Gemini tank by Vaporesso and loose negative post fix

Posted by  on April 12, 2017

My Vaporesso Target Pro and Gemini RTA tank

I’d been happily using my Kangertech Subox mini v2 for a while now. That was until, while dropping a new coil in the RBA deck, I managed to send it skooting along the kitchen worktop and into the washing up bowl full of hot water. I dried it out and it worked OK for a few months but after that it started crapping out on me, intermittently not firing up, etc.
Fortunately my partner bought me a Vaporesso Target Pro for my birthday and I got a Vaporesso Gemini tank to go with it. Being an old skool gaming geek I just loved the retro Quickshot joystick look about it.

It’s been going great for me until last week when, while fitting the new coils, I noticed the negative pin had come loose, moving up and down in the slot. This was having an adverse effect on the resistance of my coils by altering the tension on the coils as the pin moved about. At this point I could either send it back, leaving me without a tank for a week or so, or set about securing the post. I decided to secure the post and it turned out a lot simpler than I thought it would. Continue reading “Gemini tank by Vaporesso and loose negative post fix”

Mega-CD Box Art (Europe) collection

Posted by  on January 10, 2017

Mega-CD European box art

UPDATE: It has been brought to my attention (thanks, Rob) that Facebook screws with the images, namely adding a white background and a random filename. I have now uploaded the full size versions in TOSEC naming format to MEGA and added a download link below.DownloadI have a Mega-CD unit in my collection but it’s not always practical digging it out to play a game. Like many others I find it easier to make a backup of my CDs and play them on the PC via an emulator.
I backed up all of my Mega-CD games a while ago so when I received a Linx Vision gaming tablet from the missus and kids this Christmas I decided to install Retroarch and put my Mega-CD games onto the micro SD card.

Linx Vision 8 running Mega-CD via Retroarch

It’s not the first time (and probably not the last) I’ve set up a front-end for emulation. A few years ago I converted an old Sega Saturn controller to USB and added a 64GB flash drive to it. On the flash drive I installed Kega Fusion along with a Hyperspin front-end. It all looked great but something bugged me, the fact all of my European Mega-CD games were accompanied by US “Sega CD” box art. I tried looking around for some European Mega-CD box art for my games but there wasn’t much offering out there.

The Quest

I decided to make some European box art myself. I mostly used box scans found at as source material and re-worked them to fit with my goals. Some images (such as “The San Diego Zoo Presents The Animals!”) I’ve found by scouring the web and rebuilding them as best I could.
After completing box art for my own games I decided to go ahead and do the whole set* of European boxes. I then decided to put them out there on the web for others in the same mindset as myself. There’s a few below as an example but they can all be downloaded from the Hey Munky Facebook page MEGA. Continue reading “Mega-CD Box Art (Europe) collection”

Toys of Christmas Past

Posted by  on December 22, 2016

Christmas is an exciting time for a child.

Nothing beats a relaxed family Christmas but while those memories really bring on the nostalgia they’re specific to me and will mean little to anyone else; nor are they really tangible things I can reminisce over with others. Something I can share and nostalgically reminisce over with others though is gifts, specifically toys.

Looking back at my childhood Christmases there are a number of toys that really struck a chord with me, and possibly others.

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Christmas Bonus – Nintendo Classic Mini

Posted by  on December 20, 2016

I just won a Nintendo Classic Mini…

Yep, a Nintendo Classic Mini. Sorry, it’s still sinking in that I won something.

Nintendo Classic Mini NES

I’m not the type of person who would normally enter a competition and even on the rare occasion that I do I rarely rank amongst the top scorers; and that’s OK because it’s normally for brain exercise and enjoyment of it all.
The last time I won a prize was back in the early ’80s when I won a competition to meet Worzel Gummidge (Jon Pertwee) at a show way down in the deepest parts of Cornwall but my parents were unable to take me and 5 year old me threatening to make my own way there wasn’t really ever going to make an impact.

Just over a week ago my lovely niece tagged me in Game Smart Yardley‘s post to win a Nintendo Classic Mini. The challenge was to name as many classic games featuring the characters in the image as possible (below). The person with the most correct answers wins.

Game Smart Yardley's competition

At first I thought I’d have a go just for myself. I could see a whole bunch of characters on there I recognised instantly and some characters that resided deep in the darkest pits of my memories going back 30 years. I started noting them down and by the time I finished I decided I might as well take a shot at the prize. I’m glad I did because I won.

Thank you guys at Game Smart Yardley and thank you to my niece for tagging me in the first place. If it’s any consolation to my fellow competitors, all this shows is I’m an old gaming nerd who can’t remember his own phone number but still remembers a character from a game he played in 1986.

Guess Who? The ORIGINAL Mystery Face Guessing Game

Posted by  on August 31, 2016

Guess Who?.. It’s me.

No, I mean the “The ORIGINAL Mystery Face Guessing Game” from MB or in this case Guess Who? Extra from Hasbro.

