Posted by Commodore Computer Club on November 24, 2014 in Pictures

Recently C64 Club member, friend and Terrible Nerd Kevin Savetz spotted this pretty cool orange Commodore Barricade in New York City:

Kevin Savetz NYC Barricade - Commodore Computer Club

While Kevin is out and about for personal and work related adventures, he always seems to find rad Commodore “stuff” to share with his fellow Commodore Computer Club members, which is awesome, especially for his first love being the Atari 8-bit computer line.

“Thank you Kevin” for not only being a Atari fan, but for also showing some love to all things Commodore. You sir rock!

Posted by Commodore Computer Club on November 8, 2014 in Meetings

Greetings fellow retro computing friends! Below are a few pictures taken by C64 Club member Tom at the November 7, 2014 Commodore Computer Meeting, enjoy!

Jonathan and Michael all smiles about seeing a copy of Compute Gazette magazine at the C64 Club and Retro Computing Club meeting:

Compute Gazette Magazine - Commodore Computer Club

Here we have a Commodore 64 model 64c using a Commodore CM-141 monitor. We can also see one of Jim Brain’s EasyFlash 3 cartridges in use on the C64:

C64 C64C, Commodore CM-141 Monitor, EasyFlash 3 Cartridge - Commodore Computer Club

Commodore 1702 color monitor, Commodore 64C computer and Sal’s fully loaded Amiga 2000 retro computer:

1702 monitor, C64C, Amiga 2000 - Commodore Computer Club

At the C64 Club meeting we can see Michael’s TI-99/4A computer and Jonathan’s Apple IIe computer both running the classic video game Burger Time:

TI-99 and Apple IIe Burger Time Game - Commodore Computer Club

Check it out, a retro Atari 2600 Jr. console playing River Raid and a NES with a stack of Nintendo game cartridges, including the rare Tengen Tetris:

Atari 2600 Jr. River Raid Game, Nintendo NES Tengen Tetris - Commodore Computer Club

C64 Friends Aaron, Dan, Michael and Jonathan socializing at the Commodore Computer Club and Retro Computing Club meeting. Of course everyone is all smiles having a great time:

C64 Friends Socializing - Commodore Computer Club

In this photo we can see Sal’s Amiga 2000 computer. Also featured is Marci playing a game on the Atari 600XL 8-bit with a stereo pokey modifcation using a Commodore 1702 monitor:

Amiga 2000, Atari 600XL - Commodore Computer Club

Kevin Savetz was nice enough to bring his vintage Kaypro II computer to the meeting. It fired up right away as seen in the below picture:

Kaypro II Computer - Commodore Computer Club

However moments later Kevin’s Kaypro II computer made a snap sound, then the magic smoke was released from the back as seen here:

Kaypro II Computer Magic Smoke - Commodore Computer Club

Check out the huge amount of retro computer magazines on the buy, sell, trade and free tables:

Buy, Sell, Trade and Free Tables - Commodore Computer Club

“Thank You” to everyone from the PDX and surrounding areas who have continued to support and attend the Commodore Computer Club meetings since April 2010. It’s really appreciated.

We hope to see you at the next meeting! Come to learn, come to share.

Posted by Commodore Computer Club on November 1, 2014 in Meetings

The next PDX Commodore Computer Club meeting is scheduled for Friday, November 7, 2014 from 6:00 pm PST until 12:00 am PST.

Club members, friends, guests and retro enthusiasts from the PDX and surrounding areas typically show up between 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm PST.

Our 1st Friday of the month PDX Commodore Users Group meetings take place at Pied Piper Pizza located in Vancouver, WA which is about 30 minutes from downtown Portland, Oregon:

Pied Piper Pizza - Commodore Computer Club

Pied Piper Pizza – 12300 NE Fourth Plain Rd. – Vancouver, WA 98682 – Get directions

Once inside Pied Piper Pizza, head straight back past the dart boards to the private banquet room #4. Look for Commodore computers. If you can’t find it, ask someone at the counter.

What You Can Expect To See, Hear and Enjoy:

Of course there is always more hardware, software and gaming fun brought to the meetings by our members and guests that we don’t have listed, so come and be surprised!

As an added bonus, come hang out with the Retro Computing Club who is co-hosting meetings with the Commodore Computer Club!

Bring your Family and Friends:

As always it’s perfectly fine to bring your husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend or kids with you to the upcoming meeting. All are welcome. The more the merrier!

Presentations, Demos, Member Showcase, Etc:

As for presentations, we do plan on having a few PDX Commodore Users Group and Computer Club member presentations which also include showcasing some cool software and hardware.

