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 Post subject: rockford and thingy!!!
PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 11:12 pm 
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hi there,

i just happened accross your site whilst trying to relive my youth. i remember games like uridium very fondly!! but can anybody remember rockford (boulderdash) and thingy (thing on a spring) that used to battle each other in the margins of the magazine.? did they actually appear or am i losing my tiny mind?

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2005 12:31 am 
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Yep - drawn by Oli Frey. (Though whether we actually had the rights to replicate these copyrighted characters, I've no idea. Things were a lot simpler back then. Dealing with games publishers these days is like dealing with film companies or prima donna rock stars... )


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Darth Mole wrote:
Yep - drawn by Oli Frey.


And by Gary Penn at a certain point, IIRC.

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I think you'll find the designer, Markie Kendrick, drew them. He did it by doodling directly onto the acetates when they were briefly brought back late in the day, and I presume he originally drew them onto the paper layouts in the scalpel-and-Pritt days.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2005 11:18 am 
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Well, later on, maybe. (Rockford and Thingie dissapeared after issue ???)

But it's a fact that Oliver Frey did the original doodles and Penn took over on and off.

I brought 'm back in the DEF Tribute over 40 of 'm! (Original Oli ones though, those were better drawn!)

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Mr.Zzapback wrote:

I brought 'm back in the DEF Tribute over 40 of 'm! (Original Oli ones though, those were better drawn!)


And they are truly WICKED!


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Ian Osborne wrote:
I think you'll find the designer, Markie Kendrick, drew them.

That woulda been a clever trick, since he didn't work for Newsfield in 1985!

Mark drew them from when Gordon brought them back, circa issue 39.


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The one I always remember is from the review of Death or Glory.

Rockford is walking past and mumbles, " Death "

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what was the one with the big nose called? (dont say maff evans)


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what was the one with the big nose called? (dont say maff evans)


Hi Maff,
welcome to the Rrap! :D

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Wasn't it just called "The Nose"? I'm sure Gordo will be able to elaborate.

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was the nose from a game?

im not maff, but i wish i was!


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brian_dead wrote:

im not maff, but i wish i was!


ah, shame then.
Well, at least I could try... :wink:

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 11:07 am 
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I really missed rockford and co when they stopped using them. In fact, this led me to writing to Zzap after creating 3 new characters to replace them - (which of course were never used!) Their names were (wait for it!) Sprite, Pixel and Bug. lol..Oh dear.


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