Writers on Writers!

Wade


This small section comes from an idea introduced to the scene by RAW. To quickly summarise, it involves a selection of the (Amiga) scene's leading writers offering small comments and criticism about fellow sceners of the same interest and ambition.


For the purpose of feedback we have charts, an updated list of the most popular sceners at present. However, the charts are often determined by sceners voting outside of their knowledge; coder's voting for graphics artists, musicians voting for writers etc. Other set backs are encountered when a voteform is passed to a non-scener, ex-scener or biased sceners who vote for friends. Even if the charts were accurate, they offer little feedback on a scener's work and attributes. Therefore, I decided to handpick several of today's most prominent writers to conduct a critique, reviewing the progression and regression of their most influencial counterparts.


The Writer's Critique


Fishwave/Scoopex

Main editor of Seenpoint.


Wade writes:

Adrian has been my most influencial source of inspiration in the field of scene writing, he being one of the few writers of today who isn't afraid to speak his mind. Some may consider him arrogant, but at the end of the day he can be, he is number 1 editor for the number 1 scene mag. In terms of style, Adrian is a writer of many faces; entertaining the scene with hot scoops, facts, controversial opinion and satirical humour; written with a great understanding of the English language and its witty expressions.


Sane writes:

Fishwave inspired me a lot. Even more than my idol -Rokdazone- did. Fishy is a master of words and lines. He knows that and that makes him even more arrogant ... and I love that about him! Fishy influenced me immensely ... Adrian even made me the way I am today .... This writer introduced the rebelious, I-couldn't-care-less way of writing! Brilliant! Of course others (like (b)Orlando and Chester of Zine) tried to do that before him ... unlike Fishwave, those others failed miserably in being harsh and tough. Fishwave's the best maineditor of the last genuine magazine which survived the tooth of time and that deserves all the respect in the Scene.


Ghandy writes:

I'm not really satisfied with every single article he's writing because some of them are less interesting for me but this is maybe totally different for other readers. Together with Rokdazone and a few others he's one of the less old editors left. It's really a wonder that he's so active until today and that he was so much the past years. Not that he only wrote the majority of articles for CN. himself, he was also the main person behind Seenpoint organising all kind of support needed for every single issue. Therefore I forgive him his fillers he published here and there.. ;-)


Bytebreaker writes:

Well, I can't complain about the secret transmissions to my swiss bank account, so I can't complain about Fishwave either. ;) In more than one way he can be looked at as the "dangerous daredevil", who is either loved or hated, but never left unnoticed due to his acid-like sarcasm and irony. Who else in the mass of harmony-loving writers fulfills the necessity of reducing arrogant scener's nose-angles to an acceptable height if not he? Thank you, Fishy.


Shade writes:

Fishwave is one of the most controversial writers of today. It's rather hard to evaluate the quality of his work, but I can say for sure that he, at most times, manages to steal your attention very well. I admire writers with not too much respect, but Fishwave can sometimes overdo this a little the way I see it...


Curt Cool writes:

The man who made Seenpoints rather agressive and provocative style which some people did become quite offended about. Still, the concept seems to work, and I have read some quite impressive articles by him. What can I say - his mag is no. 1, he must be quite good at this, right?


Soda writes:

To me, Fishwave stands as the prime example of good leadership: He is firm and ambitious, he's an excellent writer, and being in his staff, it feels as if he's watching your every move. Fishwave has made his way to the top -†and that nearly by himself - and deserves to be respected. The only thing I can think of to his disadvantage, is his sometimes tad formal and impersonal language. But this remains a very subjective opinion, and there is probably many people out there who would disagree with me on that one.


Sane/Scoopex

Co-editor of Seenpoint.


Wade writes:

His opinionated and often hard hitting style makes him one of my favourite writers of the modern scene. I believe that Pieter himself is still very underrated, perhaps shadowed by Fishwave's high profile. However, without him, Seenpoint wouldn't be the magazine it is today, if in fact it could survive without him. Both skilled in the language and educated in scene affairs, he is a writer with very unique views which often conflict with those held by a majority. His articles do not consist solely of opinion, but are logically constructed with many valid points. Pieter is also able to adjust his style in many ways, he can be cruel one minute and funny the next, yet he manages to maintain his own identity in whatever and wherever he writes.


Ghandy writes:

His articles are only dealing with diskmag stuff. Love his articles a lot but I wish he would he also write about some other topics. There's a lot more worth to speak about except only Editors and their mags. Don't you think so?


Bytebreaker writes:

Another brilliant head in the Seenpoint staff. His continous work helped the diskmag scene to survive a little longer on somekind of a quality level.


Shade writes:

To be completely honest, I am not the one to evaluate Sane's work properly. Ofcourse I have read his articles and seen his work, but I have never really analyzed it properly. Sane is, without a doubt, a very good writer, that much I can say...