We always plenty of room, tables and electrical outlets, so if you have anything (game consoles, rare retro items, etc.) to show off or enjoy with other members, please feel free to bring it along.

Retro Gaming And Computer Marketplace – Buy, Sell, Trade or Give it away for free:

For those who frequent the meetings know, there are always good finds to be had at our buy, sell, trade and free tables, so remember to bring any Commodore, other 8-bit computer or gaming console items you want to sell, trade or give away.

Need more information?

To find out more about our meetings, get directions, etc, please check out the Commodore Computer Club meetings page.

We look forward to seeing you at the next Commodore Computer Club and Users Group meeting on Friday November 7, 2014. Come to learn, come to share.

Posted by Commodore Computer Club on October 31, 2014 in Games

It’s Halloween again, which means it’s time for some Commodore Computer Club favorite halloween game suggestions…

Below is a spooktacular sampling of Commodore 64 themed Halloween classic games we suggest that our Commodore Friends around the world play today (or anytime):

Ghosts ‘n Goblins (1986) by Elite:

Commodore 64 Halloween Games - Commodore Computer Club and Users Group

Ghostbusters (1984) by Activision (programmed by David Crane):

Commodore 64 Halloween Games - Commodore Computer Club and Users Group

Bone Cruncher (1987) by Superior Software:

Commodore 64 Halloween Games - Commodore Computer Club and Users Group

Forbidden Forest (1983) by Cosmi:

Commodore 64 Halloween Games - Commodore Computer Club and Users Group

Chiller (1985) by Mastertronic:

Commodore 64 Halloween Games - Commodore Computer Club and Users Group

Freak Factory (1986) by Firebird:

Commodore 64 Halloween Games - Commodore Computer Club and Users Group

Night Breed (1990) by Ocean:

Commodore 64 Halloween Games - Commodore Computer Club and Users Group

If you don’t have real floppy disks handy to play these games, you could always load them off the internet using your Commodore Flyer or directly from the Flyer on-board storage.

We hope that everyone has a safe and fun Halloween. If things get a little scary tonight, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! HA-HA-HA!!!

Posted by Commodore Computer Club on October 15, 2014 in Meetings

Greetings fellow retro computing friends! Below are a few pictures from our October 3, 2014 Commodore Computer Meeting, enjoy!

Tommy having some fun on the Amiga 500 computer playing Zany Golf. Remember, only the Amiga makes it possible:

Tommy, Amiga 500 Zany Golf - Commodore Computer Club

Sal laying down on the job again (hehe) connecting up the Amiga 600, Atari 800XL, Commodore 64 (64c) and Amiga 2000 computers:

Amiga 600, Atari 800XL, Commodore 64 - Commodore Computer Club

Mike D., Jonathan, Dan, Michael and Marci enjoying some Pied Piper Pizza food and beverages at the Commodore Computer Club meeting:

Pied Piper Pizza Food - Commodore Computer Club

Here we can see a Commodore 1702 color monitor, Commodore 64c computer and the Amiga 2000 all up and running for people to enjoy at the meeting:

1702 color monitor - Commodore Computer Club

Mike D. and Dan socializing at the Commodore Computer Club meeting. You can also see Marci hiding out in the background:

Mike D. and Dan socializing at the C64 Club meeting - Commodore Computer Club

The one, the only Commodore Flyer by Retroswitch being housed in a limited edition aluminum Flyer case designed by Marc Honey:

Marc Honey's aluminum Flyer case - Commodore Computer Club

Michael having a good laugh while he’s reaching for the Commodore 64c running the game Zaxxon… must play Zaxxon…

C64c Zaxxon Game - Commodore Computer Club

“Thank You” to everyone from the PDX and surrounding areas who have continued to support and attend the Commodore Computer Club meetings since April 2010. It’s really appreciated.

We hope to see you at the next meeting! Come to learn, come to share.

Posted by Commodore Computer Club on October 4, 2014 in Pictures

Earlier today long-time Commodore Computer Club member, friend, Atari enthusiast and Terrible Nerd Kevin Savetz sent in the below picture:

Kevin Savetz Club Commodore Pin - Commodore Computer Club

When asked for specifics on the origin and history of this awesome Club Commodore pin, Kevin said in part:

My mom found this pin in my grandfathers stuff. It’s probably from 1950. Some yacht club thing I guess.

So after doing a little research on what “Club Commodore” means, I found the following in a Wikipedia article:

Yacht clubs are organized like any other club or organisation with committees, chairman, directors, etc. Due to the connection with the sea and hence the navy, the various posts use naval terminology. For example the chairman/CEO is the Commodore. Usually, under the Commodore there are also the Vice Commodore (in charge of land-based activities) and the Rear Commodore (in charge of water-based activities).

