Lots of packing, and we were off to Oconomowoc (say that five times in a row – plus you have to live in Wisconsin to pronounce it properly), and to the Olympia Resort for the Midwest Gaming Classic 2008! It took around an hour or so to get all the TVs, monitors, consoles, computer, and everything else into a van and two cars. Thanks to Erica and Greg for helping out (it would be impossible without their help).
Once at the Olympia, we unpacked everything and started to setup, but not before bumping into an excited Dan Loosen (one of the shows Co-founders). He just had to show me the local paper, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which had an article about the show in it. The thing Dan was keen to point out, was an article that listed the top five things to check out at the show, and the Underdog Chamber made #4 on the list! Just too cool, plus they mentioned the Odyssey2 as well – probably the first time in over 25+ years! (Thanks Dan for pointing this out – I have a copy of the issue for my own keepsake!)
You can view the JS article here:
Back to setting up, it took us (Erica, Greg and myself) around six hours to get the Quake Mac LAN and five game consoles setup. Much better time that we’ve done in the past. In all, it worked out pretty good, even though it was a bit cramp for space (especially the Atari 5200 and Odyssey2, due to the system size and/or height). Nothing I couldn’t work around though, and I just hope people enjoy playing gaming in the UC area over the weekend. Next year I’ll be back to normal size again, and the Odyssey2 and bigger systems will have the bigger end tables for their use. I downsized somewhat from last year, due to a long period where I was unemployed and couldn’t afford to commit to too much. There are things I want to do, but they cost money, simple as that. I only recently started working again – thank God!
I managed to pick up a used Intellivision for my UC display, as I have too many broken systems. I needed one without joystick add-ons, as that was all I had working. Tomorrow morning, the Exhibit hall opens an hour after the selling hall in open, so I’ll have a chance to buy some things this year! This is one change they made for 2008, which is great, as a lot of good deals are gone in that first hour of the show. Not sure what I’ll buy, but I’m working again, so I have some money to spend. I’ll see what catches my eye. I do know that there is a new collector’s book out that I will probably buy. I’ll report back on anything I buy after the whole show is over, along with a recap of pictures taken during the show (that may take a bit of time though, as I’ve got a big college assignment due next week).
Later, I’m off to bed to get some much needed sleep…. Zzzz…
On the road again… – At the Olympia
Getting the UC area setup