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The Eamon Adventurer's Log newsletter, volume 1 number 3.


Eamon Adventurer's Guild Newsletter Archive


August 1984


John Nelson (editor)


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Eamon Adventurer's LogNational Eamon User's Club
Volume 1 * Number 3 — August 1984

Welcome to the third issue of the National Eamon User's Club newsletter. We hope you'll like the new format.

To help clarify who is responsible far each section of the newsletter, we will begin including a name with each article. This will help you correspond to the appropriate person when you want to comment on our style or content. It's really not that big a deal, because we read each other's mail, but it might help you out in addressing your letters. (No one is responsible for the Terminological Inexactitude column — which contains rumors and innuendo and will remain anonymous!)

Our volunteer staff now consists of:

John NelsonEamon author/fanatic/Bug Killer
Bob Davis — Official mascot and reviewer
Jeff Harris — Local barbarian artist and critic
Dan Cross — Not-so-local tester and paid member
Thomas Zuchowski — Off-site bug killer

We have moved!!! By the time you read this we will be at a new address!!

This is a miracle in itself it seems, but it has happened and we'd better tell you the new address before we forget it.

[Address redacted.]


Eamon News

This is a new column that will contain news about Eamon itself and not necessarily anything to do with the club. News about the Club can be found in Club News.

New adventures

We are now up to 74 adventures. This does not include the four utility diskettes, the three tournament diskettes, the two dungeon designer diskettes or the new Master Diskette (see below). The newest Eamon adventures (since last issue) are:

  1. Black Castle of NaGog
  2. Tomb of Y'Golonac
  3. Operation Crab Key
  4. House on Eamon Ridge
  5. The Deep Canyon
  6. Dharma Quest
  7. Temple of the Guild
  8. Search for Yourself

By next issue we are hoping to release the following adventures for Eamon, but these are not completed yet:

Temple of the Trolls
Sorcerer's Spire
Warlord of Warrick

New Eamon Master Diskette

There is a new Eamon Master Diskette that has been named Master 2.0. It will not replace the original, because people may choose to remain true to the original Don Brown version.

If you want to order the new master, you must specify version 2.0 or you will receive the original. The new features on version 2.0 are:

A. Menu program, on boot-up, allows:

  1. Listing the names of your characters
  2. Ability to go directly to an adventure
  3. View any character
  4. Listing Eamon adventures
  5. Cloning character
  6. Resurrection

B. The Beginner's Cave has been changed

  1. More monsters and treasures
  2. More rooms
  3. Uses Standard DUNGEON EDIT tiles

C. The Main Hall has been expanded

  1. A training center has been added
  2. You may buy better, special weapons

For members who would like to try the new master, send us a blank diskette (or your old master) and we will copy this and send it back to you. This is done as a benefit for members only — Non-members are not eligible for this service. If you are a non-member, please include $5.00 for the copying fee and diskette and postage.

For those without word processors

I have written a crude Applesoft program that will read a standard sequential text file and print it for those people who do not have word processors. The Applesoft Text printer will now be included on the DDD 6.0 diskette. If you would like a copy of it, send a stamped self-addressed envelope. We will distribute this program on paper, since it is very short.

Thanks to Tom Weishaar and the May '84 issue of Softalk, we have a patch to DOS that will allow you to read the Eamon text documentation files directly from the keyboard. You may use this to print the documentation, but the DOS method does not break on words when printing or displaying.

Club News

The club dues announced last issue seemed to cause a lot of people to drop the newsletter. It's too bad because the more people we have, the cheaper it is for everybody, but there are still those who expect something for nothing. Anyway, because we are now on a membership dues and not a total charity outfit, we can afford to give some services to our members for their money. One benefit to being a member of our club is of course the newsletter, but there are other benefits planned. Effective immediately and continuing until further notice, there will be new disk prices for our adventures. The new prices for members (those who paid $12 dues) are:

1 – 4 adventures   $4.00 each
5 – 9 adventures   $3.75 each
10 – 19 adventures   $3.50 each
20 – 39 adventures   $3.25 each
40 – up adventures   $3.00 each

Non-member prices are also reduced because we have experience a price break on our diskettes. Non-member prices are

1 – 10 adventures   $5.00 each
11 – 20 adventures   $4.50 each
21 – 40 adventures   $4.00 each
41 or more   $3.75 each

You can order Eamon diskettes from other sources also and sometimes cheaper than from us, but we endeavor to have the most accurate, bug-free and latest up-to-date copies. Also when you order them from us, we keep track of this and when we have some spare time we are planning on notifying people directly when an adventure they have has a bug. This may save hours of frustration.


