Official JagFest 99
June 19, 1999
For immediate release:
ROCHESTER, MN -- I'm pleased to say that JagFest
'99, held in Rochester, MN, was a wonderful success. I'm proud
and very happy to have been those host for this year's 'fest,
as I was able to supply a lot of things Jaguar and Lynx fans were
On the Lynx front, Ponx was a hit with several
attendees (and thanks for those purchases! ;-) ), and I know every
Lynx fan there had a blast doing comlynx Checkered Flag (5 people),
Raiden (2 people), and other games like Slime World, Cal. Games,
We demoed some cool recent and upcoming games
like SIMIS, Sokomania, and Hyperdrome (not sure if anyone actually
fired up the latter).
On the much anticipated Jaguar front... many
tournaments were held, and people definitely "showed their
stuff" on games like Breakout 2000, Tempest 2000, and Zero
5 (all I can say is. "Wow, Clay"). NBA Jam rocked the
house more than once, and other games like Ultra Vortek and Doom
saw play time as well.
We hoped to do a functional Voice Modem demo,
but time slipped away from us. Maybe next year, guys. :-) Lots
of other rare hardware was on display -- Jag Stereo adapter, Alpine
boards, weird controllers, a Lynx dev kit, and more.
Scott unfortunately could not get the latest
Assassin demo to work. Native didn't work out, either.
Protector was I think a surprise hit. People
expected a straight Defender clone, but really enjoyed the new
enemies and powerups and overall gameplay.
BattleSphere was of course immensely popular,
and the networking was very solid. Hats off to 4Play on this marvelous
game that we all look forward to owning one day.
Skyhammer was the "special announcement"
game presented by Songbird Productions at about 5-6pm during the
event. All the Jaguar fans I spoke with were excited to see how
well the game played, the solid frame rate, and the attractive
graphics. Not to mention the intricate gameplay centering around
a series of nonlinear missions. A second play mode is included
in this game, called "Battle" mode, where you have to
fight off wave after wave of enemies (maybe they should have named
this mode 'Gauntlet' ;-) ). Very fun game, and enjoyed by all.
The most disappointing aspect of the event,
as one might imagine, was what I'll call mediocre attendance.
About 10 of the people on my online "attendees" list
were no-shows, including Terance Williams, who we were all hoping
could provide an update on Gorf 2000. Fred, Randy, Jason S., Robin,
and more also didn't show up (or at least I didn't get to meet
them if they did...) Sorry you guys couldn't make it, it would
have been great to meet you. Raven Video Games did not make it
down from the Twin Cities due to a co-worker calling in sick that
Having said all that, I am happy to announce
that attendance was probably better than even JagFest attendees
realize. I sold 45 tickets to the event (adult and child combined),
and another 25 people that were friends, family, and fellow church-goers
also showed up (at no cost to them) to either help out at the
ticket table, see my crazy video game hobby in action, etc. :-)
That brings our grand total to 70 PEOPLE for JagFest '99!
I know with a little more work and regional
promotion, we could make it an even bigger event next year.
Thanks to everyone who helped make it a success,
and especially to the folks who traveled the furthest -- Kevin
and Katie, Clay and Michelle, Brian and his father, and everyone
Songbird Productions was pleased to be the official
host of JagFest '99.
Be sure to visit the JagFest '99 web site for
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