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#621 Zombie

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Posted 29 January 2019 - 05:45 AM

Hi folks, just wanted to mention that I added some pics of the Apocalypse American style poster (which was folded to fit inside the big box) to the Apocalypse Promo Items page. And while I was at it, I might as well add a couple pics of a never-before-seen Apocalypse EU poster which I just received. It came from Australia damaged due to a poor quality mailing tube, but I was able to sorta fix it by pressing it. Kinda neat to still be finding old items from the original series floating around yet! Posted Image

Just a reminder: if any of you have an X-COM item (or game) you would like to sell or donate to my collection, send me a PM and maybe we can work something out. Or if you know of something which I don't have yet, let me know about it here. My searches are pretty thorough, but I still miss things from time to time. Posted Image

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JellyfishGreen said:

Zombie: Empirical data's your only man, when formulating a research plan.
A soldier's death is never in vain if it makes the formula more plain.
A few dozen make a better case for refining that third decimal place.
They call me Zombie because I don't sleep, as I slowly struggle to climb this heap,
of corpses, data points, and trials, but from the top - I'll see for miles!

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Posted 29 January 2019 - 02:37 PM

Gaaaah!! The invasion of the Multiworms! Posted Image

Or so it would seem to the casual passer-by when seeing that new poster of yours, Zombie. Posted Image

As for that other rarer Apocalypse EU poster, maybe because of its size, it makes one take notice of the 'L' even more (kind of at odds with the other letters, as it seems almost as if it's the only uppercase letter of the bunch).

Glad you managed to diminish the severity of the damage suffered. The colours are great! Posted Image

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Posted 18 May 2019 - 05:34 AM

Some more news to report on my collection! I recently acquired two more Magazine Compilation cds featuring X-COM from my favorite German seller on eBay (both are German compilations btw, so pretty rare). First up was a PowerPlay May 1995 cd which has the TFTD demo, and the other is a GameStar August 1998 cd which of course has the Interceptor demo. Neither unfortunately came with the outer sleeve so the search continues. While I was on the magazine compilations page I also fixed up the PC Accelerator cd image which was too small. Yes, the images at the bottom for XCOM:EU are still buggered in the site software, but I'll just rescan and reupload them maybe this weekend. And while going through my stack of X-COM cd's I ran across that Interactive Entertainment CD ROM episode 6 from 1994 which I haven't scanned yet, guess I'll be doing that as well (did a little bit more sleuthing on the cd and found out that Episode 6 is the September 1994 issue which makes sense due to the September date stamps on the files). ;)

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JellyfishGreen said:

Zombie: Empirical data's your only man, when formulating a research plan.
A soldier's death is never in vain if it makes the formula more plain.
A few dozen make a better case for refining that third decimal place.
They call me Zombie because I don't sleep, as I slowly struggle to climb this heap,
of corpses, data points, and trials, but from the top - I'll see for miles!

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Posted 18 May 2019 - 11:40 AM

Looking at that magenta PowerPlay CD - Schnupperspiele?! *sractches head* Posted Image

And just look at that sweet GameStar CD illustration. I guess that's what they call drop dead gorgeous? Posted Image

Just reading the names of the games mentioned there, it's a who's who of some of the very best classic titles of the time. Baldur's Gate, Diablo, Starcraft, C&C 3, Age of Empires, Freespace...

Good stuff, Zombie. May your hunt be bountiful! Posted Image

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 04:43 AM

So today I went through my collection again with a fine tooth comb to make sure there wasn't any magazine compilations hidden somewhere. The answer to that was no. I did run across a couple CDs titled Games 96 OVER 1000 GAME Titles by an outfit called VastNet so I thought for sure there was something X-COM related in there. My heart skipped a beat when I found a folder named UFO, but unfortunately it's a different game called U.F.O Tracker (files are date stamped 11/11/1993 so this predates UFO:EU). Apparently when I purchased this CD I was under the impression it was UFO:EU, oh well. Posted Image

While looking at all the magazine compilation CDs I saw that Ken & Brian's Favorite DemOs (correct capitalization) and thought I should take a peek to see when the disc was released. According to the date stamps, it was March 13 1997 so I adjusted the placement of the entry in the page. I don't think this is technically a magazine compilation as it came bundled inside the Conquer the Universe game compilation set from MicroProse so there isn't a true release date but March 1997 should be good enough to get an idea where it falls in the grand scheme. Oh, and since I had the window open I tried looking for the X-COM: Apocalypse demo but it wasn't present. Posted Image I somehow got the installation program to run and found a preview button in the Apocalypse text entry which turned out to be 8 images from the game. I'll see about ripping those from the CD somehow (can't find the directory where they are in though so I might need to do screen captures instead). At least I solved that little mystery.

