Tell me what I MUST include in regards to the TRS-80 on upcoming Armchair Arcade TV Episodes

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Bill Loguidice
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Because it's up on the table and out (and in the way), I'd like the next episode or two (or three if need be) of Armchair Arcade TV to be on the TRS-80 Model I and *possibly* on the other TRS-80 models that I have (IV and 4P). I have a vast collection of books, literature and software (both binder and loose) for the format. So, the question is, what would you guys be most interested in? Naturally, I'll give a brief overview of the system and some of the key software titles and other highlights, but if there's something in particular you'd like me to cover, let me know, please. Here is a good portion of the boxed, complete software that might pique your interest:

13 Ghosts
Adventure 3 - Mission Impossible Adventure
Adventure 9 - Ghost Town
Assembly Language Tutor
B-1 Nuclear Bomber
BASIC Course
Basketball
Battle for Normandy
Bedlam
Bridge 3.0
Checkwriter-80
Computer Acquire
Computer Diplomacy
Computer Diplomacy
Computer Football Strategy
Computer Graphics (Programming)
Computer Major League
Computer Stocks & Bonds
Conflict 2500 (Computer)
Crush, Crumble and Chomp! The Movie Monster Game
Demon Seed
Diesel Engines
Disk Operating System/Disk Basic
Dnieper River Line
Double Duty
Draw Poker
Dunjonquest - Hellfire Warrior (plus The Keys of Acheron expansion, loose)
Editor/Assembler
Empire of the Over-Mind
Eureka
Foreign Exchange (Computer)
Formation
Fortran
Fredericksburg
G.F.S. Sorceress
Galaxy
Games Pack Three - Meteor Mission 2, Cosmic Fighter
Games Pack Two - Defense Command, Stellar Escort
Guns of Fort Defiance
Guns of Fort Defiance
Home Budget
I.Q Builder
Invasion Force
Invasion Orion (New edition)
Knights of the Desert
Laser Blazer
Level II BASIC Instruction Course Part I
Lords of Karma
Magic Carpet
Math Drill
Micro Movie
Microchess 1.5
Midway Campaign
Midway Campaign
Missile Attack
Monty Plays Monopoly
Monty Plays Scrabble
Multiplan
Nukewar
Personal Finance
Planet Miners
Profile
Profile III Plus
Profile III Upgrade to Profile 4 Plus
Pyramid 2000
Raaka-Tu
Ricochet
Scripsit
Scripsit
Sky Warrior
Smart Terminal
Space Chase
Space Warp
Starfighter
Starfighter
Starquest - Rescue at Rigel
Starquest - Star Warrior
SuperSCRIPSIT
SuperSCRIPSIT
SuperSCRIPSIT Dictionary
Tanktics
Telengard
Temple of Apshai
The Battle of Shiloh
The Official Frogger by Sega
The Official Frogger by Sega
The Official Zaxxon by Sega
The Official Zaxxon by Sega
The Sword of Roshon
TK!Solver
TRS-80 Editor/Assembler
TRSDOS Training Course
TRSDOS Training Course
TRSDOS Version 6
TRSDOS Version 6
Typing Teacher
VC
Videotex Plus
VisiCalc
VisiCalc
Voyager I
Zork
Zork I

Naturally, once I finish the episodes on this platform (and take the time to properly catalog everything), I'll pack it away and move on to the next platform that is cluttering up my office from the Rick Thornquist visit (maybe TI-99/4a or APF).

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Bill Loguidice
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CoCo

BitWraith wrote:
You have to cover the Rainbow Magazine and Lawrence C. Falk. That mag. was amazing and really kept the community alive.

I also played a lot of Diecom Products games - they made rip-offs of others games like gauntlet etc. They're notable for really pushing the CoCo's graphics.

Some mention of OS9 Level II would be cool - as a multi-tasking OS for the CoCo was pretty amazing at the time.

This is really just a TRS-80 thread. I'm actually working on a Color Computer-specific book with Boisy Pitre of Cloud-9 entitled, "CoCo: The Colorful History of Tandy’s Underdog Computer" for Taylor & Francis (it's one of the three current projects, along with "Vintage Game Consoles" and the documentary, both with Matt). Boisy and I are supposed to wrap it up some time the end of May, targeting a late 2013 publication. All of the stuff you mentioned will actually be covered to some degree within the book (in fact, there's a whole chapter on The Rainbow).

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Rainbow Magazine

You have to cover the Rainbow Magazine and Lawrence C. Falk. That mag. was amazing and really kept the community alive.

I also played a lot of Diecom Products games - they made rip-offs of others games like gauntlet etc. They're notable for really pushing the CoCo's graphics.

