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A Day In The Life
Rise Of The Night Creatures
New Day Rising
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Shrine Of The Salamander
A Flame In The North
A Shadow In The North
Escape Neuburg Keep
Any Port In A Storm
Below Zero Point
Tales From The Bird Islands
The Ravages Of Fate
Nye's Song
A Knight's Trial
Return To G15-275
Devil's Flight
Above The Waves
The Curse Of Drumer
The Word Fell Silent
A Strange Week For King Melchion The Despicable
Sharkbait's Revenge
Tomb Of The Ancients
A Midwinter Carol
The Dead World
Waiting For The Light
Contractual Obligation
Garden Of Bones
The Hypertrout
The Golden Crate
In The Footsteps Of A Hero
Soul Tracker
Planet Of The Spiders
Beggars Of Blacksand
The Diamond Key
Wrong Way Go Back
Hunger Of The Wolf
Isle Of The Cyclops
The Cold Heart Of Chaos
The Black Lobster
Impudent Peasant!
Curse Of The Yeti
Bad Moon Rising
Riders Of The Storm
Bodies In The Docks
House Of Horror
Rebels Of The Dark Chasms
Midnight Deep
Lair Of The Troglodytes
Outsider!
The Trial Of Allibor's Tomb
Hellfire

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Robert Douglas
Sat Mar 10 16:05:56 2018
@ Gavin,

My Mother is, thankfully, still alive - besides which, I'm sure she wouldn't want to return to the Earthly Plane, resurrected or reincarnated or incorporeal state. Been there, done that, move on to the next level of existence. As for the Gothic friendship, not sure what a G-Type is, and Goths are continually fatalistic so they wouldn't make good conversation. If it's nothing I can't (and should) earn for myself, then I've no wishes to be granted.

Gavin
Sat Mar 10 17:32:39 2018
You do realise I was describing a story idea right?

Robert Douglas
Mon Mar 12 15:39:41 2018
@ Gavin. No, I didn't. Good luck in transferring your concepts to an adventure, look forward to reading it. And my ideals still stand.

Gavin
Mon Mar 12 17:10:37 2018
The friendship of a goth metal band I invented would seem an odd price for a soul in real life.

I might change their name to R Type though.

Robert Douglas
Tue Mar 13 15:56:41 2018
I wouldn't want to give my soul for the friendship of any band. It's a waste of time pursuing friendship if it's not freely given. Hopefully, people should just click, that's it. If not, then move on. I watch these films and it's cringe-worthy the protagonist does all they can to join some kind of 'exclusive social club' - Jocks or spoilt rich kids - looking down their nose at everyone else. And I don't believe in all that 'love at first sight' nonsense. at first sight, yes.

One interesting scene was in 'Rebel Without a Cause'. During a 'Taurus the Bull' scene in the planetarium, Jim Stark (James Dean) portrayed a hopeful, playful grin, then a deflated disappointment, finally ending with a shrug when realizing the high school gang didn't take to his humour. They were at first shocked by his spontaneous bull's bellow, then muttered a few insults to the newcomer. As the film progresses, it becomes clear that Jim's earlier attempt to socialize was somewhat misplaced and his association with troubled loner 'Plato' proved more sensible. This was the first teen angst, coming-of-age movie of its kind, where youngsters struggle to find their place in life.
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Gavin
Tue Mar 13 21:06:52 2018
To quote time immemorial however, there wouldn't be a film then. Ie without the protagonist having some contrived reason to sell their soul, I have no book.

Tammy
Fri Mar 16 11:12:41 2018
*sighs*

bcyy
Sat Mar 17 12:52:04 2018
You've got to get used to this, Tammy. In a room full of single males, none of whom have respectable mating prospects, the mention of anything remotely female, with two legs and no feathers, tends to send all sorts of long-forgotten glands and organs into overdrive......

Robert Douglas
Fri Mar 23 15:32:50 2018
That's true

Robert Douglas
Wed Apr 4 17:24:30 2018
I really have a thing for Philippa Warr's writing and she has a cute face! Pip is the Deputy Editor of PC Gamer.

Robert Douglas
Tue May 1 01:20:47 2018
Just wondering if anybody has read The Port of Peril of The Gates of Death yet? If so, what did you think of them?

