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FOR SALE / WANTED / Games clearout - Funspot Fundraiser
« on: December 13, 2009, 07:24:11 PM »
We're intending to go on a trip to the Funspot Tournament in America next year (and then on to Alaska) so I'm looking to raise a bit of extra cash by selling some of the many games that I've bought that I'll never have the time or inclination to play (so you'll see quite a few RPGs on the list below!)

This list will be updated with more games for other systems soon, but for starters here's my first wave of sales... All items are boxed with instructions and are PAL versions unless noted. Prices do not include postage and I'm open to offers! If you need pictures of specific items please let me know.

Payment by cheque or Paypal - I don't expect you to make a 'Gift' payment if you choose the latter.

Atari Jaguar
Double Dragon 5: The Shadow Falls - £7.00

Gameboy Advance
Spyro/Crash Double Pack Vol. 1 (cart only) - £3.00

Eggo Mania - £3.00
Future Tactics: The Uprising - £3.00
Mystic Heroes - £4.00
ZooCube - £3.00

Ecco the Dolphin - £2.50
Incoming - £2.50
Metropolis Street Racer - £2.00
Power Stone - £5.00
Psychic Force 2012 - £2.50
Super Runabout - £3.50

Jumping Flash - £4.00
Nightmare Creatures - £2.00
Resident Evil (Value edition, no manual) - £4.00
Tekken (Platinum) - £1.00

Playstation 2
Atari Anthology - £2.00
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance (disc and manual in case, no cover) - £2.00
Evergrace - £1.00
Evil Dead: A Fist Full of Boomstick - £2.50
Impossible Mission - £1.50
I-Ninja - £2.50
Ribbit King - £3.00
Sega Megadrive Collection - £4.00
Simpsons: Hit and Run (Platinum) - £3.00
Sonic Mega Collection - £3.00
Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter - £2.50
The Hobbit - £2.50

007 Everything or Nothing - £1.00
Alter Echo - £1.00
Blinx - £2.50
Championship Manager 6 - 50p
Indiana Jones and the Emperors Tomb - £4.00
Jade Empire - £3.00
Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders - £4.00
SVC Chaos: SNK vs Capcom (no manual) - £4.50

Commodore 64[/u]
Booty (small cassette box) - £1.00
Enigma Force (double cassette box) - £2.50
Feud (small cassette box) - £1.00
Star Paws (double cassette box) - £2.50
Turrican (card box) -    £3.00
World Games (double cassette box) - £1.00

Nintendo 64[/u]
Fighters Destiny  - £4.00
Glover (cart only) - £3.00
International Superstar Soccer 98 - £3.00
Let's Smash! Tennis (Jap, cart only) - £2.50
Pilotwings 64 (cart only) - £3.00
S.C.A.R.S. (cart only) - £2.50

Sega Master System[/u]
Aztec Adventure - £5.00
Cyborg Hunter (no manual) - £3.50
Ghouls N Ghosts - £4.00
Psychic World (no manual) - £2.00
Secret Command (no manual) - £3.00
Space Gun - £3.00

Sega Saturn[/u]
Command & Conquer - £3.00
FIFA 98: Road to the World Cup - £1.00
Gun Griffon - £1.50
House of The Dead (Jap version) - £6.00
Last Bronx (Jap version) - £4.00
Need For Speed - £2.00
Soviet Strike - £3.00

All games marked with a * are untested. If they don't work I will refund the cost of the game but not the cost of postage.

Days of Thunder (cassette-style box) - £1.00 *
Driving Force (cassette-style box) - £1.00 *
Dune II (big box, Hit Squad budget release, no manual) - £3.00
Dungeon Master (disk and manual only) - £1.50
E-Motion (cassette-style box) - £1.00 *
Eye Of The Beholder (big box, Kixx budget release) - £4.00
Eye of the Beholder II (big biox, original release) - £6.00
Grand Monster Slam (cassette-style box) - £1.00
Lord of the Rings (big box) -    £2.50
Night Breed (cassette-style box) - £1.00 *
Phobia (plastic 5.25" disk style box) - £2.00
Pipe Mania (cassette-style box) - £1.00 *
Putty (big box, a bit dog-eared) - £3.00
Skweek (cassette-style box) - £1.00 *
Tower of Babel (cassette-style box) - £1.00 *

Also have a spare box and manuals for Eye Of The Beholder (Kixx release) if anyone wants them for a quid.

