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2017 Portland Retro Gaming Expo, October 20-22, 2017

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This was my first visit to the PGRE and it was so huge, I didn't get to see everything.

I did get Space Cactus Canyon, draconian, and LEN at the AtariAge booth and some homebrew from the competition. I did find some decent Atari deals to add to my collection, of course no extremely rare games but I did get some good uncommon games for my collection, as well as some games for other systems, including my vita (Limited Run Games had some leftovers on a game I missed out on. Nice.)

I personally felt like I died and went to video game heaven. My only regret is I only had 8 hours to stay. There was just so much to see and so many game enthusiasts to speak to, I missed out on lots of stuff.

I went in with a $300 budget. Well, I ended up spending twice that. But it was worth it. I regret I didn't get to meet SHE but the line was too long and I had to get back to the bus station.

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This was also my first PRGE, and it was great!  I was able to catch up with some familiar faces and met several new ones.  I purchased Draconian and Super Cobra Arcade for the Atari 2600, Blaster for the Atari 5200 and Jr. Pac-Man and Oregon Bound for the Intellivision. 

 

I was also able to get the following items autographed. Thank you all for not only signing my items, but spending some time just shooting the breeze. :)

 

[attachment=535294:Raiders.JPG]   [attachment=535295:Halo 2600.JPG]   [attachment=535296:Draconian.JPG]

 

[attachment=535297:Ladybug Collectors.JPG]   [attachment=535298:Scramble.JPG]   [attachment=535299:Super Cobra Arcade.JPG]

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This was also my first PRGE, and it was great!  I was able to catch up with some familiar faces and met several new ones.  I purchased Draconian and Super Cobra Arcade for the Atari 2600, Blaster for the Atari 5200 and Jr. Pac-Man and Oregon Bound for the Intellivision. 

 

I was also able to get the following items autographed. Thank you all for not only signing my items, but spending some time just shooting the breeze. :)

 

attachicon.gifLadybug Collectors.JPG  

I was about to say, "I thought Lady Bug LE was only 100 copies", then I realized you brought it with you to Portland. Sweet collection you have there!

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Here is my haul. Next time I get a chance to go, I have to get a weekend pass.

 

Looks like you snatched up a copy of Game Panic - something I developed in collaboration with John Hancock.  Nice!

 

Hope you enjoy it =)

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I also had my Art of Atari book signed.  -Thanks Tim. :)

 

BTW, the AtariAge booth was awesome.  Many thanks to Al for attending PRGE and making all of these great games available on-site.

 

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I had a blast. Albert had the best booth there, and I'm not saying that because I'm on AtariAge. There were plenty of new games to play at the AtariAge booth. Lots of banners/posters, etc representing.

 

The weather was terrible. This prevented me from doing any outside-of-convention exploring(Like QuarterWorld or the former Women & Women First bookstore on Portlandia). 

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I finally got to attend that expo, and I must say that it was a surreal experience to finally meet some of the people behind those games that I played so many hours upon.  All were great people in person and as a software engineer, it was really cool to nerd out with David Crane, if only for a couple of minutes.   I ended up finding a Defender 2 cart in the wild, so I snapped it up.  

 

Yeah, the rain was a bit much, *especially* Saturday night as Portland was getting hit by a pretty good rain storm.

 

Still all the same, I was glad I was finally able to make it out.  Will be back out for 2018 to be sure!

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I bought games and I had them.  Damn I'm stupid and have nearly all the common games.

 

If you guys liked the retro you may like California Extreme down in the bay area.  Its just a great arcade that is around for one weekend a year.   Much less buying opportunities but it makes it very focused on playing.  http://caextreme.com/

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Looks like you snatched up a copy of Game Panic - something I developed in collaboration with John Hancock.  Nice!

 

Hope you enjoy it =)

 

I have enjoyed it. I love all my new games. It was an impulse buy but I couldn't resist picking up a copy since it was right there. 

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I did film a walk over the PRGE.

Thank's to all who gave me a warm welcome! It was a great experience!

 

[media]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLU0Li_jrWU&t=1s[/media]

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I had a great time at the show. Saw old friends, had breakfast with Ron Milner, got some nice items.,.it was totally awesome. The auction was the best one I have ever been to. I applaud the PRGE team for putting together a top notch show. This is definitely one of my highlights of the year. Already looking forward to the next show.

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