Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Dynasty (DNS) – German PC Games Warez Release Group

In April 1996 three of the four largest and active game warez release groups at the time, Dytec – Dynamic Technologies, Vortex and EOD – Empire of Darkness merged into a single mega release group called “Dynasty”.

I was co-leader of the Dytec PC section at the time and took an active part in this mega-merger.

Dynasty has no homepage today so I decided to put up a page on my web site, where you can read about the creation of the group and also find historic artifacts like Dynasty Crack Intros, CD-Rip Installers, ASCII, ANSI and Pixel Art etc. I thought that this might be a good idea and is part of my continues efforts to preserve scene history for the future.

The page can be accessed via this link. Below is a screenshot of the top part of that new page.


Dynasty Media Pack Release

I also created a media pack release, which contains all the art work and intros created for Dynasty. The pack is much larger than the one that I created earlier for the release group Dytec, because I also included Video captures of the Intros and MP3 recordings of the tracker modules this time. It is still “only” about 98 MB in size and what are 98MB nowadays? :)

The NEW - DNS - Dynasty Group Media Collection. Included in this collection are:

  • 7 Dynasty MS DOS PC Intros
  • 2 Dynasty MS DOS CD-RIP Installers
  • 9 Video Captures of Intros and Installers in AVI Format
  • 9 Tracker Music files from DNS PC Prods.
  • 9 MP3 Recordings of the Tracker Music Files
  • 7 Images, Pixel Artwork, like Logos
  • 18 FILE_ID.DIZ Designs
  • 7 NFO File Logo Designs
  • 5 ANSI Logos
  • PNG Snapshots of all Text Art Files

Roy-DNSMediaColV1.ZIP release package is available for download at my Mediafire.com file share account.

   Roy_DNSMediaColV1.ZIP - Download the Dynasty Media Collection V1.0 (97.82 MB ZIP)

Here is the NFO File, which I included in my Media Pack Release, another opportunity for me to use my new RoySAC.com ASCII design hehe:



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The DNS – Dynasty PC Group Media Collection
Included in this collection are

– 7 Dynasty MS DOS PC Intros
– 2 Dynasty MS DOS CD–RIP Installers
– 9 Video Captures of Intros and Installers in AVI Format

– 9 Tracker Music files from DNS PC Prods.
– 9 MP3 Recordings of the Tracker Music Files

– 7 Images, Pixel Artwork, like Logos
– 18 FILE_ID.DIZ Designs
– 7 NFO File Logo Designs
– 5 ANSI Logos
– PNG Snapshots of all Text Art Files

Produced and used by the warez release group (German language games)
called DNS – Dynasty from Germany since 1996.
The group was founded in April 1996 as a result of the merger of the
three German release groups EOD – Empire of Darkness, VTX – Vortex
and DTC – Dytec – Dynamic Technologies.

Visit http://www.roysac.com/dynasty
The temporary and unofficial web site of Dynasty PC
for more information, history, videos and downloads.

Also check out the Win32 Intro INTRO.EXE, which includes a
Windows 32bit XP/VISTA/Win7 remake of an old Dynasty PC MS DOS
Cracktro :).

Carsten aka Roy/SAC

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Unrar the included RAR archive DNSCOLLECTION1.RAR and enjoy.
Don't forget to check out the INTRO.EXE Intro for Win32.

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All folks at the OSDM support forums at forum.deltaforceteam.de
especially to: Rebell, Wildcop, Peace, Jizzy, Dragon, Bobo,
Marie, Skid, Sanity, Genom, Synth and Inc

Additional Personal Greetings to:
Mad Max/CPI, Rad Man/ACiD, Ben Garret/Defacto2.net,
Lord Scarlet/SixteenColors.net, Jason Scott/Textfiles.com

All folks (including former members) from Blocktronix, SAC,
Razor 1911, Dynasty, Dytec, TRSI/Faith, TOaO, LSD, Cardinals,
Backlash, Peanuts

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Check out the page about Dytec – Dynamic Technologies
for History, All–Time Member List, Artwork and Intros at

Also check out my site at http://www.roysac.com/ in general and
also my personal blog at http://www.roysac.com/blog/

Signing off!

Roy of Superior Art Creations, CPI, Dytec,
Razor 1911, TRSI, TDU–Jam, PNS

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Carsten aka Roy/SAC

Former Founding Member of Dynasty PC in 1996

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Roy/SAC Does NOT Automatically Mean SAC

I had once more some email back and forth with a fellow scener about my OSDM stuff, which seems to create an issue for some folks out there. I never understood what the problem is with my fun releases that I only create for the sake of them while enjoying doing it and showing it to other OSDM fans who are able and willing to appreciate it. I then throw the stuff simply out there that anybody who might be interested in it can look at it too. It’s not a secret “hobby” of mine. I am pretty open about it all the time.

