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Recent Adventures

Chasing Shadows Over Arkham

July 8, 2024

I have given up on Amtrak finding my book bag (its been over a week, I even told them the exact seat number), and I have ordered up a new copy of Crypt of the Sorceror. I sure am glad I took it and not Curse of the Mummy! Until that comes, we have been […]

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Crypt of the Sorcerer stays hidden… for now

July 1, 2024

Well, this stinks. This last week I went to Seattle for some music, and on the Amtrak I left my book bag along with the book in it – Crypt of the Sorcerer. So that stinks. I left a message to their lost & found, and we’ll see how it goes. I may or may […]

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Back to FF: Crypt of the Sorcerer

June 19, 2024

After two months of putting it off, last night I finished my mapping and writeup of Moon Knight: Age of Anubis. But rather than dwell on that unpleasantness, let’s grab a new book of the shelf, and this time it’s… Crypt of the Sorcerer, Fighting Fantasy number 26. The intro is pretty typical: A dead […]

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Email service fixed

June 16, 2024

Another server upgrade! I have outbound email working now, yeah after like 8 years of ignoring it. So now I’ll see comments, and you’ll get my replies to them. I do value the comments, even/especially the ones pointing out a mistake. Please keep them coming.

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Six more weeks of Moon Knight

Yesterday we finally finished the playing and initial mapping of Moon Knight Age of Anubis. I still have a few things to track down: a few items and keywords I missed, and two of the secret pages, So that will be another day’s work, and the final maps for the site. It’s hard to believe […]

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Server upgrade! She Hulk! Moon Knight! Baldur’s Gate 3!

April 30, 2024

It’s been a busy month with other things. I’ve been playing Baldur’s Gate 3 for a fair bit of my free time, which has been cutting into the game books time. It’s a fun game, engaging, large, full of explosions and intrigue and all the stuff we like about video games. I’ve gotten to the […]

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Thank you to my fans (or critics? either way!)

March 9, 2024

A few weeks ago, someone sent in comments on some of my Lone Wolf pages. They pointed out some mistakes in my map, pointed out that one of the errors I had mentioned was not in fact an error, and so on. I reviewed my maps and consulted the books on Project Aon. I scratched […]

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Living Without F.E.A.R.

A month later and I am finally done with Appointment With F.E.A.R. It was really quite involved, perhaps the most complex Fighting Fantasy book I’ve known. And somehow that complexity was also why I didn’t enjoy it as much as I could have? The good: Four different super heroes, means four different win conditions. That […]

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Still trying to make an appointment

February 15, 2024

I’m still trying to make my appointment… with F.E.A.R.! I think that Appointment With FEAR is the most complicated Fighting Fantasy book I’ve played yet. Four super powers, which change the choices available, not just for whether you instantly win a fight, but whether you find clues and open up side quests Numerous side quests, […]

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Missed another appointment…. with FEAR!

January 15, 2024

Well, we’ve played Appointment With F.E.A.R. several times now, and every time we just flounder randomly, fail a lot at being heroic, then die. Here are a few highlights! Rolled 9 skill, chose technical heroism. Failed to stop an airplane from being hijacked. Decided to investigate a dairy because our pager said to. Saw a […]

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I’m here, and feeling the F.E.A.R.

January 10, 2024

I notice that it’s been almost 2 months since my last post, when I finished playing Space Assassin. I’ve played Appointment with F.E.A.R. a couple of times with my sweetie, though didn’t write up anything. It’s an interesting premise, being any of four types of super-hero and with a variety of clues that unlock certain […]

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This time they sent a better assassin (part 3)

November 21, 2023

Continuing with Space Assassin. Turns out that not having a Skill of 7 is really instrumental in having a fair chance here! So, this spaceship is just goofy. It was corridors and laboratories and all for a while, then I fell into a pool that flushed me down to a planet. I wandered plains and […]

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This time they sent a better assassin (part 2)

Continuing my first competent playthrough of Space Assassin… I made my way more or less randomly down hallways and past guard robots, and a cool anti-gravity transit thing, to an indoor pool. The indoor pool sucked me into a current (strange in itself!) and deposited me out of a river, onto what seems to be […]

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This time they sent a better assassin

November 20, 2023

As you saw, my last two plays of Space Assassin were short and disastrous because I had a skill of 7, crummy armor, and 1 money to buy only a basic gun. Now that they’re thinned out the less-promising trainees, this time they sent someone qualified. Skill 10 / Stamina 21 / Luck 12 / […]

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Space Assassin, second try

November 10, 2023

Did you catch that ludicrous display of my last playthrough of Space Assassin? It was a travesty, and I died in only a few minutes. So this time the assassin’s guild is sending their best man for the job. Right? Skill = 7 / Stamina = 18 / Luck = 12 / Armor = 8 […]

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Worst space assassin ever

October 27, 2023

Well, my first play of Space Assassin was brief. The assassin’s guild that I work for must not have taken the mission briefing seriously. You would think that “doomsday weapon” and “the whole planet faces extermination” would convince them to send their best 12/24/12 with all the gear necessary. After all, if our unnamed home […]

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Trial of Champions, I’m back

October 16, 2023

It’s been some 6 weeks since I last posted. Oh man. I’ve just had other hobbies going on such as playing Baldur’s Gate 3, and other events and occupations such as the Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon. Fun times. And by contrast, Trial of Champions is kind of an unappealing slog through bad game […]

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Trial of Champions shortest play ever?

August 27, 2023

After a month on other projects, I’m glad to crack open a game book again. Let’s go back to Trial of Champions! I rolled the dice for a new character and… Skill 8 / Stamina 21 / Luck 10 With a skill of 8, I doubt that I’ll even survive the gladiatorial phase. … And… […]

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Trying to be a champion

July 20, 2023

Well, I’ve spent most of the last day trying to play Trial of Champions and it’s just brutal. After dying on Blood Island a half-dozen times, sometimes in combat and sometimes a “roll dice and die” situation, I gave up and just set my stats to 11/24/11. I didn’t want to go full 12/24/12 because […]

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Meat Grinder of Champions

July 19, 2023

After my very short play of Trial of Champions where I died in the arena in a cut scene, let’s try it again. Let’s keep my old character: Skill 11 / Stamina 17 / Luck 10  They seemed like good stats, and I literally hadn’t made a single mark on the paper before dying so […]

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Tried, and not a champion

July 18, 2023

I’ve played Deathtrap Dungeon, and the third book in a loosely-associated trilogy, Armies of Death. But last week I realized that I hadn’t played FF21 – Trial of Champions, the second installment. I really have no idea what it’s about, except that it involves the famous dungeon, so let’s find out. Skill 11 / Stamina […]

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