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#1 Captain_Combat OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Mar 4, 2018 7:35 AM

I know this game is around 40 years old but did anyone here purchase this via mail order from Ralston purina? If so how much did it cost and did anything else come with it. I know you had to buy dog food and send in proof's of purchase.

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Posted Wed Mar 7, 2018 4:10 AM

I'd also like to know if anyone has seen any magazine ads or commercials about it so I can get closer to a release month.



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Posted Wed Mar 7, 2018 9:02 AM

Id like to know who bought dog food even if they didnt have a dog. 😁

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Posted Wed Mar 7, 2018 11:56 AM

I'd like to know who bought dog food even if they didn't have a dog. 

 

Slightly O/T, but back in about the mid-1970s, my Mother won a local contest for a huge quantity of groceries. We did not get to select what we wanted; the prize was predetermined. This assortment included a large bag of cat litter (which was of rather limited value since we did not have a cat). 


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Posted Wed Mar 7, 2018 12:49 PM

I'd also like to know if anyone has seen any magazine ads or commercials about it so I can get closer to a release month.


I'm not aware of anyone ever having discovered the original ad/offer for this game. Ditto for Tooth Protectors.

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Posted Wed Mar 7, 2018 3:46 PM

 
Slightly O/T, but back in about the mid-1970s, my Mother won a local contest for a huge quantity of groceries. We did not get to select what we wanted; the prize was predetermined. This assortment included a large bag of cat litter (which was of rather limited value since we did not have a cat). 


Gritting the driveway and sidewalk, containing liquid spills, filler for exceptionally large holes... cat litter has a bunch of unorthodox uses.

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Posted Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:53 PM

I know this game is around 40 years old but did anyone here purchase this via mail order from Ralston purina? If so how much did it cost and did anything else come with it. I know you had to buy dog food and send in proof's of purchase.


This is going on old ass memories.

I had a copy and so did a friend of mine. Iirc it was 4 or 5 proofs of purchase us 3 or 5 bucks for shipping. By 87 my buddy had given me all his 2600 carts. Ended up selling one of the Chase the Chuckwagons in 95 for 40 bucks. Then the other in 2005.

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Posted Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:34 PM

This is going on old ass memories.

I had a copy and so did a friend of mine. Iirc it was 4 or 5 proofs of purchase us 3 or 5 bucks for shipping. By 87 my buddy had given me all his 2600 carts. Ended up selling one of the Chase the Chuckwagons in 95 for 40 bucks. Then the other in 2005.

Nice thanks for replying, so the game was basically free other than the 4 or 5 proof of purchases. Do you remember if the company sent you a letter back with the game or maybe something for the dog...bowl, toy etc lol



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Posted Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:40 PM

Nice thanks for replying, so the game was basically free other than the 4 or 5 proof of purchases. Do you remember if the company sent you a letter back with the game or maybe something for the dog...bowl, toy etc lol


I don't remember there being anything else in the package. I kinda remember seeing the ad and order form on the bags of dog food and at the Food World grocery store chain.

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Posted Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:46 PM

interesting so maybe the only advertising ralston did was on the back of their dog food and you basically had to have a dog and buy ralston or randomly seeing it at the grocery store thanks



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Posted Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:59 PM

That is what I remember. But I was also 9 or 10.

Remember in the eArly 90s getting in a Atari VCS collectors zine. They had a listing of the top 5 rarest 2600 games. Saw CtCw was 1. With Custers revenge at 2,TCM at 3,Halloween at 4 and Pitfall II at 5.

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Posted Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:14 PM

Id like to know who bought dog food even if they didnt have a dog.



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Posted Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:16 PM

I'd imagine they did a little more advertising than just what was on the back of some dog food. Very common marketing for grocery stores, pet stores, etc. are those hang tags with a tear pad of rebates, coupons or other small advertisement. Guessing maybe something like that was employed next to the food?

Veterinarians that partnered with Purina could have used something like that up at their counter or by the food too.

Some pet enthusiast magazines? Who knows... just trying to think of things and places you would have seen such promotional material.

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Posted Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:51 PM

That is what I remember. But I was also 9 or 10.
Remember in the eArly 90s getting in a Atari VCS collectors zine. They had a listing of the top 5 rarest 2600 games. Saw CtCw was 1. With Custers revenge at 2,TCM at 3,Halloween at 4 and Pitfall II at 5.


The dang Internet changed everything, I remember reading a timdu newsletter from the 90s and in his rare and valuable article someone wrote in saying they had an air raid and he said you better keep that one because it's rare maybe this was air raids first appearance to the collecting world.

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Posted Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:28 PM

Here's a nice article:
https://www.badgameh...he-chuck-wagon/

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Posted Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:57 PM

Playing this on Stella, I'm always surprised at how fun and playable this game actually is, given its creation history. 



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Posted Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:29 PM

Real or fake?

 

https://www.flickr.c...etro/7449255538



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Posted Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:04 AM

 

Looks real to me.

Thanks!

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Posted Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:12 AM

Curious when that ad ran. Might have to check newspapers in 1983.

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Posted Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:47 AM

Real or fake?
 
https://www.flickr.c...etro/7449255538

Looks real to me.

Thanks!

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If it's real, here's a copy of it in case it disappears:

chase_chuck_wagon_ad.jpg
 
 
 



Curious when that ad ran. Might have to check newspapers in 1983.


I hope you can find something. If the ad is real, then we already know the game was available before November of 1983, so that should help a little:
 

Orders received before November 15, 1983 will be delivered before Christmas.

Offer expires June 30, 1984.



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Posted Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:38 AM

Hey y'all! I'm the gal who wrote that "Bad Game Hall of Fame" article that got linked earlier.

If I had to pinpoint my guessing, I'd probably say that given the dates specified in the promotion, the ad itself ran in magazines starting in June of '83. Could be wrong, but that window would make the most sense given the general longevity of coupons and whatnot. At the very least, we can assume that shipping began in late November / early December, if y'all are trying to narrow down something like a "release date" proper for it.

Someone brought up an interesting point in my comments about how the man who took credit for the development of the game as well as for Artillery Duel doesn't necessarily match up with what's on record as far as who is credited for the latter game. Any ideas on who the true creator might be?

Edited by lasscassidy, Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:42 AM.


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Posted Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:01 PM

Someone brought up an interesting point in my comments about how the man who took credit for the development of the game as well as for Artillery Duel doesn't necessarily match up with what's on record as far as who is credited for the latter game. Any ideas on who the true creator might be?

 

It´s the other way around.

I don´t think John Perkins programmed the VCS version of Artillery Duel at all (Perkins did program the original Astrocade version).

IMO Mike Schwartz did that (and Chase the Chuck Wagon).

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Edited by Rom Hunter, Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:19 PM.


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Posted Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:40 PM

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I hope you can find something. If the ad is real, then we already know the game was available before November of 1983, so that should help a little:
 

Orders received before November 15, 1983 will be delivered before Christmas.

Offer expires June 30, 1984.

 

The good news is that the Library of Congress not only has its own newspaper archive, but has access to online databases that have OCR search functions (which is what other people I've talked to used to find Atari ads and such). So hopefully if this ran in any newspapers portions that have been scanned, it should be findable when I head up there in the coming weeks to do some research.






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