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#4247400 Sell me on some good c64 games

Posted by rpiguy9907 on Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:17 AM

Some of the early arcade ports like Mario Bros and PopEye are very good. Qbert and Frogger were also excellent on the C64.


This s a good starting place for you:



#4219340 A bunch of PC ads from December 6, 1994

Posted by rpiguy9907 on Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:56 PM

My parents over the years had accumulated savings bonds given to me by various relatives and turned them over to me when I turned 18. Being the responsible *cough* young person that I was, I immediately went out and bought a Pentium 75. The sysop of my favorite local BBS ran a 486DX/100 and was super jealous. I felt like a rich kid for once. 


It came with 8mb of RAM and I wanted 16mb for the upcoming Windows 95, so I scoured computer shopper for the cheapest memory.


Fun times.

#4214455 APF Imagination Machine acquired

Posted by rpiguy9907 on Wed Feb 6, 2019 2:35 PM

They are currently in a that odd, in-between state. Rare enough to be somewhat collectable, but not enough enthusiasts to make it really valuable. They usually sit on eBay between $100-300. Given how little software was every written for it, I think that is pretty fair.


Since there is no larger retro-community around them you have to depend on manuals and old documents to figure out its workings.


Luckily quite a few great resources were uploaded to Archive.org




Happy reading!

#4210799 What is your latest retro acquisition? Pics please!

Posted by rpiguy9907 on Fri Feb 1, 2019 7:51 AM

Cool machine!

#4208377 What is your latest retro acquisition? Pics please!

Posted by rpiguy9907 on Tue Jan 29, 2019 11:06 AM

After many years of looking the eBay gods smiled upon me and I have acquired a complete Commodore PC20-III - the seller was new so the price was low, and it was shipped in one small box, but the seller actually knew how to pack!! Monitor double boxed inside, all other components had styrofoam cut to wrap around it. However, the keyboard looks like it was stored in an active tanning bed.


I almost posted this in the "Irrational Want" topic because I have no reason to collect an old Turbo XT like this, but was thrilled to find it nonetheless.

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#4205705 Anything like Warlords available for the ST

Posted by rpiguy9907 on Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:32 AM

Poor wording on my part I didn't mean to equate the two, more of an either/or.


Thanks for the suggestion I'll check it out, as well as Lost Dragon's suggestions.  



No problem. Lords of Conquest and Empire also come to mind, though they are a little more complex.

#4205021 Anything like Warlords available for the ST

Posted by rpiguy9907 on Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:19 AM

Real time strategy? Warlords is turn-based.


Sorcerer Lord was a fun turn-based strategy game for the ST. 

#4190605 I'm Getting My First C64, And I Have Questions

Posted by rpiguy9907 on Fri Jan 4, 2019 3:14 PM

1.5 Amps will just be enough, don't add any expansions to the C64 or you will quickly exceed it. 

#4183479 I'm Getting My First C64, And I Have Questions

Posted by rpiguy9907 on Mon Dec 24, 2018 12:10 PM

Oh and here is my GOTO troubleshooting sites:



#4183211 I'm Getting My First C64, And I Have Questions

Posted by rpiguy9907 on Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:32 PM


If this is the case then its highly unlikely to keyboard servicing caused the fault. Depending on what kind of black screen you get it could be the PLA or the clock chip.

There is a fuse on the motherboard, check to see if its blown.

It is not uncommon for these machines to run once then die if they havent been used in awhile.

There are a lot of potential things to check and fix.

#4179059 WTB/WTT : 8-bit system

Posted by rpiguy9907 on Mon Dec 17, 2018 2:35 PM

Sellam over at the VFC forums has an Atari 800 for sale for $50 and he is West Coast so shipping shouldn't be terrible for you.

#4174531 $150 BOUNTY WTB Video Movie Guide 1993 Memorex VIS boxed; WTB boxed VIS gam

Posted by rpiguy9907 on Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:33 PM

Have you contacted these guys out in Utah?




I have ordered several Commodore items from them with the last year and they have a ton of VIS titles in storage. They might be able to help you.


They also are fully stocked with titles for other platforms:



#4170797 What's the one bit of tech that made you say, YESS!

Posted by rpiguy9907 on Wed Dec 5, 2018 9:43 AM

As a kid the first time I downloaded an "inappropriate" image on my Amiga from the local BBS (finally a good use for HAM mode!) The picture quality was stunning.


When I was older it was probably playing Dark Forces. Managed to be both immersive and technologically a huge leap over anything I'd played on the Amiga.

#4157461 What retro computer pleasantly surprised you?

Posted by rpiguy9907 on Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:57 PM

Every now and then, we all buy things on impulse, and it is often a disappointment, but every once in awhile you get something that you had low expectations for, but ended up really liking.


What retro computer did you pickup not expecting much, only to be pleasantly surprised?


I always derided the VIC-20, and still find it to be very limited, but perhaps because of low expectations I was very happy with an almost free unit that I picked up from a junk store. Some of the games are actually fun, it has a bright color palette, and is a nice window into how Commodore computers evolved.


Perhaps the biggest surprise for me was a 286 Tandy TL/2 that I picked up awhile back. I guess you could say this applies to all retro PCs of the era, but I had always derided them. As a Commodore 64 and Amiga owner, I always looked down on the PCs of the 80s, but man do I love the directness of the architecture. Banging directly on registers, you can almost feel the interrupts. Plus they are brilliant to type on and great for productivity. I thought I would hate it but actually I love exploring old applications on the Tandy.

#4157458 What was your first microcomputer upgrade?

Posted by rpiguy9907 on Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:51 PM

I added a hard drive and 2mb of Fast Ram to my Amiga 500. It was ridiculously wide on my desk with the Ram expander and Hard Drive chained together. The difference in productivity was astounding.


Like many others I started with a Commodore 64, which came with everything I needed at the time.