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    CrossBow got a reaction from socrates63 in Sad tales, near misses of collecting   
    My worst missed opportunity involved a Saturn game. My ex-wife and I were visiting relatives in another part of our state for the weekend. While there, we hit up all the junk, secondhand, thrift store businesses we could locate. Mostly just to look around and have fun. One of these was located in what I think was an old chicken barn. One of those huge ones that extends back for some distance? The back half of the place had the roof caved in slightly and the walls tilted to the sides a bit but still standing and they were still showing items in it. Anyway, as we got ready to leave I noticed some Saturn games standing up between bookends on an old console TV I believe it was. One of those games... was Panzer Saga. It was listed at $45 but at the time I didn't know its value or familiar with the game. Additionally, my ex wasn't into the hobby like I was so spending $45 for a Saturn game I didn't know anything about in the early 2000s wasn't something that would sit well with her. So I left it behind with it always making me wonder in the back of my mind. Sure enough when we got home a few days later I looked it up and found out what I had missed. I insisted we go back for it the next weekend. I had a feeling it would still be there because of how obscure the place was. 
    Obscure was right. We weren't even able to find the place again when we went back the next weekend to look for it. We must have visited well over a dozen such places that day and finding that exact one I figured would have been easy, but nope. Never did locate the place and now I wonder who got that amazing deal on Panzer Saga to this day. Because I know only one thing...
    It wasn't me.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from Justin in Atari 7800 Forever   
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    CrossBow got a reaction from Justin in Atari 7800 Forever   
    You would be pretty impressed with Muddy's latest build of E.X.O. I might be able to at least grab a screen cap for the level room with your name on it and show you what it actually looks like? I don't think that would be an issue seeing as you have the tile set layout graphic already for it.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from Justin in Lynx Mylar Button Sticking Issue   
    Wanted to provide an update in this thread for any looking for parts. Best I believe still sells the original mylar flex for the Lynx II systems. But as they are NOS from the 90s, I've found that on half of them I end up having to apply additional kapton tape around the ends of the LED power indicator. If you weren't aware, Atari never actually soldered the power LEDs to the flex. They are just attached via tape. As a result, that tape over the years isn't wanting to hold up as well as it used to and the mylar used isn't designed to be soldered to so it can't handle the heat from an iron. 
    Well, you could use some conductive paint or ink to try and correct for this, or..
    There are now brand new mylar flexes for the Lynx II being created by Retrosix out of Europe. I've ordered a few of them as it came out to be about the same cost wise as ordering from best with shipping and Bradley's min requirements.
    The new flex looks very much like the originals, but has a soldered on power LED to them and seem more durable in that regard. However, they use a bubble conductive section for the buttons for the backlight, power..options..etc and they will have a different feel. Not sure how they will last over time as compared to the originals using small metal domes but time will tell.
    https://retrosix.co.uk/Lynx-MK-II-Ribbon-Membrane-p370595071
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    CrossBow got a reaction from Sabertooth in My recent 8-bit projects: #FujiNet ISS Tracker & APOD Viewer, and cc65 ports of Gem Drop & Invenies Verba   
    I just got myself a Fujinet 1.5 in about 2 weeks ago and thanks to it, I've had the 130xe out in play mode longer than I can ever remember before. Wonderful device and I still don't know all of the tricks it can do just yet.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from RickR in My recent 8-bit projects: #FujiNet ISS Tracker & APOD Viewer, and cc65 ports of Gem Drop & Invenies Verba   
    I just got myself a Fujinet 1.5 in about 2 weeks ago and thanks to it, I've had the 130xe out in play mode longer than I can ever remember before. Wonderful device and I still don't know all of the tricks it can do just yet.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from socrates63 in Post your latest/recent pickups!   
    Put a high speed SD card in it if you want to try and run some of the FMV video files through it. This might be my most used flash cart in my entire collection as it just works and it plays everything.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from RickR in Post your latest/recent pickups!   
