Classic computer collectible cards
A tribute to the machines that brought computing home in the 1980s. These machines inspired not just me, but a whole generation. This project is just a small tribute, but a fun and nostalgic one. The cards collate a small piece of computing history, allowing you to compare stats of retro machines! And of course you can play a trump card game with them too.
The first machine I met was the Commodore PET. As a kid I programmed a BBC Micro, then an Acorn Archimedes. Not to mention playing with my friends on their Amiga, Atari ST, or ZX Spectrum. If these names mean something to you, get involved!
The deck features 42 retro computers. As well as 8-bit classics there are early 16-bit and 32-bit machines too (e.g. Commodore Amiga, Atari ST, TI-99/4A, Acorn Archimedes). Here's how the deck looks so far:
As we have limited space in the deck, not every suggestion will make it in - but don't worry, I will endeavor to include them in the digital deck. (See FAQ for more details on suggestions.)
Designed by computer
I wrote a script that generates print quality PDFs for all cards in the deck automatically, based on a design for a 62mm x 100mm card. This makes it quick to add or amend cards in the deck.
Each card features a cool retro machine and its vital statistics:
- CPU model and datapath width (8-bit, 16-bit or 32-bit)
- Clock frequency (MHz)
- RAM (KB)
- Display resolution (maximum)
- Color palette (maximum)
- Year of launch
Machines had to be summarized in just a few data points - so choices had to be made. The basic configuration of models are listed, without expansion. Maximum display resolution and maximum color palette don't usually happen in the same display mode, but they do represent capability (and make for some good trumps stats). Backers will see the data before we go to print. If you think we have a datapoint wrong, and can cite sources, we can fix it!
Once the rewards are delivered I will make the PDFs available for download free under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license so people can print them themselves should they want to. You can back the 'digital backer' reward to show your support and get notified first when the download is available.
Like the music?
I wrote it! You can download it free from Soundcloud:
Thanks for making it possible! Thanks especially to the many photographers, such as Bilby, Bill Bertram, and Evan Amos for their excellent photography of many of these retro machines and making it available under Creative Commons or in the Public Domain. Thanks also to the individual backers who have also contributed photography of machines in their collection for the project! You will each be attributed credit as a source on the cards in which the photos feature.
Risks and challenges
I've already sourced a professional printer and got a successful test batch back, with over 30 complete retro machines in the deck. With scripted creation of the card designs we can rapidly add or change card designs. We are ready to go!
I'd love to get rewards delivered to backers for Christmas 2015 (and still might be able to)... But I didn't want to over promise... hence January is the estimated delivery date.
There is always the risk of a contentious datapoint slipping through. As well as additional reviews with experts I will be opening up the data for backers to check before print - I'll be crowdsourcing your retro computer knowledge!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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