Paragon - Website opened

by snout on 05-01-2005, 11:51
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It looks like the Dutch MSX group Paragon are back in action. Paragon is well known for their MSX port of Rick Dangerous and their interpretation of Sim City for MSX, Construction Craze, which currently holds the 8th position in the overall downloads top 10 of the MRC Downloads section.

After the success of Construction Craze Paragon started working on a GFX9000 port of Dome, called Tara: Beyond Dome. Unfortunately this project was never finished, yet it went open-source in October 2001.

Today they opened the new Paragon website. Although the current contents are nothing but a mere placeholder and there is little known about the plans Paragon have in the future it is very likely we are going to see one or more new Paragon productions for MSX in 2005.

Relevant link: Paragon

Comments (36)

By Manuel

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05-01-2005, 11:54

It seems the old site with Tara is offline... Paragon: please put that stuff back online! Smile

By ro

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05-01-2005, 12:24

Okay, but uhrm.... where's the site content? there's only an e-mail link

By Abi

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05-01-2005, 14:03

good news, hope to see more on thier website and see more Paragon products.
Leon van Steensel also still in the crew? I met him several times when he lived in Barneveld for a while and in the same street as i lived @ that moment!

By Paragon_Leon

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05-01-2005, 14:37

Still in the crew...
but Abi, no offense, but i simply cannot remember you (just saw photo on msx.org).. any hints?

By Abi

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05-01-2005, 14:46

Goudenstein? RAT? i lived a couple of houses away from you i came tou your house and you let me see the paragon productions.
You lived at Goudenstein 27?
i at 125, but it is about 10 year ago?

By spl

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05-01-2005, 14:47

Wow! What a good news!

By Paragon_Leon

Resident (37)

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05-01-2005, 14:48

yep, i lived there.
and yes, i must have shown it... but i simply don´t remember.
ah well. It IS about 12 years ago..

By Abi

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05-01-2005, 14:50

time flies and i am a 'liittle' bit bigger now Tongue
i will never forget i visit you Wink you let me even show how to play Rick Dangerous and you let me hear you new songs you wrote at that moment Wink

By Paragon_Leon

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05-01-2005, 14:59

that´s what frustrates me... i REALLY don´t remember that..
how did we hook up? What was RAT exactly..

By Abi

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05-01-2005, 15:09

Maybe RAT was founded afterwards.
RAT was a great MSX club of 3 persons, it was a great time!
I dunno exactly how i contacted you anymore Sad
btw i recently was in contact with Remco Schrijvers of Moonsoft, he even did not remember my visit to him when i had troubles with my Panasonic MSX2+ and every music/game disk containing Moonblaster stereo music.
So i think i make not impact on people Tongue
maybe we see each other at the fair in Oss??
last thing i remeber of you is that you moved to Amersfoort.

By Paragon_Leon

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05-01-2005, 15:34

I seem to remember RAT... didn´t you make that Shuffle Puck clone that had PCM-samples on a TurboR? Then it does ring a bell..

By Abi

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05-01-2005, 15:43

we made a MSX version clone of it with a ball instead of a puck, 28 levels and a amazing intro demo.
Rhe ball made some strange jumps and there was a story of it well at least we tried Tongue
You must play against 28 bosses with names like loek van qouten Tongue
named: Psycho-Ball (anno 1993 )

By snout

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05-01-2005, 15:44

So euhm, Leon.. you made us all curious... what can we expect from Paragon in the (near) future? Smile

By Paragon_Leon

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05-01-2005, 15:46

What can i say..
keep your eyes peeled on that site in the near future.

By Abi

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05-01-2005, 16:11

hopefully they will try to end Dome Smile

By Whizzy

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05-01-2005, 16:19

I can confirm or deny nothing at this point. However i'll ty to retrieve the Tara sources once again and put them online.

Keep an eye on our site.

