Bill's Stonekeep Slog 001

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Much like my Darklands slog, I have no idea if I'll keep up with this, but I've chosen Stonekeep (which Matt covered in detail here and here) as my "quicker gratification" computer RPG. I did a similar preliminary setup with Stonekep as I did with Darklands, in that I have an original boxed copy of the game, but also have the GoG DOSbox-enhanced version so I can play it directly on my main Windows 7 PC. As I related earlier, Stonekeep was one of the games I owned back in the day in some compilation or another that I was unable to get to run on my PC at the time. That was the way it was back then, where one little incompatibility or not freeing enough main memory for DOS or some such thing would put a serious crimp in your computer game playing plans.

Anyway, my particular boxed copy of Stonekeep came with all the usual stuff, including holographic box cover, CD jewel case with play instructions, nifty hard cover novella, and various warranty cards:
Stonekeep box sprawl
What you see under the stack of inserts are tear sheets from a magazine from the day that has both a review and hints, which the previous owner included. Nothing special, of course, but I always appreciate little touches like that.

Anyway, since my prep for Darklands was so successful, I followed a similar path, sending the GoG PDF of the manual to my Kindle app on my iPad 2. Unfortunately, the novella, Thera Awakening, was not included as part of the GoG bundle, but I was able to hunt one down on the Web. The PDF version is not a perfect clone of the novella - there are some spacing and formatting issues - but it's close enough, and, most importantly, portable:
Thera Awakening novella from Stonekeep
The big advantage of course was that it allowed me to read the novella whenever, wherever (cue Shakira), which I did. I took care of the manual over a single workday lunch, and then the novella over an evening, workday lunch, and then evening cardio session after hitting the weights. It's not a great fantasy novella by any stretch of the imagination, but it's certainly good enough and definitely sets the scene for the game without ruining anything about it (it's set several generations before the game itself). It was probably just the right length too, which is evidenced by my ability to finish it in what is a very short time period for me, especially as someone who has too many books going at once.

The best part? Tonight I can start playing the game and I'm absolutely as prepared as I need to be. See you in the next slog entry... (maybe; and no, I have not given up on the Darklands slog--I'll be playing that too)


Matt Barton
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Joined: 01/16/2006
I'm set to interview Peter

I'm set to interview Peter Oliphant tomorrow, so let me know if you have any questions for him.

Junkmale (not verified)

Have you noticed this one yet Bill?

Bill Loguidice
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Joined: 12/31/1969
Junkmale wrote:

Have you noticed this one yet Bill?

Wow, no I haven't. Very cool, though I must say, those graphics look dreadful, even worse than its inspiration!


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