Funspot 7th Annual Classic Video Game Contest

June 2-5, 2005, at Weirs Beach, New Hampshire.
(In Laconia, New Hampshire)
Posted: January 22, 2005

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Funspot is holding another Classic Video Game Competition
this Year in 2005 to be the best ever according to Walter Day,
of Twin Galaxies Intergalactic Scoreboard.

Funspot 7th Annual
International Classic Game Tournament
June 2nd to June 5th, 2005
Weirs Beach, NH 03247-5428
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Funspot Family Fun Center (Funspot Weirs Beach, NH) Contest June 2-5, 2005 Overall 2004 Funspot Player of the Year Dave Nelson
Dave Nelson was given the Player of the Year Certificate
at Funspot last year 2004. (FS6)

1st Place: David Nelson, 2nd: Derek Litton, 3rd: Jason Cram. Year 2004 7th Annual International Classic Game Tournament (June 2-5, 2005) 7th Annual International Classic Game Tournament Funspot Family Fun Center Funspot Weirs Beach, NH REGISTER TODAY! Phone: (603)-366-4377
Walter Day Twin Galaxies Referee ----- Original Message ----- From: "Walter Day" To: "Paul Dean" Sent: Friday, January 21, 2005 8:06 PM Subject: Do you have connections with classic-era players?? Paul, It seems that you have many connections with numerous of the classic-era players. Can you tell them that this year's Funspot 2005 event in New Hampshire will be the biggest reunion of classic gamers yet. June 2-5, 2005, 7th Annual International Classic Game Tournament ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yes, Walter Day I will definately spread the word. Paul Dean, Spy Hunter Champion. Link ------------------------------------------------------------------------- ROBERT MRUCZEK TG Board of Directors Location: Brooklyn, NY - Commentary Below: Posted: Sat Jan 22, 2005 4:48 am Post subject: Funspot 7 Dates Link
The old days way back in 1954, before video games.
A lot has changed since then.
Funspot Annual International Classic Game Tournament Ken Sweet, Funspot Referee Originator of Funspot Contest co-founder of New Hampshire Pro Video Game Team. Robert Mruczek - Twin Galaxies Referee Todd Rogers - Twin Galaxies Referee Gary Vincent, Funspot Referee Weirs Beach, NH 03247-5428 Phone: (603)-366-4377
Robert Mruczek (continued from above) According to Gary Vincent, it is June 2nd thru 5th, 2005 and that's a Thursday thru Sunday. Additionally, Sunday is the last day which typically ends around 5:00pm. Nothing is stopping a gamer from showing up a day before the competition and get some extra game time on their favorite title(s) before the masses arrive, of course!! I'm planning on being there on morning of Wednesday June 1st, and departure is right now up in the air... literally as I will most likely be flying back. I'm just not sure when...night of 6/05, or morning/early afternoon of 6/06. Robert _________________ Robert T Mruczek Twin Galaxies - Editor and Chief referee Star Wars classic arcade marathon champion -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Walter Day - Twin Galaxies - Breaking News Archive 1/21/2005 Who is Going to Funspot 2005?? Here's the list of People Definitely Attending This list will be updated as people announce their plans on the forums... Definitely Coming: Link Abdner Ashman, Robotron: 2084, Jr. Pac-Man Brian Kuh (Sega Hot Rod) (Donkey Kong, Etc.) Darren Harris (Ms. Pacman) (Star Trek) Greg Erway (Harlem Globetrotters - all pins) Joel Hedge (Enduro Race, etc.) Martin Bedard (Timber, Depth Charge, Doom, Pro. Etc.) Mike Stulir (Fire!, Etc.) Perry Rodgers (Space Invaders, Carnival, Etc.) Robert Mruczek (Scramble, Star Wars, Wheels, Pro-etc.) Tim McIlroy (Land Sea-Air Squadron, Etc.) Todd Rogers (gorf, Monaco GP, Etc.) Walter Day (Berzerk, Gorf, Etc.) Abdner Ashman (Pac Man Plus)

Brian Kuh "Food Fight" (TGTS) Darren Harris (Star Trek) Greg Erway (Tapper 5-man) (Referee) Joel Hedge (Xybots) Martin Bedard (Timber) Doom 64 Mike Stulir (Back N Time Radio) Mike Stulir of Perry Rogers (Galaxian) Robert Mruczek (star Wars) (Referee) (Board Members Pay Bounties) Tim McIlroy (Astro Fighter) (Land-Sea-Air Squadron) Todd Rogers, Mr. Activision 293 World Records Walter Day (Foreign Legion) (Referee) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Here is the list of some people who have been emailed invitations by Walter Day, urging them to come to this year's event... Bold with Underlined are Links. Ben Carter (Centipede) Chip Sbrogna (Cliffhanger) David Palmer (DEP) (Everything) Donn Nauert (DWN)(Everything) Doug LLoyd (Pac-Man) Ed Ray (Centipede) Gary Whelan (Galaxian) Highlighted Text Are All Hyperlinks to Articles or High Scores: George Weller (Karate Champ) Glenn Cravens (Consoles) Greg Sakundiak, Canada (Everything) Hector Rodriguez (Consoles) Hugh Falk (Everything) (Writer: PC Gamer Magazine) ( Jack Gale (Everything) Jeff Peters (YME) (Everything) Jerry Byrum (Defender) John McCann (Gorf) John Thomas John Thomas & Josh Powell (Wizard of Wor) Kelly Flewin (Consoles) (Editorial) Leah Banks (Ms. Pac-Man) Les Martin (Pac-Man) (super pacman) Mark Androvich (Consoles) Mark Robichek (MAR) (Frogger) High Score Link Mark Little (SpyHunter) Mike Klug (Pole Position -Photo 1984) Rick Carter (everything) Rick Smith (Defender) Robert Bonney Griffin(Everything) Link Rodrigo Lopez(Consoles) Stephen Knox (Consoles) (Colecovision Referee) Steve Sanders (Everything) (Donkey Kong) (1982 Competition) Steve Reisenberger (Robotron) Steve Wiebe (Donkley Kong) Tim Baldarramos (Pac-Man) Tim Curtis (Space Firebird) Tony Perkins (Everything)

Sarah Peele tries to beat Billy Mitchell's High Score while on vacation at the Funspot Arcade, Weirs Beach, NH. / Picture #2 (Eva) Looking on near Pacman. Bill Mitchell (Billy Mitchell) (Framed Picture Above) (B M) - (Scores) WEIRS BEACH, NH -- For the first time in video game playing history, a perfect score was achieved on the legendary arcade game, Pac-Man. Link Weirs Beach, NH (July 3, 1999) Will Billy Mitchell (above) be here for the upcoming contest? (Funspot 7) Above is his photo around the time of the first Funspot Event July 3, 1999 Proclaimed Player of the Century Link
Rob & Roos Funspot Adventure (Adams Family Pinball)
Eva Dances to Funspot 1980's Retro Tunes
Roo contemplates her next High Score game....
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Here is the list of some video game players who have been at other Funspot Tournaments or other Major Tournaments: Bill Carlton - (Asteroids Champion- Ground Kontrol Arcade, Oregon) Brien King Darren Harris Dale Rees Donald Hayes (DBH) Dwayne Richard (DKR) Fred Pastore (Carnival) Greg Bond Greg Erway Jason Cram Mark Alpiger (Crystal Castles) Matt Leto (Halo Champion) Pat Laffaye (Frogger) Rick Fothergil (pacman) Ron Corcoran Shawn Cram (zoo keeper) (Referee) Brandon Erickson (Star Wars) Mark Boolman Zack Hample (Arkanoid) Nick Ortakales Brian Wagner Catherine Karpins - Womens Champion Anna Cram Chris Ayra (Perfect pacman) (CFA) Brian Laskiewicz (Playing Asteroids) Jon Dworkin Judith Sawyer (Pinball) Eric Ahlers (Funspot Arcade) Jason Wilson (Tips and Tricks Magazine at Funspot) James Vollandt (Joust 1985) James Vollandt (Joust) James Vollandt of California, playing on Joust, lasted the longest with 67-1/2 hours. Lisa Bartlett (Pinball - Funspot) Neil Chapman (Funspot - Cocktail Table Game) Si Janna (Wheels - Funspot) Steve Kyriakides (Gyruss - Funspot) Eric Ashlers (Robotron - Funspot) Abdner Ashman (Ms. Pacman - Funspot) Why Visit Wiers Beach, where Lake Winnipesaukee Begins... Link Things to Do: Link
Funspot Arcade "the spot for fun" Work Hard So You Can Play Hard! Classic Games were the meat and potatoes of the 1980's 7th Annual International Classic Game Tournament (June 2-5, 2005) 7th Annual International Classic Game Tournament Funspot Family Fun Center Funspot Weirs Beach, NH Funspot Competition, "Classic Games", "Funspot Tournament", Weirs Beach, New Hampshire

Below are the articles regarding the upcoming Classic Gaming Event at Funspot and past articles about the previous Funspot Annual event that started in 1999 and has continued to grow ever since.

