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    • #28879 Reply
      Unknown,Unknown
      Participant

      how do i contact roberta williams
      is it possible to email her at all?
      so many questions to ask about the greatest game ever made “colonels bequest”

    • #28880 Reply
      Unknown,Unknown
      Participant

      Well posting here is a good start, since it is moderated and read by the man himself, Ken Williams. But do not be offended if you do not get a response. That is a chapter of her life that she may be too busy to discuss, what with her taking up writing and all. I hope you get in touch with her someday though!

      I agree, The Colonel’s Bequest was a masterful gmae!

    • #28881 Reply
      Unknown,Unknown
      Participant

      Posting here is the only way I can think of to “get a message” to Roberta.

      We’re in Ireland now, where she is doing research for a book she is working on.. When she focuses on something, she REALLY focuses. When I see an interesting message, I talk her into reading it over my shoulder, but generally, she isn’t thinking any thoughts except about her current project.

      Colonel’s Bequest was also one of her favorite projects.

      -Ken W

    • #44545 Reply
      John goetz
      Guest

      I’m hoping that Ken or Roberta still check this. I’m doing a documentary on the original advent on pc games from the late 80s deep into the late 90s. I’m sending out feelers where I can, and this happens to be one of them. I have a contact number at xxx-xxxx. Ken, if you’re reading this still, I would really love to get in contact with you. You shaped my childhood and I think the world needs to hear how you and Sierra basically invented interactive gaming.

      • #44711 Reply
        Ken Williams
        Keymaster

        Hi John — email me at: ken at cygnusentertainment.com

        -Ken W

    • #44709 Reply
      Ben Checola
      Guest

      Hello Roberta and Ken! You guys did some great stuff and it sounds like you’re working on more. I just wanted to add in my gratitude for developing these games. They brought me and my mother together in hard times. KQ pretty much taught me how to read and KQ3 is the reason I went into game development. You two are inspiring. I hope your trips inspire more of your creations. Cheers!

    • #44873 Reply
      Lisa Wagner
      Guest

      Hi, I just finished going through the game I broke my teeth on kings quests 1. I want to thank you all for creating a game that made me love gaming and just brought the stories i had been reading to life for me with me being the main character. It was awesome for my young self at the time. Later on I would get to read JRR Tolkien and my love of fantasy would grow even more. Had I not played kings quest not sure JRR Tolkien would have interested me or if I would have even learnt about the DnD industry. Thank you once again and to Roberta you Rock as a female in the industry that is very much even now male dominated. Still at nearly 50 correct gamers when they think I am guy playing 😛

    • #44942 Reply
      Justin
      Guest

      Hello,

      this message is for Ken or Roberta, and relates to Sierra’s Gabriel Knight III: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned. I’m trying to track down the IP owners of the game, and am not sure who it belongs to given how many acquisitions and changes and the like Sierra went through, according to the Wiki page. I’m trying to see if I can purchase a license for the game and use it in school. Could you please contact me? I’ve left my email in the respective box for that purpose.

      Thank you kindly for your time,
      Justin

    • #44944 Reply
      Ken Williams
      Keymaster

      Hi Justin: I don’t have your email address, so I’ll answer here. Like you, I am not sure who owns the IP these days. My guess is Activision. Jane Jenson is still writing and was able to get a Gabriel Knight license (I think), so she would be great to talk to, if you could hunt her down.

      Best wishes! – Ken W

    • #44945 Reply
      Justin
      Guest

      Thank you very kindly for your help, Ken, I appreciate it! I will find her (I hope); I’m sure with her prestige in such work she has some contact somewhere. All the best!

    • #44972 Reply
      Kevin
      Guest

      Hi Ken and Roberta, I hope you are well. I’m sure you are both extremely busy but if you did have an opportunity to read this, I would be ecstatic.

      My sister and I grew up playing Kings Quest introduced to us by our dad. We had so much fun playing these titles, it introduced us to gaming and I dare say helped to develop us with the inquisitive and logical mindsets we both possess today.

      Last year I started a game development studio, very small scale but we launched our first puzzle game in virtual reality. We have had so much fun creating this and I now know I want to do this full time. I’m giving up the day job in finance and pursuing my dreams. We are considering our next venture and whilst enjoying a cold beer after showcasing the latest update to our game at EGX in London, my team were discussing what our first experiences of gaming were and what shaped our childhood.

