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ELITE (1984) PC/Mac Free @ Frontier Shop

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Posted 22nd Sep

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This is one for the old timers here - sheer nostalgia.

On the occasion of the publication 35 years ago, the classic ELITE is available for free in the Frontier Shop!

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Source store.steampowered.com/new…320

A good read here and here

Description
Experience the classic space trading game, Elite, as released on the BBC Model B in 1984, by Ian Bell and David Braben.

From the original box description: "Command your Cobra space ship in a fantastic voyage of discovery and adventure, a supreme test of your combat, navigational and entrepreneurial skills. Trade between countless planets, using the proceeds to equip your ship with heat-seeking missiles, beam lasers and other weapons - corporate states can be approached without risk, but unruly anarchies may be swarming with space pirates. Black market trading can be lucrative but could result in skirmishes with local police and a price on your head!

However you make your money, by fair means or foul, you must blast onwards through space annihilating pirate ships and hostile aliens as you strive to earn your reputation as one of the Elite!"

Big thanks to the OP at mydealz for spotting this absolute classic

Hope it helps someone.
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Spent too much time looking for Thargoids.....
hotfinder22/09/2019 22:54

Does it run on BBC Micro B?


Ironicly it will. Went for it, and you have to install a BBC Model B emulator to run it. Deleted it.

1. Install the BBC Micro and Master 128 Emulator by running BeebEm414.exe. This will install the emulator to your PC
2. Run the Emulator. You should have an entry in your start menu called BeebEm
3. In the Emulator, Click Hardware > BBC Model > BBC Model B Plus. This will configure the emulator for Elite compatibility
4. In the Emulator, Click File > Run Disc
5. Browse to the location where you downloaded ELITEBBC.SSD to (it should be the same location as this text file!)
7. Select ELITEBBC.SSD and Open it
8. This should load the version of Elite as stated at the top of this file.
9. Consult the included PDF of the original Elite Manual and have fun!
Edited by: "mikeypr" 22nd Sep
Franzkill23/09/2019 08:53

To think that BBC used to make Microcomputers back in the day boggles the …To think that BBC used to make Microcomputers back in the day boggles the mind!


To be particularly pedantic here they didn't....Acorn Computers Ltd produced the computer and the BBC chose it for their Computer Literacy Programme.
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Says £19.99
Darkraiser22/09/2019 21:42

Says £19.99


Please look for Elite 1984 and not Elite Dangerous.
Spent too much time looking for Thargoids.....
Nice one! Still got the original big box release with my old electron. This should make it a bit easier to set up and play lol
Does it run on BBC Micro B?
Edited by: "hotfinder" 22nd Sep
hotfinder22/09/2019 22:54

Does it run on BBC Micro B?


Ironicly it will. Went for it, and you have to install a BBC Model B emulator to run it. Deleted it.

1. Install the BBC Micro and Master 128 Emulator by running BeebEm414.exe. This will install the emulator to your PC
2. Run the Emulator. You should have an entry in your start menu called BeebEm
3. In the Emulator, Click Hardware > BBC Model > BBC Model B Plus. This will configure the emulator for Elite compatibility
4. In the Emulator, Click File > Run Disc
5. Browse to the location where you downloaded ELITEBBC.SSD to (it should be the same location as this text file!)
7. Select ELITEBBC.SSD and Open it
8. This should load the version of Elite as stated at the top of this file.
9. Consult the included PDF of the original Elite Manual and have fun!
Edited by: "mikeypr" 22nd Sep
If you like Elite then download OOlite
Edited by: "Jace_Phoenix" 22nd Sep
Would like to see Elite 2 make a re-appearance!
matwalaboy22/09/2019 21:46

Please look for Elite 1984 and not Elite Dangerous.


Yeah, learn to read..
Heat added! I remember getting the "deluxe" box that came with a huge poster, we pinned it to the wall and my mate & I took turns throwing darts at it - then spent an eternity trying to reach the destination!
I'm kinda glad there is no counter information to show how long I played this for - many a weekend, with only bathroom breaks!
Edited by: "aLV426" 23rd Sep
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Edited by: "Maevoric" 23rd Sep
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mikeypr22/09/2019 23:30

Ironicly it will. Went for it, and you have to install a BBC Model B …Ironicly it will. Went for it, and you have to install a BBC Model B emulator to run it. Deleted it.1. Install the BBC Micro and Master 128 Emulator by running BeebEm414.exe. This will install the emulator to your PC2. Run the Emulator. You should have an entry in your start menu called BeebEm3. In the Emulator, Click Hardware > BBC Model > BBC Model B Plus. This will configure the emulator for Elite compatibility4. In the Emulator, Click File > Run Disc5. Browse to the location where you downloaded ELITEBBC.SSD to (it should be the same location as this text file!)7. Select ELITEBBC.SSD and Open it8. This should load the version of Elite as stated at the top of this file.9. Consult the included PDF of the original Elite Manual and have fun!


To think that BBC used to make Microcomputers back in the day boggles the mind!
Franzkill23/09/2019 08:53

To think that BBC used to make Microcomputers back in the day boggles the …To think that BBC used to make Microcomputers back in the day boggles the mind!


To be particularly pedantic here they didn't....Acorn Computers Ltd produced the computer and the BBC chose it for their Computer Literacy Programme.
matwalaboy22/09/2019 21:46

Please look for Elite 1984 and not Elite Dangerous.


There's always one
cicobuff23/09/2019 09:48

To be particularly pedantic here they didn't....Acorn Computers Ltd …To be particularly pedantic here they didn't....Acorn Computers Ltd produced the computer and the BBC chose it for their Computer Literacy Programme.


To be even more pedantic the BBC commissioned Acorn Computers to make a model to support their computer literacy programme, after also considering machines from Newbrain and Sinclair research. This angered the likes of Sir Clive Sinclair who had a rival (and what he thought suitable candidate) machine in the pipeline - the ZX Spectrum.
Boo beep ha big dong pedantic the shmeeweewee con sing songed a wopooter dot its monjuicity flow diagram.
NuMatic22/09/2019 23:37

Would like to see Elite 2 make a re-appearance!


First encounters was great too, lost hundreds of hours to that. Dangerous is OK but doesn't quite feel the same somehow
hotfinder22/09/2019 22:54

Does it run on BBC Micro B?


Our school had it on their BBC, we could never work out how to play it though it had no instructions
Tempted just because I want to enter witch space again
Never got into this, bit complicated for me haha, but Acornsoft and Superior software produced some excellent games for the Beeb
Maevoric23/09/2019 01:48

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One of the differences with the C64 version was that the docking computer actually flew your ship into the docking letterbox where it would still crash it quite often. It sometimes took a few minutes, which really slowed down the game compared to the versions where the docking computer docked you instany6ly. I only ever got to Dangerous I think and didn't make Deadly even.
Not exactly a new "deal" or freebie - been free to legally download from Ian Bell's various websites for years.
iancgbell.clara.net/elite/

I think David Braben objected at first, then gave in and started doing the same.
Edited by: "Begize" 23rd Sep
Schwifty23/09/2019 18:19

Boo beep ha big dong pedantic the shmeeweewee con sing songed a wopooter …Boo beep ha big dong pedantic the shmeeweewee con sing songed a wopooter dot its monjuicity flow diagram.


I thought you were doing an impersonation of a Junkion from Transformers The Movie for a second...
Techgl22/09/2019 22:00

Spent too much time looking for Thargoids.....


I think many will agree... although I don't remember ever finding any. That could just be age, it was a long time ago!!!

Heat added, everyone should have the experience of Elite in their life!!!! Frontier Elite 2 was my favourite though!!!
hotfinder22/09/2019 22:54

Does it run on BBC Micro B?


I hope so, I've got two at home, including the additional 6502 CPU (in an external box!) and dual 5.25" floppy drive.
I made it to deadly couldn't get over the line to Elite.
Cheers
KrisTfur23/09/2019 21:59

I think many will agree... although I don't remember ever finding any. …I think many will agree... although I don't remember ever finding any. That could just be age, it was a long time ago!!!Heat added, everyone should have the experience of Elite in their life!!!! Frontier Elite 2 was my favourite though!!!


Frontier elite 2... The hours I lost playing that on the Amiga 600, setting up the living room like a space ship... Even when I got ED with VR is still didn't feel as immersive as it did as a 12 year old, sat round a 20" TV and sofa chair pulled up against it.
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I remember these annoying things. Trumbles from one mission. You have to burn them off when they get too many by flying close to a star.
I remember when I was about 16, I started playing around 8pm and played right through 'til 11am the next morning.

Totally unbalanced but man, what a game.
BenderRodriguez23/09/2019 22:04

I hope so, I've got two at home, including the additional 6502 CPU (in an …I hope so, I've got two at home, including the additional 6502 CPU (in an external box!) and dual 5.25" floppy drive.


Wow. Can’t believe my parents got rid of ours, although I probably let them at the time. Loved playing Snapper, Planetoids, Arcadians and Labyrinth. Wow didn’t realise you can play these online now.
hotfinder24/09/2019 12:21

Wow. Can’t believe my parents got rid of ours, although I probably let t …Wow. Can’t believe my parents got rid of ours, although I probably let them at the time. Loved playing Snapper, Planetoids, Arcadians and Labyrinth. Wow didn’t realise you can play these online now.


Mine nearly ended up in the bin, somebody at work found them gathering dust in the attic, I was lucky to spot them on a pile of old telephones and other crap.
KrisTfur23/09/2019 21:59

I think many will agree... although I don't remember ever finding any. …I think many will agree... although I don't remember ever finding any. That could just be age, it was a long time ago!!!Heat added, everyone should have the experience of Elite in their life!!!! Frontier Elite 2 was my favourite though!!!


Well it was randomish but I had military lasers to front back and sides ....no escape then pick up the baby thargoids
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand that's my afternoon gone! PS: There is a web browser version here: bbc.godbolt.org/?di…oot and you can load many other games as well!
cicobuff23/09/2019 09:48

To be particularly pedantic here they didn't....Acorn Computers Ltd …To be particularly pedantic here they didn't....Acorn Computers Ltd produced the computer and the BBC chose it for their Computer Literacy Programme.


Acorn eventually became ARM Holdings, ARM is an acronym for Acorn Risc Machine, the first RISC CPU they developed was used in the Acorn Archimedes, their SOCs used in almost every smartphone in the world including Apple phones. Headquarters in Cambridge UK, as it's a British born and bred company now owned by the Japanese.

You can read about their history and current owners and the current joint CEOs here >

en.wikipedia.org/wik…ngs

If you're proud to be British (I stay neutral on these matters ) but yes an actually world class company born in the UK (I preferred Springsteen's version).
Remember the ZX Spectrum Elite came with the Lenslok physical DRM device?

en.wikipedia.org/wik…lok

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NettleSoup24/09/2019 23:29

Remember the ZX Spectrum Elite came with the Lenslok physical DRM …Remember the ZX Spectrum Elite came with the Lenslok physical DRM device?https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenslok[Image]




I remember Frontier made you look up lines in the manual but that DRM device is something else
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