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Creative Common / Re: Squaxx Telling Stories
« on: Today at 11:03:19 AM »
I enjoyed! Nice work.

Books & Comics / Re: Kiss His Cape..?
« on: 20 October, 2021, 01:06:24 PM »
Yup, the 'American way' is much better represented by Stormfront these days.

Not for decades it wasn't.

Yes. I am aware of this.

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 20 October, 2021, 09:23:08 AM »
'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.
FF also did one of those (that I know of anyway), 'Clash of the Princes'. I remember buying it in Smiths and then haring to my mate's house to play it immediately. It was exactly the same rush as buying a new 10 game for my Commodore. :)

Books & Comics / Re: Kiss His Cape..?
« on: 20 October, 2021, 09:06:19 AM »

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 19 October, 2021, 10:50:50 AM »
Anyone up for a forum playthrough of one maybe? See how far we all get individually?
Great idea!! I'll see if I can dig mine out.

Sounds good - I know where all mine are.  Which book were you thinking of?  Start with Warlock?  I have most of them, but haven't played through the later ones.
Sounds logical. :) I'll post here when I've dug them out.

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 19 October, 2021, 09:41:13 AM »
Anyone up for a forum playthrough of one maybe? See how far we all get individually?
Great idea!! I'll see if I can dig mine out.

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 19 October, 2021, 09:06:03 AM »
I spent most of my pocket money on these. I was addicted as a kid. Trial of Champions was the last one I bought, at which point FF had successfully gateway'd me into D&D, and my money starting going into TSR's pocket instead. It's all still in the metaphorical loft somewhere.

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 15 October, 2021, 09:37:46 AM »
(thinking of returning to the forum gently)

Rise of the Tomb Raider. Mostly great, but man she does a lot of killing rather than tomb raiding. Currently caught in an annoying bottle neck were she has to swim below ice and pick off bad guys. I mean, she's a teenage girl processing her father's death. Is ice-picking anonymous men to death really the way to go?

That's the issue i have with that so-called "modern" reboot. Technically speaking, these are good games, but they are not the Tomb Raider I remember. And where the puzzles that made me feverishly sweating for the whole day. Plus, Laura is not a psycho, a female Rambo (which sounds actually more as an oxymoron) to have the borderline sadistic treatment for herself and the others. I mean, in the first one, she gets impaled on a pole or something. Gtfo.
I disagree on most counts. Lara was a killing machine in all of the original games, it was simply sanitised by video game tropes and capabilities of the time. At least the first of the Tomb Raider reboots *tried* to address this aspect of her character. As for the puzzles, apart from the exploration aspect which is present and correct, I'd personally rather have the brilliant physics-based, self-enclosed tombs of the reboots than the endless "hope you don't drown" or "push this cube" nonsense of the originals.

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 14 October, 2021, 12:03:45 PM »
While waiting on Metroid Dread to arrive in the post I downloaded Doom (2016) on my PS5 partially on a curious whim / partially because it was only a coupla quid.
Metroid Dread is bloody brilliant. I'm sneaking every spare minute I can find.

Prog / Re: Prog 2253 - Empire state of emergency!
« on: 13 October, 2021, 10:45:18 AM »
Interview with Dan Abnett on The Out:

The interview also confirms that we might be seeing more Grey Area, if there was any doubt whether that story had run its course.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 09 October, 2021, 10:43:26 AM »
But gosh, ST:LD is not only incredibly, delightfully daft and at times side achingly funny, but unexpectedly endearing, well written, and just an all around blast.
Couldn't agree more! This week's was particularly brilliant.

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 01 October, 2021, 11:36:55 AM »
I think I'm done with Aliens: Fireteam.  It was enjoyable and I've been through it a few times but it is a bit samey and lacking in content so I think I'm done.  The DLC roadmap only mentions new classes and gear.  Which I couldn't care less about.
I'm just about to complete the main campaign after ~12 hours. It's a fun, action-packed game, surprisingly well-written, and I think I'm going to carry on and experiment with the other classes.

My primary complaint is the match-making, with its stupid 60-second timer and auto-filled AI slots when the timer runs low. Please, stop. Keep looking for people until I have an all-human squad. I'll wait. It's fine.

Overall I've had more than enough fun for my money and would recommend it.

Prog / Re: Prog 2251 - Escape into the unknown
« on: 01 October, 2021, 09:04:32 AM »
Wow. I'll take a print of that concept piece as soon as possible, please.

Prog / Re: Prog 2251 - Escape into the unknown
« on: 30 September, 2021, 01:21:48 PM »
Dredd and The Out book-end an excellent prog. I haven't got too much out of the last few weeks, but we're on the up and up.

Film & TV / Re: Babylon 5 Reboot?
« on: 28 September, 2021, 09:06:10 AM »
Can we no longer edit posts here?

Edit: Ah, maybe only for a small window after it's posted.

JMS on Twitter with additional context for those interested.

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