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Homebrew Games Available At PRGE

The homebrew game design scene is alive and well in Portland this year. There are more homebrew games than ever being released, including several exclusive titles only available at PRGE!

Homebrew is a term frequently applied to video games or other software produced by consumers to target proprietary hardware platforms (usually with hardware restrictions) not typically user-programmable or that use proprietary storage methods. Homebrew games for older systems are typically developed using emulators for convenience, since testing them requires no extra hardware on the part of the programmer.


Draconian

Platform: Atari 2600
Publisher: AtariAge
Price: $50
Available at: Booth 602

Description: As pilot of the Space Fighter Draconian, your mission is to destroy enemy space stations - sector by sector - until they're all wiped out! Your task won't be easy - the enemy stations will relentlessly attack you with aggressive missiles and a barrage of defensive fire. Formations of missiles will gang up and hunt you down. But if you take out the lead missile, the others will scatter! If you see one of the enemy's Spy Ships you need to destroy it immediately! If it escapes, it will report your position, and then...the enemy will throw everything it has at you. Can you survive long enough to move onto the next sector? Good luck! The galaxy is counting on you!

Includes professionally printed box, manual, cartridge label and a 10" x 14" poster in the box.



Space Cactus Canyon

Platform: Atari 2600
Publisher: AtariAge
Price: $50
Available at: Booth 602

Description: The year is 2543. You are the last cactus on earth.

You live in the scorching deserts of the Rocky Mountains in what used to be Alberta, Canada. The heat is nearly unbearable and wildfires are common. The rest of your fellow cacti have moved to a more temperate climate ... on Mars. They have sent a final spaceship to transport you there. Reaching it won't be easy. Water has become Earth's most precious resource, and although you are a cactus, you need every drop. You'll collect the water as you move through the canyons on your way to rendezvous with your rocket. Every so often, you'll even find a bucket of water, and you'll be able to rest for the night. But watch out for the humans! The few that remain after World War XII think they need the water even more than you. And they'll do anything to protect it.

Includes professionally printed box, manual and cartridge label.



Super Cobra Arcade

Platform: Atari 2600
Publisher: AtariAge
Price: $50
Available at: Booth 602

Description: Super Cobra is a sequel to the classic arcade game Scramble in which the player must navigate their helicopter across a side-scrolling terrain through eleven unique stages. Each stage has its own challenges and obstacles, including tanks, targets, rockets, guided missiles, falling mines, fuel tanks, flying saucers and meteors. The player must avoid or destroy these hazards while maintaining the ship's limited fuel supply. The objective is to reach the end stage, invade the enemy's base and carry away the booty while trying to earn a high score.

Includes professionally printed box, manual, cartridge label and a 10" x 14" poster in the box.



Jeff Minter Classics

Platform: Atari Jaguar
Publisher: AtariAge
Price: $70
Available at: Booth 602

Description: For the first time on the Atari Jaguar, experience Jeff Minter's classic games "Llamatron 2112" and "Revenge of the Mutant Camels". Both games have been brought to the platform with the full blessing of Jeff Minter himself and are contained on a single cartridge. In Llamatron 2112 you play the part of a totally hard laser-spitting llama. Your mission is to collect all the tiny sheep, llamas, camels and goats you see on each wave. Your ultimate objective - destroy the Ozric Tentacle of level 99 and get to Herd Heaven on level 100. In Revenge of the Mutant Camels you are a rather threadbare-looking camel. Your mission is simple: stay alive through 42 zones of 7km each. These zones are populated by rampant telephone kiosks, skiing kangaroos, butch Greenham Common Peace Women, manic Minters, flying sheep and all the usual nonsense. They try to kill you off and you, naturally, and in keeping with the traditionally calm, rational, and thoughtful nature of videogames, get to waste them with lots of spectacularly destructive weaponry.



AstroStorm

Platform: Atari Jaguar
Publisher: AtariAge
Price: $70
Available at: Booth 602
Description:

Sometime in the future, aliens arrive.

A high quantity of large rocks have started raining from the sky causing devastation all around Earth. You must command the Earth Defense Craft to search our solar system and destroy any anomalous rocks or aliens before it's too late. Is this our last stand?

