Little bugs in the database

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Re: Little bugs in the database

Post by Einar Saukas » Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:12 am

8BitAG wrote:
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:49 pm
(Also note that the original publisher of the Spectrum version of Castle Warlock was The Guild)
What exactly do you mean?

The archive currently says this game was published as standalone by Adventure Probe Software, and inside compilations by The Guild. Is this correct?
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Re: Little bugs in the database

Post by 8BitAG » Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:37 am

Einar Saukas wrote:
Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:12 am
8BitAG wrote:
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:49 pm
(Also note that the original publisher of the Spectrum version of Castle Warlock was The Guild)
What exactly do you mean?

The archive currently says this game was published as standalone by Adventure Probe Software, and inside compilations by The Guild. Is this correct?
I believe that the "headline" publisher in the archive should reflect the initial publisher? Certainly not the one who published the game two or three years after... that's why I would say The Guild was the initial publisher.

The Guild published Castle Warlock way before Adventure Probe Software... Adventure Probe only took on Ken's titles after the Guild closed shop in the autumn of 1993. The fact that Castle Warlock may have only appeared on compilations is irrelevant in terms of The Guild being the initial publisher imo.

That makes the date for the Adventure Probe release incorrect, by the way. Adventure Probe Software didn't publish before 1992 and (as mentioned above) they didn't take on the Ken Bond games, from the defunct The Guild, until 1993.

The Guild is an interesting company in terms of preservation and compilations, by the way, because they did "pick and mix" compilations where you could choose which four titles titles went on your tape, from a selection of thirty odd games... meaning that there could be many combinations and permutations of compilation releases out there.
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Re: Little bugs in the database

Post by 8BitAG » Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:20 am

Following on from the above post... there are a few gaps in my Adventure Probe (fanzine) collection at key points which is stopping me tying up a few loose ends with regards to the Ken Bond text adventures.

For example, The Base...
https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 96&id=5991
is listed as being published by The Guild in 1988.

The Guild did not exist prior to 1991 so this date, in terms of the Guild publication is wrong.

The 1988 date seems likely to refer to the Amstrad version of the game, which was published by Recreation Re-creation Software and, before that by Ken Bond himself. I think, Tony Collins of the Guild and Philip Reynolds (of The Adventure Workshop, initially doing the ports for Tony's The Guild) converted a lot of Ken's games over from the Amstrad to the Spectrum... these conversions were all produced from 1991 onwards. (I would presume that the "Ant" on the loading screen is probably Tony.)
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Re: Little bugs in the database

Post by 8BitAG » Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:23 am

In relation to the above, Philip M. Reynolds needs adding as the programmer to the games...
The Test https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 6&id=10938
The Base https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 96&id=5991
The Spiro Legacy https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 6&id=10233

Philip's exisiting profile is at http://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.ph ... l_id=11462
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Re: Little bugs in the database

Post by 8BitAG » Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:46 pm

This game seems to be missing from the database...

Rupert the Bear and Jack Frost (2011)
by Richard Gray
writing as RG Paddler

Text Adventure
Produced using the PAW [info taken from the game itself]

Unofficial license - Rupert the Bear

Richard's website no longer seems to be online, but you can read his bio on an archived page here...
https://web.archive.org/web/20100507123 ... on.com:80/

The Rupert the Bear page doesn't seem to be archived but the file can be downloaded from the TZX Vault...
http://www.tzxvault.org/Spectrum/TZX/Ru ... kFrost.zip

{Richard is on Facebook it seems at https://www.facebook.com/rgpaddler and on YouTube]
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Re: Little bugs in the database

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:18 am

In the [MOD] Haunted house game, there are some wrong magazine references.

The two Microhobby references refer to the Activision Ghostbusters game.

In the first, it tells about a bank account (clearly the Activision game, not this) and in the second it talks about 'the Activision game'. This is because the Haunted House game was published in Microhobby Cassette under the name 'Cazafantasmas' ('Ghostbusters', hence the confusion).

More info in this post.
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Re: Little bugs in the database

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:37 am

Challenge of the Gobots by Reaktor.

Both in the loading screen and the inlay we can read who are the authors:

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Whereas in the game entry, the authors are Tony cooper and Ben Daglish. It doesn't match.
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Re: Little bugs in the database

Post by Einar Saukas » Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:35 pm

Juan F. Ramirez wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:37 am
Challenge of the Gobots by Reaktor.

Both in the loading screen and the inlay we can read who are the authors:

ImageImage

Whereas in the game entry, the authors are Tony cooper and Ben Daglish. It doesn't match.
Actually "A. Cooper" obviously means Anthony Cooper (thus "Tony Cooper"), so this name is correct.

"Ben Daglish" composed the game music according to several sources.

The database was just missing the designer names. I'm adding them now.

Thanks!
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Re: Little bugs in the database

Post by Einar Saukas » Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:24 pm

BTW in case anyone wonders the reason I'm fixing problems posted here (and other threads) randomly, without following any specific order...

The reason is, my current priority is to test and improve ZX-Ed. Therefore I'm trying to work first on issues as diverse as possible, to exercise all the functionality provided by ZX-Ed.

Making ZX-Ed more productive will allow others (mostly R-Tape?) to fix the remaining issues quickly, without depending on me to do it.

In the meantime, please keep posting everybody! Your help is very much appreciated!
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Re: Little bugs in the database

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:10 am

A curious question this time: Mad Nurse by Firebird.

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According to the game entry (and the loading screen you can see here) the author is Peter Cough.

But @Mort scanned the corresponding inlay, whose back side:

https://archive.org/download/spectrumin ... nlay02.jpg

It says:

MAD NURSE
(c) 1986 SIMON PICK
Conversion by SOFTWARE CREATIONS


Maybe S. Pick made the original game for, say, C64 or Amstrad, and P. Cough is the author of the Spectrum version?

Or is there something wrong?
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