Dream Trance unit) was a major draw and other oddities such as The Typing of the Dead attracted quite a lot of attention. Likewise, the Virtual On Oratorio Tangram twin sticks and the arcade stick-enabled fighters got a lot of love. One thing that we weren't expecting to get so much attention was the 'exploded Dreamcast' wall display which we had to show how easy the Dreamcast is to take apart and repair...and speaking of repairing, I took the opportunity to temporarily open a 'Dreamcast clinic' where I swapped out a dodgy GD Drive for a visiting friend while he waited. Anything to keep the knackered Dreamcast consoles of the world turning and burning!
Console Passion for £6. It was intended to be used as (as the name suggests) an online flyer creation tool where you could send business cards or event flyers to friends or colleagues using the Dreamcast's online component. Sadly, these are no longer online so (much like the karaoke unit) DreamFlyer is pretty redundant. Still, a nice thing to have in the collection.
Sore Thumb Games for a bargain price of £10 - thanks to Lee who runs the store for this. I did spot a rather nice Sakura Wars Dreamcast on his stall but it was a little out of my price range...maybe when I win the lottery I'll hit him up and see if it's still available! To be fair, Sore Thumbs always have a great selection of Dreamcast (and other) stuff on sale for decent prices and if you ever happen to be up in York, UK you should check out his shop.
known on Facebook for his fair prices and unbelievable range of titles for a number of different NTSC-J consoles...and his stall didn't disappoint. He had boxes and boxes of Japanese Dreamcast, Saturn, PlayStation and Neo Geo games and tonnes of boxed Japanese hardware (including a boxed, mint condition Dreamcast VGA box).
His stall was understandably mobbed for pretty much the whole weekend but I managed to nab some great games from him: the Sonic Adventure 2 Anniversary box set, Project Justice Rival Schools 2, Tetris 4D and Samba de Amigo version 2000. I paid a grand total of £60 for the lot, and Allan was a really friendly guy. I'll certainly be buying more from his Facebook page when I can spare the cash.
Archaic Koala (that's his Twitter name, not his actual name, obviously) for this - and an added bit of trivia about this particular set is that it came from Sega Europe directly as it was won in a Dreamarena competition back during the Dreamcast's natural lifespan. Which is pretty cool, especially since Koala only charged me £60 for it!
Finally for the Dreamcast stuff, thanks to another Twitter friend James who brought a couple of burned games to the event; and of particular note was Hellgate, the bike-based shooter that was cancelled many moons ago. I've personally never played this one, so it was very nice of him to go to the trouble to bring it.
In Search Of The Barber story and everyone was really friendly and appreciative of the work we do here at the 'Yard. We put together a short(ish) video just showing our little section and also a bit of a walk around the event hall to give you a feel for the scale of the show.
There are more images on our Facebook page here, and I'd like to thank my comrades in arms Rob and Martin for their help and professionalism (and the laughs) representing the Junkyard. It was also great to meet/catch up with Lord Arse!, James Peak, Miggybaz, Retro Rich, Rob Visser, Jake Smith, Rich King Retro, Katsu, the RGDS guys, Retro Joe, Shaun from Ten Pence Arcade, Gaming Guys, Ben Lancaster, Games You Loved (and be interviewed by them!), Paul and Phil from the Maximum Power Up podcast, all the guys from RetroCollect, Matt from Sega Mags...and everyone else I've probably forgotten (sorry!). Finally I would like to thank the team at Replay Events for another great Play Expo. They put in a phenomenal amount of effort to get this show up and running and once again it couldn't have gone any better.