col­lec­tor Q&a

Quick­silva col­lec­tor, Henry Lam­brick, talks about his Quick­silva hoard


how com­plete is your Quick­silva col­lec­tion of games? Apart from a cou­ple of in­sanely dif­fi­cult early ti­tles, the UK col­lec­tion is al­most com­plete. QS Life and QS Har­mony (on ZX80/81) and Prin­ter­face (for Acorn Atom) still elude me. There are also a few tape vari­ants to lo­cate (there are so many) and I also need to trade up my disk copy of Black Thun­der (for the Com­modore 64) as it’s a lit­tle worse for wear. what is the most that you have spent on a sin­gle Quick­silva ti­tle? I’ve been ex­tremely for­tu­nate over the years in hav­ing picked up the ma­jor­ity of the games for just a few pounds in­clud­ing The L-game which I got in a small bun­dle of games from ebay sev­eral years ago for 99p. The most I have spent on one game was £65 for a mint copy of Dun­geons Of Ba (for C64) on disk. You just don’t see them around and when you do, they usually make silly money. for you, per­son­ally, what is the ap­peal of col­lect­ing Quick­silva games? what keeps you from stop­ping? I grew up with Quick­silva games and some of my hap­pi­est child­hood gam­ing mem­o­ries are play­ing Ant At­tack with my sis­ter, who usually hated com­puter games, but as there was a fe­male char­ac­ter op­tion, joined in. I love the art­work on the in­lays and would one day love to get an orig­i­nal piece of David Rowe’s art­work. The games them­selves are gen­er­ally very playable and they also dis­play well which for an OCD col­lec­tor is an ab­so­lute bonus! do you con­cen­trate your col­lect­ing ef­forts on soft­ware or in­clude other Quick­silva mem­o­ra­bilia? While hunt­ing Quick­silva games you in­vari­ably find other in­ter­est­ing bits, and so I have var­i­ous odds and sods I’ve picked up over the years – a 1983 cal­en­dar, a com­plete set of their ZX80/81 hard­ware add-ons, a com­plete set (all four) of the Game Lord mag­a­zines as well as the usual cat­a­logues and pam­phlets they dis­trib­uted over the years. I’ve also man­aged to get a se­lec­tion of sam­ple re­viewer copies and de­vel­op­ment tapes. is there any­thing Quick­silva re­lated you would love to get your hands on? The Holy Grail would be the orig­i­nal Ant At­tack art as it would, for me, have a lot of nos­tal­gic value at­tached to it. How­ever, that’s un­likely. Soft­ware-wise I would re­ally like to pur­sue a com­plete set of Amer­i­can re­leases cov­er­ing the Sin­clair Timex com­put­ers and the many C64 disk re­leases. They don’t ap­pear of­ten and I’m not even sure how many were re­leased.

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