Eye of The Beholder Lynx carts....
Here's the deal. I
So, just like we do in the other forums with Atari 2600 carts and hacks and prototype repros... I'm asking for you to let me know here if you would buy this game. Through the years, EotB has been talked about, and everyone is hoping it will get released. There are a few protos out there along with a few 'copies' that a few lucky personnel were able to obtain. Now I am trying to reach out and see what the market really will do for this game. Yes, the economy still sucks, and perhaps it is bad timing for a game like this. But it is still something that would be a year out before they could be mailed out (or at least that is my opinion). At this time, please just post if you would like to buy one, and if you do have opinions on the price, please be kind to post the opinions but let's try not to flame the topic too much. Is this a pipe dream?
Lets get the dust blown off this proto and get it out there for the market!
Here's the plan:
It has been talked about, and I think a run of 60 carts will be doable. This is something that has been discussed before, but we need a buyer list now. With the extent of this game's elusiveness, a 60 cart run would be really nice. Those that want a copy of this game, the collectors and the fans, this will be the first chance for most of us. So here's what the proposed idea is:
60 cart run.
40 carts are copies of Eye of the Beholder. Plain ol' carts, no flash, no extras, no box, etc. Just a plain copy of a working EotB Lynx game with save capability.
20 carts: Eye of The Beholder Extreme Limited Edition.
This run of 10 games will have multiple extras, and will come at a higher price. This will be the Lynx's premiere run of games. Think of this set as the CGE release that is really expensive to get now. Being that there are only 10 copies of this version of the game, it would have the best collecting value of all released Atari Lynx games.
What I was thinking about on this version, is something like some other limited releases that hit the market in the past years (Was it QB for Atari 2600 that came in a wooden box or something). Think along the lines of the Thrust edition that came boxed with the footpedal, stickers, and other stuff.
I think these 10 games could be the same type of carts as the other 40. However, I believe they should have a limited (ie different) label on the cart. Obviously they need to be numbered as well. I believe those that release it should sign it as well. Kind of a nice unique touch. The Extreme Limited Edition should also have a very high quality box, manual, some type of case to protect the game in, etc. Perhaps even a poster like the other Lynx games have. the price would be much more, however, to a collector, I think these would sellout first (and very quickly).
Price: This is generally the sticky point for most people. Especially with the economy. However... keep in mind a few things:
1. The going rate right now for all new releases: $49.99 (There isn't a lot of profit margin there either)
2. You will have a year or so to start saving up.
3. This is probably the most desired game for the Lynx. Period.
4. It will be the most costly game to reproduce.
5. This run is very limited and has not been offered before. Obviously who knows if it will be offered again.
6. The price to reproduce these carts will be more expensive (for example: The costs for the chips, the 512k board, etc)
That being said:
Price for the 40 cart run of a plain cart: $100
Price for the Extreme Limited Edition cart run of only 10 carts: $200
So... with all of that... let's start off the list. Given that you have over a year to prepare... and to pay... what do you say? Which version are you interested in?
40 Cart run buyer list
1. Eric DeLee
8. hellfire -Digital Press
9. vintagegamecrazy--Digital Press
11. Shawn Jefferson
17. T (Digital Press)
18. Wraith Storm
24 108 Stars
29 Sirclisto (Ozyr's Friend)
35 Defender II
20 Cart Extreme Limited Edition buyer list:
1 Eric DeLee
7 Lord Thag
9 tonyvortex--Digital Press
11 Marc Oberhäuser
16 Atari Smeghead
20 swlovinist--DigitPress * NOTE Original slot was reserved for me. I don't need two, so will give that up.
Post what you want. I'll edit the list, and we can keep all discussion here. I'll post this over at Digit Press later on. Spread the word if you want. I have a feeling there is a desire for this game, and I believe people will support this title.
1. how complete is the proto?
2. Yeah... My question as well.
Does it have music and sound FX? Is the portion of the game that is there fairly polished?
The proto that will be cloned is quoted as being 100% complete. No bugs, nor graphical bugs/glitches in gameplay, or controls. Runs very smoothly. Better than most Atari/Telegames games that were released late or released as reproductions. EotB has music and more.
3. What about a manual for the Regular Edition?
This could be a possibility.
4. Why are you charging so much???
This is a general question that has been addressed by a few people that are simply wanting to flame this topic. I've heard multiple things... I've even heard a claim out there that I was going to make everyone pay for their carts, then buy the proto, and then make the carts for everyone so that I can own the proto of EotB.
In a very matter-of-fact way, I want to say: That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard.
My intentions with this release are to get this cart out there to the public. It has stayed in a closet or collection for too long without it being released. The Lynx community needs to have a great game released within this next year (and there are actually quite a few great games coming-lynxopoly, and the multicart are just a few examples).
I've heard a lot of blubber about me wanting to release this and creating a so called "special Edition cart" in order to control the market... or to just create a certain rarity for a cart. That really isn't my intention. I don't care if the regular release gets a rarity of 7 and the other release gets a 9. It doesn't really matter to me. What matters is that people finally get to explore the sewers of WaterDeep, exchange information with each other about what spells work better on what enemies, which characters are better to start with, etc. There is a lot about this game I want to discuss with people.
I've never made a YOUTUBE video before, but I may attempt it so that I can show the game running.
NOTE: This plan was thrown together at the beginning without a lot of though placed behind it. The prices were prices that were in place according to estimates I recieved from someone else. I don't think the prices are going to stick. Consider these the worst case scenario. I want them to be release cheaper, and I believe we have the means of doing so. So... please understand that there will be changes from time to time. It is possible that the limited edition will go away. Then again, it may not. Those signed up may get individually numbered carts, and extras at the same price: All for just signing up for the LE version.
Please keep in mind that changes may happen. Thank you!
I'll post a link to my blog sometime soon when I start my EOTB entries...
RESERVE slots for the 60 carts have been filled.
Will it increase? It is possible. I would have to check with PCB prices and stuff.
There will not be any other increases to the Limited Edition carts.
If you want to be placed in the reserves, please add your name or send me a PM. If people drop out, you will fill their spots. If the list gets expanded, you will be added!
Thank you all
Edited by EricDeLee, Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:30 PM.