<sigh> The internet is a wonderful thing but it's tough to prove something like this I know.. but here's what I remember.
There was nobody named 'Steven' who worked on the Moppet games. I personally wrote Tugboat from scratch on the board we used for the 'El Grande' video poker game. That board was limited in graphics and the result was not so good, so we brought in a hardware developer (Cash Olsen was his name) to design the plug-in board that went on top of the poker board to add additional graphics capabilities. We spent a number of very late nights on the board-bring-up and debug of the first prototype, I remember getting home a 1 or 2 in the morning. The other software developers were George Hefner and Rick Harris. I keep in touch with George from time to time but have lost track of Rick. The graphics designer was Barb Ultis. Andrew Teague was a hardware tech who helped out with some programming from time to time too.
I wasn't part of any of the marketing or deal making. I had always assumed that 'Moppet Video' was an original name, but it was one that Marketing decided to use and that was that..
Mr. Tuni had a son who was about our age at the time and for a while he tried to work with us on designing game play. Wish I could remember his name. The main thing I remember about him was when I returned to work after my daughter was born in July 1982, came up to me and handed me a cigar! I don't think his name was 'Steve' but since I don't remember it at the moment it's possible.
The games that we developed for the Moppet line were in this order: Tugboat, Desert Race, Noah's Ark, Berenstain Bears in Big Paws cave. There was one more that was about 75 to 80 percent done when I left the company in April 1984. The company made a deal to buy circuit boards + the software for the Leprechaun and Pirates Treasure games (maybe this 'Steve' did have something to do with those, I'm not sure honestly) -- these two were in production starting in mid/late 1983. In 1981, the games that they would have been making were the CVS (Century Electronics) boards that were brought to the USA and built/marketed by Tuni at the time.
That picture is really interesting, it looks to me exactly like the production facility we had in Tempe, AZ right down to the roof's wooden main support beam structure -- it was layered and varnished to a shine. Here's a link to the Tempe facility address: http://www.bizapedia...E-AZ-85281.htmlscroll down the page for the Tuni address, or search '1981'.
I recognize two of the the guys in that picture, they worked in the Tempe building. I wish I could remember their names, but they weren't in Vancouver. The larger guy at the far end of the row was 'Mark', the closest guy was a car nut and had a souped up 1960's Chevy II he drove to work, we talked about cars a bit.
My memory of Tuni was it was headquartered in Oregon... ( http://businessprofi...nc/or-151448-19 and http://www.bizapedia...LLIP-CAPEN.html ) would seem to confirm that but it wouldn't rule out an office in Vancouver. Also in that business listing was "Phillip M Capen". I knew him as Mike Capen. He was the boss in Tempe. When Tuni dropped out and the company became Enter Tech, Ltd, Mike was the president. He was an intense guy, I liked him but tried staying out of his way.. I was only 20 when I started there and 22 when I left, and found Mike a little intimidating. Tom Opfer was the immediate engineering manager. He was the one who hired me into the company.
Anybody can claim anything on the internet, but this is what I lived.
<edited to make the links work properly..>
Edited by pwalters, Tue Sep 8, 2015 6:08 PM.