SNK Neo Geo Pocket[/u]
Unboxed NGP Color console (blue camoflage version) in excellent condition with black soft carry case and two cart-only games (Dark Arms: Beast Busters and Puzzle Bobble Mini) - £20.00 (including P&P)
Rechargable Battery pack and AC Adapter (boxed) - £5.00
Crush Roller (cart + plastic case only) - £5.00
SNK vs Capcom: Match of the Millennium (cart + plastic case only) - £6.00
Sonic Pocket Adventure (cart + plastic case only) - £4.00

Baltron (cart only) - £3.00
Astro Robo Sasa (cart only) - £3.00
Titan (cart only) - £4.00
Valis (cart only) - £3.00
Milion's Secret Castle (cart only) - £3.50
Geimos  (cart only) - £3.50
Zunou Senkan Galg (cart only) - £3.00

Super Famicom[/u]
Actraiser (cart only) - £3.00
Chou Mahou Tairiku Wozz (cart only) - £3.00
Dun Quest - Majin Fuuin No Densetsu (cart only) - £3.00
Dead Dance (boxed with manual) - £6.50
Eye of the Beholder (cart only) - £2.50
Fire Fighting (cart only) - £4.00
Hello! Pacman (cart only) - £4.50
Hiryu No Ken S Golden Fighter (cart only) - £4.00
Kid Klown in Crazy Chase (cart only) - £3.50
Kidou Butouden G Gundam (cart only) - £8.00
Legend of the Mystical Ninja (cart only) - £4.00
Magical Taruruuto-Kun: Magic Adventure (cart only) - £5.00
Septentrion (boxed, no manual) - £10.00
Super Wagyan Land (cart only) - £3.00
Super Wagyan Land 2 (cart only) - £3.00
Trinea (cart only) - £8.00

GENERAL RETRO CHIT CHAT / Recommendations of Electronics books or websites?
« on: November 25, 2009, 07:37:54 PM »
My mate is interested in learning a bit about electronics and since I know a few of you guys are knowledgeable about such things, I wondered if there are any good resources (online or in print) that he should take a look at?

Any suggestions?  :)

Right then, time to try and sell off all the stuff that I couldn't get rid of at Retro Reunited... :D

Prices exclude postage. Any item priced at a quid can be had free of charge for every £5 you spend on other games. Payment by Paypal or cheque is accepted, and I'm open to offers including trades (PS3 games are of particular interest).

Amiga Games
Unless noted, all are in double cassette style cases as they originated from bundles that came with the Amiga when it was released.

Beneath a Steel Sky (all discs and docs, no box) - £2.00
Days of Thunder - £1.00
Driving Force - £2.00
Dungeon Quest - £2.00
E-Motion - £2.00
Grand Monster Slam - £2.50
Insanity Fight - £2.00
Night Breed - £1.00
Pipe Mania - £2.00
RVF Honda - £2.50
Skweek - £2.50
Tower of Babel - £2.00
Wizball - £4.00

Dreamcast Games - all Japanese
Guilty Gear X (disc only with photocopied inlays) - £2.00
King of Fighters '99 - £7.50
Marvel vs Capcom - £8.00
Shenmue   - £4.00
SNK vs Capcom 2000 - £5.00
Sonic Adventure   - £2.00
Street Fighter III W Impact - £10.00
Taisen Net Gimmick - Capcom & Psikyo All Stars - £4.00
Virtua Fighter 3tb - £2.00
Virtua Striker 2 Ver 2000.1 - £1.00