Notices and Junk

We now offer two different ways of receiving the newsletter. The first way is a full membership. Those of you who paid the $12 dues are full members. We also offer a lower $6 subscription only price for those on a tighter budget or not in need of any other services from us. The benefits listed below will explain the differences.

Member benefits: Member rates on adventures
Priority on correspondence
Personal help on adventures
Special offers and discounts

—John & Bob

Adventure Tips

This is a new column that will help you while adventuring. Some of the tips may be of a general nature (concerning adventures) and others will be hints on specific adventures.

Determining friendliness — no risk

One thing about Eamon is that you have to know the name of the monster you want to attack before you can attack him. In many cases the designer will give the name in the monster's description. You may not always be able to tell if a monster is friendly and you don't want to attack if he is, but it takes one turn to find out and by then you've taken a hit from his. One way to avoid this is to try to leave the room immediately upon encountering the monster. If the monster is an enemy, you won't be able to but at least you won't be attacked. Of course you may not always want to do this if the room was difficult to find, the exit is a one way door or something like that.

Bribing monsters — a sure thing

Did you know that you can bribe a monster in Eamon and depending on his friendliness, get him or her to be friendly? If you did know this, did you know that the maximum amount you have to bribe is 100 gold pieces? Unless the monster is totally unfriendly (in which case you can never bribe him) or there has been special programming done to require a larger or different bribe, this is the most you have to spend to insure success.

Cheating death — possibly

There are a couple of programs an the Eamon Utility diskettes that allow you to test an adventure with no risk to your character's life. One of these programs is on Eamon Utilities II and is called Test Bench. It creates a character for test purposes only that you can take through an adventure. Another program recently created is Advanced Bench on the same diskette. It is a more advanced program used for the same purpose. These characters can never be returned to a Master diskette, but are good for testing an adventure for bugs before risking a good character. A third program, but one that allows you to use a regular character and be able to return to the Master when done, is Adventure (or on some versions it may be called Adventure Only). This may be found on both the current Eamon Utilities I and Eamon Utilities II diskettes. When you want to go on an adventure from this program, select it from the menu or RUN it. It will ask you to insert the diskette that the character is on. This will be the Master diskette containing your character. You will then have to type in the name of the character and you will be on your way. If you can't remember the name of your character, type ? and you will be given the names of the characters on that diskette.

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Continuing after crash — maybe

If an Eamon adventure crashes on an error of some sort, it is possible to continue under certain circumstances. If there is no ONERR statement in effect while the game is in play, it may be possible to keep going after an error. The ONERR statement will sometimes act to close the files. If the files get closed, you will not be able to restart the adventure. If someone discovers how to restart an adventure after the files have been closed, I would like to hear about it. (It seems like I did do this once by doing a POKE 51,0 and branching to the line number that opens the files in the restart routine.)

Anyway, to continue after a program crash, it will also depend on why the program crashed. If it was bad programming and you were trying to do something obscure such as POLISH EMERALD RING that you could just as well do without doing, you can get back into the game by typing GOTO 210 (or GOTO 165 in some of the old adventures — prior to #4 or in adventure #13). If the crash occurred while merely walking around, it is possible you have a bad copy of a disk and you may not be able to restart the game.


Design Standards

by Jeff Harris

I was asked to provide a set of standards for a typical Eamon adventure. What follows is, of course, personal opinion and not gospel. But please consider these points when next you create a dungeon.

