I just played the Strange Case of the Bodies in the Docks. It's a fun adventure which reads almost like a novel. The elaborate game system and the rather odd ending suggest that more projects are to be expected, though none seem to be on this site. I anybody aware of any followup stories?
It was intended to be the first in a series of three Lovecraft-inspired gamebooks. Simon has at least made a start on the second, but given that about eight years have elapsed since then, I wouldn't hold out too much hope.
Babap Thu Dec 5 00:57:41 2013
This adventure is more simple than most people think.
Tommy Gun is strongly recommended :)
Andrč Mon Dec 16 18:06:57 2013
Just noting "Killed by Deep Ones in cultist HQ" has this blasphemously mundane flair about it? Ouch! Well, shouldn't have played the Doctor...
This time I have been killed when I was almost there (bad luck with dices), but in general, I enjoy it every time I re-play it.
gigs Sun Mar 9 11:15:09 2014
great game.Completed few times. Keep it up!
Be the detective so you can have the medical bag.
Andrč Pietroschek Thu Mar 13 15:53:20 2014
"Andrč Mon Dec 16 18:06:57 2013"
could you delete that entry mentioned above or the "dead LINK" in it, please? Thanks.
Gigs Tue Apr 1 18:23:17 2014
Sam Tue Apr 1 21:45:39 2014
I finally completed it! Awesome game! I got a great vibe throughout!
Half Pint Fri Apr 18 13:11:49 2014
Best fan-made Fighting Fantasy gamebook I've played! Well done! Big fan of the Cthulhu Mythos, think you've captured the essence of the story and setting very well. Been playing this now and then since April 2010, didn't complete it until 23rd December last year! (2013). Really enjoyed it, though I didn't realise it would end when it did, still, hope you get round to doing a sequel!
hive fleet levithan Thu Apr 24 14:52:09 2014
I completed it great game book
John Doe Thu Oct 16 20:11:29 2014
Pretty sweet. But I got rocked
Damian Wed Jan 21 20:32:11 2015
This is such a great read, I was hoping there would be something similar, in the other books but nothing quite captures the ambiance that this does! I've played it twice now and in one version drove the car instead of the train I really love that option it's such a detailed game and must have taken a long time to write! I am very grateful.
Sesindir Wed Feb 18 12:37:41 2015
Completed this but couldn't really tell you what happened and why! Good supernatural horror plot but the ending I got has left me with more questions than it answers.
It was meant to be the first part of a trilogy, but the other two instalments never happened. If you're interested, Simon Osborne has quite a bit to say on the subject here.
James Thu Feb 26 03:24:19 2015
Awesome fun! Thanks a lot and I will definitely play again!
anonymous Sun Mar 1 15:10:42 2015
Perry Wed Mar 25 23:37:36 2015
I very much enjoyed Bodies In The Docks, but
it seemed to end so abruptly! There appears to be no real explanation as to what happened! Is this just a result of the specific story arch that I went down upon? How did it end for other people?
Jason Sat Apr 25 15:50:35 2015
Very lovecraft, draws you in well. I'll be playing it again!
I've finally finished this! Guess I never realized how close to the end I'd been. That fight with the two cultists and two Deep Ones always did me in. Somehow, this time I had strong enough stats to come out on top, though it still came down to the wire.
Anyway, a long time ago, I wrote up a playthrough for this game. Go take a look!
Wonderfull story with a distinct Lovecraftian feel. I died just as things started to get interesting though. But i will definitely replay this. Good work!
Lorian Thu Nov 24 17:51:38 2016
Way to win
Docter, knife usage, elephant gun, libary use.
Yaztromo Fri Jun 2 01:14:43 2017
I love re-playing this, from time to time...
no name Tue Jun 13 08:21:30 2017
Hmm, too short for my liking, and the ending seems to be rushed. I would play through book 2 if there is such a thing, though. Stats for my game: Skill, 12, HP, 17, Luck, 7, Sanity, 11
CplFerro Tue Jul 11 22:53:53 2017
Atmospheric and well-written but the program didn't let me use my Tommy-Gun so I died.
Gavin Thu Jul 13 03:47:39 2017
Back in the day Per Jorner used to take the Michael about how part of the plot line of this was you couldn't have your tommy gun in polite society.
Mark Thu Jul 13 18:25:09 2017
Combat is bad, literally no damage done each round but I was taking damage just fine
Manfred Thu Jul 13 22:41:59 2017
I was amazing story and game. I wish I had not used the first aid kit, and had used the throw the kinfe before the kill me.
I probably play again later,because i really want to know why the woman appears and whats on the plan of the cultists.
My first attempt Fri Jul 14 00:24:05 2017
Well, I got played for a fool... guess I'll try again
bluejuice915 Tue Nov 21 19:24:44 2017
Wow. Extreme kudos for the intricate gameplay and diversity with occupation and proficiency. This is one of those well written stories that teases you with little bits you pick up each time you run through it. Battles and weaponry was impressive too. Good job hooking me through the end. 99/100
RogueOne Tue Nov 28 23:54:01 2017
Slipper Fri Dec 29 17:38:41 2017
Aaaaargl, these cultists are brutal!
A very nice experience to play Bodies in the Docks, but why Gilgamesh in the role of Dagon? He is not related to water or sea in my knowledge.
jason Sun Dec 31 18:30:19 2017
Liked the story and the HP Lovecraft setting. Combat seemed a little unfair however. There should be an option to runaway if you don't believe you can win.
Mr. Reaper Wed Jul 25 22:30:57 2018
Well, that was lame. I go to the town, do lots of investigating, meet a guy on the docks to learn more, then get attacked by two cultists each with skill 7. My skill is 11 (great), but I have a -3 modifier for some reason in this fight, so I get killed, even though I should be an incredible fighter -- I took the Brawling skill. My Stamina was 19 (average) but there was little chance I could win this fight vs 2 opponents while suffering a -3 modifier.
Lame lame lame to end the game with my very first fight.
Andrč M. Pietroschek Wed Oct 10 21:16:01 2018
My quest to make Simon Osborne return, do a revision or grant license for us to patch it up, continues...
There is so much wonderful artwork about the Cthulhu myth by now, and not half of it greedily commercial stuff.