Castle Death

Castle Death – Conclusion

Okay – this is how this conclusion is going to work – I’m going to spend some time discussing the book as a gamebook, and then there’s going to be a brief essay summarising my personal opinion on some of the authorial choices employed by Joe Dever. First, the writing – story, the atmosphere and so… Continue reading Castle Death – Conclusion

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Castle Death, Attempt 3, Part 5

Aside : The Lorestone of Herdos, when grasped, restored my Endurance to the original total, and I didn’t reflect this in the summary at the end of the last entry.  Just confirming that my Endurance, as at the start of this entry, is 28. At the end of the last post, I strode confidently (!)… Continue reading Castle Death, Attempt 3, Part 5

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Castle Death – Attempt 3, Part 4

Aside : Welcome back lghr!  May you continue to snipe at my left-wing politics and also laugh at Donald Trump! 2nd Aside : One of our frequent commenters, fenrir, has implied that the ‘end is in sight’ – I’ll tell you what, if I don’t get my MEGASWORD back before the end of this adventure… Continue reading Castle Death – Attempt 3, Part 4

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Castle Death, Attempt 3, Part 3

And we have once more solved the riddle posed by the Zakhan statue… Aside : Joe Dever liked villains starting with the letter ‘Z’, didn’t he? – Zlanbeast, Zakhan, Zagarna, Zahda – did a girl called Zoe break his heart at some point? …and am once more confronted by the bat-worm-spider hybrid called an Oudagorg. Lone… Continue reading Castle Death, Attempt 3, Part 3

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Castle Death – Attempt 3, Part 2

Aside : To the person who came to my page through the Google search of “Fire on Water Lone Wolf who tried to poison?” I hope you find what you’re looking for (Spoiler : The inn-keeper was in on it) Back to Castle Death, the delightfully-named romp that has taken the lives of two previous… Continue reading Castle Death – Attempt 3, Part 2

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Castle Death – Attempt 3, Part 1

Attempt 3! What could possibly go wrong?! Aside : For those among my LEGIONS of fans who have bemoaned my absence, I will just briefly admit that I have been running a three-day contested trial in the Federal Circuit Court and, just to make things more frustrating, I am pretty sure that the (currently reserved)… Continue reading Castle Death – Attempt 3, Part 1

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Castle Death – Attempt 2, Part 6

“What did you do yesterday, Lone Wolf?” “Just the usual really, walked through an ominous ray of light, battled to the death with a sentient hand and tried to navigate a dungeon filled with deathtraps.” Welcome to gamebooks. Moments after the evil hand (!) disintegrates, Zahda (I’m not calling him ‘Lord’ – why on earth… Continue reading Castle Death – Attempt 2, Part 6