Curt Cool writes:

Sane is usually responsible for the more diskmag-orientated articles - probably due to the fact that he only has an unexpanded a1200. Anyway, his articles are very impressive too.


Soda writes:

Sane... Well, what can I say? :) Sane is probably one of my best friends on the scene -†if not the best -†and thus, I cannot be truly objective when writing about him :) He came as something of an angel to me one year ago, when he offered to help me with the completion of Retro issue 4, and despite of all odds going against us, we managed to finish it :) I look upon that as our shared triumph: without him, it would not have been possible - even with the spamming-machine Magic also in the staff :) Sane is one of the top three writers on the scene; his langauge is not too complicated, yet not too simplistic either, and when reading his articles, it's as if Sane, the author, is a life-long friend. I guess his style is best described as personal, with an elegant touch of objectivity :)


Wade/Scoopex

Co-editor of Seenpoint.


Sane writes:

Before Dan joined the forces of Seenpoint I had never read an article of him. I thought he was a graphician only. Then Wade joined Seenpoint and ... he became the best of the staff! I truely admire his style. Wade is very smart and intelligent and one can sense that when reading his articles. His work always has a core, a meaning. He never rushes an article and everything is just right. I especially love Wade's story-like articles. His "Jason" story in Seenpoint issue 9 neared sheer brilliance. He writes in a very convincing way and when you disagree somewhat at the start of the article; be sure to agree fully in the end! Of course Wade writes in the best English available and that helps a lot!


Ghandy writes:

Only wrote a few articles the past years but all of them were worth to read. Perfect in grammar & spelling but as he's a guy from the big isle (Great Britain) that's not surprising. The articles were all interesting and enjoyable to read.. in my eyes he's the hope for a new 'n good generation of Editors.


Bytebreaker writes:

As far as I can judge it, Wade belongs to the solid upper third of diskmag writers. His releases are relatively frequent and they don't lack quality.


Shade writes:

Haven't seen ONE article from Wade for a very long time, but the ones I once read was very good. Especially when taking language into concideration...


Curt Cool writes:

And yes, I have always enjoyed Wades articles as well. Wade is a graphician as well, and often writes about graphicians. Still, a very good editor - Scoopex have certainly got the three best editors on the scene at the moment.


Soda writes:

Wade is the best writer on the scene. He might not know it yet, but he is. Wade, being a native speaking brit, has *perfect* control of the language, and when writing, Wade is incredibly precise; he can easily pinpoint a matter, expose both its good and bad sides, before tearing the truth out of the matter to make it crystal clear to the reader. Wade is -†undoubtably - the best writer on the scene. Furthermore, Wade is also a good friend. It is with pity that I report my lacking communication with not only him, but also with Sane. Sane and Wade, combined or individually seen, is what makes my scenelife worth living.


Rokdazone/Endzeit

Main editor of Generation.


Wade writes:

Without question, a gifted writer with a knowledgable scene background. However, I personally fail to understand his extreme popularity. He is a very poetic writer with a passion for adjectives, but in scene terms a lot of his articles are over written, straying from scene matters and failing to lead anywhere. When he sets his mind to scene events he is informative, but offers very little diversity and often allows his standards to drop when failing to research facts.


Sane writes:

Rok is my idol. Right from the very -EARLY- start, way back in the late eighties, I read and loved this guy's works. Everything Rokdee touched turns to gold. He -and only he- is the one who pushed Generation to the top. Sometimes his words confuse me and I have to think twice before I understand what he means ... but of course that's because I can't even dream to even write half as good as him. Rokdazone is the one and only living legend and when he ever really leaves the Scene for good, I am outta here aswell! Henning: never quit as you will break my heart! ;)


Ghandy writes:

The good old master of words. Hard to understand how he managed it to write so much and so regular for the Scene. The name oldskool Scener fits perfectly for him.


Bytebreaker writes:

So what can be said about Rocky, the Stallone (Stallion?) stamping unpatiently in the box, always willing to win the race? A skilled writer, without any doubt, the man who stands behind one of the most successful mags of the late nineties. On the other hand it is quite an open secret than success can lead to a slightly arrogant attitude, a desease especially editors often get possessed of. Without wanting to become personal I believe to have noticed traits of this attitude between the lines he writes.


Shade writes:

Rookdazone is a competent and steady writer with fluent English and good articles. Nevertheless, I think he might be a little overrated. Personally, his articles doesn't hold my attention for very long...


Curt Cool writes:

RokDaZone has the classic editor approach to the scene. He usually writes articles of a scientific (scenetific) nature, and being the one who's been on the scene since the beginning, he is really able to put things into perspective. It seems he has left the scene these days though... :(


Soda writes:

Although Rokdazone is what we can call a "good" writer, having control of the english language, I have never liked Rokdazone's articles. I have liked Generation, but generally, never those composed by Rokdazone. His articles stench from what I would call pure arrogance, and the fact that he has now left the scene in favour of his record-label Tiefsee, brings me little remorse.


