Special offers for KansasFest 2017

Posted Sun, Jun. 25th 2017 in News

KansasFest is a great opportunity to meet some of the vendors who support our community.  You’re able to ask questions, get help, and sometimes get special deals.  Here are some of the KansasFest-only special offers:

  • Chris Torrence will have copies of Roger Wagner’s Assembly Lines: The Complete Book for the special price of $15.
  • Charles Mangin will be present with some new items from RetroConnector. He is also bringing copies of David Finnegan’s New Apple II User’s Guide, direct from the author, with a special cover for the 40th anniversary of the release of the Apple II.
  • Steve Weyhrich will have signed copies of Sophistication & Simplicity: The History of the Apple II Computer, for $20 each, or two copies for $30.
  • Brian Wiser of Call-A.P.P.L.E. will have a limited supply of three new books:
  • Henry Courbis of ReactiveMicro will be offering a RAMWorks III v1.1 Kit, for $60 ($5 off the new lower price), and the Universal PSU Kit II, II+, IIe, IIgs, and III for $70 ($10 off the new lower price). Both of these are good SolderFEST projects (although the PSU Kit does not even require soldering).


Registration rates rise after May 31

Posted Fri, May. 26th 2017 in News

Registration rates rise about $55 after May 31.  That’s less than a week away, and this year is on track to be the largest KansasFest this millennium.

Register here now.

Antoine Vignau and Olivier Zardini, the French Brutal Deluxe Software programming team known for countless original Apple II programs and archiving efforts, will be there.  Will you?

Call for Sessions

Posted Tue, May. 9th 2017 in News

While the evenings and nights of KansasFest are renowned for their spontaneity, the mornings and afternoons are reserved for sessions spanning a variety of uses, extensions, and applications of the Apple II family. Just as varied as these sessions are the good people who volunteer to present them. If you have a topic you’d like to present, please fill out the session proposal form.

As introduced last year, we’ve reduced the number of sessions to free up more evening time for spontaneity. The logistics:

  • Session proposals will be accepted until May 31.
  • After May 31, the KFest committee will review all proposals and select a good number to fill out the schedule.
  • We will then e-mail to let you know if your session is accepted.
  • Fear not, if your session doesn’t make it in this year, we’ll strive to get you in next year.

Past sessions have included hardware, software and game demonstrations, and tutorials; integration of the Apple II with other devices; emulators; programming; Apple II history; or any subject that would be of interest to Apple II users. We also love other retro computers, especially if you incorporate into your session how it compares and contrasts with the Apple II.

Sessions are typically 30, 45 or 60 minutes in length and are held at various times throughout the daytime hours.

If you’ve never done a session, check out a sample of past year’s contributions.

Here is a list of topics proposed so far:

  • Parallel Printing Enhances the Apple II
  • More Steamed Apples
  • Disk Imaging with Applesauce
  • ProDOS – Recent changes and future improvements
  • Universal PSU Kit
  • Disassembling KVOS
  • RetroConnector Mini-Hackfest II
  • Writing Ampersand Commands
  • Sprite compiling for Apple Hi-Res
  • Apple ][ Family Feud
  • GamePort I/O – controlling 120vAC
  • The Apple II and the Modern Student
  • Lego programming on the Apple II
  • So you want to fix and restore your Apple II?
  • Nox Archaist Product demo with programming discussion
  • A.P.P.L.E.’s Blast from the Past
  • NTSC Artifact Colors: The Next Generation
  • Lightning Talks

Registration Opens

Posted Fri, Mar. 31st 2017 in News

KansasFest 2017, the 29th annual Apple II convention, is now open for registration.  Antoine Vignau and Olivier Zardini, the French Brutal Deluxe Software programming team known for countless original Apple II programs and archiving efforts, will join us in Kansas City, Missouri from July 18 – 23 with a keynote presentation to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Apple II. Space is limited to 100 people, so register soon to reserve your spot.

Attendees are encouraged to share their knowledge by presenting their own hardware and software sessions related to the Apple II. All KansasFest sessions are presented by the attendees, who are known for unscheduled events and debuts, too. Whether it’s a behind-the-scenes look at new software, preorder opportunities for new hardware, a hands-on workshop, a podcast recording session, The Tinies game tournaments, or an athletic round of Bite the Bag, there are experiences to be had and memories to be made at KansasFest that aren’t possible except in the company of surprising, brilliant, diehard Apple II fans.

Register by May 31 to guarantee a price of $385 for a double room or $455 for a single, which includes admission to all sessions as well as most meals. After that, prices rise. Official KansasFest shirts are extra and optional and must be ordered by June 18; registration for staying on-site closes July 1. To register, please visit the official registration form.

KansasFest invites any and all Apple II users, fans, and friends to attend the longest running annual Apple II conference. For photos, videos, schedules, and presentations from past year’s events or to sign up for the email list and for inquiries, please browse the “Sessions” and “Multimedia” sections of our website.

Help Track Down Apple II Collections

Posted Sat, Mar. 25th 2017 in News

Mr. Jason Scott, the keynote speaker at KansasFest 2009 and renowned archivist, has put out a call for help finding forgotten Apple II material:

We are in a golden age for Apple II history capture.

