Collecting for the Dragon 32
May09

Collecting for the Dragon 32

Dragon Data logo Dragon 32 Back in the early 80’s my best friend had a ZX Spectrum computer and I really wanted to own one. I would spend hours at his house playing on the Speccy with classics like Jetpac, Manic Miner and the Horace games. It was probably 1983 or ’84 and I pestered my parents for a Spectrum for months coming up to Christmas. We were a poor family by comparison and I knew that I had little chance of actually getting a Spectrum. Come Christmas morning and I didn’t get my Spectrum, instead I got a Dragon 32, which my parents obviously picked up somewhere on the cheap. I hated the Dragon back then as it just wasn’t a Speccy and I found it hard to find games for it locally. I think at most I only had about half a dozen games for it back then and as a result, it got very little use. I do remember typing out a few BASIC programs for it from the user manual and can remember most of the games that I owned. Over the years I have often thought about the old Dragon and shivered as I realised that it is inevitably landfill now. To cut a VERY long story short, fast forward 30 years and a friend at work who also has a passion for retro gaming. We would often talk about things that we remember and things we never owned but always wanted. One day he came in to work and told me how he had been given a boxed Dragon 32 by a guy as payment for fixing his PC for him. I told him about my history with the Dragon and how I would love to get my hands on one again and give it the chance that I never gave it when I was a kid. A few weeks later he arrived at work with the Dragon and handed it to me, smiling and said it was now mine! I couldn’t believe his generosity, I offered to pay him for it but he wouldn’t take a penny for it. So that is the story of how I had, lost and re-acquired a Dragon 32 computer, now on to the meat of this story and what it’s like to own one again, in this age of the internet, homebrew and retro enthusiasts who are still developing for these old systems. If only the internet had existed in the early 80’s then I probably would have loved the Dragon back then! Within days of owning the Dragon again, I had a huge library of...

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