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Title: A Gremlin in the Works - The biography of Gremlin Graphics
Post by: Greyfox on December 03, 2014, 18:13:05 PM
2015 must be the years of retro and video game related books and documentaries and it seem there is another lurking in the shadows waiting to be unleashed on the retro reading public, this time anothe amazing company to be covered Gremlin Graphics a great British Games developer behind such titles as "Super Cars", "Lotus Series", "Switchblade" and many more great games from the Zx Spectrum to the Commodore Amiga and then some.

So if you remember these classics to which Ben Dalish and Matt Furniess wrote the music for some of the best Gremlin Graphic titles.

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Title: A Gremlin in the works book.
Post by: zapiy on December 03, 2014, 20:08:02 PM
Awesome. This is a must have book as far as I am concerned.
Title: A Gremlin in the Works - The biography of Gremlin Graphics
Post by: mjhardisty on February 09, 2015, 21:34:05 PM
Hello everyone. Just a quick hello and a plug for my book - A Gremlin in the Works - The biography of the ground-breaking, and highly respected Gremlin Graphics.

Gremlin are a company very close to my heart, having lived and grown-up in Sheffield and recently having worked with many former legends of the development house on my educational project Games Britannia.

The website http://agremlinintheworks.co.uk/ (http://agremlinintheworks.co.uk/) features a few extracted pages from the book so should give you an idea of what to expect sometime later this year. No absolute plans on publication yet, but I suspect it will head to Kickstarter.

Let me know your thoughts, which Gremlin games you loved and why, and if there's anything specifically that you'd love to read about the company and its games.
Title: Re: A Gremlin in the Works - The biography of Gremlin Graphi
Post by: Greyfox on February 09, 2015, 21:46:31 PM
Firstly your very welcome to RVG Mark, I have already started a post last year about your book in production, so I've merged them together in one place ;)

Have a good fella.

If your looking for suggestions, I'd love to hear what Ben Daglish liked so much about working at Gremlin considering the amount of music he wrote for them, he was there number one musician , would love a feature on this and what the trials and tribulations were from the Gremlin Graphics days, a massive feature officiously on the graphics end of things across all the formats, the pros, the cons, and finally the concepts of there games what made them different and what made super cars 1 & 2 such bloody great games :)
Title: Re: A Gremlin in the Works - The biography of Gremlin Graphi
Post by: mjhardisty on February 09, 2015, 21:47:21 PM
Thanks for taking time to reply and merging the threads!
Title: Re: A Gremlin in the Works - The biography of Gremlin Graphi
Post by: Greyfox on February 09, 2015, 21:54:04 PM
I've updated my message Mark, with some suggestions :)
Title: Re: A Gremlin in the Works - The biography of Gremlin Graphi
Post by: mjhardisty on February 09, 2015, 21:58:47 PM
The book already has a massive feature on Magnetic Fields and all of their games from Trailblazer through to Lotus including Supercars and the ports. There's a few sample pages from MF on the website - including a shot of Supercars ...

Ben I've yet to cover, but I would estimate that he is the lesser of the musicians compared to Pat Phelan and Neil Biggin in terms of quantity - which is your favourite track and era though is up to you. I think Ben and Rob powered the 8-bit generation for Gremlin with Monty, Thing, Krakout, Deflektor, etc.
Title: Re: A Gremlin in the Works - The biography of Gremlin Graphi
Post by: Greyfox on February 09, 2015, 22:20:31 PM
Yeah they sure did fella, but I truly loved Ben's work on the Atari ST , looking at the list of games, he did a lot for the ST well over 10 games , I'll have to have a time travel flashback of what Pat worked on.
Title: Re: A Gremlin in the Works - The biography of Gremlin Graphi
Post by: zapiy on February 11, 2015, 16:07:58 PM
Hey Mark thanks for signing up, as a site we are more than happy to help you in anyway we can with your book.

Personally I can not wait to read it either. I am a huge fan of Gremlin Graphics.
Title: Re: A Gremlin in the Works - The biography of Gremlin Graphi
Post by: Greyfox on March 24, 2015, 12:55:18 PM
Just to give a quick bump and update to this lovely book in production, Mark the author of the book has put up a little teaser video of what's coming and it look fantastic and anybody know know Gremlin Graphics has to get this :)
Title: Re: A Gremlin in the Works - The biography of Gremlin Graphi
Post by: zapiy on March 24, 2015, 13:32:25 PM
Its looking fantastic from what i can see.. :113:
Title: Re: A Gremlin in the Works - The biography of Gremlin Graphi
Post by: EchoPark on May 07, 2015, 01:54:37 AM
Oh my! I can't believe this is the first time I heard of this. I've been away for too long. I love Gremlin! They published some amazing title, Zool, Super Cars, Lotus Turbo Challenge, Toyota Celica and Brutal Sports Football.

