Yesterday saw the second RCM open day of the year (excluding the members only retro-fest in July) and on entrance my immediate attention was drawn to sounds of arcade machines lined up & a Williams Congo pinball table.
Those would have to wait until later as I wanted to have a good look round and chew that fat with a few RCM members. This second event looked even bigger than last May with some huge range of old/new consoles and computers.
As always, plenty of Retro game goodies on offer compared to eBay’s often inflated prices. I manged to pick up a few Retro Gamer Magazines to fill the holes in my collection. A couple of Vectrex Carts caught my eye too.
Time for some gaming, Tempest 2000 (Atari Jaguar), Panzer Dragoon (Sega Saturn), Kikstart (CBM C16), Dropzone (Atari 800) to name but a few.
Like most retro computer events, I’m always interested to take a look at the ecliptic range of home brew storage devices. Take this, it’s a SD card based floppy drive emulator. Simply put, store game files on SD card and load them direct. No more hunting for floppy disks/disk swapping.
Here’s a couple more interesting devices
Atari 2600 rom scanner
Amstrad PC/Sega Megadrive
..and one mother of a controller.
After lunch, the Bomberman competition began. I’m not particularly good and lost out on round one but it was fun all the same – Will practise more for next time. Big Steve won the compo.
I was there all day and stayed behind to help pack up the systems. Heaving those huge arcade machines into the van was thirsty work but the reward was worth it – I got to take a peak at the owners private collection. There must have been over 50 odd arcade machines in there….. I was in heaven.
Got back home around 9pm grinning ear to ear. Got a few goodies still in my car boot so will having a look later.
I’ve also uploaded a large collection of photo’s from yesterdays events to my Flickr account so feel free to take a look