Monday, 4 April 2011

Lets Play - Proteus #13, The Shadow of Shargan


Honestly this couldn't look less like a trap if it was Admiral Ackbar wearing a wig and his wife's knickers posing for cameraphone pics on /b.

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You walk up to the nearest statue, which is of a young man. It is incredibly life-like, and the youthful features are twisted into an expression of terror. Then with a sudden shock, you realise that these are not statues, but real people petrified into stone by some volcanic eruption. Their horror when the disaster struck remains frozen eternally upon their faces.

But why have these grisly monuments been placed together
in this cave – and by whom? Or will the whole complex be full of such relics? You shudder in spite of yourself, and at that moment there is a low rumble, like distant thunder, and the ground trembles slightly under your feet.

Suddenly, the “statue” nearest to you topples over and shatters into many pieces on the floor, and you notice something glitter amongst the rubble. You stand motionless until the shaking subsides and then bend down to discover a small, red-gold ring amongst the broken pieces. Do you wish to take the ring? If so, turn to 101. If not, turn to 171.

While waiting for a decision, why not pursue the adverts from this issue of PROTEUS and buy some Grenadier figures? An Orcus for £1.50!

7 comments:

  1. A bargain at twice the price!

    What kind of adventurer would we be if we didn't go for the loot? 101!

    Interesting that we shudder, then the mountain shakes. Is this the writer being all literary and clever and having the outside world reflect the feelings of our character? Do we have secret earthquake powers? Am I reading too much into a gamebook?

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  2. We must take the ring. We wants it. We needs to keeps it in our pocketses.

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  3. Shiny thing! 101

    Interesting that we shudder, then the mountain shakes. Is this the writer being all literary and clever and having the outside world reflect the feelings of our character?

    The whole book is obv. one long 70s-style trip. I happily look forward to a full on tomato in the mirror mind-screw dénouement.

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  4. Take the ring! Take the ring! 101

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  5. The clue is in the grenadier advert. 101: Adventurers, 171 Wraiths.

    Hmm, take the ring, avoid the wraiths!

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  6. I bet it makes us put it on as well as just taking it. Anyway I'll have pond dragon for £1.50 please.

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  7. The bit about 'Call of Cthulhu' in the top left corner is what first got me curious about HP Lovecraft. I was drawn towards the Mythos like one of his doomed characters.

    It's amazing how a little ad can lead you into a previously undiscovered world.

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