As of today (July 9, 2021) I have repaid my debt to society and am free to continue life on life’s terms.
Over the last two and a half years I have integrated back into the community, first by taking a job as a newspaper carrier, then volunteering at a local food pantry as my community service, and now as a full-time employee of said food pantry. I have come a long way from where I was on that night in October 2018. And I know I still have a long way to go.
Having said that, I am tentatively looking at the possibility of doing some game shows on a very limited basis if there is still a want for my services.
I have submitted two panels to Tsubasacon this October. If they are accepted I’ll be attending as a panelist (uncompensated) hosting two game shows: Press Your Luck and a new game based on the UK show Tenable.
I’m also announcing today that I’m making myself available to host game shows at conventions beginning in 2022. There will be restrictions at first: I don’t want to travel more than four hours’ drive from home in Morgantown, WV, so that it won’t negatively affect my new job and so that my lovely girlfriend and assistant can join me. I will be asking for a small appearance fee to compensate for the amount of work these shows will entail. I will also ask that conventions give at least three months lead time with any invitations, so that I can prepare accordingly. And although I still have prizes left over from before my retirement, I will lean hard on conventions for help providing prize support.
I will be hesitant on doing any game shows with other guests at first until I get a feel for how I’m perceived among folks in the industry. I know there will be people out there who will never be willing to share a stage with me, and that’s completely okay and expected.
I have no expectations that I will get invited to any conventions at this time, and that’s also completely okay. I won’t reopen the booking page for a few days, instead gauging interest from any responses this blog post may get, both good and bad. I would like the opportunity to entertain fans again, but I also understand that that may not be in the cards at this time. Either way, thank you for your continued support. I appreciate each and every one of you.
Two weeks ago we lost Amy Howard Wilson, voice of Nova from Star Blazers and convention mainstay for many years. When she told me she had been a contestant on The $10,000 Pyramid back in the seventies, I told her I would love to make an anime convention version of Pyramid for her to play as a celebrity guest. She loved the idea, and I would debut The ¥25,000 Pyramid in 2003 at Anime Weekend Atlanta alongside Bruce Lewis, who we’ve also sadly lost.
I don’t have much video from back then, but I do have an episode of Match Game and an episode of Pyramid from Anime Weekend Atlanta 2012. I will share them here as a way to remember Amy doing what she loved, entertaining fans worldwide. Amy will be missed.
Hope everyone is staying safe. Wanted to give you an update in case you’ve been wondering how the “end of life” for Adobe Flash affects the software I create and that is still available for sale. For those who don’t know, as of January 12th Adobe, Windows and all web browsers have disabled Flash with a “kill code” that renders all .swf files unplayable in updated Flash players.
Long story short, I’ve started including a standalone Flash player of the same vintage as the 2003 compiler I use to make the software. It’s unaffected by the “kill code” and still runs my software just fine. No guarantee it will work on anything made with Flash software of a newer vintage, but it runs all of mine with no problem.
If you have previously purchased software from me and would like the player, please contact me at jgwicker at gmail dot com and I will make it available for you.
I am also in the process of making all my Etsy software also available on eBay in physical form, shipped on a thumb drive that includes the Flash player.
I haven’t mentioned this in a very long while but it’s still a thing that exists, so I’ll throw it out there…if you’ve ever had an inclination to support Greggo’s Game Shows, I do have a Ko-Fi account that you can find here:
I’m in the process of working on more pricing games for The Price is Right software, but things are going slowly, so I’ve decided to add them “a la carte” for now as they’re finished. Range Game is available now! Here’s a link to it in the Etsy shop: