Foundation of Revolution Software
"Above a fruit shop, in a freezing half-office ..."
1. Though Ken and Roberta Williams's Mystery House (1980) already included graphics.
2. Charles Cecil on Broken Sword 3, by Tamás Beregi, Adventure Gamers, November 9, 2002. TGL Interview: Charles Cecil talks Broken Sword and more, The Gaming Liberty, May 18, 2011. Beneath A Steel Sky - Remastered Preview, by Simon Parkin. EuroGamer.net, July 29, 2009. His engineering degree included modules such as law, accountancy, and the sponsorship by Ford included a training for television interviews, so according to Cecil, the degree provided him with some valuable knowledge. Charles Cecil, by Sebastian 'Gestur' Nisi, Adventure-Treff, March 29, 2009. Facebook (entry Charles Cecil). Interview-One Degree In Artic, Your Computer Online (Richard Turner and Artic Computing).
3. See World of Spectrum and Museum of Computer Adventure Game History. The adventure series ended with Adventure 'H' (Robin Hood), 1985. See World of Spectrum.
4. TGL interview, see note 2.
5. Adventure-Treff interview, see note 2 (the game didn't include music, as stated in the interview).
6. Registration date May 8, 1986. See Company Check.
Paragon Programming was credited in 1986/87 for the conversion of several games. See World of Spectrum.
7. Computer game soars to the top of the adventure games charts, by Ron Godfrey, The Press (York), October 3, 2006. Former Revolution website.
8. TEDxLeeds - Charles Cecil - 09/10/09, You Tube. The New Steam Age, TED Event, July 2011. TEDxYork - Charles Cecil - Revolution Games, YouTube. The Games Revolution, YorkSpace.
9. See TGL interview, note 2.
10. iTête à iTête - Interview with Charles Cecil of Revolution Software - Fact is stranger than fiction, posted by Chiffan, Touch MyApps, February 8, 2010. States as date "about 1987," but see Members Charles Cecil, Members Charles Cecil, TED, The making of ... Lure of the Temptress, Edge, May 9, 2008, and former Revolution website, note 7.
11. Former Revolution website, see note 7.
12. Adventure-Treff interview, see note 2.
13. EuroGamer interview, see note 2.
14. Edge Interview, see note 10.
15. EuroGamer interview, see note 2 and Edge interview, see note 14.
16. Adventure-Treff interview, see note 2.
17. See World of Spectrum.
18. "Join the Revolution." Interview with Tony Warriner about Revolution's catalog of games, Retro Gamer, Issue 6. Year/location confirmed by TW.
19. For example the Adventure-Treff and Eurogamer interview, see note 2.
20. According to the manual, Cecil and Sykes met at a disco in Sunderland, and on the way home in a bus, Warriner boarded the singele decker, and introduced himself. In the fabricated story, Warriner acts "a bit strange," by introducing himself. As was mentioned, Cecil knew him from his days at Artic Computing, and Sykes worked with him at that time at Bryton. The quoted description comes closer to the truth, as parts of it are confirmed in the interviews. See also: Interview: Tony Warriner, by Evan Dickens, Adventure Gamers, September 20, 1999.
21. Former Revolution site.
22. Duedil company information (entry Revolution software).
23. Company Check (entry Revolution Software).
24. Eurogamer interview, see note 2 and Adventure Gamers interview, see note 20. (According to the quoted text at the former Revolution's website (note 21), Sykes joined Warriner the next month.)
25. Eurogamer interview, see note 2.