The Ripper/Enzeit

Co-editor of Generation. Former editor of The Charts and Showtime.


Wade writes:

A little less involved lately it seems. It is nice to be able to find an article by The Ripper, especially when he has an issue to raise. There are many of his articles that have gone un-noticed, but others that stand out. During his days writing for The Charts and early issues of Showtime, The Ripper was at the height of his career. Unfortunately he has slipped into obscurity of late, eclipsed by the long term members of the Generation staff.


Sane writes:

I don't remember his work for Generation but then again; I never really noticed his works until The Ripper joined the Trascan staff. What he wrote for Trashcan was -in my opinion- by far the best he has ever written. He has a sort of cool style unlike many others.


Ghandy writes:

A nice person in real life and a well talented writer in scenish affairs. He's a good addition to the other Generation editors. Very long active in the scene but not very much in present times.. but who can't forgive him that!??!


Shade writes:

The one who kept Generation going at the end with high productivity, but I have the "made in Taiwan" feeling while reading them though...


Curt Cool writes:

Not a great editor regarding quantity, neither the size of the articles, nor the amount. His topics are usually original, and he manages to give a lot of information in very little space which makes his articles interesting to read - I have always hated reading 15+ page articles - I usually get bored before I finish...


Soda writes:

I know The Ripper as a good friend, but unfortuantly, I haven't read enough of his articles to give a fair image of his style.


Damion/Enzeit

Main editor of Generation.


Wade writes:

In days gone by I was thankful of Damion's work towards Generation, but a noticeable lack of dedication over the last year or two has perhaps tainted my opinion. His participation within Generation has faltered of late, allowing the magazine to deteriorate. And die.


Sane writes:

He is more like an organiser than a writer, right? I often heard that without his organising qualities, Generation could not be released. I can't say I remember a certain article written by Jens.


Ghandy writes:

Didn't read much of him.. I knew that he's the main person behind the technical affairs for Generation but is he really also an editor. Didn't read enough to judge in any way.


Curt Cool writes:

I'm not sure I've ever read an article by him... I know he the editor, but I assume he's the compiler of Generation.


Soda writes:

Unfortunately, the latter goes for Damion.


Soda/Scoopex

Former main editor for Retro. Co-ed of Seenpoint.


Wade writes:

Following issue 1 & 2 of Retro, I was among those who doubted Erling's ability, ranking him among the many lame hopefuls among scene editors. Four issues on and I cannot praise him enough. Recently, I have been taken back by some of his articles, in both subject matter and in his legible grammar. His sheer passion has lead to an improvement in his English skills and filled with him with confidence, enabling him to express his views and interact with leading scene figures without constraint. Though his work for Retro has been very memorable and commendable, he is a writer who demonstrates his better side when writing with a reason instead of trying to fill an entire magazine. A promising writer, who with a little more motivation could quite easily rise high in the ranks.


Sane writes:

Sometimes Erling writes crap and in a rush. His Retro work was not amongst his best. Many times, he seems to have far too less time for his "hobby". Too often, he does not take the Scene in general, and writing in particular, really serious. And that's a real shame ..... because .... When Erling wants to, he can be amongst the very best. I heard Shade said Soda's articles for other mags than Retro were so much better as his Retro-articles and .... I have to agree. I liked the style of Soda in Retro but! When I read his articles he writes for other mags, I am often utterly amazed! Sometimes I can not believe how skilled Soda actually is. For instance the interview Soda did with Wade (when Dan supposedly left the Scene and later joined SCX) for -I believe- Jurassic Pack .... That interview was so utterly brilliantly written, I had to remind myself constantly Soda was 'just' 18 and not an Englishman.

Okay, enuff praisin' .... Erling really is a lamer! Hehehe!


Ghandy writes:

He has it all.. good language techniques, great stories and good ideas. Beside Wade he's the big hope for the newbies under the Editor's sun.


Bytebreaker writes:

Friendly, social, e.g. NOT arrogant and a loyal Amiga scener. As far as I am informed, Retro currently stagnates, resp. is about to vanish. Throughout his work as Retro's maineditor I could notice, how his writing abilities got better and better. When facing his nice style and contents, minor grammar mistakes become irrelevant. We are glad to have him on board of our (hopingly not-sinking) insomnia-ship.


Shade writes:

Writes excellent articles WHEN he wants to. Some articles distributed in various other magazines than his own were completely awesome, both language-wise and with the contents in mind. Nevertheless, many of the articles he makes for his own magazine, RETRO, seems to be made in a hurry and the topics are not always very well thought through...


