Oricians - please put your gnashers away for a moment and instead concentrate on this little ad (apols, as yet I have not sourced the magazine's origins, ie. date, title etc as this has come from Jim Groom's Flickr library).
Does anyone know anything about BYTELAND?
Certainly a new one for me - comments, s'il vous plait...
Oh, look, Oric.org do know about these releases... it's just me... SLOW to get up to speed again!
Anyway, if you know about Jim or this company (was it Jim's?!) or have seen/played with this software, then let us know...
Wahay - Steve already has. Six years ago he penned this summary of Bar Blaster -
This is a version of the pub game 'Shove Halfpenny' which was played on a board of wood with bars painted or carved on the board. You pushed a coin with a finger at the edge of the board hoping to get it to stop on one of the lines. It works OK in real life but isn't so good as a computer game. But it is an example of the early programming that was based on the games we had before computers.
Bar Blaster appeared on a Rhetoric disk, IIRC. Yes, they used to do computer version of Noughts & Crosses, Hangman, various card games and board games such as gomoko, chess and draughts. Bar Blaster continues this theme and uses a computer to recreate the boring past-times we had to endure before we had the digital age to free us from such tedium. So it's about as exciting as trying to figure out how to play nine-man's morris - if that's what it was called(?)
Jim was an OUM member and part of the Rhetoric team. He compiled a Cheat Directory of all the hints and tips and cheat codes that he could find for Oric games. He used to have it online on his website 'The Reluctant Dragon', which bit the dust when dial-up accounts were ditched in favour of broadband, losing the webspace they had provided for nowt. (You can still find some of it using the wayback engine. )
I don't think anything is known about Byteland. Just another of the small software companies that cropped up. I don't think an author is mentioned - but I don't recall exactly. Some companies like Kenema never seemed to give an author credit.