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Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 22 October, 2021, 10:09:26 AM »
I hate those bloody Ganjees.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 21 October, 2021, 12:47:37 PM »
I enjoyed Last Driver, nice one Colin!

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 21 October, 2021, 10:05:47 AM »
Hmmm. <removes Hatchet from his 'to watch' list>

Train to Busan is one of those films that's great, but such a psuedo-traumatic watch I couldn't ever watch it again. Unlike, say, Army of the Dead which I would never watch again for other reasons.

Games / Re: Strontium Dog: The Killing 2188
« on: 21 October, 2021, 09:54:51 AM »
Poor old The Blob.

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 21 October, 2021, 09:50:51 AM »
It was exactly the same rush as buying a new 10 game for my Commodore. :)

This is such a retro statement, I know exactly what you mean.

In the spirit of contributing to the rest of the thread, I have never been to a goth club in Bury St. Edmunds.

Prog / Re: Prog 2254 - Photo Bomb!
« on: 20 October, 2021, 10:18:27 AM »
Dredd - I'm still really enjoying this. Dredd's speech is deeply cheesy but this is a great, knockabout story full of fun and violence. One of my favourite Dredds for a while. Did I mention last week Jake Lynch is killing it on this story? He so totally is.

The Diaboliks I'm still not enjoying this, apologies. Nothing here for me whatsoever.

Pandora Perfect Nothing wrong with this episode but I'm finding the series as a whole somewhat lacking in cohesion. It looks terrific however and I am into the sausage moon idea - that last panel is excellent, especially with Pandora's little ship sticking out of it, cartoon style. Overall it's alright, but feel this could be better as the one-offs set a high standard. 

Scarlet Traces I'm really into this now. The art is just fantastic, it feels like next level stuff. Big fan of Aaron and Icarus's dialogue too and literally no idea what will happen next.

The Out I might have said this last week but feel like this series of The Out isn't up there with the last one. It's still got that way of flipping from one scenario to the other, which I like a lot, but the dialogue seems a bit more self aware and comedic, which I like less.. I guess I just thought the first series was more interesting. This is still a good read, with loads of crazy ideas and images.

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 20 October, 2021, 09:18:20 AM »
22. Robot Commando - every time you find a new mech you get an interesting decision, weighing up the pros and cons.

This book RULES.

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 20 October, 2021, 09:17:38 AM »
I didn't know that about Joe Dever, I'll be all over those! Really enjoyed Lone Wolf at the time. I do have snazzy hardback versions of three of his Freeway Warrior books, although I've yet to replay them...

I've got a couple of the Duelmaster sets as well - these are essentially a set of two 'PvP' gamebooks where two players read at once and are competing against each other. Typically when you reach the end of a paragraph you're given a command to wait until the other player hits a wait command and then you both proceed. Actions give you keywords that effect what the other player encounters, with players prompted to ask the other if they have keyword in various locations, and then if they do they'll move to a different paragraph describing a monsters body or an empty chest and so on. You win if the book kills the other player, or you can meet and fight each other to the death. They're great.

If a few of us guys do want to do read through of one (Warlock?) then i've dug my books out ready.

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 19 October, 2021, 10:51:49 AM »
I hadn't thought that far ahead but I think whatever the most people who are interested can get their hands on! Warlocks got a massive maze in the middle which is annoying but it's a good one to start!

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 19 October, 2021, 09:33:03 AM »
I used to spend all my pocket money on these too. At some point over the years I lost all of them bar Appointment with F.E.A.R - I think my brother inherited and disposed of them when I went to uni.
During the pandemic I picked up a bunch of old ones off ebay and started replaying them. Some of them are SO hard but they're really good. I'm basically addicted to them now. I met Ian Livingstone at an event this year and was totally fanboyish.

Deathtrap Dungeon is my favourite but I really love Trial of Champions and Forest of Doom, which was my first one ever. On the non-FF front I love the Way of the Tiger series.

Anyone up for a forum playthrough of one maybe? See how far we all get individually?

General / Re: FINAL!!!! - The Killing v Rage - Bolt-01 Cup
« on: 19 October, 2021, 09:18:47 AM »
I'm voting for The Killing too. If I could only read one SD story and it was one of those two, I'd go with that.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 18 October, 2021, 10:05:42 AM »
Hellraiser 2 is a fantastic film, a direct sequel written by Barker.

It looks great on the whole and it's got some seriously messed up (cool) ideas, but it spends a lot of it's time explaining stuff that didn't need to be explained and trying to humanise the cenobites and make them weirdly ethical. I think all of that makes the first film weaker and that it works best as as stand alone, where it's an extraodinarily good horror.
That said, it's about a thousand times better than any Hellraiser film that came after it and I'm not saying it's crap.

I didn't know there was a reboot coming in 2022.

It's either gas or... Outlaw!

It's not an easy choice. Outlaw is the very first long form SD tale I read and has a special place in my heart. Portrait is great, but it doesn't really embody Stront for me - it's war story and whilst Outlaw isn't a bounty hunt tale it's got all the high octane stuff but it's also a bit lighter, a bit more personal. Plus it's got Wulf in it, not to mention just enough Gronk to not be annoying, Stix, the Torso's last stand, the starport coffins / Barrington Boots / gis thae chips bit, a guy called Vince Scampi... that end where the Stronts blow Kreelman to bits is just amazing. So many cool moments! Love it.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 15 October, 2021, 03:59:17 PM »
David Amess was the MP from my parents neck of the woods. I didn't see eye to eye with him on many subjects but he was passionate about his views and the work he did for the community. Whatever your political views, this is awful.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 15 October, 2021, 10:30:14 AM »
I haven't decided whether I should revisit the Hellraiser franchise.

Watch the first one and then leave it at that!

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