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We are readying our next release of newly developed Odyssey hardware and games: OdysseyNow Game Pack 2! The largest focus will be on hardware, as this will contain the most consequential hardware add-on in the Odyssey’s history. It will make new games possible, as well as have a major impact on many existing games. We call it the English Splitter. In the original Odyssey controller, three knobs and one button control every aspect of the player spots and the ball. The problem is that the human body only possesses two hands, and thus we can operate a maximum of two knobs simultaneously. This affects every Odyssey ball game, as the hand and brain must “switch gears” from controlling the Vertical knob to controlling the English knob (ball spin). This gap of time involved slows down the games. One of the greatest Odyssey ball games, Volleyball, is terribly hindered by this: there just isn’t enough time to lunge after the ball, hit it, then switch to the English knob fast enough to direct the ball over the net and then down into the opposite court. As a result, the game has to be played on a relatively low ball speed. The English Splitter is a device that plugs into your controller socket (there’s one for the Left and one for the Right; each is electronically equivalent but physically different). Each English Splitter is connected by a cable to a special English Controller, which contains one knob and one button. The Splitter also contains a duplicate controller port into which you plug your original controller. Thus when both Left and Right Splitters are plugged in, you will have four controllers in total. Each Splitter contains a switch that turns the English Controller on or off. When on, it takes over control of the English knob from the main controller (turning the main controller English knob will have no effect, but turning the knob on the English controller will give that player full control over ball spin). When the Splitter’s switch is turned off, full control is transferred back to the main controller. This way you will never have to plug and unplug your controllers and Splitters in order to instantly switch between classic and split modes. In addition, the yellow button on each English Controller allows the holder of that controller to serve the ball. This makes it possible for a single player to, for instance, return the ball to their own side without requiring possession of the other player’s main controller. This can be used in the original game Submarine or the OdysseyNow game Tannhauser Gate, for instance, to greatly ease gameplay. The English Splitter system can also be used to multiply the number of players from 2 to 4. Any ball game can now be played with 3 or 4 players, with English control transferred to a second player on each team. It can be used to great effect in nearly any ball game. Our new version of Volleyball, Team Volleyball, makes full use of this capability: Note: This image is a simulation. Our game comes with a half-height overlay. In addition to Team Volleyball, this game pack includes Danceoff, a new ball game that is meant to be played for the duration of one pop song. It involves attempting to “knock” the opposing side’s dancers off the dancefloor. This game can be played 2-player, but when played with 4 players using the English Controllers, it becomes a team dance in which one player defends the team’s dancers while the other goes after those on the opposing side. The dancers are plastic chips that are physically stuck to the overlay and removed as they are defeated. Before the game begins, players may either choose a pattern for their dancers to occupy or randomly generate their positions with two included, color-coded dice. The third game included in this game pack is a reproduction of the rarest of all original Odyssey games: Soccer. Soccer was only released as a bundled game with some European releases of the Odyssey. Because the Odyssey did not do well in Europe, and not many sets have been preserved, the game is almost impossible to find. We have lovingly reproduced the overlay, instructions, and dual-wheel scoreboard in all of their detail, allowing this game to be played by a new generation. Note, however, that our scoreboard is 85% of the size of the original. We had to made it slightly smaller to be cost effective to produce, and to fit in our tube box. The overlay is reproduced with filled-out corners for a rectangular shape, to better fit more contemporary televisions. However, the original rounded contour is preserved as a thin line in the overlay, so players may cut out the original shape if they wish. The English Splitter sounds deceptively simple, but inside it is anything but: the unique analog nature of the Odyssey makes simple pass-through circuits impossible, and multiple versions of this device failed before a year of development finally lead to the breakthrough (specially implemented diode logic) that made it possible. It is also very time consuming and expensive (using obsolete, discontinued components) to manufacture, or we would be able to make more and charge less! In order to get the most out of Team Volleyball (or even regular Volleyball), this Pack comes with a Wall Height Adjustment kit. This is an optional upgrade. It requires two solder points on the Odyssey’s motherboard, and some hot glue for the final adjustment pot. It is an easy upgrade to perform and comes with fully illustrated instructions. When used with the Team Volleyball overlay, you can adjust your wall height to exact spec. Most Odysseys are well out of spec for wall height, which can greatly diminish