Rochade... The Arcade/Casino Computer

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CHVL
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Rochade... The Arcade/Casino Computer

Post by CHVL » Sun May 06, 2018 10:01 pm

Finally, I received the computer 3 weeks ago.
The travel was short. DHL expedited the computer by air. Three days after, I was going to San Francisco Airport to take it.
Approximately, 80 kilos... in a sarcophagus of wood... very well protected.
The computer was apparently in good shape: no damage during the shipping.

I tried immediately to test if it was working, but out of the lights of the table, the computer was not turning on. However, after some digging in the computer, I got it starting to work and I was able to position the chessmen. Trying to play was disappointing mainly because some reed switches/leds were not more working. However, it was nice to see the 3 displays functioning correctly.
Since three weeks, I am working to restore it. I have advanced a lot and I hope to post very soon the restoration progress and some photos.

kr,

Maurice

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Re: Rochade... The Arcade/Casino Computer

Post by Sargon72 » Mon May 07, 2018 9:32 am

Hello Maurice ,

Well another treasure have been found ,and we the collectors did think we have seen it all....well Not :D
I love to see the computer work ,maybe a idea to let us see a short Movie when u play it
When it works u have to do a open house :D so u can earn the buy back with the coins :mrgreen:
Kr,Hans

CHVL
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Re: Rochade... The Arcade/Casino Computer

Post by CHVL » Tue May 08, 2018 3:56 pm

To see how the computer plays, the best would be to see it "de visu", ie, you come to see it in California... :)
Sure, we are all ready to help you to make your movie: LA and Hollywood are not far.
BTW, don't forget to take some DM (1, 2 or 5 DM).
This Arcade machine will take all your money... and maybe will win on the top of that.
Take care.
kr,
Maurice

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Re: Rochade... The Arcade/Casino Computer

Post by CHVL » Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:02 pm

The Rochade computer is now fully working.
It has some interesting additional features (3 lcd screens; chronometer on the 2 sides; help; levels etc...).
Time allowed for a game is based on the amount of money you put in it and eventually you may add more money to increase the allowed time and finish the game in process.
It is a Roma 68000, 12MHz... Module and EPROMs are from 1987 (February). The microprocessor Motorola is a 68000P10 when, in the regular module, the microprocessor is a Motorola 68000 P12, 12MHz and... Rochade has a money bin :)
The WCCC was held from 1987-09-14 to 1987-09-20, Rome, Italy. Mephisto was the winner of the 7th World Microcomputer Chess Championship (Manufacturers).

kr,

Maurice

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