Now that my Boulder Dash loaner-cart has arrived at it's first destination, I thought I'd create a thread where information and pictures and reviews can go. Essentially, if you don't know the story, this cartridge was produced in a limited run of 250. The game sold out pretty slowly (as it was "expensive"), but in any case it's not available any more and there won't be a re-release.
So, in order to enable those who can't afford the current price of a copy on eBay (about US$200), I decided to send my personal copy around to those who wanted to play it as a loaner-cart. There are a few conditions I asked to be met for those wishing to borrow it; basically just a bit of a surety that it goes to people who have a bit of reputation in our community and who would take care of it.
Here are the borrowing conditions - flexible, but nonetheless what you need to be thinking about...
* Have 100+ posts on AtariAge so we know you have a bit of history in the community.
* You will send Albert $100 as a bond. This is returned to you when the cartridge is successfully delivered to the next borrower. I'm really flexible on this one - if you have 1000+ posts, for example, I wouldn't expect a bond is necessary.
* you have two weeks after you receive the cartridge as "playtime". Well, actually I guess it's yours to borrow for at least 2 weeks, but as long as it takes to get the next borrower lined up. Could be a few months or years, depending on demand.
* You promise, word of honor, to do an honest review of the game to this thread, before the game leaves your possession
* When you are arranging delivery of the cartridge to yourself (from the previous borrower) you prepay postage costs *including insurance of US$250*. Should only be a small amount, total - say $20.
Of course I never expect to get the cartridge back. It will disappear at some point or other. Through theft, or circumstance. So be it. But before that happens I'd like to see a few photos of people in various places holding up the box in front of landmarks or something like that. And, of course, the *honest* reviews. If you don't like it, that's fine I won't be offended. Just be brutally honest that's all I ask.
The attached picture was taken the day before I sent the cart to "Great Hierophant" - who received it yesterday. In this picture I'm standing on "Mt. Wellington" in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia - altitude about 1250 m. I rode up on my motorbike, hence the weird looking clothing. You can see a little bit of snow which comes a few days a year but really doesn't stay around too long. I live on the same mountain at altitude 450 m. I hope to see lots of interesting locations as we go along.
Anyone wanting to borrow the cart next, please post a request in this thread.
OK, so "Great Hierophant" - over to you!