The Wild Boys & Cool J Charlie?!?

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The Wild Boys & Cool J Charlie?!?

Postby Nev (Orbital Software) » Wed Dec 01, 2004 1:17 pm

Whatever happend to TWB after they released Dreamzone? I mean they were going from strength to strength and they had working copies of the game Cool J Charlie...

..then nothing?!? What happend to them, did they ever realease anything else anywhere, what did ever happen with Cool J Charlie?

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Postby lotek_style » Wed Dec 01, 2004 5:56 pm

Cool J Charlie was released on Amiga but not on the ST :( No further infos about the boys ...
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Postby powerman_twb » Thu Feb 10, 2005 12:08 am

TDX and Magnum were arrested for fraud.
Nexus went into the Witness Protection Programme.
Flashback Jack faked his own death and now resides in South America.
I (Powerman) gave up a life of coding demos to work on more profitable forms of software.

Ok, that wasn't true (apart from the last bit). After Dreamzone, our last megademo, we finished Cool J Charlie on the Amiga (we'd since abandoned the ST version because it wasn't anywhere near the Amiga version). Our publishers (Rasputin) sent out promo copies to the press to mixed reviews (everything from 45% to 90%+), then they went bankrupt leaving us in the poo. Couldn't find another publisher, in spite of Amiga Action helping us out by putting a demo of the game on one of their coverdisks. Eventually the game got published on various compilations without my permission.

After that we all split up, apart from me and Flashback Jack who's my cousin, can't pick your relatives as they say....:-)

I think I released Waveforms after Dreamzone, now that I think of it, that was probably the last TWB release, notable not so much for it's selection of digi-music (not the best selection I ever made) but for the intro which contained the most offensive scrolltext ever written (by Flashback Jack of course, who else?)

We were having a war at the time with another crew, can't remember the name, they made a TWB logo with a guy shitting on it so we replied with our Waveforms demo.........Ahhh....happy days.

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Postby Mug UK » Thu Feb 10, 2005 8:22 am

How many tunes did Nexus compose using his own routines?

I remember talking to him @ the Bradford coding conference all those decades ago.
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Postby lotek_style » Thu Feb 10, 2005 6:44 pm

Hey Powerman :) Any chance to contact NEXUS ?

check this: http://fading-twilight.atari.org/
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Postby Nev (Orbital Software) » Thu Feb 10, 2005 6:48 pm

powerman_twb wrote:TDX and Magnum were arrested for fraud.
Nexus went into the Witness Protection Programme.
Flashback Jack faked his own death and now resides in South America.
I (Powerman) gave up a life of coding demos to work on more profitable forms of software.

Ok, that wasn't true (apart from the last bit). After Dreamzone, our last megademo, we finished Cool J Charlie on the Amiga (we'd since abandoned the ST version because it wasn't anywhere near the Amiga version). Our publishers (Rasputin) sent out promo copies to the press to mixed reviews (everything from 45% to 90%+), then they went bankrupt leaving us in the poo. Couldn't find another publisher, in spite of Amiga Action helping us out by putting a demo of the game on one of their coverdisks. Eventually the game got published on various compilations without my permission.

After that we all split up, apart from me and Flashback Jack who's my cousin, can't pick your relatives as they say....:-)

I think I released Waveforms after Dreamzone, now that I think of it, that was probably the last TWB release, notable not so much for it's selection of digi-music (not the best selection I ever made) but for the intro which contained the most offensive scrolltext ever written (by Flashback Jack of course, who else?)

We were having a war at the time with another crew, can't remember the name, they made a TWB logo with a guy shitting on it so we replied with our Waveforms demo.........Ahhh....happy days.


Well i'll be damned, welcome aboard man.

:D:D:D

Yeah, I did wonder what happend to you lot, I mean I read the scrollers in "Dreamzone" and you seemed to be going from strength to strength, then "Waveforms" and then... Nothing. Thanks for satisfiying my curiosity.

What are you upto now, you still coding in some form or another? How about a one off screen? :wink: I shot my load at the quality & polish of Dreamzone, defo in my top 10 of demos.

So even though you all split, do you still stay in touch with the rest of the crew(apart from Flashback, who is family) or was that it?

Nuff respect for posting, that's made my day that has. Glad your still alive & (hopefully) well. Oh and being the Hardcore monster that you are, get your ass over to the Forum on http://www.backtotheoldskool.co.uk, that'll get your juices flowing. The scene is very much alive with event gwaan everywhere(unless your musical tastes have changed)!!!

