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Founded in 1984, the British producer of seven highly-regarded IF works. In common with contemporaries [[Infocom]] and [[Level 9]], Magnetic Scrolls employed a [[virtual machine]], but in their case it was based on the machine code of a real 68000 chip. Their [[authoring system]] anticipated later trends by emphasizing more [[simulation]].
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Founded in 1984 by [[Anita Sinclair]], [[Ken Gordon]], and [[Hugh Steers]], this British company produced seven highly-regarded IF works. In common with contemporaries [[Infocom]] and [[Level 9]], '''Magnetic Scrolls''' employed a [[virtual machine]], but it was based on the machine code of a real 68000 chip, instead of an invented machine. '''Magnetic Scrolls'''' [[authoring system]] anticipated later trends by emphasizing more [[simulation]].
  
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==The Games==
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The following games were distributed by [[Rainbird Software]] in the UK, and by [[Firebird (distributor)|Firebird]] in the US:
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* ''[[The Pawn]]'' ([[Rob Steggles]], illustrator: [[Geoff Quilley]], music: [[John Molloy]]; 1985; Magnetic Scrolls).
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* ''[[The Guild of Thieves]]'' ([[Rob Steggles]], illustrators: [[Geoff Quilley]] and [[Tristan Humphries]]; 1987; Magnetic Scrolls).
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* ''[[Jinxter]]'' ([[Georgina Sinclair]] and [[Michael Bywater]], music: [[John Molloy]]; 1987).
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* ''[[Corruption]]'' ([[Rob Steggles]] and [[Hugh Steers]], illustrators: [[Alan Hunnisett]] and [[Richard Selby]], music: [[John Molloy]]; 1988; Magnetic Scrolls).
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* ''[[Fish!]]'' ([[John Molloy]], [[Pete Kemp]], [[Phil South]], [[Rob Steggles]], illustrators: [[Geoff Quilley]], [[Alan Hunnisett]], [[Chris Kent]], [[Richard Selby]], [[Tristan Humphries]], music: [[John Molloy]]; 1988; Magnetic Scrolls).
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This game was distributed through [[Official Secrets]]:
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* ''[[Myth]]'' ([[Paul Findley]], illustrators: [[Geoff Quilley]], [[Tristan Humphries]], [[Chris Kent]]; 1989; Magnetic Scrolls).
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This game was distributed by Virgin Mastertronic or Virgin Interactive:
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* ''[[Wonderland]]'' ([[David Bishop]], illustrators: [[Alan Hunnisett]], [[Chris Kent]], [[Geoff Quilley]], [[Anna Williams]], music: [[Michael Powell]]; 1990; [[Magnetic Windows]]).
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This game isn't IF, but an "adventure/RPG" hybrid, distributed by MicroProse:
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* ''The Legacy: Realm of Terror'' (1993).
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==Collections==
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* ''[[The Magnetic Scrolls Collection, Volume 1]]'' (1991). Contains ''The Guild of Thieves'', ''Corruption'', and ''Fish!'' remade with [[Magnetic Windows]].
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==Interpreters==
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To play the games on modern hardware, two re-implementations of the virtual machine are available:
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* [[Magnetic]]
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* [[Dmagnetic|dMagnetic]]
  
 
==Links==
 
==Links==
* [http://www.if-legends.org/~msmemorial/ Magnetic Scrolls Memorial] at IF-Legends
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* [http://www.magneticscrolls.com/ magneticscrolls.com] is the offical Magnetic Scrolls site, owned by co-founder [[Ken Gordon]]. However, except for the logo, it's empty.
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* [http://www.wurb.com/if/company/46 Baf's Guide listing for Magnetic Scrolls].
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* [http://www.if-legends.org/~msmemorial/ Magnetic Scrolls Memorial] at IF-Legends.
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* [http://www.mschronicles.com/ The Magnetic Scrolls Chronicles].
  
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[[Category:Magnetic Scrolls]]

Latest revision as of 08:17, 22 September 2020

Founded in 1984 by Anita Sinclair, Ken Gordon, and Hugh Steers, this British company produced seven highly-regarded IF works. In common with contemporaries Infocom and Level 9, Magnetic Scrolls employed a virtual machine, but it was based on the machine code of a real 68000 chip, instead of an invented machine. Magnetic Scrolls' authoring system anticipated later trends by emphasizing more simulation.

The Games

The following games were distributed by Rainbird Software in the UK, and by Firebird in the US:


This game was distributed through Official Secrets:


This game was distributed by Virgin Mastertronic or Virgin Interactive:


This game isn't IF, but an "adventure/RPG" hybrid, distributed by MicroProse:

  • The Legacy: Realm of Terror (1993).

Collections

Interpreters

To play the games on modern hardware, two re-implementations of the virtual machine are available:

Links