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A new, original, Broken Sword game by Charles Cecil. Join the adventure and help us create the best Broken Sword game ever.
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Mini Update: Meet The Team - Tim Robins

Hi guys! We know you're all waiting for updates and we've got a big one coming on Tuesday. In the meantime, we thought that you'd enjoy learning more about the team behind Broken Sword: the Serpent's Curse! So today we'd like to introduce you to Tim Robins, our friendly Graphic Artist.

Could you introduce yourself to us?
Hi, my name is Tim Robins and I am a Graphic Artist at Revolution Software.

What do you do at Revolution?
I work closely with Director Charles Cecil as well as with the Art Director Tori Davis. As a Graphic Artist I am responsible for the visual style of interactive elements in the game. I design and create any text and information you see on the screen: from an icon, to a menu page or map.

Being traditionally trained, I never venture far without my sketch book and pencils. I will often sketch out my initial thoughts and designs on paper and then render up the final designs on the computer. I usually work in Photoshop and Illustrator, creating my designs in vectors. This means that no matter how big or small the design is (whether played on an iphone or a retina widescreen monitor) my images will always look super crisp and clear.

I sometimes also work as an assistant Layout Artist, helping out with background art and environments for the game. It's good fun to have the flexibility to change from drawing with vectors and back.

What do you do for fun?
I'm a big PC gamer, at the moment I've been playing Jagged Alliance 2 and Frozen Synapse after work as well as my other games on Steam, I think they number around 400 at the moment! What can I say - I love my games!

Tell us something crazy about yourself?
I would say being a Pyrotechnician for Calvin Harris (I blow stuff up at his shows), I went to many festivals but the Creamfields festival was the most rememberable. The whole venue was pretty much underwater so we had to use some of our flight boxes to sail equipment to the stage using a scaffold pole to punt them along. The saying 'the show must go on' has new meaning for me now.

When did you discover Broken Sword?
I was lucky enough to have a family computer in 1996 when Broken Sword came out, I had been playing Cannon Fodder to death beforehand and the Shadow of the Templar was a nice change for my parents as they preferred George's dulcet tones to constant machine gun fire.

What is your fondest memory of Broken Sword?
I have always loved how George just takes each adventure in his stride, like it's a slight inconvenience to his day. He is a true hero.

Anything else you'd like to add?

I have great honour and pride in being a part of the new Broken Sword game. As a kid I used to dream about working on a game such as Broken Sword. It's taken a lot of hard work and dedication to get this opportunity, and I want to help create the masterpiece the wonderfully dedicated fans deserve. In the end, with out them, Broken Sword 5 wouldn't be possible.


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    1. Timothy Gareth Howell Robins on

      @Joann Thanks for your feedback and your great suggestions, I used to do work for NAB in the UK, (Northamptonshire Association for the Blind) and that has taught me lot about accessibility for the partially sighted. Communicating information to the player is key in an adventure game so we are working hard on our user interface so it is as good as it can be, so customising how the text is displayed from the menu will be brought up in our next meeting.

    2. Alessandro Saiko on

      It looks gorgeous so far! Keep on doin' regular updates and good to know where our money goes when seeing that there is ongoing process and that it is even running on mobile devices now!

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      Joann TONON on

      Hi Tim Robins,
      I'm a french fan of Broken Sword. As i am partially sighted, i would like to alert you about contrasts, text visibility and readability. Sometimes when the background is bright, the front text (such as pointer description or subtitles) are difficult to read especially if font size is small. Could it be possible to put a dark background behind the text to improve contrast ? And why not an option in the configuration menu to change the size of the fonts ? Thank you for to take care about peopole with disabilities. Point and click games are more easy for us because there are no timers, time-out and no reflexes are needed, so we have time to explore and to enjoy the scenes which is slow due to our disability.
      Best regards,

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      Raphael Bauer on

      Hello again,
      I really don't understand why there are so few people backing up this project ...
      I have the feeling that many Broken Sword Fans have no clue what is getting on here .
      It was the same with me and the Wasteland 2 campaign . I just read about it 2 months after it finished .
      I was really very upset as I am a Fallout fan, too.
      Maybe Revolution should make more advertisment in different medias in order to reach more fans .
      I can't believe that there are only 10 000 people that would love to see an oldschool broken sword.

