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Timothy Kline

Z*Magazine: 15-Jul-86

Z*Magazine: 15-Jul-86

  1. Timothy Kline
    Article #16 (214 is last):
    From: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG)
    Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.product.8bit.zmag
    Subject: Z*Magazine: 15-Jul-86
    Reply-To: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG)
    Date: Sat Jul 3 20:34:31 1993


    _____________________^^^___________
    Zmag/A\zine
    HOT Atari News and Reviews
    Editor Clinton Smith July 15,1986
    Asst.Editor Jim Dobleski
    ___________________________________
    Publisher:Clinton Smith
    Asst.Publishers:Jim Dobleski and
    The Wizard
    Columnists:Clinton Smith and Rune
    Master
    XxIn this Issue
    *Atari Report from Generic BBS and
    S.C.A.T.
    *BBS Etiquette(Part 1)by Gerry Feid
    *Rune Reviews-Carrier War from SSI
    *Z-Bits
    *Basically
    *Zmag Messages
    *Zmag Update
    *Zmag Notes
    XxAtari Report from Generic and SCAT
    NEW 8-BIT SOFTWARE/HARDWARE REPORT
    07/05/86

    COMPOSED BY GENERIC BBS,
    312-275-2894,
    USING THE S.C.A.T. NEWSLETTER AS
    REFERENCE FOR THIS REPORT.

    MY THANKS TO S.C.A.T. (SUBURBAN
    CHICAGO ATARIANS) FOR THEIR GREAT
    EFFORTS IN THE SUPPORT OF SUCH A
    FINE MACHINE AS THE ATARI...

    THIS REPORT WAS GENERATED BECAUSE
    OF THE ENTHUSIASM I HAVE FOR THE
    8-BIT COMPUTERS AND THE HOPE THAT
    I HAVE THAT THE 8-BITTERS WILL
    CONTINUE TO BE SUPPORTED BY THE
    MAJOR SOFTWARE/HARDWARE PRODUCERS.
    I CONSIDER THE ST STATE OF THE
    ART BUT I HOLD A SOFT SPOT FOR A
    MACHINE THAT HAS OPENED UP A WORLD
    OF NEW FRIENDS AND HAS ALSO BECOME
    A VERY ENJOYABLE HOBBY.....

    NOW, IN NO CERTAIN ORDER, LET ME
    GIVE YOU THE VIEWS AND COMMENTS ON
    SOFTWARE AS PRESENTED IN THE
    S.C.A.T. NEWSLETTER OF JULY 1986.
    THE MUSIC STUDIO-OUT NOW FROM
    ACTIVISION USING THE MIDI PORT..
    A BRIDGE GAME IS BEING PRODUCED
    BY ARTWORX FOR ALL YOU BRIDGE
    FANATICS..
    PEGGAMMON BY ARTWORX-A GOOD
    TAKEOFF OF THE CONVENTIONAL
    BACKGAMMON GAME WHICH ALSO ALLOWS
    ONE PLAYER AGAINST THE COMPUTER..
    PERSONAL ACOUNTANT- FROM SOFTSYNC.
    THIS SHOULD HELP TO KEEP TRACK OF
    ALL YOUR FINANCES..
    TYPING TUTOR AND WORD INVADERS-
    FROM ACADEMY SOFTWARE..
    GET RICH- FROM HABA ARRAYS. A
    FINANCIAL PLANNING PACKAGE..
    PAPERCLIP W/SPELLPACK- BY
    BATTERIES INCLUDED. AN UPGRADED
    WORD/DATA PROCESSOR..
    VOICE MASTER- FROM COVOX. NEW
    VOICE RECOGNITION SOFTWARE..
    BIG PICTURE AND ARTIST UNLEASHED-
    FROM MTS. BOTH GRAPHICS PROGRAMS
    THAT ARE BEING DESIGNED TO BE USED
    WITH 'THE RAT' A MOUSE CONTROLLER.
    (MORE ON THIS LATER)
    THE PAWN- FROM FIREBIRD LICENSES.
    A SUCCESSFUL GRAPHICS/ADVENTURE
    GAME ON THE ST IS BEING CONVERTED
    FOR THE 8-BIT 800XL AND 130XE.THIS
    VERSION WILL INCLUDE POSTAGE SIZE
    GRAPHICS TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF
    YOUR WHEREABOUTS..

