by Two Guys From Andromeda
great update, thanks!
If you go by the day the kickstarter closed, this has been in development for 2,417 days.
The total time between the release of SQ1 and SQ5 was 2,290 days. In another year we will be incredibly close to the time between SQ1 and SQ6.
Where is Ken Williams and his whip when you need him?
Any updates? It's NOW January of 2019 and your last update was back in September?
Any updates? Its not January of 2019 and your last update was back in September?
Yeah, just noticed that donation from Ken Williams - great to see.
All these Sierra people, kind of feel like family to me, despite me never having met them in person. A good chunk of my childhood was spent either playing their games or rummaging around libraries and magazine stores looking for interviews and reviews of their games. My career as a software developer is completely because of the early AGI games (Space Quest, Black Cauldron, Police Quest, KQ3), and me wanting to learn how to make those games, so I am truly indebted to these guys and the gifts they've given us over the years.
Did anyone notice this very generous donation by none other than his former employee, Ken Williams?
Almost there guys! But please don't stop then, as the bills were 3 times the amount we're about to raise for Scott. After all he's the guy (well, one of the two) who brought us so much fun in our lives, shouldn't ruin his live! Think of it as a overdue payment for that illegal copy of Space Quest back in the day ;)
I think the lip syncing is weird, but I'm liking the voice acting and writing. I am glad it will finally be done soon.
So sorry to hear about all of Scott's trouble. When I have some extra dough I'll try to throw some his way. I hate the healthcare system in the United States and it's so unfair for him to have to deal with all of those bills to just have a life.
Finally some news on Scott! Poor guy. Better go help!
I posted a version of this on Twitter earlier, but I thought I'd share it here too (especially in light of the insensitivity of certain backers ).
Some folks around here probably know that I got my start online running a Space Quest fan site back in the mid-1990s. When Scott found out about my site, he reached out with kind words and encouragement. He shared stories about Space Quest's development. He let me pester him with interviews. He even leaked behind-the-scenes information about the 1999 shutdown of Sierra's Oakhurst studio before the games media caught wind of it.
I think I can speak for Scott when I say that he has always deeply appreciated Space Quest and adventure game fans. Prior to falling ill, he would go out of his way to interact with them online -- even at a time before social media made it easy for creators and fans to connect. Scott has inspired me as a writer, as an amateur game designer, and as a person. If you can help him out, whether it's with a donation or simply spreading the word, I'm sure it would mean a lot.
I said '3 days'. That's how long this page is up. But the donations are no more than half a day old. Incredible!
Great update - I'm a fan of Rob and Maurice for many years (P&tB, Futurama) and of course the inevitable happened: Rob had to sing Yakko's Song, again. :D
Also inevitable is that healthcare sucks in the USA, I made a modest donation because our healthcare will take care of huge bills. Every little gift helps: already 1/3rd of the funds have been raised after 3 days!
Johnny W below me mentioned John K.'s cartoon 'Cans without Labels'. Fortunately this turned out quite well for me, because of some nice perks. Unlike rival website Indiegogo, on which there was a project for a handheld console. More than half a million British Pounds were 'lost'. The website promised to start an investigation, but we're still waiting.
Been there, done that.
I still believe in this project though.
Is there a way I can opt completely out of this? I no longer want any of my physical copy stuff, nor the game itself. Thanks!
Great update! Ed Kelly sounds like he'll be a great narrator. I am a bit mad at Rob Paulsen though. Now I'll have that song stuck in my head all day.
Really sorry to hear about Scott. That's hard to go through.
Great update, thanks CP.
Also: Did someone just question if they were LYING about cancer? Christ, what is wrong with some people? Go away and think about what you're saying. And remember: This is just a videogame. I know this Kickstarter hasn't gone as smoothly as we hoped, but it's gone a lot better than several of the other Kickstarters I've helped crowdfund.
There was a documentary on David Lynch that the creators just absolutely completely screwed us backers on -- even though they made the documentary and it got a worldwide cinema release and everything. Never got our promised rewards.
