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#1 KylJoy OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:44 PM

EDIT: Here is what I've completed so far:

 

J-cards

 

Attached File  2001 - 280 ZZZAP! - DODGEM.pdf   220.71KB   46 downloads

Attached File  2002 - SEAWOLF - MISSILE.pdf   220.99KB   51 downloads

Attached File  2003 - RED BARON - PANZER ATTACK.pdf   220.1KB   41 downloads

Attached File  2004 - CLOWNS - BRICKYARD.pdf   215.98KB   45 downloads

Attached File  2005 - STAR BATTLE.pdf   214.2KB   42 downloads

Attached File  2007 - BALLY PIN.pdf   211.76KB   41 downloads

Attached File  2008 - SPACE INVADERS.pdf   230.19KB   40 downloads

Attached File  2009 - ASTRO BATTLE.pdf   215.13KB   41 downloads

Attached File  2010 - DOG PATCH.pdf   277.8KB   39 downloads

Attached File  2011 - GALACTIC INVASION.pdf   282.95KB   40 downloads

Attached File  2011 - GALAXIAN.pdf   211.21KB   44 downloads

Attached File  2012 - SPACE FORTRESS.pdf   218.2KB   43 downloads

Attached File  2014 - GRAND PRIX - DEMOLITION DERBY.pdf   219.31KB   38 downloads

Attached File  2014 - GRAND PRIX.pdf   278.75KB   46 downloads

Attached File  2017 - THE INCREDIBLE WIZARD.pdf   218.76KB   49 downloads

Attached File  2018 - SOLAR CONQUEROR.pdf   215.82KB   38 downloads

Attached File  2019 - COSMIC RAIDERS.pdf   219.41KB   40 downloads

Attached File  3001 - TORNADO BASEBALL - TENNIS - HOCKEY - HANDBALL.pdf   220.32KB   47 downloads

Attached File  3002 - FOOTBALL.pdf   278.02KB   42 downloads

Attached File  3005 - BALLY PIN.pdf   275.91KB   41 downloads

Attached File  4001 - ELEMENTARY MATH - BINGO MATH.pdf   219.68KB   41 downloads

Attached File  4002 - LETTER MATCH - SPELL 'N SCORE - CROSSWORDS.pdf   217.8KB   45 downloads

Attached File  4004 - BIORHYTHM.pdf   210.84KB   39 downloads

Attached File  5001 - AMAZIN' MAZE - TIC-TAC-TOE.pdf   217.02KB   42 downloads

Attached File  5002 - BLACKJACK - POKER - ACEY-DEUCEY.pdf   288.02KB   44 downloads

Attached File  5005 - ARTILLERY DUEL.pdf   213.5KB   43 downloads

Attached File  6001 - DEALER DEMO.pdf   222.64KB   42 downloads

Attached File  6002 - BALLY BASIC.pdf   213.01KB   46 downloads Original Bally version without interface

Attached File  6004 - BALLY BASIC.pdf   212.84KB   44 downloads Bally version with interface

Attached File  MUNCHER.pdf   118.02KB   43 downloads Anyone know what the number for this release was supposed to be?

 

 

Manuals

 

Attached File  2001 - 280 Zzzap!, Dodge 'Em.pdf   791.07KB   53 downloads

Attached File  2003 - Red Baron, Panzer Attack.pdf   575.31KB   42 downloads

Attached File  2004 - Brickyard, Clowns.pdf   698.73KB   43 downloads

Attached File  2005 - Star Battle.pdf   511.63KB   44 downloads

Attached File  2009 - Astro Battle.pdf   570.31KB   41 downloads

Attached File  2017 - The Incredible Wizard.pdf   373.49KB   48 downloads

 

 

Well, I've found some Astrocade games in cassette cases in the wild.  I know some came like this.  For instance the DEMO cart as pictured:

 

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So, I liked the idea so much, I created cases for ALL of my old Astrocade games that came with the original folded paper manuals.  Here are some images:

 

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To clarify, the inserts I made do not include the front image.  The actual game manual from the original blister pack fits there:

 

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These are also designed for the text on the back of the case to align well with the angled windows.

