"Stephen S. Lee" wrote:
> I'm one of those People Who Only Collects IBM Games. (The IBM PC is what
> I started with -- my father works at IBM, and he got one for home use
> shortly after the PC got introduced.) Eventually, I might branch out to
> non-IBM games and packages that flat-out don't exist for IBM, but I still
> have my hands full getting stuff for IBM (and probably will for at least a
> couple more years).
Take heart; I'm the same way. I also collect PCjr-specific and Tandy-specific
games (PC, but use and/or require the special 16-color graphics and 3-voice
sound on those platforms). I can help answer your PC-specific questions for
> There is a poster that comes with the game, but I was under the impression
> that it only came with the Commodore versions (both C64 and Amiga). Now
> I've heard of an IBM version that also comes with it, and mentions the
> presence of the poster via a sticker on the box. How easy is this one to
> come by?
I can't verify it's rarity for sure, but I know that I bought Pools of Radiance
RIGHT when it was delivered to stores in 1988 and I did not get a poster. It
might have been a promotional add-in to help sell extra copies of the game at a
later point in time.
> (2) Might & Magic I
> Tangent from (1): now I wonder whether there exists an IBM version of the
> original Might & Magic with the large spiral-bound manual.
I have seen M&M1 for the PC with a spiral-bound manual, although my memory says
it's a 5x7" manual, not "large". My memory could be wrong... but it was
> (3) Acquiring semi-recent games
> I realize this is somewhat like asking to predict the performance of an
> arbitrary stock, but I'll ask anyway.
> Regarding games like I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream and The Neverhood
> (games that aren't old, but are out of print, aren't likely to be
> re-released, and are sought after by serious adventure-gaming fans): do
> you think these will get easier or harder to acquire as time passes? I'm
> wondering whether to buy now or to wait.
Buy now if the price is $9 or less. You can always sell later. That's what I
do, but I'm not everyone.
> I'm also wondering whether the price of Wing Commander Kilrathi Saga will
> ever come down to earth. With my Killer Retrogaming Rig, I don't need
> this to play, like many of the people who shell out big bucks for this do.
> I'd love to complete a Wing Commander collection, though -- just not for
> $200+ if I can help it.
The price of Kilrathi Saga just blows my mind. People who are paying those
prices (I've seen as high as $500) are incredibly stupid. It's just not worth
that much. The "film can" release of Wing Commander 3 is a hell of a lot more
rare and worth a thousand dollars at least (came in an actual film can, with
extra materials including a t-shirt).
> (4) Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders
> Another IBM-specific question. Other than the program itself, what's the
> difference in packaging between the original version and the
> enhanced-graphics version?
I've never seen both to compare, sorry... anyone?
> (5) Wasteland
> Yes, another IBM question ... does the IBM version of this only come in
> the "book" package? I've run into a couple people who want an IBM square
> flat folder, and want to be able to say with certainty that it doesn't
The IBM version only game in the "book" package. You can say with certainty
that the IBM version of Wasteland never came out in folio form.
> (6) Truly ancient IBM games
> There are four IBM games I know of that come in a small flat gray
> plastic folder (this is how the very first IBM games came packaged):
> Adventure in Serenia
> Microsoft Adventure
> Microsoft Decathlon (which I'm still looking for; three copies showed up
> on eBay in rapid succession several months ago, but none have shown up
> since -- sigh)
> Strategy Games (yes, extremely generic, though there wasn't exactly a ton
> of competition at the time)
> Do any others exist? I remember an IBM catalog that listed every single
> piece of commercial software available for the recently-introduced IBM PC,
> but I don't have that any more. I do remember that the "entertainment"
> section was relatively paltry.
Wow, you're definitely hard-core IBM. :-) Warms my heart to see that. Yes,
these were the first four entertainment titles for the IBM PC Model 5150. I
don't see any more in my catalogs until the later "plastic clam-shell"
You might be interested to know that there were third-party games for the IBM
available very closely after the 5150's release (ie. the above 4 you list
weren't the only "first games available"). Check www.mobygames.com for
"funtastic" games, for example.
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