Scoopex is an originally Amiga demo and cracking group, born in Austria early 1989 by members of Megaforce after that group died. Originally under the leadership of Ranger from 1989 until 1991, the group still exists today under the slogan 'Rangerism Isn't Dead'! Trade was leader from 1991-1994, Antibyte from 1994 until he left the scene in 2001.
First Demo was likely their first ever release, followed by Second Demo in late february. The intro Vectrex was released in april, announcing the joining of Austrian ex-Energy members Picasso, Osterman and Anty. Its coder Brain Matrix liked this name so well, that he changed his handle to exactly that; Vectrex. The Austrian division travelled to the Piranhas Party 1989 in Switzerland at the end of april, but it is believed that no releases were made. At least three productions were put out in may; their new subgroup Share and Enjoy released Mini-Sine Intro, their new coder Challenger was introduced in his own demo Bobs In Space, and finally the intro Mac Fonts 1 came out. A Swedish section was born in june, consisting of Panther, Jesus, Merriman, Zwullo and Eddie - and they put out their debut production Big this same month. The Swedish division later faded away one by one, and a new one was later formed in late 1990. The group travelled to Sweden for the Digitech - IBB Summer Conference 1989 in july, and released the demo Glory Stars for the demo competition, as well as the slideshow J.O.E's Slideshow 2. Challenger's second demo Xenomorphs came around in august. Cracker Journal 16 (october 1989) reported, "Scoopex Finland is born. They are some Accession members, the authors of Heavymania..." - and that very section would release the group's biggest demo success so far, Seven Sins in october. Austrian coder Crazy Typer left the scene late in the year, making the slideshow his final production.
The finnish trio Doctor DMA, Drucer and Smithson all joined around february of 1990 from Animate! At the Swedish Elite Easter Conference in april, the finnish section released Mental Hangover. It won the competition, but more importantly it defined a new genre in demos - Trackmos. The Austrian section followed this with two demos; Beast Sonix in may, and Green Surprise in june. Then, at the Amiga Conference 1990 in Copenhagen, Denmark at the very end of june, the very shortlived Danish section of the group put out The Elefant. The quality was considered so low, that the members responsible, Tron and Smartin were dismissed from the group shortly after its release. The two found a new home in Dexion. Around the middle of the year (may?) two Australian members, Bigot20 and Syntech, were kicked. The Australian section was then reinforced with The Corporal and The Teacher from Rebels. The group coarranged the Byterapers, Scoopex, Extasy Party 1990 (also known as Grendel Party II) event in august. N.O.M.A.D and Infiltrator both left in september to help form Genesis, ending the English section. Their German board HIGH SOCIETY was closed towards the end of the year. Lowtec left to join Angels late in the year. The last demo release of the year was Slayer's Chromium at the Amiga Halloween Conference 1990 in november. Sadly, it was to be Slayer's final release for the group, as he left the scene after being drafted to the finnish army. After Uno/Phenomena's contribution to Chromium, he (gfx), Photon (code), Judas and Invid all joined Scoopex a month later, in december (source: Eurochart 8). Also swedish Redskin joined this month. Musician Uncle Tom also rejoined from Razor 1911 in december, but unfortunately he slowly faded away from the scene, and never contributed to another production (though a few of his old tunes were used in productions upto 1992).
1991 signified a big change, when original organizer Ranger stepped down, and a new man was put in charge: Austrian sysop Trade. Following the joining of several Swedish members in december last year, the demo Stunner was put out in february to signify the Swedish section. The English division of the group disbanded around may, and its leader Turmoil left the scene; no information on what happened to their cracker Electra, but at least he is no longer with the group. The group coarragned the Byterapers - Scoopex - Bloodsuckers Gathering 1991 in Parikkala, Finland at the end of july, and released the demo Vector Fart 2 for the competition, but was unplaced. The end of august saw the release of the cooperation musicdisk Crystal Symphonies. German sysop Andy left for Spreadpoint with his bbs Dinkelators Place late this year. Norwegians Jawbreaker (code) and Pal (gfx) from Razor 1911, and Perplex (code) joined to form a Norwegian section in october, but all quickly left again, likely in november, to form Offence (source: R.A.W 1). Other sources also list Octoplex, Flash and Mindblaster from Dual Crew, Walkman from Cryptoburners, Viper from No Limits were among the initial recruits. This led to the death of the Norwegian division, but a new one was later formed.
