A VISIT TO THE DELTA FORCE INTERNATIONAL CODING CONFERENCE #2
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WHY NOT TO FORGET TO CHEW GUM IN THE TRAIN
FROM HEIDELBERG TO STUTTGART
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VARIOUS OTHER SUBTITLES THAT ARE SUPERFLUOUS
The following writers contributed to this article. The
editorial staff of ST NEWS wishes to stress the fact that each of
the contributors to this article is responsible for what he has
written. We take no responsibility whatsoever except for which we
have written ourselves.
The contributors to this article as a whole, with exception of
the ST NEWS editorial staff, were (in more or less of an
alphabetical order): 2Stein of ST Connexion (Julian), Abel of
Electra (of the Union now!), Alien of ST Connexion, Armin
Hierstetter (of the German mag "TOS"), Axe of Superior, Big Alec
of Delta Force, Bilbo of Ripper Off, Billy Lakefear (?!), Captain
Headcrash of Total Vision Incorporated, Carnera of NPG, Chaos
Inc. of Delta Force, Chris of Unlimited Matricks (ex-The Garlic
Eaters), Crush of the Menacing Cracking Alliance, Daryl of The
Exceptions, Dbug II of NEXT, Deel of Dynamite Dynastie, Dire of
Animi Dux (Birgir, the Insane Icelander), Dogue de Mauve of the
Overlanders, Dr. Death of Light, DTX Sync of Legacy, Duke of The
Respectables (Der Große Dumme), EVE of Galtan Six/ENS, Fishbone
of ST Connexion, Flix of Delta Force, Ford Perfect of Black
Monolith Team (Michael), Fury of Legacy, Furyo of the
Overlanders, Genital Grinder of Alcoholica (Undead Sprog of The
Lost Boys), Gunstick of the Unlimited Matricks, Headcoder of
Digital Vision, Humungus of the Overlanders, Icaruz of Electra
(of the Union now!), Illegal Exception of Scum Of The Earth,
Jacky of Alien Cracking Formation (or Alien Child Fuckers, or
whatever), Jora of Black Monolith Team, Krazy Rex of ST
Connexion, Leviathan of Light, Lowlife of Sewersoft, Mad Max of
The Exceptions, Manikin of The Lost Boys, -ME- of The Exceptions,
Mega Tri of Light, Mr. Bee of the Overlanders, Mr. Spirit of
Mystic, New Mode of Delta Force, One of Galtan Six, Oxygene of
The Lost Boys, Quicksilver of Mystic, Raphael of Scum Of The
Earth, Ray of Delta Force, Relayer of the Quartermass Experiment
(a.k.a. Jurie Hornemann, Code-God of Holland , Master Of The Whip
and J.), Sammy Joe of The Lost Boys (Mike of the "Maggie" Team),
Schnulz, Scum of Sewersoft, Slime of Delta Force, Stick of
Ripped-Off, Tanis of The Carebears (Coprophagic Necrocannibal
Eviscerator of Alcoholica), Timo Schmidt (of the "Maggie" Team),
The Fate of Unlimited Matricks (Maestro), The One of Vector, Thor
of Black Monolith Team, TLS of Black Monolith Team, Toxic Foetus
Eater of Alcoholica (Spaz of The Lost Boys), Tsunoo Rhilty of
Troll & Co (the Lord of STCS), Typhon of the Overlanders, Tyrem
of The Respectables, Vantage of ST Connexion (Klaus) and Vulcan
This totals to 70 people writing, which is an all-time record in
the history of real-time articles!
Well that is it. The start of what will hopefully turn out to be
(yet another) monumental real time article. This time it will be
even a lot odder because at this very moment Michael Schußler of
TLB (i.e. "Maggie") is also writing one (for "Maggie"). I think
he has a plain advantage, because ours will not be finished until
the end of the year (or maybe even later), when ST NEWS Volume 6
Issue 3 will be launched. Then again, we may be quicker. Only
time will tell.
First, I have to tell you what we are in at the moment.
It is a gym.
It is quite old, with a worn wooden floor, some gymnastics
equipment attached to walls, old windows, and an enormous load of
tables and a lot of (but probably not enough) chairs.
It is located in the centre of a hole in the German map called
Leutenbach, which is a bit of a suburb of a somewhat bigger hole
in the map called Winnenden (which is at half an hour's train
drive from Stuttgart, which is no hole in the map).
This town Winnenden, before I forget to mention it, is also the
town where Michael Bittner (the Bittner of Thalion software) used
to dwell before starting to work there.
This tells quite a lot about the place.
Well, it's actually quite nice.
Let's get some damn structure in this thing.
I made some notes on the way to here, so I will now throw that
note away (after writing down everything here).
