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Hitmen (HIT)

Hitmen started mainly as German cracking group on the C64, founded as a one man group by Jihad/Action (crack) in may of 1990, which it stayed until the entire German section of Vision joined around december the same year. It later turned into a Demo- and reverseengineering Group which is active on many different Platforms.

Members

Hitmen has disbanded twice, the first time it dissolved in 1991 and got rebuild in 1992, just to dissolve again in the beginning of 1993 and get rebuild once more in 1995. Unlike in other similar cases in the Scene, all "reincarnations" were "official" and initiated by the original members, namely Jihad and Curlin.

1995-today

GER
Curlin (code crack gfx, 09/95-)
Groepaz ([real name removed by personal request], code, 09/95-)
Jihad (crack, 09/95-)
Shok'Ray (ex Onslaught, also in Megastyle Productions [details], 09/95-??).
Peacemaker (fix, 09/95-)
Racoon(01/96-??)
Raze (09/95-??)
Sabotage (01/96)
Tyron (09/95-??)
Vortex (09/95-??)
Jinx (09/95-01/96)
Lawnmoverman (09/95-01/96)
POL
Moonchild (code)
BOS
Erol (Erol Tahirovic, code)
SWE
Tranziie (09/95-)
Jayce (01/96)
Marcus (01/96)
???
Moby (01/96)

1992-1993

GER
Death (Marc Lange, swap, 02-03/92).

1990-1991

GER
Bass (ex Internal Affairs, new 12/90)
Hires (ex Internal Affairs, new 12/90)
Jihad (crack, 91)
Lynx (Jörg Kosicki, swap, 03/92)
Mad B (ex Internal Affairs, new 12/90)
Mad Butcher (Ralf, swap, 01/91)
Tom (01/91)
N-L
Curse (swap, early91)
Ixon (swap, early91)
SWE
Mason (new early91)
Stanze (new early91)
???
Cevin (crack, 91)
Derse (ex Ruthless, new 12/90)
Fox (ex Paramount, new 12/90)

Boards

  • Mystical Paradize +49-2137-13*** (HQ, ger, 01/96, offline, Sysop: Peacemaker)
  • The Dungeon +1-214-342-7*** (US-HQ, usa, 09/95-01/96, offline, Sysop: Alchemist)
  • Warez Aquarium +46-837-1*** (EHQ, swe, offline, Sysop: Sledge/Fairlight)
  • Internet: ftp://ftp.inf.bme.hu (ex, Sysop: Jean/Chromance)

History

References: CSDB History on Hitmen Website

Note: to help keeping track of what certain members did before their time in hitmen, and also in those periods when hitmen was officially "dead" there is also some info included that doesnt strictly belong to the history of hitmen.

Pre Hitmen

1986

1987

12th October 1987
"Theme Last Ninja/TBD+Cobra" (TBD==Jihad)

1988

22nd February 1988
"Amica Painter/TF5" (Racoon was a member of this Group)
28th August 1988
"Ninja/TBD+TOO"

1989

From Sex'n'Crime 3 (20th May 1989)
DARRY DISASTER (ex-CRYPT) said that SCRATCHER of PARAMOUNT ripped a scroll routine from him. actually i think it was the other way around... [note: Scratcher was a Member of ICE before]
The SHARKS+VISION meeting will probably be held ever 1.saturday each month in frankfurst/germany. so, the next meeting will be on 3rd June 1989
22nd May 1989
"The last Gig/Vision+ICE" by Curlin/VSN, Groepaz/VSN, The Miracle Man/ICE
From Sex'n'Crime 4 (17th June 1989)
ACTION wrote in their MAGIC NEWS that SEX'N'CRIME said they are members of the FEDERATION AGAINST IKARI. well, they are not. sorry, i didn't know that SPITFIRE doesn't have the slightest bit of dignity. usually people start a war for nothing... but IKARI said SPITFIRE was a LAMER... and SPITFIRE didn't seem to care at all... was IKARI really that powerfull ? anyway, ACTION is in war with the SHARKS, BEASTIE BOYS and ARRAY. I personally think that the SHARKS are pretty cool. they might not have any good crackers but they really got fast originals just like ACTION. well, the two other groups... (aaarrrggghhh...) the word 'lame' is too good for them...
From Sex'n'Crime 5 (July 1989)
VISION made a new magazine, called VINEWS which doesn't contain that many news at all and their main-program isn't that good either. why does everyone have to do a magazine lately ? the more magazine will hit the scene the less every issue will be spread. so, it doesn't make any sence. If you got any news to tell, send them to

MAGNETIC DREAMS, MAGIC NEWS, SEX'N'CRIME or to any paper magazine !

From Sex'n'Crime 8 (October 1989)
WEASEL and DEE JAY joined CRAZY.
2nd October 1989
Found AFL intro with this date in it, made by Curlin (aka Marcus/AFL)
2nd December 1989
"Abdul Khan/Alpha Flight+Vision" by Curlin (aka Marcus/AFL), Groepaz (aka Toby/AFL), Jihad/VSN

Hitmen (1st Generation)

Back in 1989 Jihad and Curlin (at that time called Accu) have been members of Action... While Curlin left Action and joined Vision after he got into troubles with Spitfire/Action for some reason, Jihad still continued doing finest Quality cracks for Action. After a short time also Jihad was unhappy in Action, because of Spitfire's behaviour, so he wanted to teach him a lesson. Hitmen was born, with Jihad still being the main cracker in Action so we also got the newest originals available in Germany. Jihad was acting under the handle of The Barrel for Hitmen, Curlin was spreading the Hitmen wares as a freelancer these days, after a short while people were questioning who Hitmen was... Also Spitfire was getting mad as Hitmen was nearly as fast as Action and even did better versions. After a short time Jihad and Curlin joined Hitmen under their real handle. At that time also Twist was working for us. We became more successful and bigger.

1990

Most of the following history is taken from Disk Magazines from around the time

From Sex and Crime 13 (March 1990)
RALF (editor of LOVE AND SEX) was kicked out of ALPHAFLIGHT. he won't release any new issue of his magazine until he has joined a new group. MARKUS changed his name into ACCU, left ALPHAFLIGHT and joined ACTION. [note: Ralf == Racoon, Markus == Curlin]
May 1990
(??/??/90) "Blood Money +3/Hitmen" cracked by The Barrel (aka Jihad) This seems to be the first ever Hitmen release, the crack itself doesn't mention any release date, but the game is from may so that's probably also when the crack was done.
From Sex'n'Crime 16 (June 1990)
since JIHAD stopped and SPITFIRE prefers amiga ACTION might die very soon.
From Sex'n'Crime 17 (14 July 1990)
ACCU left ACTION,changed his handle into PUBLIC ENEMY and joined FLASH INC. [note: ACCU == Curlin]
From Sex'n'Crime 18 (August 1990)
according to SPITFIRE, ACCU didn't leave the group, he did not rename and he did not join FLASH INC.. [note: ACCU == Curlin]. The ALPHAFLIGHT+PARAMOUNT co-operation splitted up, both groups are even in war with each other now !
FLIMBO of PARAMOUNT changed his name into JALT. BLACK ART and TOM TAYLOR left ALPHAFLIGHT and joined PARAMOUNT. EXCELLENZ of PARAMOUNT joined X-RAY. there were a few internal problems in PARAMOUNT, but two different stories:
  • 1st Version: SCRATCHER and DR.DEATH were very lazy and talked shit, so PARAMOUNT kicked them out.
  • 2nd Version: STING and PARAMOUNT DESIGN coded a game, but STING ripped some routines from SCRATCHER and DR.DEATH, without giving them credits or money. so SCRATCHER and DR.DEATH left the "rippers" and formed the legal demogroup: CREATION.
From Corruption 6 (August 1990)
According to last SEX'N'CRIME: accu rejoined ACTION after he was a few days in P & AFL. jihad did not stop,he just slows down a bit because of his civil forces.
From Hotshot 3 (August 1990)
Rumours say that ACTION will probably DIE soon. JIHAD is going to join the army, ACCU joined FLASH INC. and the rest of the members are LAZY !
From Mamba 12 (October 1990)
Jihad left action
From Corruption 8 (10 November 1990)
Jihad left action
From Sex'n'Crime 20 (21 November 1990)
ACCU definitely joined FLASH INC. he only made SPITFIRE believe that he was still in ACTION to get some originals

for free. Also JIHAD left ACTION and built a new group called HITMEN. He is still looking for elite members,so if you are good at something, get in touch with him! [note: ACCU == Curlin]

From Fatal News 9 (30 November 1990)
Thunder/tonic joined the dudes in vision!
From Mamba 13 (November 1990)
Jihad (ex Action) joins Hitmen
From Hotshot 6 (December 1990)
JIHAD/action started a new group called HITMEN.
From Sex and Crime 21 (22 December 1990)
PARAMOUNT are planning to release a new paper-magazine in the near future. Also "corruption" will appear in a new outfit soon. TWIST left them and joined HITMEN. VISION splitted up. their good coders from denmark and sweden joined LIGHT while all the germans joined HITMEN. Also DWARF of HOLOCAUST thinks about joined them.
From "A Sad Moment/Vision" (1990)
This production had some info about the death of vision and the split into light and hitmen. Vision members that joined hitmen are: Curlin, Mad Butcher, TWF, Thunder, Rough, Tom, Slayer, Plug1
December
Curlin (crack) joined from Vision, and Derse from Ruthless. News in WOW's "Internal #3" that someone named 'RAF' joined with Curlin are untrue.

1991

- Early january saw the release of "ViNews #3" by Curlin and Mad Butcher, which announced the joining of three ex-members of Internal Affairs; Hires, Mad B. and Bass. Dr.Disk changed his handle to Hermit and joined Chromance in january. Dense left for Manowar in january. Swedes Mason and Stanze joined early in the year. Jihad was interviewed for Triad "Gamers Guide #5" in the early months of the year, but then inexplicably left the group not long after... According to the "Gamers Guide #9", the group died, probably around may. Jihad formed another new group, called Joy Division. The german members Curlin (code crack, ex Vision, new 12/90), Thunder (gfx), Racoon and Alfatech left for Triad.

ViNews #3 (1991, 02.01, Multifile Diskmag)

  • INT - code: Curlin, gfx: n/a, music: n/a.
  • MAG - code: Curlin, gfx: Curlin (main), Thunder (werner), DMC/Dominators (2x2 font), music: Laxity/Vibrants, editors: Mad Butcher (main), Curlin
    review: First of all, this mag will get a positive response to their unorthodox design. Perhaps not all ideas are the best (what is that 'Werner' doing there guys?), but at least they have the courage to think new. Apart from that, the mag's editorial content is about normal for this kind of thing. Atleast the English is on such a levels that the news items don't confuse, like can sometimes be the case with Sex'n'Crime =] One nice section, which I'd like to see expanded is the 'crax test' (inspired by Triad's "Gamers Guide"?). If they wrote a little more about WHY one version is superior to another, instead of just giving us those meaningless numbers, this would be an interesting section. There is no mention of the music being exclusive or anything, so it was most likely ripped. To sum up, this is actually above average for these kinds of mags, where the editorial content is not really supposed to transcend the 'editorial, news + adresses' formula. [glenn]
  • Hotshot 7 (January 1991)

  • vision is DEAD!
  • some german members joined hitmen, formed by jihad of action.
  • Gamers Guide 4 (13 February 1991)

  • mason and stanze joined hitmen.
  • Mamba 16 (23 February 1991)

  • stanz was kicked out of dynamix and joined hitmen.
  • Hotshot 8 (February 1991)

  • DERSE left ruthless and joined HITMEN. BREGO also left and joined BRONX.
  • HIRES of internal affairs joined hitmen and changed his name into DANDY.
  • Brutal Recall 1 (13 March 1991)
    
    there seem to be 2 groups called HITMEN!
    now will follow the member-status of the
    REAL HITMEN: JIHAD
                 CURLIN
                 TWF
                 MAD BUTCHER
                 DEF SQ
                 STANZE
                 MASON
                 TOM
                 ROUGH
                 KREATOR
                 MISFIT
                 RAMS
                 AIRWOLF
                 STYLE
                 PATRICK
                 THUNDER
                 SLAYER
                 GILIUS
                 TWIST
                 DENSE
                 SURTAX
    ----------------------------------------
    BAS and MAD B/HEATWAVE are not in HITMEN
    ----------------------------------------
    HIRES left INTERNAL AFFAIRS,changed his
    handle into DANDY and joined HITMEN!
    ----------------------------------------
    
    Hotshot 9 (March 1991)
    
    - DENSE left hitmen to join
      MANOWAR.
    - STANZE joined HITMEN.
    - STORMIE left demotion and
      joined HITMEN and at the same
      time he changes his name into
      gilius.
    - misfit, rams, patrick, style
      and airwolf joined HITMEN.
    - the rumours which says that
      some of the ruthless members
      should have joined a new group
      with dandy/hitmen is false!
    


    Brutal Recall 2 (17 April 1991)
    
    ROUGH/HITMEN is back after he stopped
      swapping a month ago,but he says he is
      ADDICTED to the sixtyfour,so he just
      had to return!
    ----------------------------------------
    CLIVE left W.O.W. and joined HITMEN!
    ----------------------------------------
    HITMEN also let GHOST from CRUSADE join!
    ----------------------------------------
    STANZE joined HITMEN too!
    ----------------------------------------
    DENSE/HITMEN will release a PAPER MAG!
    ----------------------------------------
    according to TOM/HITMEN: "JIHAD is soon
      back with those UNBEATABLE QUALITY
      versions!"
    ----------------------------------------
       these were kicked out of HITMEN:
                    SURTAX
                     RAMS
                    MISFIT
                    SLAYER
                     STYLE
                    AIRWOLF
                    PATRICK
                    CRUISE
    ----------------------------------------
              RUTHLESS is dead as
    these guys from RUTHLESS joined HITMEN
                      ICE
                     SCORP
                FRANCOIS PRIJT
                     CURSE
                    DUCK-D
                     PROBE
                   ALPHATECH
    ----------------------------------------
    NIGHTSHADE joined HITMEN.
      he was a member of STASH!
    
    also VINCENT/HITMEN joined PARADIZE!
    
    HITMEN...............................TOM
          ...............................ICE
          .............................CLIVE
          .............................DANDY
          .............................ROUGH
          ............................CURLIN
          ....................FRANCOIS PRIJT
    


    Gamers Guide 9 (22 May 1991)

  • curlin, thunder, racoon and alfatech ex hitmen are now in triad.
  • vinews #8 is allready released under the triad lable. expect to see some design changes comming up.
  • hitmen is dead and jihad started a nu group called 'joy division', but......
  • living trash head left bonzai for joy divison.
  • ixon(m?) have never been in hitmen.
  • Mamba 18 (May 1991)
    
    - jihad left hitmen.
    
     * scorp, ice, curse, henri, alfatech
       and francois prijt left ruthless and
       joined hitmen. ruthless is now dead.
    
    Brutal Recall 3 (18 May 1991)
    
    - DENSE,TOM and ROUGH/HITMEN also wanted
      to join BRUTAL.
      only TOM was EXCEPTED but he didn't
      join afterall.
    
    - HITMEN seems to be DEAD!
    
    - DANDY/HITMEN joined BONZAI!
    
    Hotshot 11 (May 1991)
    
    * RUTHLESS died. scorp, curse, fp, alfatech, ice, probe and henry joined forces of HITMEN.
      ronn, svg, duck-d, rodney and softmaster went legal, and ofcoz audial arts is still alive.
    

    after 1st Breakup

    Propaganda 1 (1991)
    
    JOY DIVISION.
    JOY DIVISION.
    _____________
    JIHAD rejoined ACTION. ARROGANCE was
    kicked out of JOY DIVISION. He wanted to
    join VICTIMS but they rejected him. So,
    he finally rejoined X-RAY.
    MIDNIGHT MOVER left SCIENCE 451 and
    joined JOY DIVISION. He runs a Euroboard
    called "ILLUSION OF REALITY".
    INXS and NEWSCOPY left EXACT and joined
    in,just like BREGO (ex-PARAMOUNT did.
    
    Mamba 19 (June 1991)
    
    * jihad left joy division and rejoined his former group action.
    

    Gamers Guide 10 (15 June 1991)

  • some ex hitmen and others have formed a new group in germany called REBELS. i just wanna say: ANTIPLEX please change the group name. rebels is an old legend in sweden. more than a year ago dynamic/triad, watchman/triad (now fairlight!) bismarck/royalty, king fisher/royalty, tdm/royalty and hero/ruling company built it up again. successfully we cracked a lot and good............... later that year we were offered to join triad. we said yes and we put REBELS to eternal rest in the grave yard. everybody in rebels agreed to let the name rest for ever not to distroy it. so we got very suprised when we saw some cracks from you! please change the name if you don't want any discussions and so on........ if you don't beleive me i can send about 10 discs of old cracks.......... rebels IS dead and should be that for ever. don't step on the grave! rebels was a pure swedish legend.....
    /bismarck of triad (x-rebels!)
  • jihad left joy divison to join action.
  • (1991) "the funeral/rebels" includes initial rebels memberstatus: squealer, antiplex [aka peacemaker], inxs, icon, mayday, lloyd, luke
    Brutal Recall 4 (21 June 1991)
    
    - CURSE/HITMEN joined TRC
    
    - new guys in triad are:
    
     CURLIN  (HITMEN)
     THUNDER (HITMEN)
     RACOON  (MAD BUTCHER/HITMEN)
     RAVAGE  (EXTEND)
     ALFATECH
     TRANZIIE
    
    - NIGHTSHADE left HITMEN and is now in VERDICT
    
    Hotshot 12 (June 1991)
    
    Ö SCORP ex-hitmen, RODNEY BALAI
    and SOFTMASTER of audial arts
    joined us in flash inc.
    
    Ö dense left hitmen when they
    died. later he was caught by the
    cops. he asked several groups if
    he could join (flash, illusion,
    chromance) but all said no. he
    is now groupless.
    
    Ö name:     left:      joined:
     <<<<<<<   <<<<<<<    <<<<<<<<<
      tom       hitmen    chromance
     rough      hitmen    chromance
    
    Hotshot 13 (July 1991)
    
     * heatwave is a new dutch demo group.
     the group consists of old members from
     internal affairs, ruthless and hitmen.
     their first demo will be avalible in
     a short time.
    
     * falcon left the ruling company and
     joined verdict as a modemtrader and a
     cracker. curse (ex-hitmen) joined trc.
     xenon left trc and rejoined xentrix.
     trc is in war with house designs as
     house released trcs unsold game called
     "synex".
    
     * rebels was built up by some x-hitmen
     members. (have we heard the name some-
     where before?) mayday left wow and
     joined rebels. after a while he left
     them too and joined genesis project.
    
     * nightshade = nsd (x-hitmen) joined
     verdict. twf (x-hitmen) joined titron.
    
    Brutal Recall 5 (23 July 1991)
    
     -PANDORA was rebuild by...
      MANIAC/ex-i+t, CHRIS/ex-paramount,
      SKY/ex-paramount, TOM/ex-hotline,
      AROGANCE+TRIGGER+TYREE+JATAGAN/x-ray,
      ATTRACTION/ex-genesis and cevin/hitmen
    
     -there is a new group called.. TRINITY!
      members are: ARROGANCE (ex.x-ray),
      CEVIN (ex.hitmen),CHRIS (ex.paramount)
      DENSE (ex.hitmen),TOM (ex.hotline),
      ROUGH (ex.chromance), ZAP (ex.sharks),
      SKY (ex.paramount) and
      MARVIN (ex.hitmen)!
    
     -TECHNO/IKV and CLIVE (ex.hitmen)
      joined ACRISE! also DR.HOMOSAPIENS
      joined ACRISE, he changed his handle
      into IGOR!
    
    Mamba 20 (July 1991)
    
    did you know... ...that mike d./chromance and also jihad/action got a warning from telecom. both blue boxed. also roy once got a visit from telecom and the police for blue boxing some time ago.
    
    * jihad/action quit calling out, crisp of action got his modem.
    
    Gamers Guide #13 3 September 1991
    
    [triad member status]
    
     jerry         alfa tech                
     kronos        cop          those are   
     king fisher                all our     
     tdm           curlin       members.    
     bismarck      thunder                  
     aktie         racoon       anything    
     tracer        brego        else should 
     dutch                      be among    
     kravin        shakin'      the books   
     ravage        jayce        by tolkien! 
     tranziie      cecile        
    
     - newscopy and midnight mover jumped   
       off the sinking joy division (or was 
       is omg division?)                    
       they joined vision instead. now of   
       course illusion of reality is the    
       vision swedish hq.
               
    
    Propaganda 2 (September 1991)
    
    ...JIHAD of ACTION coded a game called
    'CROSS IT' (Graphics by CURLIN/TRIAD).
    When Thomas Konziena saw it he said
    JIHAD might get 15OO,- DM for it,so
    JIHAD sent it to DOUBLE DENSITY,but
    they refused it. Poor chap!
    

    Hitmen (2nd Generation)

    Gamers Guide 15 (12 November 1991)

  • also you'll never see a vinews again under the TRIAD lable. curlin got a job. well he is at the police academy to become a police and he is home only for the weekends. because of this he jumped TRIAD.
  • later thunder and racoon felt lonely and left triad too and are now back in HITMEN. they may continue vinews in their new old crew.
  • Mamba 24 (2 December 1991)

  • airwolf left action to join genesis, so did hok, but he returned after 1 day. jihad being active again. position #4 for action aswell.
  • 1992

    Fatal News 11 (1992)

  • triad's diskmag GAMERS GUIDE will never be released again. Vinews is also down since curlin left the scene.
  • Brutal Recall 8 (1 January 1992)

  • CURLIN left TRIAD as he got a job, also THUNDER and RACOON left TRIAD and rebuild HITMEN! VINEWS is now a HITMEN mag!
  • January
    Memberstatus 1/92 from a note by Racoon: Hypnotist (Coder, Cracker), Racoon (Leader, Vinews Editor, Swapper), Curlin (Leader, Vinews Editor, Cracker), Jihad (Modem Trader, Cracker), Elektor (Cracker, Swapper), Death (Painter, Swapper), Thunder (Painter), Levis (Swapper), Boz (Painter, Swapper)

    Brutal Recall 9 (11 March 1992)

  • JIHAD rebuilt HITMEN.
  • DEATH left CRIME and joined HITMEN, he took his mag RADDINGS with him!
  • Propaganda 4 (1992)

  • ACTION died. CHANNEL ZERO went down. JIHAD rejoined HITMEN,which was rebuilt by CURLIN and RACOON after they left TRIAD.
  • Propaganda 5 (1992)

  • JIHAD build a new group called DOUBLE IMPACT.
  • Brutal Recall 10 (May 1992)

  • demon/ex.radical joined hitmen!
  • bomb/ex.traitors joined hitmen!
  • Brutal Recall 10 (July 1992)
    
    -arcade was build by alot of german
     dudes, members are:
    
     brego, twilight, a-man, freelancer,
     radar, tyree, jihad, hellfire, pat,
     bacco, joe cool, crisp, voque, lazyness
     and adventurer.
    
    Propaganda 7 (June 1992)
    
                     ARCADE
                     ARCADE
                     ______
    TYREE (ex-NIGGA of X-RAY) built a new
    group along with HOK and JIHAD,named
    ECCENTRIX. Also CRISP,A-MAN and a few
    more (all German) members joined in.
    They tried to get a lot of G*P members,
    like TYGER,L.A.STYLE,DRAKE,ROCKSTAR etc,
    but failed. TYREE could almost convince
    TYGER to join,who at that time was very
    unhappy about the problems in GENESIS.
    He told them to name the group ARCADE.
    But at the G*P party he meet the ARCADE
    members,disliked TYREE and decided to
    stay in G*P as nobody ever really wanted
    to leave G*P in first place. During the
    party STING decided to join G*P,together
    with JOE COOL (who planned to join
    ILLUSION in first place). Also JIHAD
    
    said he would join GENESIS sooner or
    later. ARCADE took THE MYSTIC CAVERN as
    their HQ after GENESIS was kicked off.
    They claimed to have the 1OO% crack of
    QUADRANT,but in fact that release was
    only a preview and CRISP had to re-code
    half of it to make it even work... Same
    goes for another preview called TANK
    DIVISION... Meanwhile HOK took a short
    break as things didn't work out the way
    he wanted them to. But after a few days
    he was back.
    
    STING did not join GENESIS as he was
    afraid he would get kicked out again
    after he released the games he had. Then
    he and MANIAC rejoined TALENT and wanted
    to release the games,but BOD refused and
    kicked them out again. Then MANIAC quit.
    
    
    TYREE called TSM and told them STING's
    version of QUADRANT was stolen. So TSM
    released the ARCADE version instead of
    the one by TALENT... Recently HELLFIRE
    (a German hacker) joined ARCADE. JIHAD
    announced he quit the scene due to some
    major (private) problems,but after two
    days he was back already. He recently
    had his 22nd birthday. Congratulations!
    
    LAZYNESS and HELLFIRE left ARCADE.
    TYREE left(?) ARCADE after some trouble
    with HELLFIRE,but "rejoined" a few days
    later.
    
    Memberlist: TYREE(?),HOK,RADAR,JIHAD,
    BREGO,VOGUE,BACCO,CRISP,FREELANCER,PAT.
    
    Splash 12 (August 1992)
    
      *hooper/hitmen returned to the scene and changed his handle into drago.
    
    Brutal Recall 12 (September 1992)
    
    -dylan left maniax, joined shine, left again and joined hitmen!
    -death left oxyron and rejoined hitmen!
    -silver/baboons, flatline/ndc and sony/ex.radical all joined hitmen!
    
    September
    Memberstatus 9/92 stated in the Intro to "Dodge": Racoon, Death, Curlin, Hypnotist, Lynx, Demon, Magic eye, Drago, the Gee, Silver, Sony, Dylan, Flatline, Master jay, Hibisch, Elektor
    Splash 13 (October 1992)
    
                -hitmen-
    
    racoon......leader,vinews,swapper,
                         cracker,cod
    death......leader,artist,raddings,
              swapper,cracker,cover d.
    curlin...............cracker,coder
    thunder............artist,cover d.
    elektor......cracker,swapper,coder
    hypnotist............coder,cracker
    lynx....megaswapper,cracker,origis
    demon.........coder,swapper,artist
    drago..................megaswapper
    
    the gee...........musician,swapper
    slayer...............coder,cracker
    magic eye.....modem trader,swapper
    silver..megaswapper,artist,cover d
    flatline......swapper,a bit artist
    sony......................musician
    

    1993

    Reformation 1 (6 April 1993)

  • HITMEN died and some old members built up WARTEC.
  • Silver/HITMEN joined Topaz
  • - Silver joined Topaz early this year.

    May
    Rad left Hitmen and joined TRC

    Hitmen dissolved in the spring of 1993. After Jihad got his PC and lost interest in programming C64 stuff a bit earlier, the group was continued by Curlin and Racoon, until they also lost interest in that sort of things.

    after 2nd Breakup

    • "Flix +2/Wartec+Bastards" cracked by Curlin and Hypnotist
    • "On a Move +2/Wartec+Bastards" cracked by Curlin
    Propaganda 11 (October 1993)
    
      CHROMANCE MEMBER LIST, OCTOBER 1993
    ________________________________________
      MR.WAX, JAZZY D, ALEX, GRIFF, OLLIE,
       ICARUS, JINX, ROUGH, BLOCKBUSTER,
     JOYRIDE, CHUM, PEACEMAKER, PAINKILLER,
              MINISTRY AND UNHOLY.
    
    Propaganda 12 (November 1993)
    
      CHROMANCE MEMBER LIST, NOVEMBER 1993
    ________________________________________
      MR.WAX, JAZZY D, ALEX, GRIFF, OLLIE,
       ICARUS, JINX, ROUGH, BLOCKBUSTER,
     JOYRIDE, CHUM, PEACEMAKER, PAINKILLER,
              MINISTRY AND UNHOLY.
    
    Propaganda 12 (November 1993)
    
    D
    Dear Hackers,
    
    We are not stupid. We know our past,
    what we've been doing, what others have
    been doing. Or do we really?
    
    A while back the group VISION was re-
    built. At that point it was REBUILT. At
    that point, none of the Danish members
    were aware that the Swedish coders
    ICON and HOUBBA were having their own
    little VISION, basically not doing
    anything though. People on the scene
    reacted, and righteously, as this was
    not an original creation, but a brave
    attempt to breath air into a project
    that ended ages ago.
    
    
    
    VISION got pissed and claimed the opp-
    osite. Many of the members had in fact
    been in the original VISION when it was
    around last time. SATAN, RAY, X-RADICAL
    and the lot of others. I can only giggle
    as you claim so.
    
    - Now let's get things very STRAIGHT
      here. VISION was built up in Holland
      over 5 years ago. These Dutch people
      still run VISION on the Amiga, as they
      went Amiga at a pretty early stage.
      Among others, HEIN DESIGN was in.
    
      VISION, however, kept going on the
      8-bit scene, thanks to CURLIN who had
      entered VISION in the early days as
      well.
    
    
    
      Now, everybody with a slight sense of
      scenehistory also knows that VISION
      was rebuilt a few times. A success-
      ful demopumper back in the late 8O's
      and early 9O's. A decent crack/code
      group later on. At all these stages
      CURLIN was in, guarding his legacy.
    
      Now don't get me wrong here. I was
      in VISION as well, along with JUCKE
      and A LOT of people. In 1992, the
      talented Danes (SATAN+RAY) entered,
      and gradually their power was in-
      creased, finally letting SATAN take
      take charge of the Danish section as
      I was managing the rest with JUCKE,
      but a while later I felt a sudden
      urge to leave the group. Why?
    
    
    
      CURLIN had left his project, leaving
      it for a destiny, and without any
      particular original root, I felt we
      did the right thing leaving VISION,
      as it was not really our group. Many
      others, however, remained, while we
      formed CALADAN with some others,
      later on ending up in GENESIS.
    
    It's all fair and easy to say there are
    plenty of 'original'-members since the
    last VISION at this point, but from the
    original one? The answer is simple and
    straight; No. Undisputable facts.
    
    That's why I consider the group to be
    a fake.
    
    ________________________________________
    
    
    Furthermore, you go on about 'having
    your rights to build it'. Sure you do.
    Who can stop you at this point? But
    people will react. You laugh at me
    and say 'you even left VSN before
    SATAN and RAY'.
    
    - Yes I did, and have explained why
      above. I consider it fairly obvious
      why as well.
    
    In the note made by WOLF, you do not
    only dispute the facts made by history
    itself, but tend to personally insult
    and invent lies in order to make me
    appear unreliable. God you are pathetic
    trying to gain dignity for your group
    that way!
    
    
    
    You do not imply. No, you claim the
    reason for my opinions about your
    group rests beneath one only thing;
    
    *  SATAN + RAY both being GENESIS
       members, being heavy talents in
       our cracking-division leaving us for
       the new VISION.
    
    Furthermore, you quote and mark my
    words as I saluted them when they teamed
    up in GENESIS a couple of months back,
    as I talked warmly of them as 'new
    talents', 'the new breed' etc. Mark
    my words. What we are talking about,
    are two terribly gifted crackers, and
    they still are, no matter what group
    they are in. If I was to take revenge
    
    
    
    for somebody leaving GENESIS I'd prob-
    ably be a crackpot, and a goddamn
    childish one. The loss of SATAN and
    RAY was a setback for us, but still
    we never experienced them having the
    devotion for GENESIS that the rest
    of us share. So maybe their choice was
    the wisest of them all, as VISION seems
    to claim a certain position in their
    hearts. I hope they finally found a
    home, because they deserve something
    where they can give and take.
    
