Questions for Rebecca 'Bard's Tale' Heineman

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Questions for Rebecca 'Bard's Tale' Heineman

Post by DRS » Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:30 am

Hello all - my first interviewee of 2019 has quite the tale. Rebecca has been in the business since the early 80s, helping to found Interplay and has had stints at EA and Ubisoft among many others. She's been involved in a huge number of games and I've done a 'Selected timeline' below but look at her entry on mobygames and you'll see even more.

She transitioned in the Noughties (so you might know her as Bill Heineman from her game credits before that) and I've just seen she was a Space Invaders champ in 1980 and writes Ranma 1/2 fan fiction, which made me smile!

As always, ask anything you want and I'll do my best to get it answered and get your name in the mag. I'm skyping her next week and this is for RG192.

Cheers in advance!

Selected Timeline

Chuck Norris Superkicks (Vic-20/C64)
Robin Hood (Vic-20)
Borrowed Time (Apple II/C64)
Mindshadow (Apple II/C64)
The Tracer Sanction (Apple II/C64)
Wasteland (Apple II)
Bard’s Tale I (Apple II/C64)
Bard’s Tale II (Apple II/C64)
Bard’s Tale III (Apple II/C64)
Dragon Wars (Apple II/C64/PC)
Out of This World – also known as Another World (Apple II/SNES/Mac/3DO)
Tass Times in Toontown (Apple II/C64)
Wolfenstein 3D (Apple II/SNES/Mac/3DO)
Rock n Roll Racing (SNES)
DOOM (3DO) Unreleased
Descent (PC)
Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault (PC)
Alien vs Predator (Mac)
Half-Life (Mac)
Heretic II (Mac)
Quake II (Mac)
Zork: The Grand Inquisitor (Mac/PC)
GolenEye: Rogue Agent (PS2/Xbox/GC)
Medal of Honor: European Assault (PS2/Xbox/GC)
Medal of Honor: Rising Sun (PS2/Xbox/GC)
Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars (Mac/PC/Xbox)
Alvin and the Chipmunks (PS2/Wii/PC/DS)
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Re: Questions for Rebecca (formerly Bill) Heineman

Post by merman » Tue Jan 22, 2019 2:38 pm

Did you play tabletop roleplaying games before being involved in The Bard's Tale series?

What did you love and hate about the Apple II hardware?

What was your favourite dev kit/hardware setup to work on?

Did you ever hide anything in your titles that hasn't been discovered...yet?

Which game was the most lucrative for you personally?
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Re: Questions for Rebecca (formerly Bill) Heineman

Post by NightShadowPT » Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:01 am

As someone that has had a long career in the industry, how hard was the transition between generations (i.e. 8bit to 16bit)?

How do you see the resurgence of the "bedroom coder" and small teams and their impact on the current industry.

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Re: Questions for Rebecca 'Bard's Tale' Heineman

Post by DRS » Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:50 am

Cheers for kicking stuff off you pair! Much appreciated. I'm talking to Becky next Weds (Jan 30th) at 9pm our time so do post any questions before then. ta!

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