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Paul Woakes escaped from Earth
Thu Feb 8, 2018 12:03

Paul Woakes, author of the Mercenary games many loved so much, passed away on 15th July 2017.

Words fail me. My thoughts are with his family, friends, colleagues... And with the Mercenary and Novagen games players.
Paul left us with a few video games that are part of history. And with many amazing memories for all those who played them.

Thank you, Mr Woakes.

A personal note: I only met Paul Woakes once, in 2007. That was in another sad moment, at Bruce Jordan's funeral. I remember a very welcoming man, and we had a short, interesting chat about Mercenary. I was first afraid it would be inappropriate but I was encouraged by Tim Bosher with a "Bruce would have loved a Mercenary discussion!".
We never got to carry on the chat - Paul being a legendary private man (to my knowledge, there is no interview of Paul at all).

To anyone willing to say something to celebrate the man's work, or share memories with us, you can send me an email. In the following days or weeks, I will set up a page grouping them (email addresses will remain hidden).

    • I shed a tearEnjo, Sat Feb 17 22:35
      I'm sorry to hear that. Too bad we've never got the chance to know Paul, but your personal note cheered me up, I must say. This makes me even more eager to work on the series. I sign with my both... more
      • Re: I shed a tearsparkynz74, Sun Feb 18 23:32
        Enjo, you are not the only one. I too am thinking about starting a port of Mercenary on Android. This is something I wanted to do for fun but it feels a bit more worthwhile now. I may not find the... more
        • Benson speakEnjo, Tue Feb 20 09:13
          This piece is a really important and hard to do. How did you achieve it? Is it portable code?
          • Re: Benson speaksparkynz74, Tue Feb 20 10:31
            I wrote the code in C. Should be portable enough - I have a test app that does the Benson speak which is Windows SDL based. I'm happy to share. It may not be 100% accurate but its pretty close! I was ... more
            • Re: Benson speakEnjo, Wed Feb 21 03:16
              Excellent! To hell with 100% accuracy. Anything is better than playing a limited set of audio samples. Also it will be better than incorporating MAME code, which was proposed by the MDDClone Author.... more
    • Sad newsStewart Charles Burne-Jones, Sun Feb 11 10:21
      This is sad news indeed. Mercenary is a more than just a stone that forms part of my childhood, it was a foundation. So many fond memories brought to my by Paul Woakes and the Novagen team. Rest in... more
      • Sad NewsAnthony Kane, Sun Feb 18 05:49
        I have always been inspired by the Mercenary games especially Damocles and Mercenary III. Paul Woakes will live on in the memories of all the people that have played his games. R.I.P. Paul. Thank you ... more
    • Re: Paul Woakes escaped from Earthsparkynz74, Fri Feb 9 11:38
      This is very sad news indeed. Paul transformed the many hours I spent playing on my C64 by taking me to a different world. That world was Targ within Mercenary. I never met him but in some ways I got ... more
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