    Put a high speed SD card in it if you want to try and run some of the FMV video files through it. This might be my most used flash cart in my entire collection as it just works and it plays everything.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from Sabertooth in Ivory Tower Collections - Tech, Game and More Videos!   
    ITC#77 released this morning and focuses not on anything technical this time, but checking out and playing a new game released for the Atari 8-bit computers. This is the first video I've done that involved the 8-bit Atari computer line and I hope this is a good one to start.
    Attack of the Petscii robots was designed and programmed by David Murray, better known at The8-bitguy from his YouTube channel. David has released other games over the past few years but mostly for the Commodore computer systems. 'Petscii Robots' I believe is his first release for the Atari 8-bit line and I hope it is a trend that continues. The game is quite fun and much more challenging than initial impression might have you believe. Many of the other maps or levels you can play on are very clever in their design and variety.
    In this video, I go through the contents of what you receive in a physical purchase of the game and show some game play with commentary explaining how the game is played. I then include direct capture footage from my 130xe without commentary to better see and hear what the game sounds like. If the game looks interesting to you, I would encourage you to think about purchasing a version of it to play as it not only helps David of course, but might entice him to create more games for the Atari community. There are talks of other ports in the works including for the 5200! That really needs to happen and I think the game would be a great fit on the 5200.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from socrates63 in Ivory Tower Collections - Tech, Game and More Videos!   
    ITC#77 released this morning and focuses not on anything technical this time, but checking out and playing a new game released for the Atari 8-bit computers. This is the first video I've done that involved the 8-bit Atari computer line and I hope this is a good one to start.
    Attack of the Petscii robots was designed and programmed by David Murray, better known at The8-bitguy from his YouTube channel. David has released other games over the past few years but mostly for the Commodore computer systems. 'Petscii Robots' I believe is his first release for the Atari 8-bit line and I hope it is a trend that continues. The game is quite fun and much more challenging than initial impression might have you believe. Many of the other maps or levels you can play on are very clever in their design and variety.
    In this video, I go through the contents of what you receive in a physical purchase of the game and show some game play with commentary explaining how the game is played. I then include direct capture footage from my 130xe without commentary to better see and hear what the game sounds like. If the game looks interesting to you, I would encourage you to think about purchasing a version of it to play as it not only helps David of course, but might entice him to create more games for the Atari community. There are talks of other ports in the works including for the 5200! That really needs to happen and I think the game would be a great fit on the 5200.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from RickR in Ivory Tower Collections - Tech, Game and More Videos!   
    ITC#77 released this morning and focuses not on anything technical this time, but checking out and playing a new game released for the Atari 8-bit computers. This is the first video I've done that involved the 8-bit Atari computer line and I hope this is a good one to start.
    Attack of the Petscii robots was designed and programmed by David Murray, better known at The8-bitguy from his YouTube channel. David has released other games over the past few years but mostly for the Commodore computer systems. 'Petscii Robots' I believe is his first release for the Atari 8-bit line and I hope it is a trend that continues. The game is quite fun and much more challenging than initial impression might have you believe. Many of the other maps or levels you can play on are very clever in their design and variety.
    In this video, I go through the contents of what you receive in a physical purchase of the game and show some game play with commentary explaining how the game is played. I then include direct capture footage from my 130xe without commentary to better see and hear what the game sounds like. If the game looks interesting to you, I would encourage you to think about purchasing a version of it to play as it not only helps David of course, but might entice him to create more games for the Atari community. There are talks of other ports in the works including for the 5200! That really needs to happen and I think the game would be a great fit on the 5200.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from Sabertooth in RickR has joined the Jaguar club!   
    Stones 'n Bones is really the only digital pinball table anyone needs! Ruiner is also pretty good, but I always prefer to fire up Pin Fantasies when given the choice between the two. 
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    CrossBow got a reaction from RickR in RickR has joined the Jaguar club!   
    Stones 'n Bones is really the only digital pinball table anyone needs! Ruiner is also pretty good, but I always prefer to fire up Pin Fantasies when given the choice between the two. 
