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 alternative machines.

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:

 01069 Dresden


There are two possibilities to go by car, depending on where you come from:

  • (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.

  • 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 the airport.

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 sleeping hall.

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 bank account:

 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.

Some Rules

  • 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.

Some Hints

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.

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