And on its way to epicness!
As we wade in the midst of the holiday season, let's see if I can get a few posts in before the new year. Join me as we go back in time to the last weekend of July, as LPGE happened here in Dallas. Hope you were there and not a pixel!
The Expo is a blur for me. When you're one of the guys in charge, you find yourself running around, constantly checking in and making sure the event is running smoothly. Before you know it, it's over and you're packing up until next year.
Sometime during all that running around, a stack of DWs appeared. I think the first handoff was from Bruleski in the Free Play Area. Later, a donation from Darren in the arcade. Last, a gift from the Other Christian working the vendor hall. Thank you to my team members for the donations!
Also volunteering at LPGE was one of the Dragon Followers. Fat Chris flew all the way out from Baltimore with his kid Joey to work the event. For those who don't know Fat Chris, when working/attending a con he likes to bring his mascot if possible: a twelve foot tall inflatible Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
Of couse, it's too big for a suitcase which meant it would have to be shipped. I provided a shipper based on his measurements, then get a call from the store about the package. It's bigger, it's heavier, and it's going to cost double. "That's fine, ship it."
Unfortunately, it never arrived during the Expo. And while I knew Fat Chris loved his inflatable ghost, he sounded crushed everytime I told him it wasn't here yet. And man, he just kept asking.
Finally, late in the week after Let's Play, it arrives. He wants to be on the phone with me as I open it; I think he's crazy for caring that much about an inlfatable. I had assumed he wanted me to be careful opening it because I might damage his Puft.
I meticulous opened it only to have fourteen copies of Dragon Warrior pour out. He was cracking up on the phone and I realized he wasn't crazy for the Puft, he was worried about those carts. They arrived safely and the gift was a pleasant surprise. Thanks, Fat Chris!
- November 31, 2018
Only a week later and another update! I'm excited to share this cart with you, because it happens to touch on two things I enjoy, The Collection and Nintendo NES screw variants. Oh, you don't know about Nintendo screw variants... Get ready, today's post needs a too long, didn't read!
In the case of cart #556, it was simply a bonus included in a lot that contained another cart I was after. What I really wanted was an Ultra "error" cart I found, a 5 screw copy of Ski or Die. Oh, and it was also a double label.
For the layman out there, in 1988 Nintendo of America realized that if they changed the mold for their game paks, they could elimante two screws by having plastic clips at the top. Multiply the cost of those two screws times the number of game paks they were producing and you got some sweet Q4 earnings coming your way.
And that's where the error carts come in. Limited to two manufacturers, Ultra and Konami, there are a handful of variants out there that in all reality shouldn't exist... but they do! And there are half a dozen nerds like me that spend their time looking for these guys. In this case, Ski or Die.
The cost of these carts have gone up since a certain speed collector showed up on the scene, but I'm old school and try to stick to what they used to go for when they were virtually unknown. Of course, the article I wrote for the NA eZine when I completed my main 5/3 screw set I'm sure didn't help!
Now I'm down to the nitty gritty of variants. If you happen to have the following, I'm your guy:
|• Adventures of Bayou Billy (5 Screw)|
|• Base Wars (5 Screw)|
|• Castlevania II (5 Screw)|
|• Castlevania III (5 Screw)|
|• Contra (5 Screw)|
|• Defender of the Crown (5 Screw)|
|• Jackal (5 Screw)|
|• Mission Impossible (5 Screw)|
|• Q*Bert (5 Screw)|
|• R.C. Pro Am (5 Screw)|
|• Rollergames (5 Screw)|
|• Skate or Die (5 Screw)|
|• Snake's Revenge (5 Screw)|
|• Stadium Events (5 Screw)|
|• Tiny Toon Adventures (5 Screw)|
|• Top Gun 2: The Second Mission (5 Screw)|
- October 30, 2018
Thank you to those that contacted me about making a new post, haha! Glad so many people are enjoying the website. I've got a slew of updates, let's hope that I can find the time to get them all added. On to the carts from Denton!
I'm not really sure how or when we met, but it was only a matter of time with Alec being owner of Freaks and Geeks up in Denton, Texas. Over the years we've worked cons together, he's been a vendor at Let's Play Gaming Expo, and there's that one time we brought gaming to a music festival. That was fun.
Recently they moved locations from a quaint two-story house to a cool retail spot just across the street, I believe. Unfortunately I don't get up that way enough despite knowing that they always have some unique items. Right now, they have a set of The Tick toys I wouldn't mind picking up...
Alec is one of the true Dragon Followers, setting aside most copies of DW coming through his place. Just before the Expo, they sent these carts down to me via Bruleski. You rock, Alec.
- October 24, 2018
I’ve had several people claim to be the party responsible for the mystery cart recently. While I try and sort that out on this end, enjoy another update, this one featuring a videogame documentary I was in!
Director of the The Bits of Yesterday, I first met Darrin when he came to my place as part of my backer reward for kickstarting the project, being interviewed for the film. I gave him a brief tour of my gameroom, and then we got down to the nitty gritty, hard-hitting questions like, “Do you remember your game rental store from growing up?”
I had such a great time that Darrin and I stayed in touch throughout his filmmaking process and as it neared completion, part of the Mother to Earth crew helped him out with a touch of editing. This past summer Darrin even had a screening at the Alamo Drafthouse in Irving, Texas as part of the Let’s Play Gaming Expo. Since then, I’ve enjoyed watching all the extra bits he’s made to help promote the film.
When all the rewards we’re delivered in the spring, my big box of goodies came with an extra reward, Dragon Warrior cart #552.
- September 17, 2018
2018 was big for MGC as they moved to the convention center in downtown Mill-e-wah-que. For years, they’d held their show at a hotel outside of town. Having just moved venues myself with the Let’s Play Gaming Expo, I told Dan who runs the show I’d come help with setup knowing a little of the chaos he was about to go through.
Just before the Midwest Gaming Classic started, and before I began filming for the video blog post prior to this update, I ran into the Dragon follower Geske. We snapped this pic and sent it to our pal Brule to rub in how much fun we were having up North. Who would’ve guessed that I would see Geske not once, but twice within a year?!
I was able to get Jeff and his buddies in to the show a little early, as they helped carry my film equipment technically making them crew. They perused the vendor floor for deals before the show opened to the public while I got setup to film. That’s when he gave me two new copies for the collection he brought from home.
Geske, you are indeed the man.
- September 8, 2018
The Dragon Warrior lives! Yes, I am fine and thank you to those that inquired after my prolonged absence. But I have returned, fresh from the Let's Play Gaming Expo, and with a special update for the collection: a video blog!
Join me as I travelled North to Mill-e-wah-que in search of more copies to add to The Collection. Compliments to the minstrels that provided the music for this post, The Descendants or Erdrick. Enjoy the adventure!
- August 15, 2018
Life has been hectic this past year, with all the work being put into making this website. Amidst the chaos, a cart appeared! Alas, I forgot to write down from whence it came. Hours of research have been poured into deducing the origin of this game pak, to no avail.
Most likely, it was from one of the Dragon Followers. With the regularity of some of my contributors, sometimes a donation can get misplaced with other awesomeness that may have arrived by courier. Such was the case with this cart.
I'm certain someone will eventually see that their name is not amongst the Hall of Heroes that have donated to the cause and a stink will be raised, bringing an end to this quest. Until such time, the search will continue for the rightful owner.
- June 20, 2018
It’s all new posts from here on. Hooray! Which should make it easier for me to respond to all of these publications that keep pestering me about The Collection. I promise, I respond to everyone, just so many questions that it’s getting hard to keep up! Maybe someday I’ll make a GameFAQ…
It’s always fun when a close friend or family member sends you something game related from on the line and you can say, “Yeah, I know that guy.” Which I did a lot with NintendoTwizer, because we’ve all seen his collection. As a matter of fact, I just Googled “Nintendo Collection” to confirm that his pictures would come up first. They did.
I first met Twizer through NintendoAge, but would again cross paths years later as we both frequented reddit, which I refuse to capitalize. He was actually one of the first people I traded with on NA, he didn’t try to take advantage of me, and he was okay with doing a six-way-trade so that everyone got something from my stack of doubles. At the time, he was fourteen carts away from his complete NES set to give you an idea of how long ago that was.
Well, this site was launched and Twizer contacted me saying he’d had a copy of Dragon Warrior sitting in his glove box for months that he just kept forgetting to send me. This was a donation to the cause, which is mighty generous and always appreciated. Always a good day when you hear from this guy. Thanks, Twiz!
reddit is a lot quieter since you toned down your collection. And don’t worry, that one project is still being worked on. Looking at a completion date of later this summer. ;)
- June 1, 2018
"Get on to the real updates!" I know, I know. I am recieving all inquiries and replying as fast as I can. Hard to believe I started planning this site over a year ago. Just this one last batch of carts and we're all caught up.
I met Handsome Joe a few years back when I was still buying/selling. He was touted by several friends as legit, along with his pal "I always sell my collection" Dunfee, which encouraged Bro Prices on my end. Our final deal went sour, however, as he low-balled my already low prices, and then went lower. The last straw was when he brought out a hacked up copy of Noah's Ark 3D for trade. Literally hacked, as in someone sawed off the tabs, presumably because they didn't like the added comfort with wings? I passed politely.
