You are Severian, only son of the master necromancer of this castle. Growing up schooled by Liches, you showed more interest in the weapon practice you received at the withered hands of armour-clad Wights. At last your father good naturedly confesses defeat and tells you to follow your dream. Taking some adventuring supplies and plenty of money, you head off to the most advanced and populous city in the region... Altgarten.
Finally I've got the online version of Gavin Mitchell's sequel to Outsider! ready to play.
I feel I should manage expectations a little: this shouldn't in itself be compared to Outsider! as it is only small, if comparisons are drawn it should be with a single mission from Outsider!. Also, the rules are pretty much standard FF, rather than the complicated system described in the original. As ever, this is down to the amount of time it would take to make it happen.
Thanks to Andy for putting this and Day in the Life up, and thanks to A EJohnston for the kind words.
A.E. Johnston Sat Dec 23 21:04:39 2017
I just was playing "Outsider!" yesterday, what a nice coincidence this is about to go up! I will be reading it with an open mind, and no prior expectations compared to Gavin's previous wonderful work- but even if it is a quarter as good I am sure I will enjoy it! Let the adventure begin.
Gavin Sun Dec 24 23:22:42 2017
Thanks again for adapting and posting this.
I'm still writing Mission 2....
Jordan Tue Dec 26 21:24:08 2017
An excellent job Gavin. I hope the romance blossoms. Looking forward to the next one!
Gavin Tue Dec 26 21:58:36 2017
I thank you for your kind words. Interesting you should mention the romance.... I'm now writing each mission separately, and have finally sorted out the paragraph numbers for the first half of mission 2.
A.E. Johnston Wed Dec 27 10:20:17 2017
Great read! I really liked the humor and the fact you got to choose your companions. I also liked that the setting was the same as Outsider! but had hoped for perhaps a few references to the original story (perhaps you could stumble on the old armory/ alchemy lab or something) but that's really just personal preference. Awesome story, if there is a next chapter I hope we can continue with same equipment and items.
Gavin Wed Dec 27 17:51:28 2017
I thank you for your kind words. There's one particular choice you can make in this mission which came out of the blue when I was writing it, which makes it obvious how it's a sequel. Otherwise thanks again.
Ruenblogger Sun Jan 14 11:38:09 2018
Well, that was fun but brief. I enjoyed the descriptions and the irony. And who could have guessed that bringing the cleric with us would unleash a nuke? Oh well...! :-)
Andrč M. Pietroschek Tue Jan 23 00:23:53 2018
I liked the idea to hire a group, but all I experienced was going strictly from fight to fight. A notch more story and atmosphere could help.
Guest Wed Jan 31 23:14:25 2018
When I saw there was a sequel to Outsider my heart skipped a beat. I had considered Outside to be not merely the greatest fan made fighting fantasy book but the outright greatest fighting fantasy book ever made, and were it not for the Fabled Lands, possibly the greatest gamebook ever.
But I found this sequel jarring and disapointing.
First why is this a sequel to Outsider? It not only has nearly zero connection to Outsider but the tone is wildly, wildly and jarringly different. Outsider was an epic about seeking your identity and possible redemption and this is... a dungeon crawler where you mostly go from one encounter to another with jarringly modern speech and loads of awkward 4th wall jokes? I get you probably wanted to do something different, but announcing this as a sequel and having a seemingly serious intro only to lead into this was very jarring. It's like if Citizen Kane was followed up with a romantic comedy that only mentioned something from that film in passing
The party mechanics were interesting (though not integrated into the play as well as it could have been but I felt it was a serious dick move to have the player pick 3 out of 5 companions
only to have 2 of them arbitrarily screw you over
, there were too many blind choices for which door to walk through luck (the stat and thing in real life) played a distressingly large part in this book
Guest Thu Feb 1 07:10:14 2018
Was my message deleted? I Left a long and thoughtful hit submit and now its gone
Guest Thu Feb 1 07:12:52 2018
Never mind it was just a gltich with my browser
john Sun Feb 4 15:56:35 2018
Wow, not what I was expecting compared to outsider. Pretty darn funny, though. I'm off to try a few more times.
Paul Mc Mon Feb 5 22:35:32 2018
I died. Basically I took a priest with me as one of my companions and it turned out he was Donald Trump with the red button and he blew the planet up.
Gavin Tue Feb 6 20:40:36 2018
While I'll happily take the blame for all the other shortcomings of this book the priest didn't directly blow the place up, it was the forces of light as part of a mutually assured destruction escalation or some alright fudge or something.
Mandor Thu Feb 15 17:54:08 2018
This game is very random, everyhting in the game is randomly st and some times the enemy's stamina doesn't decrease while mine does, this is ridiculous.
Jordan Fri Mar 2 20:48:33 2018
The reason your stamina decreases while the enemy's doesn't always is because during attack rounds if you don't roll a higher attack number than your enemy, your stamina decreases. If you roll an equal number to the enemy's attack, it remains the same, while a greater number will decrease the enemy's by 2 or higher, depending on what weapon you have. I assume you've played these games before but wanted to let you know in case you hadn't. Also, on to Mission 2!
Gavin Fri Mar 2 23:47:14 2018
Thanks but, mission 2? The one review above was sufficiently above as to briefly make me consider quitting altogether. This was only a brief thought, I would still consider continuing on its own merits, but I've not written anything for a long time and my circumstances have changed permanently. Perhaps I might write again one day.
'There hasn't been a gunfight for a long time maybe never but nobody knows for sure.'
Amir Sat Mar 10 16:26:02 2018
I liked the mission quite a lot Gavin.
It was a sharp, short adventure and I liked the banter with the dragons. The comparisons to Outsider are unfair, this book is just fine on its own merits. Also chuckled when:
The death at Deacon's hands indicated I might have lived if there had been a healer/resurrector. I promply got the Rev and Deacon my next walkthrough, and he blew everything up!
Could have been a bit longer or fleshed out, but I did enjoy the character designs - especially Jori, Shira and the black dragon - and the protagonist is interesting as an ex-necromancer as well. Would enjoy seeing a follow up with the same cast.
The randomness didn't seem too unfair or egregious, and freshened up the combat some.