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The random ramblings of a Star Trek-obsessed schools ICT Systems Manager who likes a good moan.
This is a place where I can whinge about life, and express my love of my family, 80's music, retro computer gaming (especially on my Commodore 64),
 oh and Star Trek. I'm very open with my opinions and I like a good moan. If you don't like what I say, then you might want to consider not reading this blog.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

"Out with the old and in with the new..." Happy New Year

Well, it's that time of year again when we kiss goodbye to one year, and move on to a new one.  2017 has been a pretty good year to be honest, so I hope we get a repeat with 2018.

So, here I am now in my 41st year on the planet Earth, wishing you all a very happy New Year

LOAD "2018"
PRESS PLAY ON TAPE
FOUND "2018"
LOADING
READY.
RUN

 

Friday, December 29, 2017

Mastertronic - What if? : Call of Duty WW2

Mastertronic brings you "Call of Duty WW2" on cassette for £1.99, only for Commodore, Amstrad, Spectrum and Atari  - Available from all good newsagents, chemists and game shops!

If only..... :o)

Because I have WAY too much time on my hands, I thought I'd mess around with putting together some fake Mastertronic covers for modern computer games in an attempt to give them the retro 1980's 8-bit cassette look.

Remember...  These are just for fun, and are obviously NOT real and NOT available, (although I'd love to see an 8-bit version with blocky graphics and cool chip-music).

In case you are not aware (or can not remember), Mastertronic were big in the mid to late 1980s and were a major budget software label in the United Kingdom and produced a large number of cheapo games and re-releases for the Commodore/Spectrum/Amstrad/Atari 8-bit computers (and some 16-bit too) - most at a pocket-money-friendly £1.99! 

Anyway, remember this is just a bit of fun, but what would modern games look like if Mastertronic still released games like the good ol' days? Well, here you can find out!

As always, click the images to enlarge.



Friday, December 22, 2017

Trekkie Dad and Super Sophie Episode 9 - Challenger Class, Tellarite Cruiser and Enterprise XCV-330

Last video for 2017.  We look at the Challenger Class Starship, Tellarite Cruiser and the USS Enterprise XCV-330 Special model from the Star Trek Starships Collection from Eaglemoss.


Trekkie Dad and Super Sophie Episode 8 - USS Defiant Glow in the Dark

Box opening of the special Glow in the Dark USS Defiant model from the Star Trek Starships Collection from Eaglemoss


Trekkie Dad and Super Sophie Episode 7 - NX01 Enterprise Jumbo

Box opening of the NX 01 Enterprise Jumbo XL model from the Star Trek Starships Collection from Eaglemoss.


Trekkie Dad and Super Sophie Episode 6 - USS Titan

Box opening of the USS Titan - a part of the Eaglemoss Star Trek Starships Collection


Trekkie Dad and Super Sophie Episode 5 - Deep Space Station K7, Klingon Bird of Prey, Kazon Raider

Some more box openings from the Star Trek Starships Collection from Eaglemoss.  This time, we open the 10th special in the series - the Deep Space Station K7, Klingon Bird of Prey in Attack Mode, and the Kazon Raider


Trekkie Dad and Super Sophie Episode 4 - USS Jenolan and Smugglers Ship

Some more box openings from the Star Trek Starships Collection from Eaglemoss.  This time, we open the USS Jenolan and Smuggler's Ship.


Trekkie Dad and Super Sophie Episode 3 - USS Enterprise E Jumbo Model

Box opening of Eaglemoss's, Jumbo Enterprise E model, and a quick look at the graphic novels (16) Ghosts and (17) Mirrored.


Trekkie Dad and Super Sophie Episode 2 - Trekkie Dad and Super Sophie Episode 2 - Vidiian's, Klingon's and Swarm Ships Oh My!

Box opening of Eaglemoss's, Vidiian Warship, Klingon D5 Battle Cruiser and Altamid Swarm Ship, as well as the latest Graphic novels - Vulcan's Vengeance, The Newspaper Strips Vol1. and the Star Trek / Planet of the Apes Crossover (The Primate Directive)


Trekkie Dad and Super Sophie Episode 1 - USS Enterprise D Jumbo

My poor, poor neglected blog.

As most of you may already know, I love Star Trek and have been collecting the Star Trek Starships Collection models from Eaglemoss since 2013. 

Now, my daughter Sophie has really got interested in Star Trek recently and loves it when I have a delivery of new ships.  So much so that we both decided to do some box opening/reviews on YouTube of the collection.

So here's the first video of Sophie and I opening the Enterprise D Jumbo model.