Searching VERY old Ascii's MSX Magazines

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By glaurungattack

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04-07-2012, 22:34

Back in the nineties, I collected a good bunch of japanese MSX Magazines until the last (classic) one, Summer 1992. Later I got to gather many more through Yahoo Auctions, and finally ended up with a huge pile of magazines, about 75% of the complete collection.

Many times I explored with them the golden ages of MSX. Sometimes in search of particular facts, often just for the fun of it and the wonder of unexpected discoveries.

But one day will come that these paper wings can fly no more, for no one. And I said, "I have to scan them".

So far I've filled up a whole DVD, with roughly the second half of magazine's lifespan: May 1988 - July 1992. The work goes on, though the other half will never be complete.

Or will it?

The main gap in the collection is from 03/1984 to 12/1985, the era of 16/32 kilobyte cartridges. Also lacking, the historical issues 0 (11/1983) and 1 (12/1983), and extra issue 50 (01/1988) too.

May someone happen to own any of these relics, and wish to contribute to the project scanning by himself, selling, lending or any other way?

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By glaurungattack

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04-07-2012, 22:38

I forgot to mention: quite some magazines of the late years were originally sold with attached supplements, of which I only kept a few (some others I had them and ended up in the dustbin long ago... blame on me!). Here is what's missing:

MSX Magazine 1988 01 - MSX soft catalog '88
MSX Magazine 1988 06 - Pennant Race strategy guide
MSX Magazine 1988 06 - Pennant Race player data mat
MSX Magazine 1988 07 - What is Pana Amusement Cartridge 2
MSX Magazine 1988 08 - Ys & Ys II book
MSX Magazine 1988 09 - R-Type exciting book
MSX Magazine 1988 10 - The Return Of Ishtar technical book
MSX Magazine 1988 11 - Gambler miracle scoring mat
MSX Magazine 1989 01 - MSX soft catalog '89
MSX Magazine 1989 02 - Super Daisenryaku deluxe mat
MSX Magazine 1989 04 - original brilliant disk labels
MSX Magazine 1989 05 - Family Stadium Homerun Contest player data mat
MSX Magazine 1989 07 - Family Stadium handbook for you and me
MSX Magazine 1989 09 - Family Stadium team data mat
MSX Magazine 1989 09 - Pennant Race 2 miracle guide
MSX Magazine 1989 10 - Nobunaga No Yabou Sengoku Gunyuuden super manual
MSX Magazine 1989 11 - Suikoden strategy guide
MSX Magazine 1990 01 - MSX soft catalog '90

By Pac

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07-07-2012, 21:13

I really would like to help you, a very praiseworthy work. I'll buy the DVD asap.

By opcode

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14-07-2012, 06:09

What is exactly this extra issue 50 you mention? Do you mind elaborating?

By glaurungattack

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14-07-2012, 16:31

It is this:

Regular MSX Magazines didn't show its ordinal issue number on the cover, just somewhere on the back. They were mainly labeled by its year and month of publication (?...) which is well visible on the cover. Nevertheless, numbers 50 and 100 were somehow "celebrated", at least with some historical review in the latter (03/1992, just a few months before it ceased publishing).

About the month of "publication" of the magazines... you all might think that they were published at the month stated on its cover, right? Too easy for a japanese, think again ;) For some reason, the magazines were always put up for sale around the 8th of the month before its cover date. This can be checked in the editorial column on the last pages of every magazine, where the publication date of the next issue is always announced like this: "August issue, on sale on July 8th" :-? I can just imagine it has something to do with traditional japanese calendar and coronation date of the emperor or so...

By opcode

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14-07-2012, 20:48

Well, publishing a month ahead is also a common practice in the US. Anyway, thanks for clarifying. I have issue 50, but from what you said in your first post I got the impression there was a "second" issue 50 or something like that.

BTW, I have software catalog 87-91. It may take a while to scan though, as some of them as quite large... I missed 92, and I suspect there was a catalog 86. Pretty sure there wasn't a catalog 84, and I am not sure about 85.

By opcode

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14-07-2012, 21:04

Ok, I can confirm catalog 87 was the 3rd MSX Magazine catalog, which means there were catalogs 85 and 86. So there were 8 catalogs total, and I have 5 of them.

By popolon33

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14-07-2012, 21:11

take a look :
http://ameblo.jp/papa3-msx/entry-11111981807.html
i think the 86 catalog is on the right side (and the 87 on the left)

By opcode

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14-07-2012, 21:22

Exactly.

By glaurungattack

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15-07-2012, 22:06

There is no Soft Catalog '92, I think. I received MSX Magazine 01/1991 and 01/1992 directly from Japan when published, along with Soft Catalog '91 the first and without any supplement the second. Indeed, there's no mention about it on the cover or inside.

By opcode

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16-07-2012, 01:51

Yes, there is a Soft Catalog 92. It is very slim, but it came with issue 01/1992. I have a friend who has it.

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