January of 1992 saw the release of World Charts 5 by new members Angel Dawn, Autopsy and Tiger, who had all recently joined from Model, bringing the World Charts with them. The february 1992 diskmagazine R.A.W 2 reported that Wico first left Classic for Razor 1911, then quickly moved on to Scoopex before finally landing in Rebels; that Bulldog left the group; Bomber joined from Crusaders with his board Pearl Harbour; that Dr. Easton and Twilight joined the group; and finally that Jawbreaker, Pal and Perplex had left the group to form Offence. World Charts 6 was released in april, at the Eastern Conference 1992 in Belgium. In the april release of Deliverance + the enclosed DMS banner welcomed Inspector as a new member. World Charts 7 landed in june. American sysop Planet Master (sysop THE EDGE) left for The Silents to be their new WHQ sometime between august and october. Finnish sysop Zebra (sysop of THE ZOO) left for Damones sometime after august. World Charts 8 was released in october. The Party 2 40k Intro was released at The Party 1992 in december, the debut productions by new coders Tech and Antibyte, who had recently joined from Energy.
Lots of releases were made early in 1993, most from Antibyte and Tech - among them were two invitation intros for the"Cebit 93 - a party they also hosted in march - and the Official invitation Eastern Conference 93 intro for the SEMI Party in austria in april. American sysops Voyager and Snow Queen took their bbs Fasttrax and left in april or may. The musicdisk Scoopex Plays 2 Unlimited (by Norwegians Jaz and Decker) and Cageball (by new Swedish members Colorbird, Some1 and Prime) were both released at The Gathering 1993 in april. At the SEMI Party itself, that same weekend, Antibyte and Tech released the SCX-NRG-MTU Party 40k Intro. Just a few weeks after the easter holidays, both Jaz and Decker ended their memberships, leaving for Andromeda. Other releases this year was the intro Ectobyte and the demo Maxima from Flasher Jack and the french section. Chippy Town 1 (september 1993) reported that Titan left Digital for Scoopex. Acid and Flasher Jack left late this year or early next, and were at least in Paradox in april of 94.
In 1994 Trade stepped down as leader of the group, and turned leadership over to another Austrian; Antibyte. Norwegian graphician Absurd joined Stone Arts and was there in december of this year, but rejoined early next year. The intro Laziness Took Me was released in february, closely followed by the 3-disk musicdisk Scoopex Melodies in april. The 64k intro Halloween was released for the Saturne Party 2 intro competition, where it finished in fourth place. A pc section was formed in France, and released a small dentro called Forbidden Areas in july. German swapper and graphician Plasma got kicked due to inactivity late in the year. The intros No Human Vibes and And Love For All rounded off the year in december.
The january 1995 pack Infestation 5 came with news that Spycatcher, NHP and BKH had left for TRSI, that Absurd had rejoined from Stone Arts, that Cocoon joined from DCS, and finally that Darkman, Jojo, Trifox and Merlin joined in Germany. The early february release Infestation 6 announced former Delicious Designs member Daddy Freddy had joined Scoopex, as well as German swapper Gangsta - who joined from Avantgarde. In the early period of the year, new main organizer Antibyte undertook a major cleanup in the group, reducing the amount of members from over 100 to a more normal 20 people. This included old legends like Slayer and Uncle Tom, that never officially left the group, but were now finally removed from the memberlist. The results of this cleanup was a more focused, more quality-oriented group that gave the scene some quite memorable releases this year. Norwegian graphician Absurd rejoined from Stone Arts in the early months. Snuffy left to be independent in may. The demo Alien was released at Abduction 1995 in june, and came 2nd in the demo competition. Made's slideshow Artcore and the chippack No Name both came out in july. At Remedy 1995 in october, Ninja's demo Iso came 3rd in the competition. November saw 666 The Number of the Beast being put out. December came with The Party 1995, and the group released two intros this year; Ninja's FreeYourMind (3rd) and Antibyte's Zero Gravity (11th). Made left for Bomb! sometime between the months of july and october.
