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Silversword folder cover

Archive entry by Ste Pickford on Fri, 21 Nov 2008
Subject: Wizards & Warriors 3

Ste Pickford

I found this rooting through some old cupboards looking for lost sketchbooks.

It's the cover to one of the graphics work folders I kept for the project Silversword - the follow up to Ironsword on the NES - which was eventually released under the title Wizards and Warriors 3.

We used to have loads of folders like this at Zippo Games for all our NES projects, as so much of the graphics work was done on paper. We weren't as bad as Rare, who plotted all their actual pixels on graph paper with felt tip pens, then employed armies of people to type in the data. We drew our graphics in Dpaint, but the sprite system we used on the NES required very careful manual placement of each individual 8x8 pixel hardware sprite, to 'build' each frame of a character in the game. This was very time consuming, and easier to do on graph paper than anything else, but much more efficient than just grabbing a square block of sprites, like a lot of other people did.

At some point in the future I'll scan in some of our pages of sprite builds from this folder. You'll probably find it hard to believe how low tech it was!

This actual drawing was just something I drew for fun. It was possibly for the front cover of the design document before we sent it to Rare for approval (who promptly threw away my cover image, added their own picture, then returned the identical document to us with just our names removed, replaced with 'Revised by Tim Stamper'), then I cut out a photocopy and stuck it on the front of my folder with sellotape.


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