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Tom Frost Profile

Posted: Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:39 pm
by 8BitAG
Having done a lot of research recently on Tom Frost's games for various archives, I've put together a process on the talented Scottish coder & "Britain's Best Adventurer"...

http://8bitag.com/info/tartan.html

Re: Tom Frost Profile

Posted: Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:18 pm
by Juan F. Ramirez
Nice read!

Re: Tom Frost Profile

Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:53 am
by Ralf
Interesting read. He seems to be much older than your average teenage programmer from the 80s. Wonder what he's doing today.

Re: Tom Frost Profile

Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:23 am
by 8BitAG
Ralf wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:53 am
Interesting read. He seems to be much older than your average teenage programmer from the 80s. Wonder what he's doing today.
He would be in his 80s now, if he is/was still around.

Text adventure authors came in all ages and genders back then... they weren't just all spotty teenagers. Jack Lockerby, one of the most prolific adventure authors for the Spectrum,.. and he was in his sixties back then, iirc. There was certainly a huge age range attending the UK Adventurer's Convention back in the 90s, many of whom were programmers.

Re: Tom Frost Profile

Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:06 am
by stupidget
Great read and makes we wish I'd spent a bit more time on GAC. It was the usual thing, where I had all these grand ideas about an adventure game, but, when it came to actually building it, it was such a daunting task even in GAC i'd just go back to a copy of Razzle :-)

Re: Tom Frost Profile

Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:24 pm
by Morkin
Nice read.

I think I remember seeing those 'split' screen games, quite a nice idea.

Re: Tom Frost Profile

Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 1:00 pm
by llewelyn
Nicely presented and interesting bio. Enthusiasm, patience and determination required in bucket loads to successfully create a text adventure using those utilities all of which I have at least briefly explored! I remember 'Micro Adventurer' with fondness, it didn't last very long but it was one of my favourite computer magazines. I won a Stranglers tape 'Aural Quest' from one of their competitions. Never got very far with it though.

Re: Tom Frost Profile

Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 1:10 pm
by RWAC
Morkin wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:24 pm
Nice read.

I think I remember seeing those 'split' screen games, quite a nice idea.
Yeah, because single screen text adventures are way too easy! :lol:

Re: Tom Frost Profile

Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:45 pm
by Morkin
RWAC wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 1:10 pm
Yeah, because single screen text adventures are way too easy! :lol:
Haha, yeah..! Having failed at The Hobbit, I remember trying to play Lord of the Rings, and trying to keep track of who I was/what I was doing...

Re: Tom Frost Profile

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:43 am
by stupidget
Morkin wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:24 pm
Nice read.

I think I remember seeing those 'split' screen games, quite a nice idea.
Terrors of Trantoss was a 'sort of' split screen adventure where you controlled two characters:

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 96&id=7089

Interestingly Crash Issue 29 not only has a review of Terrors of Trantoss but also Spy Trilogy by Tartan Software:

https://ia902907.us.archive.org/8/items ... n_1986.pdf