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The independent Dragon magazine
February 1986
DRAGON 130K
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DYNACALC
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Fast teature spreadsheet similar to VISICALC (trn Visicorp Inc) A must lot any
business and for many other statistical, scientifi c and commercial uses.
256 Rows by 256 Columns - Built in HELP Facility
Windows - Graphs - Sort - 16 Digit Arithmetic
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An essential tool for many business and statistical applic at ions - wherever data
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EDIT
A MUM for every DRAGON owner. Gets you out al the rut ot the 32 by 16 screen
and the limited EDIT command Allows BASIC to work with a 51 by 24 Hi-Res
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programmer's Wok e
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The ideal combination for learning and using machine code on the DRAGON
DASM is a specially designed assembler for the DRAGON which is easy and
convenient t o us e f rom BASIC. allowing in-line assembly. DE MO N is an
interactive machine code monitor which lets you look at ihe internal workings of
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Contents
News
Telephone number
(All departments)
01-437 4343
Editor
JOHN COOK
Production Editor
BARBORA HAJEK
Software Editor
GRAHAM TAYLOR
S N 111
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New Dra g o n s h o w i n S o u th Wa le s • —
Details of next Dragon weekend away —
Incentive 6809 Show competition results —
Two new software houses
Letters
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More controversial correspondence f ro m
the Dragon community — Lack of Tandy
support at 6809 show — the 6809 sh o w
was it worth the effort?
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Communication
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Dragonsoft
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Editorial Secretary
LUCINDA LEE
Ad ve rtise me n t Manager
When yo u re d o wn and out, a n d need a
helping hand, etc • t h e n this is the feature
for you. I f you've got a Dragon problem,
then we want to know about it!
SIMON LANGSTON
A d min istra tio n
GERALDINE SMYTH
6 8 0 9 Show Report 1 0
He came, he saw, he did a little shopping —
Jason O rb a u m t h ro ws objectivity t o t h e
wind a n d g ive s yo u o n e m a n s vie w o f
Nov ember' s 6 8 0 9 s h o w — his o wn
Possibly the most impressive graphics yet
from the Dragon computer? Jason Orbaum
looks a t Microdeal's latest Ame rica n im-
port, Shocktrooper. and comes back we ll
pleased,
Dragon Answers
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Managing Editor
PETER WA RL OCK
Hardware
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Brian Ca d g e gets to grips with the latest
batch of battered, bewildered and bemused
Dragon enquiries, and comes up with some
helpful answers.
JENNY IRELAND
Subscriptions
Publishing Director
The Touchmaster graphics tablet at its new
low price — Mike Gerrard takes some time
off from adventuring to check it out — and
draws s o me int eres t ing c onc lus ions .
Adventure Trail
3 2
UK E14 for 12 issues
Overseas (surface) E20 for 12 issues
ISSN 0265-0177. Telex
Dragon 6 2 7 12. 13 Little Newport Street,
- 2 9 User, 5
London WC2H 7PP
US address: c o Business Press
International, 205 East 42nd St. New York.
NY 10017
Three Dimensional
Graphics
Mike G e rra rd s t a rt s a n e w b e g in n e rs
section, on the subject of mazes — get out
of that if you can. Also Castle Blackstar and
Sam Buick co me under the microscope.
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Peter Whittaker does it again — get some
stunning 3-D effects from your Dragon with
these programs. Never mind the theory —
just look at those graphics.
More secrets of the Dragon Ro m revealed
to you in the latest in our Firmware series,
from Brian Cadge.
Donkey's Tail
Hins on.
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Competition Corner 3 8
With Valentine's Day in the offing, Gordon
Lee's in the mood for love — and there are
25 g a me s t o b e w o n f ro m t h o se o ld
warhorses, Incentive Software.