How cool is the idea of Kevin’s grandfather maybe being a “Commodore” or chairman/CEO of a yacht club? Pretty cool!

What’s really exciting is knowning that Kevin has some “Commodore” related things in his family history. See Kevin, Commodore isn’t so bad Mr Atari *grin*

Thank you again Kevin for sharing this pin with the C64 Club and your family history with the pin.

Posted by Commodore Computer Club on October 1, 2014 in Meetings

The next PDX Commodore Computer Club meeting is scheduled for Friday, October 3, 2014 from 6:00 pm PST until 12:00 am PST.

Club members, friends, guests and retro enthusiasts from the PDX and surrounding areas typically show up between 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm PST.

Our 1st Friday of the month PDX Commodore Users Group meetings take place at Pied Piper Pizza located in Vancouver, WA which is about 30 minutes from downtown Portland, Oregon:

Pied Piper Pizza - Commodore Computer Club

Pied Piper Pizza – 12300 NE Fourth Plain Rd. – Vancouver, WA 98682 – Get directions

Once inside Pied Piper Pizza, head straight back past the dart boards to the private banquet room #4. Look for Commodore computers. If you can’t find it, ask someone at the counter.

What You Can Expect To See, Hear and Enjoy:

The following hardware and software will be available to enjoy at the October 3, 2014 PDX Commodore Users Group and Computer Club meeting:

  • Amiga 500 and Amiga 2000 computers
  • Amiga games, music and graphics demos
  • C64 Direct-to-TV C64DTV (hardware design by Jeri Ellsworth)
  • Multiple Commodore 64 (C64) computers
  • C64 Games (action, platformer, RPG, etc.)
  • C64 EasyFlash 3 and EasyFlash 3 video game cartridges

Of course there is always more hardware, software and gaming fun brought to the meetings by our members and guests that we don’t have listed, so come and be surprised!

Bring your Family and Friends:

As always it’s perfectly fine to bring your husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend or kids with you to the upcoming meeting. All are welcome. The more the merrier!

Presentations, Demos, Member Showcase, Etc:

As for presentations, we do plan on having a few PDX Commodore Users Group and Computer Club member presentations which also include showcasing some cool software and hardware.

We always plenty of room, tables and electrical outlets, so if you have anything (game consoles, rare retro items, etc.) to show off or enjoy with other members, please feel free to bring it along.

Retro Gaming And Computer Marketplace – Buy, Sell, Trade or Give it away for free:

For those who frequent the meetings know, there are always good finds to be had at our buy, sell, trade and free tables, so remember to bring any Commodore, other 8-bit computer or gaming console items you want to sell, trade or give away.

Need more information?

To find out more about our meetings, get directions, etc, please check out the Commodore Computer Club meetings page.

We look forward to seeing you at the next Commodore Computer Club and Users Group meeting on Friday October 3, 2014. Come to learn, come to share.

Posted by Commodore Computer Club on September 15, 2014 in Meetings

Greetings program! Below you can check out the pictures showcasing our September 5, 2014 Commodore Computer Meeting, enjoy!

It’s been a while, but we broke out the Commodore 64 Magic Voice Speech Module and played some Gorf and Wizard of Wor with voice:

C64 Magic Voice Speech Module - Commodore Computer Club

Sal doing Commodore Amiga 500 and Amiga 2000 audio and graphics demo presentations:

Sal's Amiga 500 2000 Presentation - Commodore Computer Club

Atari 8-bit enthusiast and long-time C64 Club member Kevin Savetz playing Wizard of Wor on a Commodore 64, however he is using a Atari 2600 controller *grin* :

Kevin Savetz playing Wizard of Wor C64 Game - Commodore Computer Club

Paul, another Atari 8-bit user enjoying some Wizard of Wor, with speech. Paul was amazed at the sound and sprite graphics quality of the C64:

Paul playing Wizard of Wor - Commodore Computer Club

Commodore Computer Club member Dan all smiles with his new VIC-20 Programmers Reference Guide thanks to our buy, sell, trade and free tables:

Dan with his new VIC-20 Programmers Reference Guide PRG - Commodore Computer Club

George and Kevin Savetz discussing some newly acquired Atari 8-bit game cartridges:

George and Kevin Savetz Atari 8-bit game cartridges - Commodore Computer Club

Kevin Savetz, Dan and Paul having some friendly discussions about the Atari 600XL / 800XL ports of Commodore 64 games:

