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  Lesson M1 - Z80 Monitor/Debugger

Lesson M2 - String Reading and Memory Dumping!

Lesson M3 - String Matching for command reading

Lesson M4 - A Basic Text Adventure

Lesson M5 - Arkosplayer for Music and SFX!

Lesson M6 - Advanced Interrupt handler template

Lesson M7 - Multiplaform Font and Bitmap Conversion

Lesson M8 - Keyboard processing and redefinable game control input

Lesson M9 - Making a PONG - Part 1

Lesson M10 - Making a PONG - Part 2

Lesson M11 - Simple RLE

Lesson M12 - Stack Tricks!

Lesson M13 - Fast Multiplication and Division.
 

Lesson M11 - Simple RLE
There will certainly be times when memory is short - and one option is compression!
RLE is one of the simplest compression techniques, and is used by formats like GIF images...

Lets learn how to use a simple RLE decompressor to show an image onscreen

CPC_RleByte.asm
SMS_RleByte.asm

RLE - Run Length Encoding

Run Length encoding works when consecutive bytes are the same - suppose we want to compress the string "111100000223335" (15 characters)
We could do this by storing a letter - and a count for that letter.
this would result in a string '1105223351' (10 characters)...we've saved a few characters!

We'd also want a way of storing bytes that are not the same (we'll call it linear data)... lets look at the real algorithm
111100000223335
1x4 0x5 2x2 3x3 5x1
1405223351
Our actual format is more advanced, well a bit!

We'll have a 'header byte' -
If the whole byte is zero - then we're reached the end of the compressed sequence
If the top bit is 1, the next sequence is RLE compressed... the remaining bits are a bytecount (1-127)
If the top bit is 0, the next sequence is LINEAR uncompressed data... the remaining bits are a bytecount (1-127)


Compressed data:


Uncompressed Data:
If you want to RLE compress a file in this format, you can use AkuSprite Editor, the FileProcessor option will compress in RLE format
The RLE compression alrorithm here certainly isn't the best! it was shamelessly stolen *ahem* borrowed from Phantasy Star!...

At the request of a patreon, the author of these tutorials did a disassembly of the routines here ...
This tutorial is based on what was learned!

Z80 Decompressor
When we want to decompress data, we need to specify a source in HL... and a destination in DE
The RLE decompressor is split into 3 parts... the Header byte processor detects if the next block is Linear, Rle, or if the stream had ended...

We use JP M, This is 'Jump if Minus' - effectively this tests the top bit of the registers, which is what we need to detect the RLE block

The Linear section handles uncompressed data.

The RLE section handles the compressed data
Of course we'll need our Compressed RLE data, and some storage space for the destination after it's decompressed.
Here is the decompressed data.
Of course we can compress anything!... here's a simple CPC screen!

This screen is 16k... but compressed it's just 2.7k!

Of course that's only because it's so basic, but you get the point!

Some Data will RLE compress well - others will end up bigger than they started!

You need to pick what data to compress, and what to leave alone, if possible, design your graphics to be simple if you need to RLE compress them in this way

MSX Bitmap data - splitting bitplanes for better RLE

Lets use our RLE compressor to compress the bitmap data of the Chibiko mascot we used in a previous example...

Unfortunately, the raw format of the file is 'problematic'
Looking ad the data, it looks a bit complicated, and maybe like it won't compress so well (We would save just 3 bytes)... but we need to think of what the data represents - and use our decompressor accordingly!
Our graphics is 16 color - and is split into 4 bitplanes... Bitplane 0, Bitplane 1,Bitplane 2,Bitplane 3

Because Chibiko is only 4 color, bitplanes 3 and 4 are totally unused... If we split up our file, and store each bitplane in a separate RLE we'll get far more efficiency.

Splitting the file in this way reduces the file size by over 50%!
We can create 4 files split in this way with the 'Split Four Bytes' option in Akusprite Editor

Filling One Bitplane of the MSX with RLE

Again The RLE decompressor is split into 3 parts... the Header byte processor detects if the next block is Linear, Rle, or if the stream had ended...

We use JP M, This is 'Jump if Minus' - effectively this tests the top bit of the registers, which is what we need to detect the RLE block

The Linear section handles uncompressed data.

The RLE section handles the compressed data

Note that we're OUTing the decompressed data to the vdp, and first we're selecting the VRAM address in DE ... DE must contain VRAM address +&4000 (&40000 denotes WRITE)...

