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Report: Former Sierra Network HQ destroyed by California wildfire
Report: Former Sierra Network HQ destroyed by California wildfire
August 19, 2014 | By Alex Wawro

August 19, 2014 | By Alex Wawro
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Update: A knowledgeable Gamasutra reader has pointed out that the "Old Barn" which has reportedly been destroyed was only the home of the The Sierra Network; Sierra Online itself was headquartered in a separate building. The original story has been updated accordingly.

Original Story: The former Sierra Network headquarters in Oakhurst, CA is believed to have been one of the structures burned to the ground today by a wildfire that broke out near the town.

Long-running Sierra Online fansite Sierra Chest caught the news, and reports that former Sierra Online employees who still live in the area have confirmed the facility's destruction.

The building, once fondly known as Sierra Online's "Old Barn," was the birthplace of the Sierra Network (later renamed the ImagiNation Network), launched to the public in 1991 as one of the very first graphical online multiplayer worlds.

It is unclear what the building was being used for at the time of the fire, or what may have been destroyed in the blaze.

In an unfortunate coincidence, Activision Blizzard recently announced plans to revive the Sierra brand as an indie publishing label and put out a new Odd Gentlemen-developed King's Quest game in 2015.


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Rudy Marchant
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Nice to see my fan site hit the news, though i wish it was on a more pleasant topic. Yes, the TSN building did burn down... The good news however is that the Sierra alumni I've spoken with, and presumably the other residents of Oakhurst also, have in the mean while returned home safely after the town's evacuation.

Richard Aronson
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I worked at the Old Barn from 1993-1997 and, yes, it burned down. Last time I saw it, it was being used by Sierra Telephone. Here is a link that confirms that Sierra Telephone had taken them over, as they also took over the warehouse where Sierra Online used to be:

http://www.sierrastar.us/past/12-19-01/121901toys.html

I find it interesting that two decades after its closure people still refer to the Old Barn as a restaurant instead of as the home of The Sierra Network, which was there for more than five years. The Old Barn was a pretty decent restaurant, but not the best one in town when I moved started at Sierra in 1991.


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