AstroStrom features a campaign story with 40 levels, skirmish mode with random levels, arcade modes for quick pick up and play, a mix of gameplay styles between shooting and space flying, powerups you can activate at strategic moments, separate scoreboards for each game type, and more!



Escape 2042

Platform: Atari Jaguar
Publisher: AtariAge
Price: $70
Available at: Booth 602
Description:

In the year 2042, a socialist government is in power, but nobody had foreseen the progressive dictatorship that settled in. The elites of the government hid behind a sham democracy, disconnected from the life the people were leading, and acted solely in their own interests. The regime considered the dissidents as conspiracy theorists, treated them like terrorists and locked them away in highly-secured prisons.

You are Shun, a computer engineer and member of the Truth Defenders coalition. After a clandestine operation to inform the people, you are locked away in the highly-secured prison Bulor 24. But your knowledge on security systems will enable you to escape. Your turn now to escape as fast as you can from this place!

Escape 2042 game takes place in three different environments (prison, desert, forest) and is interspersed with two mini-games, including a reversed "Shoot'em Up" and an original rappelling game! Avoid the security cameras, collect grenades to get rid of your enemies, and exercise your working memory by hacking the computers of the prison to unlock the doors or to deactivate the safety systems.



Cowlitz Gamers 2nd Adventure

Platform: NES
Publisher: John Hancock
Price: $50
Available at: Booth 313

Description: Cowlitz Gamers 2nd Adventure is the follow up to Cowlitz Gamers and is a NES 1 or 2 player game. The game is made will all new parts and includes cart manual and box. It will debut in cartridge form at PRGE and there will be a limited run of white carts for the show. Includes are a cart, manual, and box as well some other items. There also will be signups for a second run at the show in the event that the game sells out.




Multiple Intellivision Revolution Releases

Platform: Mattel Intellivision
Publisher: Intellivision Revolution
Price: $55 each
Available at: Booth 502

Description: Intellivision Revolution is coming to Portland and they have a treasure trove of new games that will be released at PRGE.

  • Jr Pac-Man
  • Oregon Bound
  • Moon Blast
  • Jawcrusher


K.C. Escapes!

Platform: Odyssey2
Publisher: Good Deal Games/Homebrew Heaven
Price: To be announced.
Available at: Good Deal Games booth

Description: Good Deal Games' Homebrew Heaven is proud to announce the long awaited third game in the K.C. Munchkin series: K. C. Escapes! K.C. and the munchies will return to the Magnavox's Odyssey2 console in a brand new adventure launching at PRGE.

Even better, Ed Averett himself will be in the Good Deal Games booth signing autographs and playing the game on Saturday during the show, so be sure to bring any of his 24 games to get autographed. Also at the GDG booth, Old School Gamer Magazine will be giving away free copies of their premiere issue at the show, which contains an exclusive interview with Ed Averett conducted by historian Michael Thomasson.



Coffee Crisis

Platform: Sega Genesis
Publisher: Mega Cat Studios
Price: $50
Available at:Rigg'd Games - booth 310

Description: Crush alien overlords with metal-fueled, caffeine aided combos to save Earth's most precious resources - coffee, heavy metal, cat videos, and free wifi! Feel their extra-terrestrial flesh rip to shreds as you crank the alien cries to 11!



Log Jammers

Platform: NES
Publisher: Mega Cat Studios
Price: $50
Available at:Rigg'd Games - booth 310

Description: Arcade sports on the Nintendo Entertainment System are always a gas and Log Jammers is no different! Select your avatar from a diverse cast of skilled ax-wielding characters, and compete in exotic arenas across a variety of different game modes. Go for the gold or go for a swim!



Almost Hero

Platform: NES
Publisher: Mega Cat Studios
Price: $50
Available at:Rigg'd Games - booth 310

Description: Choose your ninja path, from self-defense class drop out, to industry-saving philanthropist. Play as either ninja hopeful, Orville or Reginald, and be the hero you always knew you could be as you battle against a colorful cast of villains in this throwback to the beat 'em up genre.



Expedition

Platform: NES
Publisher: Mega Cat Studios
Price: $75
Available at:Rigg'd Games - booth 310

Description: Perfect for those of you who love RPGs but no longer have the time to commit whole weekends to a single game, simply plug in your Nintendo Entertainment System and prepare for a gaming companion unlike anything you've played before! Fast-paced combat: Your party has a limited amount of time to decide in combat what actions to take - better think on your feet if you wish to survive!

