How the Castle Series came to be
Back in 2002, the very first part of the series was released. This was however without any intention what so ever of being a serious, continuous piece of work, with an actual plot. It was merely something, random you might say, that spawned from Oscar's imagination whilst playing around with the newly discovered animation software Flash. The result was unplanned and visually not even nearly as good as the later episodes of the series. Also, it (understandably) did not receive much attention from the animation communities such as Newgrounds, StickSuicide and Sfdt either.
In 2004, the thoughts of making a follow up to the first piece came up. At this time, Oscar started receiving well needed help and inspiration from the friend Fabian Berglund, to think out the basic storyboard. It was decided to keep the theme of the first piece, which essentially meant using the same protagonist (later named Etrius), to fetch a mystical book kept inside an ancient Castle. The skills within the software Flash had grown and it helped creating something visually closer to the later parts of the series, but not quite there yet. However, this time around, the result was received really good feedback from animation communities and had tons of views on many different sites around the web. This immediately created the urge to create yet another follow up. Also, around this time, Oscar started the very bare bones of the first version of this website!
Before starting the making of Castle III, it was decided to keep the theme of the earlier parts, but now also establish a storyline and an explanation to those parts. In a way, you could call Castle III the actual first part of the series, because this is where the story actually kicks in. A prologue with background information as well as half of the total runtime were dedicated to building up the storyline, and establishing characters. During the making, the DeletionQuality website had already been put online, and Oscar would often give its followers updates of the current progress status, including screen shots of the visuals. The final result was split into five parts – the Prologue, and parts A to D. The animation communites really appreciated the addition of the storyline and the increased visuals. The parts got quite a lot of attention and DQ had a peak of new visitors! Oscar and Fabian immediatly started planning the follow up episode.