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Dante. Because however great the ABCs were- and I'm one of those who loved it right through to the end- Dante appeals more to the adult me.

However, given the choice of 3 and 3/4 inch action figures to play with, it'd be the Warriors all day long.

SBT

I would have looooooooooved this as a kid. Would still be very tempted today! A poseable Mess action figure, just imagine…

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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 18 August, 2022, 10:41:13 AM »
Nice cover! Good to see Gillespie doing some prog stuff, it’s been a while from what I recall.

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Smug self important show off shags his way around future Russia spouting incredibly annoying one liners?

This is such a good description of early Dante.

Now I have it in beautiful hardback I've started lending the softbacks out and I keep telling people to stick with it through the first book... But if Dante didn't start off such a nob, the rest of the story wouldn't be as good.

Exactly!

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Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 18 August, 2022, 10:36:05 AM »
My friend and I attempted Legend of Zagor last week and the biggest challenge was issues we had with Microsoft Teams. Took about an hour to get that sorted. Which was about twice as long as we lasted in the story!

The book is a bit different in that you choose one of four characters (all white males of course) who each have different strengths and weaknesses. We selected Sallazar the wizard and my companion rolled some decent-ish initial scores. Here is my extensive quest report:

Spoke to a priest for a bit of cryptic advice before setting off. Headed to the tavern to try and scrape up some extra money through gambling (Ric my pal cannot resist heading to a tavern in FF books). Anyway, we lost some money pretty quickly and so couldn’t buy much from the local shop. Feeling somewhat dejected we boarded the ship that was set to take us to our destination and met the captain, a sea-dog centaur. He’s dressed in full sea captain clobber from the (human) waist up and we manage not to embarrass him by looking at his unclothed horse parts. We set sail.

A couple of paragraphs later we got absolutely gubbed by a Wyvern.

End of quest.

In short, I still have no idea if this book is any good or not - pretty sure this happened last time too!

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ABCs were among my favourites when I was wee, and that was mostly based on their incredible designs and their appearances in Nemesis, because my first taste of the weekly prog was a bin bag full of about 200 issues dropped off by my mum’s friend, which were from the late 200s to the late 400s, ie right in between the Warriors’ solo series. It would be many years before I finally read those. In fact it was seeing the Best of Monthly with the Black Hole in it that ushered me back to the prog after a few years away, and I adored it. I was absolutely stoked to read the robots were returning for Hellbringer (is that the 2nd Kev Walker series)? After that, I ended up looking forward to them less each time. I think Clint Langley is incredible, but by the later stages it just didn’t hold my interest. The Tubal Cain stuff.. meh. Still love the idea of a robot with metal facial hair, mind.

Couldn’t stand Dante at first. Smug self important show off shags his way around future Russia spouting incredibly annoying one liners? Bleh. By the end it was one of my favourite series ever. Reread it for the first time last year in the UC and it absolutely holds up as one of the most satisfying arcs Tharg has ever published. I still cringe whenever he says ‘I’m too cool to kill’, it is a HORRIBLE line and incredibly dated/naff. But man, what a story. Shout out for Kurakin too - she’s great.

Dante

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General / Re: FFT - ROUND of 16 - The Out vs Brink - Heat 02
« on: 17 August, 2022, 09:11:46 PM »
Such a tough call. After two series of each strip, they’d both become absolute favourites. But Brink has had three more series so I’m voting for it by default.

Brink

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General / Re: FFT - ROUND of 16 - Lawless vs Firekind - Heat 01
« on: 17 August, 2022, 09:08:17 PM »
Happy for either of these to go through. Lawless.

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Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 11 August, 2022, 01:45:16 PM »
I've done Demons of the Deep, Sword of the Samurai, Trial of Champions, Creature of Havoc and Beneath Nightmare Castle. Five books, and only one win! 😆

Mate, I’ve completed about two in the last 25 years and have played them all, some several times! My pal Ric has a compulsion to always move on to a new book after each defeat so by the time a book comes back round again we’ve forgotten what we did wrong the last time.

I cannot adequately describe the sheer emotion in his eyes last year when he realised we were reading the final paragraph of Liche Lord and we’d actually done it!

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I like Rogue, despite some silliness (Colonel Kovert…). It tends to look great and I still think the bio-chips are a wonderful creation. (as an aside I have a friend who read 2000ad as a kid and his memory was ‘you were never sure if they were just voices in his head’ which added an existential dimension to things that I’d never thought of. I mean, it’s pretty explicit they’re not just voices in his head but still, that’s how he remembered it.). Also I still think the fact that Rogue is blue is really cool.

However. I’m voting Kingdom. Hope him and Leezee make a return before too long, and maybe build to a more satisfying conclusion.

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Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 11 August, 2022, 10:36:34 AM »
I see from the inside back cover ad there was also a Legends of Zagor board game with miniatures and whatnot. Interesting!

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Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 11 August, 2022, 10:34:44 AM »
Tonight I will be playing Legend of Zagor over Teams with my pal. I’m not committing to a full quest report but I will let you know how it goes and how we inevitably meet our doom!

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Zenith has seen off some big hitters eh? Anderson’s had a comparatively easy ride so far.

Tough one this, I enjoy a lot of the Alan Grant Anderson, especially the later Ranson period, Half-life etc. Some of the more recent series have tried new things and some has worked for me and some hasn’t. Anderson also feels a bit more like ‘my’ 2000ad as I didn’t read Zenith at the time, just later on in collections, so it’s kind of this weird thing that sits outside my standard prog reading.

Zenith is consistently good all the way through though (well almost. That .com story is blehh).

Ach I’m voting Anderson.

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General / Re: Forum’s Fav Thrill - Brass Sun vs. Savage Rd 5 Heat 14
« on: 11 August, 2022, 10:10:01 AM »
Brass Sun but this was a close one for me.

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General / Re: Forum’s Fav Thrill - Skizz vs. ABC Warriors Rd 5 Heat 12
« on: 11 August, 2022, 10:09:11 AM »
ABCs

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