It's okay, I realized it was a compliment, but I thought syncopation would also have referred to the AH element. Believers in a multiverse (timeline infinitum) would disagree with me on this point, however.
I'm glad you enjoyed it and I'm glad you spotted that reference to 'blues music' (ref to Autumn Moon). I'd say her style would be more similar to Garbage (Indie/Blues/Rock/Goth in our world?) blended with Jethro Tull (blues/folk/acoustic/prog rock). With military percussion prevalent, there'd be a kind of ELO style group playing over Nye's radio. That's the intrigue to AH, wondering what the world would be like.
bcyy Thu Oct 24 01:01:16 2013
Haven't started the gamebook yet, haven't even started A Knight's Trial, in fact. Hopefully will, soon.
Is Plassey the one in which a greedy merchant demands 3M rupees for betraying his sovereign, and gets double-crossed by the British for his troubles? I recall Mahan briefly mentioning it, if memory serves well.
Robert Douglas Thu Oct 24 16:29:38 2013
I can't remember the exact causes of the conflict itself (and who knows what's true and what isn't?) all I know is that Robert Clive made his name in the Battle of Plassey, furthering ambitions of the East India Company. However, I do know of one atrocity that served to enrage Britain: the Black Hole of Calcutta, which hardly helped prevent a total breakdown in relations between Britain and the Nawab authorities.
Anonymous Thu Oct 24 22:48:33 2013
This was the wase of time
ffproject Sat Oct 26 09:48:23 2013
If you read Nye's Song in its original form, you will have seen that there is an Author's Note at the end:
William Nye first appeared in 'Kali's Count', a short story I'd submitted some years ago to Alternate Gateway Worlds. This website is still accessible (at time of writing 'Nye's Song'). The story contains more of an insight on the Blight, Kali's minions, and the human resistance.
As far as I can tell, this website does not in fact exist any more, but Kali's Count can be found here instead.
Robert Douglas Sat Oct 26 14:41:30 2013
Thanks, I came up with the same result and still couldn't locate it. Sadly, Alternate Gateway Worlds (the website run by Ian Montgomerie) did indeed close down. I was hoping to find Kali's Count in an AH directory somewhere, but I may have to locate other AH websites and send the story to them.
pheonix Tue Oct 29 22:37:35 2013
i think it was great but maybe you could put a photo of the blood thorn
Robert Douglas Tue Nov 5 04:43:04 2013
Sorry, just spotted your message. I tried to take Bloodthorn's photo - but the very sight of it broke the lens!!
C-Star Thu Nov 7 13:34:08 2013
So I did good?
Marshall Thu Nov 21 22:06:04 2013
I think it s a good story how the car broke down and then every body started to get grumpy at each other it was a very dramatic story but cool at the same time
Levi Thu Nov 21 22:07:42 2013
Very good about the car breaking down and every one getting angry
Jordan Fri Dec 6 05:07:52 2013
Another excellent gamebook, I love your writing style and views on alternate history. Keep up the good work old chap! And keep those gamebooks coming!
Robert Douglas Fri Dec 6 14:09:30 2013
Thanks for the compliment, glad you enjoyed it.
Yaztromo Wed Dec 11 20:01:30 2013
Tyrants blew me up with fireballs! I really enjoyed he background story, but there are really plenty of dices to throw... probably a bit too many...
Tammy Wed Dec 11 21:07:26 2013
That's twice I died. First I had SKILL 10 STAMINA 16 LUCK 11 then on my second go I had SKILL 11 STAMINA 21 LUCK 8. It's too bad it didn't stay in the eighteenth century.
Robster Fri Dec 13 21:02:35 2013
I'm always a little wary of stories which are 'world building' rather than the standard fantasy or sci-fi but Nye's Songs great strength is that it's a really interesting setting that grips the imagination and keeps you reading. One minor niggle is mid-story there is a sequence where there is a whole load of dice rolling which isn't reliant on your stats which could be reduced but that aside I found it just the right level of difficulty and found it easy to understand with regard to troop numbers etc.
gigs Thu Dec 19 18:16:31 2013
I like the cuthulo air to it! Great!
André Baldo Sat Dec 28 11:18:12 2013
Great gamebook. The multiple choices make it hard to get the happy ending and that is awesome!
Robert Douglas Sun Dec 29 02:44:44 2013
Thanks for comments.
Andrč Pietroschek Wed Jan 1 14:37:55 2014
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Thanks for the helpful link. And I only hope other people aren't easily hurt by harsh reviews. I will say however that my frustration was also caused by feedback from certain readers: one fellow decided I had offended the Romany people in some way (oh, and HOW exactly? Autumn and her people knew of a holy melody to defy the undead thus a good chance of saving humanity...). I still scratch my head in puzzlement at that one. On the other hand, if I leave out characters from other cultures, I'd be branded arrogantly patriotic with little time for alternative traditions and customs. Just can't win with some people. In 'Below Zero Point' I try to include as many diverse backgrounds as I can fit in. Mainly because it makes the character more interesting, plus reminding readers that Earth Federation is comprised of different nations yet combined towards a common goal. The politics works a little bit like the separate states of a federalized USA (state lines, jurisdiction, local autonomy, etc, although there's still a kind of global Interpol for the most dangerous of criminals while the military arms are drawn from all nations).
One other reader decided to go on about my misuse of the word 'indifferent'. "Fine," I reply, raising my hands to the mistake, "but what about the rest of the adventure? The story, the characters, the gameplay?" Narrow-minded hammer concentrates on a lone nail, I sigh. The only problem is that, in their defence, writers and artists are forced into a rant thus making themselves look guilty. It's a hopeless task putting the world to rights.
john Thu Jan 9 15:06:25 2014
quite a bit of fun, if a little confusing at the start.
Mike R. Sat Jun 14 05:58:14 2014
Another awesome adventure I just did my first run through and met my end fairly quick, but I'm digging the theme!
Mike R. Sat Jun 14 06:47:50 2014
Finished it on the fourth run through, this one was enjoyable, but too short for my taste.
Robert Douglas Sat Jun 14 10:07:39 2014
@ Mike R,
Glad you enjoyed it, Mike. I must apologize for the short length of Nye's Song - it was originally designed for the Windhammer Competition - but despite this actually I could have written a bit more. I was a bit over-neurotic about violating the guideline restrictions when it came to max word-count. On the other hand, I can always write a much lengthier sequel set in the world of the Blight. The adventure did become a bit linear during their escape from the manor house, not to mention too many test rolls, and less player choice in direction.
In the meantime, I've got another story lined up for the Windhammer 2014. I enjoy taking part in what is a big and important gamebook event. Sadly, however, I'm not allowed to use FF rules; any future Windhammer entrants featured on FF Project would likely have an author-devised system (unless it's an older entry or altered version). I've put my main project (Sean Calibre Book 2) on hold while I've been studying a TA course.
Sunni Fri Jul 11 09:14:33 2014
Got stuck on 103.
After killing 12 (!) zombies, the entry just says "You survive the onslaught. The dreadnought is now repaired and operational." without any other options
Robert Douglas Fri Jul 11 16:58:33 2014
Bit of a mystery that. Perhaps Andy can look into it sometime?
Paia Thu Jul 31 21:43:13 2014
Well, I had a really confused game. So I was just pressing tandom highlited words. And at the end I died and I was just prssing Fight fight. And I died and It was sad :( ;(
Robert Douglas Sun Aug 10 21:17:40 2014
Sorry you had a bad experience with Nye's Song.
ann marie Thu Sep 4 10:42:23 2014
this is ok
Richard Evans Thu Dec 4 00:56:50 2014
Great fun; I was at bit lost about what was actually happening at first, but I soon got the gist.
Mowen Thu Dec 4 11:49:19 2014
How do I get the Endurance to actually win the battle with the Kali-Cloaks? I've done it 6 times now and it's been the same result.
You're unlikely to beat the Kali-Cloaks unless
you weaken the enemy forces early on by attacking outside Heathcote Hall.
Stinger Mon Dec 29 23:07:19 2014
This was my first try at this action packed story, I really enjoied it! After the ten zombie battles and surviving, I figured, "yay! We're home free!" ... NOT! :)
I just got unlucky at the end, and made the wrong decition. At least I went out in a blaze of... glory?
Thanks for the entertainment.
Thanks for the comments, glad you enjoyed it.
Nobleman Sat May 16 12:34:48 2015
Keeping it brief, this is one amazing gamebook, packed with thrills and clever twists all the way through.
Robert Douglas Wed May 20 13:52:09 2015
Thanks, glad you survived. I have to admit that during writing I should have limited die rolls and given the player more choice. Also, I'm not sure why I did 90 instead of 100 refs. But still some people enjoyed it - which is all good. Perhaps one day I'll expand on the Blight universe, but for now I'm busy with my Windhammer 2015 entry and Sean Calibre Book 2.
Rafał Thu Mar 9 13:36:49 2017
This is super gamebook but what song is? In this game is bard? i can't go next but death haha thanks for this book.
Robert Douglas Mon Mar 13 17:31:18 2017
Autumn Moon is a 'blues maiden', she performs a variety of songs - including the divine melody - on her fiddle. Upon successful conclusion SPOILER: she dedicates her latest work to Captain William Nye, hence the title.
bluejuice915 Wed Mar 15 19:39:56 2017
This book is stupid. Yes, the plot starts out good, and it has good choices, but one things makes it awful, the skill tests. Yours are ok depending on how high you start out, but they are repeated far too frequently. The tests during the Kali-Cloak fight, and the fight itself, are absolutely absurd. The gunner's skill is 10, tested against 3 dice, giving success odds of 1/2. Each of the 5 KCs have skill of 8, tested against 2 dice, giving success odds of about .72. This is ridiculous. Given you lose if they score 12 hits against you, I have estimated your success odds to be less than 1/4. I'd like to see someone calculate them accurately since I lost at least 7 times. This had a lot of potential, but threw it away. I will not grade this like I do the other books.
There is a way to tip the battle in your favour. If you make the right choices early on you have a better than even chance of success.