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Jagged Alliance series
Sir-Tech Software, Inc. was a United States and Canada-based video game developer and publisher.
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A video game developer is a software developer that specializes in video game development – the process and related disciplines of creating video games. A game developer can range from one person who undertakes all tasks to a large business with employee responsibilities split between individual disciplines, such as programming, design, art, testing, etc. Most game development companies have video game publisher financial and usually marketing support. Self-funded developers are known as independent or indie developers and usually make indie games.
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.
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.
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.The Canadian counterpart Sirtech Canada Limited continued to operate until late 2003.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny is a role-playing video game developed by Attic Entertainment Software. It was the first game based on the German pen & paper RPG system The Dark Eye by Fantasy Productions. The original German version of the game was released in 1992. Due to its success it was translated to English and released by Sir-Tech in 1993.
Realms of Arkania: Star Trail is a computer role playing game by Attic Entertainment Software based on the German RPG system Das Schwarze Auge. The original German version of the game was released in 1994. Due to the success of its predecessor Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny, it was translated to English and released by Sir-Tech in the same year.
David W. Bradley is a video game designer and programmer, most notable for the role-playing video games Wizardry V: Heart of the Maelstrom, VI: Bane of the Cosmic Forge, VII: Crusaders of the Dark Savant, Wizards & Warriors, and Dungeon Lords.
Wizardry 8 is the eighth and final title in the Wizardry series of role-playing video games by Sir-Tech Canada. It is the third in the Dark Savant trilogy, which includes Wizardry VI: Bane of the Cosmic Forge and Wizardry VII: Crusaders of the Dark Savant. It was published in 2001 by Sir-Tech, and re-released by Night Dive Studios on GOG.com and Steam in 2013.
Wizardry V: Heart of the Maelstrom is the fifth scenario in the Wizardry series of role-playing video games. It was published in 1988 by Sir-Tech Software, Inc. for the Commodore 64, Apple II and as a PC booter. A port for the SNES and FM Towns was later developed and published by ASCII Entertainment in Japan. Wizardry V was released in the US for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System by Capcom in 1993, and subsequently re-released for the Satellaview subsystem under the name BS Wizardry 5.
Wizardry IV: The Return of Werdna is the fourth scenario in the Wizardry series of role-playing video games. It was published in 1987 by Sir-Tech Software, Inc.
Brenda Louise Romero, previously known as Brenda Brathwaite, is an American game designer and developer in the video game industry. She was born in Ogdensburg, New York and is a graduate of Clarkson University. Romero is best known for her work on the Wizardry series of role-playing video games and, more recently, the non-digital series The Mechanic is the Message. She has worked in game development since 1981 and has credits on 49 game titles.
Jagged Alliance: Deadly Games is a 1996 tactical role-playing game developed and published by Sir-Tech. It is the sequel to Jagged Alliance.
Guido Henkel is a German-born, American designer, programmer, and developer in the video game industry, as well as a composer and novelist.
Nemesis: The Wizardry Adventure is a 1996 adventure and role-playing video game developed and published by Sir-Tech. It is a spin-off of the Wizardry series of games. Ports for Sega Saturn and Microsoft Windows were released in Japan in 1998.
BattleWheels is a vehicular combat video game for the Atari Lynx which was released in 1993. The game supports up to six players using the Lynx's Comlynx system.