History VideoGame / Swordquest

14th Jan '18 11:04:05 AM Anura
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Due to UsefulNotes/TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983, only competitions for ''Earthworld'' and ''Fireworld'' were ever held, and the Talisman and Chalice awarded. It was heavily rumored and/or joked that the Crown, Stone, and Sword were [[UrbanLegend in the possession of Jack Tramiel, who bought Atari in 1984]], but in 2015 a [[https://www.facebook.com/groups/105586892805903/permalink/1022951551069428/?comment_id=1023115711053012&reply_comment_id=1023596304338286&total_comments=2&comment_tracking={%22tn%22%3A%22R6%22} Facebook conversation]] confirmed that they were returned to the Franklin Mint and melted down. Only the Chalice still exists in full; most of the Talisman was melted down by the winner.

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Due to UsefulNotes/TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983, only competitions for ''Earthworld'' and ''Fireworld'' were ever held, and the Talisman and Chalice awarded. It was heavily rumored and/or joked that the Crown, Stone, and Sword were [[UrbanLegend in the possession of Jack Tramiel, who bought Atari in 1984]], but in 2015 a [[https://www.facebook.com/groups/105586892805903/permalink/1022951551069428/?comment_id=1023115711053012&reply_comment_id=1023596304338286&total_comments=2&comment_tracking={%22tn%22%3A%22R6%22} Facebook conversation]] confirmed that they were returned to the Franklin Mint and melted down. Only the Chalice still exists in full; most of the Talisman was melted down by the winner. \n [[https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-quest-for-the-reallife-treasures-of-ataris-swordquest A later investiagtion]] revealed that there had in fact been quiet, semi-secret contest among the 10 the winners of Waterworld, as the game had been released under the stipulation that the contest would go ahead and thus it legally had to be held. Who the 10 gamers that took part in the contest were, and which one ended up winning the Crown, is unknown.
6th Dec '17 2:37:49 PM MegaMarioMan
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* The first release, in late '82, was ''Swordquest: Earthworld''. You play a FeaturelessProtagonist, who doesn't look anything like Torr or Tarra, just a guy in a blue shirt. He wanders around 12 rooms, one for each of the signs of the Zodiac. You've got some StandardRPGItems; a Dagger, a Grappling Hook, Rope, a Short Sword, Leather Armor, a Lamp, Shoes of Stealth, a Cloak of Invisibility, an Amulet, a Ring, a Necklace, a Talisman, Food and Drink, a Pitcher of Water, and a Key. And you've got some {{Mini Game}}s, mostly based on ''{{Frogger}}''. But the items [[PlotCoupon don't do anything]] except allow you to skip some of the minigames. There are no enemies, no chasms to cross, nothing to feed, and nothing to sneak past. The only thing you actually do is carry the objects from room to room. With trial and error, you eventually find the combinations of objects in rooms that reveal clues. If you get all 10 clues, then you get to [[AWinnerIsYou see the title screen again]], and you're given the completely useless Warrior's Sword. A clue hidden in the manual tells you how to assemble the clues into the correct sentence. So it works as a contest tool, but not as a game in itself.

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* The first release, in late '82, was ''Swordquest: Earthworld''. You play a FeaturelessProtagonist, who doesn't look anything like Torr or Tarra, just a guy in a blue shirt. He wanders around 12 rooms, one for each of the signs of the Zodiac. You've got some StandardRPGItems; a Dagger, a Grappling Hook, Rope, a Short Sword, Leather Armor, a Lamp, Shoes of Stealth, a Cloak of Invisibility, an Amulet, a Ring, a Necklace, a Talisman, Food and Drink, a Pitcher of Water, and a Key. And you've got some {{Mini Game}}s, mostly based on ''{{Frogger}}''.''VideoGame/{{Frogger}}''. But the items [[PlotCoupon don't do anything]] except allow you to skip some of the minigames. There are no enemies, no chasms to cross, nothing to feed, and nothing to sneak past. The only thing you actually do is carry the objects from room to room. With trial and error, you eventually find the combinations of objects in rooms that reveal clues. If you get all 10 clues, then you get to [[AWinnerIsYou see the title screen again]], and you're given the completely useless Warrior's Sword. A clue hidden in the manual tells you how to assemble the clues into the correct sentence. So it works as a contest tool, but not as a game in itself.
24th Apr '17 7:11:48 AM Andrewjpet12
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Due to UsefulNotes/TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983, competitions for ''Earthworld'' and ''Fireworld'' were held, and the Talisman and Chalice were awarded. It was joked that the Crown, Stone, and Sword were [[UrbanLegend in the possession of Jack Tramiel, who bought Atari in 1984]], but in 2015 a [[https://www.facebook.com/groups/105586892805903/permalink/1022951551069428/?comment_id=1023115711053012&reply_comment_id=1023596304338286&total_comments=2&comment_tracking={%22tn%22%3A%22R6%22} Facebook conversation]] confirmed that they were returned to the Franklin Mint and melted down. Only the Chalice still exists in full; most of the Talisman was melted down by the winner.

