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I played original ChipWits on:
The Mac
66%
 66%  [ 6 ]
The Commodore C-64
22%
 22%  [ 2 ]
The Apple II
11%
 11%  [ 1 ]
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dougsharp
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2007 3:18 am    Post subject: Which ChipWits did you play? Reply with quote

I'm pretty sure that Mike and I are the first two humans to play ChipWits. But we won't rub it in.

Tell us about your ancient ChipWit-playing experiences.

But first, for those of you that played the original game, what computer did you play it on?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2007 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me it was the Commodore 64. My dad had one and like a thousand disks worth of pirate games. Of course at the time I didn't know they were pirate games. I figured it out one day, and my dad was all "Well of course." ^.^;;
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2007 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I forgive you, Relee. But your Dad owes me $50 Wink That's what the original ChipWits cost.

I admire anyone who played the C-64 or Apple II versions. Editing IBOL was a challenge with the Mac-style mouse interface I implemented.

For those that don't know, Relee is the Winner of the Unlimited Age Division of the 1st ChipWits Prestigious Hall of Pie Contest. Fear her IBOL skills!

Doug
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 1:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hee hee, my dad has done a lot of naughty things in his life. XD

I usually buy any game I pick up pirated, unless it's terrible. Fortunately these days most games have a free trial you can download instead, and it works the same way. ^.^

Of course that was before I got a job. I'm not sure I'll win this contest, now that I've got a job to deal with, but I've got a good idea for a Doom Rooms wit. ^.^
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I played ChipWits on the Apple IIc way back when. I couldn't have been more than nine or ten years old or so when I started playing it, and I loved it.

Last month I just decided out of the blue to Google "chipwits", not having played it or even thought about it really for a number of years, and chipwits.com was at or near the top of the Google results. I just had an urge to play it again -- I was thinking I would have to look for an emulated version, but I'm thrilled that it's being re-released with updated graphics and gameplay and so on.

CW was one of my favorite games for the Apple IIc. In fact we had our old Apple still running as late as 1995 or so mainly because I was still playing CW (and one or two other games) from time to time. Before our Apple finally gave up the ghost I had a ChipWit whose IBOL code literally filled every available subpanel, who could finish every mission with a reasonably good score. Since save slots were limited to like 12 or 15 'wits and I had to share the game with my younger brothers, making 'wits that were specialized for each mission was kinda out of the question -- my goal was more to make one 'wit that could beat any mission.

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I admire anyone who played the C-64 or Apple II versions. Editing IBOL was a challenge with the Mac-style mouse interface I implemented.

At that point I think I'd never used a mouse (the Apple IIc was our first computer) so not only did I not miss the mouse, I thought CW's joystick-driven menu interface was an improvement over the more common (in those days) keyboard-driven menus. A few other Apple II games used a joystick-as-ghetto-mouse interface also so we kind of got used to it.
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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2007 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dougsharp wrote:
I forgive you, Relee. But your Dad owes me $50 Wink That's what the original ChipWits cost.


Chalk me down as another that owes you $50. Embarassed Seriously, let me know how to get it to you. I gladly paid the $15 for the new version.

I played on an original Mac, in my Junior year in college (85-86). Loved it. I remember well that one of my first simple programs gave me a better average score than most of my attempts at more complicated versions. An early lesson in the potential advantages of RISC programming over CISC.

The day I reformatted my 50 diskettes of pirated software, ChipWits was my dearest loss. A number of years later when I wanted to buy it, it was no longer available.

I actually eventually communicated with you via email in the mid-90s about ChipWits with desires to recreate it. You told me at the time that you had done it in MacForth, which never got upgraded for the MacPlus. You also, I believe, mentioned that I could create a derivative work, with proper attribution, but I never followed through on it.

Then, about 12-18 months ago, I think, I discovered that chipwits.com had a "coming soon", and I've been waiting with bated breath. I'm so glad you have resurrected it.

I have an 8-year-old son that I'd like to introduce to some programming concepts, and I've always felt that ChipWits would be an ideal way. He is enthusiastic about it, but the jump from the current tutorials to the advanced missions is too big for him on his own. But we're having fun doing some together, particularly employing the "skate with arrow key" tile.

