'vintage' Episodes

Nord and Bert Couldn't Make Head or Tail of It

     2/2/2019

Kevin and Carrington throw caution to the wind and spill the beans about Infocom's idiom-riddled game. Does it cut the mustard, or should you give this one the could shoulder? To make a long story short, the devil is in the details.


Wishbringer

     7/31/2020

In Wishbringer, a search for a lost cat leads Kay and Carrington into a dark fantasy land where their greatest concern isn't the witches, the eldritch tendrils, or even the grue. It's delivering the mail. Be careful what you wish for.


Take All

     8/29/2020

Kay and Carrington take a victory lap after finishing all of the Infocom text-only adventures. Turn on verbose mode and light the brass lantern, it's time to take a look back at what they liked best, and least, from these classic games.


Suspect

     1/12/2020

Will the third sleuthing game from Infocom be the caper that finally steals Kevin's heart? Or will Carrington continue to be the only one who likes bungling through Infocom's burglary games? Find out as the lads tackle Infocom's Suspect.


Planetfall

     4/20/2020

Kay and Carrington foray into the future to face the mishaps and misspellings of Planetfall, Infocom's rib-tickling romp about a boy and his bot. Star Patrol: it's not just a job, it's an adventure game.


Beyond Zork

     4/9/2020

What does it mean when Kay and Carrington discuss a game full of Christmas Tree Monsters and Cruel Puppets for over two hours, never once using the word "wacky" but often using the word "walkthrough"? It means it's time to load up on long-lasting snacks, and brace yourself for Beyond Zork.


The Witness

     1/23/2019

Is playing The Witness a total gasser, or is it a trip for biscuits? Listen in as those hep cats Kevin and Carrington get on the Ameche to bushwa about Infocom's second gumshoe. If you give this rip-snorter the high hat, you're all wet.


Spellbreaker

     12/19/2019

Kevin and Carrington return to discuss the expert-rated final game in the Enchanter trilogy. Are you happy the lads are back, or is that just an eft in your tarn?


A Mind Forever Voyaging

     1/31/2020

It's turtles all the way down as Kevin and Carrington discuss Infocom's A Mind Forever Voyaging: a computer simulation about a dystopian future in which a computer simulation finds out it is a computer simulation simulating dystopian futures.


The Lurking Horror

     8/22/2020

A bone chilling blizzard at the window, a reanimated hand on your shoulder, and worst of all a term paper deadline. All the ingredients for a deliciously dreadful day at Boston's creepiest college, where Kay and Carrington delve deep into the tunnels and tombs of The Lurking Horror.


Catch A Butterfly

     4/1/2019

A butterfly flaps its wings on the other side of the world, and suddenly Kevin and Carrington are discussing an obscure game that isn't on the usual list of Infocom titles. Also it happens to be April 1st, but that probably doesn't mean anything.


Stationfall

     7/15/2020

What do you get when you combine a plucky little robot, an abandoned space station, and Cousin Oliver? To find out, complete form JZ-59-G then listen in as Kay and Carrington discuss Stationfall, Infocom's comedy horror space adventure mystery.


Infidel

     10/27/2018

Brave the baking sun with Kevin and Carrington as they scour the desert for pyramids plunder. And maybe, just maybe, they'll discover the greatest treasure of all: a macro to type the word 'hieroglyphs' for them.


Zork III: The Dungeon Master

     12/17/2018

Kevin and Carrington delve once again into the dungeons of the Great Underground Empire to complete Infocom's famous (and famously difficult) trilogy. Can they complete the game without cheating? The answer will not surprise you.


Kevin Interviews Steve Meretzky

     4/28/2019

Jetsetter Kevin Savetz flies to the GitHub lair on Skullcrusher Mountain to interview Steve Meretzky about what it was like to make games in the 80s.


Scavange!

     5/16/2020

The Gruesome Twosome take another vacation from Infocom to play a vintage text adventure written by none other than Kay himself back in the 1980s. From creative spellings to Playboy magazines, it's old school meets high school in Scavange! (Quack! Hiss!)


Leather Goddesses of Phobos

     1/5/2019

Kevin and Carrington thrust into adventure (and Cleveland) to solve saucy puzzles and grapple bawdy baddies in spaaaaaaace! Something, possibly this very sentence, tells you things are going to get strange.


Hollywood Hijinx

     8/10/2018

Explore a house filled with traps and trophies in Hollywood Hijinx, the zany (or is it kooky?) treasure hunt from Infocom. And if you listen carefully you can hear Kevin's home slide out to sea.


Cutthroats

     8/28/2018

Set sail for Hardscrabble Island, where sly divers vie for sunken treasure. Can Kevin and Carrington avoid the dangers of the deep long enough to enjoy the game? Don't hold your breath.


The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

     3/4/2018

Stick out your digital thumb and catch a ride with Kevin, Carrington, and special guest Charles Mangin as they try to answer the great Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything without using InvisiClues.


Thimbleweed Park

     5/20/2017

The Gruesome Twosome take a vacation from Infocom to visit Thimbleweed Park, where they solve a murder, discuss free will, and admire de lo res graphics.


Sherlock: The Riddle of the Crown Jewels

     4/26/2017

It's 19th Century London, and Crown Jewels are missing! Solving the mystery will take all the skills of the world's greatest dectective! You are also there.


Enchanter

     3/24/2017

Enchanter is filled with magic spells, prophetic dreams, and even a talking turtle. Put on your robe and wizard hat, and prepare for adventure. Accio InvisiClues!


