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Title: Sensible Software 1986 - 1999 Book
Post by: zapiy on September 06, 2012, 18:29:41 PM
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Produced together with Sensible Software founder Jon Hare, Sensible Software 1986–1999 is the ultimate retrospective of the British software house behind some of the most groundbreaking and fondly-remembered games ever produced, including Sensible Soccer, Cannon Fodder, Mega lo Mania and Wizball.

It is the flagship title for Read-Only Memory, a new publishing company specialising in high-end books on gaming history, that combine art book production values with the very best in games journalism.

The book chronicles the rise of Sensible – from its C64 beginnings making games such as Parallax, Microprose Soccer and Wizball, to its million-copy-selling Amiga heyday in the early ‘90s. The narrative – guided by games industry luminary Gary Penn – tells the Sensible story through interviews and anecdotes from the team, legendary developers, industry bods and our pick of the games journalists who saw Sensible rise to world stardom, first hand.

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This is paired with an exhaustive visual tour celebrating the company's idiosyncratic style: sprites, game maps, typefaces and box art, all beautifully reproduced. We’ll also be digging into the Sensible vaults to uncover a bounty of never-before-seen archival material including design documents and hand-drawn plans that show the first inklings of Sensible’s most famous games.

This book was successfully crowd-funded on Kickstarter, so it is thanks to the support of hundreds of Sensible Software fans worldwide that we are able to make the project a reality. For those who missed out on the original campaign we are pleased to announce that you can now order your copy here (http://http).
Title: Re: Sensible Software, Kickstarter Campaign
Post by: TrekMD on September 06, 2012, 18:34:30 PM
Cool.  I'll check this out.  :)
Title: Re: Sensible Software, Kickstarter Campaign
Post by: TL on September 06, 2012, 18:34:46 PM
Oh wow!!!  :o ) and the many Jet Set Willy rip-offs but this is definately worth investing in!
Title: Re: Sensible Software, Kickstarter Campaign
Post by: TrekMD on September 06, 2012, 19:33:04 PM
I am now an official supporter of this project.  :)
Title: Re: Sensible Software, Kickstarter Campaign
Post by: zapiy on September 06, 2012, 19:57:24 PM
Me too..
Title: Re: Sensible Software, Kickstarter Campaign
Post by: TrekMD on April 05, 2013, 14:10:06 PM
Thought I'd share this update posted today:

[size=140]The Making of Wizball[/size]
Update #16 · Apr 5, 2013

I'm pleased to say we have a special Friday Sensitreat. Fellow gaming historians Anthony and Nicola Caulfield have specially produced a short film for us about the inception of Wizball. In it, our very own Jon Hare talks us through the birth of the game's control mechanic, the absurdity of even bothering to draw up a design document pre-news year's eve 1991 and his working relationship with his business partner Chris Yates.

The clip is an outtake from Anthony and Nicola's upcoming documentary movie From Bedrooms to Billions, which will chronicle the birth of the UK games industry. They've interviewed every single key figure from the era including the big kahunas like Sir Geoff Crammond, Lord David Braben and Lieutenant-general Jeff Minter. Actually, their cast list looks like our ideal publishing schedule over the next few years...

Anyway, you can imbibe plenty of 8 and 16-bit excitement over at their wildly successful Kickstarter campaign page.

This afternoon I'm working on the Cannon Fodder and Sensible World of Soccer chapters. I'll be tweeting excerpts as I go through so do drop in for a listen. (http://https)


I can't link to the video directly, so here is a link to the original update:  Update 16 (http://http)
Title: Re: Sensible Software, Kickstarter Campaign
Post by: onthinice on April 06, 2013, 04:14:59 AM
They left Laird off the list :13:
Title: Re: Sensible Software, Kickstarter Campaign
Post by: TrekMD on September 12, 2013, 14:25:24 PM
Here is the latest update on this project from Darren Wall:

The book finally hit the presses in Italy last week, where thousands of sheets of paper were imbued forever with our Sensible history. I took a trip to see it all happening (on my dime I should add – no Kickstarter monies were harmed in the making of this update) and it's looking excellent! The text pages in particular – printed in two inks on a thin, off-white recycled stock – look wonderfully touchy-feely.