By DarQ

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05-01-2005, 17:08

great.. an entire newspost for an empty site
if you just posted this after they added some decent content...

let me guess, we'll see another post when they actually added some content

By Paragon_Leon

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05-01-2005, 17:11

let me guess...you don´t have a history with Dutch MSX games.

By Abi

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05-01-2005, 17:34

LOL
Yes we are all so glad paragon is back Big smile

By DarQ

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05-01-2005, 18:02

wrong guess Paragon_Leon Smile
I(h)MO the newsvalue would be higher if your site would contain just a little bit more stuff/info.

anyway, don't stop now and produce something cool! that'd be neat!

By DarQ

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05-01-2005, 18:04

btw: where's construction craze for the GFX9000!
i'd like to see that!!

By DarQ

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05-01-2005, 18:05

edit:
i'd like to see that being made!!

By Paragon_Leon

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05-01-2005, 19:00

hehe...no harm done.. just came across as someone who wasn't interested in this stuff but wanted to add a sour note anyway.

The whole point of the site right now is to communicate that: yes, we're back and yes, that means something is to be expected. That's all we really want to say at this point. The site will definitely tell you more in the near future.
As for Construction Craze for GFX9000: not a good chance on that being made.. maybe a sequel in the VERY far future..

By mth

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05-01-2005, 19:36

If you're going to do cross-development for GFX9000, you might be interested in GFX9000 emulation in openMSX which is rapidly being implemented right now. Implementation of P1 mode has just begun, but the bitmap modes are already operational. If you'd like to get a development build of openMSX to test things, join us on our IRC channel (#openmsx on irc.freenode.net). The same offer is open to other MSX developers of course.

By the way, our GFX9000 emulation code will probably be integrated in blueMSX as well. Not sure when though.

By DarQ

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05-01-2005, 19:59

mth:

mark17 is very glad to hear that Smile

By Grauw

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05-01-2005, 20:26

I only know Antal & Willem Smile. They back in action as well?

~Grauw

By Grauw

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05-01-2005, 20:28

p.s. shit, I hope you guys don't resume work on Dome, because then I guess I'll have to work really hard to stay ahead with 'Strategic Army' ;p.

By Whizzy

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05-01-2005, 20:35

Yes Laurens... it's me.

You better hurry up. I'm a street length ahead of you Tongue

By Paragon_Leon

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05-01-2005, 20:37

Willem's not back..it's Antal and Leon. The original line-up.

By Samor

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06-01-2005, 14:51

well, I remembered.recognized you almost instantly at Bussum, Abi , so it must be their fault Tongue Wink j/k

But I never had contact with demo groups back in those days, allthough I've been to Tilburg in what must've been 1993, since psycho-ball was new then... eggbert from fony was there as well....
anyway, no one who will remember me ...maybe from more recent years... from those 2 guys that are always hunting down old konami's everyone else already has ;P

By Bastiaan

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07-01-2005, 08:54

and still not even a under construction sign to be seen :-)

By Paragon_Leon

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07-01-2005, 17:02

fixed...

By NYYRIKKI

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09-01-2005, 00:45

i had troubles with my Panasonic MSX2+ and every music/game disk containing Moonblaster stereo music.
If you are still having problems, I think, that I can help you.

Basicly the problem is that Moonblaster loader sets bit0 at address #7FF6 in FM-PAC ROM slot and that disables a part of the ROM in A1WX. This is a bug in MoonBlaster loader routine. It should check, is the FM-PAC internal or external, but it does not do that.

By Abi

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09-01-2005, 14:20

i know, thanks anyway, hope that other Panasonic MSX2+ users read this. I have since 1993 a Turbo-R. (ok i sold it in 1997 and bought another i 2002 Tongue)
At the moment i had that 2+ it was new for Moonsoft, he could not solved it at that time, i am happy to see it is solved now.

By Whizzy

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09-02-2006, 15:38

We are going to be live in 4 days !! LOL!

check it out ! Wink

By Whizzy

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11-02-2006, 16:40

YESS !! LOL!LOL!

it's alive and running ! Tongue
have fun