Really can't wait to see this. God damn it just adds to the list of books I need! Ocean, Sensible and now this XD
Title: Re: Hello There
Post by: Greyfox on May 07, 2015, 01:58:35 AM
I'm just waiting on his kickstarter, I suggest you hope on to his mailing list on his Website for updates, as there is lots of content going in every couple of weeks.
Title: Re: A Gremlin in the Works - The biography of Gremlin Graphi
Post by: EchoPark on May 07, 2015, 02:11:27 AM
Yep that was the first thing I did. I did hope for a twitter but didn't see anything. I'm awful for checking my emails lol.
Title: Re: A Gremlin in the Works - The biography of Gremlin Graphi
Post by: AmigaJay on May 07, 2015, 08:10:57 AM
Looking forward to this one too. Though i get behind reading all the retro gaming books I've bought in the last 6 months!
Title: Re: A Gremlin in the Works - The biography of Gremlin Graphi
Post by: zapiy on May 07, 2015, 15:57:45 PM
Yeah it am really looking forward to this also.
Title: Re: A Gremlin in the Works - The biography of Gremlin Graphi
Post by: zapiy on June 14, 2015, 10:05:33 AM
Some more updates

(http://agremlinintheworks.co.uk/img/slides_book_06.png)

(http://agremlinintheworks.co.uk/img/slides_book_03.png)


Hope [member=5491]mjhardisty[/member] might pop on to fill us all in a little bit.
Title: Re: Hello There
Post by: Greyfox on June 14, 2015, 11:06:32 AM
Looks amazing, but and its a small but... The text within the book, text should not be carried across the pages in the manner from the previews, but done in double columns or even triple columns, I've seen a lot of book recently fall into this trap, mind included and have addressed them all now and look exceptional more professional for it, so this is just a suggestion to help his book be considerable more intoning to a much more professionally presented product.

If you read this Mark , I would be happy explain in more detail what I mean via pm etc.
Title: Re: A Gremlin in the Works - The biography of Gremlin Graphi
Post by: mjhardisty on June 14, 2015, 11:10:33 AM
I'm looking to cut-off contributions to the book this month and have been able to secure an editor that will whip the book into shape after that. It currently stands at around 700 pages thus needs someone to really focus the content. That said we have talked about a special "Director's Cut" that we possibly could release digitally that contains as much information as possible.

The pictures pulled from the site in the above post cover Teque Developments and Krisalis, formed by ex-Gremlin employees, never-before-seen concept artwork for the Playstation 2 mega-game EXO, concept art from Simon Phipps for Switchblade and marketing artwork for The Way of the Tiger.

All of that layouts are drafts really - it could change - the emphasis for the moment is getting the textual content correct.
Title: Re: Hello There
Post by: Greyfox on June 14, 2015, 11:16:36 AM
Wow, that sounds amazing , have you any guidelines to how much the book might be at retail at page counts of that number? I also think the directors cut is a smashing Indra, maybe have some multimedia elements embedded into the PDF version, or if you decide on an IBook version. These are always brilliant read and have.
Title: Re: A Gremlin in the Works - The biography of Gremlin Graphi
Post by: mjhardisty on June 14, 2015, 11:45:02 AM
The look, feel, RRP and the rest I suspect will be dictated by either a publisher or the print costs and logistics if it goes to a Kickstarter.

Whichever the process some form of digital version, or multiple digital versions, along with a Gremlin digital archive - containing all the "stuff" that I have which may not make the book - will be available.
Title: Re: A Gremlin in the Works - The biography of Gremlin Graphi
Post by: zapiy on June 14, 2015, 12:24:18 PM
Brilliant stuff Mark, really looking forward to seeing this come out now.. So by the sounds of it your still undecided whether to take the Kickstarter route?
Title: Re: A Gremlin in the Works - The biography of Gremlin Graphi
Post by: mjhardisty on June 14, 2015, 12:43:49 PM
Undecided! It is a bit of a dark art!
Title: Re: A Gremlin in the Works - The biography of Gremlin Graphi
Post by: zapiy on June 14, 2015, 12:49:30 PM
Yes i think it is, I am sue whatever you decide it will a huge success.
Title: Re: A Gremlin in the Works - The biography of Gremlin Graphi
Post by: zapiy on September 10, 2015, 23:27:00 PM
Just announce that Bitmap Books will be publishing this book...

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/COkfCX4WgAEBTRw.jpg)

Great work [member=5491]mjhardisty[/member]
Title: Re: A Gremlin in the Works - The biography of Gremlin Graphi
Post by: zapiy on October 29, 2015, 22:21:04 PM
Latest update from [member=5491]mjhardisty[/member]

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ALMOST!

We are now in the home straight for the book. Mark Green has worked tirelessly to edit the initial draft down from almost 500,000 words into a coherent narrative for print.

I've worked with Sam over the last couple of weeks to put together a few great perks that will be available to purchase along with the book. Speaking of which, Sam's publishing empire, Bitmap Books has created a lovely homepage for A Gremlin in the Works:

http://www.bitmapbooks.co.uk/products/a ... -the-works (http://www.bitmapbooks.co.uk/products/a-gremlin-in-the-works)

Sam has also worked tirelessly to move the design of the book onwards whilst juggling additions to his family, his catalogue, his ZX Spectrum book (looks ace BTW).

So, as the last teaser here is a video showing a print of the first HALF of the book, 1983 - 1989. Hope you like what you see - there are plenty of reveals in this short video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1-4E8pqn38 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1-4E8pqn38)
Title: A Gremlin in the works
Post by: Greyfox on October 29, 2015, 23:00:08 PM
Yeah seen this, looks bloody great, delighted it's on its final stretch now, another booming to read and cherish, quality work Mark.