The Gathering Money Ripoff
by Sixpack/Haujobb

It was winter, it was cold and it was The Gathering 1998. I remember it so well cause I got the demo from Odin/gODs the very same day that I was leaving my beatiful pink painted room and started the trip to the big winter event in Norway. I called Zack and said that I got the demo and we planned to meet at the local train station where the bus was planned to meet us. We got into the bus a bit exited hoping to meet some other sceners. But the excitement was quickly turned down by a bunch of low life quake lame gaming asswipes.

We finally arrived at the party place in Hamar after a VERY boring trip. Got off the bus and tried to meet some old friends outside. pheew, some TRSI and Spaceballers had just parked outside the main entrance. A bit high on different stuff, but that is what we like..:) Asked about how to get in,and as every year, some shity register at the PC shit .... fuck that, why can't it be like TP .. rocks. But noo, try to be cool and professinal which they don't handle very good. I'll get back to the so called 'pro'words later when we get to the serious part..:)

After some sleepless nights and lotsa drinking etc, I finally managed to deliver the demo and some other contributions to the organizers. I had some problems with the multi channel module cause the disk was corrupt. But the organizers let me use one of their computers and I managed to get it from my own machine back home. So congrats for a helping hand from the TG guys.

Then the big night came after 4 nights of boozing!! The demo pc competition was about to start and I found a good spot. Some good, some bad demos, and then our was shown. Infact it was shown last which was a good surprise. I had a good feeling when I heard sceners told me that it was a good and had a fair chance winning the whole thing. Very well!! Even some quake dudes told me they liked the demo.. haha! Only cause it looked like a Quake #8 speciall edition..:-) Lateron, the amiga demo compo was shown. Some good pieces there as well.. And later that day we had the pricemoney in our hands.. I and my pal Caramel/ex.gODs sat down and hoped for a good position for the gds demo. I can mention that Caramel won both 4channel and multichannel musiccompo, so he had lotsa clothes and shit in a pile in front of us. hehee! And then finally it was time for the pc demo pricing. "First place Evolution by gODs." YES.. We made it.. 2000 were up there on the stage just waiting to be owned. But sadly that was very far from the truth. I came up there with Caramel,and Vegard who is responsible for the TG organizing gave us some SCALA shit and something that looked like clothes. Vegard told me to just write down my name and handle on a piece of paper so they could find me later when they would pay us the pricemoney. Sure thing... !!

Months later Odin wrote me a mail and asked about the money. He probably thought that I had put it all on my own account, but everyone should know better. TG has always fucked up this things. Like Bridgeclaw hasn't seen anything of his money for winning the gfx pixel competition at TG95. But that wasn't anything near the amount of the stuff Crusaders and Co had promised us. So Bridgeclaw didn't care about it since he got such a nice job..:-) Anyway, I wrote Vegard a long mail asking for the money they had promised.

(June) Got a mail back from him some days later in english cause this was a mail for all the sceners who had anything to do with the competitions. "The money will soon be forwarded to your bank accounts. This will happen when everything is paid from the sponsors". Ok, I thought then that they would pay in some days or maybe a couple of weeks. But I was deadly wrong again. Odin wrote me a new mail asking about what was happening up here in Norway. Again, I wrote a new mail to Vegard asking for the pro- mised price. This time I got a mail back in norwegian with some excuses about missing sponsor money. Later he promised that I would get the money in two pieces very soon. 1000 each time. But of course, my bank account was still not fed with some pleasing Dollars.

(August) Now the french were begining to get quite upset with the organizers which is very normal when you don't get the promised prizemoney. So the musician of the demo Liszt/gODs contacted the norwegian embassy in France which made Vegard and co. open their eyes a bit. He was seriously thinking about contacting the police so we could get the price. But we delayed it, and hoped for better times.

(Dec/Jan) After many mails bragging about bad organizing etc, a mail came from Vegard telling me and Odin that everyone else was paid and now we was the only one left which ment that he now had time for us. Maybe there was hope afterall then, after all this time with useless emails. After some time, Odin contacted me again trough #thescene channel. He told me that Vegard had sent the money to his bank account in Paris. Vegard had sent a mail explaining how he did it and so on, but there didn`t arrive any single pence. I contacted Vegard and asked for a reason for the disapearing of the money. Vegard then told me that there must have been some troubles with the norwegian or french bankser- vice. He said that he would probably get the money back soon,and then send it back in eurocheck or something directly to Odin. Hmm, sounded a bit strange this excuse. But we couldn't do much really about it.

Until today we remain unpaid. Soon TG99 will take place!! I think Vegard and his gang should think this over & maybe try to pay the prices during the winningceremony on the stage. I think all these excuses are lame and unprofessinal. So think twice before you give TG your productions in 1999. Maybe you also have to struggle to get the money.. In our case, there`s still no sign of any cash.. Around 2000 in this case. I guess the police is our last chance. Too bad for you Vegard and your TG.. I know many sceners will be somewhere else when TG99 will be arranged. Sceners have heard about this, and will probably not support TG! So now there are even more free seats for the gaming dudes!! :-)

For me and my friends here in Norway, we are going to Mekka & Symposium 99 this eastern. Meet you there. ;-)