About raygunn1

Husband, Father, and Arcade enthusiast! I've been working in the arcade industry since 1981

Return To Dark Tower Board Game Exceeds Kickstarter Goals!

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Hey Arcaders!

This is a sequel I’ve been waiting for.  A sequel to one of the greatest board games ever- Dark Tower. What?  You have never heard of Dark Tower? Well, Squire- sit back, grab a cold grog, try not to get any mutton on your tunic, and I’ll tell you the story of the Dark Tower.

We have to start out tale back in 1981…

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Dark Tower is a 1981 electronic board game by Milton Bradley Company, for one to four players. The object of the game is to amass an army, collect the three keys to the Tower, and defeat the evil within. The game came out during the height of the role-playing game craze in the early 1980s. Advertising for the game included a television commercial featuring Orson Welles.- Wikipedia

As a avid D&D player- I wanted this game. but it was pricey for a board game in that day- $40.

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And that year, it was either Dark Tower- or the Atari VCS. I think we know what I chose.

I always WANTED this game- But today, a working version of a almost 40 year old game can fetch $100.00 or more.

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Let’s take a look at this game in action- you will see what the excitement was about!

 

You can EVEN PLAY THIS ON STEAM!

 

 

Well- That is the History Of Dark Tower. But what of the sequel- Return To Dark Tower?

Check this out!

 

Its now on Kickstarter– Let’s just say… it’s backed. A lot. Like $2,699,723 a lot. it was backed 317%! And as of this article’s post- it has 13 days to go! That’s impressive! Now- I’ve heard this game will fetch a hefty price tag- around $200.00 I believe. The game looks amazing. But that much… I don’t know if I could let go of that much scratch.

Would you pay hundreds of dollars for a board game? Even as cool as this one?

Let me know in the comments!

Keep Playin’ Like It’s 1981!

Family Arcade in Los Angeles- an institution since 1971… Remodeling and reopening it’s doors this month!

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I love arcade stories… I mean, that’s what I started the Archives for. But- when this popped up on my Facebook feed, I had to share. Harry & David Peck, brothers from Boyle Heights, CA had a dream to open an arcade. They have been in the arcade business since 1971. They have seen the highs and lows of this industry. In August of last year, a fire damaged a portion of the building- Fortunately from what I can tell, no one was hurt, and a majority of the games were spared. What makes this even more important, is it’s considered to be the oldest active game center in Los Angeles. The good news- they are about to reopen after a lengthy remodel! As sad as it is to loose a piece of arcade history, it’s amazing to see one not only survive 49 years, but to reopen- better than ever! So, in honor of this amazing arcade- I thought I would show pics of the past- and future!

And as a extra treat- let’s do a walkthrough, shall we?

Thanks to Arcade Crainiacs for the video.

Once I get the Video Arcade Raiders together- this might have to be a destination!!!

Hey Arcaders- give this great establishment some love and go visit them yourselves if you happen to be in the Los Angeles area!!!

Oh man- it’s down the street from a Jack in the Box!!!

870 N. Vermont Ave. (2,189.58 miles from me)
Los Angeles, California 90029

Get Directions

Have you ever been to Family Arcade? Do you have any cool stories to tell? Leave a comment below!

Keep Playin’ Like It’s 1981!

There’s A Freaks And Geeks Video game!

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If you know me-

Then you know my love for this show runs deep. I was one of the geeks through and through. Man, did the early 80’s feels GET ME. I remember the utter disappointment when the show was CANCELLED (I’m not bitter…)

I remember the petition to have the show put on DVD (which of course, I signed with childhood glee) and had the opportunity to purchase the limited run Yearbook set- which I play through several times a year!FNG1 But- now I find out that there is a Freaks and Geeks…VIDEO GAME? WHAT? and it’s on… YOU TUBE? And- it’s been out for… SIX YEARS? WHAT? Have I been living under a arcade cabinet? I’m gonna have to check this out… OK- it’s a choose your own adventure. That’s cool. But the links don’t seem to be working anymore (or- it’s my stupidity- let me know in the comments section!) But- it’s cool to look at! Check it out!

I should do an episode review of the show…

See ‘ya next decade, Arcaders!

Keep Playin’ Like It’s 1981!

RayGunn Is A Guest On The “What If Geeks” Podcast- Coming Soon!

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Hey Arcaders!

I had the amazing opportunity To hang out with John, Paul, and Eric over at the What If Geeks Podcast this week! On their weekly show they discuss all things in Geek culture – from Superheroes to Sci-Fi, movies to TV, books, games & comics. It’s a great show and I highly recommend it! Give them a listen- and come hear ME as we talk about many geeky things, INCLUDING the Arcade Archives!

Check them out at- What If Geeks.Com

Keep Playin’ like it’s 1981!

RayGunn

Homebrew Spotlight#1- Dragon’s Lair For The TI-99/4A!

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Hey Arcaders!

Raygunn here with a new series I know your gonna get a kick out of- HOMEBREW SPOTLIGHT!

I know what most of you are asking- Raygunn- whats a homebrew? That’s easy to explain. Homebrew is a term frequently applied to video games or other software produced by consumers to target proprietary hardware platforms (usually with hardware restrictions) that are not typically user-programmable or that use proprietary storage methods Wikipedia. Homebrewing has been popular for almost two decades now due to the resurgence in the classic game consoles of the first through third generations especially.

So, now that we got that out of the way, why don’t we take a look at our first home brew to spotlight- Dragon’s Lair for the TI-99/4A! First- let’s go over the machine specs!

Texas Instruments TI-99/4A
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Type Home computer
Release date June 1981
Introductory price US$525 (equivalent to $1,447 in 2018)
Discontinued March 1984
Media
  • ROM cartridge
  • cassette
  • floppy disk
Operating system TI BASIC
CPU TMS9900 @ 3 MHz
Memory 16 KB RAM
256 bytes scratchpad RAM
Graphics TMS9918A
Predecessor TI-99/4

-Wikipedia.

Now- to create a home port (that’s the term used to describe a game created for the console during its original life cycle) of Dragon’s Lair back in 1983 would have been impossible. The were no means to create the video files in a way that would have worked without a laserdisc player.

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Even the amazing Coleco Adam port had to be altered because of the hardware limitations.

But… Fast forward about 35 YEARS- and behold- this little jem appears on the YouTubes and I have to share- thus the nexus of a new article series!

Now- THIS GAME truly defines a homebrew! An actual, playable version of an arcade classic on a system that it wasn’t truly meant to be played on! But, given the time we live in- with advancements in software and hardware technology, and the talented people who want to bring their favorite (and ours!) childhood arcade games home- or even… IMPROVE THEM! Yes, we will even see that in this series!

So- keep an eye out for more Homebrew Spotlight articles- where I’ll even try these amazing games- and give em’ a review- to see if they are worth a purchase for your classic console!

Hang on- this is going to be a fun ride! And if you know of any homebrew games you would like to review- leave me a comment below!

Thanks gang!

and-
Keep Playin’ Like It’s 1981!

Raygunn