I A BC
Published by Sunshine Books. Sc ot Press
Ltd. S u n s h i n e Books 1986
Typesetting by Ches ham Press. Ches ham,
Bucks. Printed by Greenaway Harrison
(Soutttend) Ltd, Southend-on-Sea. Essex
Distributed b y S. M. Dis t ribut ion. L o n d o n
SW9. 01-274 8611. Telex: 261643
Registered a t Me Pos t Offi ce as a news -
paper
Dragon a n d i t s l o g o a r e t rademark s o f
Dragon Data Ltd
How to s ubmit articles
The quality of the material we can publish in
Dragon User each month will, to a very great
extent d e p e n d o n t h e q u a l i t y o f t h b
discoveries t hat y ou c an mak e wit h y our
Dragon. The Dragon computer was launched
on to the mark et with a powerful version of
Basic, but with very poor documentation.
Articles whic h a r e s ubmit t ed t o Dragon
User for publication should not be more than
3000 words long. All submissions should be
typed. Pleas e leav e wi d e margins a n d a
double space between each line. Programs
should, Nhenev er pos s ible, b e c omput er
printed on plain white paper and be accom-
panied by a tape of the program.
We c annot guarant ee t o ret urn ev ery
submitted article or program, so please keep
a copy, I t you want t o hav e y our program
returned y o u mu s t inc lude a s t amped,
addressed envelope,
A co mp u t e r ve rsio n o f t h a t o l d f a mily
favourite f r o m t h e ke yb o a rd o f B ria n
Editorial
In day s of old, so anc ient my ths tell. Dr agons were s olitar y beas ties , hiding
away, k eeping thems elv es to thems elv es , guar ding their horde of treasure.
And I gues s t h e s ame us ed t o be w it h D r agon owner s .
When y ou c ould nip into W. H. Smith to buy y our fav our ite game, or pop
into y our loc al c omputer s hop to check out s ome new peripheral. When you
c ould r ing up the manufac tur er for tec hnic al adv ic e, and repairs and spares
were easy to c ome by. In that my thic al dim and dis tant past. Dragon owners
c ould b e as s olitar y as t hey lik ed.
Alas t h is is n o t t h e c as e a t pr es ent. Wit h t h e mail or der tr ade almos t
tak ing ov er c ompletely . t h in g s ar e n o longer that eas y for people w it h a
Dragon, w h ic h is w h y ev ents s uc h a s the 6809 s h o w ( and other s ) hav e
tak en o n a n e w impor tanc e.
News is lo o k in g g o o d o n t h a t f r ont — a s h o w in C ar diff this Spr ing; a
follow- up to the Dr agon week end is c ur r ently being or ganis ed. Mic r odeal
are or ganis ing tw o Dr agon c onv entions for later in the year and Databas e
Public ations (who hav e taken ov er the 6809 s how) seem keen to hold both a
pr ov inc ial s how ( pr obably in Manc hes ter) as well as a London event. You'r e
almos t s p o ilt f o r c hoic e in fac t.
Howev er, this blos s om of ev ents for ms a c ros s roads in the des tiny of the
Dragon. I f w e l l o r g a n is e d a n d w e l l s u p p o r t e d , t h e y c o u l d t r ig g e r a
Renais s anc e for the mac hine — if the oppos ite oc c ur s the Dr agon wilt be
well a n d t r uly r elegated t o t h e c ategor y o f H a s Been'.
The o p p o r t u n it y a n d e n t h u s ia s m a r e t her e — t h e r es t i s u p t o y ou.
Ans wer s o n a pos tc ar d pleas e.
February 1986 Dragon Use r 3
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News desk
If you have any new products for the Dragon — software or hardware —
ring the News Desk on 01-437 4343
Show time in
South Wales
ITS S HOW time again — this
time i n Ca rd iff. J o h n P e n n
Discount Software and others
have rallied round to organise
a s h o w i n S o u t h Wa le s —
Cardiff Airport to be exact o n
Saturday, 15th February. Th e
show runs from 10am to 5pm
and e n try will co st £1.00 f o r
adults. 50p for the under 16s.
" We f e e l it ' s imp o rta n t t o
have t h is s h o w f o r Dra g o n
Users," sa id Hu g h Pearson,
speaking o n b e h a lf o f Jo h n
Penn. " W i t h l e s s a n d l e s s
retail outlets, it's important to
get o u t a n d le t t h e Dra g o n
Users meet the people behind
the Mail Order outlets— let the
customers place a face to the
voice on the phone."
