A Couple A' Cowboys

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Background

A Couple 'A Cowboys was a game and television production company established in 1983 by Phillip Tanner and Brett Clements, two former reporters who met the previous year at an Australian television show called Simon Townsend's Wonder World. They are well known for the Atmosfear series, and (far more infamously) Rap Rat, which later spawned an infamous creepypasta about the game. The company was disbanded after the release of Atmosfear: The Third Dimension in 1995. It was revived in 2003 and released a new version of the board game in 2004.

(1991-1995, 2003-)

Logo: On a black background, inside a purple box, we see what appears to be a painting of two pairs of cowboy legs sitting atop a balcony, overlooking a desert with three cacti and a moon above, all tinted purple. The painting has a curtain-shaped outline. Underneath the painting is the company name in a mountain shape.

Trivia: The company is mentioned in the creepypasta based on their board game Rap Rat, but their name is misspelled as "A Couple of Cowboys". It also states that it went defunct in 1994, and was absorbed into Mattel. This makes no historical sense, as ACAC has always been independent, and was only disbanded in 1995 before its revival in 2003. In addition, J.W. Spear and Sons, operating as Spear's Games, distributed ACAC's games as a subsidiary of Mattel.

Variants:

  • There is also an early variant, where the painting is orange-tinted and the moon is absent. the box is white and "PRODUCTIONS AND PROMOTIONS" is added underneath the text.
  • On Atmosfear: The Soul Rangers, the logo is in a blue tint and is less metallic, with "P R E S E N T S" underneath.
  • On Atmosfear: The Third Dimension, the logo is shown with the EMG Publishing, Roadshow Entertainment and Tring Publishing logos. On international prints, the Philips logo replaces the Tring logo instead.
  • On the app for Atmosfear, the logo appears as an in-credit version.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Rare. Seen on all their board games since The Truth Hurts!, but it never had an on-screen appearance until Atmosfear: The Soul Rangers.

Legacy: This logo shows the friendship of Brett and Phillip as well as their legacy. You might recognize this company as the people behind the notorously named Rap Rat.

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