Zelch 64 v2.4
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Released on 05/14/87


Although not a monumental version otherwise, it is structurally the most important. In this version I figured out the notion of the program overlay, thus beginning the solving of the great memory problem, as well as enabling online games for the first time. Modules thus far include ones for the variables edito, the new users, for message reading, for user edits, the sub program menu itself, and a program for the vote booth. The included sub programs are the vote editor, which has been removed from the sysop menu, and a game called the time machine, which gambles your time remaining.

The machine language, for reasons I'm not quite sure of, is now permanently resident. I believe it is because I moved the location of the main ML to the end of BASIC memory, thus allowing punter to have the $C000 all to itself. Since they no longer share, they no longer have to be copied to the data disk. The loader program plays the tune a little quicker, but is otherwise the same.

The loader screen.

The changes to the editor reflect the new abilities. There is now a sub-programs section from the menu main, and a key stroke and access level associated with it from the main menu. There is also a new editor allowing programs, each with their own access level, to be added to the sub program section. However, sub programs are numbered and don't have keystrokes associated with them.

No apparant changes have been made to the waiting for call screen.

The waiting for call screen.

There is, of course, the new sub programs section, which now includes the SysOp vote edit commands.

The ability for the SysOp to enter local mode from any prompt has been added, as well as the ability to throw a user off. The time burst now automatically adds 6 hours to the user's time.

No other changes have been made to the transfer area, the message bases, editor, vote booth, or other main areas.

The main menu.

The SysOp menu, as you can see, is missing the vote commands, now a sub program from the sub program area.

The SysOp Menu.

That about covers it for this version!

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