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New "special" issue of CRASH (with tribute to Jonathan Smith)

Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:57 pm
by XTM
Hi everyone,

so it's not really an issue of CRASH and also lacking a bit as far as page numbers are concerned. This is just me having a bit of fun, and also serves as a tribute to Jonathan Smith who died on June 26th, 2010.

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How to read this:

You may download a 14 megabytes PDF from here (use "book view" or w/e it's called in your PDF viewer of choice to display it properly) or alternatively use this link to view a couple of slightly higher resolution images than in the PDF, they're all 2180 pixels high (Protip: set your browser to full screen view, the pics will be much sharper that way!).

You'll find an awful lot of puns (sorry!), a bit of foul language and tons of inside jokes and references to people, games, names and events from the Spectrum scene. Most of this is based on WoS as it is what my magazine was based on at first, but I included some people from SC later on as I'm not biased towards any community.

I'm posting this on both World of Spectrum and Spectrum Computing, but if you liked it and wish to share it on Facebook or Twitter, please go right ahead! I don't do any social media myself but I'm certainly not opposed to my creation getting more exposure in the retro scene. The more the merrier!

In case you're wondering what this Oilboy 5 is all about - this is why you're actually seeing this whole thing in the first place! It was a fake game cover I made for my brother as a present for his 40th birthday a few years back. His first name happens to be Oliver and I remember seeing the "Oil" barrel in the 1st stage of Donkey Kong when we were youngsters - this prompted me to call him Oil too annoy him, which at some point (as we were recording our voices onto tape, talking crap) evolved to "Oilboy 5". The name stuck! So when I was looking at that cover a few weeks ago and what with Joffa's ten year commemoration date coming up, the idea was born. Most of the text was my own idea, but there are also bits and bobs taken/modified from various forum posts.

I hope Mr Kean and Mr Frey don't sue me! ;)

Re: New "special" issue of CRASH (with tribute to Jonathan Smith)

Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:19 pm
by Juan F. Ramirez
Amazing work! Very well designed. It was a funny read.

By the way, I didn't remember that letter I supposedly wrote! Lloyd who??? ;)

Re: New "special" issue of CRASH (with tribute to Jonathan Smith)

Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:22 pm
by MatGubbins
Ah.. the Ashen's couch of Bloggo's Pow.
Looks great, will try and get the PDF download file to work (keeps timing out on me at the moment), I got the scan/pages to work though. SD Snooker 128k indeed!

Re: New "special" issue of CRASH (with tribute to Jonathan Smith)

Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:44 pm
by XTM
Cheers guys. At least there are some replies. The same thread on WOS did get nil! :cry:

Well Juan, I guess you were very drunk when you wrote that letter, I can't think of any other reason why you'd have forgotten about it. I feel sorry for you having to pay so much money for an issue ;)

MatGubbins, good to see people getting the references. I hope Kizza gets to see his little advert! And I've actually sent a mail to ashens, maybe he'll enjoy his little review.

Re: New "special" issue of CRASH (with tribute to Jonathan Smith)

Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:19 pm
by 1024MAK
47 downloads apparently...

Mark

Re: New "special" issue of CRASH (with tribute to Jonathan Smith)

Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:33 am
by Turrican
Downloaded!
I will read later. :)

Re: New "special" issue of CRASH (with tribute to Jonathan Smith)

Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:49 am
by R-Tape
Looks great! Has this been uploaded anywhere else? My malware isn't keen on that site.

Re: New "special" issue of CRASH (with tribute to Jonathan Smith)

Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:53 am
by PeterJ
I will email it you @R-Tape

Re: New "special" issue of CRASH (with tribute to Jonathan Smith)

Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:11 am
by PeterJ
The design in amazing @XTM.

Re: New "special" issue of CRASH (with tribute to Jonathan Smith)

Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:23 am
by Rorthron
Any chance of an alternative download link? The first doesn't work for me; the second has too-low resolution for me to read.