Forgotten Times is actually the successor to several games I worked on in the mid 1990s for my youngest brother, Chris Morriss. In those earlier versions, everything was set in a world populated by humanoid cats (and written in QBASIC). While the humanoid cats are gone, much of the current version of Forgotten Times is taken from those earlier games. For example, the different cities, with their unique economies devoted to agriculture, science, or mining are a holdover from those earlier efforts.
Sadly, those earlier games are completely gone now. I had stored them on an old 486, and it was junked while I was away at college.