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+++Press release +++ Atari Jaguar Europe festival

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Announcement of the Atari Jaguar Europe Festival 2009


The Atari Jaguar Europe Festival, “e-jagfest” for short, takes place this year on

November, 7th in Kaarst/Germany.


The Atari Jaguar Europe Festival is an annual festival for all Atari Jaguar and Lynx fans as well as for developer and retailer in Europe. All open-minded fans of other video game systems are also very welcome, of course.



The “Atari Jaguar Europe Festival” (e-jagfest), which takes place on November 7th 2009 in Kaarst is a meeting of video game fans from whole Europe. The festival focuses on Atari and all consoles of the cult label. If you fancy playing in convivial gatherings on Jaguar, Lynx VCS 2600, 5200, 7800 or on one of the good old home computer dinosaurs from the 80's, then this is just the place for you.


Playing is only one part of the meeting. Homebrew developers of all countries regularly use the opportunity to present and partly offer exclusively their new developments on the festival.

Hence in recent years there have been offerings of limited e-jagfest versions of Starcat's "Jag Mind Bomb Squad" for Jaguar CD as well as further Starcat Developments releases.

Additionally, some new VCS 2600 games, as " Raster Fahndung" and " Encaved" were shown.

Matthias Domin also has shown us some betas of his in development games like the puzzle-game “Clicks” or the Breakout-Clone “Impulse” for the Jaguar System. Lynxman has presented the Lynx-Flash card as a prototype last year among others.


Have you already tried a home-made VCS 2600 handheld with analog control? Or held a "Worms" match on one lovingly silver/blue lacquered Jaguar or enjoyed “Tempest” with the one and only " Tempest rotary controller"? Curiosities like these are quite normal at the e-jagfest.

We all rememer the Europe-Premiere of the “Jaguar Virtual Reality Headset” in the Year 2007.

These are only some examples from recent years.


Someone may be lucky to possess a rare prototype game. You will be having the chance to exchange experiences about them on the festival or simply play. Furthermore there will be the rare opportunity to construct a "Battlesphere-Multiplayer-Network" up to 16 Players. This rare and expensive game is also one of the best ones for the Jaguar. Four-Player Lynx multiplayer matches are also very popular.


Several competitions and cups, e.g. "Club drive” or “Kazumi Ninja" are providing atmosphere. Besides, the official annually European championship in Checkered Flag for Lynx will take place. Over the past years there has always been at least one merchant present, in order to offer new and second-hand Jaguar games as well as retro games in general.

Further highlights this year:


Presentations and Premieres:

Lars Hannig will show on behalf of Joe Venor a demo of the “Atari Owl Project”. This is one of the most promising upcoming Jaguar-Homebrew-Games. This demo of a “3D Action/Adventure RPG” game was only presented once at the Jagfest UK and is therefore a German-Premiere.


The former “Eclipse software “employee Dan Hericks (Iron Soldier 1& 2) will present screenshots of some unreleased Jaguar projects. Further is he working on a new Lynx game, based on the Iron Soldier brand. We can hope to get some first hand informations from him about it.


Matthias Domin will show us the latest build of “Impulse” for Jaguar. This game is near to completion and with some luck, it will be sold for the first time at the e-jagfest this year.


Special Guest:

Garry Taylor will honor us again with his visit. For all who are not familiar with him, he's the owner of one of only two working prototypes of the famous "Atari Jaguar Virtual Reality Headset" and attended the event in 2007 already. If the problems of calibration are fixed until november, this will be the chance to try out the Jag-VR yourself.


Traditionally the European championship of Checkered Flag on Lynx will be hold as every year. Further there will be a cup for the game “Grenzüberschreitung “on the Falcon 030. This game represents a variant of “Tron”, which was written by Thorsten Butschke specially for the e-jagfest competitions. Last but not least after some years of absence, there will be again a “Club-Drive” fun-cup. This is surely one of the most funny trash-muliplayer-games for the Jaguar.



This of course does not represent a complete list. Everyone having something to show, is invited to do so. A previous registration is not absolutely necessary, however in the interest of a smooth run it is always welcome.


Certainly there will never be a dull moment! Everybody who is up for convivial gatherings, exchanging opinions with nice people and/or playing games are across-the-systems cordially welcome. Should you not possess an Atari system, no problem! Just bring your favorite classical console with you or come simply without. We will find a place for you.


It will be the 9th anniversary of the festival and it takes place for the 6th time in Kaarst.


Doors open: November 7th, 10:30 a.m, entrance fee: 5.00 Euro





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