  1. Be consistent! Your adventure is set in a world of fixed technology, laws and environment. Nothing gripes me more than striding down a castle corridor — in full plate armor — and being mowed down by a Nazi with a machine gun! If you're in a medieval scenario, then by all means fill it with wizards and warriors, ogres and princesses, etc. A .357 Magnum or a flashlight simply do not belong. Conversely, who wants to run around in chain mail when everybody else has blasters?
  2. What's the point? An adventurer should have a goal. If the adventure is just an excuse for violence, save your time and bucks and go watch a football game on T.V. On the other hand, you're not out to rebuild Atlantis, either. Use your judgment: a rescue, an assassination, a magic sword... keep it simple, but stick to it.
  3. At the zoo. "There we were, fighting two dozen orcs, when in walks this blue dragon..." In a pig's eye. Unless they kept the big lizard as a pet, they'd probably avoid it like the plague. This borders on #1 above, but it deserves separate mention: contrary to popular belief, every little hole in the ground does not have a life-form lurking in it. And where there are life-forms, the ratio of predators to prey is like 1:15. Again, use your judgment: orcs and dragons are both predators, and the competition will be pretty rough. Personally, I'd like to see more prey in dungeons, castles, etc. They'd make for great comic relief, and when you did run into the local predator, it would make for a far nastier surprise.
  4. The obstacle course. A complaint I heard recently was about an adventure where practically every door gave the adventurer an electric shock. It eventually killed him six doors into game. While not really an advocate of fair play, some early warning — or an available defense — sure couldn't have hurt here. Any series of obstacles (no matter how many or how difficult) should not be insurmountable; using a Power Spell to break out of a room is unfair, stumbling blindly in a dark cave is not unfair. Consider the odds when designing a trap, a riddle, or a confrontation with a monster.
  5. Be original! My wife (John's wife, too) collects Harlequin Romances by the box-full. I've looked at a few of them, and they're all the same — only the names and locations have been changed to keep the reader awake! Variety is the spice of life, and the best adventures have a totally different slant to them. Try to avoid the thirty-room-six-monsters-and-a-wizard syndrome. Be creative!!

Designer's Den

This issue we will cover more of what we covered last issue, but in more detail: local magic. If you read the Eamon player's manual, it describes universal and local magic. Universal magic is the magic you can buy at the Main Hall and it works roughly the same everywhere you go. Local magic is magic that is unique or special to a particular adventure.

Local magic is that created by the designer when he designs and programs the adventure. It consists of printing neat little messages to the player and modifying some information in the computer to simulate some action taking place.

Let us say, for example, that you wanted to make the adventurer grow old if he drinks a certain potion. This could be simulated by printing a message such as YOU ARE GROWING OLDER BY THE SECOND. YOUR HAIR HAS TURNED WHITE, YOUR SKIN IS BECOMING EXTREMELY WRINKLED, AND YOU ARE GROWING WEAKER. You must then modify values to simulate the age increase. There is no age kept for an Eamon character, so you don't have any variable here to contend with, but you may lower the character's agility which is contained in the variable MD%(0,2), lower his defensive odds (which normally contain zero, so you could make them negative), and lower his strength (contained in variable MD%(0,1)).

Using the different fields, you can do almost anything. I will cover the most commonly wanted tricks and let you as the adventure designer decide what you want to do with it.

One common thing is secret passages. Although this is not really a magical type of effect, it is a common feature and I promised to cover it last issue. Secret passages are handled automatically in DDD version 6.0, but in version 5.0 and before, it required the designer to program these. To program a secret passage, you may do it one of two ways. The first and easier method can also be more dramatic. That is to teleport the adventurer into the new room as soon as they discover the passage. A message can be printed to be as dramatic or as different as you wish. To affect the change in rooms, all you have to do is change the variable ROOM to the desired room number with a statement such as ROOM = nn. You then have to branch to 3500 of the main program. The second method is a bit more sophisticated and the adventurer will not be forced to use the secret passage immediately. This is done by having a switch (or variable) to indicate whether or not the adventurer has discovered the passage yet. In the move routine, you would check this switch and if the passage had been discovered, allow the move in that direction. For example, in the look routine, I would code IF ROOM = 54 THEN L1 = 1: PRINT "YOU FOUND A SECRET PASSAGE TO THE WEST!". Then in the Move routine I would code IF R2 = -55 AND L1 THEN R2 = 55: GOTO 3500.