    SEVERAL NEW GAMES ARE EXPECTED
    FROM DATASOFT WITHIN THE COMING
    MONTHS. AMONG THEM ARE:
    YIE AR KUNG-FU- A NEW KUNG-FU
    GAME THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE AROUND
    CHRISTMAS.
    FIGHT- A BATTLE AGAINST
    INCREASINGLY SKILLFUL WARRIORS.SURE
    TO CHALLENGE YOUR ABILITIES..
    221B BAKER STREET- A SHERLOCK
    HOLMES TYPE GRAPHICS ADEVENTURE FOR
    UP TO 4 PLAYERS. THE GAME DISK
    CONTAINS 30 CASES WITH ADDITIONAL
    CASE DISKS TO BE AVAILABLE IN THE
    FUTURE..
    MERCENARY- MAP AND WANDER THE
    DIMENSIONAL ROOMS IN THIS 3-D GAME
    USING VECTOR GRAPHICS. WHEN ON THE
    PLANET SURFACE THIS ONE TURNS INTO
    A FLIGHT SIMULATION TYPE GAME..
    GUNSLINGER- A GRAPHICS/TEXT GAME
    WITH A WESTERN THEME..
    NEVER-ENDING STORY- ANOTHER
    TEXT/GRAPHICS ADVENTURE BASED ON
    THE MOVIE WITH THE SAME NAME..
    THE DUNGEON- AN ADDITIONAL DISK
    TO THE WELL DONE ADVENTURE,
    ALTERNATE REALITIES. THIS SHOULD
    BE AVAILABLE AROUND SEPTEMBER..

    TRINITY- FROM INFOCOM. A TEXT
    ADVENTURE THAT PUTS YOU IN
    HISTORICALLY RECREATED SIMULATIONS
    WHERE NUCLEAR BOMBS HAVE EXPLODED
    IN THE PAST..
    MOONMIST- COMPANY UNKNOWN. A
    BEGINNER LEVEL 'ROMANTIC HAUNTED
    CASTLE MYSTERY' GAME FOR THE FEMALE
    COMPUTER USER..
    HARDBALL- BY ACCOLADE. A REALLY
    GOOD BASEBALL GAME WITH GOOD
    PLAYABILITY AND SOME GREAT
    3-DIMENSIONAL GRAPHICS..
    FIGHT NIGHT- ALSO FROM ACCOLADE. A
    FIGHT GAME TO BE AVAILABLE THIS
    MONTH..
    SPITFIRE 40- FROM AVALON HILL. A
    GAME AND FLIGHT SIMULATOR TO BE
    AVAILABLE IN SEPTEMBER..
    MISSION ON THUNDERHEAD- ANOTHER
    FROM AVALON HILL. AN ARCADE
    ADVENTURE THAT IS AVAILABLE NOW..
    GUARDIAN- AND STILL ANOTHER FROM
    AVALON HILL. A STRATEGY GAME TO BE
    AVAILABLE IN SEPTEMBER..
    INFILTRATOR- BY MINDSCAPE.
    DESCRIBED AS A STRATEGY ADVENTURE
    ALTHOUGH THE OBJECT OF THE GAME IS
    TO FLY YOUR HELICOPTER (AS CAPTAIN
    JOHNNY 'JIMBO-BABY' MCGIBBITS)THRU
    HOSTILE ENEMY AIR SPACE. NO RELEASE
    DATE IS GIVEN..
    RUBBER STAMP AND PAGE DESIGNER-
    FROM XLENT SOFTWARE. AN UPGRADED
    VERSON ABLE TO BE USED ON THE NEW
    ATARI XMM801 PRINTER. ALSO COMING,
    A TRANSLATOR PROGRAM FOR THE XMM801
    TO MAKE THE ATARI 'THINK' IT IS
    TALKING TO AN EPSON PRINTER..
    NINJA, SPEED KING, ELECTRA GLIDE
    AND ACTION BIKER- FROM MASTRONIC
    INTERNATIONAL. FULL DISK GAMES
    AVAILABLE FROM A LONDON-BASED
    SOFTWARE COMPANY AT GREAT PRICES!!
    ($9.99!!) SOME AVAILABLE NOW..
    CARDWARE, PARTYWARE AND HEARTWARE-
    FROM HI-TECH EXPRESSIONS. LIKE
    PRINTSHOP PROGRAMS WITH IN-COMPUTER
    ANIMATION PRESENTATIONS. CARDWARE
    FOR GREETING CARDS, PARTYWARE FOR
    PLACEMATS AND INVITATIONS AND
    HEARTWARE FOR ALL THE MUSHY STUFF..
    SPACE GAMES, ADVENTURE PAK AND
    MIND MAZES- FROM KEYPUNCH SOFTWARE.
    EACH DISK IS A COLLECTION OF 3 TO 4
    GAMES AND RETAILS OR $6.99!!..

    AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO
    MENTION SOME OF THE OTHER COMPANIES
    THAT HAVE OR WILL HAVE ADDITIONAL
    PROGRAMS FOR THE 8-BIT LINE IN THE
    COMING MONTHS..
    SPINNAKER WITH ADVENTURE AND
    EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS..
    AMERICAN EDUCATONAL WITH A SERIES
    OF EDUCATIONAL SOFTWARE..
    OSS WITH NEW PROGRAMMER TOOLS..
    SSI WITH AN EVERGROWING COLLECTION
    OF ADVENTURE-TYPE SIMULATIONS..
    REEVES SOFTWARE WITH A BUSINESS
    MANAGEMENT PROGRAM USING THE NEWLY
    DEVELOPED 'MOUSE' CONTROLLER. (YES,
    THE ALAN REEVES FROM S.C.A.T.)

    THERE WAS NUMEROUS MENTION OF
    OTHER COMPANIES' SOFTWARE BUT AT
    THIS TIME I DID NOT HAVE ALL THE
    INFO NEEDED TO DETERMINE IF THIS
    SOFTWARE IS OR WILL BE AVAILABLE
    FOR THE 8-BITTERS.

    AND NOW THE NEW HARDWARE MUST BE
    MENTIONED AS SOME OF THIS NEW
    EQUIPMENT IS SURE TO BE ON YOUR
    FUTURE WISHLIST..

    XEP 80- FROM ATARI. AN 80 COLUMN
    ADAPTER THAT ALSO CONTAINS A
    STANDARD CENTRONICS PARALLEL
    PRINTER PORT, A RCA MONITOR INPUT
    AND A CORD THAT WILL ATTACH TO
    EITHER JOYSTICK PORT. THIS UNIT
    HAS SOME VERY NICE FEATURES WITH
    ITS BUILT-IN SOFTWARE THAT
    SUPPORTS CALLS TO THE E: OR P:.
    THIS SHOULD BE AVAILABLE AROUND
    LATE FALL FOR UNDER $80.00..
    XMM801 PRINTER- FROM ATARI. THIS
    DOT-MATRIX PRINTER IS COMPATIBLE
    WITH THE EPSON MEDIUM-GRAPHICS MODE
    AND IS ALSO FULLY COMPATIBLE WITH
    THE EARLIER ATARI 825 PRINTER. THIS
    UNIT CONTAINS A BUILT-IN INTERFACE
    AND IS SOLD FOR ONLY $219.95..
    STRAIGHT-CONNECT MODEM CABLE- FROM
    ICD. SOLD FOR UNDER $15.00..
    THE P: R: CONNECTION- ALSO FROM
    ICD. THIS TAKES THE PLACE OF THE
    ORIGINAL 850 INTERFACE AND CONTAINS
    ONE PRINTER PORT AND TWO MODEM
    PORTS AND IS POWERED BY THE
    COMPUTER. ASKING PRICE, $89.95..
    ICD MULTI I/O BOARD- YES, ANOTHER
    FROM ICD. THIS LITTLE GEM IS REALLY
    SOMETHING I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR!
    THIS UNIT WORKS ON THE 130XE
    COMPUTERS THRU THE PARALLEL PORT
    AND CAN BE BOUGHT AS EITHER A 256K
    OR 1 MEG VERSION. INCLUDED WITH IT
    IS A PARALLEL PRINTER INTERFACE, A
    SERIAL/MODEM INTERFACE, A PRINTER
    SPOOLER AND A HARD DISK INTERFACE.
    THE UNIT IS SUPPOSED TO BE ABLE TO
    BE USED WITH EITHER A SASI OR SCSI
    CONTROLLER CARD AND A STANDARD
    HARD DRIVE. SUPRA'S HARD DRIVE IS
    ALSO SUPPORTED. ICD HAD A DISPLAY
    AT THE JUNE ELECTRONICS SHOW, IN
    CHICAGO, THAT WAS CONFIGURED WITH
    TWO HARD DRIVES AND ONE FLOPPY.
    WITH BUILT-IN SOFTWARE WHICH
    ALLOWED SEGMENTING, THEIR SCREEN
    DISPLAYED FOUR HARD DISKS AT 260K,
    10MB, 9MB AND 3MB, PLUS THREE
    RAMDISKS AT 192K, 256K AND 512K;
    AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, THE ONE
    FLOPPY. AH YES, FORGOT TO MENTION
    THE 64K PRINTER SPOOLER!! TO ALL
    THIS ADD THE FACT THAT IT IS
    COMPATIBLE WITH ANY DOS..WHAT AN
    AWESOME ADDITION TO AN ALREADY
    GREAT COMPUTER!!
    THE RAT- BY ZOBIAN SOFTWARE. A
    MOUSE CONTROLLER LIKE THE MOUSE
    USED ON THE ST COMPUTER. THE
    PRODUCER HOPES TO GAIN SUPPORT
    FROM OTHER SOFTWARE MANUFACTURERS
    IN THE USE OF THIS PRODUCT.SOFTWARE
    IS ALREADY AVAILABLE FOR THIS
    PRODUCT (SEE ABOVE) AND IF ALL GOES
    AS PLANNED THIS COULD BECOME THE
    NEW TOOL OF THE FUTURE FOR THE
    8-BITTERS..

