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Prog / Re: Prog 2317: Escape Route
« on: 28 January, 2023, 05:59:19 PM »
That is nice!

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 23 January, 2023, 05:37:21 PM »
I played the first two Lone Wolf books a couple of years ago, but didn't buy any more after that because online reviews of the third book put me off. I also re-read the tenth one, which I got as a teenager.

The first two are pretty easy, but are very well written and did make it feel as though I was exploring a real world. The tenth one is impossibly hard!

General / Re: Which do you prefer?
« on: 23 January, 2023, 04:36:59 PM »
Well I like Langley's photo art! I'd love to see him do Dredd like that.

General / Re: Looking back
« on: 23 January, 2023, 04:12:43 PM »
I enjoyed Silo for the same reasons, but once you learn how much is ripped off from Die Hard (and there was also a whole episode of Robo-Hunter lifted straight from The Deer Hunter, but I digress), I think it becomes pretty unforgivable. I still like the art though.

The Megazine was the worst thing ever to happen to the prog. Wagner only wrote Dredd stories for the Megazine for the next four years. I think more highly of Ennis's work in this period than most -- for every bad story there was a good one, e.g. Raider -- and you have to remember he was in his early twenties when he was given the comic's flagship character. The quality really declined after he left and was replaced by Mark Millar, Grant Morrison (who should have been really good but wasn't) and "Sonny Steelgrave".

Prog / Prog 2316 - Taking Liberties
« on: 22 January, 2023, 12:18:25 AM »
Nice to get a Saturday prog at last!

Dredd finishes and does not disappoint.

Tin Man - whatever.

The Out - significant things happen.

Proteus Vex - apparently something significant happened but I missed what it was; I think it will be necessary to re-read all of this at some point to understand it.

The real highlight for me this week is the Terror Tale, which was really strong I thought, and an improvement on some of the recent offerings. A clear premise and a horrible ending.

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 19 January, 2023, 11:07:18 PM »
The graphic novel artwork looks a bit too cartoony for my tastes, especially compared with the illustrations in the prose novel.

I'm a bit worried about Russ Nicholson actually; he hasn't blogged in nearly three years. I hope he hasn't died!

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 17 January, 2023, 11:38:40 AM »
Oh dear! I think I enjoyed it more than you did!

I think the only way to reconcile this book with Creature of Havoc is to say that your character winning CoH is the non-canonical ending, and actually you never make it back to the Galleykeep! Which is a bit bleak, but statistically speaking entirely likely.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 16 January, 2023, 09:51:40 PM »
Diceman would add another 66 pages.

Help! / Re: Cover identification
« on: 14 January, 2023, 06:37:12 PM »
Pretty stupid of someone to list 31 comics and not bother to say what they are.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2023
« on: 13 January, 2023, 06:47:38 PM »
I'm looking forward to that!

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 12 January, 2023, 11:44:42 PM »
It just gets better and better.

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 12 January, 2023, 01:51:19 PM »
Even though that's not a gamebook you should still write us a review when you've finished it!

General / Re: Hivemind query - anyone recognise this story?
« on: 12 January, 2023, 01:48:30 PM »
Hair of the Dog, progs 2174-5.

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 10 January, 2023, 08:09:26 PM »
What a great write-up! I almost feel like I've just re-read the book. I think I'll still give it a go myself soon. It certainly is one of the best.

The catapult to the Galleykeep must have felt like a swashbuckling Indiana Jones moment! (The Galleykeep is cool, there's a brilliant illustration of it in The Trolltooth Wars.)

You were right to go that way; the training grounds are a dead end if I recall correctly.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 09 January, 2023, 06:04:31 PM »
I really liked the first two books of Finn. After that the quality declined sharply in my opinion.

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