Some pictures of sheets pulled directly from the press are below, however I should point out that I've somehow made the 8-megapixel camera on my phone look like a webcam from 2004 – the real things are fizzing with colour and life:
http://readonlymemory.vg/printer_1 (http://http)
http://readonlymemory.vg/printer_2 (http://http)
http://readonlymemory.vg/printer_3 (http://http)
http://readonlymemory.vg/printer_4 (http://http)

The final pages were printed last night, and the copies are now being bound. Our fold-out jacket is then applied to each copy by hand, after which every book is individually shrink wrapped to protect the uncoated jacket in transit to your door.

I should be informed of the exact delivery date any day now and I will issue an update as soon as I have it - we are so unbearably close to shipping your books I feel like I may strain something important. I'll be sending out surveys to you all later this afternoon so we have all your addresses at the ready!

In other news, the Sensible vinyl EPs were shipped last week and have now arrived with our backers. You can see some teasing glimpses of it below, printed using the same stock as the book itself and housing a six-track selection of Sensible's finest musical moments:
(http://readonlymemory.vg/ep_1)
(http://readonlymemory.vg/ep_2)
(http://readonlymemory.vg/ep_3)

Finally, I have our last VHS archive clip to share with you all. This is a cinema-style trailer for Sensible's ill-fated swan song 'Sex 'n' Drugs 'n' Rock 'n' Roll'. Sensible put this together to show the production company Hewland International (creators of GamesMaster) as part of a pitch to create an animated tie-in TV show. I'll let Gary and Jon take it from here...

Jon Hare: We even made a cartoon pilot and showed it to Hewland. I don’t think they were very impressed with it though. We found that a lot of people didn’t like the 3D art much – they thought it was a bit shit when we thought it was stylised. The reality was we were struggling with the 3D modelling.

Gary Penn: The characters in the videos always reminded me of sex dolls.

Jon Hare: [Laughs] I’d never noticed that before....
https://vimeo.com/71727572 (http://https)
Title: Re: Sensible Software, Kickstarter Campaign
Post by: zapiy on September 12, 2013, 15:09:07 PM
Looking forward to getting this now.
Title: Re: Sensible Software, Kickstarter Campaign
Post by: TrekMD on September 18, 2013, 20:41:48 PM
Here is the latest update:

A very quick update for you today comprising a close-up look at your soon-to-arrive 'slab o' Sensi'. I have just received the unbound pages from the printer and I couldn't resist taking a few shots to share with you, especially given my utter failure to take any decent pictures at the printer itself. I was a bit wobbly with excitement to be fair...

Anyway, I've tried not to give too much away, but hopefully this reveals enough to get you all hot and bothered about what is to come. I hope you enjoy pouring over the shots while the books are being finished off...

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Title: Re: Sensible Software, Kickstarter Campaign
Post by: TL on September 18, 2013, 20:43:03 PM
Looks fantastic!  :16:
Title: Re: Sensible Software, Kickstarter Campaign
Post by: TrekMD on September 18, 2013, 20:44:00 PM
Yes it does!  Eagerly waiting for this!  :)
Title: Re: Sensible Software, Kickstarter Campaign
Post by: TrekMD on October 04, 2013, 15:36:46 PM
Here is today's update:

Just a short and simple update this Friday lunchtime, but one that will hopefully raise both pulses and eyebrows... The books are here, and shipping has begun!

Backers in the UK should begin to receive their books over the next 1-3 days while European/International backers can expect to wait for 5 to 10 working days (at the most) for their copy to arrive.

Each book comes shrink-wrapped and with a Sensible Software 1986–1999 postcard, as promised way back when the campaign began. The perfect way to save your place in our 340 page epic.

