Fresh Amstrad CPC, PCW, Notepad NC100 NC150 NC200 and PDA600 news







Happy new year 2019

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I wish you all and also to your loved ones a happy new year 2019, good health, and long life to our Amstrad CPC, PCW, NC...



RetroVirtualMachine v2.0b1 WIP, an Amstrad CPC emulator

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RetroVirtualMachine v2.0 beta 1 by jcgamestoy was released the 22th December 2018. It's an Amstrad CPC WIP emulator for MacOS, Windows and Linux.

The precedent version did add the support of the Dandanator expansion card..



New v2.0.5b6 of the firmware for the wifi card M4 Board by Duke

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The M4 Board which let you add wifi on your Amstrad CPC just got another firmware v2.0.5 beta 6 :

  • Fix do not erase ESP flash, if CRC error in ESPFIRM.BIN
  • Added RSX command |ROMSOFF
  • Added upgrade report, that is generated in root of microSD, called report.txt


M4FE, a frontend in ROM for the Amstrad CPC wifi extension card M4 Board

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Abalore is the author of M4FE, a frontend for the wifi M4 board created by Duke.

It is written in assembler, it lets you move through the directories and launch programs. It supports 64k files for each directory, joystick (2 buttons), snapshots, reading text files, search for a file or directory, it remembers the last directory used..

Comments and suggetions to the author are welcome.



RASM v0.104 by Roudoudou, an assembler/disassembler (multi platform) for Amstrad CPC

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The last version of RASM is v0.104 (17th October 2018). This multi platform assembler/disassembler (linux, windows, but not only like MorphOS on Amiga) let you program for Amstrad CPC.

The online documentation is available.

Information by Krusty (Benediction) : For those using Visual Studio Code as Integrated Development Environment for the Amstrad CPC, you can install the z80 macro assembler extension that provides syntaxic coloration of code and some snippets for rasm. On my side it has completely replaced vim and its tailored extension. Syntax error analysis is only the missing thing.




Lemmings by Sony on mobile phone, and energy is missing you

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Sony just released Lemmings on mobile phone.

The game seems to be nice, but there is just a little problem. Each action needs energy and you can fall to 0 energy in the middle of a level. Or of course you can pay 6 euros for 2 hours of tranquillity...




Amstrad was created 50 years ago

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It's official as announced by Lord Alan Michael Sugar himself, the company Amstrad (Alan Michael Sugar TRADing) was created 50 years ago, the 8th December 1968 !





Interview of Stefan Walker (2015) who wrote the Amstrad CPC conversion of Pirates ! (Micropose)

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A short but interesting interview of Stefan Walker who did the conversion of the game Pirates ! (Micropose) on Amstrad CPC in 1987. He even worked in the united states for 6 months with Sid Meier himself !

Not stated in the interview but in the CPCWiki's thread, the program was written in BASIC with RSX, which did ease the port to the X-Mass.

There is a longplay (very long at 6 hours) made by Amstrad Maniaque of Pirates !.



Deeper Warrens and Bitume by Arnaud Bouche (CPCRetroDev 2018 and 2017)

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Arnaud Bouche is the author of both Bitume (CPCRetroDev 2017) inspired by Asphalt and Deeper Warrens (8th place at CPCRetroDev 2018) inspired by the classic Gauntlet with RPG elements (experience and buying equipment) on 25 levels !

A corrected version of Deeper Warrens is available after the initial release for the CPCRetroDev 2018.

Dont hesitate to download Bitume also, see a youtube video of Bitume if you are curious.



Odroid GO with keyboard support in C64 emulator, still nothing for Amstrad CPC...

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The Odroid GO supports now a QWERTY keyboard with is used by a C64 emulator (the second C64 emulator in fact).

Sadly, still no Amstrad CPC emulator in sight, but we can still pray for one, especially with this keyboard which would really help such emulator.