Exhibitors in c lu d e : J o h n
Penn D i s c o u n t S o f t w a r e .
Computape, Compusense and
Peaksoft.
Also De sig n Design, Bla b y
Computer Games and Grosve-
nor Software.
Anyone wanting further de-
tails (including potential exhibi-
tors) s h o u ld co n t a ct H e l e n
Penn on 04203 5970.
Extra Incentive
WERE Y OU one of the eager
arcade freaks trying to win the
Eddie Steady Got competition
at t h e 6 8 0 9 s h o w recently?
Well, Incentive are pleased to
announce t h e win n e r o f t h e
competition — a M r K e v in
Rees o f He a d in g to n Clo se ,
Basingstoke. On the Saturday
of the sh o w Kevin battled h is
way to a score of 9859 — and
for this effort gets a p rize o f
£25. Congratulations!
Never l e t i t b e s a id t h a t
Incentive software do not live
up to their name. All purchas-
ers o f their imminent release
Moon Cre ste (based o n th a t
famous a rc a d e g a m e ) w i l l
have automatic entry to a com-
petition to win a spanking new
Moon Cresta arcade machine.
You'll have to invest a fair few
hours playing the game though
a score of 30,000 qualifies
you fo r entry to the big p rize
draw, G o for it'
Close up
ELECTRONICS e n t h u sia st s
everywhere have been waiting
with bated breath fo r this one
— t h e P o c k e t I n sp e ct io n
Microscope fro m Cobonic L i-
mited.
These h a n d y s e l f -
illuminated p o c k e t m i c r o -
scopes are around six inches
long, and weigh in at four and
one half ounces, Cobonic are
producing t w o mo d e ls, t h e
Spirig-30 (E l 8.90) wh ich p ro -
vides 3 0 p o we r magnification
and t h e Sp irig -1 0 0 (C27.90)
which provides 100 power.
For further information write
to Cobonic at 32 Ludlow Road,
Guildford, Surrey, G U2 5 NW,
or telephone 0483 505260.
— b u t n o t writing a n y t h e m-
selves!" he said, " We 're look-
ing fo r programs!" He added
enigmatically, "Whatever hap-
pened t o Me sse n g e r Pe te ? "
Enquiries to 25 Cleveley Road,
Allerton, Liverpool, L81 9 UN.
Roysoft?
ROY COTES, author of the Jet
Set Wi l l y a n d Ma n i c Mi n e r
Dragon conversions, is set to
launch his own software label
in the Ne w Year. Called Mic-
rovision, it will concentrate ex-
clusively on "high quality" Dra-
gon t a p e software. T h e fi rst
two t it le s a r e b o t h a rc a d e
adventures, o n e called Bean-
stalker, t h e o th e r Th e Ta lis-
man. Ro y i s suitably myst e -
rious about the details of plot
concerning t h e s e re le a se s,
and t h e ir p rice , b u t e xp e cts
both to be available around the
beginning of February.
As well as programs penned
under his own name, Roy also
has plans to market third party
software, " I get a tot of letters
criticising other people's code
FOLLOWING l a s t a u t u mn ' s
successful Dragon "Weekend
in Wa le s
Jan 1 9 8 6 ), B o b Mo rg a n i s
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organising a follow-up venture,
( s e e
to bre held a t th e Trefeddian
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Hotel, Aberdovey in Gwynedd,
a g
over the weekend of 21st-23rd
o n
March. E v e n t s o v e r t h e
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weekend p la n n e d a r e ta lks,
s
demonstrations on a variety of
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DRAGON
subjects including Modens, In-
terfacing, E p r o m b l o w i n g ,
Operating s y s t e ms — a n d
much mo re !
The cost, fu lly in clu sive o f
accommodation a n d me a ls ,
will b e £ 4 5 p e r person. L a st
year's e v e n t w a s o ve rsu b -
scribed, s o Bob advises any-
one interested to book early.
Contact him via the Mid Wales
Tourism Council, Machynlleth,
Powys, SY2 0 8EE. Te l: 0654
2654.
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