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Title: [Roadtrip] In the Vector Zone
Post by: Superully on February 01, 2012, 05:23:54 PM
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before this (yet unpublished, picture-heavy) roadtrip celebrates its first anniversary, i want to share it with you! this time, let me start with a quote though :arrow:

no gameroom is complete without a vector game. ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

uahh, andré, you've tempted me way too long with this, so here we go :arrow:

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summer holidays - getting up at 6:51 is very unusual this time of the year :-[

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a mere two minutes later ;), i'm washed, fed and ready for the road!

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sunset over the beautiful valley of the tauber (that's the name of the river running through it)

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because this is going to be a multiple game roadtrip, i'm turning to my favorite rental van company - and as you can see i'm not travelling alone, my favorite roadtrip buddie charlotte is also on board!

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and so am i!!!

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the planned schedule for the day

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as we make our way north, we encounter wonderful scenery, ...

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... not so wonderful construction sites, ...

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... cool drivers ...

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... and even cooler cars!!! 8)

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after some hours on the road, we arrive in our first destination city: braunschweig

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this is where the games are located :arrow:

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before we get some movement on this, let me tell you the backstory of this roadtrip. one day last year a european dig dug cabinet was offered on ebay classified ads. the item description said that the seller also had other games for sale and if interested you should get in touch with him. of course i couldn't resist and here's what he told me: while renovating an old parking garage, they found a locked room in the back of the garage. after getting it open, they saw "wonderful things" (quote howard carter when he discovered the tomb of tutankhamun). more than 10 pinballs and a couple of video games as well. before someone asks, everything's long gone by now and i have no idea which pinballs were in there because they had already been sold, but i know that someone definitely got a nice deal on them, because the seller later told me he sold all of them for 1500 euros. originally i was only planning on getting one game, but i ended up taking three because one was going to chris and the other one was offered to me for cheap, so i had to take it - but more on that later!

let's head down into the garage and see how everything turned out. first, a converted universal cab and a german (?) vanguard cabinet :arrow:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7028/6797247635_ed4a3437cb_b_d.jpg)

then, a first look at what we came for (amongst some other stuff)

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another shot of the lot - including the dig dug which started it all! can you already spot chris' cab in the back?

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if not, here's the same quatrain from a different angle

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a quick inspection ...

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... and a kiss for my first vector game! :-*

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fortunately, many helpers are present, which makes getting the games up and into the van a walk in the park

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in goes vector number one!!!

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no time to breathe, out comes berzerk :twisted:

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let's load it up

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can you already spot / guess what's going to happen?

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damn!!! too tall!!! berzerk is a gigantic game :evil:

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as you were, soldier!

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one-eighty on the cabinet

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let's see if we can make this fit the other way round

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looking good so far

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fits like a glove

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back down in the basement, vector two is "in the zone"

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not that easy getting it up those winding stairs

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transport completed!

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no need to stand the cabinet up, just slide it in

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untangeling the straps!

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sometimes reaching the hooks to attach those straps is not that easy :D

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but in the end, everything's firmly attached! those games won't budge at all!!!

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but this roadtrip is far from over, we have another location to visit first ...

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7004/6797264921_32cc0f9a84_b_d.jpg)

... so let's head out (two windmills for you guys)

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on our way, we're passing this amusement game truck

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back in the days, those would have been video game cabinets! :-[

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a good hour later, we've arrived at our next destination

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the seller's house - idyllic, isn't it?

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the seller's name is marco and he's totally into dart machines

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charlotte seems to be extremely impressed by the size of those "things"

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but we're here on a mission, we're here to pick up a game for dominic "rav". but this time it's not a video game, it's a pinball machine. but not simply A pinball, it's the one which many collector's consider to be THE pinball of all pinball machines out there: the adams family!

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roll it out, marco!

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stop please, i need to have a picture with me and the pinball

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"pinballs suck - period!"

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thx man, you can take it away now ;)

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through the garden gate and into the van, please 8)

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alright, alright, i will help you!

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exhausted from nothing :D

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or not?

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enough for today, let's hit the autobahn

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but before we do that, let's fill up :arrow:

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fill up our car ...

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... and our empty stomach!

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a few hours later, we're approaching the beautiful tauber valley

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exit to the right, please!

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but we're not quite done yet, all the games have to be unloaded :ghost:

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man, do i look happy!

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it was so much easier in braunschweig when there were four people around helping me

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but eventually the berzerk is parked at its temporary resting place

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and so are the asteroids and the battlezone!

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as you can see, the asteroids is in pretty good condition (apart from the rusty control panels which fortunately will be reproduced soon), but the battlezone has seen better days. to be honest, i only took it because it was cheap and because i had to rent a van for the other games anyway. don't know what to do with it yet, although having a working battlezone in my collection would not be the worst thing to have! ;)

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after dropping of the van's keys, ...

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... the statistics are in :arrow:

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and a long day is coming to a close!

