Re: [SWCollect] Old games and gaming rigs

2001-07-25 Thread Jim Leonard
Stephen S. Lee wrote: The problem with The Two Towers and Future Wars (both Interplay games, I don't think that's a coincidence) isn't any of these; the graphics get screwed up (stripes running across pictures, blocks of random junk in place of sprites, etc.). I hadn't heard of this sort

Re: [SWCollect] Ultimas (was: Infocom games' boxes)

2001-07-25 Thread Jim Leonard
Pedro Quaresma wrote: Nope. I don't collect RPGs. In fact, I think I collect everything that you guys *don't* collect. That's great, you wouldn't happen to have one of those shop's lists handy, would you? :) They don't keep lists (at least, they don't export their databases for public

Re: [SWCollect] Infocom games' boxes

2001-07-25 Thread Jim Leonard
Hugh Falk wrote: Actually, the Ultima series (including Akalabeth) was responsible for many innovations, but I'll respect your wishes and not respond here. But please respond privately! :-) I wish to be educated. I may not like them, but at least I want to know why others do. I'm

Re: [SWCollect] Ludicrous prices

2001-07-25 Thread Jim Leonard
Pedro Quaresma wrote: I didn't mean games that scared you for one reason or other (so I think Aliens can't quite be included, it's more sci-fi than horror), I mean games that are really horror-oriented. There are two great examples within the RPG genre: The Legacy (in which the hero

Re: [SWCollect] Infocom games' boxes

2001-07-25 Thread Jim Leonard
Pedro Quaresma wrote: What a coincidence, both are Tim Cain games :) Or you just simply love post-nuke :) Actually, http://www.mobygames.com/game/credits/gameId,287/ disagrees with you. I don't see Tim Cain associated with Wasteland at all. Why do you think Tim Cain was associated with

Re: [SWCollect] Ludicrous prices

2001-07-25 Thread Jim Leonard
Karl Kuras wrote: And as a side note... was anyone ever scared of Alone in the Dark? At first, yes. The creaking of the wood in the first room you start in, plus the monster that breaks through the window, set the mood. I then got used to it and didn't get scared... ..until I read the

Re: [SWCollect] Ultimas (was: Infocom games' boxes)

2001-07-25 Thread Jim Leonard
Pedro Quaresma wrote: I'm really more concerned why people think the series is the best ever when there are really only 3 standouts. Not standouts. Masterpieces. If it were a masterpiece then it would've sucked me into it's world and not let me go. It didn't do that. :-) Maybe I just

Re: [SWCollect] Recent IBM games

2001-07-26 Thread Jim Leonard
Lee K. Seitz wrote: I went to the local used video game store this evening just to look around.* They also sell old overstock computer games. I discovered a couple published by IBM back in 1995. I was aware they published several games in the early days, but nothing so recent. Looking

Re: [SWCollect] Infocom games' boxes

2001-07-26 Thread Jim Leonard
Pedro Quaresma wrote: Actually, http://www.mobygames.com/game/credits/gameId,287/ disagrees with you. I don't see Tim Cain associated with Wasteland at all. Why do you think Tim Cain was associated with Wasteland? Err... I was pretty sure he was the one responsible for Wasteland.

Re: [SWCollect] Awkward game packages

2001-07-26 Thread Jim Leonard
Stephen S. Lee wrote: * Wing Commander III Premiere Edition. Easily the largest game box I own. There's no way this is going to fit on a bookshelf (it's way too large in two dimensions). Is that the film can? Anyone know where I can get something like this? It's eluded me ever since I

Re: [SWCollect] Infocom games' boxes

2001-07-26 Thread Jim Leonard
Stephen S. Lee wrote: I'm not sure what you guys are talking about -- if someone dies, just quit right away. Only if you switch maps is the game actually saved. Wasteland is therefore effectively no different from lots of other old games, where you just quickly powered down, reset, or

Re: [SWCollect] Awkward game packages

2001-07-26 Thread Jim Leonard
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: There is a Joe and Mac in an octagon box, also some strange fish game I have that has to be the MOST awkward package, I think the box is shaped like a 3D fish. Yes, forgot about Joe and Mac -- it's an octagon box decorated like a crude stone wheel (Joe and Mac is a

Re: [SWCollect] Recent IBM games

2001-07-26 Thread Jim Leonard
Lee K. Seitz wrote: It's from 1995. There was one for sale on eBay lately (http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemitem=1253787915). If you want it, I can pick it up (complete in shrinkwrapped box) for $8 + shipping. Heck, I can even get you two. (One to leave SW, one to play.)