Thank you very much for bringing back the game.
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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2007 4:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome aboard, SirMingus. Glad you have such good memories of the game.

When I post the next, much-much-enhanced build of ChipWits we'll host another contest and hope you enter.

I am currently adding Registers, which will add a lot of game-play and geekitude to the game.

Glad to have you participating.

And if you're serious about the $50, just buy a couple of your friends serial numbers to assuage your guilty conscience. Razz

Gamely,

Doug
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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2007 4:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dougsharp wrote:
And if you're serious about the $50, just buy a couple of your friends serial numbers to assuage your guilty conscience. Razz


Deal.
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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2007 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool.

I plan to drop a semi-stable build next week to preview the many changes I've made since last month. Hope you like it.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2007 10:20 pm    Post subject: Wow - ChipWits! Reply with quote

A friend of mine who worked for me at BrainWorks/BrainPower/BrainDrain back in the day, saw the ChipWits notice on Versiontracker and let me know. I can't believe 20+ years have passed so quickly!
I'm glad to see you've brought it back! - It was a great game back in '85 and I don't think it's lost any of its luster with the passage of time at all.
I think I still have an unopened 2nd gen mac box (the nice box) somewhere in the garage. I think I might still have one in the original god-awful looking red and black box too.
Good luck with the new version. It deserves to be noticed once again.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 6:18 am    Post subject: Wow! Reply with quote

Great to have you here. I hope you like CW II. We didn't touch IBOL much, but the editing environment is a lot better. And the Mission Editor is great.

I hadn't thought of Brainpower in a while. Sherwin Steffin. Did you meet Bob Jacob, our agent?

Publishing a Mac game, a great Mac game, in the first year of the Mac. That was cool. I loved learning to program the Mac. Only the Amiga was more fun to program.

The first time I saw ChipWits running on a Mac in a computer store it was a pirated copy. The manager of the store sheepishly told me that a friend of his at Apple sent him the copy.

I hope you enter our contest!

Doug
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 3:02 pm    Post subject: Longest Awaited Sequel Reply with quote

At last!

Welcome back to the marketplace with this wonderful educational game. I'm probably one of the "old timers" in this space. I was 27 or so when I first played with ChipWits on a 128kb Mac.

I have searched for news about a new Chipwits since the days of ArchIE and Jughead and Veronica on the web.

Doug, I hope this will be a blockbuster money maker like it should have been in the 80s. I wonder if you can negotiate an arrangement to get it pre-installed on every OLPC machine. Could be the greatest educational component that Negroponte and his MIT Media Lab have to offer.

ChipWits and Scratch -- What a team!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2007 10:11 pm    Post subject: Thanks Reply with quote

I'd love to get it on the OLPC. It's not a project I can do but I would bless anyone who did it. Mike and I are flattered when other people write CW clones.

I appreciate your wishes about making bucks. The game world has changed a lot but we still think ChipWits is unique.

Hope you enter one of our contests.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:33 am    Post subject: Clashing Wits in the Cold Room Reply with quote

It was back in '88 that my twin brother and I spent a New Hampshire winter hacking away at Mystery Matrix. We played on a C-64 in a spare bedroom on the third floor of our rented student apartment. It was an old house, and the room was small and uninsulated. Good digs for the computer, but a bit chilly for us!

His robot was Defarge, and mine was Matrixbot, as I recall. We'd sometimes compete, sometimes collaborate, and had a blast. As we were both in the Engineering school at the University of New Hampshire at the time, we both were into the programming quite a bit. The main thing for us, though, was just the competition and the trash-talking.

I still have my C-64 and accessories, but the 5" floppies have probably deteriorated. Too bad, I would love to see that bot again.

So glad to see the project resurrected (and improved). Look forward to submitting for the contests! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peepers, Welcome and thanks for sharing your memories. I don't know for sure when we'll hold our next contest, but when our new producer is in place s/he will make an announcement to our mailing list.

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