And I'm still waiting for a cartoon by Ren & Stimpy creator, John K, that I backed around the same time as these guys.
Kickstarter is a GAMBLE, not a guarantee. Sorry if you didn't read the small print. Chris Pope and company are at least making progress, albeit slowly, which is something to be THANKFUL for.
In case you didn't realise: They don't HAVE to release these status updates, you know. They could just disappear like the David Lynch documentarians did on us backers. There's no recourse at all when this happens, because sometimes projects fail.
The fact that they put all of this together shows a tremendous amount of good faith, which is something to be rewarded with a little human decency. Not insulting them by questioning if someone really has cancer or not. It's a videogame! Jesus.
@DZ to clarify, I’m sorry you’re not happy with the graphics/animation. As for the audio, it has not gone through the final mix. It’s still a work in progress
I saw the interview videos and was really impressed with the talent. Then I saw the Ace Hardway video with the voice-overs and was severely disappointed. The voice acting is great (of course), but the animation is clunky, the ambient sound noise, and all the voices sound precisely like they were recorded in a sound-proof studio and mixed by amateurs.
The character of Marvin Spleen, although voiced to perfection by Mr. Paulsen, looked like a weird caricature of Dr. Smith (which I'm sure was meant), but the "realistic" facial impression does not really fit the rest of the cartoony style. Then there are his eyes, which seem to point randomly around.
Is this is how the final game will look like, then we're in for a big disappointment. Six years. Man, if at least they were put into a coherent vision...
All I'm going to say is, that I really like the quality of the voice acting. Lamarche made me crack up with the Ace lines. And Kelly sounds like a very good replacement for Owens.
Wow, is this game still even a thing? I can't even remember when I backed it.
Good choice for narrator! I like all the voice work so far.
I'm glad to see (and hear) how you are still making progress on the game, the voice work sounds really good, and I have faith this will be a very enjoyable game when it is finally done.
I am sorry to hear about Scott's health problems, I hope he recovers well and stays healthy in the future. It's awful that he now has to deal with financial troubles as an aftermath. This system really needs to change.
I see no problem with anyone "questioning" the validity of the information given especially when they are asking for money and especially given their track record. I've seen people sink much lower then that. So...if fake then the only "dick move" is on their part. If true then, well, that sucks. Big time. I'm currently watching someone die from stage 4 cancer. I don't see a single person questioning whether or not cancer sucks.
So enough with the knee jerk commentary and actually listen (read?) to what people are saying (typing?). Seriously.
@Ksimms: I hope in time you will realize how obscenely hurtful and insensitive those comments are.
@KSimms - you must have missed the whole "Be respectful and considerate" bit - be upset about the state of the game if you want, but don't question someone's health problems, especially cancer. I've had it, it sucks, it's difficult to admit, and the medical system in the USA sucks - I live in Australia, so I had no bills, and I can't imagine having to deal with that shit on top of having the disease. Dick move, seriously.
Awesome update, thank you guys. Having given my right nut to be free of cancer, I wish Scott all the best with the recovery and fallout. I'm sorry your medical system sucks but I hope the GFM helps out a bit.
I would like to believe that what we read in the updates about Scott Murphy getting and then being cured of cancer is true, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't have a speck of doubt, given the history of this Kickstarter.
Just chiming in to say I' played Hero-U. If you liked Hero's Quest/Quest For Glory, then you should give it a shot.
Hopefully Scott Murphy and others are telling the truth about him having had cancer. One could be forgiven for not immediately being 100% trusting, given the history of this project. Good luck to him with his new fundraiser to pay various bills. We didn't hear much of anything about him, or from him, for years, until he decided to have others ask for more money for him.
Hopefully the next update will tell us more about the status of beta testing and the latest estimated release date.
@Ralf Should be fixed now. Thanks for the heads up
fyi, the Rob Paulsen youtube link is broken