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Re: Portland Retro Gaming Expo
« Reply #30 on: October 26, 2016, 04:14:33 AM »
Hey Saturn, let me see what I can answer.
1.  Jr. Pac-Man on the Intellivision is still being worked on but will be seeing release in 2017.  It's almost complete.
2. The cost of the mid-sized booths is $275 which does include two tickets.  No idea what the larger ones cost but it should be over $500.
3.  I didn't check the prices for the consoles as I wasn't really looking for one.  I glanced at some add-ons and did see some Nomads but the prices for those went from a bit pricey to ridiculous. 
4.  I did all my travel and hotel in February of this year, so a good 8 months ahead of time.  That got me the hotel room at the convention rate ($130/night) at the DoubleTree.  The Motel 6 nearby cost $100/night.  The $30 more per night from what I heard.  I did use miles for the ticket to get there but it cost me the lowest amount possible given the advance "purchase." 
That's useful info, thanks. Wow, 8 months in advance. I know there were last minute people who went and I can only imagine the accommodations left lol.
That's pretty cool TrekMD. :D

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Re: Portland Retro Gaming Expo
« Reply #31 on: October 26, 2016, 04:23:36 AM »
Sure thing!  I'd love to go again next year.  I will certainly try!  :) 

I have to say the event really was great fun.  I met a bunch of the AA Intellivision guys (they're all in the group picture I posted) and some other AA members.  We had special badges with our screen names and avatars on them. 

I met Norman, The Gaming Historian, and spoke with him for a bit.  I didn't know he actually is a history teacher!  He decided to not teach in schools anymore and to dedicate himself to "teaching" about video games on YouTube.  Nice guy to speak with.

I also spoke with Howard Scott Warshaw for a bit.  He remembered me from a previous event last year in Texas.  I had him autograph a Yar's Revenge cart and manual.  :) 

The other guy who was great to speak to was Steve Golson from GCC.  He gave the story of the Atari 7800 (the pictures I posted are of the original Atari 3600 board!) and it was really frustrating to see all that Atari had planned for the system only to have Jack Tramiel kill it.  Had Atari launched the 7800 as originally planned and with the support and add-ons originally developed, I think Nintendo would have had a harder time entering the US market. 

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Re: Portland Retro Gaming Expo
« Reply #32 on: October 26, 2016, 04:53:34 AM »
Incredible stuff. I wondered who the people were in the group photo. Intellivision guys from AA huh. That's wild.
I saw the pics of the 3600 board (or chip) and had no idea what it was. I thought to myself, an Atari 3600? Pffft there's no such thing.. :p  Man, what could've been.
So, history could be a lot different if Jack never entered the scene. If only.. but then again, my Jaguar collection probably wouldn't mean as much to me.
That's cool about getting the Yar's Revenge stuff signed. That would be priceless to me.
It'd be great if someone did live Youtube streams from the event. Get to see some live footage of all those upcoming games like Rebooteroids or Xevious. It was loud in there from what I heard on your video. Awesome

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Re: Portland Retro Gaming Expo
« Reply #33 on: October 26, 2016, 05:14:15 AM »
The convention itself will post videos of the panels online and you'll be able to find them in YouTube. 

Besides Yar's Revenge, I got Asteroids, Halo and Pac-Man signed by their programmers.  I also had the artist for the cover sign my Haunted House cart & manual.  :) 

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Re: Portland Retro Gaming Expo
« Reply #34 on: October 27, 2016, 00:21:03 AM »
Here is an official album from the convention:  Portland Retro Gaming Expo 2016 .

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Re: Portland Retro Gaming Expo
« Reply #35 on: October 27, 2016, 03:36:12 AM »
Those are fantastic! Did you get AVGN's autograph?
Some amazing pics, the place looked packed. All those people wearing their backpacks or carrying their purse while playing the games. Not safe to set anything down??

I'd love to have this controller for my Jaguar!

This Freddy Kruger glove is beyond awesome 8)

Ha, and this was a nice little addition..

Thanks for posting those :D

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Re: Portland Retro Gaming Expo
« Reply #36 on: October 27, 2016, 04:11:09 AM »
I did not even see the AVGN!  He was there for a short time.  I did see Pat and Norman, though.  :) 

That controller looks awesome, the glove I didn't even see, nor did I see that Chameleon!  I wonder where that was?!?

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Re: Portland Retro Gaming Expo
« Reply #37 on: October 27, 2016, 11:53:03 AM »
Here is a video of the event taken by AA member LiqMat:


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Re: Portland Retro Gaming Expo
« Reply #38 on: October 27, 2016, 13:11:27 PM »
Awesome photos trek, I'd love to visit one of these events , especially with my coin op book, reckon I'd sell a few at that event?

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Re: Portland Retro Gaming Expo
« Reply #39 on: October 27, 2016, 13:29:55 PM »
Oh, I'm sure you would sell plenty.  Tim certainly sold lots of his books!  They ran out of the standard edition books and sold plenty of the special edition books from what I saw.

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Re: Portland Retro Gaming Expo
« Reply #40 on: October 27, 2016, 14:06:01 PM »
Wow, I would have to dropship mine, but its good to dream all the same, would love to travel there and meet all of you here and in the States, it would be a great once off event

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Re: Portland Retro Gaming Expo
« Reply #41 on: October 27, 2016, 14:20:26 PM »
You certainly can!  There were folks from Europe at the event.  :)

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Re: Portland Retro Gaming Expo
« Reply #42 on: October 27, 2016, 16:25:01 PM »
The event looks great and the AA stand looked amazing. I was amazed by the amount of homebrew that could be purchased at the event. I bet the stand was hard for Atari aficionados to walk past. All those Commodore CRT screens too!

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Re: Portland Retro Gaming Expo
« Reply #43 on: October 27, 2016, 16:30:59 PM »
There are hombrews that are either released early at PRGE or sometimes exclusively.  There was a new 2600 exclusive to PRGE being sold bit it was a bit too expensive for my taste.  They were asking $75 for a clone of Breakout, essentially.  One interesting thing I saw was that they were selling SuperCharger games on CD.  Someone had made and packaged individual games that way, which I thought was cool.

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Re: Portland Retro Gaming Expo
« Reply #44 on: October 27, 2016, 22:53:10 PM »
Here is a video of the event taken by AA member LiqMat:
Wow, I knew the place was huge but that puts it into a different perspective. A lot bigger than I'd thought.