For sure this is a late review but hey better late than never :) Some weeks
before the Paracon3 the guys of Paranoia launched this 40 Kb invitation intro
for all ATARI machines.
It all starts with a nice soundchip done by Luebke. A bit of zoomed logo
keeps going up and down the screen while a one plan font moves around, giving
the full members list of Paranoia. Sometimes another part of the zoomed logo is
shown while another crewmate name is shown on screen. As the long list comes to
an end we are give a view of the full logo, a nice rendered PARACON3 with some
light flares. Tho converted to the poor ST resolution and restricted palette,
the logo looks ok.
Next is a fake "Intel Inside", taken over by Atari rebels who changed it to
ATARI INSIDE :) Last is the usual one plan font vertical scrolling with the
kind of needed info for party attendants. Of course a fulltext version can be
read in the file, enclosed in the intro folder.
Not much more to say : it's a nice intro, nothing special but a nice effort
to try and bring people to a nice party !
Erm this is a short review but no other small screen could be added to this
review :( Maybe I can use the occasion to tell more stories about that party
The partyplace was really small, adding to the family spirit, except when we
found out that there was no room for the three machines we had brought :( Well
I didn't plan to work, so I gave room to ST Cooper and Kephy (hey let's newbies
get to work at last :). I had also brought my C64 with me. Some months earlier
Oliver (aka paranoid of course) had kindly done some copies of C64 demos...
Unfortunately I couldn't run them and we came to the conclusion that somehow my
C64 was damaged :( Then I decided to give it away to Marcstar who had found
interest in the little box and didn't care it was damaged. Weeks after the
party Oliver told me that the C64 was running fine again, after some fiwing and
that its new owner was fully happy. It may sound stupid but that C64 was
sleeping under my bed and I feel better knowing it has found the right place !
Get all you sleeping machines out of the closet and use them or give them to
freaks like us !!
The breakfast set up by Paranoia was just superb : different kinds of ham and
cheese, butter, warm bread, coffee... hey it was paradise ! I noticed a donut
shaped thing, that Nils (aka 505) told me was cheese but I kept my eye open on
the odd piece of food and didn't dare give it a try. But I made some really
tasty sandwiches that helped a lot get me back on my foot from the previous
night :) Note that most Frenchies usually eat bread and butter at breakfast and
have a cup of tea or coffee along. But I usually prefer this kind of sandwiches
(well you already know I'm kind of loony :).
The last parties plus the revival of German crews shows that Germany * is *
currently the place where things happen ! Maybe we should attend the next Mekka
Symposium then ??