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a few answers...

Postby powerman_twb » Thu Feb 10, 2005 11:20 pm

Hey muguk, can't remember exactly how many tunes Nexus composed as a lot of them weren't used in any TWB demos (not because they were no good but because he had more music than we needed). He did some tunes for the ST version of Cool J Charlie (which got dropped) and probably about 10 tunes overall in our megademos and music demos...he also planned his own music demo called Freefall (if I remember correctly, was a long time ago....) Not sure if it got released or not.

lotek_style - thanks for the link, I'll be checking it out. Haven't spoken to Nexus for years and don't have an email address for him, sorry! Hopefully he'll discover this forum sometime and reply...

Nev (Orbital Software) - thanks for the nice comments on Dreamzone. I've never heard of anyone shooting their load over a demo before, apart from Flashback Jack, but then he'd take a squirt at just about anything...

As for music, I'm not really the hardcore monster I used to be - I still like a bit of oldskool now and then but these days I prefer trance and breakbeat. And just to clarify, I don't mean DJ Sammy or ATB, I mean the "real" trance - John Askew, Mirco De Govia, Euphonic etc.

By the way, does anyone know where I can get copies of Maggie and the Ledgers disk mags for use with the STeem emulator? Can't find them anywhere but I remember they were quite entertaining, apart from the articles I wrote for Ledgers which sounded like I was completely wasted...

(probably because I was)

Credits for this post go to Powerman for the writing, thinking of what to write and the typing. This scrolltext is about to wrap, over and out.....

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Postby Mug UK » Fri Feb 11, 2005 8:38 am

Most Maggies and Ledgers could be found @


a) Climatics site (search this forum for the link, but at last post it seems someone was trying to close down his site or something)


b) The Atari Legend FTP site .. again, details are lurking around this forum.


I'll dig out the Wild Boys source code I got given and upload it to my site soon but will be after I've attended Retrovision 5 and won't be able to do it tonight as off to see my mates' husband's metal band (OK plug coming up!)http://www.bdv.vze.com

So sore head tomorrow morning @ 6am when I have to be up to get to Warrington to meet RetroGamer as his mate for the lift down to Somerset .. I can feel my pain now!
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ledgers 8

Postby powerman_twb » Mon Feb 14, 2005 3:05 pm

Does anyone have Ledgers 8? I've got most of them - 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10,11,12. I'm interested in obtaining any others I'm missing. I've checked Climatics and AL FTP, they don't have Ledgers 8 or anything beyond #12.

Also, my copy of Ledgers 9 keeps bombing. Does anyone have a working copy?

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Postby Grazey / PHF » Mon Feb 14, 2005 3:49 pm

Here's #13

got #8 somewhere but having difficulty locating it!

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update here's 8. eck some of my old music rip source is on the Ledger disks :)
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Postby powerman_twb » Mon Feb 14, 2005 7:57 pm

Nice one...

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Postby Pink/RG » Tue Feb 15, 2005 12:26 pm

You can find all issues of maggie along with detailed descriptions and screenshots here:


http://www.reservoir-gods.com/maggie.htm

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Postby Mug UK » Tue Feb 15, 2005 12:54 pm

Which Ledgers had the "demo main screen" style interface?

I remember ripping the demo levels from some of them but might as well have another look to see if they all used the same Avengers level editor and complete the .ZIP file on my site.
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Postby spiny » Sat Mar 05, 2005 6:36 pm

I'm pretty sure I have ledgers 8 somewhere.
I was also at the bradford party, had a great time :)

scene fact: Stormlord/Tony B now lives in the states and works for Shiny, the lucky bastard.

cheers, Phil.

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Postby ggn » Mon Mar 07, 2005 6:39 am

Spiny,

Regarding Tony B: That's great! Any idea what he's working on?

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P.S. love your avatar :)
is 73 Falcon patched atari games enough ? ^^

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Postby spiny » Mon Mar 07, 2005 7:33 pm

I've dropped him an email, though he's about as good at replying as we are at releasing demos :)

cheers, Phil.

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Postby spiny » Thu Apr 14, 2005 2:22 pm

got a reply :) he's working on another Matrix game apparently :)

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Postby ggn » Fri Apr 15, 2005 5:40 am

Hope it will be better than Enter the Matrix :)

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