Curt Cool writes:

Now Retro's dead, he joined Scoopex and will be writing for you...?! Neverthless, he is one of those editors who has been changing mags all the time, which is not altogether a good thing. His articles are usually good, though in the beginning he perhaps wrote too many articles about overused topics...


Darkus/Nah Kolor

Writes for various magazines. Currently developing Devotion.


Wade writes:

I'm still waiting for his grand debut, but his scattered articles are always great to read. Though his works are often short, they are usually to the point and valid. His new, controversial attitude looks very promising and will possibly take him to great heights should he persist, but he really needs to settle down and rely less on promises from coders.


Sane writes:

Lee is actually really good. He has great potential and he is the kind of youngster we really need in our dying Scene. But .... Darkus should not waste too much of his valuable time on projects which are bound to fail. Also cooperating with Magic is not healthy for his writing career.


Ghandy writes:

Didn't read much of him yet but I like what I was getting hold of.


Bytebreaker writes:

A relatively new appearance on today's diskmag landscape. I haven't read much of him, yet, but what I read, did contain quality. Best wishes for the mag he's planning with Magic.


Curt Cool writes:

I haven't actually read all that many articles by Darkus. From what I know of him personally, he's a really nice guy, and I wish him the best of luck with his new project. Still, he should be careful not to start up too many projects and not finishing them: Prophets, Nautika, two diskmag projects - people simply loose credibility when they just suddenly drop a project.


Soda writes:

Darkus is a good friend of mine, and because of him being a native speaking englishman, his articles are always of a high, grammatical quality. Unfortuantly, Darkus has been unlucky with several magazine-projects, but I'm sure this will work out in the future. A tip for Darkus would be to write more articles, as he seems to be quite inactive. I shouldn't open my mouth too wide though - I haven't written anything for weeks myself :)


Ghandy/Darkage

Main editor of Jurassic Pack. Editor for Scenetime and guest writer for most magazines.


Wade writes:

One of the scene's most genuine nice guys. I sometimes find myself disagreeing with Lars' views and his optimistic style, yet he is undeniably the scene's leading, and most reliable source of information, past and present. Lars is a writer able to reach corners of the scene which others cannot, with experience in all fields of the Amiga and its many different niches. Overall, the one thing I have always admired most, is his dedication to his work, he is always striving to achieve more. There are few (if any) writers able to contend with his activity and persistance. Even during the darkest days of the scene, Lars has assisted many magazines with little expected in return. A real scene hero!


Sane writes:

Ah, my long time friend Lars! Lars has often very good ideas and his articles are almost always extremely interesting. Maybe his -a bit more than average- spelling mistakes are a problem for some Sceners outthere .... they are not for me. The Scene is a hobby and I understand what someone means when he writes "quitted" or "comming". The "problem" for me is that Lars writes in a way which is -if you ask me- too friendly. Ghandy tries to remain friendly to everyone but when you are a critical writer that is not always possible. A writer should always be critical and criticism is something I miss a bit in Lars' latest works. In the past Lars did great with articles like "Astro - the man, the bot" in an old issue of Seenpoint, in which he slagged Astro! The Scene needs more articles like that one, Lars!


Bytebreaker writes:

Ghandy does definately not belong to those elite-oriented Scenesnobs. He compensates his average writing abilities with creativity and productivity. What would we do without scene's blackbook "Scenet"? It it also Ghandy's intention to keep our scene's communication structure alive and updated.


Curt Cool writes:

A very friendly editor, who's written many nice interviews and articles. A very important person for the diskmag scene, helping out any diskmags needing his help.


Soda writes:

Ghandy is a great writer :) Ghandy is innovative despite of his mature age and his long career on the scene, and his many ways of finding interesting angels always surprises me :) One good example would be his article about DISC and its resurrection; He placed two editors, Zerox and some other guy who's name I can't remember, far out in the cold Alaska to talk about DISC and its future. This was done after having read one of Jack London's stories, I remember Ghandy once told me, and I have always remembered and cherished that article :) Unfortuantly, all is not well when it comes to Ghandy: he seems to be somewhat "stuck" in the early 90's -†being the golden age of amiga scening -†and from what I've experienced, he has a tendency to do a lot of talking about how bad todays scene is -†instead of doing something about it. As the saying goes: "Everybody talks about the wheather, but nobody does anything about it" (Mark Twain)


Sixpack/Haujobb

Main editor of Jurassic Pack.


Wade writes:

I'm a little disappointed by his output lately. His plans for DISC and then for Friendchip have failed, and such set backs have quite possibly impaired his motivation. He is certainly a good writer with a lot of skill in his field, and though they rarely come into fruition he has some fantastic ideas. I only wish that he could be content as a co-editor rather than holding back for own mag projects and independant fame.


