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Relive the magic of Sierra On-Line in stunning detail as we celebrate the artwork, the people, and the passion behind one of gaming's most beloved success stories. In a fascinating real-life adventure, the Art of Sierra team unearths rare treasures scattered across the globe, bringing them together again in an archival publishing event for the ages.
We'd like to thank you for taking time to explore the Art of Sierra project. Our globe-spanning adventure does, indeed, continue for there are many Sierra artifacts still waiting to be discovered. A true labor of love, the project has been made possible by the generous loans of hundreds of items over the last 10 years. Now you can help complete the quest.
The Art of Sierra project has a system in place that makes it extremely easy to digitally archive and return your materials, document your stories, and preserve your memories for inclusion in this landmark publication. There are no expenses incurred on your end, and in most cases the materials are returned in better form than when sent to us! Take a look.
- Josh Mandel
“... the artists managed to do consistently breathtaking work. they were breathtaking even in ega, for heaven’s sake. the art and music enlightened every game, and were inarguably the best in the industry.”
About the Book
Within its pages, the Art of Sierra will take you on a visual journey that spans the company's entire catalog of products, with commentary and insight from the very people (in many cases, that's you!) that authored the original works. You'll experience incredibly detailed archival scans, photographs, and artwork from both in and surrounding the games themselves. Game development and marketing materials - original design documents, storyboards, music, programming, and promotional work - will fill the Art of Sierra, making it virtually impossible to walk away without a greater appreciation and understanding of Sierra's legacy. Collectors, game enthusiasts, and those previously affiliated with Sierra will discover an unforgettable chronicling of the complete Sierra library - from its early beginnings in 1979 and journeying through the golden years of adventure gaming.
"never apologize for your passion... it's what sets your project apart from the rest."
- Kevin Toyama
Editor, Chronicle Books
Meet the Creators
Designed and developed by three passionate industry professionals, every aspect of the Art of Sierra project has been meticulously crafted - much like the adventure games themselves. For Brandon Klassen, Eriq Chang, and Brad Herbert, Sierra games went beyond entertainment - the company's culture, artistry, and values have profoundly influenced their choices and decisions, touching both their lives and their careers. For over a decade, the Art of Sierra team has remained close to the studio's artists and designers, working side-by-side with talented Sierra alumni including Space Quest creators Mark Crowe and Scott Murphy, Quest for Glory's Lori & Corey Cole, Jane Jensen, the designer of Gabriel Knight, and many more.
Also a constant source of inspiration, the team has worked tirelessly within the adventure game community - on archival efforts with Ken Williams' Sierra Gamers, Mike Marecek's YCBSRSLY! Show, Rudy Marchant's The Sierra Chest, and on the development of new adventures with companies like AGD Interactive, Phoenix Online, and Infamous Quests.
A collaboration of the best kind, the team's combined industry experience and life-long passion will result in a rich, memorable preservation event filled with the same love and attention to detail Sierra was famous for - a project that reciprocates the storytelling excitement pioneered by Ken and Roberta Williams.
"i've always wished there was a sierra on-line museum... the art of sierra is the next best thing."
Brandon is the Art of Sierra's archivist, curating the treasured artifacts of yesteryear's adventure games with a passion for preservation. Residing close to Vancouver, BC in Canada and while working by day as a graphic designer, Brandon has pursued many freelance media interests, providing music reviews for national and international media outlets, interviewing legends in the comic book industry such as Jeff Smith, and working as a project leader with Sierra remake studio AGDI. These freelance pursuits have given him a wealth of industry experience in fields from game development to publishing.
His love for gaming has continued beyond the Sierra and LucasArts adventures of his childhood, and he's created extensive sites showcasing art and game data from Skyrim, Tomb Raider and the BioShock series, which have been frequented by almost 1 million
visitors. He's now preparing to launch a museum website dedicated to celebrating the art of computer games, as a permanent library of artwork, behind the scenes materials and much more.
