[SWCollect] Vintage Computer Gaming Conference (VCGC)

2004-06-14 Thread C.E. Forman
Hey gang, As you might recall, a few of us were talking back in Jan/Feb this year about putting together a software collector's expo (VCGC, formerly SCExpo) featuring classic authors as guest speakers, and vendors who specifically deal in the vintage games we collect. But we've run into a couple

Re: [SWCollect] Previously owned games resold by chains

2004-06-12 Thread C.E. Forman
I still troll the used item bin for the very occasional vintage goodie that shows up. Found two yesterday: LucasFilm's Tie Fighter and OOP's Perfect General II. At what store? Those are a decade old. Every once in a great while this can happen. I got a brand-new Countdown by Access at

Re: [SWCollect] Best copy protection?

2004-06-12 Thread C.E. Forman
- Original versions of Elite, which used a device called a LensLok. This one is actually on par with Chronoquest (maybe worse). It's a clear plastic device that you squint through and try to decode a shape on the screen. I have one, and I actually just read an article on it in retrogamer

Re: [SWCollect] Kids and Classic Gaming

2004-05-31 Thread C.E. Forman
I saw this too. Hilarious!I loved the fact that they were over-thinking, over-analyzing everything, believing the different colors on the blocks in Tetris meant something, wondering if you can do stuff with the umbrella and purse in DK, rapid-fire in Space Invaders, etc. - Original

Re: [SWCollect] Sierra cover artists (was: Drash...)

2004-05-25 Thread C.E. Forman
BTW does anyone here own original game art? Cover art or ingame? Not the actual paintings per se, but I have a number of films from Activision showing the work-in-progress cover art for a number of post-Infocom releases: Lost Treasures, LGoP2, Zork Grand Inquisitor (which shows some neat

Re: Re: [SWCollect] Nit-picking at its finest

2004-05-22 Thread C.E. Forman
Not to mention it'd be featured on the front page of The Collecting Times on YOIS. B-) (Emoticon, but I'm serious too.) - Original Message - From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Saturday, May 22, 2004 8:33 AM Subject: Re: Re: [SWCollect] Nit-picking at its finest Jim

[SWCollect] Fw: Message from eBay Member

2004-05-17 Thread C.E. Forman
Just in case anyone else wondered. - Original Message - From: Aaron Kipness [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Monday, May 17, 2004 6:47 PM Subject: Re: Message from eBay Member Another Mt. Drash popped up on EBAY and I'm not about to compete with another Drash and get

Re: [SWCollect] Fw: Message from eBay Member

2004-05-17 Thread C.E. Forman
eBay Member Interesting. Though I wonder what will make it appreciate more if all of a sudden they're popping out of the woodwork (relatively speaking). He's the one who had a tape + warranty card only auction, yes? On May 17, 2004, at 7:56 PM, C.E. Forman wrote: Just in case anyone else

Re: [SWCollect] Cornerstone on Ebay

2004-05-16 Thread C.E. Forman
Yeah, the slipcover goes over the plastic case and then the whole thing is shrinkwrapped. This guy sold one last year and he said he had a few more. - Original Message - From: Stephane Racle [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]; swcollect [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Saturday, May 15,

[SWCollect] eBay Closes Another Feature

2004-05-16 Thread C.E. Forman
Just tried searching on a seller's old user ID and eBay didn't recognize it. Used to be you could do this and it'd come back with the current ID. This is going to make it harder to follow crooks who swap their IDs out for new ones (but keep the same account).

Re: [SWCollect] I don't like this at all...

2004-05-10 Thread C.E. Forman
When the high-enders get their own copies of given titles will they leave those alone in next time appearings or do they gather everything they can get, even multiple times? I think once the high rollers are out of the way the prices will come down. Depends on the bidders though... I know

Re: [SWCollect] I don't like this at all...

2004-05-10 Thread C.E. Forman
In any case though, I propose we start an investigation, and over time, formulate a ever-growing list of these people and black list them so That's a bad idea. Many of them simply collect this way, or do so intentionally so that they can raise money to buy the software they've always

Re: [SWCollect] Ouch

2004-05-10 Thread C.E. Forman
Man am I glad work was busy today and I missed this one. Christ. B-) Since this thread's died down as of about 6:00 today I won't help jump-start it again, except to say I'm glad to hear people find my ratings of my sale items accurate and useful. I've always tried to err toward F(S) rather

[SWCollect] YEAH-HA-HAAAAA!