    THIS REPORT WAS CREATED USING THE
    P/D VERSION OF SPEEDSCRIPT COPIES
    OF WHICH ARE AVAILABLE ON GENERIC
    BBS 312/275-2894 ALONG WITH LENGTHY
    DOCS..
    AGAIN I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE
    PEOPLE OF S.C.A.T. FOR THE USE OF
    THEIR NEWSLETTER FOR THE CREATION
    OF THIS REPORT. ANY FURTHER INFO ON
    S.C.A.T. THAT YOU MAY REQUIRE CAN
    BE OBTAINED EITHER BY WRITING TO:
    SCAT
    PO BOX 72266
    ROSELLE, ILL.
    60172

    OR THRU S.C.A.T. BBS AT:
    312/462-9844

    THE KEEPER OF GENERIC......
    312/275-2894
    XxBBS Etiquette(Part 1)by Gerry Feid
    BULLETIN BOARD ETIQUETTE
    or, Some Do's and Don'ts of the
    Electronic World.
    by Gerry Feid-Sysop, Blue Moon BBS
    There is a whole different world
    out there in the electronic jungle,
    but a lot of the rules that should
    be followed are the same as they
    are in the every day world.
    Things like 'Watch what you are
    doing', and the golden rule of 'Do
    unto others as you would have them
    do unto you' are perfect examples.
    It seems, however, that when a
    person can hide behind a modem,we
    see some normal, average people
    turn into the types of people our
    parents warned us about when we
    were kids.
    I have only been running a
    bulletin board for about 15 or 16
    months, but it has never ceased to
    amaze me that a normally sane adult,
    or normally regular kid, can turn
    into an absolute jerk when they
    think you can't find them. Don't
    get me wrong - 98% of BBS users
    are really great people. This
    article is about that other 2%,and
    a couple things that we other 98%
    may occasionally slip and do by
    accident.To get along in this
    electronic world is really very
    simple, once you keep those two old
    catch-phrases in mind.Many people
    don't ever realize that when they
    call a BBS,they are literally
    calling someone elses home, and
    should act accordingly. They never
    catch on that the Sysops' are
    literally extending the hospitality
    of their abode, and don't want
    people who abuse that privilege.
    And it is surprising how many
    people do.Take, for example, the
    guy who gets mad at his girl
    friend, and calls a BBS to post a
    message. It always goes one of two
    ways - he lists her phone number as
    a BBS, or he leaves the old 'For a
    good time, call.....'. I caught two
    guys that way, by calling the
    number by voice and talking to
    the people on the other end. Both
    times, I got the very irate
    mother of a teenage girl, who (in
    one case) threatened to call the
    police on me. In neither case did
    the girl either own, or have access
    to, a computer. After I explained
    the entire situation to the mother
    - about computers, BBS's,etc.,
    they managed to pin down what was
    done, by whom, and why.
    Fortunately, that has died down,
    and I hope it stays that way.
    Then, you have the person who
    wants to sell some old equipment.
    Good - that is exactly what a BBS
    is for. Some recent problems that
    have cropped up lately, are either
    mis-representation of the item
    being sold, or there are so many
    messages posted on the same boards,
    that other people don't have a
    chance to read much else. What
    posters fail to realize, is that
    THEY should erase their own
    messages. If there was a charge to
    post a message, that would be
    something else, but as this is a
    free service to help people
    communicate to others, keep this in
    mind - 'CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF!!'
