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Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 04 July, 2022, 12:57:06 PM »
Oh yeah, the ogre. I always take arrow cutting, so I normally weaken him with a shuriken and then try to finish him off quick with a couple of kicks, using inner force for at least one of them. Never try to throw him (you may have already found this out!)
Knowing when to use inner force is pretty important as some of the fights are horrific (the one at the end of book 3 is LUDICROUS in its difficulty). You don't want to run out before the end, but don't be afraid to drop really dangerous opponents with it.
I love that image of the ogre jumping between the ships. He looks like an absolute wall of muscle.

General / Re: Forum’s Fav Thrill - Melatzoic vs. Slaine Rd 4 Heat 1
« on: 04 July, 2022, 09:21:20 AM »
Slaine for me too.

Meltdown Man is sheer crazed genius.

I sometimes find myself more critical than others on the Prog review thread, but I truly love the Prog and its variety. For me not to think ' that was a bad Prog' I guess it has to be 2 out of 5 thrills minimum but I know an anthology can grow hot or cold and I don't mind the odd period that's not for me.

Also beetroot can do one! Foul stuff.

General / Re: Sideshow Vote II: Simply the best – The Magnificent 7
« on: 04 July, 2022, 09:08:32 AM »
It's The Black Hole for me too. The ending is all rushed and terrible, but prior to that point the art is oustanding and the story is great.

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 04 July, 2022, 09:06:53 AM »
I must have fought those pirates literally about a hundred times. Throwing the captain can kill of him in one move - his defence is pretty weak to throws and you can put him over the side, ending the fight. Good luck!

Arrived this morning! I've only had a chance to read a small part so far, but flicking through, for someone whose childhood was heavily impacted by Battle it looks really great. Another beautiful bit of work from Hibernia.

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 30 June, 2022, 12:33:22 PM »
Jimbo's gamebook spreadsheet is a thing of unmitigated majesty and nerdery. I may have a similar one myself now based off his template..

Such an awesome writeup on Sorcery there. I definitely played at Cityport of Traps and maybe another one of the series but when I think back I may be getting some of it mixed up with Lone Wolf. This review also inspires me to give it a go though.

Having raced a couple of books ahead of everyone else on FF and with WotT in limbo, I've decided to have a go at Freeway Warrior to see if it makes up for the disappointing Freeway Fighter. It's ace. Writeup to follow.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 30 June, 2022, 12:00:37 PM »
I really dig those Morcock books!

I like an easy read on my commute and I'm reading book 2 of the Dresden Files, which came highly recommended by a few people and by Crom it is terrible. It's marginally better than book 1 but still suffers from uninspiring characters, boring writing and a protagonist who is whiny, sexist, down-on-his-luck yet supposedly insufferably cool and to boot a pretty useless detective. 

I bought a five book set of these in a sale and I'm not sure I can face the other three.

Much love for Missionary Man, gets my vote here.

Koburn by a long way. Zero interest in the DJs in space stuff.

Prog / Re: Prog 2288: Law versus Claw
« on: 29 June, 2022, 08:44:29 AM »
Not much for me in this one at all. Pandora was the obvious highlight both art and storywise with it's nicely defined characters and total mayhem, and not too sanitised either with both chicken and beggar lady meeting sticky ends.

Beyond that I had a better opinion of Lowborn High than most here so far - looked great, very blatant about it's Potter-ripoff-isms and the Andy / Maisy dynamic looks to be the focus of the strip and as such I think this needs more time to get off the ground. Everything else was very bland. I'm surprised at how much praise the Future Shock has had here though, it seemed overly complex and jargon heavy for a young audience and the tale it was telling. I thought it was cool to see a quiz in there - it wasn't very nuanced but these never are. In my experience kids love these.

I've far less experience than they do in the area of children and childrens comics, but IPs comments ring true about the pacing, tone and clarity of storytelling here.. I still find the Beano and the Phoenix a reasonably fun read, even though they're not pitched at me: they're breezy, chaotic, often surreal and just fun. Regened often feels like a bland slog.
I suppose assume Rebellion know what they're doing and who they're pitching for, and I'm still ok with losing a handful of 'regular' Progs a year if it aids with the comics long term future.

Big Jobs choices here. I didn't read RoBusters until I was an adult, so for me it was a bit basic and doesn't have the same appeal as ABC Warriors which is a genuine classic. Amazing character designs and concepts, and as Aaron says, always ambitious storylines. The later stuff did start to grate to the extent that I wasn't unhappy to see it not return, but certainly up till the end of Black Hole I think it's fantastic.

Mean Team. Whilst there's a lot about it that's crap but still have a great affection for it. Henry Moon ftw!

After careful consideration Full Tilt Boogie gets my vote too.

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