At the beginning of April 2016 Peter Verdi's Magnetic Scrolls Chronicles website went offline. So far all my attempts to contact Peter failed. His site carried some invaluable interviews with former Magnetic Scrolls people. To preserve the work I temporarily uploaded a dump of his site taken in summer of 2015. All you can see below is 100% Peter's work! Hopefully his site will reappear soon! Peter, if you read this, can you contact me?

Remember how it's like to ride on a cloud? How it feels to be squashed by a bus, or how to get that damned gold disc from Micky? Well, here's your chance to relive all these situations.

Have a chat with the devil in THE PAWN, ransack an entire island in THE GUILD OF THIEVES, restore luck itself to a whole country in JINXTER, uncover a conspiracy in CORRUPTION, become an inter-dimensional secret agent in FISH!, an ancient god in MYTH, walk in the footsteps of Alice in WONDERLAND and inherit a haunted mansion in THE LEGACY.
Become a part of the fantasy of Magnetic Scrolls - you certainly won't regret it . . .


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Article written by Andrew Weston
based on the article that appeared in Issue 284 of Qercus Magazine (© Acorn Publisher) - used with kind permission

Playing the games today

Until a few years ago, the only option for playing these classic games to the full was to own an Acorn machine earlier than a RiscPC. However there are now several ways. One is to search online for the Archimedes emulator A310em which will allow original files (you can install or transfer files off the original discs to your current RISC OS machine) to be transferred into the emulator environment and run. This author was able to work through the whole of Wonderland using A310em.

Many people might prefer to use the Magnetic Scrolls interpreter, Magnetic, by Niclas Karlsson. This originally enabled text-only versions of the game to be played on a more modern computer and version 1.0 ported for RISC OS by David Lodge can still be found at the Magnetic Scrolls Memorial. However, version 2.2 has since been released and although not listed on the above web-page, two people have ported it to RISC OS. The first port was by Phil Mellor in 2005 and soon after Shaun Lindsley made a port.

Interestingly, both are slightly different and although the latter does not appear to show the full range of colours properly some people may prefer the more compact arrangement. Shaun's site also includes all the games (including Myth) although perhaps unsurprisingly (within a generalised modern interpreter program) there seems to be little difference between the original and later versions of the three games that were updated (or at least publicly released in this form) with the Magnetic Windows system. Game files for both versions of Magnetic are also available at the Magnetic Scrolls Memorial sub-section stated above.

The two Magnetic 2.2 ports by Phil Mellor and Shaun Lindsley (left and right)


For those nostalgic for the experience on an 8-bit machine (perhaps imagining what the game might have felt like on a BBC Micro) an alternative option is to purchase Z80em, the Sinclair Spectrum emulator, online for a small fee from Murklesoft. This enables RISC OS desktop play of the original 8-bit Spectrum (128K) release.

The Pawn: the second release of this game for the Sinclair machine

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