RISC OS eXperience 2016 just a few days away

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RISC-OS-LogoJust a few weeks on from the Wakefield Show, the RISC OS calendar will see the Netherlands’ Big Ben Club hosting the 2016 edition of the RISC OS eXperience on May 21.

The usual faces will present at the event from an exhibitor side of things. R-Comp will be there with their usual range of hardware and software, including their Titanium-based TiMachine computer.

CJE Micro’s will also be present with their ever-large range of software and hardware – including their latest flagship computer, the RapidO-ig. Space is still available for businesses to exhibit at the event, slots are free.

The show will take place in the northern town of Koog aan de Zaan, located 11km northwest of Amsterdam, with the event starting at 10am and finishing at 4pm. For more information, visit the show’s website.risc-os-experience

Just a week to go until Wakefield 2016

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W14-2-5aThe 2016 edition of the RISC OS Wakefield Show is set to take place on Saturday, April 16 at the Cedar Court Hotel, Wakefield.

For well over a decade, the show has been considered the largest event of the RISC OS calendar – and although the London Show seems to be rivalling it these days, the show is still a not-to-miss for any seasoned RISC OS user.

This show will be taking place across three rooms this year – the Cypress, Hawthorne and Oak suites.

Travel-wise, the hotel is very near to junction 39 of the M1, and a free minibus service is being run by the Wakfield RISC OS Usergoup to pick show-goers up from Wakefield Westgate railway station.

Doors to the halls open at 10:30am, with the show set to finish around 4.30pm. Entry for adults will be a measly £5.

There are 21 exhibitors confirmed for the show, with the usuals set to be present – including RISC OS Open who will be showing off recent developments to RISC OS 5. MW-Software appear to have pulled out of the event however, which is a bit of bad news as Martin always seems to provide a bit of class to the show with his sharp dress sense!

R-Comp will be flogging their wide range of hardware and software, including their flagship ARMX6 machine and their new Titanium-based TiMachine, which is currently available as an Early Access machine as some quirks are ironed out.

CJE Micro’s will be showing off their RapidO Ti computer as well as their huge range of old and new products, including an impressive variety of Raspberry Pi accessories.

Amcog Games will be in attendance, hopefully Anthony will be showing visitors to the stand an early version of his new Fervour clone – with development looking like it’s gaining some good traction at the moment.

Catch the nostalgic Fervour!

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ScreenDump1A few months ago, fresh-off the back of developing space shooter Overlord and roleplaying game Legends of MagicAmcog Games‘ Anthony Vaghan Bartram took to the RISC OS Open forums to see what kind of game would people want to see developed for RISC OS.

A few were mentioned, but Rick Murray’s suggestion to develop a clone of the old Archimedes favourite Fervour caught Anthony’s eye. The space-based maze game released back in 1993 cemented itself as a classic game of the Archimedes era for many. Unfortunately it is no longer compatible with modern versions of RISC OS, with RISC OS 3.1 being the last version it is compatible with.

Those of you that aren’t reading this on RISC OS might want to check out this YouTube video showing Fervour in action to get those nostalgic juices flowing.

Since requesting inspiration for his next project back in January, Anthony has already made quite a bit of progress on his Fervour clone. Screenshots of an early version of the title look pretty accurate to the original – there’s even some sneak previews of the music that will be in the game available on this ROOL forum thread.

I haven’t seen anything to suggest whether the title will be released as a commercial game or freeware/open-source, although I assume it will follow the same path that Overlord and Legends of Magic went down – with commercial releases on the Pling Store.

The game is currently with being testers – who are undoubtedly trying their very best to break the game in a variety of ways. All in all, it’s looking pretty good so far – and it doesn’t sound like a full release will be too far away either!

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