The user interface to Dragon Bane II is simple and
intuitive. There are two types of controls in Dragon Bane II:
movement controls, and menu controls.
- Menu Controls - When inside buildings, viewing or using
members of your party, or in combat, the screen is divided into three
sections. This mode is hereafter referred to as "Party
View". All action in the Party View is menu-driven, so the only
thing you need to learn is how to navigate menus in order to
- The menu is always located in the top-right portion of the
screen (unless you select "left handed mode" from the game's
"Preferences" screen -- see below). You can either tap on
menu entries, or highlight them
using the up/down keys and then select the highlighted entry by
pressing the Notepad key (See
diagram). Notice that the
currently selected menu entry is highlighted (for grayscale
devices, be sure your screen contrast is adjusted properly).
- Also note that some menus require you to select an item,
spell, or character from the bottom half of the screen. In those
cases, you can use any combination of the following three choices
to navigate down and select something from the bottom half of the
- You can simply tap on a row on the bottom half of the
screen with your stylus .
- You can press the "Calendar" hardkey to tab
between the top and bottom menus. Both top and bottom menus
can be navigated with up/down hardkeys and
"NotePad" hardkey to select an item.
- You can simply scroll off the end of one menu and onto
the other menu (using the up/down hardkeys)
- Movement Controls - To walk around in the 3D Dungeon view,
use the hard keys, or tap the screen according to the diagram, here. Occasionally, you will find
objects of interest in the towns, wilderness, and dungeons. To
examine, operate, or pick up something of interest, simply step into
||Your party automatically maps its journey and you can
review your map at any time by tapping the
"Find" silkscreen key to switch to map view. To return to the
previous view, you can either tap the "Calendar" or "Notepad"
hardkeys, tap the "X" button in the bottom-right corner of the
map, or tap the "Find" silkscreen
|| key a second time. While in
the Map View, your party's current location is represented by
a flashing arrow. If you do not see the arrow, you may have
scrolled to view a different part of the map. To scroll the
map, tap any of the four arrow buttons on the bottom-left portion
of the screen or use the Up / Down / AddressBook / TodoList hard
keys. The overhead map marks many points of interest such as
special buildings, doors, and ladders. To see these details
more clearly, you can tap the magnifying glass to zoom in or
out. Also note that at the top of the map, the map name,
your party's coordinates, and the date and time are displayed.
Tapping the date will briefly display the number of days
your party has pursued its quest.
- Switching Between Views - To switch
between the 3D View, Party View, or Map View, use the "Menu",
"Calculator", and "Find" buttons at any time. For example, when in the 3D
View, tapping the "Find" silkscreen key will jump to the
overhead map. Tap the "X" button in the bottom-right or tap
the "Find" key again to return to the 3D View (or whichever view you
- Tapwave Zodiac. Dragon Bane V1.2.1 and
Dragon Bane II V1.0.6 are both optimized for the Tapwave Zodiac's
controls. A description of all the controls is available
- GamePad support. If you have a Palm III, IIIx,
IIIe, IIIxe, IIIc, Palm VII, or VIIx, or a PalmV or Vx with the
appropriate adapter, we highly recommend that you use the GamePad by WorldWideWidgetWorks.
The entire game is playable from the gamepad, the interface is much
better with the extra buttons, and using the GamePad preserves your
Palm's hard keys. Dragon Bane II supports GamePad natively according
to the following design. Note:
if you use the GamePad, be sure to install the GamePadDriver.prc
(that comes with the GamePad) on your Palm device.
Get to the Dragon Bane II Main Menu from any view by tapping the
"Menu" silkscreen key.
- Load - Loads one of 8 previously saved games.
Note that saved games are backed up on your computer when you
hotsync. Saved games are stored in your
"palm\username\Backup" directory on your computer and are
named Drg2Save*.pdb where the * is a code for a particular
adventure. For your savegames stored for the "Return of Kra'an"
adventure that comes with Dragon Bane II, the savegame is called
"Drg2SaveMSRK.pdb" (for "MythoLogical Software Return of Kra'an").
- Save - Saves your current game in one of 8 save
game slots. It is recommended that you save your game whenever you
make progress in your quest. Note that each adventure you have
installed allows you to save it's own separate set of 8 save games.
- Restart - Resets and re-initializes a new game
for your currently selected adventure.
Warning: you will lose any unsaved progress you have made if you
restart the game.
- New - Drops out of your current game back to the
"Choose an Adventure screen". From there, you will be able
to choose another adventure if you have more than one installed on
your device. Or, after choosing a new adventure and starting a game,
you can load a save game slot for that adventure. Warning: you will
unsaved progress you have made if you change to a different adventure
and start a new game.
- Last Message - In 3D View, this option brings up
the last popup message you saw. In combat mode, it replays the last
round of scrolling combat messages in case you missed something the
- License - If you obtained a demo evaluation copy
of Dragon Bane II, you must purchase an unlock key in order to play
past the first three levels. Unlock keys may be purchased from
the MythoLogical Software website. After you
purchase a key, you must enter it on this license screen to unlock
the game. Be sure to give your license code and user name when
entering data at PilotGear HQ. After unlocking the game, there is no
need to download a new version of the game, start your adventure
over, or re-enter the unlock key the next time you play. Simply enter
the key once, and continue playing from where you left off.
For more information, see the registration section
- Preferences - Options to disable sound or door
animations, adjust the combat scroll speed (note that the up/down keys can
also do this during combat), choose "left-handed" mode, and
an option to let you choose whether to face buildings upon exiting
for devices such as the Handspring Visor or other PalmOS 3.1 devices
where the display looks choppy during scrolling, you can try
disabling the "Smooth combat scroll text" option. Disabling smooth
scrolling will make the combat messages scroll one whole line at a
time, making it easier to read on those devices.
- About - Displays version and other
- Help - Displays instructions for using the
Dragon Bane II interface.
Tapping the "Applications" silkscreen key will exit Dragon
Bane II at any time. Well, almost any time. The only circumstance when
the application button cannot be used to exit the game is when combat
messages are scrolling on the screen.
When you exit Dragon Bane II, a "temporary" savegame
is automatically created so that the next time you
run the game, you will be able to continue right where you left off.