So keep an eye on this topic in the coming weeks/month as I have some more XCOM items arriving which are really cool and/or rare, a supposed game ad for X-COM: UFO Defense (same one I found online a while back) plus there's a few items I have my eye on. Turns out my search criteria in eBay was set up incorrectly for a rather long time so now I'm in the process of securing these items. Posted Image

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JellyfishGreen said:

Zombie: Empirical data's your only man, when formulating a research plan.
A soldier's death is never in vain if it makes the formula more plain.
A few dozen make a better case for refining that third decimal place.
They call me Zombie because I don't sleep, as I slowly struggle to climb this heap,
of corpses, data points, and trials, but from the top - I'll see for miles!

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 02:37 PM

• Offline cataloguing: ckeck.

• Online logistics update: check.

One thing is for sure - there's no shortage of mislabeled games merchandise on sale out there and, beyond that, there's always room for obfuscation in collections where some titles take the headlines while the rest get buried in the small print. Posted Image

Then there's the sort of merchandise that never got any visibility or wasn't made public in the first place, which makes it very hard to even properly search if you can't guess the right criteria.

The truth is you've managed to dig up a heck of a lot as it is. So, seek and you shall find, Zombie! Posted Image

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 02:34 AM

View PostThorondor, on 22 May 2019 - 02:37 PM, said:

Then there's the sort of merchandise that never got any visibility or wasn't made public in the first place, which makes it very hard to even properly search if you can't guess the right criteria.

Quoted for truth. If you don't know it exists, it can be very difficult finding it. Most of the time I just rely on a combination of persistence and dumb luck. Then when you find something you also have to determine if it is authentic merchandise and not a remake. Posted Image

Just a quick update: I was on vacation this past week so nothing new arrived. I made a slight mistake on one item I purchased: the auction pics showed XCOM dog tags as gold colored when in reality they were silver (bad picture, be warned silver can look like gold in some light). So now I have a second set. Not a big deal, I can wear one of the tags now so it all worked out. :D

Picked up a bottle of a different variety of UFO beer while on vacation too:

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UFO White: orange peel and coriander. Sounds odd, but it's actually quite pleasant. You can taste the orange peel which is good, but I was hoping for a little more orange kick (maybe brew it with some orange juice). That said, the coriander is the last thing to finish in the mouth so it kinda covers up the orange taste and evens things out. Interesting to say the least. :)

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JellyfishGreen said:

Zombie: Empirical data's your only man, when formulating a research plan.
A soldier's death is never in vain if it makes the formula more plain.
A few dozen make a better case for refining that third decimal place.
They call me Zombie because I don't sleep, as I slowly struggle to climb this heap,
of corpses, data points, and trials, but from the top - I'll see for miles!

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 09:07 AM

Thy speaketh of oddities, strange sightings and sensations. That be Flavor Adventures of the UFO variety!! Posted Image

Orange peel and coriander, no less. Whatever will they think of next, eh, Zombie?

Here's a slogan for them: "A taste of alien goodness." Posted Image

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Posted 10 July 2019 - 05:40 AM

I recently purchased a GameStar (November 2013) Vollversion German magazine compilation so I added scans of that to the Magazine Compilations page. On it is a 16+ minute interview of Christian Weigel (not a Dev, just an author/writer/fan/expert from what I can make out). Interesting as it's in 720p HD. Unfortunately, this didn't come with a sleeve so I still need to look for that sometime. ;)

Oh, and before I forget, I rescanned and added the images of the PC PowerPlay XCOM:EU demo disk back to the page again. Hurray! I did a little more research on it and found that the issue of the magazine was #210. That corresponds to the December 2012 issue. And what's this? It says December 2012 on the spline of the sleeve. Guess I should have opened my eyes and read the darn thing first. Posted Image

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JellyfishGreen said:

Zombie: Empirical data's your only man, when formulating a research plan.
A soldier's death is never in vain if it makes the formula more plain.
A few dozen make a better case for refining that third decimal place.
They call me Zombie because I don't sleep, as I slowly struggle to climb this heap,
of corpses, data points, and trials, but from the top - I'll see for miles!

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Posted 10 July 2019 - 01:58 PM

GameStar's Bonus CD is a veritable technological time machine, Zombie. Looking at it one is reminded of both software and hardware that was in use back then.

Indirectly, it also puts into perspective the importance of such discs when Internet usage was not that profusely widespread (not to mention the speeds you could download stuff at) and the storage capacity meant you could cram quite a lot into one of these.