Gavin
Tue May 1 03:34:00 2018
I read the Port of Peril. It was crap, like one of those ultra simplistic outings like You Can Be The Stainless Steel Rat or Golem of Brick Lane, illusions of choices, railroaded at every place. Also while Blood of the Zombies might possibly have been, I doubt it was written by Livingstone either. The artwork has been justifiably universally vilified.I hold out marginally more hope for Gates of Death.

Robert Douglas
Tue May 1 16:30:23 2018
The artwork in The Gates of Death is by the same artist. I've got the gamebooks but haven't read them yet.

Robert Douglas
Fri May 11 20:50:49 2018
Somebody once asked me whether I likened life to the game of chess. I considered it, then replied that in many ways, yes - but often the rules are bent, or ignored completely, they may apply to certain pieces, while others they don't. Some pieces are affected by the fate of other pieces. Some are related to others in the enemy camp. Finally, I concluded, I don't see life in black and white, but largely a grey area claimed by most pieces. Some black or white pieces have been grey at some point, while many pieces from either side will likely experience a grey period in their lives. I often consider the grey area of life where nothing is certain, where people determine their own fate, and often - rightly or wrongly - loyalty to the rules, a system, or a faction, bears a fickle value.

Gavin
Fri May 11 23:05:26 2018
Everything destroys itself.

Robert Douglas
Sat May 12 12:44:57 2018
Like blackholes in the universe, eventually they shall consume it, and, as a phoenix, the universe shall be reborn. It's happened before. Out of the ashes.

Hornblower ate my nob
Wed May 16 22:26:59 2018
I didn't understand a damn thing you two talking about. What destroys itself black holes an such or Charles Dickens or something ... gotta go back to my physics or ask my friend who is doctor who

Jack the Ripper
Thu May 17 06:18:50 2018
I just might wait for a hot mouse...a mouse Flambeau!

Robert Douglas
Fri Jul 6 14:19:03 2018
All he did was shrug and said: "It's too late. Much too late. Even if all the marbles are in place, well, too late I'm afraid." Then he listened to Fleetwood Mac's 'Oh Well Part 2'.

Zanbar Bone
Wed Jul 11 19:56:07 2018
Football - it's kind of a big deal.

Stuart Lloyd
Thu Jul 12 20:54:34 2018
Zanbar Bone - that's an idea - a gamebook based around a Bloodbowl/Football mashup.

Robert Douglas
Fri Jul 13 19:12:32 2018
Just waiting for the Chequered Flag to sweep across the oil-slick track....well isn't it grand to be playing to the stand....

Got a comfortable position, with my cottage in the clouds...the best place for me to be...Easy we come, Easy we go...

No I won't rock the boat, because I'm One of the Millions...of helpless people.

Haoie
Fri Jul 20 06:25:40 2018
So good to see 2 new books listed! It's been forever since the last update.

Gavin
Wed Aug 22 18:32:33 2018
Started the background and rules for something else.

TWINS OF EVIL

Birth of the New Age

Can YOU survive the predations of the Inquisition, the ancient Houses, mages, werewolves, hunters and SWAT teams to find and become the guide of the prophesied twins who are the Heirs to Hell House? Your task will not be easy. And worst of all YOU are not the hero. YOU are THE VAMPIRE!

Andrew Wright
Fri Sep 7 08:09:49 2018
Hey, Arion Games are running a new kickstarter for their Advanced Fighting Fantasy system here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2036759092/demons-of-doom

It's called Demons of Doom! Be sure to check it out and back it. :-)

bcyy
Sat Sep 8 01:47:16 2018
@Andrew
Is there an option to buy stocks? :-)

Robert Douglas
Mon Dec 3 11:18:53 2018
Apologies this has nothing to do with FF, but this is now my sixth year as a barefooter. It is also the coldest it's been for me. And my bare feet are doing very well, thank you. It's amazing how resilient they become to the cold. Let's see how far I can push the boundaries, shove the threshold up higher. Toodlepip!

bcyy
Tue Dec 4 01:39:21 2018
@Robert

I have extremely sweaty feet, so I almost always go with footwear that allows good ventilation. A pair of woolly slippers, for instance, just wouldn't work for me, since they would become drenched in sweat in a matter of minutes, and I would have to squeeze the sweaty goo into a bathtub. The horror!
Just how barefoot are you? Surely you're not going outdoors barefoot as well?