Some mention of OS9 Level II would be cool - as a multi-tasking OS for the CoCo was pretty amazing at the time.

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Typing Teacher!

Typing Teacher!

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Dancing Demon

Dancing Demon actually had sound to it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CCJFQ_bP0E

Not really a game but pretty neat for the time.

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Since I was just asked about

Since I was just asked about this over email, here is what should be a mostly updated list of my TRS-80 Model x-specific holdings as of 04/08/2013. I would only be interested in trading/selling duplicates. I can't do any archiving/scanning/cataloging work until approximately three months or so from now:




name="RANGE!A1">Title Platform(s) Developer/Publisher Packaging
13 Ghosts TRS-80
Model 4
Radio
Shack
Oversized
Plastic Zip Bag
Adventure 3: Mission Impossible Adventure TRS-80
I/III
Adventure
International
Foam
Adventure 9: Ghost Town TRS-80
I/III
Adventure
International
Foam
Assembly Language Tutor TRS-80
Model III
Tandy Binder
Atom Splitting TRS-80
Model I/III
Aim
Software
Standard
Attack Force TRS-80
I/III
Big
Five Software
Plastic
Zip Bag
B-1 Nuclear Bomber PET,
TRS-80 Level II, Apple II
Avalon
Hill
Bookshelf
B-1 Nuclear Bomber PET,
TRS-80 Level II, Apple II
Avalon
Hill
Bookshelf
Bank Robbery TRS-80 K-Tek Standard
BASIC Course TRS-80
Model III
Tandy Binder
Basketball TRS-80
I/III
Acorn
Software Products
Plastic
Bag
Battle for Normandy TRS-80
Level II, Atari 8-bit
SSI Bookshelf
Beat the House (Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Slot Machine) TRS-80
Level II
G2 Standard
Bedlam TRS-80
Model I/III
Tandy Oversized
Plastic Zip Bag
Blitzkrieg TRS-80
Model I/III
ALA
Video
Plastic
Snapcase
Bridge 3.0 (cards) TRS-80 Artworx Standard
Checkwriter-80 TRS-80
Model III
Tandy Binder
Clear for Action TRS-80,
Atari 8-bit
Avalon
Hill
Bookshelf
Computer Acquire PET,
TRS-80 Level II, Apple II
Avalon
Hill
Bookshelf
Computer Baseball Strategy (Sports Illustrated) TRS-80,
Apple II, Atari 8-bit
Avalon
Hill
Bookshelf
Computer Diplomacy TRS-80
I/III
Avalon
Hill
Bookshelf
Computer Diplomacy TRS-80
I/III
Avalon
Hill
Bookshelf
Computer Football Strategy (Sports Illustrated?) TRS-80
I/III, Atari 8-bit, C-64
Avalon
Hill
Bookshelf
Computer Graphics (Programming) TRS-80
Model 4
Radio
Shack
Binder
Computer Major League Baseball TRS-80
Level II
Avalon
Hill
Bookshelf
Computer Stocks & Bonds (Stocks and Bonds) TRS-80
I/III, Apple II, Atari 8-bit
Avalon
Hill
Bookshelf
Conflict 2500 (Computer) TRS-80
I/III, Apple II, Atari 8-bit
Avalon
Hill
Bookshelf
Crush, Crumble and Chomp! The Movie Monster Game TRS-80
I/III, Apple II
Automated
Simulations, Epyx
Standard
Demon Seed TRS-80
Model I/III
Trend
Software Company
Plastic
Bag
Desert Isle TRS-80
Model I/III
Aim
Software
Standard
Diesel Engines TRS-80 Thomas
A. Wells
Standard
Disk Operating System/Disk Basic TRS-80 Tandy Binder
Dnieper River Line TRS-80
I/III, Apple II, Atari 8-bit
Avalon
Hill
Bookshelf
Double Duty TRS-80
Model 4
Tandy Folder
Draw Poker (casino, cards) [Five Card Draw Poker: Arcade Pak #2] PET,
TRS-80 Level II, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, C-64
Avalon
Hill
Bookshelf
Dunjonquest: Hellfire Warrior (plus The Keys of Acheron
expansion, loose)
TRS-80
I/III, Apple II
Automated
Simulations, Epyx
Standard
Dunjonquest: The Datestones of Ryn TRS-80,
Atari 8-bit
Automated
Simulations, Epyx
Standard
Editor/Assembler TRS-80
I
Radio
Shack
Binder
Empire of the Over-Mind (Overmind) (blue version) TRS-80
Level II, Apple II, Atari 8-bit
Avalon
Hill
Bookshelf
Empire of the Over-Mind (Overmind) (red version) TRS-80
Level II, Apple II, Atari 8-bit
Avalon
Hill
Bookshelf
Eureka TRS-80 Softsmith
Software
Standard
Extinction TRS-80
Model I/III
Aim
Software
Standard
Foreign Exchange (Computer) TRS-80
Level II
Avalon
Hill
Bookshelf
Formation TRS-80
Model III/4
Tandy Small
Binder
Fortran TRS-80
Model III
Tandy Binder
Fredericksburg TRS-80
I/III
Avalon
Hill
Oversized
Bookshelf
G.F.S. Sorceress TRS-80
I/III
Avalon
Hill
Bookshelf
G.F.S. Sorceress TRS-80
I/III, Apple II, Atari 8-bit
Avalon
Hill
Bookshelf
Galaxy TRS-80
I/III, Apple II, Atari 8-bit
Avalon
Hill
Bookshelf
Games Pack Three: Meteor Mission 2, Cosmic Fighter TRS-80
I/III
Radio
Shack
Plastic
Snapcase
Games Pack Two: Defense Command, Stellar Escort TRS-80
I/III
Radio
Shack
Plastic
