Silly Venture 2k14 - the most significant 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 travel featured a slightly delayed flight from Frankfurt to Gdansk... that ended unplanned in Posznan due to the bad weather conditions in 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.
The party place was the elementary school close by, and the banners outside clearly indicated that this was where the fun was.
Inside, you could find what we have all been 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 is appropriately mounted on my car.
You can find tons of additional pictures on ftp.pigwa.net. After the party, we tried hard to collect 250 reasons for Silly Venture 2k15. And it looked for a while that there would even be a summer party edition.
Yet, ultimately, Grey decided that he would not organize another edition in the future.
I am genuinely thankful for all he did and the damn best demo parties I've ever attended. The days I spent in Gdansk in 2013 and 2014 are some of the most memorable moments in my life. He deserves tremendous respect for all the work and passion he put into making Silly Venture the most fantastic Atari party in history. He received the lifetime Atari award at Silly Venture 2k14 for an excellent reason: He fucking deserves it! To ensure all the Atari 8-bit people properly celebrate the party at home, I will release a Silly Pack 2k14. But this will take some time due to the number and nature of the releases requiring heavy patching. Stay tuned, stay Atari!