This week, I'm back with part two of my interview with Interplay founder Brian Fargo. In this segment, we talk about Wasteland, Fallout, Stonekeep, and modern CRPGs vs. the great classics of the 80s and 90s. Download the audio here (also available on iTunes). Click here if you'd like to donate to the show. Enjoy!
That was my favorite game when it came out. I bought this game 3 different times in the CD Format, and I have played this to death. I very much enjoyed this game. I also like both Judgement Rights and the 25th Anniversary Star Trek games. They were very very good adventure games with multiple options for resolving situations. Very very nice games.
I remeber pre-ordering Stone Keep and playing it till I ran into a game stopping bug (dont remeber what it was now).. that was back in the day of no easy patchs. I do know I got a disc in the mail after i called and got it fixed, but it was months later.
And yes the star trek game rocked.. I loved the combat, slow and plodding so every shot had to count, I almost dug the game back out after watching that.. I DID dig out the Star trek Generations game (where you play all the star trek captains in different times in a space combat) i may just dust ti off and give it a go again. I'm pretty sure I never finished it.
I remember seeing Stonekeep on the shelf and having no idea what it was - I think the marketing on it was pretty poor.
Regarding Star Trek, I think I cried the day that Vulcan Fury was cancelled. Interplay was always one of my favorite gaming companies and I think i cried when they were shut down as well.
Can you ask Brian if he has the Vulcan Fury code stashed away anywhere? :)
Sad to say, but I could never get Stonekeep to run on my PC. I forget if it was a low memory issue or some weird compatibility. I had the same problem with Dungeon Master 2 on the PC, ironically...
Stonekeep had an issue for me with the logitech mouse driver I was using in dos at the time. I replaced with the Microsoft specific driver (grumbling all the way about the 35KB ram hit) and the game worked fine. That is until I got to the Ice Queen. I then encountered a fatal game killing bug. The queen would get stuck in one spot and there was nothing you could do about it. I downloaded the patch online from somewhere and went on my way to finish the game. My favorite scene is still the dragon that is stuck in the room that you talk to. Very cool.
Stonekeep nearly got me fired from a job back in 1995. I had installed it at work on my desk computer and got busted messing with it. Boy, Brian Fargo almost cost me my job.
I'm actually surprised at the negative reception Stonekeep seemed to have gotten, since it was one of the first games I recall ever seeing on my friend's new "Windows 95" based computer. I was still an Amiga user at the time, but my formerly-Amiga-diehard-turned-PC-gamer friend demonstrated "Stonekeep" to me one day, and I was blown away at the sheer ambition of the game!
First of all, the graphics were very impressive, but what really blew me away was how much production value was in the game. I'm talking full-scale Broadway-esque musical performances and FMV actors and such in a CRPG! There was nothing of this scope going on in the Amiga world! There was actually a FMV sequence where a bunch of dwarves (I think) performed a full song. That sequence alone made me realize that the days of the Amiga were numbered. Stonekeep was actually a turning point in my impression of PC gaming at the time.
Great episode as usual, Matt. It also touched on another game, "Star Trek:25th Anniversary," that I've always been interested in, but never actually played.
I see Blues News listed 91 out? yet its not here? :( I guess i gotta subscribe.. I dont hit Youtube much anymore as I get sucked in..
Nice to see Blues covering it... and a pretty decent note, not just in with the mass of "me to" s at the bottom of the page.
Yeah, I tend to wait a day or two to post them here, mostly out of habit (it used to be that the quality of the videos sucked until youtube finished rendering it, a long process. Now it appears to be nearly instantaneous).
It's always good to see people helping to spread the word. The bigger the show gets in terms of audience and name recognition, the easier it will to get high-profile guests. As it is, I'm absurdly lucky to have gotten such prominent people. Makes you really wonder what could be done by someone with a real budget--I mean, imagine being able to just fly to their houses or offices and interview them on-site. Or, lol, imagine having a camera crew with you. Oh, to dream!!! TO DREAM!!!