Seastalker

     1/10/2017

Ahoy! Kevin and Carrington dive into Seastalker, Infocom's junior gee-whiz submarine adventure. Set course for adventure, as we raise our sails and lower our expectations.


Zork I: The Underground Empire

     12/2/2016

Kevin and Carrington discuss Zork I, the first text adventure from Infocom. From the highs of its incredible parser to the lows of its unfair puzzles, it all comes down to one burning question: are you a TAKE person or a GET person?


Starcross

     7/20/2017

Two podcasters, both alike in indignity, at KansasFest, where unfair puzzles make unfair games unsolvable. In short, this is no Shakespeare and we are not Starcross lovers.


Moonmist

     7/18/2018

Solve a murder, unmask a ghost, and hunt for treasure in Infocom's multitrack mystery. Can you do what Scooby do? Find out in Moonmist. Viva la diffidence!


Suspended

     11/25/2017

Removed from society, frozen in time, and fumbling to interact with the outside world only through remote electronics, Suspended might as well have been called Podcasters.


Zork II

     10/16/2017

Delve once more into the underground world of Zork where only things you can count on are your low cunning and your high number of saved games.


Bureaucracy

     4/6/2018

To listen to this episode, fill out form GRU3 using a #2 pencil and send it by postal mail no later than 8AM yesterday. Be sure to submit all forms in triplicate, in person, and in ink.


Special Episode: Adventures in Videoland (Rollercoaster)

     8/5/2018

Kevin resurrects the very first video game that used a laserdisc: a type-in text adventure that ran on the Apple II. First you type in the game, then you type in the game!


Fooblitzky

     7/22/2017

Fooblitzky is a city of secrets where the crosswalks are deadly, a flasher is dropping pianos on people, and the only job is washing dishes. Oh, and everyone is a dog. This is not an April Fool's episode.


Sorcerer

     12/28/2017

Venture forth with the middle child of Infocom's Enchanter series, where food is unnecessary, sleep is unwelcome, and a glass maze can drive you batty.


Deadline

     2/17/2017

Infocom's first mystery: a locked room, six suspects, and a ticking clock. Can a pair of fumbling podcasters solve the murder in time? Probably not.


Plundered Hearts

     1/19/2018

Set sail on the seven seas where swords clash, bodices rip, and it's not always clear who's rescuing whom. Special guest: Quinn Dunki, pirate queen.


Trinity

     1/8/2017

Trinity is Infocom's classic game about the dangers of the Atomic Age, and it's a blast! Get it? Get it? A blast? Hilarious.


Border Zone

     1/17/2017

Infocom's only espionage story, Border Zone is filled with intrigue and danger in a constantly moving world that doesn't wait while the player types. Tune in to see if our heroes achieve success by stealth, or death by typo.


Ballyhoo

     12/14/2016

Welcome to Ballyhoo, Infocom's circus mystery. Can these johnny tin plates foil the grift and save the circus? Or is the cherry pie just too much for a pair of side-walling lot loafers?


Special Episode: Infocom's Non-Interactive Non-Fiction

     8/6/2018

Infocom released several non-IF programs, such a series of digital comics, a board game, and even a corporate database. The company is in the black, you are likely to accrue a Grue.


Open Atari

     8/31/2017

In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: Mike Maginnis of the Open Apple and Drop III Inches podcasts joins the Antic crew and starts a computer war, Nir Dary tells us about disk drive upgrades, we catch up with Curt Vendel about his projects including the 2nd Atari history book, and more Atari news than you can possibly imagine!

READY!

Recurring Links

Floppy Days Podcast

AtariArchives.org

AtariMagazines.com

Kevin’s Book “Terrible Nerd”

New Atari books scans at archive.org

ANTIC feedback at AtariAge

Atari interview discussion thread on AtariAge

ANTIC Facebook Page

AHCS

Eaten By a Grue  

What we’ve been up to

Interviews

News

YouTube videos this month

Commercial

End of Show Music

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The Atari 8-bit Podcast - Curt Vendel & Dennis Harkins

     2/28/2014

 

On this episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit Podcast: an interview with Curt Vendel, Atari historian and co-author of “Atari, Inc: Business Is Fun” … and  an interview with Dennis Harkins, author of the APX program Message Display Program … and how a pack of bubble gum led to life with an Atari and a career in computers.

 

Links mentioned in this episode:

 

Recurring Links

Floppy Days Podcast

AtariArchives.org

AtariMagazines.com

Kevins Book “Terrible Nerd”

 

New Atari books scans at archive.org

ANTIC feedback at AtariAge

 

What We’ve Been Up To

"Compute's Atari Collection Volume 1"

"CoCo: The Colorful History of Tandy's Underdog Computer" by Boisy G Pitre and Bill Loguidice

“Sophistication and Simplicity, The Life and Times of the Apple II Computer” by Steven Weyhrich

KansasFest

Kampfgruppe

Vintage Computer Festival Southeast (VCFSE) 2.0

Intellivisionaries Podcast

Movie Musical Madness

Kevin's black metal 850 interface

"A Mind Forever Voyaging - a history of storytelling in video games"

Atari User Magazine

Kevin's Atari 400/800 Posters

 

