Heard by other Watering Holes

Here’s what people are saying abut Barca on Board Game Geek.
Here’s what people are saying abut Barca on Facebook.
Here’s what people are saying abut Barca on Kickstarter.

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Posted in Good Words on August 24th, 2012

Barca on Kickstarter

Barca needs your support right now on Kickstarter!

 
While the travel version of Barca is very nice, people have been asking for a full color standard folding board version. So if enough people are interested then it’s going to be manufactured and become available for sale to the public.
 
I think Barca has many wonderful qualities and apparently other people do too. Please read some reviews of Barca at Board Game Geek.
 
You could be one of those people who makes the difference by supporting Barca. Please visit Kickstarter and make that difference now.
 
Don’t forget to tell your friends!
 
Thank you!
-Drew

You want to help another way? Download the Barca Promotional Flyer, print it and post it. Thanks again!

 

Posted in Drew's Hues on August 17th, 2012

Barca in BASIC

 
So you’re feeling nostalgic and want to have fun with an old school BASIC program. Or maybe you want to experience the old days of computing where you had to type in the game you played! Then break out that Apple II, Commodore 64 or emulator and you can enter Barca in BASIC.
 
A good amount of work that I did making video games was programming them. It’s something I enjoy doing. Stumbling across an old BASIC programming book, “What To Do After You Hit Return or P.C.C.’s First Book of Computer Games” gave me the idea to write a Barca program in that fashion. The program was tested on my old Apple IIe computer. Although it was written in vanilla BASIC you may still may have to make changes to accommodate your computer’s flavor.
 
Barca in BASIC is a two human player game that displays the game in progress and enforces the rules.
 
The full listing…
 
1000 PRINT “WELCOME TO BARCA, THE WATERING HOLE GAME”
 
2000 DIM A$(6),C$(1),F$(2),P$(2),W$(1)
2010 DIM B(9,9),F(9,9),G(7),H(7),L(6),R(6),S(6)
2020 LET A$(0) = “”
2030 LET B$ = CHR$(8)
2040 LET C$(0) = ” ”
2050 LET C$(1) = “.”
2060 LET F$(0) = “”
2070 LET F$(1) = B$ + “!”
2080 LET F$(2) = B$ + “*”
2090 LET P$(1) = “ELM”
2100 LET P$(2) = “PCR”
2110 LET W$(0) = “”
2120 LET W$(1) = B$ + “_”
2130 FOR Y = 0 TO 9
2140 FOR X = 0 TO 9
2150 LET B(X,Y) = 0
2160 NEXT X
2170 NEXT Y
2180 FOR I = 1 TO 6
2190 READ I$,X,Y,R(I),L(I),S(I)
2200 LET B(X,Y) = I
2210 LET B(9 – X,Y) = I
2220 LET A$(I) = B$ + I$
2230 NEXT I
2240 FOR I = 0 TO 7
2250 READ G(I),H(I)
2260 NEXT I
 
3000 PRINT “WHICH PLAYER WON ROSHAMBO (1 OR 2) “;
3010 INPUT P
3020 LET P = ABS(P – 2) + 1
3030 IF P > 2 THEN GOTO 3000
 
4000 LET M = 0
4010 FOR Y = 0 TO 9
4020 FOR X = 0 TO 9
4030 LET S = 0
4040 LET A = B(X,Y)
4050 IF A = 0 THEN GOTO 4240
4060 LET U = X
4070 LET V = Y
4080 GOSUB 8000
4090 IF S = 0 THEN GOTO 4240
4100 FOR I = L(A) TO 7 STEP S(A)
4110 LET U = X
4120 LET V = Y
4130 LET V = V + H(I)
4140 IF V < 0 OR V > 9 THEN GOTO 4230
4150 LET U = U + G(I)
4160 IF U < 0 OR U > 9 THEN GOTO 4230
4170 IF B(U,V) > 0 THEN GOTO 4230
4180 GOSUB 8000
4190 IF S = 1 THEN GOTO 4130
4200 LET S = 2
4210 IF P = INT((9 – A) / 3) THEN LET M = 2
4220 LET I = 7
4230 NEXT I
4240 LET F(X,Y) = S
4250 NEXT X
4260 NEXT Y
 
5000 PRINT
5010 PRINT ” “;
5020 FOR X = 0 TO 9
5030 PRINT ” “;X;
5040 NEXT X
5050 PRINT
5060 LET G = 0
5070 FOR Y = 0 TO 9
5080 PRINT ” “;Y;” “;
5090 FOR X = 0 TO 9
5100 LET I = 0
5110 IF (Y = 3 OR Y = 6) AND (X = 3 OR X = 6) THEN I = 1
5120 PRINT C$(G);C$(G);W$(I);A$(B(X,Y));C$(G);F$(F(X,Y));
5130 LET G = ABS(G – 1)
5140 NEXT X
5150 PRINT
5160 LET G = ABS(G – 1)
5170 NEXT Y
5180 PRINT
 
6000 LET I = 0
6010 FOR Y = 3 TO 6 STEP 3
6020 FOR X = 3 TO 6 STEP 3
6030 IF INT((B(X,Y) + 2) / 3) = P THEN LET I = I + 1
6040 NEXT X
6050 NEXT Y
6060 IF I < 3 THEN GOTO 7000
6070 PRINT “PLAYER “;P;” WINS!”
6080 PRINT “BARCA SAYS GOODBYE”
6090 END
 
