August 26, 2003 at 6:16 pm #27892
I was wondering if you knew who came up with the idea of “The Realm” online game? I pretty sure at one point it was owned by Sierra.
August 26, 2003 at 7:11 pm #27893
(re: The Realm) Great question!!!
I had completely forgotten The Realm. Strange – it was one of the greatest things we ever did.
The Realm was designed by David Slaybeck, who was also the lead programmer on the project. My recollection is that half way through development Dave had some sort of medical problem (a brain tumor?) and had to leave the project for a while – and that this caused a lot of confusion and delays with the project.
TSN (later renamed to the Imagination Network) was sold first to AT&T, and then to AOL. I think that after the sale, AT&T made the decision to reprogram The Realm, and that the rewrite never shipped.
August 26, 2003 at 7:30 pm #27894
(re: re: The Realm) Thanks for the reply. The Realm is still up. If memory serves me right I believe it was purchased when Codemasters opened there site in Oakhurst.
I know it was just sold by Codemasters to a group of loyal fans. The new company is called Noresman games.
Anyway, thanks again for the site. I worked at TSN many moons ago as a Beta tester, I eventually moved over to Technical Support. I left INN shortly after it was sold to AT&T.
Thanks for the memories!
February 18, 2004 at 8:43 am #27895
(re: re: The Realm)
The Realm, ok that brings back a lot of memories.
I started that game when it first came online and it was great in those days. At some point I believe Lori Cole was going to get involved as well, although she held back for unknown to me reasons.
Unfortunately, in my opinion the game was ruined by Steven at the time , plus the decision to wipe everyone’s accounts due to some game bug being exploited when the game was out of Beta, I even recall writing an email to Ken about it, but due to my misfortune it was the day he had left the company; His reply confirmed what the future of Sierra was going to be from thereon.
Bittersweet memories, I miss the good old days when I would turn on my 8086 machine, go make a cup of coffee, do some housework, make some phonecalls and return to see it still booting up, hehe. King’s Quest Games were and still are my favourite passtime.