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Due to UsefulNotes/TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983, only competitions for ''Earthworld'' and ''Fireworld'' were ever held, and the Talisman and Chalice were awarded. It was heavily rumored and/or joked that the Crown, Stone, and Sword were [[UrbanLegend in the possession of Jack Tramiel, who bought Atari in 1984]], but in 2015 a [[https://www.facebook.com/groups/105586892805903/permalink/1022951551069428/?comment_id=1023115711053012&reply_comment_id=1023596304338286&total_comments=2&comment_tracking={%22tn%22%3A%22R6%22} Facebook conversation]] confirmed that they were returned to the Franklin Mint and melted down. Only the Chalice still exists in full; most of the Talisman was melted down by the winner.
29th Oct '16 11:39:38 AM nombretomado
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* ''Swordquest: Waterworld'' is considered the best of the three. It doesn't have ''Fireworld'''s bugs, and it gives you clues to the item/room combinations. But gameplay is still just a matter of hauling stuff from room to room. TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983 had hit by this time, so ''Waterworld'' saw only a limited release.

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* ''Swordquest: Waterworld'' is considered the best of the three. It doesn't have ''Fireworld'''s bugs, and it gives you clues to the item/room combinations. But gameplay is still just a matter of hauling stuff from room to room. TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983 UsefulNotes/TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983 had hit by this time, so ''Waterworld'' saw only a limited release.



Due to the TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983, competitions for ''Earthworld'' and ''Fireworld'' were held, and the Talisman and Chalice were awarded. It was joked that the Crown, Stone, and Sword were [[UrbanLegend in the possession of Jack Tramiel, who bought Atari in 1984]], but in 2015 a [[https://www.facebook.com/groups/105586892805903/permalink/1022951551069428/?comment_id=1023115711053012&reply_comment_id=1023596304338286&total_comments=2&comment_tracking={%22tn%22%3A%22R6%22} Facebook conversation]] confirmed that they were returned to the Franklin Mint and melted down. Only the Chalice still exists in full; most of the Talisman was melted down by the winner.

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Due to the TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983, UsefulNotes/TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983, competitions for ''Earthworld'' and ''Fireworld'' were held, and the Talisman and Chalice were awarded. It was joked that the Crown, Stone, and Sword were [[UrbanLegend in the possession of Jack Tramiel, who bought Atari in 1984]], but in 2015 a [[https://www.facebook.com/groups/105586892805903/permalink/1022951551069428/?comment_id=1023115711053012&reply_comment_id=1023596304338286&total_comments=2&comment_tracking={%22tn%22%3A%22R6%22} Facebook conversation]] confirmed that they were returned to the Franklin Mint and melted down. Only the Chalice still exists in full; most of the Talisman was melted down by the winner.
14th Sep '16 7:11:10 AM NateTheGreat
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Due to the TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983, competitions for ''Earthworld'' and ''Fireworld'' were held, and the Talisman and Chalice were awarded. It was joked that the Crown, Stone, and Sword were [[UrbanLegend in the possession of Jack Tramiel, who bought Atari in 1984]], but it's more likely they were just returned to the Franklin Mint.

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Due to the TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983, competitions for ''Earthworld'' and ''Fireworld'' were held, and the Talisman and Chalice were awarded. It was joked that the Crown, Stone, and Sword were [[UrbanLegend in the possession of Jack Tramiel, who bought Atari in 1984]], but it's more likely in 2015 a [[https://www.facebook.com/groups/105586892805903/permalink/1022951551069428/?comment_id=1023115711053012&reply_comment_id=1023596304338286&total_comments=2&comment_tracking={%22tn%22%3A%22R6%22} Facebook conversation]] confirmed that they were just returned to the Franklin Mint.
Mint and melted down. Only the Chalice still exists in full; most of the Talisman was melted down by the winner.
11th Aug '16 7:45:08 AM LordOfTheSword
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[[caption-width-right:350:The most expensive video game contest never completed]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:The most expensive video game contest never completed]]
completed.]]
31st Jul '16 2:16:59 PM nombretomado
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In 1982, Creator/{{Atari}}, at the height of its power during UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfVideoGames, decided to do a sequel to ''VideoGame/{{Adventure}}''. The ideas they came up with were ''very'' ambitious: A four-part RolePlayingGame series, built around a [[FictionalMysteryRealPrize series of contests for big-buck real world prizes]]. They came up with a story about two brave young adventurers, Torr and Tarra, and their quest for the Sword of Ultimate Sorcery. They threw in every ancient and mystic [[FauxSymbolism symbol]] they could think of: The [[ElementalPowers Four Elements]], the WesternZodiac, the UsefulNotes/{{Kabbalah}} Tree of Life, the Chakra points, and the I Ching. They commissioned the Franklin Mint to make five prizes, worth a total of $150,000, and hired DCComics to make a comic book for each game that would set the story, and hold clues for the contests.

