“ My Dad happened to be old friends of the guy importing Oric to Australia, so we bought one of the very first that arrived on that hot continent. I spent 1984 - 1989 getting together as much software as I could for my Oric-1, before moving on to other machines (Unix workstations .. MIPS, etc.)
It was the machine I cut my teeth on.

Now I have two young kids, and I want them to know something about their Dad, eventually: he didn't ever believe that 'old computers die', just .. their users do. So, I've been slowly rebuilding my Oric-1 accessories, library, etc. Well, I've gone beyond the limits of good taste actually, with now a Telestrat, 7 Atmos's, 2 Oric-1's and various other sundry hardware (disk drive!) in my collection. ”
ibisum

  Win a Microdisc!!
Fri 1st February 2013

The Grand Prize of the Murder On The Atlantic contest for the Oric 30th Anniversary is... An Oric Microdisc system!

At this point in time we have not entirelly decided if there would be only one prize or if there would be also secondary prizes, but what is certain is that the grand winner will receive as a prize, a Microdisc unit and two 3.5" drives.

 

A typical Oric disk controller is able to control up to 4 drives and will accept 3", 3.5" and 5.25" drives without complaining.
Due to the difficulty in finding 3" floppies it has been very common for Oricians to add 3.5" floppy disc drives along their 3" Microdisc and set them up as bootable units.

Here, the 3.5" drives are configured as A and B drives while the 3" drive is only used to control the two other drives1

All the necessary cables to connect the 3.5" to the microdisc and the Microdisc to the Oric are provided, as well as a 250W power supply2.



This set has been sleeping in a box for at least 5 years but has been fully tested: We will be very happy to offer it to an Orician willing to use it!

This prize comes with a disclaimer: To be eligible to win this prize the winner will have to take the moral obligation not to resell this material on e-bay or other online auction site .

If the winner wishes to get rid of this Microdisc he will have to contact first Dominique Pessan3 (who would buy it back) and then possibly the Club Europe Oric.

These machines are made to be used by enthusiasts and not to languish on a shelf in a museum or in a collector's computers collection.

Except the Atmos, all the material on this picture is part of the prize.



Oh I forgot... you can click on the pictures to see them in detail :)

That's it for the teasing, the game is really worth the effort!

But, who the hell killed de la Vallière ?


1. The provided 3" drive is not reliable enough to be used as is.
2. Entirely "Sittler made", comes with a transparent case.
3. Who's giving away this drive as a prize and ported the game to the Oric

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Quintessential

2002 - Defence Force group


“Another dose of great graphics, sounds and ideas. After some of the dreadful Oric software we have seen over the years, you just won't believe what you are seeing (and hearing) your Oric do when you load this one up!”
Lothlin

“If only this demo was available back in the 80's Oric would have become what it was deserving, the all times best-seller home-computer.”
SGT04B

“When I buy my Oric1 (in 1983 and still working!) in Italy there isn't Oric software in Rome's shop..Sigh! So, when I spent lot of time typing my machine code games/demo, I've dream things like this VIP4 DEMO run on my prefer microcomputer (I was 12 years old at the time) and NOW this kind of amazing Oric's capabilities ARE a reality!! This demo is AWESOME!”
Cristian