We are happy to invite you to the third edition of the "Error In Line"
party! The convention is directed to fans of alternative computersystems
(namely Atari/Acorn/Amiga/C64/Unix and others). EIL #3 will take
place at Easter 2003 in Dresden (Germany) and is a demo-orientated
meeting of people who share the fascination of doing stuff with those
Once again, we will try our best to arrange a unique and thrilling
Easter convention for you. Come to Dresden, meet great people from
all over Europe and feel the Atari spirit! Show your skills in
various competitions! Join forces with other creative people to
keep Atari alive! Enjoy a big and comfortable party place!
Feel the heartbeat of the Atariscene!
Time and Place
Error In Line will start: Friday, 18.April 2003, 12:00 AM.
Error In Line will end: Monday, 21.April 2003, 12:00 AM.
Although many visitors of previous EIL-editions liked the
special mood of the partyplace, we decided to rent another one
for this time. The reasons numerous: One reason is, that EIL#2
was a financial minus issue for us. Another reason is that the
old location wasn't really practical for a computer party in
several aspects. And finally getting along with the owners from
the previous location was not always easy as well.
After quite a long search we finally found a very nice place for
the party. It is quite near to the old place so finding will not
be a big problem. This also means, that you can easily reach the
city centre, railway station, tram and bus by foot.
The location is named "Tusculum" and also is a studentclub with
several comfortable rooms and toilets. There will also be a
separate gym as sleeping room and for taking showers.
The partyplace is a lot bigger than the previous one but still
pretty cosy and special.
The party address:
ATTENDING BY CAR
There are two possibilities to go by car, depending on where you come from:
ATTENDING BY TRAIN
- (1) If you are driving to Dresden on the A4 from
"Eisenach" then leave the motorway at the exit
called "Dresden-Altstadt." After that, keep on
following the traffic signs that direct to
"Prag/Praha" for some kilometers. Drive on like
this for a while as long as you are driving on
a street called "Nuernberger Ei". That's a big
4-track street which is partly divided by a big
green isle. Keep on going straight on until you
reach the first traffic light after the green
isle (the place is called "Nuernberger Platz").
Now turn left at the crossroad and you'll drive
down a little hill. Now you should see an old
Russian Church on the right side. When you have
passed this Church drive straight on and you
should reach the crossroad in front of the
Dresden central train station. Here you have
to turn right! Go straight again on that road
(it's called "Strehlener Strasse" btw) for some
time, passing several smaller crossroads. After
ca. two or three minutes of driving you are on
a big place called "Strehlener Platz", where
roads from many directions meet. Now it is getting
a bit complicated. You have to cross the
crossroad to get to the small road on the other
side of it: the "August-Bebel-Strasse". This is
the road we were looking for. Drive on about
50 meters and at last the "Tusculum" (the location)
will appear on the righthand of the road.
- (2) If you are driving to Dresden on the A4 from
"Bautzen" then leave the motorway at the exit
"Dresden-Hellerau." Then turn right and keep on
going straigth on until you reach the railway
station called "Bahnhof Dresden-Neustadt." This
is not the main railway station of Dresden so
take care you do not mix it up. Anyway, drive
through under the railway and then turn to
right immediatly. Now keep on driving straight
on again. You will drive over a big bridge and
after some minutes of driving, you will see the
central station of Dresden (called Dresden
Hauptbahnhof) on the right side of you. This
indicates, that you are in the right place.
Keep on going straigth on for some time again.
You are on the "Wiener Strasse" and you should
pass various smaller crossroads until you will
see a gasstation on the left and a Pizzeria
on the right side. You're now standing in front
of the "Richard-Strauss Platz". Turn right here
and drive through under the railway for a few
meters. Take the next coming road on the left
side (it is short behind the railway). Now you
hopefully are on the "August-Bebel Strasse".
Drive on for some 50 meters and you should see
the partyplace, the "Tusculum" on the right.
ATTENDING BY PLANE
- If you arrive by train make sure that your destina-
tion is Dresden Hauptbahnhof (central station).
In case you are wrong, it is not such a big problem
to go to the centralstation from any other station.
However, once you are there, leave the station
through the maindoors. Now you can take a cab or
turn right to save money. Go through under the
railway bridge and now you stand on a big place
where a big building featuring "Conrad Electronics"
is standing. Do not go there, but turn left now!
That means you are walking on the "Strehlener
Strasse". Now there are two options. Walking or
taking the bus. Both alternative should lead you to
the "Strehlener Platz" at the end of the road you
are on. So either you just walk on (it will take
you ca. 20 minutes) or you cross the road and go to
the busstation. Take line 72 or 76 (doesn't matter)
and go for two stations. The stop is called "Strehlener
Platz" then. When you have reached this place
you have to cross it directly. If you keep the direction
(coming from the centralstation) and just
walk on (take care of the cars) you should find the
"August - Bebel - Strasse" on the other side of the
"Strehlener Strasse". This is the road where the
partyplace is located. Walk along it for some 50
meters and you should see the Tusculum, the party
place on the right side. You are here, so come in!
- If you are going to Dresden by plane, you will
arrive at the airport "Dresden - Klotzsche". From
there, some shuttletrain is driving to the central
railwaystation of Dresden (Dresden Hauptbahnhof).
If you are there you can just follow the way
described in the "coming by train" part of the text
above. However, if this is too complicated for you
then contact us before you come (as early as
possible, please), so we can try to pick you up on
We are going to put up signs so you should find the way easier. Still
It could still happen, that you have problems to find the location.
In that case give us a call under the phone number 0170/9508171 and we
will try to help you out.
The competitions will be held on Saturday and Sunday. Since we want to
avoid problems or crashes during the presentation we will record your
entries on videotape. You can sit next to us when we record your entry
so everything will look as it was supposed to during the presentation.
We will provide our own equipment for the recording. In case our hardware
does not fit to your wishes or demands, you can give us your
system for the recording, too. We can supply the following systems:
Atari 1040 STf 8 Mhz, 1 MB RAM
Atari 1040 STe 8 Mhz, 4 MB RAM
Atari Falcon 030 16 Mhz, 4/14 MB RAM, FPU
As usual all accerlators, extensions etc. are allowed. To ensure fair
conditions during the competitions, the detailed specifications of
the used hardware, software and possibly filesize will be published
in course of the presentation. The following competitions are going
to be held:
- ATARI FALCON 030 DEMO COMPETITION
No restrictions imposed.
- ATARI ST DEMO COMPETITION
No restrictions imposed.
- ATARI 8-BIT DEMO COMPETITION
The hardware should be provided.
- INTRO COMPETITION
The maximal size is 98304 bytes.
- 4 KB INTRO COMPETITION
The maximal size is 4096 bytes.
- 128 BYTE INTRO COMPETITION
The maximal filesize is 160 bytes.
- WHIP! - MODULE COMPETITION
The music can be selected by author.
- TRUECOLOR GRAPHICS COMPETITION
The used software will be announced.
- 16 COLORS GRAPHICS COMPETITION
The used software will be announced.
- TRACKED MUSIC COMPETITION
The player should be provided.
- SOUNDCHIP MUSIC COMPETITION
The player should be provided.
- GAMING COMPETITION
The game is not yet defined.
- WILD COMPETITION
Everything is welcome here.
- ASCII ART COMPETITION
The maximum size of the ASCII-art gfx is 79x24
characters. The content of the contribution should
be related to the Error In Line convention.
The entries have to be selfmade. If you cannot be present at the party
you can give your contribution to someone, who will bring it to the
party for you. Only the paying visitors (the ones who sponsor the whole
event after all) can win prizes in the competitions, though.
All entries will be published after the party. In case you wanna finish
your entry before it it going into public we will wait for your final
version for two weeks and publish the latter one then instead.
Please don't regard the competitions as they are set up now as static.
If there is hiqh interest (entries so to speak) in other competitions
we can add them. The competition rules may change, too.
However, one issue regarding the compo-prizes must be mentioned here:
It is no secret that there aren't many companies dealing with the Atari
system around anymore. The harder it is to find sponsors this time. And
as we simply cannot afford to buy high-cost prizes for the competitions
on our own, we just want to remark that prizes will not be the central
point of the Error in Line #3. It is a bit sad maybe, but after all not
an issue that should keep us away from having fun after all. Anyway we
will try to find people and companies sponsoring attractive hard- and
software, of course. And to not forget it - support in finding sponsors
and sponsoring itself is always heartily welcome! In this context some
special thanks have to go to Atari.Org for being our first sponsor :-)
The bigger location means that there will probably be not a space problem
at EIL #3. In contrary, you can look forward to a big competition room,
where everyone will have a good view on the screen and a seperated gym as
But still we want to recomment you to register before coming. This on the
one hand offers you security to get a comfortable seat and on the other
hand also we can better plan the services (free breakfast, snacks and the
bar for instance). So you can register by transfering 12 Euro to the following
name of bank: Stadtsparkasse Dresden
account owner: Norman Feske
banking account: 441 27 34 16
banking leadnr.: 850 551 42
The entrance fee for unregistered people is 15 Euro.
- There might be a divided smoker and nonsmoker area. Please respect it.
- Every visitor is fully responsible for his own equiqment.
- All damages have to be compensated by the causer.
- Please keep the toilets and showers clean.
- Copying pirate software is forbidden.
- Microwaves are not allowed.
First there is to mention, that Easter is a holiday in Germany. This does
mean, that the shops are closed on Sunday and Monday. Be aware of that
when preparing your EIL-Survival Kit. Shopping on Saturday however is not
a problem at all.
If there are any questions or suggestions feel free to contact us.