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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 24 August, 2022, 10:39:35 AM »
Glad to see Storm Warning coming back. It has the cosy feel of a Sunday night detective TV show, but with a dash of Victorian macabre. Great art too.

General / Re: Forum’s Fav Thrill - Low Life vs. The Out Rd 5 Heat 8
« on: 04 August, 2022, 12:56:35 PM »
What I quite like about The Out, especially its inception, is that most narratives are about those ephemeral moments in life that take on the feel of an adventure or crisis, be it a love affair, health scare or teenage rebellion, where what often gets overlooked are those liminal spaces in your lifespan between these events, where you often spend most of your days. Where you’re existing, trying to keep body and soul relatively healthy but maybe feel a little adrift and unfocused. The Out spoke to me at first of those times. Of course, the story has progressed and momentous events have occurred, and it’s in a different place, but had it continued with this sense of aimless ennui I, for one, would have rather liked that. Although I very much like its current direction also.

Prog / Re: Prog 2261 - Never Look Back
« on: 20 May, 2022, 12:49:57 PM »
Sorry for the necropost, but I’m catching up on some back progs. I wasn’t working for a while so decided to stop my sub, but I’m working again now, so am buying the ones I missed. This was a great run. Being middle aged and grumpy, the Klegg musical story initially made my eyes roll, but I ended up loving it. Very reminiscent of mid 80s Dredd.

The Out goes from strength to strength. It’s a big reason why I resubbed, and it hasn’t let me down. I’m very much enjoying the dribs and drabs of Bulletopia we get, and I actually think it now works rather well as an occasional story told in 3 or 4 episode blocks, as there’s not a huge amount of ongoing stuff to keep straight in your head. Diaboliks is being presented to us in a similar piecemeal fashion, and to be honest that could do with a longer contiguous run, as there’s a fair bit to keep track of.

I always have trouble with endings in 2000 AD, as I often feel they’re too quick and abrupt, and Scarlet Traces had me feeling that too. There seemed to be a lot of other things going on that never led to anything. Or maybe they did and I wasn’t concentrating, I probably need to read it all again at some point.

Anyway, I really enjoyed this run of stories, a great end to 2021. Now for the 2022 progs!

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 29 April, 2022, 08:13:05 AM »
There's something quite bewildering about bringing back Skip Tracer yet again.

Maybe completely off the mark here, but when it started it felt like an experiment in creating another strip to run in semi-regular rotation a la Dante or Sin Dex, but one which failed to earn the love of the readers like either of those, which makes Tharg's devotion to it rather baffling. Especially as it had reached what felt like a natural ending point. And yet, here we are again.

Please let this be the last one, Tharg. It's had it's run, but it was clear from the start it was never going to be in the pantheon of classic 2000AD stories. Let it go.

It’s been confirmed in an interview, I think, that this is the last Skip Tracer story. Or at the very least it’s bowing out this year.

Games / Re: Where to buy PS5
« on: 22 April, 2022, 10:03:09 AM »

Quick question: I see you can get a GTA3, Vice City and San Andreas triple pack for Switch, with upgraded graphics and a different targeting mechanism. Question is, is it worth it, or should I stick with the PS2 versions?

At launch those GTA ports were a shitty, buggy mess lacking the atmosphere of the originals. I think they’ve improved a bit since then, but the frame rate, on the Switch in particular, is appalling. If you’re lucky enough to have the PS2 originals, I’d say stick with them.

Prog / Re: Prog 2249 - Her father's PSIs
« on: 17 April, 2022, 12:16:20 PM »
That is weird. What pdf reader did you use?

I’m also experiencing exactly the same corruption on The Diabolicks strip in prog 2187. This time on an iPhone  13. Just two pages. It ends up looking like a compressed horizontal bands with black space between them. Again only on the iOS app and the pdf download - the CBZ is ok.

Prog / Re: Prog 2249 - Her father's PSIs
« on: 17 April, 2022, 08:58:29 AM »
Try to delete all the downloads then uninstall the app and re-installing the app.

