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Kansasfest Apple II Convention Registration Opens

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KansasFest, the 25th annual convention dedicated to the Apple II computer, is now open for registration. Users, programmers, hobbyists, and retrocomputing enthusiasts are invited to Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, from Tuesday, July 23, through Sunday, July 28, for six days and five nights of sessions, demos, announcements, contests, and camaraderie.

The week kicks off with keynote speaker Randy Wigginton, Apple employee #6, who worked on the Disk ][ disk drive, Apple DOS, and Applesoft BASIC.  Wigginton will be available immediately afterward for a Q&A and autograph session.

The week then offers a variety of presentations and workshops, including but not limited to:

  • Teaching kids to program with Matthew Hellinger
  • Disk ][ theory of design with Tony Diaz
  • Hardware hacking with Stephen Buggie
  • How to build an arcade machine using MESS and MAME emulation with Carrington Vanston
  • Disk copy de-protection with Martin Haye
  • HackFest, an annual programming challenge open to coders of all skill levels
  • A vendor fair and exhibit hall for attendees and the general public to show off, play with, and buy and sell new or unusual hardware and software

Attendees are encouraged to share their knowledge by presenting their own hardware and software sessions, especially of the Apple II but including Macintosh, Windows, Linux, iOS, and others. All KansasFest sessions are presented by the attendees, who are known for unscheduled events and debuts, too. Whether it’s a behind-the-scenes look at new software, preorder opportunities for new hardware, a live-action text adventure, a podcast recording session, GShisen and Dueltris tournaments, or an athletic round of Bite the Bag, there are experiences to be had and memories made at KansasFest that aren’t possible except in the company of surprising, brilliant, diehard Apple II fans.

Register before June 1 to guarantee a price of $375 for a double room or $445 for a single, which includes admission to all sessions as well as most meals. Official KansasFest shirts are extra and optional and must be ordered by May 31; registration for staying on-site closes July 8. Veterans of the event are invited to bring a first-time attendee; if each indicates the other’s name on the registration form, both will receive a $25 referral rebate at the event. To register, please visit the official Web site at http://www.kansasfest.org/.

KansasFest sponsor 16 Sector invites any and all Apple II users, fans, and friends to attend the world’s only annual Apple II conference. Please browse our Web site for photos, videos, schedules, and presentations from past year’s events and for our email list.

 

Eamon Deluxe Newsletter Posted

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The Eamon Deluxe Newsletter for March 2013 has been posted on the Eamon Adventurers Guild Online website at www.eamonag.org.   Eamon Deluxe is the creation of master Eamon adventure writer Frank Black.  He recently released Eamon Deluxe 5.0 for multiple platforms and this month talks about the possibility that Don Brown and Jon Walker could be one and the same person.  For more, check out the newsletter at:

http://eamonag.org/newsletters/acrobat/Eamon_DeluXe_NewsletterV3n01_03-2013.pdf

Brutal Deluxe Software Releases Zephyr for the Apple ][

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France, March 22nd 2013 – Brutal Deluxe Software, in partnership with Jean-Louis Le Breton (CEO of Froggy Software) and Richard Soberka (programmer, author of Pleins gaz), is happy to announce the relase of the arcade game Zéphyr for the Apple II.

This monochrome DHGR arcade game had to be released by Froggy Software in 1987. As the company shut its doors, the game has never been released nor distributed by its author.

Together, in 2013, we have decided to release the game and release as software were distributed during the golden years of the Apple II: zip lock bag, manual, sticker and floppy disk with label.

We auction the first three issues, one after the other. Those were signed by Jean-Louis Le Breton (http://www.jeanlouislebreton.com/) and Richard Soberka (http://www.soberka.com/).

Find the first auction @ http://www.ebay.com/itm/200908966058
Get more information @ http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/2013/

Free shipping worldwide, the 77 next issues will be sold @ brutaldeluxe.fr

Share this vintage moment with us. Apple II forever!

Jean-Louis Le Breton,
Richard Soberka,
Antoine Vignau,
Olivier Zardini.

Brutal Deluxe Takes Page Of Apple’s Playbook For Latest Release

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Brutal Deluxe, the French software company known for bringing a host of super enhanced Apple IIgs products to market over the years, has been taking a page from Apple, Inc.’s playbook during their latest product release.

