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Title: :: Report :: DL Euro Fans Meeting 06' in UK
Post by: DarthNuno on November 18, 2006, 11:18:00 PM

Jason " With not having much time for my games this year, being too busy with Work and Building my house, I have now come to a piont with the Christmas Run up, which is where it all slows down "Slightly".

Myself, Justin Goodheart and Matteo Marioni are organizing a Meet at "Finny's Lair" from Friday 15th-17th Dec, There will be food with soft drinks and good old English cups of tea and coffee flowing all day, Matteo will be giving Justin some Tech tips, there will be boards and players in bits all over the place as matteo and justin as normal try to fix everything!!!everyone plays and talks lasergames, we have called it "the Euro meet" because I doubt anyone from outside Europe will be able to come although you are all welcome, collectors that are coming so far are...... "

Title: DL Euro Fans Meeting 06' in UK
Post by: ANY on November 20, 2006, 12:39:38 AM
Hi Bruno and hi Jas.

If all goes fine i'll be there too!

I've just booked the plane and i'll sitting next to Teo :)
He send a mail to you (Jason) to let you know some thing.... :)
I like to know more collector from Europe (well from UK and Belgium) and talk about our hobby.
Just hope all will be right and we'll enjoy the weekend!! :O
Stay tuned for Italian invasion.......... :roll:

See ya next month ANY

Title: DL Euro Fans Meeting 06' in UK
Post by: DarthNuno on November 20, 2006, 01:13:35 AM
Hi ANY  :)

You'll be there too, that's a great new  :o

Arghh, I can't wait to see all of you  over there  :P  :P  :P

Up The Dragons  :wink:

Title: DL Euro Fans Meeting 06' in UK
Post by: jomm on November 20, 2006, 07:05:08 PM
Don't know if I will make it, sure would love to. It's been almost 20 years ago I saw a DL-cab "in the flesh" (never seen a SA- nor a DL2-cab for real).
Who knows, I'll see what I can do.

Title: DL Euro Fans Meeting 06' in UK
Post by: DarthNuno on November 20, 2006, 08:17:24 PM
Quote from: "jomm"
Don't know if I will make it, sure would love to. It's been almost 20 years ago I saw a DL-cab "in the flesh" (never seen a SA- nor a DL2-cab for real).
Who knows, I'll see what I can do.

Don't worry Jomm  :P

You are welcome to visit the Nuno's Lair in South Belgium anytime  :wink:

...features ... The Don BLuth Trilogy  :P

- Dragon's Lair
- Dragon's Lair II
- Space Ace  


Title: DL Euro Fans Meeting 06' in UK
Post by: DarthNuno on November 20, 2006, 10:32:53 PM
YEhhawww  :P  The trip is booked for me too  :o

I'll be in London the 15,16,17,18 & 19th of december.

Of course, the 'HOLY' event will be the Euro DL meeting, but impossible to miss an other event in London : GAME ON

 21 October 2006 - 25 February 2007  

Explore the history, technology and culture of computer games in this new special exhibition. From the PDP-1 of the 1960s to the latest consoles, Game On examines the technologies that have revolutionised the gaming world. See the ten most influential consoles of all time, learn about the design process behind games such as Tomb Raider, investigate the relationship between films and gaming and play over 120 games including classics Space Invaders and Super Mario Brothers!

I've seen some pictures of the expo : A lot of Arcade cab' :P  :P  :P Maybe a Dragon's Lair Cab' :roll:  :wink:

link for that event :



Title: DL Euro Fans Meeting 06' in UK
Post by: arcadefever on November 21, 2006, 07:05:13 AM
dont forget your cam  :D

Title: DL Euro Fans Meeting 06' in UK
Post by: DarthNuno on November 23, 2006, 09:41:57 PM
Quote from: "arcadefever"
dont forget your cam  :D

