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This is my vintage / retro computer and games collection and has been keeping me fascinated for the past 12 years. The collection covers systems from various manufacturers over a period of more than 35 years and ranges from machines, consoles, games, software, magazines and books to just about any other retro or vintage computing related items. Although I am interested in all manner of computing related items my primary focus is on IBM PC and compatibles along with DOS based games and software. Feel free to take a look around and please use the contact section if you would like to get in touch with me.

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Please feel free to use the contact option if you are interesting in vintage computers or if you are interested in offering something to the collection.
I am always on the lookout for interesting items.


August 2017 pickups / trades 2017-09-03

It's not often that I get a fair number of boxed games in at once, and especially rare that many of them are on my wanted list. August does appears to have been one of those months. There are a number of Microprose games in the loot along with Star Control ! . The M-5 Quickjoy is a joystick that has been on my wanted list for years. Many hours were spent on that joystick playing the original Robocop and Into The Eagles Nest games. Many thanks goes out to all those who were involved in the sales and trades. Other notable mentions, which are not pictured here, are Adventure in Serenia, Eye of the Beholder II, The Sierra Manhuter series, Quest for Glory III, Crusader - No Regret and the box for my Duke Nukem 3D.

Items I am looking for ... 2017-09-19

As with any collection there are always items that the collector is on the look out for. In my case this would be the following ...

  • IBM 5154 EGA monitor
  • IBM 5161 Expansion Chassis and related cards
  • IBM 5155 Portable Personal Computer
  • IBM 5140 Convertable PC
  • IBM 5170
  • Early Microsoft "green eye" mouse with controller card and steel track ball
  • Diamond Monster Voodoo 1 4MB 3Dfx graphics card
  • STB Systems Inc. Voodoo 3 3000 16MB AGP graphics card
  • An original Creative Labs Sound Blaster Pro retail box ("black box") - Just the box and contents no sound card required.
  • Diamond Stealth 64 PCI 4MB VRAM graphics card
  • Sound Blaster AWE 64 Gold
  • Creative Labs Midi Blaster (external)
  • Genius Serial 3 button mouse in "floppy style" packing case

I am also always on the look out for IBM PC software and games. A more complete list can be viewed here.

The search for Serenia 2017-08-16

Back in the early 80's I was in a position to enjoy a game called Adventure in Serenia by Sierra Online. One of the first, if not the first, graphical adventure game for the IBM PC, which had just been launched. This is the game that would set me of on my life long enjoyment of the now classic graphical adventure game genre. Fast forward a few years and the game made its way to the back of a cupboard and later bottom of a box, almost to be forgotten. A house move would see the game once again change from box to box and settle somewhere in the garage. Sometime around 2005 my interest in retro pc games would start to emerge with the aquisition of two IBM PS/2 systems in a chance trade with a friend. So the logical move was to start looking for the long forgotten Adventure in Serenia. Sadly the game was not to be found and I can only assume it was thrown out along with some boxes in a previous clean up. Although I was convinced at the time the game was still tucked away, it was not to be. During my years of collection all manner of PC related stuff from the early 80's to mid 90's the intention was to replace Serenia. Fast forward 12 years and finally thanks to a fellow collector, who went well out of his way, the game is now in my collection and it seems fitting that the launch of the new website, using the Online Collector framework, should start with Aventure in Serenia.

The Ancient Art of War at Sea
IBM and Compatibles | DOS Game | 5 1/4" (360k) diskette | 3.5" (720kb) diskette | Strategy | Simulation

The Ancient Art of War
IBM and Compatibles | DOS Game | 5 1/4" (360k) diskette | 3.5" (720kb) diskette | Strategy | Simulation

Arcade : 3 Thrilling Games of Action
IBM and Compatibles | CD-ROM | Compilation | Windows 3.x | Windows 9x | Arcade | Platform

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