    If your message gets buried under
    10 or 20 others, go ahead and post
    it again - but delete your older
    message. If you forget the password,
    leave a message for the Sysop at
    logoff, give him the number of your
    old message, and ask him to delete
    it. The policy I keep is that if
    someone posts a for sale message a
    second time without trying to
    erase the first one, I delete them
    both. This seems crude and rotten,
    but it is even more rude and
    disrespectful of you,the general
    user, to expect you to put up with
    being bombasted by the same ad time
    and time again. This seems to be a
    growing policy.I know several
    boards that allow NO for sale
    messages. After you logoff, the
    Sysop deletes them as soon as he
    finds them. When asked why, both
    said they were tired of people and
    companies using them for free
    advertising, then having the nerve
    to abuse the privilege.So, please
    remember that the next time you
    post a for sale message.When it
    come to the items you advertise,
    don't mislead people. Several
    months ago, someone left a message
    advertising a Gemini SG-10 as a
    200 character per second,100% Epson
    compatible printer with true letter
    quality. He said he only had it for
    a month, and was trying to sell it
    for the price of a brand new one.
    His excuse was that he bought it
    locally, and was selling it at an
    out of state mail order price. He
    also didn't care that A.) An SG10
    is a 120 cps printer, not 200; B)
    Isn't 100% Epson compatible;and,
    C) Does not have true letter
    quality. His attitude was that he
    was justified, as long as he sold
    it. His message never got posted.
    I found out later that he sold it
    for $300 to some poor little maroon
    who never knew that he could have
    bought a new one for $240.
    After that, come the people who
    call every board in town, post a
    message asking a question, then
    call back a month(or so) later
    expecting both their question, and
    an answer, to still be posted. And
    it is surprising how many people
    call every other day for a week,
    posting the same question,just
    slightly reworded.Heaven forbid
    that they,too, should erase their
    old messages. The same policy holds
    true whatever the reason you post a
    message for.Clean out your old
    messages yourself - or do you always
    expect others to clean up after you?
    If you forget the password, then
    tell the Sysop.At least make the
    effort, though.After all, you left
    it, it is your responsibility.
    Next Week:part Two(Free program
    requests and Handles)
    XxRune Reviews-Carrier War from SSI

    This week, Carrier War from SSI is
    reviewed.The game is a WW II
    simulation of aircraft and ship
    combat in four major Pacific
    battles. These battles are:
    Coral Sea
    Midway
    Santa cruz
    Solomons

    With a scale of each hex being 50
    nautical miles, the biggest part of
    this game is to find the enemy
    before he finds you. After finding
    the enemy, you must launch an
    airstrike to take out his carriers,
    then the rest of his ships.While
    the US is outnumbered in each
    scenario, he has the advantage of
    PBY scout planes, which have longer
    time in air then the Japanese sea
    planes.

    Each side is restricted to the
    number of task forces that they may
    have. A task force may be an
    entire carrier group with battleship
    escort, or a single ship. The air
    groups can be a single plane on a
    scout mission, or 50 torpedo bombers
    heading to destroy the enemy.