For now, and it won’t last (because nothing lasts), an incredible amount of interest and effort and tools are all focused on acquiring Apple II software, especially educational and engineering software, and ensuring it lasts another generation and beyond.

I’d like to take advantage of that, and I’d like your help.

KansasFest attendees know all about Jason’s work, but what about your friends, family, and coworkers? Does your Mom’s brother’s dog’s owner have a forgotten stash of Apple II software?  Do you know a retired school librarian with a dusty box of disks?  Ask around and help Jason save part of our history.

Golden Ticket Winners!

Posted Fri, Mar. 17th 2017 in News

Golden tickets in the famous 1971 film only got the winners tours of a chocolate factory.  Today, golden tickets get five lucky first-time attendees full room, board, and conference admission at KansasFest 2017 thanks to a generous community member contribution.  We got 77 entries for these coveted spots, and one member of our planning committee noted:

This is going to be heartbreaking. So many quality stories here, I feel like I want all these people to go. Then again, if they all go, it’ll be crazy huge and have no room for me. So… 5, picking only 5.

The dice randomly chose 5 winners:

  • 41st entry: David L.
  • 27th entry: Kurt H.
  • 67th entry: Evan K.
  • 19th entry: John P.
  • 55th entry: Lutz B.

The winners will receive a private email with details.  If you think you won but didn’t get an e-mail, contact us.

Registration opens for everybody, golden ticket or otherwise, on March 31.  Do consider coming anyway even without the free ticket. Compared to any other full-week vacation it’s cheap, and most attendees report it to be an amazing, not-to-be-missed, sometimes life-changing experience.

Brutal Deluxe to deliver keynote

Posted Thu, Mar. 2nd 2017 in News

(Warning: Picture from 1994. Products shown may vary from actual products.)

KansasFest 2017, the 29th annual Apple II convention, is scheduled for July 18 – 23 in Kansas City, Missouri. Antoine Vignau and Olivier Zardini, the French Brutal Deluxe Software programming team known for countless original Apple II programs and archiving efforts, will join us with a keynote presentation to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Apple II.

Vignau and Zardini founded Brutal Deluxe Software in 1992 focusing on 16-bit software. The team created programs, such as the Convert 3200 graphics tool, and adapted games like Bille Art, The Tinies, Cogito, Blockade, and LemminGS. The team remains active and has since released numerous titles, including Cadius (disk image utility), Merlin 32 (cross-assembler), You, DustHead! (disk head cleaning utility), i’m fEDD up (disk archiving), MountIt (disk image tool), and Fishhead (file copier). They also created comprehensive archives of cassette tapes, French cracking and underground groups, machine serial numbers, and unique documentation.  This year, Brutal Deluxe published demonstrations and tools for playing quadraphonic and octaphonic sound on the Apple IIgs. A quarter-century of continuing Apple II innovations and personal perspectives on the European computing scene are sure to delight and inform KansasFest attendees.

KansasFest is an annual convention offering Apple II users and retrocomputing enthusiasts the opportunity to engage in beginner and technical sessions, programming contests, exhibition halls, and camaraderie. KansasFest was originally hosted by Resource Central and has been brought to you by the KFest committee since 1995. Any and all Apple II users, fans, and friends are invited to attend this year’s event. Registration details will be announced on the KansasFest Web site, and registration will open on March 31. For photos, videos, and presentations from past KansasFests, please browse the “Sessions” and “Multimedia” sections of our site.


Golden Tickets for First-Time Attendees

Posted Fri, Feb. 24th 2017 in News

You’ve never been to KansasFest?  Want a crack at going this year for free?  Announcing the KansasFest Golden Ticket Drawing!

It’s a crazy week of non-stop coding, learning, sharing and fellowship with other Apple II enthusiasts! (1) We’re expecting 70-80 (or more) people this year!

Due to a generous contribution by a member of our community, we are pleased to announce there will be 5 free slots open for first time attendees. All you have to do is get to the conference.

Your registration, double-occupancy room (2) and cafeteria expenses will be paid for. You’ll get to participate in all sessions, the Garage Giveaway and enjoy lots of quality time with your fellow Apple II enthusiasts. Bring your Apple II, enter the contests, work on projects… have fun!

Conference t-shirt, pillow and linens and participation in optional, off-site activities (Tuesday evening dinner, movie night, trips to local arcades) are not covered, but pretty much everything else is. (3)

All we ask is that you make the commitment to show up and participate. Any cancellations will be awarded to a runner-up.

We want five new attendees at KansasFest 2017!  Will one of them be you?  Request a Golden Ticket now and drawings will be March 15.

Small Print

  1. OK, we admit there are also a few Atari fans, and other vintage gear heads who foolishly invested in some other alt-computer platforms back in the day.
  2. You’ll be roomies with someone. It’s a college dorm, so plan on your own twin bed. If you know someone attending the conference, you can request a specific roommate. Otherwise, you’ll be randomly matched with another person.
  3. We’ll be happy to sell you a t-shirt. Really. Pillows, linens (sheets and towels) are optional. You can buy a set from us at the conference, or bring your own. You can keep the linens at the end of the conference, or donate them to a homeless shelter we’ve partnered with.