Twin Galaxies Intergalactic Scoreboard is the Official High Score Referee for the upcoming Funspot Classic Video Game Competition on June 2-5, 2005, in New Hampshire.
Posted: January 22, 2005

Funspot 7th Annual

International Classic Game Tournament

June 2-5, 2005

Funspot Arcade World Famous Classic Game Tournament Celebrates 7th Year June 2-5, 2005 Funspot Arcade Bowling and Golf FUNSPOT has been a family owned and operated entertainment supercenter since 1952. Funspot is the second largest arcade in the country, and they proudly offer both classic and new video games, bowling, bingo, mini-golf, and a driving range. Funspot also has a new indoor golf center. A fun place for all ages. Open year round. Funspot Respects the old School Gamers! FUNSPOT U.S. Route 3, South and follow for 2.5 miles to our location: Once you reach the area, directions would be helpful, as some find the signage (or, lack thereof) confusing. Here is the easiest route, from either Boston, or Manchester: get on I-93 north, and proceed to exit 23, which is slightly less than one hour north of Manchester. Turn right, onto Route 104 East, and follow it until it ends, after about eight miles, at a traffic light. Turn right at the light, onto Route 3 South. Proceed about 2 1/2 to 3 miles, and you will see Funspot on the left. If you reach a steep declining hill, with a bridge at the bottom, you've gone a few blocks too far. Directions/Map State Map
Travel Information Link Lodgings Link Mailing Address: PO Box 5428 Rt. 3 Weirs Beach, NH 03247-5428 Phone: 603/366-4377 Fax: 603/366-2077 Map Quest: Weirs Beach, NH link Close Up Todays Temperature Mapping Engine Laconia, NH Arial View
POPULATION -The population of Laconia, NH is 17,053. New Hampshire: Facts Funspot: Family owned Entertainment Supercenter since 1952. Family Fun, No Matter What the Weather! Over 500 Games for All Ages including a Huge Classic Video Game Collection as well as the Latest Videos, Pinballs, & Prize Games! 20 Lane Bowling Center, Indoor Golf Center, Cash Bingo Hall, Tavern, Restaurant, Mini-golf, Driving Range, Birthday Parties, Corporate Outings & Groups. Open All Year Round. Classic Games Listing: Link A third party Vendor List and experiences: Link Classic Games Referee: Ken Sweet E-Mail:


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World Famous Classic Game Tournament Celebrates 7th Year 

By Ken Sweet E-Mail:

Funspot 6th Annual Classic Pinball & Video Game Championship June 3-6, 2004
For the past 6 years Funspot has hosted the largest and most celebrated classic arcade contest in the world. Each year records fall as new champions are crowned amidst a flurry of media coverage. This year the contest will celebrate it's 6th anniversary. The dates for the 2004 International Classic Game Tournament are Thursday through Sunday, June 2nd - June 5th, 2005. Conceived by Ken Sweet and Funspot Operations Manager Gary Vincent, the first tournament was held in May of 1999. Over 100 pre-1986 games were included in the competition, and players traveled from as far away as Israel to attend. Subsequent tournaments have drawn players from Canada, England, Finland, Australia and across the USA. Twin Galaxies videogame officials and Funspot referees will be on-hand at the contest to log scores on over 200 games. "As usual, we have been adding new games to our collection throughout the year, and we expect to have several 'new' classic games on the floor in time for the tournament", says ACAM President Gary Vincent, adding: "Many of the games we've obtained have been directly requested by the players." There will be a $200 dollar cash prize for each winner of tournament contests, including the Monochrome Challenge, Classic Challenge, Pinball Challenge and new for this year, the Ladies Challenge open to the female attendees only. The Player of the Year Contest, which was introduced last year, will combine the scores of the Monochrome, Classic and Pinball challenges to find an overall champion, who will receive a cash award and forever earn a place of honor on the Funspot wall. In addition, a $25 cash prize will be awarded to the winners of each daily Mystery Game Tournament. The games featured in many of the competitions will be announced at the event, in order to provide a fair opportunity for gamers who don't have access to those titles throughout the year. "We try to make each year the best and most exciting yet", says Ken Sweet, ACAM Vice President, adding: "As usual we have a few surprises in store for the players this year." The world-famous Funspot Family Entertainment Center has been owned and operated by the Lawton family for 50 years. With over 500 games, Funspot is the second largest arcade in the world and is located in Weirs Beach, New Hampshire. The 60,000 square foot complex also contains 20 bowling lanes, a miniature golf course, a driving range, a 400-seat Bing hall, a restaurant, the D.A. Long Tavern, and a state of the art indoor golf center featuring six Full-Swing Golf Simulators. Funspot is open year-round with ample free parking. The 6th Annual International Classic Game Tournament will be held Thursday June 3rd through Sunday June 6th, 2004. Tournament hours will be: Thursday Noon-10pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-11pm and Sunday 10am-5pm. Admission is $30 through June 2nd or $35 at the door. Players will receive 200 tokens and a welcome package. Entry forms are available at Funspot's bowling counter or online here. For more information contact ACAM President Gary Vincent at
System Shock - Old Thread from a previous successful Funspot event.
4/13/2001 The Classics Contest At Funspot! - Funspot: What's It All About? Link
by Ken Sweet  
The Classics Contest At Funspot: 
Funspot:What's It All About?. Link
(A Previous write up of this world famous event that has been going yearly since 1999.) It's almost here. From May 31st-June 3rd the 3rd Annual Funspot/Twin Galaxies Classic Videogame & Pinball Tournament will be held right here in Weirs Beach, NH. Players from around the world will once again make the long trip to converge on Funspot in order to make record attempts on the world's largest collection of working classic videogames & pinball machines. Why am I excited? Let's see, where do I begin? I love classic games and I want to try and shoot for a few records, and simply watching the masters in action is awe-inspiring. Also, my involvement with this contest dates back to its inspiration and inception, so I feel responsible to do everything I can to help it grow and become even more successful. However, these are minor points compared to the true source of my excitement. You see; this is one of the few chances I get each year to hang out with my fellow classic videogame enthusiasts. Once upon a time, many of these people were simply names and scores I read about in newspapers, magazines, and books. They were the superstars of gaming - industry celebrities. Now they are my friends. From all walks of life they come: magazine editors, students, ex-marines, videogame producers, and restaurant proprietors. They travel to our quiet lakeside city from all over the US and abroad, from places like Florida, Finland, California, and Canada. We pick some of them up at the airport, while others make the trip by car or bus. Gary Vincent, Funspot's Operations Manager & Tournament Coordinator, has been busy all year preparing for this event; booking rooms, preparing the games, and helping players with travel recommendations. Putting something like this together is no small task, especially for somebody as busy as Gary, who manages the huge Funspot complex all year long. I usually try to help where I can, but Gary shoulders the overwhelming majority of responsibility for the event. Thankfully, it's a labor of love for him, otherwise he'd probably go stark-raving mad. So we sit down in front of our chosen games and single-mindedly attempt to trounce old records. Every so often we take a short break to observe each other in action, offering tips or observing silently. When one player is on the verge of a groundbreaking score, the others rally around him, providing silent encouragement and support. Most of my favorite moments come when we decide that, as difficult as it is to tear away from the games, we need to eat. We meet on the strip for pizza and conversation, discuss the intricacies of Joust at the local steakhouse, swap game tips downstairs in the Braggin' Dragon restaurant, entertain ourselves with videogame related stories and anecdotes. This is a privileged club, but if you have a soft spot for classic games, you already belong. Of course, another great reason to attend the tournament is the opportunity to hang out with the man himself, Walter Day. Walter is the driving force behind Twin Galaxies. Pausing only for tea or meditation, he is a living dynamo of energy and ideas. In his trademark black & white striped referee shirt, he deftly handles the players and the media, making sure no players go unnoticed. Eccentric, yes, but that word could be used to describe every single one of us. Reporters grab players aside for interviews and photographs. For a brief moment we feel like celebrities. Those of us who perform the most impressive high-score feats may receive national attention for our achievements. When it's getting late, and Gary announces that it's time to shut down for the night, we reluctantly head out. At some point we'll get a few hours sleep, and then be up all the earlier the next day to do it again. This continues until the tournament is, regretfully, over. We drop our comrades off at the airport and bid farewell. I go home and get some sleep, already dreaming of next year. Written By Ken Sweet