Endless Possibilities: Simple does not mean shallow here, with community-written quests and advanced game modes, experience near unlimited replayability for you and your friends!

Includes custom cards and a D20 die.



Multiple Releases From retroUSB

Platform: NES
Publisher: retroUSB
Price: $36 - $45
Quantity Available: retroUSB - booth 601

Description: retroUSB has four homebrew games available at PRGE:



Multiple Releases From Khan Games

Platform: NES
Publisher: Khan Games
Price: $40
Quantity Available: Booth 601

Description: Khan Games has three homebrew games available at PRGE:



Swords and Runes - Regular Edition (RE)

Platform: NES
Publisher: Sole Goose Productions
Price: $45
Quantity Available: Booth 601

Description:

The regular release of Swords and Runes includes the following:

  • Translucent charcoal cartridge
  • Brand new GTROM board by Membler Industries
  • Box, manual, and label featuring the excellent artwork of M-Tee
  • Paper cart sleeve-Box
  • Styrofoam block



Tailgate Party

Platform: NES
Publisher: Orab Games
Price: $45 - $60
Quantity Available: Booth 601

Description:

Tailgate Party is a brand new party game by Orab Games designed to make use of the Power Pad by bringing cornhole to the NES. My goal was to take this unpopular peripheral and give it a good use that everyone would enjoy! What better way than tossing projectiles at a 30 year old controller! Tailgate Party features a Single-Player Story Mode as well as a Multiplayer Mode. In addition, players can choose from 11 playable characters, 7 game modes, and a full soundtrack written by NA forum member, Zi. Not only that, it includes achievements that you must decipher to unlock! In Story Mode, guide Andy and Ellie through the Shuckers parking lot as they learn about the evil that has taken over the gameday experience. You will be faced with 9 different opponents and 2 difficulty settings as you master your cornholing craft. As you defeat each opponent, they will be unlocked in Vs Mode. The board uses flash memory in order to save your progress in the game.



Please check back. More PRGE-exclusive homebrew titles will be announced soon!



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Portland Retro Gaming Expo T-Shirts

Introducing our official PRGE 2017 T-shirts, available in a variety of sizes! In addition to the new 2017 design, we have several of our "greatest hits" shirt designs available. If you're attending PRGE this year you will want one of these must-have pieces of apparel.

All PRGE t-shirts are $20. Quantities of some styles may be limited. Shirts will be available at the PRGE merchandise booth in the arcade on all three days of the Expo.


PRGE shirt - 2017
PRGE 2017 t-shirt design featuring artwork by Steve Hendricks
PRGE shirt - 2016
2016 - Design 1
PRGE shirt - 2016
2016 - Design 2
PRGE shirt - 2015
2015
PRGE shirt - 2014
2014
PRGE shirt - 2013
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PRGE shirt - 2012
2012


Game Over Arcade

Take a walk through video game history

PRGE Video Game Museum
Atari Home Computer retail kiosk

We learned a lot from our first video game museum last year. We're proud to introduce an improved Museum area in which you can walk through the halls of gaming history. This exclusive area of the Expo will feature the rarest of the rare, the one-of-a-kind, the "Holy Grails" of video game collecting and history.

Inside our Museum, you'll find museum curators Frank Cifaldi, Kelsey Lewin, Chris Kohler and Rick Weis. These gaming experts will conduct occasional guided tours through the Museum's exhibits and answer your questions about the displays and video game history in general. Stop by the museum for a tour schedule.

As part of our Atari 2600 40th anniversary celebration, we are bringing back the "Wall of Atari Games" consisting of every Atari 2600 game released in the US,complete in box and presented in special freestanding showcases that allow you to view the front and back of every package.

Be sure to check out our presentation stations with interactive demonstrations of classic video game consoles and lectures on the history and significance of each item. This is ongoing throughout the weekend.

Some of our video game industry alumni will be signing autographs in the museum after their panels. Check out the schedule page for times.

The PRGE Museum is open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday and 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Sunday in Meeting Rooms A107-A109.

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PRGE Celebrates 40 Years of Star Wars Games

Star Wars Arcade Game
Play Star Wars games at PRGE!

