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13-10-2008 (Gunness)

Two days ago I became the father of a lovely little boy. This means less time for other activities, and I'll probably take a longer time replying to mails and such - at least for a while :)(if anyone's interested, here's what little Arthur looks like - pic 1, pic 2) Contributors: Alastair, dave, terri

27-09-2008 (Gunness)

Today I'll start with a bit of sad news. As regular visitors will know, I'm a huge fan of Keith Campbell, His columns in C&VG was a major source of inspiration for me and for many other European adventure gamers. Well, as it turns out, Keith passed away two years ago. At the time I was playtesting a new game of his, and all of a sudden, all communication from him ceased. I just learned of his death because I was contacted by Simon Marsh, one of Keith's fellow writers from C&VG. Simon has written a brief tribute to the finest adventure game journalist of the 80's. As for the bread and butter of this site (that would be the solutions and maps), it's been really, really quiet lately. I'm working on a number of maps etc. myself, but in the meantime, here are the latest additions from Terri Sheehan, Alastair and David Lodge. Contributors: Alastair, Gunness, Mark, Matthew Barton, Juan, dave, Michael Schmidt, Jerry Cornelius, Doreen B, terri

08-06-2008 (Gunness)

Hello, my patient visitors and users. It's been a while, but I've tried to ransack my mail log a bit better this time to ensure that as many of your entries are present in the archive this time around (I even found some old maps of my own - it's nice to add something myself to the archive once in a while! Particularly when it's stuff like Dungeon Adventure, which took ages). In other news... I've added a link to Three Days in Carpathia, the unreleased sequel to Valkyrie 17. You can find screenshots and an unplayable demo there. The page is part of Frank Gasking's intriguing Games That Weren't site for the C64. Simon Allan has sent me his latest reworking of one of his original Spectrum games. Moonscape finds you on a failing Moon base, trying to escape to Earth before it's too late. Sci fi buffs should enjoy this. Grab the game here. A couple of titles that have been on the requests list forever have been removed. So for anyone stuck in Caves of Olympus and Price of Peril, now's your chance! Finally, a couple of warm recommendations for people enjoying modern IF. The ever helpful Fredrik Ramsberg has pointed me in the direction of, which is an excellent resource if you feel like grabbing a piece of IF for the weekend and don't really feel up to the daunting task of choosing between the five thousand (give or take) titles released during the last month. Even more helpful is the Interactive Fiction DataBase (the IFDB, whose name is braving the inevitable onslaught of IMDB lawyers?), which makes selecting and downloading modern IF a breeze. Definitely worth checking out. Let me know if anyone finds any overlooked gems out there. Contributors: Alastair, iamaran, Gunness, Pti.Jedi, Mark, Matthew Barton, Juan, dave, Amby, Michael Schmidt, Jerry Cornelius, Doreen B, terri

02-01-2008 (Gunness)

Hello everybody, and welcome to 2008! Today's update features a number of very diverse games, including Passengers On the Wind, which a friend of mine requested a long time ago. I've tried the game with walkthrough in hand, and even then the game failed to make much sense. The comic books are nice, though. A particular thank you to Terri this time around, as she has sent a large number of contributions. Contributors: iamaran, Pti.Jedi, Gunness, Marco, Juan, Amby, Doreen B, terri

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Mountains of Ket


The Lords of Ket rule a strife-torn land where magic and mayhem are commonplace. Recently though, particularly vicious raiders have swept in from the east. Behind these attacks are the Priest-King Vran Verusbel, archmage of the cult of Mad Monks, and Delphia, the cult's High Priestess.

Unjustly condemned for a murder you did not commit, on the eve of your execution you were offered a pardon, but only if you accepted the mission put to you by the Lords. Believing that only the death of both Vran and Delphia will stop the raids, the Lords will grant you your freedom should you succeed in this task.

Naturally you accepted, now here you stand, outside a small village and with a magic assassin bug on your neck - ready to sink his poisonous fangs should you show any sign of cowardice. With just a handful of coins and your trusty sword your first task is to cross the Mountains of Ket, but beware, many who have entered the mountains have never been seen again.


The three adventures that form the Ket Trilogy were originally sold separately, with a prize of a video recorder for the first person to complete all three. Later, after the prize was claimed, all three games were sold together in one package called The Ket Trilogy.

The Mountains of Ket adds RPG elements to the adventure genre in the form of character statistics. These statistics are used in combat, something that cannot always be avoided.

Richard A. McCormack is the original author, other names you may see on the packaging or in title screens are the names of the programmers who converted the game to non Spectrum platforms.

The Amstrad CPC version of Mountains of Ket was converted by Simon Lipscomb and Tim Walsha using GAC.

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