Ah, that's interesting. Thanks for the link. I think I knew it years ago, but forgot it (ahem!).
OK, I now have that copy of the map, which is OK and usable. But if anyone has a scanner and can scan in a higher-resolution copy, that would be ideal. If you're not sure about editing the image, don't worry I can take care of that and send you back a cleaned-up copy. My only request is that the image be saved in a non-lossy format--PNG is preferable. (Resultant filesizes @300 dpi would be in the region of 8-10Mb unedited, 3-5Mb if edited.)
OK, I realized (belatedly) that this map is actually reproduced in YOU Are the Hero Volume I. If anyone with access to the PDF could send me just this page, great. Otherwise, I've scanned it in myself, despite the shadowing/fuzziness toward the edge of the image due to the book spine.
As for Ian Livingstone, while Crypt and Blood may be the only virtually impossible books he's written, everything from Deathtrap Dungeon onwards (and arguably also City of Thieves) made a lie of the claim that 'any player, no matter how weak on initial dice rolls, should be able to get through fairly easily'.
When you say Blood do you mean Blood of The Zombies? or another 1 that I've never heard of?
Yes, by Blood I did mean Blood of the Zombies. Even with the increased starting Stamina that was recommended when the excessive difficulty of the book was pointed out, the chances of winning are negligible.
Only to say that i am in this precise moment writing a new fighting fantasy book. The title is not yet totally decided, but it will probably be something like: "Appointment with Jesus". In my thoughts, the last villain will be in the possession of magical powers, and with stats like skill 16, stamina 25. And it will be for sure necessary to discover some very powerfull demonic artefacts ir order to be possible to kill him.
1: do you worship razaak? Yes go to 75 No go to 319
14: you are trapped listening to some inane twattering. Your brain leaks from your ears to spare you the horror and is hoovered up by the cleaners. Your adventure thankfully ends here
75: every diety that has ever existed is offended and decided to SMITE you with lighting bolts! Roll 6D6 and multiply the result by 20. Deduct the score from your stamina. If you survive turn to 157
157: clearly you are a cheater! How else could you complete the 26th book? A massive boulder with the number 98 decends from the heavens to pulverise you into smithereens! Test your luck. If you are lucky, -6 Skill and turn to 223. If unlucky, turn to 14
223: lose 47 luck points. Turn to 14
319: someone unearths your last attempt at writing a FF book. Hilarity ensues. Turn to 399
Oh that dragon... How i remember him.. So long ago... What i would give now to see him one last time...
Are you on about Eye of the Dragon?
I think he is, but I'm not sure if he's serious or not, what with EOTD being the biggest pile of shit this side of Skylord.
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I suspect he believes that if he praises the right book, Ian will bring back Razaak. Sort of like trying different gem combinations at the end of Deathtrap Dungeon, except that, rather than him suffering pain every time he fails, the rest of FF fandom will suffer if he succeeds.