    The game has little if any
    graphics, and battle is done by
    words and symbols showing how many
    of each side were lost.

    The game itself plays in the
    following order:
    US TF adjustment Phase
    Jp TF adjustment Phase
    Jp Adjust TF Heading
    Jp Launch Air Missions
    Jp Arm & Fuel Aircraft
    Jp Land Aircraft
    Jp Move Air Missions
    US Radar Report
    US Adjust TF Heading
    US Launch Air Mission
    US Arm & Fuel Aircraft
    US Land Aircraft
    US Move Air Mission
    Combat Resolution Phase
    Save Game Option

    The game is two players,or against
    the computer which is always the
    Japanese.
    The game itself is historically
    accurate, from individual types of
    aircraft to different types of
    ships and submarines.Also,
    inaccurate spotting reports, and
    damage reports will always have you
    wondering...

    This game is for the hard core War
    gamer only. Novices will find the
    game too time consuming, and not
    exciting enough.

    Playablity:7
    Historical Accuracy:9
    Graphics:4
    Overall Rating:6

    Rune Master
    Runequest BBS
    430-4234
    XxZ-Bits
    You have less than a week to get
    the Radio Shack CGP 220 color
    inkjet printer for it's sale price
    of $199 dollars.Sale ends July 21st
    so you better hurry.It's regularly
    $600.
    The following messages tell about
    a new Atari product that should
    make XL/XE and ST telecommunication
    fans very happy.
    Board :ATARI RUMORS
    Message # :292
    Date & Time :07/08/86 16:35:22
    Replies :0
    Subject :XM-1201
    To :JOHN CZERWIEC
    Sent by :JEFF WILLIAMS

    John,
    Right now, the XM-1201 modem (or
    whatever it ends up being called) is
    just as real as the 80-column device!
    Until they start shipping, none of
    of them exist. However, everything I
    hear says that Atari has gone into
    production on the modem already so
    they will hopefully be shipping in
    the fall.I heard the target price
    would be "under $100"...$79.95 may
    be the discounted price that mail
    order business may charge for it.
    I hope Atari delivers on this one!

    Jeff
    Board :ATARI RUMORS
    Message # :293
    Date & Time :07/10/86 10:37:23
    Replies :0
    Subject :XM-1201
    To :CLINTON SMITH (REC)
    Sent by :GERRY FEID

    Yes, it is a fact, and is supposed
    to be in production as we speak(?).
    300/1200 baud, with both an RS232
    and an SIO port on the back for ALL
    Atari computers. 100% Hayes
    compatible(without stepping on Hayes
    copyrights) so there should be no
    trouble using any and all existing
    software or hardware.All for under
    $100 - (suggested retail at this
    time is $99.95).

    XxBasically-The random subroutine
    Since I've been busy working on
    Zread16,I didn't get a chance to
    do the RobotLoader program but it
    should be in next week's column.
    However,I will be discussing the
    random number routine as planned.
    The RobotMaker program(in Zmag
    July 8)requires that 4 random
    numbers be generated for the
    robot's characteristics.To
    accomplish this a random number
    subroutine is used.
    300 RAND=PEEK(53770)
    305 IF RAND=0 THEN RAND=1
    310 IF RAND>15 THEN GOTO 300
    315 RETURN
    This routine is used as follows:
    1.The program gosubs to the routine
    2.The variable RAND is set equal to
    the number that is in memory
    location 53770(the random number
    generator)
    3.Since a characteristic value
    can't be equal to zero,Line 305
    checks to see if the random number
    is zero.If it is zero,then the
    program set's RAND to 1.
    4.Since the number in location
    53770 can be from 0-255 and the
    highest characteristic value allowed
    is 15,line 310 checks to see if
    RAND is greater than 15.If it is
    greater,the program goes back to
    line 300 so it can get a new
    random number that is between 0-15.
    5.Line 315 returns to the main
    program.
    6.The characteristic variable being
    presently used is set equal to RAND.
    STRENGTH=RAND.This process continues
    until every characteristic variable
    has a value.
    Next Week:Disk file input
    XxZmag Messages
    MSG# 0082 DATE:07/08/86 TIME:12:20:14
    FROM: GERRY FEID
    TO: CLINTON SMITH
    SUBJ: ARTICLE

