Revival Summer Solstice 2016

Myself and Jim Watt (Author of NOX) will be appearing at Revival Summer Solstice 2016 demonstrating Death Chase / Nox, Galaxy Wars / Space Launcher and previewing my upcoming lightgun games.

The day-ticket giveaway competition is now closed.

Congratulations to the winner, David Dewson.

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More Info at : http://www.revivalretroevents.co.uk/

Hopefully see some of you at the show!

Vector Clock (Free ROM Download)

Just for fun, I made a simple vector clock for Vectrex. Dont expect the timing to be super accurate but it does stay in sync for quite some time  😉

You can adjust the hour by pressing and holding button1 and holding the joystick in the left or right direction to adjust. Minutes are adjusted in the same way with button 2. Button 3 resets the second hand and button 4 toggles minute/second dots on/off. The clock plays one of 13 different pieces of music every hour.

Free ROM Download :

http://binarystarsoftware.com/bin/VectorClockv102.BIN

Change Log:

v1.02

  • Button 4 now toggles second/minute dots on/off.

v1.01

  • More accurate timing
  • Speed adjust (0-25). Larger values increase clock speed.

v1.00

  • Initial Release

DIY Vectrex Light Phaser

Instructions for making your own Sega Light Phaser to Vectrex Lightgun adapter. I’ll be making some of these available with the first lightgun compatible cartridge I produce. Stay tuned for more info 😉

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Parts needed :

1 x Genesis/Atari cable (with all pins connected)

1x DB9 plug

1x DB9 hood

Tools Used :

Soldering iron

Hot Glue gun

Multimeter

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The first job is to test continuity on the pins on the joystick connector with a multimeter to identify which coloured wires to use.

Vectrex Controller Pinout www.gamesx.com/controldata/vectrex.htm
Sega Light Phaser Pinout
segaretro.org/Light_Phaser#Pinout
Pin Mapping

SMS Pin 7 (Light sensor) to Vectrex Pin 4 (Button 4)
SMS Pin 6 (Trigger) to Vectrex Pin 3 (Button 3)
SMS Pin 5 (+5v) to Vectrex Pin 7 (+5v)
SMS Pin 8 (GND) to Vectrex Pin 8 (GND)

On the cable I used the wires are as follows :

Yellow : Light Sensor

Orange/Peach : Trigger

Grey : +5v

Black : GND

Next we isolate these wires and strip them for soldering to the plug.

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On the plug, we solder to pins 5,6,7 and 8 using the pin mapping listed above.

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Once soldering is complete, you should attach the DB9 hood and test the lightgun is working on the Vectrex. You may need to cut away part of the plastic connector with a craft knife to allow the connector to properly insert into the Vectrex. If you are unsure how to cut it, refer to the standard Vectrex connector shape.

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If it is not working as expected, check pin-mapping and continuity with a multimeter and correct any mistakes made.

If working successfully with Vectrex, remove the top of the DB9 hood, add hot glue to hold the connections and attach the hood again.

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Leave the glue to solidify for a few hours and then enjoy your new lightgun adapter!

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Forthcoming lightgun (and lightpen) compatible games from Binary Star Software :

Whack-a-mole

Ghost Bursters

 

Xmas Cart 2015 (FREE ROM DOWNLOAD)

As a Christmas gift to you all and for the benefit of anyone still waiting on their cartridge arriving, I have made available a ROM download for use on your Vectrex flash-cartridges or emulators such as ParaJVE.

Xmas Cart 2015 contains two games :

Parcel Panic

In “Parcel Panic” you play as one of Santa Claus’ helpers, using your grabbing arm to pick presents off the assembly line conveyor belts. Santa Claus doesn’t tolerate mistakes so be careful!

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Space Tree X

“Space Tree X” : The further adventures of the tree that saved Christmas! A fun shoot-em up in the mold of Atari’s Asteroids.

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Video

Download

Xmas Cart 2015 – FREE VERSION

 

Enjoy the games!

A very merry Christmas and a happy new year to you all.

Chris

Xmas Cart 2015

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Xmas Cart 2015

I will be making 5 ‘limited edition’ cartridges (the larger box pictured above). This cartridge differs from the regular edition by including a small LED christmas tree attached to the cartridge which flashes in response to game events.  These cartridges will be awarded to 5 customers (order numbers will be randomly selected by computer).

For those who wish to buy a ‘limited edition’ tree, or for those who missed last years release, I have made available a double pack including “Xmas Cart 2014” and a LED modded “Xmas Cart 2015” cartridge. Please note that there are no colour-changing USB modded trees available with any release this year, only the modded LED tree cart.

Games

Parcel Panic

In “Parcel Panic” you play as one of Santa Claus’ helpers, using your grabbing arm to pick presents off the assembly line conveyor belts. Santa Claus doesn’t tolerate mistakes so be careful!

ppanic

 

Space Tree X

“Space Tree X” : The further adventures of the tree that saved Christmas! A fun shoot-em up in the mold of Atari’s Asteroids.

spacetreex2

Video

Ordering Information

 

Xmas Cart 2015 is no longer available. There is a ROM download available for use with flashcarts and emulators.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

Chris

It’s that time of year again…

 

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XMAS CART 2015

Announcing “Xmas Cart 2015”, once again a cartridge containing two festive themed games. This time around they are “Parcel Panic” and “Space Tree X”!

 

Parcel Panic

In “Parcel Panic” you play as one of Santa Claus’ helpers, using your grabbing arm to pick presents off the assembly line conveyor belts. Santa Claus doesn’t tolerate mistakes so be careful!

 

ppanic

 

Space Tree X

“Space Tree X” : The further adventures of the tree that saved Christmas! A fun shoot-em up in the mold of Atari’s Asteroids.

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More Information

Video and ordering details coming soon 🙂