Retrospelsfestivalen 2017!

Last weekend I visited Retrospelsfestivalen in Malmö. A retro gaming convention in the south of Sweden that is now running for the fourth year in a row. This year they had changed the venue to a place called Inkonst. I really liked this new venue, they had used the stage downstairs for the marketplace which was awesome. So many retro games for sale, awesome sellers and tidy tables filled with retro gaming goodness ^_^

Apart from games you could as usual also find a lot of retro gaming merchandise, artwork and crafts :)

Upstairs there was a large area decorated with various console demo kiosks and arcade machines that were set to free play. They also had a demo corner surrounding the small stage where the competitions were held. Unfortunately I didn’t have the energy to stick around all day (I’m over 7 months pregnant right now), so I missed all the competitions and the lectures that were being held :( It was all really nicely set up though, and well organised :)

Scattered around the place were small personal collections on display, like Final Fantasy and Game & Watch :)

I had a great time at Retrospelsfestivalen and I’m already looking forward to next years convention! It’s always great to get to meet all the friends I’ve gotten to know in the retro gaming world of Sweden ^_^ And of course I bought some cool stuff as well ;D I’ll make a post of that soon! Meanwhile, check out Geeky Gals post from the convention to read more about a cool game called Wünderling that was being showcased at Retrospelsmässan :D

Retrospelsmässan 2017

This year we finally got to attend Retrospelsmässan again, Sweden’s largest retro gaming convention! Thanks to Sven666 and Quartex who revived the franchise :) It was a blast as always, and bigger than ever! They used a larger venue, and this year there were finally not a single issue regarding the queues! Good job guys! :D

Retrospelsmässan RSM 2017

I had a table shared with a my friend Cleareyes this year, where I sold off some of my doubles. I was also given the task of arranging a Tetris competition during the afternoon :) I had picked out a Tetris game and a way of competing that wouldn’t be too time consuming. I chose Super Tetris 3 for Super Famicom. In 2-player VS mode we had tryouts of 64 people that competed :) 32 remained, and then 16, then 8, then 4 and eventually just 2 people who battled for the title of RSM’s Tetris champion ^_^ I hardly managed to take any pics during the competition but I got to borrow some from my friend and also avid Tetris collector Daniel Engdahl :) Thanks!

I got to play a versus game with the winner afterwards. First to 3 wins and he beat me by 3-2. I got distracted in the last match XD

The convention was a blast, unfortunately I didn’t have time to explore all the tables and all the exhibitors as much as I would have liked. I spent most of the time talking to friends that I bumped into :) It’s such a great place for all of us nerds to gather and hang out ^_^ I’m already looking forward to Retrospelsmässan 2018!

I’m on the Retro Asylum podcast! :D

I was invited to be on the Retro Asylum show, which is the UK’s biggest retro gaming podcast! :D They have a new series called Bytesize where they discuss various things with various people and I got to talk with Paul Davies from Retro Asylum for about an hour. It was a lot of fun and we talked about all kinds of retro game related subjects :) I got to explain a bit about the Nintendo culture in Sweden and talk about my collection ^_^ It was great fun! :D

You can listen to the episode here >>
It can also be found on iTunes if you search for Retro Asylum :)

This is the awesome poster they put together for this episode ^_^

Heidi stopXwhispering on Retro Asylum podcast

Sci-Fi World 2014!

The weekend before this last one I went to a sci-fi convention in Helsingborg called Sci-Fi World. This was the first time I ever went to a sci-fi convention, and apparently this year they had more visitors than ever before! :D There were loads of cool things to see and do :) They even had two tables selling retro video games! :D And loads of amazing cosplayers all over the place ^_^

The first thing I encountered was while waiting in line to enter, a Jason Voorhees cosplayer was just standing in a glade, staring at people. So awesomely creepy! :D
Sci-Fi World 2014 - Jason cosplay

Me and my friend NinjaBrite got our picture taken for charity with the emperor and guards ^_^
Sci-Fi World 2014 - Star Wars cosplay

The first thing I bought were two really awesome illustrations by a guy called Anders Larsson. They pictured Super Mario riding Yoshi and Pikachu ^_^
illustrations - super mario with yoshi and pikachu

Then I also found some retro games of course ^_^
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2014-10-25 12.47.00

There were two sellers there but both of them were quite pricey… I did however get a decent deal when buying a couple of games from one of them. I got 6 NES games: Adventures in the Magic Kingdom, The Hunt for Red October, Ferrari Grand Prix Challenge, High Speed, Addams Family and Wrestlemania Steel Cage. Nothing really exciting, but I didn’t previously have them at least ;D
nes games 1
nes games 2

I also picked up a game for Super Nintendo called King Arthur’s World, I’ve never played it before, but I do recall someone telling me it was good once.. so I bought it ^^
SNES King Arthur's World

There were LOADS of amazing cosplayers as well! :D Like these baby storm troopers and jawas! :D Adorable!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Star Wars cosplay - storm trooper
Star Wars cosplay - jawas    Star Wars cosplay - jawas

There were loads of other Star Wars characters there as well :) 
Star Wars cosplay
Star Wars cosplay
Bobba Fett cosplay - star wars
Scout trooper cosplay - star wars

My friend NinjaBrite posing with the Silent Hill Nurse and some other guy I did not recognize (?). Damn that nurse is creepy though >-<
Silent Hill Nurse cosplay

