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May 20, 2012 - 8:59 pm
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Wow! FFC is back! I only just discovered you when I checked the links to my old reviews and found, not unexpectedly, that they'd all expired. Alas. But I knew it would happen someday.

But Lookee Here! The FFC forum is back! Hooray! Huzzah! Hip Hip! Yowzer!boozer

 

Golly, I almost forgot my screen name (dumb though it was).

 

And I see that all the old crowd is here! Hi Orb, my old buddy! Hi Scout! Hi all of you! (Remember me at all?)

 

Um, is there any way to access the old reviews? If so, I'd be happy to host them on my little blogspot.com blog. I've got tons of space.

 

Soooo--I'll be bookmarking this! So happy to find you! Zowee! hearts2

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And as I explore more I answered my own question. I found the old reviews, and have already updated the links in my blog.

It's true. Nothing ever dies on the internet.

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Hey Enigma! Great to see you!

Yeah, we have a different name, but we're still the same FFC you remember. Everything ever posted there is here, converted to the new format. One rainy day I mean to spend some time really gussying up the old reviews so they're a bit easier to read.

Stick around! Margarita Monday is almost upon us!

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Hooray again! 

A question: I'm finding the site kinda difficult to navigate (I tend to be dumb this way). Example: I'd love to see what you said about Jane Jensen's Gray Matter, but I don't know where to search for it.

Gotta linky?

Thanks!tongue

I'm really glad you resurrected FFC! It was always a special place.

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Hmm, that game doesn't ring a bell and I couldn't find it in the archive (to view an alphabetical list of FFC archived reviews, hit Content -> Reviews -> FFC Archives in the toolbar). The search didn't turn up anything either. I'll keep looking.

FFC never actually went away - MrLipid and I just inherited it from Jen in 2008. We were still using the old name for a while, but a hack and a slight expansion of the site's focus made a name change seem like the right thing to do. So glad to have you back!

Enig and anyone who has trouble with the interface, please shoot me any suggestions for changes, or just share them on the forum. 🙂

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"Gray Matter" came out last year. Probably the only classic-style adventure produced last year that I know of, except for Mikael Nyqvist's and Jonathan Boake's stuff. By Jane Jensen, her first game since Gabriel Knight. It was much shorter than her GK games and had some glitches, but otherwise was right up to her standards, with an ace mega-puzzle at the end.

Here's my playthrough of it, if you're interested: http://adventuregameplays.blog.....algia.html (Click "next entry" at the bottom for the next entry. And there's a review at the end.) 

My little blog there is just my playthrough diary kinda thing. It's only ever had one visitor that I know of (Matt Clark of Barrow Hill fame dropped by) and nobody has ever left a comment. But then, I don't get much time to work on it, and it's mostly for adventures which nobody plays anymore anyway. I have done playthroughs of Boake's Lost Souls (without question, the scariest adventure game ever made) and his magnificent Lost Crown, along with some retro-RPGs from my favorite indy company, Spiderweb Software, and the last few Carol Reeds. I really don't get much time to play anymore. Haven't even added a new entry in months--been über-busy and have had no time to play.

But if you haven't played Gray Matter, you really need to do it! Trip down memory lane! Real adventuring! Mega-puzzles! Interactive movie! Find the stuff, figure it out! Use gray matter! The real stuff!

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Hey Enigma! I had to do a double take when I saw your user name. Sounds like you are still alive and well.

Orb doesn't seem to come around anymore though Jen pops in once in a while. Toger and Pokey are still coming and going pretty regularly. Kay and Yapette too. I've been into action RPGs mostly anymore. Check out my later reviews.

I have been watching all the old adventure game devs working Kickstarter to fund games. Tim Schafer, Jane Jensen, The Tex Murphy devs. All have funded or are in the process of getting point and click adventure games funded. I'm esp. watching Schafer's progress. I donated to his and the last update was a frigging 22 minutes documentary of Tim Schafer talking with Ron Gilbert who also works at Schafer's Doublefine. They interview the Portal dev, the Machinarium dev, go over the notebooks of old projects, describe a little of what the new game will be about. My favorite part was the footage of Schafer thumbing through the pages and pages of title idea for Grim Fandango, showing the hundreds of titles he came up with before finally hitting on Grim Fandango. The documentary is for the Kickstarter contributors only and I guess they don't want it linked elsewhere so for now I can only babble on about it.

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Scout! Well, I'll have to send "Orb" an email (I have the address). I sent her a PM here, but she may not get it for months.