The Personalised Edition books will be shipped in the coming days as we work through them with Jon Hare, who will be signing and dedicating each copy before they are individually wrapped - swaddled, if you will - in a textured, personalised jacket, complete with edition number and pithy Sensi-phrase.

I hope this makes for exciting pre-weekend news! It's been pretty much exactly a year since our Kickstarter campaign ended and despite not leaving the house for about 10 out of those 12 months, it's been the most rewarding project I've ever worked on. Thank you to you all for your patience and support - I really do hope you enjoy your Sensi-tome.

I'll be in touch again to ensure everyone has got their copies safely and also to let you know about our launch party! Later this month we'll be packing as many Sensible book contributors as we can under one roof for your enjoyment. Expect full details in the next few days...

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Title: Re: Sensible Software, Kickstarter Campaign
Post by: TrekMD on October 11, 2013, 14:09:28 PM
Here's the latest update.  Looks like for those in London there's an live event that you can go to!

Personalised Editions Are Go! Plus, a Special Sensible Evening in London

Jon Hare paid a visit to ROM HQ yesterday to sign and dedicate our Personalised Editions. They've now been lovingly hand-wrapped in their named and numbered jackets, and are taking the postal superhighway to your homes. They should begin to arrive in the UK early next week, Europe towards the end of next week, and International locations shortly after. (PS. You'll find your name in glorious print on page 339).

To everyone who's been receiving their copies this week, I wanted to thank you for all of the lovely and overwhelming feedback. You've made me an emotional wreck (in a good way). I hope you're all enjoying the book, and as always, I'd love to hear any thoughts or comments (https://asensibleevening.eventbrite.co.uk/ (https://asensibleevening.eventbrite.co.uk/).

I hope to see you there to celebrate our first book launch!

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Title: Re: Sensible Software, Kickstarter Campaign
Post by: zapiy on October 11, 2013, 19:48:05 PM
If only i had time i would have loved to attend that..
Title: Re: Sensible Software, Kickstarter Campaign
Post by: TrekMD on October 11, 2013, 19:55:28 PM
Well, if anyone from here is able to go, let us know!  Take some pictures and post them!  :)
Title: Sensible Software 1986 - 1999 Book
Post by: TrekMD on February 14, 2014, 17:01:13 PM
Here is an update that was sent out today along with a video!

[font=georgia:jhdrihmh]Project Update #29: Sensispeeches!

Last October, Loading Bar in Soho (just around the corner from 'the sex bit') was host to a unique Sensible soirée. A hundred-odd Sensifans crowded into the intimate venue, charged their glasses and mingled with Jon, Gary, Chipper, Stoo, Ubik, Stu Cambpell and a host of other 8 and 16-bit stars. Books were signed, Wizkid cake pops were eaten and Jon humbly took a beating in a few games of Sensi.

In case you couldn't make it to the event, or you had one-too-many Sensible World of Sakes that night, allow us to present to you Jon and Gary's speeches. I think the merriment and emotional high of the evening is clear, the most quintesensible moment being Gary declaring the book to be 'more meaningful than the Bible'.

The video was kindly shot and edited by fellow Kickstarterers Anthony and Nicola Caulfield, creators of the forthcoming From Bedrooms to Billions (http://https) feature-length documentary on the UK video games industry.

They've informed me that anyone who pre-orders the film now will get access to their specially-created Backer's Zone. Immediately, this means access to four short films: ‘Matthew Smith on Manic Miner’, ‘David Braben on Elite’, ‘Mel Croucher on Deus Ex Machina’ and ‘Rob Hubbard on Coding’, and down the line, the Zone will become host to a selection of exclusive clips and music from the documentary. You can dive in and pre-order right here (http://http).