Sane writes:

Sixpack is a good friend of mine but I must admit I have not read many of Plinge's work! The issues of Jurassic Pack I have read are almost entirely filled with Ghandy's articles so ... I am not the correct person to judge Sixy's work.


Ghandy writes:

He never wrote many articles but they were interesting to read and that's the main point in my humble opinion. Hope he'll come back after he has finished to move to a new flat and will support our upcoming D.I.S.C revival..


Bytebreaker writes:

His releases are quite frequent. Although often entertaining, he doesn't reach the level of brilliance, yet. His work is rather good than average, but in order to reach the top he should improve his style and grammar a little.


Shade writes:

Has the tendency of telling people he writes more than he does while the general public never sees any results. When the results do come occasionally, they are good :)


Curt Cool writes:

He hasn't written much for a while. Still, he's good but he's not as active as he used to be.


Kaosmaster

Former main editor of Scenetime. Co-editor of The Scene Press.


Wade writes:

I certainly appreciate his work with Showtime in the past, he has provided a great chart mag with persistent regularity. However, lacking in determination and attitude, I don't think he's cut out to be a main editor. He speaks on behalf of non sceners and dedicates far too much time to commercial promotion. It is rare that he writes negative comments regarding the scene and often falls for positive hype, advertising and rumour. It seems unfair to pick him up on his bad English skills, but at times his sentences make little sense. I'm lead to believe by many, that his illiteracy is not a natural impediment, but purely the result of carelessness when writing.


Sane writes:

Well, I don't consider Kaosmaster as a genuine writer. He's more like a chartcompiler. He's for sure a nice guy but his articles are too short and contain Amiga-related subjects ("The new amiga on it's way!") instead of Scenic subjects. Not my piece of pie.


Ghandy writes:

He had really nice ideas but he should more often look into dictionaries or study how to use the english grammar. It was always nothing else than pure PAIN to correct his works for Scenetime/Showtime. He's a fast writer, has an idea in his head, writes it down and that was it. He never comes back to his article, he never looks for any errors, he never makes corrections. As I'm a perfecitonist we were a good team: he had the scene knowledge and the motivation and I was patient enough to make someting better out of it.


Bytebreaker writes:

Did we talk about grammar? Er, well, THIS is definately not the right approach on criticising him. Through his never-ceasing energy he has made Showtime becoming one of the most frequently appearing diskmags ever. Nevertheless quantity cannot always replace quality. Nevertheless his organising skills and his passion for the Amiga make him a valuable scener.


Curt Cool writes:

He was doing an enormous, and, I dare say, rather great job with Showtime/ Scenetime, but all the trouble with Darkage and Ram Jam, his own military service seems to have weakened him some - or in other words, The Scene Press should have been out a while ago?!


Soda writes:

For me, it hurts to see Kaosmaster ranked high on editor-charts. Kaosmaster, although being a nice guy, barely deserves to be called an editor. Most, if not all, of his articles in ST were translated to english by others, and Kaosmaster seems unable to keep a project running; ST was run mostly with the help of Modem (without him, ST would have gone down the drain) and what ever happened to TSP?†Last news was that KaosMaster had been kicked from the staff. Wiseguy/Giants Main editor of Phoenix.


Wade writes:

Though he has only participated in two issues of Phoenix, he is already among the scene's rated writers. This I find quite unreasonable, due to his beginner like status and minimal writing abilities. His popularity is perhaps the result of misdirected credit for newsgroup texts and rumour files included in his magazine. Sceners love to read positive propaganda regarding a bright future for their machine, and Wiseguy likes to provide it, along with many non scene articles of an extreme banal nature. I do not doubt his skill, but he would probably do well to fall in with a more scenewise staff.


Sane writes:

Wisguy; my favourite Scener and my nr. 1 IRC-er! I have only read two or three articles by Wiseguy. These were above average but I can't say I really remember what he has written down. The problem is that his mag needs fastmem (something this Scrooge doesn't have) and that sucks deeply.


Ghandy writes:

What I got hold of was mostly nice to read. But as I don't read many diskmags anymore I can't say too much about him.


Bytebreaker writes:

Another new face. I don't know how many issues of Phoenix have been released yet, but I hope the best for it. The quality of his articles is not yet taking my breath away, but there's talent shimmering through every unlucky sentence construction.


Shade writes:

I have read a couple of issues of his magazine, Phoenix. The topics on the articles in this magazine held my attention for 3,5 seconds, so I am not the one to slag or praise what he does...


Curt Cool writes:

A "new" editor who has been doing a big job with Phoenix. Still, many of his articles seem quite short - typical jobs of a new editor, but the man has potential.