2004-05-09 Thread C.E. Forman
http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemitem=8103582942 Last one sold in the U.S., $300+! I've got a guy who's going to pay and reship for me, should come to about $35 - $40 total. -- This message was sent to you

Re: [SWCollect] YEAH-HA-HAAAAA!

2004-05-09 Thread C.E. Forman
PM Subject: Re: [SWCollect] YEAH-HA-HA! Indeed, what is it? Marco Hugh Falk schrieb: Never heard of it...is there a story behind it? Hugh -Original Message- From: C.E. Forman [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Sunday, May 09, 2004 1:22 PM To: Software

Re: [SWCollect] Talk about boneheads...

2004-05-08 Thread C.E. Forman
I should still have the original article about them. For awhile they were getting a bunch of older software from another source, some of it reshrinked by said source. (They have never done reshrinks of their own.) At first they were selling without a whole lot of understanding of the

Re: [SWCollect] Talk about boneheads...

2004-05-07 Thread C.E. Forman
Unfortunately this bidder didn't do his/her homework and paid $100 for a disk that is probably worth less than $5 by itself. Um, not to criticize, Josh? But i'n't that you who bid $99 on it? -- This message was sent to you

Re: [SWCollect] Change to feedback ratings?

2004-05-07 Thread C.E. Forman
Huh. Guess they must have revamped the FB page as they don't show a count for neutrals anymore, though they did as recently as 6 months ago (maybe more recent). Under the old system it would have said 0 neutrals even if you had none. This could have been changed to curb the edge a neutral used

Re: [SWCollect] Zork question

2004-05-06 Thread C.E. Forman
To my knowledge Zork was a word used by computer geeks at MIT for just about everything, as in give me that zork over there. That's what I've read in every article about the original mainframe Zork (Dungeon). It's possible the MIT term derived from the Brunner novel.

[SWCollect] FYI

2004-05-03 Thread C.E. Forman
Just in case any of you were thinking of bidding on this one: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemitem=8103195577rd=1 .be aware that it's not an original advertisement flyer, but a page cut out of a magazine and framed by the seller (which I suspected after seeing this one:

Re: [SWCollect] Even marginally ethical?

2004-04-27 Thread C.E. Forman
Despite the amount of thought I put into it, I do not plan (nor do I advocate) doing this. Bad idea. Very wrong. Don't do it. I have to agree. Pretending to sell something you don't actually have is dishonest, regardless of whether you take any money for it in the end. If anyone got word

Re: [SWCollect] Origin Museum email address

2004-04-27 Thread C.E. Forman
[EMAIL PROTECTED] - Original Message - From: Feldhamer, Stuart To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Tuesday, April 27, 2004 10:16 AM Subject: [SWCollect] Origin Museum email address Someone help me out with Joe's current email address. Joe, you should update the

Re: [SWCollect] New Article from The Origin Museum

2004-04-26 Thread C.E. Forman
If I can add to this: I believe that the MEDIUM you write about isn't complete without the actual gameplay experience: Loading the game, looking at the title screen with anticipation, gameplay mechanics, looking at maps, consulting add-ins/feelies. I feel that it is imperative that the game

Re: [SWCollect] Retro PC game collecting officially became big business

2004-04-26 Thread C.E. Forman
What I'd like to know is how people (the same people all the time)are finding the rare items. Granted, I'm aware of a few sellers putting a ton of stuff up, so people watch their auctions. Everyone searches on Infocom, Drash, etc. But I've also seen some really obscure stuff by an atypical

[SWCollect] Gothos

2004-04-25 Thread C.E. Forman
Anybody else heard of this game? I picked up a copy this weekend in a thrift for a couple of bucks. No entry on MobyGames, and no active or completed auctions on eBay. It's a vampire/horror adventure by Microforum, 1997. M for Mature. Graphic adventure with icon interface. There's an

Re: [SWCollect] CURIOUS Guide

2004-04-24 Thread C.E. Forman
Hugh, Very nice, and remarkably fast. Sorting and searching both worked great. I did find one glitch, though: If I: 1. Search on a keyword2. Then hit my browser's back button from the results page3. Then click the scroll bar on the left side (in the previous page) ...Instead of scrolling

Re: [SWCollect] So obviously Mt. Drash is no longer rare....

