by Felice / Maggie Team & Alive!
Well, EIL2 has come and gone .....
and what a fantastic party it was, too :)
The journey across from the UK was
straightforward, travelling via the ferry service running
between the ports of Harwich (UK) and the Hook of Holland
(NL). Driving to Havoc/FUN's place in Enschede (yes,
the Dutch town which you probably heard about last year
due to the firework factory explosion and disaster).
Resting a day in Enschede itself with
Havoc, Good Friday dawned and we started the drive across
Germany, down to Dresden. This again ran quite well,
with the addition in our car of (besides myself and
CiH), Nut/FUN and CreatureXL.
Entering Dresden for the first time
in over 2 years we hit the Communist-style roads in
the outskirts of the city itself. These proved to be
a similar bone-rattling experience to the prospect of
driving over cobblestones in any north-eastern village
or town in the UK. After getting over these, we find
the centre of Dresden, go under the railway station
bridge - and we saw the location of EIL itself, a club
called GAG 18, hidden underneath the student living
We got parked up and went in from
the back, meeting up with several Atari sceners and
close friends, including Grey/Mystic Bytes, Sqward/MSB
(from Poland) along with other close friends from England
Getting our stuff in from the car
was straightforward, many people deciding to help us
carry it all in. Compared to packing the car for the
journey out from Cambridge this went like a dream!
The Friday evening was spent in a
bit of a haze of ... um ... yes, sharing a drink of
Polish vodka and lots of Atari-ing, talking with the
scene guys, most of whom were there already and catching
up with some of the older scene-guys who I in particular
had not seen or heard from for absolutely ages. As well
as CiH and myself, other Brits there included John Hayward
(yes, the man who likes to rummage around for computer
parts at your local tip), along with Mr Pink, MSG and
sh3 of the Reservoir Gods. The Gods were busy working
on several new titles, the details of which I am not
allowed to divulge here (we signed a virtual NDA with
them!) - but you should see the results in the very
near future, if all goes well.
Saturday morning started with a general
wake-up call, followed by a wander into Dresden city
centre with Mystic Bytes. The walk itself was quite
hazy at times and got very amusing, particularly when
the snow started to fall with a vengeance. We managed
to avoid the worst of this and got back to the party
safe and sound.
Sunday passed over quite well, it
came to the evening and it was time for the main competitions
to be held. There were some fabulous entries in the
compos, you can find the releases at Dead Hackers Society's
site at www.dhs.nu.
Monday came and it was time to drive
back to Enschede with Nut. One or two minor problems
occurred at this time, which was a pain in the butt
when we found out what these were. Moondog had his car
broken into during the party, so we were saddened for
him, as he is a good friend who, despite his demeanour
at times, managed to remain cheerful. We left Dresden
at just around lunchtime and drove back up the autobahn,
stopping off at some services for something to eat and
a change of driver. Apart from a hold-up A14/M25 style
due to a nasty multi-vehicle crash, we got back to Enschede
The Tuesday saw CiH and myself taking
a wander across on the train to Amsterdam, visiting
some of the places we had been to before. Yes, this
included the Red Light District (who has been to Amsterdam
and not gone there ?) where we saw some nice ladies
displaying themselves at the famous windows.
Wednesday came and it was time to
drive to the Hook of Holland and catch the ferry back
home. It got back into Harwich in good time and within
an hour and a half later or so we got back to Cambridge,
said our goodbyes and CiH made his way back home to
We had a good time at EIL 2, it was
probably even better than the first one, in my opinion.
Hopefully there will be another Easter party either
in the Netherlands or in Finland, keep an eye on the
Dead Hackers bulletin board to see what is happening.
Felice/Maggie Team & Alive!