One thing that makes MSX great is BASIC, the programming language that is accessible for all. To promote MSX-BASIC we are going to post some minis. Small parts of basic code that can be handy for making games or tools.
Most can be found in the many books written about MSX-BASIC, but sometimes it is easier to see a example.
The first will be about how to use mouse input.
10 SCREEN 7: DEFINT A-Z
20 X=255: Y=107: PSET (X,Y),0
30 IF PAD(12)=0 THEN GOTO 30
60 IF STRIG(1) THEN P=8 ELSE IF STRIG(3) THEN P=12 ELSE P=14
In celebration ofBonami computer and game museumopening a new location, Darkstone has donated a wall painting.
Most people will recognise the concept of the game depicted in the artwork, which looks a lot better in real life.
Checking out the wall painting would not be the only reason to visit the museum though, it has 3000m2 of computers,
consoles and arcade cabinets to enjoy!
The Darkstone site has received some minor styling updates, amongst which a new background image and improved legibility. The ‘darkstones’ on the background are based on the Charred photograph by Filip H.F. “FiXato” Slagter. The original is available for licensing.
Bonami retrocomputer fair will be held on Sunday the 9 of Juni on the ground of the Dutch Gaming Festival. The location is Antoon Coolenlaan 3 5644RX Eindhoven and it opens for visitors at 10am. Darkstone will be there to promote their software and mods!
Darkstone has finished designing a component that will be used (among other components) for a much larger project Darkstone’s working on. This finished component is however already available for those interested. It’s an electric power converter that converts 9 volts to 200 volts, to light up nixietubes.
Nixietubes are vacuum tubes containing numbers or other characters which can be controlled by the user. Great components for DIY fans creating new and unique electronic devices! The voltage can be controlled with a potentiometer on the circuit board. It supports a maximum of 10 watts, which is enough for several nixietubes.
For 65 euros Darkstone can create one such circuit board for you, although this price can drop significantly when larger quantities are ordered.
Lord S.M.Zett has created a new MSX case mod. This time he used a well known style called ‘steampunk’. Although the motherboard comes from an NMS8245, this new MSX is much smaller, and has a case mainly made from wood.
2011’s MSX fair will be held on Saturday the 22nd of January. The location is the big room (B3) of Wijkcentrum (community centre) Hatert in Nijmegen and it opens for visitors at 10am. Darkstone will bethere!
Idar is a region on the island of Daq, somewhere in Earth’s history. When
a lord (or land lord) of Idar knows he’s soon about to pass away, a new
lord will have to be chosen. This is done by means of an old game, to be
played by the lord’s house.
In the shape of a traditional board game, four aspiring land lords strive
for the honorable title of lord. It’s a fierce battle where the dice will point out the winner.
For msxdev10 we created this game! Download it now here ROM and Manual. Read more on the site of msxdev here.