Great to see you! I didn't even know this forum was here. I found it when I tried to track down the links to my old reviews.

So did you play Gray Matter? Except that it was so short and slooooooow, I loved it (although trust me to find the bug--it's all in my playthrough). 

These days I'm just waiting for Jonathan Boakes to get the Last Crown out, and for his buddy Matt Clark to get Bracken Tor out. BT was supposed to be out the Halloween before last. I think Matt's added plenty to it, so that would explain part of the delay, but I'm worried about their distribution options. Jonathan sued one of his old distributers (dunno if it was Adventure Company or Got Game) a couple of years ago in New York and won. Then he bought a house. Jonathan said something on his FB page about doing both the second and third sequels to Lost Crown together--which would make sense. Years and years between sequels kinda lets the audience cool.

You won't believe this: on my latest model iMac, I, for whatever dumb reason, inserted the CD (which I'd never played) of the Mac version of American McGee's Alice. It came up with an installation icon. Wow. I double clicked it. (Why?) The magic pizza of death spun and spun and spun, and I hit some kinda key and the screen went black and I thought I'd killed my computer. But then, POOF, it came back, and the game had installed and IT RUNS!! No kidding, it runs perfectly. Still haven't played it yet--I've been trying to get through books and books and books for Kirkus Reviews amongst other little life items--but I'm looking forward to it!

I also bought an old Thinkpad loaded with 98SE on EBay, which works perfectly. I've got loads of stuff loaded on that, running in their original native environment, including Grim Fandango, which because I was a Maccie I've never played. For years I bought those games, thinking that one day I'd have a computer that could run them. Now there's the GOG of course, and they're starting to get adventures, but I've got the original CDs!

Hah! I don't need all these fancy RPGs and shooters. I've got all the old classic adventures to get through! Gonna take years!beerchug

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Wow. The last of the hard core adventure gamers. You really gotta play Grim Fandango if you get the time. While I didn't think it was the masterpiece of all time like a lot of gamers, it is still a damn good game with lots of great set pieces. It's not point and click though. You have to use the arrow keys and it takes a little to get used to if you haven't used them much before.  I had a problem with Mannie's sidekick, Grotus, or whatever its name was. Too annoying for me but everything else int the game was first rate. The atmosphere especially. Amazing puzzles.

Have you ever played Machinarium? I liked it but put it down about 2/3 of the way through when I finally got stuck and then lost all my saves. It's a flash game and clearing my cache wiped the saved games. Great little puzzler as well. Just be sure to finish it before messing with your cache.

I've been playing less and less over the last few years. Like I said, mostly AAA action RPGs like Fallout 3, Skrim, The Witcher 2, etc. Have returned to fiction writing and am starting to upload my work onto Amazon, et.al. via a Portland outfit called BookBaby. Check out my thread on Mud Wrestling/"This whole book thing..." I am shamelessly soliciting reviews. icon8 A friend who reviews books on Amazon said it read like a text version of an over the shoulder video game which makes sense I guess.

I dropped by your blog for a bit and read your playthrough of Gray Matter. I enjoyed it. Will go back later and read your review. And no, I haven't played it yet. I always loved your game reviews so I will look into it. I don't think Tap Repeatedly has a review of it. Hint, hint. up_to_something

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'Fraid I haven't even heard of Machinarium. You might like the Spiderweb games--very retro graphics but they are huge games, written with great humor. The newest one, Avernum: Escape from the Pit (the one I'm currently playing on my blog) is a remake of a remake that started the whole company. It is a good, good game. It's doing very well, so Jeff is going to redo the entire six-game series. He's made this version too easy to accommodate all the new players, but you can always play on "hard."

It's very weird that a forum that started out of, by and for adventure gamers has virtually abandoned the genre. True, not much is being produced these days, but what is coming out tends to be excellent. (By that I don't mean those little cartoony kiddie adventures. Nancy Drew is about as far as I go with those. I still enjoy Carol Reed but that's because I like the scenery. The games are super-easy.)

I very much enjoy turn-based RPGs, having gotten addicted to the terrific retro games that Jeff Vogel does at Spiderweb. I played Baldur's Gate for awhile on my old blueberry iMac, but got distracted. It's something I really want to play someday, so I'll get the whole thing from GOG. I've done a little bit of kiddie-style jumper-shooter stuff, such as the Lemony Snickett game (I like Tim Curry's voice work, which is why I have that). My nephew says I'd love Penumbra. I'm sure American McGee's Alice will help with those skills!