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Classic Video Aces Gather at Weirs Beach Link Josh Rogers, 2001-06-06 Organizers, contestants, Ms. Pac Man, Donkey Kong et al. sound off from classic video game world championships. WORLDCHAMPS 6/5/01 ROGERS An international field of video game enthusiasts gathered over the weekend at Weirs beach for the Funspot-Twin Galaxies classic video game world championships. NHPR's Josh Rogers took in the action and files this report. WORLDCHAMPS soq……….(plus video bleep) 4:36 The fifty-odd contestants vied on games from the seventies and eighties - the so-called golden age of video arcades. Over the course of 4 days Donkey Kong, Centipede, Ms. Pac Man and the like swallowed some 15,000 tokens in a quest for high scores and world titles. While competition was fierce, camaraderie was high. Cheers often punctuated the din of the cavernous arcade as rivalries were joined and records fell. Until then, champions will have to settle for bragging rights……Dwayne Richard of Calgary, Alberta is the 2001 world champion. 207 North Main Street, Concord, NH 03301-5003 phone 603.228.8910 fax 603.224 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Weirs Beach, NH Funspot History of Tokens: Link In 1952 Weirs Sports Center/Funspot Family Fun Center had its grand opening in Weirs Beach, N.H. They now has over 500 video games in their complex. !UPDATE!: FUNSPOT is a large amusement complex that uses many tokens. The arcade games take 23mm Brass tokens that all have the same reverse: Good Only For Games At Any Funspot (dot) 'We Have The Games People Play!'. The obverse of the oldest (I think) of these tokens reads: FUNSPOT RT. 3, WEIRS BEACH, N.H. and has a Jester's Head pictured in the center. The rest of these tokens are a dated series. The obverse simply reads: FUNSPOT (Date) and has the same Jester's Head. These tokens bear dates from 1982 thru 1998 (so far). I am fairly certain that none were used with the date 1990, though. The last time I was there, I went through at least 500 tokens, found at least four of every other date and the "RTE 3" example, but none with the date 1990. Also, there are two varieties of the 1984 token, a small date and a large date. It looks like Funspot changed token vendors partway through 1984, because the small dates match the '82's and '83's, and the large dates match the '85's and up. Beyond video game tokens, the are also prize tokens that are dispensed by slot machines.
These 25mm Aluminum tokens are valued the same as the paper coupons awarded by some of the skill games, and can be spent at the prize counter. There are three varieties that I have found, all have an obverse that is similar to the "RT. 3, WEIRS BEACH, N.H." game token, only larger The reverse of the earlier ones simply say: "1 Coupon RWM". The older ones are annodized green and are fairly hard to come by, and the newer ones are plain aluminum. The third variety, which I believe is the newest one, has a reverse which reads: "1 Prize Coupon RWM" and is also plain aluminum. There is another prize token that is also Aluminum, but it is 29mm in diameter and annodized purple. The obverse is similar to the rest, only larger still, and the reverse reads: "We Have The Games People Play! Special Prize Token RWM". The only place that I found to get it is in one bank of six "token drop" machines. The regular game tokens are used for play and the normal prize (if some happen to fall off into the award chute). The purple bonus tokens are on their own shelf, and are dispensed only when the dropped token trips a switch that is nestled among the pins. They are redeemable for either a FUNSPOT coffee mug, a FUNSPOT pint glass, or 25 game tokens. (10/13/98) Update: FUNSPOT seems to have discontinued the options of trading in the purple "Special Prize Token" for a mug or glass, now they can only be exchanged for tokens. (08/06/99) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Follow-up Posts from Twin Galaxies after Last Years Funspot Tournament: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Funspot 2004 - Results (Part 1 of 2) Link Twin Galaxies Forums Forum Index -> FunSpot Arcade View previous topic :: View next topic Author Message RMRUCZEK TG Board of Directors Location: Brooklyn, NY Posted: Sat Nov 27, 2004 4:49 pm Post subject: Funspot 2004 - Results (Part 1 of 2) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hello fellow gamers: Please bear with me as I post this in two (2) sections. Robert ********************** Hello fellow gamers: I just returned from perhaps the best gaming-related vacation that you could hope for. From Saturday morning, November 13th, thru Sunday morning, November 21st, I was at the Funspot Family Entertainment Center in Weirs Beach, NH, one of the world's largest commercial classic video game arcades. Funspot is where the annual classic arcade video game championship has been taking place since May of 1999. Until 2002, I attended only the annual events, but last November of 2003 I decided to attend on my own without the distraction of a live competition, to enjoy my favorite titles at my leisure, and hopefully set some new personal gaming records in the process. But the best part was getting to meet once again my many friends from that gaming area, players that I typically see only a few all-too-short times each year. I couldn't possibly pass up the opportunity to do this again in 2004, and after all that transpired these past weeks at my job in New York City, it was a week more than well spent. Across the week, I logged well over 200 gaming records and personal bests by the gamers in attendance, myself included. In total, more than fifteen dedicated classic arcade gamers showed up throughout the week, and their company and competitiveness was greatly appreciated. The 8 ½ days that I spent there covers a lot of ground, and I will try my best to adequately recap everything that happened for your reading enjoyment. Here goes. **************************************** PRE-ARRIVAL (Friday, November 12th) As usual due to the constraints and responsibilities of my job, I ended up putting in about overtime for 13 of the 15 days before Friday was done with. I just wish I got paid for it, by alas, no. On most of those days I left between 12:30am and 4:30am, so I was really feeling run down and burnt out. It wasn't easy taking my vacation this time. Between hardships at my accounting job due to a key subordinate leaving me in a lurch, a new trainee who started just ten days before my vacation, and the standard month-end responsibilities, I'm lucky I was allowed to go at all, everything considered. However, I practically take no vacation time as it is, and the last thing my company can afford is a burnt out staff member, plus all my plans were paid for in advance, so we had to hope that nothing would blow up while I was gone. Last minute TG work updating the two MAME competitions underway, and answering some E-MAILs were my last tasks before I could officially call it a day. When I got home, pretty late at night I must add (well past midnight), I hadn't even packed and was up from 8:00am Friday, so with an early flight scheduled on Saturday, the last thing I could afford to do was to oversleep, so I decided (as I did last November) to just stay awake and deal with the lack of sleep. Hey, I could always go to sleep in, oh, 20 more hours at midnight…just like I did last November due to my job. Some things never change, it seems. I packed for nine days, but the bulk of my luggage tended to be the Xbox and various games and controllers. Hey, you never knew who would be coming over for some late night gaming once I got there, plus I was expecting Martin Bedard from Canada to remain all week as my guest, and he didn't have an Xbox as it was, so better prepare for every eventuality. Once I got everything packed, which due to my procrastination I didn't finish until 6:00am, I watched an episode or two of "Alias" on DVD and then got ready for the trip ahead. DAY ONE (Saturday, November 13th) Car service arrived a few minutes late, as usual in my neighborhood, but once it got there it was smooth sailing the rest of the way. I left my house at 8:15am and touched down in Manchester at 10:45am where Donald Hayes and David Nelson arrived to take me to Funspot. That was very nice of them, especially since the cab ride would probably have cost me about $100.00 !! One thing, though…at Laguardia Airport, my flight was changed after I had my main piece of luggage go through security. I was worried that it would not have made it to my destination in which case I would have had no clothes to wear OR no Xbox to play. Most importantly, the Xbox held all my personal records and unlocked tracks on the titles that I own, and believe it or not, that was my primary concern. I could always buy new clothes. Thankfully it arrived without a hitch. A quick ride later, and I was checking in at Sun Valley by 11:30am. Not bad…a tad over three hours to get there, just a few minutes longer than the bus ride from my house to Atlantic City. We arrived at Funspot and I bought my first allotment of gaming tokens. For those who do not know this yet, Funspot tokens can be bought for approx 16 cents apiece, much cheaper than a quarter per game. And with coupons that can be found throughout the town, it is even possible to get them for effectively 11 cents apiece. Talk about a great deal. Well worth the trip. Throughout the day, the Crams (Shawn, Jason, Anna, Cristian), perhaps classic arcade gaming's most prolific family of world record holders, and also reknowned gamers Greg Bond, Brian Kuh and Fred Pastore, all arrived to make the opening day special. Fred, the "Carnival" world champion, managed to establish a new world record on "Astro Fighter" on Saturday with 26,150 points. He nearly achieved over 35K but missed a critical shot before he died. Also, we took notice of an older gamer playing "Crazy Climber" who had a nice score of 149,550 points…Chris Felknor of Massachussetts. We asked him if he would like to log his score and sure thing he did !! On this game, any score over 40K is good, but the number of gamers who can approach a score of approx 150K is far fewer indeed. Lunch, by the way, was a full pizza from Funspot's "Braggin' Dragon" café. My treat…it was the least I could do. I believe it was David Nelson, Donald Hayes, Brian Kuh and myself. And to further enhance our pizza lunch was some "Rickey's Hot Sauce" courtesy of legendary gamer Bill Mitchell, who ensures that Funspot always has a plentiful supply for their loyal patrons. Most of the day was spent catching up on gaming stories, records and related matters. And in between, a few great scores were set. Brian Kuh and David Nelson established the inaugural 1st and 2nd place world records on "Sega Hot Rod", a 4-person driving game, each while playing in single-player mode. Brian hit 229,280 and Dave hit 192,751. This is one cool game…and a rare strategic racing game at that. It is played on an overhead unit similar to the 1975 cult classic "Death Race" by Exidy and is maintained in pristine condition by the Funspot technical staff. Jen Sweet showed up with my TV set that I asked Shawn Cram last year to purchase for me and hold until every November and May/June event. The Sun Valley cabin TV's had no input provisions for the gaming systems, so it was either buy a new TV and keep it up there, or deal with the local TV channel choices which, especially mid-week, generally do not show my favorite shows or movies. Besides, what better to do after than a full day of gaming than MORE gaming…after all, it was a gaming-vacation from start to finish, so may as well max out as much gaming as I could on my rare vacation opportunity. Jen helped me get the TV to the cabin, and then we returned to Funspot for an afternoon of gaming. Shawn Cram pulled off an impressive 93,620 on Taito's "Jungle Hunt", and I pulled off a surprising (for me) 72,360 on "Rally X", improving my personal best from 45K in the process. David Nelson hit 1,050,130 on the vintage pinball title "Playboy" based on the world famous men's magazine empire owned by Hugh Hefner. As the day winded down, I was very concerned that Martin Bedard from Canada had not shown up yet. Originally both he and Todd Rogers from Florida were to have been my guests, but Todd had to cancel due to a business opportunity, and Martin, once he left Canada, would be unable to contact. I also was not sure the day that he would show up. Also, at some point, Gary Vincent came by to say hello. I never see Gary more than twice a year, same like most of the other gamers, so it was nice seeing him again as well. He is the Operations Manager for Funspot, by the way. The big surprise today was that it was soon to be Jason Cram's birthday. His wife, Anna, had planned a special get together in the Funspot virtual golf range area being that so many of us were expected to be in attendance today, so everybody was told to go there for a certain time. Jason was in the arcade and probably wondering where everyone had gone to. When he was lead to the area it was a huge surprise for him. Chris McClard had also joined us, as well as Cristian Cram's son, and even Gary popped in after awhile. This was a nice way to end the day at Funspot, and I'm very happy that I was able to be part of the celebration. At day's end the group wanted to go to the Laconia House of Pizza, a weekly ritual every Saturday they get together. By this point I was exhausted from being awake for approx 38 hours and I needed some sleep…badly. Donald drove me back and then went to meet the rest of the gamers at the pizza place. I watched a little TV and then fell fast asleep for the evening before 11:00pm. I had a long week ahead and was not about to tire myself out from late night gaming or TV shows. Besides, 38 hours with no sleep is not a good idea if your intent is to set a world record on a game like "Super Cobra" by Konami, one of my lofty goals for the week !! DAY TWO (Sunday, November 14th) I woke up at about 8:45am, watched an episode of "Happy Days" on the TV-Land station, which turned out to the first of the 2-part series finale that I had never seen before so that was fortuitous. After getting ready, I left the cabin for the uphill trek to Funspot. It was early and just Brian Kuh and myself were present, as well as the technicians. I immediately started on "Super Cobra" while Brian started on "Rally X". I had a good game too…174,930 points, good for 3rd highest in the world !! Actually I was already in 3rd with 170K from Funspot 6 back in June, but I wasn't complaining. Not many players can crack 50K at this game, let alone reach this level of skill. Brian gave "Donkey Kong" a shot…he's one of the top players in the world, by the way. As he played, the adorable Tina from Funspot's staff came by to say hello. This lovely lady is one of the many reasons we players make the pilgrimage to Funspot annually, by the way. We spoke for awhile during Brian's game and then she went off to continue her day. But before she went, she gave me something from David Nelson that was greatly appreciated….snacks for the week !! Brian then introduced me to "Fireball II" pinball" which has a feature called a "Little Demon Meter", basically a controllable "ball save" in the center of the two flippers. It was a fast moving pinball game, that's for sure. Brian hit 282,860 while I managed 176,490. After that we tried "Monaco GP", one of my favourite driving titles from my high school days. Not available on MAME, the only place I know of that still has one is Funspot. My goal was a previously registered personal best of between 3-4K. This time I hit 4,720 points…not bad. The game is maxed out at 9,999 so I'm almost halfway there. Brian gave it a shot and hit 3,592…very respectable indeed. Funspot staffer Christopher Burnell registered a score of 366,840 on "Circus Charlie", his first score registered with Twin Galaxies, by the way. More gaming throughout the day, lots of chatting. Many of these gamers would not be showing up until the following Saturday. Brian Kuh, in fact, left at 2:30pm to drive back home as tomorrow would be a work-day for him. By day's end I was all gamed-out and ready for some sleep. After three weeks of double-time before my vacation, especially the week immediately prior . I was the last player there so walked back to the cabin. Not a bad walk at all…just a few minutes and you are there. I went to sleep earlier than usual, still wondering when Martin would show. A little after 2:30am, I woke up and turned on the TV. After 2-3 minutes, I heard a car immediately outside, and assumed it was Martin. I was right. Apparently, he arrived about 12:30am and saw the lights out so decided to sleep in the car. But New Hampshire weather meant a cold evening, and a car is not exactly a comfortable resting area, so he was all set to drive around to pass the time away, when he saw me exit the cabin. So much for his midnight excursion. I helped him unpack, and we spent the next hour or so chatting until 4:00am, catching up on what held him up (over-enthusiastic border patrol guards) and anything else we could think of. After that, with an entire day in front of us, we retired for the evening. I took the comfy couch since it was not a bad experience from both the previous November and the more recent Funspot event back in June. I just wish it was a bit longer, but no biggie. I rented one of the larger cabins, just in case a guest gamer needed a place to crash rather than spending an hour or so driving back to their home town. Last June, it turned out that this was the best decision I could have made. Gamer Joel Hedge from my hometown of Brooklyn showed up but was unable to find a place of lodging, so I offered space in my cabin. It was designed to accommodate up to five people, and with Todd "Pizza God" Rogers preferring a spot on the floor, the two extra cots that the cabin had in reserve couldn't have been more opportune. Anyway, that's how the first day ended. I was looking forward to at least SOME sleep before a full day of gaming tomorrow, and thankfully I conked out inside of I guess a few minutes, because the next time I opened my eyes it was already daylight and after 8:00am. DAY THREE (Monday, November 15th) Daybreak !! I remembered to watch the conclusion of the final episode of "Happy Days". Interestingly, at the very end, the Howard Cunningham character speaks to the TV audience at one point, and mentions how he is glad that his two (2) kids are now married. Gee…what about "Chuck", the basketball-playing son from the 1st season ? I guess no mention means no royalties…besides, "Chuck" was largely not mentioned starting midway into the 1st season anyway. After both Martin and I readied ourselves for the day, we drove off. The first priority today was to shop for some food. Also, Martin needed to get some gas and exchange Canadian currency. So we headed to the local super market and stocked up well for the week ahead. This was much smarter than when I arrived last November by myself and relied on the Funspot vending machines for nightly sustenance. To be honest, I'll never do that again…nightly meals consisting of either Pop Tarts and/or Combos, along with some Powerade drinks. Ugh !! We returned back and stocked up the refrigerator and then headed to Funspot for some serious gaming. Throughout the day, we set various personal arcade bests. I hit 213,890 on "Wonderboy", trashing my years-old personal best of less than 35K. Martin hit 687,240 on "1942" and had this game in his sights for some major improvement this week. On "Berzerk", I passed 5K for the first time ever with a score of 13,300. Martin hit 66,140 on "Spectar"…not quite Dave Nelson's arcade record of over 80K, but close. Martin's MAME personal best is over 98K, but Twin Galaxies tracks MAME and arcade separately for purity reasons. I hit a new personal best on "Super Cobra" with a score of 179,360 points, and this was a heart-breaker. I reached the 3rd city with approx 174K and two (2) ships in storage and let me tell you, whatever could go wrong did go wrong. Due to the nature of the game, I needed at least one (1) ship in storage coming into the 3rd maze in order to survive due to the rate of the fuel consumption. Unfortunately, that was not meant to be. Oh well…at least I was closer to the 2nd place score. Charlie Weatherbee, one of the new generation of young gamers from Funspot, logged some scores, or rather times, for "Time Crisis" for stories 2 and 3. Not quite his personal bests on each, but close to within a second or two. He hit 3:26.62 on stage 2, and 5:17.05 on stage 3. He also set a score of 410,300 on "Land, Sea, Air Squad" (aka "L.S.A. Squad") on the cocktail version of the title. Let me tell you, it is NOT easy to play a cocktail version for this game !! That beat Tim McIlro's previous tournament best of over 360K, but Charlie had one scored over 500K and was confident that he could do so again at some point. So I took down his score for now. Martin played some "Time Crisis 3", setting a 1st-credit single player score of 1,143,240 points and a full-game score (also single player) of 1,631,630 points. Anna and Jason Cram showed up towards the evening. She's a huge "Wonderboy" fan and logged a score of 479,240 points, more than double my own personal best. Jason likes "Crazy Climber" and hit 262,250 points. By day's end, we headed back to the cabin. Martin and I started to dig in to some of the food we picked up. I actually over-bought but you never know who might be coming over, or how hungry you might be after a full day of gaming. We played a little "Crazy Taxi 3" before calling it a night. DAY FOUR (Tuesday, November 16th) Hard to believe it…the fourth day of my vacation, and I still had this full day AND another four full days yet to come ahead of me. At this point I realized how badly I needed this the office, I had not given a single though as to what was not being done, or what is being done wrong, while I was gone. I woke up a little after 8:00am and was curious what would be on TV-Land now that "Happy Days" had the last episode shown the day before. Not surprisingly, the very first episode of "Happy Days" was shown. Wow…can't believe I actually saw that one when it first aired nearly 30+ years ago. Now I remember why the "Chuck" character was dropped from the show so quickly. At least the actor got to see himself in the dinner scene during the end credits of every episode in the first season as a consolation. Wasn't sure if anyone other than Martin and myself would show up today. I knew that on Wednesday at least Donald Hayes and David Nelson would be present, and probably the Crams and Greg Bond. Turns out I was correct…today was largely just Martin and myself all day, with Charlie Weatherbee coming in by the evening for some "Time Crisis" attempts. During the day, Martin and I experimented with several titles that we normally stay away from, just to see how we would do. I hit 58,740 on "Popeye", a game that I normally avoid as, quite honestly, I stink at the title. We both tried "Depth Charge", a favourite title by Gremlin from 1977. I scored 3,510 which was (I think) my arcade best, and Martin hit 2,430. I also got him hooked on "Sky Shark", a faster version of "1942" and which boasted a much more powerful array of firepower options. His goal today was maxing out the scoreboard on "Timber", which took a little over an hour but he logged 999,995 points. There's a 50/50 chance of getting either 999,995 or 999,990. Martin's personal registered MAME best is a mind-boggling 2.5 million on just five (5) lives. Yet this 999,995 point score is more impressive due to the problems with the controls sticking. His unofficial MAME best is over 4 million points in which, like "Tapper", the game resets to board zero after stage 256. However, as far as the arcade platform goes, the 999,995 point game is a TG-verified world record. I managed a mediocre 11,537,540 on "Monopoly" pinball when Charlie Weatherbee showed up to give "Time Crisis" another go. Tonight, he pulled off 3:25.83 on story 2 and 5:02.18 on story 3, much better than the other day. Martin and Charlie teamed up for an inaugural team-score (1st credit) on "Time Crisis 3", scoring a combined 1.210M. I couldn't quite get the true score due to the fact that if both players die in the same stage, the individual scores are lost. Plus, and as a TG referee I absolutely HATE this, as you lose a life, your score disappears from the game screen until you put in another credit. Hello…Mr-Braintrust who stupidly programmed this into the game…I'm talking to you !! Before the end of the day, Martin upped his "1942" score to 1,284,010 points. Back in the cabin, Martin hooked up his PC to the TV and showed me a couple of totally awesome gaming performances, so awesome that I felt humbled by what I had just seen. One was a "Gigawings" type title for the PC which boasted some of the most unusual and impressive boss battles that I had ever seen. And I must admit, after nearly 35 years of playing video games of all kinds, this level of gaming expertise was among the best that I have ever seen…a perfect way to end this gaming day. DAY FIVE (Wednesday, November 17th) We slept in a little later than usual for a change and did not make it to the arcade until probably 10:30am, maybe later. David Nelson and Donald Hayes showed up, as did Shawn Cram. The group of us headed over to "JT's Barbecue" across the street for lunch. I try to make it a point to visit this place at least once every trip. Though I wouldn't recommend trying their HUGE "Roundup" meal as I did in the past due to the massive amount of food they give you (enough for three meals), they make the best baked beans in the area, in my opinion. A lot of scores were logged today, especially with Cristian, Jason and Anna Cram showing up along with Greg Bond. Here are a few of the best, in the order of accomplishment… "1942" - 1,525,590 by Martin Bedard, reaching stage 10 or 7 to go "Kiss" (pinball) - 448,840 by Christian Cram "Make Trax" - 1,181,320 by Greg Bond, his first 1M+ game ever "Star Wars" (TGTS) - 3,712,774 by Donald Hayes "Centipede" - 239,329 by Greg Bond (this was the game he was practicing while we ate) "Rally X" - 94,020 by myself…reaching level 9, this was a totally unexpected surprise !! "Berzerk" (slow bullets) - 23,230 by