Old news from 97-2013
November 2013Small intermediate update. Java 7u45 broke the online playing of the games. Hopefully working again...
October 2013Long pause, only a couple of small updates this time, but alive... the bigger parts of my stack are still to be done, though (sigh):
August 2012Quickly following the update last week... oops, it felt like it was last week, but time really flies these days :-) Anyway, here are some small news to the pages:
October 2010This small update after a longer break brings the next emulation guide - this time featuring the old Macs. Besides, you will find some more photos and the Amstrad CPC adventure guides of The Guild of Thieves and Jinxter.
May 2010The May update mainly brings changes under the hood. The pages got a new navigation menu. This menu is another great piece of work by Stu Nichols from CSSPlay. Stu has kindly given permission to use his menu on the MSM pages. He's really doing amazing things with CSS...
April 2010 Update IIThis small intermediate update brings some more corrections to the fact sheet (Thanks Maddes!), some more photos and the Jinxter adventure guide for PC.
April 2010This small update brings some corrections to the fact sheet and the start for a small series of guides on setting up emulators to play the original versions of the Magnetic Scrolls games. You find the first guides on the How to play the games today page.
February 2010It's update time again. There are some more photos of disk images and the Guild of Thieves adventure guide for the Macintosh available now. The highlight this time is the Official Secrets Solution Book for Guild of Thieves. Unfortunately the introductory page seems to be missing in my copy but all the hints and maps are there. You find the book on the Guild of Thieves page.
January 2010Happy New Year to everybody!
October 2009Here is the next update after the summer break. Had to get used to several new tools after I decided to buy a Mac instead of a new Windows PC (and I really love it!), but everything should be back to normal now...
June 2009Jan Schliemann has upgraded his Magnetic port for MacOS X to Magnetic 2.3 including support for the Wonderland ingame music scores. magnetiX 1.3 is available on Jan's magnetiX page and the Magnetic page.
May 2009Converted more pages to CSS. With the conversion some images were replaced with better ones like the box shot of QL-Pawn. The overall look should be slightly better on Safari now, too, but still I didn't find a good solution to the "bold font display" problem. It gets better if you set the font rendering preference to "standard".
April 2009 (Update II)My first hard landing in the world of CSS. The look is a little bit different now, but I hope the problems with the menu bar are gone.
April 2009Short note in between: It seems that from time to time the upper menu bar is not displayed correctly with Firefox (doesn't seem to happen in other browsers). As I do not have a quick fix for it, a workaround is just to reload the page. Normally it is displayed correctly then. Sorry, will try to fix it during the next days.
November 2008 (Update II)Ok, it still wasn't the end. A bunch of about 30 new reviews is available in the Articles & Reviews section (Sorry, couldn't resist. It is so much fun digging through the old magazines, just could't stop it.).
November 2008More than 40 new reviews are available in the Articles & Reviews section (now 99% of the articles I got over the time are there).
October 2008 (Update II)25 additional reviews are available in the Articles & Reviews section! Partially these are scans of older reviews in HTML format. With the next updates I will try to add scans of the original articles where available.
October 20087 new reviews are available in the Articles & Reviews section! Since the amount of reviews is growing steadily, I added the platform of the review to the list (where applicable).
September 2008 (Update II)12 new reviews are available in the Articles & Reviews section! A lot more to come...
September 2008Magnetic 2.3 is here!
July 2008 (Update III)Added the missing Amstrad PCW versions to the game pages and the fact sheet. Thanks to Jonathan Holmes for notifying!
July 2008 (Update II)Replaced the Wonderland music file with a new one that does not use ID3v2 tags and thus is more compatible to existing Magnetic ports, i.e. Magnetic for Windows can use this new file without modification now.
July 2008An updated version of JMagnetic 2 is available here. The probably most notable change is that the title music of Wonderland is supported now. The accompanying music file is available on the Magnetic page in the download section. Additionally there finds an alternative version of the Corruption title music that was taken from the Archimedes version and uses some slightly different instruments (Thanks to Peter Verdi of Magnetic Scrolls Chronicles for pointing me towards it). Please note: Whether the Wonderland title music is supported by the various Magnetic ports depends on the specific implementation. Some will support it out of the box, some will require an update.
June 2008 (Status update)Although it is still unclear who is behind the new Magnetic Scrolls site and ripping the materials off this site, I brought all downloads back online. We will see what happens during the next days...
April 2008 (Update III)A recent article tells a nice anecdote of the Infocom/Magnetic Scrolls history. It seems that in late 1988 Infocom discussed an option of handing over the development of the sequel to Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to Magnetic Scrolls.
April 2008 (Update II)The soon reopening Magnetic Scrolls Chronicles have a new home at http://www.mschronicles.com.
April 2008Reworked the QL-Pawn page a little bit. For the fans of retrogaming there is a PDF of the booklet available that was shipped with QL-Pawn. This time the game with new and updated material is Jinxter. Plus the poster of The Pawn is available on the game page now.
March 2008 (intermediate update)I found some backups of the Magnetic Scrolls Memorial taken shortly after the launch about 11 years ago. If you like to take a step into the history of these pages you find the links on the new About page.
March 2008The next game with new and updated material is Wonderland. An image of the The Pawn disk for the Amstrad CPC 6128 was added. If you have a Java 1.5+ Runtime installed and properly configured Java Webstart you can play all the games online now. The online games (also work offline after the first start) are based on a modified version of JMagnetic that is highly reduced in size and limited to the basic functions. The download size for the games varies between 800k and 1.1M. The online version is intended for short gaming in between or for getting sneak previews of the games. Please consider this online option experimental. While the normal JMagnetic interpreter seems to be pretty stable, the modified version is roughly tested. For normal game play I strongly recommend one of the various ports of the Magnetic interpreter or the full JMagnetic. To start a game use either the "Play now" button on the respective game page or the overview page here.
An important note:
February 2008With the first update in 2008 I started to replace some of the over 10 years old scans of package contents and also added some items that were missing so far like the gameplay guides or the technical manuals.
December 2007A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all Magnetic Scrolls Fans!
October 2007JMagnetic 2 is available.
September 2007Andreas Scherrer has kindly donated three excellent PDf files: The Corruption organizer pages, the Myth Solution book, and the complete Wonderland manual. All files can be found on the respective game pages.
August 2007After a four year break many pages of the site have been updated. A list of all changes would be too long, so I suggest that you take your walk around. The most notable changes are probably the updated Magnetic section and a bunch of new reviews in the Articles and reviews section.