Guess Who? Extra

The kids have been having a clear out of some of their old crap toys and games. Amongst them was a Guess Who? Extra game bought for my youngest at one Christmas or another. It’s the electronic one where the electronic bit doesn’t really do anything worthwhile but is there more for the sake of novelty.
It initially came with a few swappable character cards (such as kids and aliens) with a promise of more being available on the Hasbro website. I remember perusing the Hasbro site at the time, and looking at a handful of printable cards that were available. I also remember my son not being all that interested in their offerings.

Well, now he’s decided to get rid of it because he’s “too old for it”. He may think he’s too old but I’m 40 and I’m having it. I think it’s the perfect game to play with my daughter. She has, amongst other issues, autism, ADHD and global learning difficulties so this game is the ideal opportunity for us to spend some time together with something that may hold her interest.
Not only that but if she takes to it I can make other cards with her favourite characters, Worzel Gummidge, The Wizard of Oz, maybe even family members.

To that end I decided to see what character cards were still available on the Hasbro website but all I could find were character cards for a different version of the game; and those don’t fit into the Extra shell. This presented me with the ideal opportunity to come up with my own character sheets, amongst them Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Super Mario and a retro gaming card. I decided I’d upload them here for the benefit of anyone else who may want to use them. I’ve created both red and blue and kept to the original character selection positions of the original cards. It wasn’t necessary but it makes it more difficult to guess your opponents character by watching them move the sliders.

Guess Who-Transformers

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Print using Landscape mode at 100% with no scaling.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Guess Who? Extra TMNT-Blue Guess Who? Extra TMNT-Red

Super Mario

 Guess Who? Extra Mario-Blue Guess Who? Extra Mario-Red

Retro Gaming

 Guess Who? Extra Retro-Gaming-Blue Guess Who? Extra Retro-Gaming-Red

At some point I’d like to do a Transformers G1 set and maybe some adult orientated (not pr0n) sets such as the Walking Dead and Game of Thrones.

Edit: I had a free hour or so this afternoon so knocked together these “The Walking Dead” Character Cards.

The Walking Dead

Guess Who? Extra The Walking Dead-Blue Guess Who? Extra The Walking Dead-Red

Further edit: I had a bit more time free last night and this afternoon so, having found some nice box scans on, I put together these Transformers G1 Character Cards. Decepticon names are printed italicized for easy identification. I’ve reworked the template slightly for a better fit in the Guess Who? Extra shell.

Transformers G1

Guess Who? Extra Transformers-Blue Guess Who? Extra Transformers-Red

Transformer character images courtesy of

Pokemon Go to Pokemon Stop

Posted by  on July 17, 2016

I’ve never played Pokemon…

Yep, that’s right, I’ve never played Pokemon before. It’s one of those games that just didn’t appeal to me, that is until…

Pokemon Go

The fascination people seem to have with this game intrigued me and curiosity got the better of me so I jumped in head first. I downloaded the game late Wednesday evening using one of the server tricks to allow my iPhone to download from the U.S. Apple store.
The game itself seemed simple enough and I got stuck in. Everything was going great until the weekend when a wild ERROR appeared!

Pokemon Go Error

OK, the servers were apparently subjected to a DDOS attack on Saturday and, having worked in I.T. for nigh on twenty years, I can sympathise with the poor suckers (@PokemonGoApp on Twitter) having to get this sorted.
It’s now Sunday and my Pokemon gaming today has gone as follows: –

  • Tried to login, crashed
  • Success, logged in
  • Ooh, caught Voltorb, crashed and lost Voltorb
  • Caught Venomoth, crashed and lost Venemoth
  • Caught several others, crashed and lost them
  • Just sat there with the game open, crashed
  • Tried to buy an item in the shop, crashed
  • Used incense, got 7 minutes in and crashed. When I finally managed to get back in I had just over 1 minute left of incense.
  • Walked out on to my drive to catch a Pokemon in the street, froze, had to end app.

Now, like I said, I’d never played Pokemon before but I was at least familiar enough with the game to know why it is so popular but, had I not been familiar, this experience would have really put me off. I’m just glad I got a few days enjoyment out of it before the hassle of constant server crashes.
I’ll stick with it and ride out the server crashes because on the whole it’s quite enjoyable and makes my trips here and there more tolerable.


Nintendo Announce Nintendo Classic Mini

Posted by  on July 14, 2016

Nintendo Classic Mini: NES

The classic Nintendo Entertainment System is back in a familiar-yet-new form as a mini replica of the original home console. Plugging directly into a high-definition TV using the included HDMI cable, the console comes complete with 30 NES games built-in including, Bubble Bobble, Castlevania, Donkey Kong, Final Fantasy, Galaga, Ghosts & Goblins, Mario Bros., MEGA MAN 2, Metroid, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3, The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.

Nintendo Classic Mini NES

The Nintendo Classic Mini: NES comes packaged with an HDMI cable, a USB cable for powering the system, and one Nintendo Classic Mini: NES Controller. And whether it’s rediscovering an old favourite or experiencing the joy of NES for the first time, the fantastic collection of NES classics included with each and every system should have something for all players.

Nintendo Classic Mini NESThere’s no USB PSU adapter included though so if you want to power via the mains you’ll need to fork out a bit extra. On the plus side the controllers are compatible with Wii and Wii U Virtual Console via a Wiimote.

The original announcement can be found here along with a complete list of games.