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KlausBreuer
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2007 8:16 am    Post subject: Klaus Breuers ChipWits :) Reply with quote

Hi everybody!

First things first: my windows-port of the classical ChipWits:
http://www.breueronline.de/klaus/chipwits/

Yes, I'm an Old Fart. I read about ChipWits waaay back, in the final version of the great magazine 'Creative Computing' (December '85).
(You can read this magazine online: http://www.atarimagazines.com/creative/ For some reason, this december version hasn't been entered yet - except, of course, for the ChipWit review).

I was delighted. What a great idea! I photocopied the review and decided I'll write a port of it (into DOS, back then). I carried the photocopy around for about 15 years before I finally lost it (the photocopy, that is). Wink

In 2006 I found an original mac version of ChipWits on eBay. For about the same price, I got an old Mac SE, on which the game could run.
Joy!
Finally, I could start converting the ChipWit version - into Windows, using the Delphi language. And thank heavens for digital cameras - I made a *lot* of screenshots, and thus managed to create pixel-exact graphics. I started in October 2006, and had the first version finished in November. Yes, well, I do have work to do, and couldn't work on ChipWits every day (much as I would have loved to do).
Piotr from Poland pointed me to a windows emulator capable of running ChipWits under Windows, which made working on this a lot easier (and I corrected some graphic flaws, thanks to the ability to do screen shots now).

Now, in February '07, the original port is done. I managed to create all the maps, all the ChipWits, and the program itself. I did add some additional functions such as better editing, breakpoints, and debugging.
The system can easily be extended - all data (graphics, sounds, maps, brains) are simple to modify.

In December, I got an email from Doug: "Hope you’re not too bummed that Mike and I are relaunching ChipWits ourselves".
On the contrary, I was delighted! Especially to hear from Doug (and later Mike), the original authors.

Thus, I'm now doing a lot more ChipWits than before - both some more small changes in my port (such as walking backwards from a breakpoint to see exactly why you ended at a certain chip, for example), and happily testing the new version of ChipWits - bughunting is fun Very Happy

Ciao,
Klaus

PS: Any ideas, changes, requests, etc to my version - simply post here or email me. And before you ask: yes, I'll make the source available. I wrote it in a simple way, non-OOP, because I will use this to learn other languages - simply by writing a new version in that language. And since not all languages are OOP-orientated...
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2007 9:06 pm    Post subject: Thanks for your enthusiasm for ChipWits Reply with quote

Klaus,

It is very flattering that you have done such a great job of recreating the original ChipWits. I plan to steal ideas from you once we get the standalone ChipWits out the door.

In early March I will be implementing an XML file structure for ChipWits files. At that point we'll work together to make sure your program can read and write standard ChipWits files.

And, yes, I am going to increase the number of chips on a panel to 60 like it should be.

Happy IBOLing, Doug
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2007 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Doug!

I'd be honored if you steal my improvements Wink

I'm looking forward to seeing the XML structure, although I'm currently exceptionally busy with several things, and haven't managed to do anything ChipWits-related in quite a while. It might take a week or even three before I can continue messing about with it Sad

Greetings from Oktoberfestcountry,
Klaus
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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2007 4:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Klaus,

I am stunned! What a faithful representation. Wow!

I found an Apple II emulated version about six months ago, and was disappointed at how it was downsized to fit the Apple II. How nice to see a near-perfect port of the original Mac version to Windows.

Outstanding.
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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2007 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Klaus's ChipWits is a real labor of love. He's told me his job has really consumed him recently. I'll email him when I make the next big drop.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, thanks for that great feedback, guys!
Makes me feel much better ;)
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doug, Klaus,
I owe you huge gratitude for your work. It's been wildly entertaining, and not a little responsible for the fact that I'm earning my living as a programmer. Very Happy

Klaus,
you've stated that you want to make the source code available. Sadly, I can't seem to find it in any obvious places. Would you care to send me a link, or a zip-file? It's because I have a little idea to make a java version with an API -- as a prerequisite to a little research project to see what kind of robots you can make with an computer-generated evolutionary approach. Too lazy to code my own robot? Make a project a thousand times more complicated! Laughing

I hope to hear from you. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would also want to join all the warm words for the perfectly done job!

If there is a chance code is openly available I'd appreciate a possibility to take a look on it for thesis writing help this year.
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