Most important, I got up at 05:00 this morning. Outside, town
was still draped in pre-dawn greyness. I had to take a shower and
pack an enormous rucksack full of underwear, clothes and a MEGA
ST. I got to the bus just in the nick of time, which then
succeeded in dropping me off at Utrecht central station in the
nick of time again.
Jumping aboard the train to Germany was less hazardous than it
sounds, but difficult nonetheless because of that damn heavy
rucksack. This rucksack, by the way, is the very same that was
used during the LateST NEWS Quest in 1989. Back then, it was also
a continueing nuisance, and a very heavy one at that.
The train actually left on schedule, which is rare to say the
The entire countryside was shrouded in fog, which was kind of an
eerie sight (this was the first and last time I'll use that word
At eight o'clock the sun started to penetrate the fog - at a
time when I normally lay in bed, stinking (as usual). Later, that
sun was to disappear behind a veil of clouds.
When I had to switch trains in Cologne it became very busy (in
the train, I mean). But the train moved fast and I started to
think I'd soon be there.
How wrong I turned out to be. There were yet to be quite some
hours of arse-molesting in-the-train-sitting ahead of me.
At Koblenz the seat next to me was occupied by an extremely old
and equally ugly and bad-tempered German female. She smoked,
drank beer and constantly shook with her hands as if beholding
gravest scenes of utter vulgarism and stuff. At times when she
drank coffee I was afraid I would end up having all the hot fluid
in my lap. A terrible experience indeed.
At a quarter to eleven the train passed the Loreley, which is a
rock next to the river Rhine that was supposed to have a female
on it that would make ships run arock in centuries past. It
actually didn't look impressive. Just a forest with a hill under
it without any trees, if you get my meaning.
But the train did succeed in moving alongside that beautiful
river Rhine for more than an hour, and that was nice to behold (I
had never been this far south and I am, after all, a tourist).
"Moreta, Dragonlady of Pern" has a sad ending, so I discovered
in the train. Starting to read Iain Banks' "The Bridge" didn't go
far because I got put off by the first three pages. Thanks for
buying this mom.
I thought about amusing the ugly old female next to me by asking
if 'that patch of trees down yonder' was in fact the famous Black
Forest, but I decided not to.
The last notable thing to say here is the fact that there are a
lot of long tunnels between Heidelberg and Stuttgart through
which the train has to pass. I did not have any chewing gum with
me, which I still regret - my ears still feel as if I am 100 feet
Well, at 13:51 I arrived at Winnenden International Railway
Station. I went walking towards Leutenbach but on the way I
accidentally met Chaos, Inc. who was driving his car. I could
jump in it to save me the physical exercise.
So that's how I got to the gym, just past 14:00 hours.
Nothing was going on here. There were a couple of small French
crews as well as Erik Simon and Jurie (a.k.a. Relayer). Only just
before I actually started writing this article were things
getting started. Tanis is now here, as well as the Posthuma(n),
an Insane Icelander, Manikin and some more.
Cheerio. Time for someone else to write.
Hi, this is Flix of Delta Force, writing on Richard's 2-meg-ST
(actually it's 4 Meg even though it doesn't say so, co-ED.).
Listen! Delta Force has seven members now. Big Alec, Ray and me
(Flix) joined the ultramighty Delta Force. We (Ray, Big Alec,
Flix and the C64-guy "Deel" of DD) arrived about 2 hours ago,
using Ray's fast Volkswagen.
Jacky of ACF is sitting next to me and drinkin' some Coke. Now
Fury arrived (I smelled it!) (Hawhawhaw). OK, I guess I'd better
stop now and let some other guys write on...
Tough shit!!! I went to take some chips to satiate my appetite
but, alas, the bag was lame and all chips fell on the fuckin'
floor, and there's nothing to wipe the stuff up with. As it's
written in the 'recommendation sheet' the Delta Force chaps gave
us when arriving here that there shouldn't be any mess during the
party, you guess how deep in the sheet I am. Well let's cease
boring you to death with total crappish shit and I'm over now.
I'll come back in a while with some more interesting things to
tell ya... 'Till then, Cheerio!!!
So here I am, the one and only Master Editor (ahem).
Four hours in a car with Manikin and Tanis continuously
insulting each other, mad German drivers in little white vans
throwing themselves in front of my Alfa while going 180 on the
autobahn and food at restaurants alongside the autobahn that even
a cockroach would not consider consuming, give you one sweaty,
hungry and thirsty Lost Boy.
But we have arrived now and there are already quite some people
here - I have already seen something that left me gasping for
breath and seeking the support of a chair. Erik Simon showed me
the realtime zooming and texture mapping graphics that Thalion's
Michael Bittner has done for a roleplaying game and they
are...well....what can I say?
OK, time to find a toilet and get refreshed a bit.
Well...here I am...THE ICELANDER!! The first Icelander ever to
attend a foreign ST copy...ups...Coding Conference...YEAHHH!!!
