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New Issue! SAM Revival 25... 23rd November 2014

* SAM Revival 25 - 56 pages packed with SAM goodies for the 25th Anniversary of the computer.
* Brand new SAM Robot cover from original SAM artist, Robin Evans.
* 2 cover disks including a brand new game, Trinity software and stunning megademo.
* SAM Customisation articles showing brilliant modifications.
* Developer Diary looks in detail at new software projects.

November 20th 1989 was once announced as the official release date for the SAM Coupe in the press at the time, although the first batch of computers didn't ship until early December. But what that means though, is SAM's 25th Anniversary is now well and truly upon us! So to continue my celebrations it's time to announce SAM Revival issue 25!

What's in the magazine? Well, let's take a look at the cover first. I commissioned a new drawing by Robin Evans - the original artist for the SAM robot, you'll be familiar with all his doodles in the SAM Coupe User Guide and the early MGT adverts from 1989/1990. Well he dusted off his memory of drawing the robot and has came up trumps with the drawing for the cover. As part of the commission I've also got a couple of prints of the cover artwork which Robin has hand signed - the first of which will be auctioned on eBay in the early new year. Although I paid for the comission of the artwork from my own pocket all proceeds from the auction will be used towards my ongoing work developing new products for the SAM Coupe. Stay tuned for more details of that nearer the time...

Inside the magazine, a mammoth news section kicks off after the editorial, covering news from around the SAM scene, with all the details of new hardware, software and demos for the SAM Coupe as well as previews of projects that are being worked on.

Feature articles shows off all the work undertaken by Phil Wilson with the customising of his SAM, plus shorter articles about several other customisation projects. The Developer Diary section looks at the new game that's Warren Lee is preparing, and a quick look at TRINload from Simon Owen which is a utility to transfer data from a PC to the SAM via the Trinity Ethernet Interface.

Smaller articles look at patching some demos to make them compatible on mass storage devices. I also take a look at some of the rarer and more unique items I've collected over the years for the SAM Coupe.

Throw in the usual SAM Snippets, SAM Correspondence and SAM Comment sections and that wraps up this gigantic 56 page issue of the magazine.

SAM Revival issue 25 comes with not just one, but two cover disks. On the first is the classic SAM Coupe game 'Vegetable Vacation' from Fissionsoft, which was original released in 1992 by Revelation/SAMCO. Next up is 'MobyDX' from Black Jet - a new release especially for SAM's anniversary - thanks guys!

The first coverdisk also features plenty of software for the Trinity Ethernet Interface - starting off with a new version of B-DOS. This version (1.5t beta 6) allows the Trinity to use SD/SDHC cards up to a whopping 64GB in size. An installer is also included on the disk to store the new DOS on the Trinity Ethernet Interface's EEPROM if you use the optional BOOT ROM. Plus, there are the first few TCP/IP demo programs for the Trinity Ethernet Interface. The first demo downloads a screen/music from the internet, the second demo downloads the full game 'XOR' from the net directly to your SAM. This all really shows what's on the horizon for the SAM now it's connected to the internet. My thanks to all those involved with pushing the Trinity forward - Adrian Brown, Simon Owen, Chris Pile, and content for the downloadable demos from Warren Lee, David Sanders and Howard Price.

The second coverdisk is dedicated entirely to mind blowing megademo from MNEMOtech's Andrew Collier - 'Stars and Sprites'. Andrew has done some really impressive coding for the fantastic graphical effects and great music! Plus one of the scrollers does mention something about a hidden part... Hmmmm!

SAM Revival 25 costs £4.99 with UK postage, £7.99 with EU postage and £8.99 for the rest of the world.

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My 25th Anniversary celebrations will be spilling over to issue 26 too as there's just so much still to feature. Issue 26 will be featuring an amazing feature article, plus a rather surprising cover disk, as well as contributions throughout the magazine and disk from old SAM faces from the past. You can save a few pennies by preordering issue 26 at the same time as buying issue 25:

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SAM Revival 25 will be shipping during the first week of December after the first print run and disk duplication has been completed.



New Hardware! Trinity Mass Storage Interface... 26th October 2014

A new release to give a lower price point for mass storage on the SAM Coupe, my new 'Trinity Mass Storage Interface' is a cut down version of my ever popular Trinity Ethernet Interface.

This specific 'Mass Storage' version only gives the flash card mass storage capabilities from the original.

The interface supports MMC, SD and SDHC cards. Included is the latest version of B-DOS for the Trinity and supports cards up to 64GB in size are now supported giving the SAM Coupe all the storage you will ever need.

Please note:

* The optional Trinity BOOT ROM will not function with this interface as it lacks the 128K EEPROM storage that's on the full Trinity Ethernet Interface. The EEPROM storage is required for the BOOT ROM to hold the bootblock and extra startup code, such as B-DOS.

* This interface can be upgraded at a later date to the full Trinity Ethernet Interface if you do want to the EEPROM and ETHERNET capabilities it offers. Contact me directly for the costs.

The Trinity Mass Storage Interface is priced at £44.99 (excluding postage) and is available now.

To order - drop me an email via the 'Contact Quazar' page.


New Hardware! 2014 Edition of the SID Soundchip Interface... 6th July 2014

New Hardware!

Marking the start of my own celebrations for the 25th Anniversary of the SAM Coupé I've launched a new, improved version of my SID Soundchip Interface.

Originally released back in 2003, my SID Interface allowed the SAM to use the soundchip from a Commodore 64. This all stemmed from my own small pet project exploring old forms of computer sound - with it's unique sound the SID soundchip remains very popular with computer audiophiles to this day.

As I needed another batch of PCBs for the SID Interface I decided it was time to add some improvements. The 2014 edition features an onboard DC to DC convertor to generate the supply voltage for the SID soundchip so an external PSU is no longer required. The circuit board is also a golden yellow colour marking the 25th Anniversary of the SAM Coupe, and is styled to match my other recent hardware such as the Trinity Ethernet Interface and the 2 Way Euroconnector Expansion card.

Bundled with the interface is a disk of software, featuring Simon Owen's marvelous .sid playback code. Using a software emulator to run 6510 machine code (the Commodore 64's processor) the SAM is able to run .sid music files in realtime (essentially partial C64 emulation on the SAM!) so there's now the ability to listen to thousands of C64 music files. The disk features a selection of some of our favourite tunes!

Please note the interface is supplied without a SID chip - you'll have to get your hands on an old C64 and remove the chip (its usually in a socket so very easy to get out). As there are two types of SID (6581 - from the original C64, and the 8580 from the redesigned new-look C64) the interface has to be built up specifically for the chip that is going to be fitted due to different supply voltages and filter capacitors.

The new 2014 edition of the SID Soundchip Interface is priced at £44.99 (excluding postage) and is available now.

