The Classic Adventurer (Bookazine)

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The Classic Adventurer (Bookazine)

Post by 8bitAG » Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:18 am

I'm surprised that this hasn't got a mention anywhere in the forum before now, but fans (or past fans) of text adventures may like to check out Mark Hardisty's The Classic Adventurer Bookazine at...

http://classicadventurer.co.uk/

Currently running to four issues, with a potential fifth on the way, this is a well-produced colour magazine featuring interviews with professional and amateur adventure writers, both from back in the day and also those working on new modern games for old platforms.

Those interviewed included Trevor Hall (Twin Kingdom Valley), Veronika Megler (The Hobbit), Fergus McNeill (Delta 4), Tim Gilberts (Gilsoft), Anita Sinclair (Magnetic Scrolls), John Wilson (Zenobi) and Charles Cecil (Artic).

Available in either glossy (and not so glossy) printed editions or as FREE PDFs, the magazine is well worth picking up for the loving recreated illustrations alone.

The author was an Electron owner, so there should be plenty of interest for Acorn adventurers... Issue 5 promises both a cover and a feature on The Greedy Dwarf.

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Post by 8bitAG » Sun May 19, 2019 5:58 pm

Issue 5 is now available. Definitely worth reading if you're an Electron/BBC adventurer as it includes an interview with Greedy Dwarf author Simon Ainsworth as well as a feature on Peter Killworth.

http://classicadventurer.co.uk/

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Post by mjhardisty » Sun May 19, 2019 8:27 pm

I'll have another go at asking Simon to bring the Dwarf back and find the source to his unreleased adventure!

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Post by lurkio » Mon May 20, 2019 2:59 pm

mjhardisty wrote:
Sun May 19, 2019 8:27 pm
I'll have another go at asking Simon to bring the Dwarf back and find the source to his unreleased adventure!
Yes, that Raffles game sounds intriguing! Please let him know that Stardotters are ready to help him with data recovery if necessary, or indeed with anything else.

Another fantastic issue of the magazine, Mark. Congratulations!

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Post by lurkio » Thu May 23, 2019 1:08 am

Btw, this, from Simon Ainsworth of Greedy Dwarf fame, will probably raise a few eyebrows:
In The Classic Adventurer, Mark Hardisty wrote:Simon Ainsworth first started writing computer programs at Manchester Grammar School in the 1970s. The school was ahead of it’s time, encouraging pupils to experiment with it’s PDP-11 and ICL 1901A mainframe machines.
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Post by Dave Footitt » Sun May 26, 2019 8:28 pm

These look fantastic, thanks for the heads up! So far I've only read the interview with Anita Sinclair but it's a great read.
anita sinclair wrote:They were a little slice of life, and a good slice of life
Lovely stuff, really looking forward to reading more.
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Post by 8bitAG » Sun Oct 20, 2019 2:16 pm

Issue 6 of Mark Hardisty's Classic Adventurer has been published and includes an article on the recently recovered BBC version of Knight Orc...
http://classicadventurer.co.uk/

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Post by 8bitAG » Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:18 pm

Issue 7 of Classic Adventurer is now available...
http://classicadventurer.co.uk/

Of interest to Acorn adventurers, will be the interview with John Blythe about his BBC (& Acorn) text/graphics adventures.

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Re: The Classic Adventurer (Bookazine)

Post by 8bitAG » Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:51 pm

The final issue of The Classic Adventurer includes an interview with David Hampton (and plenty of Stardot mentions)
http://classicadventurer.co.uk/

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Post by 8bitAG » Fri Apr 10, 2020 7:53 am

8bitAG wrote:
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:51 pm
The final issue of The Classic Adventurer includes an interview with David Hampton (and plenty of Stardot mentions)
http://classicadventurer.co.uk/
The final version of the final issue is now online and includes a massive interview with Magnetic Scrolls' Hugh Steers.

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Re: The Classic Adventurer (Bookazine)

Post by PJ-1978 » Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:36 am

I've been reading these, on and off, for a few months, and adore them. From greats (and forgotten gems) from my childhood, to learning of new stuff I know I want to play (and on other systems too, hoorah for emulators). These magazines are like a dream come true for me.
8bitAG wrote:
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:51 pm
The final issue of The Classic Adventurer includes an interview with David Hampton (and plenty of Stardot mentions)
http://classicadventurer.co.uk/
...Did you say last? I hadn't realised it was a limited series (though can appreciate why it might be, considering the work going into it). Suddenly empty yet grateful at the same time.
...Should have put more thought into thinking of a clever user name!!

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Post by 8bitAG » Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:50 am

PJ-1978 wrote:
Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:36 am
...Did you say last? I hadn't realised it was a limited series (though can appreciate why it might be, considering the work going into it). Suddenly empty yet grateful at the same time.
Down to a lack of material, sadly. It was originally only going to be three issues, iirc. Then we kept badgering Mark for more. Took an awful lot of effort to get some of those later "big name" interviews as it was.

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