    5. Martin Mulrooney ⌠⌠ Order of the Goat ⌠⌠ on

      Great interview - Tim sounds like a really nice guy. What a dream project to be working on! :D

    6. S.D. on

      I'd be honored, Tim! I'm "s-d". What's your alias?

    7. Timothy Gareth Howell Robins on

      Thanks everyone for your lovely comments and words on my past acting career.
      @ S.D. send me your frozen synapse alias and we'll battle it out if you want
      @ Hayley I know how you feel I've got a stack of 360 games that need my attention!

    8. Moeez Siddiqui on

      Loved you in Shawshank Redemption and Jacob's Ladder!

      (damn it, someone made the joke before)

      Broken Sword games are some of the few that I'd gladly show to parents or relatives, great "couch" co-op game.

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      Martin Blazek on

      That was Tim Robbins - single T but double B ;-)

    10. David Swallow on

      I thought you were great in The Shawshank Redemption! ;-)

    11. Nina - Order of the Goat on

      Tim has also been doing most of the Kickstarter graphics (like the representation of the rewards). :)

    12. Hayley Morris on

      I'm impressed by your 400 titles. I personally have bought 243 to date. I think I have a shopping addiction rather than a gaming one though. If I look at my wall too long or think of my steam list, or the stack of ds games waiting for me I end up in cold sweats...They're ganging up on me....

      I hope you do well at revolution and hope the rest of the team are as amusing a read.

    13. Gus Daniel - Order of the Goat $7.77 on

      This is Gaming in its highest form. I hope that more developers are going to follow your example and make games based on what the players want and not on what their statistic charts say. It's nice to meet you Tim and good luck on trying to top the previous games. ( like trying to climb Everest )

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      Raphael Bauer on

      Hope you ( Tim Robins ) feel as honored as I would feel to work with charles cecil creating the heritage of
      the awesome broken sword series. And I only played the first two games, so I declare myself a member of the so called " Oldschool-Adventure-Lovers" .
      I hope you can keep it up ! :-)

      I have one question , where I pray for it being read by a Revolution(er) :-)
      Will we ( the backers ) be able to express some wishes or thoughts how BS 5 can be a great game that can reach the gameplay experience of the first game ? I am a very sensible player and am quite critical and could name some things , that are responsible for the great experience of Broken Sword 1 ( and also 2) . I would feel honored to be heard by Revolution .
      Last I have to say that Broken Sword 1 was the most pleasurable adventure game I have played. I could go into detail, and would love to do it ,but I want to be sure that if I do , Revolution can spare 5 minutes take a look. Thank you for your great games !
      Best regards !

    15. JJ - Order of the Goat on

      Awesome. Tim Robins is wicked!

    16. Daniel Greaves on

      Sounds like a good guy glad he's on the team

    17. Richard - 'Order Of The Coal Black Goat' on

      Nice to meet Tim :) Who (just to note), looks kind of like Fran Healy from Travis, cute :P

    18. Laura Peralta ♥ Order of the Goat on

      Aw! i love to know more about the team who is creating the best game ever ;) cheers to each of them! :D

    19. advmal on

      The Order of the Goat extends its hooves to Tim Robins.

    20. S.D. on

      Frozen Synapse is one of recent crop of addictive games who've ported natively to Linux... as such, I have, and play, it! I'd quite enjoy the opportunity to have Tim thoroughly trounce me a few times ;-)

    21. SoulLifter on

      Nice update. And, Tim gets a +1 for a cute pic! ;-)

    22. Christian Kiefl on

      Very nice update, thx

    23. Andy ~ OotG on

      Pyrotechnician for Calvin Harris = Awesome ;)

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    25. Hakan Karaduman on

      Nice update, looking forward to see other members presentation. Thanks and hello Tim.

    26. Alexandra Davies on

      Nice update :D can't wait for Tuesdays ^_^

    27. Derek Keeping on

      Thanks for this update Tim

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      Cyn DV on

      Nice to meet you, Tim - this is an exciting project!

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      Yannis Kyriazidis on

      So you are the one that we expect so much from! :) Just kidding! The presentation of the members is a great idea!

      Go, go, go!

    30. Filip OotG on

      Nice to meet you Tim. :)