Re: [SWCollect] Awkward game packages

2001-07-26 Thread Jim Leonard
Lee K. Seitz wrote: Centauri Alliance, a sci-fi RPG for the Apple II (and maybe others) came in a hexagonal box. Not hard to stand up, but it's wider than a standard rectangular box, so it sticks out farther from the shelf. I bought it way back when in part because you could import

Re: [SWCollect] Awkward game packages

2001-07-26 Thread Jim Leonard
Stephen S. Lee wrote: Someone said that only 1,500 of these were made, but given how often this shows up and given that EA sold it directly until 2-3 years ago, I think there were more than that. It's still easily worth $100+ if everything's there. I'm willing to pay $150 if it's

Re: [SWCollect] Awkward game packages

2001-07-26 Thread Jim Leonard
Lee K. Seitz wrote: You know, for that matter, I don't seem to manage to finish many RPG/adventure/IF games. I finished HHGTTG (after I finally got the !@#$ babel fish) and Bureacracy, but not Maniac Mansion or Nord Bert. For that matter, I bought the collector's edition of X-Wing and

Re: [SWCollect] Awkward game packages

2001-07-26 Thread Jim Leonard
Stephen S. Lee wrote: On Thu, 26 Jul 2001, Jim Leonard wrote: Stephen S. Lee wrote: Someone said that only 1,500 of these were made, but given how often this shows up and given that EA sold it directly until 2-3 years ago, I think there were more than that. It's still easily

Re: [SWCollect] Awkward game packages

2001-07-26 Thread Jim Leonard
Stephen S. Lee wrote: On Thu, 26 Jul 2001, Jim Leonard wrote: Stephen S. Lee wrote: Someone said that only 1,500 of these were made, but given how often this shows up and given that EA sold it directly until 2-3 years ago, I think there were more than that. It's still easily

Re: [SWCollect] Ultima and RPGs

2001-07-26 Thread Jim Leonard
Jim Leonard wrote: [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: No one is going to change my mind that Ultima V is one of, if not the best RPG of all time (IV and VI are close). Anyone who liked those games should also try Magic Candle 1, in a few ways even better than UV!!! I recommend playing on a C64

Re: [SWCollect] Ultima and RPGs

2001-07-26 Thread Jim Leonard
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: In a message dated 07/26/2001 11:30:14 PM Central Daylight Time, [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: Well, this turned out to be disappointing. Not only did I realize that my shrinkwrapped Magic Candle was a Slash re-release, but when I cracked the wrap to get at the

Re: [SWCollect] Original Akalabeth

2001-07-26 Thread Jim Leonard
Cool, this was educational. Thanks! [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Just to clear up what seems to be a misunderstanding about this disk, it was NOT signed, but 12 of them were hand numbered. I know of 3 others not numbered, two are complete games, one is my disk. Here are pics of one of the

[SWCollect] Labels and value (was: Ultimas)

2001-07-27 Thread Jim Leonard
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: In a message dated 07/27/2001 2:49:39 AM Central Daylight Time, [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: Tom, I think Jason's was handsigned too... But you probably know better, and as I've been stating so many wrong facts lately... :) Jason put his together from

Re: [SWCollect] Awkward game packages

2001-07-27 Thread Jim Leonard
Pedro Quaresma wrote: That box description reminded me of another two games with unusual box shapes: Prince of Persia 2 (I think it was 2), the box was shaped like an hourglass. You're right; scans of that are also on MobyGames. -- http://www.MobyGames.com/ The world's most comprehensive

Re: [SWCollect] Labels and value (was: Ultimas)

2001-07-27 Thread Jim Leonard
C.E. Forman wrote: Here's a moral/ethical question I'd like to pose to the group: If you have the original label but no disk, is it valid if you copy the original disk from somewhere and just slap the label on? I know that you can only get the label from RG in this case, but since

Re: [SWCollect] Labels and value (was: Ultimas)

2001-07-27 Thread Jim Leonard
Pedro Quaresma wrote: I may ask a third question: what determines if you have an original game or not? I think we all agree that I have the original game if I have the original floppies, but the question is (are?), do I have an original if a) I have manual, box, everything complete, etc but

