Sir-Tech

Last updated
Sir-Tech
Formerly called
Sirotech Software
Industry Video game industry
Founded 1979
Founder Norman Sirotek
Robert Woodhead
Defunct 2003
Products Wizardry series
Jagged Alliance series

Sir-Tech Software, Inc. was a United States-based video game developer and publisher.

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History

In the fall of 1979, Sirotech Software, was founded by Norman Sirotek and Robert Woodhead. Sirotech Software published Info Tree, a database management program, Galactic Attack and a beta version of Wizardry: Dungeons of Despair which was later renamed Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord and formally released in the fall of 1981. It was the first game in the Wizardry series. [1]

Robert J. Woodhead is an entrepreneur, software engineer and former game programmer. He claims that a common thread in his career is "doing weird things with computers".

Galactic Attack is a 1980 video game written by Robert Woodhead for the Apple II and published by the company he co-founded, Sirotech. Sirotech would soon thereafter be renamed to Sir-Tech. It is a single-player adaptation of the game Empire from the PLATO mainframe network to the much smaller non-networked environment of a standalone 8-bit microcomputer.

<i>Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord</i> 1985 video game

Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord is the first game in the Wizardry series of role-playing video games. It was developed by Andrew Greenberg and Robert Woodhead. In 1980, Norman Sirotek formed Sir-Tech Software, Inc. and launched a Beta version of the product at the 1980 Boston Computer Convention. The final version of the game was released in 1981.

In the spring of 1981, Sir-Tech Software, Inc. was incorporated as a United States-based video game developer and publisher.

In 1998, Sir-Tech USA closed. [2] The Canadian counterpart Sirtech Canada Limited continued to operate until late 2003. [3]

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Sir-Tech is best known for Wizardry, the role-playing video game series. The Jagged Alliance series first published by Sir-Tech in 1994, became a popular franchise. The third game in the Jagged Alliance series, Jagged Alliance 2 , was still available from its current publisher after 15 years since its initial release.

<i>Jagged Alliance</i> (series) video game series

Jagged Alliance is a series of turn-based tactics video games. The first games in the series were released for DOS. From Jagged Alliance 2 on, the games were developed using DirectX for native Windows operation. Jagged Alliance 2 was also released for Linux and is available on Steam and on GOG.com for Windows.

<i>Jagged Alliance 2</i> 1999 video game

Jagged Alliance 2 is a tactical role-playing game for PC, released in 1999 for Microsoft Windows and later ported to Linux by Tribsoft. It is the third entry in the Jagged Alliance series. The game was followed by the expansion Unfinished Business in 2000. Two commercial versions of the mod Wildfire were released in 2004 in the form of expansion packs. The core game and the Unfinished Business expansion were combined and released under the title Jagged Alliance 2 Gold Pack in 2002.

Games

Developed and published

<i>Wizardry II: The Knight of Diamonds</i> 1982 video game

Wizardry II: The Knight of Diamonds is the second game in the Wizardry series of role-playing video games. It was published in 1982 by Sir-Tech.

<i>Wizardry III: Legacy of Llylgamyn</i> 1983 video game

Wizardry III: Legacy of Llylgamyn is the third scenario in the Wizardry series of role-playing video games. It was published in 1983 by Sir-Tech Software, Inc.

<i>Crypt of Medea</i> 1984 video game

Crypt of Medea is an adventure video game written by Arthur Britto and Allan Lamb. It was published for the Apple II by Sir-Tech in 1984. Crypt of Medea makes use of graphics, but the game is still controlled through the use of text commands in the traditional style of text adventure games.

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References

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  2. IGN Staff. "Sir-tech's Last Words - We speak with Robert Sirotek as Sir-tech Software shuts its doors, and an era ends". IGN Entertainment, Inc. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  3. A brief history from MobyGames
  4. Museum of Computer Adventure Game History. "Wizardry 8: Stones of Arnhem" . Retrieved 14 March 2014.