Another common adventure feature is to move artifacts or monsters into or out of the room. The variable for an artifact's location is AD%(A,4) where A is the artifact number in question. The variable for a monster's location MD%(M,5) where M is the monster's number. The variable ROOM contains the current room number that the adventurer is in. Therefore, to move an object — be it monster or artifact — into the room you change the corresponding room number variable. For example, to move an artifact into the room, the code might be something like: PRINT "THERE IS A BRIGHT FLASH AND A MAGIC SWORD APPEARS!": AD%(1,4) ROOM. To remove an object from the room, the item's location is changed to zero. For example, to take the sword away from the adventurer or out of the room it is currently in, the code might be: PRINT "THE SWORD VANISHES!": AD%(1,4) = 0. Monsters are a bit more complicated to teleport around, however. When a monster is moved around, you have to compensate for whether he is friendly, or unfriendly, and how he will react to these changes. This is done by setting the variable R3 to ROOM and performing the subroutine at line 3600 after changing the monster's room number. This extra step insures that the monster knows he has been teleported.

That's about all the space we have for this issue, so I'll wrap it up for now. Next issue I'll cover locked doors, gates and how to operate and program them.


Terminological Inexactitudes

Things appearing in this column must not be confused with actual facts, but are rumors regarding the world of Eamon and adventuring.

Bob Davis writes adventures?? We're not sure it's true, but rumor has it that Bob has written Eamon adventures before, but never released them to the world. I am planning a covert operation (top secret, of course) to try to get these from his and release them.

We have gotten thousands (maybe millions) of letters asking what is Knight Quest. Rumor has it that it is Eamon raised to the 12th power less the bugs, but we're not telling.

Questions and Answers

In this column we answer commonly asked or interesting questions we receive.

Q. I was in The Abductor's Quarters and found that the rooms in one area were not working correctly. Can you tell me how to fix this?

A. I spoke to the author about this "bug" years ago when I first encountered it and found out it was not a bug. The designer did this to create a "space warp" effect.

Q. It costs you over $1.00 per person per issue to put out the newsletter?

A. Actually, yes and no. Depending an the size of the issue, the number of copies and whether or not you count overhead such as use of a postage machine, it ranges from 70 cents to 1.05 per issue per person. Amazing, isn't it? If we had a lot more members, this price would go down drastically, but there seem to be few Eamon players who want to pay for a newsletter. They tend to want everything for free.

Q. I would like to buy some more Eamon adventures, but I don't know which ones are any good. Is there a description of all of the adventures that I could get? Ratings on the adventures would also be great.

A. There is a document containing descriptions of all of the Eamon adventures, but it is not current at this time. Every time we get more adventures, this document has to be updated. We are currently updating the document and are adding a review and rating section to each one. It may take a while to get this all done, but we will keep members informed on it's progress. It will be quite a thick document, so we will have to charge to recover printing costs, but we will keep it as cheap as possible for members. For non-members, the price will be a bit higher. Since we do not have it finished yet, we do not know its length or cost. In the meantime, see the current Spotlight On column in this issue.

Bug Bytes

One thing I would like to talk about before getting into the actual bugs and their corrections is the tools and knowledge needed to make these changes. If you are an Applesoft programmer and are familiar with a program line editor, you say skip down to the bugs portion. If you do not know anything about Applesoft programming, the changes may be difficult, but you should be able to make them if you follow the instructions. If you do not want to attempt the changes, please let me know and I'll see what I can do to help you out. I can't promise to make the changes for you, but I can give you a more detailed set of instructions or possibly re-copy the diskette for you.

The best way to make corrections to the program lines is with a program line editor. It is advised to obtain one of these and learn how to use it. It will make corrections much easier. If you are already familiar with Applesoft programming and how to change programs and you understand the instructions given for changing these programs, go right ahead and make the changes. If you do not know how to change Applesoft programs, there's no time like the present to learn, so I'll try to explain the procedure below.

Changing an Applesoft program in general

In order to change an Applesoft program, the program must first be in the computer's memory. This is done by typing LOAD followed by the exact name of the program. From that point on you may modify the program by replacing the lines already in the program, adding new lines or deleting lines that are already in memory. If you have a line editor, you will be able to change a line without having to completely replace it.

