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Bundle of Joy from TICT
Posted by Eric on 15 November 2000, 00:46 GMT

Looks like Thomas Nussbaumer and the rest of TICT have outdone themselves yet again by releasing a host of new programs for the TI-89 and TI-92+.

First, TI-LIDS (which stands for some funky Austrian slang phrase, or something) was released for the TI-89 and TI-92+. This is a 4x4 puzzle game where you're supposed to rotate the board until various pieces are isolated in the four quadrants. Go figure.

Next, TI-Memory v1.00 has been released, also for the TI-89 and TI-92+. Thomas claims that everyone should have played this game before, so I won't elaborate on this.

Finally, TI-Mahjongg Solitare v1.00 has been released for (you guessed it) the TI-89 and TI-92+. Here, the object is to clean the board by removing pairs of matching pieces.

Get more information about all these programs at the TICT website.

Update (Eric): And that's not all. TICT has released two new tutorials. The first (for the 89 and 92+) helps you utilize interrupt handlers. The second (also for the TI-89 and TI-92+) deals with TSR Programming in C. Enjoy!

 


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Re: Bundle of Joy from TICT
Darthjmt  Account Info

Great programs already downloaded and started playing

     15 November 2000, 01:58 GMT


Re: Re: Bundle of Joy from TICT
redhick5  Account Info
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i also agree these are great programs, i personally like mahjong the best, and memory needs a tile set =)

im looking for some help too. Can someone inform me how to make these programs work in doors explorer: mahjongg, memory, lids, phoenix, queue, and tichess

im not a programer furthest ive gone is to make a basic math program that solves quadratic equations with imaginary numbers, my email address is redhick5@yahoo.com any help is greatly appreciated

nostub programs are nice, but i like doors explorer =)

     17 November 2000, 08:03 GMT


Re: Getting nostub programs to work
Joel Griswold  Account Info

I'm not sure if you're saying you can't get them to run or if you just can't run them from doors. Personally I run them with (diamond)+(number) shortcuts, by creating a program like:

kbdprgm7()
Prgm
phoenix()
EndPrgm

That way I can run Phoenix instantly without having to type or anything.

     29 November 2000, 20:50 GMT

Re: Bundle of Joy from TICT
MathJMendl  Account Info
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Nice job! If these programs are anywhere close to as good as I expect them to be, it would just confirm TICT's status as currently the best programming group out there. Other "top notch" programming groups I've seen have a bunch of members but rarely release programs, and when they do, they aren't all that great anyway. TICT doesn't have all of those inactive members and continues to give great release after great release for the 68k calcs.

     15 November 2000, 02:41 GMT


Re: Re: Bundle of Joy from TICT
MathJMendl  Account Info
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I just tried your new programs and they are in fact great, and very addictive! There is just one thing missing: a high score list. This probably wouldn't take that long to make and it's nice to know what your high score is so that you have something to shoot for.

     15 November 2000, 04:39 GMT

Re: Bundle of Joy from TICT
Sean Kinney  Account Info

I love having a good Mahjong game for my 89, but I am disappointed by the tile set for it. One of the things I enjoy about Mahjong games is seeing all of the different tile sets people create. The playability is great, but I would have loved to see more traditional symbols. I can't wait to see what else you guys can do.

     15 November 2000, 03:02 GMT

Re: Re: Bundle of Joy from TICT
J22 Account Info

If you know a little about how to make sprites, you could probably easily change the tiles in the source code. Check out the tutorial at the TICT site about how to handle images in C, and create your own tile set! It would require very little or no actual programming.

     15 November 2000, 03:54 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Bundle of Joy from TICT
Sean Kinney  Account Info

Skin the program, eh? I might try that.

     15 November 2000, 13:28 GMT


Re: Re: Bundle of Joy from TICT
Amalfi Marini  Account Info
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I love Mahjong, I can't wait to download it and play it in my calc. The nintendo game boy version is really great, let's see if this is as good as it.

     15 November 2000, 03:54 GMT

Re: Bundle of Joy from TICT
Vejita  Account Info
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Ok, I've been looking at that stupid LID name...I don't see the hidden german in it. Sebastian, someone, please tell me what he is talking about.

