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The definitive book documenting the history of the revered 80's and 90's games publisher U.S. Gold.
The definitive book documenting the history of the revered 80's and 90's games publisher U.S. Gold.
The definitive book documenting the history of the revered 80's and 90's games publisher U.S. Gold.
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The History of U.S. Gold

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The Story of U.S. Gold

Thanks to to the supporters of this campaign, a book on  'The Story of U.S. Gold' will be created over the next year or so. 

We have said September 2015 as a delivery date for the book just to give us a bit of breathing space in case of any unforeseen challenges.

If you missed the campaign, you can still pre-order the U.S. Gold book on the Revival site and be part of those who receive the initial run, here : 

http://www.revivalretroevents.com/index.php/shopping 

You can also order a copy of 'The History of Ocean' as well as posters and other Revival memorabilia in the shop.

Thanks again for all the support you have given us,

Chris & Roger

Stretch Goals

All stretch goals met.

Geoff Brown

Roger and I met up with Geoff Brown on the evening of the 6th June to interview him on his company U.S. Gold. Here is a pic of Roger with Geoff

Roger and Geoff
Roger and Geoff

Geoff signed the issues of U.S. Gold themed Crash and Zzap issues used in the BEACH, FORBIDDEN and ROAD perks. Here is an example of the BEACH perk issue 4 of Zzap! 64:

Introduction

During November 2012 I started my first Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to produce a book on 'The History of Ocean Software'. The Kickstarter was successful resulting in Roger Kean and I embark on a 12-month journey to uncover and document the full history of this seminal British gaming publishing and games development software house. For your interest you can check out the campaign here

At the end of November 2013 I started to send out the completed book to the campaign backers, as well as new friends that we had made during the year whilst 'making' the book. The response received from the readers and fans of Ocean Software was, and continues to be, overwhelming. So much so that Roger and I would love to embark on a new adventure to document another infamous publishing house based in the UK at the same time -  the prolific publisher that was known as U.S. Gold.

The U.S. Gold Book

The book, 'The Story of U.S. Gold', will be 200+ pages in length and finished to the very same high standard adopted for 'The History of Ocean Software' publication (the same printing company is going to be used). 

The U.S. Gold logo on the front cover will be embossed making the book a desirable addition to any gaming fan or book collector.

The book will chart the rise and rise of U.S. Gold throughout the 1980's and 1990's up to the sell-off to Eidos, talking to all those who created the company, Geoff and Anne Brown, and the management team that guided the company through 12 years of successful business. 

And how can we not explore the origins of Tomb Raider, a title Eidos eventually published but was born under U.S. Gold's watch.

The book will talk to the developers of U.S. Gold's successful releases - titles such as Beach Head, Impossible Mission and Summer Games as well as arcade conversions like Outrun, Tapper, Spy Hunter and Strider.

The book will also explore the creation and running of 'Centresoft'  - a company owned by U.S. Gold that became the largest distribution centre of games in the UK - Ocean Software was their biggest customer.

Artwork and never before seen photographs will be littered throughout the book.

The Rewards

We have some great rewards, and more will be added throughout the campaign.

  • Oliver Frey has kindly allowed us to re-produce some infamous U.S. GOLD themed Zzap! 64 A3 prints that will be signed by himself, Roger Kean and myself. You can choose from those shown below:
  • We have Commodore 64 and Atari 800 physical copies of Dropzone signed by Archer Maclean to give away as well as Dropzone loading screen postcards signed by Archer and Steven Day, who created the graphic back in 1986 (it was not used by U.S. Gold).
Dropzone 'loading' screen and box art
Dropzone 'loading' screen and box art
  • Limited Edition Gold and Silver versions of 'The History of Ocean Software' books are up for grabs only available to backers of our campaigns. Only 10 Gold and 10 Silver were printed and these will be signed by Jon Woods - one for you collectors out there. Here's a picture of Gary Bracey from Ocean Software holding up his Gold and Standard edition books:
Gary Bracey, Ocean Software Ltd
Gary Bracey, Ocean Software Ltd

Here is Jon Woods signing the SILVER and GOLD perks plus some standard copies :

  • Limited Edition Gold and Silver versions of 'The Story of U.S. Gold' books are also up for grabs. Only 10 Gold and 10 Silver will be printed so one for you collectors out there.
  • Signed copies of Crash and Zzap with U.S. Gold covers by Roger Kean and Oliver Frey.

Postage

Postage within the UK will be free To Europe it will be an additional £6 and beyond our European boundaries an extra £10.

Each book will be securely packaged in an 'Amazon' type mail box and sent to you first class!

Timing

The book will be sent out Autumn 2015 and updates will be given throughout the development of the book through Kickstarter updates.

