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Timothy Kline

Z*Magazine: 9-Dec-86

Z*Magazine: 9-Dec-86

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    * Zmag/A\zine *
    * HOT Atari News and Reviews *
    * December 9,1986 *
    * Editor:Clinton Smith *
    * Asst.Editor:Jim Dobleski *
    Publisher:Clinton Smith
    Asst.Publishers:Jim Dobleski
    Rune Master
    Ron Kovacs
    The Wizard

    Columnists:Clinton Smith
    Rune Master
    Jeff Williams
    Gerry Feid

    * In This Issue *

    *Editor's Notes
    *Magbytes-Points of interest from Antic and Atari Explorer.
    *Elbow-Deep in the Bargain Basement from NJ Zmag
    *Sundog from FTL-a review by Clinton Smith
    *Zmag Christmas Survey Question
    *Zmag BBS List

    * Editor's Notes *

    Welcome to the December 9th Issue of Zmag

    In this issue,Zmag takes a look at the recent issues of Antic and Atari
    Explorer to pick out items of interest to pass onto you,the readers.Are you
    the type who likes to find bargains.If you are,I'm sure that you'll enjoy an
    interesting tale of bargain hunting from NJ Zmag.Looking for a strategy
    adventure game that uses the ST to it's fullest.Check out my review of Sundog
    -Frozen Legacy.

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    * Magbytes-a look *
    * at recent issues of Atari Mags *
    Antic's feature project in the Jan 87 issue of Antic,is something that should
    make your computer(8-bit or ST)cheer(or at least say some numbers or letters.
    The talking typewriter circuit,that uses a radio shack speech chip,works with
    both the 8-bit and the ST via the joystick port.The typewriter program(8-bit
    and ST)repeats what you type in.Two 8-bit programs in the issue,Door Prize and
    Math Attack,can also use the device.

    Zobian Controls has just introduced a gem-like program for the 8-bits that
    uses their Rat or SuperRats.RAOS,Rat Accuated Operating System,costs $50
    ,or $100(comes with the SuperRat).

    Would you like a drawing program for your 8-bit that has advanced features
    like airbrush painting and cutste.Then Blazing Paddles is for you.Check out
    the review for more info on it.

    Flight Simulator 2 is out for the St and Antic gives a shining review.Also
    some tidbits on the upcoming ST Jet were given.Lightning,Jet trails,explosions,
    sunsets,music,and other sound effects will be some of it's features.

    Degas Elite has some exciting new features that will knock your socks off.
    Check out the review for more details.

    Are you a fan of the public domain Star Trek games? The St Basic version looks
    to be the best yet.

    Atari Explorer

    This month's(Nov/Dec) issue has 2 articles of great interest to 8-bit and St
    game players.The year's best 8-bit games article is especially interesting
    since the writers,Arnie Katz and Bill Kunkel,were the original men behind
    Games.The top 8-bit games of 86 were Alternate Reality-The City,Ultima 4,
    Wizard's Crown,Spy vs. Spy 2,Zorro, Goonies,Battle of Antietam,Gettysburgh,
    Panzer Grenadier,U.S.A.A.F.,NAM,Lords of Conquest,the Racing Destruction Set
    ,World Karate Championship,Fight Night,Hardball,Super Boulderdash,Koronis Rift
    ,CrossCheck,and Fooblitzky.

