Josh Mandel

Easter Eggs

Space Quest IV: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers (Egg id: 106)

- Several games in the software box are references to other games. The box spoofs were written by Josh Mandel.

* "Boom" is a parody on LucArts' "Loom". The author of the original game was called Brian Moriaty, but is renamed Morrie Brianarty in SQ4. The parody box describes the game as having no interface, no conflicts, no puzzles, no other characters and no chance of dying; as does "Loom".

* "Sim Sim" from MaxThis is a parody on the Sim-games from Maxis.

* "Where in the World is Hymie Lipschitz (And Who Really Cares?)" from BroderBuns, is a parody on the Carmen Sandiego games from BroderBund. the person on the box is none other than Josh Mandel himself with a fake beard, hair and glasses.



* "It Came For Dessert" from Enemaware is a parody on an old Amiga adventure called "It Came from the Desert" from Cinemaware, featuring a horde of really big ants. Another note is that the box mentions "Defender of the Crown Rib Roast", which is a parody on an earlier strategy game by the same company, with the same title - except for the rib roast part.

* Cluck Egger lets you design a chicken and make it fly over real barnyard scenery. This is a parody on a flight simulator, called "Chuck Yeager". One of the characters of Space Venture, designed by the Guys from Andromeda in 2012-2013 is also named Cluck Yegger.

* In the floppy version (or CD-version updated with the patch), there is also a plug-in of Sierra Stunt Flyer and "Dacron Danny", a reference to Leisure Suit Larry.



Conquests of the Longbow: Legend of Robin Hood (Egg id: 233)

The fair in Nothingham is full of cameos and references.

Screen 1:
- On the lower right you'll find Corey and Lori Cole. Talk to Corey and he'll say "Reminds me of Spielburg", to which Lori replies "On a bad day". Talk to Lori and she'll say "Reminds me of the alleys of Shapeir only, well, earthier", to which Corey replies "Where are the dancing women, that's what I want to know." Spielburg and Shapeir are villages in the Quest for Glory series, which they designed.
- Talk to the man near the bottom, hauling wood, and he'll say "I used to be a programmer for Sierra On-Line, but hauling wood is much easier work." His name is Aaron, a reference to lead programmer Richard Aronson.
- The man sitting on the tapestry, named Oswald Oakhurst, says "These fine rugs come from the King's palace in Daventry, auctioned off for but a fraction of their worth." Oakhurst is the city in California where Sierra had its headquarters. The King's palace of Daventry refers to the King's Quest series. The man looking at the tapestries is Mark Hood, asking the vendor "How do I know these rugs come from Daventry?"
- The woman on the upper right in the blue dress, named Mistress Yhalkee (referring to animator Deanna Yhalkee), says "It all looks so wonderful, I hardly know where to start" and "I wonder where the scrumpy cider is?"
- The person on top, standing near the table selling "sturdy blue trousers" is named Hiram Levi. When talked to and Robin questioning the appeal of his wares, he responds "I may yet find a market for them. Time will tell". Clearly a reference to Levi jeans which became the world's most sold clothing item in the late 19th century.
- The pottery vendor, leaning on the fence and ignoring his customers, is named George Bush. When talked to, he says "I'm busy". The person beside him on the other side of the fence, named Daniel Quail, says "A mind is a waste of thing to lose. Nay, uh... To lose a mind is a waste to... Nay,um...". Clear references to the 41st President and 44th Vice president of the United States, George Bush and Dan Quail.
- The boy at the game board at the upper left of the screen is Josh Mandel, saying "I want to design games when I grow up."



Space Quest VI: Roger Wilco in the Spinal Frontier (Egg id: 113)

Shuttle games

While in the shuttle cockpit, see a tribute to SQ6 co-designer Josh Mandel by turning the power on, opening the glove box, pressing the Games button and pressing the red button on the right steering wheel.