October 1987 MAGazine Volume 3 Number 10

Table Of Contents

Club events and updates


At our September general meeting the people from the Bartlett branch of The 64 store demonstrated the new Okidata laser printer and the City Desk desktop publishing software.

Unfortunately, they remembered to pack the printer up when they left. Those laser printers sure produce some good looking output. Of course, not all went as they had planned. They had some trouble getting the right cables and then were late arriving. Fortunately, Gene Norton was waiting in the wings to unveil his new version of the classic board game RISK! which he plans to release as shareware. Then Dr. Alan Schwartz demonstrated "Roadwar 2000", a strategy role-playing game loosely based on the Mad Max movies.

If you come to our October metting (please do!), you might notice that I'm not there. My husband and I are going to New York for the Ami Expo that weekend. The Veep, Dr. A., will be presiding and he hopes to have demos of "Word Perfect" and "Barbarian" among other things. So we won't be seeing you in October but in November we plan to bring back a lot of news from the Expo. See ya' then.

October's Calendar of Events

Saturday October 10 1:00 PM - The Memphis Amiga Group's general meeting will be held at the State Technical Institute at 5983 Macon Cove in the meeting room of the Mid-South Microcomputer Resource Center on the second floor of the Freeman Building, (between the library and the cafeteria). For more information about the meeting please call Audrey at (901) 755-4641.

Saturday October 31 10 AM - 6 PM - The Memphis Amiga Group, in conjunction with several local user groups will present a public Computer Fair. Representatives from Adam, Amiga, Apple, Atari, Commodore, IBM, Kaypro, Macintosh, Osborne, Tandy, TI, and Timex/Sinclair user groups are expected to be on hand to demonstrate their favorite computer's capabilities.

MAG Review

The Video Wizard

Reviewed by Norman Wade

The VideoWizard by Intracorp, Inc. is fundamentally a program to assist you in databasing all of your video cassettes.

The front cover is disconcerting in that it pictures an APPLE computer but the program runs on a 512K Amiga and strongly urges that you have a printer attached to hard-copy each and all procedures as you work with the program.

Some of the features include, of course, complete listing and indexing of all your videotapes, full itemization of each movie on the tape, a file which enables you to convert the numerical indexing on your VCR to actual time used and time remaining on each tape. This is helpful because if you want to record a movie or other event of known time length, this program will instantly tell you WHICH tapes in your collection have enough blank space remaining to accommodate the event.

One other feature that is included is a file which will PRINT out labels for all your VCR tapes, and in fact a supply of blank tractor-feed labels are included.

Software Snatches

by Eve Eastings

AiRT, despite its name, is a programming language. Its designed for composing casual programs that everyone at one time or another has considered writing but either couldn't find the time or didn't have the programming skills to write. With AiRT you don't type in line after line of code, you point and click. AiRT lets you assemble your program by selecting icons like "input" or "jump" or "jump if greater" from a screen of colorful macro icons, then enter into a requestor box whatever parameters are necessary for that particular macro. AiRT comes with an editor, compiler and reference manual and is available for $64.95 from PDJ Software, 111 Thornwood Drive, Marlton, NJ 08053, (609) 596-8991. As a special introductory offer the package will include AiRT PRINT which produces a text and/or graphics listing of your AiRT programs, and AiRT FORM which allows you to add IFF graphics and mouse gadgets to your programs.

Amiga Motion is a full screen animation program for the Amiga. It lets you animate low and medium res IFF files (imported from any of the major paint programs) at up to 24 frames per second. A 512K Amiga can "flip" through about 12 frames, while a 2Meg Amiga can handle around 100. Package includes a disk of sample animations. Cost is $99.95 from Software Literacy Corporation and Finally Software, makers of Dr. Xes and PHASAR, at 2255 Ygnacio Valley Road, Suite N-1, Walnut Creek, CA 94598, (415) 935-0393.

Other new products noted: Video Wizard, Telegames, Forms in Flight, Haicalc, Alternate Reality: The City, Deluxe Write, Empire, Ferrari: Formula 1, Leisure Suit Larry in the Land fo the Lounge Lizards, Smoothtalker, and Ultima IV.

