Massive thank you to stevem and Simon for doing this, so finally I can play Zebulon like I did in the early 90's on my Atmos, always liked this game and the puzzles are great. It also sadly, reminds me of Jonathan but i'm sure he's up there somewhere writing another piece of AY music or programming a game on the Oric. Fond memories of crowding round a portable TV at Dave D's house watching JB demo some software before the OUM meet the next day. I have "Novalighted" the .TAP file so in the archive attached is the .TAP and F16 Novalight .WAV and a Standard ( S ) .WAV file. The F16 file loads in 10-15 seconds and works on my Atmos as shown below...
Not everyone on Atari Sector will know about the MASSIVE contribution Jonathan Bristow made to the Oric cause with his incredible devotion to our beloved 'underdog' micro in writing such superb and memorable software releases for this lesser-known of the 80s 8bits.
I will, if I can do the great man the proper dedication and deference he fully deserves, do a feature on "Twilighte" at some point in the near future.
I know CEO Mag have done a brilliant tribute to Jonathan already - which is available online here:
I've been recording a few tapes to try and convert them, but it's a struggle with some and I'm not sure if we'll be able to save some of these tapes So it's nice to get a success. Thanks to Symoon for the convert!
I think it could be interesting to see some other views on Jonathan's work. For those of us that enjoyed the OUM days he was one of the people that kept Oric alive in bringing out new software. There's something ephemeral and whimsical and a little bit awe inspiring in some of his work - I'm thinking of things like the Go Snow 'demo', the Oric Meet demo, his unreleased Wibble which became the Rhetoric menu, and the Sonix music. (One piece goes on for about half an hour.)
Zebulon was, I think, his first foray into machine code programming though most of it is in BASIC.
Thanks to Steve for finding the tapes, recording them and sending them over the Net! Converting is quite fast and easy when the tape has aged well. BTW Sorry Steve for being a bit silent, I've been back with complicated headaches trying to make new version of Novalight.
Cool to see you using Novalight Vyper68 You can even try to make it 1 second faster with the "multipart booster" option (-m) :-D