Brandon is currently the VP of Publishing for Publishing 180, which includes the role of Creative Director for Babylon 5 Books, where Brandon works for writer/producer J. Michael Straczynski. Babylon 5 Books has published over 40 books dedicated to the behind the scenes making of nineties sci-fi television series Babylon 5 and its spin-off, Crusade.
"ever since my father took me to sierra as a kid, my life has been filled with great adventures... this project is the latest, and it holds a very special place in my heart."
Artist Eriq Chang has collaborated with some of the most creative people in the world. His body of work includes art direction and design, cutting-edge interactive, and a wide range of memorable projects for some of the world’s most exciting brands - including Disney, Microsoft, and LucasArts Entertainment. Eriq’s highly focused skillset combines meticulous, experiential concept design with a passion for interactive entertainment and print... especially packaging and promotional material that reminds him of the great Sierra days.
A die-hard fan of sci-fi and horror, Eriq’s most recent work on the “Nightmare on Elm Street” franchise with Warner Bros. has the artist creating fiery designs in collaboration with FX artist Anders Eriksen, film director Christopher Johnson, and "Freddy Krueger"
star, Robert Englund. Nightmare Gloves, like the Art of Sierra project, was born out of pure love for the craft.
When Eriq finds time, which isn't as often as he'd like in the last few years, he enjoys cataloguing and studying his graphic adventure game collection, pouring through Sierra's InterAction magazine, and working on various gaming projects... not much has changed since he was 11 years old.
"I still remember the first time my friend Tim and I discovered InterAction magazine in the school library. My life would never be the same! I have carried my Sierra games and magazines everywhere with me... all through my life. And I am so excited to finally share my experiences and craft with the people who inspired me.”
"if you told me at the age of 6 when i played my first sierra game, that i would be making a book about this company one day, I am sure my response would have been 'books are boring!' "
Brad Herbert is a freelance Director of Photography and Motion Graphics Designer based in Dallas, Texas. His passion for evoking emotion in his work can no doubt be attributed in large part to his fascination with the Sierra adventures of his childhood. Growing up, Sierra's magical artwork, paired with creative storytelling and problem-solving made a lasting impression on Brad as his creative drive flourished.
Brad's motion graphics experience has him busy working with a range of clients from Fortune 500 companies to toy studios. Also amongst Brad's clientele are projects for high profile directors and athletes, major television shows and commercials, theatrical releases, and a myriad of content for charitable organizations - his cinematography talents are in constant demand both locally and abroad.
Brad is currently partnered with Dallas-based animation and visual effects studio Element X as Senior Creative Director. His body of work continues to expand as he applies his talents to the motion picture industry. His approach is methodical and organized - and always with an air of adventure-game magic... his work is filled with unique touches inspired by Sierra’s artistry.
When not obsessing over design and balance, Brad spends time with his wife Amanda, and daughters Brooklyn and Sierra in their North Dallas suburban home. Yes, he named his daughter Sierra. Of course!
"i saw the birth and growth of sierra from the inside. it’s a story that really needs to be told."
John Williams was employee number 3 at Sierra On-Line, Inc. and worked for the company for over 20 years. His career with the company began as a sales person representing the company’s games selling “door to door” to computer retailers all over the Midwest and south east though he soon moved to Sierra’s Coarsegold California facility. (John actually briefly owned the home with the industry famous Sierra address on Mudge Ranch Rd. in Coarsegold, CA and also the hot tub where the cover for Sierra’s infamous adventure game “Softporn” was photographed.)
John Williams was the steward of Sierra’s InterAction Magazine from the genesis of the publication as an eight page black and white newsletter through the growth to the million plus circulation news magazine it would become. He also ran the company websites and multiplayer gaming portals, and was the self-styled
"company historian," providing background trivia and information for game series compilations and re-issues.
