The one from the ‘QG Web Team’ is really misleading. To the best of my recollection, the only blackbird in QG1 is the one in the brigand leader’s treasure room. I think we just told the artist — Jerry Moore — to put some interesting, valuable-looking things in the room. The magic carpet was the only specified item (other than the room layout). When Jerry put in the Maltese Falcon, we loved it and wrote it into the rest of the series.
Jerry’s touch can also be seen in the appearance of the Starship Enterprise — on the shelf of the QG2 magic shop, and I think there was also one in QG1, perhaps in Erasmus’s house or maybe it flies past the carpet in the closing credits. It was one of his ‘signature’ art touches that he managed to sneak into several Sierra games.
– Corey Cole