2004-04-21 Thread C.E. Forman
- Original Message - From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Wednesday, April 21, 2004 6:43 AM Subject: Re: [SWCollect] So obviously Mt. Drash is no longer rare In a message dated 04/21/2004 6:34:43 AM Central Daylight Time, [EMAIL PROTECTED]

Re: [SWCollect] Esoteric Question #274

2004-04-09 Thread C.E. Forman
#1 has a registration card #2 has a registration card but it is filled out with the previous owners details (he just never sent it in) #3 has no registration card I'd number them the same way you do, Jim. Prefer to have a reg card, but it's minor. Would rather have it written on than

Re: [SWCollect] eBay -ve feedback

2004-04-09 Thread C.E. Forman
Is there a way to deal with retaliatory -ve feedback? Request their contact info from eBay and call them. If the phone number is false, report it to eBay and they will take down the negative comment (and suspend them until they correct it). This policy is buried pretty deep, but it is there

Re: [SWCollect] Adventure Construction Set

2004-04-04 Thread C.E. Forman
I have very vague memories of that. I *think* I beat the mini-adventures as well as ROL but to be honest, I don't remember. Possible I didn't. I searched Google for hours (figuring you've probably already tried that) and the only reference I found was someone asking that very same

Re: [SWCollect] Adventure Construction Set

2004-04-03 Thread C.E. Forman
Dan, I too spent a large portion of my childhood with ACS. Could you possibly tell me how to find the mouth in Rivers of Light (the one you're supposed to give to the ghost in the pyramid)? I edited the game and searched EVERY SQUARE for it, to no avail. - Original Message - From: Dan

Re: [SWCollect] Personal Software Zork

2004-03-31 Thread C.E. Forman
Yep, that's definitely the Apple II manual. I saw one auction a long time ago that had it in an open-faced box. Scan is attached, I saved it. - Original Message - From: Freddie Bingham [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Wednesday, March 31, 2004 5:52 PM Subject: RE:

Re: [SWCollect] And then one day, the Holy Grail is found

2004-03-30 Thread C.E. Forman
My initial thoughts on this... Were the two sealeds on eBay in Q4 2003 from the same seller? Watch the ID(s) to see if they list more. Silver-base CD or green/red/blue (obvious CD-R)? If there's a back insert, probably no way to tell w/o cracking the wrap. Silver doesn't mean it's not a

Re: [SWCollect] Roadtrip to Washington, D.C?

2004-03-29 Thread C.E. Forman
I would love to, provided I can afford airfare. Trying to save up for the expo we're working on in October, though. - Original Message - From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Monday, March 29, 2004 12:18 PM Subject: [SWCollect] Roadtrip to Washington, D.C? Hi all.

Re: [SWCollect] Chris?

2004-03-27 Thread C.E. Forman
Tom, I hope I didn't give you the impression that I don't care at all about stuff like this. It bugs me too when people charge money for games that abandonware sites have for free download (which the sites themselves probably shouldn't, but that's a whole other discussion that I think

Re: [SWCollect] Chris?

2004-03-26 Thread C.E. Forman
Yeah, I see these all the time, but just don't have the time or energy to fight CD compilations. Prefer to stick to homemade packaging, where it's not obvious what the seller's doing. If you feel like it, report 'em to eBay. They seem to come down on this sort of thing fairly quick. (And

Re: [SWCollect] I'll be the first to say..

2004-03-23 Thread C.E. Forman
He is obviously a man of great means (and no wife! :-)) Somebody told me he's writing a book and wants to include every game ever made in it. Says Peter himself claimed he had millions to spend. (Which I doubt... I've outbid him before. If he had millions, why didn't he just bid $1 on

Re: [SWCollect] Video Game Documentary tonight

2004-03-22 Thread C.E. Forman
I don't get Game Show Network. If somebody could tape it for me, I'll pay postage and the cost of the tape (unless you want it back). - Original Message - From: Marco Thorek [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Monday, March 22, 2004 6:24 PM Subject: Re: [SWCollect] Video Game

[SWCollect] Fw: Ultima: Escape from Mt. Drash

2004-03-16 Thread C.E. Forman
Got this in my mail today, re: the availability of Drash images, just wanted to pass along. - Original Message - From: Great Hierophant [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Tuesday, March 16, 2004 3:08 AM Subject: Ultima: Escape from Mt. Drash I hope you are aware of a .d64

Re: [SWCollect] Here we go.....

