Re: [SWCollect] eBay Actually INCREASES Functionality!

2002-07-23 Thread Marco Thorek
Chris, would you mind sharing that script with us? :-) C.E. Forman wrote: I wonder if they now let you do more than 20 saved searches. I've stopped using that feature since I rigged up a script to do about 60 searches and e-mail me the results twice per week. B-)

Re: [SWCollect] eBay Actually INCREASES Functionality!

2002-07-25 Thread Marco Thorek
Yup, after changing providers I can now participate in the wonder that is PHP. C.E. Forman wrote: You got PHP? - Original Message - From: Marco Thorek [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Tuesday, July 23, 2002 5:49 PM Subject: Re: [SWCollect] eBay Actually INCREASES

[SWCollect] How to preserve them?

2002-07-25 Thread Marco Thorek
Hello fellow collectors, although I keep my games at fairly adequate environmental conditions (smokefree, no direct sunlight, etc.) I notice that they are working. Some manuals have a sweet smell to them, even on those games that I originally purchased and that were always kept under the

Re: [SWCollect] PHP Script for eBay Searches

2002-07-29 Thread Marco Thorek
Thanks Chris, much appreciated! Marco C.E. Forman schrieb: Since several of you have asked, here is the eBay searches script. I've added comment notes for how to customize it for your own use. If your ISP does not have PHP, you will not be able to use this, though it shouldn't be too

Re: [SWCollect] How to preserve them?

2002-07-29 Thread Marco Thorek
Thank you for the long answer, Alexander. As you apparently are from Germany, too, could you tell me where around here I can find suitable mylar covers? To be honest, I never before heard about mylar. Marco Alexander Zoller schrieb: In my opinion the acid problem, while certainly a

Re: [SWCollect] Our Mission

2002-08-01 Thread Marco Thorek
I once had this case where a young lady from England tried to sell a couple of Infocom games via ebay.com. I stumbled across them and lo and behold, the pictures she used were taken from my Infocom site. Now, I don't really have a problem with people using my scans, provided they a) ask me

Re: [SWCollect] The Motherlode

2002-09-11 Thread Marco Thorek
Hugh Falk schrieb: Not too long ago I did a deal for about 1500 pieces in bulk, and it was an incredible pain to go through, sort, catalog, clean, take the treasures, relist the rest in bulk, repackage and ship. I ended up with a couple hundred good titles for free, and sold the rest for

Re: [SWCollect] computergamecollector

2002-09-18 Thread Marco Thorek
Alexander Zoller schrieb: Registrant: Brad Lima 1521 Kensington Blvd Bluffton SC, SC 29910 US Can't say I ever heard of him before... I'd probably know his eBay ID if I see it. Site is employing a price guide for mint sealed games, this ought to create some controversy.

Re: [SWCollect] Greetings

2002-10-02 Thread Marco Thorek
Jim Leonard schrieb: The cutoff was about 6 months ago; I haven't seen anything large since that time. Around here, in Germany, it was 12-18 months ago. EA was the first to announce that cardboard boxes are outdated and subsequently published new games only in DVD cases. Others followed

Re: [SWCollect] Greetings

2002-10-15 Thread Marco Thorek
Edward Franks schrieb: I've always wondered what John Romero would pay for one (assuming he doesn't have one already). :) He's a big time Ultima and Apple ][ fan. I think he would be a great member of this list if he isn't already. A while ago I started to receive a good number of

Re: [SWCollect] Is nothing sacred?

2002-10-15 Thread Marco Thorek
C.E. Forman schrieb: You should report him to eBay, this has to be against at least one of their 6 billion rules. Indeed. I remember reading something about use of ebay member email adresses for unsolicited emails is prohibited, but can't be bothered right now to spend the next hours wading

Re: [SWCollect] Greetings

2002-10-17 Thread Marco Thorek
Edward Franks schrieb: On Wednesday, October 16, 2002, at 06:58 AM, C.E. Forman wrote: Sure, it'd be great to have someone in the industry who's also a serious collector. I'll second that. In my (limited) dealings with John I've always had a pleasant experience with him.

