ZZap! 64 Annual 2020 - let's do this again!
Time to review the games that have landed on the Commodore 64 over the last year, garnished with a sprinkling of features!
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, June 12 2019 7:00 AM UTC +00:00.
£32,500 stretch goal - a ZZap! 64 2020 Calendar
£22,500 goal achieved - Every backer now gets a copy of FUSION 64 - a brand new issue of FUSION just for our beloved Commodore 64!
The Commodore 64 was THE home computer to own in the 1980s and early 90s and was only surpassed in popularity by its younger brother, the Commodore Amiga.
ZZap! 64 was the magazine that every 64 owner went to for honest, frank reviews of the games to buy for the system as well in-depth features and ‘cutting-edge’ humour from the likes of Gary Penn and Julian Rignall.
The icing on the already calorie rich cake was Oliver Frey’s stunning covers, depicting aliens, space and military scenes and some very sexy ladies (here’s looking at you Leaderboard lollipop lady!).
Last year we ran a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of a ZZap! 64 Annual - the campaign was successful and the final product was very well received in the Commodore 64 scene and beyond.
So the ZZap! 64 team felt the need to get together this year once again to produce a follow up annual - and we have been working on its production for some months now with the aim of getting it out to you in September in readiness for Christmas 2019 - an annual for XMAS, just like the old days!
Roger has agreed once more to take the helm as the editor and Oli will 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 ZZap.
The annual will be hardback only and come in at 120 pages - it will be in full colour throughout.
We have once again decided to keep the new cover by Oliver Frey a surprise so that when the book arrives on your doorstep it will be the first time a reader of the annual will have rest their eyes on it. Oli will be dusting off his air brush once more to create the cover in the same way he created them back in the day and adding graphical touches throughout the annual just like he did for last year's annual and the ZZap issues of yesteryear.
The new annual will be full of reviews written by the same team of individuals from last year's annual - a mix of well known names from ZZap back in the day (Robin Hogg, Julian Rignall etc) and many known C64 journalists from the busy Commodore 64 retro scene (Mat Allen, Paul Morrison, Andrew Fisher etc).
Familiar sections of ZZap! 64 will return including Hi-Scores, ZZAP! RRAP and the Art Gallery! Those again pledging will be encouraged to send in a letter for the ZZap Rrap section of the annual and those hi-scores!
Jaz Rignall is back in the new annual reviewing some games, and contributing the second part of his ZZap Back feature covering issue 20 to 40.
Some feedback from the 2019 annual was that the reviewer portraits were fixed with thumbs up no matter how good or poor the game reviewed proved to be - for this years annual this will be fixed with the portrait representing the mood of the opinion given by the reviewer. These are the reviewers this year - we also have Andrew Fisher joining us as well.
One other piece of feedback from the last Kickstarter campaign is that we showed a little too much of the annual pages on the Kickstarter campaign pages including review scores - therefore this time we are just showing the review of the game Shadow Switcher above, and yes it does get a Sizzler award but the scores are blurred out :). If you would like to get a feeling of the rest of the content of the new annual, well you can look back at the content of the 2019 one :-)
Features included in this annual include an in-depth chat with Andrew Braybrook of Uridium and Paradroid fame. Andrew will also be signing some perks. We are also talking to Dave Collier about his days at Ocean Software.
CLASSIC ZZAP! 64 Mug
The programme is still being designed - the event is on the 15th June in Hull - check out the websites above for links to tickets and the attendees.
A 24"x16" ZZap! 64 canvas of the ZZap! 64 annual cover signed by Oliver Frey.
These are pretty cool - these are actually aluminium slates with ZZap! 64 covers printed on them with a rustic look. These will be signed by Oliver Frey.
Framed, signed International Karate - 2 versions:
#1 - A6 postcard size - frame may vary to that in the picture and the perk is just the framed/signed picture:
#2 - A5 size - frame may vary to that in the picture and the perk is just the framed/signed picture:
Here is a picture to show the two signed perks together to show the size difference:
We have a brand new game being developed by Trevor Story (graphics), Stuart Collier (coding) and Jason Page (music) called The Lord of Dragonspire
The game comes in cartridge and clamshell cassette format.
Here is the cartridge box with its amazing Trevor Storey cover art. The cartridges are being produced by the amazing people at RGCD ( https://www.rgcd.co.uk/ ). Inside will be the cartridge, instruction booklet and some RGCD goodies.
Here is a picture of the Sizzler clamshell and cart that was a perk on the 2019 annual Kickstarter to show how it will look - just imagine the The Lord of Dragonspire instead of the Sizzler art. The instructions for the game are on the inside of the inlay. The clamshells are being produced by the equally great peeps at Psytronik Software (http://www.psytronik.net/ ).
Here are some screens from the game :
And here is game's musical theme by Jason Page:
We hope to have a video of the game running to show off during the campaign.
We also have canvas prints and aluminium prints of the cover signed by Trevor Storey as additional perks - these can be purchased post campaign via CrowdOx which will be used to capture your address details etc.
16"x12" canvasses of Uridium and Paradroid signed by Andrew Braybrook (art design by http://www.oldskoolpixels.com). Only 5 of each (final images used may vary slightly from those below):
FUSION Issue 5 - signed by Ocean Software artist Simon Butler
Simon has pixellated a couple of well known ZZap covers and these will be printed on canvas and signed by the man himself.
Signed copy of Peter Leigh's book - better known as Nostalgia Nerd on Youtube.
A 1-page advert inside the annual. The advert has to be appropriate to the publication - we have the right refuse submissions if we feel they are inappropriate.
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
And on Twitter:
Lord Arse : https://twitter.com/Lord_Arse
RetroGamerDaz : https://twitter.com/RetroGamerDaz
And on YouTube:
Nostalgia Nerd: https://www.youtube.com/user/nostalgianerdvideos
Retro Man Cave: https://www.youtube.com/user/RetroManCave
Perifractic's Retro Recipes : https://www.youtube.com/user/Perifractic
Risks and challenges
The aim is to release the annual in September 2018 - 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 the ZZap! 64 Annual will be costly and time consuming - the cost primarily represents the printing of such a high quality book. We aim to produce 3,000 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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