 

Let me know what you think.



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Posted Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:00 PM

Well, I've found some Astrocade games in cassette cases in the wild.  [...]  So, I liked the idea so much, I created cases for ALL of my old Astrocade games that came with the original folded paper manuals.   [...] Let me know what you think.


These pictures are very cool! For the tape cases, did you have to break off the small pieces of plastic that go into the holes of the audio tapes, or did you find cases that didn't have any of those little tabs?

 

It would be cool if you shared the original files that you created for your cases; I'd love to add them to BallyAlley.com

 

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Posted Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:28 AM

That is a good idea.  I will share the files soon.  I'll make sure they are easy to print.  For now I'm trying to figure out which originally released games came in blister packs and had those cool little fold-up manuals (or playbooks for football) and came in blister packs so I can get cassette case j-cards done for those first.  "J-cards" are what these are called since they fold into the shape of a "J" to fit in the cassette case.  Is there already a complete and clear list of those games that came in blister packs somewhere?

 

As far as the tabs, I just clip/snip off the tabs in the cassette cases.  I use something similar to these and it works GREAT:

 

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You have to clip them off in bites since the tabs are too long for the clippers to get all at once but it is pretty clean when done.  I might smooth the area with  my fingernail or a knife, etc.

 

Here is what a clipped case looks like:

 

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Now, the reason it seems to me that there were games originally released in cases is that I've found some games in the wild in cases and the cases have no tabs at all.  Check it out:

 

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That seems Bally Astrocade specific, but I cannot say for sure.  Also, new cassette cases have little tabs that can mar the game carts a bit so be aware of that. The tabs are intended to hold a cassette tape firmly in place:

 

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I clip those out to avoid any issues.



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Posted Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:09 AM

Wow.
Great idea!

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Posted Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:00 PM

So, it appears that the following games were the ones released in blister packs:

Title                                         #      Publisher   Year
280 Zzzap / Dodgem                            2001   Bally       1978
Amazing Maze / Tic-Tac-Toe                    5001   Bally       1979
Astro Battle                                  2009   Bally       1979

Bally Pin                                     2007   Bally       1979

Bally Pin                                     3005   Bally       1981
Blackjack / Poker / Acey-Duecy                5002   Bally       1979
Brickyard / Clowns                            2004   Bally       1978

Dealer Demo                                   6001   Bally       1980

Dog Patch                                     2010   Bally       1980
Elementary Math / Bingo Math                  4001   Bally       1978

Football                                      3002   Bally       1978
Letter Match / Spell 'n Score / Crosswords    4002   Bally       1978
Red Baron / Panzer Attack                     2003   Bally       1978

Seawolf / Bombardier                          2002   Bally       ????

Seawolf / Missile                             2002   Bally       1977
Space Invaders                                2008   Bally       1979
Star Battle                                   2005   Bally       1979

Tornado Baseball / Tennis / Hockey / Handball 3001   Bally       1978

 

Were there others?

 

Thanks!



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Posted Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:18 AM

Those look sharp KylJoy!  If you share your files, I might just make those up myself.  My Astrocade games are all loose and look pretty boring and black together in their storage box.  It would be great to display them.

 

Any chance you could make a full set and possibly one for the UltiMulti-cart?



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Posted Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:49 PM

Any chance you could make a full set and possibly one for the UltiMulti-cart?

 

I am planning on a full set.  It'll take some time to get them all done.  First I want to finish all of the games that came in blister packs.

 

I also tried my hand at cleaning up scans of the manuals.  Here is my first attempt:

 

Before:                                                                                                                        After:

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I'm not an artist but I think I am getting the hang of Gimp.