You can tell from my terminology here that I really don't know what I'm talking about. But I'd like to try Portal (I have that) and Witcher. I've got the original Fallout 1&2 on that old Thinkpad. Whatever I do will have to be on a computer though--I can't afford an X-Box.

The plan is to take in some elderly ladies for "independent living." Pays really well. I've still got my dad here--94 years old with very advanced Parkinson's. Getting tougher. The only thing that's going to save me is that Dad paid off this house 20 years ago. I can make it pay quite well. Just have to get off my duff and finish my renovations, then get a couple of ladies in here. I'd just clean and cook dinner and remind them to take their pills. Until then, I don't even have money to buy anything except the games I know I want.

That Thinkpad was a good idea! Got some extra money one month and picked it up for $60 on EBay. I've got all three Gabriel Knight games running on it, plus Realms of the Haunting (that was challenging but I did it) and even Blue Ice (the unsolvable game). Buncha buncha old stuff like Sanitarium and Inherent Evil, and old RPGs like Icewind Dale, Neverwinter Nights, etc. 98SE plays an amazing range of stuff. Gonna take a long time to get through all that, when I can't even manage to finish a game I really enjoy at the moment! The basic plan is to take my Dad's awful Vista laptop, strip the Vista and install XP, then get a decent Windows 7 laptop so I can do the GOG stuff at least, plus any new releases, which someday won't be compatible with XP.

None of that can happen, of course, until I get some cash. We live on Social Security here. But I think I have enough entertainment to survive!boozer

(Alas, I have to get through eight young adult novels from Kirkus Reviews every month--usually awful paranormal romances--in order to get my student loan payment, so I probably won't check out your book really soon. Forgive me--I just can't read anymore when I'm not paid! Sounds great though! Keep it up! I'll check it out when I can!)

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I just finished my brother's latest novel, and Scout's is now at the top of my stack! I'm very excited to read it. Thank god for the Kindle Fire!

We've changed a lot since the early days of Four Fat Chicks, it's true, but I'm always at pains to make sure everyone knows that we welcome all kinds here. Adventures aren't my thing, but that doesn't mean I don't want them discussed, or loved, at Tap-Repeatedly. Hopefully my changes haven't driven too many people away. Indeed, we still own the fourfatchicks.com address, which should redirect you here, so even folks who are feeling sentimental and go looking will find us. I need to renew that, actually. They keep sending me emails.

I imagine most young adult fiction is terrible paranormal romances these days, on account of Twilight. Hang in there, Enigma! The world needs someone like you to try and get fiction where it needs to go!

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Hiya Steerpike! I'm just so glad I found this place again. IF I had more time for gaming, I would steer the folks here toward a few adventures. May the gaming gods look down upon you brightly for rescuing FFC!

The YA novels I have to read actually are the "better" ones. These are the ones the publishers decide to send out for review. Sometimes they're even good. Last year I gave the coveted Kirkus star to a horror novel--"Anna Dressed in Blood" by Kendare Blake--thinking I was really going out on a limb. Just got the sequel, and now I learn that School Library Journal also gave it a star, that NPR made it one of their five best YA books of the year, and ALA put it in their top ten!

I'm vindicated. (But Publisher's Weekly and Booklist missed it. Hah!)

However, even some of the "better" ones are just mortally awful, and they all run 300+ pages. I've even had 600-pagers. They aren't all paranormal, but most of 'em are because that's the hot genre--yes, because of Twilight. For each one I get $50, no matter the length of the book. My student loan payment is $400. So that's why I a) won't be checking out Scout's book just yet and b) don't get much playing time in.

Plus I'm still taking care of my Dad. Not to mention the cat. And watching eagle nests.

I think this site is great! (Although I sure wish you had alphabetical listings of the reviews!) Someday when I'm out of this crunch I'll devote more time to games, and I will try some of your genre. I don't have really good thumb action, but I'm fine with turn-based stuff. And, ahem, turn-based action really becomes kinda like a puzzle, doesn't it?

Aha!sen

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I worked on the first Twilight movie as a location scout. At the time I had no idea what Twilight was. Just another movie. Then I got assigned to scouting high schools around the Portland area. The first time I went into a school, a couple kids asked me why I was taking picutres of hallways and cafeteria and I said I was working on some movie called Twilight. OMG! I was stalked by about 5 teen aged girls for the next hour, asking questions. All the Twilight blogs started lighting up and all the location people were asked to try and keep the movie name under our hat which we couldn't cause we had to tell the principals what we were up to.