Re: [SWCollect] Greetings

2002-10-17 Thread Marco Thorek
Edward Franks schrieb: Thank you. Both my wife and I have been touched by everyone's support. It is a big boost to us to see all the support from our fellow collectors despite any past clashes. Helping other enthusiasts is what got both of us into collecting and trading the old

Re: [SWCollect] Two questions

2002-10-17 Thread Marco Thorek
Chris Newman schrieb: Wow, RBBS-PC, the good old days! I don't know if it would have any serious sale value, but it probably has sentimental value (which might translate) to many folks. This might lead to a good thread. What was your favorite BBS program? Was it the venerable PC-Board,

Re: [SWCollect] Multi-format floppy drive

2002-11-05 Thread Marco Thorek
Lee K. Seitz schrieb: I meant to mention this in my last message. Did everyone see the Slashdot story on the Catweasel (http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=02/10/28/228255mode=threadtid=137)? It's a controller that supports multiple disk formats using a single drive. It also lets you plug

Re: [SWCollect] Finds over vacation

2002-11-05 Thread Marco Thorek
Lee K. Seitz schrieb: Of note for Infocom collectors is the March 1984 issue of _Discover_ that I found. I thought this might be news, but I just now see someone's already put it on the web (http://web.mit.edu/6.933/www/Fall2000/infocom/marketing.html). The article really doesn't reveal

Re: [SWCollect] Oldskool gaming boxes: the revenge

2002-11-05 Thread Marco Thorek
Stephen S. Lee schrieb: Hello, we've had discussion about machines for playing old games on a PC before. Before this involved desktops. What I'm interested in is a portable oldskool gaming machine. I have minimal experience using portable computers at all, and I think that what I want

Re: [SWCollect] Multi-format floppy drive

2002-11-07 Thread Marco Thorek
Jim Leonard schrieb: Actually, you can now read Amiga disks on a regular PC, thanks to the insane work of an insane friend: http://www.oldskool.org/disk2fdi/ He, pretty neat! Marco -- This message was sent to you because

Re: [SWCollect] Greetings from The Origin Museum

2002-11-13 Thread Marco Thorek
Heah Joe, nice to have you on board :) Perhaps you remember me, Marco from infocom-if.org. You were one of the first people that ever visited my site. Marco Origin Museum schrieb: I was told about this board some time ago, but I finally got the time to join--YAY! I know most of the

Re: [SWCollect] Time for my introduction

2002-11-13 Thread Marco Thorek
Stefan Lindblom schrieb: Greetings everyone, After lurking in this little list for 2 months now I felt now it's the time come out of the closet ;) Sounds like an introduction to a Gamoholics Anonymous group. group goes hi stefan! ;-) Marco

RE: [SWCollect] Floppy Disk Numbers

2002-11-13 Thread Marco Thorek
Cool. Thanks John! Marco John Romero schrieb: Okay guys, If you want a signed copy of Wasteland, send it to: Coresoft Inc. attn: Alan Pavlish 23232 Peralta Dr. Suite 112 Laguna Hills, CA 92653 Tell 'em I sent ya! Oh, and MAKE SURE you include a stamped addressed box to send it

[SWCollect] Another huge auction

2002-11-23 Thread Marco Thorek
If any of you are interested: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemitem=1940900086 Only thing on there that would slightly interested me is the Commodore US 8 calculator. Perhaps he should have sold some of those items seperately. There is just too many loose disks on there to warrant

Re: [SWCollect] Seastalker folio/grey box

2002-11-25 Thread Marco Thorek
Hi Stephen, it's the same. Marco Stephen S. Lee schrieb: Hello ... I've got a quick question. Is the sticker in Seastalker the same between the folio and the standard-box versions, or are they different? Thanks! -- Stephen

Re: [SWCollect] Paypal scam Email ?

2002-11-25 Thread Marco Thorek
Probably the latter sigh Marco C.E. Forman schrieb: Check the link again, they're gone. Either someone got them shut down, or they grabbed the info they had and ran. -- This message was sent to you because you are

[SWCollect] Warez version of Masterpieces?