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    CrossBow got a reaction from RickR in Sad tales, near misses of collecting   
    My worst missed opportunity involved a Saturn game. My ex-wife and I were visiting relatives in another part of our state for the weekend. While there, we hit up all the junk, secondhand, thrift store businesses we could locate. Mostly just to look around and have fun. One of these was located in what I think was an old chicken barn. One of those huge ones that extends back for some distance? The back half of the place had the roof caved in slightly and the walls tilted to the sides a bit but still standing and they were still showing items in it. Anyway, as we got ready to leave I noticed some Saturn games standing up between bookends on an old console TV I believe it was. One of those games... was Panzer Saga. It was listed at $45 but at the time I didn't know its value or familiar with the game. Additionally, my ex wasn't into the hobby like I was so spending $45 for a Saturn game I didn't know anything about in the early 2000s wasn't something that would sit well with her. So I left it behind with it always making me wonder in the back of my mind. Sure enough when we got home a few days later I looked it up and found out what I had missed. I insisted we go back for it the next weekend. I had a feeling it would still be there because of how obscure the place was. 
    Obscure was right. We weren't even able to find the place again when we went back the next weekend to look for it. We must have visited well over a dozen such places that day and finding that exact one I figured would have been easy, but nope. Never did locate the place and now I wonder who got that amazing deal on Panzer Saga to this day. Because I know only one thing...
    It wasn't me.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from socrates63 in Post your latest/recent pickups!   
    He contacted me about 3 weeks back to pay him for it which, I did pretty much immediately. I won't have a case for it and I will need to create a sticker for the eprom window as I don't believe they arrive with that covered already. 
    And yes, I saw the video on the 8-bit version and the limitation they ran into. But I also think that if they could have gotten a few more interested people to help in creating it in btimap mode, it would also sell quite a few copies. There aren't that many new Atari 8-bit releases and you know how we are in the Atari world, we always hunger for more games! If some cool Pokey tunes could have been made that would have helped as well. 
    David didn't mention it, but in composite you kinda get some colored effects as well. You can even see it in his video when he is showing it playing on a CRT. You can see that the floor titles have a red hue to them. The air conditioner cooling fans will also have some blue on the lines that make up the outlines and such. If anything, when I get my s-video cable in for using with these systems, I might be more saddened by the lack of color! LOL! 
    I would like to see them make a 5200 port though. The keypad would act to select the items without scrolling through them with the one button using your selected item and the other being used to fire in the direction you have your controller. But I don't think that will happen unless he gets quite a lot of interested and sales in the current Atari 8-bit version.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from RickR in Post your latest/recent pickups!   
    That could be fun! Although again I only own a handful of homebrews and actual games. I never even knew about the Veccy back in the day and only learned of it much later in the early 2000s. I was gifted the vectrex I have now from local collectors and enthusiasts who went in on it together as an appreciation to me for my at that time 10 years of hosting the local OVGE event here in Tulsa. I've recapped it, and added both of Charles Tweety's kits to remove the buzz completely and also provide external audio output both mono and stereo since then.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from RickR in Post your latest/recent pickups!   
    I don't own a lot of Vectrex homebrews or homebrew projects. But then I don't play the Veccy as much as I should and it deserves. But I do have one of Richard's first revision VecMultis with the SD card and also a 1st revision VecFever. So this one is really to just support the hobby further and it looks nice!
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from TrekMD in Post your latest/recent pickups!   
    I paid for my Jason Vec Multicart like 3 weeks ago and still waiting on it. Not that I need it as I own 2 other multicarts for the Vectrex already LOL. Still anything Vectrex is cool and always worthy of owning.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from socrates63 in calling all collectors   
    Star Raiders, Tempest, Blaster, The Last Starfighter, Galaxian, Centipede, Star Wars: TAG, just to name a few. Course some of them really shine with the trakball instead, but most of the games I really like on the system pretty much play best with an analog controller. I have an old AA redemption adapter for use with 7800 or Sega controllers but rarely use it.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from RickR in Post your latest/recent pickups!   