Re: [SWCollect] Labels and value (was: Ultimas)

2001-07-27 Thread Jim Leonard
Lee K. Seitz wrote: Anyway, one thing was an Apple II copy of Ulitma IV. (Only seems to be missing the Ankh.) I tried the first disk out (the program disk) and it doesn't work. Even worse, the disks came write protected from the factory, so to re-write the data, I'd have to cut notches

Re: [SWCollect] Awkward game packages

2001-07-27 Thread Jim Leonard
Stephen S. Lee wrote: On Thu, 26 Jul 2001, Jim Leonard wrote: Stephen S. Lee wrote: [snip] Wing Commander Premiere will generally bring it up, without any false positives. None are currently up, but one auction for a set that was missing lots of stuff concluded on July 13. Wing

Re: [SWCollect] Awkward game packages

2001-07-27 Thread Jim Leonard
Stephen S. Lee wrote: On Fri, 27 Jul 2001, Stephen S. Lee wrote: On Thu, 26 Jul 2001, Jim Leonard wrote: Stephen S. Lee wrote: [snip] Wing Commander Premiere will generally bring it up, without any false positives. None are currently up, but one auction for a set

Re: [SWCollect] Comments

2001-07-28 Thread Jim Leonard
Stephen S. Lee wrote: I'll probably have 50-60 duplicates (about 60% of them complete, about 80% IBM) ready in a few weeks. I know this isn't a trading list, but I'll give readers of this mailing list dibs. :) I would advertise that you have these available and people can email you

Re: [SWCollect] Anyone want me to pick these up?

2001-07-28 Thread Jim Leonard
Lee K. Seitz wrote: If the boxes are in good condition (G or higher), I'd like these to scan for MobyGames. Just let me know how much, etc. Paypal okay? Didn't you already buy one copy of TD from me a year or so ago? Whoops! Yes, I did. Well, another wouldn't hurt; I could put it on

[SWCollect] Software Trip

2001-07-30 Thread Jim Leonard
Earlier today, C. E. Forman, Tom Hlavaty, and Manuel Schulz (flown in from Germany to visit for 2 weeks) went on a mini-trip to known haunts of old software. We didn't get to go to many places, and some places were a bust, but we still had fun and we all found at least a couple of things worth

Re: [SWCollect] Software Trip

2001-07-30 Thread Jim Leonard
Jim Leonard wrote: bit. The Summoning, Dragons of Flame, The Two Towers still sw, and All software-store sw. *Not* original shrinkwrap. Very few are original sw. -- http://www.MobyGames.com/ The world's most comprehensive gaming database project

Re: [SWCollect] Goo-Gone, NOOOOOOOOO!!

2001-07-31 Thread Jim Leonard
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: The hairdryer is the best to get off tape/stickers etc. I've done this, but been left with some gunky, sticky residue. How should I get rid of that? De-Solv-It? -- http://www.MobyGames.com/ The world's most comprehensive gaming database project.

Re: [SWCollect] Labels and value (was: Ultimas)

2001-07-31 Thread Jim Leonard
Dan Chisarick wrote: Older drives use a mechanical switch (push-button), newer drives use a beam of light. While I've never done it, I can't imagine it being harder than connecting the wires that went to the mechanism to a toggle-switch... Since the only drives that I use to do this

[SWCollect] Planned network outage

2001-08-02 Thread Jim Leonard
(well, planned for me but unplanned for you ;-) I am taking two days off from work to both celebrate my 30th birthday -- let the mocking commence -- and also to build out the oldskool network Mark II. I am going to migrate a shitload of stuff from all of my various machines over to the new

Re: [SWCollect] Minor rant

2001-08-07 Thread Jim Leonard
C.E. Forman wrote: I have an original Softporn disk (On-Line Systems) that doesn't work because (1) the imbecile shipper shipped it in a padded envelope which (2) the imbecile mail carrier jammed into my tiny apartment mailbox, bending it. Fortunately I only paid $3 for it, but still. See

Re: [SWCollect] What game was it?

2001-08-09 Thread Jim Leonard
Hugh Falk wrote: Somebody just sent me an e-mail with this question. I don't know the answer, but thought I'd pose it to the group: Just a quick game question from the mid-80's. I remember a multi-user space game for DOS, rudimentary graphics but supported two players via model or null

Re: [SWCollect] What was the first IBM game to have mouse support?

