Well, it is Saturday night now, but it was hours ago (of course). The Midwest Gaming Classic kicked off today at 10am at the Olympia in Oconomowoc, and ran till 8pm. I got there around 9am, to do some last minute touches to the Underdog Chamber exhibit of mine. Tweaks in place, the area was partitioned off from 10 to 10:30, so I could do some shopping at the start of the show. I always hate missing some deals, so I just opened my area a little later than I was supposed to.
I didn’t buy much, as I’m trying to watch my money, but I did pick up some Odyssey2 things. I bought an extra copy of Quest for the Rings and Conquest of the World, both brand new and still in their original shrink wrap. I’ve got copies already of these games of course, but not in the good shape these were in, plus the price was rather good too for them. I picked up another copy of Type and Telll as well, as the only version I have has a rather beat-up box. This one was mint, and I mean mint, in a still sealed box. Plus, the same vendor I bought this stuff from has Pick Axe Pete, the Japanese version for a very good price as well. I’ve never had a Japanese copy of an Odyssey2 game, so I had to buy this as well. The vendor was nice enough to give me an empty cartridge box, with the official Magnavox logo on the side!
Other than that, I bought the MegaPak 1 for the Atari Lynx (yeah, I’m a fan of the old Lynx as well).
The only other thing I bought, for a good sale price, was a Hallmark Xmas ornament of a Pac-Man arcade machine, which played official sounds from the game (much to my amusement).
Not sure if I’ll buy anything more on Sunday, but you never know.
Oh, and I met up with a nice guy Tony, from Texas (if I remember correctly). Very nice guy that was really into the old stuff (Odyssey2, Bally, Vextrex, and other such consoles). I met up with other new folks as well, like the TI guy (forget the name), and a few others that show interest in various system I had on display (mainly the Timex with the iPod commercial running).
As for the show today, my area did rather well. Quake, as expected, did incredibly well the entire day. The Odyssey2 and G7400 got some attention, but not a ton, but that is normal for these lesser familiar systems. The Apple IIgs did fairly well, as did the Vectrex. The Gamecube did okay too, but not as good as I would have expected. The Timex/Sinclair running 3D Monster Maze and Mazogs got terrible reception, and was largely ignore, enough so that I took that unit and TV home with me Saturday night. At least I tried, but it just was a rather poor reception. Darn thing is, I ran Ted’s Timex/Sinclair iPod Shuffle digitized commercial on the Timex/Sinclair T/S 1000, and this actually got a lot of attention. Much more than it did back in 2007 when I had it on display. Lots of people were fascinated by it, and asked lots of questions about the unit and how Ted got the commercials to play at such a fast frame rate on an old 1Khz machine.
But, Satuday is almost done for now, and I’m a bit glad for that. It was a fun and interesting day, with a good amount of people showing interest in my older stuff, and asking lots of questions. That is the part of the show I like the most! But, after 10 hours of this, I’ll admit that I am worn out. The heat in the room I was in didn’t help though. For some reason, the room (unlike last year) got up to at least 85 degrees, and I was sweating rather well most of the day. Other than that though, I had a great time today. My area did very well overall, and literally had a waiting line for Quake for a good portion of the afternoon hours. (There are a lot of Quake fans out there). Heat aside, the day was a very fun day, as it always is at the MGC show!. Sunday should be the much slower day that it always is, but it’ll still be fun.
Here’s to Sunday at the show!
Below here, I have a picture of the ever popular Quake. And to the right, that sign that I didn’t get a good shot of yesterday, that I made up for the Odyssey2. It has the 1982 World’s Fair info on it, along with that pin I got from Rick (that again buddy). I also plugged the best O2/VP forum on the net! 🙂
Quake! – Odyssey2 sign