    CLINTON - AFTER MUCH REFLECTION ON
    THE ROTTEN HABITS OF SOME OF THE
    BULLETIN BOARD ABUSERS, I THOUGHT
    MIGHT DO A SHORT ARTICLE ON BBS
    ETIQUETTE FOR ZMAG. IF YOU ARE
    INTERESTED,LEAVE ME MAIL ON MY
    BOARD. I ALSO HAD THE SOFTWARE
    ARTICLE UP FOR YOU FOR A COUPLE
    OF WEEKS, AND YOU DIDN'T GET IT.
    UNFORTUNATELY, THE DISK DIED - DO
    YOU STILL WANT IT?
    IT WON'T BE TOO HARD TO REDO.
    THANKS, CLINTON, AND KEEP UP THE
    GOOD WORK. SEE YOU ONCE IN A
    *** BLUE MOON ***
    Mesg Base :ZMAG
    Date & Time :07/07/86 12:57:08
    Replies :0
    Subject :LOADED QUESTION
    To :ALL,BUT ESP.CLINTON
    Sent by :JOHN CZERWIEC

    I don't know if anyone else feels
    this way but I always wish there
    was someway to read one story in
    a Zmag.The quick but messy way
    would to have each article a
    seperate u/l file,this probably
    isn't workable because it would
    eat disk space.It may be possible
    ,though, to use some sort of
    "pagination"from within
    Zread or Zmarquee.If someone was
    really proficent in IOCB routines
    it could be done: Any Brave Souls
    out there.!

    John,I was only halfway done with
    Zread16 when I got your message so
    it wasn't too hard to come up with
    a routine that does what you
    suggested.Zread16 should start
    popping up on Zmag boards starting
    Wednesday.

    Mesg Base :ZMAG
    Message # :280
    Date & Time :07/08/86 02:21:12
    Replies :0
    Subject :ZMAG AUTHORS
    To :CLINTON SMITH (REC)
    Sent by :DAVE MUNSIE

    HI CLINTON! IM WORKING ON AN
    ARTICLE FOR ZMAG.I'LL SUBMIT IT
    FOR APPROVAL SOON! I'M ALSO
    CONSIDERING WRITING AN ALL M/L
    ZMAG VIEWER.OF COURSE IT
    WOULD FEATURE SMOOTH FINE SCROLLING
    UP&DOWN THE TEXT.PAGE VIEWING..ECT.
    BUT!!DOES ANYBODY DOWNLOAD THIS
    STUFF ANYMORE? OR DO THEY ALL READ
    IT ONLINE? I WAS ALSO WONDERING
    IF YOU WANTED TO DO A LITTLE CHANGE
    IN TEXTFILES.SAY,SCRAMBLE THEM SO
    THEY CANT BE READ ONLINE? THEN WE
    COULD DESCRAMBLE THEM WITH THE
    Z-READ READER!!YOU WOULD WRITE
    THE FILE THEN SCRAMBLE IT!!
    NUFF SAID. BYE>

    MSG# 0095 DATE:07/10/86 TIME:03:57:28
    FROM: ED BOON
    TO: ALL
    SUBJ: ZMAG!!!

    WHAT IS ZMAG?????

    MSG# 0096 DATE:07/11/86 TIME:12:44:33
    FROM: DAVE MUNSIE
    TO: ED BOON
    SUBJ: ZMAG

    ZMAG! A 'ONLINE MAGAZINE'DEVOTED
    TO THE ATARI LINE OF PERSONAL
    COMPUTERS.A 'MAGAZINE' CONSISTING
    OF NEWS AND REVIEWS OF THE LATEST
    SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE OUT FOR THE
    ATARI COMPUTERS.IT ALSO CONTAINS
    EDITORIALS OF CURRENT COMPUTER
    TOPICS,C.E.S. REPORTS,USER GROUP
    MEETINGS,PUBLIC DOMAIN HITS,VIDEO
    GAMES!
    CURRENTLY THE EDITOR IN THE CHICAGO
    AREA IS CLINTON SMITH.HE CAN BE
    FOUND AT WINDY CITY B.B.S(775-2970)
    OR YOU CAN ADDRESS MESSAGES TO HIM
    HERE IF YOU LIKE.
    I RECOMMEND ZMAG TO EVERYONE.IT
    FILLS A 'GAP' BETWEEN ISSUES OF
    ANTIC.JUST D/L IT AND READ IT WITH
    ZREAD OR READ IT ONLINE AS AN ASCII
    DOWNLOAD!!