2002-11-27 Thread Marco Thorek
Check this out: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemitem=1921354978 Doesn't it look like it? AFAIK there is not one Activision CD that contains all games. Possibly he also used the HTML, scans and PDF docs from the various Infocom sites on the net. Marco

Re: [SWCollect] It Continues

2002-12-03 Thread Marco Thorek
LOL, I really don't wanna know where they found that fluff to stick in there. Do any of you think in the future it might be a worthwhile occupation to be a professional expert at antique software authentication? Look M'am, I'm telling you, that Don't Panic is not authentic, it's a Hongkong

Re: [SWCollect] Warez version of Masterpieces?

2002-12-04 Thread Marco Thorek
C.E. Forman schrieb: as well as a graphic of what the original box looked like Not to mention it has Zork: The Undiscovered Underground, which was only available as a free download from Activision's site, never included in any commercially released collection. I notice he only got one

[SWCollect] Merry Christmas!

2002-12-24 Thread Marco Thorek
Yes, it's the time of the year where I get all sentimental, so Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you! Also thanks for a good and informative time here on the SWCollect list! Marco -- This message was sent to you

Re: [SWCollect] Star Saga up and MobyScale question

2003-01-13 Thread Marco Thorek
C.E. Forman schrieb: BTW, Lee, I'd rate the no tea in your Hitchhiker's Guide auction as NM. If it was IM, that'd mean there's NO no tea, which would mean there IS tea in the package. B-) LOL, this is getting metaphysical ;-) Infidel

Re: [SWCollect] Heads Up

2003-01-20 Thread Marco Thorek
C.E. Forman schrieb: Hey gang, Wanted to warn everyone here. If you've noticed the Infocom T-shirts being sold on eBay by islandseven, don't bid on them. They're not originals, and the seller has been less than forthcoming about that fact. For that matter, don't buy anything from this

Re: [SWCollect] Some people push it...

2003-01-20 Thread Marco Thorek
C.E. Forman schrieb: Yeah, I believe the QFG Anthology was a Europe-only release, so it's harder to come by. (At least, I've only ever seen it in a European box - multiple languages in the back description manuals.) A couple of months ago I came by a toystore and just because I like going

Re: [SWCollect] King's Quest 1

2003-01-20 Thread Marco Thorek
Jim Leonard schrieb: I wouldn't call that 3D -- it's interactive fiction with graphics drawn in a 3D perspective. To contrast, the Quest games let you move something in front of or behind another on-screen object, so that qualifies more as 3D than Mystery House. I remember that back in

Re: [SWCollect] King's Quest 1

2003-01-21 Thread Marco Thorek
Jim Leonard schrieb: At MobyGames we go over this every so often; people keep wanting to somehow *define* the words adventure game to mean Sierra games (the Quest games, etc.) Well, I can imagine. I remember having vivid discussions over at comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.adventure over this

Re: [SWCollect] Heads Up

2003-01-21 Thread Marco Thorek
C.E. Forman schrieb: I can't find the auction, so would this be the A dirty mind is a terrible thing to waste shirt? Yeah, that's the one. Here's the auction, while eBay still has it: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemitem=2152015718category=153 Indeed, that's it. But

Re: [SWCollect] King's Quest 1

2003-01-22 Thread Marco Thorek
Jim Leonard schrieb: It seems to me, the farther we move into the present, the harder it is to classify a game. Some genres have blurred beyond recognition. Trust me, I can classify them. :) Genres haven't blurred; people's minds have. Go ahead -- hit me with something difficult. Hm,

Re: [SWCollect] King's Quest 1

2003-01-22 Thread Marco Thorek
Edward Franks schrieb: The problem is that you can easily swap in role-playing games as a basic building block in place of Adventure. The same justifications work for either. The two are so close together (more than any of the other categories) that it is hard sometimes to see

Re: [SWCollect] King's Quest 1

2003-01-22 Thread Marco Thorek
Jim Leonard schrieb: The party aspect is indeed a strong element of RPGs. I neglected to say this in our RPG genre description, so I'll add it now. I won't limit RPGs to party-based games, but it should indeed be noted that *most* RPGs are party-based. See, discussion does bring about