We add 4 to DE each time, so we're sending the decompressed data to just one bitplane
We need to include all 4 bitplane files in our source code.
When we want to stream the data to the 4 bitplanes, we load the starting VRAM address in DE, and the RLE data in HL

We repeat, backing up the destination address before each loop, and INCing the Vram address for each consecutive bitplane

HL will point to the start of the next bank of RLE data after each execution, so we don't need to change it between bitplanes.
The image will look the same, but it took less memory!
We've not saved much memory, but it's only an example of how you can use RLE compression, and change the way you're writing (OUTing) data to VRAM to optimize the data you're sending.

If you're doing a small game it's not going to be a problem, but if you're making a bigger game, you may need to keep things as small as possible.

Lesson M12 - Stack Tricks!
We've looked at the stack before and discussed some tricks we can do with it...

Lets look in more detail, and learn how we can manipulate the stack for parameter passing, allocating temporary ram and more!

Test_StackFun.asm

Passing parameters to Subroutines

If we want to save program code and we want to pass parameters to a function, rather than loading them into registers, we can store them in the code after the sub with DB and DW statements...

We can read these in from within our sub, and modify the return address to skip over the parameters so code execution resumes after the parameters


To get the address of the parameters, we transfer the top of the stack into IX...

We then use IX to read in the parameters.

Finally we alter IX to skip the parameters, adding enough bytes to jump over the parameters, and put the new return address back on the stack
A and HL have been loaded in by the sub
Another way of passing parameters to a function is to push parameters on to the stack... this is handy if we need the registers for other purposes.
We get the stack pointer into IX and use it to read in the parameters.

Once we've taken the parameters, We need to move the return address to the top of the stack with the parameters removed
Here are the results.

Returning parameters on the stack

Of course, we can reverse the procedure, taking the return address off the stack, putting some parameters on the stack, then putting the return address back on the stack

We can then read the parameters back after the sub finishes
Here are the results

Allocating Temp Ram on the stack

If we need a small amount of temporary ram for our subroutine, rather than having a permanently allocated bank, it may make more sense to allocate it on the stack, and set IX or IY to this allocated data.

In this example, we've allocated six bytes... when we're done, we reset the stack pointer
The data will be on the stack... above the return address... so make sure you fix the stack before returning!
Allocating a few bytes of temp ram with a label will of course be much easier, but what about if you're subroutine will need to be nested?... you'd need to allocate those bytes for each iteration of the function

By using the stack, once the function completes, all the bytes are freed - just make sure your stack isn't too small - or something may get overwritten!

Return as a Jump!

Lets take a look at a simple test program...

This program has a large number of branches, all of which end up with a JumP to CaseThanks

a JP command takes 3 bytes each... and if space is super tight this may be a problem if there are a lot of them... but a RET command is just one byte
If we push an address onto the stack - then any RETurn command will effectively jump to that address - if there are a lot of Jumps we can save a few bytes...

If there are some cases we don't want that jump to occur we can just POP the return address off the stack.
This is just a simple example of what you can do with the stack and RETurn... you can of course do much more... like simulating a JMP (BC) command  - jump to a numbered entry in a vector table, or whatever you can figure out the code for!

Of course, these are all advanced 'tricky' things, so don't worry about them if you're starting out.


Jump with RST (Like making our own command!)

It's not really related to the stack... but if we're looking for ways to save a byte or too, don't forget RST!

There are 8 RST's, which effetively call to low addresses... on the CPC RST6 is reserved for the user to use... that means we can do with it what we want,without harming the firmware.

RST6 (RST &30) is a 1 byte command... and in this case we're setting it to JP RstTest... As RST is a call, this means RST6 is equivalent to CALL RstTest

Our 'RstTest' function does the same as our earlier example - taking a word from the following bytes as a string to show to the screen...

Effectively we've made our RST6 into a 'PrintString' command.. it prints the following word- and this saves 3 bytes compared to 'LD HL,STRING / CALL RstTest'
Here is the result


Stack Misuse (For fast Read/Write)

We've covered it before - but lets look again at Stack Misuse... this is where we use the stack for bulk reading or writing...

We just point the stack pointer to the bottom of the area we want to read, or top of the area we want to write, and PUSH or POP away.

Of course we can't use the stack for anything else when we're doing this, so no CALLs!

We need to restore the stack pointer once we're done so we can CALL again!

This example copies the screen, scrolling the screen up 8 lines
The routine will cause a vertical scroll of 8 lines when we run it!

We used the stack to copy the whole screen quickly


If you're misusing the stac kin this way, you'll probably want to disable interrupts first!.

