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Swiss Cracking Association Archive, Pt. 3

Here we go with the next instalment of the Swiss Cracking Association archive. This time, we bring you the letters received and preserved by Saturnus the Invincible (STI), the older of the SCA brothers, who was one of the very early crackers and coders on the Amiga, programmed the first Amiga virus, and went on to become a game programmer. This batch of letters, encompassing over 120 pages, is a treasure trove for various reasons. Firstly, they document the Amiga scene when the platform was still brand-new, and enthusiasts had to find out step by step how to work with it. Secondly, the years covered here, 1987-1988, were the ones where SCA gained fame and notoriety with their accidentally-spread virus, and here you can see all sorts of reactions that arrived at SCA’s Zurich post box: from an 11-year-old Norwegian boy who wants to get rid of the virus that infected his game collection, to Commodore User journalist Mike Pattenden trying to get in touch with the virus makers. And finally, the letters from 1988-1989 attest to the process of professionalisation that STI underwent, when he began coding games and tools for the Amiga, and received questions for support from “normal” Amiga users as well as correspondence from computer magazines and companies. All this and more you can read in the gallery below, but first, here’s the list of the new additions with metadata links, featuring letters from:

• Adam/The Ice Breakers Int. (Canada) [27/09/1988 | 21/01/1989]
• Amadeus/The Movers (Germany) [1987]
• Amiga Software Freak (Germany) [1987]
• Anubis/CFR (Belgium) [20/04/1987]  → later: Hobbit/Fairlight [1987]
• Arslan/ACS (Germany) [1987]
• BFBS (Germany) [1987]
• Brigitte Palenschat (Data Becker, Germany) [11/07/1988]
• CAB/Danish Gold (Denmark) [24/03/1987 | 14/06/1987]
• Chuck/UII (USA) [18/11/1987]
• Crackhawk/Trianon (Germany) [1987]
• Cygnus X-1 (USA) [15/04/1988 | 23/05/1988]
• Dirk/D.S.Compware (Germany) [03/12/1986 | 04/01/1987 | 29/01/1987 | 09/02/1987 | 18/02/1987 | 20/10/1987]
• Drago/Dynamic-Duo (Germany) [12/1986]
• Excalibur/Fairlight (Sweden) [03/06/1988]
• Explorer (Germany) [1987 | 1987]
• FBS/OGM (Germany) [1987]
• Game Master/ACA (USA) [31/08/1987]
• Irata/RSI (Germany) [1987 | 1987 | 03/10/1987]
• Jason W. (Australia) [23/10/1987 | 1988 | 1988 | 17/07/1988 | 10/1988 | 23/11/1988]
• Jayce (Denmark) [1987]
• Jens G. (Sweden) [20/07/1988]
• Jimmy S. (Sweden) [07/11/1988]
• John Inge O. (Norway) [02/03/1988]
• Megaman/Starlight Strikers (Denmark) [1987]
• Mike Pattenden (Commodore User, UK) [1987]
• Mirage 8001 (Germany) [31/08/1987 | 10/09/1987]
• Mr. Henry/CBI (Denmark) [03/10/1987]
• Munch/The Quadrant (UK) [03/09/1987 | 03/10/1987]
• Oohoo-Troops (Switzerland) [03/10/1987]
• Pascal/CBS (France) [1987 | 12/02/1987 | 12/09/1987]
• Peter/Berlin-Soft (Germany) [12/02/1987]
• Pirasoft/ACS (Australia) [30/03/1987 | 01/05/1987 | 13/09/1987 | 15/10/1987 | 05/11/1987 | 12/1987 | 28/01/1988 | 02/02/1988 | 23/03/1988 | 22/04/1988 | 04/1988 | 10/06/1988 | 02/1989]
• Rainer Bartel (Data Welt, Germany) [16/06/1988]
• Random Access (Belgium) [1988 | 10/02/1988]
• Rob/HQC (Germany) [03/09/1987 | 16/09/1987 | 04/10/1987 | 08/11/1987 | 10/02/1988 | 04/06/1988 | 03/08/1988 | 10/1988]
• Shut Berlin/ICE (Germany) [21/10/1987]
• Skylab/NBB^The Movers (Germany) [02/1987 | 03/09/1987]
• The Turtle & The Godfather/TSD (Denmark) [07/09/1987]
• The Turtle/TSD (Denmark)[24/11/1987]
• The Visiter/ACA (USA) [18/11/1987 | 03/12/1987]
• The Visitors (Germany) [24/11/1987]
• someone from Wizax (Denmark) [1987]
• Werewolf/AAA (Finland) [04/10/1987]
• Will/Hotline (Netherlands) [20/04/1987]

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