Monthly Archives: April 2019

ladung85

Loads of Demoparty Stuff

For those readers who like to see more recent scene-related stuff, and inspired by the Revision demoparty last weekend, I decided to go through the large queue of demoparty-related contributions from the past three years. Here is the result – over 50 demoscene artefacts, contributed by Azzaro, Ctulhu, Dipswitch, and JAL. Enjoy flyers, timetables, writsbands, votekeys etc. from demoparties of the last two decades in a number of countries, from Finland to Hungary, from the USA to Russia. Also, there are some additional flyers and stickers. And next time we’ll be back with 1980s’ letters again.

Demoparty stuff:
0a000h 2002, 2003 and 2004 orga badges // Ambience 1998 votedisk // Árok 2006 flyer // Assembly 2000, 2002 and 2003 wristbands and 2005 visitors’ info sheet // Bizarre 1994 newspaper article, 1997 ticket, two 1999 and two 2000 flyers, and 2000 invitation // Chaos Constructions 2014 flyer // Delirium 1996 votesheet // Demosplash 2017 flyer // Dialogos 1999 invitation and visitors’ magazine // Evoke 2003 orga badge, 2005 map & timetable, 2012 flyer and postcard, 2017 flyer // Evoke Tracks 2008 flyer // Function 2006 flyer and votesheet // Gravity 1996 invitation and votesheet //  LTP3 (1999) flyer // Nordlicht 2015 flyer // Outline 2007 badge, 2008 votekey, 2017 bingo sheet // two QuaST 1998 invitations // Revision 2019 wristband // Riverwash 2015 flyer // tUM 2004 trophy and 2005 flyer // Wired 1995 invitation, 1998 votedisk and wristband // X’97 Takeover 1997 votedisk

Other stuff:
“Advice to Young Sceners” pamphlet, 2019 // SID Chip Club flyer, 2019 // Black Maiden stickers, 2003 // Satori sticker, 2016 // The Deadliners sticker, 2017 // TRSI SID Radio sticker, 2019

ladung84

Old Papermags from AVH

Here we go again with some old C64 cracker magazines supplied by AVH/Radwar. Some of them have been missing in action, some other have been circulating in lower-quality scans before. You can browse the covers in the gallery below, and download the PDFs from our archive. The Demozoo links provide credits for the mags’ content.

• Cracking Comic #5 by Hobbit/Fairlight, 1988 [PDF] [Demozoo]
• News #1/89 [PDF] [Demozoo]
• News #4/89 [PDF] [Demozoo]
• Pirates #8 by F4CG, 1990 [PDF] [Demozoo]
• Smasher #2, 1988 [PDF] [Demozoo]

ladung83

Revision 2019 Stuff

As we not only document old crackers‘ letters, but also try to archive the demoscene‘s most recent paper artefacts, here is a bunch of stickers and flyers which circulated at the Revision demoparty, held last weekend in Saarbrücken/Germany, as well as the official Revision info/promo materials kept in this party edition’s airline theme.

Official Revision artefacts:
bag / baggage tag / visitors’ brochure / name sticker / postcard 1 / postcard 2 / ticket/votekey

Other artefacts:
Bombjoe 2019 World Tour flyer / Evoke 2019 door hanger / Evoke 2019 flyer / Flash Party 2019 sticker / Impure sticker / Nah Kolor sticker / Pacific sticker / PVM sticker 1 and 2 / Rebels 30 Years sticker / SceneSat sticker / Schnappsgirls sticker / TRSI sticker / Zoo 2019 sticker

ladung82

SCA Archive & Call for Help

First of all, some exciting news: We received the complete paper archive of the legendary Swiss Cracking Association, Switzerland’s most prominent C64 & Amiga cracking group from the 1980s. Founded in 1984 by two brothers from Zurich, the group’s most (in-)famous stunt was creating and (accidentally) spreading the first Amiga virus, the “SCA Virus“, in late 1987. At that point, however, they already were a well-established cracking and demo group that put Switzerland on the international crackers‘ map and maintained contacts all over the world, until one brother went on to become one of the first Swiss game developers, while the other one moved on to the world of live music. We are very excited and grateful that they handed over their archive to us, which is being scanned right now and will appear here very soon. As a small teaser, today we present one letter from a rather unusual sender – the Zurich customs office, which confiscated two floppy disks and demanded a declaration of the value of the software, not realising that it was a pirate sending, despite the “Plutonium Crackers” tag.

However, I am using this exciting occasion to ask for your help. Currently, the “Got Papers?” work directory on my hard drive contains over 14 GB (!) of unprocessed image files. The reponse to my call for materials four years ago has been overwhelming, but I gravely underestimated the task I set myself back then. Doing justice to archival digitisation standards and meticulously compiling metadata for each and every scan requires lots of time and research effort: For example, swapping letters are, in most cases, undated, so one has to research the first-release dates of the mentioned games and the periods of existence of the sceners/groups in order to establish an approximate date of the document. Unfortunately, my spare time I can dedicate to this project becomes less and less, as I urgently need to complete my academic book on the 1980s cracking scene. So, in order to ensure that the collected materials see the light of the day and serve current sceners and future historians, I need volunteers to help me with processing the scans and establish metadata for them.

So, if you:

• have a deep interest in the preservation of scene history across platforms;
• have at least basic knowledge of scene history on some of the main platforms, particularly C64 and Amiga;
• are familiar with the most important scene databases (Demozoo, Pouet, CSDb, Kestra Bitworld);
• and have some free time on your hands and are able to stick to commitments agreed upon (you take over responsibility over only as many images as you think you can manage)

please do get in touch with me at gleb dot albert at uzh dot ch. Or, alternatively, meet me at Revision Demoparty in Saarbrücken on the Easter weekend.

ladung81

The Movers Collection Pt. 5

Again, a batch from the vast collection of Skylab & General Zoff of The Movers. Letters from between 1986 and 1987, some of them quite remarkable – like a scroller draft written on paper by Irata. Enjoy!

Included are letters from:

• Irata (envelope), 30 March 1987 [scan&metadata]
• Irata, 1987 [scan&metadata]
• Mr Sulu, 1986 [scan&metadata]
• Paul, 1987 [scan&metadata]
• Skylab to Paul (draft), 1987 [scan&metadata]
• Strider, 1980s [scan&metadata]
• The Crusader, 19 January 1986 [scan&metadata]
• Zeke Wolf, 1987 [scan&metadata]
• Zeke Wolf, 1987 [scan&metadata]
• Zzap, 21 June 1987 [scan&metadata]