Founded in 1983 by Martin Alper, Frank Herman and Alan Sharam, Mastertronic went on to become one of the UK's biggest home video game publishers of the 1980s. The company's marketing strategy of putting games on shelves at the low price of just £1.99, when most other games sold from £4.99, resulted in booming sales and massive profits for the London based company.
This Kickstarter aims to produce both a standard volume and an enhanced collector's volume detailing the history of these games.
$36,000 We will add a 16 page screenshot gallery to both the 256 page and 512 page books. The gallery will feature full-page screenshots from some of the best Mastertronic games! The screenshots will be printed sideways so that each image will fill the page.
$38,000 We will add another 8 pages to the screenshot gallery for a total of 24 full page images in the gallery PLUS we will add an 8 page timeline showing all of the cassette game covers in release order with a nifty timeline running behind them!
$40,000 We will add another 16 pages, this time we will try and use as many of these extra pages as we can to include game maps! We might even ask @Lord_Arse from twitter if we can publish a couple of his hand drawn maps...
We are slowly reaching out to various folk who were involved with Mastertronic games whether it be programming, music or cover art.
To date the following generous people have offered to contribute to the content of the books:
Anthony Guter - Mastertronic Financial Controller/Systems Manager
Mark J. Brady - Cover Artist (Orbitron, Space Walk and more!)
John the Brush - Cover Artist (Kane, Finder's Keepers and more!)
Andrew Wright - Mastertronic Budget Labels Product Manager
Harvey Lodder - The Quest for the Golden Eggcup
John Darnell - Developer of Kane and Kane 2
Richard Burton - Mastertronic Collector and Retro Gamer magazine freelance writer
"MASTERTRONIC PLUS" (ADD ONS)
Don't like the USB cassette idea? Wish you could get the Cover Art book, but don't want anything signed? Then this is the place for you!
These add-ons can be included with any existing pledge of $4 or more.
The add-ons are standard versions and include worldwide postage so simply choose your add-on and increase your pledge by that amount. I'll message you once the Kickstarter ends to find out exactly what extras you would like.
- 512 page PDF copy of The Mastertronic Archives Collector's Edition: add $8 (approx. £4)
- 128 page PDF copy of the Cover Art Gallery book: add $10 (approx. £5)
- Mastertronic Archives USB cassette (incl. all 3 PDF books): add $36 (approx. £18)
- Set of FIVE postcards featuring game covers or images by 1980s cover artist Mark J. Brady: add $14 (approx. £7)
(Your set could include one of ten random postcards signed by Mark)
- Set of FIVE Kane postcards featuring screenshots from each version: unsigned add $14 (approx.£7) signed add $30 (approx. £15)
(see update #7 for details)
(Already getting some postcards? just up your pledge by $8 unsigned / $24 signed to add these too!)
- Set of FIVE Commodore 64 loader postcards: add $14 (approx.£7)
(see update #7 for details)
(Already getting some postcards? just up your pledge by $8 to add these too!)
- ALL THE POSTCARDS 1: FIVE Mark J. Brady (unsigned) + FIVE Kane (unsigned) + FIVE C64 Loader: bundle price just add $24
- ALL THE POSTCARDS 2: FIVE Mark J. Brady (signed) + FIVE Kane (signed) + FIVE C64 Loader: bundle price just add $56
- 128 page hardback Cover Art Gallery book + free PDF: add $60 (approx. £30)
- A3 sized Mistertronic poster signed by the artist, John the Brush: UK add $60 (approx. £30)
(Australia and Europe add $80, Rest of World add $90)
First up is the Standard Edition 256 page hardcover book covering all of the Mastertronic £1.99 releases including game reviews, game credits, screen shots, cover images and more.
Add $36AUD (approx. £18) to include the Mastertronic Archives USB cassette!
The special 512 page Collector's Edition includes everything in the Standard Edition, PLUS an additional 256 pages featuring game reviews, game credits, screen shots, cover images and more of the other Mastertronic labels such as M.A.D., Americana, Rebound, Rack-It, etc PLUS the unique disk releases.
Add $36AUD (approx. £18) to include the Mastertronic Archives USB cassette!
