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Andreas Magerl (ANF)
|Anniversary: APC&TCP has now been active for 30 years|
Andreas Magerl writes: "The APC&TCP computer club was founded more than 30 years ago. (Does anybody of you know exactly when?) As one of the largest Amiga clubs worldwide, the question of how to better support all the programmers in the club came up quite quickly. Our members produced some really good programs and games, but they all voiced their opinion that they weren't very happy with the commercial contracts that were offered by major publisher. After long deliberations, APC&TCP sales was founded in May 1992.
The main task of sales was to market the club members' software as effectively as possible. The first software titles released through APC&TCP were Databench and 1990. Other titles such as Kargon, Jaktar, Flyin High, Pinball Brain Damage, and many others, followed on quite quickly by even more. More recently, APC&TCP has released software titles for the Amiga such as Roadshow, CygnusED, Reshoot R, Tiny little Slug, Trap Runner, and there are other products that are already in their 'starting blocks'.
Some time ago a shareware series was released, which comprised of a few dozen shareware titles that were marketed here by club members. Incidentally, APC&TCP blossomed quite quickly into one of the cheapest PD diskette dealers in Germany.
Initially there were also a number of third-party products in the range, which were mainly sold to club members. Though quite quickly after that, our range of goods reverted to being only our own products that were offered, apart from a few exceptions. One of those exceptions, by way of example, is the LOAD from VzEkC e.V. Issue 8 will soon be available in the APC&TCP online shop.
For many years, the NoCover floppy disk club magazine was also distributed through APC&TCP. Incidentally APC&TCP has been publishing the print magazine Amiga Future for over 20 years, and what's more, the Amiga Future will be reaching its 25th anniversary in January. Yes, the Amiga Future magazine is still being printed. :)
Over the years, in addition to the many software titles released through APC&TCP, there has also been a whole range of merchandise produced by APC&TCP: such as, posters, mouse pads, mugs, stickers and much, much more. APC&TCP also took over the distribution of the Amiga Joker magazine, issues 17 and 19. Recently the VD Aktuell has also become available through APC&TCP.
Over the years APC&TCP has remained very active, in many areas, though generally that is in the background, without Amiga users really being aware of their involvement. For example, APC&TCP took over the advance ticket sales for the Amiga trade fairs from ICP. So, it was a natural step for APC&TCP to present the Amiga at Gamescom in a show area of approx. 100 square metres. APC&TCP will be there, yet again, at the Amiga 37 in the autumn of 2022 and is also assisting the organisers to make the venture a success, as usual, in the background.
Over the last 30 years, APC&TCP has released over 200 products for the Amiga, and there are also 125 NoCover issues. Additionally approx. 140 German and 80 English Amiga Future magazine issues have been printed during that time. After 30 years, APC&TCP actually seems to be one of the largest software publishers for the Amiga with a current 6-digit annual turnover. From which no-one has become super-wealthy here, it's just that the Amiga is simply great fun to use. :)
Our main goal, currently, is to reach our 50th year anniversary, which would be something to really celebrate. In addition, we are always searching for entertaining games and applications, where the programmer is looking for a fair and reliable publisher. One of the great advantages of APC&TCP is that a programmer can have their say as to any choice of packaging, which is also one of the reasons why APC&TCP does not have any standardised or similar packaging from one product to another. If you are one of those gifted, and interested programmers, then please send an email to Andreas@apc-tcp.de." (snx)
[News message: 02. May 2022, 14:06] [Comments: 0]
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