Because interrupts are effectively CALLs, and calls use the stack, they may draw corruption to your screen, and make quite a mess!
If your super clever you may be able to work around this - but it's very tough so it's best to disable interrupts and make your life easy!

Lesson M13 - Fast Multiplication and Division.
We've looked at some very simple Multiplication and Division before, which just repeatedly added or subtracted a value... that's one solution, but it's pretty slow.

Lets look at some better ways to do things!

MultDivTest.asm

Multiplication

Lets look at Multiplication!....
If we want to multiply 102 by 10 by hand, we would multiply 10 by each of the digits in 102 (or the other way round!)

We can do the same in assembly...however instead we'll work in bits - bit-shifting the value we want to multiply, and adding the amount we want to multiply by each time.
This function will effectively set HL = HL*A

Through each iteration of the program, we rotate the bits in A to the right... causing one bit from the right to be copied into the Carry

If the bit is 1, we add DE to HL
Whether it was or not, we double DE - setting it to the correct value to add for the next bit.
Here we can see what happens to the registers... on the right is the bits in A and the Carry (C)

When the Carry reaches 1 - we add the current value of DE (1020) to HL... this effectively multiplies the value that WAS in HL at the start of the function into by the bit position (now it's shifted into the Carry)
We multiplied &10 by &0102... the result was &1020

Division

Lets Divide 1023 by 10
When we do division by hand, we need to work out how many times we can take 10 from each digit - starting from the left moving to the right - any remaining value is the remainder.

Of course, we'll have to do things in bits when it comes to our ASM version.
In our example we'll perform HL=HL/A... where HL=1023 and A=10

We actually work sort-of backwards with the division - rather than moving A right through the bits of HL, we'll move HL left (by adding HL to itself - doubling it).

We'll move HL LEFT - popping the leftmost (top) bit into A... with each shift we'll also double A - when A is greater than, or equal to the amount we wanted to divide by (10) we subtract that amount - and add 1 to HL

That '1' that was shifted into HL will continue shifting with HL - until we've rotated HL round a full 16 bit 'loop'...

At the end HL will have been divided by the value (10)... and A will now contain any remainder!
Here's the registers... and a bit representation of HL on the right.

We move the bits left in HL (Blue highlighted bits) -and when a bit gets pushed out, we move it into A (Yellow Highlighted)

A also shifts left each iteration, and once this exceeds the divisor we add 1 to to HL (shown Yellow)

We repeat this loop 16 times - HL ends up containing the whole number part... and A is the remainder.
We divided HL by A

The result is in HL... the remainder is in A
This is just two examples of a dividing a 16 bit number by an 8 bit one - if you need more, check out Grauw's site Which has many other z80 algorithms for multiplication and division with great documentation!

Lesson M14 - SpeedTile software Tilemap Engine (1/3) - (Basic Tilemap)
It's time to start a new series... We're going to look at a multiplatform software Tile/Sprite Engine
This allows for scrolling tilemaps, and even sprites with clipping (meaning they can be partially offscreen) of pretty much any size.
Lets Learn how!

SpeedTileSprite_Simple.asm
CPC_V1_SpeedTile_NormalTile.asm
CPC_V1_SpeedTile_NormalTileTransp.asm

SpeedTile

SpeedTile is a software tilemap... it uses 2 frame buffers to facilitate software scrolling, and works at 256x192 on most systems.

It breaks up images into 8x8 tiles, and has optimized drawing routines which are designed to work 'around' the screen co-ordinate difficulties of each system.

The tile code has the potential to use multiple drawing engines for flexibility - Normal (PSET tiles) Fill (solid colors for fast tiles) Zero Transparent (byte zero not drawn) and Transparent (Tile completely unused)

Tilemaps can be any size, and small 'tilemaps' can be used as sprites - as the code allows tile reuse (compression) and flood fill for solid color tiles (speed) and flexibility (small areas transparent only when needed) using the tile code for sprites can be extremely efficient.
Software scrolling means we'll use two screen buffers, and redraw the entire screen every frame - this is slower than Hardware scrolling, but it's much easier and is less platform specific.
Many systems cannot hardware scroll (SAM/Speccy) and systems like the CPC have limited ability - plus Hardware scroll is difficult, as memory addresses change every time the screen moves, and if a lot of stuff moves onscreen, it could even end up slower than soft scroll as we'd end up redrawing everything anyway.

And beware! If you're struggling to understand the software scroll tutorial here... you'll really find hardware scroll too hard!

The Logical Tilemap
There are 3 kinds of tilemap we need to consider.

The Visible tilemap.... What we see onscreen
The Logical tilemap... this is a set of pointers to the data used to draw the screen - it's slightly bigger than the screen to allow for scrolling
The Supertile map... this is the 'compressed' levelmap... it's many time bigger than the screen.

The logical tilemap is pretty simple... each 8x8 tile is represented by 1 word in the format:
%AAAAAAAA AAAAAATF

Where A is the address of the bitmap data in ram for the 8x8 tile (with the bottom 2 bits as 00)... eg &FF84
F=1 denotes a filled tile that uses 2 bytes to fill the entire tile (Faster)... eg &FF84+1
F=1 and T=1 denotes a transparent tile ... eg &FF84+3
A=00000000 + F=1 denotes an empty tile - the tile is not drawn - skipping this 8x8 block... eg &0+1

We use symbols to simplify defining these.

The Tilemap is rotated 90 degrees clockwise... so the XY co-ordinates of data in the Logical tilemap go DOWN then ACROSS...eg
DW [Y0 X0],[Y1 X0],[Y 2X0]
DW [Y0 X1],[Y1 X1],[Y2 X1]
DW [Y0 X2],[Y1 X2],[Y2 X2]
This is because the drawing order of the screen goes down then across.



Because speed is paramount the logical tilemap code is platform specific,however they're all pretty similar.

We'll take a look at the CPC version here, but the SAM and Speccy version are pretty similar, it's just 'newline calculations' differ

Drawing the Logical Tilemap

We need to draw the tilemap... we set DE to the first byte of the logical tilemap to draw.
A/C are the XY offset (in 1/4 tiles)... to move a full tile we need to alter the DE offset.
The CPC can only move the tilemap in 4 pixel chunks... ***

We need to calculate the base VRAM address of the top-left corner of the tilemap - we use IX to calculate the start address in VRAM to draw.
Our Logical tilemap will usually be taller than our visible screen... Our Screen is 24 tiles tall - but what if our Logical tilemap is 32 tiles tall???

After drawing each vertical strip to screen, there will be 8 tiles unused... we'll need to skip over them... we calculate the amount to skip here for later.
We set IYH and IYL for the end of the tilemap sizes.

This is consistent for the tilemap... but will be different when we use the tilemap code for sprite drawing.
*** NOTE: The 4 pixel vertical shift is actually handled by an alternate version of this module "CPC_V1_SpeedTile_ShiftedTile.asm"... this is because the routine is optimized for 8x8 blocks, and the optimizations are different for an effective 4 pixel vertical offset... using extra ram for a second version makes more sense than trying to write a single version that works for both positions and lose speed we don't have.

Starting The Tile Draw

We use the Stack for fast reading during the main loop, so we back up the stack pointer at the start.

shadow C is used for fast calculations on the CPC to move down a line (add 8 to Vram H)

Note we're using shadow registers to allow less use of ram to store paramters
At the start of a line, we reset the screen memory position to draw the next vertical strip
We need to draw a tile... we load in the address of the bitmap data for the tile from HL

we check the bottom bit of the address... if it's 1 this is not a 'normal' tile - it's either Filled or Transparent

Drawing a bitmap tile

we're drawing a normal tile.

We set the stack pointer to the start of the Tile bitmap data and POP a pair of bytes from the data (one lines worth on the CPC)

We write the first byte to the screen and move right (INC L) then we write the second byte.

we then move down a line ... we add 8 (from C) to the accumulator (Which contains H) - we then update H

We then repeat the process... this time we write the bytes in reverse to save unnecessary moves.

We repeat this for all 8 lines of the tile.

Finishing the tile

When a tile is complete we need to fix up HL... HL will now point one tile below the last one - ready for the next tile.

We check B and repeat until the strip is done.
Once a strip is done, we skip any unused tiles (The tilemap will usually be taller than the visible screen)

We need to move 8 pixels to the right... we INC C twice... moving across the screen two bytes (8 pixels) and repeat to do the next vertical strip

When there are no strips left, we restore SP and return.

The Solid tile

The Solid tile is basically the same, however alternating lines are filled with just 1 byte - this gives the tile a filled color (with checkerboard pattern color)

Because there's just one bytepair read It's faster than than the regular draw

The Empty tile

Empty tiles have no drawn pixels - we just change HL to move down to the next tile.

Transparent tiles (Zero Byte)

The 'Transparent' tile version is for sprite drawing.

It's basically the same as the regular tile routine, but before each draw we test the byte, if it's zero, we don't put it onscreen.

this is used for the sprite drawing routines we'll look at in a later episode.


