boardrider: Have a Nice :cbm: day
Moloch: Another week, another two releases... yep, rular.
Fuzz: You don't want to know. :)
Moloch: Six NTSC releases in three months ... what's in the water?!
boardrider: I turned 35 on July 22nd!
Fuzz: There there..
Grand Posse was released on May 1st, 1991, by
Plague, a group
that had been formerly known as White Plague, the label under which
they released Thrashzone earlier that
same year. Grand Posse was the first and last demo from the renamed
group, unfortunate considering
how well it stood against or above many other demos released in the same period of time.
The entire demo was coded by Metal. While some effects were
inspired by Amiga demos of the time period, the visuals were still fresh,
even some that were not-seen-before in contemporary releases. Particularly interesting are the
'rainbow' and 'triple wave' pages which were both ideas that hadn't been achieved before in the
same way as seen here.
The graphics from Lupin were on par with the scene's
best at the time, showing some different logo
stylings and color combinations as well as a nearly full screen image on the credits page, which is
also one of the few early pages to avoid the common black background/border motif (interlaced green
rasters were an added touch).
There were also more 'typical' effects, circle and bob scrolls for example, which although certainly
not original were executed very well in comparison with earlier and later attempts. It was too bad that
this was Metal's last demo - as the coding indicates, he would have been easily recognized among the top
coders in NTSC with more exposure. Grand Posse wasn't widely spread, only circulating initially by snail
mail to close contacts of the group.
The music was partially original and composed by Speed Demon, a former
member of White Plague.
Other tunes were reused from elsewhere. Grand Posse is one of the very
best NTSC demos from 1991. Creeping up on 14 years since its release, it is still a damn enjoyable
demo to watch today.