Turkish graphician Kris left for Clique in june of 1996. Ninja's demo Cyberia - ISO Opus 2 reached 6th in the demo competition at Assembly 1996 in august. Shortly after, the group released the pack Infestation 26 with intros from that party as well as from the simultaneous Intel Outside 1996 in Poland. This was the first issue of the pack released by Thunder, who had taken over responsibility for it from its previous maintainer; Gangsta. Lots of member movement in october; Danish coder Boogeyman joined from Passion; Motion and TNT left; Alias sold his Amiga and finally Gangsta renamed to Case78. Come november, musician Deck sold his amiga and bought a pc; he and Oxbow were 'moved over' to the pc section. Other news in november was that JCS was out of the group, and the release of the 64k intro Quantum (Ninja/Made/Deck) at the Saturne Party IV to a 9th position in the competition. The official Scoopex homepage was launched in december, done by Tactica. At The Party 1996, at the the end of the month, the 40k intro Zero Gravity 2 (Antibyte/Made/Deck) came 2nd in the competition, while the dentro Satyanarayanan (Boogeyman/Made/Tactica/Deck), finally announced Boogeyman and Scope (from Passion and Balance) as new members of the group.
January of 1997 saw Danish musician Prophet (previously known as Subject) joining, and Splatterhead rejoining. Prowler joined from Passion. At Mekka Symposium 1997 at the very end of march, The Sign finished 9th in the demo competition. April saw the joining of Danish swapper Decoy (also in Puzzle), german graphician Acryl (previously in Session) and another dane; Bird from Rebels. A fix for The Sign on 060 processors was also released this month. Calvin, one half of the Gfx-Twins, left the scene in May. Seenpoint 5 Intro by Antibyte came out in may. June came with the Abduction 1997 party in Finland, and the 64k intro Phorce came 2nd in the competition by a single point! Scope left the scene this month, but they were reinforced with Nomad, Fishwave (editor of the diskmagazine Seenpoint) and not least polish graphician Lazur from Anadune! French coder Krishna joined around the middle of 1997, to replace Ninja in France. At the Wired 1997 party in july, the intro Performance won the competition - and was Krishna's only production for the group. Assembly 1997 came in august, and Zero-G III came 2nd in the intro competition, and Deck came 7th in the music competition. Calvin of Gfx-Twins returned to the scene! September came with more happy news, as Stelios/Axis decided to rejoin Scoopex. The Chip-music collection Gosh - Noname 2 was released in october, and the big news this month was that also Swedish coder Syntax and Dutch editor Sane from Sardonyx had now joined their main editor Fishwave in Scoopex, and that future issues of their diskmag Seenpoint would be Scoopex productions. Also, Decoy left Puzzle to be in Scoopex only. November saw restless Stelios leave the group once again, this time for Sonik. Other news this month was that french swapper Chris left to be in Bomb! only (he had been a double member), Acryl leaving the scene, and Scoopex management deciding to downsize the group. As a result of this, Oxbow and Thorin were dismissed from the group. Finally december came, and with it The Party 1997. The demo My Kingdom (in cooperation with Haujobb) won the demo competition, Antibyte's intro Superautodrome won the intro competition, and both Seenpoint 7 and Lazur's slideshow 5977 was released. The demo was not released at the party, but was taken home for some final fixing first. Kidlove/Haujobb, 2nd in the graphics competition at TP, joined a few days later. Ninja decided to take a break from the scene.
In january 1998, Danish coder Vention (formerly of Kefrens and Polka Brothers) joined the group, and the final version of My Kingdom was released. February came, and with it two more intro releases: Torque came 2nd at Flag 1998, while Haupex] (in cooperation with Haujobb) won at Scene Meeting 1998. In addition, the fixed version of Superautodrome came out, and it was decided that there would no longer be pc and amiga 'sections'. March came with the news that Acryl rejoined the scene, and that graphician Bay Tremore joined from Haujobb. April came around, and with it the Mekka Symposium 1998 party. This year, Superautodrome 2 won the 40k competition, and Seenpoint 8 was released. Vention left the amiga scene in june, and decided to join CNCD on the pc instead. Darklon (code) joined in july. August came with another major party, Assembly 1998, and this time the intros System Crime and Effusion were presented to 2nd and 6th positions, respectively. Kidlove came 2nd in the graphics competition, and Deck finished 11th in music. Infestation 86 [08/98] was also released in august. French coder Psy left the amiga scene in september, but a new coder was recruited in the shape of Metal Designer from Nah Kolor. In october, Bay Tremore left in favour of his music career. November came, with some major changes in the memberlist: Optima (code) joined from Depth, Prophet left the scene, Arthur/GFX Twins left the scene, and finally Prowler and Frenchman Patriot were both kicked due to a lack of contact. Calvin/GFX Twins left the scene right before The Party 1998 in december. At the party itself, Alien 2 won the demo competition, 1000% won the intro competition, while Moving in cooperation with Darkage, came 6th in the intro competition.
