By now I think all of you have seen this photo:
So everyone has been wondering... what's next? Will the old reserve list still stand? Will the release ACTUALLY happen?
I'm here to answer some more questions and also to give you a bit of information regarding the future release of EOTB.
EOTB will be available in three ways.
Special Numbered Edition
When it comes to the reserve list, the one made nearly 2 years ago, we will only need to use that list for the Special Numbered Edition carts.
Trying to track people down, waiting for their emails to be answered and to see if the interest to purchase the game is still there could be a nightmare.
So rather than saying there will only be 50 carts made and that's it... and only for those on the list... I decided that the community deserves much better than that. There will be a few batches of EOTB... so if you are wanting one, you will be able to get one. To me that is more important than a limited amount of games and no one is able to get it after 2011. BOXED RELEASE:
For the first batch... there will be nothing but BOXED games available.
If you don't care about a boxed game, I suggest that you wait until later or see below information about loose carts.
A boxed game will consist of an original style box (the type of box most Lynx games originally came in). As per the request of most fans, this will be as near as identical to the normal release boxes as possible). They will look great sitting next to all of your other original Lynx boxed games. No 1/4 inch short boxes here! Only the best my friends!
It will also have a manual, and of course a cart. They will look different then then one in the TEASER photo. Different color, possibly different style.Facts for this release:
CartSPECIAL NUMBERED EDITION RELEASE:
I don't want to release a ton of info on this version yet... as I am adding more stuff to this release, and can guarantee this will be well worth buying for the collector that has to have it all! I will use the reserve list for this edition. Those that do not respond to me... or contact me perhaps by APRIL 1st will lose their spot in line and someone else can grab their spot. But trust me... you won't want to miss this opportunity. Some facts about this release:
Cart (Special Edition)
Box (plastic box... see other recent releases)
Original style cardboard box
(Note: Being that this is a special numbered edition set... the cart, manuals, boxes, and even the cart labels will be of a different style than the ones released in the normal Boxed Edition. Each cart, manual, box and other items will be individually numbered. The Special Edition set will include something like a certificate to show it is a part of a set. I think you all will like these!)Loose carts:
These will be available later... Not during the same time as the boxed release.
I'd really like to get the boxes out of the way and then concentrate on filling as many loose cart sales as possible.
Boxes are time consuming... everything is handmade... and I want to make sure these look great so I am taking my time with them.
Loose carts will be the same color carts as the Boxed versions... and will have the same label. (similar to the one in the teaser photo). You simply will not be able to get a box or a manual. I may be able to produce a PDF manual and can post it online or something for the loose cart buyers to utilize.
Loose cart... no beating around the bush. A simple, nice looking cart with a save feature for one of the greatest Atari Lynx releases!
WHEN WILL THIS BE RELEASED?
I know a lot of you are wondering this very question. I've already hinted at a release timeframe and I will stick to that. We are looking at Springtime for the Boxed games and the Special Editions. The Special Edition sets may be a bit longer... and I may release them at the same time as the loose carts.
But for now... plan of this:
Boxed Games: Available around early May 2011
Special Edition Set: Available around early May or June 2011
Loose carts: June 2011
This timeline may move to a SOONER date, if I can get everything in order. If it does, everything will be announced and it wil be approximately one month earlier. But the bottom line is... if you want a copy of EOTB, you will have one by JUNE at the latest!
I hope that answers some questions... and I hope all of you are grabbing these wonderful releases that are now available! Please support the hobby and buy Hot Dog, Solitaire, Poker, and Relief Pitcher!
I haven't put prices on any of the items above... but I am assuming a loose cart may be around $75 shipped or something like that. Not really sure. But none of my prices will match or be higher than the prices I mentioned as a guess a few years ago in that reserve list thread. Everyone can smile about that! Take care... Long Live the Lynx! Now for the impatient people...
There will be a few BETA versions available as a lottery on ebay or Game Gavel prior to the official release!
If you are looking for a loose cart... and simply can't wait until JUN... this will be your opportunity to grab one!
Starting in JANUARY... you will see a loose Beta version.... or a BOXED Beta version sitting online and waiting for you to bid! They are plain green PCB boards (like in the teaser picture) and will not be available after they are gone. I'm anticipating there will only be a few of those available. So keep your eyes peeled here and in the Marketplace threads!These will be marked as BETA across the label but it still has all of the features a normal cart will have!