Today John lives in rural Issaquah WA on a small farm with his wife of 30 years and two daughters.
Oh, and he’s Ken’s brother.
art director, designer
sierra master historian
"... an unprecedented look inside a game company that changed the way we viewed, played, and interacted with home entertainment forever."
For those of you that worked at Sierra, this is your official yearbook - a scrapbook of unparalleled scope and magnitude! And for the rest of us, it will be an unprecedented look inside a game company that changed the way we viewed, played, and interacted with home entertainment forever.
Here's a visual way to think of the book we're creating together - it's the mid-90s… and you have an all-access pass inside Sierra's headquarters. You'll spend an 8-hour day running around Sierra's hallways - peering into every office, cabinet, computer, and photo album you come across - if it's not nailed down, pick it up! You won't walk away knowing everything, but you will gain tremendous insight into Sierra's process - viewing development up close and personal - and in stunning detail. This is the vision for the Art of Sierra - a tome filled with stories, magic, and memories from the very people that brought the games to market.
Artwork of Any Kind
Computer Code Snippets
Music Score Sheets
Demo / Alpha Builds
Used, Moist Towelettes
Contribute to the Project
Supporters & Contributors
Most material contributions fit in one of two categories: Physical Loaned Items or Sharing of Memories. Both have equal importance in the book, and we'll take a look at how those are accomplished.
Whether you have stacks of design documents, colored art boards, or large props from Sierra's adventures, we'll help you pack and ship the items to us to archive digitally, and return them at no expense to you.
Packaging & Shipping your items
We recommend double boxing your items, and placing them in plastic zip
bags to protect them from potential moisture and crushing during shipment. We've round-tripped many packages, and have had zero issues to-date. We have a variety of shipping carriers to choose from, and we'll cover any charges. Please contact us to make arrangements.
Documenting your items
Once we receive your items, they will be tagged and inventoried into our
system prior to digital archiving. This insures that your items are safely
tracked throughout the process. For flat small to medium sized items we utilize a large flatbed scanner to generate files with calibrated settings to insure proper balance, color rendition, and reproduction. We handle all pre-press, including de-screening print items in preparation for design import. For larger dimensional items, we'll shoot in our professional studio on either white or black seamless paper, with lighting to render the item appropriately for display in the book.
Returning your items
After carefully capturing your items digitally, we will often create custom
envelopes or portfolios for your items - serving as excellent display pieces while housing them for their journey home. This is a small way of saying thank you for trusting us with your articles. We will ship the items with the same packaging and care as you did to our location, and provide you with tracking information.
Let us know how you work best and what you're most comfortable doing. We have made the preservation process as relaxed and rewarding as possible and we think you will be pleased. Currently, we offer the following methods of capturing your stories:
We will establish a dialogue with you over email to gather your stories together. A combination of asking you relevant questions that will help frame sections of the book as well as an open forum for you to just reflect and reminisce. We feel quite certain there are stories you have that might warrant a whole chapter!
If typing isn't your style, we can arrange for one or multiple phone interviews at your leisure. As in the email interview, we can ask you specific questions based on your relationship with the company, or just open our listening ear as you recall stories and details of interest.
If you need helping jogging your memory, we can give you easy access to our archival server where you can browse a list of Sierra products and topics, and comment directly on items that jog a memory. Pictures are sometimes worth a thousand words, and both pictures and words are vital to this book!
physical loaned items
- Andy Hoyos
“working with lori and corey on the lush jungle artwork of quest for glory iii will always be one of the most memorable highlights of my career.”
