September 22, 2017 · Comments Off on Volume 22, Issue 3 (September 2017)
Juiced.GS 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.

Issue Links

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.

Cover ][ Cover

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.

November 7, 2016 · Comments Off on John Brooks of ProDOS v2.4 on Open Apple

When the September issue of Juiced.GS shipped, it featured a fast-breaking story: an interview with John Brooks, who just that month had released ProDOS v2.4, the first update to the operating system since Apple's last official release on May 6, 1993. In the interview, which was recorded on Sunday, September 18, Brooks and Juiced.GS editor Ken Gagne discussed the impetus for this update; why it's called v2.4 and not v2.0.4; how this 8-bit operating system benefits 16-bit Apple II users; the potential for copyright infringement; the significance of its release in a year that also saw the debut of Windows 10 and iOS 10; and much, much more. The conversation ran a half-hour long and was published as a 4.5-page, 3,627-word transcript.

ProDOS 8

Like many Apple II users, the staff of Juiced.GS never throws anything away. Though the magazine is available in hardcopy only, it seemed a waste to let the original audio recording of Brooks' interview sit unheard in our vault. So, with Brooks' permission and in collaboration with Quinn Dunki and Mike Maginnis, an excerpt of that interview can now be heard in episode #64 of the Open Apple podcast:

Knowing that both Juiced.GS readers and Open Apple listeners alike would benefit from an easy-to-remember Web address at which to find Brooks' updated ProDOS, we registered this URL, which will always point to the latest ProDOS release at Call-A.P.P.L.E.:

Open Apple's excerpt represents ten minutes, or one-third, of the entire discussion between Brooks and Gagne. To learn more about Brooks' work and methodology with ProDOS, pick up the September 2016 issue of Juiced.GS!

September 28, 2016 · Comments Off on Enjoy Juiced.GS Volume 21, Issue 3 (September 2016)

Juiced.GS Volume 21, Issue 3 (Sep 2016)
This issue features Carrington Vanston's coverage of KansasFest 2016; an interview with John Brooks of ProDOS v2.4; behind the scenes with the programmers of Nox Archaist and Kaverns of Kfest; reviews of the 4play multiplayer expansion card and the Oregon Trail card game; and much, much more!

Check out this issue's index for full details, as well as links to online resources for more related content.

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September 27, 2016 · Comments Off on Volume 21, Issue 3 (September 2016)
Juiced.GS Volume 21, Issue 3 (September 2016)


2My Home PageA PEEK InsideKen GagneA look inside this month's issue.
3LettersKen GagneDavid Ciotti asks: how do humans print from Apple IIGS computers these days?
4-9Event coverageThat's Just How We RollCarrington VanstonIn his inimitable gonzo style, Carrington captures the highlights and essence of KansasFest 2016—from Sean Fahey's Garage Giveaway to Martin Haye's Ancient Legends to Quinn Dunki's MegaBeep and more.
10Behind the ScenesKreating Kaverns of KFestKevin Savetz, Quinn DunkiKevin Savetz documents how he created this year's winning HackFest entry: a scrolling game called Kaverns of KFest, his first Apple II assembly program.
11ReviewFast Draw on the Oregon TrailKate SzkotnickiA review of the Oregon Trail card game, published by Pressman Games and distributed by Target.
12-14ReviewFour can play with 4playMichael SternbergA review of Alex Lukacz's 4play joystick card, which enables multiplayer input and also serves as an adapter for digital controllers.
15-17Behind the ScenesNPC Pathfinding in Nox ArchaistMark LemmertA look at how non-playable characters (NPCs) traverse the world using the A* algorithm in Nox Archaist, an 8-bit tile-based RPG in development for the Apple II.
18-21,23MusinGSProDOS v2.4, at long lastKen GagneAn interview with John Brooks, CTO of Blue Shift Software and developer of ProDOS v2.4, an unofficial update to Apple's 8-bit operating system and its first update since 1993.
22DumplinGSGlobal InnovationKen GagneManila Gear releases Apple IIGS CGA Adapter and 4soniq-compatible NinjaTracker update; hardware developer a2heaven releases multiple products from Bulgaria; Call-A.P.P.L.E. releases Nibble Viewpoints book of Mike Harvey editorials; Jeremy Rand releases Bejeweled game for HackFest 2016; WozFest $04 is held, with WozFest 5 1/4" happening soon.
23A Word or IIBird is the WordKen GagneBeing present at KansasFest 2016 was great fun--but live-tweeting it made it even more fun.
24Wild ApplesKen GagneA contingent of KansasFest 2016 attendees made the journey to see Star Trek Beyond.

Issue Links


Daniel Kruszyna (krüe)'s GS/OS printer port driver that supports the AppSocket/JetDirect protocol.

Seven Hills Software's file translation system for the IIGS.

Andy McFadden's Windows utility for accessing, reading, and converting Apple II volumes and files.

A Java tool for creating, converting, and accessing Apple II disk images.

Event Coverage

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

Sean's Garage Giveaway
An annual event at KansasFest wherein Apple II users can procure free hardware, software, and periodicals, courtesy Sean Fahey and James Littlejohn.

Nibble Magazine
One of the leading Apple II magazines of 1980–1992, published by KansasFest 2016 keynote speaker Mike Harvey.

Ancient Legends
A free 8-bit tile-based role-playing game (RPG) from the developers of Lawless Legends.

Quinn Dunki's modified Apple IIc ROM.

4am's automatic software deprotecting tool.

Behind the Scenes: HackFest

Kaverns of Kfest
Kevin Savetz's winning Hackfest entry, a vertical-scrolling game, complete with source code.

The Internet Archive
Play Kaverns of Kfest in your Web browser.

Review: Oregon Trail

The Oregon Trail Card Game
A card game for 2–6 players ages 12 and up.

The exclusive distributor of Pressman's Oregon Trail card game.

Review: 4play joystick card

Alex Lukacz's four-player expansion card and joystick adapter.

Behind the Scenes: Nox A*

Nox Archaist
An 8-bit, tile-based RPG being developed by the 6502 Workshop.


ProDOS v2.4.1
John Brooks' unofficial update to Apple's 8-bit operating system.


Apple IIGS VGA Adapter
Manila Gear's external adapter to connect an Apple IIGS to a VGA monitor that supports 15kHz.

NinjaForce's music player, modified for eight-channel support.

An Apple II hardware developer with several affordable cloned and unique expansion cards.

Nibble Viewpoints
A collection of Mike Harvey's Nibble editorials, compiled by Call-A.P.P.L.E..

Jeremy Rand's Apple II adaptation of Bejeweled, the classic match-three puzzle game.

WOzFest 5¼
Sean McNamara's one-day gathering of Australia's Apple II users, being held in Wollstonecraft, New South Wales, on November 19, 2016.

A Word or II

KansasFest's official Twitter account, including hashtag #A2KFest.

September 21, 2015 · Comments Off on Enjoy Juiced.GS Volume 20, Issue 3 (September 2015)
Volume 20, Issue 3
At 28 pages, this is the largest issue of Juiced.GS ever, featuring coverage of the KansasFest and Apple II Festival France conventions; Carrington Vanston's HackFest journal; an interview with the editors of Scholastic Microzine; a breakdown of ProDOS file headers and fields; the penultimate chapter of Detective Pomme and Colonel Hexings' latest mystery; and much, much more!

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