For sure  :o  Be prepared for one thousand pictures of this meeting :D

Title: DL Euro Fans Meeting 06' in UK
Post by: DarthNuno on November 23, 2006, 09:44:46 PM
Collectors attending :

Andrea "Any" (Italy)
Matteo Marioni (Italy)
Justin Gooheart "SILVERUK" (UK)
Jason Finn (UK)
John Cocks (UK)
David Cocks (UK)
Desmond (UK)
Rich Savine (UK)
Darren Evans x2 (UK)
Lee Ram x3(UK) yet to confirm
Alan (UK)
Rav (UK) yet to confirm
Archer (UK) yet to confirm
John Springer (UK)
Dan Beswick (UK)
Jason Grundy (UK)
me (Belgium)

Hope Namfreak(UK) will be able to come on this date too.

Title: DL Euro Fans Meeting 06' in UK
Post by: FINNY(uk) on November 25, 2006, 09:33:47 AM
We have XY-Man turning up now too, he has hundreds of games and knows of every game that was produced, wealth of knowledge, so thats all good.

If anyone want to bring items to trade or sell that is all good too, xy-man is bringing some stuff, and a list of lasergame items he has for sale too.

Title: DL Euro Fans Meeting 06' in UK
Post by: namfreak on December 05, 2006, 07:59:53 PM
Hi Bruno,

Unfortunately i won't be able to make it this time - I have a party arranged that I'm going to. It's just too close to Christmas!!

I'm sure you guys will have a great time, I'll see you at the next one!

Title: Phew Made it!!!
Post by: spyfox on December 17, 2006, 10:45:58 PM
Hi Guys,

I guess I am pretty new around here, but just wanted to say hi, and say that I also just about managed to make it down to this for a few hours, late on Sunday afternoon.

Was a real adventure as I haven't seen or played a DL/SA for some 15 or so years, and probably 10 years since I played DL2.

I think sadly I missed meeting with most of you guys, but obviously met Jason, and Matteo & Andrea.

Just wanted to say a massive thankyou to you guys who run this site, as I thought I was the only person out there who really remembered and loved these fantastic games, and without this site, I would still be wandering aimlessly round the web looking for likeminded individuals, and also a huge thx to Jason Finn and Namfreak who have been so helpful and friendly to me in giving me advice and helping me to find a machine....of which I am still looking, but feel a lot more definite as to what I am gonna go for now.

Great Site, and sorry I missed you all, hopefully catch up next year!

Adam (Spyfox)

p.s Took a tonne of photos which I will post as soon as I get them all off of my camera.

Title: DL Euro Fans Meeting 06' in UK
Post by: ANY on December 18, 2006, 11:25:07 PM
Hi Adam,
I enjoyed it too!!!
It's a great place and there was a lot of nice people.
I spent 2 great days last weekend and i have only one thing to complain about.
Planes and trains are ALWAYS late.
Matteo and I had to wait for 1 hour each flight before landing, later on the return trip Matteo went directly to work while I spent another 8 hours on our very on-time train service (the trip should be only 6 hours!!!)

I've met a LOT of great guys:
-Jason (the MAN)
-Justin (the crazy new official Jason technician)
-Bruno (Picture-maniac)
-Adam (another Picture-maniac guy)
-the 2 guys (sorry i don't remember their names, but drove for 5 hours to play Dragon's Lair!!!!)
-All the other people who came at Jason place just to talk/play about this "old fashion" games.
I spent an afternoon installing a NOS Thayer's Quest, fixing a NOS Pioneed LD-V1000 for that game and ENJOYED seeing it alive (I've NEVER seen one before)

See ya next year guys

Title: DL Euro Fans Meeting 06' in UK
Post by: FINNY(uk) on December 19, 2006, 09:48:43 AM
Well Guys what can I say, I would like to thank you all, it started late on Friday Night, with picking the Italian stallions Matteo and Andrea from Stanstead Airport, getting back to my place and ready for Saturday, within 30 minutes Bruno from Dragonslairfans.com was on the phone saying he was at the train station ready to be picked up,we got to the Lair early, first guy there by 10am was my Main Man Justin Goodheart (Silveruk). Matteo and Andrea was giving Justin some electronics lessons, my brain couldnt handle the knowledge.