2001-08-10 Thread Jim Leonard
Chris Newman wrote: As far as I know the titleholder is Ogre, an Origin release from 1986. (See attached screenshot). Ogre's IBM release was actually in 1987, even though the copyright says 1986. See http://www.mobygames.com/game/sheet/gameId,4248/ for an earlier example. But while this

Re: [SWCollect] What was the first IBM game to have mouse support?

2001-08-12 Thread Jim Leonard
Hugh Falk wrote: But if you're going to make comparisons in 1986, the best systems out at the time are the Atari ST and the Amiga. Nothing could touch them in 86...actually not until 91, some would argue later for the Amiga. I agree, although I'd have to extend to the Amiga by a fairly

Re: [SWCollect] Toolworks trivia

2001-08-12 Thread Jim Leonard
I've added this company trivia to the Software Toolworks entry at MobyGames; thanks for the info! C.E. Forman wrote: Yeah, I have two versions of Golden Oldies Volume 1 (Adventure, Eliza, Life, Pong), one from each company. Couldn't find a date on the earlier Country package, though.

Re: [SWCollect] Shrink think

2001-08-12 Thread Jim Leonard
(Dan, what email program do you use? It mangles/rejects the Reply-To: header, such that I have to rewrite the [EMAIL PROTECTED] email address every time.) Dan Chisarick wrote: I was thinking about what C.E. said regarding holes, and thought the same thing Hugh said about a single hole.

Re: [SWCollect] Double posts?

2001-08-12 Thread Jim Leonard
Dan Chisarick wrote: Am I the only one getting 2 copies of the same message? I get one copy w/the boilerplate at the bottom, and one without. Its intermittent, and only this list... See previous message. I have to re-address stuff to you, so it's me sending them to you twice (I must

Re: [SWCollect] What was the first IBM game to have mouse support?

2001-08-13 Thread Jim Leonard
Hugh Falk wrote: Another bit of trivia related to this Airheart was renamed Typhoon Thompson: Search for the Sea Child for other platforms. I'm not sure why they renamed it. I'm most familiar with the ST version, which is an EXCELLENT game. I booted up Airheart for the first time

Re: [SWCollect] What was the first IBM game to have mouse support?

2001-08-13 Thread Jim Leonard
Chris Newman wrote: That leads to an interesting, but infrequent, phenomenon. Why ARE some games renamed when ported to another platform? My guess is they were unpopular on the initial platform; a rename might give the game a fresh start. Many reasons, all of them marketing. It has nothing

Re: [SWCollect] Data archiving

2001-08-15 Thread Jim Leonard
Dan Chisarick wrote: Much appreciated. So far I haven't run into anything that I gave up on or am stuck on (yet. Certain Broderbund titles on the Apple perhaps). For Ah yes, the infamous spiral tracks. I believe that most of those were cracked at some point, and I think that CopyII+

Re: [SWCollect] Questron 3?

2001-08-15 Thread Jim Leonard
Dan Chisarick wrote: Speaking of the list, I got another EA flatpack I've been looking for today, but its a little different than the rest... Axis Assassin. I've had an original disk from god-knows-where for years, but have been looking for the package. Got a shrinkwrapped copy of

Re: [SWCollect] Questron 3?

2001-08-15 Thread Jim Leonard
, but have no idea what Slash is, or that different packages even exist. It's up to us to educate them. (Camera pans around to view Chris Forman and Jim Leonard, in full Superhero garb) Chris and Jim: It's up to us! We are... ...The Re-Educators! Chris: Fighting the crime of confusing Infocom

[SWCollect] Bizarre games (was: Re: Axis Assassin)

2001-08-17 Thread Jim Leonard
Dan Chisarick wrote: Anyway, anyone ever hear of Ruski Duck? I remember playing that in the early 80's wondering just what it was about. I found it recently, and got it just so I could read the manual (2 pages long). Few titles have confused me so. Any other candidates for bizzaire

[SWCollect] This could get ugly

2001-08-19 Thread Jim Leonard
This is undeniably a rarity (for PC, still sealed, uncensored director's cut, main star is dead former child actor), which is why I bid $105 for it. And I was still outbid! I wonder how ugly this auction will get. Original Message Subject: eBay Outbid Notice - item

Re: [SWCollect] Early Controversial Games

2001-08-26 Thread Jim Leonard
Karl Kuras wrote: And who could forget Barbarian by Palace. Maria Whittaker on the cover was a stroke of brilliance for a great game. Can someone please refer me to a scan of this cover? It's been mentioned 5 times in the list and now I'm curious. I know there are surely a few more

Re: [SWCollect] Early Controversial Games

2001-08-26 Thread Jim Leonard
Lee K. Seitz wrote: Jim Leonard boldly stated: C.E. Forman wrote: Softporn by On-Line Systems I've seen that cover and I don't think that picture came from a party -- Ken is clearly dressed for the role and nobody is smiling, they're staring directly at the camera

Re: [SWCollect] Early Controversial Games

2001-08-26 Thread Jim Leonard
Jim Leonard wrote: Lee K. Seitz wrote: Jim Leonard boldly stated: C.E. Forman wrote: Softporn by On-Line Systems I've seen that cover and I don't think that picture came from a party -- Ken is clearly dressed for the role and nobody is smiling, they're staring directly

Re: [SWCollect] Early Controversial Games

2001-08-26 Thread Jim Leonard
C.E. Forman wrote: Chris, how, where, from whom, and how much did you pay to get your copy? I actually have two copies, one Apple and one Atari. (I collect folder variations, though, so I won't be trading one as a duplicate.) Got one from another Sierra collector and one from eBay.

Re: [SWCollect] KQ 1 VGA remake :)

2001-08-27 Thread Jim Leonard
Kick ass! But the article (http://www.justadventure.com/articles/Royal_Quest/Part_1/RQ1.shtm) is just as interesting. [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: A HREF=http://www.justadventure.com/ftp/KQ1VGA.exe;Royal Quest Website/A --

Re: [SWCollect] Best voice acting in a game

2001-08-28 Thread Jim Leonard
C.E. Forman wrote: My all-time personal favorite? This is gonna sound strange, but... Whoever did the voice clip of Professor Elvin Atombender at the start of Epyx's Impossible Mission for the C64: Stay awhile... Staaayyy FOREVE! Freaking awesome, even today. You'll kick yourself:

Re: [SWCollect] This could get ugly

2001-08-28 Thread Jim Leonard
C.E. Forman wrote: I dunno, it could be a freak incident. leemanblue seems to be a total newbie, 1 feedback, about 86 bids on this one item, indicating he has no concept of subtlety or sniping. I've seen other newbies bid insane prices Sniping is a good thing? I'm going to turn that into

[SWCollect] Sniping

2001-08-28 Thread Jim Leonard
I abhor sniping. Not because of what it is or what it does, but how people react to it, both good and bad. Proxy bidding is a joy to behold: You bid once, with your maximum, and ebay/whatever will automatically up the bid until you hit your maximum. If someone outbids you at the last

Re: [SWCollect] Bad seller?

2001-08-28 Thread Jim Leonard
Dan Chisarick wrote: Communication stopped over a month ago. I've sent a steady stacatto of e-mail messages into /dev/null it seems. While I never had to use it, I think eBay offers some manner of fraud protection. A quick look shows a $25 deductable. The four items exceed $25, but

Re: [SWCollect] Bad seller?

2001-08-28 Thread Jim Leonard
Dan Chisarick wrote: The seller claims to have suffered a tragic loss (2 deaths in her family). It was 2 months ago. Obviously anyone would sound like a total jerk trying to argue that she had enough time to mourn but she's swinging it like a hammer everytime someone dares to complain

Re: [SWCollect] Worlds of Ultima/Martian Dreams

2001-08-28 Thread Jim Leonard
Alexander Zöller wrote: As for that bidder you've been watching, he was willing to pay $1500 for the Akalabeth cover art, and more than $300 for the FM Towns versions of U4 and the Ultima Trilogy. $300 for each, that is. FM Towns? -- http://www.MobyGames.com/ The world's most comprehensive

Re: [SWCollect] Sniping

2001-08-28 Thread Jim Leonard
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Damn I am too tired, should have done this all in one post. By getting a bargain think of it this way, a guy has in a bid for $10. If you wait to snipe it may still be $10 when the auction is ending. If you put in an earlier bid he will most likely come back and

