About this project
The Story of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum in Pixels
Thanks to to the supporters of this campaign, a book on 'The Story of the ZX Spectrum in Pixels' will be created over the next 6 months or so
We have stated January 2015 as a delivery date for the book.
If you missed the campaign, you can still pre-order the book and be part of those who receive the initial run, here :
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,
The Stretch Goals
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 Oli Frey had conjured up that month.
Those years with the Spectrum as my friend are ones I look back on with enormous fondness and and to me was my golden era of computing.
The Ocean and U.S. Gold books
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.
I have recently run a campaign to raise funds to create a book again with Roger Kean on the company U.S. Gold - this book is now underway.
The ZX Spectrum Book
The book, 'The Story of the ZX Spectrum in Pixels', will be 200+ pages in length and finished to the very same high standard adopted for 'The History of Ocean Software' and 'The Story of U.S. Gold' publications (the same printing company is going to be used).
The 'Sinclair' logo on the front cover will be embossed making the book a desirable addition to any gaming fan or book collector.
The book will be predominantly a visual journey charting the best games on the ZX Spectrum from1982 onwards until the early 90's.
Each spread will contain a large iconic image of the game and be accompanied by artwork from the inlay, the game's advertisement where available and further game screens showing the loading screen, menu etc.
We will also be talking to and interviewing 10-15 programmers, artists and musicians to get their view on the Spectrum and how it helped launch their careers into gaming.
And to cap it all off, we will be capturing new imagery of the Spectrum and of as much of the Spectrum's peripherals as we can and putting it into the book.
(The images above are indicative of how the book may look but may change)
With the close relationship I have with Roger Kean and Oliver Frey, the book will also contain some great imagery from Crash magazine and Roger will be writing a forward for the book.
We have some great rewards, and more will be added throughout the campaign.
- Oliver Frey has kindly allowed us to re-produce some infamous ZX Spectrum Crash A2 and A3 prints that will be signed by himself, Roger Kean and myself. You can choose from those shown below:
- Signed copies of Crash by Roger Kean and Oliver Frey
- Signed gaming postcards by those who worked on the game e.g. Wizball signed by Mark Jones and Dizzy signed by Philip & Andrew Oliver
Signed Ant Attack Poster
Sandy White is signing a limited number of A3 posters of the iconic Ant Attack artwork.
Signed A3, Framed Knightlore Map
This map can be found in Crash and was created by Oliver Frey and Gordon Druce. This A3 map has been scanned and lovingly stitched together by Mark Jones (Of Ocean Software fame) and is provided framed and signed by Oliver Frey - a great addition to any games room.
The perk comes with the book, PDF, Crash badges and your name in the book as a benefactor.
A truly collectable item for any Spectrum loving fan, signed by Roger and Oli:
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!
The book will be sent out at the end of January 2015 and updates will be given throughout the development of the book through Kickstarter updates.
Risks and challenges
The aim is to release the book at the end of January 2015 - with the experience of producing 'The History of Ocean Software' book and the input and expertise of Roger Kean the task of producing this book to time, quality and budget should not be an issue.
The task of creating 'The Story of the ZX Spectrum in Pixels' 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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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