The European Atari Jaguar Festival, “ejagfest” in short, took place on November 7th and 8th of this year in Kleinenbroich (between Düsseldorf and Mönchengladbach), Germany. We celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Atari ST Computer this year which has been released 30 years ago in 1985.
Here you can fins an overview of the highlights of this year.
- Matthias Domin from MDGames: Sold some of his games such as the Jaguar game „Impulse X“ on Cartride and Jag-CD and showed some of his side projects like Mini Doom and Clicks for the Jaguar.
- 16 32 bit Systems: Nick Harlow, the retailer from UK offered used and new hard- and software for different Atari systems. He also delivered the preorders of the new Jaguar Cart game “Alice’s Mom’s Rescue”.
- Atari Shop NL: Sold retro-games and goodies for different retro systems. Further Mr. Atari showed an early version of his Atari 800 game “Lost in Space”.
- Zone 3: Thanks to “Zone3” we presented you a gaming area with beanbags for gamers and full of retro-gaming highlights.
- AtariAge: Thanks to the support from AtariAge, we showed some Atari homebrew highlights in the gaming area like Wall Jump (Atari 2600), Zippy the Porcupine (Atari 2600) und Stay Frosty 2 (Atari 2600).
- Christoph Podlech: Showed his collectors item „P.I.T.S – Fahrschule auf dem Atari Lynx“ case. This is a software that theaches people the rules of the road traffic and was used in the mid ninties in driving schools. Further he showed a Mega PC which is a combined Mega Drive (Genesis) and PC. Playable title was Sonic and Virtua Racing.
- DerLuchs (neXGam): Showed and sold some of his homebrew games.
- Ausweichmanöver (Jaguar CD)
- Absorbierer (Jaguar CD)
- N.E.L.S (Vectrex)
- Brecher (Vectrex)
- Flak (Vectrex)
- World premiere: Der Luch – Vectrax (Audio CD)
- World premiere: Arne – Jäger des Jags (Jaguar CD)
- Marco Willig (McWill): Showed his VGA-Screen Hardwaremod for the Atari Lynx and the Sega Game Gear. It improves the screen quality a lot. Further it provides an VGA-Out to play on external VGA displays and TVs.
- DocMorbid from Circuit Board forum: Showed and sold his Game Boy classic Mods. He builds up better displays in the devices and also makes special paintings on some of them. He also held an workshop regarding repairing and modding of Game Boy Classic consoles.
- Videospielearchiv.de: Exhibition of “Odd Videogames”. They showed us a Sharp Twin Famicom (1986), a Gakken Compact Vision TV Boy (1983), a Nintendo Color TV Game Block Kuzushi (1979), a Epoch Casette Vision (1981) and a TomyTutor (1982) console.
- Retrospiel: Showed and sold homebrew games for different retro-systems.
- DragonBox Shop: The Dragonbox shop presented the „MIST FPGA“ computer. It was playable for everybody at the show. Beside others it ran different Atari ST homebrew games.
- Silvio Laute: Showed some exhibits from his collection. Such as an Atari Stacy2 computer, C-100 Pong, C-140 Super Pong, C-180 Super Pong Ten, C-380 Video Pinball, C-402 Ultra Pong Doubles, SC-450 Stunt Cycle, Sears Pinball Breakaway, Touch Me and an Atari Portfolio. Further a Lynx, Lynx II and a Jaguar plus JagCD running some games such as Downfall (Jaguar cartridge).
- TXG_MNX: Showed his Jaguar Kiosk. Atari used them to show the Jaguar at trade fairs and in shopping malls in the USA. It is very rare to find in Europe. Further he showed a Virtual Immersion Visor produced from Philips Magnavox. This VR-Headset used the same mold as Atari did with their never released VR-Headset.
- ST-Computer Magazine: The ST-Computer magazine showed and sold their latest issue and some back issues of the magazine. Further they offered a Jaguar to play with.
- Gameplan: The publisher is well known for high quality books about retro videogares and homecomputer. They offered some of the books at the ejagfest. Beside the german versions of “Spielkonsolen 2015, Volkscomputer, Spielemacher und Joysticks” also the rare english version of the “Encyclopedia of Game Machines”.
- Thomas Ilg: Showed his soon to be released Atari ST game Anarcho Ride and sold his game Laserball (Atari ST).
- Michael Bernstein: Showed the progress on his EmuTos for the Jaguar.
- Björn Spruck: Showed a Demo for the Lynx where a picture of a cat was morphed and zoomed. Further he showed a level editor (PC) for the Lynx game Lemmings, which makes it possible to build new level for the game. Beside others, he build a very nice ejagfest level.
Further highlights of this year: A transparent Jaguar case was on display. It is a special editon, which was produced in spring of 2015 with the original Jaguar tooling. This limited run of cases was sold to support the newly planned console “RVGS”. This new system will also use this tooling and is planned for a release in 2016. But the transparent cases are produced exclusivley for the Jaguar. On an Amiga Laptop (Apple PowerBook with MorphOS) run a beta of the upcoming game Wings Remastered and Amiga Racer, The unofficial Game&Watch collector’s guide from David Gschmeidler und Gerhard Meyer, Nuon with some games like Tempest 3000, Iron Soldier 3, Merlin Racer and more, Atari 800 Demos from Poland, lottery on Sunday, 3DO, NES, Silver Jaguar, Philips G7000, Dreamcast, Atari 800, Atari ST with Lynx emulator, Skunkboard, Halo 2600, Princess Rescue (Atari 2600), Thorsten from Abbuc Regional Gruppe Nord presented Dimo’s Quest, a new homebrew game on the Atari 800 XL and more.
- European Championship “Checkered Flag” in a 6-player network (Atari Lynx)
- Fun-Cup “Mario Kart Double Dash” (Gamecube)
This year was the event‘s 15th anniversary and it took place for the 1st time in Kleinenbroich in a new location. Let’s celebrate Atari! The ejagfest took place at: Hochstraße 26, 41352 Korschenbroich, Germany.