A Klingon Challenge – Star Trek: TNG VCR Board Game

Posted by  on January 24, 2020

Star Trek: The Next Generation Interactive VCR Board Game – A Klingon Challenge…

…or just “A Klingon Challenge” is one of those Atmosfear style video based games from the 1990s. A Klingon Challenge was released in 1993 and is for 3-6 players aged 8 years upwards.

With the brilliant Star Trek Picard debuting this week it seemed a fitting time to drag “A Klingon Challenge” out for an airing.

For those unfamiliar with Atmosfear then it’s basically a board game accompanied by a VHS cassette that runs alongside the game. The video moves the story along by having a host character at the forefront of the story. The host manipulates the gameplay with obstacles thrown in player’s paths and challenges issued for the player to overcome.

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Royal Mail Video Games stamps

Posted by  on January 21, 2020

My Royal Mail “Video Games” stamps arrived this morning

Some weeks back Royal Mail announced they would publish a range of stamps celebrating classic UK-designed video games. I ordered the “Video Games Limited Edition Gamer Collectors Pack” because, quite frankly, I need that presentation case (it’s really a tin so I’m going to call it a tin from now on).

Well today it arrived…

Royal Mail Video Games stamps (1)

Straight away I knew it had to be the stamps. It said “DO NOT BEND” on the envelope but I had to in order to pick it up. Sorry postie, don’t be too disappointed in me.

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Frogger: The family version of the arcade game

Posted by  on January 20, 2020

Frogger: The board game (1)

Frogger the board game

Frogger is a very well-known video game from the Golden Age of arcade. The idea of the game is to get your frog safely past flowing traffic on the highway, across a river by hopping on turtles and logs, eventually making it back to your swamp before repeating the process with more frogs.

This is a 1982 Milton Bradley (MB) Games attempt to translate that arcade game into a more traditional style board game. The game is for two players with a suggested age range of 7-14 years although I’m not sure it would provide much entertainment for a 14 year old of today (or even back then).

Frogger: The board game (2)

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Grandstand Invader from Space LED Game

Posted by  on January 15, 2020

I spotted this Grandstand “Invader from Space” game

Invader from Space (1)

Grandstand “Invader from Space” is a tabletop LED game dating back 40 years to 1980. Four ‘AA’ batteries power the unit or, alternatively, the Grandstand 5.5V@300mA power adapter (or an equivalent power pack) sold separately. The game, licensed to Grandstand, is a copy of Epoch’s “Invader from Space”

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Musical quirks and some more T-Shirts

Posted by  on June 11, 2019

In musical terms, it’s been a strange few months

There’s usually a variety of musical offerings on my iPhone. Legendary artists such as Pink Floyd, Queen and Bob Marley are usually constants. Lately, the usual playlists haven’t been doing it for me and instead I’ve been craving something different. I’ve been wanting to listen to some of those mismatched rave compilation CDs* from my youth.

*I usually had the cassette tape versions back then so I could listen to them on my Sony Walkman.

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Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me

Posted by  on February 8, 2019

Happy birthday Dear Munky. I’m now 43.

I don’t really celebrate my birthday. Not because I’m shy, or anything like that, I just don’t really do the celebration thing now I’m older. I’m not in for surrounding myself with a bunch of people, cheering me on, while I get another year closer to death. I’ll still have a happy birthday, but it’ll be quietly happy rather than the booze-fueled, party-on birthdays of my youth.

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Tesco Retro Gaming T-Shirts

Posted by  on January 17, 2019

I like retro gaming t-shirts and I like bargains.

This worked out quite well in that aspect. While doing a bit of shopping in Tesco (the one where I got the retro calendar) my other half suggested checking out their t-shirts. Tesco occasionally have some retro gaming t-shirts in, so amongst the tees we went.

We saw a couple of Volkswagen tees, Avengers, Star Wars, tees I already own or have no interest in. I was about to get back to the shopping when I spotted a NES tee and a Space Invaders tee, individually packaged.

Space Invaders 80 T-Shirt (Packaged) NES 85 T-Shirt (Packaged)

The £8 label on the Space Invaders tee was easily visible and I thought it wasn’t a bad price. I then saw that both tees had been reduced to £4, got to love a twofer.

The full t-shirt images can be seen here.

Space Invaders 80 T-Shirt NES 85 T-Shirt

Some XBOX classic dabbling

Posted by  on January 3, 2019

Not what I consider retro…

…but the original XBOX (or XBOX Classic as I often see it now called) is venturing into that limbo area between “current” and “retro”.

I never owned the original XBOX, I simply didn’t have the time to invest in one due to work and family life. I have, however, had an interest in maybe getting one for the emulation side of things. The idea of four player arcade emulation in the form of CoinOPS is something I think I would enjoy.

As it happens…

…my eldest son works for a local charity and a few weeks back an original XBOX was donated to them. It came with a couple of the large controllers, original power supply and a damaged video cable.

The damaged video cable meant that they were unable to properly test the XBOX even though it appeared to receive power and the optical drive ejected as expected. They were ready to bin it so I asked how much they would accept for it “as is”. They said I could have it for £8 and so I did. I reckoned even if the XBOX was scrap I could get my money back on the controllers.

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Happy New Year 2019

Posted by  on January 1, 2019

Best wishes for 2019

This afternoon I popped in to my local Tesco for a few things to see us through the week. My daughter was hounding us to buy a 2019 calendar and so we went to have a look at what they had available.

Picking up a calendar my daughter said “Look at this”. I heard my other half say “We’ve got to have that one”. My daughter held up the calendar and I could see it was a retro movie & TV calendar. It held additional appeal for me because there was a “Reduced to Clear” label on the shelf (I’m a tight arse like that).

2019 Retro Calendar

It’s a nice little calendar although I’m not entirely sure about the Magnum P.I. picture. It looks like an alternate timeline version where Magnum was played by Ned Flanders.