Happy 10th Birthday, Homeworld

It’s been ten years since Homeworld was released, and Uberjumper over at Relic News has a great thread to commemorate it. It’s tough for me to express how honored I am to have story concept and co-writing credits on the game; the comment thread is a moving testament to the game’s emotional impact.  It certainly had an impact on me—my involvement in the game was all moonlighting while I was in Vancouver trying to escape the banal reality of my corporate job back in D.C., and in the wake of Homeworld, I had to wonder why I was stuck doing P&L spreadsheets while friends of mine were inking space-fleets for a living.  In many ways, that was the motivation for what ultimately became Autumn Rain . .  . and it seems like only yesterday me and Rob Cunningham were poring over spaceship drawings in his warehouse-loft over Hastings Street trying to figure out what the thread was that tied it all together while junkies howled and gibbered in the alley beneath us and we contemplated endless galactic suns.


8 Responses to “Happy 10th Birthday, Homeworld”

  1. Zack Says:

    Yes, congrats on the 10 year anniversary of one of the best games I’ve ever played and kudos for creating such a vivid and imaginative story. I remember pouring over the details and back-story of the game manual, hell I think I might have enjoyed that more than the game at times! It was a brilliant stroke to take something that’s usually an after-thought for developers and make it to an engaging and entertaining part of the story of the game. I wish other games developers put as much care and thought into their manuals. But I must say I was disappointed that the follow-up didn’t further the lushness of the background story through the game’s manual.

  2. Relicnews | The Smoking Dog Reflects Says:

    […] still dealing with a bit of Homeworld nostalgia. It seems that those that worked on Homeworld are still feeling it as well. The story concept for […]

  3. John C Says:

    Hello David: I’m still playing Homeworld due to all the mod support. Great game.

  4. Francisco Says:

    best game ever!

  5. Dany Says:

    Its soundtrack is just fantastic… I still hear it almost weekly in my mp3—

  6. rob Says:

    agreed about the soundtrack – truly epic road-trip music

  7. Jay Richardson Says:

    I have been looking for the person that had the rights to the Homeworld story. I have begun several of my own Sci-fi story lines and they are still in the process. And I have often wondered if anyone had actually written a novel based on the Homeworld game series. I’ve poured over the internet and seen old postings of online fan-based movies or backstory plots, but haven’t seen anything concrete about a novel or complete story. Can you help me? Is there a book based on the Homeworld series? Is this something being worked on? Or how, if possible, would someone go about obtaining permission to write a story based on this series? Thank you.

  8. David Williams Says:

    @ Jay – – as far as I know, THQ (Relic’s parent) owns the rights. You’d have to talk to someone there. . .