Family Computing - January 1986 - Volume 4 - Number 1 (104 scanned pages)

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Family Computing Magazine Cover - January 1986Family Computing Magazine Cover - January 1986I put this issue up in September of 2004 on my personal Website courtesy of one Mr. Jay Snellen, and thought that since the new Armchair Arcade is so good at indexing things that I'd make mention of it again here on my blog and bring attention to it for those that missed it in the past. I don't know why there is still no online repository of Family Computing issues, but at least there's this one example up. If I can ever gain access to a non-destructive quick and simple scanning process, I'd happily scan my large collection of Family Computing , Electronic Games and countless other information-rich industry magazines from the 1970's - 80's. Family Computing and Electronic Games were invaluable resources to me as a child growing up in the heady days of the first videogame and home computer explosion and it's a shame that each is not readily available to scholars and enthusiasts alike...

The link to the Family Computing issue: http://www.billandchristina.com/vgamecomp/fcjan86.htm

From my original posting on my personal Website:

This is my attempt at filling the void for an online repository of the classic Family Computing magazine (1984 - 1986 were generally the golden years for the publication). To me, these are the equivalent of the equally wonderful and also MIA original Electronic Games magazine, in that they were and in many ways still are the pinnacle of mainstream computer and videogame journalism in their respective areas of focus. These scans are courtesy of the hard work of Jay Snellen. Hopefully we can work together at bringing you additional issues in the spirit of their pure historical and educational electronic preservation and value. When my new Website is set up, this will be presented in a much more palatable fashion. In the mean-time enjoy the issue as-is, and don't try to spread the word too much so I can keep the bandwidth requirements in check...

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Matt Barton
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Bard's Tale Ad

Wow. I didn't realize that Bard's Tale allowed you to import characters from Wizardry and Ultima. How strange! I don't think I've ever seen that kind of cross-game character sharing before. These magazines undoubtedly contain many treasures! Just wish there was a more convenient way to view them.

You know, there is something I've been using to read comics online. The files go with a program caleld CDisplay, and it's VERY nice (hard to believe it's actually free). It's so much better than PDF for viewing scanned in comics! It's really hard to fathom why more people don't use it. It seems to work by allowing you to put all the scans into a .zip archive and renaming it to .cbr. Then the program puts them all together in a sort of vertical reel (you can also scan horizontally when the need arises). It's super fast.

I intend to post a blog soon detailing my experiences with reading comics online, but it's something you might want to check out now if you intend to do more of these scans.

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Bill Loguidice
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Alternative Ways to Display and Importing RPG Characters

I can easily do a scrolling reel with just a click, actually. If you think that would be more useful, no problem. Since I didn't scan the images, I only have them as the JPG's. I simply can't justify destroying my magazines at this point to scan them all in properly.

I'm surprised you didn't know about the character importing. A high percentage of RPG's actually allowed that. I never bothered myself and didn't know too many who did, as you ended up losing everything you acquired and certain stats had to be interpreted to the new rules or lost completely, while others had to be created. I rarely did it between game sequels even for that very reason. There always was some type of artificial way to cripple your previous characters, whether it was Phantasie I - III or the Gold Box games, for instance.

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Carson (not verified)
Family Computing

Yes, I agree with your sentiment. It was my first computer magazine (quickly followed by my first type in games and music) and is a good memory to think back on. Do you know where the disks and/or D64 images are for the great programs in this magazine? Especially the Kpower Microtones by Joey Latimer...

Bill Loguidice
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Good question
Carson wrote:

Yes, I agree with your sentiment. It was my first computer magazine (quickly followed by my first type in games and music) and is a good memory to think back on. Do you know where the disks and/or D64 images are for the great programs in this magazine? Especially the Kpower Microtones by Joey Latimer...

I don't know. You would assume that someone typed them in at some point and archived them, but you never know. I'm not aware of any save files for any of the platforms.

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