To order - drop me an email via the 'Contact Quazar' page and let me know which version of SID soundchip you require the interface to be customised for.


A bit quiet, but that's about to change... 5th July 2014

Sorry for being a bit quiet this year, that's all about to change. News to shortly appear about SAM Revival issue 25, and issue 26! Plus news about new hardware (some PCBs arrived last week!)... Stay tuned :)



Into The New Year... 1st January 2014

Happy New Year Everyone!

As you may have seen I was putting the odd tweet up over the holidays with things that are being worked on, so here's some more news to expand on them further.

B-DOS Update for the Trinity Ethernet Interface

Thanks to the coding talents of Chris Pile the Trinity version of B-DOS has been drastically rewritten and updated to support MMC, SD and SDHC cards up to 64GB in size! I've been testing it out with a couple of 16GB SDHC cards (as per the screen shot above) and they hold the equivalent of over 19600 SAM floppy disks.

New Features:

- Support for MMC, SD and SDHC cards up to 64GB in size. (Previous limit was 1GB maximum)
- This includes support for 2GB and 4GB SD cards, which do not use the standard 512byte sector sizes.
- Improved compatiblity with cards.
- Faster reading / writing data (5% speed up)
- Hot Swap cards - swap the card in the Trinity while it's still on and then type RESTORE DEVICE to have B-DOS reinitialise.

The new version of B-DOS (version 1.5t beta 6) will be included with the Trinity Ethernet Interface from now on, and I've also updated the installer for the Trinity BOOT ROM to use this version too. (The BOOT ROM allows your SAM to automatically load in B-DOS from the EEPROM memory on the Trinity when the computer is turned on / reset).

For existing owners the new B-DOS will also be included on the next issue of SAM Revival (issue 25). If you have already pre-ordered this issue then I can send you a disk image with B-DOS as a courtesy straight away so you can start using it - drop me a message via the 'Contact Quazar' page and I'll email this across to you.

If you haven't preordered the next issue of SAM Revival magazine, here's two quick PayPal links to let you do it straight away. Issue 25 is priced at £4.99 with UK postage, or £7.99 with EU postage. For other destinations send me an email and I can work out the postage for you. Again, if you want the new B-DOS sent across immediately please put a short message in the notes for the order.

Preorder SAM Revival issue 25 (£4.99 - UK Postage)

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Preorder SAM Revival issue 25 (£7.99 - EU Postage)

Issue 25 will be featuring a 56 page magazine and with two coverdisks. For all the info take a look at a preview issue of 25 which contains one of the full articles from the issue -> Click here to download the SAM Revival 25 Preview Issue (PDF, 4.6MB)

For those of you who are looking to buy the Trinity Ethernet Interface to get started with mass storage on the SAM Coupe I do have them built up ready and they are available for £69.99 excuding postage. I've also got the optional Trinity BOOT ROMs available in stock priced at £9.99 excluding postage.

To order, of if you have any further questions (or any questions in general about what I do for the SAM Coupe etc!) drop me a quick email via the 'Contact Quazar' page.

(Please note the Trinity Ethernet Interface is not supplied with a SDHC card, they are just in the photo above for illustration after I was testing out the new B-DOS with several large capacity cards I have!)

Custom Hardware

As well as my normal range of hardware don't forget I can also make custom hardware for the SAM Coupe on request. This interface above gives an external drive connector as well as a normal through port. It's about to fly off to an eager SAM user in Germany!

External Memory

As you may (or may not!) know the SAM Coupe can support 4MB of external memory as well as the normal 512K of internal memory. SAMCo did sell external 1MB memory units back in 1991-1993 to add on external memory.

I've been looking into making external memory following a request and have come up with a design for an interface that can support 1, 2 or 4MB of memory in a single, small design - that's my prototype above. (The original SAMCo interfaces used 16 chips to give each MB of memory, by comparison my design uses 5 chips for 1 or 2MB, or 6 chips for 4MB).

If it's something you might like drop me an email so I can gauge interest.


Twitter...

Looks like Twitter changed their widgets so my normal Twitter Feed wasn't appearing... here's a quick workaround to keep up with my current Tweets...

Be sure to keep an eye on my Tweets for details of special offers, photos/screens of what I am working on, plus my general SAM Coupe chat.



Urgent Update... 29th November 2013

Email Web Form...

Unfortunately since late October, after my web hosting was updated, the email web form on the 'Contact Quazar' page had not been sending emails. This problem has now been rectified.

If you had used the web form to email me over the past 4-5 weeks and you haven't had a reply, then please resend your message and I'll reply asap! Please accept my apologies for the inconvenience caused.



Autumn Sale... 29th November 2013

Black Friday - Autumn Sale 2013...

It seems the US tradition of Black Friday sales is catching on worldwide so for orders placed between 29th November 2013 - 1st December 2013 save 10% off the cost! So now is the time to grab some back issues of SAM Revival, a new game or two or perhaps treat yourself to a new piece of hardware for your SAM Coupe! (Please note this 10% discount excludes SAM Revival preorders and shipping costs).

Use the contact me option to drop me an email if you wish to place an order and I'll work out the total cost with the 10% deducted and appropriate shipping.



Update... 14th July 2013

Summer Sale...

For orders placed between 13th July 2013 - 21st July 2013 save 10% off the cost! So nows the time to grab some back issues of SAM Revival, a new game or two or perhaps treat yourself to a new piece of hardware for your SAM Coupe! (Please note this 10% discount excludes SAM Revival preorders and shipping costs).

Use the contact me option to drop me an email if you wish to place an order and I'll work out the total cost with the 10% deducted.

SAM Revival 25 preview...

As a teaser for issue 25 of SAM Revival magazine, I've uploaded a preview issue of the magazine which contains one of the full articles from the magazine:

Click here to download the SAM Revival 25 Preview Issue (PDF, 4.6MB)

Comments welcome.



SAM Revival 24 now finally out! 24th April 2013

It's about time...

Yes, it's back! Yes, it's been a long time! It's been a rocky road to get this issue done, and unfortunately work on new SAM Coupé bits and bobs hasn't always been able to feature high on my list of priorities recently. Please remember it's always been just a hobby for myself over the last 19 years, never a business, so thanks for your patience, and I now hope to get things back to normal.

Inside issue 24...

- News from around the SAM Coupé Scene.

- What happened to Sandman's Shadow - information, screenshots and sketches from Gordon Wallis about the point-and-click adventure game he was developing back in 1992.

- Developer Diary - Lots of info from SAM developers featuring a Space Invaders Arcade Machine Emulator (Simon Owen), Wubtris + more (Rob Evans).

- Coupe Correspondence - lots of readers letters.

- SAM Comment - kicking around some potential new projects for the SAM Coupe.

On the coverdisk...