 

Since I made the manual and cassette J-card for 280 Zzzap! / Dodge 'Em I went ahead and put it together:

 

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Wish I had a nice cart for it!  :)

 

All of my prints so far are on plain copy/printer paper.  My final prints will be on semi-shiny paper for a more finished look.



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Posted Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:46 AM

That's f#ckin' awesome. :thumbsup:

Now we just need repro cart labels and we'll be all set! :-D



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Posted Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:44 AM

Very Nice!!



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Cool work - keep it up!



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Posted Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:31 PM

Edit: More J-Cards added

 

As promised...  Here is what I've completed thus far for cassette tape case inserts referred to as J-cards.  This set includes what I believe were the games originally released by Bally in blister packs with no box (or maybe in a cassette case) and what I've completed beyond that.  These include the "Galaxian" and "Space Invaders" variants for "Galactic Invasion" and "Astro Battle", 2 versions of "Bally Pin", and 2 versions of "Grand Prix".  This set also includes the "Dealer Demo" and a "Bally Basic" J-card.  Bally Basic won't fit in a cassette case unless the cassette case is modified to allow for the led and maybe the data port.

 

Attached File  2001 - 280 Zzzap!, Dodge 'Em and 2002 - Seawolf, Missile.pdf   284.12KB   48 downloads

Attached File  2003 - Red Baron, Panzer Attack and 2004 - Clowns, Brickyard.pdf   271.47KB   37 downloads

Attached File  2005 - Star Battle and 2007 - Bally Pin.pdf   259.79KB   39 downloads

Attached File  2009 - Astro Battle and 2008 - Space Invaders.pdf   268.95KB   39 downloads

Attached File  2010 - Dog Patch and 2012 - Space Fortress.pdf   331.8KB   39 downloads

Attached File  2011 - Galactic Invasion and 2011 - Galaxian.pdf   330.26KB   38 downloads

Attached File  2014 - Grand Prix and 2014 - Grand Prix, Demolition Derby.pdf   334.21KB   32 downloads

Attached File  3001 - Tornado Baseball, Tennis, Hockey, Handball and 3002 - Football.pdf   337.57KB   30 downloads

Attached File  3005 - Bally Pin.pdf   312.39KB   33 downloads

Attached File  4001 - Elementary Math, Bingo Math and 4002 - Letter Match, Spell 'n Score, Crosswords.pdf   330.59KB   38 downloads

Attached File  5001 - Amazin' Maze, Tic-Tac-Toe and 5002 - Blackjack, Poker, Acey-Deucey.pdf   345.29KB   40 downloads

Attached File  6001 - Dealer Demo and 6002 - Bally Basic.pdf   323.07KB   39 downloads

 

Let me know if you find any issues.  Enjoy!  More coming soon.



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Posted Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:34 AM

Edit: Added 2005 - Star Battle

 

Here are some manuals that I've cleaned up for the blister pack released games.  They are double sided.  To print them, I insert one piece of paper in my printer, print the front, flip the paper over correctly, and print the back side.  Works pretty well for me.  Here are what I've completed so far:

 

Attached File  2001 - 280 Zzzap!, Dodge 'Em.pdf   791.07KB   39 downloads

Attached File  2003 - Red Baron, Panzer Attack.pdf   575.31KB   39 downloads

Attached File  2004 - Brickyard, Clowns.pdf   698.73KB   37 downloads

Attached File  2005 - Star Battle.pdf   511.63KB   36 downloads

Attached File  2009 - Astro Battle.pdf   570.31KB   41 downloads

 

Enjoy!  More to come soon.  Please let me know if there are any issues since I've NEVER ACTUALLY SEEN some of the manuals and  I expect some of the pages to be out of order.



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Posted Wed Jan 3, 2018 9:06 PM

I added another manual and a few more J-Cards.



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Posted Wed Jan 3, 2018 9:12 PM

Now we just need repro cart labels and we'll be all set! :-D

 

I would attempt that.  Which one should I do first?



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Posted Sat Jan 6, 2018 10:50 AM

 

I would attempt that.  Which one should I do first?