    I consider both of them being very
    cheerful and aimable friends, and will
    probably cheer thru a beer with them,
    when in Denmark, but seeing a mindless
    little twart like WOLF claiming I more
    
    
    
    or less bribed them with a modem in
    order to make them GENESIS-members
    makes me want to laugh, and by golly
    I do. What you do not know, you shall
    shut up about.
    
    - But for the nosy ones, I can gladly
      claim my rights. I offered SATAN a
      modem. Not because I wanted him to
      join, but because it would ease up
      communication in a 1OO% modem-based
      group.
    
      I also promised a lot more, but at
      this point, JUCKE was caught by the
      Swedish Telecom, and we experienced
      somewhat of a setback that took some
      time to get thru. Only late this
    
    
    
      summer, things got back to normal.
      Only then, we realized how little
      GENESIS was for our Danish members.
    
    ________________________________________
    I never said YOUR members were lame, as
    I know they're not. You claim I did. I
    know you have a strong crew, a creative
    crew with great abilities. I was never
    talking about the members - I was
    talking about the group. So far I've
    seen a few cracks, and all of them have
    seemed jolly good, so there is no way
    I doubt your abilities, qualitywise
    that is.
    
    But the more I think of it, the more
    I come to realize the simple truth:
    
    
    
    The note edited by WOLF was in my
    eyes some what ridiculous. Claiming
    I wanted revenge says it all. And
    furthermore, turning the whole affair
    into personal insults, instead of
    keeping up the war commenting whether
    I considered them to be good crackers
    6 months back or not. God, listen to
    it. But, come to think of it, I would
    be offended as well, dear WOLF. If
    somebody with respect and dignity,
    was threatening me, and I was having
    the feeling I was losing it, I would
    probably desperately struggle to gain
    my rights. If somebody with a lot more
    importance and possibilities to affect
    was to do that, I would act childishly
    and naive as well. Probably not
    
    
    
    spending a thought about the come of
    age.
    
    I would probably claim my enemy was
    'a highly unreliable person' as well,
    not knowing a single penny about
    anything. Performing personal insults
    is very hazardous, and incredibly
    pathetic. I'm laughing, and so are
    a million others. Slightly bending my
    head backwards, trying to figure out
    what your reaction will be like.
    
    We can go over things again, the quick
    way. If somebody decided to reform
    THE ROLLING STONES in 1O years, you'd
    probably claim it was a fake if the
    original members were not in. You'd
    
    
    
    probably even consider them something
    else, if only Mick Jagger was missing.
    Why? Because he was the frontman, and
    their obvious member.
    
    It is exactly the same way I look at it,
    and many many others. If I wasn't to
    talk to ANTICHRIST and DEBBIE a couple
    of times a week, letting them in on
    our actions and listening to his
    advice I'd leave his legacy at the
    itch of a second.
    
    I do not create enemies. I do not
    intend to fight wars with people,
    at these late years of the 64. But I
    would sincerly appreciate if you
    thought twice about your behaviour
    
    
    
    towards me. If you thought twice about
    the way you've handled things and the
    way a group should be run.
    
    I know I would. But then again, I'm
    not a member of VISION, and I'm
    glad for it.
    
    There are still some important matters
    that I will focus on.
    
    1. SATAN was taken into VISION as a
       result of decision through me,
       JUCKE, STATUS and CURLIN. WE TOOK
       you into the group, WE, after some
       time, let you take charge of the
       Danish section, in order to ease
       things up for all of us.
    
    
    
    2. We never bribe or offer things in
       order to get people into GENESIS. We
       have a share of people willing to
       pay to join. And by far, many of
       them could be doing a decent job
       cracking as well..So there.
    
    3. X-RADICAL'S unfortunate appearance
       in GENESIS was a mistake caused by
       confusion. He promised a lot and
       behaved highly unlikely. He intended
       to publish a diskmagazine (though we
       had PROPAGANDA), of course not
       letting us know, then it appears he
       has a European board, going for G*P
       without us knowing. (and by far not
       having intentions of supporting in
       any way) and finally behaving badly
    
    
    
       against our dear fellow partners in
       SUCCESS, with whom we GLADLY shared
       the best board in the world, DIVINE
       ULTIMATUM. As a result of this, it
       was an obvious sack.
    
    4. Caesar, your American member, was
       even booted from DOWN BY LAW, today
       the leading board in the scene, for
       his behaviour. He has a board, and
       we all laugh about it.
    
    Look at it any way you want. There are
    a million people considering your att-
    empt a load of laughs, but then again
    there are probably people behind your
    backs as well. Whatever you decide to
    do, I'm leaving it be from here.
    
    
    
    Yours Sincerly,
    
    Newscopy/Genesis*Project
    

    1994

    Skyhigh 10 (28 March 1994)
    
              vision - memberstatus
              ---------------------
    
          ace, curlin, decorian, dishy
         disk bandit, dr.jones, freddie
       heavy head, hercules, houbba, icon
          malcom, mr.smart, peacemaker
      pussyfooter, racoon, rad, ray, satan
        spiderman, wolf, xoss, x-radical
                 zagon and zore
    
                   25 members
    
    Skyhigh 10 (28 March 1994)
    
    somethin to said 'bout vision slagging
    by newscopy/g*p
    
    as i have been wondering 'bout this
    vision-thing ever since they were 1st
    time reformed (when curlin & others were
    in), i really want to say my opinion.
    
    i've been in the scene from 1986-87, so
    maybe i have something new..
    
    i checked a 'few' disks (about 500) and
    found the demo i was searching for :
    ' legalise it ' which was visions first
    demo ever. actual release date was 17-10
    1988 at the joy/mgf/wwe party,veenendaal
    holland. and in the scroll they say that
    it's their 1st demo. so i made a fast
    calculating and.. hmm. let's say it's
    5.5 years from their forming.
    unfortunately the demo (which was one of
    the collest those times) bugged 50%, but
    in one part i found addies (they lived
    in holland) and the names of some of the
    members. they were :
    
    tsm (code), hph (gfx) and shock. (the 2
    first ones are brothers) they all were
    also swappers. i don't tknow if they had
    any other members, probably not, as the
    group was young. this demo was also the
    last one i saw from these guys.
    
    then...year 1990, september, i took one
    note from curlin/vision including their
    correct memberstatus:
    
      curlin - mad butcher - jive - dr.disk
    
     macumba - silk - twf - hardy - shimada
    
      rough - tom - stubby - black destiny
    
     status - bluez - yabba - zagon - zmurph
    
     gryzor - scooby - icon - general - tgd
    
        spinx - glasnost - SKYHIGH - bird
    
    (this list was from their early months!)
    
    
    i rememba when this new vision was built
    i wondered was there any old vision mem-
    bers... as in mags stood 'a new group is
    born, vision...'
    -this vision became really popular, and
    made a lot of demos.
    
    when i compare these statuses together
    with the new vision status that i saw in
    skyhigh issue 9 in an article by wolf of
    vision.i don't see a single member who
    would have been in both 1st & 2nd vision
    or in 2nd & 3rd vision. STRANGE?
    i may be wrong if i say that somebody is
    re-using vision's name. i mean the REAL
    dutch vision!!!
    maybe 2nd vision did so,or maybe the new
    3rd vision, don't know..
    dear wolf, did you know 'bout da dutch
    vision ?
    
    Propaganda 13 (13 April 1994)
      THE MOTIV8 MEMBER STATUS, APRIL 1994
    ________________________________________
    CROSSFIRE..........Organize, Crack
    TRICKET............Organize, Sysop
    ANIMAL.............Crack
    MASON..............Crack
    ICEBALL............Crack
    IBANEZ.............Swap
    TG-ACME............Swap
    FRESH PRINCE.......Swap
    DANIEL.............Swap
    CLIVE..............Swap
    MERLIN.............Swap
    CURLIN.............Crack
    PEACMAKER..........Swap, Fix
    VORTEX.............Crack
    RACOON.............Crack
    EDDIE..............Crack
    
    Propaganda 13 (13 April 1994)
    
    D
    Dear Hackers,
    
    Just to put an end to this thing with
    VISION, let me take you behind the
    scenes what really happened, and what
    the sitation is like now.
    
    As we (GENESIS) showed up in Denmark,
    we expected some to be quite a hassle.
    Me, myself, I was looking forward to
    meet my close friends RAY & SATAN,
    both members of VISION with a past in
    GENESIS. Some people in VISION and
    outside as well, tried using them
    against us, but little did they know,
    we got along happily at the part, and
    intend to continue that way.
    
    
    
    However, DISHY, a Danish swapper, member
    of VISION, stood responsible for some
    of the hassle himself. While chatting
    with our Danish buddies, DISHY came out
    pretty drunk and started harrassing us,
    in particular JUCKE, causing an
    argument to appear. DISHY was obviously
    to drunk to keep up a subject, or a
    proper argument. It was unfortunate,
    as both RAY and SATAN, were ashamed
    of his behaviour towards us, and we
    do understand them. Then DISHY was
    forced to leave by his so embarrassed
    groupmembers. DISHY ran over to MR.
    MISTER, who just joined in as well,
    pleading for what probably could have
    started a minor fight. It never did
    however. By the end, DISHY was
    
    
    
    apologizing, and we were forgiving.
    You know what we argued about.
    
    Then I guess you understand why I can't
    stop laughing now that CURLIN, RACOON
    and others left them. As said before,
    back to square one.
    
    Propaganda 14 (October 1994)
    
     THE ALPHA FLIGHT MEMBERS OCTOBER 1994
    ________________________________________
       SUPREME, SKID ROW, MAX, MARC, SYS,
         DARK, ARNE, STING, SPECTATOR,
        PEACEMAKER, DARIUS, DIABLO, TOM,
     RAMIREZ, STASH, THE SECRET MAN, STYX,
        REAM, CENTAURION, MURPHY, XEROX,
           AGRESSOR, LEADER, HONESTY
    
    Skyhigh 14 (December 1994)
    
    -peacemaker, curlin, racoon and vortex
    left motiv8 and joined alphaflight for
    reasons unknown. rumours says it was be-
    cause a big bunch of the afl-members
    was living locally to them.
    


    Propaganda 15 (December 1994)
    
    ALPHA FLIGHT MEMBER STATUS
    ________________________________________
    MARC, SKINHEAD, MAX, SKID ROW, HONESTY,
    PHN-Q, THE SECRET MAN, PEACEMAKER, STYX,
      MURPHY, REAM, CURLIN, RACOON, ARNE,
      LEMMING, LEEWAY, STARKILLER, STASH,
     AGGRESSOR, MUTANT-X, ANCIENT MARINER,
           XENOX, VORTEX AND POL POT.
    

    1995

    Propaganda 16 (March 1995)
    Alphaflight Memberstatus: CURLIN, CALYPSO, AGGRESSOR, FACEZ, HONESTY, ARNE, MARC, MAX, MURPHY, REAM, ANCIENT MARINER, STASH, STARKILLER, PEACEMAKER, LEEWAY, PHU-Q, POL POT, STYX, SECRET MAN, VORTEX, XENOX.

    Propaganda 17 (April 1995)
    
    ALPHA FLIGHT have had tremendous success
    since their comeback, and once I come to
    think of it, quite some time has passed
    since the reunion. The future of the
    group has somewhat worried me, and many
    others throughout the field, with voices
    speaking of PEACEMAKER leaving the
    market as of May 1995. PEACEMAKER has
    of course been responsible for part of
    the success of ALPHA FLIGHT with his
    
    efforts in fixing releases for ALPHA
    FLIGHT and for various other groups.
    
    CURLIN, old fame takes the worries
    a mile further, perhaps speaking a bit
    too much through the fog of alcohol at
    X'95 in Holland, when PROPAGANDA met up
    with him.
    
     _____________________________________
      " You know, JIHAD got me a PC. That
          says a great deal. We're all
        fucking tired of the crap, and I
        will probably go PC as soon as
           the others quit. PEACEMAKER
              is first one out...       "
    
     _____________________________________
    
    Propaganda 18 (July 1995)
    
    [excerpt from AFL news]
    
    Many people today focus on the Flight
    with great curiosity of what might
    happen in the future. CURLIN, RACOON
    and PEACEMAKER have all been spotted
    recently, though stating the mere fact
    that neither the flight or the scene
    attracts any further.
    

    Hitmen (3rd Generation)

    The original Hitmen staff finally decided to rebuild the group and kick ass again while visiting a local pub some time in december 1995.

  • (28/10/95) "The Journey to $0801/Hitmen+F4CG+Judas"
    Splash 19  (October 1995):
    
    < HITMEN was reborn with some old
      heroes from ACTION,ALPHAFLIGHT,
      CHROMANCE,HARDCORE and TRIAD.
      they for sure seem to be a great
      composition of pure class.
    
    < SUZUKI/ex-OXYRON,joined HITMEN
      on trial,but shortly after(four
      days to be precise)got the kick
      after CURLIN worked out his
      mistake.
    
    < TRANZIEE joined HITMEN after a
      long absense from any group.
    
    < HITMEN took THE DUNGEON as their
      world hq,and will share it with
      SCS+TRC.
    
    < MYSTICAL PARADISE,the board that
      used to be run by PEACEMAKER is
      likely to go online again and
      act as a euro head quarters for
      HITMEN.
    
    < the PANDORA+ALPHAFLIGHT euro hq
      called "THE PIRATE ISLAND" was
      formatted,CHOTAIRE blamed HITMEN
    
    
    Propaganda 19 (October 1995):
    
     +------+
     |HITMEN|                           **
    _|HITMEN|___________________________\/__
     +------+
    
    The best of news appeared with HITMEN
    returning to the scene. With a lot of
    noise, the group announced themselves
    doing so by firstreleasing the preview
    of CANNON CRAZE. Reactions from groups
    out on the boards have proved very
    positive. With a new group, we see
    energy, hunger and vitamins all togeth-
    er, and that encourages us all. Sharing
    the number-2 board DUNGEON with TRC*SCS,
    HITMEN immediately establish themselves
    as a qualitylabel.
    
    
    
    
    WHAT THE CONCEPT LOOKS LIKE
    WHAT THE CONCEPT LOOKS LIKE
    ________________________________________
    The idea of rebuilding the group came
    early August with JIHAD, PEACEMAKER
    and CURLIN cutting to terms over a
    beer. It did not take long until the
    concept saw light of day, and from there
    more people were added.
    
    HITMEN intend to NTSC-fix software for
    selected groups throughout the field,
    and with a talent like PEACEMAKER, it
    will without doubt be requested service.
    Furthermore the group intends to focus
    on the mailscene, and recruiting SUZUKI,
    claiming to depart from OXYRON, the
    group has created the essential network.
    
    
    
    JIHAD'S INVOLVMENT
    JIHAD S INVOLVMENT
    ________________________________________
      +----------------------------------+
      |   "Jihad is going to call the    |
      |boards to do some public relations|
      |  and will take care of getting   |
      |           originals..."          |
      +----------------------------------+
    
    says CURLIN to PROPAGANDA, but still
    some people have been slightly sceptic
    about JIHAD'S involvment in the group.
    Nasty tounges claim JIHAD has done his
    share on the 64, and is still only
    interested in the PC and whatever it
    may bring. Some people go even further
    and accuse HITMEN for lying about who
    
    
    
    supplied their comeback release CANNON
    CRAZE. HITMEN claim JIHAD was respons-
    ible for obtaining the game, while a
    lot speaks for NIGHTSHADE/TRC*SCS act-
    ually helping old friends out.
    
     +-----------------------------------+
     |"You know, NIGHTSHADE was in HITMEN|
     | some years ago, so there shouldn't|
     |         be any problems",         |
     +-----------------------------------+
    
    says CURLIN when commenting on sharing
    THE DUNGEON with the Dutch cooperation
    TRC*SCS, and of course this triggers
    the suspicions even further. Should
    this be the case, it is still usual
    groups helping each other out.
    
    
    
    PROPAGANDAJOURNALIST IN HITMEN
    PROPAGANDAJOURNALIST IN HITMEN
    ________________________________________
    The much appreciated journalist for
    public affairs at PROPAGANDA entered
    HITMEN at a fairly early stage. Quickly
    he flooded the boards with his presence
    and ran wares at a pace, placing him
    as the worldwide numberone runner all
    summer. His efforts brought back fine
    memories from MURDOCK/G*P who would
    boast with his 800 BLOCKS/DAY. Tranziie
    will be doing public relations for the
    group as well as running wares through
    the entire network.
    
          +--------------------------+
          |     CURLIN, CROEPAZ,     |
          |     HI-LITE, JIHAD,      |
          |   JINX, LAWNMOWER MAN,   |
          | PEACEMAKER, RACOON, RAZE |
          |     TRANZIIE, TYROON     |
          |        AND VORTEX        |
          +--------------------------+
    
                       **
                       \/
    
                 +------------+
                 |THE DUNGEON |
                 |THE DUNGEON |
                 |XXXXXXXXXXXX|
                 +------------+
    
    
    Propaganda 19:
    
      +---+
      |d=b|
      |'o'|MOST VALUABLE GROUP RIGHT NOW
      |/_\|
      +---+
                  +----------+
                  |  HITMEN  |
    ______________|  HITMEN  |______________
                  +----------+
              +------------------+
              |  For setting up  |
              |  a group at the  |
              |  top, taking up  |
              |   the struggle   |
              |   with already   |
              |established names.|
              |     Few dare     |
              |    doing so.     |
              +------------------+
    
    
    Over the years, groups have come and
    gone over the surface of earth. Some
    have made impact and some have passed
    by without the flinch of an eye. HITMEN
    takes a brave turn relaunching their old
    label attempting for the top once again.
    
    Their focus has been clear, competing
    in firstreleasing software with other,
    trusted old groups. With grace and
    class the wellrespected names behind
    the concept have taken the boardscene
    by storm. In just a short while, they
    have made it clear, they are a group
    to watch out for, and we definately
    will. With the reward, we wish you all
    the luck, and may the spirit in terms
    of fun remain within.
    


    Propaganda 20 (December 1995):
    
    +---+
    |HIT|MEN                             ..
    |HIT|MEN                             --
    +---+
    ________________________________________
    HITMEN were much appreciated with their
    comeback not long ago on the Commodore-
    market. With a rather pompous entrance,
    that stunned the public, things slowed
    down slightly releasewise. However, the
    HITMEN label is very active in terms of
    public relations. You will find the
    group on virtually every board, and
    on a quite regular level you will find
    them fixing software for other groups,
    most recently for TRC*SCS, who unlikely
    decided not to fix the title on their
    own. HITMEN is still a name to focus on,
    with plenty to give.
    
    
    
    B
    BUILDING UP A SUCCESS
    _____________________
    When HITMEN was announced to return,
    they did so with a surprisingly reduced
    staff. It appeared as though HITMEN
    planned to be boardgroup only, with
    old, experienced people taking part.
    The last few months have however been
    hektic. Recruting swappers speak of a
    will to be distributed to a wider public
    and just recently CURLIN announced a
    musician in the German area might become
    a valuable asset to the group. The
    latter information tells us, HITMEN
    have decided not to remain on a small
    scale, but instead taking part of the
    other big organizations on the field.
    
    
    
    T
    THE POLISH BANDWAGON
    ____________________
    Following the trend of the valuable
    Polish market, HITMEN recruited MOBY,
    a Polish supplier whose first deeds
    already have been seen. With a Polish
    coverage, HITMEN will be taking part
    of the most important market today.
    Whether this will leave room for an
    expanding section is yet uncertain.
    
    R             T
    RUMOURS ABOUT THE MINISTRY
    __________________________
    THE MINISTRY very quick to enter the
    HITMEN-squad. Being sacked from ON-
    SLAUGHT, they quickly needed a new
    a label to stand by. DODGER, also crack-
    
    ing for HITMEN appeared fairly pleased
    with the decision and commented it
    ironically on WARE'S AQUARIUM. The
    nastiest of tounges rumoured that the
    cracking duo MINISTRY were only taken
    in to please Swedish TRANZIIE, but
    that is not true. THE MINISTRY will be
    highly valuable, especially considering
    that HITMEN have switched into topgear,
    also concerning a boost on the mail-
    market.
    
    V
    VALUABLE SYSTEMS SIGNED UP
    __________________________
    HITMEN decided not only to focus on
    having one of the best boards in the
    world. THE DUNGEON was simply not
    enough! Signing up the Swedish WARE'S
    AQUARIUM, shared with FAIRLIGHT and
    
    PEACEMAKER reopening MYSTIC PARADISE,
    HITMEN have some of the juiciest names
    in the market. We can only congratulate
    them on the issue and take of our hats.
    
    T
    THE ALCHEMIST DOESN'T PAY HIS BILLS?
    ____________________________________
    Recently THE DUNGEON was taken off line,
    due to some private occurences with
    THE ALCHEMIST, sysop of the system.
    It might be that phonebills have been
    a bugger to pay at times, but the board
    has during likewise happenings always
    returned, which leaves little room for
    worries. We just have lean back and
    await the announcement as it returns.
    
    ________________________________________
    
    
    
    
    
              HITMEN MEMBER STATUS
     +-----------------------------------+
     | CURLIN, DODGER, GROEPAZ, HI-LITE, |
     | JAYCE, JIHAD, JINX, LAWNMOWER MAN,|
     |MARCUS, PEACEMAKER, RAZE, SABOTAGE,|
     |      TRAZ, TYROON AND VORTEX.     |
     +-----------------------------------+
    +--------------------------------------+
    |          HITMEN HEADQUARTER          |
    |             THE DUNGEON              |
    |             THE DUNGEON              |
    |             XXXXXXXXXXXX             |
    +--------------------------------------+
    


    - Hi-Lite joined from Hardcore around august-september. Around september, they recruited Dodger and Shok'Ray from Onslaught. They also left swapper Suzuki (previously in Dytec, Equinoxe etc) join on trial basis, but after a short while decided to end his membership.

    1996

    Back in the middle of 1996 Hitmen made their first steps on a console named Playstation. At that time no one believed that anybody would be able to upload and execute homemade stuff to the Playstation using only an Action Replay with a Comms-Link, they didn't even dare to dream that this machine would have its own scene.

    Then two freaks wanted to prove them all wrong. Jihad and Curlin started to hack around on the machine and pretty soon found a way to execute programs which have been uploaded to the Playstation using the ActionReplay Executable from Datel and later on with a reverse engineered homemade Rom.

    After a while they got in contact with Ez-O-Ray and Blackbag. Ez-O-Ray released their genius Rom version which made things lots easier. And when Blackbag started to publish the important information about the Playstation internals, things started to roll.

    Finally it was there, Eco2Exe, created by Silpheed. This started to inspire people to grab the Yaroze compiler (which was available at the net at that time) and start coding. Now they where given the possibility to run their programs on a normal Playstation through the ActionReplay with Comms-Link. This is where it all started, the Playstation Scene was born.

    January
    Dodger (ex Onslaught, new 09/95) was removed, after his behaviour was not deemed fit for the group.
    March
    The board THE DUNGEON was scheduled to go up again on march 15th.
    Propaganda 21 (April 1996):
    
     +------------------+
     |O                 |
    _|Old group returns.|___________________
     +------------------+
    
    Coming back from a long haze, HITMEN
    arrives, surprising the entire market.
    The group does so with an impressive
    intensity on the boards and launching
    the preview MAGICAL FORMULA. The game
    is refered to being supplied by ancient
    veteran JIHAD, while rumours speak of
    NIGHTSHADE/TRC*SCS doing the old crew
    a favor to get them back properly on
    track. HITMEN furthermore sign on THE
    DUNGEON as their worldheadquarter,
    sharing it with both SCS*TRC and DEM-
    ONIX.
    
    Propaganda 21 (April 1996):
    
    THE DUNGEON-episode is an ongoing head-
    line in all magazines currently. The
    popular board is finally going back on-
    line within the next 2 weeks. THE ALCH-
    EMIST should have solved all problems
    and paid his bills. THE DUNGEON will as
    before be running for both TRC*SCS and
    HITMEN, just like THE MYSTICAL PARADISE,
    that just recently followed the the
    American, and apperently successful
    concept.
    
    Propaganda 21 (April 1996):
    
    +---+
    |HIT|MEN                             ..
    |HIT|MEN                             \/
    +---+
    ________________________________________
    The group that was awarded comeback of
    the year by PROPAGANDA has found harm-
    ony in their presence. Without doubt
    they have had the highest representation
    on the American and European boards,
    with a tremendous effort put into it.
    Still the group has lacked the availa-
    bility of releases to make them a really
    dangerous and competetive group. Respe-
    cted fixerwise, they have however man-
    aged to keep busy. Their activity is
    throughout admirable, and we wish for
    them to continue holding faith high.
    
    
    
    
     E
     EUROPEAN BOARDS COMPETING EACH OTHER
    ________________________________________
    The German board THE MYSTICAL PARADISE,
    managed by PEACEMAKER has gained immense
    popularity since the group decided to
    connect a 1-8OO to it. Even though the
    1-8OO was disconnected quickly, a second
    was announced and HITMEN found themselv-
    es competing with the other Europan HIT-
    MEN board - WAREZ AQUARIUM.
     +------------------------------------+
     |"WE WILL MOST PROBABLY BE HOOKING UP|
     | A 1-800 TO WAREZ AQUARIUM IN THE   |
     | FUTURE AS WELL"                    |
     +------------------------------------+
    says a happy TRANZIIE who has been one
    of the more productive factors concern-
    ing phonearrangements in HITMEN. Just
    
    recently, TRC*SCS entered as secondhand
    group to THE MYSTICAL PARADISE.
    
     S
     SELFCONCIOUS CRACKER DISMISSED
    ________________________________________
    DODGER, a talented cracker who also
    spent time in ONSLAUGHT was dismissed
    from the staff. It is obvious DODGER
    himself was very proud with his work,
    but the other members were not pleased
    with his selfrewarded talent combined
    with laziness and let him go. Currently
    both PEACEMAKER and THE MINISTRY are
    doing the crackingjob, among many others
    in the group. Additionally they have
    also recruited DR.DOOM from Holland who
    will be swapping. Supplying the preview
    COLONY, he will also take active part in
    supplying. ZORE, who comes directly from
    
    the inactive and quickly fading HARDCORE
    was added to arrange the "non-existing
    graphics", says CURLIN on DREAM PARK.
    The supplier MOBY and veteran ARROGANCE
    were removed for their weak interest in
    the group.
    
     H
     HITMEN IN A CREATIVE PHASE
    ________________________________________
    HITMEN have hooked to the latest trend
    of crackergroups taking active part in
    demoproducing. Many of the members are
    currently busy working on a demo that
    will see light of day at X96 later this
    year. Not much has been revealed about
    the production, but CURLIN, JIHAD,
    PEACEMAKER, TYROON and ZORE among others
    are the names behind it.
    
    
    
    
    
              HITMEN MEMBERSTATUS
     +-----------------------------------+
     | CURLIN, DR.DOOM, GROEPAS, HI-LITE |
     |    JAYCE, JIHAD, JINX, MARCUS,    |
     |PEACEMAKER, RACOON, RAZE, SABOTAGE,|
     |  TRANZIIE, TYRON, VORTEX AND ZORE |
     +-----------------------------------+
    
               HITMEN HEADQUARTER
     +------------------------------------+
     |            THE DUNGEON             |
     |            THE DUNGEON             |
     |            XXX-NOT UP.             |
     +------------------------------------+
    
    Propaganda 21 (April 1996):
    
    +-+                 +------------------+
    |O|PEN LETTER       |by Jayce of Hitmen|
    |O|PEN LETTER       |  [The Minsitry]  |
    +-+                 +------------------+
      +----------------------------------+
      |C                                 |
      |Concerning what was written in the|
      |  latest issue of Vandalism News  |
      +----------------------------------+
    
    F
    First of all, let me say that the turns
    in this matter have been quite few. In
    the beginning, the PROPAGANA-staff act-
    ually were accused for protecting us by
    writing what they call the truth. Let's
    get to it.
    
    JAZZCAT writes that I and MARCUS (THE
    MINISTRY) got kicked out of ONSLAUGHT
    
    for not being able to crack the game
    MEGA THRUSTABALL, an old game that
    LEGEND had released earlier. The
    "original" that I received from JAZZ-
    CAT was to begin with, already cracked.
    Furthermore it was old - what any ser-
    ious cracker would call a re-release.
    ONSLAUGHT refered to it as a "new sales-
    version". What the difference was, I
    do not know.
    
    The fact is, that we didn't even attempt
    cracking this game. As some of you might
    know, we are both in the last year of
    school, and those who actually finished
    school know that the last year is a
    tough one. There are many tests. We have
    many times give up our social lives to
    study, so why should the scene be more
    important? JAZZCAT knew this, as I told
    
    him myself on DOWN BY LAW.
    He also says "we are an international
    based group" meaning that I and MARCUS
    shouldn't be used to this, but to a
    Swedish based core. GENESIS*PROJECT
    was actually the -first- group of this
    kind we were in, and for what it seems,
    also the last. We have been in many
    groups over the years, and I speak for
    both of us when I say that we never
    experienced such a bad organization
    - ever. Sometimes you could see a new
    face on the boards claiming to be in
    ONSLAUGHT, and when you asked who he
    was, the answer was: "he joined up two
    weeks ago - didn't you know?" Commun-
    ication is the keyword, while in ON-
    SLAUGHT there was no such thing.
    
     ______________________________________
    
    Before we got kicked, JAZZCAT claims
    to give us a "second chance" by giving
    us a firstrelease-original to put out.
    But reaching us in person was, as he
    says, very tough. This is another big
    lie. We are both available by phone
    every monday through friday between
    22-O8 cet, and that is a fact. We might
    not be awake, but we are there. All
    other times I can be reached on my
    cellular phone, so you see we were
    - not- hard to reach, not at all.
    
    Anyway, JAZZCAT e-mailed me on WARE'S
    AQUARIUM asking how to give me the ori-
    ginal. My answer was to put it on the
    drives under a fake name and when I
    would have leeched it, I'd let the sys-
    op delete the file. JAZZCAT'S reaction
    to this was as he says: "...how lame,
    
    and so they were kicked". This I cannot
    understand. If he had wanted us to put
    that game out, he would have done as I
    suggested as noone would have been able
    to spot, see or download the original
    on the drive anyway. This shows he's
    full of shit. At last, he defends his
    group by saying "we contain(ed) members
    such as MAJESTY, CHRYSAGON, IGNORANCE,
    DEEKAY and LA STYLE". That's impressive,
    but why have names on the memberlist
    that weren't active in any way, but
    just being names to brag? Or as in the
    case of DEEKAY, as stated on the US
    boards in mid 1995 : "he is not con-
    sidered a member of our group, but will
    do grapchis for us".
    
    This is what I had to say about this
    matter, and I hope it made things a
    
    bit cleare, as it's what - we - exp-
    erienced, and not what JAZZCAT claims
    to have happened.
    
                        Faithfully,
    
                       Jayce/Hitmen
                   One half of the both
                      loved and hated
                     - The Ministry -
    
    Propaganda 21 (April 1996)
    
     +-------------------------+
     |T                        |
    _|The dungeon offline again|____________
     +-------------------------+
    
    The very popular board THE DUNGEON is
    yet again taken offline due to the sys-
    op ALCHEMIST not paying his phonebills.
    People from TRC*SCS and HITMEN claim it
    will be back online in just a matter of
    time.
    