I shall return again soon with a video of Jon and Chris performing as Touchstone (an archive discovery we made only recently) and an accompanying story involving a confidence trickster, Esther Rantzen and a wasted drive to Manchester. The Sensistories just keep coming...[/font:jhdrihmh]

[align=center:jhdrihmh]Sensible Software 1986–1999 Launch Event on Vimeo (http://http) [/align:jhdrihmh]
Title: Re: Sensible Software, Kickstarter Campaign
Post by: WiggyDiggyPoo on February 14, 2014, 18:24:02 PM
Think I'llorder this come pay day, SS made some of my favourite games and gave one of the best journalists out there (Stuart Campbell) a job so they are all right by me.

Plus being able to pick a team in Sensible Soccer were the goalkeeper was called "Fatty Farmers Wife" is incredibly amusing :4:
Title: Re: Sensible Software, Kickstarter Campaign
Post by: zapiy on February 15, 2014, 15:29:47 PM
Its a great book, just finishing of the last few pages myself fella..
Title: Re: Sensible Software, Kickstarter Campaign
Post by: TL on February 15, 2014, 15:51:00 PM
I would like to get the book at some point, would be nice to see a review of it on here :)
Title: Re: Sensible Software, Kickstarter Campaign
Post by: zapiy on February 15, 2014, 16:25:15 PM
I am working on a review at the moment.. :113:
Title: Re: Sensible Software 1986 - 1999 Book
Post by: zapiy on March 23, 2014, 18:42:13 PM
Ok So i finally got my review done..

Great read and i could have wrote more but i thought it really would spoil it for you..

Go get it

http://www.retrovideogamer.co.uk/index.php?page=sensiblesoftwarebook (http://http)
Title: Re: Sensible Software 1986 - 1999 Book
Post by: Greyfox on March 23, 2014, 18:50:43 PM
Looks like a very interesting read, and have to say , they filled out that "Wizkids" page to the max, crammed with information in the preview image :)
Title: Re: Sensible Software 1986 - 1999 Book
Post by: TrekMD on March 23, 2014, 20:01:32 PM
Very nice, Zap.
Title: Re: Sensible Software 1986 - 1999 Book
Post by: zapiy on March 25, 2014, 20:43:17 PM
Cheers fella..

You read yours yet pal?
Title: Re: Sensible Software 1986 - 1999 Book
Post by: TrekMD on March 25, 2014, 21:19:50 PM
Not fully.  I've looked through the book, though, and it is really well done.
Title: Re: Sensible Software 1986 - 1999 Book
Post by: AmigaJay on May 18, 2014, 18:46:26 PM
Ordered this yesterday, looking forward reading more from one of my fav Amiga devs at the time. Loved the animations Jon did for the Kickstarter very funny!
Title: Re: Sensible Software 1986 - 1999 Book
Post by: zapiy on May 18, 2014, 19:43:22 PM
Nice one bud. Well worth it is all I can say.
Title: Re: Sensible Software 1986 - 1999 Book
Post by: AmigaJay on May 18, 2014, 19:49:53 PM
Good, i did have a quick gander sat your review without giving too much away!
Ive gone a bit book mad this week, along with this i ordered the ocean, us gold double on kickstarter, and history of Sonic the hedgehog, and have the Megadrive kickstarter book coming out next month, plenty of reading to do this summer!
Title: Re: Sensible Software 1986 - 1999 Book
Post by: zapiy on May 18, 2014, 20:05:58 PM
That's is slightly mad but why not lol. You missed the Service Games book and the Console Wars one lol. Read those at the moment and I will whack a review up shortly.
Title: Re: Sensible Software 1986 - 1999 Book
Post by: zapiy on August 04, 2014, 20:21:22 PM
Quote from: "AmigaJay"
Good, i did have a quick gander sat your review without giving too much away!
Ive gone a bit book mad this week, along with this i ordered the ocean, us gold double on kickstarter, and history of Sonic the hedgehog, and have the Megadrive kickstarter book coming out next month, plenty of reading to do this summer!

Did you pick this up yet fella?