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one country, four counties, 885 kilometers, 13 hours 40 minutes on the road - this roadtrip is OFFICIALLY OVER!

but there's one last thing i have to do (or better: wanted to do) the next day: remove the suicide battery from the berzerk boards to avoid acid damage. i hadn't been able to inspect the boards the other day because the lock was still intact and the panel on the left couldn't be opened from the outside. so when i headed over to the storage the next day and cracked the lock open, i almost fainted when i pulled out the drawer with the boards (or what's left of it) :arrow:

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in case you don't know, this is what the berzerk drawer board is supposed to look like (picture taken from my own cabinet)

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as you can see, most of the original berzerk boards have been removed and a moon patrol bootleg has been hacked it. fortunately, the original control panel wiring is still there and it can be converted back, but this is going to cost some serious money and a lot of luck in finding the missing puzzle pieces. i was having a hard time telling chris, but he took it like a real gentleman and in the end we even managed to get some money back from the seller! had i known that berzerk was no longer "in there", i might have taken the cabinet myself and converted it into a frenzy, but i'm happy for chris that he got the game, berzerk is one of the best classic games around!!!

as you might know, the berzerk has found its way from germany to belgium by now and with those two vectors added to my collection, i'm happy to announce that my gameroom is indeed complete now!

but wait a second, isn't there some old ship to be raided soon setting sails on the horizon? ;) 8)


Title: Re: [Roadtrip] In the Vector Zone
Post by: Etienne MacGyver on February 01, 2012, 06:14:10 PM
Great story, (again  ;) )

So thats where chris's berzerk is comming from.

funny , yours is comming from belgium and ended up in germany , and his is comming from germany and is now in belgium  ;D
The drawer looks indeed a bit empty  :D

Battlezone is cool too , but it's missing one of the controls.. hope you can fine one
defenetly worth restoring !

Thanks for another great roadtrip report!


Title: Re: [Roadtrip] In the Vector Zone
Post by: Belike on February 01, 2012, 06:29:38 PM
Love the story with the locked room in the parking lot, a real treasure chamber with classics. :D
Too bad for that Berzerk, but with Chris's skills, it will be a piece of cake to convert it back. ;D
By the way, why did you left that beautiful Orion cab behind? :D
(In the left side of this pic.)
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Title: Re: [Roadtrip] In the Vector Zone
Post by: Superully on February 01, 2012, 06:34:23 PM
funny , yours is comming from belgium and ended up in germany , and his is comming from germany and is now in belgium  ;D

interesting indeed, never thought about that before! 8)

Battlezone is cool too , but it's missing one of the controls.. hope you can fine one

fortunately, my american friend has battlezone spare parts, so i'm sure he can find me a replacement!


By the way, why did you left that beautiful Orion cab behind? :D

man, bela, had i known that this is your new collection goal i would of course have taken it along for you. sorry i missed out on that great opportunity, i'm sure it was dirt cheap!


Title: Re: [Roadtrip] In the Vector Zone
Post by: gyruss on February 01, 2012, 06:44:47 PM
Love the 2 vector games, great find! Sorry to hear about the bezerk, but with lot's of patience that too will work one day.

 


Title: Re: [Roadtrip] In the Vector Zone
Post by: Q*ris on February 01, 2012, 06:56:01 PM
Hahaa, always cool to see where the cab was living before ending up here!
...and this Berzerk had very cool roommates.
I will bring it back to life no matter what (thanks again for bringing it back and negociating a discount with the seller by the way).
Battle Zone is awesome please give it the full Ully treatment, it totally deserves it...
...and regarding Asteroids, well I'm not very objective as it's my all time favourite. :!:
This is again a dream catch(er)!
 :spaceace: :spaceace: :spaceace:


Title: Re: [Roadtrip] In the Vector Zone
Post by: Etienne MacGyver on February 01, 2012, 07:06:38 PM
By the way, why did you left that beautiful Orion cab behind? :D


is that a cab ? i thought it was an ATM machine ;D

(http://webstage.unk.edu/uploadedImages/offices/nebraskan/ATM.gif)


Title: Re: [Roadtrip] In the Vector Zone
Post by: Belike on February 01, 2012, 07:56:52 PM

man, bela, had i known that this is your new collection goal i would of course have taken it along for you. sorry i missed out on that great opportunity, i'm sure it was dirt cheap!
By the way, why did you left that beautiful Orion cab behind? :D

is that a cab ? i thought it was an ATM machine ;D
Ok, to tell you the truth, I originally bought that cab for parts, but after I realized it is fully working I couldn't destroy it. ::)
It was sold for 33 eur to a pinball collector, so I made a nice profit on this free cab. ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: [Roadtrip] In the Vector Zone
Post by: Muerto on February 01, 2012, 07:59:09 PM
Sweet games ully! - now the only thing you need is a GAMEROOM! :lol:


Title: Re: [Roadtrip] In the Vector Zone
Post by: Superully on February 01, 2012, 08:30:04 PM
now the only thing you need is a GAMEROOM! :lol:

piece of cake!!! i've been searching my a** off already - might (or will) have to sell some games eventually, but who knows ...


