FICTION / FANTASY /GODS
For a great site describing Fred Saberhagen involvement in gaming
visit: Jason Finleys Saberhagen
games at Jason's remarkably informative and aesthetically
pleasing site Official Fan
Site of Fred Saberhagen's Berserker
Games by FLYING BUFFALO, INC.
- BERSERKER,produced by
Flying Buffalo Inc (Designed by Fred Saberhagen and Rick
Loomis. Developed by Michael Stackpole and Ugly John Carver. A
board game. A tactical space conflict game based on Berserker
- STARWEB, by
Flying Buffalo Inc
A play-by-mail game using the Berserker® character
Games by BERSERKER WORKS LTD.
From 1982 to 1989 Fred and Joan Saberhagen designed, implemented,
and distributed computer games. Our goal was to bring interactive
fiction to the computer. Fred's characters and stories were are basic
material. When we were forced to close our doors, three very
interesting projects were still in the works, unfortunately never to
be completed: an implementation of Fred's SWORDS books; an adaptation
of Stephen R. Donaldson's short story ANIMAL LOVER; and a adaption of
AFTERMATH/NUKE RAT based on a Gordon Dickson short story.
Initial backing for the enterprise came from Baen Books. The games
were designed for home computers popular at the time, i.e. Apple II
series 48k, Macintosh 512k, Commodore 64, Atari 400/800, IBM-PC,
Berserker Works' main programming team consisted of Scott Walker,
Dennis and Mary Martinez, Lloyd Johnson, Tim Villanueva, and Eddie
Johnson. One sequence in WINGS OUT OF SHADOW was implemented by Eddie
The games are now collectors items. Or so we can hope.
So, for all you history of computers buffs, here's a list of all
seven products designed and/or distributed by BERSERKER WORKS
- WINGS OUT OF SHADOW. Based on a short story by Fred
Saberhagen. Featuring strategy, tactics, adventure and arcade
- BERSERKER RAIDS. Fred Saberhagen and Lloyd Johnson. The
struggle for control of a ten-star cluster between the remorseless
Berserkers and two human forces.
- SIGN OF THE WOLF. An illustrated Berserker story. A
non-interactive art gallery disc that combines a story with 32
breath-taking illustrations. Flip through pages, set a bookmark,
or view your favorite scenes on demand. Certainly, one of the
first attempts at electronic fiction.
- PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. Designed by Jon Walter Williams. A
Regency Romance of the Jane Austen era. Attend balls, hunts, and
house parties. Spread gossip! Win the affections of a wealthy
bachelor!! One to six players.
- WIZARD WAR. Designed by Lloyd Johnson. Included a specially
written story by Fred Saberhagen. Strategy, battles, and
- STAR BALL. Designed and implemented by Dale Koehler. A 3-D
racquetball action game. Only production and distribution provided
by Berserker Works.
- ELECTRIC DRAGON. Programmed by Stephen Walton. An interactive
Version of the I CHING is the authorized electronic implementation
of THE I CHING or BOOK OF CHANGES. Only production and
distribution provided by Berserker Works.
FICTION / FANTASY