[vcf-midatlantic] 16 station MidiMaze Atari FPS @ VCF East 2022

Ethan O'Toole telmnstr at 757.org
Thu Mar 3 20:00:12 UTC 2022


There is another Atari project I have been contemplating as well but that 
will just require maybe one Atari. More on that later.

Then in 2023 we can do Midimaze with 16 Atari STs.

On Thu, 3 Mar 2022, Adam Michlin wrote:

> I think this would be epic.
> I'll check in the warehouse as soon as I can, but I doubt we have more
> than 3 that could do this.
> I'm happy to offer up my personal 130XE, though!
>    -Adam
> On Thu, Mar 3, 2022 at 2:41 PM Ethan O'Toole via vcf-midatlantic
> <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
>> Hello,
>>    An idea came to mind as a friend was repairing a bunch of Atari 8bit
>> systems.
>>    There is a game called MidiMaze, where you can network up to 16 Atari
>> 8bit (and supposedly ST systems) together. It's a first person shooter
>> with smiley faces. I can find talk of 11 station system being setup, but
>> was thinking it would be cool to do a 16 player station @ VCF.
>>    I am having PCBs made right now for all the carts, all of the midi
>> interfaces, as well as fujinet boards for machines. I can definitely
>> populate the carts and midi interfaces, will try to do Fujinets depending
>> on ESP32 availability.
>>    It requires XL or XE, 64K of RAM.
>>    I have 3 machines, my friend has ~7. So we would be looking for the
>> final systems to fill out this project.
>>    I have a spreadsheet I will post once I get my counts and Reggies system
>> count.
>>    The current idea/dream is to run on physical Midi interfaces for the
>> first half of VCF, then cut over to fujinet where the midi network is
>> created over TCP/IP. We won't be loading the game from fujinet I don't
>> think since we will have the carts and the fujinet version of the game
>> requires a RAM expansion. Just easier to run carts. Will try to use an
>> automated script to hit the web servers on the fujinet based on DHCP lease
>> MAC address info and autoconfigure it all.
>>    Thoughts? Hype? How many Atari XL/XE does VCF have?
>>                         - Ethan

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