this game. This game pack confers a couple of advantages to Tannhauser Gate, for owners of OdysseyNow Game Pack 1. First, you can adjust the height of the open gate with the Wall Height adjustment. Second, the Scan player can utilize an English controller to return their ball without needing to reach over and utilize the Explore player’s controller. We have several more amazing games in development that make special use of the English Splitters. Those will appear sometime in the future. Because our last game pack sold out within a few hours of being posted, we’re trying to manage this release a little more equitably, in two tiers. The notice for the first 10 copies will be posted in the OdysseyNow Facebook group (only), to give that community the best chance of picking these up. We're letting everyone know this in advance, to give you time to join that group and turn your notifications on so you are ready. Once those copies are gone, we'll post elsewhere (such as in this forum). At that time, anyone who wants one will have to let us know (very briefly) why/where/who. We'll give it a few days to ensure that more people will know about this in time, then select the homes we think will be happiest, and then process payments. This will also help us get to know more of you better! We will produce only 15 of these sets in total. Stay tuned to the Facebook group for orders to open soon! https://www.facebook.com/groups/odysseynow/
ODYSSEY HUNTING ADVENTURE OFFICIAL PRE-ORDER THREAD What is Hunting Adventure? Hunting Adventure is a homebrew game for the original 1972 Magnavox Odyssey system, the world’s first video game console. This is the FIRST homebrew game for the 1972 Odyssey that uses the Rifle Accessory! I started this game a long time ago back in 2012 and finally got around to finishing it. This will be my second homebrew game in my series of six. My first one was Odyssey Evil that was very popular and sold out fast! GAME DESCRIPTION: Hunting Adventure takes you on a wild life hunting experience of a lifetime. Hunt 6 different animals in 3 different countries from the USA, Canada and Africa. Using the 1TL950 Odyssey rifle accessory (not included), you must time your shot just right to take down the big game and accumulate points. After each country’s large game hunt, there is a small game bonus round to add to the challenge. The final challenge you must face is the ultimate hunters experience "The Zombie Hunter Bonus Round". Do you have what it takes to become the new Master Hunter? What is included with this Odyssey game? This game includes: 1. A FULL SIZE professional hand built box numbered 1-25 of 25 (You may be able to reserve your number if available) See picture for size comparison to original game box. This is not an easy box to make due to the size and shape. 2. (2) large hunting site overlays. The large overlays are just a little smaller then the original overlays but look and work great. The original large overlays are a really odd size that is difficult to find so I got the biggest ones I could find. 3. (6) “Critter Bonus Round” cards 4. A Critter Rack to hold the Critter cards during bonus round 5. (3) “Sight Card” Overlays used during bonus round 6. Hourglass sand timer 7. (6) double sided score cards 8. A standard size and formatted instruction sheet 9. A signed certificate of authentication. 10. (1) Zombie Hunter Bonus Round large Overlay 11. Surprise bonus material What is NOT included in this game that is needed to play? · Original 1972 Magnavox Odyssey system · Electronic Rifle · Game Card #10 How much does it cost? UPDATE EDIT 4/23/2020: $70 plus shipping. I did an online shipping calculator to California to get a rough estimate on shipping cost and it was $10. The final package is 6" x 18" x 2" and weighs just under 1 pound. If there is a (P) beside your name that means I have received payment and an (S) means your package has been shipped. 0. ManCaveArcade 1. Ianoid (P) (S) 2. Ianoid (P) (S) 3. Stupus (P) (S) 4. CaptainJ (P) 5. Dastari Creel (P) (S) 6. Masschamber (P) (S) 7. CVGA (P) (S) 8. TPR (P) (S) 9. Zodiacprime (P) (S) 10. Retrogmr (P) (S) 11. High voltage (P) (S) 12. Blazing lazers (P) (S) 13. Captain Combat (P) (S) 14. Zhorton (P) (S) 15. Atari2008 (P) (S) 16. SOLD (P) (S) 17. SOLD (P) (S) 18. BuckeyeFan_4eva (P) (S) 19. PENDING 20. ETWelty (P) (S) 21. thejers (P) (S) 22. STILL AVAILABLE 23. STILL AVAILABLE 24. STILL AVAILABLE 25. SLYDC (P) (S) UPDATE 4/23/20: THESE ARE ALL FINALLY COMPLETE AND READY TO SHIP. I will be sending everyone a message soon with payment and to get shipping information. Thanks to all who have supported me and this project! I WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY MONEY UNTIL ALL OF THESE GAMES ARE BUILT AND READY TO SHIP! The first prototype game has been completed and the rest are still in the production process. I am doing this pre-order based on your integrity to pay in full at the time of project completion which is estimated sometime in MAY. So to reserve your copy, you must make a post here AND send me a PM and I will add you to the list. Please do not get on the list if you are not 100% certain that you want one and are willing to pay. I am only making 25 copies of this game because it is such a time consuming (and expensive) project so I don’t want to turn away any serious members who want one and then end up with extras due to non-payment. Be assured that this is a ManCaveArcade quality project and I WILL DELIVER IN A TIMELY MANNOR. If there is any delay at all for any reason, you will receive weekly updates. My last game got great reviews so feel free to check out my old pre-order thread for feedback.