Baking TK50 tapes in an oven to recover unique historical data

A story including the problems of sticky tapes and oxide shedding.

Here we have possibly the only surviving backup tape of the source code to 30 year old historical game data being put into an oven and baked!

Magnetic Scrolls Original Games Source Code Recovered!

It’s a bit of a roulette:

Unfortunately, this particular tape did not contain any of the Magnetic Scrolls original game source code we want. But, we expected that, because the tape labels give us some indication of what might be on them. We deliberately chose a tape to experiment with that was least likely to contain vital backups. Although we don’t really know for sure what’s exactly on each tape.