Houston Arcade Expo - Awards Ceremony

The Houston Arcade Expo—scheduled for the weekend of November 13-14, 2015—will be hosting a Trading Card Awards Ceremony that features cards for Mike Begum, Keni & Josh Jones, Shawne Vinson, William Higinbotham, Mike Wright, plus cards that commemorate the event itself. The cards were sponsored by Eric Tessler, of La Habra, California. The cards for Begum and Wright include hand-drawn illustrations from the pen of Dan Tearle, of Lichfield, U.K. Mr. Tearle is a noted sports artist whose work is well-known around the world. For more information on the Houston Arcade Expo, go to: www.arcadecenter.com. To learn more about our tradition of Awards Ceremonies, go to A Chronological History of the Trading Card Awards Ceremonies

16th Tournament Funspot

I am a gamer and a photographer. I always bring my camera to tournaments. Here is a cover I did of me and Miss Weirs Beach. She was a lovely girl, handed out the trophies, played some games. In other words, it was a real treat to meet her.

Although I played my heart out at the tournament, I came in 47th place. The other folk there are just so much better than me. But we all have strengths and weaknesses. I might not be able to rescue the humans as they free fall to the surface in Stargate, but I sure can capture people's emotions, doing what they do best.

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ACAM Poster

ACAM holds an annual tournament at Funspot in New Hampshire. Of course you knew that!

I have participated in 4 of the last 5 tournaments. They are by far the funnest gaming events I have been to. Around 100 players compete for the highest score on 20+ games. The tournament runs from Thursday at noon to Sunday at 5. Plenty of time to get used to the games, get good at the games, watch others play and of course hang out with your buds.

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Allen Staal

When you are in a tournament, it is important to stay comfortable and wear loose fitting clothes. That is what I thought until I met Allen Staal. When he plays in the Kong Off, he is one sharp dressed man.

You have to marvel at Allen's dedication to classic arcade gaming when you realize he travels from Australia to compete. It just goes to show that there is something more to arcades than simply playing games. It is the camaraderie, the sense of belonging, the nostalgia for a simpler time when we all had more hair.

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Arcade Expo 2015

What a crazy trip. We traveled from Ottawa to Syracuse to Newark to San Francisco to Los Angeles to Palm Springs to Banning. Only took 22 hours. Long trip, longer story. Part of the trip involved the world's fastest taxi between LA and Palm Springs, weaving in and out of traffic.

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Day One
We headed to Malibu and stopped in Pasadena for lunch. I received an email from Joel West saying that he, Mark Hoff, Billy Mitchell had just arrived in L.A. and were heading to Twin Galaxies. I was invited to drop in, but I knew there was a big event happening, and I did not want to intrude.

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