A few weeks ago I bought some Oric games, and on a whim asked the seller if he had some other Oric related stuff around. All he had was the Oric Special Autumn 1984 issue of Personal Software, but that seemed interesting enough for me to buy it as well.
"Colour computing for less than £100? The Oric offers this and more."
- Oric Review
I find interesting that a late 1984 magazine contains two reviews, one for the Oric 1 and one for the Oric Atmos.
"Oric have given their Micro a facelift. But are the changes purely cosmetic?"
- Atmos Review
I would have thought that by this time the Oric 1 was already old news :)
In any case, it's a fully packed magazine, well worth the price I believe.
"The new Oric Atmos re-affirms Tansoft's belief that the only justification for the support of one home Computer is that Oric has the recipe for unrivalled success."
- Hardware page
Interestingly the Oric Atmos 48k is priced at £170.00 while the Oric Atmos 16k is "T.B.A."!
As expected, the usual Tansoft classic games are presented:
- Defence Force (£7.95)
- Ultima Zone (£8.50)
- Oric Munch (£7.95)
- Super-Advanced Breakout (£4.50)
- Rat-Splat (£7.95)
Beginner's GuideAnd then, inside the Tansoft document was this three-colored (white, black and of course red) document called "A Beginner's Guide To The Oric Atmos".
I've never seen that one before, so I'm not quite sure about where and when it was distributed, for sure there was no equivalent in the French Oric Atmos boxes.
The front cover is very reminiscent of the Hitchicker's Guide to the Galaxy with the very friendly "Help" message.
The first inside page is all about how to connect your computer to your screen and tape drive.
"Underneath your Oric computer you'll find the RESET button: it's an emergency device which allows you to stop a program without destroying the contents of the memory."
The second page is a mostly useless explanation about programming in BASIC without actually showing any BASIC code... utterly confusing :D
"Learning to use a computer involves a great deal of time and effort. If you get stuck don't panic, just refer to the manual - it's all in there.
What more is there to say, except have fun."
And finally, the back cover, with a glossary of computer terms.
A basic command used to 'poke' (or type) a value directly into desired memory location."