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Interview with Wizardry Developer Robert “Trebor” Woodhead

Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 28, 2012

Man, RPG Codex is doing some good stuff these days. Scoring great interviews, getting a monument built for themselves in the upcoming Wasteland 2… it’s awesome stuff.

This weekend’s interview is with one half of the original Wizardry development team – Robert Woodhead.  He’s moved on to other things in life, but he does share some great information on the development of the original game. My favorite quote is about the groupies…

“When the industry first got started, all the programmers thought we’d be the rock stars of the ’80s, complete with groupies.

“Well, it turned out we were right about the groupies. Unfortunately, they all looked just like us — nerdy guys. : (“

Yeah. Fourteen-year-old boys, in my case, when I made the mistake of telling someone in a game store that I was one of the Twisted Metal developers when it was the hot game back in the mid ’90s. Not what I was hoping for. Though my wife was pretty amused by that part.

Read the whole thing:

RPG Codex Retrospective Interview: Robert Woodhead

Keep up the great interviews! Maybe Andrew “Werdna” Greenberg next?


Filed Under: Interviews - Comments: 5 Comments to Read

  • lempar said,

    “I was one of the Twisted Metal developers when it was the hot game back in the mid ’90s.”

    You keep hammering how it was such a cult hit, but i could barely remember the name of the game…where are you taking this from ? I remember Destruction Derby was huge those days. First Indycar game, first Nascar, NFS on 3DO was mindblowing…crap, many people with PCs still played Lotus3 just because they loved that crappy synth music. Twisted Metal, though ? Off the radar.

  • Rampant Coyote said,

    Can’t answer for your own experience. Are you in Europe?

  • Xenovore said,

    If you owned a Playstation, Twisted Metal was definitely on the radar. If you did not own a Playstation… well, there you go. =)

  • Samsin said,

    Never owned a Playstation but heard about Twisted Metal from friends who did back in the day.

  • crookedbee said,

    The second in the series of RPGCodex’s retrospective interviews is now up, this time with Leonard Boyarsky of Fallout and Troika Games fame: http://www.rpgcodex.net/content.php?id=8146