Because of the age and condition of the
classic games, most collectors must also learn to clean, repair, and
maintain their machines. I'll show you
some examples of classic games in need of repair, detail my work on
games, and provide a forum for other collectors to talk about their
experiences. I'm a novice collector myself, so as I learn new
information I'll share
July 28, 2011:
The last 5 years have been busy ones for me, with many exciting events - a new house, several new jobs, a fiancee, a daughter, and of course, new arcade games. I may have been sneaking over to sites like www.tastybingo.com as well. Now, I'm moving, and looking forward to re-creating what I've been calling "Madoc's Barcade" at the new place - once I find one!
I decided to put together a quick video depicting the last days of my Barcade, and uploaded it to YouTube: Click to watch my Barcade walk-through!
The final collection of games: Star Trek cockpit, Space Duel, Soul Calibur 3 (in a Showcade cab), TRON, Ms. Pac-Man, Wizard of Wor, Time Pilot, Environmental Discs of Tron (under construction), Omega Race, Battlezone, Galaga, Tempest, Joust, Joust 2, Joust pinball, and a bartop MegaTouch game. In the garage, not shown in the video: Space Invaders (cocktail, not working), Bad Dudes, Gyruss (cocktail, my original one I bought back!), Galaxian (cocktail, not working), Johnny Mnemonic (unsure of working condition), Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters (non-dedicated, Hall-effect joysticks!), Terminator 2 (gun game, working!), and an empty 4-player JAMMA cabinet.
If you're looking for more regular updates from me, I recommend the message forums at KLOV: IAM/KLOV Coin-op Videogame, Pinball, Slot Machine, and EM Machine Forums . I post there regularly as "MadocOwain".
May 10, 2006:
I attended the
Indianapolis edition of the USAmusement auction tour a couple of weeks
ago. Took advantage of some downtime to get the pics and descriptions
posted. I picked up a Cabal and a Wizard of Wor, while my accomplices
absconded with Leland Quarterback, Baywatch and Solar Ride (both are
pinball games, for the uninitiated). Bonus, there's footage of Scott S
playing an unusual conversion to X-Men. I won't ruin it here, go check
the auction out at the aptly-named Auction
April 15, 2006:
I'm getting really good at these once-per-year updates.. fortunately, I
will be able to do a bit more with my 'hobby' now that I have a home
which allows me space to work on them as well as play with them. Yes,
finally, my gameroom lives! It's been a long road to get here. When I
was in my 20's, I wasn't thinking about buying a house, that was
something married people and spinsters did. Of course, later I came to
realize the advantages of home ownership, but I was thinking of moving
soon.. then I lost my job, and my grandfather, and some perspective.
I've worked hard the last few years getting my life, my health and my
finances back together again. Home ownership is certainly not the only
visible result of my efforts, but it is the one I am most able to point
to and say, "Here, I have accomplished something." You're here
for pictures, but first a shout-out to the brave souls who helped me
move the beasties from my apartment to the house: sherlockazulu, jon,
dale, jefe, tm & brian, and of course, Budget truck rental. Boycott U-Haul!
The pictures: By way of explanation:
One is the game room as seen from
the living room. As this is a tri-level, it's not easy to hide this
area from view, but really, you'll notice the jet-engine fans of the
Star Trek before you see anything else. Two is of the gameroom from the
entrance of the room. Three is of the wet bar. Four shows off the fireplace and
love seat. I found it odd they put a gas fireplace down there but I
couldn't justify not having it accessable for use, plus I don't want
games near it when it's running. I can entertain and not have to see
the games from the love seat. We'll see how well that works out. Five is facing the games from the
loveseat, with flash on. Six is the same location, flash
Sadly, some things had to go in the move. I sold my
Macross PCBs, the X-Men: COTA and Marvel vs Capcom boards, as well as
Street Fighter 2: Hyper Fighting. Also gone are the Blasteroids and
Star Fire games. Blasteroids was a no-brainer, but Star Fire? Why did I
get rid of that? Frankly, it looked to be a real pain to get working
again, and with this new house, ironically I have too many other things
to get done without having that hanging over my head another few years.
It's going to a good home, and I look forward to seeing the restored
game on the newsgroups someday.
I've done a lot of work to the games over the past 2-3
months, I'll document that in better detail after I've had a chance to
get settled in here. Until then, happy hunting!