Then Lee Ram and Steve turned up after a 5 Hour Drive, Lee and Steve played DL2 for over three hours, these are hardcore gamers, then followed  Darren Evans...and thats when it all went a bit Crazy, for some reason we all talked about playing the Atari Dragons Lair back in the day, so the Atari version was switched on for Darren, Lee and Steve, they played it until they completed it, and thats when it got out of hand.....Dazza wanted to complete on one life, it was sooooo funny seeing those guys play that game for hours, Bruno joined in after rests in between, Bruno made me laugh while watching DL getting played, he said "I remember watching DL get played like this years ago, while resting his head on his hand of the side  of the cab, and said the prblem was i was like this...he then got on his knees"!!!!  Andrea (ANY) Built my Thayers Cab from Scratch and fixed a NOS LDV1000 player Many Thanks Andrea!!! we eventually got the marquee in my SA91 working as two of the cabs from the states were wired wrong, same being on Justins NOS DL2!! we left the lair at 1:30 am on Sunday Morning, we all got our things switched the lights of and there was a machine running, but there was a problem, Lee Ram was still playing, he did not want to leave.

I would Like to Thank these guys for coming

Justin Goodheart (Main Man)
Matteo Marioni  (Adopted Italian)
Andrea Turchi  (New Italian Bubby)
Bruno Biordi   (Mr Papparazzi)
Lee Ram     (Hardcore Gamer#1)
Steve        (Hardcoregamer#2)
Darren Evans  (Mr Completion)
Adam   (Spyfox)
Sorry that David Cocks car broke down thus David John and Desmond not being able to make it,
Also XY-Man had a surprise holiday booked by his wife on the same weekend.
 also the guys who cam got through the obsticle course getting to the Lair.

This meet will be every year, next year the Lair will be 100% complete with a nice path to to get to it, I will have ample room for anyone staying, once again thanks to you guys your all great!!


Title: DL Euro Fans Meeting 06' in UK
Post by: Dazza on December 20, 2006, 04:44:49 PM
What a day, a blast and incredibly enjoyable.

Nice to finally meet Bruno, the man that accomplished the unthinkable, restoring what most people would consider a dead Space Ace cabinet into a beautiful thing again. Damn good job my friend.

Was funny watching the the boys, Matteo, Justin and Andrea fixing all this amazing old stuff while myself and the other simply enjoyed ourselves on the machines! The fish and chips was a nice touch Jas! I don't know if Bruno new what he was letting himself in for, hes like 'Yeah, I have whatever you guys are having, pie, what is this??' :lol:

Thanks again Jas, it's always a pleasure checking out the lair. I just hope you haven't yet noticed all the good stuff I've been pilfering each time. Next time I wonder if you'll notice the missing DL#1 and Smithee Cell :wink:

The crowning moment was finally finshing the cinematronics version for the first time ever, the version I played when I was a wee one. The picture Jas captured on completion was a classic, pure joy encapsulated (although I still feel gyped completing and loosing that one life)

A message to Lee and Steve, Sword, DOWN, Sword, DOWN, Sword!! You know it makes sense.


 :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:

Title: DL Euro Fans Meeting 06' in UK
Post by: DarthNuno on December 20, 2006, 06:19:28 PM
just one word : GREATTTTT !!!!!!!! :-)

Ok, here's the story... by a Belgium DL fan  :wink:

Jason pick me up saturday morning  at the train station, and the first place to visit is ... a fuel  station... where he bought one thousand of sugar refineries, chips, water bottles, coke cans, ... all the essential things to survive two days in the Lair  :shock:  You have to see the faces of the sellers there, wondering why the hell Jason is buying so much things :-D
By the way, the picture below shows only 20% of all the stuff :-)


OK, arriving the Lair... Matteo & Andrea "ANY" were already working on a cab... this one has missing sound on one chanel...