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In 1982, Creator/{{Atari}}, at the height of its power during UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfVideoGames, decided to do a sequel to ''VideoGame/{{Adventure}}''. The ideas they came up with were ''very'' ambitious: A four-part RolePlayingGame series, built around a [[FictionalMysteryRealPrize series of contests for big-buck real world prizes]]. They came up with a story about two brave young adventurers, Torr and Tarra, and their quest for the Sword of Ultimate Sorcery. They threw in every ancient and mystic [[FauxSymbolism symbol]] they could think of: The [[ElementalPowers Four Elements]], the WesternZodiac, the UsefulNotes/{{Kabbalah}} Tree of Life, the Chakra points, and the I Ching. They commissioned the Franklin Mint to make five prizes, worth a total of $150,000, and hired DCComics Creator/DCComics to make a comic book for each game that would set the story, and hold clues for the contests.
12th Jan '16 7:55:26 AM DarkStorm
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Due to the TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983, competitions for ''Earthworld'' and ''Fireworld'' were held, and the Talisman and Chalice were awarded. The Crown, Stone, and Sword were believed to be in the possession of Jack Tramiel, who bought Atari in 1984.

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Due to the TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983, competitions for ''Earthworld'' and ''Fireworld'' were held, and the Talisman and Chalice were awarded. The It was joked that the Crown, Stone, and Sword were believed to be [[UrbanLegend in the possession of Jack Tramiel, who bought Atari in 1984.
1984]], but it's more likely they were just returned to the Franklin Mint.



* CutShort: Airworld and its accompanying comic book were never released due to the Crash.

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* CutShort: Airworld and its accompanying comic book were never released (or, more accurately, they were barely started) due to the Crash.



* ObviousBeta: ''Fireworld''.

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* ObviousBeta: ''Fireworld''.''Fireworld'', as noted in the description up top.
4th Jan '16 5:16:17 PM MarkLungo
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->''Come questing with bold siblings twain,''\\

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->''Come ->''"Come questing with bold siblings twain,''\\



''To claim a prize most rare.''

In 1982, {{Atari}}, at the height of its power during TheGoldenAgeOfVideoGames, decided to do a sequel to ''VideoGame/{{Adventure}}''. The ideas they came up with were ''very'' ambitious: A four-part RolePlayingGame series, built around a [[FictionalMysteryRealPrize series of contests for big-buck real world prizes]]. They came up with a story about two brave young adventurers, Torr and Tarra, and their quest for the Sword of Ultimate Sorcery. They threw in every ancient and mystic [[FauxSymbolism symbol]] they could think of: The [[ElementalPowers Four Elements]], the WesternZodiac, the {{Kabbalah}} Tree of Life, the Chakra points, and the I Ching. They commissioned the Franklin Mint to make five prizes, worth a total of $150,000, and hired DCComics to make a comic book for each game that would set the story, and hold clues for the contests.

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''To claim a prize most rare.''

"''

In 1982, {{Atari}}, Creator/{{Atari}}, at the height of its power during TheGoldenAgeOfVideoGames, UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfVideoGames, decided to do a sequel to ''VideoGame/{{Adventure}}''. The ideas they came up with were ''very'' ambitious: A four-part RolePlayingGame series, built around a [[FictionalMysteryRealPrize series of contests for big-buck real world prizes]]. They came up with a story about two brave young adventurers, Torr and Tarra, and their quest for the Sword of Ultimate Sorcery. They threw in every ancient and mystic [[FauxSymbolism symbol]] they could think of: The [[ElementalPowers Four Elements]], the WesternZodiac, the {{Kabbalah}} UsefulNotes/{{Kabbalah}} Tree of Life, the Chakra points, and the I Ching. They commissioned the Franklin Mint to make five prizes, worth a total of $150,000, and hired DCComics to make a comic book for each game that would set the story, and hold clues for the contests.
16th Nov '15 2:11:02 PM Morgenthaler
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* TheGoldenAgeOfVideoGames
* TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983: The contest never finished because of it.
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