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ladung91

Swiss Cracking Association Archive, Pt. 4

Here we go with the next instalment of the SCA archive, this time with another batch of letters received by Saturnus the Invincible (STI). On the one hand, there are some addenda to the 1987-1988 period, when STI was involved in swapping and correspondence primarily as a scener. On the other hand, this update features many letters from the late 1980s and early 1990s, when he focussed on developing Amiga games and tools, and thus received a lot of support requests from ordinary users. A particular highlight is a letter from Commodore Germany to STI’s mother. A lawyer, presumably on behalf of Commodore Germany, had sent STI a cease-and-desist letter related to software swapping. His parents wrote to Commodore Germany, and its legal department clarified that the lawyer had not been commissioned by them and the cease-and-desist letter was null and void. Here is the complete list of materials in this update. including letters from:

• Adam/Ice Breakers Int. (Canada) [29/8/1988]
• Alexandre A. (France) [21/1/1993|27/2/1993]
• Big Apple/SCA (Switzerland) [1989]
• CAB/Danish Gold (Denmark) [1987]
• Cino P. (Italy) [27/1/1987]
• Commodore Büromaschinen GmbH (Germany) [2/8/1987]
• CSR/Supremacy (Norway?) [29/6/1987]
• Cygnus-X (USA) [18/10/1988|21/9/1989|28/9/1989|3/12/1989|27/2/1990|16/9/1990]
• Dirk/D.S.Compware (Germany) [1987|1987]
• FBS/OGM (Germany) [4/2/1987|12/2/1987]
• Game Master/ACA (USA) [16/9/1987]
• Henrik C. (Denmark) [16/2/1990]
• Jason W. (Australia) [3/10/1987]
• Judit B. (Hungary) [31/8/1998]
• Mauricio H. (Costa Rica) [19/3/1993]
• Michael C. (USA) [3/6/1991]
• Mirage (Germany) [21/10/1987|11/11/1987|16/9/1988|1988]
• Pascal de S. (Switzerland) [11/3/1988|1988]
• Peter B. (Denmark) [17/2/1993]
• Philippe B. (France) [1990s]
• Pirasoft/ACS (Australia) [26/2/1989]
• Woody P. (USA) [15/5/1991]
• Zollamt Zürich-Post (Switzerland) [2/3/1987]

ladung90

Scene Papers – Summer Mix

Escaping the heatwave by surfing the net in your cool room? Why not look at old scene documents? Today, we bring you a mix of various paper artefacts from the Amiga, Atari and PC scene, provided by Azzaro, Dipswitch, Gentleman, JAL, Lance, Lotek Style, Thorion, and Willy. Swapletters, wristbands, stickers, flyers, and some unusual stuff. Browse the documents in the gallery at the bottom of this post, or download the high resolution scans with metadata from the following list.

Letters:
• to Azzaro (Poland) from Digital Zone (Ireland) [23/03/1996] and sAS (Belgium) [29/02/199x]
• to Gentleman (Germany) from Double R (Spain) [xx/xx/199x] – including graffiti sketches by Mr. Stone and Turbo/Bronx!
• to Lotek Style (Germany) from Brume (France) [xx/xx/1999|xx/xx/199x], Evil (Sweden) [xx/03/2005], Frost (France) [xx/xx/199x], Lonsdale (Germany) [18/08/1997|14/01/1998|14/03/1998|14/09/1998|05/05/2000|06/05/2001|27/07/2001|xx/xx/2001], Mikro (Slovakia) [xx/xx/200x|xx/xx/200x|xx/xx/200x] , and Senser (France) [xx/xx/199x]
Stickers: Mexx / Targets / Tristar / TRSI
Business cards: 501/TRSI / McLoud/TRSI / Tail/Hypnotic
Party stuff: Outline 2008 lighter / Outline 2019 wristband / Scene Event 2000 badge / SF2K 2002 wristbands / Treacl Celebration Party 1991 ticket / Woest 2002 wristband
Other stuff:
• Generation Charts votesheet
• The Beast diskmag flyer
• Ritmika press kit, 2004. Ritmika was a Latvian electronic music label run by Raver/PHT, with several other sceners involved.
• Acronym List 4.0 materials, 1998. The Acronym List, encompassing 400 group acronyms, was compiled by the small German PC group Die Datenbäcker. This is the paper manuscript for the list.