News

VCF East 9.1

Atari Gamer Magazine

Atari Gamer Promotion on YouTube

30th Anniversary Edition of Boulder Dash

TapStar Interactive

Terry Stewart (Tez) HD remake  of Atari 400 Video on YouTube

Band Of Outsiders Atari Clothing Article

Band of Outsiders Website

Atari 800 mentioned on Colbert Report Video

Atari 800 on Colbert Report Discussion on AtariAge

Google and YouTube Atari Easter Eggs

Learning Curve programming articles

Learning Curve Discussion on AtariAge

Nolan Bushnell interview

NOMAM 2014 programming contest for 10 line games

Bill Kendrick - Paddleship Entry for NOMAM

Archive.org Computer Magazines

Archive.org Computer Newsletters

Archive.org Game Magazines

Archive.org Manuals

Archive.org The Business Case: Applications and Programs for the Home Office

 

Tips

KDOS

Atari Encyclopedia

History of Atari Computers from CIO Magazine

Bits of the Past store

 

Interview - Curt Vendel

Atari Museum

Atari History Book Website

“Atari Inc.: Business is Fun (Volume I)” by Curt Vendel, Marty Goldberg at Amazon

 

Interview - Dennis Harkins

Unedited Dennis Harkins Interview

 

Closing

Taste My Beeper 1-bit GTIA Music

Mash-up of the Beastie Boys and the music from Ballblazer

 


The Atari 8-bit Podcast - Chris Crawford

     10/4/2013

 

In this episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit Podcast, an interview with Chris Crawford, author of Eastern Front 1941; we rescue Atari hardware and TI 99/4a hardware; we find a new source for reliable Atari power supplies; and we take a look at an Atari emulator that works in your web browser.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Floppy Days Podcast

AtariArchives.org

AtariMagazines.com

Kevins Book “Terrible Nerd”

Atlanta Historical Computing Society

Vintage Computer Festival MW 8.0

New Atari books scans at archive.org

ANTIC feedback at AtariAge

Atari vintage commercial at YouTube

Phoenix Art Museum - Art of Video Games Exhibit

Commodore Computer Club

New book projects announced

Chris Crawford Eastern Front Source Code and More

Follow-up to Atari Bankruptcy Saga

JSMESS Atari Emulation in a Browser

4MB Flash MegaCart Web Site

4MB Flash MegaCart Discussion on AtariAge

Atari Party 2013 Pictures

More Atari Party 2013 Pictures

Atari Computer USB Power Adapter Cable on eBay

Atari Computer Replacement Power Supply on eBay

Atari Computer Power Supply Discussion on AtariAge

GTIABlast! Demo Site

GTIABlast! GTIA Mode 10 Video on YouTube

GTIABlast! GTIA Mode 11 Video on YouTube

Atari Software Competition 2013 Web site

Atari Software Competition 2013 Discussion on AtariAge

Atari Box Art Article on The Verge

Atari User Magazine Site

Atari User Magazine at Magcloud

Atari User Magazine at Lulu

Starring the Computer

B&C ComputerVision

Atari Legacy Group on LinkedIn

Full Chris Crawford Interview

 

 

 

 

 


The Atari 8-bit Podcast - JD Casten & Steve Wilds

     4/3/2014

 

On this episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit Podcast: an interview with JD Casten, Antic magazine’s prolific game author, an interview with Steve Wilds, editor of Atari User Magazine … and lots of retrogaming news and reviews.

 

Links mentioned in this episode:

 

Recurring Links

Floppy Days Podcast

AtariArchives.org

AtariMagazines.com

Kevins Book “Terrible Nerd”

New Atari books scans at archive.org

ANTIC feedback at AtariAge

 

What We’ve Been Up To

Turbo-BASIC XL

Turbo-BASIC XL at Page6.org

Turbo-BASIC XL Expanded Documentation

More Turbo-BASIC XL Information

ShopGoodWill.com

Retro Gamer Magazine

Vintage Computer Festival Southeast (VCFSE) 2.0

 

News

VCF East 9.1

Seattle Retro Gaming Expo

Classic Gaming Expo

Portland Retro Gaming Expo

Retro Gamer Magazine picks top 10 Atari 8-bit games

Floppy Bird Article

Floppy Bird Download

Stampede Article

Stampede Download

Perplexity Article

Perplexity Download

Retro Gaming Magazine

Nolan Bushnell Article on using Games to Teach

Atari Dump Dig Update

Tablet-Friendly Revamp for Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

“Vintage Game Consoles: An Inside Look at Apple, Atari, Commodore, Nintendo, and the Greatest Gaming Platforms of All Time” by Bill Loguidice and Matt Barton

TitanFall Arcade

Discussion on AtariAge about Buying Atari

Archive.org BusinessCase

 

Software of the Month

Synapse Software Syn Business Application Series

 

Hardware of the Month

Atari XE Game System (XEGS)

 

Website of the Month

Atari Museum

Facebook Page for Atari Museum

 

Interview - JD Casten

JD Casten Website

 

Interview - Steve Wilds

Atari User Magazine

 


The Atari 8-bit Podcast - Gray Chang & Jonathan Halliday

     9/26/2014

On this episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit PODCAST: We delve into the SIDE2 compact flash interface, look at arcade games ported to the 8-bits, discuss another  new atari podcast,  and interviews with Gray Chang -- author of Claim Jumper -- and Jonathan Halliday, creator of the new Atari GUI.

