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A visual journey spanning the years of the fabulous Sinclair ZX Spectrum!

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 :

http://www.fusionretrobooks.com

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

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Introduction

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. 

The History of Ocean
The History of Ocean

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 Story of U.S. Gold
The Story of U.S. Gold

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 Story of the ZX Spectrum in Pixels
The Story of the ZX Spectrum in Pixels

The book will be predominantly a visual journey charting the best games on the ZX Spectrum from1982 onwards until the early 90's.

Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee

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.

Tornado Low Level
Tornado Low Level

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.

Interview with Mark Jones
Interview with Mark Jones

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.

ZX Spectrum
ZX Spectrum

(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.

Crash Double Page Spread
Crash Double Page Spread

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 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 postcard - Mark Jones
Signed postcard - Mark Jones
Signed postcard - Philip and Andrew Oliver
Signed postcard - Philip and Andrew Oliver
Signed postcard - Jim Bagley
Signed postcard - Jim Bagley
Signed postcard - Steve Turner
Signed postcard - Steve Turner
Signed postcard - Simon Butler
Signed postcard - Simon Butler

Signed Ant Attack Poster

Sandy White is signing a limited number of A3 posters of the iconic Ant Attack artwork.

Signed poster - Sandy White
Signed poster - Sandy White

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.

Crash Bag

A truly collectable item for any Spectrum loving fan, signed by Roger and Oli:

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 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.

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    For this you get just our undying gratitude and a warm, fuzzy feeling of benevolence.

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    DIGITAL - a digital copy of the Spectrum book sent to you in the form of a PDF.

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    THE BOOK - The Spectrum book (UK shipping is free. Please add £6 for Europe and £10 for Worldwide) plus a PDF of the book sent via E-mail.

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    SIGS - The Spectrum book + 5 postcards - Midnight Resistance signed by Jim Bagley, Wizball signed by Mark Jones, Avalon signed by Steve Turner, Platoon signed by Simon Butler and Dizzy signed by Philip and Andrew Oliver (UK shipping is free. Please add £6 for Europe and £10 for Worldwide) plus a PDF of the book sent via E-mail.

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    DOUBLE - The Spectrum book and The History of Ocean book. (UK shipping is free. Please add £12 for Europe and £20 for Worldwide) plus a PDF of each book sent via E-mail. Ocean book will be sent at the end of campaign.

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

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    ANT - The Spectrum book plus an A3 Ant Attack poster signed by Sandy White (UK shipping is free. Please add £6 for Europe and £10 for Worldwide) plus a PDF of the book sent via E-mail.

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

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

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    ANT GO LARGE - The Spectrum book plus an A2 Ant Attack poster signed by Sandy White (UK shipping is free. Please add £6 for Europe and £10 for Worldwide) plus a PDF of the book sent via E-mail.

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    KNIGHTLORE - A framed A3 image of the Knightlore map ( found in Crash and produced by Grodon Druce and Oliver Frey) and signed by Oli. You will also get the Spectrum book + PDF, be an official backer of the book and get your name inside, receive 4 Crash badges and receive the 5 signed postcards as in the SIGS pledge (Please add £6 for Europe and £10 worldwide).

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    CRASHBAG - A rather unique, and extremely limited CRASH bag supplied by Roger Kean and Oli Frey (and signed by both). Made back in the day when Crash ruled the Newsagents - a truly unique collectable - see the pic of the bag in the main text. You will also get the Spectrum book + PDF, be an official backer of the book and get your name inside, receive 4 Crash badges and receive the 5 signed postcards as in the SIGS pledge (Please add £6 for Europe and £10 worldwide).

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    THE SPREAD: You get the Spectrum book (plus PDF) and you choose a game to be feature in a double page spread and even write the mini review to go with it with your name appearing underneath. As an official backer of the campaign, you will get your name in the book and receive the 5 signed postcards as in the SIGS pledge (Please add £6 for Europe and £10 worldwide).

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    SILVER : You get a limited edition SILVER Spectrum book (plus PDF) signed by Roger and myself and you choose a game to be feature in a double page spread and even write the mini review to go with it with your name appearing underneath. As an official backer of the campaign, you will get your name in the book and receive the 5 signed postcards as in the SIGS pledge (Please add £6 for Europe and £10 worldwide).

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    GOLD : You get a limited edition GOLD Spectrum book (plus PDF) signed by Roger and myself and you choose a game to be feature in a double page spread and even write the mini review to go with it with your name appearing underneath. As an official backer of the campaign, you will get your name in the book and receive the 5 signed postcards as in the SIGS pledge (Please add £6 for Europe and £10 worldwide).

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    CRASH - Crash magazine issues 1-20 signed by Roger Kean and Oliver Frey. You also get a GOLD limited edition of the book signed by Roger and myself, a PDF of the book and the SIGS cards. Plus you will choose a game to be feature in a double page spread and even write the mini review to go with it with your name appearing underneath. As an official backer of the campaign, you will get your name in the book. Postage to UK free - to Europe please add £25 and the Rest of the World £30.

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