Al Lowe's Sierra archive, including source code, goes up for sale



News ID: 451
Date: 2018-11-30
Source: Sierra Chest


Gaming fan, collector, former Sierra employee and Youtuber Metal Jesus, visited the home of Al Lowe, best known as the designer of Leisure Suit Larry. In the video, shown below, Al shows off a bunch of extremely rare and often unique material from Sierra, including the first games he developed pre-Sierra under his company name Sunnyside Soft, such as Dragon's Keep and Bop A Bet, later re-released as educational Sierra titles, and an original copy of Gelfling Adventure, a spin-off of The Dark Crystal, as well as other Disney titles.

The crown piece however is a box containing the original source code of various Larry games and even of King's Quest III, which Al also programmed. Al decided to keep these disks as he was aware that Sierra did not keep any backups of them at the time.



The most astonishing news however is that Al decided to list all these items on eBay. As an avid collector and archivist myself, I sincerely hope that whoever wins the auctions will be sharing some of it with the community, rather than stashing it in a collection and let it collect dust over the years. That said, you'll need a pretty hefty penny to be able to win any of these items. At the time of this writing the source code for Larry 1 and Larry 2 already have bids exceeding $8,000 each and the first release of Bop-A-Bet has exceeded $7,000, so with the current listings ending on December 10, it is not unlikely these items will beat the eBay record achieved by the sealed Ultima: Escape from Mt. Drash of nearly $10,000, achieved earlier this year.

Currently only six items are up for auction and many more are expected. We will update this post as the auctions proceed.

You can see and bid on the auctions here. Good luck! (you'll need it)

This news is also covered in PC Gamer and arstechnica.com

TAGS
GAMES: Troll's Tale, Gelfling Adventure, Dragon's Keep, Black Cauldron (The), BOP-A-BET, Leisure Suit Larry I: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards, Leisure Suit Larry II: Goes Looking for Love (in Several Wrong Places)
PEOPLE: Al Lowe, Jason Lindsey, Paul Quinn
DEVELOPERS: No developers tagged

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