Re: [SWCollect] Time to blend topics

2004-06-09 Thread Stephane Racle
Following up on this thread - the software industry often mentions billions in losses due to piracy. But is that based upon an estimate of how many illegal copies of software packages are in use, or is it based on an estimate of how many people use copied products but would actually have paid

Re: [SWCollect] Another one?!

2004-06-07 Thread Stephane Racle
In Canada, this would be legal. Quick, you still have time to move, Jim. ;-) Stephane [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: I believe that this is as illegal as copying *ANY* music file. Why doesn't Jim just bid on it, and then he can do what he wants with the music? From: "Pedro

[SWCollect] Hee hee...

2004-06-06 Thread Stephane Racle
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Re: [SWCollect] Ultima III

2004-05-27 Thread Stephane Racle
Sure looks like it. I'm going from memory here, but I think the original Ultima III disk has blue writing and shows a small drawing of the head of a demon on the right side of the label... Dan Chisarick wrote: My Google skills fail me these days. I can't find a site that has the pictures of

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

2004-05-24 Thread Stephane Racle
I didn't look at it closely, but I'm guessing that second listing was a "second-chance" offered only to King Dragon... Peter Olafson wrote: Interesting. Just out of curioisity, what would happen if someone else had found and acted upon that second listing before thehigh bidderfrom the

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

2004-05-24 Thread Stephane Racle
Jukka Eronen wrote: Yeah :). Quite an impossible task to locate the originals, though. And even then to get to have them. BTW does anyone here own original game art? Cover art or ingame? One of my most prized items is the original cover art for Masquerade (by Phoenix). It's a breathtaking 8.5

Re: [SWCollect] Nit-picking at its finest

2004-05-21 Thread Stephane Racle
Not all swords are two-handed. And that trident looks pretty wimpy... like someone could actually use it with one hand. :-) Of course, I'm not sure that this is the best combination for someone who wants to fight with two weapons! Probably would get a -5 penalty on the THAC0. :-) Dan

Re: [SWCollect] Loose floppies bundle going for a small bundle

2004-05-16 Thread Stephane Racle
Yes, I had my eye on those disks too, but there's no way I'm paying $175 for seven disk labels. :-) Dan Chisarick wrote: I was looking at this, figuring that since they were loose disks they'd go for cheap. Cannonball Blitz drew some attention recently, so I thought it'd be nice to score an

Re: [SWCollect] Cornerstone on Ebay

2004-05-15 Thread Stephane Racle
Hmm... That looks like the ones I've seen before. Stephane Marco Thorek wrote: Look at this, http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemcategory=3773item=3677785326rd=1 and note the Sophisticated Database... cover only over the lower left of the box. Wasn't there a slipcase that went entirely

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

2004-05-10 Thread Stephane Racle
While I'm appreciative of the fact that my collection is increasing in value, I don't see high prices as a good thing. I know I don't collect for money... I wonder how many of us share your perspective? I'd much rather be able to add new items to my collection for reasonable prices. If the

Re: [SWCollect] YEAH-HA-HAAAAA!

2004-05-09 Thread Stephane Racle
The corner of the picture has a French flag and something that almost looks like "Version Franaise"... Hmmm... ;-) C.E. Forman wrote: It's a rare graphic adventure game, saw very limited release here. One of the ones I see on a lot of people's want-lists. Heh, just realized, God I hope

Re: [SWCollect] Talk about boneheads...

2004-05-07 Thread Stephane Racle
I've purchased a few items from them in the past. While the items were generally fairly nice, the service was pretty poor. Minimal communication, no answer to questions, high shipping cost. I stay away from their auctions unless it's something I really want. Can't say I'm too fond of the

Re: [SWCollect] Talk about boneheads...

2004-05-07 Thread Stephane Racle
I guess then it's a good thing the other bidder didn't bid... oh say, $98? :-) Josh Lulewicz wrote: Heh actually that was supposed to be 9.99 blushes I didn't realize it until after the end of the auction :( Damn IE autofiller... -josh -Original Message- From: C.E. Forman

[SWCollect] SSI games

2004-04-28 Thread Stephane Racle
Does anyone have a list of which SSI games were released in both large and small box variations? So far, I know of: Computer Quarterback Computer Baseball Questron As well, I've seen Broadsides in both a standard small box and a flimsier RapidFire box. Anyone known of any other titles like

Re: [SWCollect] Even marginally ethical?

2004-04-27 Thread Stephane Racle
And it goes on every day in a number of industries. :-) Jim Leonard wrote: Dan Chisarick wrote: Not quite. The idea is that no outsider bids on the item. Doesn't matter -- it's still deception to raise the price of an item. Just because *that one auction* doesn't sell at the higher price

Re: [SWCollect] Even marginally ethical?