    Dave,thanks for the great reply to
    Ed's letter.I couldn't have said it
    better myself.The online Zmag
    allows people who own systems other
    than the Ataris and people who
    don't want to use their disk space,
    to read the issues,so the scramble
    idea is out of the question.I do
    believe that a good Zread program
    encourages more people to download
    the issues and read them at their
    own leisure.Features like the
    ability to select which articles
    you want to read,provides the
    reader more flexibility in reading
    the issues than the Online version
    allows.Thank you for your praise
    and contributions to Zmag.
    XxZmag Update
    Our game review columnist,Rune
    Master,just got the new version
    of BBS EXPRESS in and he has it
    up and running.Some new features
    of Runequest BBS include:Zmag
    Online,a new Role Playing Game
    called Universe,and information
    on the BBS Express! program and
    how to order it.Give the only
    BBS EXPRESS! board in Chicago
    (I believe)a call and see what
    you think.
    Along with giving support to Zmag
    on the Software Plus BBS,Jeff
    Williams is going to be helping
    in distribution of Zmag by uploading
    to the GENIE service.Read the
    August 86 Antic for a review of
    this service.I talked with Bob
    Retelle,the Atari Sysop at Genie,
    at the June 3rd Claug meeting and
    he was enthusiastic about carrying
    Zmag up on Genie.
    Chicago Zmag Boards
    Windy City Atari-(312)775-2970
    Runequest-(312)430-4234
    Enchanted Castle-(312)525-0688
    Centari-(312)668-0984
    Space Station-(312)546-1998
    Blue Moon-(312)457-2219
    CL.A.U.G.-(312)889-1240
    Skid Row-(312)439-5873
    M-Club1-(312)730-1846
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    If you have a question about Zmag
    Windy City-Clinton Smith
    Runequest-Jim Dobleski,Rune Master
    Enchanted Castle-Clinton Smith,
    Wizard
    Centari-Jim Dobleski
    Space Station-Sysop,Wizard
    Blue Moon-Clinton Smith,Gerry Feid
    Claug-Clinton Smith
    M-Club 1,2,or 4-Jim Dobleski
    Skid Row-Jim Dobleski
    Generic-Wizard
    Software Plus-Jeff Williams
    East Coast Syndicate-Ron Kovacs
    Compuserve-Ron Kovacs,Tim Orosz
    XxZmag Question of the Month
    The question for the month of
    July is Would you,the readers
    ,want there to be a condensed
    weekly edition of Zmag?This
    would be a more to the point
    issue that would be put out
    along with the standard issue.
    Another possibility would be
    a monthly edition that contains
    the best articles and news
    from the past month's weekly
    editions.Let me know what you
    think in the Zmag mesg bases.
    XxZmag Notes
    Zread 16 will be showing up on
    the Zmag boards starting on
    Wednesday.Check it out.It has
    some great new featues.

    What are your favorite P/D
    programs? Let me know what your
    favorite Public Domain programs
    are for the Zmag Top 10 P/D Hits
    article.

    Come on you ST readers out there.
    I know you're out there.Let's see
    some ST articles or columns.Once
    the ST Zread is done there will be
    a larger need for ST stuff.If you
    have an idea for an article,column
    ,or review read next item.
    Do you have an idea for an
    article,column,or review.
    Let me or one of the people in
    the UPDATE know about it.If it's
    a good idea we'll work out the
    easiest way for you to get the
    article,review,or column to Zmag.
    If you don't want to do the
    column yourself,we'll try to find
    someone who will.If you just have
    a little interesting fact or a
    suggestion just leave it in one
    of the Zmag mesg.bases and I'll
    put it in the Zmag mesg. section
    of the next issue.
    Finally,be sure to support the
    boards that carry Zmag.If it
    weren't for them you wouldn't
    be reading Zmag right now.
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    Zmag-a-zine July 15,1986
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