Monday, July 31, 2006


With the two games that arrived in the mail today, I have finally broken the 800 mark.

Thanks to jlong10187 for an old game, Navcom 6; and thanks to ferone70store for Postal: Classic and Uncut. Much appreciated.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

And again with the acknowledgements

Crap, I don't know if I'll be able to get them all in one post, but I'll try. Links may have to come later, but I just want to make sure credit's given today.

Rhctrading kindly sold me a copy of Drakan: Order of the Flame, while kimsgallery provided a bit of Normality. And I can't forget cewgifts, who supplied me with a beautiful copy of the old floppy version of The Fellowship of the Ring.

Krazylouie sent out three floppy games in wonderful shape: Heat Wave, Marble Madness, and Arcticfox; and vancetoepel sold me copies of Hocus Pocus, Creatures, and, arguably one of the worst PC games ever made (and thus one of the high points of my collection), Mad Dog McCree. (Mad Dog McCree received the worst-ever review at PC Gamer Magazine.)

Zfishman and soul2spare both made huge additions to my collection. From zfishman, I received Swift Classic Board Games for Windows, Swift Classic Card Games for Windows, Sports Car GT, Road Rash, Galaxy of Games, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2000, NHL 2000, Madden 2000, NBA Live 2000, Superbike World Championship, Super Huey III, NASCAR Road Racing, 3-D Pinball Express, You Don't Know Jack Sports, Reader's Digest Multimedia Crosswords, Evel Knievel 3D Stunt Game, and Fox Sports Soccer 99. There was another title in the mix (Nascar Racing 99), but in an as-yet-unheard-of move, I passed that one on to another collector who needed it to finish the series. Soul2spare graciously supplied a huge collection of DOS games, including The Classic 5, Thunderhawk AH-73M, Merchant Colony, Budo: The Art of Ninja Combat!, 35 Great Games for Windows, Sim City: The City Simulator, Ancients II, Life & Death II: The Brain, Thexder, Where in the USA is Carmen Sandiego? Deluxe, Monopoly, Their Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain, Fantasy Empires, Roadwar Europa, Roadwar 2000, Wargame Construction Set, Indianapolis 500: The Simulation, Red Baron, Red Baron Mission Builder, Flight of the Intruder, Gunship 2000, and Gunship 2000 Scenario Disk with Mission Builder.

And last but not least, some local friends donated to the cause this week. From Terry Riggs, I now have Battlefield Vietnam, Tzar: The Burden of the Crown, and Sudden Strike II; and Rebekah Layton kindly passed along a copy of 100 Great Educational Games Vol. 4.

I'll pop back in later and update the game titles with links, and talk about a couple of other interesting things I've received.
* Links added *

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Even more acknowledgements

The last couple of weeks I have been going crazy on Ebay, and I have quite a few people to recognize, so let's get started.

Kittywittyx helped me complete my Command & Conquer collection, with copies of Tiberian Sun, Firestorm, and Renegade.

Thanks to manxkity, I'm now the proud owner of an original, still-shrink-wrapped copy of Might and Magic II, from 1988. This one will have pride of place in my collection, a nice little display spot all its own.

Rblz made a big addition to the collection, with copies of NFL Pro League Football, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear Mission Pack: Urban Operations, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2000, NHL Hockey 95, Front Lines, Harley-Davidson: Race Across America, Superbike 2000, Zork: Grand Inquisitor, Test Drive 6, and Microsoft Golf.

Mrsthomason sold me a copy of Lucasarts' Full Throttle, one of their clasic adventure games, along with a copy of Tie Fighter.

From jasonhibbs I snagged a new-in-box copy of TSR's Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Masterpiece Collection, and marctexas2003 supplied me with The Lucasarts Archives Volume 2.

hoosier_dad_46952 sent me a fully-registered version of an old Apogee game, Mystical Towers, and rhstuff4sale provided me with an old floppy copy of New World's Nuclear War.

I bought a new, sealed version of Evil Genius from factorydealz, a new-in-box copy of Thief: Deadly Shadows from renata5136, and an As-Seen-On-TV sealed box of 3D Games (with 3D glasses that connect to the monitor) by X3D from retsalbpihc.

I picked up copies of Sim Classics and Sim Theme Park from 4mejusbcus, and an old 5.25 floppy version of Infocom's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy text adventure from tevlee.

And finally (for today at least), the most recent games to arrive are two I've been wanting to add to my collection for a long time: Acclaim's Re-volt, sold to me by kappachino, and Star Wars: Yoda Stories, sold by amospotatohead.

Whew! What a list. But keep an eye out, there are more on their way. And hopefully, in the next week, I will have added the game that has the distinction of being the worst-revied game ever at PC Gamer Magazine.

Monday, July 03, 2006


All right, let's recognize a couple generous souls who have added nicely to my library.

First off is a new personal acquaintance, Keith Reeves. He came over to take a tour of my new office and brought a nice set of house-warming gifts.

Empire Earth Gold Edition, Star Trek: Starship Creator, Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos, Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, Civilization II: Test of Time, Civ II: Fantastic Worlds, Wargames, Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV: Wall of Fire, Diablo, Hearts of Iron, Age of Empires, and Death Gate.

Then today, as we came home from running errands, what should be on my doorstep but a package from ebayer jesum13, with a nice little treasure trove of games that I won in an auction at the end of last week. Talk about fast shipping! Everything was double-bubble-wrapped as well, guaranteeing that there was no shipping damage. Included were Might and Magic III (Slash redistro), Dragon's Lair CD-ROM Version, The Humans, Hell Cab, Primal Rage, Corridor 7: Alien Invasion, Tom Landry Startegy Football Deluxe Edition, and Evasive Action. Also included was a demo CD from CDMag with free versions of Zorks 1, 2, and The Undiscovered Underground text adventures. Thanks to a great ebayer for these cool additions!

Still alive

Yeah, I know, after a couple of months you all probably gave up hope, but I'm back. Between moving and finishing up my spring semester, I haven't had much chance to update things lately. That should all be in the past now -- at least until fall semester starts.

There's a lot of stuff to talk about, too. Like my new office. I now have all 800+ games on display, all within easy reach of my desk. Several years of PC Gamer magazine are archived a few feet away, and I'm getting a nice 5 meg up to the local cable company, for faster internet access than I've ever had.

I have some belated acknowledgements to take care of too, as I've had plenty of new additions to my collection over the last few weeks. And maybe, just maybe, I'll finally have the time to sit down and get a couple of articles pounded out for Vintage COmputing and Gaming.

So, on with the show...