But Ol' Joe wouldn't let it go. He had games piled up and proceeded to guilt me over the time it took to get to my place, over not taking that shitty piece of game, on and on. I finally caved because I'm a nice guy. I included a caveat, though. He could never, ever talk about that shit ever again. I never wanted to hear about it, not from him, anyone in the DFW gaming scene, or anywhere online. He took the deal and I quit talking to him altogether after that transaction.
This was years ago. People grow, and one day not so recently Handsome Joe apologized out of the blue. He admitted he pushed too hard for so little; he should've realized the value in the friendship, not the money. Along with his sorry came four copies of Dragon Warrior. The picture below he sent on The Facebook after he found these copies at a garage sale.
It's hard not to forgive someone who can admit they were wrong. And he never mentioned that trade over all those years, I asked around from time to time. Thus, he's no longer on my doneso list.
- May 11, 2018
The year was 2015, the event: MAGFest. During MAG, the Gaylord is like a dorm and Fat Chris is the guy with music blaring and door perpetually open. One night, in wandered Evan with Quincy Pringle in tow, who was handing out business cards like it was the 80’s and he was the CIA with coke.
Later that year, Evan called with a film idea, being I’m a filmmaker by day, working on basically anything that pays. Evan is a diehard Earthbound fan and wanted to make a documentary about the unreleased version for the NES.
He and Josh Bone-Christian (cart #438) had already conducted a short interview with a key player from Nintendo of America. I watched this forty minute video, done in a Starbucks, shot with an iPhone, and no audio equipment. Sure, the quality wasn’t great, but the content, the knowledge, the history… What they had captured was enough for me to know that they had something. I was in.
Fast forward to present day. The documentary, titled Mother to Earth, was successfully kickstarted. I went to an Earthbound convention, zigzagged the US conducting interviews, and even got to go to Japan and talk to the composer, Keiichi Suzuki.
I’ve been all over the world with those goofs and know way too much about this game considering I’m the guy who once pondered destroying a SNES Earthbound prototype. The crew flies in to Dallas this weekend for our final round of interviews and then it’s on to post!
Evan was in Dallas last year, working as the Social Media Coordinator for the Let’s Play Gaming Expo. If you interacted with us over the internet, this is the guy you were talking to. That’s also when he gave me copy #506 to add to The Collection. It’s been a wild ride with this guy, follow him on Twitter.
- April 1, 2018
I continue to be blown away by the attention the site has recieved! Bear with me as I try to respond to everyone that has contacted me thus far. And thanks for all the new copies of Dragon Warriors that have started to trickle in! For now, let us get caught up on The Collection's journey.
My first memories of this man were visiting a local game store in Dallas and seeing a stack of his consoles waiting to be modded by the Other Christian. That in itself wasn't odd, but the fact that they were for a collector in Minnesota struck me as queer. To be fair, Other Christian did superior work.
Shortly thereafter I would run across his name in the facebook groups and about a year ago he sent me his first batch of Warriors which took to The Collection to the magical number of 500. That was soon followed by another batch, for none of which he asked payment.
Jeff was a dozen or so carts away from completing his NES collection at the time, easy stuff to acquire as we all know happens at the end. Luckily for him a friend was downsizing at the time, allowing me to send hima copy of Pro Sports Hockey for being such a good sport. We had the good fortune of meeting at PRGE this past year.
I met this character at Too Many Games way back in the year two thousand of oh-thirteen. Fat Chris and friends were standing outside the venue and laughing on the sidewalk as I was lugging my gear to the the parking lot. They asked if I knew of Liquid Ass, which in fact I did know, as the morning Radio show I interned on in college was sent a box prelaunch about ten years prior.
They were "Shit Dollaring", hitting a buck with that foul smelling spray then dropping it outside the Con. We watched as people celebrated their good fortune upon finding free money, followed immediately by regret and dropping the bill back on the ground, only to be repeated by the next poor, unsuspecting soul. There was an immediate repoir.
The first two carts he gave to me personally at MAGFest, an event he introduced me to; I highly recommend it. The next two D-dubs were sent with packages that included a lot of randomness for use at the Let's Play Gaming Expo, a project I'm involved with here in Dallas.
The third batch he brought with him when he flew out to help work the Expo last year. He's also the one that sold me that Pro Sports Hockey I sent Jeff. Below is a video of him chugging mustard. Thin is in, but fat is where it's at - Stay Puft!
