EDIT ( March 15, 2006 ) : Here's a link to the new website!
As promised, I am pleased to announce that Musevox Multimedia has teamed up with Packrat Video Games to sponsor the "GLOBETROTTER" World Tour! :-)
Globetrotter. After some extra planning and preparation for his worldwide journey( and a few distractions ), Trotter is on the move again!
Trotter is a huge fan of classic gaming, especially Atari. He is, after all, a VCS cartridge... personifed!
He also loves to travel. Trotter wants to be the first Atari homebrew* cart to visit every continent( where Atari fans live ), and visit as many places as he can while he circles the globe. He needs your help!
(*homebrew in this instance refers to any homebrew, hack, or other ROM image created for the 2600, post 1992 )
Trotter started his journey again yesterday( Nov. 15, 2003 ). He will stay with a few different friends here in the state of Utah before journeying overseas to the UK!
I will be arranging for Trotter to be sent to my brother, who is currently serving an LDS( Mormom ) mission in Worksop, England. From there, Trotter will need Atari fans living in the UK to help him continue on his tour. After the UK, the cart will continue into Europe.
In addition, our goal is for Trotter to make an appearance at PhillyClassic 5! attendee from Europe ). More details later.
After one year, give or take( depending on how many sign up ), Trotter will return home to Utah. After this, the cart and materials collected will be auctioned on Ebay or another event, and the proceeds will go to a charitable cause, either classic gaming-related or other. The exact details of this will be determined at a later time.
We, the sponsors, will be doing our best to keep the time short and the costs inexpensive by organizing a list of those who sign up for hosting duties, and keeping the distance between shipper and receiver a short one. Except for a few overseas "jumps", Trotter should have a smooth and short trip from one Atari fan to another as he ventures around the world. Progress of his journey and where he's been will be reported at www.packratvg.com. Also, we will be posting photos that participants submit of the cart near or in an interesting place or landmark close to where that person lives.
If they choose to, the person can view "GLOBETROTTER" on their Atari 2600 VCS. The cart supports both PAL and NTSC TV formats.
Before they send Trotter to the next recipient, the person should sign their name in the "travelogue" that will accompany the cart. If needed at a future time, a second travelogue will be sent out if the first one fills up
with names. Also, a stamp or small sticker representing your city, state or country can be applied firmly on the inside or outside of Trotter's suitcase( so long as you put it in a place that doesn't hinder opening and closing. )
I, Weston (Gateway), will be collecting names and info of those of you who are interested in hosting Trotter during his travels. I will use my best judgement as to the path( who's next on the list ) that Trotter will take as he moves along. Also, I will try to accomadate you if you have a special circumstance while Trotter is in your area, as long as you give me plenty of notice. Once Trotter leaves your state or country though, it is unlikely he will be returning!
I will also be emailing or sending a PM ahead of time to the next recipient on the list to expect Trotter's arrival and verify your current address, etc. This will minimize scenarios like: The cart arriving to your address after you have moved to another residence or you've just left for vacation.
These and more details will be posted on the Globetrotter
Comments and questions in this thread are welcome, and I'll post here of important updates. Also, I will post a numbered list of names soon. As they come in I will edit or post again in this thread.
If you want to be involved, feel free to PM me your name, city, country, etc. or email me at: EDIT: trotterjotter at gmail dot com
Our immediate need will be for participants living in Utah( anybody whom I haven't talked to yet ) and the UK! These will be among the first people's names in the travelogue. :-) Also, we need names from other European nations.
If you don't live in one of these places, you can still sign up, but it will be some time before Trotter comes to your town. I will post here when Trotter moves into a new area, so keep watching this thread!
This is your chance to promote our hobby and spread unity within the classic gaming community. Tell others about Globetrotter!
Edited by CPUWIZ, Mon Jul 9, 2012 6:54 PM.