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Be there at the big release party of the new Byteriders adventure „Heroes & Cowards“!
Written by Volker Rust

On Friday, August 7th, 2015 we’ll celebrate the release of the new C64 graphic adventure „Heroes & Cowards“ together with the lads of Adventure Treff.
In the nice and cozy atmosphere of Poller Strandbar in Cologne we’ll read out parts of the Byteriders’ last will and testament – and then present to you the lost gem in proper style on a golden C64!
All interested aficionados of adventures and the C64 are hereby cordially invited!
We’re expecting a couple of VIPs from today’s C64 scene as well as from back in the days, such as Ron Gilbert, Chris Hülsbeck and Andreas Escher.
Needless to say, you are also granted admission without tickets for gamescom.
Doors are 5pm. Address: Alfred-Schütte-Allee 34, 51105 Köln.
We’re looking forward to your visit!

Adventure Treff Party 2015

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Metamorphosis, Part 2: Sam in Black
Written by Knights of Bytes

Remember Sam’s transformation into a pirate? That was certainly very cool, but there’s more! Let’s see what the black suit has in stock for our hero…

Sam in Black: Sneaking around on Velvet Paws
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In today’s video, Sam will experience the powers of another special item, the black suit. Equipped with a very firm grip, our hero can perform sneak attacks and advance to formerly unreachable regions!

Pirate Sam discovered a black suit      Ninja Sam having a firm grip on the wall     Jumping up the walls

Sam will be starring in Sam’s Journey, a brand-new original scrolling platform game for the Commodore 64 with huge levels to be explored, hidden items to be found and secret passages to be discovered.

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Gamescom meets Heroes … & Cowards!
Written by Volker Rust


It’s not even 13 days until the world’s biggest fair for video games opens its doors and thus the new Byteriders adventure „Heroes & Cowards“ for the C64 will be released!
All you collectors out there can pace your hearts to faster beats and coat your family jewels in silver – word has it that there will be an extraordinary, exclusive version of the long lost graphic adventure … An especially opulent piece of art for your home cabinet – or your Swiss bank depository. 😉
More news to follow!

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Metamorphosis, Part 1: A Pirate’s Life For Sam
Written by Knights of Bytes

Never underestimate the cute and the tiny! Sam can be the common guy in one moment and a sword-swinging buccaneer in the next…

A Pirate’s Life For Sam

In today’s video, Sam demonstrates some of his new abilities. He can pick up items and carry them around. Also, he can throw them at enemies. The chest, however, reveals an item with very special powers.

Sam will be starring in Sam’s Journey, a brand-new original scrolling platform game for the Commodore 64 with huge levels to be explored, hidden items to be found and secret passages to be discovered.

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The legendary Byteriders are back!
Written by Volker Rust

Back in the game - called Heroes & Cowards!

Over 20 years after their sensational Brubaker, Sebastian Broghammer and Steve Kups celebrate their triumphant comeback on the Commodore 64 in cooperation with Out of Order Softworks and Protovision. Heroes & Cowards – The Pentagram of Power is the adventure maniacs‘ long lost and eagerly anticipated magnum opus and will be released on time for Gamescom 2015. More news to come!

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Breaking News!
Written by Volker Rust




C64 DIY Adventure Construction Kit!
Written by Volker Rust

German Pixelnostalgie (Pixelnostalgia) Retro Blog covers the D42-Adventure System in an extensive article called „C64-Spiele aus dem Baukasten“ (roughly translates to what you can read in the heading). Author Axel Teichmann puts special focus in the demo adventure contained in the D42-system, which starts with the protagonist waking up completely naked in a bar. What follows, though, gets down to the nitty-gritty, giving the reader a good overview on how a layperson can assemble their first game and which technical possibilties D42 has to offer. A good primer for the subject matter!


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New Keys for your Commodore
Written by JTR

We play games with a joystick – or the keyboard!
For the latter there could be a neat new enhancement sooon:
newly produced keyboard caps for your C64 – and the best thing is, you may chose the colour!
That would then fit well with the newly produced computer cases we already reported on.
The project still needs more supporters and there are only 9 days left – so if you want to support it, click here:–2


Jobs at Protovision
Written by JTR

Protovision needs you!

intro3Protovision is not really a company. We’re a bunch of enthusiasts and everything we do is without pay and we we do it just because we love the Commodore 64 computer.
WHAT? We don’t earn money!? We must be totally crazy! True, true… and we would be delighted if YOU would be just as crazy and join us!!

What do we need?

Social Media Master
A social media master carries the black belt for social media communication. Whenever there is something to say, he kicks the news out hard against all kinds of social platforms.

Your profile:

  • you like to post to facebook and twitter, and maybe more (depends on you)
  • you like to communicate on the net

Your tasks:

  • We throw news at you and you publish them to at least FB, but in the best case also twitter or any blogs or forums you like. If we write the news in a lame way, you may polish them up, and you will compile the news until we have a big enough pile for a newsletter. You always know what will be in the next newsletter, because you own it.
  • You hunt down other cool sites/users with a quest to LIKE them or to ask them to crosslink with us.
  • In case we have smashing news, i.e. a new cool game is out, you contact review sites or mags and inform them about the game and its features.

A translator does, well, translate!

Your profile:

  • you are fluent in English and German
  • you keep your promises

Your tasks:

  • any kind of German-English or English-German translations. We have small tasks like translating emails or news, but we also have bigger tasks like translating an entire game or manual.

A layouter puts together manuals, adverts or cover designs.

Your profile:

  • you can handle desktop publishing programs, preferably InDesign
  • you keep your promises
  • you know how to provide documents that a printer can use for, well, printing them!

Your tasks:

  • you do the layout for our game manuals and you handle the design of the game boxes. Any graphics needed for the game boxes may be provided either by you or by others, and you need to put them together.
  • from time to time, you also put together an advert that we’d either print somewhere or it might appear at a big screen on a party or whatever.
  • you handle the communication with printing houses and deliver in a format they can easily use (i.e. PDF with CMYK colours in a reasonable resolution)

C64 Graphician
A C64 graphician is a pixel artist and loves to play around with bitmaps, chars and sprites.

Your profile:

  • You know what a pixel is and you are not afraid to use it

Your tasks:

  • you make our games looks wonderful: ingame graphics are usually in charset mode, title pictures usually multicolour bitmap, and we also neeeeeeed sprites.

C64 Coder
Our coders are all busy bees working on their own projects. However, we a) want more projects and b) we have some unfinished games from people who gave them to us in the hope we might finish them up one day, but nobody has has the time to care about these fine games. Apart from game projects, we sometimes also do demos or collections or so. All this needs to be coded. By C64 coders. In case you want to distribute your game via Protovision (and in case we want that, too), we will finance all production costs and you will earn money from every copy sold. You’ll receive whatever is left when we deduct taxes, PayPal fees, production costs and 3 Euros that we take for general other costs. It’s up to you if and how you will further distribute the money within your dev team.

Your profile:

  • You know what an opcode is any you are not afraid to use it in cycles.

Your tasks:

  • game coding
  • any kind of coding

Website developer
A website devver helps us overhaul our web page, i.e. set up a CMS, help with designing the pages. We would also like to launch a new page but we lack the resources.

Your profile:

  • you know html, preferable also php
  • you’re not afraid to design a page

Your tasks:

  • keep the shop system up to date
  • design web sites and pages
  • modernize our main page from time to time

A hunter hunts heads or tails. Heads: a hunter helps us to find people who could fulfill any of the above roles. Tails: We are of course always in search for cool new C64 soft- & hardware, so you may want to help us find new C64 products that would fit in with our online store. However, quality trumps quantity. We are not interested in SEUCKs or low quality games in general, we only want to offer what we think it worth the money.

Your profile:

  • you are a hunter

Your tasks:

  • you hunt


…as you can see, there are plenty of very different tasks that are impatiently waiting for you to fulfill them! So if you WANT to help us, you can. Yes you can.


Scene news: Reset Magazine #6 released with Blocks&Monsters download
Written by Poison

The new issue of Reset Magazine, the free of charge magazine, offers again a bunch of interesting articles around the C64 and games.

As an example, there is an in-depth look behind the scenes of Donkey Kong Junior and Robert Caporetto takes a look at the 2014 edition of the RGCD 16kb cartridge game competition.

Once you’re through with reading the magazine, go to your C64 and grab the Reset magazine’s „Mix-i-disk„, because J&F Publishing and Protovision have released Blocks&Monsters now as freeware!

Blocks is a typical puzzle game in the style of Joshua (a little similar to Sokoban) with great design and a brilliant soundtrack and monsters is a nice pac man clone.

The download is all free and for now available only and exclusively through the Reset Magazine homepage. Have fun! 😉

Reset Magazine Issue 6

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