This section of the Virtual Broomcloset is dedicated to bringing you images of rare Space Quest merchandise and memorabilia and behind-the-scenes looks at the series itself. If you have something that you'd like to contribute to this section of the site, feel free to drop me a line and let me know. In the meantime, enjoy the Space Quest Rarities!
Space Quest 2: Space Piston (documentation)
This Space Piston comic book was originally included in the packaging for Space Quest 2. See Roger's retelling of the events of the Sarien Encounter and the debut of Sludge Vohaul in this prequel to SQ2. Its cover appears here courtesy of MobyGames.
Space Quest 4: Space Piston (documentation)
Space Quest 4 originally included this Space Piston magazine with its packaging. This issue of Space Piston features articles on the Timebuster 2000 SUX timepod, the latest installment of "Ask Smokey Crankshaft," and an exclusive interview with Roger Wilco. Don't let your mom catch you looking at the centerfold, though. Its cover appears here courtesy of Frans' Space Quest Site.
Space Quest 5: Galactic Inquirer (documentation)
Ever wonder what tabloids might look like in the future? No? Well, if you did, you'd probably be very interested in the Galactic Inquirer. This issue not only includes an interview with Roger Wilco, behind-the-scenes photos of the making of Space Quest 5, and the truth about Guy from Andromeda Mark Crowe, but also the invaluable SQ5 copy protection. Its cover appears here thanks to Jeysie of The Many Deaths of Roger Wilco.
Space Quest 1 Coupons (box insert)
These coupons for Droids-B-Us and the Oasis Bar in Ulence Flats were included with the original packaging of Space Quest: The Sarien Encounter. Please note that these coupons are not valid outside of Ulence Flats. They appear here courtesy of MobyGames.
Andromeda Snout and Glasses (box insert)
This stylish set of Andromedan glasses and snout was originally packaged with Space Quest 3: The Pirates of Pestulon. Pretty nifty, eh? They appear here courtesy of Frans' Space Quest Site (Frans also models the glasses and snout below).
The Space Quest Companion
Peter and Jeremy Spear's Space Quest Companion is an excellent novelization/hint book published by Osborne McGraw-Hill. Although the first edition (pictured below) only features novelizations and walk-throughs for Space Quest 1 through 4, the second edition (1993) also includes Space Quest 5. If you enjoy Space Quest fan fiction (or like to keep an excellent hintbook lying around), the Companion is hard to beat. Its cover appears here courtesy of The Sierra Archives.
The Official Guide to Roger Wilco's Space Adventures
Jill Champion's Official Guide to Roger Wilco's Space Adventures is a publication similar to The Space Quest Companion, featuring a novelization of the Space Quest series that also doubles as a walk-through. The Official Guide also features a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Space Quest series (including actual design documents) and a few interviews with Roger Wilco. The cover appears here courtesy of Frans' Space Quest Site.
The Adventures of Roger Wilco (comic book)
That's right--back in 1992, Malibu Comics produced a rare three-issue limited series based on the Sarien Encounter. The series featured terrific writing and quite good artwork (the first issue is in full-color, whereas the second and third are in black-and-white). This series is a must-see for any fan of the Space Quest series! I've included images of the covers below.
Space Quest 3 Promotional Movie
"Long, long away in a galaxy far, far ago..." Thus begins the voiceover in the rare promotional movie for Space Quest 3: The Pirates of Pestulon (courtesy of QuestStudios). Originally released by Sierra on VHS for distribution to retailers, this video stars Scott Murphy and Mark Crowe, the Two Guys from Andromeda. You can download the movie by clicking here (you'll also need to download the Angel Potion MPEG-4 video codec if you don't already have it). Screen captures are presented below.
Alternative Space Quest 6 Cover Art
Reproduced below is a stunning piece of art considered for the cover of Space Quest 6, submitted by SQ6 artist Chris Willis.
Alternative Space Quest 6 Box
This is another rejected idea for the Space Quest 6 boxart, originally appearing in an issue of Sierra's InterAction. Submitted by *NC at the Subspace Channel.
Autographed Picture of Roger Wilco
I'll let Julia E(lipse tell this story. "Sometime in 1995 or 1996, the Two Guys spent about two hours chatting with their fans and promoting their games in one of those CompuServe chat sessions. Every now and then the moderator would ask a SQ trivia question and the first person to answer would get this nifty 'signed photo.' There were ten questions over all, so I assume there are ten photos floating around somewhere, unless they made more for some other purpose. Anyway, after trying madly to get the first word in on five or six questions, I happened to be the first person to reply to a question along the lines of 'What is the name of the alien in the table in front of World O' Wonders?' And they mailed me this 'signed photo' and I felt like a very lucky fangirl. It now decorates my dorm wall." For those keeping score at home, the autograph reads, "Stuck on you like alien goo! Roger Wilco, Space Janitor, Space Quest 6." Thanks for the submission, Julia!
Space Quest Patch (promotional item)
Sierra distributed this embroidered patch to magazine editors and reviewers as a promotional item. It's perfect for sewing onto your backpack! The patch appears here courtesy of Josh Mandel and The Sierra Archives.
Space Quest 6 Coffee Mug (promotional item)
Once again, this coffee mug was distributed to magazines and retailers as a promotional item for Space Quest 6. As Josh Mandel notes, "There is a separate bottom section to the mug containing some little bits of stuff. The stuff is: a block of sponge, a tiny broom, a tiny plunger, a couple of cardboard "floppy disks," and a whole mess of silver stars." The mug appears here courtesy of Josh Mandel.
Space Quest 6 Calling Card
Packaged with some copies of the Space Quest Collection, this calling card granted its owner a finite number of minutes to call the Sierra Hint Line (back before the days of the Internet and free walk-throughs). The card (pictured below) was submitted by Space Cadet Louise.
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