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The Party 1993
Party Report

Submitted by Caine (Caine) on March 3 2010
Written by Caine/Creatures

Partyreport The Party III in Herning/Denmark
It's probably Caine writing this..
Yes, it's right, it's me. After some time spending without my computer (no motivation to use it) I found enough time for a longer note.
I'm a bit unconcentrated but I'll try to remember all the events during our trip to Herning, during the party and during the trip back to Leipzig.

Well, I planned a big funny trip with most of my friends living here: Hiccup, Nitro and Romulus. Later [...] only hiccup and me left. The time passed and we lost our last motivation to do such a trip. Till the day, when B.I.O. or Dr. Lecter told us, that they (both) would also visit the party. Only some days left until the party started, but we got enough motivation again. Later Dr. Lecter refused but we didn't resigned.
So, on the 27th of December it all started. Again I could take fathers car (Lada Samara), so it was no problem with the time. On Monday the party started (10 am, I think). I remembered Aars'92 - how boring it was on the first two days. So we planned to arrive on the 1st day in the evening or even at night. At 8 am I drove to hiccup. We packed the whole equipment in the car. We took the freeway (autobahn) near Leipzig - direction Berlin-Hamburg. Nothing more happened. Near Hamburg we leaved the freeway, b'coz i don't know Hamburg that much (all freeways ran through Hamburg, furthermore it was a little detour to drive through Hamburg). We took the country road and later again the freeway to the German-Danish border. Also there nothing happened, so we were in Denmark. It looks like Germany, hehe!
We left the freeway and took again the country road. After some time we were not far away from Herning. On a filling station I met a real Dane the first time - correctly: a nice blonde girlie on the check-out. Hmmm, how sweet... Later we arrived in Herning. It was about 5 pm. We needed some time to find the messecenter, but we found it. Very modern styled and equipped I must say. In Germany there were higher temperatures, in Denmark was snow. Much snow. It was funny with tyres for the summer.

The first thing we saw at the centre was a nightmare: Airwolf of Success! Arrgh! Ok, we entered the hall, paid the admission fee. We entered the first hall and were disappointed: only a small hall! Also the next hall was very small. The sleeping halls (coming right behind the computerhalls) were much bigger than these two halls! Something must be wrong and right: there was a third hall and this hall beat all. It was the main hall and on the photos you should see the size of it. There were most of the freax (85% amigaguys, 15% c-64+pc+consoles). First we met Syndrom and some other guys from East Germany, later also B.I.O. who was really pleased about us.
We built up our station at the Eastgang station. Nothing more happened on this day and b'coz we were stressed from the trip, we went sleeping at 11 pm.
After a good sleep I woke up at 7 am. After the usual morning toilet (the sanitation was really good) I went back to the station, where hiccup awaited me. We had the plan to visit the city, so it was the right time now. After having breakfast with tea and some cookies we drove to the centre. During the night it snowed like hell and the fun with the car became better and better. We parked the car somewhere and explored the city. It was a nice town with a main shopping boulevard. It was nice, because there weren't any higher buildings like here. The whole boulevard was filled with little shops and so on. In a supermarket we bought something to eat and as souvenir for home. Hiccup’s 'souvenir' was a bag of tea and some cookies and my 'souvenir' was a bag of real Danish muesli (something for breakfast like the products from Kellogs). At noon we were back. We didn't want to go back in the hall, so we sat down in the cafeteria and ate some slimy chips and talked about this and that. Unfortunately the time went to slow and we must go back. We talked a bit with other German dudes, watched old demos.
Hiccup tried to code an intro for 'Experience' - without success; it was to loud to concentrate yourself. Again we leaved the halls to walk a bit around the halls (for a long time I'll miss these tons of snow).

In the late afternoon the competitions started. For the democompo we competed with the wellknown 'Experience' and B.I.O. competed in the musiccompo. I also delivered a fake-demo but no names here. Only one thing: it was released at TCC in Gothenburg but competed at first at Herning. Clear? This demo should show, that not all people take this hobby too seriously. Unfortunately it wasn't shown. Lame.
Anyway, the c-64 gfx looked good mostly. Also, b'coz the big screen blurred the pixels and colours. During the musiccompo we could hear almost nothing, the speakers were too quiet. Very strange... At 9 pm we went sleeping, hoping that it is sufficient for the next day - the trip back. The democompo should start at 3 am - I woke up at 4 am. Hiccup was already in the hall. The organisers gave one hour for the c-64 demos, but as I arrived, there was shown the half of the demos. So I could see demos from Oxyron, Spirit, Silicon Ltd, Antic.
We awaited the cool fakedemo but they showed nothing. Later we heard that they made a selection due to the big amount of demos. So also our 'Experience' failed. Later the Amiga demos were shown. There was only one good demo, the rest were fakedemos or boring ones (everywhere the same effects). It was about 7 am and we started packing. Nothing was stolen. We were happy about the trip home I must say. It was really comfortable: cold + snow outside; warm + dry in the car. It was still totally darkness around as we started. On the trip back again nothing more happened, we only had one aim: home. Without bigger breaks I drove back. About 3 pm we arrived in Leipzig. That makes 8-9 hours drive. It took us about 800 km for one trip.

I forgot the worst thing: you know that the usual copymeetings start after the competitions. As I said, we sat near other German freaks. As we wanted to start the whole fun, we needed something first to continue then with giving someone our first disc (that he copies it) and get something other in exchange from this guy. Now, at the first time you have simply nothing! How to start? The best way is asking a German guy sitting near by you. But these arrogant guys gave me nothing!
"If you have something to copy, we can give you our wares" they said. At the end I asked a foreign guy, if he can give me some of his discs and he did. The best was that these German lamers copied with cartridge and one drive! We had two drives and the fastest copy program (as far as I know). But no one (even no lamers) came to us and asked us to copy some shit. I remember the good time in Gothenburg (TCC), where everybody wanted us to copy something.
There is only one word for this: l a m e!

Ok, a short judgement to this party.
First, mostly you judge parties or other events better after it, than during that event. To this party I must say, that it's still so bad/good like I judged it directly on the party.
Good were the sanitations and the food supply. I liked the quite comfortable sleeping halls as much as the rest concerning other things than this party. I mean the surrounding and the city. I disliked the freaks hanging on their monitors, I hated all these amigalamers gambling three days, I hated arrogant German guys. To say it in a short way: if we had spent our time only in the halls, it would be a boring disaster. We made the best out of it and visited the city, walked around and so on…

That was my personal opinion about that.
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