... I met also Justin... already working on a board... Woow... he is motivate to the death :twisted:  :twisted:  :twisted:  Great !


It is the third time that I meet Jason in his Lair, but the first time I meet & also speak to Matteo, Any & Justin  :o They are all very kind ... and they rock in board repairing.
I especially put a knee at ground in front of Matteo, to salute him... because he's the man behind the famous "Dragon's Lair interface", which allow to use my euro DL pcb with a 'recent' LD player :o :o  :o  :o

Ok, a lot of thing to do these two days : one of them is to install this "Thayer's Quest" conversion kit... still boxed ...


...inside this cab'  :arrow:


...starting with the score board...


...and a *brand* new WG monitor  :)


Jason demonstates us the Sidam DL version, with the second monitor for the crowd... impressive  :o


Here's a great item : the original prototype of a print who should be installed inside the sides of the cab', on left & right from the monitor... like a huge bezel  :o
Opps... my english is too bad to explain :-( Ok, the picture shows you where it is supposed to be applied :roll:  :


OK, back on the Thayer's Quest... which LD player to use ?



Matteo & Any are both Jedi Masters, regarding the laser disc player repairing  :o  :o  :o


"Is it dangerous ?" I'm asking Matteo, regarding the laser beam ?

"No... just don't get the beam straight to your eye"  :mrgreen:  :|


Hey, what happens with one of the two Ultracade Dragon's Lair 20th anniversary cab ?  :shock:


... yes, this cab  :?  :?:


 :D  Ok, just a CMOS battery to replace... the easiest fix of the week end  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:

But... by the way... what's inside this re-issue cab'  :roll:  :wink:   ?


A jamma connector... and a small computer...


...closer :


Ok it's working now  :P  Jason, you should switch on that cab' more often, in order to avoid such problem  :P  :P  :P


Hey, great   :o  Two more Dragon's Lair fans inside the Lair  :o  I'll call them 'the two hardcore gamers'  :wink:  Here's Steve & Lee  :)



only ONE objective for them this week end... to master all the Don Bluth games  :shock:



While this time, the' THREE TECH' are working...


Any is working on the Thayer's Quest...


...and Matteo is playing on a Vectrex game... oppsss  no  :roll:   He's working in fact, with a strange tool  with ton of buttons :roll:  :wink:


This player had a mirror problem :


... and ... and ... and...



It's FIXED now :P  :P  :P  


OPpsss... too bad, it's not fixed by me  8)  8)  8) , but by the JediMaster Matteo :


These three guys are really impressive regarding their skill in electronic. I would like to have one of them close to my place  :roll:  :wink:


Repairing DL Board : Theory & practice by Matteo SNB : 45878-54145


Why I didn't learn electronic back in the days ...


Justin is great, he explains me the basis regading the 'chip' testing  :idea:


And here's Darren  :P


Very kind & cool  :P  ... and a die hard Dragon's lair player too  :o

I'm happy to see that the Atari Dragon's Lair cab' was the most played cab' Normal, it's the best version  :roll:  :wink:


Darren & the Dragon   :arrow:


... and it's already time to eat something  :)  

Ok, so what's better to eat atfer potatos, chocolates, ... ???  Remember, we're in Uk, so let's go for the official food here : Fish'n'Chips  :P  :P  :P


...light food ? mmhhh ?


For few of us, the target is now to complete the game  :arrow:

Have a look at this picture :


I would die to see the same picture with the same guys ... 20 years ago  :o

Holy Jesus, they are all able to finish the game  :o  



... I'm happy to see that we are all completing the Lizard King level with the same 'cool' moves  :roll:  :wink:   :arrow:  :arrow:  :arrow:


The Thayer's quest is now working  :)  There are only the 2 speakers to attach, and ... rock'n'roll  8)


Ok, it's very late now... after something like 12 ~ 14 hours of Dragon's Lair univers, it's time to take a rest  :lol:

Too bad, Darren have to quit... I really hope to meet you soon again my friend.