Re: [SWCollect] Sniping

2001-08-28 Thread Jim Leonard
Stephen S. Lee wrote: On Fri, 24 Aug 2001, Jim Leonard wrote: [snip] 1. Why do you snipe when you can just enter in a maximum and walk away? * If you bid early, and you bid primarily on game software, bidding early says loud and clear, look! cool stuff! (I actually find some

Re: [SWCollect] Sniping

2001-08-28 Thread Jim Leonard
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: In a message dated 08/28/2001 2:00:44 PM Central Daylight Time, [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: PS: This is an honest curious question -- I'm not mad that someone out-sniped me or anything. The goal of these questions is not to talk badly about sniping, but to try

Re: [SWCollect] Sniping

2001-08-28 Thread Jim Leonard
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Also it prevents shilling (sp)? THIS is the first valid reason I've seen *for* sniping. However, it works both ways -- if someone is going to employ a shill, won't the shill just bid the minimum amount the seller wants for the item as his maximum bid? Just a

Re: [SWCollect] Sniping

2001-08-28 Thread Jim Leonard
Alexander Zoller wrote: Why do you snipe when you can just enter in a maximum and walk away? Because placing my maximum bid days before the auction ends may result in newbie bidders nibbling away at my bid, thus driving up the price. Bidding at the last possible moment ensures that nobody

Re: [SWCollect] Sniping

2001-08-28 Thread Jim Leonard
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: In a message dated 08/28/2001 2:37:28 PM Central Daylight Time, [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: How can you tell they were testing it and not honestly bidding for the item? Well usually a person has a max around a round figure, say $100 for fun. Someone will

Re: [SWCollect] Sniping

2001-08-28 Thread Jim Leonard
Hugh Falk wrote: This is an old trick of auctions. Proxy bidding is not a service for the buyer (unless you have unlimited funds and very limited time). It is a I think I have found the flaw in my thinking: I do indeed have unlimited (to a point ;-) funds and VERY limited time. If you

Re: [SWCollect] Sniping

2001-08-28 Thread Jim Leonard
C.E. Forman wrote: to an item. The snipe is the ultimate example of this tactic. It works great for poorly listed items (Suspected Face-Mask Game by Info-Com) that Hey, just how *do* you find poorly-listed items? I've found stuff purely by accident that was mis-named just as badly as the

Re: [SWCollect] Sniping

2001-08-28 Thread Jim Leonard
Stephen S. Lee wrote: On Tue, 28 Aug 2001, Jim Leonard wrote: [snip] Maybe this leads into another question: I would like to watch several auctions to see what happens to them, but doing so manually is a chore. Is there a (free) service or piece of software that will let me set up

Re: [SWCollect] Sniping

2001-08-29 Thread Jim Leonard
C.E. Forman wrote: 2.) Misspellings. Yes, search on people's typos. I've found items using Invisi-Clues and Kings Quest more often than you'd think. It sounds like you run a lot of searches. Ebay will only let me store 15 saved searches; is there any way to queue up a lot of searches

Re: [SWCollect] Sniping

2001-08-29 Thread Jim Leonard
Chris Newman wrote: Speaking of sniping... http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemitem=1266370886 How did you get your bid in exactly 3 seconds before auction end? -- http://www.MobyGames.com/ The world's most comprehensive gaming database project.

Re: [SWCollect] Sniping

2001-08-29 Thread Jim Leonard
Hugh Falk wrote: Speaking of more sniping. Here's one C.E. and I both sniped recently. He lives even more dangerously than I...he bid 1 second later than me (6 seconds before close) :-) http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemitem=1260285866 However, if he wasn't involved, I

Re: [SWCollect] Shrinkwrap again

2001-08-29 Thread Jim Leonard
Dan Chisarick wrote: Read the bottom of this description (about the shrinkwrap). Sound reshrunk? http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemitem=1266478226r=0t=0sh owTutorial=0ed=999065385indexURL=0rd=1 Based solely off of there are two .5 holes in the wrap on the front, and

Re: [SWCollect] Shrinkwrap again

2001-08-29 Thread Jim Leonard
Chris Newman wrote: Well, I bought it over a year ago from a large-scale software distributor who went out of business, not a mom-and-pop used game outlet. The wrap isn't the brittle kind, but on the other hand, the holes and seams look a little crude. I know the game is new, regardless.