RISKy Business

A Review by "The Fat Guy and The Other One"

The Fat Guy: RISK! from the Lightning Bug Group is a simulation of a simulation. Its a computer game based on the board game we all played when we were kids, and at that I guess its a pretty good one. After an attractive title screen, the game displays the playing field, a full screen representation of the original game's board, with colors and design that pretty well match the original. A line at the top is left for textual interaction with the player(s): messages from the program advising whose turn it is and what action he or she is to take, or responses from the keyboard such as number of armies to move. Oh yes, I forgot to mention, the game is for 2 to 4 players to play among themselves rather than one against the computer. Each player begins by placing his/her armies in countries of his/her choosing, using the mouse to click the countries of choice. After the lengthy setup, each player alternates his/her turn by choosing to attack his/her neighbor. The computer rolls the selected number of dice for each player, showing the values on the screen, and removing the loser's pieces. At the end of each player's turn, he or she is given a chance to "free move" his or her pieces to adjacent countries to prepare for another players' possible attack. In short, the game plays pretty much like the original with the only major difference being that you don't have to keep up with all those messy little wooden or plastic pieces.

The Other One: As usual, you've missed the point of the whole game.

TFG: What do you mean by that remark?

TOO: Well, first of all, you didn't discuss the purpose of the game: to capture all of the countries on the board by eliminating your opponents' pieces via dice rolls. You didn't even explain that the board is a representation of the world map. Anyone who has played the original game would certainly know that but not every one of us spent several hours each day playing games like RISK!

TFG: Well, certainly most of the people who would be interested in this simulation of a board game would be the ones who played RISK! when they were kids. In fact they might still be kids. You don't have to be an adult to play this game. It would probably help you to enjoy this game if you still acted like a kid. One of the biggest thrills of the board game was making underhanded deals with one or more of the other players then after you got what you wanted, going back on your word.

TOO: That sounds like something you'd do. But you've made my point. Some of the purchasers of this game are going to be kids. I mean real kids who have never even heard of RISK! before. And they will be forming their opinion of this game on its own merits. That why I was complaining about your leaving out the basic concept of the game in your review. I think the author's intent was to recreate the look and play of the original for those who have experienced the original but at the same time make a few improvements to the flow of play to benefit all of the players, particularly those who are unfamiliar wih the original game.

TFG: I think you're taking this thing too seriously. Next thing you know you'll be trying to suggest that the author has built some kind of moral message into the game, the same way you tried to claim that John Carpenter's "The Thing" was basically an anti-McCarthy film.

TOO: If you'd read Don A. Stuart's "Who Goes There?" on which Carpenter's film was based, you'd have seen the McCarthy paranoia that was at least suggested. But no, I don't claim any such message for this game. Its just for fun. A violent 'lets gang up and destroy the other guy' kinda fun, but fun.

TFG: If we're going to rate this software on that basis then I'll have to give it a thumbs down. Its okay, but I just don't care enough about this kind of game to go to the trouble of loading it in and spending an hour or two playing. I'd rather go to the movies and watch "Ran".

TOO: Well I was a fan of RISK! when I was in high school, and I have to give this simulation a thumbs up. I think the programmer has sucessfully duplicated the look and feel of the original. If any Amiga owner out there wistfully recalls his days of playing RISK! but his wife has long ago thoughtlessly tossed his boardgames onto the trash pile, then here is his chance to recapture those thrilling moments of victory when, after 33 dice rolls he finally can take Kamchatka and move his Mongol horde onward toward America.

TFG: RISK! is shareware, the author wants $10, from The Lightning Bug Group, 930 W. 9th #6, Cookeville, TN 38501. At least if its shareware you can try it before you buy it.

TOO: You forgot to mention the cards. Gee.


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MAGazine is published monthly by the Memphis Amiga Group (MAG), a nonprofit organization offering assistance to fellow Amiga owners and those interested in the Amiga.

Membership in the Memphis Amiga Group is available for an annual fee of $20 per family.

Memphis Amiga Group officers for 1987 are:

