Dragonfire II: The Dungeonmaster's Assistant

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Dragonfire II: The Dungeonmaster's Assistant
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Developer(s)Erik Brynjolfsson, Steven Bergstein
Platform(s)Apple, Commodore, IBM Personal Computer

Dragonfire II: The Dungeonmaster's Assistant is a computer program published by Magicware for Apple, Commodore and IBM Personal Computers in 1985. The program, and its predecessor, were designed by Erik Brynjolfsson, who is now an MIT professor.[1] Dragonfire II was written by Steven Bergstein, who worked for Magicware and Brynjolfsson at the time.


The program is designed to assist a game master in managing table-top role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons and Tunnels & Trolls. A user can enter material into the menu-driven program's tables, including random monster appearances, treasure tables, battle elements, and the creation of new monsters and characters.[2] The software allowed users to customize templates, permitting them to modify the system so that it would generate characters, encounters and other game requirements for a multiple role playing systems.[3]


The software was reviewed in 1986 in Dragon #116 by Hartley and Pattie Lesser in "The Role of Computers" column. The reviewers concluded that "This program is highly recommended to all."[2] Another 1986 review, in Computer Gaming World #33, praised the software's utility, and described it as being the most flexible and thorough of the products that were available on the market at the time.[3]

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  1. ^ http://digital.mit.edu/erik/Brynjolfsson%20vita%202009-02.pdf[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b Lesser, Hartley and Pattie (December 1986). "The Role of Computers". Dragon (116): 69–76.
  3. ^ a b Trunzo, James V. (1986). "Dragonfire II". Computer Gaming World (33): 54–55.