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Prog / Re: Prog 2301: Primate Scream
« on: 28 September, 2022, 09:08:09 AM »
Having blotted my copybook last week somewhat by slagging off the zombie Prog almost everyone loved, I was keen to get back to the business of loving the Prog this week. This Prog is... ok. It's mostly setup episodes, so nothing to get hugely excited about at this point, but promises much.

Dredd – Nice little tale and a very old school feel to it. Slight but fun. Looks fantastic!

Chimpsky – Excellent setup, ready for things to kick off next episode. I already hate these kids (in the right way)!

Enemy Earth – Another setup episode which is fine with me. This stood out for me in Regened - it seemed darker and more interesting than a lot of the other tales there - and this is another dark episode so interested to see where it goes. I'm not a huge fan of the art: must be my old eyes but I found it a bit confusing, but that's on me, not the artist.

Future Shock – Not bad but also somewhat unmemorable. I agree it's a clever idea that didn't quite translate.. I too have started to feel like 'social media is bad' is the default setting for a FS nowdays (I know it's true, but there you go)

Hershey – Enough's been said about what's wrong with this story. Putting that aside, it's a decent setup. Dirty Frank's boggley eye eyepatch is a highlight but some absolutely stunning stuff from Simon Fraser on the art.

Prog / Re: Prog 2300: On the Day of Judgement...
« on: 21 September, 2022, 03:08:51 PM »
Sad to be the dissenting voice but I thought this Prog was abysmal.
Nice art.
"Abysmal" is a bit strong, but I didn't really care about any of it. An endless parade of "look, it's X, but they're a zombie" gets tiresome after a while.

Fair point. I'm not interested at all in crossover events, what-if type stories or zombies, so there was nothing here for me. Mostly strong art throughout I didn't think any of the stories were interesting but I suppose ymmv depending on how you feel about the above. This is the first Prog I can remember though where I didn't enjoy a single story in it: I'd have preferred it to have been a Halloween special or something so I could have safely skipped it.

That's all my subjective opinion though, so I could have worded things better! Glad most others enjoyed it.

General / Re: FFT - What if? Tie 1 - Stalag 666 vs Dead Men Walking
« on: 20 September, 2022, 11:14:31 PM »
I'm not sure what, on the whole of God's green Earth, could convince me to vote for Stalag 666.

Dead Men Walking, while a bit too indebted to Shawshank Redemption, had great art and did at least have the decency to throw in a rampaging army of zombies.

100 x this.

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 20 September, 2022, 11:12:38 PM »
That's a tremendous writeup Jimbo! Loving reading your journey through this.

The next of its (multi-player) type was, I think, The Riddling Reaver, which I loved but again never actually played as it was meant to be played.

I ripped off big chunks of RR - and Fighting Fantasy - for D&D and MERP games that I ran back in those days, but I spent hours poring over the art: I was pretty excited to pick up that Mummy picture. They're good little adventures (RR especially has some great bits) but I don't think Fighting Fantasy as an RPG system was really any good - but I'd be interested to know if it worked as an introductory system and got people into D&D etc.

My next gamebook in the series which I should play next is FF18: Rebel Planet.

This is next on my list too, but I've been much distracted. I have finished Appointment with FEAR, which was very difficult, and also the final part of Freeway Warrior, but not written it up yet. I'm also playing Secrets of Salamonis which is superb - much better than SotG and I enjoyed that a lot.
I've never played Rebel Planet but I have heard it's one of the strongest of the sci-fi ones.

Prog / Re: Prog 2300: On the Day of Judgement...
« on: 20 September, 2022, 11:02:36 PM »
Sad to be the dissenting voice but I thought this Prog was abysmal.
Nice art.

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 16 September, 2022, 10:44:35 AM »
Thanks! It's from 'Fighting Fantasy - The Introductory Roleplaying Game'.
It also appeared in Out of the Pit.

Announcements / Re: Complete Dice Man - coming May 2023
« on: 16 September, 2022, 10:41:20 AM »
The complete DiceMan is coming May 2023. What do you do?

If you'd like to excitedly purchase it because it rules, turn to X.
If you don't know what this is but you're kinda interested, turn to Y
If instead you'd prefer to bombastically claim Luke Rhinehart's Diceman is the only true Diceman, turn to Z.
I can only remember the Torquemada story in any real detail (don't kiss the pig!), very much looking forward to reading this again.

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 16 September, 2022, 10:16:57 AM »
Defintely worth it!

This reminds me that I uploaded this to Imgur to share here:

Prog / Re: Prog 2299 - Street Justice!
« on: 16 September, 2022, 10:06:00 AM »
Mine arrived, very late. Thriller aside, I felt this was a bit of a prog of anti-climaxes really. Very 90s cover, a touch of the Brashill about it perhaps? I really liked it as a bit of a throwback.

