The gang here has been so good about posting about new stuff on the blog this week that I’ve decided I need to do something to screw it up for everyone by linking up something about a 22 year old series. Seriously, take a moment to appreciate that graphic up there. Beautiful.
So, a blog called Ham’s Quest for Glory –guess what game he likes a lot– conducted an interview last month with Corey Cole, famous in very small circles for being the co-creator of the Quest for Glory games, Sierra’s series of adventure-RPG hybrids that first released in 1989. If you’re a fan of the games from way back there’s a few interesting tidbits in there, like how they offended a Wiccan who thought the character of Baba Yaga was offensive to witches. So insensitive.
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Here’s a snippet from the interview:
Your game was unlike any previous Sierra adventure in that it was an adventure/rpg hybrid. Was there any trouble getting Sierra to green light that project?
Our champion was Guruka Singh Khalsa, Sierra’s first producer. He was hired based on things he had written as a fan. During a green light meeting including us and Guruka, Ken [Williams; Sierra co-founder] said, “I really don’t understand this game.” Guruka said something like, “It’s going to be a major hit,” and Ken left the meeting saying, “I like this game. It’s going to be a major hit.” It’s possible that Sierra might have cancelled the first game without that support; we’ll never know.
Nice one, Ken. It’s almost hard to believe Sierra rode itself right off the rails. Anyway, constant WoW references aside, for old fans of the series, it’s well worth a read.
Side trivia: The game was originally released as Hero’s Quest, but the name had to be changed over a copyright snafu. I still have the original Hero’s Quest packaging in my shed.