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13-10-2008 (Gunness)

Two days ago I became the father of a lovely little boy. This means less time for other activities, and I'll probably take a longer time replying to mails and such - at least for a while :)(if anyone's interested, here's what little Arthur looks like - pic 1, pic 2) Contributors: Alastair, dave, terri

27-09-2008 (Gunness)

Today I'll start with a bit of sad news. As regular visitors will know, I'm a huge fan of Keith Campbell, His columns in C&VG was a major source of inspiration for me and for many other European adventure gamers. Well, as it turns out, Keith passed away two years ago. At the time I was playtesting a new game of his, and all of a sudden, all communication from him ceased. I just learned of his death because I was contacted by Simon Marsh, one of Keith's fellow writers from C&VG. Simon has written a brief tribute to the finest adventure game journalist of the 80's. As for the bread and butter of this site (that would be the solutions and maps), it's been really, really quiet lately. I'm working on a number of maps etc. myself, but in the meantime, here are the latest additions from Terri Sheehan, Alastair and David Lodge. Contributors: Alastair, Gunness, Mark, Matthew Barton, Juan, dave, Michael Schmidt, Jerry Cornelius, Doreen B, terri

08-06-2008 (Gunness)

Hello, my patient visitors and users. It's been a while, but I've tried to ransack my mail log a bit better this time to ensure that as many of your entries are present in the archive this time around (I even found some old maps of my own - it's nice to add something myself to the archive once in a while! Particularly when it's stuff like Dungeon Adventure, which took ages). In other news... I've added a link to Three Days in Carpathia, the unreleased sequel to Valkyrie 17. You can find screenshots and an unplayable demo there. The page is part of Frank Gasking's intriguing Games That Weren't site for the C64. Simon Allan has sent me his latest reworking of one of his original Spectrum games. Moonscape finds you on a failing Moon base, trying to escape to Earth before it's too late. Sci fi buffs should enjoy this. Grab the game here. A couple of titles that have been on the requests list forever have been removed. So for anyone stuck in Caves of Olympus and Price of Peril, now's your chance! Finally, a couple of warm recommendations for people enjoying modern IF. The ever helpful Fredrik Ramsberg has pointed me in the direction of ifreviews.org, which is an excellent resource if you feel like grabbing a piece of IF for the weekend and don't really feel up to the daunting task of choosing between the five thousand (give or take) titles released during the last month. Even more helpful is the Interactive Fiction DataBase (the IFDB, whose name is braving the inevitable onslaught of IMDB lawyers?), which makes selecting and downloading modern IF a breeze. Definitely worth checking out. Let me know if anyone finds any overlooked gems out there. Contributors: Alastair, iamaran, Gunness, Pti.Jedi, Mark, Matthew Barton, Juan, dave, Amby, Michael Schmidt, Jerry Cornelius, Doreen B, terri

02-01-2008 (Gunness)

Hello everybody, and welcome to 2008! Today's update features a number of very diverse games, including Passengers On the Wind, which a friend of mine requested a long time ago. I've tried the game with walkthrough in hand, and even then the game failed to make much sense. The comic books are nice, though. A particular thank you to Terri this time around, as she has sent a large number of contributions. Contributors: iamaran, Pti.Jedi, Gunness, Marco, Juan, Amby, Doreen B, terri

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Civil Service

Plot

To most people a life in the "Civil Service" does not sound an exiting one and its appeal seems to lack that of some of the more "interesting" occupations. To most people it is a world full of "piles of paper", "official stamps" and grey-suited "pen-pushers". Not the sort of environment in which to get away from life's dreary day-to-day routines or to stimulate your more energetic "drives". However, to these who spend their working day dealing with those "piles of paper" and wielding those "official stamps", nothing could be further from the truth... though not even they had the slightest inclination of how far!

Over the years routines had become firmly entrenched in their way of life and the likes of old Hobbins - whom some said had passed away some twenty years before - were still to be found in the dark and dusty corners of the various offices throughout the land. However, all this was to change and the "Powers-that-be" were about to embark upon a new scheme to recruit the more upwardly-mobile members of society into the ranks of the service. Old Hobbins would he swept aside, along with all the other unwanted rubbish, when the "new brooms" moved in.

In order to recruit these go-getters, the government decided to "privatise" the service and to allow the new owners to choose their own method of selection. Unfortunately for the prospective new employees their new bosses were a select committee of ex-army majors who used their past knowledge to dream up a new form of "entrance-exam"... if that is what it can be called.

This new "entrance-exam" is to take the form of a "survival exercise" and will be run by a team of invigilators... each with the task of watching every movement of the hopeful participants. Success will he dependent upon the skill, cunning and ingenuity of those taking part and will, in no small way, play a very important part in bringing about their selection for the "service".

So it is up to YOU... Can you survive the "entrance-exam" and can YOU perform the many tasks set by the invigilators? Only time and this game will tell...

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