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Disk Library Grows

By Ron McCalla, Club Librarian

We've several new disks to add to our public domain library this month, full of utilities, games, animations, and songs! I've readied a list of the file names available on these new disks and on the ones added to our library last month. Most of the Sonix songs are courtesy of Don Lockard. Risk! is courtesy of Gene Norton. Thanks fellows (and again thanks to the folks I named last month for disks 43 through 50). Here is a summary of last month's disks. MAG-40 contains two VideoScape 3-D demos: "Red Baron" and "El Gato". Similarly, MAG-41 contains the VideoScape 3-D demo "The City" and MAG-42 contains "HAM Red Baron" and "Merlin 3-D". MAG-43 contains several IFF picture files of famous cartoon characters, including: thumper, anxiety, wiley, yamato, yogi, bunny, bloom2, martian, khadaffy, garfield, opus, bloom, garfield2, jingle, hdpond, obsolescence, bee, mtv, snoopy, mickey, lisa, spidy, hdbarbarian, daffy, and spaceghost. MAG-44 contains several IFF picture files of classical art and famous works of Amiga artists: dreamhouse, bike, weathermap, heart, vermeergirl, polar, mazdarx7, foxpup, jumbodog, map, macgirl-bw, macgirl, stilllife, Porsche, kingtut, convertible, dancer, dali, diamond-ring, amoeba, venus, gorilla, mariel, floorplan, monalisa, paintcan, escher.pic, and skier. MAG-45 contains pics of scantily clad females: betty, hooters, carrie, marina, lace, didi, bathtime, pair, and vanna. MAG-46 has more nudes: kim, junec, barbie, blonde, beverly, june, vest, sandy, roxxanne, carrie, batgirl, biker, anita, velez, tie, and cowgirl. MAG-47 contains fantasy and science fiction scenes: worlds, vulcan, starflight, saturn, stardest, daddio, yoda, liftoff, spaceship, trontank, jupiter, uranus, lostinspace, astronaut, woman, yambiman, starfall, world, afmap, sat.view, damsel, umbriel, timecrystal, and k9. MAG-48 contains several IFF digitized picture files: kirby, david, angelico, mona, vaneyck, angel, erin&amy, statue, centaur, sargent, and opus. MAG-49 includes: fish, cottage, logol, bluecoupe, rooster, modem, ignition, bwlady, horses, pinball, nite, newscaster, rizz, firestorm, ninjabike, colorlady, brochure, cherry, oldlady, boing!, winter, colorvegie, trex, cad-cam, logo, corinth, newtek, and expansion. MAG-50 is the demo (crippled) version of the TrueBASIC interpreter; also on the disk are several dozen demo programs.

Here are the new disks. MAG-51, "GAMES-06", contains 3DTTT (a tic-tac-toe game), SimonSays (similar to Milton Bradley's Simon), Peg-It (a Mastermind clone), PacMan87 (an excellent update of the classic arcade game), and Adventure (an extended version of the classic mainframe fame). MAG-52 contains pictures created with Sculpt 3-D from the Byte-by-Byte Corporation. MAG-53 contains a VideoScape 3-D animation, "The Dream Goes Berserk". MAG-54 is a shareware game, "RISK!", based on the traditional board game and donated to the library by The Lightning Bug Group. MAG-55 and MAG-56 each contain dozens of score files and selected instruments for use with Aegis' SONIX. MAG-57, "Utilities-04", contains a file utility program, DiskMan2, and two printer utilities called InitPrinter, and Control in the root directory available from Workbench; in other directories for use from CLI are: Blitz (latest version of the fast file reader), DO-OP (a multiple choice program runner), ELESS (an alternate dir/list command), filetype (tells file type), icontype (changes icon type), keylock (locks keyboard until given password), ncd (analternate cd command), newsysdisk (changes sys:), pmbbuc (estimates time after warm-boot), request (runs programs at option), rrun (analternate run command), zoo (a file archiver), ustar (a wordstar clone for use with UEdit), conman1 (the release version of conman), clirun (runs cli tasks from workbench), and journal (records mouse and keyboard commands for playback). MAG-58 contains assorted utilities and examples for programmers of C, LOGO (interpreter included on this disk), and Assembler (AMON is included); some of the utilities are: ccheck, blitlab (prowl the blitter!), GOMF! (the GURU avoider in object form and in C code for use in your own programs), and diskx (a sector editor). Examples include: STDfile (a standard file requestor for use in your C programs), VSprite, and HowToAnimate.

A condensensed list of our MAG library follows. As usual, the more complete MAG library description will be given out at the general meeting. A list of available Fish disks can be found in a recent issue of Amazing Computing magazine.

