Roberta Williams (Kings Quest, Mystery House, Phantasmagoria) joins Drew to talk about her and her husband Ken’s entry into the video game industry. It involves taking Cobalt courses at local colleges, discovering games on Ken’s remote work IBM 360 Mainframe computer such as Colossal Cave Adventure, and a lot of margaritas. Roberta walks us through the early days of what would become Sierra Online through the publishing of her first novel historical-fiction novel based in the 19th century during the height of the potato famine in Ireland.
Links from the show:
The IBM 360 Mainframe Computer, Wikipedia
Farewell to Tara, Barnes and Noble
Ken’s Blog, Official Site
Ken’s Game, Official Site
By On-Line Systems – Scanned from a June 1981 issue of The On-Line Letter, uploaded to the Internet Archive by Jason Scott.