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01-08-2017 (Gunness)

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I usually try to keep the promotion of my personal additions to the site to a minimum (apart from interviews and such). After all, this site is all about its users and their contributions should take priority.

But when I write a lengthy review of the one game that almost singlehandedly got me into the adventuring business, I get all misty-eyed and I feel that it warrants a special mention. Yes, dear readers, Eureka! is very near and dear to my heart - warts and all. The game was released with much hullabaloo back in 1984 because of a much-coveted £25,000 prize. The prize is long gone, but judged on its own merits I think the game holds up fairly well, if you can accept its (considerable) technical shortcomings.

Contributors: Garry, Dorothy, Alex, Gunness

24-07-2017 (Gunness)

As you may have noticed, it has been a while since the latest update. After the job change mentioned in my latest news update, I had to shuffle my schedule around a bit and CASA had to be put on the back burner for a while.
But now I'm slowly (SLOWLY!) making my way through the various updates. Thanks for being patient.

Contributors: jgerrie, farique, Garry, ahope1, Sylvester, Alex, stevenjameshodgson, impomatic, Sudders, RexxKwonDO, Alastair, Dorothy, iamaran, Gunness, thomasboevith

13-05-2017 (Gunness)

This is probably the shortest update entry to date. I recently started a new job and have had to postpone all things CASA for a bit. I'll get to work on the backlog as soon as possible. Thanks for being patient!
Contributors: Alex, Juan

04-04-2017 (Gunness)

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For a lot of Kickstarter backers (including me), last week's release of Ron Gilbert's Thimbleweed Park was a long-awaited event. Obviously the game falls outside the scope of CASA, but nothing's going to keep me from giving a loving nod to Mr. Gilbert's second game, a little, classic something called Maniac Mansion. Which obviously (?) falls outside the scope of CASA, too, but I love the game and there are certain perks to being webmaster. So there!

Did you know that four of Infocom's titles were released in Japanese?
Neither did I, until one of our readers pointed me in the right direction. Among other oddities I also came across a version of Zork I for the Sega Saturn and Playstation - with sound and visuals. Nothing is sacred I guess :)

As always, thanks to all you hard working people out there - so many things updated this time around.

Contributors: Sudders, Garry, Juan, chlamydiamagic, Alex, Highretrogamelord, impomatic, iamaran, Gunness, Alastair

16-02-2017 (Gunness)

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Garry has been hard at work uploading info on Alan games, which means that our Alan selection has been substantially upgraded.

And as a heads-up for C64 enthusiasts: the ever-industrious Fredrik Ramsberg has ported a number (30-something) of Inform games to D64-format, so you can play some of the more modern titles on your favourite machine. I've tested a few of them, and it just works really well. More on his website.

Contributors: Sudders, Garry, Gunness, rockersuke, Alex, impomatic, iamaran

31-01-2017 (Gunness)

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There's nothing quite like spending a bit of dough on your favourite hobby (yes, that would be text adventures). Especially not when commercial releases are few and far between. Industry legend Bob Bates (the man behind a couple of my childhood favourites, Infocom's Sherlock - The Riddle of the Crown Jewels and Arthur: The Quest For Excalibur, as well as Legend's Spellcasting series and more) has created a new, full-sized game with a very interesting premise. Thaumistry: In Charm's Way sees you dealing with magic, failed start-ups and people called Bodgers. Who may or may not risk mass persecution - sounds serious but I have a hunch that it's going to be a lot of fun, anyway.
The game is currently up on Kickstarter and is nearing its goal. But various stretch goals are promised, including Android and iOS ports as well as a nifty Chris Hülsbeck soundtrack, and as I love his music and Android ports, here's hoping that the funding will go far. Check out the project including the intro video - it's not every day you get the chance to see Steve Meretzky, Al Lowe and Tim Schafer in one spot.

I still have a truckload of updates to handle, so the next update should happen fairly soon.

Contributors: Alex, Garry, Sudders, auraes, Dorothy, stevenjameshodgson, Alastair, iamaran, Juan, Gunness, leenew

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Velnor's Lair

Plot

The Black Wizard Velnor has gone into hiding in the Goblin Labyrinth of Mt. Elk. The reason is now plainly clear. After centuries of searching he has finally discovered the ancient tomb of Grako and is now about to realise his ghastly ambition, to become a true demon on earth! Time is too short to mass an Army against Velnor. There is only one hope for mankind; that one brave adventurer may be able to penetrate Velnor's defences, defeating his guards, avoiding the traps and surprising Velnor before the metamorphosis is complete. You are that chosen person, but beware, not only does Velnor empploy the most ghastly of creatures as guards, he is also a master of illusion.

In this D&D style adventure you may be a Wizard, Warrior, or Priest. As a Warrior, you are best suited to battle, but how will you cope with the fiendish spells of Velnor? As a Wizard your spells are devastating, but beware, your magic is limited and armed combat doesn't come easy! As a Priest you may protect yourself with the divine powers and you have no fear of the undead, but how will you handle the ghastly Trolls?

The adventure will require ingenuity and careful planning. Combat takes the form of D&D style scenarios where instant death is rare, but beware, wounds are cumulative and strategy is of the utmost importance.

Notes

The game saw a limited release from Neptune Computing around April 1983. A larger-scale release from Quicksilva came out a few months later.

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