Diary of a Game - John Darnell

by Paul Morrison

Hi gang.

So I haven't posted here as much as I should have lately, but that's purely down to the fact that I'm really writing furiously.  So much for the daily updates, I know... but I've added a LOT of words to this thing over the past month or so (this despite a succession of colds... will they ever end?).

If you do fancy having something to read on a more regular basis, may I point you in the direction of a new game blog by John Darnell?  John, as you may know, wrote a number of games on the Commodore 64 in the Eighties and was kind enough to comment on my look back at Star Paws on this very site (and let's say that has been expanded substantially since, wink!).

John's been re-bitten by the programming bug and has delved into his back catalogue to revisit the first game he ever wrote, which was called Sleepwalker.  This game was completed but never released, and has now been lost in the mists of time.  John thought he still had his original source code but sadly, most of it was lost.

Fear not, though!  John has decided to pick out the best of his original ideas, add some new features and rewrite the game from scratch!  It will be, in effect, a new game entirely, with a reverent passing nod to the original.  Trevor "Smila" Storey is doing the graphics and we could well be on to a winner here.  Either way, we're getting a new Commodore 64 game out of it, which is always a good thing.

You can follow John's progress here:


Pop over, check it out and give one of our Gods a bit of encouragement with this new project!