1977 was a great year for pop culture. Not only was the Atari 2600 introduced, but that year we also saw the start of one of the greatest film franchises of all time: Star Wars. Did you know that there have been hundreds of Star Wars themed video games released since the early 1980s?

In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the release of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope on May 25, 1977, PRGE will gather four decades of Star Wars console, arcade and pinball games into one place: The Portland Retro Gaming Expo Retrocade. We have set aside a large area dedicated to games with a Star Wars theme - all available to play for free with your paid admission badge. Each station will be marked with a game's year of release and related facts.

In our original Xbox systemlink arena, we will have 16 stations of Battlefront 2 set up to play, LAN-style, for part of the weekend.

Let's just say we'd like you to avoid any "imperial entanglements" and join us at the PRGE Retrocade with your favorite Jedi or droid. And remember to let the Wookie win.


Epic Gaming Hosts Super Smash Bros Tourneys at PRGE!

Epic Gaming
Super Smash Bros at PRGE hosted by Epic Gaming

Nearly twenty years ago an unusual fighting game featuring a memorable cast of characters from popular Nintendo franchises such as The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, and Pokemon unceremoniously hit store shelves. Even though it was January, a bit too late for the '98 Christmas season, it received positive reviews and a hearty reception from fans and media outlets for its easily accessible, yet refreshingly different, approach to the genre. Super Smash Bros. was born.

At Portland Retro Gaming Expo this year we celebrate three of the most beloved and iconic entries in the series: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 64, Super Smash Bros. Melee for the GameCube, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Nintendo Wii. A free to play bracket pool and top cut tournament featuring each of these titles will pit hopeful newcomers alongside some of the Pacific Northwest's best recognized Smashers in a bid for $1000 in cash prizes. We urge you to bring your lucky controller, but for those who travel light, or have long since parted from their childhood systems we will have controllers on hand for you to join the fray.

In Smash, four players can simultaneously brawl in free for all bouts or in teams with the simple objective of ejecting their opponents off of the screen to win the round. This feat is achieved through dealing damage in the form of percentage points, with higher percentages causing characters to fly faster and farther with each successive blow, eventually leading them to an off-camera demise, a radical departure from life-bar laden mainstays in the genre such as Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter.

Smash at Portland Retro Gaming Expo is hosted by Epic Gaming. Founded in late 2010, Epic Gaming made its start through developing the Magic & Pokemon scenes of South Portland, providing singles support, tournaments, and open tables and event space from noon to ten, seven days a week. After doubling the size of its venue in 2014 Epic added Dungeons and Dragons Tables and Console Gaming Tournaments to its lineup which today draw dozens of enthusiastic fans to weekly events. Whether you are a seasoned veteran of Commander, a returning Role-Playing afficinado looking for a new home, or an up and coming e-sports enthusiast, Epic has communities eager to welcome you to their fold. Epic Gaming keeps Portland gaming!


PRGE Celebrates 40 Years of Atari 2600!

On September 11, 1977, Atari released the Video Computer System (VCS) console, more commonly known today as the Atari 2600. It was slow to be accepted by consumers, selling less than a million units in 1977 and 1978 combined. Eventually Atari began to license popular arcade titles such as Taito's Space Invaders, driving sales to over 30 million units for the life of the console. Ultimately the Atari 2600 was sold from 1977 until 1992 and there were over 550 game titles created for the system.

Everyone who grew up in the 1980s remembers the iconic wood grain look of the Atari 2600 and the feel of its black rubberized joysticks. This was the console that showed the world that their television could be more than just a passive "boob tube". The 2600 ushered in a whole new industry that was unimaginable just a few years before. While Atari and the 2600 stumbled a few times in the early years, they ultimately lead to the start of a $100 billion industry that has more than doubled the revenue of the film industry.

We at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo recognize the contributions of the industrial designers, programmers and artists who brought this tenacious game console into the living rooms of the world. For the 40th anniversary of the Atari 2600 VCS, we have planned a special series of panels covering the hardware, games and history of the system. We are bringing industry experts and alumni from Atari and other third-party companies to share the rich history of the system with our attendees. In addition, we will have an arcade full of Atari 2600 systems that our guests can touch, play and enjoy throughout the weekend.

And we have a special surprise.