Soda writes:

Somewhat of a newcomer to the editorial scene, Wiseguy brings old values with him. Having been a sysop for a long time, Wiseguy is more into the undergroud, elite scene rather than the scene most of us has come to know. This however, might not be a bad thing; with one leg in each camp, Wiseguy is able to see things from a different perspective. Unfortuantly, Wiseguy's control of the english language isn't too good, and at times, it seems as if the quantiy of his mag Phonenix matters more than the actual quality. Because who doesn't remember the story he once wrote; a mosquito had bit him, and he managed to write an article about it. Now that's what I call a filler! :)


Shade/TRSI

Main editor for Insomnia.


Wade writes:

Shade has demonstrated great promise and a great attitude in his work. For the initial issues of Insomnia, he has been essential to its success. He states his views with confidence and expresses the truth as he perceives it. His articles are very plausible, using facts and research to assist his intended angle. Unfortunately he has been a little less active over recent times and his presence within the last issue of Insomnia appeared a little sparse.


Sane writes:

What Shade wrote (and what I read) was really good, that's for sure. The problem is that this guy writes a bit too less (that OR I just missed his works) to be really judged.


Ghandy writes:

His articles are surely great but I really dislike his arrogance he's showing everybody... that's also the reason why I mostly dislike his mag.


Bytebreaker writes:

A mained of Insomnia has to fulfill certain qualifications indeed and he has mastered them all with his left hand. The more it hurts to lose him as our beloved staff member. I hope this high-skilled writer won't lose contact to the diskmag-scene forever. It would be a loss for all of us.


Curt Cool writes:

Up there with the best of them. One of my absolute favourite editors.


Soda writes:

Shade is an excellent writer. He combines objectivity with sensible subjectivty, and deserves his high rankings on the charts. Pity though, that he isn't more active.


Puh/Agony

Main editor of Oepir Risti.


Wade writes:

Oepir Risti was a great mag, up until its Fishwave special at least. When Puh wrote with a wider focus he wrote very interesting and some rather controversial articles. Unfortunately I never saw a passionate writer in Puh, he seemed far too casual, releasing OR annually with little in the way of article content.


Sane writes:

Two words: Utterly fantastic! No mater what he writes about (the Scene or shampoo) he knows how to draw the readers attention. Henrik should be the number one writer of the Scene, so much is obvious. The point is that he's so extremely inactive. Because of his inactiveness he doesn't deserve the nr. one spot and Dan, Henning or Adrian should be on that spot! Luckily he assured me he'll be back.


Ghandy writes:

One of my favourite writers! He can write about shampoo or about wars with Sceners.. for me it was always very, very amusing to read his stuff. Why I love his works so much? Simple, he created his own writing style and didn't care about critics from outside. Like a stubborn child he kept on his pace. Really loved every single issue of Oepir Risti!!


Bytebreaker writes:

What I've read so far was entertaining and amusing.


Shade writes:

One of the writers in the scene I really find good. His english is GREAT, but he also have the tendency of clinging to topics gardeners would be more interested in than sceners...


Curt Cool writes:

Another one of the really "old" editors who is really able to put things into perspective. Still, in Oepir Risti most of the articles are in Swedish nowadays which makes me think that he doesn't actually bother much about the scene anymore, what he bothers about is writing. And I understand him quite well - the bigger the audience, the more interesting it is to write...


Soda writes:

Puh is the lone rider on the editorial scene, and I can but admire him :) I'd like to see some more shit from him in the future though, as I can't say I've seen Oepir Risti for ages now :)


Mop/Essence

Main editor of ROM.


Wade writes:

His well earned status speaks for itself. Mop deserves sole credit for introducing the mature and sophisticated approach to scene writing, being the first to cut the slang, the childish humour and get down to high quality writing. His English skills are, even today, unrivalled in the scene and serve as a great source of inspiration to existing scene writers. The articles that he wrote, though often long, were a joy to read, covering many points and giving an informative outlook on immediate scene matters.


Sane writes:

Well, I am not the biggest fan of Mop (nor ROM). For sure Mop writes in a great way but his articles were way too long for me. I can't concentrate on one subject for 35 pages .... Really. On top of that Mop claimed he owned the truth and in fact; he did not. But ... I slagged him off a bit too many times in Seenpoint. After all; NoŽl introduced the serious journalism to the diskmagscene and that truely derserves a lot of respect.


Ghandy writes:

Many consider him as the great master of Scene journalism but I never did so. Sure, he's one of the greatest users of the english language but I found most stuff from him nothing else than pure BORING! I'm quite common with the english language but reading twenty or thirty side long texts never made fun to me. His mag ROM was surely a legendary production but I mostly broke my attempts to read his SceneBooks. I accept him for what he was but I was never a fan of his writing style. Sorry to say so.


Bytebreaker writes:

Mop? Who is Mop? Has anyone noticed this handle in the past? ;)


Shade writes:

The handle Mop speaks for his self in scene-writing history. He's good, precise and concise. I have worked with him on several projects myself, and I am impressed, I must say. During his last period of journalism for the scene, he seemed to prefer the lies over the truth though :)


Curt Cool writes:

The man known for his huge scenetific articles. A very good editor, who has passed his prime.