Re: [SWCollect] King's Quest 1

2003-01-23 Thread Marco Thorek
Stuart Feldhamer schrieb: Jim, Your system is very interesting but I don't like it. Maybe according to YOUR definition of Adventure it encompasses all fantasy-style gaming, but this is not the commonly accepted definition of the genre. As I see it, adventures are games where the focus is

Re: [SWCollect] King's Quest 1

2003-01-23 Thread Marco Thorek
Chris Newman schrieb: Yes, buy it! I have two copies, trade paperback and HC. This ties in to a post I made a couple of months ago about everyone's top five books about the gaming industry and/or PC history. Hackers is on my list. What would the other four be? Marco

Re: [SWCollect] New topic--Collectors UNITE!

2003-01-24 Thread Marco Thorek
Origin Museum schrieb: 1. C.E. and I got into a long discussion on how we store our collections. We agreed that plastic baggies were a 'short-term' solution, and tried to think up another (better) way to preserve our software for the long haul. We agreed on the idea that if we could find

[SWCollect] Think you got everything?

2003-01-27 Thread Marco Thorek
Fat chance, you probably don't have the Zork coffeetable: http://www.cattelanitalia.it/data/uk/zork.html ;-) Marco -- This message was sent to you because you are currently subscribed to the swcollect mailing list. To

Re: [SWCollect] Heads Up

2003-01-28 Thread Marco Thorek
Hm, he's at it again: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemitem=3004111440category=4315 Marco C.E. Forman schrieb: Hey gang, Wanted to warn everyone here. If you've noticed the Infocom T-shirts being sold on eBay by islandseven, don't bid on them. They're not originals, and

Re: [SWCollect] Thanks for the help with LotL

2003-01-29 Thread Marco Thorek
Hm, 42? (Which would also mean Tom is the answer to everything) Marco [EMAIL PROTECTED] schrieb: In a message dated 01/29/2003 12:20:51 PM Central Standard Time, [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: At least give us higher or lower :) Haha, well I don't know about that Stuart, I've kind of

Re: [SWCollect] New topic--Collectors UNITE!

2003-01-29 Thread Marco Thorek
C.E. Forman schrieb: Good shrinkwrap jobs have the pencil-eraser hole in the front and back. The what holes? I thought those were there because the shrinkwrapping machines sucked the air out through those. I may have actually brought this up in a column once (or was going to): If the shrink

Re: [SWCollect] New topic--Collectors UNITE!

2003-01-29 Thread Marco Thorek
You know what? I figured you to be over 40 and Tom to be mid-20 :-) Marco C.E. Forman schrieb: That's correct, 28. Though I vaguely remember Wacky Packs. Got a gift package with some in them at a school or church social event. The big card fad from my era was Garbage Pail Kids, though I

Re: [SWCollect] Heads Up

2003-01-29 Thread Marco Thorek
C.E. Forman schrieb: Yeah, I'm the Ye Olde Geek with no girlfriend he's referring to. *g* This guy is SO MAD at me right now. Wonder what'll happen when I actually post the column? Oh, I'll love to hear about that. BTW, one dude actually bid on it. I told him it is a fake, referencing

Re: [SWCollect] Heads Up

2003-01-29 Thread Marco Thorek
BTW, one dude actually bid on it. I told him it is a fake, referencing your site. He wrote back that he asked the bidder about the authenticity Oops, that should read asked the seller. Marco -- This message was sent to you

Re: [SWCollect] New topic--Collectors UNITE!

2003-02-03 Thread Marco Thorek
Heh, Pedro, you forgot me and my 30 years, which raises the mean to 29.11 and the median to 28 :-) Seriously, we all are rather young. I always thought this hobby would attract more people who were around when Zork was played on mainframes and who now approach 50. Marco Pedro Quaresma schrieb:

Re: [SWCollect] Using MobyGames Info

2003-02-18 Thread Marco Thorek
Hm, can you give me a sample of the cease desist? I'm not that familiar with the US legal system and having that could come in handy. Just recently I found another site that lifted some of the bios I compiled on the Infocom authors in their entirety. Marco (PS. RPGs sure look great there among

