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Subject: Re: Historical Chessmaster ?

Author: John Merlino

Date: 10:48:28 04/25/05

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On April 25, 2005 at 10:35:37, Fernando Villegas wrote:

>Well, there is a couple of chapters I am still missing. One of them is about
>you. Where are you working now? And the other about Majestic: is it a dead
>proyect or there is still some life on it?
>My best
>(hey, you have not offered me new works by your wife...)

I am now working at a company called Serious Magic ( We
make software for videographers and video editors. It's a small company, about
35 employees. I am Development Manager, meaning that I am in charge of all of
the non-technical aspects of product development:

-- Making sure that R&D deadlines are met.
-- Being the R&D liaison for other company departments.
-- Representing R&D at top-level meetings.
-- etc. etc. etc.

Majestic Chess is almost certainly dead. Fluent Entertainment originally had a
three-product contract with Vivendi, and Fluent was working on Majestic Chess II
when Vivendi decided that they did not want any further versions and simply paid
Fluent for the remainder of the contract.

Fluent said "You mean we get paid for doing nothing? Cool! Lay off all the
programmers!" And so they did, after the company finished Aladdin Chess for

This, of course, was based on Majestic Chess. There are no more developers
working at Fluent Entertainment, to the best of my knowledge.

I'll be sure to send you some of my wife's latest work very soon.


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