Volume 22, Issue 3 (September 2017)

Volume 22, Issue 3 (September 2017)
2My Home PageGiving BackKen GagneDonations to Sean Fahey and James Littlejohn's Garage Giveaway and the Ryan Suenaga Scholarship demonstrated the generosity of KansasFest 2017 attendees.
3,23Apple MysteriesIvan DruckerThe mysterious case of the serial cable that wouldn't communicate.
4-9Event coverageCountdown to KansasFestCharles ManginCharles Mangin shares his highlights of KansasFest 2017, including the weeks of preparation and anticipation beforehand and acclimating back to the real world afterward.
10-13MusinGSChristmas in JulyKen GagneAn interview with Sean Fahey, founder of the Garage Giveaway, an annual tradition that delivers literal tons of Apple II hardware, software, and documentation to KansasFest attendees for free.
14Behind the ScenesComparing Apples and AmidarRob McMullen, Paul HagstromRob McMullen details how he won HackFest 2017 with Fujirun, an Apple II port of the Atari game Amidar, while Paul Hagstrom provides a judge's perspective.
15-16ReviewA Downpour of DelightMartin HayeA review of Alien Downpour, a new action arcade game from Michael Packard.
16AdvertisementEaten by a GrueA podcast of Infocom games, text adventures, and interactive fiction.
17-20ProgrammingExpanding ApplesoftStavros KaratsoridisAn overview of popular ampersand packages with which to extend Applesoft BASIC programming.
20-21Cover ][ CoverA Synergistic HistoryWade ClarkeA review of the book Cyber Jack: The Adventures of Robert Clardy and Synergistic Software, written by Robert Clardy and published by Call-A.P.P.L.E.
22DumplinGSOnce More Unto the BreachKen GagneKansasFest 2018 dates announced; Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for Nox Archaist launched; Froggy Software's La Crapule game published by Brutal Deluxe; GBBS Pro made open source and manual published; Michael Sternberg's Infocom/Inform presentation from KansasFest 2017 published; Ian Kim's CP/M Turbo7 + VDP-1000 card for SG-1000 and ColecoVision games released.
23Simplicity NotesEmulation MagicSteven WeyhrichMarveling at Tom Phelps' Apple II emulator, Aiiee.
24Wild ApplesA photo by Jason Scott of KansasFest 2017 attendees celebrating the Apple II's 40th birthday.

KansasFest 2017

Annual Apple II convention held at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.

YouTube playlist
Session recordings from KansasFest 2017.

HackFest 2017
Video demos of programming competition entries.

Parody music video by Steve Weyhrich.

Class Apples
Chiptune band 8 Bit Weapon's album of classical tunes, scored entirely on an Apple II.


Donate to offset expenses of Sean Fahey and James Littlejohn's Garage Giveaway.

Behind the Scenes

Rob McMullen's winning HackFest entry, an Apple II port of the classic Atari game Amidar.


Alien Downpour
Michael Packard's original shoot-em-up game, in the style of Alien Rain and Galaxian.


Beagle Bros Software Repository
Home of ampersand command packages Beagle Graphics, Big U, and Extra K.

Home of Penguin Software ampersand command packages CAT Graphics and Short Cuts.

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Cyber Jack
The Adventures of Robert Clardy and Synergistic Software.


Nox Archaist
A Kickstarter campaign for an 8-bit RPG by 6502 Workshop.

La Crapule
A graphical text adventure from Froggy Software, sold by Brutal Deluxe Software.

A popular multiline BBS software program for the Apple II.

GBBS Pro 2.2
A physical manual for the upcoming v2.2 release of GBBS Pro.

An Apple II Build Chain for Inform
Michael Sternberg's KansasFest 2017 dissertation on using Inform to create Z-machine text adventures for the Apple II.

VDP-1000 Plus and CP/M Turbo7
Ian Kim's boards to run SG-1000 and ColecoVision games on the Apple II.