Available Additional Perks

Additional Perk #1 : A copy of Zzap Sizzlers for the Commodore 64 signed by Archer Maclean, Roger Kean and Oli Frey plus the U.S. Gold book.

Additional Perk #2 : A signed BOB WAKELIN Ocean poster - only 10 available and can be seen in the picture below - first come basis on picking which one so please inbox me if you decide to purchase. 

Additional Perk #3 : A copy of issue 4 of Zzap! 64 - Beach Head 2 signed by Roger Kean and Oli Frey:

Additional Perk #4 : A copy of issue 18 of Zzap! 64 - Forbidden Forest signed by Roger Kean and Oli Frey:

Additional Perk #5 : A copy of issue 55 of Crash - Roadblasters signed by Roger Kean and Oli Frey:

Additional Perk #6 : Simon Butler is synonymous with Ocean but he also had a number of games published by U.S. Gold. This perk is a postcard with a Platoon Commodore C64 image on the front with Simon's signature on the back with personalised message + a hand drawing from a character from Platoon.

Risks and challenges

The aim is to release the book in the Autumn of 2015 - with the experience of producing 'The History of Ocean Software' book and the input and expertise of Roger Kean and the U.S. Gold 'employees' the task of producing this book to time, quality and budget should not be an issue.

The task of creating 'The Story of U.S Gold' will be costly and time consuming - the cost primarily represents the printing of such a high quality book. We aim to produce 1,000 books in total - I need therefore to ensure we raise sufficient funds to produce these books and that they can be be sent out to those who bid in the UK for free.

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    DIGITALDOUBLE - a digital copy of the U.S. Gold and Ocean book sent to you in the form of a PDF plus a Dropzone loading screen postcard signed by STE '86 (who created the C64 Dropzone loading screen back in the 1980's) and Archer Maclean

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    2xBOOK - 2 copies of The U.S. Gold book plus a Dropzone loading screen postcard signed by STE '86 (who created the C64 Dropzone loading screen back in the 1980's) and Archer Maclean(UK shipping is free. Please add £9 for Europe and £13 for Worldwide) plus a PDF of the book sent via E-mail.

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    DOOM - A copy for the U.S. Gold book (with PDF) and a DOOM poster signed (and personalised) by the infamous John Romero. (Please add £6 for Europe and £10 worldwide).

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    ArcherEDGE - An Archer Maclean signed copy of issue 4 of Edge magazine with interview with Archer inside; a Dropzone loading screen postcard signed by STE '86 (who created the C64 Dropzone loading screen back in the 1980's) and Archer Maclean; a copy of the U.S. Gold book plus a PDF (UK shipping is free. Please add £6 for Europe and £10 for Worldwide).

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    DOUBLESIGNED - The U.S. Gold book and the Ocean book both signed by Roger Kean and Chris Wilkins (UK shipping is free. Please add £9 for Europe and £13 for Worldwide) plus a PDF of the book sent via E-mail.

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    JONWOODS - Ocean book signed by co-founder Jon Woods, Roger Kean and Chris Wilkins; a copy of the U.S. Gold book plus a PDF (UK shipping is free. Please add £6 for Europe and £10 for Worldwide).

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    THE FREY - An A3 signed Oliver Frey ZZAP! 64 cover poster; a copy of the U.S. Gold book plus a PDF (UK shipping is free. Please add £6 for Europe and £10 for Worldwide).

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    THE WAKELIN - An A3 signed BOB WAKELIN poster; a copy of the U.S. Gold book plus a PDF (UK shipping is free. Please add £6 for Europe and £10 for Worldwide).

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    BUTLER - A limited SIMON BUTLER signed Platoon postcard with hand drawn platoon game character; the U.S. Gold book both signed by Roger Kean and Chris Wilkins (UK shipping is free. Please add £9 for Europe and £13 for Worldwide) plus a PDF of the book sent via E-mail.

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    MACLEAN - A signed copy of Dropzone by Archer Maclean; a Dropzone loading screen postcard signed by STE '86 (who created the C64 Dropzone loading screen back in the 1980's) and Archer Maclean; a copy of the U.S. Gold book plus a PDF (UK shipping is free. Please add £6 for Europe and £10 for Worldwide).

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    ARCHSIZZLER : A copy of Zzap Sizzler signed by Archer Maclean, Roger Kean and Oli Frey; a Dropzone loading screen postcard signed by STE '86 (who created the C64 Dropzone loading screen back in the 1980's) and Archer Maclean; a copy of the U.S. Gold book plus a PDF (UK shipping is free. Please add £6 for Europe and £10 for Worldwide).