      Without hesitation my immediate response was Kings quest!

      Another beer later and reminiscing the hours spent on your games, it got us thinking, what if we could revive the old Kings quest games and share this with the youth of today.

      I know it is most likely a very long shot and likely the IP now sits with Activision, but I wanted to reach out as we would be extremely keen to revive King Graham and build a truly compelling adventure game for a new audience.

      We’d love to hear your thoughts on this and perhaps any advice you’d give for us to contact Activision on this venture.

      All the very best
      Kevin

    • #44974 Reply
      Ken Williams
      Keymaster

      We would love to see another King’s Quest, and hopefully with Microsoft’s (pending) acquisition of Activision it can happen.

      All rights are currently held by Activision who isn’t doing anything with them, as far as I know. Microsoft may have a different philosophy.

      My strong suspicion is that after paying billions for Activision, Microsoft is not going to license any rights to anyone anytime soon. They’ll want time to study all that Activision owns and build a strategy. So .. realistically, I don’t think there is any chance you’d be able to do King’s Quest.

      Anyway .. you now know all I know. Good luck with your new studio!

      -Ken W

    • #45045 Reply
      Kami
      Guest

      Hello Roberta and Ken!

      I am a student studying Computer Simulation and Gaming in my last year of college. My professor who has guided me so much through this program has told me about you guys and what you have meant to the industry and her own work as a professional in this field. We have an annual conference at our university centered around game design and technology that invites people in the industry to speak either in person or virtually to our students and local professionals and we would be honored if you would consider speaking at our event next April. If you would possibly be free and interested, I would love to send you a link to our sign-ups for more information!

      Either way, thank you for all of your work and hope you are having a great day!
      Kami

      • #45047 Reply
        Ken Williams
        Keymaster

        Greetings Karni!

        Where are you located? Generally speaking we don’t do any speaking. I’ve done a few things over the year, but not very many, and only when it happened to be where we were. We would never charge anyone for an event, but like I said .. we never do them.

        Best wishes,
        Ken W

    • #45062 Reply
      Kami
      Guest

      Hi Ken!

      We’re located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. If you would somehow be near Tulsa on April 14th of next year or be interested in attending virtually, we would love to have you but thank you so much for responding!

      Best wishes,
      Kami

    • #45216 Reply
      Mary
      Guest

      Hi Roberta and Ken

      My name is Mary and I am 33 years old from Australia.

      I just wanted to send you both a note to say thank you so much for the brilliant games you created.

      I have so many fond memories of watching my dad play ‘King’s Quest’ and ‘Quest for Glory – So You Want to be a Hero’. I also have some not so fond memories like accidentally saving over one of my dad’s game files when he was very close to completion… but he forgave me and we started again together.

      I absolutely loved and treasured your games. Thank you so much for your vision and for bringing so much joy to my childhood.

      Hoping you are both enjoying being retired – merry Christmas to you both.

      Best wishes

      Mary

    • #45219 Reply
      Ken Williams
      Keymaster

      Thank you!

    • #45342 Reply
      Dan Kelly
      Guest

      Hi Ken (if you’re still here)
      Is there a way I could get yours and Roberta’s autograph? Sierra Games were a big part of my formative years and im currently about half way through your book which is bringing all the memories back. Ive a particular fondness for Kings Quest 3 which, along with a 2nd hand Atari ST, were among my few merge possessions when I first left home. I’d love to get an original KQ3 box framed and if I could display your autographs with it that would be great.

      Happy to pay any postage obviously
      If you can help, my email address is Maxheadroom at windowslive dot com

      Dan

    • #45350 Reply
      Ken Williams
      Keymaster

      Roberta and I are in Mexico now. It’s tricky to get anything in and out. There are times we do autographs, but really have no current plans. We did just ship a game and probably should do a round of autographs. I’ll ask Roberta what she thinks. In any event, we’re not back home until May, so it is impossible now. We travel so much that unless something can be one via email, we can’t do it. Sorry.

    • #45386 Reply
      Nick Baugh
      Guest

      40-year old fanboy (fanman?) here.

      I grew up being forced to watch my older brother play (re:babysitting) Sierra all summer long, allowed only to contribute when able to detect something that he could not.

      Thank you.

      You made my childhood, and everything with your names behind it joyously revered.

      Nick Mike Jack Baugh
      nb.