 

Links mentioned in this episode:

 

Recurring Links

Floppy Days Podcast

AtariArchives.org

AtariMagazines.com

Kevins Book “Terrible Nerd”

New Atari books scans at archive.org

ANTIC feedback at AtariAge

 

What We’ve Been Up To

VCF Midwest 9.0

Jim Brain Retro Innovations

iTalk II Video on YouTube

Atari 800 with Encore Video Productions Info Display System

Covox VoiceMaster Video on YouTube

ValForth

SIO2PC

Atlanta Maker Faire

SpartaDOS

 

News

Retro Gamer Magazine

New Atari 8-bit Podcast Inverse Atascii

Mini Atari 800XL with Atari 1050 disk drive (3D printed) at MakerBot

Mini Atari 800XL with Atari 1050 disk drive (3D printed) Blog

Mini Atari 400 (3D printed) at MakerBot

Mini Atari 400 (3D printed) Blog

ABBUC 2014 Hardware contest entries

SIO2BT (SIO to Bluetooth) at YouTube

SIO2BT Discussion at AtariAge

New keyboard interface for Atari 8-bit

WUDSN Atari 8-bit cross-compiling

New Cover for the 2nd Edition of Atari Inc. - Business Is Fun

Nolan Bushnell Reddit AMA

Atari User Magazine

HTML5 version of the classic Star Raiders that runs in your browser 

 

Bill’s Modern Segment

Asteroids Emulator at AtariMania

Norbert's Emulators page: Asteroids Emulator for the Atari 800XL

YouTube: Asteroids emulator on the Atari 800XL

Pac-Man Arcade Orders at AtariAge

AtariAge Forum: "Pac-man Update for Atari 8-bit"

The Pac-Man Dossier

 

Software of the Month

Aspeqt

 

Hardware of the Month

SIDE2 

 

Website of the Month

Lotharek’s Lair

 

Feedback

McDonald’s Atari Commercial

AtariBBS by Thom Cherryhomes

AtariBBS ATA and ASC welcome screens

AtariBBS BBSConf status

AtariBBS User Module

AtariBBS filemenu functionality

AtariBBS flatmsg board functionality 

 

Interview - Gray Chang

Gray Chang Website

another interview with Gray

archive.org full version

Download APX programs

 

Interview - Jonathan Halliday

GUI Videos

Jonathan’s Website

 

Closing

OUTRO MUSIC

 


The Atari 8-bit Podcast - Live from VCFSE 2.0!

     5/9/2014

 

On this episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit podcast, we broadcast live from Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 2.0, interview attendees with Atari stories, find out who's going to win the grand prize for the quiz show (hint: It's someone you may know!), and answer questions from the audience.  Come join us for the most fun-packed show we've had yet!  READY

Links mentioned in this episode:

Recurring Links

Floppy Days Podcast

AtariArchives.org

AtariMagazines.com

Kevins Book “Terrible Nerd”

New Atari books scans at archive.org

ANTIC feedback at AtariAge

Show

Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 2.0
Serge's Boxed Atari Collection


The Atari 8-bit Podcast - Darren Doyle & Michael Current

     4/24/2014

On this episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit Podcast: Randy does a horrible impersonation of Rod Serling, we talk with Darren Doyle of Atari Gamer Magazine, have a discussion with Michael Current of the Atari 8-bit FAQ AND give you the scoop on Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 2.0. Also Kevin gives excuses about why his alien voice box isn’t working...still.

Links mentioned in this episode:

 

Recurring Links

Floppy Days Podcast

AtariArchives.org

AtariMagazines.com

Kevins Book “Terrible Nerd”

New Atari books scans at archive.org

ANTIC feedback at AtariAge

 

What We’ve Been Up To

VCF Southeast 2.0

VCFSE 2.0 Kickstarter

The Future Was Here: The Commodore Amiga by Jimmy Maher

Finding The Next Steve Jobs by Nolan Bushnell and Gene Stone

The Making of Karateka: Journals 1982-1985 by Jordan Mechner

Kevin's 10-line Contest Entry: Abduction

Kevin's 10-line Contest Entry: Joy Joy Revolution

CoCoFest 2014

Atari 5200 Information on WikiPedia

ShopGoodWill.com

 

News

The Art of Atari: From Pixels to Paintbrush

City Updates Agreement for Atari Dump Dig

Retro Gamer Magazine
Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo

Classic Console & Arcade Gaming Show 2014

Video Game Summit

High Score Club (HSC) on AtariAge  - 11th season

Article: Learn more about the legends of game design from GDC 1997

Video: Learn more about the legends of game design from GDC 1997

New ACUSOL language being developed for the Atari 8-bit, discussion on AtariAge

Action! Language for the Atari

Atari Casino

More Atari Casino

Bushnell could have been rich!

ColecoVisions Podcast Forum

Colecovisions Podcast Show Notes

Dennis Harkins Atari Papers

Archive.org - MicroTimes magazine

Atari 800 on v1n1 - interview with FreeFall (archon)’s creators Jon Freeman and Anne Westfall

BBS land

Atari 520 ST First Impressions, Preview of Amiga

Br0derbund software interview

Mindset computer

 

Website of the Month

Atari Mail Archive

 

Software of the Month (Software Automatic Mouth, SAM)

SAM Manual, disk image, and MP3s

SAM Online simulator

SAM Creator SoftVoice

SoftSynth

 

Hardware of the Month (VoiceBox Speech Synthesizer by The Alien Group)

Ad for VoiceBox

AtariAge discussion

 

Listener Feedback

Ten Pence Arcade Podcast

Atari Technical Information Maintained by Dan

 

Interview - Darren Doyle

Atari Gamer Magazine

Homebrew Heroes Magazine

 

Interview - Michael Current

Unedited version of the interview (1 hour)

Michael current’s web site

Atari 8-Bit Computers: Frequently Asked Questions

Atari 8-Bit Computers: Vendors and Developers list

Welcome to comp.sys.atari.8bit!

Atari History Timelines

St. Paul Atari Computer Enthusiasts (SPACE)


The Atari 8-bit Podcast - Kieren Hawken & Dale Yocum

     8/29/2014

On this episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit codpast: interviews with atari author and enthusiast Kieren Hawken; and Dale Yocum, the guy who thought up Atari Program Exchange. And Bill kendrick complains and ends up with his own segment, reviewing Space harrier. . . And we don’t talk about the Atari Dump Dig.

 

Links mentioned in this episode:

 

Recurring Links

Floppy Days Podcast

AtariArchives.org

AtariMagazines.com

Kevins Book “Terrible Nerd”

New Atari books scans at archive.org

ANTIC feedback at AtariAge

 

What We’ve Been Up To

Maker Faire Atlanta

Arduino

KansasFest

CC65

Briel Computers

Ten Pence Arcade

Defcon

Pro(c) Magazine -Euro 5,00 / World incl. postage. Payment by PayPal to 8bit@proc-atari.de

 

News

Nolan Bushnell interview on Retro Obscura - Discussion on AtariAge

Nolan Bushnell interview on Retro Obscura

Dump Dig movie trailer. movie to be titled “Atari: Game Over”

RetroChallenge 2014

RetroChallenge 2014 - Earl Evans’ entry

Atari SAP Music Archive

Classic Gaming Expo

VCF Midwest

Portland Retro Gaming Expo

Player/Missile Atari Podcast

Translating ATASCII text files to ASCII text files on AtariAge

"Invenies Verba" for Atari 8-bit by Bill Kendrick on YouTube

Archive.org Atari Emulator Screenshots

 

Bill Kendrick’s Modern Segment

Chris Hutt's website (Wayback Machine archive)
Chris Hutt's YouTube channel
Release announcement on AtariAge forums (with video and download link)
AtariMania entry

 

Software of the Month

Atari 800 Best Game Pack

 

Hardware of the Month

Atari-styled USB Joystick

 

Website of the Month

Once Upon Atari

AtariMania

 

Listener Feedback

James Hague’s DaisyPop iPhone Game on iTunes

Computer Art and Animation: A User's Guide to Atari LOGO

Atari800MacX

 

Interview - Kieren Hawken

Retro Video Gamer

Homebrew Heroes

Revival Retro Event

ROM Retro Event

Retro Gamer Magazine

Atari User

Nolan Bushnell Interview by Kieren on YouTube

 

Interview - Dale Yocum

Unedited version of Interview at Archive.org

 

Closing

Atari Tape Music

 


The Simpsons Screen Saver

     8/29/2020

I didn't do it. Wait, no, I finally did. This week: Berkeley Systems' Simpsons After Dark Screensaver.


SkiFree

     5/4/2019

This week: Chris Pirih's SkiFree and some wonderful listener e-mail!


Castle of the Winds

     12/23/2018

This week we discuss Rick Saada's role-playing game Castle of the Winds, and listen to some wonderful listener e-mail!


SimFarm

     7/15/2018

This week we discuss the Maxis simulator classic SimFarm, as well a story errata from a prior podcast and listener mail.


This Episode is Under Construction

     7/11/2018

Three days of jackhammering and concrete cutting outside of my window means episode 6 is delayed until the madness stops.


Indiana Jones and his Desktop Adventures

     7/2/2018

This is a big fat episode! In this episode you'll learn about the poorly-selling LucasArts roguelite, warezing over ISDN lines using DCC bots, and I summarize an interview with creator Hal Barwood.


San Diego Zoo's - The Animals

     6/24/2018

San Diego Zoo Presents: The Animals! The Multimedia PC specification, a short discussion of Blender magazine, and memories of Video for Windows.


A Father's Day Story

     6/17/2018

A short episode to wish you all a happy Father's Day, and share a little fatherly story of my own.


The Adventures of MicroMan

     6/10/2018

Our first foray into the world of Windows 3.1 gaming: The Adventures of MicroMan. I reflect on the history of this much loved cult classic, and talk a little about its creator. You can download the original shareware version of and even play it in-browser. Read technical information on and check out Brian Goble's


An Introduction to Windows 3.1

     6/3/2018

In my inaugural episode I talk about my first Windows 3.1 computer and sketch out some ideas for future episodes.


The History of After Dark

     9/29/2020

Feeling totally twisted? I know I am! This week: The history of Berkeley Systems and its After Dark suite.


KansasFest Diary

     9/5/2014

KansasFest 2014 through the eyes of a first-timer!


The Apple II (Part III)

     5/13/2014

Third part on the Apple II:

  • News

  • New acquisitions

  • Feedback

  • Books, Software, Modern Upgrades, Online Stores, Emulation, Current Web Sites

  • Special guest host Carrington Vanston!!

