Yet another update and
request for help from Ken (see below):
"OK, so I've got
Stephanie on-board to help with the conversion of the original paper
manuals into proper .PDF format. Hitchhiker's is essentially done.
As are the Invisicules. I'm fairly certain that everyone will be
very happy with the outcome / workings of the Invisiclues. I still
need to get her the Hi-Res scans of the InfoFreebies. These will
be included in the last few pages of the game manual. I realize
it's not the same as getting them again, but.. "C'mon."
The production costs of those would be astronomical. "And to
do that for every one of the titles?" Oi vei!
Anyway, we should hopefully have the contract with Stephanie signed
in the next day or so. 'll be sending out Zit 1, Zit 2, Zit 3, Suspenders,
Planetfailed, Stationfailed and StarMotorCross shortly.
Am gonna' be needing to ping someone for "nice / complete"
boxed copies of Planetfailed and Stationfailed shortly.
Also need to gather up copies of the Maps and Invisiclues for all
of the aforementioned titles too.
Hey! If anyone out there wanst to help me / us out with this stuff,
say.. "Lend it to me / us for a week at max", we'd be
more than happy to get you a FREE copy of any Activision game we
have available at the mo.
If ya' don't know what we have in the loop at the mo, go here..
Oh! and did I mention that you're name will go in the Credits section?
See! "Look at that!" You'll be an official part of Infocom's
I did this with the Activision Anthology project I worked on and
everyone got a real kick out of it. I think it worked out very well.
If anyone out there is wanting to get involved and help out, my
AOL IM and email address are attached.
I should be posting updates as they become available. RIGHT HERE
is the only place you'll be able to read about it.
Thanks Gang 'n' Type Ya' Later!
Again, if you can help
Ken, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His AOL IM is
Being a part of Infocom
history should be one nice incentive.
Due to server problems
the site was offline for most of yesterday. Apologies for any inconvenience
this may have caused.
Ken took the time to
fill us in on how the new compilation (see below and earlier news)
so here's the latest...
We're currently still negotiating the rights back to Hitchhiker's.
The IP holder are just dragging the feet with this one. They've
got their end of the bargain but we're still waiting for ours. Manuals
and Hint Book have all been converted to a proper .PDF format. All
graphics, everything is there. Even the freebies. 'In hi-res scans
The project is basicallly coming together in my own free time, which
ain't much. 3rd draft if the Installer is done, but I still need
to make some minor changes. Mainly, removing the licensed titles.
.PDF manual creation is going slowly with barely a budget. :-(
The Infocomics will be included, but there will have to be a disclaimer
mentioning that the user should really D/L MoSlo or something to
LucasArts did this with one of their old compilations. That'll have
to do for now.
I wanna' include Cornerstone as well, but.. the novel (read DOCUMENTATION)
for that one is really hefty.
If anyone wants to lend me their manuals for scannning, I'd certainly
Please note that Ken
is devoting his own spare time on this, so fans should be able to
tell that he really is behind the project and means to bring fans
a great collection. If you think you can help Ken, contact him at
Also more news on Mike
Berlyn: Harry sent in a link to Gamasutra, who had a nice article
on Mike earlier this month.
Another success in locating
implementors: Mike Berlyn was unearthed too and pointed out some
mistakes as well as elaborated aspects in his biography.
Thanks to Mike and one more time to Harry, who may be unavailable
for further detective work, as he is rumored to have had a fantastic
job offer by the FBI.
No further news so far
on Activision's new Infocom compilation.
Friday, May 13,
Yet again thanks to super
sleuth Harry Kaplan (see previous
news) another long lost implementor has been found. This time
it's Amy Briggs
and she was nice enough to send in some corrections and further
additions to her biography.
This is included a little
late, nonetheless it is worth to mention: The BBC edition of the
"Hitchhiker's Guide" (see previous
won a BAFTA. Steve Meretzky, whose collaborative work with Douglas
Adams on the original
was the base for this new edition, was among those celebrating.
In light with the more
and more likely release of the new Infocom compilation mentioned
below, the "Where
to buy" section was overhauled, which also included enhancing
the tips for those trying their luck on ebay.
of the Infocom adventures (see previous
news) comes closer to reality:
Keep your eyes peeled. The Infocom Classic are all going to be re-released
shortly. I'm actually in the process of upgrading / dating the first
batch. I promise that I'll try and do these classics some justice.
Hang Tight and Ten!
Meretzky and Michael
Bywater, who was involved with Douglas
Adams' over his work on "Bureaucracy"
as well as with Infocom's competitor Magnetic
Scrolls, will be holding a discussion over interactive fiction,
Douglas Adams and the world in general on Thursday, March 3rd, in
If you are interested,
the discussion takes place at The Brockway Room, Conway
Hall, 5 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL and is scheduled to
start at 8 pm. Admission will be £4 for the benefit of the
"Save The Rhino" and "Dian Fossey Gorilla" funds.