February 19, 2006 at 11:55 pm #23223
At a Church next to me’s garage sale I found King’s Quest 6 in near perfect condition with EVERYTHING still in it (radio sheet for Girl in the Tower and all!) But it raised some questions about the version I’ve held so close to my heart for so many years. I originally had the CD version which came with a square ‘Guidebook to the Land of the Green Isles’ printed on pretty glossy paper. I believe what I got was an OEM version, though I’m not quite sure. The one I got from the Church is the DOS version with the guidebook printed in fancy, thick, and rough paper, it is also extremely long but not very wide, the pictures are slightly different I think, just to fill up the space. So my questions are… Which version was more common and would anybody be interested in me posting the stuff I have, if its rare or something? Here are the goodies included in the Church box, an InterAction magazine registration card that includes a computer hardware survey which is pretty funny, an ‘Is your computer connected?’ packet advertising Prodigy software, a full list of all the radio stations playing ‘Girl in the Tower,’ and a manual completely different from the one I previeously had, this one is pretty big and has the Sierra logo in purple with a granite background, the other one was a weird yellow color, was square like the guidebook, and had the classic Alexandar in the catacombs pic on the cover.
One more thing, everything else in my Sierra Collection is pretty standard fare except for a ‘Value Priced’ version of King’s Quest 5 with an unusual jewlcase backing I’ve never seen posted online, perhaps somebody might take interest in me scanning and posting that?
Thanks to everybody, etc,
February 26, 2006 at 11:33 am #23224
Just as a quick vote: The versions that both I (DOS) and my Wife (Mac) had came with the long book rather than the square book so I always assumed that was the more common version.
February 26, 2006 at 7:53 pm #23225
My understanding was that the long guide was found in the big DOS BOX, and the short square one was found in the jewel case with the CD.
February 26, 2006 at 11:28 pm #23226
Alistair is correct. AFAIK, the most common DOS releases of KQ6 were in larger boxes with blue, red and black slipcovers, and as mentioned contained the tall version of the guidebook printed on higher quality paper. The common CD-ROM release was in a somewhat thinner white box and contained the CD-sized guidebook. There is also a one-piece larger purple box slash CD release out there that you want to avoid like the plague – it has no guidebook at all.
March 2, 2006 at 3:59 pm #23227
That OEM copy you talk about is very interesting… I think that’s what I have too, although I didn’t even get a jewel case! Well, the manual is too big to fit in a jewel case anyway.
However, the lack of jewel case is not what worries me about my copy – what does worry me is that the CD lacks the infamous audio track of Girl in the Tower.
Max, can you please check if your OEM copy misses the track as well? Just put the CD in a regular stereo and see if there are one or two tracks.
By the way, just to make sure we have the same release, I scanned the manual and CD. See it here.
March 2, 2006 at 6:25 pm #23228
That’s what my CD and manual looks like exactly, but mine does have Girl in the Tower on it. Thanks for replying people.
March 11, 2006 at 1:28 pm #23229
Hmmm… How come I don’t have the audio track? my copy seems legitimate enough… Was there a release without the track? (it’s possible since there was a release without the manual)
Max, are you sure you have the song in a seperate track? The fact that the song plays during the credits doesn’t mean that it plays from an audio track, because the song can also be found in the file RESOURCE.SFX.
Can you please check?
March 12, 2006 at 9:53 pm #23230
I don’t know if it helps any, but my SLASH copy, in the purple 1-piece box, comes only in a CD envelope, and the CD does have the separate GITT audio track.
March 14, 2006 at 8:32 pm #23231
No, I know what I’m talking about, its an entirely seperate track on the CD itself, so you can play it in a normal CD player. I have two more questions that I just thought of. One is since I’m 98 percent sure this copy was bundled with a computer, how often did Sierra do that and what PC companies did they ship their products with?
My other question is how come in one of the audio data files in the CD version (RESOURCE.AUD I believe) you hear what seems like staff members, definitely not professional actors, reading some lines, was that just filler from the early stages?
March 20, 2006 at 5:15 pm #23232
Ah, my copy also came bundled with a computer! I thought that’s why it didn’t have the audio track, but seeing as you got it this way as well, I wonder what went wrong when they printed my specific copy.
Well, tough luck, I guess.