The beginning of February, and I’m still working on what I’m going to bring to MGC 2007. One thing I’ve gotten information on this week is were I will be located within the actual show (hopefully this won’t change over time). Only bad thing is, there is a limited amount of larger tables for the show, and at this point several groups and vendors want those tables. Thus I may have to fight to keep the six I had last year, or figure something else out. Someone suggested bringing my own tables, but I don’t have six large convention sized tables. I really don’t want to buy any, as they would only be used for shows like this one, and I don’t see why I should have to pay for that! Guess I’ll have to wait and see. If I do end up with the smaller tables at the last minute, I will either try to get by with them, or I will pull a good chunk of my stuff from the show. The Macintosh LAN would get the plug more than likely, mainly because computers with keyboards and mice just don’t fit on narrow tables. Simple as that. This is one part of MGC that I hate, not knowing for sure if I’ll have the proper tables until the day before the show!
Well, besides this news, I’ve been narrowing down what I want to display at this years show. Here is what I have finally come up with. Note that this is tentative, as things can change in the next four months.
For 2007, I plan on having over half of the Underdog Chamber following the ‘A+ year’ them. This is systems that start with the letter ‘A’, plus of course other systems as well. So here is the list so far:
–Atari 5200 (I need to video mod this one before it is finalized for the show)
–Atari 7800 (This needs to had a video mod too, and hopefully Kamino will help with this, as he promised to.)
–Arcadia 2001 (this system will be back again, and is pretty much ready to go, pending anything that might takes its place.)
–Astrocade (Bally) (I would also like to video mod this system as well.)
–Apple (1st off is the Mac LAN. Not sure if I will do 8 systems like last year. I may do from 4-8, depending on what game(s) I pick for this year. I’ve done Marathon for three years now, and would like to do something different. Currently still looking at Quake, but I’m not sure if I can get this to work over a LAN – it looks like it is internet only – but I need to do more research on this. Worse comes to worse, Marathon makes a fourth year appearance.)
–Apple (Along with the Mac, I would like to bring at least 1 Apple IIgs to the show.)
–G7400 (This videopac system from Europe would take the place of the Odyssey2, if I can get the proper mods done to it in time. If not, I will just displace the old Odyssey2 again, like last year.)
–Gamecube (Many people like this system, but it is an Underdog, which is why I want to run it this year!)
–Intellivision (This one needs a video mod, but I’ll bring it even if I can’t do that.)
–Timex/Sinclair 1500/2068 (This year I plan on just running the 1500, with the 2068 sitting on the side – not hooked up. I’ve asked Ted Foolery to do another digitized commercial for 2007. Hopefully he can do this, otherwise I will be running something else on this old system.)
Again, this list is tentative. I will be adding them as permanent to the ‘Underdog Chamber 2007 setup’ Page section of this blog, as things become more concrete as June approaches. Of course, the table situation may kill many of these plans the night before the show. I hope this doesn’t happen, but I just don’t know at this point in time.
That’s it for now. Two things I need to get going on this week – the video mod on the Atari 5200 and testing Quake or some other multi-player game for the Macintosh LAN.