Not much to say really...Fury, Manikin and Digital Insanity are
standing over me and talking about Fury's 3D. I've seen it and it
looks quite nice...perhaps it will be in the ICC#2 Party demo, if
he ever finishes it! I'm off...but don't despair as I will be
Dire of Animi Dux
Hi there! After sitting next to dis compi with the article for
quite a while, I feel as if I should write a few lines, too.
It seems that most of the guests have arrived now, 'coz the hall
fills more and more... Oh dear, I'm afraid that I don't have the
slightest idea of what to bullshit around anymore...
AGENT t of ACF just told me I should write that the weather
started to get pissed off... (That means: "IT RAINS OUTSIDE").
OK, let's get outta here...I'm off......
Big Alec of Delta Force
I have a feeling. This feeling is telling me that more people
are likely to write here than at the ST NEWS International
Christmas Coding Convention. So this is likely to become quite a
Yeaahhh!!! Nothing to say, bye!!! (i.e. filling the article with
utterly lame crap).
Hi! Flix told me to write that he's a lazy bastard, so:
"FLIX YOU'RE A LAZY BASTARD!"
New Mode of Delta Force
Hey hey hey, New Mode!!! I'm not lazy at all, I just have no
time to finish my screen for the party-demo. I just showed five
or six bootsectors to Richard for his virus killer. The Union
Flix of Delta Force
The Frenchies have just arrived, loads of Overlanders and stuff.
Life is likely to get very busy from now onwards. Jochen is
sitting about 2 feet to my left (0.666m). He is doing loads of
music and stuff and having long hair and eating and soon he will
probably fall asleep in typical lazy German fashion. Jochen du
Penner! Ich hasse Du!!!
Ah! Ah! Ah! Just got on the keyboard in the nose of Flix of
Delta Force!!! That was great fun actually, I sat down and saw a
big mountain of flesh start to move on my right which appeared to
be Flix jumping to get on the chair before me. But I was
faster!!! Ah! Ah! Ah! Flix, you're too slow!!!
"Der Klügere gibt nach". Fury asked me to translate this saying
into proper English, but I can't. Now many Frenchies and Swedes
arrived. I guess "Electra", "The Overlanders", "ST Connexion"
(they arrived just now), "Phalanx" and many others. Icaruz of
Electra was impressed by New Mode's Star-Record. Icaruz asked New
Mode if he could put five screens with an own loader into the
party-demo! Strange guys, these Swedes...
I am led to believe that there are about 55 people here now.
It seems that things are now really starting to happen. I don't
know if there are going to be any compos and all that stuff, but
most people present have unloaded their cars and bags, resulting
in quite a large amount of computers to be present on the tables.
Everybody is showing off the latest sound routines (i.e. Big Alec
of the Delta Force) or demo screens - except for Erik Simon who
is showing Thalion previews (what elseis he capable of?).
Bittner - the man of the "Life's a Bitch" burps who was raised
in Winnenden - will not appear on this conference so I was told.
What a shame.
"Jesus Christ. Oh ja ja!..."
Tim quote (looking at a Thalion preview of "Trex Warrior")
(He said a lot more but I forgot what it was. It was all
Hi, here's Mike from "Disc Maggie". Richard and I have just now
decided that there will be only one real time article which will
appear in ST NEWS. But there will also be a brief review in the
next "Maggie", issue 8. We decided that it would be stupid if two
disk magazines would write pretty much the same things. Our
article, which will be written by Ripped Off and me (Fury just
burped, disgusting!!!) will feature more or less just major
happenings and therefore not every detail. Richard told me that
he is aiming for at least 300K for this one; I think that there
will be even more than that!!
ATTENTION: Richard is talking French, using his hands, feet &
ears. Definitely a funny sight.
These two good looking chicks just arrived, wanting to do Tack-
Wan Do (or however it is spelled). Rich just put Metallica on,
ace music man. I will now go for another smoke, outside.
Mike of the "Maggie" team
I just sold Furyo of the Overlanders my "...And Justice For All"
Metallica CD, which is now thundering (well...quite) through the
gym. You see, I recently bought an imported version of that very
same silvery disc with an extra track "The Prince" so I had to
get rid of the old one.
Well, I asked DM 15,- which is ridiculously cheap so there.
"Blackened is the END!!"
I can't wait to get the new CD (called "Metallica")...
I just saw the best demo I have ever seen in my life. It is
called "Trans Beauce II" and it is actually not as good as I made
you think. There's some reasonable quality screens in it
("Triangles go Berzerk" by Legacy) but that's about it. But then
again, I am no authority on demos but I judged from Stefan's and
Metallica is still playing, though one specific graphics artist
whose initials are ES took the liberty of significantly pumping
down the volume.
