Atari Party 2016


Atari Party is made extra-special thanks to generous donations! At past events, cash donations have gone towards food for volunteers, flyer printing, the purchase of give-away prizes, gear that helps us set up the show, and even movie screenings. Past donations of books, software, and hardware have allowed us to hold great free prize drawings for the attendees to participate in.

This year, not only are we holding a prize drawing again, but we're also getting some appropriately-themed books donated to our local public library system, as a way of saying "thanks" for being there — a great, inexpensive, accessible, and welcoming venue for our silly little retrogaming geek-fest!

Event Sponsors

These kind folks have donated cash to help us put the event together, and/or items for our free give-away prize drawing!

No Starch Press, Inc.

No Starch Press publishes the finest in geek entertainment — distinctive books on computing, such as bestsellers Steal This Computer Book and The Manga Guides. They focus 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 some books for our prize drawing.

Game Art

Python for Kids

Arduino Project Handbook

Learn to Program with Minecraft

The Manga Guide to the Universe

(Learn more about these books on the Prizes page.)

The Irving Family

Thanks to the Irvings for donating a video projector, which we'll be using at this (and future) Atari Parties!

Chris Lambertus

Thanks to Chris for donating an Amdek 500 color monitor, which will also be used at this (and future) Atari Parties!

Edladdin Controllers

Edladdin creates fully customizable arcade controllers, adapters, and accessories for Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Atari Flashback, and classic 8-bit and 16-bit computers (plus modern PCs, via USB adapters).

They are donating a Super 78 controller for our prize drawing. (See it, plus their Super Twin 78, in action at this year's Atari Party!)

ANTIC: The Atari 8-bit Podcast

ANTIC, a podcast dedicated to the Atari 8-bit line of home computers, posts monthly episodes covering news and info about the Atari scene. It's hosted by Randall Kindig, host of the Floppy Days podcast, Brad Arnold, president and co-founder of the Atlanta Historical Computing Society, and Kevin Savetz, author of the autobiography Terrible Nerd, and curator of the Classic Computer Magazine Archive and ANTIC has also conducted ~150 (and counting) interviews with a wide range of people involved in Atari home computers, back then, and today. (Bill Kendrick, coordinator of the Atari Party is also an occasional contributor to ANTIC!)

They are donating copies of Kevin's Terrible Nerd, and some USB memory sticks containing some ANTIC podcast episodes, for our prize give-away!

Eight Bit Fix

Eight Bit Fix specializes in Atari 8-bit home computers, doing repair, restoration, and consultation, as well as sales of both classic game hardware and software, and production of new game cartridges (such as Chris Hutt's 2011 port of Space Harrier, Mr. Do!, and prototypes such as Blaster, Sinistar (work-in-progress), the cart-based version of Bruce Lee and the unreleased 8-bit version of MIDI Maze).

They are donating a copy of Blaster, one of the new cartridge releases they've made this year, for our prize give-away!

Player/Missile Podcast

Rob McMullen is host of the Player/Missile Podcast — "a retrospective of the Atari 8-bit home computer systems, the magazines that covered them, and a somewhat chronological review of games as they arrived on the platform."

Rob's donating a Rasperry Pi 2 Model B ARM-based single-board computer capable of running Linux or Windows 10, for our prize give-away!

Marlin "MacRorie" Bates

Marlin Bates, known as "MacRorie" on AtariAge, is not only coming to Atari Party 2016 to exhibit a variety of Atari hardware, he's also creator of the "R-Time 8 Replacement" realtime clock cartridge for the Atari 8-bit computer line.

Marlin's donating one of his RT8 carts, for our prize give-away!

Timothy Thatcher

Tim Thatcher helped post flyers for Atari Party, and donated the Funko POP "Ms. Pac-Man" figurine for our prize give-away!

Chris Alaimo, Classic Gaming Quarterly

Chris Alaimo, editor of Classic Gaming Quarterly is not only coming to Atari Party to exhibit an Apple II running Atarisoft games, but also donated a t-shirt for our prize give-away!

Library Donation Sponsors

The following organizations have been kind enough to donate material to the Yolo County Public Library on behalf of this year's Atari Party!

No Starch Press, Inc.

No Starch Press publishes the finest in geek entertainment... see details mentioned above!

No Starch offered to donate three books from the For Kids section of their catalog. Lana Harman, Collection Development Librarian at the Yolo County Library selected these:

Electronics for Kids

Build Your Own Website

Learn to Program with Minecraft

ANTIC: The Atari 8-bit Podcast

ANTIC is also donating a copy of Kevin Savetz's autobiography Terrible Nerd, to the library.

Ian Bogost, Nick Montfort, and The MIT Press

Racing the Beam is "a study of the most important early videogame console, the Atari Video Computer System (also known as the Atari VCS or the Atari 2600). Through its main example, the book provides unique insight into the role of underlying hardware and software systems in new media." (More info at Dr. Bogost's website)

Dr. Ian Bogost is an author and an award-winning game designer. He is Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he also holds an appointment in the Scheller College of Business. Bogost is also founding partner at Persuasive Games LLC, an independent game studio, and a contributing editor at The Atlantic.

Nick Montfort is an associate professor of digital media at MIT in the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies. He is also a poet, computer scientist, and author of interactive fiction. He is the principal of the naming firm Nomnym.

The MIT Press is a university press affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

They are donating a copy of Racing the Beam to the library.

Want to help?

Please contact Atari Party organizer, Bill Kendrick, at

If you'd like to donate money (to help me pay for pizza, flyers, and other supplies), you can donate via PayPal:

If you're interested in volunteering, see the Volunteer page.

Cash Donations & Expenditures

As of 2016-05-26:

Date Entity What Amount Details
2016-04-05 Copyland B&W flyer copies (x50) $-4.34 ($4.00+tax) Ahead of Sac Indie Arcade (2016-04-09)
2016-04-14 Copyland Color flyer copies (x21) $-11.39 ($10.50+tax) Ahead of UC Davis Picnic Day (2016-04-16)
2016-04-30 Yolo County Public Library Room costs $-35.00 $10.00 for A/V equipment, $25.00 to have food there
2016-05-26 Molly Patton Donation $+15.73  
2016-05-27 Facebook Event ad campaign $-9.00 Target: Adults in Davis +50mi
2016-05-27 Michael Whipp Donation $+35.00  
2016-06-14 Copyland Color flyer copies (x20) $-10.85 ($10.00+tax)  
2016-07-29 Nugget Markets Breakfast snacks for volunteers $-23.28 ($23.11+tax)  
2016-07-29 CVS/pharmacy "Hello, my name is" stickers & pens $-5.82 ($5.36+tax)  
2016-07-30 Fluffy Donuts Donuts for volunteers $-31.99  
  Total $-80.77  

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