Hi Tf and thanks for the feedback.
Perhaps the easiest thing is for me to describe my original motive for creating the site and how that informs the decisions I made. The intention was always to provide a niche website specifically about British pre-decimal slot machines, both because they're my passion and, to date, they've been largely unrepresented (apart from two small books with limited pictorial content). The pennymachines.co.uk domain name was chosen to reflect this.
As part of this project I created the Forum which inevitably has a much broader scope, namely the whole pre-decimal amusement machine scene, albeit from a largely British collector community perspective. The purpose of the Museum is to catalogue uniquely British products up to the demise of the decimal penny. This doesn't stem from patriotic or nationalist motives, but in order to showcase what was particular and characteristic of the UK industry (conditioned by our legal, cultural and economic climate). It's necessary therefore to exclude foreign and post decimal machines, which would dilute the focus.
The name 'Museum' fits the 'classical' theme which was part of the site from the start - Arena, Forum, Archive etc. It is a kind of virtual museum, so why not? 'Database', 'Register' etc. sounds a bit cold and clinical.
I did anticipate there might be some disquiet about the absence of a bandit category but, as we discussed recently, there really are very few British bandits, so the broader Gambler category covers all games in which there is no conceivable element of skill. This would include the few bandits (BMR, etc.) and games like Clocks, Stockbrokers (certainly the Hidden Treasure) and betting games (Bullion etc.). I think it's quite easy to distinguish these true gambling games - nobody was ever fooled by the so-called 'skill button'.
treefrog wrote: ↑
Tue May 23, 2017 8:20 pm
The ability to register and categorise your own machines is great, but I would be tempted to make some of these field indexed based on categories that can be searched and structured.
I didn't understand that bit. All the fields are searchable and you can drill down to a manufacturer and that company's product via 'Manufacturer' links or all the makers of a particular type of game in similar fashion.
I fully take your last point, again on the bandit issue. But as BP says, there's an extensive online database covering these, plus many excellent books.
To address your questions widge - yes, I designed the Museum so that the only
things you have to fill in are the name of the machine and at least one picture - so don't be intimidated.
It will say, 'This machine deserves a description' which I will happily supply.
As to trade stims - they're uniquely American - unless you count, say, a Trickler (Skill Game).