Atari Party 2016

Free Prize Drawing

Prize winners from 2015's party

Thanks to numerous sponsors, the 2016 Atari Party will once again include a free prize drawing! Raffle tickets will be handed out (at no cost) to all attendees. Just show up, and stick around until (or return right before) the prize drawing for a chance to win!

How It Works
  • Everyone will receive two (2) free raffle tickets.
  • Break both tickets in half.
  • Keep one half of each ticket.
  • Place the other half of each ticket in the receptacle for the category of prize you'd like to have a chance at winning (see below).
  • You may submit both tickets to the same prize category (to double your chance at winning one of those prizes).
Prize Categories
  • "General" — prizes anyone could use; no need to own a classic computer or video game system
    • Raspberry Pi 2 Model B (× 2)
    • Nintendo Wii + games
    • Arcade controller
    • Books
      • Terrible Nerd
      • Game Art
      • Python for Kids
      • Arduino Project Handbook
      • Learn to Program with Minecraft
      • The Manga Guide to the Universe
    • ANTIC podcast interview collection USB sticks
    • T-shirts
    • Tote bags
  • "Atari 8-bit" — prizes that require an Atari 8-bit computer (400/800/XL/XE models) to enjoy
    • Blaster
    • MacRorie's R-Time 8 replacement
The prize drawing is free. Attendees receive raffle tickets upon entry, up until the time of the drawing. You must be present during the drawing to claim your prize — if no one claims a prize, another ticket will be drawn.

Prizes — General

Raspberry Pi 2 Model B (× 2)

The Raspberry Pi is a series of credit card-sized single-board computers, created with the intent to promote the teaching of basic computer science in schools and developing countries. Released in February 2015, the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B consists of a 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex A-7 CPU, 1GB RAM, 4 USB ports, 40 GPIO pins (general-purpose input/output), HDMI video output, Ethernet port, combined 3.5mm audio jack and composite video output, camera interface (CSI), display interface (DSI), Micro SD card slot, and VideoCore IV 3D graphics core.

It can run the full range of ARM-based GNU/Linux distributions (including Snappy Ubuntu Core), as well as Microsoft Windows 10.

Thanks to Rob McMullen, host of the Player/Missile Podcast, for donating a RPi at Atari Party again! (He also sent Bill K., party coordinator, an RPi as a gift, but Bill would rather give it away, too. He'll be doing so, with Rob's blessing.)

Nintendo Wii video game console

The Nintendo Wii was Nintendo's 2006 follow-up to (and backwards-compatible with) their Gamecube home video game console. It was released in 2006, discontinued in 2013 (a year after their Wii U was released), and its last official game came out last year (October 2015); there were nearly 1,800 games released on disc, plus 330 downloadable (WiiWare) games, and nearly 400 Virtual Console games — both arcade games, and home video game console titles from Nintendo NES, SNES and N64, Sega Master System and Genesis, NEC TurboGrafx-16, SNK Neo Geo, and Commodore 64. Thanks to Dean Kendrick for donating this system.

Edladdin Super 78 arcade controller

Super 78
The Super 78 from Edladdin Controllers is an arcade controller built around an authentic Sanwa JLF-TP-8YT ball-top joystick with an octagonal restrictor plate and two Suzo-Happ pushbuttons. The octagonal restrictor plate is the perfect compromise between a 4-way and 8-way joystick, providing distinct landing points for your stick in all eight directions. The Suzo-Happ arcade pushbuttons deliver true left/right two-button control just like the original Atari 7800 "Pro Line" controllers (but with none of the pain). It's 100% compatible with the classic Atari CX-40 joystick familiar to owners of the Atari 2600, Atari Flashback, and many of the 8-bit and 16-bit era computers, and which can be used with modern USB-based PCs using devices such as the Stelladaptor.

Thanks to Edladdin for donating this controller for our prize give-away. It will also be seen in action during the Atari Party, along with their Super Twin 78 dual-stick controller.

