In Jordan's Words: 30 Years Later
This page is a continuation of my journal from January 1993, starting the day after my published The Making of Prince of Persia diary ends.
That January, I'd just rented an apartment in San Francisco, after a year living abroad in Paris. My main reasons for returning were to be closer to the Broderbund team in the final months of production of Prince of Persia 2, and to form a new studio to make my planned next two games: Prince of Persia 3 and The Last Express (called, at that point, "train game").
The success of Karateka and Prince of Persia had put me in a rare and fortunate position that few creative artists ever get to experience. At age 28, I was being offered a dazzling array of opportunities to write my own ticket. How I navigated those choices – including mistakes I made and things I was blind to, as well as what went right – was raw material for the journal I kept during the four years I struggled to finish The Last Express.
If you've read either or both books of my previous journals, The Making of Karateka (1982-1985) and The Making of Prince of Persia (1985-1993), you already know the back story and many players in the drama. The journal is not a look back; it's what I wrote then, in present tense. The entries are selected and abridged (even my mother wouldn't want to read everything I wrote between age 17 and 32), but apart from light copyediting, I've let the text stand as I wrote it thirty years ago, and avoided the temptation to revise with hindsight. If some lines make you wince in 2023, they probably make me wince too.
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Thanks for reading! Now I'll pass the fountain pen to 28-year-old me. I'll occasionally jump in to add clarifying context, but mostly, I'll stay out of it.