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Some information from the graphics artist Alan Tomkins :

These are the 7 screens I did back in 1987, for the unreleased strategy game called "The Vikings", being programmed by Duncan Evens; the Editor of a number of computer mags, including Computer Weekly. They were all drawn by hand, pixel by pixel, using DGAS on the Atari ST 520.

#1 The Title Screen
#2 The Vikings build a Ship to cross the North Sea
#3 A Viking spying on the English Saxons
#4 The Saxon Market
#5 The Viking attack
#6 The Battle in the Saxon Castle
#7 The Saxon Princess - And if you won the game, you got the Saxon Princess (a tad raunchy in it's day) as you can see, these are very early graphics, at the time I was still experimenting with Computer graphics, and had yet to discover using different shades of colour to anti-alias.


Picture of Alan Tomkins
Random interview

About 2 years ago, while I was busy working on this new version of Atari Legend, Alan Garrison Tomkins all of a sudden became a member of the Atari ST group on Facebook. I had never heard of him before, but the amount of historical info he was sharing regarding the ST game scene, was simply staggering. Alan was a pixelartist at the peak of the 16bit era and has worked for Probe, Mirrorsoft and later on for Eidos (working on the first model of Tomb Raider's Lara Croft!) and other companies. At that moment I knew I had to do something with all of this and I asked him if he would be up for an interview when the new site would be ready. Little did I know that would take another 2 years. Finally this month I contacted Alan again and here we have the result. If you wonder what life was like as an 80’s pixelartist, please read on…

November 28, 2017 by ST Graveyard



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