2004-03-15 Thread C.E. Forman
I'd just like to (as always) voice my concern about how widely these images would get distributed. Not that I'm against preserving it, I'm just worried about it falling into the wrong hands and we get inundated with fakes being sold as originals. Before actually sending the game to the high

Re: [SWCollect] Here we go.....

2004-03-15 Thread C.E. Forman
Also let me just say (and I'm sure TomMage agrees), VERY wise choice not to take PayPal on this auction, Edward. B-) -- This message was sent to you because you are currently subscribed to the swcollect mailing list. To

Re: [SWCollect] How did you find your Drash?

2004-03-15 Thread C.E. Forman
Or any of your most prized software posessions, for that matter? Any good stories out there? Marco (Infocom-IF) and I just bought a box of film, slides, etc., of some of the late-term (early- to mid-1990s) Infocom package designs from a guy at Activision. Photos they took for the package,

Re: [SWCollect] Distributing Drash (and all old software)

2004-03-15 Thread C.E. Forman
To arguments of fakes: Yes, I agree that is a concern. But since the image is already out there, as well as .JPGs of what the casette and box look like, that possibility already exists. True, but you'd need a decent size image to be able to print a box from and make it look halfway

[SWCollect] Re: [SWCollect] What 'Path' are you currently on?

2004-03-15 Thread C.E. Forman
Well, one time we took a family trip to St Louis. My dad and I drove around to places looking for stuff. (He thinks my hobby is neat and tries to keep an eye out for stuff when he and my mom go places, but he's not 100% up on what's collectible vs. what's crap.) So anyway, he's driving, I'm

Re: [SWCollect] Scexpo

2004-03-12 Thread C.E. Forman
*Sigh* I have changed the group name to "sc-expo" (Yahoo doesn't allow spaces). Can we resume being grown-ups now? B-) - Original Message - From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 9:40 AM Subject: Re: [SWCollect] Scexpo

Re: [SWCollect] Question about trading partner

2004-03-10 Thread C.E. Forman
Yeah, this is Jeremy Lechtzin. He's completely trustworthy. - Original Message - From: Lee K. Seitz [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 12:08 AM Subject: Re: [SWCollect] Question about trading partner Marco Thorek stated: I'm trying to do a deal

[SWCollect] Software Collecting Expo

2004-03-08 Thread C.E. Forman
Hey gang, Just a quick note to say we've finally got a discussion group for a collecting expo. Come on over if you'd like to help organize it, know some possible guest speakers (John, looking at you here), or if you just want to hear what we're talking about.

Re: [SWCollect] Funny typo

2004-03-06 Thread C.E. Forman
Oh man, that is CLASSIC! You see people selling games on floppy dick all the time, but this is a new one. - Original Message - From: Dan Chisarick [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Saturday, March 06, 2004 8:18 AM Subject: [SWCollect] Funny typo Its a very long

Re: [SWCollect] Castle Wolfenstein

2004-03-06 Thread C.E. Forman
I've seen the same folder, for Atari, but never in the plastic pack. - Original Message - From: Dan Chisarick [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: Software Collectibles Mailing List [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Tuesday, March 02, 2004 9:06 PM Subject: [SWCollect] Castle Wolfenstein I think Castle

Re: [SWCollect] Red Crystal, the Seven Secrets of Life

2004-03-06 Thread C.E. Forman
Never heard of it, what kind of game is it? Know the publisher? - Original Message - From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Wednesday, March 03, 2004 12:09 PM Subject: [SWCollect] Red Crystal, the Seven Secrets of Life Anyone have this game, I am

Re: [SWCollect] Fuck Ebay

2004-03-06 Thread C.E. Forman
He's already on my deadbeat list, I put him on the "my personal" one since he scammed someone I know. Not sure how many people block those IDs but at least it's there for people to see it. If you post your story on Vintage Sierra, like you did with Eyal, I'll link to it. Unfortunately eBay

