This is the first time I've ever made a homebrew. I am really doing it as a thank you to the retro game community and fellow collectors. I love collecting, I love the scene, and this is my chance to give something back.
I am planning a pre-Christmas release, and will begin taking preorders by month's end. At that time, I'll post a new thread in the Marketplace. I won't be taking preorders until I have an actual final product that's ready to ship. I want to be able to show y'all what you're buying before you buy it.
The game will ship with the following items:
- An all-new Game Card
- A scaled down Odyssey box
- A scaled down screen overlay
- A custom score pad for keeping score
- A sand timer to start a new round
- Instruction page in the style of classic Odyssey games
- A hand numbered certificate of purchase
Here are some basic FAQs to get started, but I'll answer questions as they come.
What is the plot of the game?
One player is defending a mystical castle floating in the sky from an attack by the Odball, and the other player is the attacker. Rounds will be determined by a sand timer.
How long will the rounds last?
The sand timers are 30 seconds. This leads to a fast paced game. However, the sand timers can be turned over for a 60 second round.
How is score determined?
The attacker must hit the Sky Castle from its one vulnerable spot, above it. Rounds will continue and players will alternate between attacker and defender until one player has successfully hit the opponents Sky Castle 11 times from above. At that point, the castle is destroyed and the game is over.
How does the game play?
There is a vertical line on the screen to the left. Players can set the position of this line using the controls on the console. The ball does bounce off of this line. The screen overlay containing the Sky Castle is placed on the TV. The attacker will attempt to hit the defender's Sky Castle from above. This is done by bouncing the ball off of the vertical line. Once the ball is over the castle, then the player hits the Reset button on the controller to cause it to plunge downward for a hit. The defender's job is to deflect the Odball projectile.
How far along is the project?
It's pretty much done. I am using an artist for original artwork for the Sky Castle. The artwork should be delivered within two weeks, at which point I'll print the boxes and overlays. Then I'll post pics here, and open it up to preordering. Some of the PCBs are already printed and I've got them here. More can be ordered based on demand.
Why are you using scaled-down overlays and boxes?
I wanted to be as authentic as possible and use actual size boxes and overlays. The reality is that this would've made each game cost a ridiculous amount of money. By using smaller boxes and overlays, I can keep the cost down. The overlay element doesn't need to fit to the screen, anyways. It's just one object, the Sky Castle, that can be placed on the screen. I think this also helps with the problem of people having different sized TV screens.
How much will the game cost?
I am not 100% sure because I am not certain of the exact printing costs, but approximately $65. That includes the costs of the PCB, materials, printing, and things like that. I'm not looking to make money, and I am no expecting to sell a great deal.
What Game Card is used with the game?
The game will ship with Game Card #11.
Why did you use Game Card #11?
Game Card #11 is previously unreleased. It's one of those mystery items. I wanted to see what it did differently from other Game Cards. Game Card #11 was originally intended for use with Basketball, but to save money Magnavox reused Game Card instead.
While Game Cards #8 and #11 are similar, there is a key difference that "Project Odball" takes advantage of, making it essential to game play. It's also easy to imagine how the Basketball game could've been.
Has there ever been a homebrew for Magnavox Odyssey?
No, I don't believe so. I think this will be the first Odyssey game in 36 years.
When can I pre-order the game? When will it be released?
Orders can be made here: http://www.atariage....-taking-orders/
What is the name of the game?
Do you realize that you spelled "Oddball" wrong?
Yes, the "Od" is for "Odyssey."
If I purchase this item, will the original files be made available?
Yes, I will email anyone the original file for the box, manual, score pad, and screen overlay in case anyone wishes to improve upon the design, or make their own replacements in case the original gets lost or damaged.
Edited by Rev. Rob, Sun Jan 3, 2010 12:37 AM.