On the coverdisk you’ll find the full game 'The Witching Hour' by John Vincent (who also painted the fab cover artwork for the magazine too!) There's also the preview demo 'Minutes Before The Witching Hour'.

SAM Revival issue 24 costs £4.99 (UK postage) or £7.99 (EU postage).

Moving forward with SAM Revival...

I've decided it's best to cancel the large special edition of the magazine which I originally had planned way back for SAM's 20th Anniversary, however this does allow all the prepared content, interviews and software to feature in the main SAM Revival magazine, which you'll start to see from issue 25 onwards.

Issue 25 itself is also nearing completion, I'm giving myself 4 weeks or so to get the issue completed and out to you, as there's a lot of catching up to do! It's going to weigh in at 56 pages and I've just made the decision yesterday to bundle two coverdisks with it as well, there's just too much new software to get out. Along with the first internet enabled programs for the SAM, there's also a massive megademo that spans an entire disk. This was originally planned to be part of the anniversary issue, but it's just too good to postpone further. Some of the highlights on what's coming up in issue 25:

- Weighing in at 56 pages, the magazine features a huge news section to cover all the latest developments and releases from the SAM Coupé scene.

- Phil Wilson shows off all the work on his customised SAM as it's now been completed.

- Following on in a similar vein there are details on several other SAM Coupé modifications and projects.

- Exclusive screenshots, design sketches and all the information from Warren Lee on a game sequel that he's working on.

- Random SAM trivia in the ever popular SAM Snippets.

- A look at some of the more rare and obscure SAM Coupe item's I've been able to add to my personal collection.

- More letters and discussion in the Coupé Correspondence and SAM Comment sections - Feel free to join in!

- Two coverdisks, the first features more new SAM software, including the first internet enabled programs to use with the Trinity Ethernet Interface, thanks to the hard work by Adrian Brown porting a TCP/IP stack to the SAM Coupé.

- The second coverdisk features a mind blowing megademo from MNEMOtech's Andrew Collier, who has done some really impressive coding for the effects!

Back issues...

All back issues of SAM Revival are still available, priced at £3.99 each including UK Postage.

For international shipping please let me know what you would like to order and I can then work out the shippings costs to be added.



Updates / First downloadable game on the SAM Coupe! 7th April 2013

Keep an eye on my Twitter...

Although this website has been rather sparse with news lately please keep an eye on my Twitter where I post new developments and my SAM Coupe musings. My most recent twitter posts are in the box above, or click on the 'QuazarSamCoupe' name in the box to reach my main Twitter page.

Despite being visibly generally quiet, work does continue slowly behind the scenes on a few SAM developments.

First Downloadable Game On The SAM Coupe...

This is another small program to test transfers via TCP/IP using the Trinity Ethernet Interface with the SAM Coupe. This time it's a game that's being downloaded straight to the SAM!

What this program is doing is fetching code from the web straight to the SAM Coupe via ethernet using the Trinity Ethernet Interface. The video shows the SAM Coupe booting B-DOS from startup (the SAM has a Trinity Boot ROM installed so on powerup/reset it will load in B-DOS from an EEPROM that is onboard the Trinity) then via BASIC commands I'm typing in a virtual disk is selected on the SD card that's in the Trinity (As well as an ethernet port the Trinity interface also gives mass storage via SD / MMC memory cards) and then the test program is then loaded, which then downloads the code for the game.

This work is paving the way for some interesting internet software for the SAM Coupe, such as 'SAMonline' which will get you the latest news and downloads for the SAM straight to your machine!

For more information on the Trinity Ethernet Interface and everything else I produce for the SAM Coupe please see my website at: www.samcoupe.com

I've put this test program together with help from the following people:

Adrian Brown - who has ported a TCP/IP stack to the SAM Coupe (converting by hand C code to Z80 assembler!)

Simon Owen - who coded a Trinty Ethernet Driver. (visit Simon's website for more SAM Coupe stuff at: www.simonowen.com )

Howard Price - big thanks to Howard for letting his SAM Coupe remake of the classic game 'XOR' become the first downloadable game straight to the SAM Coupe itself! (You can visit Howard's website at www.cookingcircle.co.uk)

Any questions - drop me an email!

Trinity Update...

The Trinity Ethernet Interface has become my most popular piece of hardware to date, and the demo TCP/IP programs (such as the XOR downloader above) are now bundled with the interface. (These TCP/IP programs will also be included on the SAM Revival coverdisk with issue 25).

As a special offer throughout April 2013 I'm offering £5.00 off the cost of the Trinity Ethernet Interface - so for the next three weeks it's available for only £64.99 instead of £69.99! (Excluding postage).

Ordering...

For normal orders (as per my 'Placing an Order' page) please let me know what you would like to order and I can then work out the shippings costs to be added to the cost of the items. Due to Royal Mail's recent hikes I now use a courier to keep costs down where possible. I'm looking into more options for International Orders too rather than Airmail via Royal Mail.

For international orders of SAM Revival, the postage costs have gone up dramatically (approximately £1.30 Airmail postage -> £3.00 Airmail postage) so I am unable to maintain the old EU pricing for magazines. When issue 24 is released I'll update the pricing for preordering new issues. For ordering old issues please let me know which issues you would like and I'll work out the cheapest way to ship them to you.



General Update... 15th April 2012

SAM Revival - Preview of issue 24...

As a teaser for issue 24 of SAM Revival magazine, I've uploaded a preview issue of the magazine which contains one of the full articles from the magazine:

Click here to download the SAM Revival 24 Preview Issue (PDF, 1.4MB)

Comments welcome!

SAM Revival and Royal Mail Postage Charges...

Royal Mail are hiking up their prices on 30th April and although this won't have much impact to cost of items being sent within the UK it will drastically affect shipping charges for international orders.

I will have to update the costs of SAM Revival for EU customers after this date so please keep an eye on the website for further information in May. I am also temporarily not taking new subscriptions for 3 or 6 issues of SAM Revival until SAM Revival 24 has been released to recalculate pricing and shipping costs for the magazine. However, issue 24 on it's own can be preordered for the normal price of £3.99 (with UK shipping) and £4.79 (with EU shipping).

SAM Revival Special Offer...

As a special offer before Royal Mail hike their postage prices up, I'm offering 10% off the cost of back issues of SAM Revival!

For orders received before 30th April 2012 back issues can be ordered at the following prices:

SAM Revival issues 1-8 each: £1.80 (UK) £2.52 (EU)
SAM Revival 1-8 bundle: £12.60 (UK) £17.10 (EU)

SAM Revival issues 9-13 each: £2.70 (UK) £3.32 (EU)
SAM Revival 9-13 bundle: £11.70 (UK) £15.30 (EU)

SAM Revival issues 14-23 each: £3.60 (UK) £4.32 (EU)

To order, please drop me an email via the 'Contact Quazar' page or send payment directly via PayPal to: sales 'at' samcoupe.com

Orders for hardware and software - Royal Mail Postage Charges...

For normal orders (as per my 'Placing an Order' page) please let me know what you would like to order and I can then work out the shippings costs to be added to the cost of the items.



Update... 4th March 2012

Video of TCP/IP code in action with the Trinity Ethernet Interface...


This video shows a small program to test transfers via TCP/IP using the Trinity Ethernet Interface with the SAM Coupe.

What this program is doing is fetching a 32K file from the web straight to the SAM Coupe via ethernet using the Trinity Ethernet Interface. The video shows the SAM Coupe booting B-DOS from startup (the SAM has a Trinity Boot ROM installed so on powerup/reset it will load in B-DOS from an EEPROM that is onboard the Trinity) then via BASIC commands I'm typing in a virtual disk is selected on the SD card that's in the Trinity (As well as an ethernet port the Trinity interface also gives mass storage via SD / MMC memory cards) and the test program is then loaded. This then fetches a 32K file from the web containing the picture (24K) and a piece of eTracker music (8K).

In essense it's just a simple file downloader that can fetch files from web space - but it shows the great work that's progressing for getting the SAM Coupe online!

I've put this test program together with help from the following talented people:

Adrian Brown - top SAM Coupe coder - who has ported a TCP/IP stack to the SAM Coupe (converting by hand C code to Z80 assembler!)

Simon Owen - another top SAM Coupe coder - who coded an Trinty Ethernet Driver. (visit Simon's website for more SAM Coupe stuff at: www.simonowen.com)

Warren Lee - cool artist and SAM game programmer - I converted one of his digital paintings to 16 colours for this demo. (Check out Warren's blog at: duncansguide.blogspot.com )

David Sanders - great SAM musician and a dab hand at knocking up tunes in Etracker! (The tune used was a conversion by David of some of the music from the Amiga/Atari ST game 'Harlequin', which was converted for a potential port of the game to the SAM a couple of years ago)

Any questions - drop me an email!

Surprise Images...

Over February I've been posting videos and images on my twitter feed, but if you don't follow me on Twitter here's some of the things you would have missed...


Some of my early 3D test routines on the SAM Coupe used BASIC to quickly plan the maths routines for Stratosphere.


A custom request - a 64K ROM for the SAM Coupe with both ROM3 and the Trinity Boot ROM - with a switch to select.


Some of the 3D Quazar Surround images used on the startup of 'Stratosphere'. (3D calculated in BASIC then filled).


Other game ideas I researched and started early work on was for a karting game for the SAM Coupe.
(For more information on this - see the article in issue 2 of SAM Revival!)


Some more graphics I knocked up for an idea for a platform game for the SAM Coupe - must have been in the late 1990s.



Update... 17th July 2011

It's about time there was an update...

Yeap, that's certainly true, it's been a bit quiet here recently. Unfortunately it's the age old problem of not having enough time to really sit down and get on with SAM stuff. Of course I've still been shipping hardware, software and back issues of magazines but the lack of time means I've not been able to really concentrate on new developments. Please remember this is just my hobby and there's plenty of other things in life that take up my time. However I'm getting back to being able to spend the odd bit of time with the SAM and trying to get the ball rolling again...

SAM Revival issue 24

Yes, it is finally coming! It's just about there, as the page grabs above show! Just a couple of pages to finish off then it's ready to print.

Inside the issue:

* The latest news from the SAM Coupé Scene.
* What happened to Sandman's Shadow - information, screenshots and sketches from Gordon Wallis.
* Developer Diary - Lots of info from SAM developers featuring Space Invaders Arcade Machine Emulator (Simon Owen), Wubtris + more (Rob Evans).
* Coupe Correspondence - 7 pages of letters.
* SAM Comment - 5 pages of ideas being kicked around for SAM projects.
* On the coverdisk - full SAM game, "The Witching Hour" by John Vincent (who also painted the fab magazine cover!)

This issue of SAM Revival will cost £3.99 for the UK, or £4.79 for EU including Airmail postage. You can also subscribe for six issues at a discounted price of £21.98 (UK) or £26.98 (EU). For preordering this issue, see the PayPal preorders in the previous news item below. For subscribing or ordering in general please use the Contact Quazar page to drop me an email.

SAM Revival issue 25

Work is well underway with the content of issue 25 too, it's about 60% complete so far and will feature:

* Developer Diary - information, screenshots and sketches from a new SAM game that's under development.
* SAM Modding - Lots of info and photos from several people who've been modding their SAM Coupe.
* Plus the usual news, letters and comments section.
* Cover disk - TBA - but planning for something big for SAM Revival 25th issue!

SAM Revival Special

I'm still continuing work on the special issue of SAM Revival that was originally intended to celebrate the SAM's 20th Birthday last year. This issue is aiming towards being an A4 sized magazine with 64 pages, all in colour and bundled with three coverdisks. It'll be seperate from the normal SAM Revival magazines (i.e. it won't be covered by the normal price or part of a subscription for obvious reasons!).

With so much input from a lot of famous SAM faces, both past and present, it's shaping up to be something special indeed. More information (without spoilers!) as it progresses. Ideally, after SAM Revival 25 is out I'll be focusing on finishing this special issue.

Feedback / Contributions

As you can see from issue 24's contents there is 12 pages of letters and comment, so a big thank you for those who email in to the magazine. It's great to see a lot of interest and it's spilling over into issue 25 and beyond too with the number of questions and comments.

Contributions are always welcome for SAM Revival, both for the paper magazine and the cover disk. Also if you have any suggestions as to what you would like to see featured in the magazine please let me know. Drop me a line via the Contact Quazar page.

Quick News Updates

For quick news updates and information on occasional special offers keep an eye on my Twitter feed.



SAM Revival 24 out soon... 7th October 2010

Issue 24 is nearing completion and will be out soon.

Gracing the cover is some fantastic artwork drawn by John Vincent, author of the 1993 SAM game 'The Witching Hour' which features on the coverdisk. Inside the magazine you'll find the latest news from around the SAM Coupe world, as well as Developer Diaries from Simon Owen about his new Space Invaders Arcade Machine Emulator and from Rob Evans about the several SAM games he is working on. There's also an indepth look at 'Sandman's Shadow', a point-and-click game that was being worked on by Gordon Wallis back in the early 1990s - and there's plenty of his original graphics and sketches to show what the game was going to be like.

I'm also pleased to say that this issue features a bumper packed letters and comments section which spans 12 pages of the magazine - the first 7 pages of this is for the readers letters - many thanks to all those who've written in! (In fact, I've already stockpiled letters for the next issue as I had run out pages! Letters are always more than welcome for SAM Revival - feel free to drop me an email about anything SAM related!). Originally started as a single page feature in the last issue to throw a couple of ideas about, the Comments section in issue 24 takes up 5 pages - with quite a few possible development ideas for the SAM discussed ... have a read, and join in the discussion - it's really getting the creative juices flowing!