Re: [SWCollect] Using MobyGames Info

2003-02-19 Thread Marco Thorek
Thanks Jim. I just wanted to make sure people acknowledge that I know what I'm talking about, so that when I ask them to -please- remove the content or at least mention the source, I'm taken serious. I'm not going to start cross-atlantic court action over it (he, imagine that!). About the RPG

[SWCollect] I don't recall what came with the game

2003-02-19 Thread Marco Thorek
Yeah, right: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemitem=3402651996category=182 http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemitem=3402651874category=182 http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemitem=3402651735category=182 Then just turn the freaking box over, it says what came with the

Re: [SWCollect] Mind Candy mention

2003-03-24 Thread Marco Thorek
Mind Candy was also mentioned in the previous c't, a highly popular German computer magazine. Jim, if you want it I'll scan the page for you and mail it off to you with a translation to English. For everyone in Germany: It was on p. 276 in c't 6/2003. Nice halfpage complete with pictures. Marco

Re: [SWCollect] Been Awhile, Hasn't It?

2003-07-19 Thread Marco Thorek
Yup, this list switches between frantic activity and solemn silence. Around here, well, I got word from Ken Love, producer at Activision, that they are planning a Zork IV. We've had occasional email contact since then and it looks like it might take off, but it has been awhile. I am also

Re: [SWCollect] FS/T Shrinked new Zak McKracken and others

2003-07-21 Thread Marco Thorek
They should be worth something, especially considering that there still is an active Amiga scene. How much? Well, the market dictates. But it's pretty sure you'd get them sold. Marco Jim Leonard schrieb: [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Hi, I have a sealed Zak for sale/trade. It is Amiga

Re: [SWCollect] You guys see this?

2003-07-21 Thread Marco Thorek
C.E. Forman schrieb: Yeah, what really surprised me was a non-boxed game going that high. Even if it was boxed, wouldn't it still be a little too much? I have no idea how rare that collection is, but I consider the Infocom Masterpieces as comparable. Marco

Re: [SWCollect] Been Awhile, Hasn't It?

2003-07-21 Thread Marco Thorek
C.E. Forman schrieb: Really? That surprises me. The last I'd heard, Activision had dropped the Zork line of games and hadn't bothered to renew their ownership on the trademark. Let's see what happens. It has been some weeks now since I last heard about it and at that point Ken wasn't able

Re: [SWCollect] Been Awhile, Hasn't It?

2003-07-21 Thread Marco Thorek
Jim Leonard schrieb: 34C is about normal for Chicago this time of year :-) And it gets to -20C or worse during the winter. Yep, I hate this place ;-) -20, yup, that's stiff. Around here the winters get milder and milder, translate cold and wet. Snow is becoming a rare thing. Marco

Re: [SWCollect] Surprised

2003-07-24 Thread Marco Thorek
Dan Chisarick schrieb: how he has games from (some number of years ago). I said I had a few from '79. Imagine my surprise when he said his favorite game of all time is Wasteland. He was talking about wanting to write to Brian Fargo about making a real sequel to that (none of this Fallout

Re: [SWCollect] Been Awhile, Hasn't It?

2003-07-24 Thread Marco Thorek
Jim Leonard schrieb: Cool. Maybe someday I'll go ahead with my bootleg Sierra Videos DVD project anyway. I have access to both 1989's and 1990's product demos through friends, and the making of 7th Guest, and some other videos related to making or promoting games created from the

Re: [SWCollect] Paypal protection plan

2003-07-28 Thread Marco Thorek
Stefan Lindblom schrieb: This truly sucks, but what other useful options are there out there? And especially for us not living in the US? Paypal have, until now, been a great and fast way of paying for things, and I thought it was very safe. But this brings everything into new perspective.

Re: [SWCollect] Usurper Mines of Qyntarr - piracy?