myself, a huge pop over my previous personal best "Satan's Hollow" - 81,005 by myself "Motorace USA" - 151,500 by myself "Wonderboy" - 510,980 by Martin Bedard "Wonderboy" - 560,400 by Anna Cram "Frontline" - 18,700 by Jason Cram, reminding me just how hard this title is "Alpine Ski" - 75,798 by Jason Cram "Dr. Mario" - 165,300 by Randy Lawton…and I am told he's done MUCH better !! "Laser War" (pinball) - 2,677,540 by Christian Cram "Gorf" - 122,940 by Donald Hayes "Super Cobra" - 165,440 by Donald Hayes (4th best in the world) Tonight, David Nelson opted to stay over for awhile, and Donald Hayes drove him over and decided to stay for a bit. Jen Sweet also showed up for awhile. I asked Martin to show them that performance on the PC again, and, Dave, Donald and Jen were as stunned as I was at the unbelievable precision and skill that the gamer whose performance was captured on the DVD possessed…and that assessment is coming from some of the planet's best gamers, mind you !! Donald left, leaving Martin, David, Jen and myself to try our luck at classic "Mario Kart 64", one of the best party games available for the N64 system…and any other system, for that matter. Well, to make a long story short, David and Martin were super good at the game, and after an hour of trying…well, I was trying, but compared to their skillset I was just a little bit of an annoyance…maybe I won three games to their combined 40+. Eventually, it got late. Jen left, and we wheeled out the cot for David. Tomorrow was another day. _________________ Robert T Mruczek Twin Galaxies - Editor and Chief referee Star Wars classic arcade marathon champion (work E-MAIL) ****************************** --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Funspot 2004 - Results (Part 2 of 2) Link Twin Galaxies Forums Forum Index -> FunSpot Arcade View previous topic :: View next topic Author Message RMRUCZEK - Robert Mruczek TG Board of Directors --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Location: Brooklyn, NY Posted: Sat Nov 27, 2004 5:02 pm Post subject: Funspot 2004 - Results (Part 2 of 2) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hello fellow gamers: Here is the second half...something technical is preventing me from posting this article as one piece. Robert ************************* DAY SIX (Thursday, November 18th) Three whole days to go and feeling great. We had a late start today because we got into watching a vintage episode of the "Dick Van Dyke" show in which Dick's character Rob Petrie finds out that his wife Laura, played by Mary Tyler Moore, lied on their wedding license many years back about her age…turns out she said she was only 17 at the time. Heavy stuff for a 1960's show !! Connecticut-based gamer Richard Marsh showed up early in the day. He holds the TGTS record on "Gyruss", the world record (1st credit only) on "Stun Runner", and is an accomplished "Galaga" and "Tempest" player. Gary Vincent dropped by to say that a reported from "The Weirs Times" would be showing up to do a story about our being their…for once a positive story on gaming rather than all those negative ones about titles like the "Grand Theft Auto" series that seem to change the public's opinion on video gaming in general. It was a nice lunch-time interview, ending in a picture taken outside the premise. Today we each pulled off some impressive scores. Here are a few of them… "Rally X" - 88,560 by David Nelson "1942" - 11,846,500 by Martin Bedard (his 1st completed game ever) "Berzerk" (slow bullets) - 37,800 by myself (amazing, I think, considering my prior best was 5K before coming to Funspot) "Shootout" (Data East) - 88,436 by David Nelson (without hunting) "Super Breakout" (Double) - 1,996 by David Nelson "Circus Charlie" - 419,900 by Christopher Burnell "Track and Field" - 85,620 by David Nelson "Donkey Kong" - 113,200 by myself (I may have watched a couple of good DK scores over the past year, but I still stink at the game !!) "Vanguard" - 253,280 by Martin Bedard "Robotron" (TGTS) - 449,575 by Shawn Cram "Red Alert" - 11,050 by Martin Bedard At some point, Randy Lawton pulled out a "Red Alert" game. This one is rare…I don't even see it on MAME !! Over the course of the next few days, we would each give this one a go. Martin was starting to get into "Sky Shark" and hit 421,370 points. I showed my "Alien Syndrome" skills to Mark Alpiger and scored 195,800 points. Golden age gamer Mark Alpiger showed up at this point. He holds the 2nd highest "Crystal Castles" score in the world, and is one of the best players at "Road Runner" that I have seen. We dabbled in some "Food Fight" (TGTS) Dave left earlier in the day after the interview. Evening fun included some "Crazy Taxi 3" on the Xbox in which Martin Bedard pulled off a "Crazy Jump" of 959.01 yards. Another day awaited…and Friday was poised to have a large crowd. DAY SEVEN (Friday, November 19th) Coming close to the end of my vacation, we tried to squeeze in as much gaming as we could. On a personal note, try as I could, I was unable to beat my earlier score of 179K on "Super Cobra", although for the week I did break 170K four (4) times in total which was quite promising. Here are some of the other scores from Friday… "Monaco GP" - 2,498 by Martin Bedard "Star Wars" (TGTS) - 2,151,156 by Shawn Cram (his first 2M+ game) "LSA Squad" - 660,400 by Charlie Weatherbee, a new world record "Wonderboy" - 594,620 by Anna Cram…so close to 600K she can feel it !! "Twin Cobra" (single player) - 456,190 by Charlie Weatherbee "Super Breakout" (Double) - 1,727 by myself "Jungle Hunt" - 185,150 by Shawn Cram "Sky Shark" - 436,750 by Martin Bedard Also, Charlie Weatherbee's friend, Nick Ortakales, showed up to try his hand at "Time Crisis". He pulled off 2:29.53 on story 1, and 11:01.07 in story mode achieving a rating of 8 stars and 51% accuracy in the process. His stages times were 2:38.90 and 5:58.30 at the end of stages 1 and 2. With just a few days left, knowing that I will most likely not see some of these gamers for many months, I spent a considerable amount of time talking rather than playing. Actually, as it was Friday, there were more kiddies running around today than the rest of the previous week combined !! If I had a good game going, it might have been in jeopardy of my getting bumped by an over enthusiastic young'un running about with their token cup !! Dinner took place at the Hart Turkey Farm which was (Mark Alpiger, take note of this), a LOT further than 2 miles away from Funspot !! According to the placemat, they serve up more than a ton of turkey every day, never mind the fixings. FYI - if all you want to eat is a burger, go to McDonald's. Why waste the opportunity of a eating at a dedicated turkey farm…after all, when in Rome, as the expression goes. I am fairly sure that we left Funspot very late Friday and went our separate ways. Tomorrow, my last full day at Funspot, was bound to be long so we needed some rest. Besides, Fred Pastore promised earlier in the week to meet us at 9:00am for breakfast, and all week we've been ready no earlier than 10:00am, so I made it a point to get to wake up early. DAY EIGHT (Saturday, November 20th) Okay, here it was. My last full day at Funspot. A lot of gamers were expected today. I woke up very early, close to 7:00am, and was ready for Fred Pastore showing up while Martin decided to catch a few extra Z's. In the interim, I watched some of the "Baywatch" marathon that was running, and saw the episode featuring "The Beach Boys". By the time it was almost over, Fred Pastore, Mark Alpiger and Brian Kuh showed up. Martin got ready quickly and we were off to breakfast in Meredith at a family place called "Diner" or something like that. Another place called "MAME's Diner" was nearby, and Fred couldn't help but notice that one which happened to sound like the MAME platform. After a quick breakfast we returned to Funspot to a large crowd, mostly kids in the tween age group and younger. Throughout the day, the full array of gamers showed up. Here is the roster…myself, Martin Bedard, Donald Hayes, Greg Bond, Brian Kuh, Jason Cram, Shawn Cram, Anna Cram, Christian Cram, David Cram, Fred Pastore, Mark Alpiger, and also John Zabel, who showed up last in the day, presented me with an anxiously awaited taped performance on "Super Missile Attack" in which he broke 200K for the first time ever, a new world record by far, and my apologies if I forgot anyone else. Only David Nelson and Richard Marsh were not in attendance. Quite an array of world record holders, I have to say. Aha !! Adam Wood was kind enough to remind me that he was there...and how could I forget, after all he came to within 80% or so of his "Quartet" world record, scoring over 400K easily, and discussing with me the specifics of his soon-to-be submitted RPG runs. During a day of some serious gaming, here are some of the records and personal bests that were registered… "Jokerz !" (pinball) - 2,514,060 by Fred Pastore "Close Encounters" (pinball) - 270,680 by Martin Bedard "Road Runner" - 780,740 by myself "Gorgar" (pinball) - 264,980 by Brian Kuh "Red Alert" - 14,450 by myself "Wonderboy" - 615,560 by Anna Cram…she broke 600K for the 1st time ever !! Greg ("Mappy") Bond was on a roll at "Make Trax", at 1.12 million points, when his cell Greg is sure he can do this again. The group of us…ALL of us, in fact, went out to dinner at a place called "Patrick's", and luckily the family room had a table that could accommodate all of us at a single table…well, three or four tables pushed together, but the effect was the same. This was an awesome way to end my weekend, spending it with so many friends. But one thing made it even better. Bill Mitchell called Greg Bond on his cell phone, and had some important TG-related news to discuss with me, after which came the big surprise. Bill managed to get "Pac-master" Rick Fothergill on the line, and we passed around the cell phone from player to player saying hi to Rick and wishing him well. Rick has been unable to attend the annual Funspot event for close to three years now, and we miss his presence, so this really cheered him up big time according to Bill. The discussions at the dinner tables were spirited and varied, often gaming-related but sometimes we shared aspects of our non-gaming lives. Our hobbies outside of gaming are quite varied and range from collecting to sports, movies and gaming programming and design. We also discussed the upcoming year 2005 "Bounty" announcement that TG will shortly be making on January 1st. That generated a lot of buzz. Dinner ended and we all returned to Funspot. While we were gone, operations manager Gary Vincent was wondering where everyone had gone. He knew that a lot of us were at Funspot that day, but all of a sudden he checked and aside from the local young kids, none of us were playing at all !! So he suspected we went out to eat. When we came back, we squeezed in as much gaming as we could. I also verified a team score on "Time Crisis 3" by Martin Bedard and Charlie Weatherbee that (by far) outpaced their previous day's efforts. For 1st credit-team play, their score total was 1,392,450 and their full-game score was 2,727,750 which is now the top score on the Funspot machine. Not too shabby !! Here are the remainder of the scores from that evening…some of which featured "The Glob" which Mark Alpiger received permission from Gary Vincent and Randy Lawton to temporarily hook up to a "Ms Pacman" machine. "Funhouse" (pinball) - 9,391,230 by Charlie Weatherbee "Food Fight" (TGTS) - 152,400 by Brian Kuh "Crazy Climber" - 276,600 by Jason Cram "Sky Shark" - 585,320 by Martin Bedard "The Glob" - 65,604 by Donald Hayes "The Glob" - 77,161 by Mark Alpiger "Gorgar" (pinball) - 343,220 by Brian Kuh "Gorgar" (pinball) - 293,540 by Fred Pastore "Red Alert" - 8,970 by Jason Cram The scores for everyone on "Gorgar", the pinball title that I grew up with in freshman year of high school, would have been dramatically higher, but "The Pit" area of the game (top left) was barely registering, so we all lost out on 50K-150K per game attempt. Oh well. We retired to the downstairs tavern to chat and spend our last hours together. Even played some bar room billiards. Turns out that I forgot more about billiards than I had thought… used to be quite good but messed up on way too many shots. The LAST score of the contest came when we were gathered in the downstairs main area. The bank of arcade machines up above was the last to be turned off. Most of us were downstairs talking with Gary Vincent when Donald Hayes and Shawn Cram returned from upstairs. Donald achieved 173,700 on "Super Cobra", still 4th place but now each of us were that much closer to beating the world record. It's just a matter of when. After much discussion, the time came when we all had to go. Most of these gamers I would not see for another 6 months so it was a tough goodbye as it always is. Jen Sweet returned with us to the cabin to take back the TV set, and we gave her every single unused canister of "Pringles" that we had…at least six or seven Like I said, we over-bought, just in case. Fred Pastore said he would meet for breakfast the following day AND said he would drive me back to the airport, which was