Coincidentally, the editor I hired to freelance edit my book edits YA fiction over at St. Martin's Press. I used one of their copy editors too.

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St. Martin's is a good house.

Please don't feel slighted that I'm not rushing to get your book--actually I'm interested! But really, eight per month is eating my life. Once I get some ladies to take care of here I'll be able to cut that back to the usual two per month, and I'll get some of my life back.

And then--games! Bboozerooks I actually want to read! Movies!

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I'm not feeling slighted, Enigma. Honestly, I'm sort of shocked if anyone ever reads it. Considering all the books and bands, and movies and games, and endless outlier avenues, and down right twisted paths  (see Matt and Gregg for details on downright twisted paths) all competing for a  person's attention. I am musing on the best way to get noticed. What would a person do to get the best people to read your book?  I depend on reviews for my reading. Reviews and serendipity. So chance and then that I can influence.  Now I'm learning a whole new calculus...what to do after the book is out of your hands.

I like your idea of moving a couple of nice ladies in with your father as a revenue option. My mother is 89 and has to have caretakers during the night time. I spend a week in the spring and a week in the fall, spelling the caretakers so they can take a vacation. I'm the only caretaker for a week straight. You learn what you are made of pretty quickly when you are tasked with keeping a parent, mother in this case,  alive and viable. I'm not that good at it though I soon may have to learn fast.

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see Matt and Gregg for details on downright twisted paths

You know it, mister.

My brother Marcus used to be published by St Martin's, he's with Dutton now. I'm sure he'll have plenty of ideas on promotion, and as it happens he's coming into town this weekend, so I will quiz him.

Being a caregiver is hard. It can be a thankless task, and stressful - applause to you both for the ability to take it on. Me, I freak out just being a caregiver to my cat.

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I used to have an agent. Ralph Vicinanza who wooed me with talk of CAA and Hollywood deals, but I was too small of a fish and he lost interest after a while. After all he had Stephen King and George RR Martin to keep him warm at night. He finally got his wish and got an executive producers credit on HBO's Game of Thrones series only to die in bed of a heart attack in his Long Island manse. RIP Ralph. His assistant, Eben Weiss now of BikeSnob fame, edited one book for me and then we all parted ways and I swore off agents and editors forever. With this e-book thing I decided to go ahead and upload my books but then I got to rewriting and writing new stuff and suddenly I'm back in the thick of it. Eben had connections at St. Martins which is why I went to them for freelance editing. My plan is to hopefully find a publisher for a print run of Finding Miranda. Probably a smaller, regional outfit where I can sell the Portland angle. We shall see and I am completely open to suggestions for promotions so yeah, pump Marcus full of booze and get him to spill the secrets of the tenth inner circle....

And wow did this thread get derailed.

Sorry Enigma. embarassed Yes, I respect anyone who tackles caretaking of a parent. I'm just a tourist in that world so far. No matter how hard I try the old Mother/Son dynamic eventually comes in to play and I end up feeling like I'm 12 years old all over again.  Stupid getting old stuff.sen

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Ah well, you guys are playing in the leagues. I am a mere lowly reviewer.

I don't mind the caregiving stuff. I'm kind of a recluse anyway. Although I'm looking forward to the money from taking in ladies, I'm not looking forward to losing my privacy. Plus, Dad becomes more of a challenge every month or so. The goal is to keep him here, for his sake and for the finances.

But I'm kinda like the old ladies back in the 19th century. If they had a house, they could make a living taking in boarders. We're back to that. Actually if I can do it, it'll pay more than I made as a university professor.

And I might even have time for games!

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Enigma

I remember you so well from FFC.  We played some games together.   And then you disappeared.  Glad to see you back here on Tap which is what FFC has become.   This is a great place.   It isn't an adventure game place.  But there are adventure gamers here and we do play adventure games at times.  Tap welcomes games from all genres.   Give it a try.  I would love to have you here again.

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Hello Kaythomas! (Do I remember you as Kay?) See, I thought the old board died. Didn't know it had sprung into new life, thanks to Steerpike.

I don't completely limit myself to adventures. I do like some RPGs--I'm at the end of one now, for example. I'm limited to computers, though. Can't afford an X-Box or the games to go in it. But I just haven't had time for gaming much recently, because of the aforesaid reasons. The new stuff from Boakes and Matt Clark will come out eventually. I'll certainly be playing those on my blog!

I do miss Orb. I have her email address. Will give her a blast sometime soon.

Sooooo. What have you been playing recently? I hear Dear Esther is very good (although I can't afford it right now).

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