I've known Eric Brule for a number of years. He's the man behind the graphic design of the Let's Play Gaming Expo and works for a local advertising agency here in DFW. Very talented individual and part of the team who helped me build this tribute site.
As an avid collector who still finds time to go out and hunt, Brule will randomly have little goodies for me. If I'm really lucky, as I was three times in this instance, he'll find some cheap Dragon Warriors. He has also worked as courier for both Jeff Geske and Alec Featherstone. I have a feeling we'll be seeing his name again in the near future!
Appearing a second time on the new tribute site, Alec, owner and propritor of Freaks and Geeks in Denton, Tejas, is well aware of The Collection. He continually sets aside what he gets and either brings them to events he knows he might see me at, or sends them on their way with Brule when he stops by the store.
The picture below is of carts #509-512, which Alec took up to Super! BitCon last year, despite the weather. He's a stand up guy and a well liked pillar of the North Texas gaming community. If you're at UNT and want some retro goodness, make sure to stop by!
- March 7, 2018
Wow, I can’t believe it! The response to the website has been overwhelming the past few weeks. I have many of your questions to answer, but the one thing that keeps being brought up is “The Gap”. Honestly, I was surprised so many found the website’s hidden links, let alone follow them all.
The last update before this website was created was for Cart #480, however the list of Items here reflects additions as high as #529, creating “The Gap” of updates for Carts #481-529. The why is it took a long time to make this website and even longer to make that Dragon Throne. I’ll spend the next few posts catching everyone up.
Every year, Magdiel Venture holds Retrofest in Ft. Worth, Texas with proceeds going to charity. It’s a great event for the gaming community, giving collectors and sellers a chance to get together in an fun atmosphere that isn’t overwhelming. It was there I finally had an oppurtunity to get together with Jacob Mendoza, a collector who at the time lived in West Texas (not to be confused with West, Texas).
He knew about my cache of NES doubles, but he also knew that I was a hermit who strictly bartered for copies of D-dub. He needed some SMB/DHs, I needed all his copies of Dragon Warrior, and a deal was born. I think he sat on the stack pictured above for six months, but Retrofest brought us together on that fateful Saturday, March 25th in 2017. Me and the copies of Dragon Warrior, not Jacob.
Also at Retrofest was my good buddy Alec Featherstone, owner and operator of Freaks and Geeks in Denton. Alec is well aware of The Collection, which is how I will be referring to it from here on out, and has become one of its regular contributors. I appreciate his help, his camaraderie, and his commitment to the beard despite the Texas heat. He specifically brought a few copies along because he thought he might run into me at Retrofest. And he did! Score.
Another regular in the gaming scene here in North Texas, The Nostalgic Nerd hooked me up with some DW copies at Retrofest, as well. I can see it now, fans of the site saying that on the site I will only pay $3, but the stickers on these say $7. People, if you’re paying full price for anything, then it’s not a deal.
I picked up two Chuck Norris action figures after my D-dub deal was completed with Jacob. Still in the original packaging, hangtabs unpunched. Their heads are hollow and made of a soft plastic, causing many to be punctured or torn whilst deep in heavy, imaginary battle. Kid Me used the serpent helmet from Snakebite of the Supernaturals line by Tonka to hide his hideous deformity, but there was a queerness to making ol’ Charles a bad guy, which he clearly was after that mask went on. It would be years before I would understand it was Chuck’s inherit awesomeness that was clashing with that evil-looking headdress.
I heard Chuck Norris is so famous, he once had the most popular website on the Internet. Surprisingly enough, I couldn’t find it. I’m talking about the one that was just random facts you could vote on and never see again with the top ten list, not the commercialized version I see linked on the Internet Archive by Know Your Meme. Before that.
- February 5, 2018
Welcome to the unorthodox Dragon Warrior collection. Once a forum thread, now it's own website, follow me on a quest to collect 1000 copies of a single game: Dragon Warrior for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).
I wanted to do something monumental to signify the reaching of 500 copies, and thought a tribute site would be appropriate. Accompanying the launch of this site, there was also a press release sent out to all the major publications.
My goal is lofty, but it is my fate. Keep up with the collection's progress as the years go by and the copies pile up, because only a true Dragonlord would have a 1000 copies!
- October 12, 2017
The adventure continues...
It starts with a forum post on NintendoAge in the year 2012. One of the users (K3VBOT) had the opportunity to buy out a video game store. Another eagle eyed user (Max Velocity) commented on the number of copies of Jurassic Park he saw in the posted inventory photos, quickly followed by teasing from another member (WickedWonka) that he expected photos of all the JPs. So K3VBOT went back to the store, and the first Mega Collection was on its way.
