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Elite on the BBC Micro and NES

Downloading the Elite Compendium

How to download and play the Elite Compendium on the BBC Master

A Transporter leaving the space station on the BBC Master in the Elite Compendium

You can run the Elite Compendium on a BBC Master 128 with either MOS 3.20 or MOS 3.50. Here are your options:

To load the Elite Compendium, insert the disc image and press SHIFT-D-BREAK (or SHIFT-D-F12 on most emulators). The menu system will show you all the available options, and you can either read more information by highlighting an option and pressing the left or right arrow, or you can choose which option to run by pressing RETURN.

All options work on a standard BBC Master 128 except for 6502 Second Processor Elite, which needs a BBC Master Turbo (i.e. a BBC Master 128 with an internal 65C102 Second Processor) or a BBC Master 128 with an external 6502 Second Processor.

Commander files for the game are on drive 0, while universe files for the Universe Editor are on drive 2. When playing Teletext Elite or BBC Micro Elite, ensure that the disc is inserted when launching or docking, so the game can load the correct files (just as with the original BBC Micro disc version).

Note that the Elite Compendium only works on the BBC Master, and will not work on the BBC Micro.

Release history

The Elite Compendium has had the following releases:

  • 2024-01-11 - Initial release
  • 2024-01-12 - Fixed the Data on System bug in the 6502 Second Processor version

You can check the release for a given disc image by loading the disc and typing *TYPE README to display the credits. The build date is at the end.