The 2012 OVGE event in Tulsa has come and gone, and it was another good year. I was an oddball at this event in that, in and among my usual sales of video games and game-related swag, I was debuting a new book that has nothing to do with video games whatsoever. It didn’t exactly fly off the table, but that’s okay – I wasn’t as much of an oddball as I thought, because there was plenty of sci-fi in the air at this year’s OVGE. Get ready for drool-worthy sights both game-related and otherwise.
More from Brandon Staggs’ Trek game display; he told me this little display was his son’s idea. The boy must be firing on all cylinders, because if I had a miniature model of a Star Trek TNG pinball, I would have done *exactly the same thing* with it.
Vintage 1982 pins and buttons, again advertising the arcade game. I have entertained the notion more than once of doing a Star Trek game display, and have backed off every time I see Brandon’s display. Now if we collaborated one year? That might just be a showstopper.
Brandon Staggs also does these retrogaming T-shirts. They are awesome. Inevitably, as the day wears on at each year’s OVGE, you find people have bought one of these and then changed into it before roaming the floor again. The just-about-official threads of OVGE.
More of the Staggs family’s excellent (and shiny) Star Trek setup: these were various vintage Star Trek games set up to play, including the Vectrex Star Trek: The Motion Picture game, the 2600 version of the Star Trek arcade game, Starfleet Academy on SNES, and the never-released Star Trek V game for the NES.
Last year, I took home one of the red ghost monster hats for my son. It’s reversible into a “scared” ghost monster. He still wears it. You can too: visit their Etsy shop to see these and their other goodies. They also had Portal companion cube plushies. Just too cute. I have to be very careful at their booth, or I wind up spending a lot of money.
Game Xchange was a presence at OVGE this year, and did pretty well. They were next door to my table. I thought I had my marketing act together with my VWORP! t-shirt and artwork print, but what I really need is a rug.
For one thing, I was glad to not be the only one showing off seemingly out-of-place sci-fi goodies at a gaming convention, and for another… you just do not get to see this stuff every day, period. I can’t even begin to imagine what it’s all worth – Holt was a fan of the show from day one, and collected a lot of the promo material while it was still running on Fox.
Drew Stone’s awesome arcade marquee light boxes. I need to book him to design a floor-to-ceiling enclosure for my marquees at home. I know I’ve figured out a well-documented way to backlight my marquees on a budget, but these are classy.
Rob O’Hara has a knack for doing the most eye-catching table at OVGE, in any given year. It seems like the most obvious thing in the world, and yet why was no one else showing off vintage video and computer basketball games?
Intermission: Tweet Tweet
I live-tweeted intermittently throughout the show, chronicling moments both wonderful and weird from behind the scenes. (The oldest tweets are at the bottom, for those not familiar with Twitter.)
I’ve never live-tweeted anything before (in fact, I’m still not sure if Twitter and my long-winded tendencies are compatible). How’d I do?
Also at Rob’s table were Robb Sherwin and copies of Robb’s original text adventure, Cryptozookeeper.
Trade ‘n’ Games had a few treasures just for show and not for sale… like Cubicolor and an Atari 2600 Air Raid cart, an ultra-rare game that fetches into the thousands of dollars any time it shows its face on eBay.
My single-table setup was modest this year – books, DVDs, and quite a few games. I unloaded two boxed systems, and half of the White Bucket games lived to fight another day! But the really cool oddity was over at the far left, supplied by my friend and frequent OVGE cohort Kent Sutton…
…an exceedingly hard-to-find Dimension 68000 computer. Built around a Z80 / CP/M core, the Dimension had hardware cards that could emulate an IBM PC XT or an Apple II+ – quite a coup back in the ’80s. This is the first time one has shown up in working order at any of the retrogaming events.