January of 1999 was another month with big member movement; German musician Virgill joined, Polish graphician Lazur was kicked, Finnish musician Muffler joined and finally Alias left the scene. In march, Bird left the scene, while Jazz and Krishna were kicked. Seenpoint 9 was released towards the end of march. Many new members joined in april; Wade joined, Soda joined, Lostcluster and Peci joined, while Boogeyman left the scene. Mekka Symposium 1999 was arranged this month, and the two intros Hyper (in cooperation with Focus Design) and Das EFX came first and second in the 4k competition. The pc version of Alien 2 came 3rd in the pc demo competition. Norwegian grapician Mermaid joined in may. Come august, two more releases were made. Pulsar finished 4th in the Assembly 1999 64k intro competition, while Eclipse won the oldskool demo competition at Lucky Tigrou Party 1999 in France. In addition, Acryl and Nomad triumphed at Evoke 1999, in the pixel and raytracing competitions respectively. Come september lots was happening on the member front again; Ninja officially rejoined Scoopex; Noogman (gfx) joined, while Wade, Sane (both would later return in Haujobb), Optima and Splatterhead all left Scoopex and the scene.
Swedish coder Syntax and French swapper and packer Thunder both left the scene in january of 2000. This probably meant the end of Thunder's long-running pack Infestation. Seenpoint 10 was released in february, as the final issue on the amiga, and the final release of any of Syntax' code. Ninja's demo Millennium won the oldskool demo competition at the French Lucky Tigrou Party 2000 in august! Though the official story is that coder Optima left for a more active group after not receiving much help with his demo project, Mermaid offered graphics for the demo several times without receiving a reply. He joined Haujobb about two weeks before The Party 2000 in december and released his demo Megademo 2000 for that group - which subsequently WON the competition, and was easily the best demo released this year.
Following Optima's departure late last year, Antibyte performed a major internal clean-up job in 2001. Some members were asked to leave, others like Muffler left on their own accord. A few fresh faces were brought in, including old Austrian scene legend TMB, one of the earliest original Scoopex members. The amiga section was steadily declining, and more and more of the group's activities centered around the pc scene. A 'status report' was published in Haujobb's Devotion 2 diskmagazine in june, voicing concerns over whether the group was ever going to release on the Amiga again. It seems at present that the group does not have a single active amiga coder - Metal Designer, Peci, Lostcluster and Dylan all prefer to work on the pc platform now, and Antibyte is simply inactive. The mag could reveal plans, however, to do 'dual' releases in the future - productions that would be released both on the amiga and the pc. The new Scoopex homepage was revealed to the public in june. Sometime between june and september, long-standing main organizer and coder extraordinaire Antibyte finally decided to leave the scene. The group decides not to elect a new leader, and instead go for a democratic approach to group organizing.
The june 2003 musicdisk Scoopex'n'Chips 2 came with a text file containing a full memberlist, listing Antibyte, Arancia, Biter, Blz, Coroner, Dalezy, Darklon, Deck, Dylan, Evil, Fishwave, Ganja, Igor, Karpow, KRS, Kufa, Lahve, Lostcluster, Luca, Mazor, Mermaid, Metal Designer, Mr. Death, Noogman, Pantaloon, Peci, Statique, Stingray, The Megabrain (TMB), Virgill, Viruz666 and Visualice.
The groups website listed the following active members on March 2nd, 2012 - Big Bear, Core, Fishwave, Jayne, Kaosmaster, Karpow, Kufa, Lostcluster, Magnar, Mr. Death, Mr. Spiv, ne7, Noogman, Peci, Photon, Stingray, T$ and Uncle Tom.