Re: [SWCollect] Sniping

2001-08-29 Thread Jim Leonard
Lee K. Seitz wrote: I haven't had much time for eBay lately, but I think it's up to date with their current search forms. I can send it to you (or post it here), if anyone's interested. I'd be curious to see it, thanks. 4.) eBay provides a feature allowing you to save up to 15

Re: [SWCollect] Sniping

2001-08-29 Thread Jim Leonard
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: In a message dated 08/29/2001 11:18:36 AM Central Daylight Time, [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: Geezus, you *both* paid too much for this. I value the entire thing at $250, tops. Well no, I won't say what makes it worth more but it IS worth more than the final

Re: [SWCollect] Sniping

2001-08-29 Thread Jim Leonard
Chris Newman wrote: You realize you've achived the perfect Zen state to not let ebay consume you. Not everyone is so calm about it! Good for you. I try to do what you do -- I force myself to walk away because I'll keep increasing my bids and wind up spending 40% more than I had planned. Way

Re: [SWCollect] Sniping

2001-08-30 Thread Jim Leonard
Chris Newman wrote: My peak lunacy was bidding $2500 for a flown-to-the-moon flag, framed by the crew of Apollo XIV. Fortunately I was outbid... What did it finally go for? My birthdate is August 1st, 1971. For bonus points, can you tell me what Apollo-related date of significance that is?

Re: [SWCollect] Sniping

2001-08-30 Thread Jim Leonard
C.E. Forman wrote: It sounds like you run a lot of searches. Ebay will only let me store 15 saved searches; is there any way to queue up a lot of searches (more than 15) and run them every few days? Not automatically through eBay. I think you can have eBay mail you the results of 3

Re: [SWCollect] Sniping

2001-08-30 Thread Jim Leonard
C.E. Forman wrote: How did you get your bid in exactly 3 seconds before auction end? Because I'm very, very good. B-) Actually I just do the standard procedure: Two windows open, one with a place bid button at the ready, the second my refresh window (with graphics turned off so it

Re: [SWCollect] Shrinkwrap again

2001-08-30 Thread Jim Leonard
Chris Newman wrote: Congrats! I recently played Time Pilots with my 2-yr-old (he plays better than my wife!) and my 4.5-yr-old enjoys playing Pac-Man, Pac-Mania, Marble Madness, and Crystal Castles, so old games definitely come in handy. :) Corrupt them when they're young, that's

[SWCollect] Inception

2001-08-30 Thread Jim Leonard
C.E. Forman wrote: http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemitem=1260285866 Geezus, you *both* paid too much for this. I value the entire thing at $250, tops. That's probably because the auction text doesn't mention that the Starcross game is the saucer package. Hugh and

Re: [SWCollect] Shrinkwrap again

2001-08-30 Thread Jim Leonard
C.E. Forman wrote: L00K -- Crispy mint impossible to find Ultima with a totally REAL moonthing! This game retailed for $69.95 and uses state of the art VGA graphics and Adlib sound. Get this TODAY. I've seen this go for like $200. This brings up something I've never understood:

Re: [SWCollect] Shrinkwrap again

2001-08-30 Thread Jim Leonard
Chris Newman wrote: Or the obnoxious multiple exclamation points! I usually gloss over auctions with titles like that, unless I'm on a serious hunt. I really wish ebay would expand the title field. Can the impact on their databases be that heavy? What are they running? Solaris? They are

Re: [SWCollect] Sniping

2001-08-30 Thread Jim Leonard
C.E. Forman wrote: There are snipe services, such as VRane.com and eSnipe.com, that will I bought 500 points on eSnipe last night and started a watch on two items. connect to eBay a specified number of seconds before the auction's close and bid on your behalf. You have to give them your

Re: [SWCollect] Sniping

2001-08-30 Thread Jim Leonard
Chris Newman wrote: what he paid three grand for. The frame was rotted, the statement of authenticity signed by the crew was covered with moth holes, as was the flag, and the flag was stained! It looked like it was baked in the Florida sunlight for 30 years. Aren't you glad you lost the bid

Re: [SWCollect] Inception

2001-08-30 Thread Jim Leonard
C.E. Forman wrote: Inception is hard to predict, though. I've got maybe 4 of them complete and haven't had an offer in months. But every now and then I'll get multiple requests in the same week, and once in awhile one fetches an insane price on eBay. (Over $20, which I consider insane