Re: [SWCollect] here's the list

2004-03-06 Thread C.E. Forman
For auctions I recommend BidVille. Nowhere near as much traffic as eBay, but nowhere near as many asinine rules either. You pay $5 to register for 6 months then listing is free (though I've heard rumors they're going to start charging FVF's down the road). Also you can have longer auctions, or

Re: [SWCollect] Newly subscribed, looking for KQ PCjr

2004-03-06 Thread C.E. Forman
Hi Vincent, I've actually heard of 3 variations of the KQ PCjr package: One with 1983 dates, one with 1984, and one with pieces from both years. The general consensus seems to be that Sierra ran out of 1983 parts and had to have more made, and changed the year to 1984. Unfortunately the best

[SWCollect] Per-Olof Karlsson

2004-03-06 Thread C.E. Forman
Hey gang, Anybody here heard from Per-Olaf recently? He bid on a bunch of my BidVille auctions but seems to have disappeared, hasn't gotten back to me after multiple e-mails. I hate the thought of leaving negative feedback on a member of this list, but it's been almost two months now.

Re: [SWCollect] Ok....melt wizard...

2004-03-06 Thread C.E. Forman
I can't remember where I saw this question answered, but, yes, it was something designed specifically for the movie. It was never a game that was commercially released. Yeah, notice how fast his computer boots it up. And when he types I don't believe the text line has a cursor. Nearly all

Re: [SWCollect] Xenos

2004-03-02 Thread C.E. Forman
? If I recall, I got that along with the Personal Software Zork for about $100 :) So hard to say what it was worth alone. It looked boring to me or I wouldnt have parted with it but maybe I was wrong? C.E. Forman wrote: Most of these TRS-80 large manual adventures sell for around $15 - $20

Re: [SWCollect] Xenos

2004-03-02 Thread C.E. Forman
Yeah, I meant justthe ones released by Radio Shack. All bets are off ona PS Zork price these days. - Original Message - From: Freddie Bingham To: 'C.E. Forman' ; [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Tuesday, March 02, 2004 4:25 PM Subject: RE: [SWCollect] Xenos I assume

Re: [SWCollect] Zork Trilogy

2004-02-27 Thread C.E. Forman
I've heard a couple of reports of them exceeding $100. Never with 8 days still to go on the auction, though. Be interesting to see if this gets any snipes. - Original Message - From: Freddie Bingham To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Friday, February 27, 2004 6:12 PM

Re: [SWCollect] Sierra/Lucas/Tolkien/Ultima/ADD/SSI - info and questions

2004-02-25 Thread C.E. Forman
BTW, I noticed you had a pic of the LOTR limited edition Nazgul hologram - any idea how rare this is? Did you pick it up somewhere or are you the original owner? These things were expensive so I cant imagine they sold many?? Is that the one offerred in the Melbourne House game? Can you

Re: [SWCollect] Sierra/Lucas/Tolkien/Ultima/ADD/SSI - info and questions

2004-02-25 Thread C.E. Forman
Reminds me of when Mindscape used to be here in town (used to be in Northbrook, IL). I rode there on my bicycle in 1987 when I was stuck in The Mist and needed hints. The receptionist was surprised when she learned I just got on my bike and rode about 7 miles to ask questions. It was my

[SWCollect] Ex-Origin Employee Selling on eBay

2004-02-16 Thread C.E. Forman
I'm sure some of you have already found these, but this guy's a former Origin employee and is selling a ton of stuff on eBay: http://cgi6.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewSellersOtherItemsuserid=rshelleycompleted=0sort=3since=-1 Lots of mint items (including a shrinked Kilrathi Saga), hint books

Re: [SWCollect] LF website host for a classic gaming site

2004-02-14 Thread C.E. Forman
Hi Stephane, If your site is interactive fiction-related, you might try Stephen Meier and Manuel Schulz at IF-Legends (their emails are on the if-legends.org main page). If you decide to rent webspace, just don't go with Aim1Hosting... that's T-shirt Jerk's current venture! B-) Once it's

[SWCollect] SWCollect Expo

2004-02-14 Thread C.E. Forman
, but that could easily be done by October (which is when his show is held). Keep everyone posted. LMK if you think of anything specific you'd like me to ask him. (I also invited him to join SWCollect.) - Original Message - From: Mark Wolfe [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: C.E. Forman [EMAIL PROTECTED] Cc

Re: [SWCollect] Hotel info

2004-02-08 Thread C.E. Forman
If it's March-May, we may want to consider doing it next year. This year seems like an awfully short time to throw everything together. I'll try and get those e-mails from the CGE/PC people answered this week. - Original Message - From: Hugh Falk [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: [EMAIL

Re: [SWCollect] Oh my G*d!!!!