The Art of Sierra Project
supporters & contributors
Owner, Sierra Online
Creative Director, Sierra On-Line
Lori & Corey Cole
Designers, Quest for Glory Series
Mark Crowe & Scott Murphy
Designers, Space Quest Series
Designer, Leisure Suit Larry Series
Designer, Gabriel Knight Series
Designer, Conquests Series
Designer, Freddy Pharkas
Team Fable Foundry, AOS
Sierra Friends & Family
Team Phoenix Online
Himalaya Studios / AGDinteractive
Simo Sakari Aaltonen
Project Partners & Supporters
The Artful Gamer
Alternative Magazine Online
Joe & Jewelee Gates
and special thanks to,
We've worked with numerous fans & friends over the past decade to document hundreds of pieces for the book. Here are some of our original contributors:
Frequently Asked Questions
click on a question to reveal the answer. But don't cheat! Roberta is watching!
When will 'The Art of Sierra' be released?
As soon as possible! (When it's ready?) High quality books of this magnitude come only with patience and attention to detail. When it is released, we guarantee you will forget the wait.
Why can't I scan or photograph my own items?
Capturing photographs and artwork for an archival-quality book is a detailed and painstaking process. Every item must be catalogued in a consistent manner to result in images that are cohesive and in harmony with the design.
Only the best large format scanners and high resolution camera, lenses, and lighting equipment are used for this project.
What about credit?
Credit is your choice. If you want to be recognized for your contribution, we'll shout it to the mountaintops - in the book, and online. If you choose to remain anonymous, we will respect your privacy. We've done it both ways to date.
What are the legalities involved?
Sierra On-Line Inc. intellectual property is currently owned by Activision / Blizzard Entertainment. The Art of Sierra Project has established communication with the internal publication team - the same team responsible for quality books showcasing properties like World of Warcraft, Kung Fu-Panda, and Man of Steel. Both teams have a mutual interest and history with projects highlighting the creative process of well-respected properties. We anticipate a smooth release down the road. The Art of Sierra team is actively engaging in legal counsel as we continue to privately archive materials for eventual public consumption.
Can you call Roberta or Ken for me?
Roberta!!!!!! KEN!!!! Can you hear us??
I was an artist at Sierra On-Line.
In addition to contacting us, if you have any Sierra production material - sketches, concept layouts, background paintings, napkin art, throwaway ideas, original dried up paint daubs on canvas you name it - we want to see it! We also want to connect with Sierra artists about producing commemorative art for the release of the book. Without spoiling the surprise, please contact us so that we may elaborate on what we are, specifically, looking for you to produce for us. Over twenty years have passed since Sierra's grand adventures hit the market - we're excited to see how you've grown artistically!
How do I loan stuff to the project again?
You can contact Brad Herbert directly for acquisitions by emailing him at [email protected]. You can also use our contact form which will send a message to all three of our creative team members. If you would like to speak to a team member via phone, contact us with some general information about your role at Sierra and the materials you would like to contribute, along with a good number to reach you at (we also Skype), and we will reach out to you shortly.
I'm stuck at the riddle stones in Christy Marx's Conquests of Camelot. Help!
Remember, if it's not nailed down, pick it up! Actually, there are great Conquests of Camelot game hints here. And if you're a true Sierra fan, you'll hunt down the original Conquests of Camelot hint book complete with red-gel decoder on eBay.
Here's a fun easter egg... have King Arthur go to the castle Treasury room. Once you enter the room, type the following for a special treat:
"Ham and Jam and Spam a Lot"
When will 'The Art of Sierra' be released?
The Art of Sierra will be released in - hey! You already asked this question you silly goose! See the first hint above!
- Eriq Chang
Founder, Fable Foundry
“i often reminisce with my sierra friends about how amazing it would be to go back in a time machine... that through hard work and perseverance, one day we’d collaborate with the people who inspired us. not a day has gone by where i have forgotten the magic of sierra. i have carried my sierra memories (and artifacts) by my side for many years and i am very excited to share the work of our talented team with the world.”
© 2013, Fable Foundry, Inc. All rights reserved. Sierra, Sierra On-Line, and all related Sierra game imagery & content are trademarks of Activision Blizzard, Inc. Design & Production by Eriq, Brad, and Brandon.