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Siege Tower 8. Schanttentor 9. Mortal Sinful Wrath Sacral Fire This new lineup called themselves Human Fortress. After recording a demo in , the band began work on their debut album, which was completed in the summer of They entered a talent contest sponsored by a popular German metal magazine. Their song "The Dragons Lair" was released on a compilation CD for the contest, and was subsequently voted "Favorite Track" by online fans. Due to this recognition the band reached a deal with Limb Records , and released their debut album Lord of Earth and Heavens Heir.
The recording process included guest performances by members of the bands Galloglass, King Leoric, and Meridian Zero.
After this album, guitarist Volker Trost left the band and was replaced by Frank Sawade. They were replaced by Carsten Frank and Arndt Krone, respectively. Mical saw artist Jim Sachs push the Amiga to its full potential.
These days everyone sees graphics like that because there are a lot of really good computer graphics artists now, but back then, 20 years ago, it was astonishing to have someone that good. The final game was a landmark in video game production values. As game designer Bob Lindstrom recalls, "The shock of seeing Defender for the first time was one of those experiences that changed the gaming stakes for all of us. Compared to other video games of the time, Defender of the Crown established a new level of quality.
The Macintosh had games like Checkers or Backgammon, or board games like Risk. Defender of the Crown had richer graphics than any computer, console, or even arcade game could boast in It was a revelation. It became a best seller, selling 20, copies by the end of ,  and 1 million by Info gave the Amiga version four stars out of five, stating that its "graphics have set new standards for computer games".
The magazine praised the "breathtaking" animation and "impressive" color, but hoped that future Cinemaware games would improve on the "adequate" gameplay, which was "the weak link". In , Computer Gaming World declared Defender of the Crown the 92nd-best computer game ever released. Randy McDonald was in charge of art direction, design, and production for Cinemaware's first four games, and he explains in an interview that "Peter Greene or I would do a sketch of generally what we wanted for each cover.
I went to Western Costume in Hollywood, which for many decades was the giant in the costume industry there, and rented costumes for the types of "look" we had settled on for each cover. We hired models and brought them into Peter's large photo studio, where we set them up in the costumes I had rented, posed as closely as possible to the way we wanted them to be illustrated.
The ports of Defender of the Crown , notably for DOS and the NES, resulted in an enormous loss in graphic and audio quality due to those systems' inferior abilities compared to the Amiga.Jul 28, · Band - Human Fortress Song - Defenders of the Crown Cd - Defenders of the Crown Line Up: Jioti Parcharidis - Vocals Torsten Wolf - Guitars Volker Trost - Guitars Dirk Marquardt - .