2004-02-04 Thread C.E. Forman
Quite possibly... Leather Goddesses of Phobos 2: Gas Pump Girls Meet the Pulsating Inconvenience from Planet X. - Original Message - From: BL [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]; [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Wednesday, February 04, 2004 8:15 PM Subject: Re: [SWCollect] Oh my G*d I

Re: [SWCollect] Speaking of EA, got me thinking of Ali Baba..

2004-02-02 Thread C.E. Forman
Yes, it was published separately. I just saw an auction for it not that long ago: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemitem=3072600726category=3528sspagename=STRK%3AMEBWA%3AITrd=1 - Original Message - From: Per-Olof Karlsson [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Monday,

[SWCollect] New Column Just Posted

2004-02-01 Thread C.E. Forman
Hey gang, If you're subscribed to my YOIS mailing list, you already got my message about the new column. But I wanted to let everybody know I also have the full details of my battle with the Infocom T-shirt faker from last year (the asshole who caused me so much trouble). The link is through

Re: [SWCollect] Weird Ultima auction on eBay

2004-02-01 Thread C.E. Forman
Dan, if you do bid, let us know how they compare with a known original. - Original Message - From: Dan Chisarick [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Sunday, February 01, 2004 7:55 PM Subject: Re: [SWCollect] Weird Ultima auction on eBay Member since '99, no activity for

Re: [SWCollect] Rarity Scale

2004-01-30 Thread C.E. Forman
The problem we'll run into here is, how do we differentiate between someone selling a complete game and someone selling just a loose disk in a lot with 50 others? I've got a script I run that does my automated eBay searches, but it's really just opening a URL to eBay with the appropriate keyword

Re: [SWCollect] Rarity Scale

2004-01-30 Thread C.E. Forman
Good luck parsing this auction correctly http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ViewItemitem=3074939557category=3561. ;-) Between the typos and the combined auction you're in trouble. My favorite typo is the Onk. B-)

Re: [SWCollect] Deal on the side???

2004-01-27 Thread C.E. Forman
In situations like this I like to e-mail the buyer with something like, Hey, why did you end this auction early? I was planning to snipe for $50. From several eBay accounts, if you have multiples. Make 'em think they're losing money, next time they won't do it. - Original Message -

Re: [SWCollect] Adventure in Serenia

2004-01-26 Thread C.E. Forman
This is another one that I overpaid on, believing at the time that it was rarer than it actually is. Jim's "somewhat rare" still applies, and definitely more so than the On-Line f olders, but I see several on eBay each year. They've almost consistently dropped below the $100 mark, though.

Re: [SWCollect] A game called Whiz Kid

2004-01-23 Thread C.E. Forman
I've heard of it somewhere, but it's possible you may have mentioned it before. Any accompanying docs, or just the disk? - Original Message - From: Stephane Racle [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2004 11:19 PM Subject: [SWCollect] A game called Whiz

Re: [SWCollect] 5.25s vs. 3.5s

2004-01-22 Thread C.E. Forman
Seriously, I do seem to remember there was a difference between the CD version and the floppy version. Though given RTZ's lack of appeal I would agree that the floppy version is of interest to collectors and RTZ fanatics. Which is a bit of a shame. I liked the way they did the user

Re: [SWCollect] Article on Slashdot

2004-01-22 Thread C.E. Forman
The Starcross saucer pictured in the article is my own. B-) - Original Message - From: Marco Thorek [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Wednesday, January 21, 2004 9:17 PM Subject: [SWCollect] Article on Slashdot Slashdot had a short article on early game packagings here,

Re: [SWCollect] Bah, ebay/paypal

2004-01-22 Thread C.E. Forman
DO-IT! DO-IT! DO-IT! B-) Seriously, if eBay is saying Western Union is unsafe (or even less safe than PayPal), that is a total lie and hurts WU's reputation. They *should* sue 'em. - Original Message - From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Thursday,

Re: [SWCollect] Only opened slightly for pictures...