Robert Douglas
Tue Dec 4 14:44:30 2018
@bcyy

Surely yes, sir! Although it's very cold at first, my feet soon begin to warm up - as long as I keep moving to pump blood around my body. I'm one of very few numbering the Barefoot Brigade in winter. Steadily becoming a true veteran. What, you think that's mad?! Try saying that to a barefooter….in SIBERIA! -40 degrees Celsius, perhaps lower. Impossible? Only for those who aren't acclimatized.

Oh the shock, oh the horror! Who is that strange barefoot man? Why does he go barefoot in late Autumn? Let me tell you a story.... I went to the local opticians today. Walked in, smiled, presented my appointment card. Now as you might know they also offer an auditory (hearing) check. Did I need one? No. How did I know that? Because, unknowingly to the two girls talking, I could pick up certain words such as, 'no shoes'. And the glancing over at me is a dead giveaway. Some people can pick up certain sound levels - and talking low or whispering doesn't always achieve intended inaudibility.


Anyway, guaranteed I'll be barefoot tomorrow when taking my spare pair of glasses in to be 're-lensed' (is that a word?). Well, unless I wake up dead, ha, ha! And I'll be dropping a hint or two....

@Robert
Wed Dec 5 01:24:32 2018
It's not so much the cold that deters me from going outside barefoot as it is the danger of the nasty stuff that I could potentially step on. If I were to go outdoors barefoot, I could imagine I would have chewing gum and nails stuck to my feet at the end of the day, not to mention the occasional hookworm...
Conserve your luck score. You need it for more important things.

Robert Douglas
Wed Dec 5 11:27:27 2018
You don't get hookworm in where I'm from. And my immune system has improved vastly. My Skill and Stamina (Initial) scores have increased by 2 points since going barefoot. Perhaps also an Endurance score? Even Notoriety or Fame score might be affected?

bcyy
Thu Dec 6 06:00:44 2018
@Robert,
Well, there weren't tiger mosquitoes in the UK either, so you never know when hookworms will make their debut.
I'm sure that taking off your shoes would result in a skill penalty, not an enhancement, otherwise the character would have done so before facing Razaak.

Robert Douglas
Thu Dec 6 11:24:04 2018
@bcyy,
Razaak actually commended the hero for taking his/her shoes off before battle commenced.

Robert Douglas
Sat Dec 22 13:30:04 2018
It's funny what happens.

Robert Douglas
Mon Dec 31 10:56:15 2018
Sorry it's a bit late, but: Merry Xmas to all! Happy New Year for tomorrow 2019! Top of my head, can't remember what is celebrated throughout Titan at this time of the year...
On a side-note, had succulent lamb with the traditional veg, including stuffing, followed by delicious is somewhat chilly ice cream of three flavours (vanilla, chocolate nut, strawberry), on Xmas Day. For New Year's Day it will be the traditional prawn cocktail (with a seafood sauce), followed by a silverside beef course with carrots, sprouts, roast potatoes. A bit (or much) later on look forward to wild forest strudel coated with custard. Cooking of these meals were/will be down to my own passable culinary abilities.

bcyy
Tue Jan 1 10:14:20 2019
@Robert:
Sounds brilliant!
I wish I had the culinary capabilities to whip up anything remotely close to "succulent lamb".

Robert Douglas
Tue Jan 1 16:38:22 2019
To be honest I had mistimed the cooking of the meat; I had to take out then later oven reheat the veg and stuffing whilst waiting for the lamb. Nevertheless, well worth it in the end! For today (New Year), change of plan: carrots, broccoli, mash, with a few slices of beef. Bit simpler compared to Xmas Day. Oh yes, the starter and dessert will remain on the menu.

Robert Douglas
Tue Jan 8 01:34:44 2019
William Morgan Sheppard has died - he played crossbow wielding Ranulf in Hawk the Slayer. Perhaps more well known for his sci-fi TV series roles such as Star Trek and Babylon 5, alongside various movie roles, including that of Patch Lovecroft in war flick The Sea Wolves and Major General Isaac Trimble in American Civil War epic Gods and Generals. But I first got to know of him from his portrayal of Ranulf. Recounting to the abbess of when Voltan's wrath befell his village is a fine example acting talent. Try and watch it if you can. Make note of his tone differentiating between deep remorse and anger, his expression, the tearful eye at a love savagely torn away. He leaves behind an acting son Mark Sheppard who I'm sure will carry on the acting tradition. RIP William Morgan Sheppard.



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