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Dragonriders of Pern

DOS - 1987

Year 1987
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Strategy
Theme Fantasy
Publisher Everlasting
Developer Everlasting
4 / 5 - 5 votes

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The Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey ranks among the most unique and imaginative fantasy novels ever created, so it is not surprising that a strategy game based on its world would be of the most unique games.

First released for the Atari and Commodore 64, the game sold reasonably well, although it remains debatable whether Everlasting would have been more successful had they made an RPG out of the license rather than an action / strategy hybrid that it is.

Set on the planet Pern, the game centers around the periodic fall of a deadly rain of silver thread, presaged by the appearance of the Red Star. Pern's human population inhabits holds and Weyrs, strongholds in which commerce, industry, and dragon-raising take place. As the representative of an important Weyr, your twofold task is to win the confidence of the other holds and Weyrs through negotiation, and to defend the planet from the falling silver thread by riding dragons whose fiery breath burns it.

You can choose a game with or without thread fighting, and select the game's speed and length. There are two stages of play: negotiating and thread fighting. In the negotiating stage, your task is to, well, negotiate with many different characters, each with a distinct personality. Negotiation is difficult because you can't foretell exactly how a Pernesian will react to your approaches; you might negotiate well, and still be denied the political alliance you seek.

In the thread-fighting sequence, you battle silver threads from the back of your dragon. You fly in 3D in the first level, and 3D in levels 2 and 3. Learning to maneuver the dragon isn't easy, as you can only rotate a quarter of a turn at a time. However, once you get the hang of steering, flying your dragon is a breeze.

Overall, Dragonriders of Pern is a challenging game. You can assume different types of behavior when negotiating with Pernesians, so it's never the same game twice. Highly recommended!

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

Benjamin 2024-02-20 0 point

To play type pern or pern.bat into the command line.
Your dragonrider name has to have an apostrophe to be valid.
your dragons name has to be an actual name of a dragon in the perniverse.
Significant Pernese Dragons:

Icefang 2023-04-22 -1 point

Do you plan to come out with versions for IOS And Android?
If so when? If not why?

Clouder 2019-10-15 2 points

Getting through the name part was bad enough, having to figure out you couldn't use a solid name was hell.
Then you have to use a dragon from the series for your dragon name.
And time... well time doesn't tell you anything and whatever you input says 'redo from start' instead of actually letting you continue.
Look, I'm sure it's a great game, If you can get the thing working. But if you need an exacting guide just to get into the game, it probably wasn't a very good game back then, much less now. And especially so when an exacting guide isn't included with the upload.
Thank you for saving the code and program, but seriously...

Soloun 2017-09-04 0 point

Amazing to see this but just need to say this, Dragon Riders of Pern is actually complete Science Fiction no Fantasy at all, I have all the books etc. and Anne McCaffrey is the one that pointed that out. Not trying to be the Nazi Spelling Police or anything, just saying, thanks for having this here amazing amount of memories.

Naomi 2016-02-05 1 point

Corrected the apostrophe issue. In the game press ctrl+f1. When the key-mapping screen opens, select the apostrophe key on the screen. Then select the "Add" button and hit the apostrophe key on your keyboard. Save and exit.

Naomi 2016-02-04 0 point

Same issue with entering a name. The apostrophe key doesn't work in the game either.

R'auvi 2015-04-20 1 point DOS version

Dragon riders have a ' after the first letter of their name like D'jeb D'anni

Rota 2013-08-02 1 point DOS version

I can't enter a name, every name I try is not a valid name.

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