A little something to share

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I can’t really add this to GTW64 as a proper entry,  but I thought i’d share – as i’m pretty happy at this particular personal finding.

After doing some preservation work with the Maverick v5 tool on a problematic disk, and with some big success (as you will find out about in good time!),  I wondered if it would work on one of my old work disks which contained a SEUCK 1942 clone that I had quickly done in a day and had abandoned at an early stage.

When I say abandoned, unfortunately the disk was a bit dodgy, and the two backups I created both failed to load.  Over the years I had attempted to clean the disk and constantly load and try and back up to another disk – in the hope i’d get one of my lost projects back for posterity – the memory of what I had created started to fade too.  It was the last thing I had left to digitally preserve fully from my own collection.

Although Maverick didn’t get a 100% working version of a frozen file – the many backups I did with the various tools gave me a selection of builds with varying amounts of corruption.  Some versions had a complete sprite set,  but missing backgrounds and charsets,  the other had a full set of attack waves and a map, but the charset was completely gone.  Another file was completely borked apart from a perfectly fine charset.  This was far more than I had before, and enough of a jigsaw puzzle that I could carefully piece back together.

Using Jon Wells’ SEUCK memory map lists from issue 45 of Commodore Format, I managed to save out the bits that worked, and then load them all back into a clean build of SEUCK.  At the first time of entering SYS24576,  the editor was back and so was what remained of what I had saved back in April 1996.

Although nothing to get too excited about, it is a piece of early history that I had hoped to save, and now have done.  I’ve tidied up the map a little, just to show some of the blocks I didn’t use but had designed.  There are a few attack waves to demonstrate the sprites I had done.  Feel free to take a look for yourself, the zip file with the frozen version saved can be found below.

World war game download

4 Responses to A little something to share

  1. Well done Frank! Nice work, always good to preserve yourself for posterity!

  2. Hehehe… Brilliant. It’s always great to find some stuff you thought was long gone. A great feeling. Well done Frank 🙂

  3. Viktor says:

    I hope you sent it to the Gamebase crew.

    Regards, Viktor

    • fgasking says:

      Hehe, that’s if they would accept it 🙂 .. I’m sure they will see it in time, as they check fairly frequently.

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