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14 January 2009 @ 09:08 am
ZORK! Finally I can talk about this!  

In late August I was approached by an Ireland-based company called Omac about providing some artwork for a browser-based game they were working on. They couldn't say much until I signed an NDA but they did mention that it involved a classic fantasy property.


Once I found out what they were up to and that they wanted a cartoon style for the game reminiscent of Curse of Monkey Island, I knew I had to be a part of this thing.

So... the teaser website finally went up this morning and I can finally tell everyone.
I'm the lead designer on Legends of Zork!

The teaser website.
The press release.
You can see a bit more art teased on Omac's front page.

I designed all the characters and monsters. I also put together a crew to help create location designs, maps and card artwork for the Double Fanucci card game in the world of Zork. So nerdy wonderful and I've been keeping it a secret for over 4 months. I've carved out a tiny little hole for myself in the cavern of history that is Zork. It's surreal.

Here's the announcement illustration I did up:

Special thanks to Christine Choi for her painting suggestions/palette help on that illo. The pic was all painted up in one crazy night and I was slamming my head against a wall on it until she came to my rescue.

And here's the crew who worked on the game art with me:
Legends of Zork Logo Design: Indigo Kelleigh
Map Design/Icons: Will Makra
Map Colours: Espen Grundetjern
Location Design & Double Fanucci Line Art: Greg 'Cornflake' Brown
Location Colours: Chris Oatley
Colour Flatting: Tom Liu

Now you know! This is why my next graphic novel took a backseat for a bit longer and why my evenings have been extra booked up.
Saul Goodenonagon on January 14th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
Super cool.
Halrighteousfist on January 14th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
It is dark, Jim. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.
zubkavichzubkavich on January 14th, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC)
So true, heh.


Also Hal, thanks for the package! It arrived yesterday and kicks ass.
Queen of Marsnoizangel on January 14th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
Congrats! Sounds like it might have been fun, if a ton of work.
Ruinedruinednet on January 14th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
That's great man. I loved ZORK back in the day.
gwalla: you're winnergwalla on January 14th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
Holy crap, dude! Congratulations!
Ray Fawkesghoizdoz on January 14th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
hopping_vhopping_v on January 14th, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC)
Wow! Zork, that's fucking awesome!
John Green: zombiecrypticpress on January 14th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)

I myself got hired to work on backgrounds for another game that's also visually inspired by CMI.
zubkavichzubkavich on January 14th, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC)
That's great to hear! I look forward to seeing art from that when you're able to show it off.
John Greencrypticpress on January 14th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
D'oh, I meant to go on in my post how there seems to be a surge of adventure-style games for the casual market, and I see a lot of them taking influence from CMI.

I will post or send you some pics once I can. I look forward to this new iteration of Zork!
_ndunderbug on January 14th, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Congrats!
Scott "Scix" Maddixscixual on January 15th, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)
Holy freakatoni!
I just read about this on boingboing. I am super excited and proud and envious and mildly aroused. Good work, Zub.
Templar569templar569 on January 15th, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
That's very cool news, Zubby. I look forward to seeing more!
D: Happy Cactus Dancedextra on January 15th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
i love that i can say "my friend jim is the lead designer on the new zork" and that it totally gives me geekcred.

soooooo happy for you that you can share the news with us all, it looks great (and SO you).

ps- i'm in torontoland the weekends of the 24th and the 31st. any availability for a lunch or tea sometime?
zubkavichzubkavich on January 19th, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
Re: yay!
Unfortunately I'm gone both weekend, BLAR!

the 24th weekend I'm in Denver for a library conference. The next weekend I'm in England for a video game conference. :(