2003-07-28 Thread Marco Thorek
Stuart Feldhamer schrieb: Look at this ebay auction: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemitem=3037582718 Anyone know what this orb of qyntarr is? The guy's feedback is hidden, and there must be a reason. I think this may be the same guy who sold me the Indiana Jones Revenge of

Re: [SWCollect] Paypal protection plan

2003-07-28 Thread Marco Thorek
C.E. Forman schrieb: I notice the point at which PayPal started to suck seems to be right around when the eBay blob absorbed them. Coincidence? Hell, no! They were not really fantastic before that, but it sure is getting even worse now. Marco

Re: [SWCollect] Paypal protection plan

2003-08-07 Thread Marco Thorek
I just found a very neat Register article regarding the PayPal Money Back Guarantee, which is really worth a read: http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/6/31534.html It ends with this paragraph: This is just one very small story of hundreds dotted all over the Internet. And these stories will

Re: [SWCollect] Paypal protection plan

2003-08-14 Thread Marco Thorek
They become trickier on all accounts (literally): I remember back when I signed up, there was something about them charging $1 to your credit card and when you received your credit card bill, you had to enter a code given in the PayPal position to activate your account. Back then that dollar was

[SWCollect] Help with Zork Classics

2003-08-17 Thread Marco Thorek
I recently received this email, but don't have the Zork Classics CD. If any of you know how to help this guy, could you please answer him? Thanks, Marco Betreff: Inquiry Datum: Sat, 16 Aug 2003 11:27:22 +0200 Von: Josh-Pruitt Mayfield [EMAIL PROTECTED] An: [EMAIL PROTECTED] To Whom It May

Re: [SWCollect] Lost Treasures of Infocom inventory

2003-08-26 Thread Marco Thorek
[EMAIL PROTECTED] schrieb: No, it wasn't. The original parchment in ZZ looked like an actual scrap of paper, with uneven edges, etc, plus the printing was in color. The LTOI version was like a Slash reproduction on white paper. I can't say for sure which packages have the parchment and

Re: [SWCollect] Lost Treasures of Infocom inventory

2003-08-27 Thread Marco Thorek
Lee K. Seitz schrieb: This is all very interesting, but do I take it since no one's answered my question, I'm not missing anything and should be thankful to have the ZZ parchment reproduction? Sorry, Lee, it seems we got carried away a little. Yes, as Chris said, your copy should be

Re: [SWCollect] Ebay trader experiences

2003-08-31 Thread Marco Thorek
Hm, I remember years back I found SWM through their website and sent them an email because I wanted to buy some of the stuff they had listed. They actually never replied. When I saw them selling via ebay for prices higher than what their website offered I knew why. Eventually I bought one item

Re: [SWCollect] Ultima 11

2003-09-03 Thread Marco Thorek
The Japanese believe that everything has a soul. So if that is so, I guess that any game in its right mind knows where it'll have a good home ;-) Marco [EMAIL PROTECTED] schrieb: It's the game, drawing us to it. I've long speculated that we don't find the games, the games find US. B-)

Re: [SWCollect] Coin identification

2003-09-07 Thread Marco Thorek
Google turned this up: http://dmweb.free.fr/CSBManualOld.htm So the coin is indeed from a Dungeon Master game. Marco Hugh Falk schrieb: Sorry for including attachements, but I was hoping somebody could identify this coin for me. It came loose in a large box of Amiga and PC games. It

Re: [SWCollect] Ultima 11

2003-09-07 Thread Marco Thorek
You can't imagine how much I believed that my first car had a soul. Still up to today I feel like I somehow betrayed it when I finally had to give it away. And I too prefer to fix things instead of giving up on them. Perhaps that is a trait common to software collectors. Oh well, as long as I

Re: [SWCollect] Hello!

2003-09-23 Thread Marco Thorek
Hello Josh, a warm welcome from me, too! Marco [EMAIL PROTECTED] schrieb: I just subscribed (thank you Chris for making me aware of this group). Just wanted to extend a “Hello” to all the members and introduce the latest addition to my collection.?xml:namespace prefix = o ns =

Re: [SWCollect] Half and Bidville experiences?

