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Archive entry by Ste Pickford on Sun, 03 May 2009
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Ste Pickford

This is *really* old!

This is a page from a comic strip I drew when I was still at school, aged 14 or 15. It was for what was going to be my brother John's second game (after he'd had Ghost Town published by Virgin), and was a hybrid graphical / text adventure that he was designing with his school friend Paul Ranson.

John roped me in to work on this promotional comic strip, that would form an introduction to the game, and Paul's younger brother was doing something for the project as well.

The game was madly ambitious (I seem to remember they'd come up with their own language, along with reams of backstory, plot, characters and puzzles etc.). This comic strip was supposed to set the scene and takes place just before the game begins. I won't spoil the plot, but it involves a genius game designer and some 'digitialisation' and 'multi-tasking'.

The lettering for the 'in-game' sections in the panels was done on computer, printed out on a dot matrix printer, and stuck onto the page. In 1984 we thought that was so clever! In fact, in 1984, finding somebody with a dot matrix printer that printed onto proper plain paper, rather then thermal paper, was probably quite a task.


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