This issue of SAM Revival will cost £3.99 for the UK, or £4.79 for EU including Airmail postage.



SAM Revival 23 finally out... 12th April 2010

Finally, issue 23 of SAM Revival is out now!

On the coverdisk you’ll find the fantastic VIC-20 emulator from Simon Owen, a new wireframe 3D demo from Thomas Harte, and a full adventure game from Hydrasoft / Pete King.

Inside the magazine you’ll find seven pages of news from around the SAM world covering all the latest developments and what is on the horizon. The Developer Diary looks at the progress by Adrian Brown of porting a TCP/IP stack to the SAM, Thomas Harte covers the work on his 3D engine and Colin Piggot goes over the improvements to the newest version of B-DOS for the Trinity Ethernet Interface. There’s also source code for the new patched SAM ROM to auto boot from the Trinity.

This issue of SAM Revival costs £3.99 for the UK, or £4.79 for EU including Airmail postage.



Editorial 7th March 2010

A big hello to any new visitors who may have seen the link in this month's issue of Retro Gamer! Welcome!

A nice article from Martyn in Retro Gamer about the early days of the SAM, but a bit cruel to have the SAM on the gravestone on the cover! As you'll see there is plenty happening for the SAM Coupe so no need to dwell on the past about the old MGT and SAMCo days!

Quazar is a one man operation, I've been designing hardware and software for over 16 years, as well as producing SAM Revival magazine for the past 7 years - you'll find information about most of my projects on this website and if you are looking to find out more about the SAM Coupe scene then why not take a look at SAM Revival magazine - if you scroll down the page past this editorial you'll find information about the last few issues, which can be ordered online.

But for even more SAM information then you are in for a treat - I've also been producing a special issue of SAM Revival to celebrate the SAM's 20th anniversary. The SAM Coupe has never had its own glossy magazine so for this one-off issue I've pulled out the stops to produce a full colour magazine to cater for everyone from those who are interested in just finding out more about the SAM, to SAM veterans who have been using the computer for years. I had originally intended for this special to be ready back in January however the project just keeps growing and growing and it's turning into something bigger and better than I ever hoped! There's going to several exclusives with new software bundled on the accompanying coverdisks, and also a few surprises within the magazine itself - especially when I reveal a top secret project I've been working on!

If you would like to be emailed when this special is nearing publication drop me a message via my Contact Quazar page, or keep an eye on this site as I'll update it with more information as it gets closer.

Going back to the SAM Scene, it's hard not to get excited about any new SAM developments. With both old and new programmers working away on projects it's quite an exciting time for the SAM.

Last year has seen several new faces arrive to the SAM programming scene, mainly working on games. There's a few games in the pipeline from newcomer Rob Evans which I've been following the development which show plenty of promise and there's also a 3D engine for the SAM being written by Thomas Harte. This is already completed for wireframe graphics and the plans look towards adding solid shading which could lead to games similar in style to 'Freescape'. That would be truly amazing to see on the SAM.

One other type of programming I'm very keen to follow on the SAM is emulation. Forget about the original ZX Spectrum emulators, the SAM can now emulator a range of old computer systems, Simon Owen recently released his VIC-20 emulator and is currently finishing off another 'MAME'like emulator, for the Space Invaders arcade machine.

Simon has also been working on Ethernet driver code for the Trinity Ethernet Interface, and another talented programmer, Adrian Brown, has been porting a full TCP/IP stack to use it. Once that is complete it will herald the way for applications to access the internet from the SAM.

That just about wraps it up for this small editorial update. As always, hit the Contact Quazar link to drop me a message - I'm always happy to help out with anything SAM related so feel free to send a message with any questions or chat about the SAM.

Kind regards,

Colin.



Christmas Offers... 25th December 2009

Quick jump back to Christmas 1996 - and a Christmas Music Demo on Soundbyte issue 21!

Christmas Offers...

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News Update... 8th November 2009

It's been a while since there was some news updates, but I hope you've been following my Twitter feed above or subscribing via the Twitter website as I will post stuff every so often!

TCP/IP

Adrian Brown's been busy with debugging his TCP/IP Stack for the Trinity Ethernet Interface, and it's been fetching some webpages. There's still some work to do for the odd bug that seems to interfer with the transfers, but he has been making great progress. As well as my SAMonline stuff that I've already been working on, I've got a smaller application just about ready to go as soon as the last bugs are squashed in the stack... a very simple BASIC program to parse my Twitter website which will be downloaded via the Trinity on the SAM...

SAM Revival issue 23

This issue is now finally nearing completion and about about to be printed, so will be despatched in mid November.

SAM Revival issue 23 will be featuring Simon Owen's amazing VIC-20 emulator on the cover disk! Simon's worked so hard with all his emulators and his new VIC-20 emulator just shows what 8the SAM Coupé is capable of! Tremendous work Simon! Also on the coverdisk is a full adventure game 'Survive the Night', originally written by Pete King of Hydrasoft. There is also the latest 3D wireframe demo from Thomas Harte who has been developing a 3D library for the SAM. Rounding off the coverdisk is source code for the latest version of B-DOS for the Trinity Ethernet Interface which speeds up reading from SD cards by 15%, and source code for the? Trinity Boot ROM.??

Inside the magazine you'll find all the latest news from around the SAM world including news of new games in development, the latest on Adrian Brown's TCP/IP stack for the Trinity Ethernet Interface and the applications in the works to use it. The developer diary looks at the TCP/IP updates, Thomas Harte's 3D engine and the Trinity Boot ROM Source Code. There's also an article on writing your own boot routines for the Trinity.

SAM Revival special coming at end of the year

It's been underwraps for a few months... a special SAM Revival publication to celebrate the SAM Coupe's 20th birthday at the end of this year - A4, colour, several cover disks... Several exclusives already lined up .. it's going to be a very fitting tribute for the SAM Coupe!

I don't really want to say too much at the moment, but stay tuned! Keep an eye on the normal SAM Revival magazine and my Twitter updates as it develops!

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News Update... 18th July 2009

A couple more news updates....

Trinity B-DOS Update

I've updated B-DOS 1.5t for the Trinity Ethernet Interface. Loading from MMC / SD cards has been speeded up by 15%! The DOS, Source code and explanation of the changes for this new version (beta 5) will be featuring in SAM Revival 23.

Trinity Boot ROM

I've finished a patch for the SAM ROM so it can automatically load in B-DOS from the EEPROM on the Trinity at startup / reset to save having to boot the DOS from floppy disk. Just waiting for some ROM chips to arrive and then it will be available for Trinity users.