ladung89

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]

ladung87

Swiss Cracking Association Archive, Pt. 2

Here is the next instalment of the amazing Swiss Cracking Association papers – with the second batch of the letters received by Smith the Software Pope. This is a large instalment, featuring 63 letters from 1986 to 1988 and including some C64 (and early Amiga) cracking scene legends among the authors. Next time, we will continue with the letters received by Saturnus the Invincible, Smith’s brother and author of the SCA Virus. For today, however, enjoy the letters (available in the gallery at the bottom of this post) received by SCA from:

• Aphrodite/NBB (Germany) [1986 letter 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5]
• Apollon/2000AD (Denmark) [1987]
• Atlas/BCA (Belgium) [29 April 1987]
• Brian/TFD (Germany) [1986]
• BTS/Trans (Finland) [11 October / November / 27 December 1987]
• Copyfox/TLI (Germany) [1987]
• Cracking Force Berlin/FCG (Germany) [1986 letter 1 / letter 2 / 9 July]
• Dada Beggar/USA (Germany) [1987 letter 1 / 23 April]
• Dakeyne/One Way (Switzerland) [1987]
• DSH (Netherlands) [1987]
• Dueco/Starline (Germany) [1987]
• Electro/FCS (Germany) [1980s]
• Fun Fun/Triangle (Denmark) [1987]
• General Zoff/NBB (Germany) [1986]
• Hi-Tec/TFD (Germany) [1987 letter 1 / letter 2]
• Hobbit/FLT (Belgium) [1987 / December 1987 / 1988]
• Irata/FCG^RSI (Germany) [1986 letter 1 / letter 2 / letter 3 / 2 February / 14 September / 24 September / 1987  4 April / 6 April / undated]
• Jango/WEB (Germany) [1987]
• Jeff Smart/GCS (Germany) [1987]
• Mad Mab/TGI (Norway) [1987 letter 1 / letter 2]
• Malibu/C64CG (France) [November 1987]
• MSS/MCC (Germany) [1986]
• Psycho-Brain/TBK (Denmark) [1987]
• Rocky/ACS (Australia) [1987 letter 1 / 24 September / 23 October]
• Scratch/Triangle (Denmark) [1987 letter 1 / letter 2]
• Spot 3001/SCA (Switzerland) [1987]
• SSD/TSK (Austria) [1987 letter 1 / letter 2 / April / 26 December]
• Swyx/Triangle (Denmark) [3 December 1987]
• TC/Radwar (Germany) [6 December 1987]
• Tom/NE (Germany) [August 1987]
• Trans (whole group) (Finland) [9 May 1987]
• unknown (D.S. Compware) (Germany) [5 January 1987]
• unknown (Suicide Service) (Germany) [1987]
• Viking/DOM (Denmark) [1987]
• Woody/XL Crackers (Sweden) [1987]
• Zeus/ICE (Denmark) [April 1987]

ladung86

Swiss Cracking Association Archive, Pt. 1

As announced a while ago, here is the first installment of the documents from the archive of Swiss Cracking Association, the legendary C64 and Amiga cracking and demo group from Zurich. The core of the group were two brothers: Saturnus the Invincible and Smith the Software Pope. While Saturnus’ responsibility within the group was more on the coding/cracking side – including the crack of “Summer Games” with the hacked-in Swiss anthem, and, of course, the infamous SCA Virus -, Smith tended to focus on the communication side of things. Today, we present you with scans from his stash, including letters from all over the world, as well as a really rare set of internal documents: two versions of SCA’s address list [version 1 / version 2] as well as two greeting lists [list 1 / list 2]!