Boxed Megadrive 1 with PSU, RF lead and 1 pad - £10.00
Batman (Asian bootleg, box in poor shape) - £2.00
Megagames 2 (cart only) - £1.00
Mystic Defender (Asian bootleg) - £2.50
Shining Force (Jap) - £2.00
Super Monaco GP 2 (Jap, cart only) - £1.00

Neo-Geo CD
King of Fighters '95 - £3.50
King of Fighters '95 (no back cover) - £2.50
Samurai Spirits 3 - £6.00
Samurai Spirits II - £4.00 (2 available)
Super Sidekicks 2 - £4.00

PS1 games - all Japanese
Air Land Battle - £1.00
Bakusou Dekotora Densetsu 2 - Otoko Jinsei Yume Ichiro - £1.00
Dragon Knights Glorious - £5.00
Gran Turismo 2 - £1.00
Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu '98: Kaimakuban - £1.00
Kochira Katsushikaku Kameari Kouenzen: Hashutsujo - £1.00
Rubbish Blazon - £5.00
SD Gundam G Generation - £2.00
Super Robot Wars IV Scramble - £2.00

PS2 - Japanese games
Another Age Armored Core - £2.00
Doukyu Billiard Master 2 - £1.00
Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 10 - £1.00
Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 8 Ketteiban - £1.00
Onimusha 2: Samurai's Destiny - £1.00
The Baseball 2003 - £1.00
Winning Eleven 6 Final Evolution - £1.00

PS2 - PAL games and stuff
24: The Game - £1.50
EverGrace - £1.50
Space Channel 5 - £5.00
Rock Band - £10.00
Rock Band 2 - £15.00
Rock Band Song Pack 1 - £8.00
Rock Band Song Pack 2 - £8.00

Rock Band wireless guitar - £7.50
Suitable for PS2 or PS3, tilt sensor rarely works but you can activate overdrive with the Select button. Would make a reasonable spare. I have the original box if you want it, and will give this away for free to anyone buying all the Rock Band games.

Guitar Hero II wired guitar - £5.00
This is the red Gibson SG style guitar, fully working but not in great cosmetic shape - it has quite a few scratches etc.

Super Famicom games - all cart-only
3D Ballz - £3.50
Actraiser - £3.00
Chou Mahou Tairiku Wozz - £4.00
Cool spot - £4.00
Dun Quest - Majin Fuuin No Densetsu - £4.00
Exhaust Heat II - £3.50
Eye of the Beholder - £3.00
Jikkyou Power Pro Wrestling '96 - Max Voltage - £4.00
Populous II - £2.00
Pro Football - £1.00
Sim City - £2.00
Street Fighter II - £2.50
Street Racer - £4.00
Super Fire Pro Wrestling - £3.00
Syndicate - £3.00
Tecmo Super Bowl - £1.00
Worldwide Soccer - £1.00
Zero 4 R Champ - £3.00

Other stuff
Rock Band AC/DC Live Track Pack (PS3, download code has been used) - £9.00
XIII (Gamecube, boxed but no manual) - £1.00
Perfect Dark (N64 Box & Instructions only) - £1.00

SNES replacement box inners - 75p each or 3 for £2
Third-party replacements for the insides of SNES (and N64) game boxes which stop them getting squashed. They're not exactly like the originals but they do the job! I have about 20 of them.

« on: September 21, 2009, 06:08:50 PM »
Fired up my Amiga 600 a few days before Retro Reunited to test out some games and it was not well.

I get the purple 'insert disk' screen but then when I put a disk in it chugs for a bit then the screen goes white, then black with the following error message in angry red text:

ERROR: 8000 0008
TASK: 00002688

Anyone know what this means? Is it fixable? And if not, has anyone got a spare A600 they wanna sell me? ;)

OFF TOPIC / Electric Dreams (BBC Four series featuring 'Byte Back Lite')
« on: September 14, 2009, 11:39:53 AM »
A broadcast date for this has finally been announced:

This was the programme for which I organised a mini event in January, which some of you came along to. I believe the gaming event will be shown in the second episode of the series, though I have no idea how much will be featured (probably only a couple of minutes at most)

HARDWARE/SYSTEMS DISCUSSION / A challenge for the technologically gifted
« on: August 13, 2009, 10:01:08 AM »
I've recently acquired several Japanese exclusive consoles that only have an RF connection, such as Sega's SG-1000 and Nintendo's Block Kuzushim, and I've managed to tune them in on my LCD TV after a fashion - the picture is OK, but there is no audio at all.

My challenge to anyone who is clever/knowledgable enough to attempt it is to create a demodulator unit that will convert a Japanese RF signal to RCA Component video, including audio.

Is it possible? Does something like this already exist in fact? Does anyone want to try it? ;D

There's money + costs + lashings of good Karma available to anyone who likes the sound of this challenge. Obviously I'm happy to loan you one of the aforementioned consoles to assist with the creation of this device...

I know some of you clever people on here must be capable of this, so let me know if you want to give it a go.

Clearing out a load of good stuff on Ebay and Gamerbay including some top notch Japanese Megadrive games in great condition (inc Gunstar Heroes and Golden Axe 3) and a few rare PS1 games (including Klonoa)... See links below:

More to be added over the next 7-10 days including a load of Neo Geo and Commodore 64 stuff! ;D

GAMING . . . / Battle of the 8-bits at the Console Combat event
« on: June 24, 2009, 11:24:14 AM »
Just trying to drum up a bit more interest in the competition I'm running at Console Combat in July...

It's time to settle those 80's playground arguments once and for all! Which is better - the Speccy or the C64? Or was it the much-maligned Amstrad or even the school favourite, the BBC Micro? Perhaps you preferred consoles and would like to defend the honour of the NES, Master System or Atari 2600? If so then the Battle of the 8-bits is the competition for you! Originally scheduled to be part of the Byte Back event, this competition is back, bigger and better...

Thus far we have a few people signed up for the Atari, Master System, BBC Micro and NES teams but nobody for the Spectrum, C64 or Amstrad. So more people are needed!

So if you're coming to the event and want to get involved, please let me know ASAP by posting on this thread, PMing me or filling in the form on the website (where you can also see the full rules):

You don't need to be really good at any games, it's just a bit of fun really, but the important thing is that you get involved because if you don't, it's quite likely there won't be any systems available for you to play on for large parts of the event!  ;)

« on: June 10, 2009, 09:55:54 AM »
Anyone got one?

I just won one from Japan and was wondering if anyone know whether it will play burned ISO CD-Rs of the games rather than the original discs? the reason being that the three most desirable games for the system cost between £70 and £200 each!  :o

Right, voting is now closed and I can announce that the ten games for the RCM Retro Game Decathlon will be:

Bubble Bobble (MAME)
Galaga (MAME)
Pitfall! (Atari 2600)
Minestorm (Vectrex)
Chuckie Egg (BBC Micro)
Wizball (Commodore 64)
Duck Hunt (NES)
Choplifter (Master System)
Xenon 2: Megablast (Amiga)
Turbo OutRun (Megadrive)

Donkey Kong (MAME), Operation Wolf (Master System) and Scramble (Vectrex) all got the same number of votes as another winning game in their category so I made an 'executive decision' on which game to include.

I have a couple of prizes for the winner of the competition. Entry will be £1 (donated to the RCM) and the maximum number of entrants will be 12.

The competition will start at midday with the time preceding that allowed for practicing. I'd expect the competition to last around 3 hours.

I'll provide the MAME cab, Vectrex, NES and Master System but need to make use of somebody else's Beeb, Amiga, Megadrive, C64 and Atari 2600 - I believe the RCM will be supplying most of these. I'll bring all the games!  ;D

Let me know if you have any questions. A summary of the rules will be available on the day....

Right then, I've put a bunch of stuff up on Ebay including the MEGA RARE Super A'Can system and games and a few other desriable items...

