JSW Central - a website dedicated to Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy games for the ZX Spectrum

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JSW Central - a website dedicated to Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy games for the ZX Spectrum

Post by jetsetdanny » Thu May 02, 2019 9:40 pm

Hello,

This is my first post here. I have been following the forums without registering for a while, and now I have decided to join to introduce my website and be able to take an active part in the developments here.

As the 35th birthday of "Jet Set Willy" will be celebrated at PLAY Expo in Manchester this weekend, with the presence of Matthew Smith, the UK premiere of "WILLY: 48K About A Legend" – a short animated film by Paolo Santagostino, and a JSW48 mod competition, I would like to highlight the fact that both "Jet Set Willy" and its predecessor "Manic Miner" have inspired numerous remakes by fans who wanted to create new rooms and caverns. Some of them use the original 48K game engines designed by Matthew Smith; others use their 128K extensions created by John Elliott. While many people are completely indifferent or even negative about them ("What do we need another JSW clone for?"), for some creating them became a labour of love and passion, resulting in products which, hopefully, can still provide fun and interesting challenges to the "mainstream" ZX Spectrum community.

JSW Central is a website dedicated exclusively to these games. It aspires to list all existing gamma-released games and provide information about them, download links and ultimately also screenshots of every single screen from every single game.

The website is still work in progress and does not yet feature everything it will have one day, but it does already provide comprehensive and up-to-date information about MM and JSW remakes for the ZX Spectrum. Currently it lists 20 games in its MM section, 48 games in its JSW48 section (plus 4 "advanced modifications of the original JSW"), 18 games in its JSW128 section and 24 games in its JSW64 section, plus one entry in the JSWII category and 10 entries in "MM and JSW games using other game engines" section. It also has 19 individual pages for Versions of the original MM and 25 pages for Versions of the original JSW - mods considered "not modified enough" to be classified as new games, but nevertheless interesting for various reasons.

As we celebrate the 35th birthday of "Jet Set Willy", it is good to remember that a part of the legacy of this remarkable game is a host of fan-created games which take advantage of the original's exquisite game mechanics, and the people who have devoted their time, energy and talents to create them. And this community is still active, and new projects are underway.

As for JSW Central, it will hopefully continue to grow and provide accurate and up-to-date information about MM and JSW games for the Spectrum. Please let me know (here or by mail) if you know of any games which are not there, or if you have some additional info, or spot some errors, or have any other suggestions for the site.

Finally, I will be at the Manchester PLAY Expo wearing a black T-shirt with the figure of Willy and the address of JSW Central. Please say hi if you see me - it will be nice to meet you in person :).

Daniel
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Re: JSW Central - a website dedicated to Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy games for the ZX Spectrum

Post by stupidget » Fri May 03, 2019 7:26 am

jetsetdanny wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 9:40 pm
Hello,

This is my first post here.

Daniel
Hi, and welcome.

I knew there were quite a few remakes, but, not that many!!! Jeez they’re going to keep me busy :D
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Re: JSW Central - a website dedicated to Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy games for the ZX Spectrum

Post by Ralf » Fri May 03, 2019 10:38 am

Welcome to the forums! Have fun here.

It's also great to see your website growing and expanding and people still active. Good luck with it!
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Post by jetsetdanny » Fri May 03, 2019 12:50 pm

Thanks, guys! :)
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Post by DouglasReynholm » Fri May 03, 2019 1:31 pm

Just had a quick look great stuff, and looking forward to more screen dumps in the JSW section.. but Manic Scribbler just looks insane - is it really playable to completion?!
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Re: JSW Central - a website dedicated to Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy games for the ZX Spectrum

Post by stupidget » Fri May 03, 2019 1:34 pm

DouglasReynholm wrote:
Fri May 03, 2019 1:31 pm
Just had a quick look great stuff, and looking forward to more screen dumps in the JSW section.. but Manic Scribbler just looks insane - is it really playable to completion?!
My like us purely based on your quality username DouglasReynholm :D :D :D
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Post by Einar Saukas » Fri May 03, 2019 1:37 pm

Excellent!

It seems most of your game pages have links to Spectrum Computing. The few pages that don't, they have links to Martijn's WoS, that shares the same ID anyway.

Would it be easy for you to send me a list of all your game page links with the corresponding ID (in WoS/SC/ZXDB) for each one? It can be a text file, spreadsheet, or whatever you like. I would like to import this list into ZXDB, so sites like Spectrum Computing can provide links to your site.
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Post by DouglasReynholm » Fri May 03, 2019 2:08 pm

stupidget wrote:
Fri May 03, 2019 1:34 pm
DouglasReynholm wrote:
Fri May 03, 2019 1:31 pm
Just had a quick look great stuff, and looking forward to more screen dumps in the JSW section.. but Manic Scribbler just looks insane - is it really playable to completion?!
My like us purely based on your quality username DouglasReynholm :D :D :D
When I joined this website, I had only two things - a dream, and 6 million quid.. :lol:
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Post by jetsetdanny » Fri May 03, 2019 8:03 pm

DouglasReynholm wrote:
Fri May 03, 2019 1:31 pm
Just had a quick look great stuff, and looking forward to more screen dumps in the JSW section.. but Manic Scribbler just looks insane - is it really playable to completion?!
Yes, you can watch the RZX walkthrough on RZX Archive. Recording it was a real struggle and a very time-consuming, but also very gratifying experience...
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Re: JSW Central - a website dedicated to Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy games for the ZX Spectrum

Post by jetsetdanny » Fri May 03, 2019 8:11 pm

Einar Saukas wrote:
Fri May 03, 2019 1:37 pm
Excellent!

(...)

Would it be easy for you to send me a list of all your game page links with the corresponding ID (in WoS/SC/ZXDB) for each one? It can be a text file, spreadsheet, or whatever you like. I would like to import this list into ZXDB, so sites like Spectrum Computing can provide links to your site.
Thank you :)

Yes, I will prepare the list for you and I will be honored when links to JSW Central are on SC. Just give me a little time to do it after the Manchester Expo.

There are no links to SC on the Manic Miner individual game pages, because it’s an older section of the website and I did things slightly different when I prepared it. I will overhaul these pages to have links to SC when time permits - the goal is for all games to have links to SC (and WoS if pertinent).
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