Published: Sunday, 11 January 2015 00:00
Silly Venture 2k14 - the biggest international Atari party in history - is over and it's been a blast. Here are some of my impressions. You can click on the images to enlarge them. My personal travel featured a slightly delayed flight from Frankfurt to Gdansk... that actually ended unplanned in Posznan due the bad weather conditions on Gdansk. And after "only" 5 hours of bus ride we arrived at Gdansk airport at 1:00 am.
From there I went by taxi to Hostel Bursztynek where I had planned to share a room with Slator, who unfortunately could not attend the party in the end.
The party place was the elementary school close by and the banners outside clearly indicated that this is where the fun is.
Inside you could find what we all are dealing with since 1986: Pretty girls on disks.
Again I intentionally did not bring any computer. Instead I used the available time to talk to friends and get to know new people, like Till Harbaum, the creator of the Atari MIST.
Every visitor also received a "Have you played Atari today - we have" car plate holder, which meanwhile is mounted properly on my car of course.
You can find tons of additional pictures on ftp.pigwa.net. After the party was over, we tried hard collecting 250 reasons for Silly Venture 2k15. And it actually looked for a while that there even would be a summer edition of the party.
Yet, ultimately Grey decided that he'll not organize another edition in the future.
I am truly thankful for all he did and for the damn best demo parties I've ever been to. The days I spent in Gdansk in 2013 and 2014 are some of the most memorable moments in my life. He deserves our greatest respect for all the work and passion he put into making Silly Venture the greatest Atari party in history. He received the life time Atari award at Silly Venture 2k14 for a very good reason: He fucking deserves it! And to make sure all the Atari 8-bit people properly celebrate the party at home, a Silly Pack 2k14 will be released by me. But this again will take some time, due to the number and nature of the releases that will require heavy patching. Stay tuned, stay Atari!