Twitter

As you'll see by the widget above I've signed up to Twitter to post quick updates and development news. Please follow me to keep up to date at www.twitter.com/QuazarSamCoupe.

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News Update... 14th March 2009

A couple of news updates....

uIP TCP/IP Stack Update

Adrian Brown has given a quick update to say the main core of uIP has been converted from C to Z80 for use with the Trinity Ethernet Interface and he is currently putting together a simple test application to check all the transmit / retransmit code is working fully.

The next stage will probably be to look at how to correctly package the system to allow for multiple applications to use uIP at once. A secondary wrapper for uIP might be made to allow for easier handling multiple packets.

Simon Owen has also updated his Ethernet Driver for the Trinity Ethernet Interface, as well as helping Adrian debug the masses of uIP code.

SAMonline

Now with the completed TCP/IP stack getting ever so close I've been making good progress on the initial programming of my first internet application to use the Trinity Ethernet Interface so it's about time I gave some information about it.

Called SAMonline, the first function of this software will be to connect to a special section of my website and fetch all the latest SAM Coupé news. The pages downloaded will be will be written using a simple markup language I’ve designed specifically for the SAM to draw up screens with text and images natively.

Using an on screen cursor, controlled by either keyboard or mouse, there will be buttons to click on to make it easy to navigate between pages and sections.

Another function of SAMonline will be for downloading software. Continuing my work talking to authors and copyright holders of past SAM software I’ve already lined up a couple of multi-disk titles that are too big to go on the SAM Revival coverdisk and so they will be made available on SAMonline to download for free by Trinity users.

I’ll be patching the software so it can all be installed and run from SD flash cards via the memory card slot on the Trinity. A ‘Download Manager’ option will be built into the SAMonline software so you can easily select and run software that you’ve downloaded.

The stage I’m at with the software is to integrate the uIP TCP/IP Stack once that has been completed, as just now it’s fetching the pages from disk for testing.

SDHC Flash Card Support for the Trinity

I've been taking a look at supporting SDHC cards with the Trinity to allow 4GB, 8GB and perhaps larger flash memory cards to be used instead of just up to 1GB MMC and SD. Hopefully I'll more news soon after some tinkering!

VIC-20 Emulator

Simon Owen has been busy finishing his VIC-20 emulator for the SAM, and it'll be featuring on the coverdisk with issue 23 of SAM Revival magazine later this month. Here's a video of it in action with the prototype Mayhem Accelerator at 20MHz.

Questions / Comments

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News Update... 29th December 2008

SAM Revival issue 22 out now!

Issue 22 of SAM Revival is now out! Apologies for the delay.

SAM Revival issue 22 features the full commercial game 'Burglar Bob' on the coverdisk. This was one of Jupiter Software's last titles produced for the SAM back in the late 1990s. Also on the coverdisk is a wireframe 3D demo from Thomas Harte who is looking to produce a full 3D engine for the SAM Coupe.

Inside the magazine you'll find all eight pages of news covering all the latest news from around the SAM world, some of the highlights of which include news on the first application that is well underway for use with the Trinity Ethernet Interface. Called 'SAMonline' this application will connect to the internet to get all the latest news for the SAM, as well as offering free software downloadings of new software as well as classic games and old disk magazines. There is also news on the development of the Mayhem Accelerator and also the latest emulator from Simon Owen which allows the SAM to emulate the Commodore VIC-20!

Feature articles include a look at what happened to the proposed sequel of Manic Miner on the SAM. The Lower Caverns was to have new graphics, new levels and new music. The Developer Diary features a second article from Thomas Harte who is developing a 3D engine for the SAM.

SAM Revival issue 22 costs £3.99 with UK delivery, or £4.79 with EU delivery.



News Update... 7th May 2008

Trinity Ethernet Interface

I'm busy soldering up another batch of Trinity Ethernet Interfaces. In the six months or so it's been out I have to rate it as the quickest selling piece of hardware I've produced for the SAM over the years. Now with B-DOS adapted it's got use for storing SAM files on MMC and SD cards, and uIP is getting closer and closer to completion - after which it won't be long until there's some internet applications!

The Trinity is priced at £69.99 plus shipping. For more information on the Trinity scroll down to see previous news items.



SAM Revival issue 21 out now... 22nd April 2008

Issue 21 of SAM Revival magazine is now out!

Inside the issue you'll find all the regulars covering all the latest news in the SAM Coupe world. Feature articles include an interview from Frode Tennebo where he interviews David Gommeren and Rob Mies of The Lords. Gavin Smith continues his look back at some of the top SAM games, looking in particular this issue at Arcade Classics.

I look at using the MMC / SD Card slot on the Trinity Ethernet Interface. The first half of the article looks at accessing the flash cards with routines for detecting, reading and writing raw sectors. The second half goes through the patches I made to B-DOS to allow it to use the Trinity for mass storage of files. Rounding the issue off is the Developer Diary where Thomas Harte explains how he is tackling his work on creating a solid 3D engine on the SAM.

To compliment the interview with The Lords, the coverdisk features their commercial release 'Batz 'n Balls', their freeware Tetris game and their SAM demos. Other games featured on the coverdisk are Simon Owen's 'Pac-Man', and 'Soul Magician' by Lars Persson. There is also source code to go along with the Trinity article, and the source code and executable for the Trinity patched version of B-DOS.

You can order the issue using the links below through PayPal (you don't need to have a PayPal account - orders can be made by debit/credit card securely through PayPal too). The issue is priced at £3.99 with UK postage, or £4.79 with EU postage.



Update! 14th March 2008

Trinity Update

MMC / SD Flash Card Support

B-DOS has now been patched to use the MMC / SD card slot on the Trinity Ethernet Interface for mass storage. My thanks to Edwin Blink for saying it was fine to patch B-DOS.

What I've done is patch version 1.5a to utilise the Trinity's MMC/SD slot, letting it use MMC and SD flash cards up to 1GB in size. The next update will include support for 2GB cards, which use a different sector size.

I'm in the process of putting together a Trinity Update disk to send out to current owners of the Trinity, and I'll be writing up an article for the next issue of SAM Revial outlining the changes I've made and the source code.

Ethernet TCP/IP Stack

Adrian Brown is still hard at work with his port of the uIP TCP/IP Stack. He's been making excellent progress with the testing - most recently the ACK and SYNC communications to establish a TCP connection. Adrian's now finishing off the routines to use for applications to interface with the TCP/IP stack code, and a simple application to test it all out and demonstrate the code in action. Things are tantalisingly close to completion! Once the port of uIP is complete then there are several developers keen to get started on giving the SAM some full internet applications!

Quick Ordering

Trinty Ethernet Interfaces are ready built up in stock, and as requested by website visitor here are some quick PayPal links to order the interface - you don't need to have a PayPal account, orders can be made by debit/credit card securely through the PayPal checkout when you click the 'Buy Now' buttons. The Trinity is priced at £69.99 plus shipping.