And last but definitely not least! I found out that it was my friend Ulrik that was hiding behind this awesome home-made Predator cosplay costume! :D Here’s the Predator with NinjaBrite ^^
Predator cosplay

Ok, now I’m off to prepare for this last weekends re-cap! Namely, the awesome Gamex/Comic Con convention! IT WAS AMAZING! Stay tuned … ^_^

Retro Gaming October

I’m sorry for my lack of posts lately, but Destiny happened o_O

This coming October is going to be crazy though! Here in Sweden almost EVERY SINGLE WEEKEND has some kind of Retro Gaming or Gaming related show or convention! And I’m going to all of it ;D

Retro Gathering
First up is Retro Gathering in Västerås which I am visiting for the first time this year! Retro Gathering is a gathering for retro game enthusiasts and has been going on since 2006. You can buy retro games, play retro games and they are also hosting the Swedish Championships in Pong! I am attending that this year, I have never really played Pong competitively, only against the computer lol! So I’ll probably get my ass handed to me ;D

Retrospelsfestivalen
The second weekend is Retrospelsfestivalen in Malmö. This is the first year they are throwing a festival for retro gaming in the south of Sweden. I really hope this one will get a lot of visitors so that it comes back every year ^_^ Here they will have competitions, workshops and lectures about retro video games :)
During the same weekend, from the 11th-12th of October there is also the Play Expo in Manchester, UK. I wish they didn’t collide because then I would have visited both.. but Malmö is a bit closer for me ;D

Retro Games
scifiworld
On the 25th-26th of October there’s both a retro gaming show and a sci-fi convention on the same weekend. At Retro Games you can buy games and also play pinball, arcades and console games. This one takes place in Stockholm. Sci-Fi World is in Helsingborg and is a sci-fi, game and film convention. I’ve never visited this one before, but I might swing by one of the days :) Freddy Krueger, Jabba the Hut and a bunch of people from Game of Thrones will be there ^_^

comiccon-gamex
Gamex used to be the largest gaming convention in Sweden, they have now joined forces with Comic Con. So there will be a joined Comic Con-Gamex convention in Stockholm between the 30th of October and the 2nd November. I’ll spend two days there ^_^

If anyone knows any other gaming related events taking place that I’ve missed feel free to comment :)

Retrospelsmässan 2014 (Sweden’s retro gaming exhibition)

So I just got back from Tokyo 3 days ago and I’m still a bit jet lagged, and also very sick >.< But I refused to miss out on 2014’s RSM (Retrospelsmässan), Sweden’s yearly retro gaming exhibition in Gothenburg. So I drove there yesterday to see what they had to offer.

The setup was similar to last year, the biggest improvement though was that they had more registers at the entrance (6 instead of 1 or 2 last year) so the massive queues went a lot faster (but they were still there). Last year I waited almost 4 hours before I could get in, this year it took a little more than one hour.
queing
The last 1/5 part of the queuing

There were as usual loads of cosplayers running around. It’s always nice to see ^_^ Here’s a few of the characters I managed to capture on camera:
Mario!
It’s a me! Mario!

street fighter kingdom hearts cosplay
Street Fighter and Kingdom Hearts cosplay

wheatley 2 portal costplay
My personal favorite: Wheatley from Portal ^_^ Brilliant!

zelda and link cosplay
Zelda & Link cosplay

At the fair there were loads of things to do. They had competitions, hundreds of systems, arcades and pinball machines setup to be played, artwork being made and sold, speedruns, street fighter tournaments, traders selling retro games and stuff and lots more.
retrospelsmässan 2014
zelda and megaman art
toys

And Charles Martinet was there (the voice of Mario & friends) and you could get his signature…
charles martinet

…which I did ^_^ He was very friendly and funny :)
charles martinet autograph

I came in quite late since I had to drive for 2 hours to get there, so I didn’t have time to browse around a lot through the games. I also think that most of the good stuff had already been picked out, but I did manage to find a few things :) I found Sunset Riders for Sega Mega Drive, Wolfchild and Prince of Persia for Sega Mega CD. I’ve been curious about the Mega CD version of Wolfchild ever since I made the review for Wolfchild on Master System. I found it disturbing that the game lacked music, then someone told me that the Mega CD version had music, so I had to hear it ^_^ Sunset Riders has also been on my radar for some time but it has always been so pricey on eBay. I got it for approximately 40 GBP (or 69 USD).
sunset riders, prince of persia, wolfchild mega cd

I also found a mysterious Famicom pirate game which had no name, just an image of Tetris and airplanes?! So I had to buy it to see what it would be like ^_^
Famicom hack Tetris?

It turned out to be just Tetris, but I haven’t seen a Tetris that looks exactly like this one before. It had loads of gameplay options like 1 player, 2 player, cooperative, versus etc.

Tetris Famicom pirate
Tetris Famicom pirate game

It also had loads of russian songs to choose from ^_^ Troika is my favorite :D
Tetris Famicom pirate music select

That’s it for now, soon i’ll make a big post about all my pickups in Japan, and also a small guide of Akihabara’s great assortment of retro game shops ^_^ But first I will have to sort out this mess on my desk of over 100 games that I bought during my 2 weeks there… o_O
mess!!

If you wanna know more about Retrospelsmässan check out their webpage, you can also read about my visit to last year’s RSM here >>