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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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Curse of Calutha

Plot

The last few months had been a shade hectic at work, what with the recent "take-over" and all the various "coming" and "goings" associated with it. However you had ploughed on regardless and thankfully all now seemed to be running quite smoothly, albeit slightly different from what you had come to know in the past. Old Brown, your immediate superior, had been very pleased with the manner you had handled the transition, and in recognition of all your efforts had suggested that you take a few weeks well-earned break. Thankful of this opportunity to re-charge your "batteries", you had scoured the shelves of the local Holiday-Agents in search of a place to take the break but nothing had appealed to you. Then you remembered a tatty old book that late aunt Agatha had given you, full of interesting tales of unsolved mysteries and strange occurrences.

Many an hour had been scent poring over the old book, but your interest was always drawn to the tale of CALUTHA, an ancient mystic. It seemed that he had roamed his homeland for many a year, gathering artefacts and treasures as he went, only to deposit them all in a place known as "THE CAVES OF LIGHTS". Many knew of the location of these caves; in fact many had entered them in search of the hidden wealth but so far nobody had ever managed to progress any further than the legendary "Golden Antechamber".

So it was that you found yourself in this quaint picturesque land, full of rolling hills, small villages and vast lakes. You had decided to spend your break hiking through this land in search of Calutha's wealth, but would you be brave enough to ignore the curse that it is said he put upon those valuable artefacts when he first hid them in the caves.

By nature you are a very curious person; you find it hard to resist looking at everything. Sometimes it is very true that curiosity can kill ... Will you be the unlucky one??????

Notes

This game is in TWO parts, so make sure that you make a note of the "password" you are given when you complete part ONE as this will be needed in order to play PART TWO.

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