Castle Death

Castle Death – Attempt 2, Part 1

Well, that was interesting, wasn’t it? Using my old tradition of bullet points, let’s summarise all the successful decisions I made in my first attempt at penetrating Castle Death : Yeah, pretty much. Anyway, enough of this sneaking around – full frontal assault at the stone jetty on the other side of the island!  … Continue reading Castle Death – Attempt 2, Part 1

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Castle Death – Attempt 1, Part 1

Aside : It isn’t really going to be particularly significant (I think) for this adventure, but feel free to check out the map of the ‘Magiocracy’ of Dessi. Here it is. Back to Lone Wolf steering a fragile coracle towards the isolated island of Kazan-Oud (seriously, I’m just going to call it CD from now… Continue reading Castle Death – Attempt 1, Part 1

Castle Death

Castle Death – Background

And……after my philosophical musings, we’re back to the featured escapades of one Lone Wolf, Kai Master…*ahem* ‘Primate’, scoundrel, gambling cheat and, apparently, the last hope of Sommerlund. In a nifty bit of retconning, the vague nature of my overall quest from the last book has been handily made more specific. Apparently the Lorestone of Varetta… Continue reading Castle Death – Background

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Interlude – Death and Failure in Gamebooks

Aside : This is really just a stream of consciousness on a topic I’ve been giving some thought.  Don’t expect a melodramatic conclusion. One of the distinctions between so-called ‘gamebooks’ and ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ books is that the first is, essentially, a contest between yourself and the book.  Can you reach the ‘successful’ ending,… Continue reading Interlude – Death and Failure in Gamebooks

Kingdoms of Terror

The Kingdoms of Terror – Conclusion

So – how about those Kingdoms of Terror, eh? First, I want to make it VERY clear that I am grading these books on a very steep curve. When a series is touted as (and it has been) the finest gamebook series ever, it then has to be prepared to accept criticism of flaws that… Continue reading The Kingdoms of Terror – Conclusion

Kingdoms of Terror

The Kingdoms of Terror – Attempt 3, Part 1

Welcome back! It would be understandable to think that I had calmed down, and accepted the death of a previous incarnation of Lone Wolf. Preach it, Jennifer. Anyway, revisiting character creation, I note that Divination was (pretty much) useless for the entirety of the adventure.  I therefore decide to instead take on the Discipline of… Continue reading The Kingdoms of Terror – Attempt 3, Part 1

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The Kingdoms of Terror – Attempt 2, Part 8

Aside : For those who read the comments, Nathan mentioned that I had, in my previous instalment, avoided a nasty insta-death.  The truth is, I actually thought I had, in fact, died only, when I reviewed the paragraphs for summary purposes, noticed that I had actually turned to the paragraph that didn’t actually reflect my… Continue reading The Kingdoms of Terror – Attempt 2, Part 8