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I was about 12.

By this time I was totally and utterly hooked on machines like lineup and others.

I met this kid called Mark Blackwell, bit of a tit really but he was a laugh.
Well I remembered him saying how his dad was a arcade owner so went round his house to play outrun sitdown in his garage.
When I got there I saw a fruit machine, and my pulse began to race.. could this guy actually get me a fruit machine of my very own?

That night when his dad (doug) came home from work I asked him if he could get me a machine.
"yeah, you name the machine and Ill get it for you" - of course I asked for lineup, but when he said he couldnt get that my very next choice was snappy viper.
"yeah, give me a week or so and Ill get you your machine" he said.
During that time I asked him how much it would cost, and he said that if I gave his son the casino keyboard that he had fallen in love with and 30 quid he would get me my machine, fucking deal I thought.

I asked mum for the 30 quid, she gave it to me, I sealed it in and envelope and wrote "Mr Blackwell" on it and put it in my little safe I had, desperately waiting to get my machine.
Well, 2 weeks went by and I phoned him, "no, not got one yet, will be really soon"
2 weeks later "yeah, got one coming in, will be a couple of weeks"
2 weeks later "yeah, theyre sending it over, couple of weeks"
repeat for about 5 months.

In the end my mum lost it, phoned him up and demanded that he return the keyboard, screamed at him for getting my hopes up and then messing me about, words like "hes a kid" come to mind.

My dreams were shattered, I had worked my arse off to pay for that machine, the 30 quid had me washing cars for weeks and weeks and I was exhausted.
I lay on my bed sobbing for about 2 hours, thinking that my hopes of ever owning one of these mpu3 barcrest machines were gone.

Over the next few weeks I began to get over it, and time went by.

Well one night my brother returned home from school and I overheard him talking to mum in the kitchen.
I couldnt hear exactly what they were saying but I caught something along the lines of...
"mumble, yeah, kingsley riggsby, my year at school, mumble, fruit, mumble machine, mumble 50 quid"
I ran down to the kitchen and asked if this was a fruit machine for sale, they said yes and I was so excited I nearly shit myself.
The first thing I asked my brother (who was obviously becoming annoyed by me dancing around going "woo woo") was "is it a barcrest, do you know if it goes "woo woo"
"what would I bloody know" he said, "Its a fruit machine".
I smiled and thought to myself "yeah, what would you know, yeah, right" -ROFL

Over the coming days I again had to grab my little bucket and go out washing cars, I worked myself half to death doing that and the only thing that kept me going were my hopes of a fruit machine, and possibly even a barcrest coming into my bedroom for me to wank over (not literally).

the following week my brother said to me "hey, youd better find someone to fetch it over now" and I was in a panic.
The machine was in pollards hill and I was in streatham vale.
Its only about 2 miles but how was I to get it there?
So I ran up and down the street, pestering all my neighbours to help me ROFL :D
By the time it was ready to be collected I had about 30 men turn up on my doorstep, which embarrassed the shit out of my mum ROFL.
She sent most of them away and asked my friends dad les to stay around with his van, and pete from 4 doors away to help.

The time had come to finally pick it up.
I went upstairs to my little safe and opened it up.
the cash in there had gone all soggy from where I had it from washing cars, but it was the first time in my life I had ever bought something, and Id worked *FUCKING* hard for it.
The van pulled up outside, Les jumped out and pete met him and off they went.

The hour it took for them to return took what seemed like forever.

I was purched on the top of the sofa, sitting accross that and the window ledge with my nose pressed firmly against the window, pissing my mum off by waffling ON AND ON AND ON about what machine it was, it was like the mystery purchase and I really had no idea what machine it was going to be.
"mum, if its snappy viper then Im going to be the happiest Ive ever been in my life mum, its weeeel cool, its got this big snakes and ladders thing and you get numbers on the reels mum, oh mum I really hope its a barcrest mum" - repeat with a description of every machine Ive ever played in my life up until that point.

All of a sudden the van pulled up.
I fucking *BOLTED* out to the front, ran up to the van and began jumping up and down.
"fruit machine, fruit machine FRUUUIIIIIT MACHIIIIINE" (my neighbours mustve thought i was fucking nuts)
Thing is, it was still backed away from me and I had no idea of what it was.
It had began to get pretty late now too, it was about 8:30 in november and it was dark out, with only the street lamps sending down a shadow onto the back of the machine which was tied up in the back of a transit van.