2004-04-27 Thread Stephane Racle
I didn't mean to imply that it should, and I'm with you on this. I just thought it was a funny juxtaposition of words: It's artificial price fixing. (slaps Dan on wrist) That is, a lot of white-collar criminals only get a slap on the wrist. Stephane Jim Leonard wrote: Stephane Racle wrote

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

2004-04-25 Thread Stephane Racle
I was actually thinking along the same lines, and I'm sure I wasn't the only other one. Some of the prices make it seem like $100 for a game is nothing... I don't know, but to me, $100 is a lot of cash! The other thing I've noticed too is that there's at least a couple of bidders who seem to

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

2004-04-21 Thread Stephane Racle
Is that who jeffcowe is? Josh Lulewicz wrote: Well it was fun while it lastedguess I should have sold mine when it was rare. Please don't let Eyal get this one. -- This message was sent to you because you are currently

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

2004-03-23 Thread Stephane Racle
Those were significant bids! Trying to make sure nobody else has one? ;-) Josh Lulewicz wrote: Would you guys have killed me if I had won it??? :) -josh -- This message was sent to you because you

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

2004-03-21 Thread Stephane Racle
Edward - Putting insurance on that shipment? ;-) Per-Olof Karlsson wrote: 3605! I'm stunned. I'm happy for Edward of course, but I couldn't dream of it getting that high! In any case, it found a great new home, and most likely it'll be immortalized in print soon.. :) - Peo

Re: [SWCollect] Announcing the CGW Museum

2004-03-20 Thread Stephane Racle
to schedule it for a release and it eventually got put aside. Do you know anything more about Ultima IV Part II? If you have the article Id love to read it. Steve From: Stephane Racle [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]] Sent: Saturday, March 20, 2004 12:07 AM To: [EMAIL PROTECTED

Re: [SWCollect] Announcing the CGW Museum

2004-03-19 Thread Stephane Racle
, Here's an idea -- arandom article of interest scanned in and put on the site weekly! Would be a cool thing to have. Brad - Original Message - From: Stephane Racle To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 2004 4:58 PM Subject: Re: [SWCollect

Re: [SWCollect] Announcing the CGW Museum

2004-03-19 Thread Stephane Racle
-in that does OCR of scanned PDF files so you can search the text? Anyone have any experience w/how effective this is? On Mar 17, 2004, at 3:01 AM, Stephane Racle wrote: I'm pleased to announce that my web site, the Computer Gaming World (CGW) Museum, is finally on-line! The Museum is dedicated

Re: [SWCollect] Announcing the CGW Museum

2004-03-18 Thread Stephane Racle
- From: Stephane Racle To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 2004 4:58 PM Subject: Re: [SWCollect] Announcing the CGW Museum Yes, I have LOL. But it's not so bad if it's progressively. A few now, a few then... might take a year to get all of them up. But yes

Re: [SWCollect] Announcing the CGW Museum

2004-03-18 Thread Stephane Racle
are almost as old as me!), I would be glad to help out in the beginning. Best regards, Tomas --- Stephane Racle [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Hehe. You may be willing to cut up my magazines, but I'm not! Well, I'd cut up duplicate issues. It probably wouldn't be too difficult for issues 25

[SWCollect] Announcing the CGW Museum

2004-03-17 Thread Stephane Racle
I'm pleased to announce that my web site, the Computer Gaming World (CGW) Museum, is finally on-line! The Museum is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of all CGW items related to the time period covered by the first 100 issues of Computer Gaming World magazine. Currently there is

Re: [SWCollect] Announcing the CGW Museum

2004-03-17 Thread Stephane Racle
Doubtful I could do that without incurring the wrath of ZD... BL wrote: Great job man, looks awesome. If your ultimate plan is to have the entire mags scanned, I can't wait! Brad - Original Message - From: "Stephane Racle" [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: "swcollect&qu

Re: [SWCollect] Announcing the CGW Museum

2004-03-17 Thread Stephane Racle
approach it the right way, they might even pay you to do it... Stuart -Original Message- *From:* Stephane Racle [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] *Sent:* Wednesday, March 17, 2004 11:49 AM *To:* swcollect *Subject:* Re: [SWCollect] Announcing the CGW Museum Doubtful I could

Re: [SWCollect] Announcing the CGW Museum

2004-03-17 Thread Stephane Racle
issue of CGW were some articles about Silas' RobotWar. Very cool. Luckily, Wolf3D made it in issue 98! :) - John -Original Message- From: Stephane Racle [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 2004 12:02 AM To: swcollect Subject: [SWCollect] Announcing the CGW Museum I'm

Re: [SWCollect] Announcing the CGW Museum

2004-03-17 Thread Stephane Racle
it would take to scan 100 magazines? :eek: Freddie Vintage Gaming - http://www.vintagegaming.org -Original Message- From: Stephane Racle [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]] Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 2004 1:48 PM To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Subject: Re: [SWCollect] Announcing the CGW Museum

