Dragonstone 2

Alexander Software

Status: No Download, Findability: 1/5

Also known as: The Curse of the Firedemon

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Dragonstone may likely be a title you’ve never heard of or played – mainly due to how it was mail-order only text adventure title (likely written in Graphic Adventure Creator, not Quill as I originally suggested).  Thanks to Marco (Exile) Das for flagging this up!

When you ordered the first game, you would have been sent a special introductory offer, where you could get £1 taken off the price for the sequel.

We’re not entirely sure if anyone sent off the voucher and got their sequel though – and currently the game is very much at large still.   Maybe you have a copy somewhere?

It’s still early days, but we believe that as it was sold by a school – people would have either got their game or would have been reimbursed.   Do you know anything more?

Contributor Strident commented: “St. Kevin’s in Kirkby (near Liverpool) was one of the biggest Comprehensive [Secondary] schools in the UK at the time. It’s interesting that this ‘Alexander Software’ placed several adverts in Zzap… Was it a teacher behind it? A computer club?”

It seems quite likely – hopefully a former pupil or even the teacher themselves may stumble across this page in the future to help shed some light and see if this sequel can be digitally preserved.

Contributions: Marco Das, Strident

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4 Responses to Dragonstone 2

  1. Strident says:

    The original Dragonstone wasn’t Quilled; it was produced with the Graphic Adventure Creator, I think. I guess that the sequel was probably GAC-ed too.

    St. Kevin’s in Kirkby (near Liverpool) was one of the biggest Comprehensive [Secondary] schools in the UK at the time. It’s interesting that this ‘Alexander Software’ placed several adverts in Zzap… Was it a teacher behind it? A computer club?

    • fgasking says:

      Thanks Strident. I think it could be worth sending a letter to the School to explain the story and see if they might be able to help find out more about who was behind the software house. I suspect this game is out there somewhere, just obscure because of the mail-order nature of it.

      • Strident says:

        The school doesn’t exist any more. Given how long ago it was, it seems unlikely anyone at the successor school would know anything about the software company.

        Perhaps if there’s a FB page for the old school, it may be somewhere to try. The company may have also may have got a mention in the local press (something like the Daily Post or Liverpool Echo), particularly if it was an enterprise set up by the students.

        • fgasking says:

          That’s a shame. I’ll try and set some time to do some digging once things calm down a bit here. Hopefully in the meantime someone from the school will chance upon this page.

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