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AtariCrypt Collection Volume One - Merry XMAS! folks


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#1 Greyfox

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Posted 06 December 2016 - 02:31 PM

Greeting Atarians, my great Colleague Steve Gregory a.k.a. Ataricrypt has joined forces with me to bring you the Atari ST Scene a very special gift this 2016 xmas :).

I present to you "AtariCrypt Collection Volume One"
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In this "FREE" digital magazine with will find over 70 pages of amazing content personally selected from the AtariCrypt Archive by Steve himself, where I come in as the Suit Taylor to dress it up.
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The Magazine covers some of the best Atari ST games as well as some great interviews thrown in for your enjoyment, and with AtariCrypt and Greyfox massive fans of the Atari ST Demoscene,
well we just had to include an entire section dedicated to the Demoscene of the present, so please do check that out too. :)

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You may direct view the press release and download link here:
https://ataricrypt.b...t-magazine.html

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So I hope you all will enjoy the labour of our love and that your nostalgic juices and love for the Atari ST will go wild this Xmas.

Merry Xmas everyone

the ST Army of Two

Steve Gregory (Ataricrypt) & Darren Doyle (Greyfox™)
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Posted 06 December 2016 - 02:50 PM

Looks great!  Thanks for sharing it.


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#3 Greyfox

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Posted 06 December 2016 - 02:59 PM

Your very welcome and we hope that you enjoy our FREE Atari ST magazine, which doesn't get enough love ! :)

 

"We make it look easy......"

 

Darren


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Posted 06 December 2016 - 03:18 PM

Holy Fuuu....

 

Let me get this straight..so, in the past i like PAID damn good money to RG to get a fresh 'fix' of ST goodness, only to find the most bizzare coverage of which games pushed the ST or were ideal showcases...cough...Amstrad CPC ports..ahem....

 

And you pair have put this together and are like GIVING IT AWAY?

 

And it's just the 1st Volume..there is like MORE?

 

Woah.....

 

Out bloody standing...

 

Fetching the smartphone to download as i speak.


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Posted 06 December 2016 - 03:36 PM

And phone promptly decides it'll play up..

 

 

File too big for Google to scan for Virus stuff, skip that, i'll scan it once it's downloaded.

 

Ohh there appears to be a problem downloading this file...

 

 

3rd time lucky i hope...


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Posted 06 December 2016 - 04:08 PM

Hiya pal..many thanks for your generous comments on the magazine, i can't speak for the content magazine throw away on people in order to fill their pages, this magazine is more of a labour of love for the writer Steve and a pet project for me and has turned out brilliantly , I must say. This is Volume one of the archives of his site "AtariCrypt" to which I converted it to a digital Magazine format, we both decided to make it completely free for the supporters of the Atari ST scene and Atari in general, some great guys up there on the facebook pages covering the Atari ST platform.

 

As regards to future volumes, that's entirely up to Steve, I produced the first one for him but will not be producing any after that, as I've come to my final entry of producing Atari ST content, like with the St Gamer magazine it was a bucket list thing for me and had not idea I'd be doing the third one..lol..but Steve made it easy, having the written word as it was, I simply had to do graphics around it. Something that made the process much easier than doing the ST gamer magazines. So no. I won't be involved after this one.

 

I have to say though the response we've been given so far has been incredible, both on Facebook and Twitter is simply staggering. every time I come back I had a tonne of notifications etc..so I'm happy I've done my job well again here. 

 

just to mention ignore all the suggestions Google drive comes up with, simply download it, you'll see the download icon animation in the top corner of your phone to tell you , you are downloading it. I suggest a pdf reader like Acrobat etc. to view properly or a laptop of some kind..also to mention everything within the magazine has been hyper linked, so you simply click on the articles you wish to read and it will bring you directly to them etc..

 

have a good oner pal.


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Posted 06 December 2016 - 07:13 PM

Wow!  Thank you.


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Posted 06 December 2016 - 08:06 PM

Your very welcome
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Posted 07 December 2016 - 09:22 AM

I was just about to head over and post this here but glad to see you're spreading it equally about - super impressive looking and makes me want a print edition! =)

 

Thanks for the amazing mag and amazing work on it! Seriously, not enough kudos can be given!


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Posted 07 December 2016 - 04:28 PM

Ok, so been reading this a bit at work and the presentation/layout, is, as expected..simply bloody superb my friend, it really is.

 

You deserve full credit for your work and contribution to the Atari Community for this, ST Gamers, Atari Gamer etc etc.

 

It's going to be a crying shame to see you depart the ST scene, it really is..hopefully more YT vids yet to come though?

 

 

Ok, next thing that hit me-the fantastic, unbiased reviews, espically to likes of myself, an STFM owner who never really saw much of what the STE had to offer (my mate had a 1 meg STE, but other than P.D demo's, 1 meg  ver of  Falcon and enhanced sound on Captive, i don't recal him having much in way of games that used the hardware)...so reading the reviews has been enlightning to myself...

 

For example..Creatures made use of STE soundchip, but still used Push-Scrolling?

 

 

The pure honesty in the reviews is so, so refreshing..Carvup scrolling..nice, but not best in genre...

 

Meance:don't blame the hardware as many did, when in fact coder himself admits he could of done a lot better.