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    FREY GO LARGE - An A2 signed Oliver Frey ZZAP! 64 cover poster; a copy of the U.S. Gold book plus a PDF. You will be listed as a Benefactor. (Please add £6 for Europe and £10 worldwide).

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    FORBIDDEN - A copy of Issue 18 (Forbidden Forest) of Zzap! 64 signed by Geoff Brown, Roger Kean and Oli Frey; a copy of the U.S. Gold book plus a PDF. You will be listed as a Benefactor and be able to choose a Oli Frey, signed A3 ZZAP! 64 cover poster. (Please add £6 for Europe and £10 worldwide).

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    OCEAN SILVER - A Ltd Edition version of 'The History of Ocean Software' book with a SILVER cover signed by Ocean co-founder Jon Woods; a copy of the U.S. Gold book plus a PDF. You will be listed as a Benefactor and be able to choose a Oli Frey, signed A3 ZZAP! 64 cover poster. (Please add £6 for Europe and £10 worldwide).

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    C64 - A signed copy of 'Commodore 64 a Visual Commpendium' signed by Sam Dyer, The Oliver Twins, Stoo Cambridge, Steve Thomson and Archer Maclean; a Dropzone loading screen postcard signed by STE '86 (who created the C64 Dropzone loading screen back in the 1980's) and Archer Maclean; a copy of the U.S. Gold book plus a PDF plus an A3 Oli FREY signed cover poster (UK shipping is free. Please add £6 for Europe and £10 for Worldwide).

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    ArcherFREY - A signed copy of Dropzone by Archer Maclean; a Dropzone loading screen postcard signed by STE '86 (who created the C64 Dropzone loading screen back in the 1980's) and Archer Maclean; a copy of the U.S. Gold book plus a PDF plus an A3 Oli FREY signed cover poster (UK shipping is free. Please add £6 for Europe and £10 for Worldwide).

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    ROAD - A copy of Issue 55 (Roadblasters) of Crash signed by Roger Kean and Oli Frey; a copy of the U.S. Gold book plus a PDF. You will be listed as a Benefactor and be able to choose a Oli Frey, signed A3 ZZAP! 64 cover poster. (Please add £6 for Europe and £10 worldwide).

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    ArcherBEACH - A copy of Issue 4 (Beach Head 2) of Zzap! 64 signed by Geoff Brown, Roger Kean and Oli Frey; a signed copy of Dropzone by Archer Maclean; a Dropzone loading screen postcard signed by STE '86 (who created the C64 Dropzone loading screen back in the 1980's) and Archer Maclean; a copy of the U.S. Gold book plus a PDF. You will be listed as a Benefactor and be able to choose a Oli Frey, signed A3 ZZAP! 64 cover poster. (Please add £6 for Europe and £10 worldwide).

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    OCEAN GOLD - A Ltd Edition version of the 'The History of Ocean Software' book with a GOLD cover signed by Ocean co-founder Jon Woods; a copy of the U.S. Gold book plus a PDF. You will be listed as a Benefactor and be able to choose a Oli Frey, signed A3 ZZAP! 64 cover poster. (Please add £6 for Europe and £10 worldwide).

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    ArcherDISK - A signed copy of the Atari DISK version of Dropzone by Archer Maclean; a Dropzone loading screen postcard signed by STE '86 (who created the C64 Dropzone loading screen back in the 1980's) and Archer Maclean; a copy of the U.S. Gold book plus a PDF plus an A3 Oli FREY signed cover poster (UK shipping is free. Please add £6 for Europe and £10 for Worldwide).

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    U.S. GOLD SILVER - A Ltd Edition version of the U.S. Gold book with a SILVER cover signed by Chris Wilkins and Roger Kean (plus PDF). You will be listed as a Benefactor and be able to choose a Oli Frey, signed A3 ZZAP! 64 cover poster. (Please add £6 for Europe and £10 worldwide).

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    U.S. GOLD GOLD - A Ltd Edition version of the U.S. Gold book with a GOLD cover signed by Chris Wilkins and Roger Kean. You will be listed as a Benefactor and be able to choose a Oli Frey, signed A3 ZZAP! 64 cover poster. (Please add £6 for Europe and £10 worldwide).

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    GOLDY - A Ltd Edition version of the U.S. Gold book and Ocean book with a GOLD cover signed by Chris Wilkins and Roger Kean. You will be listed as a Benefactor and be able to choose a Oli Frey, signed A3 ZZAP! 64 cover poster. (Please add £6 for Europe and £10 worldwide).Ocean Gold and U.S. Gold Gold

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    THE SEEL - 3 x signed issue of Zzap, 2 x signed issues of Crash, an A3 Oli Poster, an A3 Wakelin poster; a copy of the U.S. Gold book.

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