Additionally I have a load of less desirable stuff that I am offering for sale here rather than listing on Ebay. Prices don't include P&P but the charges in the UK will be £1.50 for the first item, 50p for each additional up to a maxium cost of a fiver. Alternatively if you're going to the RCM event you can pick up from me there...

Feel free to make offers but I think most items are very reasonably priced!

Commodore 64 disks (no boxes or manuals)
Starion - 50p
WEC Le Mans - 50p
14 Commodore Disk User coverdisks full of games and utilities - 50p each or 3 for a quid (PM me if you want more info)

Dreamcast games (all complete, all have damaged boxes)
ChuChu Rocket - Free (just pay P&P)
Crazy Taxi - £3.00
Hydro Thunder - £1.50
Virtua Athlete 2K - £1.00

PS1 games (all complete, all have damaged boxes)
Critical Depth - £1.00
Formula 1 '97 (Platinum) - £1.00
Gran Turismo (Platinum) - £1.00
Judge Dredd - £1.00
Tekken 2 (no front cover) - 50p

Loose Super Famicom cartridges
Actraiser - £3.00
Crayon Shin Chan - £2.00
Dragonball Z Super Gokuden - £3.00
Elfaria - £2.00
Fatal Fury Special - £2.00
Feda The Emblem Of Justice - £1.50
Front Mission - £3.00
Kamaitachi No Yoru - £1.00
Maka Maka - £2.00
Othello World - £1.50
Populous II - £2.00
Sim City - £2.00
Soul Blader - £2.50
Street Fighter II - £2.00
Super Donkey Kong - £2.50
Super Street Fighter II - £3.00
Ys III: Wanderers From Ys - £2.00
Yu Yu Hakusho 2 - £3.00

Everything else
Zero Tolerance (Megadrive, boxed no book) - £1.00
Space Harrier (PC-Engine, complete) - £5.00
PC-Engine Hucard boxes (3 of) - 50p each
24: The Game (PS2, complete) - £1.00
LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring (PS2, complete) - £1.00
Lord of the Rings Trivial Pursuit DVD Game (unused, sealed) - £4.00

RCM GAMING EVENTS - OPEN DAYS 2009 / Spare ticket available
« on: May 18, 2009, 09:47:03 AM »
I have a spare ticket for the RCM open day available. Anyone need one?

I'll take £4.50 for it, post it out to you and give £2 of that back to the RCM...

We all have our favourite systems, but what system have you played on that you thought was complete shit?

Mine would have to be the Philips Videopac G7000, which is to date the only retro console I have bought that I have subsequently sold again because I just couldn't generate any love for it whatsoever. Crap built-in joysticks, crap sub-2600 standard games and it's a big, ugly MoFo to boot...

What's yours?

GENERAL RETRO CHIT CHAT / Some thoughts on making RCM better . . .
« on: March 17, 2009, 11:51:59 AM »
one thing I don't want to happen is that this website becomes too commercial, likewise with the gaming events

The irony here is that the RCM is a commercial proposition, or at least should be if you’re serious about it. Both Byte Back and Fusion were run like commercial events but ultimately all the money went to charity – I haven’t pocketed a penny of the profits and I’m sure Chris didn’t either. In your case you are asking people to put their hands in their pockets and give money towards the concept of the museum, which they are perfectly willing to do based on the last event.

If you genuinely believe that you can set the museum up in real premises and attract visitors, then you need to raise as much money as possible. If you’re not 100% committed to the idea (and I’m sure that you are) then the money you’ve raised so far and all the equipment you’ve got together is going to waste.

Anyway, I digress. Here are a few suggestions that may help increase traffic to the site and raise awareness and/or money for the museum...

