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                     Chewin' the Fat with FORCE Design
        By Chris "Mighty Frog" Donaldson,

After Battlesphere and Songbird's recent games, the future of the Atari Jaguar 
is very uncertain. There are few  developers left, and none  who have released 
any sort of commercial game in the past (except Songbird, but Carl has not yet 
announced any new games in  the works). It seems  to be anyone's guess exactly 
who will finish  their  games. One of  the  better guesses  would  be  Terance 
Williams of FORCE Design. Terance has shown that he  has the talent to program 
some nice looking  games for  the Jaguar, but has  yet to complete  any of his 
games. I wanted to ask  Terance a few questions about what games he has in the 
works, and when we might be able to get our hands on them.

Mighty Frog: Let me start off by asking what have you been doing lately? The 

Graphics Man: Well, I have been busy coding in a few things into LFJ since I
got back from JagFest 2K1.

MF: LFJ stands for Legion Force Jidai, a 2D side-scrolling shooter you're 
programming for the Jaguar, right? 

GM: Yes, that's correct!

MF: There's not too much information on your web page about your progress in 
coding this game... how much do you have done? 

GM: LFJ is in it's early  development stage  right now, so it is not even close
to completion as CRAZE and GORF Pluz are. At the moment, I'm working on the the
first stage of the game.

MF: What type of features will LFJ feature? Such as- will it be 2 player, will 
there be unlimited continues, how many stages, different weapons, etc ? 

GM: Well, it  will  feature the  following : in-game cinemas  with voices, Mad
Bosses, 5 stages, 1 or 2 players, 5 different weapons, Metal Slug-ish Graphics,
rockin' soundtrack and  gameplay. And 5 credits only for  a player to continue

MF: At the rate you're working on it now, when do you think it'll be close
to completion?

GM: LOL, Let FD get CRAZE and Gp finished first then I will tell you next year.

MF: Alright, let's talk about those two  games then... first of all, about Gorf 
Pluz. Gp was originally  supposed to be a part of  Gorf 2000, which  would have 
been similar to the other 2K  series' on the Jaguar. It was  supposed to have a 
classic mode, you were doing the plus mode, and Krunch was doing the 2000 mode. 
Since then I read in an  issue of JEO the  Krunch is no  longer working  on the 
2000 mode. Is this true? Will Gp be released on it's own ?

GM: Well, I'll let Steven  answer that  first part of the  question. But Gp is
aWeSoMe enough to hold  a cart on it's own if it comes down to that! Hahaha...
believe me bro, there won't be a 2D shooter like it on the Jaguar, and FD will
complete it!

MF: How close is GP to being completed? How soon do you think it could be 

GM: Here's a hint for ya, I won't be coding on it anymore before the end of the
year! And that goes for CRAZE too.

MF: Sounds sweet, could you give us an overview of CRAZE? I know nothing about 
this game. 

GM: Just think of Berzerk, that's all I will say about that game.

MF: Which game will be released first? Or will both come out at the same time ? 

GM: I don't know which one will be release first; I'll just be happy when they
are released for anyone with a Jaguar to enjoy.

MF: That brings up the issue of how you'll be releasing your games? Will you be 
using the  CD bypass  technology that  Songbird is putting in  Protector SE and 
release your games on CD? Or will they be carts? 

GM: Carl will be happy to hear, CRAZE will be CD for sure. So you fools have
another reason to buy the Protector SE. Gp is another story...

MF: Hey I was going to buy it anyway, I love Protector ! Will Gp be on cart ? 
Aren't there legal issues involved with using the name "Gorf", and especially 
if you put a classic mode in? 

GM: It's GORF pluz Earth GOD's Troopers, not GORF! GpEGT will most likely be on

MF: What exactly does the name mean? What are Earth GOD's Troopers? 

GM: First, the Earth part of the title means Earth. Second, the GOD's part
of the title reflects that each trooper rules it's realm, which is in this
case Earth, Wind, Space ! Last, the Troopers part of the  title comes from
the three different troopers you choose from.

MF: Wow, that's deep :). I'm really looking  forward to GpEGT. In the video of 
CRAZE, the graphics are black and white... I know the game is supposed to have 
an old-school feel, which is cool, but will it be that old school? 

GM: Nope... it looks nothing like that, hahaha... That's a video clip from
Colecovision Frenzy, LOL! CRAZE will rock!

MF: Hmmm I'll take your word for it! Now that JUGS is out  and more Jag owners 
have access to online games, will you release demos of either game before they 
come out ? 

GM: Why? The only people that's gonna play the games before they come out
are the beta testers.

MF: Well some gamers would like to give the games a try before putting the 
money down to purchase them. How much will your games cost? 

GM: I'll make some video tape those people, hehehe... I never gave prices for
the games that much thought. I'll think about prices after FD complete them.

MF: Who's doing the soundtracks for GpEGT and CRAZE?

GM: GpEGT has no music at the moment. CRAZE MUSIC CREDITS: WES POWELL,

MF: So CRAZE will have a techno style soundtrack? What sort of music would you 
like for GpEGT? Do you have any possibilities for musicians? 

GM: CRAZE will feature a  techno style  soundtrack. GpEGT will not have techno
tracks, that's for sure. I have no musician in mind at this time, but I'm open
to music artists sending me samples of their work!

MF: Good luck with that. So to wrap everything up, we can expect CRAZE and
GpEGT to be released before the end of 2001, and then in 2002 FORCE Design
will focus on finishing Legion Force Jidai?

GM: Release dates are N/A, but look forward to the games soon enough! And yes,
my focus is LFJ in 2002!

MF: Sounds great Terance, I can't wait to get my hands on all three games.
Any last words?

GM: I will be looking for voice actors for Gp and LFJ soon ! Thank you for the
interview, Mighty Frog! I'd like to give shout outs to Scott W. and Steven S.!
We rule!

Terance Williams (The Graphics Man)

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