February 12, 2005:
Five years ago yesterday, this website first came to life at a
Sacajawea error page on Geocities.com. My, how it's grown! I hope
you've enjoyed the ride as much as I have. I wanted to add a few things
I thought of since the last update. I've picked up a few more games,
sold some of those, and exercised some creativity. One of my latest
acqisitions was a fully-working Star Trek: Strategic Operations
Simulator cockpit, like the one I used to play at my uncle's as a kid.
It is definitely a heavy bastard to move, but it fit (just!) through
the door and in my dining room. I'm such a geek. Another great
acquisition was Cyberball, the monster 2-monitor, 4-player
version. That one IS too big to get in my apartment, I have to store it
at a friend's place for the time being. I picked up two games at
auction in the last couple of years - Cyberball 2072 (2-player) and
Xybots. Both games were going for a ridiculously low amount of money,
so I felt obligated to rescue them. The Cyberball game I turned around
immediately on EBay - then spent the next 9 months waiting for the guy
to pick it up. I re-sold it to someone who would actually pick it up in
a timely manner. Xybots is a game I played a lot at the arcade in
college. It was a third-person maze-style shooter that lost a lot of
its appeal since Quake and Half-Life were released. I played it a bit,
quickly became bored with it, then re-sold it. I finally managed to get
out from under the non-working Dig-Dug cabinet I got as part of The
Deal, sold it as part of a bulk deal along with a boatload of parts.
Christmas 2002, I got really, really bored.
There was some snow, I had time off and a shovel, so I created Snow
Tron. Yeah. I KNEW spare parts would be handy to keep around for
SOMETHING. The game was full-sized, took me an entire day to craft.
Somewhere along the way I decided the best way to share my creation
with the rest of the world was through EBay. Yep. I auctioned a Snow
Tron. Want to guess how much it sold for? No, really, guess. $6100. The
auction got coverage across the newsgroups and even on Blues News. I
really, really wish I had the original text that went with it. I wrote
it up so it sounded like a normal game but mentioned some water damage,
it wasn't until you got to the pictures at the bottom that you realized
it was a gag auction. EBay wanted about $100, which I got back in two
weeks due to the item not being available at time of auction's close.
See, there was this heat wave.. it all melted. I mailed the coin door
and a bag of snow to the winning bidder, who sent me beer money. Here's
some pics, enjoy! One Two Three Four Five.
January 30, 2005:
It's been over 2 years since the last major update to this page. I
hadn't realized how neglectful I've become of this site until I was
modifying links for the Diablo II section of the site - now devoted to
my other hobby, chainmail dice bag-making. Playmaille.com is the name, in
case you're curious about what that's about. A little about what
else I have been up to: I've done a couple of bulk parts deals, one in
Atlanta GA and another in St. Louis, MO., mainly boards, marquees and
sideart. The old Wiretap/Spies website was helpful in determining what
various boards were, and EBay was especially helpful in disposing of
the parts. I moved out of my house into an apartment, which makes it
difficult to show, play, or work on the games I had. Here's a couple of
pics of the place after I brought in items from the last bulk deal: One Two Three. So, as you can see
I kept busy with other aspects of the hobby. I still intend to get into
a house with a walk-out basement to put the games in.
Sadly, the games collection will be missing the
enviromental Discs of Tron game. It was a casualty of the move into my
apartment. Through a comedy of errors, the barely-together
cabinet front had it's footer ripped off, the top part of the game
shoved through the rear window of a pickup truck as the game hit a
partly-open garage door. NOT. MY. DOING. Here's a couple of pics: One Two. I ended up having
to strip the cabinet. If anyone knows where I can get an empty EDOT
cabinet in good condition, let me know. At least none of the parts that
I had spent so much time and effort restoring were damaged! The
billboard glass is quite intact.
I've seen a lot of changes in the arcade-collecting
hobby over the past 2 years. First and foremost, most all of the
classic games that are out there to be found, have already been found.