Lesson M15 - SpeedTile software Tilemap Engine (2/3) - (SuperTile map)
The logical tilemap is quick to draw, but using 2 bytes per tile is a problem... if our game world used 256x128 tiles then the total tilemap would be 64k - our entire memory!

To solve this, we use 'Supertiles' - each one contains 4x4 sprites (16) ... making our 256x128 tilemap out of 1 byte supertiles takes just 2048 bytes!

SpeedTileSprite.asm
V1_SpeedTile_SuperTileMap.asm

Supertile definitions and SuperTile Map

The SuperTile map uses 1 byte per supertile defining the tile number

The tilemap is organized horizontally, so each byte has the position:
db [X0 Y0],[X1 Y0],[X2 Y0]
db [X0 Y1],[X1 Y1],[X2 Y1]
db [X0 Y2],[X1 Y2],[X2 Y2]
Each Supertile defines a 4x4 square of tiles, so it's definition is 16 tiles / 32 bytes in total

Using the SuperTileMap code

We're going to update the Visible/Logical tilemap based on a 'World position'

This uses a 16 bit X and Y co-ordinate whic splits into 3 parts.... %-------- SSSSOOHQ

The Top byte -------- is unused (our world is only 16 supertiles wide)
The SSSS bits are the position in the SuperTilemap for the top corner of the Logical Tilemap
OO is the tile offset of the Logical tilemap in whole tiles
HQ is the offset of the tile in Half/Quarter tiles (2 pixel blocks)... The SAM can use quarter shifts... the CPC can only do half shifts... the SPECCY can only do full block shifts
We have a single routine 'CalculateAndDrawTilemap' which will update the Logical tilemap as required, and draw a full screen tilemap.

IY needs to point to the variables defining the current position, and last calculated position


Filling the Logical Tilemap from the Supertile Map

The Logical tilemap is 4 tiles (1 supertile) larger than the visible tilemap on all sides, this means we can scroll up to 4 tiles in any direction before updating the logical tilemap.

First we check the current position within the Supertilemap... if the position of the currently calculated logical tilemap has not changed we don't need to do anything.

If it HAS , we need to refill the Logical tilemap from the super tile map
We need to convert the XY position within the supertile map into a byte position within the supertile map.

The sample tile map is 16 tiles wide... so the offset address is:

SuperTileMap+(Ypos*16)+(Xpos)
We're going to transfer supertiles into the logical tilemap... we load in a supertile from IX... and get the supertile definition from "SuperTileDefs"

Each supertile is 4x4 tiles - 2 bytes each (32 bytes)
We need to transfer all all 16 bytes of each of the 4 lines of the supertile definition into the tilemap.

We read data from the supertile definition by POPing it out

we repeat for all 4 lines
We repeat moving along the logical tilemap
We've done one 4 tile tall row of the Logical tilemap, we need to move down a row and repeat.
Once the Logical tilemap fill is complete we restore the stack pointer
You'll notice in some parts of the code there are two versions - one that uses self modifying code, and the other that uses symbols for other memory addresses.

Self-Modifying is faster, but doesn't work if we're working from ROM - we want both options so we can best server RAM systems like the CPC, and ROM systems like the SMS


Calculating the Logical Tilemap area to draw.

We need to calculate the 'whole tile' offset of the logical tilemap (Defined by bits 2,3 of our XY tilemap pos)

Each Tile contains two bytes, so to move down 1 tile, we multiply the offset by two

We add this to the address of the start of the logical tilemap
Because the tiles are organized vertically in the logical tilemap, To move across one tile, we need to add the height of the tilemap (32) * the number of bytes per tile (2)

So we multiply the Xpos by 64, and add this to the address of the start of the logical tilemap
We get the X 'Quarter tile' offset into A... and the Y offset into C (for systems that can use it)

Due to the screen layout on systems like the Amstrad CPC it's not easy to vertically shift the screen - to work around this, we have an alternative draw routine to do a 4 pixel vertical offset.


Lesson M16 - SpeedTile software Tilemap Engine (3/3) - (Software Sprites & Sprite Clipping)
The Tilemap engine can be used to draw areas of any size, we can therefore use it to create small 'Sprites' using the same graphics code.

This will draw a small graphic, but we'll need to deal with the instances where the sprite is partially onscreen - this is known as 'Clipping'

SpeedTileSprite.asm
V1_SpeedTile_SuperTileMap.asm

Drawing a sprite

Here's a 'Chibiko' sprite drawn with the Sprite/Tile engine... because the graphics is being done by the tile code, we have all the Tile options - Transparency, 8x8 fill areas and the possibility to 'reuse' 8x8 tiles without increasing the size of the memory footprint.

