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.