    The top St games of 86 were Sundog,Universe 2,StarFleet 1,Breakers,Leather
    Goddesses of Phobos,Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,Borrowed Time,Brattacus,
    Hacker 2,Kings Quest 2,Phantasie,Rogue,Time Bandits,Gato,Silent Service,Word
    for Word,Bridge 4.0,Winter Games,Mean 18,Leader Board,Hole in one Golf,Strip
    Poker,Major Motion,Temple of Asphai Trilogy,and The Pawn.
    * Elbow-Deep in the Computer Bargain *
    * Basement *
    * by Ken White From NJ Zmag *
    We've all read the stories about the person who lucked into the "deal of a
    lifetime" in the eternal search to add that one last piece of equipment to his
    or her Atari collection. I've read the stories myself with a bit of envy and
    some small amount of skepticism as well.I'm not saying these people were
    exactly...lying,you understand,but their luck seemed a bit of a fluke, not the
    kind of thing that happens to the average person.On the other hand, I'm
    beginning to think that I just may have miscalculated the effects of good
    About a month ago, I was wandering through a local Sears store and, as is
    my custom, I swung through the computer section; there's always the possibility
    of running into an "unadvertised special" (okay, so I don't read the Sears ad
    flyers...so shoot me...) on disks, or maybe some discontinued piece of
    software at an unbelievably low price. And Sears generally features one of the
    best bits of free entertainment in town - endless demonstrations of the
    Commodore 64 and 128. You can stand there and watch, sneering in an -oh-so-
    superior way. Pretty funny way to kill ten or fifteen minutes, if you know
    what I mean.Anyway, there I was in Sears, watching the endless Commodore demos
    on the screens, when I spotted a familiar box out of the corner of my eye.
    Since I'd rather watch an inanimate Atari than a Commodore doing an Irish jig
    with twelve naked dancing girls (though thirteen naked dancing girls just...
    might...sway me...), I headed over to check out what they had in the way of
    Atari hardware.It was the usual hardware package, the one that's been
    advertised by all the big mail-order companies in Antic, Analog, Computer,
    etc. etc etc. A 130XE, a 1050 disk drive, and a 1027 printer.The big price tag
    taped to the side said $349.99. No surprises there, either. That's about the
    price the package can be purchased for at all the mail-order houses.
    Sure, those three pieces of Atari hardware looked kind of lonely sitting there
    , surrounded by the Commodore hordes.Sad? Oh, yeah. Pathetic? Oh, maybe a
    little bit. Was I going to take it home? Not on your life. I already have two
    800's, three 5 and 1/4 inch drives, two printers, a 1040ST, and three modems.
    The last thing I need in my life is more computer hardware.So I left the store
    , hoping that somebody would find these three items and decide to enter the
    world of Atari computing. Unfortunatelythat person wasn't going to be me.
    Fast forward to about a week ago. There I am, back in the same Sears store,
    picking up a sale-pack of video tapes (yes, I'd taken up reading the Sears ad
    flyers.. especially when it saved me a long trip for something I needed quick)
    .Since the audio/video section is right next to the computer section, I decided
    to pay the Atari package a visit, to see if somebody had picked them up yet.
    The three pieces of equipment were still there, in their little corner. Only
    one thing had changed: the price.Like on those video call-in-and-buy-this-right
    -now-or -we-kill-your-dog shows, it wasn't $350. Not $300. Not $250. Not even
    $225. The price taped to the top of the three stacked boxes was $199.95.I
    stopped. I licked my lips a couple of times. I pulled my wallet out and
    ruffled through the thick wad of one dollar bills I carry around to feel like
    I've got money in my pocket. Nope. Don't have a hundred and ninety-nine one
    dollar bills in there. My heart was, as they say, filled with regret.Then I
    started thinking....Yes, I did have a couple of hundred spare dollars floating
    around that I could use if I had to.Yes, Christmas IS coming, and a complete
    Atari system would make a GREAT Christmas present for that special somebody
    (hey, you have to get them into Atari computing one way or another).So, back I
    went to Sears a day or so later, my...uh...regretful heart in my mouth. Had
    somebody else seen this "deal of a lifetime" and snapped it up? Had the
    computer center person at Sears (what am I talking about -computer center
    person at Sears? That's the guy who was fired from Toys R Us for not having
    enough computer knowledge to run THEIR computer center) realized that $199.99
    was below dealer cost for those three pieces? Was it all a dream (like the
    last season of Dallas)?But no. There it was, sitting in the same place.But
    there was no price tag on it. I was beginning to sweat it when I saw a guy
    with a tie carrying a couple of boxes wandering around. "Do you work here?" I
    asked. He nodded. I jerked my chin at the three pieces of Atari hardware on
    the cheesy computer table in the dark corner. "Didn't you have these marked
    $199.99 a couple of days ago?" I asked pleasantly. He nodded again. "You want
    'em for $199.99?" What a stupid questionI mean, really, why did this guy think
    I was asking? Did he think I was a comparison shopper for Consumer Reports or
    something? I somehow didn't think he was going to offer to sell it to me for
    $49 or something, so what was he asking me here? While he tried to figure out
    how to write up the ticket (there were no stock numbers of any of the three
    pieces), he informed me that 1) he was a former Commodore user, 2) he now owned
    an IBM PC that was too much computer for him, 3) that I should be saving up my
    money for the Franklin IBM clone behind me, 4) that he had "read" that the
    Amiga is a better machine than the ST, and 5) that he had also "read" that my
    ST, though having a full megabyte of memory aboard, could only access 256K of
    it at once. It was, as you might imagine, painful to talk to this person.But I
    didn't have much choice.On the counter in front of him was my "deal of a
    lifetime".So I endured. And I walked out of there with $350 worth of computer
    equipment at nearly 50% off.If there's a moral to this story (and after a story
    this long, you probably are waiting for a moral), it's that you should always
    (A-L-W-A-Y-S) keep your eyes open, wherever you go, for bargains. Atari went
    through some hard times in the past, and we Atarians lost a lot of the support
    we once had from some merchants. But consider this - on one hand, we've got
    the additional support (both hardware and software) of all kinds of new
    companies.And out there, in the vast PC wasteland, there are probably hundreds
    (yes, hundreds - perhaps thousands) of bargains available at those merchants
    who gave up on Atari and don't know about the "Atari Revolution".Selfishly I
    say, "Good! Leave 'em in the dark!" Because as long as these unenlightened
    folks don't realize that computer or disk drive sitting in the corner is worth
    a whole lot more than the price tag they've placed on it, there's more bargains
    for us all.Of course, recently I've begun noticing more people lingering in
    out-of-the-way computer-type places ...looking over counters...standing on
    tip-toe to peer over piles of boxes...muscling me out of the way when I paw
    through discontinued software with a terse, "Sorry, I thought I saw my little
    boy climb into this bin."Perhaps I'm not the only skulking bargain hunter
    around after all....
    * Editor's Review:Sundog *
    * From FTL For Atari St *
    * by Clinton Smith *
    The best compliment you can give an adventure program is that even after
    you solve it,you still want to play it.I have solved Sundog,and I still have an
    urge to hop into my one man frieghter and warp around the galaxy.
    Just before your uncle died he took on a contract to build a colony for a
    religious cult on Jonnd.As his sole heir,you must complete this contract,with
    the money stored in the various banks in the different systems of the Drahew
    Region.I'll let you discover the various tidbits of Sundog,but these are some
    of the things you'll encounter.
    Muggers,Pirates,stock trading,drug smuggling,gun running,planetary discovery,
    price haggling in bars,and much,much,more.Pick up this game and explore another
    universe in your computer.
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