201: Feedback! Space Blocks!

Scintillating Second Season Starter! Select Game kicks off 2017 with your letters and e-mails, wondering where The Art Of Odyssey is, new Select Game swag, and 2016 me plays Blockout! / Breakdown! and Out Of This World! / Helicopter Rescue! (1:00:59)

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Experimental Video Segments
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Puck
My recording engineer for this podcast – it’s Puck!

Puck
You know, I’d pay you $22.95 to get that box thing off my furry butt.

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11X: Christmas Special!

Deck the Halls! It’s the story of a serious sunburn, rainbow trout, a game room serviced by a single distributor, an attempt to will Odyssey2 ports of arcade games into existence, and a lifelong obsession that culminated in…a marquee. And this podcast. (1:05:53)

This podcast is dedicated to the memory of player two, Alison Green (1942-1987).

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The Letter
Envelope
Canteloupe

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Fantasy
So…I’m guessing “Cheri” is a code name or something?

Fantasy
Well, me and my mom poured our hearts and quarters into this game. Not sure anyone else did.

Fantasy
Yes, this is the marquee.

Meow
This is Oberon – the ever-talkative “Obi” who sometimes elbows his way into the show.

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110: Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Munchkin

Exciting Season Finale! He came to gobble dots and munch on munchers. He brought rave reviews to the Odyssey2. And litigation hell came walking in five steps behind him. Hear the story of K.C. Munchkin! from his conception to his downfall, find out if the game was ever really “rare”, and much more! (1:04:30)

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There are quite a few long pauses in this installment, usually where I was having to hydrate – I’ve been sick, and may have recorded this before I was really ready to talk Odyssey2 for an hour solid!

K.C. Munchkin
Earl’s custom maze

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MUNCHKIN SPECTACULAR
MUNCHKIN SPECTACULAR

Pac-Man Plus
Hey, it’s decorative research material

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109: Imagic

Gnarly Ninth Episode! Third party publishers didn’t lavish a lot of attention on the Odyssey2 or Videopac, but here’s the entire lineup from one company that did: legendary third-party game company Imagic translated Demon Attack and Atlantis for Odyssey2 fans. (26:14)

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Recording the Atlantis segment

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108: Comic Book Heroes!

Electrifying Eighth Episode! Crack open the funny pages, break out the action figures, and swing into action with Spider-Man and the Power Lords on the Odyssey2! Find out what the incredibly obscure selling point of the Power Lords toys was, and just how bad your host is at playing Spider-Man! (38:28)

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Recording engineer for this episode

Embedded artwork
Just thought you’d like a better look at this month’s artwork.

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107: Loving The Aliens!

Spaced-Out Seventh Episode! A much-longer-than-usual episode starts off with discussion of absent friends and sound quality, what the most disappointing thing about Cosmic Conflict! was (it’s not what you think), why the Invaders From Hyperspace have got your number, and what one of these games owes to a certain George Lucas movie. Little E once again appears as Player 2, and Little C finishes on a song! (1:08:49)

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Yours from the Boston Store for only $22.95 each! Sunday! SUNday! Someday!

Less than 22.95
Yours at Konsplosion in September for significantly less than $22.95! You need a bead ocarina.

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106X: Quest For The Rings (Extended)

Sword-‘n’-Spell-Slingin’ Super-Sized Sixth Episode! There’s a thin line between setting out on a grand quest to restore peace and order to the kingdom, and “Dad, why do we have to get all these rings?” And in this episode we cross that line! E and I swash our buckles, and fail a saving throw against playing the board game precisely the wrong way. This is the extended, almost-unedited cut of the episode, with the full half-hour (!!) gameplay segment that was edited down for the initial version of the podcast. What does it contain more of? Us getting killed. Very, very killed, lots of times. (1:12:02)

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106: Quest For The Rings

Sword-‘n’-Spell-Slingin’ Sixth Episode! There’s a thin line between setting out on a grand quest to restore peace and order to the kingdom, and “Dad, why do we have to get all these rings?” And in this episode we cross that line! E and I swash our buckles, and fail a saving throw against playing the board game precisely the wrong way. The edited-down game play segment in this almost painfully focused, detailed episode is nearly 15 minutes long; an extended cut with the full half-hour game play segment (!!) will be released at a later date. Either way, this episode requires a much bigger box than usual. (58:20)

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Dice
The same RPG dice I’ve had since 1983 or so. Pretty, huh?

Overlay
The O2 gets overlaid. (Hey, somebody has to.)

Board
The board game, very likely set up in exactly the wrong way.

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105: Mano A Mano

Furious Fightin’ Fifth Episode! “They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country. But in modern war there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.” And so will we! Little E joins the show as Select Game’s first Player 2, as we play Showdown In 2100 A.D.! and War Of Nerves! It’s just possible that this installment is less informative than usual, but the gameplay segments…are what playing games is all about. Let us know what you think. The first rule of Fight Club is…nobody hits “reset” early. (35:05)

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104: Ah, Edutainment!

Fantastic[ally late] Fourth Episode! Let’s get some educational games out of the way, shall we? Except that one of them is a bit more advanced than I remembered, and one of them played a part in changing the course of my adult life…and still another is sort of an accidental tribute to the late, great Ralph Baer. Every game counts as we play Math-A-Magic! / Echo!, I’ve Got Your Number!, and the very hard-to-describe Keyboard Creations! Supplemental media for the latter is included below. (42:58)

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Price tags!!

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