Soda writes:

Although Mop is a very good writer, or should I say *professional* writer, I have always found his style boring - he is a bit too impersonal if you ask me.


Astro

Main editor of RAW's final issues.


Wade writes:

Substituting for one of the greatest legends of our scene cannot be an easy task, but despite mass opinion, I believe Astro did a fine job. In its last issues, RAW contained some of its highest quality articles and biggest scoops. Not entirely Astro's doing, but he played a large role in its organisation.


Sane writes:

Casper could have become a very good writer but taking over RAW was a big mistake. He was cocky enough to try it but too lazy to complete the job. Although being lightyears ahead (when it comes to spelling and grammar) of Lord 'spelling mistake' Helmet, Astro could not even equal the Lord's shadow.


Ghandy writes:

Another real Scene legend.. he's the fucking most wellknown dutch Scener! He was that five years ago and he still is! He never wrote much texts but he was always presenting good stuff to the public. In RAW I had the impression that he was only trying to copy Lord Helmet's style. But nobody can really copy the style of someone else, especially not from Lord Helmet! I never understood why Boerge (Lord Helmet) gave Astro RAW but I guess he didn't care anymore about that. Lord Hell as Mop called him is still my favourite writer...


Bytebreaker writes:

A damn pity he is no more active. Funny, bursting with creativity in content and style. Sad he left us.


Shade writes:

Never managed to keep the standard Lord Helmet set in the first place...


Curt Cool/Depth

Main editor of The Eurochart.


Wade writes:

Another underrated writer. Frank seems to be an objective writer with no particular biases; a quality which is hard to find among writers. I'm not too keen on the Eurochart revival and its half-hearted article section, but Curt Cool has great potential which I'd love to see him develop.


Sane writes:

He does a great job on the eurocharts that's 100 % sure! But can we really call Frank a writer? I don't think so. Of course Frank often writes things for the Eurochart and that is for sure good and without errors but ... he's more like the Damion than the RokdaZone of the EC. I think he doesn't even call himself a writer. But maybe I am wrong though!


Ghandy writes:

Curt is a brave & active Scener working his ass of for EC. He knows the English languange very well but he never had ambitions to become a big editor. He's more a musician & organiser in Depth. But what he wrote during the past years was nice to read.


Bytebreaker writes:

I would describe him as a solid writer, neither bad nor brilliant. His logistic efforts for Eurocharts deserve attention.


Shade writes:

Does he write more than news? :)


Darkhawk/IRIS

Guest writer for various scene magazines.


Wade writes:

Our opinions quite often conflict, yet I enjoy reading his material. He is a very educated writer, capable of mature and profound debate. His article styles vary to suit an environment, making him one of the most versatile writers in the scene today. In terms of language, he is another of the scene's best, using words and sentences to suit his requirements.


Sane writes:

I haven't read enough to judge this guy's work. The fact he writes for almost every Scene mag makes that his works are scattered and hard to remember. At least, that's what I think.


Ghandy writes:

Also working for various mags after Iris never managed to get hold of an own diskmag. A very friendly and nice person that knows a lot about the Scene as he takes part in it since a very, very long time..maybe 9 years? And from the beginning until now he always kept in his friendhip based crew IRIS. I like what he's writing.. most works are interesting but surely they are written in a very good english.


Bytebreaker writes:

He is a passionate role player, philosopher and beer drinker. The wheather must have been nice and sunny when the former swapper decided to write nice diskmag articles. Grammar mistakes can be explained with beer consumption while writing.


Curt Cool writes:

He's the man behind many nice articles, he writes for all the diskmags - the quality varies from bad to really great.


Woober

Guest writer for Scenetime.


Wade writes:

He doesn't exactly strike me as a writer as such, but is more a scener who likes to raise issues on his mind. What I have read hasn't really involved me, yet I can see points in his articles which can be considered important to other sceners.


Sane writes:

Goran is a musician before he's a writer. He writes far too less articles to be called a writer. His works for Seentime I've read were interesting but full (too full) of spelling mistakes. On the other hand, Woober is one of the few guys who appreciate constructive criticism and when he learns from that criticism he could grow to become an average writer!


Ghandy writes:

Not active anymore as editor. He had nice to ideas but his english wasn't never good. Especially when I remember his older articles. (for example those in Jurassic Pack#5) The past months he became a lot better so it's really shitty that he lost his motivation or is too busy with his job(s) nowadays.


Bytebreaker writes:

Friendly and a passionate Amiga user. The contents he treats are often interesting, but the form sometimes lacks quality. But after all it is also important WHICH opinion you have, not only HOW you write it down.