very kind. Before Donald left, he gave me a video tape of a massive score on "Millipede" which is going to be 2nd place on the all-time list once verified. In fact, that tape, and John Zabel's "Super Missile Attack", are the next ones that I will verify. Martin and I packed up, chatted a bit, and then it was time to rest up for our trips back home the following morning. I checked my airline itinerary and mea culpa, I though all along my return flight departure was 1:45pm when it was really 2:30pm, so good thing I checked !! Before we packed, we had computer and gaming equipment all over the place, plus a still over-stocked refrigerator. LAST DAY (Sunday, November 21st) Martin and I were all ready to go early when Mark Alpiger, Brian Kuh and Fred Pastore showed up on schedule. Checkout was not until 11:00am so we had some time. I told them about my later-than-expected departure, so we all decided that after breakfast we would head over to Funspot for some last minute gaming attempts. Breakfast was at McDonald's, during which time I learned a new tactic on table-clearing from Brian Kuh. Fred drove us back to the cabin where Martin and I packed up. Fred then drove back to where he was staying to check out, and then Martin and I checked out and headed back to Funspot where Fred would shortly meet up with us. Back at Funspot, the place was totally quiet. John Zabel also showed up, surprised to see us. We had perhaps 90 minutes or so before Fred had to drive me back to Manchester for my flight so we mostly played some pinball, but I promised Fred that I would give "Super Cobra" one last attempt. I had an EXCELLENT start…cleared the first "booty" stage on my first ship and reached approx 115K and the "city" stage the second time around before taking a hit. I cleared that and reached the dreaded "maze" stage with five (5) ships in storage, and had a chance at an awesome game ahead of me, but it was not meant to be. The first major drop is the deadliest. A tank is firing directly at the exit point, and rockets fire upwards. This is extremely tough due to the dive that follows and the tough parts ahead. I needed to reach the end of the maze with at least one (1) ship in storage due to the fuel consumption concerns, but that tank and rocket combination was unbelievably unlucky this time for me. Although I passed 170K four times this past week, I was unable to clear this section of the maze for five times in a row. I walked away in disgust as my last ship came up. I had in the vicinity of 120K when I died, but could care less. Even though this was still more than double what an average gamer could ever hope to accomplish, it was my best effort ever, wasted due to bad random luck. "Super Cobra" is one of the rare games where a few points in the game have little to do with luck. One such point exists in stage 5, another in stage 7, a third in stage 8. Stage 9, the "city" stage as most players refer to it since the "Scramble" days, is a chore and a half to clear unscathed. But the maze is deadly. If it was not for that single tank in such a deadly position, I probably would never die in the maze except for fuel run out which is unavoidable in the 2nd "booty" stage and the 3rd "maze" stage and thereafter. Oh well, another time, then. I told Brian Kuh and he suggested that if I was interested later on that I could meet up with him on a Friday in New Jersey and drive up for the weekend, something he does every weekend for nearly the past year. I certainly will, but only if I am not too drained from a week at my job beforehand !! Only two (2) more decent scores were achieved before I headed on back. Martin Bedard hit 234,260 on "Gorgar" (pinball), ensuring that everyone there had cracked at least 200K on this title at least once over the past week, and John Zabel after 22 years of not playing "Rally X" proved that time has not hampered his skills. He broke 100K for the first time ever with a final score of 104,690 points. Nice !! I made sure to show that one to Brian Kuh, whose personal best is nearly 140K and who ranks as one of the world's best players at the title. Time to go. I gave most of my tokens earlier to a youngster who, with her friends, went about systematically searching the coin slots for extra tokens. That made her day. I gave the rest to Martin the day before so he could play some more "Time Crisis" if need be. So today, with two single dollar bills, I purchased eight more tokens and played a few more games. After all, I had been gaming for nearly 100 hours this past week…I was virtually gamed-out !! We went out to the parking lot leaving John Zabel in the arcade as he was still on vacation. Brian Kuh had to drive back to New Jersey, Martin Bedard to Canada, and Mark Alpiger to I forget, Kentucky or Louisiana. Fred was to take me to Manchester Airport for my flight back to New York. One of the comments that I could not help but make was that in case Donald Hayes showed up, and saw my 120K+ score on "Super Cobra", he would be mystified as to who the gamer was that set this score, being that I was not supposed to be at Funspot on Sunday. I wonder what he would think if/when he saw that ? Ah well, at least when Donald reads this recap he'll know the answer. We all drove off in our respective directions. I got to the airport with about 20-30 minutes before boarding time, so Fred and I had a quick snack from "Dunkin' Donuts" and chatted in the waiting area until I had to go. Fred walked with me to the security gate and then headed back to his car for the drive back home. Security was not too bad. The taking off of the shoes is annoying, but I had more on my mind than worrying about whether my socks had any holes in them for people to see so I just went on through without incident. After baggage check I took a cab ride home which was pretty cheap compared to the ride going there. The local car service in my neighborhood is a rip-off, it seems. I got back home at 4:00pm and immediately contacted Walter and Bill to let them know I was back. Some important TG matters were discussed. I resisted the urge to go into work and see how bad everything was left for me. Thankfully I did not or my last evening on vacation would have been very discouraging indeed. No one did ANY of my work while I was gone…nothing except the most mission-critical tasks were handled. In other words, 99.9% of my work was left there for me to deal with when I returned. Today is Friday, November 26th, a company holiday. I had no chance between a chaotic first day work but decided the heck with it. But tomorrow, Saturday, I have no choice. I have to or else things will fall to pieces in my division. So…that recaps my November 2004 vacation at Funspot. The resultant scores I will start to enter as early as tomorrow into the TG database and hope to finish by Thursday, December 2nd. Thanks to all my friends who showed up this past week. You all contributed to making this one of my best vacations ever. Call me crazy, but I'd much rather have a chance to score 179K on "Super Cobra" than go down to Disneyland or Great Adventure. Besides, I'd probably be in the arcades there, anyway. I'm already looking forward to Funspot 7 which will probably be held in early June 2005, and by the time November rolls around, I most likely will be doing this all over again. Until then!! Robert _________________ Robert T Mruczek Twin Galaxies - Editor and Chief referee Star Wars classic arcade marathon champion (work E-MAIL) ****************************** Last edited by RMRUCZEK on Tue Nov 30, 2004 12:35 am; edited 1 time in total -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- permafrostrick Referee Location: Baltimore, MD Posted: Sat Nov 27, 2004 5:59 pm Post subject: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- pictures?!? FYI, I am planning on meeting up with Donald Hayes on Sunday, the 28th at the Crab Towne arcade in Glen Burnie, Maryland. We met up there last year when he came to Baltimore for a ping-pong tournament. He is here playing the tournament again this year. Hopefully the games still will be least the ones that were working last year. It's unlikely any of the others were fixed...unless someone does that on their own time denoting the parts as well. I have not visited there since last fall...but do now live only about 25 minutes away from Crab Towne. We will see....if not there was at least a decent conditioned Centipede and several decent pinball machines to just talking over food and drink of course. Hope to cya Sunday Donald! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- RMRUCZEK TG Board of Directors Location: Brooklyn, NY Posted: Sat Nov 27, 2004 6:49 pm Post subject: Pictures -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hello Rick: Other than a couple of pics that Mark Alpiger too kon the closing day, and a few of Jason's birthday party, I'm not sure what pics were actually taken !! Oh yes...there should at the very least be a few in the Weirs Times once that article hits... one of myself, Martin Bedard, David Nelson and Richard Marsh outside of Funspot, and a few more that the visiting columnist took on Saturday. Next time I gotta remember to get a digital camera !! Robert _________________ Robert T Mruczek Twin Galaxies - Editor and Chief referee Star Wars classic arcade marathon champion (work E-MAIL) ****************************** Roo at Funspot, Weirs Beach, NH -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The_Pro Location: Saint-Lazare, Quebec, Canada Posted: Sat Nov 27, 2004 10:42 pm Post subject: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yeah, this was definitely a great trip. Thanks a lot to Robert for having me, David Nelson for the chocolate, Fred Pastore for breakfast and everyone else that made it a good time. It was great coming down on a non tournament week. I felt I had more time to just get to know eveyone and it was definitely time well spent. The large dinner Saturday night was great, although I was a bit tongue tied talking to Rick on the phone. Hopefully I'll make a better impression if he comes down to the tournament next year. Can't wait for Funspot 7, where I will initiate the Pringles challenge! Also, I will remember to bring a signed affidavit verified by the TG board of directors that will detail exactly what my reason for entering the USA is. Apparently, my going to the middle of nowhere, to see a man from New York that I met on the internet, to play videogames is not very convincing. _________________ Martin Bedard -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- QRS1 Posted: Sat Nov 27, 2004 11:23 pm Post subject: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Damn... I wish I had the money to visit funspot.. Someday.. I will be there... and break the moon patrol score Anyway, great scores!! Especially that vanguard score *gulp* btw, Martin: If you want to get a 12-13mil score on 1942, make sure you save a lot of ships to the last but one stage.. destroy the big plane for 50k and die on its bullets... then do it over and over again and finish the game after that My best is 12.3 mil using that tech (mame). I first saw Hisa Chan do that...with a final score of 14mil!! He got to the last plane on his first man... used all ships (23 I think) and finished it on his last man. Talk about nerves!! _________________ Deca 2001, 2002 Champion. Editor at MARP -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The_Pro Posts: 556 Location: Saint-Lazare, Quebec, Canada Posted: Sat Nov 27, 2004 11:53 pm Post subject: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- QRS1 wrote: btw, Martin: If you want to get a 12-13mil score on 1942, make sure you save a lot of ships to the last but one stage.. destroy the big plane for 50k and die on its bullets... then do it over and over again and finish the game after that My best is 12.3 milion using that tech (Mame). I first saw Hisa Chan do that...with a final score of 14mil!! He got to the last plane on his first man... used all ships (23 I think) and finished it on his last man. Talk about nerves!! Yeah, I saw that inp as well. I was going to try for that trick but when I reached the plane I had totally forgotten that it was bigger than the others. I lost a couple of the lives I had and then beat it on my final man, really close shave. I'll surely try for more when I get back there. By the way, at some point during the week I showed some people at Robert's cabin parts of your wonderboy inp. A lot of "no way" was heard during 8-4 . _________________ Martin Bedard -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Carnival_Fred Posts: 13 Posted: Sun Nov 28, 2004 10:58 pm Post subject: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Robert, Just for the record, that place is George's Diner... a place recommended by the locals. No problem Martin on the breakfast. Actually, it was Martin who brought up the name of the place next to George's. I must say that Robert looked quite refreshed on the second Saturday of his trip. And to Rick, since Donald headed down your way, I think you need to return the favor and make a trip to FS 7!!! Lastly, I'll second what Martin said about being there without the tournament going on although it doesn't seem to make much of a difference in my case!!! Carnival Fred -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Zotmeister Location: Tiverton, RI Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2004 12:05 pm Post subject: Re: Funspot 2004 - Results (Part 2 of 2) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- RMRUCZEK wrote: Throughout the day, the full array of gamers showed up. Here is the roster…myself, Martin Bedard, Donald Hayes, Greg Bond, Brian Kuh, Jason Cram, Shawn Cram, Anna Cram, Christian Cram, David Cram, Fred Pastore, Mark Alpiger, and also John Zabel... my apologies if I forgot anyone else. Apologies accepted - ZM, the ONE person you omitted (but hey, I know all about missing just one - I invented the puzzle) P.S.: I hope you remember that I'll be sending tapes your way! _________________ Darkness lessons learned/Avenging golden tresses/Yellow flower blooms - "(dedicated to Millia Rage)", original haiku -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Robotcity Location: So. Calif. Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2004 4:43 pm Post subject: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Robert, Congrats on your personal records for Berzerk, Your score has increased by 50 percent every day you played. Did you play only 1 game or a lot of games each day. Soon you will be over 100k on this great game. Phil Y. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- RMRUCZEK TG Board of Directors Location: Brooklyn, NY Posted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 12:48 am Post subject: Sorry ZM...and thanks, Phil !! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hi ZM: Ugh !! A major mea culpa from me to you !! Can't believe I could not remember that you made the trip all the way from Rhode Island. I knew that the headcount at the restaurant was 15, and racked my wee brains until I gave up trying to remember. I don't think you submitted a "Red Alert" score...that one item in my notebook would have caused me to remember for sure as I was trying to take down scores from whoever would play it to get the ball rolling. Also, and this one is for Phil. I started the vacation with a previous arcade personal best of in the 5,000 range...really low 5K at that, and on slow bullets, mind you. After a mediocre attempt on my own going upwards all the time, I saw Donald Hayes do his thing and gave it a whirl, supplementing my own meager tactics, and was shocked at how quickly the simple tactic which he uses that I do not improved my performance. Obviously I am still a babe in the woods on the game, but my appreciation for the title has grown tremendously. I always liked the title, but was frustrated by my inability to last longer than a few stages. The tactic helps my fast bullets ADeca run up to the white robots mark (1st life) and then I'm a dead duck. Waaugh !! Robert _________________ Robert T Mruczek Twin Galaxies - Editor and Chief referee Star Wars classic arcade marathon champion (work E-MAIL) ****************************** -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- permafrostrick Referee Location: Baltimore, MD Posted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 1:58 pm Post subject: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Carnival_Fred wrote: And to Rick, since Donald headed down your way, I think you need to return the favor and make a trip to FS 7!!! Believe me, I'd love to make FS 7 just to meet several of you guys...and play some games too. Donald was primarily down in Baltimore for a ping-pong tournament and to visit some family/friends for Thanksgiving. When he did this trip last year, I pointed out Crab Towne for him and we met up for a few hours. We did essentially the same thing this year. I spent about 3-3.5 hours gaming with Donald on Sunday afternoon. ..not quite the same as my taking 3-4 days to go to FS. I'll see what I can do though. If I can't make it the week of FS7, I'll definitely try and make it up there sometime in spring/summer 2005. I'll get the FS7 dates and see if I can get annual leave for that week. With my job, there are restrictions on when you can take annual leave (delivery driver)...but it's still 6+ months in advance so maybe that week is still available to use for vacation time. A "week" in this case meaning Tuesday-Monday....which is good....can stay through Sunday and drive back on Monday. If I don't see you guys there, perhaps I can see at least some of you at the next Philly Classic! That now is only about 1.5-2 hour drive from me (if held in same place it was last year). I would have made it last year but it was on a weekend when I was just starting my new job etc. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Twin Galaxies Forums FAQ Search Memberlist Usergroups Register Profile Log in to check your private messages Log in 2005 Funspot Tournament Dates Link Twin Galaxies Forums Forum Index -> FunSpot Arcade View previous topic :: View next topic Author Message Carnival_Fred Posted: Sun Jan 02, 2005 7:23 pm Post subject: 2005 Funspot Tournament Dates -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I spoke with Gary yesterday and the 7th Funspot Classic Tournament will be held, as always, on the Thursday through Sunday following Memorial Day. That makes it June 2 - 5, 2005...... Carnival Fred -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- awesome Location: Rochester, NY Posted: Mon Jan 03, 2005 3:27 pm Post subject: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WC Tim and myself plan on attending. Already put in the vacation request and got it approved. Who else is in? _________________ Gregory S. Erway #1 Tapper TGMS 9,100,175 31May03 #1 Tapper TGTS 1,821,325 01Jun02 #1 Rootbeer Tapper TGMS 1,959,200 28Jul86 #1 Wild Western 826,900 07Jun04 #2 Pepper II 505,980 13Jun04 #3 M.A.C.H. 3 - Bomber 353,200 22Mar86 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Azrikal Location: Funspot NH Posted: Mon Jan 03, 2005 6:55 pm Post subject: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sweet, I know what days to take off from school in june to game I go year round so I have a few days here or there I can miss. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NH_Punchie Location: New Hampshire Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 11:40 pm Post subject: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I will be there as usual unless something horrific happens to me. See you guys then! Jenn NumbFingers Location: Miramar, FL Posted: Sun Jan 09, 2005 2:25 am Post subject: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hmm....Road trip perhaps... Well, we will just have to see now wont we... _________________ Currently Under My Belt: Galaga: Arrangement (Namco Museum) Galaga (Namco Museum) Star Wars Starfighter - Bonus Mission 2 Tall: Infinity Dynasty Warriors 2 - Yellow Turban Rebellion -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Azrikal Location: Funspot NH Posted: Sun Jan 09, 2005 1:02 pm Post subject: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Looks like I get to break the Leprechaun Wr again this year provided they fix the screen by then which is doubtful, but hey we can hope right? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- RMRUCZEK TG Board of Directors Location: Brooklyn, NY Posted: Sun Jan 09, 2005 7:29 pm Post subject: When the Time Comes -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- See you guys there !! Robert PS - I hope they restock those drink machines with that cool-tasting Minute Maid lime drink...I cleaned out their machine last November's trip. _________________ Robert T Mruczek Twin Galaxies - Editor and Chief referee Star Wars classic arcade marathon champion (work E-MAIL) ****************************** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This page was updated on: Sunday, June 20, 2004 Link Funspot 6th Annual Classic Pinball & Video Game Championship June 3-6, 2004 Don't see the menu on the left? Click here! Funspot 2004 "Player of the Year" David Nelson For the past 5 years Funspot has hosted the largest and most celebrated classic arcade contest in the world. Each year, records fall as new champions are crowned amidst a flurry of media coverage. This year the contest celebrates its 6th anniversary as gamers from all over the world gather together in Weirs Beach New Hampshire on June 3-6th, 2004. Conceived by Ken Sweet and Funspot Operations Manager Gary Vincent, the first tournament was held in May of 1999. Over 100 pre-1986 games were included in the competition, and players traveled from as far away as Israel to attend. Subsequent tournaments have drawn players from Canada, England, Finland, Australia and across the USA. This year was a historic landmark for the contest as the American Classic Arcade Museum (ACAM) was a co-sponsor. The museum, located inside the huge Funspot Family Entertainment Center is still in its infancy but plans to be the premier showcase for classic games, memorabilia, and history, all revolving around an impressive collection of classic games. Unlike traditional museums where artifacts are displayed behind glass or velvet ropes, the games in the American Classic Arcade Museum will be available for all to play. Future plans call for a large building to be added to the present location to include 100+ additional games, a convention room and a new restoration center. All donations to the museum are tax deductible. Twin Galaxies ( videogame officials and Funspot referees were on-hand at the contest to log scores on over 200 games. The world-famous Funspot Family Entertainment Center has been owned and operated by the Lawton family for 50 years. With over 500 games, Funspot is the second largest arcade in the world and is located in Weirs Beach, New Hampshire. The 60,000 square foot complex also contains 20 bowling lanes, a miniature golf course, a driving range, a 400-seat Bingo hall, a restaurant, the D.A. Long Tavern, and a state of the art indoor golf center featuring six Full-Swing Golf Simulators. Funspot is open year-round with ample free parking. There was a $200 dollar cash prize for each winner of tournament contests. They include the Monochrome Challenge, Classic Challenge, Pinball Challenge and new for this year, the Ladies Challenge open to the female attendees only. The Player of the Year Contest, which was introduced last year, combines the scores of the Monochrome, Classic and Pinball challenges to crown an overall champion, who receives a cash award and earn a place of honor on the Funspot wall. Additional challenges include a $25 cash prize to the winners of each daily "mystery game." In order to provide a fair opportunity for gamers who don't have access to Funspot's games throughout the year, all of the tournament games & the mystery games were not revealed until shortly before the contest. Funspot Pinballs -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What happened at Funspot 2004? Photos of the below commentary at ==> Link Greg Erway goes for the elusive high score in Astro Fighter Let the games begin!! One of the reporters in attendance tries out Spy Hunter Pat Laffaye goes for the Frogger world record Dave Nelson plays Guided Missile Greg Bond shows why he is the King of Mappy Abdner Ashman shows off his 1942 skills Brian Wagner achived some personal-best scores in Pac-Man Jason Cram (l) and Adam Wood play Midway's classic Gun Fight 2003 Funspot Champ Donald Hayes plays Centipede Greg erway can usually be found in front of Tapper Many of the players participated in the Pinball challenge Walter Day plays a game of Make Trax Darren Harris put up some impressive scores again this year on Star Trek Robert Mruczek looks like he is playing Super Cobra, but it is actually Scramble Fred Pastore has a little fun with 2003 Funspot Champ Donald Hayes Donald Hayes finally figures out who has been playing pranks on him Todd Rogers played Gorf for so long that his pony tail grew three inches on one token Catherine Karpins was the winner of the Women's Competition Anna Cram playes a game in the Women's Challenge Fred Pastore (c) and Greg Erway (r) question Multiple Word Record-holder Tim McIlroy (l) about Astro Fighter during the taping of Back In Time -- Lost Episode II -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- SCORES OF NOTE & WORLD RECORDS (YEAR 2004 - Funspot 6 Championships) Game Player Score Land Sea Air Squad * Tim McIlroy 342,600 Astro Fighter * Tim McIlroy 19,670 Clowns * Dave Nelson 61,390 Starship 1 * Christian Cram 6,700 Timber * Martin Bedard 339,225 Lazarian * Jason Cram 88,670 Gyruss (5-man) * Richard Marsh 1,306,100 Star Trek (Tournament) * Darren Harris 1,717,350 Robotron: 2084 Abdner Ashman 821,000 Jr. Pac-Man Abdner Ashman 1,550,000 Tutankham (marathon) * Rob Barrett 2,791,880 Leprechaun * Steve Kyriakides 537,395 Xybots * Joel Hedge 166,900 Quartet * Adam Wood 512,200 Guided Missile Mark Shultz 2,690 * = New World Record -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- CHALLENGE WINNERS Color Game Challenge Winner -- Dave Nelson Monochrome Challenge Winner -- Dave Nelson Women's Challenge Winner -- Catherine Karpins Pinball Challenge Winner -- Greg Bond Overall 2004 Funspot Player of the Year Dave Nelson