I'm talking about the great forgotten warehouses, not the singletons in
the back room of the old pizza joint. The majority of the games that I
am seeing at the local auctions are newer than 1990, and many are
conversions from older games. The "nostalgia wave" that brought a surge
of popularity to this hobby has spawned a host of products that attempt
to solve the age-old problem of how to play the classics without having
an entire arcade in your home. The MAME solution involves more arcade
cabinets being converted - I counted 5 at the last Indy auction -
though there are some companies that offer plans to build your own
cabinet. The Multigame solution allows games that used similar
boardsets and controls to reside in the same cabinet - a new
daughterboard with the various ROM codes is attached to your, say ,
Joust game and voila! New games available. Finally, several of the
console game makers have released compilations of classic games for use
with XBox and others. I've played the Midway collection with Cyberball
and it's faithful to the original.
So, now that it is no longer necessary to have more
than, say, 2-3 cabinets in your home to play every arcade game ever
made, what is there for the game collector to do? Prices are falling
for most games, as is demand, so those who got into the hobby solely
for money are bailing out in droves, further depressing game values.
I've seen pretty decent games like Joust and Galaga go for $200-$300
less at recent auctions. I've bought a couple games simply to re-sell
them where I know they'll go for more. This is the best time to be in
the hobby since the late 1980's, as the savvy collector can find good
deals, and the available pool of working, restored games is greater and
more visible due in large part to the Internet and of course, EBay.
I came full-circle a few
months ago when I repaired the very Star Wars video game that got me
interested in the hobby to begin with, way back in 1982. Personally, I've found my
actual interest in the games themselves to be waning, as the novelty of
playing primitive games from my childhood passes. The true value of
these games for me has not been in the reminiscing of times long gone.
It is in the friendships, the reading, the traveling, the means to the
end. Sometimes, what you experience during the journey makes the
November 10, 2002:
I finally got around to
for the Sept.
27. and Nov.
2 Indianapolis USAmusement auctions, and for the Nov. 9th
OH USAmusement auction. You'll find results and pics from all those
at the above links.
So what have I been up to these past months? Well, I
the games out to the garage on Halloween and did the "Haunted Arcade"
again this year. The first
picture is with the flash on, so you can see what the games are.
picture is with the flash off, so you can get more of the "full
from the lighting and fog. This year, I added a set of blacklights
the game row for added effect. The kids loved the games, and plenty of
came up to play as well, however there were slightly FEWER
out than usual, which was surprising. Guess I just live in the wrong
Finally, a bonus treat: I discovered what Billy
Bob from Showbiz Pizza has been doing since being laid off - as a
for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works! Sorry about the
of the picture but I was afraid if I got any closer I'd be mauled for
change and cigarettes.
After the Halloween festivities were over, I moved
all the games inside for the winter, so as to have enough garage space
the cars. Sometimes, it pays to be single ;-)
Upcoming projects: Completion of the Joust pinball
- no work done on it since last time, but since it's indoors now, I
actually get around to it. Re-build of the EDOT cabinet - I'm starting
wonder if I shouldn't just junk the cabinet and buy a new one? I've
the JAMMA harness on the horiz. JAMMA cabinet so it actually works
again. Procured a monitor that may or may not be repairable.. if it can
fixed, it will go into the vertical JAMMA cab still in the garage.
Don't forget to head over to the message board.
September 10, 2002:
A few updates to be shared..
first, got the JAMMA harness re-wire completed on the horizontal JAMMA
we're back in business. Discs of Tron has had some work done to it..
up with a really bad headache trying to get the monitor wonkiness
out, but eventually prevailed versus my own ineptitude. The new
material looks pretty decent, but I need to get a power sander to take
the sides in order to get all the residual glue off.. Goof-Off just
it around and without a good sanding the surface remains too rough -
material looks dimpled when applied, even with the heavy plastic
I dug out the spare mirrorglasses and other front art materials and
those ready for eBaying at some point this month. Managed to burn out
lamp flasher again, turns out the LIGHT BULBS I'm using are to blame!
high amperage or something, so once I get the correct bulbs, and
the dead transistors, I'll be in business again. The gentleman I had
counting on to come up with some replacement sideart for the EDOT has
out his trashed cabinet, so it's back to square one for me. A cabinet
is definitely necessary for my game but without the new sideart, it
look like ass.
Joust pinball - I received some replacement boards,
plugged them in and voila... it worked, but the flippers would not
I was showing off the cabinet to a guest at a get-together at my home
managed to get everything working quite by accident, and we had a merry
time flipping balls around the playfield until one of the light bulbs
- it helps if you put on the bumper rubbers before playing, I suppose.
shut it down, and I'll have to finish reassembling the playfield before
I can play again.