I already posted about my thoughts about the issue of using a tool such as OSDM in general, the few at what coding is today and what is today different than it was 10-15 years ago. So I won’t go into that subject again right now, because I think that I understood today what the other issue is what some folks seem to have, which does not seem to be about the use of such tool as I believed it to be, but about who creates it and how it is presented.

(What Appears to Be) The (Real) Issue

It did not occur to me that people would mix my personal OSDM stuff with official SAC productions and releases, something that I also not knowingly encouraged to do.

I avoided to reference to my OSDM stuff within the official SAC content on my Website, which resides in its own section at RoySAC.com/sac and can also be accessed from SuperiorArtCreations.com.

The user always remains in the SAC section while he browses the SAC Packs and official SAC Galleries on the Site. You can tell this by looking at the top navigation on the site. Not only is the tab “Superior Art Creations” highlighted, but also the top header image is different and shows “Superior Art Creations”  instead of the typical “Roy of Superior Art Creations” that is used for all other areas of my web site. Only one page referred to the '”Art Galleries” Section instead of SAC and that was the SAC VGA Logos collection, which I changed today.

roysaccomwebsiteheadersURL to full sized version of this screen shot:

Am I considering my OSDM stuff to be official SAC releases? No, I don’t, certainly not after my chat with Scour this January. In my blog post that followed that conversation, I stated explicitly that my OSDM stuff is NOT appropriate for an official SAC release. I was referring particularly to the SACtro that I prepared for the SAC Pack #36 release.

Can’t Blame

Despite all this are some people still doing the association of my OSDM stuff with official Superior Art Creations business and I cannot really blame them for doing so. They would probably realize their error, if they would take the time to look closely enough and really cared, but I cannot expect doing that from everybody out there who is involved in the scene and sees my OSDM stuff.

The problem is that I use Roy/SAC in the credits of my productions and not simply ROY without the /SAC. Using Roy/SAC is obviously enough for some people to automatically see it as an official SAC production. I am not aware that I ever used in any of my OSDM production the words “official SAC production” or “Superior Art Creations Release” all on their own without the restrictor and refinement “Roy of …” before that.

Also, an intro or demo production is typically defined by its coder(s), or at least that used to be the case. I never claimed that I programmed any of the OSDM intros/demos myself and always gave the appropriate credits to the person who deserved it, in the case of OSDM to Peace/Testaware and Epyx, who wrote the FXLib library for Pure Basic where OSDM is based on. So by this standard, my productions are more like a “Testaware Production” or an “Epyx Release” or something like that, because my parts were “only” the overall design, direction, concepts, choice of music and in many cases the pixel graphics and vector object definitions as well, plus the scripting of the demo maker to control, adjust and blend the individual effects as well as the transitions between them.

Okay, some start with a big “Roy/SAC presents” or “Roy of Superior Art Creations presents” and none with “Testaware presents” or something like that; Granted. Why not drop the /SAC from Roy and why did I use it in the first place? Good question and if you are long enough around then you will probably also already know the answer to this question.

Why, Why, Why, What, What, What?

Roy” and “SAC” became throughout the past 15+ years inseparable from another. The vast majority of my artwork bears the signature “<Roy/SAC>” or “Roy[SAC]”  or “Roy<SAC>” and since 1995 onwards my IRC handle (Internet Relay Chat, specifically the EFNet) always has been “Roy[SAC]” (which does not seem to be allowed to be used anymore, at least by the IRC servers that I used recently) and my fall-back nick-name was “Roy_SAC”. It was never ROY without the SAC. Also the domain for the web site is RoySAC.com and not Roy.com, which is more due to the fact that Roy.com is kind of unavailable and unobtainable these days. I had my shot at SAC.com in 1995 and missed it, which haunts me to this day, but that is a different story.

When got in touch with other oldskool sceners for the first time, it happened that just “Roy” only triggered thinking and digging in old memories, with some being able to make the leap and fill the missing gap themselves and others keeping thinking and thinking unable to make the jump until the needed hint is provided to them… “SAC” …. “ah yes, Roy/SAC, the ASCII artist. The NFO logos for XXX and YYY.”. Now they remember and know. Well most folks have not seen my name very often or not at all just by itself without the descriptor “/SAC”  next to it.

This was a process that took many years and I cannot change that now anymore, even if I wanted to. I did not realize that this would happen and thus were unable to do something to prevent that from happening while there was still a chance. Okay, I cannot change it anymore and won’t even start trying to so today; so what else can I do? This blog post is a start and a good place to refer to in a discussion with anybody who does create the wrong connection and assumption about whether or not something I do is an official SAC release or not.

osdmsectionhp URL to full sized version of this screen shot:

Defusing Attempts

But I cannot stop there. I added also a disclaimer to the OSDM section homepage on my web site stating that none of the productions are official SAC releases. I will also add a similar disclaimer to the individual production pages. Then I will also start slowly updating descriptions of video captures of my OSDM stuff on sites like Vimeo, YouTube and Facebook. Also made a design change to the loader image that I used in virtually all of my OSDM productions since the end of last year. It looks like this and will be used for my future productions.


