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Amiga Party - 25 years later

category: parties [glöplog]
Today is the day!!!

25 years ago, a first open-to-public party in the region (to our knowledge) happened, normally called copy-party then. Of course, it wasn't a demoscene only event, but it was a party where most of us meet for the first time and event that kickstarted the whole local demoscene, especially on Amiga.

Party was held on 10th July 1989 in Zagreb, Croatia (still part of Yugoslavia at that time - check the Tito's photo on the wall ;)) ).

We had 60-70 visitors, far more than expected (since it was middle summer), so we continued doing that throughout the years, until the war (last party party by us was held in Zagreb, 1991., but parties continued throughout Croatia until 1993). The biggest one had around 500-600 visitors.

You can check the original "poster" and only surviving photos on our decade old lame web. Sadly, in the time before digital cameras and smartphones, only a few boring pics were taken when party was over and we were packing to go home.
(btw, i'm the second youngster from the left. :)) )

Today we're going to have a small meetup in the pub, to celebrate the date itself, but we'll have a real anniversary AMIGA party on 30th August 2014. It's in the work for a months now, and more info will be provided soon. There is a limited space (and there are already 30+ locals on the list), so if you are interested to visit our lame, but AMIGA-ONLY party, let me know - drop a post here, or contact me directly.

added on the 2014-07-10 13:52:23 by bonefish bonefish
gotta make some contacts work again! yummy! and YAY!
added on the 2014-07-10 16:32:43 by gentleman gentleman
Thumbs up for scene reunions!
added on the 2014-07-12 05:00:05 by trixter trixter
Funny coincidence.. I was visiting Pula, Yugoslavia (or somewhere near there) a year before in 1988 and talked about Amiga with some local (?) kids in bad english, they at least knew the machine :) I was just couple days ago remembereing this and now this post came out.. Anyway, have fun with your party!
added on the 2014-07-12 07:47:27 by Serpent Serpent
bonefish, thanks for sharing this! just made a page for the event on demozoo: http://demozoo.org/parties/2263/

it'd be great if we could talk more at some point about the yugoslav scene in the late 1980s and early 1990s. i have a certain historical project in the making for which this could be quite crucial. if you don't mind, it'd be great if we could chat or mail somewhen later this year!
added on the 2014-07-14 04:31:16 by dipswitch dipswitch
By the way, is there anyone stil around who attended Transcom & Victory Copyparty 1990 in Subotica (Serbia)? http://demozoo.org/parties/2259/ - thats the second-oldest Yugoslav party I can find.
added on the 2014-07-14 04:46:13 by dipswitch dipswitch
yep, I was there!!!! unbelievable!!!

there was 4-5 of us from Zagreb (Croatia, but still Yugoslavia back then), if I remember correctly, we were the only ones with Amigas at the party. Was in Rebels back then (maybe that can trigger the memory?), and we spent most of the time hanging out with Belgians who did copy-protection for Unreal game (Amiga).

Also was each evening at the group dinner (on the restaurant by the main lake, that was actually a burger place, with limping waiter and lots of steps between the kitchen and the terrace - he was constantly swearing on each order).

There was also a more "normal" coverage in some amiga diskmag later that year, by someone from Hungary, if I remember correctly.

Definitely need to do some catching up at some party. ;))

p.s. thanks for adding a amiga party to demozoo. there were actually some releases even at the first one, two intros, but none is to be found currently online. one was the really ahead of the time (from "the digital force", wireframe vector scroller), that blew my mind and motivated me to do more serious work on amiga. will need to look through my old disks archives (read out most of my disks in late 90ties, but now I need to find those burned cds and hope that they still work).
added on the 2014-07-14 22:04:15 by bonefish bonefish
bonefish, thx for the info! the coverage in CCCP #9 by the pubertal Belgians make the party seem like a non-stop booze- and fuck-fest, good to know there were also some computer things going on. =)

i wonder whether you manage to find the old releases! if you need help with reading out disks, i'm sure menace/spaceballs will be happy to help.

it'd be great if you could mail me - dipswitch at kaoz dot org.
added on the 2014-07-15 13:15:13 by dipswitch dipswitch
don't worry, friend and I have experience in reading out old disks - either with real amiga or with the latest kryoflux. anyway, it's good to know that menace can help.

it's actually much harder to find releases on all those early disks, as that was back in the time when floppies were expensive, so it was usually just a file on a disk called "1", "2", "intro", ...

also, mail sent.
added on the 2014-07-15 17:21:53 by bonefish bonefish
appaerntly there already was a copyparty somewhere in yugoslavia in 1988 - do you know anything about it? http://csdb.dk/scener/?id=15115 for more info - apparently this is a text copied out of ILLEGAL.
added on the 2014-08-03 15:46:16 by dipswitch dipswitch
as I said in the first post, this one was the first proper (open to all) party. there were a lots of internal meetings with 5-15 persons. even we had that kind of meetings starting from '85 with zx spectrum and c64 - as a school computer club, on a autumn anual fair, young clubs, etc.
added on the 2014-08-03 15:57:09 by bonefish bonefish
ah, i see! didn't notice your remark about the "open" character of the party.

i will definitely need to interview you at some point! =)
added on the 2014-08-03 16:04:09 by dipswitch dipswitch


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