DRAGON'S LAIR PROJECT TURNS 20 YEARS OLD!! -
On August 25, 2017, the Dragon's Lair Project website celebrated its 20th anniversary on
the internet. The site, originally titled "Project Dragon's Lair", went online on
August 25, 1997. It started out as a single page with ten pictures showing the
restoration of a Dragon's Lair cabinet. Within a few weeks, a couple more pages were
added as the site's popularity began to grow. Twenty years later and over seven
million visitors, the site is the largest laserdisc gaming website in the
world. Special thanks to all who were involved over the years.
(posted by Jeff Kinder 08.25.17)
NEW DEXTER FIRMWARE -
An important update to the Dexter firmware is now available (for all games) which addresses
an inherent bug that affects the composite video output signal on all Raspberry Pi 2 boards
and improves Dexter's overall video quality, clarity and sharpness. While mainly
aesthetic, the improvement also constitutes a significant advancement in the ongoing
efforts to make Dexter compatible with the game Star Rider, which relies heavily on the
integrity of the video signal for its operation. The update is strongly recommended
for all games and can be applied to Dexter's USB drive with the Dexter Manager software.
(posted by Dave Hallock 08.13.17)
DRAGON'S LAIR II ENHANCEMENT ON MERLIN-DX / DEXTER -
The most complete version of DL2E is now
available. The DL2E software brings Time Warp to the Cinematronics
laserdisc arcade cabinets as was planned in 1984. New to this version, the
alternate scene that was omitted from the 1991 DL2 laserdisc is now realized
through the use of the Dexter laserdisc replacement. This also marks the third
distinct game selectable for play in the Merlin-Dx multigame sytem.
(posted by Dave Hallock 07.01.17)
ANOTHER PRODUCTION RUN ANNOUNCED FOR DEXTER -
The pre-order period has begun for another 300 units of the
replacement. The cut-off date is July 10, 2017. However, if the past is any
indication, they may be expected to sell out before that time.
(posted by Dave Hallock 06.21.17)
DRAGON'S LAIR ON RECENT TELEVISION, AGAIN -
A Dragon's Lair arcade game appeared once again on "The Goldbergs" on February 15, 2017,
in the episode "The Spencer's Gift", once again with interaction from main character Adam,
albeit operator interaction this time, not player interaction.
(posted by Dave Hallock 03.05.17)
SPACE ACE IS SET FOR RELEASE IN HD DVD FORMAT -
The high definition HD DVD version of Space Ace was created and finished in 2007 by
Digital Leisure, but it was then cancelled and never released when the format war was lost
to Blu-ray. The Personal Computer Museum is resurrecting the HD DVD version in a
licensed, limited 250 copy release and is also including some special bonus perks in an
Indiegogo campaign. Various gameplay options and video commentary from
the creators will be included. November 2016 shipment is estimated.
(posted by Dave Hallock 10.04.16)
DEXTER SHIPS -
The first official release version of the Dexter laserdisc replacement has begun
shipping. Assembly and shipping will continue through the coming
weeks. The release includes meticulous last-minute tweaks to audio/video quality
and synchronization which have been deemed perfect by multiple testers. The
Dexter Manager software will allow easy firmware updates as they occur.
(posted by Dave Hallock 04.26.16)
DEXTER/MERLIN COLLABORATIVE SUCCESS ALLOWS INSTANT GAME SWITCHING -
As previously foretold by the developers of the two devices, it is now possible for
a Dragon's Lair or Space Ace arcade game equipped with both Merlin and
Dexter to switch between different games automatically! With multiple
laserdisc images loaded onto a Dexter laserdisc replacement board, the Merlin
MultiROM board's imminent firmware update allows users to instantly swap between
Dragon's Lair, Space Ace, & Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp
in a Cinematronics cabinet by using the joystick and button alone to select a game,
without opening the cabinet or powering down.
See it in action in the videos posted to the D-L-P forum, and see the
(posted by Dave Hallock 02.17.16)
PREVIOUS HEADLINES -
See more prior announcements.