At the beginning of April 2016 Peter Verdi's Magnetic Scrolls Chronicles website went offline. So far all my attempts to contact Peter failed. His site carried some invaluable interviews with former Magnetic Scrolls people. To preserve the work I temporarily uploaded a dump of his site taken in summer of 2015. All you can see below is 100% Peter's work! Hopefully his site will reappear soon! Peter, if you read this, can you contact me?
how it's like to ride on a cloud? How it feels to be squashed by a bus,
or how to get that damned gold disc from Micky? Well, here's your chance
to relive all these situations.
Have a chat with the devil in THE PAWN, ransack an entire island in
THE GUILD OF THIEVES, restore luck itself to a whole country in JINXTER,
uncover a conspiracy in CORRUPTION, become an inter-dimensional secret
agent in FISH!, an ancient god in MYTH, walk in the footsteps of Alice
in WONDERLAND and inherit a haunted mansion in THE LEGACY. Become
a part of the fantasy of Magnetic Scrolls - you certainly won't regret
it . . .
- The Pawn
- The Guild Of Thieves
- The Magnetic Scrolls
Collection Vol. One
- The Legacy - Realm
The Message Board
About The Website
is the "Files" section of "Fish!". Here you will
find all the hard facts about the game, like general information,
a plot synopsis and trivia - in other words, these are "Fish!
story for "Fish!" was originally introduced to Magnetic
Scrolls by John Molloy (who was responsible for the title music
for the Amiga versions of almost every Magnetic Scrolls game),
Peter Kemp (a taxman) and Phillip South (a journalist). Robert
Steggles was also involved in the project - acting as an 'in-house
editor' who would go through the text and rewrite it to get
it into Magnetic Scrolls 'house-style'.
of the co-writers of "Fish!" was Philip South - an
editor of the famous Spectrum gaming magazine "Your Sinclair".
was the last Magnetic Scrolls game released under the British
Telecomsoft labels Rainbird (Europe) and Firebird (US). British
Telecomsoft was sold to Microprose in February 1989 and Magnetic
Scrolls did not renew the publishing contract with the new owner
and bought up all the remaining stock of Magnetic Scrolls titles
from Rainbird and decided to distribute the games themselves
through the Inter-Mediates Ltd. company.
Fish title screen (Atari ST)
The "Fish!" US-box
box that contained the game came in rather unusual measurements
and was also rather flimsy, as the cardboard was much softer
than the one used for the previous Rainbird releases.
with "Corruption", "Fish!" did get a different
box art for the US-release (see picture on the left). Interestingly
enough the exclamation point was dropped from the title for
the US-release. The reason as to why the exclamation point was
not carried over for the US-release is unknown.
photograph of the "Seven Deadly Fins" member Chuckette
Cementhead, which can be found in the Mission HQ document "The
Seven Deadly Fins Project" is actually John Molloy's son.
name of the villainous terrorist "The Seven Deadly Fins"
was based on a single by Brian
Eno. Brian was kind enough to let the Magnetic Scrolls writing
team use the name in the game.
picture of the recording studio lounge in "Fish!" was
actually based on a real recording studio called the "Roundhouse
Recording Studios" which was situated in Camden. John Molloy
and Phil South spent some time there recording some demos with
John Molloy's band.