A somewhat advanced pencil sketch from me at the time, I don’t quite recall what got me into chess. I think it was a game box that my family had gotten with various board games, that did include chess. I also do recall that we had gotten a game called Chessmaster 4000, whose aesthetics do match up with the lightning and everything.
Remember that spiffy game called Descent? With the ship flying around in the cavern shooting robots? I got a whiff of it and thought it was intoxicating. While I couldn’t play it at home, the memory stuck with me long after. And while I had barely been drawing things in MSPaint, one night I did drum this up on my parent’s IBM 65sx PS/2 system, and had forgotten about it till a diskette dump I did in 2014; a BMP fanart of Descent.
I had seen the game briefly in action at a relative’s house in Charlotte. And while I would die within ten minutes of starting Level 1, those gray hallways and that Spider Bot in the menu always stuck to me. While I’m pretty sure I might’ve drawn something on paper, I apparently did this in MSPaint as well. Why, I don’t know; but I did, and I did write and save it to a floppy disk to uncover all these years later.
As you can see, the imagination of a kid holds a lot of potential. They can remember certain things very well and vividly in those times. The cockpit may be well off, but I certainly remembered that double ring HUD. And I even got the ship design right in the shield window to some degree. Looking back at it decades later, I can’t believe it myself that I did ‘fanart’.
One of the things I always wanted as a kid was a train set. This came about after an uncle gave my Dad some leftover parts of a defunct train set. All I had was the caboose and one track length to play with. Later on another uncle did provide a cheaper complete set that I could fool around with to a point, which was fun till the engine broke (it was some generic battery-operated store brand, I think).
Since then, I’ve always wanted a proper one to fool around with till about my later teenage years. This is me trying to imagine a new, complete store-bought train with the imagined bits of the old one I had. While I now realize a modern electric train wouldn’t be hauling a steam train caboose and coal car, little me was creative enough to smack old and new together.