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  1. If you're going to own the MBX, you really should get Championship Baseball as it's really one of the better titles. You will need 2 players though. I always thought Bigfoot was fun! Plus, the speech is much better/clearer on the MBX. Plus, the joystick is more comfortable than the TI ones when playing Bigfoot too.
  2. Yes, apparently I got the two names mixed up in my thinking.
  3. I disagree with Meteor Belt - One you know the various tricks, like capturing satellites, it was a game my brother and I played quite a bit when we were younger. Also, disagree with Chisholm Trail, again, once you learn how to wipe out the side-by-side cacti to stop respawns. However, my opinion is probably biased as it was one of the first games I played (for many hours, I might add) on the TI-99.
  4. Count me in as one who has both stock and modified consoles.
  5. I used mine without the scanlines. But sometimes, it nice to have on. Depends on the game and how much nostalgia I have for the game. Eagerly awaiting the day when I get a few more F18s for my other TI consoles.
  6. Only when I play Championship Baseball really. Sometimes with Bigfoot or Meteor Belt as the joystick is nice, but typically not plugged in all the time.
  7. I've had one since a few years after I first got the TI in the '80s. It was/is a very cool equipment, so I'll post my thoughts: -The joystick is nice, but only works with MBX games on the system. You can't use it by itself, which is a shame. -The keypad also is a nice addition, but the overlays don't really handle usage well. Fortunately, it's easy to find printable copies on the Internet nowadays. I've printed some out and laminated them. -The voice/microphone is largely useless. it was interesting back in the day, but I can't imagine trying to use it today. Plus, only a few of the titles used it. -Championship Baseball is the game to have with the MBX system. If you don't have it or don't have an interest in it, I'm not sure the MBX is worth it. -However, the speech sound is much clearer and better on the MBX system, especially with MBX games like Bigfoot. (Non-MBX titles won't be any different.) It does take up space, but since the seller has the original box, it's not hard to keep it in that. (It looks a LOT better than my very beaten up one!)
  8. As I recall, since it didn't require any drivers on the PC/XT side, it should work as a keyboard with an AT (not PS/2) connector. I still have my Triton Turbo XT sidecar, but not the XT computer itself, and since I don't have anything that uses an AT keyboard connector, I can't prove that.
  9. I've done that -- Put my name on the list for 2. I do have one already, but I damaged it working on the system it was in. I need to have him repair the damaged one as well. (So hopefully, I'll end up with 3 working ones) Probably should have stated that I made a request in my earlier post. Sorry about that!
  10. Truthfully, I kind if wish I could pre-order some, so I'm not constantly checking the site. Does anyone know what the "magic number" is to get another batch going? I'm looking for at least two myself.
  11. If I don't stay organized, there is simply too much data to get out of hand. If that were to happen, I'm not sure I'd be able to organize again. It helps having multiple PCs that I re-image or rebuild regularly. So, keeping data separate and organized makes that much easier. On the TI side, now that I pretty much have all the floppies I'm going to have, it's easy to organize once and never have to worry about it again.
  12. I don't think there is much chance of bricking a TI-99/4A with one. It really is as simple as you describe -- Just replace a chip and you're good to go. The only real chance you have of messing something up is cutting up the case for the VGA connector. A Dremel or other good rotary tool should work well though. As far as getting one, I'm looking to purchase some more myself, but they apparently aren't available until there are enough people signed up for the new batch. So, I'd recommend making your interest known: http://codehackcreate.com/store#!/F18A-V1-5-Video-Board/p/14022176/category=0
  13. I've done the DRAM replacement before and it's pretty straightforward, if you are interested in messing with the hardware. However, I would recommend the F18A instead as it is a very useful upgrade. As mentioned though, they aren't available right now, but I would recommend getting on the waiting list. See: http://codehackcreate.com/store#!/F18A-V1-5-Video-Board/p/14022176/category=0 (I'm waiting on a couple myself.)
  14. I have a MBX, but no Sketch. I do also have a Triton Turbo XT box and cables (the computer itself is long since gone) since it was mentioned previously in the thread. I agree with digdugnate as would like to see an emulator device too. Ideally, it would accept USB joysticks and I also suspect that a USB numeric keypad could replicate the overlay system. Although you wouldn't have printed overlays, you could match the keys with the corresponding item. There certainly would be some tricky parts to the keypad as there were different overlay keys for each of the games. But, from the ones I have, I think there are enough keys to emulate most of them. (Although via a key combination.) Sadly, I'm no good on the hardware side or I'd try messing around with it.
  15. This was the first game that we had when my Dad brought the TI-99/4A home. We played it for hours and got past the first day multiple times. Of course, it does become repetitive after hours of playing. (This caused me to break open the blue programming book and learn BASIC programming. Which, in turn, took me down my career path in the computer field. But, I digress.) I still like the game, but I'm not nearly as good at it as I used to be. But, once you learn how to take out the cacti, it's not really all that bad.
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