Dahn to Mahgit

Just a quick post because today I went down to Margate for the shiny new Play Margate at the Winter Gardens with Frank Gasking and Sean Connolly. My regular readers (there’s three I think?) will possibly remember that we rocked up to the same venue back in February for the most recent GEEK and were pretty disappointed by the lack of retro stuff, but this time there was loads to look at and appropriately enough play.

And between games of the coin-op 1942 or Fire Track on the BBC and some time spent in the bar area talking about ongoing projects, I did get a few photos taken and although I’m still not sure how spent some of that time harassing cosplayers without getting into trouble!

So to maintain what appears to be the trend for these posts, here’s a gallery of photos taken whilst wandering around with captions that probably say more than the post itself.

Play Margate 2015

The economics of 2p machines

The pictures have been up since the event itself last weekend, but here’s the “official” post about myself, my Beloved, Spencer and three storage boxes of Oldschool Gaming systems heading off to Play Blackpool. This year we were set up in the corridor to one side of the main hall rather than the entrance which was more noisy (making conversations about the games running with people who were playing them more difficult) but warmer than last year and conveniently placed near where the cosplayers were gathering for photos.

Sadly, there’s just a couple of pictures I took of the heritage trams that passed us on our final journey from hotel to venue on Monday because I ended up suffering with a raging toothache that day and was of absolutely no use to anybody. Since then I’ve been trying to sleep through the pain and have actually visited an emergency dentist to have work done despite a deep-seated childhood phobia, all of which is my excuse for this post and the May workprint being late – there’s not much to say anyway, but it’ll be sorted during the coming week.

Despite my being useless on the Monday, there’s still quite a few pictures from the other two days in the relevant gallery.

Off to Blackpool… again!

Last weekend myself, my partner Sue and our friend Spencer all piled into his car with a couple of storage boxes of retro computing gear and, after a false start and some time on the road, stopped at a little seaside hotel not far from this tram:

But this wasn’t some random trip to the beach; the storage boxes contained some of the Oldschool Gaming computers and we were taking them to put out at Play Blackpool. As regular readers might know, Blackpool was the original home of the Play Expo back when it was called Replay so this was it coming home as it were. And we had a bloody brilliant time; the machines were left to their own devices (Mark “Groovybee” Ball was there on the first day demoing some of his latest Intellivision code and kept an eye on them) and we pootled around looking at and playing whatever took our fancy.

There were lots of interesting people to talk to as well, including Jessie McClure – one of the stars of Storage Hunters, which is shown regularly on Dave – who was there to give a talk about his passion for coin-op arcade machines and how he has a collection that are rented out to local establishments. His talk was combined with a couple of others, one about the Cherry Blossom Inn (a Blackpool seafront hotel with a retro arcade) and the current UK record holder for Missile Command in tournament mode, Tony Temple. Anyway, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves…

…and a few more galleries have been added at the same time for Revival Mini 2013, GEEK 2014 and the first Leeds Video Game Market – have a look at the galleries page and here’s a picture of a Commodore 8032 to end the post!