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Posted on Jun 15th 2014 at 01:02:17 PM by (Zagnorch)
Posted under nupoile, texas instruments, hewlett packard, nerf, optimus, anniversary, odyssey

Hey now,

It was nine years ago today that a certain someone signed up for RF Generation. You might know him from his signature avatar, which is one of the most exploitable avas on this site. And I should know, 'cuz I exploit it every chance I get:

The new Bil-O-Meter.

I decided to celebrate this anniversary by "Nuping out." What is Nuping out, you ask? Well, allow me to provide an example:

And here's one I'm sure the man of the hour would really appreciate:

And now it's your turn! Show your appreciation for Nupoile's nine-year RF Gen Odyssey by taking your own Nupe-Out pic and posting it here:


Catch y'all on the boards...


Posted on May 29th 2014 at 06:28:29 PM by (Zagnorch)
Posted under silpheed, calculator, sinclair, odyssey

Hey now, my fellow esteemed RF Gentlemen. It's been an eventful couple weeks, rife with amazing scores and near-crippling illness. But since none of you care about the latter, I'll just focus on the former as...

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Week of 11 May to 24 May 2014

Sun 5/11: Found myself a PC classic, a complete Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger for $5.99. I also discovered Sony's less-than-stellar attempt to ape Super Smash Bros., a complete PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale for the PS3, for $1.99.

Mon 5/12 through Thu 5/15: This sparse stretch of scores commenced with the discovery of a sealed Balance of the Planet, a self-published PC title from the early 90s, on special for $2.60. I also found a fuchsia GBA for $4.99, a complete Dark Cloud for $4.99, and a loose Altered Beast LCD watch game for $1.99.

Fri 5/16: Grabbed a nice chunk of reading material today, including ten back issues of Nintendo Power, two EGMs, and a GamePro, all for $3.50.

Sat 5/17: My CIB PC game streak continued with the acquisition of Disney's Stunt Island at the local Savers for just $0.49. Then I hit the Goodwill down the street and picked up the following CIB DS titles for $9.99 each:

-   Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
-   Diddy Kong Racing
-   Tetris DS
-   Yoshi's Island DS
-   Animal Crossing Wild World
-   Space Invaders Revolution

Sun 5/18 and Mon 5/19: My last stretch of thrift scores before the failure of my health commenced with a Prima Star Wars Battlefront strategy guide for $2.99. Then there was the cache of CIB PS1 titles-- PaRappa the Rapper, Tempest X3, and the Greatest Hits release of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night-- for $2.49 each.

Also uncovered: CIB copies of Serious Sam, Cold Fear, and Super Monkey Ball adventure for $3.49 a pop. Oh yes, there was also the GameShark v2.0 Video Game Enhancer unit for N64 for $4.99, and a small Sonic plush for $0.99.

But the most interesting score from this two-day stretch was the Super Mario World LCD watch game-- which sports a headphone jack-- for $2.99.

Tues 5/20 through Fri 5/23: Absolutely no action at all as I recuperated from my first cold in over two years. And boy, was it a big one, just devastating in its intensity. Just how bad was it? So much so, that I resorted to using something I absolutely cannot stand:

So I rested and occupied myself with non-strenuous endeavors... which I might discuss at further length one day.

Sat 5/24: I rebounded with a little lunch-break score at my fave Goodwill, which included Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario World and StarFox 64 for $4.99 each.

Rounding out this two-week stretch of scores was a little "care package" from the wilds of Spudville, USA:

This box was the culmination of a trade between myself and RF Gen's very own 413th Technical Entity. He had an extra CIB copy of Silpheed for Sega-CD that I coveted, and I had an extra complete loose Dreamcast he was interested in.

So we agreed on a trade, and I dragged my feet for several months until I got off my ass and contacted him again, asking if he was still interested in the deal.

Being the extremely patient and fine, upstanding citizen he is, Mr. 413 was still game (so to speak). So I shipped my end of the trade off to the guy...

...and I waited patiently for my end of the deal to arrive. Little did I know he was gonna clean out his garage and send it to me.

Just layer after layer after layer of (mostly) neat stuff. The man's generosity knows no bounds. The archaeological dig continued, my guilt level increasing with each new discovery. If I was getting all this in exchange for a lousy Dreamcast, imagine what I could have gotten in exchange for a real system. You know, like a Nokia N-Gage or a Virtual Boy.

Speaking of Virtual Boy: Mr. 413's first gesture of kindness towards me was a battery pack for the VB system. He also hooked me up with a Silent Service cart a few months back to go with my box and manual.

The most surprising portion of this care package: a Timex Sinclair 1000 computer unit with box, manual, AC cord...

...and a rain check.

Oh yeah, I also got these in the deal:

Gotta remember to throw the guy a couple PS3 bumper stickers and letter openers to show my thanks.

Non-Vidya Bonus Bonanza: The usual suspects abound here, including:

-   Three TI BA-II Plus calculators, $2.49, $2.99, & $3.49
-   TI BA-35 $2.49
-   TI BA-35 Solar $5.39
-   Sporty's E6B Flight Computer Calculator $3.99
-   TI BA-20 (Miller Pride), $2.49

Aaaaaand that's about it for now.

Catch y'all next week...


Posted on Jan 5th 2013 at 07:36:02 PM by (Zagnorch)
Posted under odyssey2, magnavox, odyssey, retro, old school

Hey now!

I've been alluding to a significant retro pick-up for a couple weeks now, and I figured it's time for the big reveal:

A complete boxed Magnavox Odyssey2 system with hardwired controllers, and CIB Speedway! / Spin-Out! / Crypto Logic! pack-in game, along with:

CIB games:
-   Match-Maker! / Logix! / Buzzword!
-   Cosmic Conflict!
-   Bowling! / Basketball!
-   Pac-Man K.C. Munchkin!
-   Computer Golf!
-   Football!
-   Space Alien Invaders Plus!

Loose games:
-   Baseball!
-   Blackjack!
-   Blockout! / Breakdown!

Um... why do all the game titles end with exclamation points? That''s kinda annoying, you know? It's like the ALL CAPS of the pre-internet era or something.

But I digress. Here's the topper:

-   An almost-CIB Quest for the Rings set (one piece is missing). Finally, an O^2 game whose title doesn't end in an exclamation point. That's because it's so cool, it doesn't have to shout about how cool it is. Of all the games I got with the system, this is the one I'm most interested in giving a whirl.

While the entire collection's cosmetic appearance could use a fair deal of cleanup, I figured I got a decent deal paying $80 for the lot.

Where did I find all this, you ask? Well, it originally belonged to my best friend, who kept it locked away in his attic for a couple decades. Weird thing is, I knew he had it ever since I've known him, but never thought to ask him about it, even after seriously getting into vidya collecting. Then, a few weeks before Christmas, he told me he was planning to sell it, and asked if I could offer it for sale to "those guys on that video game site you hang out at" on his behalf. I told him I'd think about it.

Well, I DID think about it-- which quickly turned into me thinking of other O^2 collectors on the site and how they love to gloat about their ownership of such an interesting bit of retro hardware, and lord it over the have-nots at every opportunity (you KNOW who you are). That's when I realized that I wanted to lord it over the have-nots too, and laugh at them for being the underprivileged little peons that they are. Because I'm nothing if not compassionate.

Anyhoo, I called my bud to let him know my interest, he mathed out a price, I agreed to it, we tested it out to see if it still worked, I threw him the four Andys, he threw me the whole shebang,  and now I'm better than all you pathetic non-O^2-owning losers in every single way.

The cold, hard truth hurts, doesn't it?


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