2004-01-21 Thread C.E. Forman
I've heard from one cartridge collector who bought a bunch of sealed SNES games, only to find out the seller took the original, more valuable cartridges out and replaced them with cheap-o titles before reshrinking, so he could sell the same game twice, thinking no one would ever open the wrap.

Re: [SWCollect] 5.25s vs. 3.5s

2004-01-21 Thread C.E. Forman
Yep, I found him right away. His eBay ID too. LMK if you want him on my jerk-list, he definitely qualifies. B-} - Original Message - From: Feldhamer, Stuart [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Tuesday, January 20, 2004 3:53 PM Subject: RE: [SWCollect] 5.25s vs. 3.5s

Re: [SWCollect] 5.25s vs. 3.5s

2004-01-21 Thread C.E. Forman
- The CDROM version of Return to Zork was produced in greater numbers than the floppy-disk version, so theoretically the diskette version is worth more. Rarer, but not necessarily worth more, except maybe to a few collectors or RTZ fanatics. Who wants to actually play the floppy version,

Re: [SWCollect] Ethical question

2004-01-21 Thread C.E. Forman
When this one comes up, I always try to strike a balance between me and the seller. If I can make the seller really happy with the amount he's getting, and me still really happy with the price I'm paying, great. On the other hand, you definitely should get rewarded for knowing what other

Re: [SWCollect] Ethical question

2004-01-21 Thread C.E. Forman
How many sellers would tell a buyer they are paying too much? Yo. B-) The Shoppe, anyway. If the person uses the Shoppe's offer button and goes way too high, it's coded to cut the price down to a more reasonable level (albeit the maximum reasonable price I have entered in the database).

Re: [SWCollect] Would YOU bid on this?

2004-01-21 Thread C.E. Forman
Breakers, PC: I'd go maybe $20 max. More, $30 or so if I didn't have one already. But that's me. My question to the list: How many of you hold shrinkwrapping so highly that a badly crushed wrapped is worth more than a good condition unwrapped? Amazingly, NOT me! The game package itself

Re: [SWCollect] 5.25s vs. 3.5s

2004-01-21 Thread C.E. Forman
-Original Message- From: C.E. Forman [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Wednesday, January 21, 2004 6:25 PM To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Subject: Re: [SWCollect] 5.25s vs. 3.5s Yep, I found him right away. His eBay ID too. LMK if you want him on my jerk-list, he definitely qualifies. B

Re: [SWCollect] Need advice regarding a Wasteland purchase

2004-01-19 Thread C.E. Forman
I guess the only real solution is to make it a closed project, where you would have to apply to get access, and only real collectors would be admitted. But I fear that's just delaying the inevitable, really. Unfortunately I don't believe there's much of a chance of stopping a counterfeiter

Re: [SWCollect] Software Collecting Expo?

2004-01-19 Thread C.E. Forman
. Not everyone lives in southern California :) Plan small for a first time conference, or there won't be a second.. You can always limit attendance if you get too many applicants, but you can't do the reverse.. In fact limited seats could encourage people to sign up and pay early.. C.E. Forman wrote

Re: [SWCollect] Software Collecting Expo?

2004-01-19 Thread C.E. Forman
Good point... So plan for maybe 200 - 300, then? I do have a feeling that a significant percentage of cartridge collectors are also computer gamers and would come to something like this. - Original Message - From: Edward Franks [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: Software Collectibles Mailing List

Re: [SWCollect] Software Collecting Expo?

2004-01-18 Thread C.E. Forman
I think if we start by asing the CGExpo guys we can find most of this stuff out. I'm sure they'll be happy to give us info, they seem like nice guys. I'll get a message drafted to them this week. Last week I had absolutely no time. For that we could do a quick poll right here. If this

Re: [SWCollect] Software Collecting Expo?

2004-01-18 Thread C.E. Forman
Wow, I must REALLY be optimistic, then, I figured a few hundred would show, especially once they learn of the classic authors. (The place could get packed if the Woz shows up!) I'd prefer to plan for a larger number, just in case. - Original Message - From: Hugh Falk [EMAIL PROTECTED]

Re: [SWCollect] Paranoid seller and tax evasion

2004-01-18 Thread C.E. Forman
Well, I *would* draw a distinction between *trading* games and *buying* them. I dislike the thought of being taxed for non-cash transactions. I tried to argue the same to a customs officer. His reasoning was that I paid by sending my game. Can you argue with that? Then your customs tax

Re: [SWCollect] Need advice regarding a Wasteland purchase

2004-01-18 Thread C.E. Forman
Totally disagree here; having an item still in original shrinkwrap is a testament of time, and much rarer than an open box, of course. Really though, it's just amazing to have an item after X years still in the condition and orginal packaging that it would have been in at the little ma pa

Re: [SWCollect] Software Collecting Expo?

2004-01-12 Thread C.E. Forman
, January 11, 2004 1:19 PM To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Subject: RE: [SWCollect] Software Collecting Expo? I know at least two people on this list are in San Diego. (Disclaimer: one of them is me.) Hugh -Original Message- From: C.E. Forman [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent

Re: [SWCollect] Software Collecting Expo?

2004-01-12 Thread C.E. Forman
I would say for starters, we'd need to work out a budget and a location. It would be a good idea to have a duration in mind too. 2 days would probably be reasonable. Yeah, 2 days is probably the ideal. Get in Friday and get set up, do the actual show Saturday and Sunday, start cleaning up

Re: [SWCollect] Modern classics

2004-01-12 Thread C.E. Forman
As both a loser and an idiot, I was deeply offended by that statement. B-) - Original Message - From: Feldhamer, Stuart [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Monday, January 12, 2004 10:03 AM Subject: RE: [SWCollect] Modern classics It's pretty obvious, isn't it? There are

Re: [SWCollect] Modern classics

2004-01-12 Thread C.E. Forman
May we say that most titles nowadays are produced in too large numbers to ever become collectible? Especially most so-called Collector's Editions. Though it may still work for big-name series... I've seen demand and prices for the Ultima IX Dragon Edition holding fairly steady.

Re: [SWCollect] Modern classics

2004-01-12 Thread C.E. Forman
Not sure about that, but of course there was the miserable failure of Majestic (http://www.mobygames.com/game/sheet/p,3/gameId,5282/ for more info, including a review by our own CEForman) Nope, that's not it, but thanks for mentioning it. The name sounds familiar, but that's about it. (And

Re: [SWCollect] Mt. Drash cassette and market value

2004-01-11 Thread C.E. Forman
I've started doing that now, even warning I will leave negative feedback if the item is damaged due to poor protection. Probably makes me sound like a jerk, but I am so thoroughly sick of half-assed packaging. - Original Message - From: Hugh Falk [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]

Re: [SWCollect] Mt. Drash cassette and market value

2004-01-09 Thread C.E. Forman
Stephane, You got your BotF from the former president of Phoenix, didn't you? I recall he was selling some stuff awhile back, I got a few pieces from him myself. - Original Message - From: Stephane Racle To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Tuesday, January 06, 2004 8:34 PM

Re: [SWCollect] Mt. Drash cassette and market value

2004-01-09 Thread C.E. Forman
It indeed is that uncommon. Much more so than a Starcross saucer, Suspended mask or sealed Fooblitzky. I have been on ebay now for five years and only saw it once and that one was even sealed. Hmm, I've had 3 or 4 of these (ZorkQuest II) come through the Shoppe over the years, but I can't say

Re: [SWCollect] Mt. Drash cassette and market value

2004-01-09 Thread C.E. Forman
Just to clarify, Stephane... Did you find three individual Infocomics being sold together? Or did you find a literal three-pack of Infocomics (with some kind of unique outer packaging)? I always have to be sure if someone sounds like they have a package I haven't seen before. B-) -

Re: [SWCollect] Mt. Drash cassette and market value

2004-01-09 Thread C.E. Forman
The Mastertronic series was sold predominatly in Europe, where they seem to be very common. I overpaid for mine because, being in the States, I'd never seen them before so I figured they were rare. - Original Message - From: Pedro Quaresma To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]

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