The sprite can be any size, but it must be a multiple of 8x8 (of course part can be transparent.
The DrawSprite routine is called to show the sprite to screen...

We pass a pointer to the 'Sprite Tilemap' in DE... a set of pointers in the same format as the logical tilemap - one word per 8x8 tile.
We pass the X,Y pos in B,C
We specify the Width,Height (in Tiles) in H,L

This example automatically makes the Chibiko character move towards the bottom right of the screen.
The Sprite needs to be defined in the same format as the 'Logical Tilemap'... a grid of pointers to the tile data


Drawing a sprite - Cropping Check

The X,Y pos is NOT specified in tiles - the co-ordinates are specified in pairs of pixels 'quarter tiles'... therefore our screen is 128x96 in logical units

So we can have clipping 0,0 is NOT the top left visible pixel of the screen - there is an 'offscreen' area around the visible screen... the first visible unit is 64,80 and the last is 192,176
We need to look at the position of our sprite, and see if it needs any of its sides cropping

Sprite clipping takes time, so we'll use a marker (Shadow reg D) to note if anything needs doing...
IX/IY registers will store the amount of cropping needed.

IXL - is the pixels to remove from Left
IYL - is the pixels to remove From Top   
IXH - is the pixels to remove From Right
IYH - is the pixels to remove from Bottom

We can only crop full tiles ... there is a 1/2 or 3/4 tile border around the tilemap so this is not noticeable!

For each direction we check if any tiles need to be cropped, and store the number of tiles to remove - we'll calculate how to do this later.

If the result of the 'crop' is no tiles are onscreen then we return without drawing anything.
We check the Shadow D register, and run the crop routine if required.

We also set the 'Y unused tiles' to zero - this will need changing later if cropping occurs.

Drawing a sprite - Cropping

Because the Logical Tilemap uses 2 bytes per tile and goes down the tilemap, to crop the left we have to remove an entire column of tiles (2 * L)

To crop a row from the top, we move down the tilemap by 2 bytes per tile... but we then need to skip those (in TileY unused)

To crop a row from the bottom, we reduce L... but we then need to skip those (in TileY unused)

To crop the  right hand side, we just decrease H

Hardware Sprite Support

If we're on a system like the SMS we could use hardware sprites to draw the graphic - provided we've not yet used all the hardware sprites this frame... we check and branch to a special 'Hardware sprite' routine if possible

Drawing the sprite

We need to calculate the VRAM address of the first tile to draw.

This is Platform specific, there is a version for each system.
We've calculated the area to draw, and the address to draw to.

We run DrawTiles to do the job...

There's also an 'alternate' version for the CPC - which needs a special version to draw with a vertical 4 pixel offset (due to screen ram layout)
Using the Tilemap code for sprites works surprisingly well!... Firstly there's only one piece of code to port to new systems, and splitting a sprite up into 8x8 blocks gives us opportunities for saving speed and space... by making only small areas transparent - reusing repeating parts, and solid filling blocks where possible.

It's win freaking win!


 

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Recent New Content
6809 Lesson 5 - More Maths - Logical Ops, Bit shifts and more

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Joypad & Pen on the GBA / NDS ... Key reading on Risc OS

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SNES Hardware sprites - 6502 ASM YQuest13

Vector drawing on the Vectrex

Graphics on the Fujitsu FM7

CPC ASM: Tape loading on the Amstrad CPC (5K subs special)

68000 YQuest7 - Atari ST Specific code

Hardware Sprites on the NES - Lesson YQuest12

Hardware Sprites on the PC Engine / Turbografix

Joystick reading on the Vectrex - 6809 ASM


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$150 calculator: Unboxing the Ti-84 Plus CE (eZ80 cpu)










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Recent New Content
6809 Lesson 5 - More Maths - Logical Ops, Bit shifts and more

x68000 Hardware Sprites

Joypad & Pen on the GBA / NDS ... Key reading on Risc OS

C64 Hardware Sprites - 6502 ASM Lesson YQuest14

SNES Hardware sprites - 6502 ASM YQuest13

Vector drawing on the Vectrex

Graphics on the Fujitsu FM7

CPC ASM: Tape loading on the Amstrad CPC (5K subs special)

68000 YQuest7 - Atari ST Specific code

Hardware Sprites on the NES - Lesson YQuest12

Hardware Sprites on the PC Engine / Turbografix

Joystick reading on the Vectrex - 6809 ASM


Gaming + more:

