About the Bird Sanctuary

Welcome to The Bird Sanctuary, a safe haven for memories of TelecomSoft, better known by the publishing labels Firebird, Rainbird and Silverbird Software.

Click here to learn what’s new or read on to learn what this site is all about.

In its heyday in the 1980s, TelecomSoft published some classic computer games on 8-bit and 16-bit computers, including Carrier Command, Elite, Jewels of Darkness, The Pawn, Starglider, Thrust and Virus to name just a few.

Rainbird Software Logo Firebird Software 'Legend' Logo 1988 Silverbird Software Logo

This site tells the stories about the games TelecomSoft published from a unique first-hand ‘behind-the-scenes’ perspective and has been compiled, written and contributed to by ex-TelecomSoft staff and developers, along with help from like-minded fans.

I created this site because I wanted to accurately describe my own memories of working for TelecomSoft. I worked there during the last twelve months of its ownership by British Telecom, before the publishing labels were sold to rival games publisher, Microprose UK. I then worked for the new owners for just over five months before they closed the London office for good and relocated to the MicroProse UK offices in Tetbury, Gloucestershire.

The Bird Sanctuary represents the most detailed, comprehensive and authoritative web site about a solitary UK Software publisher on the Internet. Historical accuracy is the aim, but I appreciate that sometimes people’s memories or perspective on an event may differ.

As some of this site is based upon personal memories that are now over thirty years old (!), there is a chance that the information here might not be 100% accurate. I’m more than willing to correct inaccuracies, and give others the chance to offer their own memories or opinions on what went on during the development of the games covered here. So, if any ex-colleagues or developers wish to contribute, please get in contact. The more the merrier!

Some information on this site has been sourced from elsewhere on the Internet and credit and thanks is made where appropriate. All other images, files, etc. have been scanned and/or created specifically for this site. The copyright on the Rainbird, Firebird and Silverbird logos shown here certainly used to reside with British Telecom and subsequently MicroProse UK Limited. Who owns them now is currently unknown.

I hope that some of you find this site interesting and maybe even a little nostalgic. Please pop back once in a while, as more information will be added on a semi-regular basis. Please feel free to pass comment on this site and add your own memories of the various games that were published.

Please note that the Bird Sanctuary is a non-profit and personal web site which is not officially affiliated with British Telecommunications plc (BT) in any way.