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Boscon Lives!

Thu, 12/29/2011 - 22:35 — Waterborn

After replacing the power supply and tweaking a few thing on my new Bosconian cab tonight, I got the game up and running. The colors are washed out, which hopefully can be fixed easily by replacing the capacitors on the monitor board. Parts are on order. Once I get the video cleaned up a bit I will post a video for those of you who are not familiar with the game. This is one of my all time favorite arcade games (just behind Robotron and Donkey Kong) so I am VERY stoked to have been able to bring this beast back to life.

I have wanted a Bosconian for some time. This game is pretty hard to find "in the wild", so when I saw that a fellow collector from New York had one for sale for a reasonable price, I jumped on it. Thanks to the Massachusetts Arcade Game Underground Railroad, I was able to pick up the game in Western Mass and didn't have to drive all the way to the great state of NY to pick it up.

since some folks were helping me out, I decided to "pay it forward" and pick up a second game for one of my fellow collectors who lives in New Hampshire. I delivered the game to my house, where he met me to snag it, a case of beer in hand as payment for the transport.

I got the game in my basement with my friend Tom's help. The game currently is not working, but should be a pretty easy fix. It needs a new power supply board and maybe some tweaking of the monitor. For now, it will sit in the lineup dark, but I hope to have it fixed and playable in time for my pre-PAXEast party in March.

As you can see, I also have a NEO GEO that is pretty much ready to fire up. It just needs a working 25" monitor to slide in it. I currently have three project cabs (these two and a multi-Williams project that will ultimately play Joust, Defender, Stargate, Moon Patrol & Bubbles).


What that you say? This is a video game website? You're tired of all the foody posts that I have been making lately? Well, perhaps you are correct. Now that my new web site is up and running, I will be focusing this blog back on the video game content on which is was built. Tonight I finally went back down into the basement and played some of my arcade cabs that have been sitting unloved as I worked on Cooking in the Great Outdoors (henceforce know as CITGO in this blog). So I fired up the machines and sat down in front of Kung Fu Master for a few games.

Now if you are truly "2old2play" then you probably remember Kung Fu Master from the heyday of arcades, when quarters were king and being good a playing video games could actually get you laid (this WAS the 80's folks). For those of you unfamiliar with the game, you play as Thomas, a martial arts master who is trying to save his girlfriend "Sylvia" from the evil Dragon Master "Mr. X" (hey, I didn't choose those names). This is your basic side-scrolling brawler with a few twists. You kick and punch your way up through the levels, but if you allow any of your enemies to touch you, they grab you in a bear hug and squeeze the life out of you. To free yourself, you must shake the joystick back and forth rapidly.

As you make your way up the Dragon Master's tower, you encounter different opponents, including somersaulting midgets, knife throwing ninjas in white and bosses that wield sitcks, boomerangs, knives and magic. Historically, I have always been able to get to the final level (Level 5) but have never defeated the last boss, Mr. X himself. Well tonight I finally got past the bastard and achieved a new personal best High Score of 164,820. By way of comparision, the official world record as noted by Twin Galaxies is 1,349,040 held by Mike Sullivan. So needless to say, I have some practicing to do.

. What was my reward for reaching this milestone you ask? I got to start over at level one, with more enemies, who moved faster and held onto me longer. Such are the challenges of classic arcade games.

Site Under Construction

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 17:15 — Waterborn

Great Outdoors Cooking site is going up slowly but surely. We hope to have the final edit of Episode I up on Friday. In the meantime, I am trying to teach myself Word Press in a week.

OK folks, we are closing in on the debut of the new website for our web-tv series Cooking in the Great Outdoors. As my Produer and cinematographer Jeremy "JPNor" Pollard puts the final touches on editing of the full episode, here is a short preview of Episode I that covers my "Green-eyed Susan" recipe. Special thanks to Chef Geoffrey Zakarian for the inspiration for this dish.

I also want to give a special thank you go my good friend Luke Edwards and his band Tater for the background music. We will be featuring more tunes from the Tater Traveling Circus in subesquent episode. I really think that their music meshes well with what we are trying to do with Cooking in the Great Outdoors.

So let me know what you think about this teaser trailer, follow us on Twitter @OutdoorsCook and join us on our new adventure in the outdoors.

For those that may have missed my Twitter post with photos from the shoot for the first episode of Cooking in the Great Outdoors, here is a quick look at what we did. Note that this episode is focusing on using a grill and portable stoves to cook outside where there is easy car access. Subsequent eipisodes will focus on "ultra-light" backpacking stoves and pretty much the gambit between the two extremes.

Loaded up and ready to head out


The main set

Jackson served as the "Assistant Director"

Pulling the ribs out of marinade and putting them on the grill

Putting the Rub on the ribs

Close-up of the ribs after rub & glaze.

Rolling on the smoke.

The Set: Cooking ribs with Stand Up Paddleboarders in the background.


JPNor setting up the mic with our Key Grip.

Shooting the "Green-eyed Susan" segment.

Cooking on the Coleman

Green-eyed Susans - Coddled eggs cooked in halved avocados with leaks and spices.

Heading out to do some fishing

My friend Mike from SUP the Coast with some fresh Tautog


One of my friends created another logo for my web-tv series Cooking in the Great Outdoors. Let me know what you think. I really like this one. Though I also really liked the one Proving made for us as well.

I have been realy busy with my Cooking in the Great Outdoors project and have not posted much about video games lately, so I figured I would throw up a video of a recent 3.8 million point game that I played on my Robotron arcade cab. Note that the game ends at just over an hour and fifteen minutes with the dreaded software reset that is common with this game.




10 Million Points on Robotron

Fri, 11/25/2011 - 00:06 — Waterborn

OK, I usually despise people who double post blogs back to back, but I had to post this. I just broke my personal High Score on my Robotron arcade cab by getting 10,010,025 points in a single game (that's a little over 10 million points there). It took me right around 2.5 hours. This score would have me ranked 15th in the world according to Twin Galaxies.


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