    • #45369 Reply
      Dan Kelly
      Guest

      Thanks Ken, understood. Waited 30 years so no rush :). Would be nice to have something for my 50th in June so may check back then (if you don’t mind. I wont bother you beyond that)

    • #46305 Reply
      S
      Guest

      I am hoping that Ken still checks this 🤞🏼 I am Roberta’s biggest fan since having the kq iv game as a child with a female main character and a picture of a female creator on the game box! My happiest childhood memories are the hours and literal years playing that game over and over. I would love to find a copy that I could play on a newer pc and buy an autograph from my childhood hero

    • #46095 Reply
      Dan Kelly
      Guest

      Hi Ken

      Just wondering if theres any update on the possibility of obtaining yours and Roberta’s autograph?
      You mentioned above it wouldnt be a possibility while you were traveling which is understandable. Just thought id try one more time before dropping it (i wouldnt want to become a pest)

      Finished your book by the way, fantastic read and very insightful

      Dan

    • #45969 Reply
      John T. Green
      Guest

      Hi Ken and Roberta, my name is John T. Green. I would like permission to use you game in my videos to help others to learn the life lessons that I have learned from playing “King’s Quest” I am not looking to profit by this and if the content goes well I would love to donate most of the money to a non-profit organization of your choice in your name, preferably one that focuses on kids learning programming and coding. Please let me know o e one or the other as soon as possible please. I would.like to get started as soon as possible.

      Thank you. John T. Green

    • #46465 Reply
      Michael
      Guest

      Absolutely love the kings quest games! I would love for Kings Quest 8 to be ported to modern systems, maybe a remaster? All original elements/audio wonderfully preserved, simply optimized. Every five years.. I just get this urge for some Mask of Eternity nostalgia.

    • #46698 Reply
      Stephen
      Guest

      Hello Ken and Roberta,

      I grew up playing the King’s Quest games! They are some of my favorite titles of all time. I was wondering if there was a way to get an autograph from both of you? If there was a place I could send my copy of the 15th anniversary set from 94?

      I still revisit your games frequently and find new details all the time. Thank you for being such a big part of my childhood.

      Forever greatful

      Stephen

    • #46657 Reply
      John L Coulson
      Guest

      Hi, I’m laid up in hospital just watching episode 3 of High Score where I am being introduced to Roberta and Ken. In line with Robertas penchant for adventure games, I am developing a series of interactive immersive adventure games that play out in real time. I feel this is something they and Sierra might take a great interest in. A small taste is on the Sidogger.com website with Instant Idol, an interactive music game unlike any other! Instant Idol has recently caught the attention of an iconic Hollywood musical family who is interested in taking it to the next level, our NDA precludes from saying who at this time. I hope we may chat further and the 15 plus other applications I have conceived for this platform. A bit about me, I am a prolific inventor named on sevetal patents from a simple bottle cap to encryption tech that scrambles images for security means, and 2 days ago I entered into a development deal to produce and market a revolutionary new oral hygiene product but my hearts in gaming. I promise if we connect you won’t be dissapointed and I won’t be a waste of your time. Hope to hear from, all the best JLC -jlc@sidogger.com

    • #46807 Reply
      Severyan
      Guest

      Good Day, Ken and Roberta!
      First, I would like to express my gratitude for your works. One my first games was King’s Quest VIII: Mask of Eternity. Now, from what I know, the reception of the game was not the best, but for me it is one of the most memorable experiences of gaming. I still consider it my favourite game even 20 years later from when I first played it.
      I am hoping to possibly get in touch with the owners of the IP, because… Well, I would like to remake the game (at least, the first level). From what I understand about the legal side of things, even with the way I intend to approach it, there’s a great chance I will get a Cease and Decist. But to make sure and to clear things up, I decided to get in touch with the creators, and if that does not help, perhaps you can point me in the right direction.
      I have almost given up on the idea, since I am aware of the consequences I might face, if I go forward with the project, but I am unwilling to give up before exhausting all my options.
      I will highly appreciate any correspondence on the matter!

      Kind Regards,
      Severyan.

    • #46815 Reply
      Brad Gretchev
      Guest

      I just want to say thank you!

      These were my favorite titls released by Sierra Games back in the day.

      Space Quest
      Police Quest
      King’s Quest
      Leisure Suit Larry

      I even had the hint books that you had to use the decoder pen with!

      So many good memories.

      Thank you again!

      Brad Gretchev – British Columbia, Canada.

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