A lot of my time has been occupied by testing parts
I've run across and eBaying them out, hence the lack of anything
to report here lately. I did manage to make it out to the Columbus, OH
USAmusement auction last weekend, and have pictures and results
July 2, 2002:
The expected springtime event
of working on games without fear of heat exhaustion has come and gone
with little hope of being able to actually get anything done. Summer is
in high gear, and has been since April here, so maybe in October it'll
be cool enough to work comfortably. So here's a status report on what's
being worked on:
1. Joust (vid) - worked but wouldn't save high scores, etc. Thought it
was getting correct power, replaced chip, no luck, so finally broke
down and bought another boardset for it. They're messier but do the
job. Much later
I discovered I actually wasn't getting the correct battery voltage due
a battery connector issue (damn Williams!) but too late - I had already
the old board set for a new Galaga board set.
2. Galaga (mini) - had been DOA since the last set of boards I had
repaired crapped out 10 minutes after installing them. Traded spare
Joust boardset plus Galaga boardset for good working Galaga boardset.
This worked, but the monitor picture was showing signs of problems
(vertical deflection). Re-capped K4600 vert/horiz deflection board and
replaced a couple of transistors and got it going again. Finally, all
games in the house actually WORK.
3. Joust II - this actually worked just fine but I had the power supply
out of it for so long I had forgotten I had put it back in again.. long
4. Joust (pin) - got the playfield back together for the most part,
performed a flipper rebuild x4 (wow what fun!) and replaced a couple
solenoids. Fired the game back up and got pretty twinkling lights. Hit
the boardset reset switch and got error 9.. not good. Futzed with the
battery connectors for a while and realized they were toasty.
MacGuyvered a work-around and tried again, but then it wouldn't work at
all. Definitely some loose connections in there, which I fixed for the
most part. Currently in the process of re-doing all solder joints on
both the CPU and driver board, and removing/cleaning all the socketed
ICs (low voltage concerns). From what I understand, the System
7 lamp driver boards are so notoriously buggy there is a 3rd-party
for them I could install, but I would rather not do that unless
The driver's resistors get HOT and smoke easily, so I may just find a
working board and "borrow" it long enough to determine the extent of my
should the other work I'm doing not solve the majority of my problems.
is a big disappointment, as I had originally been shooting for May 26th
a completion date for this project.
5. Discs of Tron - Yes, I'm still plugging away here, but until the end
of the summer it's going to sit for the most part. It's currently down,
in need of monitor cable re-wiring still. I've been working on
reflective material for the inside front of the cabinet - the original
was really scratched to hell - and have some ready to go. It's going to
have to go on in 2 parts, so there will be a seam, unlike the original
6. The horizontal JAMMA cabinet (Double Dragon) - I gave away the DD
boardset and had plugged in Tournament Cyberball, but the connector
that was on that cabinet was crap and broke, so I'm awaiting a new
JAMMA harness to be hand-delivered by Scott.
Other cool stuff - I found another collector with a Star Fire cockpit
game! He's even got an extra marquee for it which I might be able to
persuade him to part with. At the very least I should be able to get a
good working scan of it to use as a reproduction for my own cabinet.
I'm heading out to
visit him and his massive vector collection sometime later this month,
forward to it!
April 24, 2002:
another disappointing US Amusements auction in Indianapolis this past
I took 2 games from The
Deal plus my ex-girlfriend's Pac-Man game, ended up with almost
and 4 boxes of junk. Fortunately, a couple of beers at Chili's helped
my nerves afterwards - Thanks, Scott! Check out the full report on the
Indy auction here. Don't forget to head over to the message board.
April 10, 2002:
to let everyone know - I am in no way associated with US Amusements'
auctions, nor are the games pictured in the Auction pages of my site
mine, except as noted ("MINE! MINE! MINE!, for example"). I
occasionally sell my own games there, or buy new games for my
collection, but that's the extent of it.
I would have thought that was perfectly clear, but apparently there's a
number of folks out there who think otherwise.
