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Monthly AGS Archives Newsletter - November 2016
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November Issue

Welcome to the November issue of MAGSAN!
All though this month has been more quiet than the last, we have still seen a few games announced and released (even another commercial game!)

This month we also saw AdventureX happen, and I was there in person myself! I've got to say they did a great job this year, and it only seems to be getting better. We'll definitely be there next year too!

There were a few commercial AGS games being exhibited there too, including Nefasto's (Mis)Adventure - Meeting Noeroze, Lancelot's Hangover and Lamplight City, all three great looking games!
 
Peder Johnsen
MAGSAN Editor

Next months Monthly AGS Competition topic

Pickpocketing

Guidelines were set by: Slasher


Some people have their pockets picked at least once. It's an awful but real crime that happens. In this game you play as the pickpocketer.

How successful can you be as a pickpocket? Can you use tried and tested skills to carry out pickpocketing successfully or will you get caught and sent to prison?

Must include:
  • A variety of pickpocket objects such as wallet, phone etc.
  • Use whatever is at hand to pickpocket.

Points to be awarded for the most novel pickpocketing ways...

Golden Oldie with Dave Seaman
The Oracle
by Eugene Couto

This one was released waaaaaaaaaay back in 2006, and has a unique feel due to its first-person perspective and use of real photographs for its locations.  There are a lot of locations to explore although sadly - my main complaint of this game - many locations don't have much in the way of interactable hotspots in them, which makes the game not quite so big as it could be.  Still it's got an interesting plot, generally good puzzles and an extremely handy built-in hint system which was certainly a novelty for AGS games a decade ago.

At the beginning of the game you receive a message from your friend Alex, who is off in Europe (Portugal to be exact) having discovered an ancient artifact of great power - with only a few clues left to find in order to activate it. He seems to have be on the way to finding these clues, but he needs help. In order to find him, you will have to solve the clues he's left behind for you.

There is a bit of pixel hunting at times which is a little annoying, but the overall quality of the game overcomes that, and it's definitely worth playing to immerse yourself in the absorbing storyline.

"A-Z Unrated" with Stupot
Join me as I work my way, month-by-month, through the A-Z of
'Games no one has rated.' This month: D.
Darum
by THANYX

Darum is an atmospheric, pretty, short indie game that deals with all of those big themes that you often find in atmospheric, pretty, short indie games: life, death, love, consciousness, suicide. It's all here. The author, THANYX, really lays it on thick, but there's no real story to speak of (Something about Annie? An old girlfriend?).

The gameplay consists mainly of basic dialogue trees and only one "proper" puzzle. It's not a bad puzzle, either, but unfortunately the solution is frustratingly fed to you on a silver platter.Another thing fed to you on a platter is the explanation. What could have been an ambiguous, open mystery ends up being a full explanation of the twist(?) and a breakdown of the author's thinking.

All in all, a promising and pretty but ultimately cliched experience.
That's all for today. I really want to abolish that list of games no one has rated but I can't do it myself. I'll be back next month with some reviews of games beginning with E, but until then, I need your help getting rid of these Ds:

Danger Mouse Demo
Dawns Wondered: At Age's End
Day of School
Demonslayer 1
Demonslayer 3
Derrek Quest I: Lost in the desert
Dirk Chafberg
Doses
Dragon Orb
The Dark Cave: Adventure of Princess Marian IV

AGS Games News
Captain Disaster in: Death Has A Million Stomping Boots
by Dave Seaman

My sources tells me that official Beta Testing for Captain Disaster in Death Has a Million Stomping Boots is about 75% done.

However, while we wait for this fun looking game, why not buy and read the related The Captain Disaster Collection eBook or check out the thread about the new Captain Disaster in: The Dark Side of the Moon - novella.

AGS Fundraiser Profile
James Spanos a.k.a. Dualnames
Picked by Peder, written by Ibispi

Sit down by the campfire kids, 'cause ol' gramps has got helluva story to tell!

It takes me back - to the olden days... James and I were part of the same battalion in the Vietnam War. Ah... I can still picture the black clouds towering above us. Below - wet stinky foliage. Damn. Anyways, we'd talk about stuff. Y'know, about women and badminton. So, we'd think about what we'd do if we were back home. James would say how he'd like to make video games and play 'em on computer. I told him he's nuts, but he'd N E V E R listen. He was persistent, that guy. He'd do anything - ANYTHING - just to make some of 'em video games. He's also good with music. PTSD does magic I tell ya! The guy's never been more talented.*

You think I'm playin? Check this baby out: http://store.steampowered.com/app/439310/ Yeah... Buy it and play the hell out of it.

Yeah. Might as well support him on patreon as well: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=417773 there ya go.

His music: https://soundcloud.com/ledzepforever

*DISCLAIMER: James and I have not actually participated in the Vietnam War. Don't do war, kids. It's bad. Thanks.

Games announced this month
 
The legend of Oak Island
A treasure? An artifact? The secret of the Templars? Deep within Oak Island all of these are hidden. Or maybe none, let's find out!
Phoenix Tales
RPG/adventure mixture. Something is wrong in Northen Cross, mysterious figures looming over the town and villagers disappearing.

Games released this month
 
Tales
Experience adventuring in ancient stories! You'll visit Gilgamesh, Gargantua and many more, trying to save them from an ominous curse.
The Three Piggies a Remediation
A classic of every children book, revisited in a point and click adventure style. Heed a song by Ashford & Simpson: Solid as a Rock!
A Short Nightmare
You wake up in a stenchy bathroom, you are naked, you remember nothing. Bite size (5 minutes) horror game which will give you the creeps for sure.
Fallen Soldier
A tale of a falling soldier on the losing side of World War II. See his life, and history, and choices, pass through his eyes.
Psychopomp
You are a modern day epigone of Charon, guiding recently arrived souls to their destinations. Make it safely and avoid dangers.
Three Guys Walk Into Heaven
A quite long joke repurposed as an adventure game. Three souls walk into heaven (nationality isn't important here), see what's so funny about it!
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