Kids getting their own games out of f3: this is kidpop99, getting started with more fun graphics in f3 for beginners Written by Aristo ***HI!!! Do you want to make some fun games, soon, so that you get your own feeling of control over the computer, and that you get very smart, all pepped up with good feeling for you are getting to learn how to do things in this world all by yourself? You want to make something you can share and show to other people, and experiment with, play with, have fun with, make more of, and learn even about numbers, money and words at the same time? Then spend a little time almost every day with learning various things about f3, and we'll soon get there! How much do you know about numbers? Even if you don't know so much about numbers yet, you are sure to learn more about them, and about angles and corners and lines and much more, simply by changing this little program we'll look at in a moment. So just as you talk and gesticulate with your hands and move your body and touch and dance and all sorts of things to say something to humans, then the computer understands not very much more except that which you type in, all very clearly, line by line. It has to get it really spelled out. There is no use shouting at the computer, but the good thing is that it is very, very obedient to you when you know how to type right. So if you type in something -- that is what we call a "program" -- you can get wild stuff like -- this image -- and not only this type of fun, but more like it. You want to change the numbers, then, put them a little bit higher, a little bit lower, and study the results, discuss it in class. So you type F3 and press ENTER, type B9 and press ENTER, and press F12 to get the screen blank and black and clear, and type in this stuff very slowly, very carefully, and when you then save it -- I think you know how to do that -- F2 and ENTER and type MY6 or something, some more ENTER clicks, then ESC and you type F3 again, press ENTER, and type :MY6 IN to start it up if you called your program MY6. Here is the program and before you type it, we'll just look at each line together: (LET AUTOSTART <LL 60 (COUNT 800 PEN-RIGHT N1 10 MUL PEN-DRAW COUNTUP) LL> OK) So that's all there is to make all those lines and stuff on the screen. The computer LIKES to work hard for you. It is your Personal Computer, your PC. You are its master, it is your slave, when you work with F3, which is the name of its language, just as you talk with one another in English and by touching and whispering and all the things you think of. You are very rich and the computer is very simple, it must have it spelled out. So we'll quickly look at each line, it makes it easier to type in: (LET AUTOSTART <LL This is just how you start telling the computer that you want it to obey you. This <LL is about loving lines. 60 (COUNT Here is where you put how many lines you want. Be sure to notice that ( is soft and < is hard, here it is (. 800 PEN-RIGHT Here is where you tell the PC to turn the next line in a new way. Another time we'll talk about degrees, that this is 80 degrees, while 900 is a straight corner. N1 10 MUL PEN-DRAW Here is where you say how long lines you want. N1 is counting up, while 10 MUL means multiply by 10. COUNTUP) LL> OK) And that's it! These lines just finish that which you started above, and the LL> tells the PC to wait for you to really look at what you've done, before you touch the mouse or keyboard and it exits. So, type it in, start it up, get it right, then modify it! And so each time you modify it, it may look good or fantastic or messy or nothing may come of it, and so you learn about all these things without everything having to be said to you. You are then a scientists, we might say, for you are studying, you are experimenting, you are playing and learning at the same time. Good luck!!!