SAM Revival issue 20 out now... 12th February 2008

The late running issue 20 of SAM Revival magazine is now out!

Inside the issue you'll find all the regulars covering all the latest news in the SAM Coupe world, and there is the welcomed return of the letters pages. Feature articles include information on using the EEPROM that's onboard the Trinity Ethernet Interface, with source code provided on the cover disk too. The developer diary looks at the work undertaken by Simon Owen on writing an Ethernet Driver for the Trinity and the start of his work on porting CPC/IP to give the SAM it's first suite of internet enabled programs.

The issue also features three full games on the coverdisk, there is Booty and Invaders - two of Jupiter Software's past commercial releases, and the third game is a SAM version of the The Light Corridor - originally writen 17 years ago by the Spanish programmers who did the MSX and ZX Spectrum versions, but the SAM publishing deal fell through so it was never released.

The issue is priced at £3.99 with UK postage, or £4.79 with EU postage.



Debug LCD Screen... 17th November 2007

Oops! Forgot to post this on the website back in September when I came up with this!

I was asked by Adrian Brown about having something very simple on the back of the SAM to show a number or even some LEDs to be used for debugging purposes, so he didn't have to print text up on the screen and could just output a value or two.

A quick dicussion followed about what would be best, and I built it up in the space of a couple days - an interface driving a 4x20 LCD! Put together quickly with a bit of logic decoding and a microcontroller to take care of making it easy to use.

Here's a video of it in action:



Trinity Ethernet Interface now out... 20th October 2007

As announced as being in the prototype stage last month, I am now pleased to announce that the Trinity Ethernet Interface is now available! The concept of Trinity it to bring ethernet to your SAM with the goal of getting the SAM onto the Internet. The interface consists of three main sections - hence the name Trinity.

The first and most important part is the ethernet controller, a self-contained chip to deal with the communication side of things. The second section is a 128K EEPROM which is used for storing settings for ethernet enabled applications as well as the general ethernet configuration. (This was originally just 8K as announced in SAM Revival, but having kicked the idea about a bit with other people I've now gone for 128K). The third section is a card slot for MMC and SD flash memory cards to expand the memory of the interface, as well as being another means of mass storage for your SAM files. And all three peripherals are linked to the SAM via a microcontroller.

I've got several Trinity interfaces already built up in stock, and they are priced at £69.99 + postage.

Now of course, hardware is just an expensive paperweight without any software to use it and that's mainly the hardware side I've been concentrating on myself - getting the final board complete, improving and testing the embedded firmware that runs on the Trinity's microcontroller and so on. But thanks to the talents of Adrian Brown and Simon Owen the software side is also progressing in leaps and bounds. Both were eagar since I let them know about Trinity during it's early development, and they received the first two Trinity interfaces off the production line (well, my soldering bench!) about a fortnight ago. Thanks to a small mess up by the board manufacturers they only sent me 2 PCBs instead of a larger quantity but that was enough to get the two needed for Simon and Adrian. They were sent out along with a pile of my documentation on the hardware, datasheets and some test programs I'd written, and then there was another delay thanks to the mailstrike which delayed Adrian's by about 5 days.

Anyway, as soon as they had arrived they were programming at an alarming rate! Adrian has been porting the uIP TCP/IP stack - converting the C code into Z80 by hand for optimised code instead of just cross compiling, while Simon had been working on the device driver to control the ethernet controller on Trinity, first within a day or two it was just detecting incoming packets and printing the raw data on the screen, then he continued to make it into a useful set of routines to initiliase the ethernet controller and to receive and transmit packets.

After about a week of furious coding, last weekend saw Adrian's and Simon's parts being linked together and SAM answered a PING... our SAM's were alive on the net! Oh the fun of repeatedly PINGing the SAMs to get the responces back, it's a small step but it marks the start of SAM's journey onto the internet!

Here's Adrian to give his view on what he thinks of the Trinity, and where he is with the coding....

Adrian: "The Trinity hardware is another very nice looking piece of kit from Quazar, with the usual top level of support with any questions you may have. I was keen to get started. I plugged it in, put a network cable into it and started a few tools Quazar had sent over. It seemed to be working nicely.

The main thing I wanted to get started on was the network side of things. Unfortunately, unlike your PC, a network cable and hardware into a machine doesnt mean you can instantly start using the net. With a few simple tests I could see information coming in via the network cable I needed to write a TCP/IP stack to allow myself and others write programs that use the network, such as simple file transfers and even a web browser on the SAM. I spoke with Simon Owen, Frode and Colin regarding this and we decided to port a lightweight TCP/IP stack called uIP. I started work on the packet handling while Simon started work on the Trinity interface code. We soon had it working so the SAM was able to listen and reply to ICMP ping commands, TCP and UDP packets are almost done then we can start work on the fun applications.

Probably the main application I would like to get written and working using Trinity is a cross platform development system allowing me to write and build programs and data on my PC and send this across to the SAM via the network to run. Also having a debugger on the PC linked to the SAM would be great. I would certainly improve the speed of developlment of SAM titles for me.

With Trinity, soon sam will have a wide range of network products such as IRC clients, MSN clients and web browsers. Its great to see people still putting a lot of time and energy into SAM products."

Thanks Adrian, you summed up in a nutshell - once his TCP/IP stack is fully complete with UDP and TCP packet handling, it should be relatively easy to start writing applications to use the internet. E-mail, FTP, MSN Messenger, IRC, even a simple text based web browser are all on the 'To-Do' list!

I'm just finishing updating the technical documentation for Trinity. I put in a few extra routines were put into the firmware last week and the updates have been sent to Simon and Adrian - faster data transfer, LED twinkling, and some other control functions for giving a few coding shortcuts. I know Adrian is planning to make a start on documenting his port of uIP once it's completed, and next for me is sorting out documentation for using the onboard EEPROM and accompanying source code for routines to utilise that - as it'll have a system of allocating and storing data in 1K chunks so applications can save their settings there, as well as holding the general internet settings. There'll certainly be a wealth of info and source code for anyone who is thinking about programming applications to use it!



SAM Revival 19 out now... 12th September 2007

Issue 19 of SAM Revival is now out!

Let's start off with what's on the coverdisk: Conquest. Written by Peter King in 1997 this originally had a limited release from Zedd-Soft, and now for the SAM Revival coverdisk it's had a graphical overhaul. It's best to describe Conquest as a 'Civilisation' style game where you establish and expand your village, search for raw materials, form and train armies with the goal to defeat the computer controlled enemy who's trying to do the same.