PC PowerPlay XCOM:EU demo disk - your sleuthing is noteworthy. Issue #210 is hidden in plain sight right at the center of the saucer on both the A and B sides. Worry not, it happens the best of us, and I don't mind counting myself in that number. Posted Image

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 02:42 AM

View PostThorondor, on 10 July 2019 - 01:58 PM, said:

GameStar's Bonus CD is a veritable technological time machine, Zombie. Looking at it one is reminded of both software and hardware that was in use back then.

Indirectly, it also puts into perspective the importance of such discs when Internet usage was not that profusely widespread (not to mention the speeds you could download stuff at) and the storage capacity meant you could cram quite a lot into one of these.

Oh, I was talking about the GameStar November 2013 disc - not the October 1998 disc. But, yes they had their place back then. :)

View PostThorondor, on 10 July 2019 - 01:58 PM, said:

PC PowerPlay XCOM:EU demo disk - your sleuthing is noteworthy. Issue #210 is hidden in plain sight right at the center of the saucer on both the A and B sides. Worry not, it happens the best of us, and I don't mind counting myself in that number. Posted Image

Jeez, there too? Posted Image

Time to drool a little bit folks, check out the XCOM 2 promotional items page for some cool pics of an awesome (and big) Vigilo Confido pin which comes in a jewelry box and a steelbook sleeve. I got this from a Spanish seller on eBay and he claims that it's from a XCOM 2 collector's edition of some sort, but my searches didn't turn up anything useful. If any of you have more information about the pin, please let me know! Posted Image

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JellyfishGreen said:

Zombie: Empirical data's your only man, when formulating a research plan.
A soldier's death is never in vain if it makes the formula more plain.
A few dozen make a better case for refining that third decimal place.
They call me Zombie because I don't sleep, as I slowly struggle to climb this heap,
of corpses, data points, and trials, but from the top - I'll see for miles!

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 09:01 AM

As expected, Zombie, some salivation did occur at the sight of that seemingly quite well made pin.

I like the nice box it comes in but it's the material and the finish of the pin itself that really draws the eye. Looks great and is built to last! Posted Image

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Posted 08 September 2019 - 09:48 PM

I was browsing through some auction listings today and ran across an advert from 1989 featuring Bill Stealey. Lo and behold he is wearing a MicroProse Software Inc patch on his flight suit! Posted Image

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Is my used patch the same one as in the ad? It's hard to say, but I'd have to say "maybe not" as my patch is modified due to the velcro and thus the white border isn't as large as in the ad. However, I cannot discount this possibility completely as my patch could have been originally affixed with the iron-on coating and then modified in the future to add the velcro. Would make sense as my patch has seen a bit of wear. Nevertheless it's a good theory. Posted Image

Btw, added this pic to the MicroProse (Other) promotional items page. Posted Image

Edit: I purchased the ad. Hoping I can get a decent scan off of it to maybe get a closer look at the patch which could help. (My used patch can be identified by the uneven border and a red thread which runs from the R in REAL underline to the red border).

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JellyfishGreen said:

Zombie: Empirical data's your only man, when formulating a research plan.
A soldier's death is never in vain if it makes the formula more plain.
A few dozen make a better case for refining that third decimal place.
They call me Zombie because I don't sleep, as I slowly struggle to climb this heap,
of corpses, data points, and trials, but from the top - I'll see for miles!

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Posted 09 September 2019 - 09:37 AM

Those were the days, Zombie: a seven day vacation on the Caribbean and they even threw in pocket money as part of the prize! :D

Even if the patch turns out not to be the one seen in the ad it's still a cool item to own, especially now that MicroProse is poised to make a comeback. :)

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Posted 09 September 2019 - 01:21 PM

It is? MicroProse, I mean.

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Posted 09 September 2019 - 04:09 PM

@SV: as I recall I did alert to it in a timely fashion... ;)

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 03:03 AM

So I had a closer look at that ad. I first grabbed a magnifying glass to see if I could make out any features of the patch (like that red thread), but alas, the "pixels" which make up the ad are a little too big to get to the resolution I need. Scanned the thing next and ran it through some filters to see if any of those would clear things up, but no. Oh well, it was worth a shot at least. ;)

And here's something interesting - I found a Red Ant copy of UFO: EU for sale on eBay today. I got my copy from NKF ages and ages ago (if my PM's are correct then it's more than 13 years now). That's before I even started this thread in fact. I'm trying to remember if I ever saw a Red Ant copy for sale on eBay... maybe(?), but I'm leaning to "probably not". Must be pretty rare. So thanks again NKF! :)

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JellyfishGreen said:

Zombie: Empirical data's your only man, when formulating a research plan.
A soldier's death is never in vain if it makes the formula more plain.
A few dozen make a better case for refining that third decimal place.
They call me Zombie because I don't sleep, as I slowly struggle to climb this heap,
of corpses, data points, and trials, but from the top - I'll see for miles!




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