    Propaganda 21 (April 1996)
    
    +---------+ ___________________________
    |RUNNERUPS| HITMEN
    |---------| HITMEN made strong impact
    |         | on the market, when coming
    |         | back, and doing so with
    |         | fine abilities to fix and
    |         | crack. HITMEN is definately
    |         | to watch out for.
    |         |
    |         | ___________________________
    |         | QUESTIONMARK
    |         | QUESTIONMARK has been sub-
    |         | ject of discussion, but al-
    |         | so a growing factor in the
    |         | mailreleasing industry.
    |   d=b   | The mystery remains.
    |   'o'   |
    |   /_\   | ___________________________
    +---------+
    
    +------------------+
    |                  |
    | C O M E B A C K  O F  T H E  Y E A R
    |               +------+
    |               |HITMEN|
    |               |HITMEN|
    |               +------+
    |                  |
    |An older group with respected people
    |entertained the public when arriving in
    |the spotlight again. Showing an imp-
    |ressive intensity on releases as well
    |as fixing made it not become one of
    |those akward attempts we have seen
    |from other comebacks. Their presence
    |on the boards has been a pure delight.
    |                  |
    |                  |
    | SETBACK: HOW LONG|CAN THEY KEEP UP?
    +------------------+
    
    Propaganda 21 (April 1996)
    
    +---------+ ___________________________
    |RUNNERUPS| F CG AVANTGARDE
    |---------| F4CG+AVANTGARDE in Holland
    |         | made both the streets of
    |         | Amsterdam and Utrecht un-
    |         | safe for a few days.
    |         |
    |         | ___________________________
    |         | F CG HITMEN
    |         | F4CG+HITMEN in Denmark was
    |         | entertaining. JIHAD puking
    |         | tequilla, $IXX & JUCKE sel-
    |         | ling bad grass to PCretards
    |         | and F4CG+HITMEN on every
    |         | toilet made sure the org-
    |   d=b   | anizers had a nice week of
    |   'o'   | cleaning ahead of them.
    |   /_\   |
    +---------+ ___________________________
    
    December
    Curlin stops almost all C64 activity to concentrate on PC and PSX and lays down organization of Hitmen. (Groepaz taking over)

    1997

    Propaganda 22 (January 1997)
    
    +------------------+
    |                  |
    | S U R P R I S E  O F  T H E  Y E A R
    |               +------+
    |               |HITMEN|
    |               |HITMEN|
    |               +------+
    |                  |
    |                  |
    |Not only did HITMEN continue at a fai-
    |rly good pace in releasing, but they
    |also released 2 demos that after all
    |were quite impressive for coming from
    |an illegal group. One can only say hats
    |off for the effort|and good luck in
    |1997.             |
    |                  |
    |   SETBACK: ORGANIZATION IS SHOWING
    |      INTEREST IN OTHER FORMATS.
    +------------------+
    
    Propaganda 22 (January 1997)
    
     +--+
     |HITMEN                             ..
     |HITMEN                             --
     +--+
    ________________________________________
    With almost 2 years and running, the
    reunion of HITMEN has grown into a mat-
    ure organization with a strong situation
    on the market. They are continously up-
    dating their structure and focusing on
    new sides of the business. Their con-
    tribution to the demoworld is admirable
    and even though many would not regard
    CUCUMBER JUICE 2 as the most stunning
    piece of code ever done, it is a trem-
    endous effort presented in classy,
    old-school style. According to TRANZIIE,
    there should be a 3rd released in 1997.
    
    
    
     N
     NEW OFFICIAL LEADERSHIP.
    ________________________________________
    JIHAD and CURLIN have declared not to be
    particulary interested in the future of
    the Commodore 64. Instead they have dr-
    eams and ambitions to work on the SONY
    PLAYSTATION and PC on several levels.
    Piracy is of course an evident factor,
    but also the legal sector attracts.
    Somehow, it is a punch in the fact for
    the market who have seen HITMEN as one
    of the most active groups over the past
    year. According to TRANZIIE, mediapro-
    file in the group "BOTH JIHAD AND CURLIN
    HAVE NOT REALLY BEEN DOING ANYTHING FOR
    THE 64-DIVISION FOR SO LONG, THERE WILL
    NOT BE A DIFFERENCE ANYWAY". The offic-
    ial leadership has been passed on to
    
    GROEPAZ, even though has been managing
    the group for a long time. It has also
    been suggested that many of the cracks
    by CURLIN, were in fact done by him.
    
     S
     SPICE IN THE LEGAL SECTOR.
    ________________________________________
    Continuing the success of legal works,
    HITMEN expand their staff in the creat-
    ive area. CUPID follows from F4CG, a
    group where his talent did not quite
    get a chance for maximum exposure, un-
    like commented in the RELAX MAGAZINE.
    CHAOTIC, talent from one the absolutely
    most popular demogroups right now -
    SMASH DESIGNS, followed shortly and will
    be part of HITMEN as a second group.
    Or first. You be the judge.
    
    
    
     J
     JACK ALIEN JOINS HITMEN.
    ________________________________________
    JACK ALIEN, who has been one of the
    most popular crackers in the world over
    the years left his activities in F4CG
    the german HITMEN.
     +------------------------------------+
     | "I WILL CHECK HITMEN OUT, AND SEE  |
     | WHAT IT IS LIKE. GOOD THING IS, I  |
     |CAN PROBABLY DO LESS WORK IN HITMEN,|
     |  WHICH IS ALSO WHAT TRIGGERED MY   |
     |            DECISISION.",           |
     +------------------------------------+
    says JACK ALIEN who is also interested
    in learning to code on the PC from form-
    er fixer-wizard SUICIDE. JACK ALIEN'S
    last work for F4CG will be released
    soon, as he is leaving on good terms.
    
    
     T
     TOLLFREE CRUSADE
    ________________________________________
    THE MYSTICAL PARADISE, the number-one
    board in Europe, awarded BOARD OF THE
    YEAR in the annual PROPAGANDA AWARDS,
    was formatted. It is unclear who actu-
    ally has hostility towards HITMEN or
    PEACEMAKER, who runs the board. The
    board was fortunately up and running
    quickly, without any valuable losses.
    Recently, HITMEN have once again started
    their crusade in setting up toll-frees,
    and most likely we will see THE DUNGEON,
    their American board, run for the
    number-one-spot. Well deserved, that
    is.
    
    
    
    
              HITMEN MEMBER STATUS
    +--------------------------------------+
    |   CURLIN, BALANCE, BANSHEE, BURN,    |
    | CHAOTIC, DIVERSE, GROEPAZ, HI-LITE,  |
    | JIHAD, JINX, MOONCHILD, PEACEMAKER,  |
    |RAMMY, RACOON, SABOTAGE, SCAT, SEVEN, |
    | SORE, STAN, TRANZIIE, TYRON, VORTEX. |
    +--------------------------------------+
    +------+
    |BOARDS|      THE DUNGEON
    |BOARDS|      XXXXXXXXXXXX
    +------+      MYSTICAL PARADISE
                  XXXXXXXXXXXX
                  WARES AQUARIUM
                  XXXXXXXXXXXX
    +--------+
    |INTERNET|    GANGSTA'S PARADISE
    |INTERNET|    XXXXXXXXXXXX
    +--------+
    
    January
    we quit Gangsta's Paradise, leaving it as Chromance only, cause we don't see any sense in supporting an FTP site that is slower than most of the C64 boards around
    the well-known ex-Avantgarde members Cupid and Jack Alien join Hitmen
    Burn and Seven start work on a new Digital Excess (archive.org) project.
    March
    Burn's 4k intro Elven Magic makes 2nd place on Mekka/Symposium, beaten only by one vote
    Peacemaker stops all fixing activities concentrating on coding and organising only now
    K.Rostoen of Shape joins Hitmen as musician
    April
    Erol joins us from the ranks of Tempest
    May
    Balance and Zore get kicked because of inactivity
    July
    Deff (ex-Avantgarde) joins up with the Hitmen
    Propaganda 23 (June 1997)
    
    HITMEN have definately slowed down their
    activities on the 64 but have become the
    first group in the world to finish of an
    intro for the PLAYSTATION. JIHAD, PEACE-
    MAKER and CURLIN are currently hypnoti-
    zed by the miracle from SONY while die
    hard 8-bit fanatics are yearning for a
    comeback on the machine. If MARC only
    
    has an interest in HITMEN on the PLAY-
    STATION remains to be seen but we at
    PROPAGANDA welcome movement soon. LA
    STYLE from GENESIS PROJECT came along
    to help HITMEN out on the PC.
    +------------------------------------+
    |HITMEN: ALCHEMIST, BANSHEE, BURN,   |
    |CHAOTIC, CUPID, DIVERSE, GROEPAZ,   |
    |HI-LITE, JACK ALIEN, JINX, KRISTIAN |
    |ROSTOEN, LUKE, MOONCHILD, MOTION,   |
    |PEACEMAKER, RACOON, RAMMY, RAZE,    |
    |SABOTAGE, STAN, SEVEN, TRANZIIE     |
    |SKUD AND TYRON.                     |
    +------------------------------------+
    
    August
    MagicMan of Crazy fame joins our ranks as coder.
    Weasel joined Hitmen as cracker
    Propaganda 24 (September 1997)
    
     +--+
     |HITMEN                            ..
     |HITMEN                            \/
     +--+
    ________________________________________
    It has been awfully quiet around HITMEN.
    Almost too quiet at times. PEACEMAKER
    started making notice somewhere during
    the summer and also announced he would
    be fixing again. The statement sent a
    message that there was something to
    expect from HITMEN - again. HITMEN also
    declared that they were the first group
    ever to have an intro on the much hyped
    Playstation-market. A demo will be find-
    ing it's way to our screens as they have
    decided to participate in the big demo-
    compeition in Denmark this christmas.
    
    
    
      AVANTGARDE DUO REUNITES IN HITMEN
      AVANTGARDE-DUO REUNITES IN HITMEN
    ________________________________________
    Big surprise of the summer was the fact
    that DEFF decided to leave F4CG and head
    for HITMEN. DEFF has been inactive since
    the death of AVANTGARDE, mainly due to
    the fact that his girlfriend decided to
    give birth to her ex.boyfriend's child.
    His job in Berlin did not help either
    for that matter. HITMEN announced that
    both DEFF and JACK ALIEN were active
    again, even though PROPAGANDA would say
    it's probably mostly JACK ALIEN who's
    active. DEFF has been sitting on a stock
    of games since he left the scene behind.
    These games are now being cracked and
    released by JACK ALIEN. Several of the
    games are still unsold and under pro-
    
    cess of sales by F4CG who have original
    hand on some of the titles.
    
      MUCH DISCUSSION OVER UNSOLD GAME
      MUCH DISCUSSION OVER UNSOLD GAME.
    ________________________________________
    PLASM has been a particulary interesting
    game to follow. F4CG released the pre-
    view a while back and the original was
    still being stalled for release as the
    game was unsold. HITMEN knew that the
    preview was a sign of things to come
    and decided to release the game, unsold
    and without notice on the American bo-
    ards. F4CG were clearly annoyed with the
    way things were being handled and pro-
    tested loudly on the boards. A while
    later they decided to strike back with
    a 1OO%-version of the game. It was
    clear that the HITMEN-versions hi-score
    
    saver was a crash and the music was not
    fixed. Normally, this is not enough to
    request a 1OO%-version but they decided
    to release it anyway, even though they
    knew it would be giving them minuspoi-
    nts.
    
    "WELL, WE STATED CLEARLY THAT WE DID
    NOT DO THE 100%-RELEASE FOR THE POINTS.
    WE HAVE BEEN THROUGH THE 100%-VERSION-
    DISCUSSION A MILLION TIMES AND IN GEN-
    ERAL DISLIKE THE 100%-HYSTERIA. WE DID
    THE RELEASE TO PISS HITMEN OFF. JUST
    A LITTLE TICKLE UNDER THEIR FEET. AFT-
    ER ALL, WE KNOW THAT THE VERSION PEOP-
    LE WILL KEEP IS THE F4CG-VERSION, AND
    AS AN AMERICAN SAID, IT IS QUITE OB-
    VIOUS AMERICANS WOULD PREFER A NORMAL
    SONG PLAYING - NO MATTER WHAT THE FIX-
    ING RULES ARE. WE KNEW WE WOULD BE
    
    GETTING MINUSPOINTS FOR THE RELEASE.
    SO WHAT?", said F4CG to PROPAGANDA.
    
      DISCUSSING THE FUTURE
      DISCUSSING THE FUTURE
    ________________________________________
    HITMEN and F4CG are now on speaking-
    terms again. CURLIN and NEWSCOPY are
    discussing the issue whether HITMEN
    should release MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE, a
    game set to be released by CHERRY
    SOFTWARE by Christmas this year. If
    released before sales, it will again
    give light to the discussion on 1OO%-
    versions as the sales version features
    removed bugs, more car-tracks, new
    music and additional graphics. It is
    clear that new guidelines and rules
    should be set - the 1OO%-debate has
    rushed the boards like a hurricane
    
    all over the year.
    
      THE GERMAN OPERATION GROWS
      THE GERMAN OPERATION GROWS
    ________________________________________
    HITMEN are recruiting people. MAGIC MAN
    from the older days was taken in with a
    job arranging older CRAZY-members into
    the group. WEASEL, also ex-member of
    CRAZY teamed up only a few days later.
    SMASHER, today F4CG was also asked in
    because of his earlier membership in
    CRAZY. It appears HITMEN is working hard
    on becoming an operation as German as
    possible - and they are succeeding. If
    the unit can remain active we will pro-
    bably be seing one of the stronger gro-
    ups by the end of this year. This is
    particulary interesting as it has been
    almost deadly silent around them the
    
    first half of the year.
    
      SLEDGE WILL LEAVE FAIRLIGHT
      SLEDGE WILL LEAVE FAIRLIGHT
    ________________________________________
    According to TRANZIIE, their European
    sysop SLEDGE will move to a new apart-
    ment soon. Of course he will take his
    ancient board WAREZ AQUARIUM with him,
    but he has finally decided to kick
    FAIRLIGHT behind him forever. FAIRLIGHT
    has not been much of a group the past
    years and even though the leadership
    was set in the hands of SLEDGE, support
    was terribly weak from the rest of the
    group. With SLEDGE gone, it is however
    almost certain that we have seen the
    last of FAIRLIGHT ever on the Commodore
    64 - unless a miracle happens. Or if
    BACCHUS decides to turn off the PC.
    
    WAREZ AQUARIUM will be HITMEN only in
    the future. (sorry that you didn't know
    yet, Fairlight :) !)
    
      MORE THINGS TO COME
      MORE THINGS TO COME.
    ________________________________________
    With the comeback of wares HITMEN did
    strong impact on the market and clearly
    stated that the end of summer is the
    beginning of a new era for them. More
    games are to come and CUPID is rumoured
    to be working on a graphics-collection
    called AVANTGARDE and there is even a
    chance the group will be doing a PC-
    demo for X98. In the meantime, most of
    us will be satisfied with a constant
    flow of C64-wares.
    
    
    
    +-------------------+
    |                   |
    |                 HITMEN
    |                 HITMEN
    |                   |
    |      CURLIN, PEACEMAKER, GROEPAZ,
    |  TRANZIIE, CUPID, DEFF, JACK ALIEN,
    | JIHAD, LUKE, TYRON, STAN, ALCHEMIST,
    |SLEDGE, BURN, SEVEN, CHAOTIC, DIVERSE,
    |   HI-LITE, JINX, KRISTIAN ROSTOEN,
    |   MOONCHILD, MOTION, RAZE, VORTEX,
    | SABOTAGE, RACOON, RAMMY, SKUD, EROL,
    |      MAGIC MAN, WEASEL, DESPAIR.
    |                   |
    |                   |
    |                   |
    |                   |
    |       THE DUNGEON XXXXXXXXXXXX
    |                   |
    +-------------------+
    
    September
    Sledge left Fairlight to join up with the Hitmen posse
    November
    Hitmen take the scene by storm: #1 cracking group, our main crackers Jack Alien and Moonchild #1 and #2 single crackers and our main trader Racoon #1 swapper in propaganda #25's charts
    Propaganda 25 (October 1997)
    
    +------+
    |HITMEN|                             ..
    |HITMEN|                             --
    +------+
    ________________________________________
    HITMEN finished of the summer with one
    of the strongest phases ever through
    their career and flooed the boards and
    FTP's with releases. As summer faded in-
    to autumn HITMEN took a step out of the
    spotlight and stopped their boost of
    energy in the scene. Motivation is not
    to be mistaken however - ups and downs
    are only natural for a group. Currently
    HITMEN is rocketing the charts in most
    of the magazines and can most definately
    live on their previous success all
    throughout this year.
    
    
    
    
     A THIRD DEMO IN THE WORKS
     A THIRD DEMO IN THE WORKS.
    ________________________________________
    HITMEN is right now working day and
    night to finish their 3rd demo due to
    be released at THE PARTY 7 in Denmark
    if everything works out as planned. In
    fact almost the entire German operation
    is working with the project. It is ad-
    mirable and makes them the only crack-
    inggroup that actively takes part in the
    legal sphere. Both TRC*SCS and F4CG have
    promised to be back on the shelves with
    their productions but that still remains
    to be seen. In the meantime PROPAGANDA
    is looking forward to see a new demo
    from a group that is truly expanding
    new horizons.
    
    
    
     MOONCHILD BACK BEHIND THE BOOKS
     MOONCHILD BACK BEHIND THE BOOKS.
    ________________________________________
    According to TRANZIIE, one of HITMEN'S
    spokesmen, MOONCHILD has started stu-
    dying again. MOONCHILD has been one of
    the favoritecrackers in the charts over
    the past year and will probably remain
    so even though activities will decrease.
    JACK ALIEN is working with REMEMBER on
    the side but still has time to work for
    HITMEN when needed.
    
     A SOURCE FOR ORIGINALS
     A SOURCE FOR ORIGINALS?
    ________________________________________
    With the member RACOON entering the
    demogroup LEPSI as a second member, HIT-
    MEN have a foot inside a gameproducing
    
    squad giving competition to other groups
    who would normally be releasing games
    by LEPSI.
    
     GROEPAZ COLLECTION BIGGER THAN BOD'S
     GROEPAZ COLLECTION BIGGER THAN BOD S
    ________________________________________
    GROEPAZ is currently gathering C64-
    software from the net. It is one of
    his many, many projects. According to
    TRANZIIE he now has more than enough
    for two full CDs and will probably
    start to burn these on request.
    
    +------------------+
    |               +------+
    |               |HITMEN|
    |               |HITMEN|
    |               +------+
    |                MEMBERS
    |                  |
    |                  |
    |                  |
    |  ALCHEMIST, BURN, CHAOTIC, CURLIN,
    |    DEFF, DIVERSE, EROL, GROEPAZ,
    |       JACK ALIEN, JIHAD, JINX,
    |  KRISTIAN ROSTOEN, LUKE, MAGIC MAN,
    |MOONCHILD, MOTION, PEACEMAKER, RACOON,
    |RAMMY, SABOTAGE, SEVEN, SKUD, SLEDGE,
    |STAN, TRANZIIE, TYRON, VORTEX, WEASEL.
    |                  |
    |       THE DUNGEON|XXXXXXXXXXXX
    |      WEB://XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
    +------------------+
    

    1998

    February
    Jack Alien left us due to losing interest in cracking the so-called "new" games and will concentrate on his work for Remember in the future
    March
    The Mystical Paradise, our EHQ board run by Peacemaker, was taken down by a HD crash and won't be online anymore. Thanks to everybody who supported this board in such a great way and made it one of the best boards around (Propaganda Award 1996)
    April
    Burn and Se7en left Hitmen to concentrate on upcoming Digital Excess Productions
    Raze left Hitmen for Padua
    May
    JB joined to serve us with graphics
    Morphfrog joined as a trader
    June
    Starkiller joined us, he will soon bring back his BBS 'Cold Fusion'
    July
    German coder and graphiciain Hi-Lite (01/96-) left for Padua
    August
    Chaotic left us.
    September
    the cracking Section went into COOP with Excess for a trial-period
    Oktober
    Rammy left us.

    1999

    The first half of 1999 finally tought us that the cracking buissnes in C-64 world is dead and so all activities in that section were stopped. Naturally this caused a lot of changes for the group and just the hardcore demo people made it to the staff that will take the name of Hitmen to the next millennium.

    January
    Moonchild left us due to lack of motivation and time. He will hopefully be back some time after studies...
    July
    (25/07) Pacman joins the PSX Section
    August
    we decided to leave the cracking business behind, and due to that the cooperation with Excess was stopped as well
    Racoon left us and stays in Excess
    November
    (05/11) YES... Peacemaker is back in bizz

    2000

    2001

    2002

    2003

    2004

    2005

    2006

    2007

    Releases

    We need help with finding more Releases! A list with Releases that we know exist but havent found yet is maintained here.

    Tools

    Demos

    References: Achievements C64 Demos PSX Demos

    • Cucumber Juice (1996, 08.04, C64 Demo). 2nd in the X96 demo competition.
    • Reanim8ed (april 1998, C64 Demo), 2nd at ms98 competition

    Magazines

    ViNews

    References: Vinews on Hitmen Website Vinews on C64Mags WIKI

    Condom

    References: Condom on Hitmen Website Condom on C64Mags WIKI

    Raddings

    References: Raddings on Hitmen Website Raddings on C64Mags WIKI

    Cracks

    Fakelabel: Shitmen (SHIT)

    Note
    not sure if the shitmen info should be on this page, it might be a better idea to make a seperate page for it. however at the moment (ie while it is still beeing created/edited) it should probably stay here to make editing easier/quicker.

    References: CSDB Shitmen Section on Hitmen Website

    Just like many other (Cracker-) Groups of it's Time, Hitmen also had a "fakelabel" or "Lamerlabel" which was used to release substandard Games and other Funproductions.

    Members

    References: CSDB Members

    Releases

    References: CSDB Achievements Demos Cracks

    External Links