August 9, 2003 at 4:37 pm #29209
Hi Mr. Williams, it’s me again. Chris.
I want to know, why was there no sequel to The Black Cauldron and Eco Quest
TBC ends with the Hero walking away with he’s new friends, even on the Video.
EQ2 ends with Adam searching for he’s Father on a Giant Eagle, no one knows what happened to him.
Do you probebly know what Lorey and Corey Cole’s E-mail Address is and their official website.
Uum, i was kind of wondering if you could tell me if your sons has a website.
What do they do now and day’s.
Uum, i am wondering if you could E-mail me a Photo of your sons. If it’s alright to ask.
My E-mail Address is
August 10, 2003 at 5:18 am #29210
(re: re: Other) Chris–
Don’t know about the other game, but The Black Cauldron is based on a movie based on a book. The Black Cauldron is (if I recall correctly) the third book in a series of five by an author named Lloyd Alexander. Although it’s a story in itself, The Black Cauldron is also a part of an ongoing story. As I recall, they’re somewhere in the realm of young adult books and should still be in print. Though I only read TBC, myself, I also seem to recall that one of the later books is titled “Taran Wanderer,” but I don’t know which of the characters from TBC are actually in it besides Taran. Hope that helps.
August 10, 2003 at 10:15 am #29211
(re: re: re: Other) Thanks
August 10, 2003 at 2:14 pm #29212
(The Black Cauldron – my Sierra story) Hi,
Actually, the Disney movie is based on the first and second books in Lloyd Alexander’s excellent “Prydain” series. The series consists of five books.
To tell you the truth, TBC is actually the first Sierra game I ever played (and completed). I remember how back in those days (I was about 9 then, maybe 8, still with a black and white screen) it was absolutely amazing to finally reach the ending! I simply loved the game! I remember that there were several ways to do all sorts of things. For instance, you could get into the castle by climbing up a wall with stones falling over you, or hide inside a cart, if I recall correctly, and there also was this hidden passage somewhere.
It was simply an amazing game, and so rich, too! I loved playing it. In fact, I played it again in colour when I bought a colour screen, and I also played it once more just recently.
I have to say that no “quest” game has given me as much joy as completing TBC. I remember telling myself: “Wow! So that’s what happens when you finish a game”. And since then, I valued game-endings a lot. I was simply overtaken with Gurgi, Eilonwy, Flumm and Taran walking hand in hand.
At the time of playing the game, I had no idea it was based on a Disney movie. One day I went to the library, and saw this book opened on a table. It was based on the Disney film, with several pictures of it. I picked it up and read it there and then. That same day I took the book “The Black Cauldron” from the library (the real one). I had read it, and was quite disappointed, as it wasn’t “like the movie”.
When “The Black Cauldron” came out on Video for the first time (on my birthday, no less), I felt that I simply had to buy it. So I did. I had called it “my favourite Disney film” before I even watched it.
Today I have the five Prydain books on my reading list. Unfortunately they constantly get knocked down by other books (I have an ever growing reading list), but they’re there.
This is the impact Sierra had on me. Al Lowe and Ken Williams – thanks for a truly great game, that for me changed the gaming experience entrirely, and had a profound effect on my life.
August 11, 2003 at 3:43 pm #29213
(re: The Black Cauldron – my Sierra story) That’s almost the exact same thing that happened to me!!! Same exact story! And yes it came out on my birthday as well! Aug 4th or 5th??
Nice story, welcome home.
August 13, 2003 at 3:36 pm #29214
(re: re: Other) Umm, the Eco Quest story is actually pretty simple. It didn’t sell well enough, so a sequel was never considered. At least that’s as far as I know. Someone probably had an EQ3 story in mind, but it was never turned into a full-scale project. Pity though. I’ve always loved the games. EQ1 was my first Sierra game in VGA and I was amazed at the graphics. The story, music and everything else in it is superb too. (Has anything Jane Jensen has put her hands on been anything less than great?) I would love to own a copy of the EQ1 CD version. EQ2 was a little weaker as a whole, but I liked the athmosphere. The fact that there wasn’t even a talkie version of that one speaks pretty well of its success.
However, I believe at least EQ1 brought in a lot of money to Sierra over a long period of time. Years and years after its release you could hear about it, and I think it sold very well in Europe.
August 14, 2003 at 12:20 pm #29215
(re: re: The Black Cauldron – my Sierra story) My birthday is August 4th….
It’s interesting we have the same story (including the birthdate, possibly)… Quite astounding…
August 17, 2003 at 1:44 am #29216
(re: re: Other) Well, as someone already mentioned, there are five books in the Prydain Chronicles. These are, to my mind, the best children’s series out there. Much better than Harry Potter, really. They are written by Lloyd Alexander (who also writes the Westmark trilogy, which I can recommend as excellent books, as well (these were written for young adults)). The first is The Book of Three. The second one is The Black Cauldron. The third, fourth, and fifth are, respectively, The Castle of Llyr, Taran Wanderer, and The High King. They contain elements of, but adapted from, Welsh legends and myths. Each is excellent on its own, and even moreso as a whole. All of the characters continue throughout the books, for the most part, and if you read right to the end everything is concluded very well in The High King. That said, I repudiate any connection between the movie and the books. I, too, bought the video the moment it hit store shelves, and was bitterly disappointed. It brought up feelings of Ralph Bakshi’s LotR, but worse. Of course, it was Disney, so I should have known. Everything was much more poignant in the books, and everything they did to, I guess, make the plot simpler to follow just made it less effective. I’m ranting now, so I’ll finish by saying read the books first, then watch the movie, and know true, bitter disappointment.
I haven’t played the game, so I can’t really say how it compares.
December 31, 2003 at 11:53 am #29217
I’m playing codename iceman for my first time and I’m stuck trying to control the sub for the first time. I’m told to acknowledge green board, however, nothing I type seems to do this. I’ve already closed the hatch… is there anything else I need to do before acknowledging green board?
August 19, 2004 at 8:37 am #29218
I think there was a cd version planned for EQ2, it’s a shame that it never was made, because the bad guy’s voice actor is great in EcoQuest 2. Those couple spoken lines in the game are legendary to me.