Take your pick. :P They're all equally likely to be pretty cruddy-looking. :-D



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Posted Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:48 AM

So, check this out from Ebay:

 

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The game in the blister pack is inside a cassete-style box.  So I guess that mystery is solved.  They really DO come like that in blister packs.

 

Do any of you have original cassette-type boxes that came with your Astrocade games?  Any pictures?



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Posted Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:06 PM

I re-printed some of the manuals and J-cards on glossy paper (I have an HP 2600n color laser and used color glossy laser paper) and I think they look much nicer.  The glossy paper also does not allow the text/image form the reverse side to show through as much and, in my opinion, gives the finished item a more "manufactured" look.  I'd like to know how they look on an ink jet with regular and glossy paper if someone tries some.



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Posted Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:10 PM

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Posted Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:06 AM

It's been awhile since I visited this Astrocade sub-forum.  Stupid, me!  I thought that I was following this topic, but I wasn't.  Oops.  Great work on these-- they're so damn cool!

 

After looking at the picture from Ebay of the original Bally cartridge packaging with the cassette-like case with no "tape-clips," I re-examined some of the high quality picture of this type of case on BallyAlley.com. I don't know how I overlooked this before now, but it seems that, as "KylJoy" says, some of those carts of pictures online certainly already did come in a videocade case.  Some of the online pictures show cartridges without cases, and some in cases.  You can view the various pictures that I'm talking about here:

 

http://www.ballyalle...ally/bally.html

 

It's too bad that I wasn't paying closer attention to this thread.  I have PNG and TIFF files of some of the Aastrocade manuals.

 

I think it would be very cool to print these out for my personal collection.  Is there anyplace online where you can buy quality empty cassette cases in bulk?  Maybe I'll write a letter to Bally and ask for their huge collection of NOS "Bally Professional Arcade 'Videocade' cases that they keep in their back warehouse along with the broken-down slot machines and exercise equipment.  ;-)

 

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Posted Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:07 AM

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This must have been the post where "KylJoy" said that he would send me a complete printed collection of all of these inserts.  Then he came to his senses.

 

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Posted Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:05 AM

LOL...  I posted a label reproduction but decided to remove it.  I didn't like it enough.  :)

 

Hey, if you can find any original game cases or cassette cases without the tabs let me know!  I have struck out so far finding those in the original shape.  But, Ebay is where I've bought quite a few pretty nice cassette cases that match the original Bally cases pretty well.  The main thing I tried to match was the shape of the clear plastic and how it is angled where it meets the black plastic in the back.  It is that funky-angled shape that you can see in some of my images.  Also, that particular shape is why I made the images on the J-cards the way I did so as to fit just right into that space on the back of the case between the angled plastic.



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Posted Sun Feb 4, 2018 12:10 PM

Here is a J-Card for "The Incredible Wizard" which, I believe, was released by Astrocade, not Bally.  Since it was released by astricade I incorporated the Astrocade logo and I'll do the same for other Astrocade released games.  Hopefully it looks OK to folks.

 

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Attached File  2017 - The Incredible Wizard.pdf   247.74KB   28 downloads



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Posted Mon Feb 5, 2018 12:24 AM

And here is my first attempt at re-creating something that never existed.  Here is a blister pack manual for a game that never (as far as I know) came in a blister pack.  But it works GREAT in a cassette case!

 

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Attached File  2017 - The Incredible Wizard.pdf   373.49KB   28 downloads

 

Let me know what you think.  Are these interesting to anyone?



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Posted Mon Feb 5, 2018 12:13 PM

And here is my first attempt at re-creating something that never existed.  Here is a blister pack manual for a game that never (as far as I know) came in a blister pack.  But it works GREAT in a cassette case!


Let me know what you think.  Are these interesting to anyone?

 

These are so damn cool!  I like that you're using the original Astrocade manuals for the text and (especially) for the "screenshot."

 

Adam



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Posted Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:26 AM

See first post for updated J-cards.






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