Terrible Nerd

Terrible Nerd s tech journalist-turned-Web publisher Kevin Savetz' biography of personal computing, gaming, and online adventures as a child in the 80s, and follows the author as an Internet pioneer in the early 90s and into his present-day Web success.

Thanks to ANTIC: The Atari 8-bit Podcast (of which Kevin is a co-host) for donating two copies of this book to give away at the party.

Books from No Starch Press

No Starch Press publishes the finest in geek entertainment — distinctive books on computing, focusing on open source/Linux, security, hacking, programming, alternative operating systems, and science and math. Their titles have personality and attitude, their authors are passionate about their subjects, and they read and edit every book that bears their name. No Starch Press' goal is to make computing accessible to technophile and novice alike.

They have been kind enough to donate $150 worth of books for our prize drawing!

ANTIC: The Atari 8-bit Podcast interview collections

ANTIC: The Atari 8-bit Podcast is a show dedicated to the Atari 8-bit line of home computers. Along with regular monthly roundtable discussions amongst the hosts, they also conduct interviews with a wide variety of people who were, or are, involved in the Atari scene, including modern homebrew software developers and programmers from the 1980s, magazine publishers and columnists, managers, hobbiests, and much more.

We'll have a set of ten (10) USB memory sticks containing 15 of the most popular ANTIC interview episodes (out of 180 and counting!). Totalling nearly 18 hours of audio, it includes: Thanks to ANTIC: The Atari 8-bit Podcast (via Kevin Savetz) for donating these USB sticks to give away at the party.

Funko POP Games: Ms. Pac-Man Action Figure

This Funko Pop! Games Ms. Pac-Man figure is a tribute to an iconic character from the Golden Age of Video Games. First released in American arcades in 1981, Ms. Pac-Man was one of the most popular arcade games ever produced, selling over 120,000 cabinets. A port was quickly produced for the Atari 2600 in 1982, with releases on other major consoles beginning the following year and continuing to the present day.

Thanks to Timothy Thatcher for donating this prize for the give-away.

Memorabilia (to be announced)

Philip Louie is once again bringing some Atari goodies (swag) to give away this year. More details soon (or just wait for the show!)

T-shirts and Tote Bags

Along with books, No Starch Press also sent along a number of t-shirts and tote bags. We'll give these away with the books.

Also, Chris Alaimo, editor of Classic Gaming Quarterly (and who will be exhibiting at this year's Atari Party), is donating a CGQ t-shirt for the give-away as well.

Prizes — Atari 8-bit

Blaster video game cartridge for Atari XL/XE home computers

Blaster is a 3D video game designed by Vid Kidz (Eugene Jarvis and Larry DeMar, previously from Williams Electronics, and both of Defender and Robotron: 2084 fame, among many others). Initially developed for the Atari 8-bit computer and Atari 5200 game console, it was never released — until now. An arcade version was published by Williams.

Fast-forward 33 years, and the prototype of the Atari home computer version of Blaster is now available as a cartridge for the XL & XE series, from Eight Bit Fix, who specializes in the 8-bit computer line: repair, restoration, sales, and production of new cartridges like this!

Thanks to Eight Bit Fix for donating this game!

MacRorie's R-Time 8 Replacement realtime clock cartridge for Atari 8-bit home computers

ICD's R-Time 8 was a realtime clock add-on for the Atari 8-bit line of computers, with its own battery back-up. It plugged into the Atari's cartridge port, but provided a pass-through slot to stack another cartridge on top of it — for example, you could stack it on top of a SpartaDOS X cart (which also had a pass-thorugh), and then stack another cartridge (programming language, BBS software, etc.) on top of it.

This brand new cart is a complete stand alone replacement for the ICD R-Time 8 cartridge. It is 100% compatible with all drivers and software made for the R-Time 8. This is a passthrough cartridge, like the original.

Thanks to Marlin Bates (aka MacRorie), for donating this to give away at thre party.

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