Re: [SWCollect] Announcing the CGW Museum

2004-03-17 Thread Stephane Racle
site, even though it is more recent. Hugh -Original Message- From: Stephane Racle [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Mar 17, 2004 1:48 PM To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Subject: Re: [SWCollect] Announcing the CGW Museum Hehe. You may be willing to cut up my magazines, but I'm not! Well, I'd cut up duplicate

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

2004-03-15 Thread Stephane Racle
I guess we'll have to see if CNET (I think that's who it was) was right when they stated that a complete Drash could sell for up to $2000! Edward Franks wrote: On Mar 15, 2004, at 1:43 AM, Josh Lulewicz wrote: Edward what are earth are you thinking!?!?!?!? That I'd like to keep my

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

2004-03-15 Thread Stephane Racle
I bought most of my Infocom grey boxes from a place called Compsult, in California, back in 1991. They still sell stuff on eBay as Software Outlet or something similar... I think I purcshased 15-16 titles, brand new, still in the shrink for $5 each... Sci-Fi classics with the slipcase for $15.

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

2004-03-15 Thread Stephane Racle
Oh well, it happens. I will comment on it even though it's not for me... :-) From reading your message and others earlier today, I had to comment... I just think wanting to "keep it a mystery" is a fine line. And I don't just mean for Drash. Certainly a good part of the fun is finding new

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

2004-03-15 Thread Stephane Racle
Maybe Edward has a hot tip for another Drash, he's not just telling us and seeing what he can get for this one. :-) Josh Lulewicz wrote: I'll just say I was offered a LOT more than 2K for mine without the box. I too have been offered A LOT more than 2K for

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

2004-03-14 Thread Stephane Racle
Indeed... why selling? Are you truly selling off your entire Ultima collection? Josh Lulewicz wrote: Edward what are earth are you thinking!?!?!?!? Let the circus beginI think you all know what I am referring to. -josh

Re: [SWCollect] Need a picture

2004-03-12 Thread Stephane Racle
I have a few pictures that may work for you... Try this: http://www3.sympatico.ca/sracle/images/QoP-1.jpg Jim Leonard wrote: Does anyone have any pictures of early plastic/ziplock baggie releases online I can use to show someone that, yes, software used to come in baggies?

Re: [SWCollect] Need a picture

2004-03-12 Thread Stephane Racle
That was their first game? I think I have a copy of that booklet somewhere. Do you know what else, if anything, was included in the package besides a diskette? [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Here is Broderbund's first game: http://www.classicgaming.com/gotcha/Broderbund.htm -Original

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

2004-03-09 Thread Stephane Racle
This would be more recent. The box says 1993. Jim Leonard wrote: Stephane Racle wrote: It was easier to find than I thought... Looks like an RPG with modem play! Really? What year? I believe American Challenge: A Sailing Simulation was semi-officially the first modem 2-player game but I'd

Re: [SWCollect] Wireless Optical Mouse and ebay

2004-03-09 Thread Stephane Racle
I have a Microsoft Wireless Intellimouse Explorer 2.0, and I have to admit it works quite well. No lag, quite comfortable to use, and the batteries last for a while. It was bought new for CAN $50, so it shouldn't be too far off your mark... [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Need wireless rechargable

Re: [SWCollect] Microbe, Synergistic Software

2004-03-05 Thread Stephane Racle
That was one of my favourites. What would you like to know? Stephane Matthew Sewell wrote: Hi All, I've been going through my old stuff and I'm wondering if anyone can tell me about the game Microbe from Synergistic Software. Thanks Matt

Re: [SWCollect] Castle Wolfenstein

2004-03-02 Thread Stephane Racle
First time I see that one too... interesting. I think the first ever release was the one with the orange booklet in a baggie. Does anyone know for sure? I think, however, that Zork/Zork I wins hands down for the most package variations! Dan Chisarick wrote: I think Castle Wolfenstein should

Re: [SWCollect] eBay change

2004-03-01 Thread Stephane Racle
It is? Sub-category of which category? I don't see it anywhere... Pedro Quaresma wrote: It's now a sub-category, which you can choose on the "navigator" on the left hand side -- Pedro R. Quaresma Salvador Caetano IMVT Div. Sistemas de Informao / Systems and Information Division

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

2004-02-04 Thread Stephane Racle
Let's validate the system: Ultima IX: Ascension is worth $80 + $9 - $90 = -$1, so $0. This must therefore be be a good system! Although I still like the -$1 value, because if I had to play this game again, I'd definitely want to be paid for it! :-P [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Lee, Thanks

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

2004-02-03 Thread Stephane Racle
Heh. Actually, that's an interesting one. I never understood the fascination with this particular package. It routinely sells on eBay for anywhere between $100-$200, but it's really not that interesting... For that price, you can probably grab 5 or 6 grey boxes, a couple of folios, and some

Re: [SWCollect] Weird Ultima auction on eBay

2004-02-01 Thread Stephane Racle
Perhaps someone who worked at Origin in some fashion? Location is Austin, TX... Edward Franks wrote: On Feb 1, 2004, at 7:40 PM, Per-Olof Karlsson wrote: Did anyone see this auction? http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ViewItemcategory=11050item=3075606212 Seems pretty peculiar to me..

