User groups

Tony Bartram talks 3D graphics and sound in London – 21st January

The RISC OS User Group of London (ROUGOL) will hold its next meeting on Monday, 21st January, with Tony Bartram of AMCOG Games as the guest speaker, with 3D graphics and sound being the subject matter.

It’s been some eighteen months since Tony visited the group, and in that time the company’s games catalogue has continued to grow. Amongst the newer titles now available is Island of the Undead, a ‘first person shooter’ (FPS) pitting the player against zombie hordes. It’s Tony’s first game to feature 3D vector graphics, which resulted in the game taking a little longer to get from a loose idea to a finished product, and also meant new functions being added to another of hisproducts, the AMCOG Development Kit.

The game – which like Tony’s other titles was written in BBC BASIC – will therefore be a focus of the talk, covering areas such as the painter’s algorithm, billboarding, rendering the screen. The 360 degree motion required for the FPS game was also adapted for use in the top-down racing game Stunt Drivers, and he will discuss how he went about that.

And if time permits, visitors will get to hear about the next planned update to Tony’s RISC OS Digital Signal Processor RDSP, which turns the RISC OS sound system into something a little more comprehensive than the operating system gives you ‘out of the box’.

As usual, the meeting starts at 7:45pm, upstairs in the restaurant at:

The Blue-Eyed Maid,
173 Borough High Street,
London,
SE1 1HR

The meeting is free to attend, and the restaurant has a range of Indian and English food on its menu. It’s easy to reach by public transport, sitting between and just a short walk from either of Borough and London Bridge tube stations, which between them give access to Waterloo, Euston and Kings Cross/St Pancras.

If you need any help getting to the meeting, or any other information, ROUGOL can be reached via Twitter, by email, or by telephone on 07970 211 629.

Looking ahead to next month, the guest speaker on 18th February will be Chris Cox – who many RISC OS users will remember as one of the main public faces of Acorn at shows and events, and as head of The Clan.

And looking considerably further ahead, to October, the date of the next London Show has now been announced – so mark 26th October, 2019 in your diaries!