    He contacted me about 3 weeks back to pay him for it which, I did pretty much immediately. I won't have a case for it and I will need to create a sticker for the eprom window as I don't believe they arrive with that covered already. 
    And yes, I saw the video on the 8-bit version and the limitation they ran into. But I also think that if they could have gotten a few more interested people to help in creating it in btimap mode, it would also sell quite a few copies. There aren't that many new Atari 8-bit releases and you know how we are in the Atari world, we always hunger for more games! If some cool Pokey tunes could have been made that would have helped as well. 
    David didn't mention it, but in composite you kinda get some colored effects as well. You can even see it in his video when he is showing it playing on a CRT. You can see that the floor titles have a red hue to them. The air conditioner cooling fans will also have some blue on the lines that make up the outlines and such. If anything, when I get my s-video cable in for using with these systems, I might be more saddened by the lack of color! LOL! 
    I would like to see them make a 5200 port though. The keypad would act to select the items without scrolling through them with the one button using your selected item and the other being used to fire in the direction you have your controller. But I don't think that will happen unless he gets quite a lot of interested and sales in the current Atari 8-bit version.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from socrates63 in Post your latest/recent pickups!   
    I paid for my Jason Vec Multicart like 3 weeks ago and still waiting on it. Not that I need it as I own 2 other multicarts for the Vectrex already LOL. Still anything Vectrex is cool and always worthy of owning.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from socrates63 in Post your latest/recent pickups!   
    I also purchased this and I think mine came in around the same time. I do wish they could have found a way to put some color into it as we know the Atari 8-bits could pull it off and the sounds are good but the music... well, I don't listen to it and I guess that is the reason it is turned off by default. Still the game is a lot of fun and I'm still trying to find the best way to get through the first map. I don't have any working disk drives for my 130xe so I've been playing the digital ATR of the game Dave includes on my Uno. Also, why didn't they are least have the game support standard joystick controls for at least moving around and have the button double so that a single press could activate whatever item you are holding, but press and hold the button plus a control would fire the weapons? I've not had an instance where we needed to shoot on the move yet although I'm sure that could be a thing on later maps.
    I saw on FB where Dave mentioned someone is thinking of porting this to the 5200 but they aren't sure there is enough demand for it with cartridges needing to be made. Although I think many 5200 gamers also have the Atarimax carts they could use to play it as well. Still though, if the game requires 48k on the Atari, they would have to be pretty creative with porting it over to the 5200 and its 16k RAM limitation. 
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from socrates63 in Road trip gaming in the 2nd generation   
    We only went a few road trips that I can recall back in the early to mid 80s. I never owned any of the hand held LED or tabletop Coleco units so I only had the Atari at home for playing my games on. 
    What we did was the usual car games that have been around forever. Like trying to see who can get the highest in the alphabet just using license plates from different states. We also had some card games designed to be played in the car. One game we played a LOT of was the game Mille Bourne. It is a French card based racing game. Simple rules and it didn't require a ton of space to play it. I also had my Garfield books that I took with me and read quite a lot as well. I don't remember ever really having coloring books as I didn't do much of that outside of school. I also slept a lot on such trips.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from RickR in Road trip gaming in the 2nd generation   
    We only went a few road trips that I can recall back in the early to mid 80s. I never owned any of the hand held LED or tabletop Coleco units so I only had the Atari at home for playing my games on. 
    What we did was the usual car games that have been around forever. Like trying to see who can get the highest in the alphabet just using license plates from different states. We also had some card games designed to be played in the car. One game we played a LOT of was the game Mille Bourne. It is a French card based racing game. Simple rules and it didn't require a ton of space to play it. I also had my Garfield books that I took with me and read quite a lot as well. I don't remember ever really having coloring books as I didn't do much of that outside of school. I also slept a lot on such trips.
     
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