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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]

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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…”.

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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]

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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]

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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]

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Arny’s Letters

Today, we are happy to present to you the first batch of a new letter collection that was provided to us by C64 scener Arny from Austria, active in the late 1980s and early 1990s as a graphics artist in the group Cosmos as well as its game development spin-off Cosmos Designs. We begin with the letters from the time when he was member of the Austrian group The Softkiller-Crew (TSK) back in 1988. With these scans, we are happy to welcome Anna Baumann, student research assistant at the Department of History, University of Zurich, into our project. Thanks to her, the paper materials are going to be digitised much quicker.

Following letters are included into today’s batch:

Amiga Boy/UNIC (Belgium) to Arny, 1980s [scan&metadata]
• Apollo-1/TAT (Austria) to Arny, 20 June 1988 [scan&metadata]
• Apollo-1/TAT (Austria) to Arny, 26 June 1988 [scan&metadata]
• Flash/Taxi (The Netherlands) to Arny, 1988 [scan&metadata]
• Gambler/VGG (Germany) to Arny, 1988 [scan&metadata]
• OLS/TGC (?) to Arny, 1980s [scan&metadata]
• Storm & Atron (Austria) to Arny, 13 July 1988 [scan&metadata]
• T.C./TWP (Austria) to Arny, 1988 [scan&metadata]
• TSH/ICS (Austria?) to Arny, 1988 [scan&metadata]
• Umberto (Italy) to Arny, 1988 [scan&metadata]
• Waltsi/TNI (Austria) to Arny, 24 July 1988 [scan&metadata]
• Waltsi/TNI (Austria) to Arny, 1988 [scan&metadata]

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Honey/1001 Collection Pt. 4 – Letters from Mr. Z

We’re back from a long hiatus – with some spectacular material! In another instalment of scans from the archive of legendary Dutch C64 coder Honey of the 1001 Crew, we present you with letters that were written to him by a equally legendary scene protagonist: Mr. Z, the founder of the famous Swedish C64 cracking group Triad. Written throughout the year of 1987, these eight long letters are a treasure trove in various aspects. If you are a veteran cracker yourself, or simply someone who is interested in copy protection, you will enjoy reading a top cracker discussing protection methods and their circumvention – especially since in one of the later letters, Mr. Z offers to write the copy protection for Honey’s first commercial game. And this is another aspect of interest for those who are into home computing and scene history: Here, we can observe a generation of elite sceners making their first steps from the subculture into the industry – while still being basically schoolkids, discussing sophisticated code and their first business deals alongside the latest pranks and scene gossip. Finally, the letters document Mr. Z’s pullout from Triad and from the scene altogether – with school and “real life” taking hold over someone whose group was adored by tens of thousands computer kids worldwide.

Read these fascinating letters in the gallery below, or download the high quality scans complete with metadata sheets (which also document the scavenger hunt we had to undertake to provide date estimates for these almost completely undated documents) under the following links: April 1987 // April 1987 (2) // late May 1987 // late June 1987 // 30 July 1987 // August 1987 // September-October 1987 // November-December 1987

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1980s Mail-Swapping Envelopes

We’re back with some materials that remind you of the materiality of “warez trading” in the 1980s. In these envelopes from The Movers‘ collection, floppy disks with the newest C64 and Amiga cracks and demos travelled around Europe between 1986 and 1988. Most people reused them and ultimately threw them away, but luckily these guys didn’t. There’s a whole box of them in our office now, and here’s just a small selection – featuring sendings from Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and Switzerland. As usual, you can download the high quality scans and metadata from the archive, or view the pictures in the gallery below.