Shade writes:

Read a few articles he sent me for inclusion in Insomnia, that's about all I know about this "writer"...


Curt Cool writes:

Someone would probably characterize him as a filler-writer. Still, he manages to hit the right angles sometimes.


Magic/Nah Kolor

Guest writer and former editor of various magazines.


Wade writes:

He has allowed his controversial style to slip of late and writes far too many articles of a factual, yet tedious nature. Some of his articles are provoking and often instigate a reaction. However, he is over zealous with personal promotion and self praise, dedicating too much writing time to Nah Kolor information and projects. In some of his articles Magic outlines good ideas which do show promise and potential, however they rarely address current scene affairs. Perhaps his and Darkus' imminent magazine and his recently acquired Amiga will assist his inspiration.


Sane writes:

Fulco is -in spite of what he thinks himself- NOT a good writer .... I don't say that just because I think Magic's a backstabber, a liar, a bragger and a gossiper (in short; a pain in the arse)! Because here I just judge the writing skills of Scenic writers.

No .... I really think a person who writes many, many fillers, who writes numerous times about the same subject and who always tries to promote one's own group, (Nah-Kolor) is a very, very bad writer. Magic; smell it yourself .... you stink.


Ghandy writes:

Did anyone had more enemys during his Scene career? I'm sure there wasn't anybody able to beat Magic in his reputation. At the present time all wars with other people are fixed and that's the right way to go! Magic is a good writer and also working for the Scene since a very, very long time! He never had his own mag but supported nearly every maggy-prduction that came out.. from RAW to JP.


Bytebreaker writes:

Okay okay. He IS good. More than good. Despite of that I have a suggestion: Why don't you change your handle in "Mr. Vein"? ;)


Shade writes:

Definitly not a good writer. I know a dozen people better than him. Allthough he writes quite a lot of articles, that sometimes isn't enough really :) Did he ever write any article without the topic of Nah-Kolor? *grin*


Curt Cool writes:

Amazing that a guy who hasn't got an Amiga for 3 years is writing for the Amiga demoscene magazines. Still, his articles are usually of a quite high quality, but he has made many enemies in the scene because of his style and unreliability regarding which mag he is writing for.


Soda writes:

Magic must be the lamest


Leunam/Network

Main editor of Trashcan.


Wade writes:

Considering Leunam is such a talented graphics artist its a wonder he has time to write articles. He is certainly dedicated to his work, but the pressure of so many trades reflects more so in his articles than his graphics. Some of Leunam's articles are quite dull, but among these average contents there is guaranteed to be a real gem or two. Inconsistent he may be, but his good articles and scoops make for great reading and surprising information, complete with facts and research.


Sane writes:

I only read a few articles. Although those articles seemed a bit rushed and unprofessional, they had great potential.


Ghandy writes:

Leunam is a very talented graphician and a quite friendly person willing to help anybody that requests something from him. We should have more helpful people in the Scene like him. His articles were getting better the past months/years.. I'm sure he'll be also one of the hopes for a new editor's guild. The only question I ask myself again and again: Is it really worth to work so hard for only a handful bunch of readers??! Never found a decent answer for that question.


Bytebreaker writes:

Spain - warm sunbeams, azure-blue sea, brown female bodies stretching themselves on the beach. It is no surprise that such a surrounding supplies enough inspiration for nice articles. Minor weaknesses in the form are wiped away by interesting ideas and topics.


Shade writes:

Trashcan 1 was a good magazine. I liked what I saw and read. Therefore, from what I have seen so far, Leunam is a very good writer...


Curt Cool writes:

He writes most of Trashcan himself which is in itself incredible. His articles vary in quality, neverthless it is usually quite high.


Bytebreaker/Looker House

Main editor of Insomnia.


Wade writes:

He's managed to make a name for himself in a very short time, perhaps stealing the spotlight from Shade a little of late. His articles are sometimes flawed by Insomnia's postponed releases, yet he is always on the pulse of major scene happenings. As for his style, again, another talented writer with a firm grasp of the language.


Sane writes:

Bytebreaker's best article by far was his slag off article in Insomnia. He slagged me off after I had belittled a friend of his. HA! Great!! When all of Bytebreakers works would have been as well written as that specific article (and when he would write a bit more) he would be amongst my favourite writers.


Ghandy writes:

A very well talented writer.. sad that he's only presenting his works in Insomnia. Wish to read something from him also in other publications.


Shade writes:

My idol, you should know that :)


Curt Cool writes:

I haven't read much of his work lately. What I have read was really good, the English practically perfect, making the articles worthwhile to read - another one who's up there with the best of them.


Soda writes:

Bytebreaker is one of the most promising writers on the scene. I would say he's energic, talented and that he has good control of the english language. A few more articles, perhaps even.


Wade - ex-Scoopex