The Dragon King
Pardon Our Dust! 
Sunday, August 5, 2012, 02:33 AM - General Site News
For anyone who had trouble downloading things in the past week or so I apologize. It was an unforseen result of BYOAC moving to a new server. I think everything is in working order again but if you have any issues please let me know.

Big thanks to SirWoogie for getting everything working again. He always handles all the byoac server stuff and the rest of us don't have to do squat. You should all shower him with reches and womenz and such. ;-)

Anyway, I have an app on the way so stay tuned for further updates!

Supermodel now supports MAMEHooker! 
Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 02:39 AM - Mame Hooker
I had nothing to do with this, but the supermodel guys have added support for mame-style outputs and thus the supermodel emulator is now supported by mamehooker!

Supermodel is a great model 3 emu that supports such modern notions as force-feedback.

ATM supermodel's official homepage is a little flaky, but you can get a pre-compiled version of the SVN build of supermodel at emuCR:

Keep in mind that it's a SVN verison, which is the equivelent of MAME's "u" versions, so there may be glitches.

Visual Pinball Launcher 6.1! Bug Fix  
Saturday, April 21, 2012, 07:29 PM - Wrappers
SteveG brought it to my attention that version 6.0 of the wrapper sometimes errors out when you try to enter the in-game menu. This version fixes the issue. There aren't any new features or anything but you MUST download the newest version for full operation.

Again, download from the wrappers section in the Misc Downloads to the right or from the link below. Enjoy!


Well crap, the EXE didn't compile so that's still the old one. I fixed the zip so it should be correct now. Please download again!

Visual Pinball Wrapper 6.0 Released! 
Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 08:40 PM - Wrappers
This one is a long time coming. The new vp wrapper allows you to do all of the translucency effects from the old 3.0 wrapper and much more. If nothing else it launches and exits vp very cleanly, so you should check it out.

Note that this wrapper requires some setup. PLEASE read the included readme before using.

You'll find the new wrapper in the "wrappers" section to the right.


Note that I'm on a win 7 system now. There might be some issues running this thing on XP, it's untested atm.


I neglected to mention that the in game menu requires a font to be installed on your system.
It's the Williams Pinball font. If you are a vp fan, you should have this font installed anyway because it is necessary for many vp tables. You'll find it inside the font pack available at

SOPA and an Example of how it could effect this hobby. 
Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 03:39 PM - General Site News
If you went to BYOAC today you'll have noticed that the forums are blocked due to the SOPA protest. Because this little site is so low on traffic I thought rather than block the site, a better use of my time would be to try to educate everyone a little about how SOPA would effect the average page. You know, like this one. ;)

SOPA is advertised as a way to fight piracy, I'm not necessarily opposed to that, but their definition of piracy is so broad that it would effect far more than you can imagine.

Before we begin the breakdown understand that I am not a lawyer and I am merely posting examples based on how I understand the law. Also understand that I'm giving a worst-case scenario based upon the amount of power the law would give censors.

So lets have a rundown of how it would effect this site shall we?


Virtually every one would be deleted. You see under SOPA emulators are considered tools for piracy and thus not only could any emulator be deleted but any tools aiding in the use of said emulators. So mamehooker, my wrappers, my front-ends, my emulator helpers... all gone. What about my original games? Those would be gone as well. The 3d games I made re-create old em machines that lack any copyright holders BUT they include artwork from said games and thus are considered to be in violation of copyright even though the copyright owners are no longer in business. My microsoft pinball arcade wrapper? Yup even that would go because it could be considered "hacking" pinball arcade and thus violates the DMCA.


We'll those are all gone as well. Even though my links don't go to sites that contain roms they DO go to sites that contain information about roms and/or copyright artwork. So those are all censored. Actually, by SOPA law they could merely block my entire webstie due to the collection of links. This would be due to laziness more than anything else. The law is worded so that you can block an entire site for violations simply because that is easier than modifying the site and removing offensive links.

Blog Entries:

Not only can hosting applicatiosn or linking to applications be considered a violation, but giving information in regards to how to use this applications or how to hack things are considered violations as well. So 90% of the blog posts could be censored as well.

The Website Logo:

Even though it is an original work created by yours truely, I used other artists' work as a base. Now even in the art community this is acceptable and not considered stealing so long as you adequately modify the source material to create an original work (which I have). But under SOPA artists rules don't apply, I used copyrighted source and thus the logo could be pulled.

Long story short if SOPA were to go into effect and they used it's power to the fullest extent this site would probably be blocked. If not then probably the only thing remaining of the website would be the post you are now reading.

This seemingly well-meaning bill gives too much power to the goverment and history has shown us that when the goverment is given power they eventually start using it to it's fullest extent.

Anyway, to anyone you stumbles upon this I hope it inspires you to take a stand against online censorship.

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