Snapcase
Guns of Fort Defiance TRS-80
I/III
Avalon
Hill
Bookshelf
Guns of Fort Defiance TRS-80
I/III, Apple II, Atari 8-bit
Avalon
Hill
Bookshelf
Guns of Fort Defiance TRS-80
I/III, Apple II, Atari 8-bit
Avalon
Hill
Bookshelf
Hang Gliding TRS-80
Model I/III
Aim
Software
Standard
Haunted House TRS-80
Model I/III
Tandy Oversized
Plastic Zip Bag
Hercules TRS-80
Model I/III
ALA
Video
Plastic
Snapcase
Home Budget TRS-80
Model III
Softsmith
Software
Standard
I.Q Builder TRS-80
I/III
Radio
Shack
Binder
Invasion Force TRS-80 Tandy Oversized
Plastic Zip Bag
Invasion Orion (New edition) TRS-80
I/III, Apple II
Automated
Simulations, Epyx
Standard
Knights of the Desert TRS-80,
Atari 8-bit
SSI Bookshelf
Laser Blazer TRS-80
Model III
Softsmith
Software
Standard
Level II BASIC Instruction Course Part I TRS-80
Level II
Radio
Shack
Plastic
Snapcase
Lords of Karma TRS-80
I/III, Apple II, Atari 8-bit
Avalon
Hill
Bookshelf
Magic Carpet TRS-80
I/III
Radio
Shack
Large
Plastic Zip Bag
Micro Movie TRS-80 Tandy Oversized
Plastic Zip Bag
Microchess 1.5 TRS-80 Tandy Small
Plastic Bag
Midway Campaign PET,
TRS-80 Level II, Apple II
Avalon
Hill
Bookshelf
Midway Campaign TRS-80
I/III, Apple II, Atari 8-bit
Avalon
Hill
Bookshelf
Missile Attack TRS-80
I/III
Adventure
International
Foam
Monty Plays Monopoly TRS-80
I/III
Personal
Software
Oversized
Plastic Zip Bag
Monty Plays Scrabble TRS-80
I/III
Personal
Software
Oversized
Plastic Zip Bag
Multiplan TRS-80
Model 4
Tandy Small
Binder
Nukewar TRS-80
I/III, Apple II, Atari 8-bit
Avalon
Hill
Bookshelf
Paddle Pinball TRS-80
I/III
Radio
Shack
Plastic
Zip Bag
Panzers East! (Panzer's East!) TRS-80
I/III/4, CoCo, C-64
Avalon
Hill
Bookshelf
Planet Miners PET,
TRS-80 Level II, Apple II
Avalon
Hill
Bookshelf
Profile TRS-80
Model I/III
Tandy Binder
Profile III Plus TRS-80
Model III
Tandy Binder
Profile III Upgrade to Profile 4 Plus TRS-80
Model 4
Tandy Small
Binder
Pyramid 2000 TRS-80 Tandy Oversized
Plastic Zip Bag
Raaka-Tu TRS-80
Model I/III
Tandy Oversized
Plastic Zip Bag
Ricochet TRS-80
Level II, Atari 8-bit
Automated
Simulations, Mind Toys, Epyx
Standard
Scripsit TRS-80
I/III
Radio
Shack
Binder
Scripsit TRS-80
I/III
Radio
Shack
Binder
Sky Warrior TRS-80
I/III
Adventure
International
Styrofoam
Smart Terminal TRS-80
I
Howe
Software
Binder
Space Chase TRS-80
I/III
Softsmith
Software
Standard
Space Warp TRS-80
Model I/III
Personal
Software
Oversized
Plastic Zip Bag
Starfighter TRS-80
I/III
Adventure
International
Foam
Starfighter TRS-80
I/III
Adventure
International
Foam
Starquest - Rescue at Rigel TRS-80
I/III, Atari 8-bit
Automated
Simulations, Epyx
Standard
Starquest - Star Warrior TRS-80
I/III, Atari 8-bit
Automated
Simulations, Epyx
Standard
SuperSCRIPSIT TRS-80
Model 4
Radio
Shack
Binder
SuperSCRIPSIT TRS-80
Model 4
Radio
Shack
Binder
SuperSCRIPSIT Dictionary TRS-80
Model 4
Radio
Shack
Binder
Tank Arkade: Arcade Pak #5 PET,
TRS-80 I/III, Atari 8-bit, VIC 20
Avalon
Hill
Bookshelf
Tanktics PET,
TRS-80 I/III, Apple II, Atari 8-bit
Avalon
Hill
Oversized
Bookshelf
Telengard PET,
TRS-80 I/III, Atari 8-bit, C-64
Avalon
Hill
Bookshelf
Telengard TRS-80,
Apple II
Avalon
Hill
Bookshelf
Temple of Apshai (plus Dunjonquest Curse of Ra for TRS-80, Apple
II)
TRS-80,
Apple II
Epyx Standard
The Battle of Shiloh TRS-80,
Atari 8-bit
SSI Bookshelf
The Official Frogger by Sega TRS-80
I/III
Radio
Shack
Plastic
Snapcase
The Official Frogger by Sega TRS-80
I/III
Radio
Shack
Plastic
Snapcase
The Official Zaxxon by Sega TRS-80
I/III
Radio
Shack
Plastic
Snapcase
The Official Zaxxon by Sega TRS-80
I/III
Radio
Shack
Plastic
Snapcase
The Sword of Roshon TRS-80
Model III
Software
Concepts, Inc.
Oversized
Plastic Zip Bag
TK!Solver TRS-80
Model 4
Software
Arts
Binder
Box
TRS-80 Editor/Assembler TRS-80
I
Tandy Binder
TRSDOS Training Course TRS-80
Model 4
Cdex
Corporation
Plastic
Snapcase, Slipcase
TRSDOS Training Course TRS-80
Model 4
Cdex
Corporation
Folder
Box
TRSDOS Version 6 TRS-80
Model 4
Radio
Shack
Binder
TRSDOS Version 6 TRS-80
Model 4
Tandy Binder
Typing Teacher TRS-80
I/III
Instant
Software
Standard
VC TRS-80
Model I/III
Avalon
Hill
Bookshelf
Videotex Plus TRS-80
Model 4
Tandy Binder
VisiCalc TRS-80
Model 4
Radio
Shack, VisiCorp
Binder
VisiCalc TRS-80
Model 4
Tandy Binder
Voyager I PET,
TRS-80 I/III, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, CoCo
Avalon
Hill
Bookshelf
Zork TRS-80
Model III
Personal
Software
Oversized
Plastic Zip Bag
Zork I TRS-80
I/III
Infocom Special
Blister