Title: Re: [Roadtrip] In the Vector Zone
Post by: TimePilot on February 01, 2012, 08:58:38 PM
very nice Ully, thanks for sharing.

now i know the "old home" from my new baby... (coming soon on dlf) :wink:


Title: Re: [Roadtrip] In the Vector Zone
Post by: DarthNuno on February 01, 2012, 09:45:09 PM
Great one, nice report, as usual... thanks  ;) Homepage honors of course  :)  :arrow:

(http://www.dragonslairfans.com/news/vectorzone.jpg)

It reminds me to start the work on my vector games too (Battlezone & Space Wars)... both still non working  :-\

Hope you'll faster than me on this  8)


Title: Re: [Roadtrip] In the Vector Zone
Post by: Level42 on February 01, 2012, 10:12:26 PM
Haha, I am proud you mentioned my teasing as a trigger ;)

Congrats on getting those classics !!
Asteroids, well what is there to say ? Maybe that no gameroom is complete without it ? (bootlegs allowed) ;)
Battlezone is great too of course !!!

Are those two complete by the way ?

And Chris, now I know where your Berzerk comes from ! ;) Finding boards is not impossible at all... ;D

Also nice to see those sunny pics while its -6 degr. outside !


Title: Re: [Roadtrip] In the Vector Zone
Post by: Q*ris on February 01, 2012, 11:10:40 PM
And Chris, now I know where your Berzerk comes from ! ;) Finding boards is not impossible at all... ;D
I want to believe it too... ;)
But most of all, I think that this MP PCB is a sign from the Arcade Gods: they now want me to fin a Moon Patrol cab!
... and who am I to disappoint them?

(great banner Nuno!)


Title: Re: [Roadtrip] In the Vector Zone
Post by: Level42 on February 01, 2012, 11:19:26 PM
(http://www.dragonslairfans.com/news/vectorzone.jpg)

Excellent banner ! Very Kraftwerk-ish :)


Title: Re: [Roadtrip] In the Vector Zone
Post by: Superully on February 02, 2012, 07:03:07 AM
yeah, love that banner as well, thx bruno! looks like i'm pushing the famous red button on that pinball to make it explode (which wouldn't be a bad thing :P)! kaboom - adams family is gone!!! :twisted:


Title: Re: [Roadtrip] In the Vector Zone
Post by: Level42 on February 02, 2012, 08:57:48 AM
Best thing about TAF is that sometimes the flippers "snap" exactly at the moment there is the fingers snap during the epic title song....

And otherwise its a great pinball.

Ully, you look totally like the fifth member of Kraftwerk on that picture :)


Title: Re: [Roadtrip] In the Vector Zone
Post by: Superully on February 02, 2012, 09:34:14 AM
Ully, you look totally like the fifth member of Kraftwerk on that picture :)

i wouldn't mind being a member of that band! 8)


Title: Re: [Roadtrip] In the Vector Zone
Post by: Alpha1 on February 02, 2012, 02:32:04 PM
Archer has full side repro BZ artwork


Title: Re: [Roadtrip] In the Vector Zone
Post by: Superully on February 02, 2012, 03:12:19 PM
Archer has full side repro BZ artwork

are you sure that he still produces it? i think i've asked him about the sideart a while back and he told me he doesn't have anything in stock and isn't planning another run ...


Title: Re: [Roadtrip] In the Vector Zone
Post by: gyruss on February 02, 2012, 03:51:48 PM
i'm pretty sure i saw some at his place..


Title: Re: [Roadtrip] In the Vector Zone
Post by: Belike on February 02, 2012, 03:58:09 PM
Archer has full side repro BZ artwork

are you sure that he still produces it? i think i've asked him about the sideart a while back and he told me he doesn't have anything in stock and isn't planning another run ...
It is more than enough, if we can ask him to send us the file. ;D


Title: Re: [Roadtrip] In the Vector Zone
Post by: Superully on February 02, 2012, 05:24:45 PM
It is more than enough, if we can ask him to send us the file. ;D

i don't think that archer would share the files with us, after all he's still doing business with some of the files!


Title: Re: [Roadtrip] In the Vector Zone
Post by: Superully on February 02, 2012, 05:50:28 PM
Are those two complete by the way ?

both are complete but absolutely untested! the plug on the asteroids is cut and the power cable on the battlezone has some wires hanging out, so the seller didn't want to plug it in (and i told him not to try it). because of their untested status, i got both of them for a really good price. unfortunately, someone had tipped the seller off that berzerk is a pretty rare game in germany, so he wanted more for the berzerk than for the two vector games combined ;D. nevertheless, the price for the berzerk was still pretty good!

here are some pictures from the inside of the battlezone :arrow:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7174/6807399807_ed11d6b727_b_d.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7017/6807400921_16f6dd8dc2_b_d.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7143/6807399185_35234eaf89_b_d.jpg)

could definitely use a good clean first!


Title: Re: [Roadtrip] In the Vector Zone
Post by: Equites on February 03, 2012, 12:11:11 AM
That Bezerk is awesome, such a hard cab to find, seems to be in great condition complete with bat-stick too!  PCBs are easily found :)


Title: Re: [Roadtrip] In the Vector Zone
Post by: zapposh on February 03, 2012, 09:07:34 AM
Fantastic roadtrip as usual. Very entertaining.  :)
You really made those guys sweat carrying the stuff up the spiral staircase.  :spaceace: