Bouncy Ball Beta 1 almost ready

Awesome progress over this new years weekend. I started with a 4 page TODO list, and I have all but the end of game sequence done. I still have levels to build, joystick support, and then in-game sound and (maybe) music to implement. Sound will be via Simon’s irq driven routine. I even had some time to start work on Bouncy Ball’s official web page, and some package art. Now though, I think it’s time to take a short breather and maybe type in another BASIC program. I’m thinking Connect 4. I remember having that one typed in and added some Coco 3 hi-res graphics and sound to it.

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Gomoku BASIC ported to C

I have been thinking about game AI the last couple weeks, and since I’ve been working on a retro themed game for a retro Coco 3, an old book on BASIC games came to mind; Tim Hartnell’s Giant Book Of Computer Games. Tim was a self taught programmer and the author of several successful books on computer programming.

A few nights back I couldn’t sleep, so I decided it would be relaxing to type in a program from Tim’s book. My first choice was Reversi, but there was either an error in the printed source, or I miss-typed something and the program just wouldn’t run. My second choice was Gomoku, which ran the first time I typed RUN. The game has a strong defensive AI, but not much on the offensive side. I’m thinking it would be fun to work on that part of the AI. But that’s for another post.

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ROB3 Started

Started working on ROB3. He is a tank robot that. I have two way communication with my ICE2 controller. Which means I can control the robot, but I can also have the robot send info to the controller. For instance I can send the current amperage that each motor is drawing, and show it on the controller. Or if I had my sonar attached, I could see what distance it was measuring.

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ROB1 was my first prototype robot base. He’s a tail dragger controlled by an Arduino UNO. I used two continuous rotation servos, a gyro, and an Xbee. I had a second Xbee connected to my laptop, and using a terminal program I sent drive commands to ROB via the Xbees.

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