Items mentioned in this episode:

News

New Acquisitions

Vintage Computer Shows

Books

  • Compute’s First, Second and Third Book of Apple

  • Apple II User’s Guide by Lon Poole

  • Programming Surprises & Tricks for your Apple II/IIe Computer by David L. Heiserman

  • AppleSoft Tutorial from Apple, Inc. - based on Apple II BASIC Programming Manual by Jef Raskin; rewritten for AppleSoft by Caryl Richardson

  • Beneath Apple DOS by Don Worth and Peter Lechner - Beneath Apple DOS is intended to serve as a companion to Apple's DOS Manual, providing additional information for the advanced programmer or the novice Apple user who wants to know more about the structure of diskettes.

  • Apple II/IIe Computer Graphics by Ken Williams, founder and CEO of Sierra On-Line Inc

  • AppleSoft BASIC Toolbox by Larry Wintermeyer

  • Apple Graphics Games by Paul Coletta

  • Machine Language for Beginners by Richard Mansfield

  • Micro Adventure is the title of a series of books for young adult readers, published by Scholastic, Inc.

  • Golden Flutes & Great Escapes by Delton Horn

  • Sophistication and Simplicity, the Life and Times of the Apple II Computer by Steve Weyhrich, 2013 - http://www.amazon.com/dp/0986832278/?tag=flodaypod-20

  • The New Apple II User’s Guide by David Finnegan, 2012 - http://www.amazon.com/dp/0615639879/?tag=flodaypod-20

  • iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It,  by Steve Wozniak and Gina Smith, 2006 - http://www.amazon.com/dp/0393061434/?tag=flodaypod-20

  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, 2011 - http://www.amazon.com/dp/1451648537/?tag=flodaypod-20

  • WOZPAK Special Edition - http://www.amazon.com/dp/1304231321/?tag=flodaypod-20

  • What’s Where in the Apple by Prof. William F. Luebbert - http://www.whatswhereintheapple.com/

Software

Modern Upgrades & Connectivity Options

Online Stores

Emulation

Current Web Sites & Other Forums

Other Books/Sites Used for Reference

 


The APF Imagination Machine

     8/20/2014

News, upcoming vintage computer shows, feedback.

 

Main topic: The APF Imagination Machine

 

Links Mentioned in the Show:

 

News

 

Feedback

 

Emulation

 

Current Web Sites/Links/Mail Lists

 

References

 

Closing


The Exidy Sorcerer - Live from VCFSE 2.0

     5/14/2014

Recorded live from VCFSE 2.0 in Roswell, GA!  Main topic: The Exidy Sorcerer.  Special guest host David Greelish!

Links Mentioned in the Show:

Books

Emulation

Current Web Sites

References

Closing


Interview with Apple II Fan Ken Gagne

     7/20/2014

Bonus episode this month. Interview with Apple II Enthusiast Ken Gagne about KFest, Open Apple Podcast, Juiced.GS and more.

 

 


Ohio Scientific Challenger

     11/26/2014

Main Topic: The OSI Challenger series of computers

 

At this point in the podcast run, we are still in the late 1970’s time frame, and the OSI machines fall into that time frame for their release.  No vintage computer historical journey would be complete without including these very important machines.  As usual, we’ll cover the history, technical specs, peripherals, Web sites, books, emulation and much, much more.  I am joined by special guest host Terry Stewart of the Classic Computers website who will help me cover these machines.  In addition, we are joined by OSI aficionados Mark Csele and David Fenyes who share their first-hand memories of the OSI.  But first, I’ll cover new acquisitions, news, and feedback before diving into the OSI.

 

Links Mentioned in the Show:

 

New Acquisitions/What I’ve Been up to

 

News

 

Ads

 

Software

 

Books

 

Manuals/Catalogs

 

Emulation

 

Buying and Using One Today (eBay and replicas)

 

Current Web Sites 


The TRS-80 Model I (Part I)

     11/21/2013

News, reviews, and a discussion of the TRS-80 Model I:

  • personal memories

  • history up to its introduction

  • interview with David and Theresa Welsh (Part I), authors of "Priming the Pump: How TRS-80 Enthusiasts Helped Start the PC Revolution"

 

 

Links Mentioned in the Show:


The Apple II (Part II)

     3/26/2014

Second part on the Apple II:

  • New acquisitions

  • News

  • Tech specs, peripherals, magazines, user groups, shows

  • Special guest host Carrington Vanston!!

Items mentioned in this episode:

New Acquisitions

Vintage Computer Shows

Magazines

User Groups

Shows

Other Books/Sites Used for Reference



The Apple II, Part I, History with Steve Weyhrich

     2/5/2014

First part on the Apple II:

  • Personal memories of the Apple II.

  • New acquisitions.

  • News.

  • Feedback.

  • History of the Apple II.

  • Special guest host Steve Weyhrich, the man who literally wrote the book on Apple II history!!

 Links mentioned in this episode:

 New Acquisitions

 Vintage Computer Shows

 Feedback

 

Other News

History

 


Vintage Computer Festival Midwest 8.0

     10/9/2013

News and a completion discussion of VCF Midwest 8.0:

  • personal memories

  • feedback

  • new acquisitions

  • upcoming shows

  • new vintage computer books

  • overview of VCFMW

  • interviews with attendees of the show (Jim Leonard and Jason Timmons) 

 

Links Mentioned in the Show:


VCF East 9.1 Preview w/Evan Koblentz

     2/9/2014

1 year anniversary of Floppy Days!!  Special Bonus Episode!  I talk with Evan Koblentz of MARCH, who gives us a preview of the upcoming VCF East 9.1.

Links and Info:

VCF East 9.1 - http://www.midatlanticretro.org
Evan Koblentz email - evan@snarc.net

NOTE: Evan misspoke about Bil Herd's Friday session. It is not just CRT repair. It's overall video issues, of which CRT is just one part.