2003-10-06 Thread Marco Thorek
Jim Leonard schrieb: Anyone used Half.com and has experiences to share? I have some esoteric (read: crappy) items to list, but I'm not sure they'd fetch more than $4. (Lest you think I would be wasting my time, I have nearly 100 to sell, so $400 or more is not chump change.) If I sell

Re: [SWCollect] Refund with paypal

2003-10-09 Thread Marco Thorek
Hello Stefan, I had something similar happen while ago, although it was only about $20. I don't remember PayPal's exact regulations and terms of service there, but as an international user you are pretty much licked, as you are exempt from any of their so-called guarantees. Marco Stefan

[SWCollect] The Definitive Infocom Collection

2003-10-23 Thread Marco Thorek
Chris is gonna have a fit over this ;-) Look here: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemitem=3055030744category=11053 Marco -- This message was sent to you because you are currently subscribed to the swcollect mailing

Re: [SWCollect] Elite questions

2003-10-30 Thread Marco Thorek
Heah Lee, Lee K. Seitz schrieb: Also, I've never seen a copy of the original Elite before. It says it's the gold edition. Does that make it unusual or do they all say that? Is it worth trying to sell on eBay? Or is anyone here interested in it? IIRC the C64 Elite I got for Christmas in

[SWCollect] Platypus stamps on ebay

2003-11-12 Thread Marco Thorek
Just noticed this auction on ebay, http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemitem=3057624802category=4315 and I wonder if Brian Moriarty himself has his hands in it. AFAIK Brian still works for Skotos Tech, which apparently has some serious financial trouble. Perhaps he is selling some of

Re: [SWCollect] Vintage games w/fatal flaws

2003-12-05 Thread Marco Thorek
Pedro Quaresma schrieb: OK let's see if my memory doesn't betray me (again!) It was Ultima 4, but veramocor was the word used to get into the final dungeon, not the word to be used in the end of it. In the end, the word infinity had to be used (after the principles and its virtues), but

Re: [SWCollect] [Fwd: Re: 5.25 disks?]

2003-12-05 Thread Marco Thorek
Edward Franks schrieb: Gamasutra had an interesting article http://www.gamasutra.com/features/20011017/dodd_01.htm -- you may need to register on Gamasutra to read it -- on the developer's attempts to simply slowdown the cracking of Spyro: Year of the Dragon. Their goal was simply

Re: [SWCollect] Vintage games w/fatal flaws

2003-12-12 Thread Marco Thorek
Jim Leonard schrieb: Is this the same game? http://www.c64unlimited.net/games/f/Fabulous%20Wanda,%20The/Fabulous%20Wanda,%20The.htm Indeed it is. Marco -- This message was sent to you because you are currently subscribed to

Re: [SWCollect] [Fwd: Re: 5.25 disks?]

2003-12-12 Thread Marco Thorek
Pedro Quaresma schrieb: Agreed wholeheartedly, but which companies care about that these days? How many games in the last few years have had a decent manual + props other than on a special or collectors edition? I can't recall any. Even very complicated games like Microsoft's FS9, who really

Re: [SWCollect] Happy Holidays!!

2003-12-24 Thread Marco Thorek
[EMAIL PROTECTED] schrieb: Turn on speaks and let it load, run until night turns to day again. When it is done don't forget to click on the poem at the bottom!! Holidays 2003 Have a good one!! Thanks Tom! And a very Merry Christmas to all of you, too! Marco

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

2004-01-05 Thread Marco Thorek
Edward Franks schrieb: 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? This is really the hard part of being a dealer of collectibles. What

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

2004-01-07 Thread Marco Thorek
Stephane Racle schrieb: 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... It indeed is that uncommon. Much more so

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

2004-01-08 Thread Marco Thorek
Edward Franks schrieb: That reminds me of the old economic chestnut: While not everything scarce is valuable, everything valuable is scarce. Had never heard that one. Very neat! :-) Marco -- This message was sent

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

2004-01-08 Thread Marco Thorek
Stephane Racle schrieb: 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. Oh yes, I remember that one, too. It was sealed, wasn't it? Still, $2000 is way more

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

2004-01-08 Thread Marco Thorek
Stephane Racle schrieb: Interesting. Perhaps very few copies were published since it was the last of the four Infocomics and the other ones had relatively little success? Yup. The Infocomics weren't exactly successful, so production was stopped after they'd rolled out comparatively small

[SWCollect] Modern classics

2004-01-10 Thread Marco Thorek
I'm not sure if we had this topic before, but what modern games, say, developed after 1994, would you consider collectible? There's only a very few that come to my mind: - The Dragon Edition of Ultima IX. Although it was the worst Ultima IMHO, people seem to look for this edition. -

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

2004-01-10 Thread Marco Thorek
Edward Franks schrieb: It is the Ultima VI special edition with the 10 years of Ultima cassette. What is the 10 years of Ultima cassette? Marco -- This message was sent to you because you are currently subscribed

Re: [SWCollect] Modern classics

2004-01-12 Thread Marco Thorek
Jim Leonard schrieb: Marco Thorek wrote: I'm not sure if we had this topic before, but what modern games, say, developed after 1994, would you consider collectible? Collectible meaning high monetary/trade value or game worth owning until end of time because it is a *good* game

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

2004-01-12 Thread Marco Thorek
Edward Franks schrieb: It is a cassette where Richard Garriott talks about the first time years of Ultima. Is it an audio tape, as Jim hints? At first I thought it may be a video and the same that came as mpg with the Ultima collection. Marco

Re: [SWCollect] Modern classics

2004-01-12 Thread Marco Thorek
Jim Leonard schrieb: Pedro Quaresma wrote: Please don't get me started on Planeboring: Torment. That game should never have been a RPG. Ah yes, Pedro, our resident RPG snob. ;-) If Planescape: Torment is a bad RPG by your standards, could you explain why? Is it all the dialog, or

Re: [SWCollect] Another visitor..

2004-01-13 Thread Marco Thorek
Welcome aboard, Per-Olaf! Marco Per-Olof Karlsson schrieb: Hi everybody! J I’m a newcomer to this list, and have just spent quite some time browsing the archives. It seems I’ve finally found home, at last, hehe.

Re: [SWCollect] DOSBox: Getting DOS games to run easily

2004-01-13 Thread Marco Thorek
Jim Leonard schrieb: I've been tinkering with this for a month now and have had such great success that I thought I'd inform everyone about it: dosbox.sourceforge.net Wow! Thanks a bunch for this link! Marco -- This

Re: [SWCollect] Paranoid seller and tax evasion

2004-01-14 Thread Marco Thorek
Lee K. Seitz schrieb: Tomas Buteler stated: I don't ask sellers to declare lower values, unless they offer first). [snip] But as a seller I always ask which value they want me to state, because I believe it's the polite thing to do when trading older games. Well, I *would* draw a

Re: [SWCollect] DOSBox: Getting DOS games to run easily

2004-01-14 Thread Marco Thorek
Edward Franks schrieb: Here's a slightly different link http://www.glidos.net/ for those of you who would like to play some Glide-based (3Dfx) games. I haven't purchased the full version, but Redguard worked for me with the demo version. The site also has a link to

Re: [SWCollect] Modern classics

2004-01-14 Thread Marco Thorek
Jim Leonard schrieb: (Ironically, Wheel of Time, a game based on a Robert Jordan novel, is actually a very good game. The ancientspeak is thick and heavy but since it's an action adventure it's not as irritating.) Although commercially it failed, IIRC. It was by Legend, wasn't it? Marco

Re: [SWCollect] Paranoid seller and tax evasion

2004-01-14 Thread Marco Thorek
Lee K. Seitz schrieb: Marco Thorek stated: Lee K. Seitz schrieb: 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

Re: [SWCollect] Need advice regarding a Wasteland purchase

2004-01-15 Thread Marco Thorek
Stefan Lindblom schrieb: Hello group, My name is Stefan and I am gamoholic. :) I need some advice, preferrably from someone who knows what a NEW copy of Wasteland should look like. I have included a picture of a game I just bought. He declared it to be NEW, and said he got this one

Re: [SWCollect] Need advice regarding a Wasteland purchase

2004-01-15 Thread Marco Thorek
Per-Olof Karlsson schrieb: I support this view too. Shrinkwrapped items to me are interesting mainly because I know it's all in the box, and if mint also that it's all in perfect condition. Other than that, I'm not too interested. I can be found removing the shrink when I'm curious enough

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