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C+VG's Retro Sections from the 90s

Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:57 am
by driver695
Hi All

I read C+VG in the early to late eighties. However, by the nineties I'd moved on to Amiga/PSX specific titles

But I've heard mention for the below - which I was not aware of back then.

'Retro Ranch' by Keith Ainsworth
&
'Retro Computer C(K?)abin' by Dave Kelsall

From what I understand these were in a separate insert/centre section ('Freeplay'?) section.

Can anyone advise on the following:

If there are scans of both of these floating about?

The dates/issues of C+VG in which both of the above appeared?

Many thans in advance

Andy / HOW

Re: C+VG's Retro Sections from the 90s

Posted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:34 pm
by Liamh1982
Your best bet for scans is probably Archive.org - IIRC they have most if not all issues of C&VG available as PDFs.

Freeplay was a 16-bit monochrome pullout printed on yellow paper. It featured sales charts, unsubstantiated rumours, reader's drawings and ideas for games, tips and cheats and of course, the retro sections. These only ran to one page and mostly focused on the 8-bit micros and early arcade titles.

Freeplay ran from 1996 to 1999 - basically any of the issues that featured the black and white logo:
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Re: C+VG's Retro Sections from the 90s

Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 12:42 am
by deadpan666
Liamh1982 wrote:
Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:34 pm
Your best bet for scans is probably Archive.org - IIRC they have most if not all issues of C&VG available as PDFs.

Freeplay was a 16-bit monochrome pullout printed on yellow paper. It featured sales charts, unsubstantiated rumours, reader's drawings and ideas for games, tips and cheats and of course, the retro sections. These only ran to one page and mostly focused on the 8-bit micros and early arcade titles.

Freeplay ran from 1996 to 1999 - basically any of the issues that featured the black and white logo:
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The scans at the Archive stop at 1992 unfortunately, so you won't find them there.....

Re: C+VG's Retro Sections from the 90s

Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:24 am
by Liamh1982
Apologies, it's been a while since I checked. I was sure they had some later ones at one point.

I would suggest Out Of Print Archive but it seems they've only got a few from '95/'96.

Re: C+VG's Retro Sections from the 90s

Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:42 am
by oldtimer
You could always contact Keith Ainsworth direct.
I think I still have his email address if you would like it, as I used to do lots of trades and buying off him.

Re: C+VG's Retro Sections from the 90s

Posted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:16 am
by Shinobi
The Retro Cabin was only one page the rest of Freeplay fan was mostly very indepth combo's for Capcom 2d fighters, 2 pages of "drawings wot you done" with somebody called hunter taking the censored out off all the kids drawings. 2 pages of Fanboys arguing that they'd console was the best all rival consoles where garbage etc.. High scores and a few other things.

Wish RG would take Keith on let him do his page in the mag

Re: C+VG's Retro Sections from the 90s

Posted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:52 pm
by stvd
oldtimer wrote:
Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:42 am
You could always contact Keith Ainsworth direct.
I think I still have his email address if you would like it, as I used to do lots of trades and buying off him.
Same here.
In fact Keith ran the "original" Retrogamer Fanzine

Re: C+VG's Retro Sections from the 90s

Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:04 am
by deadpan666
Liamh1982 wrote:
Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:24 am
Apologies, it's been a while since I checked. I was sure they had some later ones at one point.

I would suggest Out Of Print Archive but it seems they've only got a few from '95/'96.
Oh, apologies from me! I just did a longer hunt and discovered a bigger collection does indeed exist at the Archive! And they do have Freeplay attached it seems! It's not anywhere near a full set, but there's quite a few issues :)

Re: C+VG's Retro Sections from the 90s

Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:12 am
by driver695
stvd wrote:
Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:52 pm
oldtimer wrote:
Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:42 am
You could always contact Keith Ainsworth direct.
I think I still have his email address if you would like it, as I used to do lots of trades and buying off him.
Same here.
In fact Keith ran the "original" Retrogamer Fanzine
Now the Original RETRO GAMER Fanzine I'd be *REALLY* interested in seeing :)

Re: C+VG's Retro Sections from the 90s

Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:16 am
by driver695
Hi All

Thanks for your info - I'm not much of a Forum regular, so missed replies until now.

I finally found 'Freeplay' on RetroCDN:
http://retrocdn.net/index.php?title=Spe ... K+Freeplay

Issues 1 to 18 = Dave Kelsall's 'Retro Computer Cabin'
Issues 19 & 20 = Rich Leadbetter's 'Retro Ninja Reggae Dojo'
Issue 21 to 28*# = Keith Ainsworth's 'Retro Ranch'

* However, it seems Issues 25 & 26 are missing from RetroCDN :( - Will have to see if avaiable via the other sources mentioned.
# Also, was Issue 28 the final?

As mentioned above Keith A's Original 'Retro Gamer' fanzine would be fascinating.
I don't suppose they're available as PDFs anywhere?

Thanks again all

Andy

Re: C+VG's Retro Sections from the 90s

Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:26 am
by stvd
driver695 wrote:
Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:16 am
As mentioned above Keith A's Original 'Retro Gamer' fanzine would be fascinating.
I don't suppose they're available as PDFs anywhere?
Unfortunately not.
I contacted him after reading your post. Hoping that I'd be able to purchase issues that I don't have.

He isn't actively involved in the gaming scene nowadays.

:(

driver695 wrote:
Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:16 am
I finally found 'Freeplay' on RetroCDN:
http://retrocdn.net/index.php?title=Spe ... K+Freeplay
Nice find BTW.

Re: C+VG's Retro Sections from the 90s

Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:33 am
by driver695
stvd wrote:
Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:26 am
I contacted him after reading your post. Hoping that I'd be able to purchase issues that I don't have.
I don't think you and I would be the only ones interested in a reissue as PDFs

Re: C+VG's Retro Sections from the 90s

Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:03 am
by stvd
Well possibly, but they won't come from him as all his Retro Gamer issues are "long gone"! :(

I'll have to look mine out but I think I might only have 6 issues.

Re: C+VG's Retro Sections from the 90s

Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:06 am
by bensonrad
Any idea, what issues of CVG these came in? I have every CVG issues from 1 to its end, so could try and see where it actually ended.