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Atari Gauntlet... a Cimmerian RoadTrip!
« on: November 08, 2023, 09:50:48 AM »


Back in September 2022.
I have the opportunity to get the legendary original gauntlet arcade machine. I picked up the 'modern' version 20 years ago (aka Gauntlet Legends, see here), but nothing can't beat the original version!
I love this game... I've had the opportunity to buy this game several times over the past 25 years, but I always thought that having it at home would kill its interest. Being by nature a multiplayer game, with a kind of 'pay to win' gameplay, with no possibility to 1CC. So as a solo player, I didn't really see the point of having it at home.
Bullshit! I love too much that game, I had so much great memories (on the arcade version, but also on the Amstrad CPC port).... cabinet is so gorgeous, and Gauntlet is definitively a title that belong to the arcade history. Now I've 2 kids (meaning more players). Oh and because, come one, everyone know the game "Gauntlet"! Finally, I'm such a fan of the CONAN movies... this game could have been called 'The Adventure of Conan the Barbarian'.

So after all theses arguments, I have the approval of the Barbarian and his Valkyrie to make this journey.



In order to 'size' this Adventure....


 
...but for once, it will be a road trip very close to home... only 111km to destination :



In order for the seller not to change his mind, I decided to go and get the game immediately. It was a kind of 'unexpected & improvised' road trip. So my first stop is the bank, where my favorite thief is waiting for me... warrior need money :



Soon enough, in the middle of the Cimmera land, the led "Warrior Needs Food Badly!" is on :



I should find something to eat in this tavern...



Problem solved :



Here I am at the French border, where I will continue under good escort from now...



...because this country looks very violent indeed and it seems very dangerous to want to cross it alone... (wind turbine spotted!)



In the midst of all this violence outside, it is with all serenity that I present you the amulet of protection that my son made for me... clearly mandatory for this dangerous journey!



It's quieter now, we're getting closer to the goal...



Here we are, the beast was hiding in that garage :



The history of this cabinet by the seller : the game was operated in the small pub from this little village. About 20 years ago, the seller bought the game from that pub. When he bought it, it wasn't the Gauntlet board anymore. The cabinet was already 'jamma' hacked.
At the time, he wanted to restore the orignal game, but in the end he didn't do anything at all. So the cabinet remained in its original state for almost 20 years in that garage.
Having no longer a particular plan, he put this cabinet for sale, and here I am.
The deal with the seller was : as is, no question... so let be it!



I'm not talking about the way home, which went smoothly.



(for my stats : 246 km / 5h23 on road / Belgium<>France)

Here's the beast inside the Nuno's Lair, ready to be resurrected and start a new life  :)



Do you want to life forever ?



... so let's bring back this game to its full glory!
« Last Edit: November 08, 2023, 01:24:28 PM by DarthNuno »

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Re: Atari Gauntlet... a Cimmerian RoadTrip!
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2023, 06:17:26 PM »
Holly cow !!! A road trip !
 and a Nuno's Road Trip ! so great to hear from you and wath a catch my friend, one of my top ten !
the game is fantastic even with one player, mine was in better shape but I know you will save from the dark realm this beauty !

because you know "the riddle of steel"
"Winners Don't Use Drug " but to loop Ghost & Goblins it help !!

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Re: Atari Gauntlet... a Cimmerian RoadTrip!
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2023, 08:03:14 PM »
Nice to see the good old road trips again! :spaceace:
Congrats!

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Re: Atari Gauntlet... a Cimmerian RoadTrip!
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2023, 01:18:11 PM »
Thanks guys  :) I must admit I miss the good old time and our 'competitive road trips'  :pac: :ghost: :ghost: :ghost: :ghost:

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Re: Atari Gauntlet... a Cimmerian RoadTrip!
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2023, 09:25:09 PM »
Let's start with the control panel... damaged by an operator conversion...  :-\  :arrow:



It's a battlefield under it : custom wiring, additional holes... and missing two of the four 'Atari logo' joysticks  :-\



Curious to see the condition of the original CPO under this Gauntlet II CPO :



Either way, even if it had been in good condition, the extra holes that were drilled would prevent me from using it as such  :(  :arrow:



Ok, let's take it all out, and fill the holes in that metal CP... (no, this is not bubblegum  ;D)



Done :



Got the full set of Gauntlet artworks... all these colors...so gorgeous  :-*



This Gauntlet CP artwork is one of my favorite one!  :pac: :arrow:


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Re: Atari Gauntlet... a Cimmerian RoadTrip!
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2023, 02:35:09 PM »
The original leg levelers were missing. New ones  :arrow:



Cleaning the sides...



...before applying...



...new side art  :-*


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Re: Atari Gauntlet... a Cimmerian RoadTrip!
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2023, 06:40:43 PM »
Great to see another road trip.

Reminds me that I have to fix my Gauntlet  :oops:

Good work so far! :spaceace:

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Re: Atari Gauntlet... a Cimmerian RoadTrip!
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2024, 04:47:01 PM »
'business' as usual  8)...











Even though I bought a kit that includes that GL 'one' sticker, I'll check if the original GL sticker underneath that GL 'two' sticker is still usable  :arrow:



Removing this sticker was a nightmare. I couldn't remove more than one square centimetre at a time...  It was always tearing  >:( ... I had to spend  5 or 6 times x 1 hour to be able to remove it entirely! ... My fingernails still hurt  :ghost:



But it was worth it. The sticker is in excellent condition  :)  :arrow:


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Re: Atari Gauntlet... a Cimmerian RoadTrip!
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2024, 05:24:15 PM »
Fast forward...
- found the 2 missing 'Atari logo' Joysticks, fully rebuilt
- redone an entire harness loom
- restored the 4 doors
- found new TV monitor with exact specs that fits 100% the original monitor bezel (I'm lucky on that)
- setup a dedicated raspberry + Pi2Scart configuration to boot & run Gauntlet exclusively, software used is pinHP Arcade distrib, giving a beautiful RGB picture running at a native 60Hz frequence as it should be  :-*

Now, game on  :-*  :arrow:



















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Re: Atari Gauntlet... a Cimmerian RoadTrip!
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2024, 06:35:43 PM »
Nice work, mate!
Looking for Dragons Lair 1 or 2, Space Ace, Double Dragon, Robotron and yeah... a Shinobi would be cool, too!

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Re: Atari Gauntlet... a Cimmerian RoadTrip!
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2024, 04:50:24 PM »
Great work Bruno  8)
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Re: Atari Gauntlet... a Cimmerian RoadTrip!
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2024, 02:06:05 PM »
Well done! Gauntlets is a cool game, remember it playing as a kid on the c64.

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Re: Atari Gauntlet... a Cimmerian RoadTrip!
« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2024, 05:20:45 PM »
Looking good! - reminds me of the one I have to restore....  :-X