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!

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

Video Game Boom Box Disney Quest Tribute: Music From The Namco Museum!

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Hey Arcaders!

 

RayGunn here!

I wanted to jump on this Video Game Boom Box Tribute to Disney Quest. I’m trying to process all of this (as I will be a tech on closing day AND removing the games) So…I though Id go REALLY oldskewl on ya’ and blast some tunes in Quest’s honor from-

THE NAMCO MUSEUM SERIES!

This would have been great music to blast in the Building!

If you have never play the Namco Museum series- WHAT”S WRONG WITH YA’?

Starting in 1995, the Playstation and several other consoles after these compilation discs (that even started the whole compilation trend!) of classic Namco games.

To quote the ever reliable Wikipedia-

There are six different volumes available for the PlayStation, including one (Namco Museum Encore) that was released only in Japan. Each volume has five to seven games; all of these were ported from the original arcade version’s source code — some of the games such as Galaga and Pac-Man allowed for an alternative screen mode to compensate for the lack of vertical monitor, whereby the scoreboard was located on the left of the screen, or rotated the image 90 degrees if the user possessed a vertical monitor or was willing to risk placing the television/monitor on its side.

The control systems of each of the games were well preserved. However, since the PlayStation’s analog controller was not available at the time, analog control forPole Position and Pole Position II is only supported in this compilation by Namco’s neGcon joypad.

Each package with the exception of Namco Museum Encore also had a “museum” mode where the player could walk through a virtual museum containing various curiosities surrounding the games including images of the mainboards, marketing material and conceptual artwork (all from the Japanese releases; none of the volumes contain any American materials). For this reason, the games themselves are based on the Japanese releases, although for the U.S. the games retain their U.S. changes (i.e., Pac-Man is still “Pac-Man”, as opposed to “Puckman”; the ghosts still have their U.S. names, etc.).

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Pac-Man (1980)This was the first in the series for the PlayStation and contains:

If you haven’t played these- do so. NOW!

So I thought we would start this off with the entrance and explore music-

as if you were entering Venture Port and about to start your journey…

Close your eyes…

Have Fun!

Keep Playin’ Like it’s 1981!

Tales From The Game Grid #33 – Far Out with Brad and Friends

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Wreck It Ralph Alert!

Big news from Disney- last week, a trailer for Wreck It Ralph was run in front of Brave. Check it out here!

Its just awesome!!!! I wish it was November already!

Now.. if that wasn’t amazing enough… PLAY THE GAME!!!!

Go to http://disney.go.com/wreck-it-ralph/ to play the game and more!!!

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The 1982 ABC Saturday Morning Pac Preview Party!

I love Saturday morning cartoons almost as much as video games- it’s a shame Saturday morning isn’t treated with the same reverence it was when I was a kid (but thanks to networks like Cartoon network and The Hub, it’s getting a little better!)  The next best thing back then to Saturday morning, was the Saturday Morning PreviewThis would happen on a crisp Friday evening in September, the day before the season would start officially. It was always a huge gathering of kids, comics, ventriloquists, voice actors, and stars of the shows, and a host ( this time its Dick Clark!) But more importantly, the previews! Of course this the year Pac- Man got his own show – and we didn’t see that until the end (as we slid closer and closer to the TV after every commercial!) They also had previews of The Little Rascals and Mork and Mindy (I was a HUGE Mork and Mindy fan back then!)

So grab a bowl of  of your favorite cereal, sit WAY TO CLOSE TO THE TV, and watch the 1982 Saturday Morning Pac Preview Party!