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The long wait is over! We are pleased to announce that the next SC3 Arcade Party will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2012. And because you asked for it – or rather, demanded it, loudly and repeatedly – we are going "back to the back yard" and throwing a house-party at the same Claremont residence that hosted our events from 2006 to 2010. That's right: once again we'll be cramming several dozen arcade machines and classic home consoles into a lucky home's back yard. If you attended one of the old parties, you know it'll be tight, but it'll be great!


We had a blast with our events at Nucleus Gallery, but we decided to return to our former home for a number of reasons. First, the use of a public venue resulted in greater expense. Second, the venue was further from where most of our machines are housed, leading to even more expense and logistical problems (plus moving that many heavy machines that far is just a pain). But most importantly, we really missed the old house-party vibe. Conventions and pay-for-admission events are great, but they lack that sense of "just a bunch of friends getting together to hang out and play games" which is so central to what SC3 is all about. So we're going back to basics, making SC3 less about "the event" and more about the fun. With that in mind, we've made some changes from the old format. Here are the details:


Event Schedule

The November 10th party opens at 4 p.m. and lasts until midnight. Note that the 4 p.m. start time is two hours earlier than previous backyard parties. Although this event will end at the same time as previous parties – midnight – all the action will move out of the house at 9 p.m. Attendees of previous events might remember that we usually have games available on a big 65" HDTV inside; that will end at 9 p.m. so that the people who live in the house can get some rest!


Food Schedule

SC3's food of choice – pizza – will be served at this event. We will be making pizza runs at scheduled times ONLY. Our initial pizza schedule is: 4 p.m., 7 p.m., and 10 p.m., but is subject to change; we'll have the final schedule posted clearly during the event. Please make a note of it so you don't miss out on the deliciousness! We'll also have some snacks, cold sodas and water on hand. Typically the liquid refreshments last the night but the snacks tend to be eaten quickly, so be sure to grab something as soon as you're hungry!


Donations Are Appreciated!

Moving back to a private venue does cut down our costs, but please remember that our pizza and electric bills are still substantial! We greatly appreciate your donations – in fact, we need them in order to keep SC3 humming. We humbly request a donation of at least $5 per adult attendee, and we thank you in advance.


RSVP Today!

If you want to attend, you must fill out this RSVP form. If your registration is accepted, you will be informed via email. Simple! Remember, it's essential that you RSVP ahead of time – space is limited at this location and we need an accurate headcount!


Thanks as always for your support and remember to keep an eye on this site for more announcements!


- The SC3 Team


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The next meeting of the Southern California Classic Collectors is nearly here! The event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10th, from 4:00 p.m. until midnight, in Claremont, CA.


Like our previous backyard parties, this event will be filled with delicious pizza. The pizza will be arriving at scheduled times throughout the evening. We plan to have other snacks and drinks available as well, but please make a note of the schedule so you don't go hungry!


Event Schedule


4pm: Show opens; first pizza delivery; SC3-TV in the dining area

5pm: SC3 Film Festival in the dining area, featuring:

"The Video Craze" trailer

"The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time" full-length feature, possible Q&A with director Jeff Von Ward

7pm: Final pizza delivery

9pm: GameGavel.com raffle of vintage gaming items

12am: Game Over


THROUGHOUT THE EVENT there will be DOZENS of vintage coin-ops and home consoles on free play, games on the 65" HDTV (until 9pm), and the chance to swap your classic gaming carts and systems with fellow collectors. We hope to see you there!




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Thanks to everyone who attended and supported SC3 this past weekend. It was one of our best ones yet! We got approx 130+ people showed up to play retro games, eat pizza, hang out, buy/sell/trade games. It was great being "back in the backyard" once again after 2 years.


Thanks to Kalan Harvest and Steve Applegarth for bringing some more arcade games.