One of the most iconic things about Atari games was the incredible hand-painted artwork that was used on the game boxes and cartridges. While the games themselves were primitive due to the limitations of the technology, Atari used the package artwork to tell the story of each game and draw users into new worlds. The visual storytelling on the box allowed a few pixels to become a medieval knight or a blocky duck-looking thing to become a fierce dragon. One of the original artists behind the Atari package art is Steve Hendricks. He created the artwork behind such classic Atari 2600 titles as Defender, Haunted House and Warlords.

We were fortunate enough to host Steve at PRGE last year and he will be returning this year to hosting a panel discussing his time working for Atari. In addition, PRGE has commissioned Steve to create a new piece of custom art in the style of the original Atari package artwork to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 2600. His artwork, seen on the right, will be shared wth our attendees on our show badges, on the show program, on t-shirts and on special limited-edition die-cut posters designed to resemble point-of-sale posters for Atari 2600 games in the early eighties. Every attendee will get a badge and the programs are free with paid admission while supplies last. The t-shirts and posters will be for sale at the PRGE information booth in the arcade on the weekend of the Expo.

2017 will mark our 12th annual Portland Retro Gaming Expo. If there is any single game system that is most responsible for this event and its popularity, it's the Atari 2600. We've seen a lot of game consoles come and go during PRGE's lifetime, but there has always been the VCS. So we invite you to come down to the Oregon Convention Center and join us. Pull up a chair. Slap your favorite game into the cartridge slot, power up and hit reset. Before you know it, you'll be transported back in time to re-live the dawn of gaming.

Best Volunteers in the Business!

At PRGE you will notice people with these awesome logos on the back of their shirts (right).

Who are these people? They are the 1-Ups: our awesome army of volunteers.

Feeling lost, confused, need directions to nearest castle or maybe want to show someone your latest score from a vendor? Find one of them, scattered throughout the show hall, and they will help you right away.

The show's staff would sincerely like to thank them with the utmost gratitude and sincerity. Plain and simple, the show would not work without them.

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR 1-UPS!

Learn about volunteering at PRGE »

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PRGE On October 20-22, 2017

Oregon Convention Center
Oregon Convention Center

The 2017 Portland Retro Gaming Expo will take place at the Oregon Convention Center on October 20-22, 2017.

For the second year we will be extending the expo to include Friday. The arcade will open at 3:00 PM on Friday, October 20 and remain open until 10:00 PM. There will be a limited number of exhibitors open in the arcade on Friday, but the main exhibitor hall will open on Saturday morning at 9:00 AM for pre-sale ticket holders and 10:00 AM for the general public. All panels are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

PRGE 2017 will be held in Oregon Convention Center halls A, A1 and B at the north end of the Convention Center. Panels will take place in the A and B series auditoriums.


Don't Wait...Get Your Tickets Now!

Tickets to PRGE are now on sale through out ticketing partner, Showclix. As in previous years, all ticketing fees are built into the online price. What you see is what you pay! In addition, presale ticket buyers enjoy these benefits:

  • Purchasing admission online will save you up to 24% over the door price
  • Presale pass holders with Saturday-only or Weekend badges will get into the exhibitor hall 1 hour early on Saturday (9:00 AM)
  • Your attendance at PRGE is guaranteed in the event of a sellout. We were very close to capacity in 2016 and this may be the year where we have to close ticket sales due to a sellout crowd.

Purchase PRGE 2017 tickets now! »


PRGE 2016 Highlights

PRGE 2016 is over, but not forgotten! Here are some links to reviews, photos and videos from the Expo.

PRGE Panels


Media


Videos


History of PRGE Flyers, Badges & T-Shirts

PRGE 2009 T-shirt
T-Shirt from PRGE 2009

Over the past decade we have create a wide variety of marketing materials, shirts, badges and show programs for each of our events.

Visit our new PRGE museum page and look back at some of these materials we produced and learn about the history of the Northwest's largest retro gaming convention. See the evolution of the Expo as we moved to larger venues each year and enjoyed ever increasing attendance.

Portland Retro Gaming Expo Flyer, Badge and T-Shirt Archive



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2017 Show Hours: Friday, October 20
Arcade: 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Saturday, October 21
Exhibitor Hall: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM (9:00 AM early entry for presale pass holders)
Arcade: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
PRGE Auction: 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Sunday, October 22
Exhibitor Hall: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Arcade: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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