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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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The day seemed to be absolutely perfect. The two of us floating happily along in our balloon. Not a single cloud in sight. I suppose it lulled us into a false sense of security. The storm blew up from nowhere and before we knew it, we were fighting for our lives. There was nowhere to land, just the sea below us. What is the object you can see on the rock in the middle of the lagoon?

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The game may only have been released on the Spectrum.

The game may not have been released on the C64.

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