Kevin Savetz, Dan and Paul Atari 600XL 800 XL - Commodore Computer Club

With all the talk about Wizard of Wor with Speech on the Commodore 64 computer, Paul broke out his Wizard of Wor Atari 8-bit cartridge, but no speech like the C64:

Wizard of Wor Atari 8-bit - Commodore Computer Club

Morgan and Sal playing some retro video games on the Commodore Amiga 2000:

Morgan and Sal Amiga 2000 - Commodore Computer Club

Greg and Tommy playing some Gorf with the Magic Voice Speech Module connected to the Commodore 64 computer:

Greg and Tommy playing Gorf - Commodore Computer Club

Here’s a group picture with Kevin Savetz, Morgan, Rick Weis, Paul and Sal all smiles at the Commodore Computer Club meeting:

Kevin Savetz, Morgan, Rick Weis, Paul and Sal - Commodore Computer Club

Sal and Paul doing some retro computer hacking homebrew projects at the C64 Club meeting:

Hacking Homebrew - Commodore Computer Club

A huge “Thank You” to everyone from the Pacific Northwest and surrounding area who continue to support and attend our Commodore Computer Club meetings. It’s really appreciated.

Our next scheduled meeting will be October 3, 2014. We hope to see you at the next meeting! Come to learn, come to share.

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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on September 1, 2014 in Meetings

The next PDX Commodore Computer Club meeting is scheduled for Friday, September 5, 2014 from 6:00 pm PST until 12:00 am PST.

Club members, friends, guests and retro enthusiasts from the PDX and surrounding areas typically show up between 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm PST.

Our 1st Friday of the month PDX Commodore Users Group meetings take place at Pied Piper Pizza located in Vancouver, WA which is about 30 minutes from downtown Portland, Oregon:

Pied Piper Pizza - Commodore Computer Club

Pied Piper Pizza – 12300 NE Fourth Plain Rd. – Vancouver, WA 98682 – Get directions

Once inside Pied Piper Pizza, head straight back past the dart boards to the private banquet room #4. Look for Commodore computers. If you can’t find it, ask someone at the counter.

What You Can Expect To See, Hear and Enjoy:

The following hardware and software will be available to enjoy at the September 5, 2014 PDX Commodore Users Group and Computer Club meeting:

  • Multiple Commodore 64 (C64) computers with JiffyDOS
  • C64 EasyFlash 3 and EasyFlash 3 video game cartridges
  • C64 Direct-to-TV C64DTV (hardware design by Jeri Ellsworth)
  • Amiga 500 and Amiga 2000 computers
  • Atari 600XL and 800XL computers with game cartridges

Of course there is always more hardware, software and gaming fun brought to the meetings by our members and guests that we don’t have listed, so come and be surprised!

Bring your Family and Friends:

As always it’s perfectly fine to bring your husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend or kids with you to the upcoming meeting. All are welcome. The more the merrier!

Presentations, Demos, Member Showcase, Etc:

As for presentations, we do plan on having a few PDX Commodore Users Group and Computer Club member presentations which also include showcasing some cool software and hardware.

We always plenty of room, tables and electrical outlets, so if you have anything (game consoles, rare retro items, etc.) to show off or enjoy with other members, please feel free to bring it along.

Retro Gaming And Computer Marketplace – Buy, Sell, Trade or Give it away for free:

For those who frequent the meetings know, there are always good finds to be had at our buy, sell, trade and free tables, so remember to bring any Commodore, other 8-bit computer or gaming console items you want to sell, trade or give away.

Need more information?

To find out more about our meetings, get directions, etc, please check out the Commodore Computer Club meetings page.

We look forward to seeing you at the next Commodore Computer Club and Users Group meeting on Friday September 5, 2014. Come to learn, come to share.

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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on August 15, 2014 in Meetings

Greetings Commodore Friends! Below you can check out the pictures showcasing our August 1, 2014 Commodore Computer Meeting, enjoy!

One of the earlier members to the club, Tommy playing a Commodore Computer Club favorite, Space Taxi on the JiffyDOS enhanced C64:

Tommy playing C64 Space Taxi Game - Commodore Computer Club

One of the many boxes of Commodore loot for our buy, sell, trade and free tables:

Buy, Sell, Trade and Free Tables - Commodore Computer Club

C64 Direct-to-TV C64DTV (hardware design by Jeri Ellsworth):

C64 Direct-to-TV C64DTV hardware design by Jeri Ellsworth - Commodore Computer Club

In all the years Tommy has played Space Taxi, this was the first time he had ever finished the game. Just look at his excitement! Congratulations Tommy!

