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Stealer of Souls – shortest playthrough ever

December 16, 2022

Well this is almost certainly the shortest playthrough of Stealer of Souls ever. There are four pages of backstory: “we’re hiring you because a wizard took my colleague, because we were plotting to kill the wizard. Go find my colleague, who isn’t in the same place the wizard is do don’t worry about it. It’s […]

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Christmas time! ‘Twas the night before… (Part 2)

December 14, 2022

We’re playing ‘Twas, a Krampus Night Before Christmas as we do every winter solstice. When we left Debbie in yesterday’s post, she had wandered into someone’s gingerbread home in the wilderness, dressed in pajamas and holding an axe. Nothing weird here! The homeowner wasn’t there, so she helped herself to some mulled wine and reading […]

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Christmas time! ‘Twas the night before… (Part 1)

December 13, 2022

‘Tis the season to play ‘Twas, the Jonathan Green ACE gamebook. Every Christmas since I picked it up in 2019 (so, three solstice/Christmas seasons) I love to make some cocoa and play it with a friend where one of us reads, the other plays. And here, children, is tonight’s story… Once upon a time… Debbie […]

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I’m definitely not Deadpool

December 9, 2022

It’s taken most of two months off and on, but I’ve finally finished You Are Not Deadpool. What a fun time! As a game book it’s okay. The mechanics are a bit iffy, and it’s difficult to lose enough fights to die. More often than I like, both of the choices go to the same […]

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Weeeeeeee’re off the stop the wizard!

December 5, 2022

Last night, a friend and I played The Wicked Wizard of Oz by the illustrious Jonathan Green. One of us read while the other chose, so it was a fun interactive time with the two of us. She picked the not-at-all-cowardly Lion, who is celebrating one year since he became the king of the forest. […]

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Lovecraft Film Festival

October 18, 2022

Hard to believe that the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival was two weeks ago already. I couldn’t see everything, and I picked more feature-length movies this time over short films. I found almost all of the feature-length ones really boring, and I wish I had gone with the short films instead. But aside from the […]

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Select Your Own Timeline and Prove that Love is Real

September 30, 2022

For the last month, I’ve continued to play the Chuck Tingle Select Your Own Timeline adventures. I finished up Trouble in Tinglewood a few weeks back, and was surprised at how much is in there. There are numerous career paths, a wide variety of settings, and a lot of situations ranging from relaxed to surreal […]

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Timelines and Tingleverses

September 1, 2022

Ah, Chuck Tingle. DeVry master’s degree holder. Tae kwon do grandmaster (almost black belt). And of course… the world’s greatest author. His bizarre self-published erotica features sexual encounters with dinosaurs, bigfoots, anthropomorphized objects and concepts, and more. He’s such a weirdo, and I love it. And for this last week I’ve been re-reading the first […]

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Playing some Marvel Multiverse Adventures

August 26, 2022

These last few weeks, I and my sweetie have been playing She-Hulk Goes to Murderworld and You Are Not Deadpool, the first two and so far only two of the brand-new Marvel Multiverse Missions In both cases, in the universe you are not the superhero – you are their assistant, and they let you pick […]

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Star Strider: the second agent

July 29, 2022

My first three runs of Star Strider were so bad, that clearly that guy was the decoy agent. Here is the story of the real Star Strider whom Tracebeam sent in to get the job done. Skill 8, Stamina 22, Luck 11, Fear 12 Oh for goodness’ sake – an 8 skill and 22 stamina, […]

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Star Strider: Worst bounty hunter ever (still)

July 27, 2022

All righty, Star Strider (Fighting Fantasy 27). Again, I am baffled that during my last playthrough the book didn’t even seem familiar and I was legit surprised to see that I played this back in 2016. Well, that just gives me a fresh start and something new to enjoy. Iā€™m the most elite bounty hunter […]

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Star Strider: Worst bounty hunter ever

July 25, 2022

I’ve decided to go with one of the few science fiction Fighting Fantasy offerings: number 27, Star Strider. What’s really weird is that I grabbed it off the shelf thinking I hadn’t played it before, and had two very short plays during which it didn’t seem familiar. As I came here to blog it, I […]

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Won the War of the Wizards on my first try somehow

July 9, 2022

And, that’s another book won: War of the Wizards, book four of the Grey Star World of Lone Wolf series. Somehow I won it on my first try, due to not meeting the Demon Master (I met him on a later playthrough) and also to figuring out that I should always sink 3 or 5 […]

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Grey Star dies again-again

June 22, 2022

I’ve been quiet lately, but not idle. I’m playing Grey Star 4, War of the Wizards and I must say, Grey Star has not fared well. šŸ™‚ The Shianti have enough magic to pull me back to Magnamund from the Daziarn Plane, but they drop us on the western side of the continent, with no […]

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Grey Star dies again

June 21, 2022

I’ve been quiet lately, but not idle. I’m playing Grey Star 4, War of the Wizards and I must say, Grey Star has not fared well. šŸ™‚ The Shianti have enough magic to pull me back to Magnamund from the Daziarn Plane, but not enough to put me where I need to be. Considering that […]

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Made my way beyond the nightmare gate

May 30, 2022

I’ve not posted in the last month, but I’ve not been idle. I played through Beyond the Nightmare Gate, book three of the Grey Star series. I wanted to like this one. The idea of the Daziarn plane, featured previously in Lone Wolf 10 The Prisoners of Time, appeals to me: Even in the world […]

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Survived the forbidden city of Gyanima

April 20, 2022

Last night I finished The Forbidden City, book 2 of the Grey Star series. There’s a tedious gauntlet in the middle where you’ll certainly die if you don’t have these two specific skills, but that same gauntlet also lays on the lore and atmosphere nice ‘n’ thick. And aside from that, it’s pretty decent. There […]

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Grey Star the Wizard, fun times

April 11, 2022

I started playing Grey Star the Wizard, which is The World of Lone Wolf book 1. It’s a totally different story arc from the Kai, though many game mechanics are similar. And I’ve been too busy playing it and enjoying it, to post about it. šŸ™‚ The story line is pretty novel: You’re a wizard […]

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Lone Wolf 15… kind of a bore

March 8, 2022

Tonight is my third evening playing Lone Wolf 15, The Darke Crusade. Honestly, I think I’m over the whole Lone Wolf series by now. They’ve become repetitive, with the same enemies and scenarios and the same ongoing war after 24 years. The writing is lazy, with so many sections that do literally nothing at all […]

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Legend of me getting my butt kicked by the legend

January 12, 2022

Well, I’ve had a few more plays of Legend of the Shadow Warriors. The book itself doesn’t seem overly difficult yet, but I’ve had just the worst luck ever and haven’t been making it very far.   Skill 8 / Stamina 21 / Luck 12 Surrendered to the guards. Feigned illness to escape from jail, […]

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Too late to stop the Shadow Warriors (part 3)

January 10, 2022

Part 3 of my second playthrough of Legend of the Shadow Warriors Previously, I headed east to consult a hermit who told me the backstory of the warlord and an undead army. Heading south from there, I met an invulnerable vampyr-witch with an army of pumpkin-heads, then a Frankenstein wannabe. As I march southward toward […]

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