Author: CRPG Addict

Abandoned Places: Empty Frame

Spider webs posed a (mild) obstacle on some of this session’s dungeons.            A second session with Abandoned Places has shown it to be an adequate but unmemorable Dungeon Master clone. Most of the things I initially liked about it–elements in which it departed from the usual Dungeon Master template–have […]

Game 367: Taskmaker (1989)

This is a pretty morbid way to organize your “to do” items.          TaskMaker United States Storm Impact (developer); XOR (publisher) Released 1989 for the MacintoshRemade and re-released as shareware in 1993 Date Started: 15 May 2020           TaskMaker is a slick little game, probably the best I’ve played so […]

The Black Gate: Clearing Out

The king without a throne! The land without a king!            Owing to circumstances, this will be a brief entry, but I wanted to at least talk about some of the things that occurred to me as I continued my explorations of the Dungeon Despise. Despise is the dungeon that, […]

Game 365: Muryaden (1989)

You are not misinterpreting this screen. The troll is having his genitals stimulated by a magic stone. It’s that kind of game.            Muryaden France Elrik et Deckard (developers); Bytlejuice (publisher) Released in 1989 for Apple II Date Started: 12 May 2020 Date Ended: 14 May 2020 Total Hours: 5Difficulty: […]

Chickened Out

Just a quick note. I’ve disabled comments on this because I don’t really want a bunch of comments. I’ve heard the arguments before and against, I’ve made them to myself. The bottom line is that it just feels wrong to deliberately move forward without finishing a year. So I’m going […]

The Black Gate: Open Your Eyes

Having woken up after 200 years, Penumbra really needs to hit the head.           We leave the troubled Vesper behind us–planning to return once we have the “Unlock Magic” spell and some more money–and head east across the channel. It has been long enough since I played an Ultima that […]

Morabis I: Won! (with Summary and Rating)

              Morabis I: The Dungeons of Morabis United States Independently developed and released as shareware Several versions released for DOS between 1991 and 1992 Date Started: 2 May 2020 Date Ended: 10 May 2020 Total Hours: 11Difficulty: Moderate-Hard (3.5/5)Final Rating: (to come later)Ranking at time of posting: (to come later) […]

The Black Gate: My Way

Regrets: I’ve had a few. But then again, I’m riding a goddamned magic carpet.             There he was in front of me: Batlin of Britain. The anti-Avatar. The con man with a shuck-and-jive so powerful that he even seduced the in-game narration. “At once humble yet dignified, his gentle eyes […]

The Black Gate: Wee Britain

More than once, in idle moments, I’ve gone through a sentence like this, seeing how it changes meaning depending on where you put the emphasis.          After speaking to Lord British, I had three items on my “to do” list for Britain–five if you include a quick trip back to […]

Closing the Books on Crystalware

Crystalware was not the sort of company to let trademarks deter them, whether incorporating the Enterprise in their logo or marketing an unlicensed game called Imperial Walker.             A year ago, I’d never heard of Crystalware. Then, someone rediscovered their catalogue and uploaded all of its games to MobyGames and […]