The documents from this update can be browsed in the gallery below. The letters are from:

• BCA/Proline (Germany), [1987 letter 1 / letter 2]
• Brian/The Fanatic Duo (Germany), [1986]
• BTS/Trans (Finland), [5 June / 12 June / 25 June / 28 July 1987 / 1987]
• Jayce/ex-Softnet Ent. (Denmark), [1987]
• Kiki/The New Celeste (France), [1987]
• Mathias (Young Fine Crackers, Germany), [1980s]
• Michael (Future Division, Germany), [21 June 1987]
• Pirasoft/ACS (Australia), [16 June 1987]
• Raphael/D.S. Compware (Germany), [1987]
• Rocky/ACS (Australia), [1 September 1987]
• Savage Sam/SCF (Norway?), [1987]
• Smith the Software Pope (Switzerland), draft to all contacts, [14 October 1988]
• Spot 3001/SCA (Switzerland), [1988]
• The Executor/Dynamic Duo (Germany), [1987]
• Tom/New Edition (Germany), [1987]
• Viking/The Dominators (Denmark), [1987 letter 1 / letter 2 / letter 3]
• Werewolf/Relax (Germany), [July 1987]
• Woody/XL Crackers^The Silents (Sweden), [1987 letter 1 / letter 2 / May / October]
• ZYX/The Fanatic Duo (Germany), [1987]

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]

ladung78

Honey/1001 Collection Pt. 5 – Letters from Thor & Zeus

We start the new year with another instalment of the Honey/1001 Crew letter collection – namely the letters he received from the British cracking duo Thor & Zeus of Teesside Cracking Service (TCS). TCS was an established C64 group, known and respected well beyond the UK. Coders and crackers Thor & Zeus were known and cherished by their swapping partners for their long and friendly letters. Thus, it’s a real pleasure for us to being able to put some of them online. Stemming from between 1987 and 1988, the correspondence is a treasure trove: not only regarding information on the European C64 elite of that time, but also when it comes to the development both Honey and Thor&Zeus went through during that time – from crackers to professional game developers, while still remaining in touch with the scene.

More letters from the TCS duo, namely those sent to the German C64 group The Movers, will go online soon. For now, enjoy these letters to Honey in the gallery below. If you want high-resolution scans and metadata, go to the archive page and scroll down to “thor…”.

ladung77

Arny’s Letters, Pt. 2

After bringing you the first batch of Arny‘s letters a while ago, here is part two. Arny, also known as Icon, is a C64 scener from Austria, active in the late 1980s and early 1990s as a graphics artist and swapper in the groups TSK, Cosmos, and the latter’s game development spin-off Cosmos Designs. This update features letters he received while being active in Cosmos, and span from 1988 to 1990. Arny maintained a broad network of contacts, ranging from Hungary to Finland. This rather large update, the images of which you can view in the gallery at the bottom of this post, includes letters from:

• Cancer/Mode 2 (Denmark), 12.7.1989 [scans&metadata]
• Crazy Banana/Lazer (Austria), 1989 [scans&metadata]
• Critter/Knickers (Sweden), 1989 [scans&metadata]
• Dio/Helloween (Austria), 1989 [scans&metadata]
• Entrail/Coolex^Shockwave (Norway), 1989 [scans&metadata: 1, 2, 3, 4]
• Exiz/2000 A.D. (Denmark), 1989 [scans&metadata]
• Flash/Array^The Crush Crew (Netherlands), 1988-1989 [scans&metadata: 1, 2]
• Glerc/Science 451 (Sweden), 1989 [scans&metadata]
• Grayhawk/Fairlight (Sweden), 28.9.1989 [scans&metadata]
• Hazor/Beyond Force (Finland), 1989 [scans&metadata]
• Hitcher/Helloween (Austria), 1988 [scans&metadata]
• I-Man/Vision^The Zero Boys (Sweden), 1989 [scans&metadata: 1, 2]
• Marfiosi/Baboons a.k.a. Spike/2000 A.D. (Denmark),
1989 [scans&metadata: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]
• Mason/Unicess (Denmark), 1989 [scans&metadata]
• Mastermind/Soldiers (Hungary), 21.2.1990 [scans&metadata]
• Max/Browbeat (Finland), 1989 [scans&metadata: 1, 2]
• Mik/Pulsar (United Kingdom), 1988-1989 [scans&metadata: 1, 2, 3, 4]
• Mr. Smart/Contex (Denmark), 1989 [scans&metadata: 1, 2, 3, 4]
• Mr.Alpha/Dynamic Projects (Austria), late 1980s [scans&metadata]
• Mr.Wax/FBI Crew (Hungary), 1989 [scans&metadata: 1, 2]
• Orc/Black Mail (Netherlands), 1989-1990 [scans&metadata: 1, 2]
• Peter/Crazy (Germany), 1989 [scans&metadata: 1, 2, 3]
• Razor/Oneway^Raw Deal Inc. (Sweden), 1989 [scans&metadata: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]
• RT/Jukebox^Fairlight (Sweden), 1988-1990 [scans&metadata: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
• Sentinel/Zargon (Denmark), 1988 [scans&metadata]
• Servant/Byterapers^Contex (Finland), 1989 [scans&metadata: 1, 2]
• Simex/Noise (Sweden), 19.7.1989 [scans&metadata]
• Spacie/Oneway (Sweden), 14.8.1989 [scans&metadata]
• Stanz/Dominators (Sweden), 1989 [scans&metadata: 1, 2]
• Walter/711 (Germany), circular letter, 1988 [scans&metadata]
• Warbird/Cheyens (Denmark), 1989 [scans&metadata: 1, 2, 3]
• Wido/6th Sense (Netherlands), 1989 [scans&metadata]