Emily The Strange (DS) - Live full playthrough

$150 calculator: Unboxing the Ti-84 Plus CE (eZ80 cpu)










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Recent New Content
6809 Lesson 5 - More Maths - Logical Ops, Bit shifts and more

x68000 Hardware Sprites

Joypad & Pen on the GBA / NDS ... Key reading on Risc OS

C64 Hardware Sprites - 6502 ASM Lesson YQuest14

SNES Hardware sprites - 6502 ASM YQuest13

Vector drawing on the Vectrex

Graphics on the Fujitsu FM7

CPC ASM: Tape loading on the Amstrad CPC (5K subs special)

68000 YQuest7 - Atari ST Specific code

Hardware Sprites on the NES - Lesson YQuest12

Hardware Sprites on the PC Engine / Turbografix

Joystick reading on the Vectrex - 6809 ASM


Gaming + more:

Emily The Strange (DS) - Live full playthrough

$150 calculator: Unboxing the Ti-84 Plus CE (eZ80 cpu)










Buy Chibi Akuma(s) from PolyPlay
Buy ChibiAkuma(s) games now!














































































































Recent New Content
6809 Lesson 5 - More Maths - Logical Ops, Bit shifts and more

x68000 Hardware Sprites

Joypad & Pen on the GBA / NDS ... Key reading on Risc OS

C64 Hardware Sprites - 6502 ASM Lesson YQuest14

SNES Hardware sprites - 6502 ASM YQuest13

Vector drawing on the Vectrex

Graphics on the Fujitsu FM7

CPC ASM: Tape loading on the Amstrad CPC (5K subs special)

68000 YQuest7 - Atari ST Specific code

Hardware Sprites on the NES - Lesson YQuest12

Hardware Sprites on the PC Engine / Turbografix

Joystick reading on the Vectrex - 6809 ASM


Gaming + more:

Emily The Strange (DS) - Live full playthrough

$150 calculator: Unboxing the Ti-84 Plus CE (eZ80 cpu)










Buy Chibi Akuma(s) from PolyPlay
Buy ChibiAkuma(s) games now!














































































































Recent New Content
6809 Lesson 5 - More Maths - Logical Ops, Bit shifts and more

x68000 Hardware Sprites

Joypad & Pen on the GBA / NDS ... Key reading on Risc OS

C64 Hardware Sprites - 6502 ASM Lesson YQuest14

SNES Hardware sprites - 6502 ASM YQuest13

Vector drawing on the Vectrex

Graphics on the Fujitsu FM7

CPC ASM: Tape loading on the Amstrad CPC (5K subs special)

68000 YQuest7 - Atari ST Specific code

Hardware Sprites on the NES - Lesson YQuest12

Hardware Sprites on the PC Engine / Turbografix

Joystick reading on the Vectrex - 6809 ASM


Gaming + more:

Emily The Strange (DS) - Live full playthrough

$150 calculator: Unboxing the Ti-84 Plus CE (eZ80 cpu)










Buy Chibi Akuma(s) from PolyPlay
Buy ChibiAkuma(s) games now!














































































































Recent New Content
6809 Lesson 5 - More Maths - Logical Ops, Bit shifts and more

x68000 Hardware Sprites

Joypad & Pen on the GBA / NDS ... Key reading on Risc OS

C64 Hardware Sprites - 6502 ASM Lesson YQuest14

SNES Hardware sprites - 6502 ASM YQuest13

Vector drawing on the Vectrex

Graphics on the Fujitsu FM7

CPC ASM: Tape loading on the Amstrad CPC (5K subs special)

68000 YQuest7 - Atari ST Specific code

Hardware Sprites on the NES - Lesson YQuest12

Hardware Sprites on the PC Engine / Turbografix

Joystick reading on the Vectrex - 6809 ASM


Gaming + more:

Emily The Strange (DS) - Live full playthrough

$150 calculator: Unboxing the Ti-84 Plus CE (eZ80 cpu)










Buy Chibi Akuma(s) from PolyPlay
Buy ChibiAkuma(s) games now!














































































































Recent New Content
6809 Lesson 5 - More Maths - Logical Ops, Bit shifts and more

x68000 Hardware Sprites

Joypad & Pen on the GBA / NDS ... Key reading on Risc OS

C64 Hardware Sprites - 6502 ASM Lesson YQuest14

SNES Hardware sprites - 6502 ASM YQuest13

Vector drawing on the Vectrex

Graphics on the Fujitsu FM7

CPC ASM: Tape loading on the Amstrad CPC (5K subs special)

