This web site is dedicated to the memory of my dad, who died at the end of April 2012. Dad introduced me to computers in the early 80s by buying our family a Model B BBC Micro, and so gave me the spark that ignited a hobby and multiple careers. Thanks Dad, we love you and we all miss you every single day.
I was very sad to hear in early March ’16 of the sudden passing of Fergus McGovern, founder of Probe Software (amongst his many other achievements), following complications with a blood clot.
I’m hoping to add lots of new content onto the site next year (2016). In the meantime, I hope that the updated Bird Sanctuary web site meets with everyone’s approval!
Only one small update – the unpublished Silverbird title Worron gets some screenshots thanks to some diligent work by Frank Gasking’s Games That Weren’t 64 web site.
In the meantime, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!
So, what’s new?
Well, this is a significant update. The site has changed its appearance a few times since it first appeared in May 2002, but this is the biggest yet because the Bird Sanctuary has been transformed from a hand-coded web site into a proper, robust and sophisticated blog. The process to find a replacement environment began a staggering four years ago, but it’s really only been in the last eighteen months or so that the real, hard work has gone into manually migrating the site content over and improving everything.
TelecomSoft (and the Firebird Software publishing label) was created 30 years ago, and you can read how it happened by visiting The History of Firebird Software.
The first batch of Firebird Silver £2.50 games began appearing in November 1984, so it’s a smidgen under 30 years since those early releases were first bought and played.
Sadly, Mike Singleton (who worked on a number of titles for Beyond and then TelecomSoft) passed away from cancer in early October 2012. Games he was involved with included Star Trek: The Rebel Universe, Dark Sceptre and Whirligig.
Almost two years have passed since the last official update to this site. I’ve not exactly been idle, but the results of my hard labour have yet to bear fruit and people will have to wait a little while longer!
A number of events to report on this time around relating to TelecomSoft’s legacy to the computer games industry.
It’s been another really busy period since the last update. However, a number of small amendments and additions have been made since then; most noticeably the removal of the ‘forums’ and the ‘blog’. A chronic under-use and a constant attack of dubious registrations and subsequent spam attacks put paid to the forum, and I simply didn’t have enough to say to justify a blog at the moment.
May is always an anniversary of some kind for The Bird Sanctuary or TelecomSoft. It’s now an unbelievable 20 years since I started working for the company, it’s 19 years since Firebird and Rainbird were sold by BT and it’s 6 years since this website first went live!