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Rough Archive Pt. 2

We start the New Year with a bang. The archive of C64 scener Rough had been sitting here for almost three years – until last month our heroic student assistant scanned over 400 pages in one go. With this update, we present you 269 letters by 127 individuals from 16 countries. They stem from the years between 1989 and 1998, while Rough’s most active phase was between 1989 and 1992. As a self-declared “legal swapper“, Rough had a lot of contacts within the early C64 demoscene. While they were spread over Europe and beyond (there are letters from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom), Rough’s focus laid, besides his native Germany, on Austria and Hungary. Almost all big names of the early Hungarian C64 scene are present in his papers. You can download the high resolution scans, complete with metadata, from our file archive at /swapletters/rough/ and browse this massive update in the gallery below. Here’s the list of contacts represented in this update:

Abyss, Acid Ripper, Agnus, ALF, André, Andy Capp, ANS, Art, Asterix, Bad Boy, Bird, Blue Thunder, Böög, Cancer, Captain Freedom, Chris, Columbus, Cone, Creb, Crime De’Sign, Crossfire, Cruiser, Damien, Dash, Dean, Defjay, Dense, Design, Donatello, Dr. Loot, Duff’90, Exorcist, Falcon, Firefox, Flat, Frank, Frankieghost, Freddy, Fresh, Gabriel, Gazer, Gazza, Goofy, Great, Greg, Gyozo Lee, Hawkeye, Hornet, I.S.M., Ice a.k.a. Heathcliff, Ice-T, Icon, Ivory, Jayce, Jazzy D, Jesus Priest, Joachim, Macho, Mad Butcher, Mad, Major-X, Manchild, MCI, Merlin (NL), Merlin (SE), MMC, Mnemoth, Modesty, Moren, Mr. Perfect, Mr. Wax, Neutron, Nobody, Nothingface, Overlander, Oxygene, Painkiller, Panther, Paradox & Abyss, Play Power, Ratman, Ray, Razor, Rebel, Rune, Satan, Scanner, Scorpie, Scummkid, Slayer, Slime, Spectator, Spook, Starkiller, Steve, Storm, Stranger, Sunny, Syllinor, T.C.B.O., T.E.H., TCH, TDP, Tech, Teen, Terminator X, TG-Acme, Thomas, Thunderhawk, TMN, Tom, Toobin a.k.a. Flatline, Topic, Tornado, Toy, Trident, Trigger, Twilight, Ultrafox, Vigo, Warlock, Whisp, Wildcat, Xerx, Yeyus, Zixmon


Zippy’s Letters: The Cynix P.O. Box

Famous Scottish Atari ST cracker Zippy a.k.a Absu, member of the groups Cynix and The Medway Boys, who was very recently interviewed on Codetapper.com, provided us with photographs from his letter archive. This time, we bring you a very special portion of these documents: The inbox, so to say, of the Cynix P.O. box in Merseyside from 1992-1994. Most of these letters stem from less-known sceners or even complete outsiders, non-scene fans and users of Cynix cracks, encouraging the group to continue cracking in a time where the Atari software industry was already in decline. They were answering to a poll of sorts, initiated by Cynix themselves, who, in the scrolltexts of several crack intros, urged users to write them if they did care for Cynix to continue cracking. And they did – from all over the world! In what is just a small surviving part of the letters Cynix received, we find letters and postcards not just from all over the UK, but also from Ireland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Iceland, Serbia, Australia, Greece, Sweden, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and Slovenia. These letters – some by people who would become prominent Atari sceners, some by unknown home computer users – testify not just to the transnational audience an active cracking group could reach, but also to the fact that the cracking scene and its protagonists mattered to a lot of people far outside the scene itself. These are literally fan letters, hailing whom the authors perceived as heroes for letting them enjoy software for free.

You can download the high quality photos and metadata sheets of these 74 letters from our archive under /zippy/cynix_po_box/, or browse through them in the gallery below.

Arny’s Internal Letters, Pt. 1: TSK-Crew

A while ago we brought you letters from the collection of Arny, an Austrian C64 coder and graphics artist active in the late 1980s and early 1990s. These were letters he exchanged with his swapping partners – this time, however, we present his internal group correspondence. The first batch is from the time when he was in The Softkiller Crew (TSK), an Austrian cracking and demo group active in 1987-88, into which he got recruited in the summer of 1988 and in which he stayed for only a few months. These (sorry, German-only) documents shed light on what a new member of a relatively well-organised group faced in the 1980s: rules, contacts, expectations, new friends. An unexpected bonus of this batch: The flipsides of SSD’s letters contain printouts of logs from some 1986 BBS! You can download the high-res scans complete with metadata from our archive at /arny­/­internal_tsk/ or browse them below.

Hedning’s Atari Letters

Hedning, a prominent figure in nowadays’ C64 scene, started his scene carreer in the early 1990s on the Atari ST platform under the name of Mr. Marvel. Thanks to his old swapping partner Corny, Hedning was able to unearth some of his own old swapletters to him. They are from around 1992 and in Swedish – yet Hedning provided his own translations of the letters into English. You can find them in the /swapletters/corny/ dir of our archive – just click on the files and the translations will appear in the respective metadata sheet.

Also, there is a small addition to the Swiss Cracking Association archive: Letters from Marco, Pascal de S., Softwar, Thomas, and someone from The Dominators. There’s still more to come from SCA.