I remember seeing the ad in Electronic Games magazine but that is all I have ever seen or known about it.
I put the mailing address listed into Google maps. It is for a house in LA. From the looks of the stand, it could be put together by someone with woodworking skills. I know my cousin, who used to be a carpenter, could build one.
So this was probably just a guy working out of his garage, building the stands to order. I do wonder how many orders he got. Just think of the rarity of it.
Carla would know better than any website, obviously.
But you don't just accept it when someone tells you something that contradicts most of the known literature about a topic? Without looking for any other corroborating evidence?
It does suck that we have only websites to use as the known literature for old video games. Almost every website says that the arcade version of Warlords was released in 1980. From what I can tell, the primary source for these websites is KLOV.
My guess is KLOV gets 1980 from the copyright that appears on-screen during the attract mode. It is there in roman numerals.
But this doesn't mean that was the release year. 2600 Pac-Man has an on-screen copyright date of 1981 but was released in 1982.
But I still don't know for sure. I would like to see some evidence supporting a 1980 release date.
It doesn't help that Warlords was a relatively unpopular arcade game and not seen by many. I was hoping that someone who was an arcade game dealer back then would know more. Or possibly our resident Atari historians Curt and Marty would have some internal documents that tell us something?
Agreed. Some of those sites have more credibility than others. I would not use Wikipedia as a primary source, since it generally aggregates information from other web sites.
What is interesting about KLOV is that they have a PDF of the Warlords Operations, Maintenance and Service Manual. Take a look at it. The copyright date is 1981 (page 4.) It also says first printing at the top of page one.
My guess is that Atari didn't start printing the manual a year after the game was released. So it seems that the 1980 release date for the arcade game is becoming less credible.