Evolution of Liberty Bell
Been asked this a few times, so here is the evolution, and let's see how well I remember it all...
The initial idea for Liberty Bell came in probably 1994, when I was BBSing and getting disconnects ad nauseum. I think the original original title was "F#3$%([email protected]@@NO CARRIER", but I could be wrong. Really, at that point there was no way I could make it. I shelved it to a better place.
In my first year of university at Mount Allison, I got to be part of the first generation of webheads at the newspaper, the argosy. Up until a few months ago I remember there was evidence of the beast. It was called "Shock on the Wire" back then. Had an ad-like spot in one print issue of the Argosy (1996-1997ish, if anyone's got it, please email it to me).
I developed the idea quite a lot after that, but still the idea was bigger than the technology would allow (plus I was in school and that's not a good place to make a big-ass series). So I kept mulling it over.
Early 2001. I have a choice, and I was very aware of it: Make Dustrunners, or make what was then called Monitor City. Spaceships and spies are easier to sell than hackers and couriers, so I went down the road more traveled, and... well... y'know.
When Dustrunners first hit its brakes, I started contemplating Monitor City again. A bit of thinking went into it, and it was re-named Liberty Bell, and I put it back on the shelf until I was really in a place to make it for real. Took me two years, which is pretty good, considering.
So now you have Liberty Bell, you have the final evolution of James Garamond, and hopefully you'll never have to see what I was going to make ten years ago.