ladung76

TMA’s Papers

“Sorry about these delayed wares” – and the month-long silence. Here are scans of some documents provided by TMA/Abyss Connection, a German C64 scener who is still active in the demoscene and started his C64 career in the late 1980s, being member of Lazer, Tristar and some other groups of the time. Today’s batch includes:

Letters from the following people:
• Akira/TRC (Netherlands), 21 May 1990 [scan/metadata]
• Beast (Denmark), date unknown [scan/metadata]
• Craig/Lazer (Germany), ~1989 [scan/metadata]
• Craig/Lazer (Germany), ~1989 [scan/metadata]
• Flash Games/Vision (Germany), 24 January 1990 [scan/metadata]
• Flimbo/Paramount (Netherlands), ~1990 [scan/metadata]
• Madman/Tristar (Germany), ~1990 [scan/metadata]
• Madman/Tristar (Germany), ~1990 [scan/metadata]
• The Edge/Lazer (Austria), ~1989 [scan/metadata]
• The Edge/Lazer (Austria), ~1990 [scan/metadata]

Votesheets for the following magazines:
• Bitmania [scan/metadata]
• Magnetic Media [scan/metadata]
• Milestone [scan/metadata]
• Nitro [scan/metadata]
• Outbreak [scan/metadata]

…and a paper invitation for the (apparently cancelled) Vagabonds & Abyss Connection Party 1992 [scan/metadata]

ladung75

Amiga Letters Worldwide

Another addition to our growing archive of swapletters: Jugger of Panic, a well-known early 1990s Amiga pack editor and swapper from Germany, gave us his letters! Here is a first batch with 15 letters from all over the world, from Iceland to South Africa and Paraguay (!). More to come! For now, here are letters from:

• Agnus/JTU (Germany), early 1990s [scan/metadata]
• Chester/Brainstorm (Switzerland), October 1990 [scan/metadata]
• Ciclant/Freelance (South Africa), early 1990s [scan/metadata]
• Cyclone/Questor (Belgium), 15 January 1991 [scan/metadata]
• Cyclone/Questor (Belgium), 31 January 1991 [scan/metadata]
• ICE/Sanity (Germany), 1991 [scan/metadata]
• José M. (Paraguay), early 1990s [scan/metadata]
• Khadaffi/TML (Netherlands), 1990 [scan/metadata]
• Mr Nice Guy/Artemis (Iceland), early 1990s [scan/metadata]
• SOS/Armageddon (Germany), 15 April 1991 [scan/metadata]
• SWAT/Bronx (Turkey), early 1990s [scan/metadata]
• Wild Rage/Grace (Austria), February 1991 [scan/metadata]
• Wild Rage/Grace (Austria), February 1991 [scan/metadata]
• Zibe/Darkside (Finland), 1990 [scan/metadata]
• Zorlac/Fairlight (UK), 1991 [scan/metadata]