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Messages - Richard

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Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 15 November, 2021, 08:07:06 PM »
Brave of you to try that with the minimum SKILL!

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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 11 November, 2021, 04:58:18 PM »
Smith doesn't have to print everything Mills submits.

Or alternatively he could do what Mills did all the time when he was editor, and rewrite the script himself.

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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2023
« on: 11 November, 2021, 04:55:29 PM »
It says 2023 on Amazon and doesn't mention a hardback edition. Maybe he's still writing it?

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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 10 November, 2021, 01:19:47 PM »
I didn't know that. Smith should have overruled him.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2257 - West End Ghouls
« on: 10 November, 2021, 12:58:53 PM »
That has already been explained though, and it wasn't the Martians. Also that happened centuries before Wren was born.

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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 10 November, 2021, 12:56:42 PM »
Tubular Hells was a terrible story that undermined the impact of the last episode of Book X and didn't need to exist.

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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 10 November, 2021, 12:55:11 PM »
Dean Stockwell did a really brilliant performance as the villain in the re-boot of Battlestar Galactica.

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Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 07 November, 2021, 04:20:31 PM »
Starship Traveller is a terrible book, one of the worst in the series.

Most of the science fiction FF books were pretty bad actually. Exceptions are The Rings of Kether (by Andrew Chapman, who did Seas of Blood and Clash of the Princes) and Rebel Planet.

Beneath Nightmare Castle has (I believe) the most sudden death paragraphs, but you can still get through it with low scores if you find the best route, which is fairer to the players. The sudden deaths actually enhance the atmosphere of threat and grisliness.

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General / Re: Writers Block
« on: 05 November, 2021, 10:30:56 PM »
I would add Hope... and Kingdom to Jim's list.

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General / Re: Writers Block
« on: 05 November, 2021, 02:04:20 PM »
2000AD has been consistently good for years. It's an anthology, so you shouldn't necessarily expect to like everything in it, but I think it's fine if three out of five strips work for me (it's usually more). There are new writers of good quality such as Ken Niemand. Maybe you're just old and jaded?

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Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 04 November, 2021, 11:48:47 AM »
The Stainless Steel Rat gamebook was literally impossible to lose, Harry's idea of a joke. A waste of a book.

Sorcery! is simply brilliant.

I also really like Creature of Havoc and Beneath Nightmare Castle.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2256 - Total Excitement Overload.
« on: 03 November, 2021, 04:41:29 PM »
I agree that Enemy Earth was best. Good fun.

I enjoyed Strontium Dug, but new readers might be confused by the text, since nowhere is it ever explained that the characters are Scottish.

The Time Twister was just right for a Regened prog.

It still irritates me that Rico Dredd is addressed as if Rico was his surname and his badge says Rico. Like, some of the children reading this have siblings, they know how first names and surnames work.

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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 02 November, 2021, 09:42:04 PM »
Since Necropolis was more than 160 pages long, I'm assuming that that page count was an error.

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Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 01 November, 2021, 10:53:01 PM »
The 25th Anniversary Edition came with a fold-out map.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2255 - Hag Reflex!
« on: 01 November, 2021, 10:40:32 PM »
Giving up reading the prog as some kind of protest or disillusionment with Regened seems to me to be a massive overreaction. Personally, I've enjoyed some of the Regened material, especially FTB, and Pandora Perfect was a perfectly good six-episodes of silly comedy that did not outstay its welcome. And anything that helps keep the comic going must be good.

But I do agree with the criticism that the art is usually too cartoony, and the overall feel is that the whole Regened prog is too safe, neutered and bland. When I was a kid I was reading comics which my parents would not have approved of, like Scream and (1980s) Eagle. They were violent, with stories like Doomlord, Bloodfang, One-Eyed Jack, The Thirteenth Floor, and reprints of MACH One. I would never have bothered with Cadet Dredd if it had been around back then.

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