Of the Keith Martin books, I'd probably rank them:
Night Dragon Vault of the Vampire Stealer of Souls Island of the Undead Revenge of the Vampire Master of Chaos Tower of Destruction
Bear in mind that I always play Revenge as pay 8GP for the horse and NOT minimum 8 means 'you might as well have all my money'. I also forgive the many errors in the book including the 'if you are unsuccessful turn to X, if you fail, turn to Y'.
Island is very average for me. Nothing special about the plot but very entertaining on the game. May rank above Stealer if it applied the 'improvements' stated in Gameplay Modifications. It has some very good ideas though. The first half of the story is a lot of fun. The second half gets creepy and becomes full of 'you need this or DIE' sections. The final encounter with the possessed Master of Fire is excellent however. A bit like the Mordraneth fight from Stealer.
Tower would rank higher if it weren't so darn tough and my pet hate of gathering tons of gold pieces AFTER passing the last 'shop', but then this happens in all his books anyway.
Post by thealmightymudworm on Mar 17, 2014 22:46:43 GMT
Keith Martin has always been one of my top FF Authors. I always love the atmosphere, story and gameplay in his books. Would people here agree with me that his adventures all have a very 'dark' feeling to them?
I couldn't rank them in order except for my favourite three: Night Dragon, Revenge of the Vampire and Tower of Destruction. When playing the latter two it is essential to have the wiki to hand to know exactly where the bugs are so you can actually have a chance at finishing them. With those in hand, I rank them as above.
Post by thealmightymudworm on Mar 17, 2014 22:47:45 GMT
Does anyone here thinks that Island of the Undead is Keith Martin's best book?
I'd go further than that. I'd say it's arguably his only decent one. (Night Dragon is doing the arguing). I find his prose style unreadable, his hub-style structuring quite tedious, and his gameplay poorly tested. One of my very least favourite FF authors.
I mostly enjoy Keith Martin, though not my favourite author. I've enjoy enough Island of the Undead, like the themes mostly and the setting. Very fun. But I haven't played it properly, so I have to admit that my feelings for this one could shift a little if I find it unplayable.
Without putting too much thoughts into it, I'd say Vault of the Vampire was the one I enjoyed the most.
My favourite is either Vault of the Vampire or Night Dragon. My principal issue with Island is the need to go through the hubs in the right order, which I have yet to figure out.
Not all the items that can be found in the first half are essential. Things like getting the Gold Key or the Brass Orb can help matters but you don't actually NEED them. There IS a way through the hubs that gains the best outcome but again, it's not as unforgiving as you think. The only problem it has is the Greater Ghoul which guards 3 of your Attack Strength boosting items (one of which is essential), and if you don't have a Skill of at least 11, you're not likely to get past that encounter.
Post by thealmightymudworm on Mar 17, 2014 22:50:38 GMT
I do really like Stealer of Souls as well. The opportunity to backtrack (at least until the choking smoke) gives the adventure a feeling of openness and presents more real-world logic than you'd be used to in FF exploration. I also like the way you catch glimpses of things you may have missed on an alternate route, such as the Minotaur and the Razorbeak. Makes mapping easier too.