Tomb of Molinar — Adventure #11

This adventure will bomb if your try to play around with the mirror and the text files are all locked. To avoid this, unlock all of the files with a "T" next to them on the catalog on the diskette:


Caves of Treasure Island — Adventure #13

The doubloon problem was never resolved (see last issue). Apparently nobody has the correct version. To fix the program so that it at least won't blow up, you can (and we did) make the following change:

Add a new line:


Heroes Castle — Adventure #15

It is impossible to READ anything. This occurred when the abbreviations routines were installed. If you are not allowed to use abbreviations in your version of this adventure then you will not need to make these changes. In the command list you need to change the words READ and READY around so that READY comes first. Then the ON GOTO command in line 290 needs to be changed to reflect these new positions. When you are done these lines should appear as below:

290 ON C GOTO 3000,3000,3000,3000,3000,3000,4000,4000,5000,5000,

New line (if not already there)

5010 GOSUB 4900

Quest for Marron — Adventure #21

This adventure has a number of bugs that should be fixed.

Insert R3 = ROOM: before GOSUB 3600 in all of the following lines of the MAIN PGM program: 155, 4210, 7720, 16055, 16510, 16650, 16710, 19010, 19110, 20050

In addition, these changes should also be made:

16610 change AD%(1,4) <> -1 OR AD%(1,4) <> RO OR to (AD%(1,4) <> -1 AND AD%(1,4) <> RO) AND

Add the new line:


Line 16070 change AND MD%(PP,5) = 0 to AND PP > 0 and insert THEN IF MD%(PP,5) = 0 before THEN in the existing line 16070

Line 24400 insert IF PP < 0 THEN in front of PRINT: PRINT ...

Further changes are expected for this adventure in the future to make it more fun to play, but this set of changes should take care of the bugs.

The Master's Dungeon — Adventure #55

6020 change LEFT$(AN$(A),4) = LEFT$(S$,4) to AN$(A) = S$

The Lost Adventure — Adventure #56

Rooms 40 through 42 were trashed through an error in DOS when designer was working on diskette. This diskette may be re-ordered from us, or you may type the following fix program in and run in. It will fix the files for you.


Insert the adventure and type RUN with the above program in memory.

DDD Version 6.0 Corrections

The following changes should be made to the Dungeon Designer Diskette version 6.0. Some of these are long standing bugs (even prior to Version 6.0) and others are newly created when version 6.0 was designed.

DUNGEON EDIT program changes:

Line 910 references NA%(TYP) twice. This should be N%(TYP) in both places. The effects of this bug are quite obscure and you probably would not have discovered it yourself. You would have to set the Lock mode on (using CTRL-L) and added a lot of items, and then canceled out of it.

Line 910 change all occurrences of NA% to N%

Unlock the program and save it back to the diskette. Then load MAIN PGM.

MAIN PGM changes:

Line 340 should be:

340 IF MD%(M,4) < MR THEN PRINT: PRINT MN$(M);" FLEES!": GOSUB 8500: PRINT: IF R2 <> ROOM THEN MD%(M,5) = R2: M2 = MD%(M,14): TD%(M2) = TD%(M2) - MD%(M,1) : FD%(M2) = FD%(M2) - MD%(M,13): GOTO 490

A new line 3535 should be inserted:

3535 NX = 0

A new line 3545 should be inserted:

3545 IF RD%(X) > 0 AND RD%(X) <= NR THEN NX = NX + 1

4140 change IF AD%(A,2) < 2 OR MD%(0,9) <> -1 THEN 300 to IF (AD%(A,2) = 2 OR AD%(A,2) = 3) AND MD%(0,9) = -1 THEN 17000

4150 change GOTO 17000 to GOTO 300

Line 8030 should be changed to look like below:


A new line 8040 should be added:

8040 GOSUB 8500: GOTO 3500

8490 (delete this line)

New lines 8500 and 8505 should be added:


Replace the current line 8520 with:


Line 13210 should be changed to:

13210 PRINT MN$(M);" COMES ALIVE!": MD%(M,5) = ROOM: MD%(M,13) = 0: WT = WT - AD%(M2,3) * (AD%(M2,4) = -1):<br />AD%(M2,4) = 0

Also, the save routine was not always working in this version of the DDD. This is because line 29040 should use CHR$(4) instead of DK$. To fix this, retype line 29040 of the MAIN PGM using CHR$(4) instead of DK$ every time you see it in this line.

Spotlight On

Last time I promised to highlight some intermediate to tough adventures. (By tough I mean not easily survived.) Well, I'll do that, but unfortunately I have not tried some of the adventures above #48 because of the volume (25 new adventures in 4 months!). Those will be covered in later issues.

