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    FS: BASIC Game Book

    OK, I know some people on this board are interested in rolling-your-own computer games in BASIC. Here's a book that teaches all you need to know. It's The A To Z Book of Computer Games, by Thomas C. McIntire, from TAB Books, 1979. Lots of info on designing & coding your own games, including 26 ready-to-run game listings, from Abstract to Z-End & every letter in-between. Own this handy lil' guide for a mere five dollars + five more for shipping & handling. PM me for more details, or with swap offers.

    --T
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    Teach your children how to think, not what, and hold 'em close, not tight.
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    Does it teach you how to find spare time and motivation to get going too? The past year, pure lazyness in combination with too many other things to attend to are the reasons which kept me away from serious hobby programming, game or otherwise.
    Anders Carlsson

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      #3
      I am one of those that has about two dozen half finished games.

      Start writing one, get some basics done, and then get distracted and go on to something else.

      If I ever actually finish one, and have it good enough to let other people have a go on it, I would freak!

      Chris
      The vic rocks!

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        #4
        hmmm..

        after reading this, now I know that what I did* is not so uncommon

        *I started writing a game but stopped writing it a couple of months ago
        I should get back to it soon
        a collectors collection is never complete!

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          #5
          I started with computers in the late 1970s and wrote a bunch of games. Mostly simple, silly little things in BASIC for the IBM PC.

          I think I got most of that out of my system then. . .

          Erik
          The Vintage Computer and Gaming Marketplace
          The Vintage Computer

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            #6
            Originally posted by vic user
            I am one of those that has about two dozen half finished games.

            Start writing one, get some basics done, and then get distracted and go on to something else.

            If I ever actually finish one, and have it good enough to let other people have a go on it, I would freak!

            Chris
            if i had a buck for every website, program, or project ive started got half
            done and forgot about i'd be rich.

            HA! even if i did go back and try to finish them i'd be lost because i write
            such sloppy code i'd have to spend half the time just documenting it
            just to understand what the hell i did last or was in the middle of.

            ah but thats life...
            If you don\'t know where you are going.. Any road will get you there.

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              #7
              Hmmmn...I think I see a pattern developing here. I wonder if ADD rates run higher among computer people than in the general population?

              --T
              Teach your children how to think, not what, and hold 'em close, not tight.
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