Re: [SWCollect] $1 Games, Starting This Weekend

2001-08-30 Thread Jim Leonard
C.E. Forman wrote: I know advertising isn't the primary function of this list, but I tust wanted to announce the start of Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe's $1 Games sale: Starting this weekend, I'll be liquidating a large number of old games on eBay, in an effort to free up some space. All

Re: [SWCollect] $1 Games, Starting This Weekend

2001-08-30 Thread Jim Leonard
Stephen S. Lee wrote: On Thu, 30 Aug 2001, C.E. Forman wrote: [snip] (Jim, I particularly wanted to let you know, since you have a definite interest in what the rest of us tend to dismiss as crap.) *sniffle* Hey, I like this crap too! Though I suppose not nearly as much as Jim,

Re: [SWCollect] Inception

2001-08-30 Thread Jim Leonard
C.E. Forman wrote: Being an IBM-exclusive collector, I would definitely pay up to $25 for an Inception with a pin. Not much more, though. Heh, good luck there. Not saying you won't ever get one, but they were limited to the first 5000 copies of Inception, and just about every Infocom

Re: [SWCollect] Shrinkwrap again

2001-08-31 Thread Jim Leonard
Hugh Falk wrote: That's great stuff...thanks, Jim. I haven't been responding the last couple of days because my wife and I just gave birth to our first child (on the 30th). He's a big boy (9 lbs 9 oz.), but he still hasn't gotten the hang of touch typing yet. Oh well, hopefully by

[SWCollect] test, do not reply

2001-10-22 Thread Jim Leonard
test, do not reply -- http://www.MobyGames.com/ The world's most comprehensive gaming database project. -- This message was sent to you because you are currently subscribed to the swcollect mailing list. To unsubscribe, send

[SWCollect] We're back

2001-10-22 Thread Jim Leonard
After a 6-week hiatus, the swcollect mailing list is back online. Many apologies for taking this long to get it running again; there was a combination of factors involved, the biggest being hardware failure and the second-biggest the tragedy of September 11th. All software collecting may now

Re: [SWCollect] Sniping

2001-10-23 Thread Jim Leonard
Pedro Quaresma wrote: Sniping is very useful indeed. Most probably will save you a lot of money and, as Chris mentioned, will prevent others from stalking your username. But... Consider for example the amount of cash that Hugh (IIRC it was Hugh) lost for that Apple auction because

Re: [SWCollect] Sniping

2001-10-23 Thread Jim Leonard
C.E. Forman wrote: Consider yourselves warned. B-) No skin off my back. Like I said, it all comes down to maximum bids. -- http://www.MobyGames.com/ The world's most comprehensive gaming database project. -- This message

Re: [SWCollect] Sniping

2001-10-23 Thread Jim Leonard
Hugh Falk wrote: Just for the record. Chris and I both sniped about the same time (just a few seconds left). I ended up winning because my max bid was higher. Like Jim said, that's what it really came down to. Isn't that all it ever comes down to? -- http://www.MobyGames.com/ The

Re: [SWCollect] Sniping

2001-10-24 Thread Jim Leonard
Pedro Quaresma wrote: b) The highest bid was at $90. Some days before, Hugh spots the auction and lets Chris know he's going for it. Chris hadn't noticed that auction before Hugh pointed it out, so he drops it on Hugh's behalf. Hugh snipes for $200. RESULT: Hugh takes the cake for $91 But

Re: [SWCollect] Sniping

2001-10-24 Thread Jim Leonard
Pedro Quaresma wrote: Maybe that's my problem, but, for me, it's not a matter of winning or losing. I will not crawl over other collectors. Remember we're not talking about sniping against one unknown guy or other. We're talking about sniping and bidding against each other. And that, I

Re: [SWCollect] My curiosity is getting to me...

2001-10-25 Thread Jim Leonard
Stephen S. Lee wrote: I'll probably re-play Wizardry VII (for the 4th time) shortly. I probably won't buy Wizardry VIII until after it's been out for a while; I might wait on replaying Wizardry VII until I know what classes to end my characters as. (It better be near bug-free given that

Re: [SWCollect] Sniping

2001-10-25 Thread Jim Leonard
C.E. Forman wrote: I certainly wouldn't hold it against you. Actually I'd feel a bit guilty taking a mint saucer for $10 (not to mention worried about getting screwed over... witness the misfortune Dave Aston went through when he used BuyItNow on a Suspended mask for $5.00). Huh?? Please

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