STANDARD EDITION + SIGNED COMMODORE 64 IN PIXELS
Includes a copy of The Commodore 64 in Pixels signed by the author, Chris Wilkins. (Also available at higher level tiers - see rewards on right for details)
"199 RANGE" LIMITED COLLECTOR'S EDITION
The "199 Range" Limited Collector's Edition pledge includes the "199 Range" 512 page Collector's Edition featuring a unique cover design, PLUS a signed and numbered "199 Range" bookplate, PLUS a 128 page Cover Art Gallery book featuring a foreword by John the Brush, a signed and numbered bookplate and featuring a range of game covers including commentary by select original cover artists, PLUS a limited edition "199 Range" USB cassette, featuring a custom "199 Range" inspired hand numbered inlay, and containing a 512 page PDF copy of the The Mastertronic Archives Collector's Edition, and a 128 page PDF copy of the cover gallery book PLUS a set of limited edition postcards.
PLUS M.A.D. BONUS!
Anyone at this level or higher can send in a mini review of up to 50 words to be included on one of their favourite Mastertronic games. Yes, your name will be included with the review! Games will be allocated to backers by pledge order. I'll ask for a short list of your choices once the Kickstarter ends. I also reserve the right to edit the review. Any reviews that are inappropriate will not be used. (see update #7 for further details)
MASTERTRONIC ARCHIVES USB CASSETTE
The Mastertronic Archives USB Cassette includes a USB cassette, clear jewel case with a '199 Range' inspired inlay featuring cover artwork by one of the original 1980s Mastertronic artists, Mark J. Brady. All PDFs come pre-loaded on the USB cassette along with some bonus extras!
COLLECTOR'S EDITION + SIGNED MISTERTRONIC POSTER
This level includes a copy of the 512 page Collector's Edition book and an A3 Mistertronic poster signed by the artist, John the Brush. The poster will be sent rolled inside a sturdy poster tube.
JOHN THE BRUSH "199 RANGE" LIMITED COMMODORE 64 or ZX SPECTRUM COLLECTOR'S EDITIONS
For your generous support you will receive everything from THE MASTERTRONIC ARCHIVES "199 RANGE" LIMITED COLLECTOR'S EDITION, PLUS you will receive one original Mastertronic game for the Commodore 64 or ZX Spectrum, signed by the cover artist John the Brush
Pledge for one of the JOHN THE BRUSH ULTIMATE "199 RANGE" levels and receive six original Mastertronic games for the Commodore 64 or ZX Spectrum, all signed by John the Brush!
The funding amount will be used primarily to cover printing and distribution costs. Ten percent will go towards Kickstarter fees with a further fifteen percent as contingency to cover price rises and operating costs.
The books will be full colour hardcovers measuring 8.25" wide by 10.75" high.
The Standard Edition book will be 256 pages in length and will review the main £1.99 cassette range.
The Collector's Edition book will be 512 pages in length and will review the main £1.99 cassette range as per the Standard Edition PLUS other Mastertronic labels such as M.A.D., Americana, Rebound, Rack-It, etc PLUS the unique disk releases.
The following sample page layouts cover the first twelve games in Mastertronic's "199 Range" of cassette games. Screenshots are for layout purposes only and do not reflect the images to be used in the final product.
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTERS:
We would like to firstly acknowledge the fantastic support given by Anthony Guter, who was the Financial Controller, then Systems Manager, at Mastertronic from 1985 to 1991, in providing us with access to Mastertronic financial records including all of the game releases, game formats and game sales figures. Anthony maintains the website aguter.plus.com which contains a wealth of information about Mastertronic.
Special thanks also to John the Brush who painted some of the great cartoon style covers ever to appear on a Mastertronic game! John has kindly helped us offer a number of unique perks adorned with his signature, the one that was unfortunately missing from his work in the early days.
We would also like to thank Mark J. Brady, who illustrated dozens of the early Mastertronic game covers, for his input into the limited edition cover gallery book. Check out his great website here.
Mark J. Brady's unique style of artwork adorned many of Mastertronic's greatest covers including Spectipede, Bullet, Bullseye, Orbitron, 1985 and dozens of others. Nowadays Mark produces some fantastic 3D fractal imagery which can be seen at markjaybeefractal.com
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and one of our biggest Twitter supporters, @Lord_Arse !
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Risks and challenges
The books are currently in development and the shipping dates are estimates only. There are a number of factors that can cause delays but we will communicate progress through updates and inform of setbacks should any arise.
UK and EU backers: Books will be shipped from within the UK to minimise shipping costs and delivery times.
North America backers: Books will be shipped from within North America to minimise shipping costs and delivery times.
Australian backers: Books will be shipped from within Australia to minimise shipping costs and delivery times.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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