About this project
Extra 8 pages in the annual.
50% voucher for any of my books on www.fusionretrobooks.com
A Crash Smash enamel badge for each pledger of the book.
A folded A3 poster of Oliver Frey's Pentagram map, made good by Mark Jones, in each annual.
As a thank you to everyone who has contributed to make this campaign a success, every pledger will get a 38mm Crash badge
The first stretch goal for the campaign is at £30K. Everyone who gets a physical copy of the annual will also get a calendar with a Crash cover for each month:
The Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48K was my introduction to computing - at the tender age of 13, Santa Claus brought me Sir Clive's latest machine for Christmas and I can honestly say it was love at first sight.
When pocket money allowed, I adjourned my Speccy with gifts - mostly with the latest games and sometimes even new hardware to extend the machines capabilities.
I read Newsfield's Crash magazine, a magazine that I craved each month to find out what was going on in the world of Spectrum gaming and to see what awesome cover the infamous Oliver Frey had conjured up that month.
Those years with the Spectrum as my friend are ones I look back on with enormous fondness and to me was my golden era of computing and Crash magazine goes hand in hand with the happy memories I have of the computer.
Roger, Oli and I have worked on a number of books over the last 3-4 years and we have talked on many occasions on producing a magazine - so this year, with the success of the new ZX Spectrum Next, we thought it would be a great time to create issue 99 of Crash - a magazine held dear by the Spectrum community.
To make it a little more special, we wanted to create it as an annual - so in hardback and having the feel of the annuals that we used to read back in the 80s and 90s such as Beano and The Dandy.
Roger agreed to take the helm once more as the editor and Oli to take charge of the graphical style of the issue as well as creating a brand new cover in the style of the early issues of Crash.
The annual will be hardback only and come in at 112 pages and will be in full colour throughout - the first for a Crash issue.
We have decided to keep the cover a surprise so that when the book arrives on your doorstep in early November this year, it will be the first time a reader of the annual will have seen it.
What we will find inside will be recognisable to any fan of the magazine - we have many reviews of the games from the last 20 years or so, with a small number receiving the coveted CRASH SMASH award. Many of the reviews have been written by the fans of the Spectrum - very much like the schoolkids of the day in Ludlow, who themselves loved the Spectrum as much as we do today and lovingly reviewed every game.
We also have veterans of the gaming industry contributing - Simon Butler for example, who worked on many hits for Ocean Software adds his views on the best art to appear on the Spectrum by fans:
Others who are contributing include Jas Austin, who is providing a developer diary of his Rex conversion for the ZX Spectrum Next, Steve Wetherill who will be doing the same for his Nodes Next game and Philip and Andrew Oliver who will be talking about the 'next' new Dizzy game that will be appearing on the Spectrum Next.
There will be a brand new JETMAN comic strip - illustrated by Oli with the story written by Roger.
New adverts for the latest games in the homebrew scene will be littered through the issue - here is one designed by Mark Jones (ex Ocean Software) for the game Dingo that he contributed graphics to.
We have persuaded Lloyd Mangram to come out of retirement to answer reader's letters and will be encouraging you, the backers, to send them in for him to take a look at.
Nick Roberts will be taking up his old slot of 'Nick Roberts' Playing Tips' and Stuart Williams's will be taking up the Adventure Trail section:
Let's also not forget about the maps - where we can, these will be included as well:
Hall of Slime
Get your picture into the annual within Lloyd Mangram's Hall of Slime which was a popular spread in the Crash issues:
Crash Watch & Mouse Mat
Framed Olibug - signed by Oli - individually made by Tibbers Workshop:
Crash T-Shirt - one size - XL
Canvas of Oli's new cover - 16x11inch
Fusion Retro Books are responsible for producing high quality retro books that follow two distinct series paths. The history series comprises of 'The History of Ocean Software' and 'The Story of US Gold' - books that intricately chart the life of the two great companies from their very beginning to the their demise.
And the pixels series: 'The story of the ZX Spectrum in pixels'; 'The story of the Commodore 64 in pixels' and 'The story of the Commodore Amiga in pixels.
Our website is here www.fusionretrobooks.com
Name : Indie Retro News
Website : http://www.indieretronews.com
Name : Retro Games Collector
Website : www.retrogamescollector.com
Name : Retro Video Gamer
Website : http://www.retrovideogamer.co.uk
And on Twitter: @Lord_Arse
Risks and challenges
The aim is to release the annual in November 2017 - with the experience of producing 'The History of Ocean Software' and 'The story of US Gold' and the series of ZX Spectrum books produced, the task of producing this annual to time, quality and budget should not be an issue.
The task of creating Crash Annual will be costly and time consuming - the cost primarily represents the printing of such a high quality book. We aim to produce 1,000 annuals in total - I need therefore to ensure we raise sufficient funds to produce the product.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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