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----------------- END OF PAGE Funspot (Weirs Beach) (170+ classics, great condition, AWESOME) Laconia, New Hampshire, USA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Try to map this location This place has a web page here. Location games last seen on: 2004-07-06 Last change to this page: 2004-07-29 Update this place or add a new one here. Games at Funspot 1942 1943 The Battle Of Midway 720 Degrees A.P.B. After Burner (cockpit) Alien Syndrome Alpine Ski Ameridarts Arch Rivals Arkanoid Asteroids Asteroids Deluxe Astro Fighter Atari Football Ataxx Bagman Basketball Batman Battlezone Berzerk Big Event Golf Blueprint Bosconian Breakout Bump n Jump Burgertime Buster Bros. Capcom Bowling Carnival Centipede Champion Baseball Cheyenne Choplifter Circus Charlie Clowns Commando Congo Bongo Contra Crazy Climber Crossbow Crowns Golf Crowns Golf In Hawaii Crystal Castles Dark Adventure Defender Deluxe Space Invaders Depthcharge Dig Dug Domino Man Donkey Kong Donkey Kong Junior Double Dragon Double Dragon II - The Revenge Double Dribble Dragon Spirit Elevator Action Enduro Racer Fax Final Lap Fire Truck Food Fight Frogger Front Line Galaga Galaxian Gauntlet Gauntlet II Ghosts 'n Goblins Gladiator Gorf Gravitar Guerrilla War Guided Missile Gun Fight Gun Smoke Gyruss Hang-On (cockpit) Hard Drivin' Heavy Barrel Ikari Warriors Indy 4 Ironman Ivan Stewart's Super Off Road Joust (cocktail) Joust 2: Survival Of The Fittest Jungle Hunt Kangaroo Karate Champ Kick Man Klax Land Sea Air Lazarian LeMans Leprechaun Liberator Lunar Lander Make Trax Mania Challenge Mappy Marble Madness Mario Bros. Millipede Missile Command Monaco GP Moon Patrol Moonwar Motorace USA Mouse Trap Mr. Do! Ms. Pac-Man NARC Ninja Gaiden Operation Thunderbolt Operation Wolf Out Run (cockpit) Pac-Man Pac-Man Plus Paperboy Pengo Phoenix Playchoice 10 Pleiads Pole Position (cockpit) Popeye (cocktail) Punch-Out!! Q*Bert (cocktail) Qix Quarterback Quartet Race Drivin' Rally-X Rampage Red Baron (cockpit) Ring King Road Runner Robotron: 2084 Rolling Thunder S.T.U.N. Runner Satan's Hollow Scramble Sea Wolf Shooting Master Shootout Sky Shark Space Duel Space Harrier Space Invaders Spectar Speed Buggy Sprint 2 Spy Hunter (cockpit) Star Castle Star Trek Star Wars (cockpit) Stargate Starship I Steel Talons Stratovox (cocktail) Super Cobra Super Hang-On (cockpit) Super Masters Super Pac-Man (cocktail) Super Sprint Super Zaxxon Superman Tag Team Wrestling Tank II Tapper Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tempest Tetris The Main Event The Real Ghost Busters The Simpsons Thief Thunder Blade (cockpit) Tiger Road Timber Time Pilot Track & Field Tron Turbo (cockpit) Turbo Out Run Turkey Shoot Tutankham Twin Cobra V'Ball Vanguard Venture Vs. Dr. Mario Vs. Duck Hunt Vs. Golf Vs. Hogan's Alley Vs. Super Mario Bros. Vs. Tennis Warlords Wheel Of Fortune Wheels Wheels II Wild Western Wizard of Wor Wonder Boy World Series Baseball WWF Superstars Xenophobe Xevious Xybots Zaxxon Zoo Keeper Comments on This Location 2003-11-14 (Wes) All these games are still there. They also have about 25 classic pinball machines.

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Paul Dean,, Spy Hunter Champion, June 28, 1985

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