I would like to clarify the rating system a little more. The first number is the overall rating including settings, descriptions and plot; the second number is the difficulty in both problem solving and survivability. Range is 1 to 10 with 10 highest. The following is a break-down of the meaning of the numbers.

Rating — any rating 5 or above is recommended.

0–2 Poor or tasteless. Would not recommend.
3–4 Casual, non-descriptive, unintriguing.
5–6 Average, somewhat interesting.
7–8 Interesting, descriptive, exciting.
9–10 Excellent! Entertaining — a must.

Difficulty — any rating above 5 is recommended.

0–2 Easily survived, little problem solving.
3–4 Some injuries, maybe secret passages.
5–6 Some problem solving, a few tough guts.
7–8 Multiple/intricate complexities, some death.
9–10 Heavy hitters, time/move problems.

I have a personal definition I would like to share before going on to the reviews. It is "adventure".

Adventure — A defined, riskful task that must be or is desired to be performed within a set of unknown circumstances.

Unknown is the key. In other words, I am not going to explain in detail the environment the adventure is to be performed in, the adversaries/friends you'll encounter, the special effects/magic possible or the types of treasure available. I wouldn't want someone to inform me of this. I will explain the general background and mission (if known) and sometimes the quality of the game (descriptions, settings, task, etc.).

Intermediate adventures

Here are the recommended intermediate adventures and their ratings:

8 Abductor's Quarters 6:7
9 Assault on the Clonemaster 5:6
25 Nuclear Nightmare 6:5
33 Orb of Polaris 7:7
37 Quest for the Holy Grail 9:7

8) Abductor's Quarters (6:7) — A friend of yours (who is a fellow adventurer, of course) has been captured and is being held in a nearby network of caverns. You must enter these caverns and rescue your friend before the abductor executes him/her.

If you slip up and become abducted yourself, your friend will be lost forever and you must wait in the deep recesses of the diskette for the next rescuer. If you rescue your friend and escape, both of you will return to the Main Hall safely.

9) Assault on the Clonemaster (5:6) — You blundered into an aperture between universes and fell into a different world; a world ruled by a ruthless despot called the Clonemaster. The rebels force you to help them destroy his Clonatorium (where the evil clones are being produced even now) before they will show you the way home. The longer you wait to destroy it, the more clones you will have to face to complete your mission.

25) Nuclear Nightmare (6:5) — A mysterious stranger appears in town talking about the ultimate weapon; a weapon that could destroy the entire kingdom! If this weapon does exist, it must be dismantled or destroyed and measures must be taken so that it could never be rebuilt.

33) Orb of Polaris (7:7) — You have been captured and teleported by an angry warlock who claims a great treasure has been stolen from him — his orb of power. A mystic defense has been cast over the ice caverns of Polaris barring the warlock from entering. He needs a free adventurer (you) to get the orb for him, for which he will give you a great reward. He teleports you to the ice caverns without so much as loaning you a sweater. The caverns are very cold and you must find some form of protection from the cold before you can even begin to look for the orb.

37) Quest for the Holy Grail (9:7) — A personal favorite for any Monty Python fan, this adventure is entertaining, very descriptive, humorous and follows the movie enough that you should catch some clues if you've seen it. Be wary of a little peril. If you have not seen the movie version, but are partial to English humor, this adventure is a must.

Best adventures

The following are some of the best adventures available for Eamon (my opinion of course). These adventures are challenging in either puzzles, mazes and/or seasoned fighting monsters.

12 Quest for Trezore 7:8
16 Caves of Mondamen 8:8
21 Quest for Marron 8:8
24 Black Mountain 8:8
45 SwordQuest 7:8
47 FutureQuest 8:7

12) Quest for Trezore (7:8) — You are searching for the wizard Trezore and come across a bronze door with three small holes in it. You know it must be opened somehow. The key(s) is tough and dangerous, as you will encounter varied and pugnacious beasts and beings.

16) Caves of Mondamen (8:8) — The evil Mondamen is assembling an army and has employed the services of a wizard to summon a demon from another dimension. He has captured the princess of Nexdor (a neighboring kingdom) to force the king of Nexdor to help him financially. You must stop Mondamen by killing the wizard before he summons the demon Vaprak and then rescue Princess Mari.