 

Elite II:Indeed at 1 point many feared it would never appear...

 

Fantastic to see Substation reviewed and what more could of been done with the graphics engine.

 

 

It's these small, but vital little bits of attention to detail that make the reviews stand out..no 10/10 nonsense just because it's on Atari here, just honest feedback on what worked, what could of been better.

 

 

 

Interviews wise:

 

Superb to see Atarimania's Marko interviewed and hopefully the interview with Andrew Gisby can reach those who missed it previousily.

 

 

Ok, this is as far as i've gotten so far, but simply WOW...

 

 

The pair of you have simply done wonderous work and what an end to the year.


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Posted 07 December 2016 - 04:31 PM

Thank you my friend, both Steve (Ataricrypt) and myself Darren (Greyfox) really appreciate the wonderful praises on the work we took on doing this project.

So as one final gift from me , I've produced in conjunction with AtariNomical Facebook page which also covers the Atari ST platform a again "Free" 2017 Atari ST loading screens A3 calendar, so if you all visit the AtariNomical Facebook you will be able to freely access the download link to my superb Atari ST calendar and scroll down until you see the Calendar post

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Enjoy everyone

P.s. If any of you decide to get one of these printed, please take a photo and share it here if you would be so kind, would love to see this in the physical.

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Posted 07 December 2016 - 05:51 PM

WOW, the zine looks amazing!!!!!


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Posted 07 December 2016 - 06:12 PM

Cheers man, glad you liked it. Enjoy :)
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Posted 10 December 2016 - 09:25 AM

Just finished reading through the remainder of the mag....

 

 

Man i loved the interview with Robert Hc Leong....

 

When i look at who THE COMMUNITY has managed to interview, ST wise, be it for Atari websites, mags like ST Gamer, Atari Crypt etc it beggars belief that mainstream publications like Retro Gamer always seem to come up so short on voices to feature, it really does.

 

 

So a huge thanks to 'The 2 Man Army' for bringing me the interviews they have here.

 

Going to end yet again saying just how fantastic the reviews were also, you guys simply did not just focus on THE BIG NAME titles, but threw in things like Mouse Trap and saw that it get the attention it rightfully deserved.

And OMG yes, at last!! someone else who found the restricted playing area on STFM Pac-Mania, a bloody annoyance at times :)

 

 

Also kudos for featuring Chronicles Of Omega, a game i 1st became aware of and shared with RVG etc, under the guise of Chronicles Of Cute which had a preview on the 7800 in Zero magazine.

 

 

I had no idea it was the 1st commercial STE game to use the hardware and as review pointed out, all the extra audio/visual Bells 'n' Whistles' can do nothing to save a medicore title..something very apt in this era of enhanced hardware coming to fore again, PS4 Pro Model.....

 

And..that was the 1st time i'd seen the USA ST advert..loved it.

I'd wager Omega's 8 bit console game origins simply bleed through far too much for it to stand out on the ST?.

 

So to round off....

 

 

A massive bloody huge thank you to all involved, the very fact you pair put so much in, yet decided NOT to charge a penny for this, is truely humbling and something the community should appreciate and learn from.

 

 

 

Any true Atari fan, who see's this, but decides to pass it over and dismiss it with a no thanks, must be out of their head, you simply won't find value like it...anywhere.


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Posted 10 December 2016 - 06:46 PM

Wow..very much touched my your comments fella. All the reviews were written by Steve himself which were originally on his website AtariCrypt but where rewritten for the magazine, so really it's all down to him that this actually made it to fruitation in the first place, I'd contacted him in mid September and wanted to actually turn this into a digital magazine to help create awareness for his website, like many ST websites they seem to go unnoticed due to other platforms in cases undeservingly stealing the limelight from the ST or fans simply not known his website exists. Well that shit just got real..lol.

I was just the engine here, were Steve was a car turn, I wanted to do this for him free of charge because of his true passion for the ST and all its quirks and that's who I want to work with when doing a publication , so it was really a no brainier :). But the rabbit hole doesn't end there, in a sneak move I also did that 2017 Atari ST calendar and...wait......for........it....part took in a collective collaboration with a very brand new Atari ST scene release called "Collaboration One" demo slideshow to which I created the opening "STatariART" image is all its 16 colour glory, so also now apart of the ST demo scene circuit. Below is a video of our new demo, I hope to be more involved on their next release. So it looks like we have won fella ;) , he in doors is best to turn in his grave and look the other way now and decompose :)

Thanks for all your awesome feedback and everyone here at Atari IO....Merry Christmas


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Posted 11 December 2016 - 11:59 AM

I'd say the pair of you complemented each others area's of expertise, bloody perfectly Greyfox and i truely mean that...

 

You could have the most balanced, informative reviews going, but if they are presented in a poor or simply far too sterile fashion, who's going to look into them?

 

On flipside, whilst a knock out set of art/design work will draw people in, if there's no meat on the bones, folks going to come away very dissapointed, even if content is free...

 

So even knowing it's a cliche, with this production, we really have seen the work of THE Atari Dream Team.

 

 


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Posted 11 December 2016 - 07:47 PM

Cheers pal. Who knows what the future will hold , I do know that there are plans to make some more of these type 8f magazine within other circles, so prepared to punish myself all over again..lol. for now this will have to do.

Have a good one my friend.
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