I also started the re-assignment of all OSDM related pages from “Art Galleries”, which is used for my personal art galleries, but also for generic art galleries with artwork by SAC as well as non-SAC members or even not by somebody from the underground art scene at all. I began assigning those to the “Roy/SAC” section (see, even there it says “Roy/SAC” instead of just “Roy”), to make it even more clear, that this is something that has to be associated with me personally and not with ”SAC” or anything else.


For the folks who hoped that I will abandon having fun with OSDM altogether to avoid all trouble that it causes without having much to do with it to begin with, sorry. I do not intend to do you this favor. Just ignore it, if you cannot stand seeing it. Just use the keyword “OSDM” for any filter that you are using to remove content associated with it. I am pretty sure that I use the word at least once with everything that is associated with it hehe; or you just get over it and see the stuff at what it is and not what you used to make out of it in your own head. Warning: You might even start enjoying them too! :)

I hope this post clarifies things for some and that my other done and still to do actions will also have the desired impact as well. If anybody claims a connection between my personal OSDM releases and official SAC business, point him to this post to correct his false statements.

For the folks who actually like my oldskool OSDM stuff, check out my latest and to this date best releases in my own opinion, but also in the eyes of some who have seen most of my other OSDM releases as well.

or my Cracktros:

The short-cut to most of my past OSDM releases is downloading my 2 Mega-tros intro Packs releases to-date:


Carsten aka Roy/SAC

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Roy/SAC Megatro II Intros Pack Release

I was very productive over the past few months. It was just December last year that I released my “Megatro Vol1” intros pack with 28 Oldskool Demomaker productions of mine. I learned new stuff with the tool and enhanced some of my older intros and also branched out into new territory, the creation of multi-part mini demos with OSDM rather than just simple single part intros/cracktros.

You can find a whopping 7 of such multi-part demos in my new Megatro II release. Then there are also a bunch of new intros/crack intros that I created and even a nostalgic release for the Commodore 64 classic “Giana Sisters”.

The interface was like the one for the first release programmed by myself in Pure Basic. I made a lot of changes to it and enhancements that you will hopefully notice and appreciate. Another difference to my first Megatro release is also the fact that this pack is running in “windowed mode” instead of “full screen”. The main reason for that is that some of my new productions utilize the “Skin Window” feature of OSDM, which creates a custom frame for the intro or demo to run within. I did not want to switch between full screen and windowed mode all the time in an unpredictable manner and instead decided to run all productions in windowed mode this time.

The NFO viewer within the interface was also improved. What I did not do this time, was to create a special intro just for this release. I thought that my enhancements to the interface will compensate for this shortcoming.

Here is the list of all 18 productions that I included in this release. It is total 10.6 MB in size and can be downloaded via a link from this page.

                > Download Roy/SAC Megatro II Intro Pack 2010
                  Release for 32bit & 64bit Windows XP/Vista/Win7

Production Index

Tweaked Intros (Original Version is available in previous Megatro)
01. RoySAC.com Intro #8 Lemmingshdr_osdm[1]
02. TOaO - The One and Only Cracktro #1
03. TRSI - Tristar and Red Sector Inc. Cracktro

New Intros
04. RoySAC.com Intro #16 1st 2010 (Turrican Intro)
05. RoySAC.com Intro #17 Cross
06. RoySAC.com Intro #18 Balls
07. RoySAC.com Intro #19 Starfall
08. Giana Sisters Intro
09. New Year 2010 Megademo - My Part

New Intros (continued...)
10. SACtro Intro Design
11. TOaO - The One and Only Cracktro #2

Multi-Part Demos
12. Oldskool
13. Skull and Bones
14. Smoke and Mirrors
15. Scheissfreundlich
16. Megademo
17. I Want Your Money
18. Dragon Fire

Here is a screen shot of the new interface.


Note: I also did not make the same mistake as last time, where I released at first the pack only with an executable for 64Bit operating systems. Users that are still running on 32 Bit Windows OS could not run it until I released another 32 bit version of the pack. This pack was compiled for 32 Bit from the start and also runs on 64 Bit versions of Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.

“Novus Okdo Seclorum” Release

The latest production of mine, which I just finished did not make it into the pack. It’s the biggest production of mine so far, using features that I never used before until now, such as multiple Vector Objects and 3D Balls.

It is call NEW WORLD ORDER and runs for about 4 minutes.

The video capture is not the best quality. It’s not very smooth, which is a consequence of my issues with video capturing since I upgraded to Windows 7 64 bit a few weeks ago. Some of my tools work only partially and some not at all, so I apologize for the sub-par video quality in advance already. I suggest downloading the ca. 1 MB Windows executable and run the production on your own PC.

More details and download links are available at the main page for my New World Order Demo production.

I hope you will like it. It was a lot of work, but also a lot of fun to make.


Carsten aka Roy/SAC