Mum came out and grabbed me, words along the lines of "get in here youll catch your death" - I was parading about the street with no socks on on a frosty november night lol.

Mum made me wait in the living room, cow, I bet she did that on purpose :D :D
I was literally ready to explode by the time I got to see it, which was about 10 minutes later when it stopped in the hall at the bottom of the stairs before it went up.
I climbed over the side of the stairwell and turned around.

"What the fuck is that ????" I remember saying to myself.

"its not lineup......"
"its not snappy viper........"
"its not hyper viper.........."

"OH BUT ITS A BARCREST" (cue huge relief)

"its.... its......... its (ROFL, by now i hope youre as excited as I was) its........

Circle Skill..."

It was finally dragged upstairs and I switched it on.
Id never seen one of these machines before, and would never see one again either.
I guess its because I lived in london, and only played machines when I went to bournemouth (see other story) , but I never did see this machine anywhere else either.
According to fruitsim its a very rare machine, but trust me lads, if my memory is anything to go by this machine was one of, if not *the* best barcrest ever made.

On the topglass is a massive target and 3 "ranges".
I dont remember exact details (its been nearly 18 years since i saw this) but from memory one of the listed names that you have to fill out enable you to take a shot at the range (which is sometimes skill for a surefire jackpot) and it then moves over to the large target when you take a shot.
The shot you hit will correspond back to the range, and that will be your prize.

This game is *RAW* skill, and absolutely *superb* to match.

It has so much to do that its unreal, which leads me to believe it was of a higher caliber than any other mpu3 machine from its era, even the mighty lineup.

It didnt have lineups appeal, but it was a far more playable game imho.

The good news is that Mike (fruitsim) is now the proud owner of this machine and we are simply awaiting delivery before I begin the DX.

Ladies, gentleman, take off that caffeter bag (typo) and prepare to piss all in your bloomers, for circle skill is about to come home for good :)

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I tell you pete, Im as excited about getting this machine onto my PC as I was about getting it then.

 

I say here thismorning after drifting away down memory lane and decided to type that out, but I really cant explain just *how much* I am looking forward to it.

 

This machine for me is the ultimate prize for all my love and dedication to FME, because for the past 18 years my memories have (quiet obviously) faltered and I have forgotten it.

 

Contrary to what Cavey says (no sarcasm intended) my childhood was a very happy one.

 

It does sound pretty sad when told, but the truth is my family are wonderful loving people and we really were very happy despite the circumstances.

 

The odd thing is just how much I can remember from the era I had this machine..

I remember it standing next to the boiler cupboard in my bedroom, my blue carpet that was removed about 10 years back and even the white "wood chip" wallpaper.

 

This machine offered me serious elation when I got it, and Im sure Ill feel the same way when I get it into the emu and start Dxing it.

 

This machine is wanted by me even moreso than the almightly lineup, so that may put accross just how much it means to me.

 

It's like seeing a long lost family member after 18 years :)

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I have to ask, what on earth happened to it?

 

Personally, I don't think I ever played this but after seeing a few old ones coming to the fore, I too cannot wait for this.

 

Be sure to do a small screen version Andy!! :lol:

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Hey Daren..

 

After about 2 years mum forced me to sell it to her mate.

I was pretty bored with it by then and had moved onto new fangled things, like smash n grab :D.

 

I made a dumb mistake and sold it on for what I paid for it, and then went out and got a lootshoot.

 

I phoned home about 6 months back, but mum said the people we sold it to had long since gotten rid of it themselves.

 

Gutted :(

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nice one pandy-

I remember you telling me the tale many moons ago!

 

again, Mike has come up trumps :)

 

and I'm sure he'll supply some splendid pics

'twill be a labour of love for you...

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Hehe, top story there Andy. :)

 

I too remember Circle Skill only too well; it is indeed a class machine, very similar to Big Shot in most respects (and hey, that can't be bad, right?).

 

Let's hope that this can be emulated someday soon. :)

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Originally posted by Captain Caveman@Dec 23 2003, 12:57 PM

Hehe, top story there Andy. :)

 

I too remember Circle Skill only too well; it is indeed a class machine, very similar to Big Shot in most respects (and hey, that can't be bad, right?).

 

Let's hope that this can be emulated someday soon. :)

I prefer circle skill anyday.