Over the past week, Brutal Deluxe Software has released a series of clipped photos including the one from yesterday seen above.  Each photo has shown a bit more of the product cover image but yet no one apparently has figured out what the product will be.

Speculation has been rife among the Apple ][ community with people guessing everything from machine accelerators to well known software packages including Sim City for the Apple IIgs among the guesses.

With the release expected late evening Paris time, Brutal Deluxe programmer, Antoine Vignau has said “Be Patient.  It is a long day!“.  We soon will know what this latest big time release is from the same company that brough us LemmingsGS, Deluxeware, MountIt among others.

Eamon Adventures now playable online on Virtual Apple ][

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The Eamon Adventures have long been one of the favorite adventure systems available for the Apple ][.  With over 255 adventures written for Eamon, it is also likely the most prolific adventuring system as well.

Eamon was designed in 1980 by Donald Brown and released in Recreational Computing Magazine as a public domain system.   While the first dozen or so adventures were written by Donald Brown himself, most of the following 200  plus adventures have been written by over 50 artists.

Now thanks to a hard disk image created by Frank Kunze, that gaming system and most of the adventures in ProDOS are now playable on Virtual Apple ][.  The entire system with adventure games, character editor, dungeon designer and other utilities are on the single hard drive image.

For players manuals and the dungeon design information, check out the Eamon Adventures Guild Online website at:

http://www.eamonag.org

To play Eamon, go to Virtual Apple ][ at:

http://www.virtualapple.org/eamonfkdisk.html

BMP2RAG Graphics Converter Released

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Bill Buckels, the curator of the Aztec C Museum website has released his latest graphics tool for the Apple ][ computer.  BMP2RAG converts a 280 x 190 Windows BMP file to Apple ][ based HGR or High Resolution Graphics files.   The converter is a free tool and is available for download from:

http://www.aztecmuseum.ca/bmp2rag.zip

The manual for the program is also available in PDF format from the website at:
http://www.aztecmuseum.ca/BMP2RAG.pdf

Other graphics tools and compilers are available from the Aztec C Museum at:

http://aztecmuseum.ca/

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Virtual ][ Emulator for Mac Updated

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Gerard Puter, developer of the Virtual ][ Emulator has released a maintenance update to the Apple ][ emulator.  Version 7.2.1 addresses an issue with sound compatibility in the emulator with Mac OS X 10.7.

Virtual ][ is a Mac based Apple ][ Emulator which contains many advanced features including Print to PDF as well as interface card control.   The program is shareware and costs $49.95 for the full version of the program.

You can download the latest version of the Virtual ][ Emulator from the Virtual ][ website at:

http://www.virtualii.com/

New Eamon Reviews Online Now

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Two new Eamon reviews from Thomas Ferguson are now available on the Eamon Adventurers Guild website.  The Reviews of Adventure # 253, The Prisim of Shadows and # 254, Dawn of the Warlock, both of which were written by Wade Clarke and James Anderson give the new offerings high praise and marks.

Eamon is an Adventure design system developed by Don Brown in 1979 and has over 255 adventures currently written for the system.   Recently, the system has made its way onto modern platforms in the form of the Eamon Deluxe system by Frank Black.

For more information about the Eamon system, go to the Eamon Adventurers Guild at http://www.eamonag.org.  To read the reviews of the recent offerings Eamon Adventurers Guild review page at:

http://www.eamonag.org/columns/Reviews251-300.htm

Freetools Association Releases Update for ActiveGS Plugin

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The ActiveGS Plugin, a combination browser and standalone Apple II gs emulator has been updated.  Version 3.6.1307 was released yesterday in coordination with a server move and upgrade by the Free Tools Association.   You can download the new plugin from the ActiveGS support website at http://activegs.freetoolsassociation.com/ or through the Virtual Apple ][ website at http://www.virtualapple.org

The Apple ][ in Lego Bricks

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Chiu Keung, a Hong Kong based Apple fan has debuted his Lego Apple ][.  The machine, created totally from Lego bricks, details the entire machine, internals, the lid, the dual floppy drives, and  the monitor.  From the outside, it looks nearly as if it would start right up and run the latest in Apple ][ software.  Sadly, the machine does not actually run and is truly for appearances only, yet was cool enough for a note here.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chiukeung/8565233993/in/photostream