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  1. Fantastic insight into the final stages of GUAB development. Meeting DTL(even though he seemed to originally come across as a complete bell end)must have been surreal back in the 80s as the Radio 1 DJ's where as well knows as the artists(I bet most on here would remember 'our tune' at 10.55am on the Simon Bates show as whole building sites used to go quiet for 15 minutes. Anyway back to GUAB. The hardware in this machine was basically a computer with the architecture very similar to the Atari ST or AMIGA(- custom IC's) and was a decent bit of kit for its time(for me one of JPMs best developments). As we've said before this 85-86 is where JPM enjoyed its last great year as after that they seemed to lose creativity by just rehashing old SRU and System 80 games on the MPS hardware instead of creating new and intresting games as they had always done so up to this point. Frank could you give us an insight into my last point on the decline at the 86-87 point ( i.e. people leaving or the owners just out of ideas/lost interest and ready to cash out etc.). Keep those stories flowing frank.
  2. hi it’s good that another insider of the gaming industry in its heyday has joined up. please share your memories and experiences from that time.
  3. Fantastic read frank and in one particular area that I have a very keen interest in(as I have a few of this type of AWP in my collection). one thing JPM never released where schematics for the hardware(obviously for security reasons)which has made repairs very difficult as can be seen in my GUAB thread. i am working on some interesting updates for this line of machines which is not for this thread. as nick said the 85-86 era was the last of the best years for jpm.
  4. Another point is a 10mb hard disk drive in 1982 was mammoth for the time. its probably equivalent to around 100tb today(ten grand +)
  5. Good read frank Was Ron Watts still there when you took over the R&D department as I always thought he was the main guy and very competent(going of what I’ve read about him) and couldn’t imagine him putting up with the department falling apart like it seems to have been doing at that time? as you’ve said though it’s probably down to the toss pots. looking forward to the Quiz machine tales.
  6. That's one beautiful piece of machinery.
  7. That system 38 must have cost a fortune. IBM System/38 - Wikipedia
  8. More fantastic insights into that particular side of the operation frank. keep it up I have loads of original technical service bulletins(I got them off Richie100 a few years ago)and quite a few have your name on them IIRC. I think they are in the downloads on here.
  9. Did this a few years back. still have the glasses off this somewhere.
  10. Machines built circa 1978-1986 seem to be the ones where very deep pockets are needed. I thought these would have dropped a bit and the 90s machines became the new must have machines as the next wave of collectors entered the scene. while 90s machine prices picked up those 78-86 machines just seemed to have gone through the roof. The old electros seem to have shot up in price too.
  11. more or less the same as me bar the train driver part. I used to visit Rostock Enterprise and buy the odd machine off them and would have loved to have worked there. I did once have an interview in the late 80s at Stretton leisure in Warrington (the job was just doing conversions)but it was only temporary plus the money wasn’t brilliant so I passed on the opportunity. that’s as close as I got tbh
  12. Which years did Tosspots #1 to #4 arrive and leave frank? just to get a sort of idea how long these tossers lasted. Those sinking into the Leather chair moments must have been brilliant. fantastic tale btw
  13. Don't forget Frank that you worked in the amusement industry in its golden age(late 70s and through 80s) along with the Arcades there was the computer and video game market flourishing at the same time and watching the tech grow over those years always a fascination of mine. Most on here would have been playing the machines you(and others) created back in the day(pubs,clubs,arcades) and when we all started reliving our youth 15-20 years ago by collecting and resorting machines and joining forums like this along with other like minded people we all learned off each other. To have an ex employee of JPM to come on here and share all those stories about how it all came together is for me as interesting(if not more)than the working of the machines themselves. Keep posting those memory's Frank they are a compulsive read. I think i speak for everyone on this forum.
  14. was thinking the same or at least a version of it (GUAB hardware has no connectors or ports for memory cards).
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