Thanks Richard!!! Can you believe this very screen you were
talking about a few lines above just ranked seventh? I personally
find it hard to cope with... Anyway, who cares? The demo party
was a few months ago and we're having fun in this one...
Hmmm, my feet are killing me; maybe I'll change shoes in a
moment, but who knows, maybe I'll be attacked by a mob trying to
stop me from doing so... Hope not!!!
I seem to have seen three humans from the Black Monolith Team
arriving just now. One of them (I am not sure if he's BMT or not)
is Timo Schmidt (The Incredibly High Pitched One), who used to
write for the German disk magazine "Disk Magazin" (which went
kaputt) and who now writes for "Maggie" (who doesn't nowadays?).
People keep pouring into the hall (according to Richard, who got
it from Slime, there are 63 persons now) and it gets busier and
noisier all the time. I have seen some pretty neat things and met
the guys from Elektra. They are a Swedish demo crew, and I must
say that they have done some pretty clever things. They are also
nice guys by the way. Eric just complained to me that there
aren't any creative people on the ST. They just convert Amiga
Someone next to me just opened a PC case containing an ST (the
various bits of it, in a more or less random order), and the mere
sight of it makes me want to run and hide.
It is one minute past seven.
It is two minutes past seven and Jacky and Agent t try to hack
on this keyboard. Flix tries to correct us in writing this text.
At the moment, I see Dbug II from Next, who shows us some
previews for the "Phaleon" Demo. And it seems that they're very
good. And I have time to fix my Screen for this Gigademo, which
will be on 3 Disks. I think we'll come to the end... see ya
Jacky of ACF
Food quest time.
Nobody has written anything here for the past 10 minutes... what
a shame!! So...it's time for the ICELANDER to spread his thoughts
over this screen! The first thing that pops into my mind is: Why
the hell am I writing this?? Besides,this keyboard is a German
one!! I bought the "ST NEWS International Christmas Coding
Convention" video about 3 hours ago.. it will be nice looking at
it when I get home (in 4 days from now!).
Tim (Manikin of TLB) brought all of his work for their new
forthcoming mega-demo "Ooh Crikey Wot A Scorcher" (I think I
spelled it right...hmmm?) and he was checking out the main menu
when people started rounding up around his computer...
(I wonder why?? Hehumm!)
By the way...the demo's main menu looks great!! I won't explain
what it looks like as it will probably be released at the
Düsseldorf Atari Messe (that's in 2 weeks from now!). It's taken
me 15 minutes writing this!!! I've wasted enough time....
Dire of ADX
Dadaaa!!! (Trumpets in the background please...). Well here I
come again to bore you like only I can do it (Except The Nutty
Snake but he's not here, so I'll have to fit the bill)!
Well, what kind of uninteresting stuff can I tell you? First,
there're some people around all in front of their ST's or others,
but that doesn't matter at all to me, it's merely a piece of
completely uninteresting and useless piece of bullshit to fill up
this real time article with some creation of my weird brain
(Which doesn't cease to shrivel like a flower under the desert
sky. This having absolutely no link with what I was saying
before, it completely fits with the content of this currently
typed text (Of course, at the time you'll be reading this, it
won't be real timely written, elsehow you'd see the letters
appear then disappear as using this f.cking non-French keyboard
forces me to do lotsa spelling mistakes, but what's the point of
telling you something everyone already knows? None? Then I guess
I'll just stop right here as it seems I have lost what I was
saying a few lines above, and being the lazy bastard I am, I
won't re-read what I have written as it is a complete waste of
time. Great! I've achieved my goal of making the most
uninteresting text ever! Let's close the brackets))))).
(And don't tell me I forgot to close some, 'cause I DON'T
Heeere are ...Timo Schmidt (Maggie) and Jora (BMT) typing (with
20 Fingers (wow!)) some chit-chat into this MEGA 2 (Please stop
implying I've got a meagre 2 meg. I've got 4, co-ED.). Ford
Perfect is sitting on our left side trying to fix his bloody hard
disk (all his sources crashed)...
Ah shit! We don't know what to write so we'll leave you now...
See you soon.
Timo & Jora
Some people (i.e. all of them) of ULM (the best coders of
Luxemburg) have arrived. A little while before that, some various
other people appeared - such as Captain Headcrash of TVI and
Chris of TGE ("He is now in ULM", Dire of ADX quote). I don't
know who I am missing out on right now, because foremost I want
to write about the following:
There is a McDonalds (a McDrive, even), at just 20 km driving
from here, in a town called Fellbach. On the way back, Stefan
(who drove us - i.e. Tanis, Manikin, me and himself) got a short
attack of being pissed off, but we survived nonetheless. I guess
it must be the lucky charm I always carry in my wallet.
McDonalds food is the same all over the world, i.e. crap. But at
least you know what you get, and you know you ain't paying too
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