C64 Space Taxi Ending Screen - Commodore Computer Club

Captain Morgan enjoying a cool refreshing beer (yes he’s at least 21 LOL) while playing games on the Apple IIgs at the meeting:

Captain Morgan with a beer - Commodore Computer Club

Various club members and guests socializing while setting up computers and consoles to enjoy:

Members socializing - Commodore Computer Club

Here we can see C64 Club member Jeff setting up 3 Commodore 128 C128 computers:

Lots of C128 machines - Commodore Computer Club

Check it out, a custom Atari Jaguar with Jaguar CD add-on being showcased at the meeting courtesy of Paul, one of our newer members to the club:

Paul's Atari Jaguar CD Console Commodore Computer Club

Up close and personal with Paul’s Atari Jaguar CD console setup in a white dental case:

Atari Jaguar CD Console - Commodore Computer Club

Tommy, Paul and Sal checking out the Atari 800XL computer presentation:

Atari 800XL Presentation - Commodore Computer Club

Jeff and Sal discussing an Amiga 3000 deal at the Commodore Computer Club meeting:

Jeff and Sal with Amiga 3000's - Commodore Computer Club

At the meeting both Conrad and Paul are enjoying some tasty food provided by Pied Piper Pizza. We can see Paul giving a big “thumbs up” for Commodore computers and Conrad:

Conrad and Paul - Commodore Computer Club

Members Michael, Dan and Mike socializing at the monthly C64 Club meeting:

Friends socializing - Commodore Computer Club

A club favorite, Lemmings being played on a Commodore Amiga 500 computer:

Amiga 500 Lemmings Game - Commodore Computer Club

Amiga enthusiast, friend and club member Sal presenting one of his Amiga 2000 showcasing the Amiga logo and desktop on his giant color LCD screen:

Amiga 200 - Commodore Computer Club

Jonathan showing of his new Apple II platinum computer with two disk drives and color monitor to Jeff at the Commodore C64 Club meeting:

Apple II Platinum - Commodore Computer Club

Club members, guests and friends socializing at the monthly C64 Club meeting:

Members, Guests and Friends - Commodore Computer Club

Commodore 64 computer, with JiffyDOS and an EasyFlash 3 cartridge serving up endless hours of retro gaming fun:

EasyFlash 3 Cartridge - Commodore Computer Club

Here’s an up close picture of the Commodore 64 JiffyDOS toggle switch and red reset button:

JiffyDOS switch and Reset button - Commodore Computer Club

In this picture we can see Morgan, Michael, Mike, Sal and Dan socializing at the meeting:

Club Members and Friends Socializing - Commodore Computer Club

Paul playing Jupiter Lander on a Commodore 64c computer using an EPYX joystick:

Paul playing Jupiter Lander on C64c - Commodore Computer Club

Jeff and Dan socializing over some tasty food and drinks at Pied Piper Pizza:

Jeff, Dan and Pied Piper Pizza - Commodore Computer Club

Here’s a picture showing Commodore Computer Club members, friends and guests hanging out at the meeting:

Commodore Friends - Commodore Computer Club

Here are some of Paul’s Atari 800XL computer game cartridges being showcased: Space Harrier, Tempest and Joust marked not for sale because of rarity:

Atari 800XL Game Cartridges Space Harrier, Tempest and Joust - Commodore Computer Club

Always a wonderful turnout, here’s another picture showing club members playing games on various Commodore, Amiga and Atari computers:

Commodore Friends - Commodore Computer Club

Conrad playing a game on the Atari Jaguar CD while Paul holds a CD pointing at Conrad. Does that CD say CGE on it?

Conrad CGE CD's - Commodore Computer Club

The ladies playing the fun Lemmings game on one of the many Commodore Amiga 500’s at the C64 Club meeting:

Ladies Playing Lemmings on Amiga 500 - Commodore Computer Club

A picture showing part of the coin-op arcade and pinball machine room at Pied Piper Pizza. Games featured: Simpson’s, Rush 2049, Big Buck Hunter Pinball and Demolish Fist:

Simpson's, Rush 2049, Big Buck Hunter Pinball, Demolish Fist Coin-Op Arcade Games - Commodore Computer Club

Paul is sad because there isn’t more Atari stuff at the Commodore Computer Club meeting LOL:

Commodore Computer Club

A huge “Thank You” to everyone from the Pacific Northwest and surrounding area who continue to support and attend our Commodore Computer Club meetings. It’s really appreciated.

Our next scheduled meeting will be September 5, 2014. We hope to see you at the next meeting! Come to learn, come to share.

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