It seems X-Troll guys will get famous finally, after being greeted by
D-Bug and mentioned in
the great UMD 8730 by Grazey the
X-Troll website was mentioned in an Atari Diskmag called Undercover
UCM #23 The (former) German Atari Scene on the Net
Since there is some false information spread within UCM #23 we
decided to bring you the real facts about it. For that reason we cite an
excerpt of that review and write something below each paragraph. The
credit for the original review belongs to moondog.
||Cyclone of XTroll
|status of the band
||dead since 1o years now
|last update of the site
There are some errors included in that header. The site mentioned above
is actually maintained by Nexus 6 of X-Troll and it's still updated
when necessary, e.g. when we find another ancient demo on our dusty disks
Cyclone maintains the site http://lethalxcess.atari.org/
including the page you are currently reading.
XTROLL? Who the fuck is or was XTROLL? I wondered by myself as I
first stumbled over this band and their site on the net. In fact even if I
was a hard demo collector I can't remember one of their demos.
Despite the few stuff we actually released some of the finest members
of the late 80s / early 90s Atari scene had the pleasure to meet us (maybe
it was vice versa :). The stuff we coded was often some kind of technology
study for later commercial usage. So sadly most of our demos were never really
finished and could be hardly called demos at all, because they were single
FX screens which needed a debugger environment to run. I think our only
real release was the Audiopac demo. The other stuff was never officially
itself claims that they didn't released their demos because they don't
wanted that someone ripped their code... huuh.
Well that credit belongs to Sunnyboy who was really paranoid about his
source codes and coding tricks. As a matter of fact the other members of
X-Troll hardly had the chance to look at his stuff in the early days. The
situation went better when we started Lethal Xcess, but it was too late to
release anything then. There are still lots of source codes on Sunnyboys
harddisk, but I doubt anybody but him will understand how to get 'em to
work because he always included some nasty stuff into the source to
prevent it from being assembled by other people.
And so they lived from the late eighties until the beginning
nineties, releasing a bunch of hardly mediocre demos and... LETHAL XCESS,
or at least their member CYCLONE, who was responsible for the graphics and
Well X-Troll still exists since the crew never disbanded. However we are no longer
full time sceners. For sure I won't comment the "hardly
mediocre" research for this UCM-Article :) but it's true, that I did nearly all graphics for Lethal Xcess
as well as some coding. The real credit for coding Lethal Xcess belongs to
foundation member of X-Troll. Beside Sunnyboy and myself, Nexus 6 was
involved in LX when we started the project. He did
all the music and SFX 1st, but left the project soon, so we had to look
for another musician. I would advise
anyone interested in that who-did-what-stuff to view the credits for a complete list of
all people involved in the creation of what became the very best shoot'em
up on the Atari ST(E) platform.
Today there aren't actions as XTROLL anymore,...
It actually looks like that because X-Troll doesn't show much activities to the
outside world, the truth is: All X-Trolls are still active on Atari but
low priority. We all have children and other family business as well, as
very time consuming jobs. We get active whenever possible, but we hardly
have time left for that passion. Currently we mainly try to preserve our
work from the 90s, but I am confident there will be some
new stuff in the future.
... just CYCLONE is
around to create some LETHAL XCESS 2oo2 thing but ATM, I doubt that we
will see it this year...
I am still working on an enhanced version of LX.
Furthermore its true that this enhanced LX version will be delayed. That's the reason why it
isn't called LX 2002 anymore, the name changed to
Lethal Xcess XL. How could that happen? Well, there is a life beyond Atari
and I won't neglect my children or girlfriend for working on a game. The current
project status can be viewed at our projects
department and the latest graphics can be found at the level
The page is very clean designed, showing a lot of screenshots, bringing
a lot of informations about the band and their "non" releases,
offering demos for to download and links to check out. The page isn't a
blaster at all but if you have not visited it so far, just do it... demo
collectors should find the one or other rare software antics there as
You actually can find all X-Troll related stuff on the page you are
currently reading. This page is not related to the Nexus 6
site but Nexus 6 and myself are slowly scanning through our old
disks and if one of us finds anything of public interest, we will release
it on both sites. The reason for the creation of my own X-Troll page
His site is hardly readable because of these scripts :).
|| Clean, easy to navigate and understand, but no burner
|| downloads, a bunch of informations about past and present
|| completely Atari related
| Surf On
|| if you miss something of
the XTROLL releases
© 2002 UCM / X-Troll