Hah hah... remind... thread necro time! Oddly enough, I did take a shot of my shelves a couple of weeks ago for a different thread elsewhere... yeah, there's a bit packed currently.
Wow! Amazing collection, ranging from US to UK to even Japan. I have a couple comments and questions (I've been waiting awhile to see this shelf), but I'll start with comments:
-Look at the shine on those boxes, I'm kind of amazed you haven't gone with any box protectors. -Completeness is astounding: Promotional buttons, both big- and small-box lightpens, the stack of Fury limited editions, Harmageddon and ScrambleWars! My lord my collection seems tiny.
And now, for my (nit-picky) questions:
-No systems or system boxes are featured. Do you stick with UK-style Vectrex or do you also have a US Vec? -What is the item directly to the right of the Promotional buttons? Could you post a close-up of the buttons and that item? -The stack of cardboard on top of your (beautiful!) 3D imager, what is inside? -What all is contained in the right-most portion of the bottom shelf? Is that the Joust Evolution I spy within? (clear catridge, looks like a blue label?)
Again, thanks a bunch Mayhem! My envy knows no bounds
Last Edit: May 11, 2013 14:49:12 GMT -5 by desfeek
It's full sets of US, Europe and Japanese releases on those shelves. And every homebrew in just about every release (bar the one offs of certain games for example that George made). I think the only thing I'm missing is Mr Boston. If David Lillestrom hadn't outbid me for Chris' complete one several years back, then that would be in the collection too
The systems aren't in shot, that's just the games. The systems are off to the left in another corner unit. You can just see the edge of one on the left of the photo. I've got two UK units and a Kouso. One of the UK units is CIB with the shipping box as well. I found someone on the south coast selling it a number of years ago AND a full CIB set of all 18 UK releases, so I took the lot for £400 iirc.
I thought you'd asked what was to the LEFT of the buttons at first (which is the yellow circuit board of "Solar Wars", one of the ten demo carts Alex Nicholson sold at Eurocon, and technically the only things in existence to show off that game), but you said RIGHT. The sheet you get with the Overdrive controller is propped up on it. It's actually a plastic stand and certificate of ownership for the deluxe version of "Debris Revisited". Considering I designed the attack patterns in the game and co-playtested it, I figured I was due a nice reward for helping out
(which reminds me, I don't actually have a REGULAR version of "Debris Revisited", I'll ask Martijn about that)
On the bottom shelf does lurk the Joust cartridge. There's also a stack of multicarts, over ten prototypes and the such. There's also some Vectrex spare parts to boot and a couple of those natty clear cases (one white, one red). I think there's also the chips for certain unreleased programs.
On top of the 3D Imager... you can't see everything there from that angle. The large cardboard box (actually the original shipping box from Alex Herbert) contains the original limited release of Protector. I took the stamps off, but it's still got the address label on it heh. I had to get the rest out to remind myself what is there.
Okay, so let's see... Protector/YASI decals for your Vectrex edition 12/40; instructions and dip switch lists for three of the early multicarts I own; maps for Sectis produced by George; Minestorm overlays and manuals for US and Japanese units; VeCaves overlay; fliers and firesale catalogs (which we've seen good scans of here); a few homemade overlays; a 2011 Xmas card from Kristoff Tuts; and finally, spare colour wheels for the official 3D Imager, and the modern one that John Macallan made roughly ten years back.
*slowclap* thank you for sharing so much information!
A Kousokusen and a shipping box! Wow! I'm kind of surprised you don't have a US system, but I understand space/desire ratio with collecting as well . You're right that the item to the left of your promo buttons is far more interesting. I don't think I've ever seen gameplay of Solar Wars, probably because of its rarity. Over 10!? prototypes and unreleased programs...anything of note, that people might not have hard of?
Thanks for digging through and listing the unseen items. Very thorough response, thanks again!
I'm not sure if I've dumped Solar Wars yet for posterity. Not planning on releasing it, just for preservation sake given Alex somewhat left game development not longer afterwards.
Which reminded me that one of the copies of Spike's Circus on the shelf is a slightly more deluxe version than the original retail sale. Better inlay sleeve, and a laser engraved dogtag inside. And the cart has all the levels unlocked from the start. A prize from Eurocon 2005.
Of the prototypes, all of them are released games, but I figure some of them are versions that were used at Mark Shaker's place, and now with John D. The bug fixed Berzerk, better Polar Rescue etc. I'd have to dump those as well to check them out perhaps, maybe a ROM compare.
As of the "unreleased" stuff... no real surprises I suppose. Something that involves mail and planes. Something that involves an old 1982 film. Something that involves a modified Minestorm. That sort of thing...
You have an amazing collection, Mayhem! I'm happy to see many of the obscure items have found their home in one place, under a single owner.
I am actually quite piqued by the Joust cartridge. I now realize you were the one that one the auction back in 2007. From the context on Vectorzoa's blog, I understand that you have the rights to the cartridge and that the developer cannot release it. So at that I must inquire, do you have any plans at all to release it on cartridge form in the near or distant future for the public to purchase? And if you do not, can you explain why? (I don't mean it in any demeanor of offense, I am just rather interested in the mentality)
And I am also wondering, do you only collect for the Vectrex, or are there other gaming consoles that you collect for?