Rings of Kether

YOU become a vice squad detective looking to bust a drug ring on some outer rim planet called Kether. Like the deadly Marijuana scourge of the twentieth century, this lethal drug is a threat to law and order and all that stuff.

Put on your white Don Johnson suit and shades, because the War on Drugs has reached out to the stars.

You’ll have exciting spaceship battles and brief laser blaster battles. You’ll get your butt kicked by gangsters. You’ll lurk about in warehouses and bars. You’ll stop at nothing to find out who’s behind… the drug rings of Kether.

Review and Opinion

This one is really interesting, in the amount of play that does not involve the dice. At one point I did a whole playthrough (in which I died) and realized that I hadn’t touched the dice since rolling up the character. Another, the boss fight was the only combat at all, and my thirds time touching the dice was near the end. So, that’s unusual in the relatively low ratio of game in this game book.

I’m not saying that that’s all bad. The writing was pretty decent, and thugs in bars was a welcome diversion from dungeons and caves.

RoK introduced two new ways to get killed: spaceship battles (in space!) and gun fights. In both cases, it’s “roll 2d6, hit if less than your Skill” meaning that someone with a skill above 8 will hit relatively often. Your spaceship has 1d6 shields, so a couple of hits is a problem. A gun does 2 Stamina damage too, so again a single gun fight can be deadly and brief. So kudos again, to bringing in some new mechanics, which is something I appreciate.

All in all, a fun book and a few fun evenings.

Errors

On 304 you get beaten up pretty badly, and “lose 2 Stamina points permanently.” It’s not clear whether this means to reduce your initial Stamina by 2, but I read it as such.

On 308 you “secrete” yourself, hiding out to wait for someone. Eeew.

Maps

 

Publication

Andrew Chapman

1985

Book 15 in the series

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