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We are in the final countdown to the Louisville Arcade Expo taking place in Louisville this weekend. Many local (and some not-so-local) collectors, players and lovers of “all things retro gaming” are making final preparations to haul pinball machines, arcade games, classic consoles/computers and anyone else who is along for the ride and converge for the 3rd-annual LAX.
Despite the expo running for the entire weekend, there will be some pre-expo events, in case you are interested:
- Wednesday night (3/6/2013) –Pinball tournament is being held at Zanzabar!
- Thursday night (3/7/2013) – official ‘unloading’ at the expo – this is one of the best parts of the event, IMHO. A lot of the local collectors are onsite getting everything ready for the playing public. It’s a great time to come visit with the people who make the whole weekend a possibility. Of course, you have to contribute a game to participate here, so if you are planning on bringing something to the expo and have been on the fence, hopefully this will entice you a bit further!
The local media coverage of the expo has picked up steam, as well. Check out this article from Matt Frassica in the March 4th, 2013 Courier Journal – http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013303040063&nclick_check=1 as it has a lot of good background info for this year’s expo and what to expect (and who will be there, as well!)
This year’s expo promises a lot and I know it will deliver. There is an entirely new floor plan, lots of vendor space and retro goodness everywhere. Be sure to keep abreast of the current game list as well… it will change from day-to-day and there is always a lot of walk-in ‘surprises’ as well.
Pack up the kids, throw on your best Nintendo t-shirt and we’ll see you at the expo!
It’s neat what can come of a series of totally random situations all boxed up together…. let me set the stage for a bit, then I can move on to what is the most rewarding part of the collecting/restoring/playing hobby for me…
Last week I picked up an Asteroids Deluxe. It is in great shape, but the seller ran upon some hard times, ran out of cash to finish the restoration and thus needed to move it to recoup some of the losses . The only real problem with the game is that the G08 monitor chassis wasn’t anywhere to be found as the seller had sent it out to Chad @ ArcadeCRT to have the chassis completely “gone through”. Seeing as how the seller seemed to be trustworthy and the cabinet was in great shape otherwise (i.e. no water or cabinet damage, good sideart, etc.), I went ahead and bit on it, rode up to Indy and did the pick up and headed back here to Louisville with all the parts in tow.
A good arcade (especially in KY) is hard to come by nowadays, so when I was invited down to check out Zanzabar I was excited to see what would be offered up for ‘show and play’. I originally visited the restaurant/bar/arcade mid-summer 2010 (for the CoinOpSpace.com Louisville KY meetup) and owner Antz rolled out the red for all of us forum members to meet and greet and play some classics. His selection at the time was good (around 10 games) with plans for continued acquisition and expansion.
I had the opportunity to revisit Zanzabar right before Christmas 2010 and was very happy to see that the game selection has come along quite nicely. All of the games are in great working condition (with at least one hand-restored by the owner) and there is a really nice selection at this point with several rare games in the mix as well. What’s especially neat about Antz’s collection is that he has chosen to include several cabaret and cocktail cabinets in the collection along with the usual uprights.
I’ve definitely enjoyed playing on the cabarets (I don’t have any at this time) as they have a very distinct feel to them that is different – but still as gratifying – as the uprights. I also like the cocktail configuration games, but I just don’t have the floorspace at home for them so I’ve never played much on them as a result.
Here’s what I saw at Zanzabar’s as of my last visit: