Brian Moriarty

Brian Moriarty

Brian Moriarty (born 1956) is an American video game developer who authored three of the original Infocom interactive fiction titles, "Wishbringer" (1985), "Trinity" (1986) and "" (1987).

Two earlier games, "Adventure in the 5th Dimension" (1983) and "Crash Dive!" (1984), were published in the pages of "ANALOG Computing", a magazine for Atari home computer enthusiasts.

He is probably best known for his first graphic adventure game, "Loom", published in 1990 by Lucasfilm Games. He also collaborated with Ron Cobb on the design of "Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine" (1994) for Rocket Science Games, and worked on an unreleased incarnation of Steven Spielberg's "The Dig" (1995), some elements of which were included in the released version of the game.

Moriarty once described, [http://www.adventureclassicgaming.com/index.php/site/interviews/212/ in an ACG interview] , his days at Infocom as among the great experiences of his life. "It was a tradition at Infocom to have an Implementors Lunch every Tuesday. The first one I attended was rather intimidating. Seated at the table around me were Marc Blank and Dave Lebling, co-authors of the original "Zork"; Michael Berlyn, author of "Suspended" and "Infidel"; Stu Galley, author of "The Witness" and "Seastalker"; Steve Meretzky, author of "Planetfall" and "Sorcerer"; and Douglas Adams, who was working with Steve on the soon-to-be-released game based on "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". To an avid gamer like me, this was like being invited to tea at Abbey Road with the Beatles!"ref|ACG

Primary works

Moriarty has developed games for ANALOG Computing,
Infocom, Lucasfilm Games/LucasArts,
Rocket Science Games and several other publishers.

ANALOG Computing

* "Adventure in the 5th Dimension" (1983)
* "Crash Dive!" (1984)

Infocom

* "Wishbringer" (1985)
* "Trinity" (1986)
* "Beyond Zork" (1987)
* "Timesink" (unpublished)

Lucasfilm Games / LucasArts Entertainment

* "Loom" (1990)
* "Young Indiana Jones at the World's Fair" (unpublished)Fact|date=August 2008
* "The Dig" (unpublished 2nd version)

Rocket Science Games

* "Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine" (with Rob Cobb) (1994)
* "Darkride" (unpublished)

External links

* [http://www.adventureclassicgaming.com/index.php/site/interviews/212/ Brian Moriarty Interview] , Adventure Classic Gaming, 2006
* [http://www.mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId=202/ Brian Moriarty rap sheet] from MobyGames
* [http://www.infocom-if.org/authors/moriarty.html A biography] of Brian Moriarty
* [http://www.ludix.com/moriarty/ Brian Moriarty: Lectures & Presentations]
* [http://www.aventuraycia.com/entrevista.php?entrev=Brian%20Moriarty&idioma=english&pag=1 Interview with Brian Moriarty]
* [http://www.laisladelmono.com.ar/cms/?q=node/18 Brian Moriarty at La Isla del Mono] (Spanish)


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