April 1, 2002:
modified the Bad
Conversions pages to add a Gallery of Horrors, for real, using some
pictures and a description I found on USENET this morning. "The
floor was a mushy paste of water, dirt, ceiling tile and insulation, the water
didn't drain and so all the games were soaked on the bottom, even the
ones not under the small 10-ish foot rusted roof area pockmarked with
tiny holes." Muahahahaha! Check it out here.
good April Fool's stories to share? Stop by the message board and post one!
March 5, 2002:
time for those wacky Indianapolis USAmusement auction results and pictures! You may
find the finished product here. Not the best auction I've been to, due to
weather issues I believe.
last update, I have managed to sell the Pole Position II game to an
Illinois collector. Currently, Mata Hari works but has one flaky
display, and I
have received and installed a new sound board for the Flash pinball
Discs of Tron and Joust
in various stages of being down (monitor and board problems
respectively), and Galaga is still ill. When spring hits and I can keep
the car outside
the garage again, I'll be repairing those games and begin work on the
long trip to Rockford, Ill, I have returned with my restored Joust
pinball playfield! Come here to see the before and after pictures and
all that nonsense.
is the grand unveiling of the new madocowain.com message board. The default board that my web
host provided was plain and, well, sucked. This new board is based on
the YaBB (Yet Another Bulletin Board) engine and is still being tweaked
on my end. Don't be surprised if you notice some changes over time to
colors, etc. there. In addition to forums about arcade game repair and
sales, there are other more general forums, check them out! I do
you enter a valid e-mail address to register. This information will be
confidential if you like, and serves mostly to discourage the spammers
have plagued my old message board.
first opened February 11 ,2000 as a GeoCities page featuring pictures
odd marks found on the newly-released Sacagawea "Golden Dollar" coin.
February 16 I had added an arcade section, and moved the site to it's
domain in August 2000. I've gone from 3 video games to 9 vids and one
since then, and have posted photographs and results for 9 USAA arcade
in Indianapolis. Thank you for supporting this site by your visits, and
your contributions to the message board. I've met so many fantastic
through this hobby, and am glad to be able to help others with their
January 22, 2002:
it's been over 2 months since the last update here! I've been extremely
busy, between the holidays, work activities, vacation, and of course,
the arrival of some of the games from the Oregon Deal. I've updated a couple of pages and
have added a "For Sale" secton at the bottom of this page. The Sinistar
cockpit has traveled to it's new home, but in it's place I have
acquired a Pac
Man for my girlfriend, and one of my last Holy Grail games, Star Fire.
The Star Fire game is in cockpit form, and powers up. The display
though it is garbled, and the sound repeats the same thing over and
This will be a project piece I work on once all my other games are
received my Discs of Tron
enviromental game, and boy does it need work. I managed to get nearly
everything electronic working perfectly, and put one of JaysunTen's
repro CP overlays on it.
I'm waiting for the completion of the reproduction floor graphic to
arrive, and the opening of our first Home Depot store, before working
on the major structural issues this game has. I scavenged a replacement
rear observation glass piece along with some other parts, so all I need
is reproduction sideart to be made and I'm all set :)
the Oregon Deal
pages for more details, but I got a portion of the games from that haul
already successfully sold about half the lot. For sale still is Mata
pinball, Flash pinball, Double Dragon, Pole Position II, and of course
Dig Dug. Of the games that arrived, I am keeping two for myself: Joust
and Joust pinball. I now have an Unholy Trinity of Joust! Muahaha!
to attend the January 12th USAA auction held in Indianapolis, but did
to get partial results and some pictures. This auction was primarily a
festival from what I understand. While I'm on the subject, let me
people about using the prices listed in my auction section as a hard,
amount. There is no sure way at this time to know whether each game was
buyback or not. Prices listed could be what it sold to another person
or what the operator bought it back for. As a general guideline, if the
looks WAY too low, take that as an indication of it being a buyback.
on this link to go to the Auction Pictures and Prices section.
November 18, 2001:
Yet another USAmusement Auction in Indianapolis! Here's the pictures and results for
your perusal. Lots going on here at home as I have finally retreived my
portion of the arcade games from the Oregon
Deal. I will be re-working the Deal pages soon with accurate
information about what is and is not available, as well as current
photos and conditions.
September 17, 2001:
visit the Auction
pages for the pictures and results from the USAA auction
held in Indianapolis, IN on September 15th.