CoCo Book Interview w/Boisy Pitre & Bill Loguidice

     3/7/2014


Special Bonus episode!  Interview with Boisy Pitre and Bill Loguidice about their new book "CoCo: The Colorful History of Tandy's Underdog Computer."

Links:


VCFSE 2.0 Preview

     4/16/2014

Hello, welcome to Floppy Days Episode #15.  This is a bonus episode and the topic of this show is the upcoming (as of this podcast) 2014 Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 2.0 near Atlanta Georgia on May 3rd and 4th.  I interview Lonnie Mimms and Flash Corliss about the show and they give you the highlights about what you can expect to see there.  I hope you enjoy it.

 


Floppy Days Episode 1

     2/17/2013

Discussion of what's to come in this new vintage computing podcast.  Also, a discussion of the vintage computers in the host's collection.


James Clavell's Shogun

     12/29/2020

You'll need swords, seamanship, political guile, but most of all inline hints to tackle Infocom's ill-conceived first foray into graphical adventures. Kay and Carrington find their patience tested in a game where, ironically, the most frequently used command is 'wait'.


DOS Prompt: Betrayal at Krondor (Part 2)

     12/31/2020

Welcome back for the second half of our DOS Prompt series on Betrayal at Krondor, where I discuss the development history of the game.


DOS Prompt: Betrayal at Krondor (Part 1)

     12/23/2020

Welcome all you Northwarden Piggies! Today's episode is a first: we're dropping down to a DOS Prompt to talk about Betrayal at Krondor.


Take All

     8/29/2020

Kay and Carrington take a victory lap after finishing all of the Infocom text-only adventures. Turn on verbose mode and light the brass lantern, it's time to take a look back at what they liked best, and least, from these classic games.


Planetfall

     4/20/2020

Kay and Carrington foray into the future to face the mishaps and misspellings of Planetfall, Infocom's rib-tickling romp about a boy and his bot. Star Patrol: it's not just a job, it's an adventure game.


Cutthroats

     8/28/2018

Set sail for Hardscrabble Island, where sly divers vie for sunken treasure. Can Kevin and Carrington avoid the dangers of the deep long enough to enjoy the game? Don't hold your breath.


Leather Goddesses of Phobos

     1/5/2019

Kevin and Carrington thrust into adventure (and Cleveland) to solve saucy puzzles and grapple bawdy baddies in spaaaaaaace! Something, possibly this very sentence, tells you things are going to get strange.


Nord and Bert Couldn't Make Head or Tail of It

     2/2/2019

Kevin and Carrington throw caution to the wind and spill the beans about Infocom's idiom-riddled game. Does it cut the mustard, or should you give this one the could shoulder? To make a long story short, the devil is in the details.


Moonmist

     7/18/2018

Solve a murder, unmask a ghost, and hunt for treasure in Infocom's multitrack mystery. Can you do what Scooby do? Find out in Moonmist. Viva la diffidence!


Zork I: The Underground Empire

     12/2/2016

Kevin and Carrington discuss Zork I, the first text adventure from Infocom. From the highs of its incredible parser to the lows of its unfair puzzles, it all comes down to one burning question: are you a TAKE person or a GET person?


Kevin Interviews Steve Meretzky

     4/28/2019

Jetsetter Kevin Savetz flies to the GitHub lair on Skullcrusher Mountain to interview Steve Meretzky about what it was like to make games in the 80s.


Wishbringer

     7/31/2020

In Wishbringer, a search for a lost cat leads Kay and Carrington into a dark fantasy land where their greatest concern isn't the witches, the eldritch tendrils, or even the grue. It's delivering the mail. Be careful what you wish for.


Deadline

     2/17/2017

Infocom's first mystery: a locked room, six suspects, and a ticking clock. Can a pair of fumbling podcasters solve the murder in time? Probably not.


Special Episode: Infocom's Non-Interactive Non-Fiction

     8/6/2018

Infocom released several non-IF programs, such a series of digital comics, a board game, and even a corporate database. The company is in the black, you are likely to accrue a Grue.


Starcross

     7/20/2017

Two podcasters, both alike in indignity, at KansasFest, where unfair puzzles make unfair games unsolvable. In short, this is no Shakespeare and we are not Starcross lovers.


The Witness

     1/23/2019

Is playing The Witness a total gasser, or is it a trip for biscuits? Listen in as those hep cats Kevin and Carrington get on the Ameche to bushwa about Infocom's second gumshoe. If you give this rip-snorter the high hat, you're all wet.


The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

     3/4/2018

Stick out your digital thumb and catch a ride with Kevin, Carrington, and special guest Charles Mangin as they try to answer the great Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything without using InvisiClues.


Suspended

     11/25/2017

Removed from society, frozen in time, and fumbling to interact with the outside world only through remote electronics, Suspended might as well have been called Podcasters.


Stationfall

     7/15/2020

What do you get when you combine a plucky little robot, an abandoned space station, and Cousin Oliver? To find out, complete form JZ-59-G then listen in as Kay and Carrington discuss Stationfall, Infocom's comedy horror space adventure mystery.


A Mind Forever Voyaging

     1/31/2020

It's turtles all the way down as Kevin and Carrington discuss Infocom's A Mind Forever Voyaging: a computer simulation about a dystopian future in which a computer simulation finds out it is a computer simulation simulating dystopian futures.


Scavange!

     5/16/2020

The Gruesome Twosome take another vacation from Infocom to play a vintage text adventure written by none other than Kay himself back in the 1980s. From creative spellings to Playboy magazines, it's old school meets high school in Scavange! (Quack! Hiss!)


Suspect

     1/12/2020

Will the third sleuthing game from Infocom be the caper that finally steals Kevin's heart? Or will Carrington continue to be the only one who likes bungling through Infocom's burglary games? Find out as the lads tackle Infocom's Suspect.


The Lurking Horror

     8/22/2020

A bone chilling blizzard at the window, a reanimated hand on your shoulder, and worst of all a term paper deadline. All the ingredients for a deliciously dreadful day at Boston's creepiest college, where Kay and Carrington delve deep into the tunnels and tombs of The Lurking Horror.


Border Zone

     1/17/2017

Infocom's only espionage story, Border Zone is filled with intrigue and danger in a constantly moving world that doesn't wait while the player types. Tune in to see if our heroes achieve success by stealth, or death by typo.


Hollywood Hijinx

     8/10/2018

Explore a house filled with traps and trophies in Hollywood Hijinx, the zany (or is it kooky?) treasure hunt from Infocom. And if you listen carefully you can hear Kevin's home slide out to sea.


Trinity

     1/8/2017

Trinity is Infocom's classic game about the dangers of the Atomic Age, and it's a blast! Get it? Get it? A blast? Hilarious.


Catch A Butterfly

     4/1/2019

A butterfly flaps its wings on the other side of the world, and suddenly Kevin and Carrington are discussing an obscure game that isn't on the usual list of Infocom titles. Also it happens to be April 1st, but that probably doesn't mean anything.


Infidel

     10/27/2018

Brave the baking sun with Kevin and Carrington as they scour the desert for pyramids plunder. And maybe, just maybe, they'll discover the greatest treasure of all: a macro to type the word 'hieroglyphs' for them.


James Clavell's Shogun

     12/29/2020

You'll need swords, seamanship, political guile, but most of all inline hints to tackle Infocom's ill-conceived first foray into graphical adventures. Kay and Carrington find their patience tested in a game where, ironically, the most frequently used command is 'wait'.


Ballyhoo

     12/14/2016

Welcome to Ballyhoo, Infocom's circus mystery. Can these johnny tin plates foil the grift and save the circus? Or is the cherry pie just too much for a pair of side-walling lot loafers?


Plundered Hearts

     1/19/2018

Set sail on the seven seas where swords clash, bodices rip, and it's not always clear who's rescuing whom. Special guest: Quinn Dunki, pirate queen.


Zork III: The Dungeon Master

     12/17/2018

Kevin and Carrington delve once again into the dungeons of the Great Underground Empire to complete Infocom's famous (and famously difficult) trilogy. Can they complete the game without cheating? The answer will not surprise you.


Sherlock: The Riddle of the Crown Jewels

     4/26/2017

It's 19th Century London, and Crown Jewels are missing! Solving the mystery will take all the skills of the world's greatest dectective! You are also there.


Zork II

     10/16/2017

Delve once more into the underground world of Zork where only things you can count on are your low cunning and your high number of saved games.


Sorcerer

     12/28/2017

Venture forth with the middle child of Infocom's Enchanter series, where food is unnecessary, sleep is unwelcome, and a glass maze can drive you batty.


Seastalker

     1/10/2017

Ahoy! Kevin and Carrington dive into Seastalker, Infocom's junior gee-whiz submarine adventure. Set course for adventure, as we raise our sails and lower our expectations.


Bureaucracy

     4/6/2018

To listen to this episode, fill out form GRU3 using a #2 pencil and send it by postal mail no later than 8AM yesterday. Be sure to submit all forms in triplicate, in person, and in ink.


Thimbleweed Park

     5/20/2017

The Gruesome Twosome take a vacation from Infocom to visit Thimbleweed Park, where they solve a murder, discuss free will, and admire de lo res graphics.


Enchanter

     3/24/2017

Enchanter is filled with magic spells, prophetic dreams, and even a talking turtle. Put on your robe and wizard hat, and prepare for adventure. Accio InvisiClues!


Special Episode: Adventures in Videoland (Rollercoaster)

     8/5/2018

Kevin resurrects the very first video game that used a laserdisc: a type-in text adventure that ran on the Apple II. First you type in the game, then you type in the game!


Spellbreaker

     12/19/2019

Kevin and Carrington return to discuss the expert-rated final game in the Enchanter trilogy. Are you happy the lads are back, or is that just an eft in your tarn?


Beyond Zork

     4/9/2020

What does it mean when Kay and Carrington discuss a game full of Christmas Tree Monsters and Cruel Puppets for over two hours, never once using the word "wacky" but often using the word "walkthrough"? It means it's time to load up on long-lasting snacks, and brace yourself for Beyond Zork.


Fooblitzky

     7/22/2017

Fooblitzky is a city of secrets where the crosswalks are deadly, a flasher is dropping pianos on people, and the only job is washing dishes. Oh, and everyone is a dog. This is not an April Fool's episode.


Arthur: The Quest for Excalibur

     3/26/2021

Can Kay and Carrington defeat the usurper king and restore peace to a fabled land? And more importantly, can they do it while turning into badgers and turtles and eels, oh my. Some claim there is more to being a knight than just eating ham and jam and Spam a lot. Surely you joust.


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