Memphis Amiga Group Disk Library as of October '87

Serial Number Title
MAG-01 ABasiC Programs
MAG-02 Addison's Games 1
MAG-03 AmigaBasic programs
MAG-04 Demos-01
MAG-05 Fonts
MAG-06 Games-01
MAG-07 Icons
MAG-08 Telecommunications
MAG-09 Utilities-01
MAG-10 PSound
MAG-11 Printer Drivers
MAG-12 Music Studio Sonds
MAG-13 CG1 Demo
MAG-14 Aegis Impact Demos
MAG-15 Aegis Animator Demos
MAG-16 Programming
MAG-17 Hardware
MAG-18 Editors
MAG-19 DMCS Instruments
MAG-20 DMCS Music
MAG-21 Ray Tracing Pics & Progs
MAG-22 Aladdin Magazine Demo
MAG-23 Aegis Animations-02
MAG-24 Deluxe Videos
MAG-25 Demos-02
MAG-26 Utilities-02
MAG-27 Games-02
MAG-28 PCLO Demo
MAG-29 MaxiPlan Plus Demo
MAG-30 Aladdin Magazine Demo #2
MAG-31 Demos-03
MAG-32 Bard's Tale Cheat Disk
MAG-33 Games-03: LARN, etc.
MAG-34 Games-04: HACK_game
MAG-35 Games-05
MAG-36 Arazok's Tomb Demo
MAG-37 Telecomm-02
MAG-38 Utilities-03
MAG-39 Graphics Utilities
MAG-40 VideoScape 3-D Demos
MAG-41 VideoScape 3-D Demos #2
MAG-42 VideoScape 3-D Demos #3
MAG-43 Cartoon PIcs
MAG-44 Classic Pics
MAG-45 Nude Pics #1
MAG-46 Nude Pics #2
MAG-47 Sci Fi and Fantasy Pics
MAG-48 Digitized Pics
MAG-49 Miscellaneous Pics
MAG-50 True BASIC Demo Disk
MAG-51 Games-06
MAG-52 Sculpt 3-D Pics
MAG-53 VideoScape 3-D Demos #4
MAG-55 SONIX scores & instrs #1
MAG-56 SONIX scores & instrs #2
MAG-57 Utilities-04
MAG-58 Programming-02

If you wish to order any of our library's MAG or Fred Fish disks please use the order form found elsewhere in this newsletter. If you have any public domain or shareware programs you wish to donate to the library, please upload them to our BBS: The DUCK Pond, at (901) 755-5330, or send them to The MAG Library, P.O.Box 381462, Memphis, Tn 38183-1462.


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We would like to welcome Mike Wallace, Jim Hollingsworth and Bob Schechter to our ranks. Bob, who lives in Bethlehem, PA, has just purchased an Amiga 500 and wisely took advantage of the special software offer. Jim is an A1000 owner and new to the area having recently moved here from California. Mike Wallace lives in Marion, Arkansas, although he works in Memphis; he's owned an A1000 for a while but has just discovered our group.

More than just Rumor

by the Unknown Amigoid

Sales of the A500 are reportedly booming. Commodore/Amiga's software bundling deal is a big factor of course. A lot of C64 and C128 owners who received C/A's offer are jumping at the chance to get the new machine and $1200 worth of software at a price not much higher than the cost of a C128 system.

The A500 is big in Commodore's new ads too. Using the $60 million recently invested by Prudential, Commodore plans to unleash a major marketing campaign promoting the A500 in personal or home computing magazines while the A2000 is to be played up big in the business journals like "Forbes" and "Business Week". Promotions involving A500s have been suggested offering the machines as prizes in McDonald's, Mars Candy, and Kellogg's commercials, both here and abroad. As one anonymous A1000 owner said, "If Commodore was able to sell 200,000 A1000s by word-of-mouth, imagine what they could do if they advertised!"

Speaking of advertising, Word Perfect has been promoting its new word processor for the Amiga with full page ads in publications like Info World. Having a major software house pushing its Amiga oriented product in magazines normally devoted only to IBM can only be viewed as a big plus for Commodore/Amiga. "The big news for Amiga 1000 owners this month is not the A2000 trade-up offer but the way some dealers are handling the traded-in 1000s. Participating dealers get to keep the A1000s traded in for the A2000 and can do whatever they wish with them. Some are planning to donate them to schools to gain a tax write off and help promote the Amiga as a scholastic alternative to Apple and IBM. Other dealers are offering the used A1000s for sale at bargain prices. One local dealer suggested his resale price would be $400 or $500. The best deal I've seen though is from CMO, a mail order house in Pennsylvania. They make the following offer: "Trade your Amiga 1000 in on a new Amiga 2000 and we will give you a $1000 allowance against the retail price of the Amiga 2000. Amiga 2000 $1999 - trade-in allowance $1000 = your cost $999." Nothing new there, but they continue: "If you wish to purchase back your Amiga 1000, you can buy it back for an additional $200 or a total of $1199 for the Amiga 2000. All we need is the serial number of your Amiga 1000." Now there is a good deal! Get a new A2000 for about $1200 and keep your A1000!

On the software front, National Information Systems, makers of Accent-R, a fourth-generation language/database, is working on a version for the Amiga to be out in a few months. An IBM version is also in the works.

Byte-by-Byte's "Sculpt 3-D" is proving very popular with Amiga artists. The tri-view window system allows easy construction of ray-traced HAM pictures, but the package lacks any animation features. Byte-by-Byte plans to remedy that on November 1st with release of their "Animate 3-D", also written by Eric "The Juggler" Graham.