Site Content
I read somewhere once that “Content is King” – what this means is that if you have a regular supply of new, interesting site content then people will keep coming back to read it. So off the top of my head here are some things you could do to improve the site content:

1. Set up a blog which you post to regularly detailing the latest acquisitions for the museum, repairs you’ve completed and even just general observations on systems and games.
2. Get some guest contributions. This could be anything from somebody writing about their top ten games for a system, to somebody explaining how to repair an old computer, or even some old programmers saying why they liked a particular system so much – I’ve got a few contacts from Byte Back that may be able to help here.
3. Allow commenting on the system pages. The specs and pics are all well and good but people love to say their own piece about things, so let them do so at the bottom of each system entry.
4. Embed some RSS news feeds – lots of sites have these available for free and this is a way to have up to date news on the site every day without having to make any effort. I’m sure some of the gaming or technology sites must have RSS feeds available.
5. More photos. You have some decent pics of the systems, but why not try and find an enterprising local photography student to take some really ‘sexy’ pics of the systems e.g. with cool lighting, internal pics of the circuit boards etc.  ;D
6. More Wheat-Free content. I have to say that the whole computer museum/tea room concept is a bit confusing, but if you really want to combine the two then make more of the wheat-free cooking. Get some of Linda’s great recipes online for people to try out themselves. This would potentially attract a whole new set of visitors to the site if promoted correctly.
7. A classifieds section. I know you have a for sale forum at the moment, but why not expand the site to allows free retro computing classified ad listings? People are pissed off with Ebay so are looking for an alternative.

The Forum
A few things that might attract more members to the forum:

1. Run some competitions. You could run one every month with a reasonable prize e.g. tickets to the events, some kind of gift voucher or even a duplicate system or selection of games from the stuff you have been donated. These could take the form of guess the ten screenshots, name the systems or even just a selection of quiz questions. The point is to make people register for the forums in order to enter.
2. Set up a forum or thread for each of the systems in the museum. This would take a lot of admin to start with but once it was done you could link to it from the system pages on the site and people would have a direct link to people talking about their favourite system.
3. A retro tech support forum. Find some people who know how to diagnose/fix problems with various retro systems and get them to sign up as official RCM tech support people, so visitors know if they have a problem with their hardware they can visit the site and get some help.

Promotion and Fundraising

1. Set up a formal membership scheme. This could be paid at a rate of £2 a month or something like that, and entitle all members to free entry to all events and the proper museum when it opens. If 20 people took this up that would be nearly £500 a year in the bank!
2. Similar to the above you could set up a regular donation scheme at £1 a month. Lots of organisations do this and people probably aren’t too fussed about donating a quid a month, even in the current financial climate.
3. Affiliate marketing. Join Amazon affiliates and put links to relevant products (e.g. books about old computers, retro game compilations) on the system pages, and every time somebody clicks on the link and buys the product, you’ll get a bit of cash. There are tons of other affiliate programs you can join too.
4. Banner and link exchanges. Apparently the more links to other sites you have on a website, the higher it will appear in search engine rankings, so from every system page why not link to any relevant sites (e.g. link to Lemon64 from the C64 page and so on) and of course try and get them to give reciprocal links? Also there must be dozens of gaming-related banner exchange programs you could participate in or even use an affiliate banner program to raise more funds.
5. A mailing list. Send it out once a month detailing all new exhibits, telling everyone how much money has been raised for the museum etc.

Phew, that turned out to be a bigger list than I imagined!  :-[

These are just the ideas that came out of my head whilst typing, there are probably more and I bet plenty of others have suggestions too. I’m not suggesting all of these get implemented straight away but over time you could introduce them so that the site is always evolving and visitors have good reason to come back and support the museum.

I'm happy to assist with anything I can. I love the idea of the museum and want to see it a reality! :)

OK, I've got the go-ahead for this from Andy so lets get the voting started nice and early so that there is plenty of chance for people to choose the games.

To recap, the idea of the Retro Game Decathlon is that entrants compete against one another in ten ‘events’ (games) with points awarded for their performance in each. At the end of the competition, the player with the highest points total will be crowned Retro Game Decathlon Champion!

Entry for the competition will be on the day.

The final set of games to vote for covers classic arcade games, running via MAME. You have two votes and the two most popular games will be used in the competition.

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