 

Bigshot was a cool machine, but Im not a fan of these newer mpu3 machines.

 

Theyre mpu3 alright, but the cabinet takes away all the charm of the machine that's inside.

 

Like Lineup CS was the first, the original, so will always be the better machine IMO.

 

From what I recall this one actually played alot better than BS and had more to do.

 

If memory serves me right anyways :)

 

According to sources, this may arrive tomorrow with its new (and fucking lucky) owner.

 

Hopefull we can get a better pic to drool over over the christmas period :D

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I just loaded BS and it seems it only has 3 features.

 

by the looks of the CS pic it has 5 or more, so I think it was pretty different.

 

Time will tell I guess :)

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It's just a question of getting the ROMs dumped to be honest. We'll probably wait until Fourtune Numbers and Strike A Light have arrived though and do them all at the same time.

 

Shouldn't be too long!

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What a brilliant story,

had me in stiches especially the line "What the Fuck is that??????"

excellent :D

The Mecca has some great stuff tucked away in old threads

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What a brilliant story,

had me in stiches especially the line "What the Fuck is that??????"

excellent :D

The Mecca has some great stuff tucked away in old threads

Agree there is some good stuff in old posts, well worth the time sifting through everything.

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I ran down to the kitchen and asked if this was a fruit machine for sale, they said yes and I was so excited I nearly shit myself.

The first thing I asked my brother (who was obviously becoming annoyed by me dancing around going "woo woo") was "is it a barcrest, do you know if it goes "woo woo"

 

LMFAO

 

 

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I ran down to the kitchen and asked if this was a fruit machine for sale, they said yes and I was so excited I nearly shit myself.

The first thing I asked my brother (who was obviously becoming annoyed by me dancing around going "woo woo") was "is it a barcrest, do you know if it goes "woo woo"

 

LMFAO

 

Say it in a Cockney accent, it will keep it true to life.

 

bj

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fair play although its a over 10yr old topic its a great story, enjoyed reading this one cheers

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What a great story - I know this is an old post but I'm new here and I thoroughly enjoyed reading that. Maybe one day my little girl will look back on our Bucks Bunny as fondly as you look back on your Circle Skill. Beautiful :)

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On 12/18/2003 at 5:50 PM, OldMan said:

I was about 12.

By this time I was totally and utterly hooked on machines like lineup and others.

I met this kid called Mark Blackwell, bit of a tit really but he was a laugh.
Well I remembered him saying how his dad was a arcade owner so went round his house to play outrun sitdown in his garage.
When I got there I saw a fruit machine, and my pulse began to race.. could this guy actually get me a fruit machine of my very own?

That night when his dad (doug) came home from work I asked him if he could get me a machine.
"yeah, you name the machine and Ill get it for you" - of course I asked for lineup, but when he said he couldnt get that my very next choice was snappy viper.
"yeah, give me a week or so and Ill get you your machine" he said.
During that time I asked him how much it would cost, and he said that if I gave his son the casino keyboard that he had fallen in love with and 30 quid he would get me my machine, fucking deal I thought.

I asked mum for the 30 quid, she gave it to me, I sealed it in and envelope and wrote "Mr Blackwell" on it and put it in my little safe I had, desperately waiting to get my machine.
Well, 2 weeks went by and I phoned him, "no, not got one yet, will be really soon"
2 weeks later "yeah, got one coming in, will be a couple of weeks"
2 weeks later "yeah, theyre sending it over, couple of weeks"
repeat for about 5 months.

In the end my mum lost it, phoned him up and demanded that he return the keyboard, screamed at him for getting my hopes up and then messing me about, words like "hes a kid" come to mind.

My dreams were shattered, I had worked my arse off to pay for that machine, the 30 quid had me washing cars for weeks and weeks and I was exhausted.
I lay on my bed sobbing for about 2 hours, thinking that my hopes of ever owning one of these mpu3 barcrest machines were gone.

Over the next few weeks I began to get over it, and time went by.