August 8, 2001:
by the Omega Race Board Repair page in the Omega
Race section to see some amazing pictures of what can happen to YOUR
game if you've left the on-board battery in. It's not pretty.
replacement manual for Galaga,
and attempted to twiddle with it some more. Unfortunately, while I was
successful in getting video to display, I was less successful in
getting it to display PROPERLY. I am afraid it is beyond my meager
skills to repair, and am attempting to locate a replacement video
board, or get my current board repaired. Ugh.
Fortunately, my new toy arrived in time to keep me from feeling too bad
about the Galaga development. I am now the proud owner of a Tournament
Cyberball 2072 JAMMA boardset in good working condition. I placed it in
my PacJAMMA (I need a better name for it, anyone want to help here?)
cabinet and played it for a while. Only problem is, it's a horizontal
game and the monitor is vertically oriented, so I had some neck
problems for a couple of days. :) I will
either re-orient the monitor specifically for this game, or pick up a
horizontal JAMMA cab at the next Indy auction, September 15th.
July 25, 2001:
The Deal pages have
been updated, they're chock FULL of good information about the major
deal we scored in Oregon last month. There are many games we have up
so please be sure to check them out. Also, stop by the messageboard and leave any questions or
other news, my Galaga mini is toast. I did manage to put in a new chip
to replace the one I broke the leg off of last month at least. I cannot
get the boards powered up, and am in the process of rewiring the PCB
edge connector on the CPU board. Hopefully this can be fixed, my dad
and girlfriend are both on me about it! It would go quicker if my
Galaga manual w/schematics hadn't grown legs and walked off my dining
room table. Damn cat's
probably got it,
trying to figure out how to install Mappy in there instead. I've
a replacement manual on Ebay and should be receiving that soon. Also, I
some info to the Galaga
Omega Race boardset I bought has a working daughterboard. The mainboard
is acid-damaged almost beyond salvaging. I have some pics, but not with
me at the moment. It's ugly. I've never seen a silicon chip
disintegrate before. Since a
couple of the chips I had to cut off the board are $14 each, it may be
a while before I do more work on it.
found a Macross Plus JAMMA board, so I can now swap that in to the old
JAMMA-formerly-known-as-PacMan cabinet as well. Here's a link to my Macross page. The
Twin Eagle marquee and board is sold, and the Enduro Racer cabinet and
boards have been donated to someone who will make a MAME cabinet out of
it. I finally found an affordable Tournament Cyberball 2072 boardset.
It comes with a JAMMA converter, so I can put
it in my JAMMA cab.. but since Cyberball is a horizontal game and the
cabinet's monitor is mounted vertically, I'll need to find another
at the next Indianapolis auction.
Speaking of Indianapolis auctions, here's the new schedule: September
15th, November 17th. Surprise, there's no auction in Indy in December,
scheduled anyway. Check back at their site for updates.
Anyone want to buy some manuals? Here's the list: Breakout, Cloak &
Dagger, Congo Bongo, Lights Camera Action!, Millipede, Ms. PacMan,
Smokey Joe, Space Fury, Sprint 2, Super Breakout, Tempest, and USA
Football. They're $20
ea., please e-mail me if
July 14, 2001:
I've been delayed on other projects, it's taken me this long to get
some of the pictures up from The Deal. Scroll to the bottom of The Deal page, there's
links for 2 slideshows. They're the same but one is for the
bandwidth-impaired, the other is bigger, bolder and beautiful. Take
your pick. Keep checking this space throughout the week. I will be
putting up more pictures, descriptions of the games, a more detailed
accounting of the trip in general, plus
a "real" FOR SALE list. No, neither of the JOUST games are for sale,
June 20, 2001:
BAAAACK... We did the Oregon Deal. The trip was hell. More later,
here's The Deal.