[SWCollect] Talking about rarity/value

2004-01-29 Thread Stephane Racle
Wow... http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemcategory=3561item=3073649958 -- This message was sent to you because you are currently subscribed to the swcollect mailing list. To unsubscribe, send mail to [EMAIL

[SWCollect] A game called Whiz Kid

2004-01-22 Thread Stephane Racle
Talking about preserving games... I have an old Apple II diskette with a graphic adventure game called Whiz Kid. It's in the style of the early Sierra Hi-Res Adventures, with graphics on the top and text on the bottom of the screen. The following information is given at bootup: Venturwiz (tm)

Re: [SWCollect] Paranoid seller and tax evasion

2004-01-14 Thread Stephane Racle
We have a similar issue here in Canada as anything that comes in with a value of more than CAN $20 (or CAN $60 if it's declared as a gift) is taxed at 15%. I've actually had items shipped to me where the seller had declared a higher value than the eBay auction value, thinking it made no

Re: [SWCollect] Modern classics

2004-01-12 Thread Stephane Racle
I loved Bard's Tale as well - however, I felt BT2 was kind of weak. Thing is, as enjoyable as it is, BT3 probably doesn't stand up too well nowadays. The emphasis is on fights with more and more monsters... I still distinctly remember standing at the bridge in Malefia facing something like

Re: [SWCollect] Modern classics

2004-01-12 Thread Stephane Racle
wrote: Stephane Racle wrote: If I recall, the real sequel to Wasteland was called Mean Time and was never released. Something about the project being abandoned... perhaps someone here knows how much work was actually done on it? I'm going from memory here, I could be wrong. You're correct; http

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

2004-01-09 Thread Stephane Racle
wrote: 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

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

2004-01-09 Thread Stephane Racle
a package I haven't seen before. B-) - Original Message - From: Stephane Racle To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2004 7:30 PM Subject: Re: [SWCollect] Mt. Drash cassette and market value I agree with you on actual vs perceived value

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

2004-01-09 Thread Stephane Racle
Japanese package... Can't remember which one, though he sent me a copy of the letter he sent to the Japanese distributor. - Original Message - From: Stephane Racle To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Friday, January 09, 2004 8:55 PM Subject: Re: [SWCollect] Mt

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

2004-01-08 Thread Stephane Racle
I still remember that $2000 Starcross saucer very well! Although IMO, someone drove up the price on that one... although if I recall, the buyer was more than happy with the result. Edward Franks wrote: I believe that most collectors have somewhat limited cash flow, and so I have never seen

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

2004-01-08 Thread Stephane Racle
I also noticed just a couple of days ago that my Odyssey manual was actually very different from his. Mine is essentially black and white, almost newspaperish, while his has a full colour cover. I wonder if your disk goes with the one I have? Or do you have the same book as Howard too? Edward

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

2004-01-07 Thread Stephane Racle
to get the last one. On the other hand, Suspended and Starcross were no brainers... and I suspect they are on many software collectors' lists. Marco Thorek wrote: Stephane Racle schrieb: One package I had never seen on eBay until tonight was Zorkquest II. I've seen all the other Infoco

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

2004-01-06 Thread Stephane Racle
Well, for one thing, some of the games (or variations) you mention below were produced in extremely small quantities, and I doubt that many copies survive to this day, except perhaps with the author or publisher - and even then, not in all cases. Furthermore, not many people know or care

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

2004-01-06 Thread Stephane Racle
One package I had never seen on eBay until tonight was Zorkquest II. I've seen all the other Infocomics about a hundred times, but never that one. Is it that uncommon? One would think they'd be plenty of copies lying around... Incidentally, here's a few games I have never once seen (other than

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

2004-01-05 Thread Stephane Racle
So, to revisit a discussion, how do the rest of you try to estimate the market value of these types of games? What would, say, the first release of Zork -- the PDP-11 version -- be worth? Brian Moriarty estimates that less than 50 of these were ever sold. Look at his

[SWCollect] Some good Phoenix software info

2003-12-02 Thread Stephane Racle
Hello eveyone, I was able to dig up some good information and items on Phoenix Software, which published software from 1981 to 1984. I thought it might be of interest! I've included links to some pictures at the following address: http://www3.sympatico.ca/sracle Some interesting tidbits