7000 LET P = ABS(P – 2) + 1
7010 PRINT “PLAYER “;P;” (“;P$(P);”) MOVE FROM X,Y “;
7020 INPUT X,Y
7030 IF X < 0 OR X > 9 OR Y < 0 OR Y > 9 THEN GOTO 7010
7040 IF P <> INT((B(X,Y) + 2) / 3) THEN GOTO 7010
7050 IF M = 2 AND F(X,Y) < 2 THEN GOTO 7010
7060 PRINT ” TO X,Y “;
7070 INPUT C,D
7080 IF C < 0 OR C > 9 OR D < 0 OR D > 9 THEN GOTO 7060
7090 LET U = ABS(X – C)
7100 LET V = ABS(Y – D)
7110 IF U * V > 0 AND U <> V THEN GOTO 7060
7120 LET A = B(X,Y)
7130 IF (A = 1 OR A = 4) AND U * V > 0 THEN GOTO 7060
7140 IF (A = 2 OR A = 5) AND U * V = 0 THEN GOTO 7060
7150 LET U = X
7160 LET V = Y
7170 LET U = U + SGN(C – X)
7180 LET V = V + SGN(D – Y)
7190 IF B(U,V) <> 0 THEN GOTO 7060
7200 IF C <> U OR D <> V THEN GOTO 7170
7210 GOSUB 8000
7220 IF S = 1 AND F(X,Y) <> 1 THEN GOTO 7060
7230 LET B(C,D) = B(X,Y)
7240 LET B(X,Y) = 0
7250 GOTO 4000
 
8000 LET S = 0
8010 FOR Z = V – 1 TO V + 1
8020 IF Z < 0 OR Z > 9 THEN GOTO 8100
8030 FOR W = U – 1 TO U + 1
8040 IF W < 0 OR W > 9 THEN GOTO 8090
8050 IF R(A) <> B(W,Z) THEN GOTO 8090
8060 LET S = 1
8070 LET Z = V + 1
8080 LET W = U + 1
8090 NEXT W
8100 NEXT Z
8110 RETURN
 
9000 DATA “M”,4,1,5,0,2,”L”,3,1,6,1,2,”E”,4,0,4,0,1
9010 DATA “R”,4,8,2,0,2,”C”,3,8,3,1,2,”P”,4,9,1,0,1
9020 DATA 0,-1,1,-1,1,0,1,1,0,1,-1,1,-1,0,-1,-1
 
9999 REM COPYRIGHT 2012 ANDREW CALDWELL
 
Don’t forget to save it to the tape or floppy drive!
 
Enjoy Typing
-Drew
 

Posted in Drew's Hues on July 8th, 2012

Drew’s Second Post


 
Beginning where I may…
 
This is difficult, where does one begin? With birth? Even though I was there, I don’t remember it, probably a little too young. My memory starts shortly after that, but that’s for another time…
 
I’ll begin by saying this whole web logging (weB LOGging) is new to me. The idea that I write about myself is strange because I don’t think I’m important, I think I’m like everyone else. But I know that is wrong. Like everyone else, I am important. Without you, without me, what everyone does means little. It may mean something to them, but without other’s acknowledgment it means little if anything.
 
I truly believe that all the good and bad we do to each other is all that really matters.
 
And that’s where I’ll begin.
 
In the short time getting this website up I’ve had people help me. Not only people I’ve known, but strangers. Not that they are strange, far from it, just people who are like me that I’m just getting to know. I feel lucky or blessed or whatever words one might use for these feelings. It is a good feeling. I hope everyone has this feeling sometime in their life.
 
And when you do, the most important thing is to remember that feeling for two reasons. The first is that you may forget that you are important. You are here, you exist, that fact alone makes you important. The second is that you have an effect on others. Your words and actions carry weight to those around you whether you know them or not. Try to be good. It makes it better for everyone.
 
That wasn’t much of a pitch for my game Barca. But the reason you can play Barca online is because of my brother-in-law, John Alvarado. He’s a golden (good old) friend of mine and a fan of Barca. And if you are lucky enough, he is one of the best people you could ever befriend.
 
If you like playing Barca online then you might think of purchasing a real game of Barca. And there’s my sales pitch for now…
 
Blue Skies
-Drew
 

Posted in Drew's Hues on December 20th, 2011

New to Game Master!

 
A letter arrives…
 
It’s not often that I’m surprised by anything, having the ability of seeing what is approaching long before it arrives, but today I was. A letter arrived from my good old friend, Giraffe who lives in California. I wasn’t surprised that he sent me a letter; I was surprised at what he had to tell me.
 
Giraffe wrote of the beautiful beaches, pleasant weather and delicious trees. He still insists that the California weather makes the apricot trees taste the best. While that may be so, I still prefer acacia trees no matter where they grow.
 
But then Giraffe had something new and exciting to tell. He met two friendly humans, Abdul and Wajia, at a really cool store called Game Master who were happy to show him this exciting new game. Giraffe wrote of a game where all the pieces stay on the board and where all the animals get to play until the game is over. And he wrote it’s so easy to learn that it took only a minute. This sounded familiar.
 
And it should, it was Barca – The Watering Hole Game my friends and I play all the time! Was I surprised! You can get Barca as a game! I thought you had to gather a group of mice, lions and elephants together in order to play. Believe me that’s not easy; the mice keep scaring the elephants and the lions are constantly being chased off by the running elephants. Barca the board game is much easier to play. It’s even a travel version so you can easily take it along and play with friends. The secret is out of the savanna, so everybody can enjoy Barca now!
 
I’m going to stick my neck out and say you’ll become a fan of Barca like my good old friend Giraffe and I. So if you’re in southern California, go check out Barca at the Game Master in The Shops at Mission Viejo and in the Laguna Hills Mall. Abdul and Wajia will be happy to assist.
 
Here’s to hoping my good old friend Giraffe sends me a Barca game for the holidays… (hint)
Giraffe
 

Posted in The Lowdown on December 5th, 2011