June 12, 2001:
more timestamps, I don't update the page frequently enough to warrant
them now do I? :) This is but a quick update regarding what has been
going on since last month:
BULK DEAL!! I can't say much more for now except that my plane leaves
Saturday June 16th and when I return June 18th I'll be the proud owner
of a Joust pinball game, amongst others. I'll have LOTS of pictures,
descriptions, and a healthy "For Sale" list posted shortly after I
have several boardsets to work on. These were to be my summer projects,
before the bulk deal materialized. One is a Discs of Tron upright
boardset. I picked up a Squawk and Talk board on Ebay this weekend so
one possible project would be to modify the boardset to handle the
S&T board, and install the whole array
in a Discs of Tron UR so that the lucky player could have the voices at
least. Another boardset to work on is Omega Race. It's acid-damaged, so
I will be spending a lot of time cleaning and restoring it. Since I
the mini-cab to test it in, when I am done it will be a solid, working
board. I'll document that process and put it in as a sub-section
of the Omega Race
page. The final project involves the restoration of a Star Fire
More on that, below. My Galaga game is giving me fits, I ruined a RAM
think it's RAM) chip by putting it in offset by 1 leg.
have too many projects! There's new locks, light bulbs, wiring harness
equipment, cabinet stripping, Cyberball locating, game restoring,
pinball learning to accomplish and not enough time and dedication to do
it with. This bulk buy will essentially force me to take a couple of
weeks off from playing Diablo II and get my butt in gear with these
here's the Bad
Conversions page I promised you!.
May 2, 2001 3:00PM EST:
done a bit of re-working to the pages here. First and foremost, I've
created a News
Archive section to keep this page from getting too long. Every news
item prior to 2001 has been moved there.
Second, I've created an index page for all the Indianapolis Auctions
I've attended and provided pictures and/or results. It's at the bottom
under Auction Pictures
list of games under "Madoc's Arcade" has been modified to show my sale
of the Gyruss/Time Pilot cocktail game, and the addition of my Twin
Eagle/Super Spacefortress Macross and Enduro Racer cabinets. No
sections for the last 2 games yet, unfortunately, but they're coming.
Speaking of Gyruss,
I've updated that section. Can you believe it???
coming soon is the Bad Conversions Hall of Shame section I promised,
mmm, back in January. The Galaga update is also in the works.. really!
I'm not kidding! Stay tuned..
April 30, 2001 11:59PM EST:
what you've been waiting for, auction pictures and results from the
Indianapolis USAmusements shindig. Click
here for the fun! Warning - there's 46 JPEGs awaiting you, and
while they've been zapped to thumbnails there's still nearly 600K
there, so allow them time to download. Click on the pics to see them
larger and with better quality.
been neglecting the site lately due to procrastination and an unhealthy
addiction to both Diablo II and Tribes II. I've cut back my time
playing to work
on.. my arcade games. I sense a pattern here someplace! At some point,
the promised Galaga update WILL materialize, true believers!
January 18, 2001 3:00PM EST:
posted a major update to the Discs
of Tron section! There's many, many pictures detailing the
condition of the game, as well as information about restoring this
wonderful old hulk. I'll be posting updates to many of the other game
sections later in the
month, as I will be applying new T-molding and performing general
January 13, 2001 3:00PM
Just got back from the Indianapolis USAmusements
auction, and have the results plus many pictures for you right
here. My trip to Colorado went well, I got a lot done on the Discs
of Tron game, and will have a complete update on it, Galaga, and Joust
2 soon. Sorry to keep the updates off, but life is
and what spare time I've had lately I've needed to spend on
exercises, like playing TRON Legacy pinball. Quick
status update - Joust 2 LIVES, I have a brand-new monitor ready to swap
into it. The Galaga mini is sickly but a couple good thwacks on the
of the cabinet brings it around - a considerable improvement from
I have new T-molding for many of my games, and I'll be putting together
a page dealing with that.
Visit Madoc's Arcade:
Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator - cockpit. Holy Grail
Tournament Cyberball 4-player - Woot!
Joust - Part of "The Deal"
Joust Pinball - Currently undergoing playfield
restoration. Working all the way!!!
Vertical JAMMA cabinet
Horizontal JAMMA cabinet
JAMMA board: Magic Sword
JAMMA board: Super Spacefortress
JAMMA board: Macross Plus
Star Fire (cockpit) - new acquisition, project piece
of Tron Environmental
Twin Eagle - Converted Pac Man
Enduro Racer - Bought for $1 for parts
Sinistar - Cockpit, transferred to new owner
Mr. Do's Castle, Mr. Do's Wild Ride -
part of "The Deal", stripped and sold for parts
Moon Patrol - Part of "The Deal", sold
Frogger - Part of "The Deal", sold
Spooks - Williams, EM gun game, part of
"The Deal", sold
Cyberball 2072 2-player dedicated
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