps par Davide Bucci, start of the game



After Hibernated and Eight feet under by Stefan Vogt, the cover for Hibernated 2

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After Hibernated, Stefan Vogt wrote Eight feet under, both games are available. Hibernated 2 is WIP, but the cover of the game is now official on Twitter.




Sonic GX for the Amstrad GX-4000 by No Recess at the Alchemie 2019

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No Recess did announce a WIP Amstrad GX-4000 game, and now the information is known, it's Sonic GX.

The game is programmed by NoRecess (Condense), graphics upgraded by CeD (Condense), audio by Targhan (Arkos) and tests by TotO, Overflow and Longshot.

There is a thread about Sonix GX on CPCWiki. More informations will be revealed in the Blast Annual 2020 (WIP newspaper). The game will be released officially in 2020.

A second video of Sonix GX is on Youtube.




An Amstrad PPC 640 with a LCD color screen and a Gotek

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I did just buy an Amstrad PPC 640 (sold starting 1988) on french site le bon coin. It's a PC weighing 6 Kg, with a green monochrome screen, a real standard keyboard, 640 Kb (no EMS/XMS), a NEC V30 (8 Mhz) replacing the 8086 found in PC 1512 or 1640, two 3,5 disk drives, a 2400 bps modem (v22bis, v23), printer and serial ports, a standard MDA/CGA/EGA video port, a port to connect a PC 1512 or 1640 screen and two extension ports. It runs msdos 3.3

Amstrad PPC 640 closed, up view Amstrad PPC 640 opened, up view Amstrad PPC 640 right side, with the handle

And tonight I am reading on CPCWiki (link below) a quite nice information linking to Hackaday about a modded Amstrad PPC 640 by Retrohax.

He changed one of the two 3,5 inch disk drive with a gotek, but he especially replaced the green monochrome LCD screen with a color screen (coming from a television set) using the MCA2EVGA available on Serdashop. The MCA2EVGA isnt visible as it is now in the room where you could put 1O C size batteries to run the computer (about 1 hour of autonomy).

But even without changing the screen, the MCA2EVGA can be used to connect a VGA screen with the video port at the back of the PPC 640. Doing this you wont need to look for an Amstrad PC 1512 or an Amstrad PC 1640 whose screen can be connected to the PPC 640 for the video (dont forget to change the switches at the left of the PPC) and bring him electricity at the same time, avoiding using its own alimentation.




Cheman, the last Amstrad CPC game by the Mojon Twins is out

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Cheman is the last Amstrad CPC game (and ZX Spectrum) by the Mojon Twins, a mix of platform and adventure.

It was available as a tape physical edition at the RetroZaragoza 2019 which took place the 28th October at the Delicias Civic Center in the Zaragoza town.

But it's still possible to get a physical edition if at least 25 people are interested (check the first link up there).



CPCBasic Unchained, run CPC BASIC in a browser by Marco Vieth

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Who doesnt know CPCemu ? It's the first Amstrad CPC emulator for msdos by Marco Vieth and Rainer Loritz (for the linux and windows versions).

Today Marco Vieth has written CPCBasic which lets you transform an Amstrad CPC basic program in javascript, so you can use it on a web page !



Recalbox is supporting the Amstrad GX4000 console

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Recalbox v6.1 is a Linux distribution first for Raspberry Pi but also now for Odroid cards and PC (32 and 64 bit). It's a specialized distribution for emulation of old game consoles and computers. Last version is supporting the Amstrad GX4000 console.





Solution of Turlogh le rodeur by Blood

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Blood of Arkalys Project web site (french blog about french computers RPG) is showing the solution of Turlogh le Rodeur on Youtube.




Vasm v1.8g, a portable and retargetable assembler, can compile Z80 assembler, but not only

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Vasm v1.8g is a compilator for several platforms :

  • Unix
  • AmigaOS 68020
  • Atari MiNT 68020
  • MorphOS
  • AmigaOS4
  • PowerUp
  • Atari TOS 68000
  • WarpOS
  • Windows

And of course, it can compile Z80 assembler, but it's not the only processor it can manage.



Caprice Forever v2019-10, an Amstrad CPC emulator by Frédéric Coste for Windows

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Caprice Forever v2019-10 by Frédéric Coste is a modified version of the Caprice emulator (by Ulrich Doewich) for windows.

  • Increase full speed
  • Improve assembler compilation using Pasmo
  • Add breakpoint on Read/Write memory accesses
  • Fix minor bugs