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Order Sam’s Journey TODAY!
01.10.2017
Written by JTR

The time has come: Sam’s Journey can be
ordered from the Protovision Shop!

Sam will NOT be shipped right away, though.

We are currently finalizing the game and are collecting funds to produce all Sams needed.
Sam’s Journey will be shipped in December (exact date is not yet defined).

The download versions of Sam will be made available at the same time as the physical versions ship out.

Everyone who orders a physical release of Sam also receives the digital versions.

Please understand that due to the high amount of orders, shipping out all Sams will take weeks.

Those who pre-registered Sam will be treated with priority and will receive an additional email with information on how to complete the order.




Sam’s Journey: Auction dropped In favor of Early Ordering!
12.09.2017
Written by JTR

After carefully considering all feedback that we received about the planned Sam’s Journey auction, we have decided to dismiss the auction idea and instead allow for payed orders of the upcoming C64 game Sam’s Journey right away.

That means: Sam can be ordered starting in October and will be shipped in December!

Also on the 1st of October, the full contents of the Sam box package will be revealed.

Thank you to all who have offered to send us their payment in advance! You are all our heroes as this helps us very much to produce enough Sams so we can deliver quickly to everyone in December.

At the time of delivery, also the download version of Sam will be made available (all physical editions of Sam include also the digital distribution).
If you have a pre-registration of Sam, we will send you a dedicated email in October with instructions on completing your order.

Here you are with the revised timeline for the release of Sam’s Journey:

  • 30 September 2017: pre-registration phase ends
  • 1 October 2017: Sam can be ordered in the Protovision shop
  • December 2017 (exact date to be announced): Sam will be shipped out / Downloads will be made available

Please bear in mind that shipment will take a while with the exceptional high number of orders.
Those who have a pre-registration of Sam’s Journey will be handled with priority when it comes to shipping out Sam.




October is the month of the Sam Auction!
09.09.2017
Written by JTR

UPDATE 12.09.2017 Auction dropped In favor of Early Ordering!
https://www.facebook.com/protovision64/photos/a.484713141625371.1073741825.261894837240537/1418907181539291/

Multiple Sam’s Journey enthusiasts have contacted us and asked if it were possible to get a Sam with a low serial number.

Actually, we did not intend to attach serial numbers to Sam at all, but now we will give the first 64 Sams a serial number and auction them to the highest bidders.

This way, everyone has the same chances for obtaining a Sam with a low serial number – or you can stay out of it entirely and buy a regular Sam without any serial number.




Sam’s Journey Produktion
25.07.2017
Written by JTR

Wir sind völlig begeistert von der ersten Charge an Sam Boxen, die uns frisch aus dem
Werk erreicht haben!

Die Boxen sind noch besser geworden als wir ohnehin schon dachten. Die Oberfläche ist
relativ Wasserresistent und beständig. Die Boxen sind robust… und es sind ENDLICH
richtige Kartonboxen wie wir sie schon immer haben wollten! We in den 80ern, nur cooler!

Die Boxen (und viele andere Dinge der finalen Sam Distribution) sind Handarbeit.
Sie sind im jetzigen Zustand auch noch nicht fertig, denn wir wollen nicht, dass am
Ende Module oder Disketten in der Box herumfliegen. Deswegen kommen so genannte
„Inlays“ in die Boxen, die das Innenleben verankern. Das Design der Inlays ist
abgeschlossen (man muss dafür spezielle Werkzeuge fertigen lassen) und zusammen
mit den Boxen haben wir auch hiervon die erste Produktionscharge bekommen.

Und das bedeutet für uns, das nun der nächste Produktionsschritt beginnt:
wir müssen die Inlays nun in die Boxen einkleben! Dazu haben wir schon zahlreiche
Klebstoffe getestet, bevor wie einen passenden für Sam gefunden haben.
Wie dem auch sei, wir sind startklar für die nächste Runde!

Am Ende wird jedes einzelne Exemplar von Sam’s Journey ein mit Liebe und Handarbeit
erstelltes Unikat sein.




Sam’s Journey Production Update
Written by JTR

We are thrilled now that we have received the first load of Sam boxes fresh from the factory!

The boxes turned out even better than we hoped. The surface is quite durable
and relatively water resistent. The boxes are robust… and finally they are real
cardboard boxes like we always wanted them to be! Like in the 80s, only cooler!

The boxes (and a lot of other things in the final distribution of Sam) are hand made.
They are also not ready as such, because we don’t want any cartridges or disks to
fly around in the box. Therefore, we put so-called inlays into these boxes that hold
what’s inside. The design of the inlays (they need custom made implements to
make them fit) is ready and along with the boxes we have also received the
first couple of hundred inlays.

And that means the next step in the production is beginning for us now:
we have to glue the inlays into the boxes! We were testing out numerous
glues until we found one that suits Sam, however we are good to go now!

In the end, every piece of Sam’s Journey will be a unique labour of love.




New game in development: Wormhole
01.07.2017
Written by JTR

Another game to be released soon by Protovision is Wormhole from TRS!

You’re an agent on a super secret, super dangerous and world-depending-on-it-important mission.

You have to shoot and run your way through the 3 game worlds and rescue the professor, the only person in the multiverse who can save the earth.




News around Sam
Written by JTR

As the release is slowly approaching, we are now accepting preregistrations for Sam’s Journey on our in development site!

Chester Kollschen, the coder of Sam’s Journey, was interviewed in February by Commodore Plus.

Sam is, by the way, still happily jumping, striking and throwing around items. We had issues with the first cardboard boxes printed (the printing house had zoomed our input files), but they are resolved now. We will soon disclose pictures of the box and some of the feelies.

 




8 Bit Civilizations in the press
Written by JTR

8 Bit Civilizations has raised a few eyebrows all around the world – even in mainstream media.

Here is a selection of news entries:
http://retrogamingmagazine.com/2017/02/16/civilization-coming-to-commodore-64-in-8-bit-civilizations/

http://boingboing.net/2017/02/01/civilization-ported-to-8-bit-c.html

Fabian Hertel, the maker of 8-Bit Civilizations, was interviewed in the January issue of the Kilobyte Magazine.

 




Demoversion of 8 Bit Civilizations released
28.01.2017
Written by JTR

Our newest Protovision member Fabian Hertel presents „8 Bit Civilizations„, a fan remake of Civilization 2 for the C64!

We have opened up an „In Devlopment“ site for this project where you can get a fully playable demo version of the game at no cost.

Leech it now and provide feedback.

 

 




Progress of Sam’s Journey
10.01.2017
Written by JTR

Sam’s Journey has reached an important milestone: Knights of Bytes have created 60 level segments that will make up Sam’s world, and populated them all with enemies and items now. A total of 4332 (!) objects have been placed into the maps.

While the levels are now going to be reviewed by testers, Knights of Bytes are moving on to the next todo on the list: boss fights!

On the production front, the bonus items to be included into Sam boxes have been decided upon and custom box inlays are currently being designed to „host“ all items adequately.




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