-Corey

     15 November 2000, 05:32 GMT


Re: Re: Bundle of Joy from TICT
Sean Barnes  Account Info
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From tict.ticalc.org:

It's called TI-LIDS (Leckfett'n-Is-Des-Schwa).
If you wonder what the subtitle means: it's a styrian slang phrase I have used heavily during my tries to solve it

I don't know if that's German or not though...
-Sean

     15 November 2000, 05:58 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Bundle of Joy from TICT
Thomas Nussbaumer  Account Info
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It's a slang phrase from the southern part of Austria. An approximated german translation is "Verdammt, ist das schwer" or in english "Damn, that's hard".

     15 November 2000, 08:08 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Bundle of Joy from TICT
Sean Kinney  Account Info

To be honest, it isn't really difficult after you begin to visualize and think ahead. In fact, I found that after I beat it once, it was easy from then on. Perhaps if the game had other levels, with more sections, it would have more playability.

     15 November 2000, 22:55 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Bundle of Joy from TICT
Ben Burrell  Account Info

I agree, At first I thought it would be impossible, but after 2 or 3 tries I got it and now I can beat it every time.

     29 November 2000, 01:33 GMT

Re: Bundle of Joy from TICT
Thomas Nussbaumer  Account Info
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The next versions of TI-Mahjongg and TI-Memory will feature better graphics (maybe selectable piecesets), highscores, tries counters, statistics and all that stuff.
These games are part of my "lunch-break" collection, which means that almost the complete coding was done in my lunch breaks. Due to the fact that I have to focus now on something completely different, I thought releasing it in it's actual state will be better than holding them back for, let's say, some weeks until the additionally features are done.
BTW: If anyone wants to contribute a piece set:
In the distribution directory src/gfx exists a file called preset_tiles.bmp which can be used as template for making an own piece set. An complete pieceset should consists of 32 different pieces (splitted up in four BMP files).
Just send your creation to me or to Marcos Lopez.
Our email addresses can be found on the contacts page of http://tict.ticalc.org

     15 November 2000, 08:20 GMT


Re: Re: Bundle of Joy from TICT
Paulo Marques  Account Info

>These games are part of my "lunch-break" collection, which means that almost the complete coding was done in my lunch breaks.

Somehow, that isn't ispiring... i love programming, but doing it on your lunch time? :/
Good work, though.

     15 November 2000, 12:23 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Bundle of Joy from TICT
Thomas Nussbaumer  Account Info
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It's almost the only free time during the week where I can to "creative" work which is not related to my job and doing these codings is my way to relax ;-)

     15 November 2000, 12:38 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Bundle of Joy from TICT
Paulo Marques  Account Info

What I meant is that isn't very inspiring to aspire too... Sorry... On the other hand, it's just lunch...

     16 November 2000, 00:39 GMT

Re: Bundle of Joy from TICT
joseph merfalen  Account Info

Well you guys have done it again....Excellent work Thomas and all of TICT!!!

joey:::

     16 November 2000, 18:53 GMT

Re: Bundle of Joy from TICT
Thomas Nussbaumer  Account Info
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I have finished another puzzle game, but I need some crazy pictures for it!
Check our homepage (http://tict.ticalc.org) for more details.
I'm looking forward to your contributions ;-)

BTW: Does someone know how the real-world variant of this puzzle game is called in english? The real-world variant has numbers on its tiles (not part of an image).

     16 November 2000, 21:33 GMT

Re: Bundle of Joy from TICT
alanxz  Account Info

Great Job TICT. The programs are really well done. I have yet to find a bug in the programs I have tried. (Chess, Mahjongg, Miner, LIDS, and Memory).

Something that would be useful in some the games (especially in Mahjongg) would be when you quit it saves the state of the board.

     21 November 2000, 21:20 GMT


Re: Re: Bundle of Joy from TICT
Thomas Nussbaumer  Account Info
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This feature (saving of board state) is scheduled for the next version.
Until now you will loose the board state when you quit the game, but you can turn off the calc from within the game to continue later with the actual game.

     22 November 2000, 08:15 GMT

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