21) Quest for Marron (8:8) — A friend of yours has become possessed by an evil (what else?) demon. The only one that can help her is Marron, a crazed holy man now living in a cavern with other crazy, and a few normal, people. You bind your friend and take her into the caves only to find two people named Marron! Which is the fake? You must find the clues to deduce the real Marron along with finding several artifacts to help Marron purge the demon from your friend.

24) Black Mountain (8:8) — The evil, rotten, no-good Black Bark has been terrorizing a little town for years. The local authorities are hot on his trail, but need some assistance. You pick one mission of a possible six, and each time this adventure is entered the monsters are different and found in random places. The six missions are:

  1. Arrest Black Bark
  2. Rescue Pauline (a key witness)
  3. Retrieve a murder weapon
  4. Rescue the kidnapped mayor
  5. Return evidence (file papers)
  6. Return stolen loot

The most interesting of the six is number 3; you must find what the murder weapon is before you can retrieve it.

45) SwordQuest (7:8) — King Arthur's sword, Excalibur, has been stolen and is being kept in Morgan Le Fay's castle. You seek Arthur's favor by retrieving the sword for him. This is a dangerous mission and you may need help.

This is a large dungeon with many roams, artifacts, and creatures. The room descriptions are average but most monsters have reactions (such as being surprised) and enough action is taking place that flourishing room descriptions are not critical.

47) FutureQuest (8:7) — You are in a future society and must use new commands to communicate — SCAN for LOOK, REPAIR for HEAL and TRANSMIT for SAY for example. Waking up from a cryogenic sleep on a spaceship under attack, you must abandon the ship and head for the planet below. You will cross a desert, invade a castle or two and end up on another planet where you will try to complete your mission — assassinating the emperor.

Tough adventures

For those of you who like a real challenge or just watching your characters die, we have the following four adventures classified as "tough". I personally only recommend #7 and #19 as far as overall rating.

7 Devil's Tomb 6:9
14 Furioso 4:9
19 Death Trap 7:9
29 Apple Island 3:9

7) Devil's Tomb (6:9) — Getting out of this one is the mission. Along the way (if you get out of the first room) you'll find gambling with the devil, a few demons and gargoyles, and the magical book of Trezore! One hint: You'll need magic to survive the Tomb.

14) Furioso (4:9) — You start out being abducted and all your possessions taken — armor, weapons, everything. You are placed in a dark hold of a ship which soon runs aground and is sinking. You must get out of the ship before it sinks and find your way back to the Main Hall.

19) Death Trap (7:9) — Enter at your own risk — this dungeon contains very experienced warriors. You took a bet proposed by one of your enemies that you could survive this place. The amount at stake — 20,000 gold pieces! Good luck.

One note — this dungeon adjusts to your character's experience; the tougher your character, the tougher the dungeon.

29) Apple Island (3:9) — This is the first graphics adventure for Eamon. The tough part about this adventure is to stay awake or keep from starting a new adventure before you finish this one. You must have lots of gold to buy food packs, each food pack costing one gold piece, and a food pack is expended on each move the player makes.

The most exciting part of the adventure was when I found an Eamon-like passage (text), but then found nothing there. Got my hopes up, then — DASHED on the rocks.

In summary, if you've got characters ready for intermediate and/or advanced dungeons, these are the diskettes to get next.


P. S.

About a day before press time we received the last two adventures, Temple of the Guild and Search for Yourself, from an old displaced Iowan friend Don Doumakes. Don wrote Castle Kophinos – Adventure #49 also.

These adventures warrant a small word from us before we pack this off to the printers. The Temple of the Guild is not really an adventure, as such, because it is intended primarily to boost the attributes, skill or gold of the adventurer. I had the opportunity to try this out before we went to press and I think it deserves some attention and explanation. I have listed it as an adventure because it does contain a main program that has the regular adventuring commands in it and you can adventure in it. I liked it, and recommend it for people who want to boost their character, but do not want to cheat.

The second adventure: Search for Yourself is not a pop psychology game, it is an adventure with what the author calls "two moderately devious features". I regret that I have not yet had a chance to play it, so I cannot give you my review, but I promise by next issue that I will try this one out.