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Road Trip to Arcade Nirvana 2010 – Part 3

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Here it is, the final installment of our “Road Trip to Arcade Nirvana 2010”, documenting the amazing road trip I made with Jeff Rothe back in the summer of 2010. If you aren’t familiar with our exploits from that summer, refresh your memory by checking out the first two legs of our trip here: Part 1 and Part 2. After all the fun we had at the Freecade, and the awe we felt viewing so many rare laser titles at Morgan’s house, I wasn’t sure we could top it. Jeff had told me very little about our next stop, or perhaps I just didn’t remember the details, but we were on our way to see long time collector James Marous in South Vienna Ohio. I didn’t know much about James or his collection, but Jeff told me that he liked vector games and was also a big fan of Showbiz Pizza…hmm, this should be interesting. Here is a map of the final leg of our trip.


On the drive out to visit James’ place, Jeff filled me in on some of the details. Not only did James like vector games, but he has a bunch of super rare titles in his lineup. Some of them I had never seen or played before. The kind of games that just can’t be played in MAME. Rather than ramble on about his stuff, I’ll just let the game list speak for itself:

Armor Attack, Asteroids, Asteroids Deluxe, Aztarac, Battlezone, Berzerk, Black Widow, Blaster, Bubbles, Computer Space (yellow), Crazy Climber (deluxe), Cyberball, Death Race, Defender, Dig Dug, Donkey Kong, Dragon’s Lair, Food Fight, Frogger, Galaga, Gravitar, Gyruss, I,Robot, Joust, Lunar Lander, Major Havoc, Missile Command, Moon Patrol, Quantum, Reactor, Robotron, Space Duel, Spy Hunter, Star Castle, Star Wars, Tempest, Tron, Wacko, Warrior, and Zookeeper. That is 40 amazing games in one space, including every Atari vector (right? I’m not missing any?). I was truly going to be in Arcade Nirvana. Insert coin to continue…

Ghost in the Machine

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

I was working in the game room late one evening when the lights went out. It was dark and I couldn’t find my flashlight. That’s when I noticed an eerie glow near the Robotron.

I was lucky to snap off a few shots before the mysterious guest vanished. Haunted game room? Spirit of the long lost black light carpet? Perhaps, you decide!

Star Wars Cockpit – troubleshooting

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

I’m going to jump right into this post without much background.
The main reason is that I need to share video of the display on my 25″ amp monitor with an arcade technician. We’re trying to iron out a few bugs in the final steps of the restoration. I’ll provide back-story later. For now, enjoy some 25″ Star Wars glory, shaky vectors and all. Video taken using a flip video camera, big HD files hosted on YouTube.

Star Wars Cockpit – easy game play

Star Wars Cockpit – title menu screens

Game Play Statistics from 1st Annual Arcade Party

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

I had a chance to empty the coin boxes and compile some data from the very successful game party we had early in November. I was surprised at the outcome, especially with the Warlords UR. I guess the game is just fun to play, regardless of the configuration. Games with a zero in the table were either dead (TSPP, Satan’s Hollow and Gorf which is missing in the stats) or still on free play (Mad Planets, GnG multi and DK multi). The Ms. Pac-Man CT multi was on freeplay as well, but still got 11 tokens 🙂 Next party I should have everything on tokens so I’ll get a more accurate picture of game play.

Opening a NIB Stern pinball

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Every 5 or 6 years I have been the lucky recipient of a fantastic company bonus. The first one was a NIB Lord of the Rings pinball from Stern in 2002, this time it was a NIB Simpson’s Pinball Party from Stern. This game came from the most recent and final short run and has a manufactured date of October 24, 2008. Here it is after the driver dropped it on my driveway.

NIB tspp

I was anxious to open it up and move it into the game room, but I’d need help. I called my friend Bill K and he agreed to come over. (more…)

Basement floor epoxy with a twist

Monday, October 27th, 2008

I recently lost my black light carpeting to water damage. (Black Light carpet bites the dust!) It just couldn’t survive the last soaking, so it was time to pull it and search for another option.

naked floor

I hunted online for ideas and decided that epoxy floor covering would be my best option. Easy clean up in case of water and it wouldn’t impact my already low ceiling height. The only problem is that plain epoxy is boring, so with some help, I worked up some stencils. (more…)

Warlords Upright no. 851 added to collection

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Today I picked up a beautiful Warlords UR, easily a 9/10 and in all original condition. (Thanks Troy!) I realize this isn’t the desirable 4 player cocktail version, but with my limited space, it’s the only version I could squeeze into the game room.

Warlords Upright no. 851

Warlords had very low production numbers with the UR at only 1,014 units made. The UR is a fine example of fantastic Atari cabinet design, with highly detailed side art and a pleasing color scheme carried through the rest of the cabinet art. (more…)

Takeman’s game party

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Recently I attended Takeman’s first annual game party in northern IL. He’s a well known local and getting a chance to check out his games and new game room was an irresistible opportunity. My first impression was W O W ! Takeman’s games were amazing to behold, with every machine in pristine original condition or a fantastic restoration, with superb attention to detail. It felt like I had walked into the grand opening of some new arcade in 1984. (more…)

Phoenix Cabaret added to collection

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

I got an opportunity to trade my project centipede cabaret for a project phoenix cabaret. Now you might be saying that I got a crappy deal, but I had very little into the centipede as it was from a bulk buy, I already have a multipede in a millipede cab and phoenix was one of the first games I played as a kid. (more…)

Black Light carpet bites the dust!

Monday, September 15th, 2008

My poor blacklight carpet has survived two major floods in the basement.  The first time it was still rolled up during the final days of construction and didn’t get that wet.  The second time it had been newly installed and required professional cleaning and drying with new pad.  It wasn’t so lucky the third time around.  With record rainfall here in the Midwest my poor carpet didn’t stand a chance! (more…)