...inside the Jaz' car... with his bikes (under the cover)... Justin ride one of  them  :lol:


I was sleeping in a room, Justin is the same room too...


"Isn't he adorable" (c)Kimmy  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:


When I awoke, Justin wasn't there anymore... Well, I thing I whirr too much   :oops:  :roll:  :wink: ... so he choose to sleep in ... a kitchen  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:


Ok, It's Sunday... the A-Team is ready for a new day  :arrow:


Now, the 'serious' stuff ... here's the 'all famous' Dragon's Lair serial #1 cab :


A TRUE PIECE OF HISTORY  :shock:  :shock:  :shock:


Jason, playing his fav' game : Dragon's Lair II :


... incredible... he made a mistake ... he misses ONE move  :shock:  :shock:   :shock:   :roll:  :wink:


Matteo is not only a GREAT technician, he loves playing games too  :)


Lee & Steve have to quit now... they have to drive 4 hours... so, let's take picture together ( too bad we didn't take a group picture with Darren)


Hey... what happens ???



Ok, same picture with a flash ... power failure for all the Lair !!!


Any "Oppsss... there's a problem with that cab'"  :?   :o  :o  :o


Yes... that *wondorfull* Space Ace '91 conversion/custom cab'


okey, the problem is here ... in the neon marquee...


Just a bad wiring... bad color for the ground wire... now fixed  :)


...very very very easy fix for them ;-) Anyway, ENJOY Space Ace on that big screen :


Various pictures taken in that unique DRAGON'S LAIR place  :P  :P  :P







... and still Justine working on board... amazing !!!


It's time for me to leave that *amazing* place, and leave also such great guys. You were all very kind, and it was a real pleasure to meet you -at least-, and speak with all of you. Too bad I've missed others collectors because I've to leave before the end. A special thanks to Jason for beeing so kind, for the perfect organization of that even... you do it right my friend ! There's no other place like that in the world, and you can be really proud to share ALL of your treasors with every Dragon's Lair fans around here   :)  Now, I'm sure that the Dragon's still alive... in UK !!!

Arghhh I can't wait the Euro DL Meeting '07 next year  8)

Title: DL Euro Fans Meeting 06' in UK
Post by: Sonic 1992 on December 21, 2006, 06:00:41 PM
Wow!  Looks like everyone had a great time!!!  :)   I sure hate it that I couldn't be there.. Maybe some day....   I hope everyone picked up their junk food mess in the lair!!   :D

Title: DL Euro Fans Meeting 06' in UK
Post by: arcadefever on December 21, 2006, 06:40:30 PM
wowwwwww that is so great... i love all this pictures !!! great stuff ....
it was a pleasure to read all the posts...

maybe one day i will be able to go  :wink:

Title: DL Euro Fans Meeting 06' in UK
Post by: leeram on December 22, 2006, 12:18:37 AM
Thanks to everyone who went, I had a brilliant time.

Basically Steve and I (I'm the fat one) spent 13 hours straight playing DL and DL2.

We both completed it but as it happens Steve one manned it, so every time I meet him from now on I will have my nose rubbed in it!

Justin managed to spend probably the same amount of time testing boards, and the other technical people fixed just about everything in sight, including my PSP! There was no stopping them.

Thanks to Finny for everything

And one last thing; Darren, it's SWORD LEFT SWORD LEFT SWORD LEFT SWORD. Anything else is just babble and pretense!

And let's not ever forget, Darren and Ste, you only finished the game because you begged me to tell you the moves because you both used nearly all your men trying to work it out, so the victory is all mine! I just wanted to put this one man finish business into perspective!! ;-)   {to be continued no doubt at Euromeet 2007! :-) }