Ben Blish of SoftCircuits reports that his new frame grabber hardware is expected out in October. With it you can grab live color video, or live b&w video, or color still pictures in color via a color camera, or color stills in color via a b&w camera with a filter wheel, or b&w stills with a b&w camera. The device plugs into the expansion port and should cost under $200.

Spirit Technologies has announced the "INBOARD 500", an internal ram upgrade board for the A500. With this board an A500 can have up to 2.5 Meg of internal ram (including the 1 Meg of Commodore ram). The Inboard 500 and its older sister the Inboard 1000 are sold with 0, 0.5, 1, and 1.5 Meg populations with prices ranging from $279.50 to $599.50. Each board is zero wait-state, auto-config and buffered, with optional battery-backed clock. Each comes with PD utilities disk.

ReadySoft Inc. has announced an October 1st release for "The 64 Emulator". Its retail price is listed as $39.95 but members of Amiga user groups can get a discount of up to 30%. ReadySoft is also offering an optional serial interface to connect C64 peripherals to your Amiga. Tne user group discount offer expires November 30th.

Absoft's AmigaBasic compiler has gotten some glowing reviews in several Amiga magazines lately, but a recent purchaser reports its still got quite a few bugs left in it, even after several revisions. If you've got AC/Basic, try the following program in the Microsoft interpreter then in ABsoft's AC/Basic:


These statements were part of a several thousand line program our friend had written using the interpreter (except for the print and input lines included here). This discrepancy in the AC/Basic compiler drove him batty for several hours until he found that these lines were the problem and guessed (without any good reason I can see) that changing line five to P=XV+(XV-X)*(ZV/(Z-ZV)) would fix it.

One more AC/Basic "bug", the packaging says it contains a debugger to go with the Basic compiler, but when you look inside it says "may be available in the future."

As long as we're on the subject of Basic, here's a bug warning for you AmigaBasic users. If you've ever gotten a visit from the GURU by merely calling on the translator device, its probably because some other program called the translator first. AmigaBasic 1.2 (but not the WB 1.1 version) supposedly can't stand that, and the only solution found thus far is to not call the translator from Basic if its already been called during the session.

Membership list of the Memphis Amiga Group as of October 1, 1987


Akey Brian Memphis TN 38111 AUG 88
Anderson Ken Memphis TN 38128 SEP 87
Bilson Edward Memphis TN 38115 JAN 88
Browning Don Memphis TN 38111 JAN 88
Burford Tim Memphis TN 38118 FEB 88
Burns Keith Cordova TN 38018 SEP 88
Davidson Al Memphis TN 38115 AUG 88
Doss Leonard & Mary Ann Memphis TN 38119 AUG 88
Eifert Todd Memphis TN 38152 AUG 88
Gray Bobby Brighton TN 38011 FEB 88
Grayson Sandy Memphis TN 38127 OCT 87
Harris Mike Millington TN 38053 AUG 88
Head David & Deborah Memphis TN 38134 JAN 88
Holbrook Mark Cordova TN 38018 MAY 88
Holliday Shawn Memphis TN 38128 OCT 87
Hollingsworth Jim Memphis TN 38115 SEP 88
Hudson Scott Memphis TN 38115 JUN 88
Jennings Ron Carson CA 90746 MAR 88
Jones Tom Memphis TN 38128 AUG 88
Kiss Sean & John Memphis TN 38118 FEB 88
Kligel Joe Memphis TN 38128 SEP 88
Leeson Michael Memphis TN 38115 FEB 88
Lingle Garry Memphis TN 38115 JUN 88
Lockard Don Alamo TN 38001 AUG 88
McCalla Ron & Audrey Germantown TN 38138 AUG 88
Michael Stephen Cordova TN 38018 APR 88
Norton Gene Cookeville TN 38501 AUG 88
Pinchot David Memphis TN 38115 OCT 87
Rothaar Mike Atoka TN 38004 DEC 87
Schechter Robert Bethlehem PA 18017 SEP 88
Schwartz Dr. Alan Memphis TN 38187 AUG 88
Shackleford Dennis Memphis TN 38118 SEP 87
Skinner Andy Kingsport TN 37664 SEP 87
Stewart Jerry Memphis TN 38115 SEP 88
Thomason Tom Millington TN 38053 SEP 87
Vineyard Charles W. Memphis TN 38118 AUG 88
Wade Norman Memphis TN 38104 SEP 88
Wallace Michael S. Marion AR 72364 SEP 88
Weatherall Broadus Memphis TN 38111 JAN 88
Williams Charles Wilson AR 72395 AUG 88


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Charles Williams MAGazine Editor & Secretary
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