Dredd – After two fun episodes I felt this just sort of ended very quickly. I felt there was a missed opportunity to have Sentientoid jump out of a cake but I'm glad something crazy did. Lovely art again and I have been digging the daft gangster dialogue, but I thought this could have run for another couple of episodes easily. Hopefully not the last we'll see of this.
Also, the fact that Sentientoids big idea was essentially to wear a big hat was great.

3rillers – This was the best episode of the three: everything came together, and a suitably creepy end. The art has really grown on me - the demon is suitably horrific, the dog and the violence were superbly rendered. I still think the man / dog dialogue is pretty dire and the man is a berk but now I've read the whole lot I feel more positive about this than I did last week when I laid into it a bit.

Skip Tracer – I think I get what this arc was going for, but it all really just lacked impact and felt very rushed so it all sort of ended with a whimper. It also felt very unnecessary: should have finished with the last arc and a bit of good feeling. Over the years I tried hard to like this Thrill but it wasn't good, was it?

Dexter – Bit of a deus ex machina to get out of the confrontation and then all the interesting characters get shuffled off before the next chapter. Total anti-climax. If this comes back I would prefer to see it with a longer run and with Bettin on art.

Jaegir – Sadly also felt anti-climatic to me: after the big cliffhanger everyone survived being blasted with an oribital laser somehow and the various forces diverge and set up the next series. The stakes are high and promises a lot but this also, I thought, could have done with another two episodes and I felt it lost momentum a bit for me as a reader with the Regened break. I did like the gruesome manner in which the Kali virus info was hidden and recovered.

Just all felt a bit less-good-than-it-should apart from the Thriller which was actually better than I expected.

Announcements / Re: Complete Dice Man - coming May 2023
« on: 16 September, 2022, 09:40:36 AM »
This is.. <rolls 1d6> ..exciting news!

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 16 September, 2022, 09:39:50 AM »
Fantastic write-up, and very much appreciating you posting some of the art too! Really enjoyed this.

Also, re. BSC's Lone Wolf post - I've been thinking about getting the first couple of these for the Gary Chalk art alone, but I still have so many FF books to go through first...

General / Re: To Flesh or not
« on: 13 September, 2022, 11:08:12 AM »
I'd also love to see a final series of Flesh. I re-read it lately and I'd like to see it concluded. (I also have a real appreciation for James Mckay's work on it that I didn't have at the time, it's a shame he departed from it)

Tbh I'd rather see a conclusion to Savage though. I definitely don't want any more Deadlock.

General / Re: FFT - FINNNALLLLL1!!! - Strontium Dog vs Nikolai Dante
« on: 13 September, 2022, 10:13:18 AM »
I've sort of run out of good things to say about either that hasn't already been said by me or by others. IOt's not an easy choice between two thrills that, on their day (and their day was most days) are just superlative comics.
Like IP I like to dip in and out of Stront - when I'm just hanging about it's my favourite comic to just pick up and read. Dante, on the other hand, I've read from start to finish several times and it's the thrill I've most recommended to others over the years as a 'must read' comic strip.
I'm going to go with Nikolai Dante. It's such a fantastic bit of work. 

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 13 September, 2022, 10:02:59 AM »
Very sorry to hear this Sheridan. Much love to you.

Prog / Re: Prog 2298 - The Nightmare Man
« on: 12 September, 2022, 11:19:22 AM »
Fascinated by the marmite reaction to 'The Crawly Man'. I'm in the love it camp. Partly it's the art, but also it's the mashing-up of various very different sorts of horror stories.
Obvs the Wicker Man, but also the 'crazy family who kidnap children for horrendous purposes' (See Mum&Dad - or rather don't, it's seriously unpleasant), and then the 'magician and his demon on a mission' story (OK so I can't think of a film to match that one has such, unless you count the adaptation of Constantine) - and for good measure the 'monster in the cupboard' story, coupled with the 'child is secretly a conduit for demons' story, which are both basically Stephen King staples.

This quite neatly sums up a lot of why I didn't like it - it feels like a load of ideas nicked from other sources and poorly jammed together. Thinking critically about it though, what I really don't like is the protagonists - the bloke feels very generic (he's cynical and throws people through pub windows! he's a cool tough guy!) and the 'banter' dialogue with his magic dog is awful. I think funny, naturalistic banter is really hard to write (unless you're Dan Abnett) and it's something that often switches me off on books and comics.
I actually think the tale would be better without them in it, focusing on the other elements.

I'm actually quite glad that other people are digging this story, because it means rather than being rubbish it's just not my bag: it's an anthology and I can take there being stuff there I dislike if it's working for someone else!

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