[OT] David Crane (and back on topic with some electronic boardgames)
- Frank wrote:
> But you have to promise to drive out into the desert andHeh! Some guy in Arizona claims to have his house built on the old Atari
> bury the cartridge.
landfill. I'm sure it's a hoax. But just think of those millions of crappy
ET carts rotting there (does plastic rot? I guess it does at some point!).
Actually I'd love to have a pile of ET carts or PacMan carts - I've been
making new homebrew carts recently and those common 4K carts are the best to
work with when you want to make a real cart from newly released 2600
homebrew games (yes, several new 2600 games come out each year - some quite
good from "serious" hobby programmers).
> Dave....A book called "High Score" showed up on theI've seen it around here too... I'll definitely check it out.
> cheap table at Books a Million down here recently.
> 1 Atari 2600Just one? 3 Atari 2600's here :) (although one is not working quite
properly, and my debugging skills came up short. I think there is a problem
internal to the I/O chip).
> 1 Sega SaturnIMO, the best "failed" machine in existence and the machine I play most.
While none of this is directly boardgame relegated, several UGers are avid
video game players and at some of the game sessions there has been some
really fun video game stuff going on (especially GBA which I'd love to get
if I could only they made the screen a wee bit bigger). Even the venerable
2600 got a workout last month when we managed several 4P games of Warlords
with about 8 people rotating in for play.
It still seems to be that electronic boardgames never really caught on after
a fad of them in the early 1980's. Most games are either traditional board
and paper or are video games. I loved that era in the 80's where things
were being made electronic - E. Battleship, Stop Thief, Dark Tower, etc...
I guess Electronic Catchphrase is probably a good modern example of a
traditional game in electronic form - and it really is superior in many ways
to the old draw-card method.
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- Stop Thief in particular is a really good deduction game. Some of the
early modern hybrids are...ok, and some are quite cool.
The Omega Virus. Silly light family game, but the taunting voice *IS*
Electronic Mystery Mansion. a hint of deduction and great pieces. An ok
Legend of Zagor (uk). Based on the Fighting Fantasy books, and plays
like an improved TSR's Dungeon game. Actually quite fun, but in the
same Dungeon sort of stupid way.
Tiger Electronics did a weird deduction game with a similar style to
Sherlock Holmes consulting detective. This one has a set of phones
where you call up and listen to the suspects. In true Tiger style, the
actual (only 4) cases are actually pretty badly written.
We also are still looking for a copy of the record to Seance. This was
the more obscure twin of the more famous Voice of the Mummy. Both were
simple family games that replaced a deck of event cards with a little
record player that could play random recordings.
One of the other kind of cool games is from the 60's....Manhunter. It
works a bit like Stop Thief but with much simpler components, and punch
card kind of things.
On Wednesday, October 2, 2002, at 12:25 PM, Dave Bernazzani wrote:
> It still seems to be that electronic boardgames never really caught on
> a fad of them in the early 1980's. Most games are either traditional
> and paper or are video games. I loved that era in the 80's where
> were being made electronic - E. Battleship, Stop Thief, Dark Tower,
> I guess Electronic Catchphrase is probably a good modern example of a
> traditional game in electronic form - and it really is superior in
> many ways
> to the old draw-card method.
- My family stopped playing Stop Thief with me. It
annoyed them that I knew where the thief was after
about three clues. My Grandmother used to have actual
I've still got it, though. Checked it out yesterday
to see if it worked. My kids will end up playing.
--- Frank Branham <moo@...> wrote:
> Stop Thief in particular is a really good deduction__________________________________________________
> game. Some of the
> early modern hybrids are...ok, and some are quite
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