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TRS-80
Martin Touhey wrote:

What were the key differences in the TRS-80 and the common PC at the time? Also were there any games or software utilities that were created specifically for the machine? I don't know much about the TRS-80 so these would be good points to bring up.

I will be discussing this. The TRS-80 was part of the holy trinity of 1977 as the third of what can be considered the first recognizable personal computers after the Apple II and Commodore PET. Like the PET, and unlike the Apple II, it wasn't a great games machine, but the TRS-80 was the best selling personal computer for quite a number of years so quite a few games were developed and released for it.

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Armchair Arcade, Inc.

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One thing I might want to know..

What were the key differences in the TRS-80 and the common PC at the time? Also were there any games or software utilities that were created specifically for the machine? I don't know much about the TRS-80 so these would be good points to bring up.

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I like Mark's idea. I

I like Mark's idea. I thought of one additional thing - the "why should I care?" question. It's nice to know why the person is interested in the hardware or game at the start, and why it matters in a human context.

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It helps, Mark, though it

It helps, Mark, though it will be a challenge to make it compelling. I'll take a stab at it and see what happens.

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- okay - some suggestions

10 minutes highlighting the specific systems, how they power on, what cpu and graphic, sound capabilities they have or don't have. Where they were positioned in the US market compared to other systems. Don't try to be complete just do some nice highlights and perhaps show the systems running with some teaser footage of upcoming video.

Next video go in depth to one of the systems and show some prime examples of good games showing various styles. How do they compare to other systems? Were joysticks available? Etc. Perhaps only do a video per game and just give info and some gameplay of that game and what makes it special. Don't try to be complete and don't try to cram too much info into the video.

Does this help?
Cheers, Mark

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