Full recap coming soon but in the mean time, enjoy this nice article about this past SC3 weekend from Roger Barr of I-Mockery




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Near-freezing temperatures and the threat of rain weren't enough to keep 130 gamers from coming "Back to the Backyard" for SC3's latest arcade party on Saturday, November 10. After two successful but more formal events at an Alhambra gallery, the Southern California Classic Collectors decided to return home to a private backyard in Claremont, CA. Commercial venues and big events have their place, but sometimes lack that sense of "just a bunch friends getting together" that SC3 is all about. Well, we definitely felt that sense again at this event, and we think our attendees did too. It was good to be back.

But it was COLD. Thankfully, the rain that had fallen slowly but steadily throughout Southern California for two days prior stayed away on the day of the event. Temperatures were a different story. It dipped into the 40s at times – practically Arctic levels for those of us accustomed to SoCal's sunny weather. The chilly temps didn't seem to get people down though. They crowded into the garage arcade, huddled around the Satan's Hollow machine for warmth, or otherwise kept moving by running from the arcade games to the console games to the trade tables and back again. The cold contributed to the event breaking up a little earlier than normal – 11:30 rather than the traditional midnight – but that was OK since we had opened two hours earlier than previous parties. This schedule works well for wintertime events, and we plan to stick to it in the future.

Since this was our first backyard party in two years and the rain interfered with our setup plans, a few things went more roughly than we hoped. The biggest snafu was the last pizza pick-up we had scheduled for 10 p.m. Our designated pizza guy drove to the restaurant, only to find it was closed! By the time he got back, it was getting too late to devise an alternate pizza plan, so we kind of dropped the ball there at the end, food-wise, and we apologize. (But in our defense, who could have guessed that a pizza place would close at 10 p.m. on Saturday?!) We also owe a big thanks to Eric B., who helped us open the event by providing four pies from Petrillo's, one of the best pizzerias in the state. Our stomachs thank you, Eric.

We also had slightly fewer arcade machines than normal due to the threat of more rain. Luckily, Steve A. helped out a lot in that department by bringing a cabinet containing a Blue Elf multi-SNK cartridge. Kalan H. brought Satan's Hollow and Eliminator, an awesome vector game that had never appeared at SC3 before. Rik M. provided his usual complement of early '80s handhelds and a super-rare Adventurevision. Robert B. brought the Commodore love with an Amiga CD-32 and an MC-116. Of course our expected plethora of home consoles was up and running – 14 of them this time around. The cold didn't bother them one bit.

Games weren't the only attraction however. Director Jeff Von Ward showed his upcoming documentary film The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time, a fascinating look into the world of arcade game collectors (something we can relate to for some reason). How good is this movie? A crowd of people sat still, in metal chairs, in 40-degree weather, to watch it. And they came back to keep watching it after the projector screen got knocked over accidentally and the film had to be restarted. More information on the film can be found on its official site.

Thanks to Jeff and everybody else who brought games and supplies. We'd also like to thank all attendees who chipped in a few bucks to the kitty jar. Your contributions pay for this event and enable us to keep SC3 running smoothly. Special thanks to Ian W., who helped immensely during setup, teardown, and even during the event. His comfy-looking Tron hoodie was also an inspiration to all of us struggling to keep warm.

Despite the cold, the trade tables were hot. There was the usual action of classic cartridges and systems changing hands, in addition to a few choice rarities (someone had a boxed NES Donkey Kong Jr. Math for example). Some big items could be seen too, including a Steel Battalion controller and an X-Arcade panel. GameGavel was once again on hand, raffling off goodies ranging from a boxed Tele-Pong console to an Omnibot toy robot to the board game based on Sega's Turbo coin-op. As collectors, it always thrills us to see all the swag and all the other folks who want it. It was great to see it all back in the backyard. It felt good.

So just how eager were folks to attend this event? So much so that they kept showing up on Sunday... well, one of them, anyway. George R., one of our good friends and regular attendees, got mixed up on the date and arrived the day after the event, literally at the moment we'd just finished tearing down and packing up everything. He'd driven some distance to be there too. Fittingly, it was like the ending of a John Hughes movie from the '80s.

For more pics, videos and an article about SC3 11/10/12 party, click on this link...










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