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Old 30 January 2016, 16:12   #1
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No entry for Argonaut's A.T.A.C.?

I was working at Argonaut when A.T.A.C. was canned and as I recall it was pretty much finished.
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Old 31 January 2016, 00:29   #2
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Interesting. What are the chances of finding a playable build?
There's a mention of it on youtube [ Show youtube player ]
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Old 31 January 2016, 00:42   #3
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This slideshow is based on scans only, I have not something more.
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Old 31 January 2016, 07:22   #4
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There was no sign of the Amiga or Atari ST versions on the company server when I was there in 1997. The DOS version got released?
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Old 31 January 2016, 14:09   #5
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I'm pretty sure it was done but when Microprose saw it they weren't happy with the performance (it was slow even on a A4000/040 - I tested it on mine) - it'd be a shame if it's lost because I imagine under WinUAE or on an 060/FPGA Amiga it'd run quite nicely.

Development was done on a pair of A3000's and I'm aware of 3 Argonaut programmers that worked on it - Jon, Adam and one whose name escapes me - artists on it (adapting the 256-colour artwork to Amiga/ST) were Scott and I think a chap called Matt.
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There was no sign of the Amiga or Atari ST versions on the company server when I was there in 1997. The DOS version got released?
How about Argasm
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I took the one remaining A3000 when I left Argonaut. The PSU had blown (there was an interesting story about how but i don't remember it) and it had been removed. Now useless it ended up being used as a monitor stand by one of the artists. I was able to persuade her to swap it for an old PC. Replacement PSU and it fired up first time

I met the previous A3000 user, who no longer worked at Argonaut, at an employees (Bodge aka Jon Sanders) house party. I don't remember his name for sure maybe Krister Wombell?

No sign of a.t.a.c.

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I took the one remaining A3000 when I left Argonaut. The PSU had blown (there was an interesting story about how but i don't remember it) and it had been removed ending up being used as a monitor stand by one of the artists. I was able to persuade her to swap it for an old PC.

I met the previous A3000 user, who no longer worked at Argonaut, at an employees (Bodge aka Jon Sanders) house party. I don't remember his name for sure maybe Krister Wombell?

No sign of a.t.a.c.
You can try undelete option for this A3000 HD. If ATAC files were deleted, you can recover something.
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Hmm... the name Krister rings a bell but he wasn't working on Amiga stuff so far as I know (and A.T.A.C. was the last Amiga game Argonaut did). Did your A3000 have a small, square Boing Ball sticker on it by any chance? If so then that was definitely one of the dev machines.
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You can try undelete option for this A3000 HD. If ATAC files were deleted, you can recover something.
I don't remember if it had a drive but if it did, the contents would have been backed up before doing anything. I have lots of archives from Argonaut days. Mainly SNES development including Starfox 2. That was because I was based at ATL (Argonaut Technologies LTD) which was the SuperFX (later renamed ARC) side of the business. Nothing with atac or a_t_a_c or anything like that is in any archive.

Not sure if undelete was available for AmigaOS out of the box. But for sure I wouldn't have thought to have tried it.

The A3000 was swapped for an A4000 in 1999 so I don't have the machine nor the actual drive anymore and lost touch with the person who does.

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Hmm... the name Krister rings a bell but he wasn't working on Amiga stuff so far as I know (and A.T.A.C. was the last Amiga game Argonaut did).
I know the A3000 user didn't work for Argonaut when I was there (1997-98). And I know I met him at a party. I just looked at the credits for a few Argonaut Amiga games and that was the first one that rang a bell. But... after a long hard think i believe the A3000 owner was actually someone called "Danny Emmett"

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Did your A3000 have a small, square Boing Ball sticker on it by any chance? If so then that was definitely one of the dev machines.
Not that I remember. As I said I don't have it now. There may be some photos of it at my house. I'll check.

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What is interesting the credits for A.T.A.C. have Sam Littlewood as lead coder. I sat between him and Pete Warnes when I joined ATL. Both very smart guys.

I remember Jez San always had the newest, fastest car. Lotus Elise, Nissan Skyline etc. I was 19 or 20 and just learned to drive but had no car. I remember Sam had just bought a very cool classic car, a Triumph Stag. Which got me into classic cars.

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