Thanks, Brood. Just tried that and didn’t help. I’ll see what Rebellion support have to say. After all, it’s still on sale, so should be fixed.

However….downloading as a CBZ does work! So I can read it! Although the art is still corrupt as a pdf download. I wonder if the app uses pdf behind the scenes?

Prog / Re: Prog 2249 - Her father's PSIs
« on: 16 April, 2022, 06:42:56 PM »
I’m catching up on some progs and the artwork for the Terror Tale in this prog is corrupted. Im using the 2000 AD on an iPad Air 3rd gen. I’ve sent off a support call email but anyone experience similar? Redownloading doesn’t help

General / Re: Specials or Regen Progs 2022
« on: 15 April, 2022, 08:30:37 PM »
Thanks, that’s helpful. I wonder why the March prog pack included prog 2280 when that will come out in May? But I guess that’s not particularly relevant!

General / Re: Specials or Regen Progs 2022
« on: 15 April, 2022, 07:17:48 PM »
Does anyone know why we haven’t had any Regened issues yet? It’s a little strange as it’s now mid-April.

One answer could be the anniversary prog replaced it, so we’ll see the first one around prog 2282.

Games / Re: Where to buy PS5
« on: 06 March, 2022, 06:10:19 PM »
You could follow a Twitter account like @PS5StockAlertUK that notifies when various UK retailers get new stock drops.

Also, Discord is another thing that people use, but I don’t know how to do that, personally.

General / Re: Sideshow Vote: Great news for all our readers
« on: 24 February, 2022, 01:56:46 PM »
Whoopie & Wow

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 19 February, 2022, 09:01:50 AM »
I had a spooky Fighting Fantasy moment a few weeks ago.

I happened to mention to my son as we were watching TV that I’d been watching a few YouTube video on Fighting Fantasy books (when he was a nipper 10 years ago we used to play Deathtrap Dungeon together). He replied, that’s weird as he also had been watching videos on it too! Then we got reminiscing about Deathtrap Dungeon. At the time we were watching The Apprentice, and it showed a preview of next week’s episode, and who should be on it, but Sir Ian Livingstone himself!


Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 06 January, 2022, 11:57:07 AM »
Buoyed by the discussion here, and a nostalgic reading of the Warlock magazines, I gave Warlock of Firetop Mountain a go last night. Rather than cheat a bit, as I used to as a nipper, I thought I’d play it completely by the book (pun intended!): follow the rules to the letter and even draw a map as I went on.

RnGesus was on my side, at least at the start, as I rolled outrageously good stats: Skill 11, Stamina 23 and Luck 10. This allowed for a bold play style, as I could rifle through all the rooms early on with barely a scratch and soon had 26 pieces of gold, the bronze key, the potion of invisibility, glove, cheese etc. My luck eventually started to fail me the other side of the river though. Naively I told the man with the dog that I was raiding the place, at which point he set his dog on me, and after I killed the dog, he turned into a werewolf and came at me. I thought I’d fare pretty well in the fight, after all, I had skill 11 compared to his 8….but the rolls were bad! I defeated him, but with stamina now depleted to 9. I’m now on paragraph 122 which has the memorable picture of the four gaunt looking men in rags, so I’m still to do labyrinth part of the adventure.

It’s been quite interesting to follow the rules properly. I’ve realised how important the luck mechanic is, and how the game is set up to reward boldness by giving you luck points. But by doing that it also provides an incentive to test your luck during battles, as otherwise you won’t get the benefits of the luck points you get (as you can’t exceed your initial value). Also using provisions to give a +4 to stamina becomes important, and those paragraphs where you’re allowed to take a meal become very welcome.

I’ll continue tomorrow. I have a vague plan of replaying the first 6 books, as those were the ones I had as a kid.

Games / Re: Gamebooks
« on: 03 January, 2022, 10:02:55 PM »
I found an archive of Warlock magazines (it was the Fighting Fantasy magazine that ran quarterly in the mid-80s in case you didn’t know). Check them out: https://annarchive.com/warlock.html

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