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Preparing the Commodore 128DCR (JiffyDOS) and Adaptec GameBridge (capture) for the Wizard's Crown Chronicles

Part of the idea behind this Wizard's Crown Chronicles odyssey was to get me to play a classic Computer Role Playing Game (CRPG) again - one of my favorite genres - and another part was to get me to make proper use of some of my collection and new technology. What this forced me to do was install JiffyDOS inside my Commodore 128DCR and get Adaptec's GameBridge working under Windows Vista (no easy task, but they came through with the goods here) so I could capture both video and still shots directly from the real hardware more easily.

And so begins more rambling and photos (the images are clickable and can be viewed full size):

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Wizard's Crown Chronicles (00) - The Setup

Wizard's Crown: Apple II version (emulation)Wizard's Crown: Apple II version (emulation)(See The premise at the end of this posting for details on this ongoing feature)

Having literally dozens of boxed classic CRPGs (Computer Role Playing Games) and related software to choose from in my collection for the first Armchair Arcade Chronicle, I finally decided to go for what was generally known as one of the hardest of hardcore full Computer Role Playing Games (CRPGs), Wizard's Crown, published by SSI in 1987. Even though the Atari ST is probably the best from a visual standpoint (and adds a debatable mouse-driven interface), the C-64 version is the version I happen to have complete in the box. I've never played Wizard's Crown, but it's always been on my list.

In order to set the scene for what is to come, first some background on Wizard's Crown...

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Photo of the Week - Know your History! (06 - Commodore 128DCR (C-64, C-128, CP/M) (1986))

Photo of the Week - Know your History! (06 - Commodore 128DCR (C-64, C-128, CP/M) (1986))

Welcome to the sixth of the ongoing series of exclusive photos here at Armchair Arcade from my private collection, the Commodore 128DCR from 1986.

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Without further ado, here are some neat facts about this week's photo (feedback welcome!):

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Can you guess what's missing? (Heathkit H8)

Filed strictly under "fun" rather than a true contest, I was wondering if anyone can figure out the one (1) thing missing from this highly collectible Heathkit H8 computer system. The fact that the top cover is missing does not count, since I removed it so the inside of the system could be seen. In actuality, this unit is self-contained and ready to function as intended save for one key item. First correct answer to describe that key item gets a round of applause from all AA'rs and admiration from your fellow geeks everywhere!

You can view the images here. I highly recommend that after you click on an individual photo in the set that you go to "All Sizes" and pick "Original Size" to get the maximum detail.

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Photo of the Week - Know your History! (05 - Commodore SX-64 Executive Computer (1984))

Welcome to the fifth of the ongoing series of exclusive photos here at Armchair Arcade from my private collection, the Commodore SX-64 Executive Computer from 1984.

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Without further ado, here are some neat facts about this week's photo (feedback welcome!):

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Amazing Mattel Intellivision ROM Package Released on microSD - Optimized for the Cuttle Cart 3

CC3 Package MenuCC3 Package MenuAs many of you know, Chad Schell's Cuttle Cart 3 for the Intellivision was recently released and was a boon to enthusiasts who wanted a ROM flash cart/development environment for Mattel's system. The one "downside" to the Cuttle Cart 3 was that you needed to set up your own menus, manuals and ROMs for use with the miniSD card. Obviously, one solution is to get the official ROM releases from Intellivision Productions, but it still requires a lot of setup work and is not all-inclusive (support them and their products anyway!). An even better solution - an addition to everything else you might want to do with the Cuttle Cart 3 or Intellivision emulation in general if you will - is get David Harley's new release, which includes ROMs that have never been seen before and a variety of patched software (for instance, the amazing Ehanced Computer System (ECS)-based World Series Major League Baseball is fully functional now!).

From David's e-mail:

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Protovision Commodore Updates for July 2007 - English and German

C-128C-128Direct release from Protovision:
(German version below)

RR-NET AVAILABLE AGAIN
RR-Net, the network interface card for MMC64 and Retro Replay, is again available from the Protovision Online Shop!

Online Shop:

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Photo of the Week - Know your History! (04 - Spectravideo SV-328 (1983))

Welcome to the fourth of the ongoing series of exclusive photos here at Armchair Arcade from my private collection, the Spectravideo SV-328 from 1983. There are two systems pictured with a variety of accessories, all described in greater detail below.

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Without further ado, here are some neat facts about this week's photo (feedback welcome!):

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A Look at What's Coming Soon to Armchair Arcade - Let's Hear Your Thoughts

Hopefully you all have been enjoying my Photo of Week entries. The next one should be up in a few days. The idea behind the Photo of the Week was to give me the ability to generate quick, yet useful content, with the resources I have access to, namely my collection, my camera and my paid Flickr account. This gives me the ability to be active beyond commentary posts, while not taking away from other pressing projects I'm working on, like the book.

My next idea, which I'll be implementing within the next two weeks, will be the "Scan of the Week". I have a large collection of magazines, books, flyers, catalogs and other do-dads that just beg to be scanned. However, not everything is conducive to being scanned on the typical flat bed scanner. While mine also has a sheet feeder and works at relatively high speeds, the other problem is (and has been) that I refuse to destroy any of my vintage scannable materials in order to scan them (not until there is a truly perfect portable color digital reading system). That's where the Planon DocuPen RC800 portable scanner comes in, the type of device I've been waiting for for ages.

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Photo of the Week - Know your History! (03 - VideoBrain Family Computer Model 101 (1977))

EDIT: Check out all of the VideoBrain-related topics on Armchair Arcade here - http://www.armchairarcade.com/neo/taxonomy/term/1135

Welcome to the third of the ongoing series of exclusive photos here at Armchair Arcade from my private collection, the VideoBrain Family Computer Model 101 from 1977. The system pictured has its cartridge door raised up with the Wordwise 1 ED03 cartridge inserted. The next step would be to push the cartridge door down, making it flush with the system. The button just below would raise the lid again, i.e., eject the cartridge. One of the two single button joysticks that doesn't self center is plugged in. The underbelly of the Music Teacher 1 ED01 cartridge is displayed to the left of the system. Everything else pictured should be self explanatory with this delightfully well-maintained example of this particular computer model.

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Without further ado, here are some neat facts about this week's photo (feedback welcome!):

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