I certainly hope everyone had a very safe and Happy New Year, looking around the Retroist Vault this evening it seems I’m the only one that made it in.
As for myself I spent the evening working at the Arkadia Retrocade where we had some very special entertainment for the large crowd of gamers. I dipped into my personal stash of Kool-Aid’s Great Bluedini! My friends, I do mean these are the packets I bought when the NES was King and Batman Returns was one of my favorite films, I’ve kept them in a nice and airtight container away from the damaging rays of the sun, hoarding them for special occasions. It was a great bit of fun for me to share that wonderful Bluedini taste with so many people who had not had the pleasure before.
Once the clock struck Midnight at the arcade, the usual music was replaced by the thrilling “Italian Spider-Man” theme song and I am proud to say that more than a handful of revelers began dancing to it. Which even though I am merely an employee of the arcade I took great pride in that people were having that much fun and I was a little part of that. It probably helped that everyone was hopped up on the Great Bluedini.
The greatest moment of the night came however when we decided to celebrate the New Year with a rousing game of the Bard’s Tale III: Thief of Fate on the Commodore 64! It would have been enough to wander the ruins of Skara Brae once again with so many friends of Arkadia around me…but in a stack of floppy disks that I had donated to the arcade we found my original Bard’s Tale III character disk!
So thanks to that discovery, my brave and stalwart party were once again able to venture forth to try and bring low the Mad God Tarjan, for the first time since 1988! Right after they dealt with this pesky Rock Man and his goons.
It was a surreal and very magical experience to be sure. With 24-year-old Kool-Aid in my belly, great friends and old digital allies, it was certainly a wonderful start to 2014! But the end of had me pulling off an old Super Mario Bros. trick like I did the previous New Year’s Eve…warping to Minus World.