April 9, 2003 at 2:20 pm #20756
April 10, 2003 at 1:45 am #20755
April 16, 2003 at 5:20 am #20757
(re: Old pictures of Ken and Roberta)
Cool! … I want one of those T-Shirts! =)
April 16, 2003 at 11:52 am #20758
(Funny chart) And what is that funny chart behind Roberta? Does it have something to do with the “$ 722.200” on the paper above it? 😉
April 16, 2003 at 7:39 pm #20759
(re: Funny chart) It looks like a “revenue” number to me. Cool! I hadn’t noticed that.
As you can tell from the picture, Sierra’s revenues really exploded. I assume the $722,000 must have been a December number – that was always our biggest month.
April 17, 2003 at 2:08 am #20760
(Ken Photo – Summer 1996 Interaction) A great photo of Ken, as oft are found in the Interaction magazines. I’ll post some more of these. It’s a neat article, but one I don’t feel I’ll make into a PDF, or at least it would be low on my list of articles to do. So, I thought I should post the picture.
On a related note, I have a spare copy of this Interaction magazine. It’s the Summer 1996 issue. Unfortunately about half the first page has been cut out, but it’s just ads. On one side is Rama and on the other side is Urban Runner. Otherwhise the issue is in great condition, light corner wear and edge wear from reading, but nothing major, there is an address sticker on the back. No folds, no rips, no spills, no cigarette smell. One page of the Phantasmagoria 2 article page has a slight wrinkle in it but it is still very flat. The staples are holding strong. The cover story is Lighthouse and there’s also articles on QFG Anthology, LSL7, and Roberta Williams. I won’t sell it, I will only trade for issues of Interaction I’m missing. If you’re interested, email me. Ken, if for some reason you don’t have it and want it, it’s yours. By the way I will add all the good articles in PDF format eventually as well anyway. Sorry for this long spiel, I’ll remove it once I find someone to trade with!
Now check out the photo 🙂
April 17, 2003 at 11:05 am #20761
(re: The site’s back up!) Hi there, Elsa! I rember you from SierraGamer’s old TSN2000 forum. Welcome! 🙂
April 17, 2003 at 10:37 pm #20762
(re: re: The site’s back up!) Hello!
Oooh! I’m so happy this site is back up again! It is so kewl! Is it just gonna be a message board now? Or will the rest of the content be back up again, too? If you need help here, I’ll be happy to help out. I so many old Sierra games, like Wrath of Denethenor (in box) and Mouskattack (in folder) among others.
— Sierra Planet :o)
April 18, 2003 at 4:20 pm #20763
(re: Old page from Interaction)
I have a bunch of Interaction magazines in my parents attic back home in Alabama, Some even have The Sierra Magazine printed on the cover. I’ll see if I can get them shipped to me for scanning.
April 18, 2003 at 7:35 pm #20764
(Picture of Ken with Jim Henson)
From when we were making “The Dark Crystal”
April 19, 2003 at 9:52 pm #20765
(re: re: The site’s back up!)
Hi there, Athelas! Nice to “see” you again! 🙂
April 23, 2003 at 3:57 am #20766
(re: re: Old page from Interaction)
Cool to hear Brian. Hopefully between a number of us we can eventually add lots of stuff from the magazines. By the way, if you find that you have any double copies, I’d be very interested to buy from you or to trade you (I have double copies of V4N2 and Summer 1996).
April 24, 2003 at 11:47 pm #20767
(Re: Old page / Interaction / PDFs) Alright, Ken split some of this up and I just deleted a lot of the PDF / interaction discussion. Emily and I were just going back and forth and it became more of a mess once the new BBS function was added and there were a few bugs in there.
We can continue any remaining discussion now (hopefully nicely) on this one page. Ken, can you move this posting to the previous post “PDFs”? Emily made that post before the new system was there.
April 25, 2003 at 12:32 am #20768
(PDFs) just curious, how are you making your PDFs? do you have Acrobat, or are you saving them as PDFs in Photoshop or another application? i ask because it makes a difference in filesize. in my experience, Acrobat makes PDFs more efficiently and saves them as much smaller files than PDFs made with another method. (Acrobat also gives you options to tweak the files and make them even smaller, while Photoshop or another app just does a straight coversion and doesn’t allow you to edit.)
i looked at your KQ7 interview and it looks great, it also printed out fine (on my b&w laser printer at work). i tried messing with it a little in acrobat and photoshop but wasn’t able to; i’m not sure if this is due to how the PDF was made or if you copy protected it or something.
so, i saved a copy of the scanned page from interaction magazine that’s at the top of this therad. the .jpeg was 344k. i tried saving it as a PDF in Photoshop and it spiked up to 616k. when i exported the same file to a PDF using Acrobat, the file size went down to 316k. (this was without any tweaking on my part.) it’s possible that if i messed with it some more, i could make the file even smaller without sacrificing quality. i printed out both PDFs (again, in black and white) and there isn’t a noticeable difference between the two.
just seems like transcribing the text of the articles would be a lot of work for you, plus you’d lose graphic elements and layout from the original spreads (and trying to replicate them would be even more work for you). i believe acrobat looks at text and graphics equally, so i’m not sure that transcribing all that text is really giving you a smaller file size. not sure about this, though.
i’d be happy to email you the two PDFs i made so you can see the difference (or lack thereof!) in the files. just let me know.
ps you’re probably right about the dpi and my scanner… my scanner is pretty low end.
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April 26, 2003 at 11:51 pm #20769
(Interaction / PDFs update) I just wanted to say, I’ve continued testing and everything is looking great for decent looking stuff at about 10 megs per issue! More info to come soon!
Emily, can you email me? I don’t think any of your old messages are here, and I didn’t see your name in the list so I don’t know what your email is.
April 27, 2003 at 3:55 pm #20770
April 27, 2003 at 4:03 pm #20771
(re: Re: Old page / Interaction / PDFs) What bulletin board transition? Well…. maybe I understand … are you referring to when we went from the crazy indenting forever to this format? I did accidentally lose a bunch of messages then. My fault – sorry.
April 28, 2003 at 12:50 am #20772
(re: Re: Old page / Interaction / PDFs) LOL. Actually, if you read my post at the top, you will realize that I deleted a whole bunch of messages.
As I said, the whole thing began to get pretty insane and also screwed up as Ken was changing things, and there wasn’t anything *especially* important, so I just deleted most of it.
April 28, 2003 at 6:12 pm #20773
(re: Re: Old page / Interaction / PDFs) ken, yeah, some of my posts got lost, it’s not a problem though.
April 28, 2003 at 6:25 pm #20774
(re: Re: Old page / Interaction / PDFs) I don’t really have anything to say … I just wanted to experiment with the smiley face!
May 12, 2003 at 12:37 am #20775
(re: Ken Photo – Summer 1996 Interaction) Brandon –
Please Email me about the Interaction Magazines.. I too am close to having the complete collection from the beginning of Sierra till now.. still need a few – maybe we can trade – I have a few duplicates. Email me
September 27, 2003 at 2:41 am #20776
(re: re: Old pictures of Ken and Roberta) Seriously re: the T-shirts. Does Havas own the Sierra On-Line trademark? Because I bet you guys could really sell some of those shirts if you put them on the website.
Great pics, but Ken should smile sometime 🙂
September 27, 2003 at 2:08 pm #20777
(re: re: re: Old pictures of Ken and Roberta)
Havas is out of the picture. They were bought by Vivendi, which now owns Sierra. And yes, they own the trademark. Of course, the old Sierra logo might not be owned by them, and I can’t see why anyone would care about old logos.
June 24, 2004 at 4:21 pm #20778
(re: re: Old pictures of Ken and Roberta)
I wonder who owns the original logo there…
It’d be neat to get an original (or re-design) of that logo and start selling them as mugs, t-shirts, etc, as part of a CafePress store. I’d buy one!