Here's a video of Conquest in action:

Onto the magazine. The cover gives away what I've been working on recently myself - the Trinity Ethernet Interface, bringing ethernet to your SAM with the eventual goal of getting the SAM onto the Internet! It's an idea I started kicking around back in March with a few people but with my moving house in June it wasn't until after I was all settled up here I was able to get on with building the prototype. Everything is covered in the magazine up to where it stands just now and I hope to have some final units in the hands of some programmers by the end of the month. The news section also covers more hardware - Edwin's new Atom-Lite+ interface - his new Atom interface for using Compact Flash cards with a built in real time clock. Software news, well there's quite a bit, covering games and emulators that are currently being written for our favourite blue footed computer!

The first feature article in this issue is "Programming the Z80", a new machine code column from the talents of Adrian Brown. Aimed for the beginner this first part gives an introduction to the SAM's Z80 CPU, hexidecimal numbering, memory and a couple of machine code instructions with a very small program just to wet your appetite for assembly language. If you've only stuck with BASIC or the likes of GamesMaster then now is your chance to take a gentle plunge into learning Z80 assembly and you'll soon see it's nothing to be scared of!

Next up is a SAM Games article from Gavin Smith, who takes a look back at a couple of games that he feels were quite a surprise to see on the SAM.

And the issue is rounded up with the Developer Diary. There's news on the SAM2GB Gameboy emulator from Adrian Brown, who has been working on it since July when he offered to help Johan out. Adrian's really showed off his programming talents with this - rewriting parts of the core and all new graphic routines to get it running a game! Plenty of colour screenshots show it in action, this is one emulator I certainly have my eye on! Simon Owen, another master of emulation, goes over the latest version of his .SID music player which now uses his most up to date 65C02 cpu emulator code and other enhancements including support for NTSC and 100Hz .SID tunes and larger file sizes. And last, but not least, is some fantastic colour screenshots from SAM Fighter - a beat 'em up being written by Warren Lee, which looks great so far.

SAM Revival costs £3.99 in the UK, or £4.79 including EU postage for overseas.



SAM Revival... 30th August 2007

Issue 18 went down a storm last month! It was a packed issue, with a packed coverdisk. (Scroll down for the full details in an earlier news item, or see the main SAM Revival page with the link on the left).

Thanks to those who took the time to give their feedback on the issue, here's some of the remarks:

"Arrived this morning, Another fine issue, Anyone not getting SR, your missing out, what more can you ask for, a top mag, in colour with a coverdisk, get to see lots of things that otherwise you would miss." (Adrian B)

"Recently got a SAM, and SAM Revival is a great read for a new user! Just about to order some old issues to get my mits on more software!"(Mark S)

"Just got mine through the door today as well! Looks fantastic! I'm amazed how crammed with stuff the disk is as well. I think it's amazing how much there is, still to fill all that space, and it's all genuinely interesting and new! Nice work!" (Warren L)

"Can only echo everyone elses comments - nice one Colin a really great issue." (Ian S)

So, don't just take my word on it, if you are after all the latest news, classic and new software, interesting articles, all about the SAM Coupé then go on try an issue - 18 is a cracking one to start with! Go on, give it a go!

Here's a video of the pieces of software on the coverdisk in action:



SAM Revival 18 out now... 30th May 2007

It's quite a packed issue! More pages than the previous few issues, and a jam packed coverdisk!

Let's kick off with what's on the disk. First up are the three brand new emulators from Simon Owen. He's been busy getting the SAM being other machines and has completed his Galaksija and Orao emulators which were announced in the previous issue. The Galaksija is a Z80 based computer from Yugoslavia, while the Orao is a 6502 based Croation system so that's using Simon's latest 6502 CPU emulator core. Both are now fully emulated on the SAM and there's a pile of games on the disk for each system. To finish off his hat trick Simon has also released an Apple 1 emulator too!

It doesn't stop there! Also on the coverdisk is the latest version of Chris Pile's SAM Defender, and also Captain Comic - a classic platformer by Lars Perrson which was first released back in 1994 and was a remake of a freeware PC game. Wrapping up the coverdisk there's also a demo I've coded up to copy an old school effect from the Amiga and includes the source code.

Onto the paper side. 40 pages jam packed with news and articles. The Developer Diary is bursting at the seams with information from Simon about all three of his new emulators, and there's also the first screenshots of ISAAC - the port of Rebelstar that's being developed by Stuart Brady and Warren Lee.

This issue also sees the start of a new programming column. I've looking at recreating some demo effects from the Amiga on the SAM, and tackle a two layer tile based scroller.The issue wraps up with the compulsory sprinkling of SAM Snippets with bits of trivia from the SAM world. Hope you enjoy the issue!

SAM Revival costs £3.99 in the UK, or £4.79 including EU postage for overseas.



SAM Revival 17 out now... 24th April 2007

What's in the issue? On the coverdisk is the full game T'n'T by Matt Round. Originally released back in 1994 this was Matt's only full commercial release and goes to show just what he was able to get out of GamesMaster with this multi-level Bomb Jack style game. There's also another full game on the coverdisk - Money Bags 1 1/2, which is the third installment of the Money Bags series of games. Typical Jetset Willy style game where you have to collect objects over a large number of rooms. The game has also been updated with a brand new soundtrack by David Suzuki-Sanders to replace the Quazar Surround music that was originally in it when first released on Soundbyte.

Onto the paper side of the magazine. Now, who remembers Kaboom? Yes, that bomberman megagame that was never released despite orders taken. We'll over the last year or two i've been in touch with the musician and graphics artist who involved and just had to write an article about what happened to it, looking at the development work they did for the game, and when things began to fall apart and the somewhat heated aftermath! Plenty of screenshots from the near finished version of the game which make good use of the colour printing in the magazine.

There's also a new developer diary section, where i've been asking programmers for details on what they've been working on. This issue see's the diary from Johan Koelman about his work so far on a Gameboy emulator for the SAM. And there's also a large news section looking at other projects that are currently in the works, as well as news that an old ZX Spectrum game programmer may be looking to develop on the SAM sometime this year.

The issue wraps up with the compulsory sprinkling of SAM Snippets with bits of trivia from the SAM world. So there it is, I hope you enjoy the issue, and i'm already at work with the next!


SAM Revival costs £3.99 in the UK, or £4.79 including EU postage for overseas.



SAM Revival 16 out now... 20th January 2007

Issue 16 of SAM Revival magazine is now out!

This issue features the full SAM game 'Colony' on the coverdisk, which was written by Derek Koselo. Colony is a Sim style game where you setup and run a planetary mining colony. This game also features full support for the Quazar Surround soundcard if you have one.

Inside the magazine you'll find an interview with Derek discussing the game as well as his other work on the SAM. Another feature article takes a look at the work I started on the game 'Chrome' and delves into what was planned and accompanied with lots of colour shots. And there are all the other regular sections including the new combined news section, letters pages and SAM Snippets.

SAM Revival costs £3.99 in the UK, or £4.79 including EU postage for overseas.



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