Review of Drammen Party Report by Crusaders for the Amiga 500
(This post was originally published on the 2nd of July 2012 and updated on the 22nd of May 2019.)
This review is not about an ordinary demo, but of a slide-show that was created by a group that called themselves Crusaders. It was released way back in 1990, over 20 years ago!
The slide-show was a direct response to the Police raiding a copy-party in the city Drammen the same year.
Before we start looking at the slide-show, let’s have a quick peek at the credits:
- Dr. Claw (intro) (programming)
- Switchblade (programming)
- Gunders (graphics)
- Zeb (graphics)
- Dr. Awesome (music)
- Dr. Outtasight (text)
No special requirements. I think it works on most configs. Please give me a sign if it doesn’t. A regular Amiga 500 should be fine.
Cryptoburners, IT and Visual Arts Party 1990
The party started on the 7th of April in 1990 and it was arranged by three Norwegian demo groups, namely IT, Cryptoburners and Visual Arts. The location was a school in Drammen, Norway. It was supposed to be the biggest gathering of Amiga freaks in the country at the time, but things didn’t turn out that way, since the Police decided to launch a raid against the party.
I’ve taken a screenshot of a text in the slide-show that shows Crusaders views on what happened:
As you can see from the story, the Police didn’t really know what they were doing.
They probably confiscated quite a few games, but they also took away stuff that people had spent a lot of time working on. Many of those attending were members of the Demoscene and spent their time drawing pixel-art, programming, writing articles and making music. The Police took their work with them as evidence and I guess a lot of interesting art disappeared at that moment.
With this slide-show, Crusaders wants to show us what went on during the razzia. I’ve taken a few screenshots for you to see:
Ruffian of ReadBird’s Memory of the Party
The event was surely something all of those who attended would remember for years to come. Ruffian, a member of ReadBird, left this comment about his experiences to Old School Game Blog:
“Oh man, I can’t belive I got to see this after so many years! I was at that copyparty. I was 17 years old and this was my first big gathering with likeminded fellows.
I remember that after the police had finished their stuff, we where told to leave, but since we lived some distance away, and there where no trains going in the right direction, we got permission to stay to the next day when our parents could pick us up. On one condition: We where not allowed to use our computers!! And the police was going to spotcheck throughout the night. Needless to say it didn’t take long before some found a way to hook a policescanner up to the PA system in the school.
I remember I took the chance and hooked up my 500 and some guys from Finland(I think) used it to finish a little demo. I think they called themselves Wizzcats or something. I don’t really remember since it has been… og god.. 23 years ago! Anyway, I went by the handle Ruffian back then and this was my first meeting with both the demoscene and the police.”
Big thanks to Ruffian for sharing his memories. 🙂
I think this slide-show represents an important piece of computing history. The production is well made, the pictures are of good quality and the humour is nice. 🙂 This demo takes you on a journey back in time, to a society without the Internet and The Pirate Bay.. to a place where people traded demos, games and programs through snail-mail and met each other at copy-parties a few times a year. Definitely worth watching in my opinion. 🙂
Thanks for reading! 🙂