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Emulations for Revelation II / AE Chess Boards
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Emulations (for the Revelation II / AE Board System)

The Emulator is a combined concept using emulation and the classical world champion & top modules for the Mephisto Series and developed for the first series Module Sets and Chess Board. During the years more emulation were added resulting in the current 2019 Full Edition.

It contains all existing Richard Lang Module Sets programs based upon the 68000 processor and the Polgar, MMIV, MMV and Rebel programs based upon the 6502 processor from Ed Schröder. Also the emulations from all programs in the popular Tasc systems are included (Ed Schröder and Johand de Koning). The Glasgow, Super Expert B and C and Diablo programs are also emulated (however due to copyrights on the original software these are not included). The speeds of emulation vary from a factor 1 to 10 times faster than the original speeds, giving the programs higher ELO ratings. Tasc Emulations + Risc2500 and Montreux are running slower at about 1/2 to 1/3 times slower. The Emulations are now available to the Phoenix Chess Systems customers and available for the Revelation II Board System.

You can buy the Emulation Software for 699 Euro including VAT. For this you acquire the emulation, and the Richard Lang license for the Amsterdam, Dallas, Roma, Almeria, Portorose, Lyon, Vancouver and London programs including the needed licenses from Richard Lang. And also the Ed Schröder license for the Polgar, MMIV, MMV and Rebel programs including the needed licenses from Ed Schröder. Also included are the Tasc King and Schröder programs plus the Montreux and Risc2500. For the Glasgow, Super Expert B and C and Diablo programs, if you own the chess computers, you can also obtain these emulations.

To give an indication of what the emulation can do let's look through some screens available under the software. The opening screen says it all. Here you select which program you wish to emulate.

On the opening screen you can select with the cursor keys the program to start. As an example is in the next screen the Vancouver emulation shown. You see the original display and the corresponding keys.

With the general key OFF, you switch off the module set. SND switches sound on and off. With SEL you can select a new program to emulate. RES, resets the current program. With SAV you can save the current state of the Vancouver alike emulations (This is not available for the Amsterdam alike, because the original module could not hold the current state).
After selecting the London program the emulation offers you the 'KEY' option. See the display above. When you select this you can use the Revelation II keys (6, like the Vancouver layout) to control the London program directly. This also applies for the Almeria, Portorose, Lyon and Vancouver emulations. In this way you can control the Vancouver or other Vancouver alike programs.

But next to these emulations, you can also opt for the Amsterdam, Dallas or Roma programs. Above the Roma is displayed. Because the keyboard layout is different from a Mephisto London layout, here the true layout is given on the oled display. Because now the physical keyboard layout differs from the emulated keyboards, you can use the cursor keys to go to the key you would like to press. By pressing the physical key 'ENT' you virtually press the key you selected with the cursor keys. In the example above you see the ENT key highlighted, so this is the key selected by the cursor keys. After pressing the physical key 'ENT' you really are pressing the ENT key in the virtualisation of the Roma module.

Below screenshots for the Polgar and Tasc are displayed.


Also displayed is the unique speedbar where you can select the Polgar at the original 5 MHz, 10 Mhz or 18 Mhz. Below you see the speedbar in the London emulation. You can choose for the original 16 or 32 bit versions and emulate the London at the ultimate 66Mhz Tournament Machines level. These machines were the dream of every chess computer enthousiast.