Well one night my brother returned home from school and I overheard him talking to mum in the kitchen.
I couldnt hear exactly what they were saying but I caught something along the lines of...
"mumble, yeah, kingsley riggsby, my year at school, mumble, fruit, mumble machine, mumble 50 quid"
I ran down to the kitchen and asked if this was a fruit machine for sale, they said yes and I was so excited I nearly shit myself.
The first thing I asked my brother (who was obviously becoming annoyed by me dancing around going "woo woo") was "is it a barcrest, do you know if it goes "woo woo"
"what would I bloody know" he said, "Its a fruit machine".
I smiled and thought to myself "yeah, what would you know, yeah, right" -ROFL

Over the coming days I again had to grab my little bucket and go out washing cars, I worked myself half to death doing that and the only thing that kept me going were my hopes of a fruit machine, and possibly even a barcrest coming into my bedroom for me to wank over (not literally).

the following week my brother said to me "hey, youd better find someone to fetch it over now" and I was in a panic.
The machine was in pollards hill and I was in streatham vale.
Its only about 2 miles but how was I to get it there?
So I ran up and down the street, pestering all my neighbours to help me ROFL :D
By the time it was ready to be collected I had about 30 men turn up on my doorstep, which embarrassed the shit out of my mum ROFL.
She sent most of them away and asked my friends dad les to stay around with his van, and pete from 4 doors away to help.

The time had come to finally pick it up.
I went upstairs to my little safe and opened it up.
the cash in there had gone all soggy from where I had it from washing cars, but it was the first time in my life I had ever bought something, and Id worked *FUCKING* hard for it.
The van pulled up outside, Les jumped out and pete met him and off they went.

The hour it took for them to return took what seemed like forever.

I was purched on the top of the sofa, sitting accross that and the window ledge with my nose pressed firmly against the window, pissing my mum off by waffling ON AND ON AND ON about what machine it was, it was like the mystery purchase and I really had no idea what machine it was going to be.
"mum, if its snappy viper then Im going to be the happiest Ive ever been in my life mum, its weeeel cool, its got this big snakes and ladders thing and you get numbers on the reels mum, oh mum I really hope its a barcrest mum" - repeat with a description of every machine Ive ever played in my life up until that point.

All of a sudden the van pulled up.
I fucking *BOLTED* out to the front, ran up to the van and began jumping up and down.
"fruit machine, fruit machine FRUUUIIIIIT MACHIIIIINE" (my neighbours mustve thought i was fucking nuts)
Thing is, it was still backed away from me and I had no idea of what it was.
It had began to get pretty late now too, it was about 8:30 in november and it was dark out, with only the street lamps sending down a shadow onto the back of the machine which was tied up in the back of a transit van.

Mum came out and grabbed me, words along the lines of "get in here youll catch your death" - I was parading about the street with no socks on on a frosty november night lol.

Mum made me wait in the living room, cow, I bet she did that on purpose :D:D
I was literally ready to explode by the time I got to see it, which was about 10 minutes later when it stopped in the hall at the bottom of the stairs before it went up.
I climbed over the side of the stairwell and turned around.

"What the fuck is that ????" I remember saying to myself.

"its not lineup......"
"its not snappy viper........"
"its not hyper viper.........."

"OH BUT ITS A BARCREST" (cue huge relief)

"its.... its......... its (ROFL, by now i hope youre as excited as I was) its........

Circle Skill..."

It was finally dragged upstairs and I switched it on.
Id never seen one of these machines before, and would never see one again either.
I guess its because I lived in london, and only played machines when I went to bournemouth (see other story) , but I never did see this machine anywhere else either.
According to fruitsim its a very rare machine, but trust me lads, if my memory is anything to go by this machine was one of, if not *the* best barcrest ever made.

On the topglass is a massive target and 3 "ranges".
I dont remember exact details (its been nearly 18 years since i saw this) but from memory one of the listed names that you have to fill out enable you to take a shot at the range (which is sometimes skill for a surefire jackpot) and it then moves over to the large target when you take a shot.
The shot you hit will correspond back to the range, and that will be your prize.

This game is *RAW* skill, and absolutely *superb* to match.

It has so much to do that its unreal, which leads me to believe it was of a higher caliber than any other mpu3 machine from its era, even the mighty lineup.

It didnt have lineups appeal, but it was a far more playable game imho.

The good news is that Mike (fruitsim) is now the proud owner of this machine and we are simply awaiting delivery before I begin the DX.

Ladies, gentleman, take off that caffeter bag (typo) and prepare to piss all in your bloomers, for circle skill is about to come home for good :)

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What a great story, awesome ! 
I too love the barcrest mpu3 machines, so nostalgic 

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