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12 March 2008 @ 11:30 am
Dale Disharoon, RIP  
Sad news.

The gentleman who programmed the game, Dale Disharoon (DeSharone), died of leukemia on February 5th this year (2008).

I'd been looking for him for the past few months to talk to him about the game and ask if he'd mind if I cloned the game  to run on modern computers.  Only this morning did I find out that he'd changed his last name to "DeSharone" (no wonder I couldn't find him).  And, of course, that's how I finally discovered his passing.  A friend of his is going to see if the family will contact me.  She thinks they'd be delighted if I were to make the game available again.

I should have tried to contact him sooner.   :(

I'd asked Zilpha Snyder earlier this week if I could reprogram the original game or create a new one.  She responded that someone has optioned movie rights to the game (or at least the premise of the game), so she can't give me permission to create a new, updated version.  So far the option has just been sitting there unused, so she doesn't know what's going to happen (if anything) with the movie.   That said, she liked my update ideas and appreciated the fact that I would not do this for money.  If the option is dropped then I might be allowed to do a version 2.0 with all the new bells and whistles (including [info]brennanod's thoughts on morning rush hour and kids going to school in the morning).

She also said she hadn't heard from Dale in over 15 years.  I've passed the news on to her.

Today I emailed her again asking if I could just clone the original game:  same graphics, same sound, a complete faithful clone.  Just so it can run on modern computers without emulation.  I would release the source code for the engine under GPL 3.0 as well, so that it can be modified and recompiled for future architectures.  We'll see what she has to say.

Tonight I will hoist a glass of Jameson whiskey in honor of Dale DeSharone.   It will be done at precisely 8:00 pm Eastern (March 12 2008) if anyone wants to join me in spirit.
Present Spirit: sadsad
The Nonesuch Explorers: cliphomeksol1460 on March 12th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
A cup of pan-mead, then, remembering him in Peace, Love and Joy.
Coyotecoyotegoth on March 12th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous) on October 17th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
hey i just googled my dad and saw this in the pages and im sure he would really like a 'cloning' of the game. that's really great:)
mcgroartymcgroarty on November 21st, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
I only just found this, wondering if Dale had done anything past the C64 days. I'm really sorry to learn of his passing, but thanks for putting the news out there.
Winterfrost_knight on November 22nd, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)
He did 2 Zelda titles for the Phillips CDi system, "Link: The Faces of Evil" and "Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon". I think he was a producer for "Darkened Skye". I'm sure there's more, but that's all I know off the top of my head.