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General / Re: Sideshow Vote: We all are going on a summer holiday
« on: 03 May, 2022, 10:48:23 AM »
I stopped reading the prog by that time but I've had the opportunity to read some of these tales since and they're rancid. I'm pretty sure if I'd still been a reader I would have dropped it.

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 03 May, 2022, 10:41:41 AM »
So this September it's Fighting Fantasy Fest 4, which is also the 40th anniversary celebration thing.

I've never been to once of these before - it's being held in Ealing and tickets are not cheap, but you get a load of gubbins with entry (programme, dice), it sounds fun and I'm really into the books at the moment so I've got myself a ticket. Right now it looks like I'm forcing my wife to tag along, but it'd be great to meet up with some of you guys there if you fancy it!


Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 03 May, 2022, 10:36:25 AM »
That is awesome. I also have a FF spreadsheet but this puts mine to shame: I'm tracking what I own per edition and if I've beaten it, tracking what actually killed you is some next level stuff. I'd be interested to see if you have a nemesis across all books.

Classifieds / Re: More stuff for sale!
« on: 03 May, 2022, 10:31:14 AM »
I'll drop you a message as there's a couple I'm interested in - cheers!

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 27 April, 2022, 03:23:07 PM »
I've finally finished Snow Witch. In order to do so I had to cheat and skip all the fights - even with max stats I was unable to get through to the end. I won't spoil it here for others as there's a nice twist to the tale about halfway through.

This book is insanely hard: it feels tougher than DD although that may be due to familiarity with the latter. Some of it is very cool - I love the artwork, the split into 3 seperate little quests - but some of it is a bit lacking. The second encounter with the Snow Witch herself is pretty rubbish, and the final quest segment does feel a bit tacked on, even if the concept is quite unique: I think it might have even worked better as two seperate volumes. I did really like the nods to continuity with other books - Bigleg and Stonebridge, Firetop Mountain, Fang and so on - you can see the world of FF starting to take shape over the last couple of books.

House of Hell up next. I know this is a well-regarded book, but I when I played it as a kid I really didn't like it: the art, the theme, and the difficulty level all put me right off. I feel a little trepidation about revisiting it. 

General / Re: Sideshow Vote: I am all grown-up
« on: 27 April, 2022, 02:58:31 PM »
Survival Geeks for me, but I really enjoyed Intestinauts and I have a lot of time for Saphir.

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 27 April, 2022, 10:59:26 AM »
Great writeup as ever DJ!

General / Re: Sideshow Vote: I love supplements
« on: 27 April, 2022, 10:58:02 AM »
Only new material and reprint gets my vote - absolutely zero interest in stuff like the encyclopedia. I would prefer the reprints to be older stuff: non-Prog reprints can be enough to tempt me into buying the Meg just for them..

Even Steve Dillon can't save HH here, Rogue Trooper all the way.

Prog / Re: Prog 2279 - Past Crimes
« on: 27 April, 2022, 10:36:42 AM »
Three progs arrived all at once yesterday so I've had a bit of catching up. I'm not sure if it's the frustration from the delay and the inevitable minor spoilers I've had, or just reading them all at once, but I'm less high on this current run than some. It's all good, but also all a little flawed.

Dredd – Have to agree with others that this was extremely climatic in the context of the hype: nothing changed and Dredd's actions were nowhere near as shocking as loads of the other stuff he did during the war. Out of the context of that, this was a a fast moving, brutal little story with absolutely fantastic artwork. Just not the gamechanger it was made out to be.
I stick by the concept of the unreliable narrator at play - both Winterton and Chopra could be spinning the tale their own way, even though Winterton's behaviour points to him being legit nuts - but Dredd's actions aren't really that shocking in context, so it's not really a big deal.
One thing that did confuse / misdirect me is that in the first episode there's an attack on the iso-block which I assumed was connected to Winterton in some way - guys trying to bust him out or silence him or whatever - that turned out to have no further relevance. I'm assuming now that this was the plot reason to have the priest alone with Winterton but it also felt like a bit of an anticlimax there.
It's hard to view the story outside of the big hype it got. Some of Dan Cornwell's best stuff yet, but the story itself seems a bit throwaway really.

Hope – I've struggled to engage with this so far. The pace seems very slow, not helped by some of the page layouts, and the characters don't yet feel all that realised, unlike..

Brink – where the glacial pace isn't an issue because the dialogue is building layer upon layer of menace of tension. Sinister elements of the tale are dismissed as mundane, except we know they aren't, and Broodblik's chess analogy is a good one as it feels like things are lining up for something awful to strike. The return of previous characters, now we have some foreknowledge of who they are, is ominous.

Intestinauts – Loved this although the finale seemed a but abrupt with everything suddenly wrapping up: feels like we could have had another episode of this. I hope this tale keeps coming back. Pye Parr's bright, kinetic artwork is perfect here.

Future Shock – Really liked this too. Superb artwork, neat little tale.

Fiends – Another one that's not quite hitting the mark for me when compared to previous runs of Fiends. Awesome old haircuts aside, the cold war setting has faded into the background and whilst I was delighted to see Baba Yaga's house, I guess I was expecting more than a fight and escape (and subsequent villain reveal). Conscious this may have more to come however. I did like the speech about having multiple vampires working on the espionage payroll and as ever, the art is brilliant - digging the grotesque, inhuman smiles and snarls from Costanza especially - he's a monster!

Events / Re: Lawless 2022
« on: 26 April, 2022, 10:01:37 AM »
I might now be able to make this on the Sunday - for those who have been before, is it worth it? It sounds like most of the fun is Saturday night in the bar..!

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 25 April, 2022, 10:09:03 AM »
It's a serious list. I've got about half the original Puffin run and a handful of others, but I'm not crazy enough to attempt to collect them all. If this thread is still going and I'm still interested in about 15 books time I might buy some more!
I've not played any of the newer ones I've got - Assassins, Blood of the Zombies etc. I am quite tempted by Bloodbones, because I like pirates. Any strongly recommended ones (besides Moonrunner) from book 29 onwards?

CotSW has defeated me over and over btw, but I'm thinking of doing a cheat playthrough where I max out my stats or even just skip the fights, just to see where it goes.

General / Re: Sideshow Vote: He is the chosen one (or is he?)
« on: 25 April, 2022, 10:01:15 AM »
My fellow boarders above have nailed it.
The concept could be good but little is done with it.

So much Meltdown Man

Helltrekkers for me too. Ten Seconders was one of those strips that I thought would be better than it actually was - a fun read but not one I ever really feel the need to revisit.

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