This prompted another member on NA (Space Jockey) to start his own unorthodox mega collection... of Dragon Warriors! While talking to the community about the mega collections, yet another member (ihavethatpma) came into the picture with their own collection of Super Mario Bros/Duck Hunt carts. Several other users expressed interest of joining the mega collection race, but it was K3VBOT, Space Jockey, and ihavethatpma that really showed promise.
Then life happened. Girlfriends became wives, sperms became kids, and soon collections became house down payments. One by one, the mega collections went away, fueled by rising game prices. It was a sad day in 2014 when Space Jockey listed his unorthodox Dragon Warrior collection for sale.
Exit Space Jockey, enter me. Also a member on NintendoAge (where I go by the screenname "Ferris Bueller"), I too was a fan of Dragon Warrior as a kid. I was at just that right age to grow up with the Nintendo NES and Dragon Warrior is the first RPG I played, thanks to the Nintendo Power giveaway. When I saw the unorthodox collection was up for grabs, I decided that I would – nay - I had to keep the tradition alive and I purchased the collection.
Since taking possession of this collection, I've managed to add over 100 new carts, as well as including Save data with the collection stats. Who knows, maybe you'll find your childhood cart in the collection!
I also unlocked the collection's first achievement, the acquiring of a Dragon Warrior prototype. Dubbed "Dragon Warrior Express," this DW proto has Slimes, Ghosts, and Drakees that yield 255 experience points and was most likely used for beta testing once the English localization/translation was completed.
We arrive at 500 copies and unlock the collection's second achievement, this website. A tribute to what's to come. For those of you wondering if I'll continue the quest for 1000 copies...
Yes, I am still getting copies of Dragon Warrior.
Yes, I will take donations.
Free is best, $3 is my sweet spot (remember, they used to give this away for free). Updates will simply be made here from now on as new copies arrive.
So we collect on, roms alternating current, borne back ceaselessly into the past, and on our way to 1000 copies and becoming a truly epic collection!
|#152||vaosu (donated $10 to the cause)||(NA)|
|#174-175||cremorecs (second contribution)||(NA)|
|#243-246||Atlantic Games and Toys||(atlanticgamesandtoys.com)|
|#259-276||sosafan2 (second contribution)||(eBay)|
|#300-301||mynameisearl (second contribution)||(NA)|
|#311||cremorecs (third contribution)||(NA)|
|#332-342||jjgames (second contribution)||(jjgames.com)|
|#343-354||Player's Choice Video Games||(playerschoicevideogames.com)|
|#358-368||Rock 30 Games||(rock30games.com)|
|#373||kedz25 (second contribution)||(NA)|
|#408-414||Game and Movie Traders||(LPGE)|
|#415||FX Game Exchange and Console Repair||(LPGE)|
|#418||Retro World Series||(Houston)|
|#437||FX Game Exchange and Console Repair||(Dallas)|
|#438||Josh Bone-Christian||(Mother to Earth Director)|
|#441-443||Video Game Wizards||(Portland)|
|#444||FX Game Exchange and Console Repair||(Dallas)|
|#446-47||Super A Video Games||(PRGE)|
|#452-53||The Place 4 Gamers||(PRGE)|
|#454||Retro Game & Toy Exchange||(PRGE)|
|#456-57||Back in Time Gaming||(PRGE)|
|#470-471||Freaks and Geeks||(Denton)|
|#494-495||Freaks and Geeks||(Retrofest)|
|#481-497||The Nostalgic Nerd||(Retrofest)|
|#503-504||Freaks and Geeks||(Dallas)|
|#506||Evan Butler||(Mother to Earth Producer)|
|#509-512||Freaks and Geeks||(Dallas)|
|#536-538||Video Game Exchange||(MGC)|
|#542-546||Play It Retro||(MGC)|
|#552||Darrin Peloquin||(Bits of Yesterday)|
|#553-555||Brule||(Freaks and Geeks)|
|#575||Vendor||(Game On Expo)|
|#576-577||Married Guy Games||(Game On Expo)|
|#578||Vendor||(Game On Expo)|
|#396||D-MAN||MOM||MATT||< My copy from childhood|
|#425||SIIR GAL||LlamaBoy||Sir Bri|
|#453||COOL DAD||COOL DAD||CHRIS|
|#466||BooBoo||BooBoo||BooBoo||< All Maxed Out|
|#475||ROBERT H.||ROBERT H.||WINNIE|
|#525||MIKE M D||MAA(((((||Sonia PD|