68000 YQuest7 - Atari ST Specific code

Hardware Sprites on the NES - Lesson YQuest12

Hardware Sprites on the PC Engine / Turbografix

Joystick reading on the Vectrex - 6809 ASM


Gaming + more:

Emily The Strange (DS) - Live full playthrough

$150 calculator: Unboxing the Ti-84 Plus CE (eZ80 cpu)










Buy Chibi Akuma(s) from PolyPlay
Buy ChibiAkuma(s) games now!














































































































Recent New Content
6809 Lesson 5 - More Maths - Logical Ops, Bit shifts and more

x68000 Hardware Sprites

Joypad & Pen on the GBA / NDS ... Key reading on Risc OS

C64 Hardware Sprites - 6502 ASM Lesson YQuest14

SNES Hardware sprites - 6502 ASM YQuest13

Vector drawing on the Vectrex

Graphics on the Fujitsu FM7

CPC ASM: Tape loading on the Amstrad CPC (5K subs special)

68000 YQuest7 - Atari ST Specific code

Hardware Sprites on the NES - Lesson YQuest12

Hardware Sprites on the PC Engine / Turbografix

Joystick reading on the Vectrex - 6809 ASM


Gaming + more:

Emily The Strange (DS) - Live full playthrough

$150 calculator: Unboxing the Ti-84 Plus CE (eZ80 cpu)










Buy Chibi Akuma(s) from PolyPlay
Buy ChibiAkuma(s) games now!














































































































Recent New Content
6809 Lesson 5 - More Maths - Logical Ops, Bit shifts and more

x68000 Hardware Sprites

Joypad & Pen on the GBA / NDS ... Key reading on Risc OS

C64 Hardware Sprites - 6502 ASM Lesson YQuest14

SNES Hardware sprites - 6502 ASM YQuest13

Vector drawing on the Vectrex

Graphics on the Fujitsu FM7

CPC ASM: Tape loading on the Amstrad CPC (5K subs special)

68000 YQuest7 - Atari ST Specific code

Hardware Sprites on the NES - Lesson YQuest12

Hardware Sprites on the PC Engine / Turbografix

Joystick reading on the Vectrex - 6809 ASM


Gaming + more:

Emily The Strange (DS) - Live full playthrough

$150 calculator: Unboxing the Ti-84 Plus CE (eZ80 cpu)










Buy Chibi Akuma(s) from PolyPlay
Buy ChibiAkuma(s) games now!














































































































Recent New Content
6809 Lesson 5 - More Maths - Logical Ops, Bit shifts and more

x68000 Hardware Sprites

Joypad & Pen on the GBA / NDS ... Key reading on Risc OS

C64 Hardware Sprites - 6502 ASM Lesson YQuest14

SNES Hardware sprites - 6502 ASM YQuest13

Vector drawing on the Vectrex

Graphics on the Fujitsu FM7

CPC ASM: Tape loading on the Amstrad CPC (5K subs special)

68000 YQuest7 - Atari ST Specific code

Hardware Sprites on the NES - Lesson YQuest12

Hardware Sprites on the PC Engine / Turbografix

Joystick reading on the Vectrex - 6809 ASM


Gaming + more:

Emily The Strange (DS) - Live full playthrough

$150 calculator: Unboxing the Ti-84 Plus CE (eZ80 cpu)










Buy Chibi Akuma(s) from PolyPlay
Buy ChibiAkuma(s) games now!














































































































Recent New Content
6809 Lesson 5 - More Maths - Logical Ops, Bit shifts and more

x68000 Hardware Sprites

Joypad & Pen on the GBA / NDS ... Key reading on Risc OS

C64 Hardware Sprites - 6502 ASM Lesson YQuest14

SNES Hardware sprites - 6502 ASM YQuest13

Vector drawing on the Vectrex

Graphics on the Fujitsu FM7

CPC ASM: Tape loading on the Amstrad CPC (5K subs special)

68000 YQuest7 - Atari ST Specific code

Hardware Sprites on the NES - Lesson YQuest12

Hardware Sprites on the PC Engine / Turbografix

Joystick reading on the Vectrex - 6809 ASM


Gaming + more:

Emily The Strange (DS) - Live full playthrough

$150 calculator: Unboxing the Ti-84 Plus CE (eZ80 cpu)










Buy Chibi Akuma(s) from PolyPlay
Buy ChibiAkuma(s) games now!