Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Lone Wolf Spectrum Games

Way back in 1984, the first two Lone Wolf gamebooks—Flight from the Dark and Fire on the Water—were adapted for computer play. The games are a combination of text adventure and 'combat simulator'.

Project Aon has decided to make these games available, since they are part of the history of Lone Wolf. Each of the two games is available in a perfect TZX file, which can be loaded into a Spectrum 48k emulator. Also included are text files of the instructions for each game. They are available here. Here's a lovely SCREEN$ of the title pic:

We have already done a great deal of work in collecting together previews, reviews, solutions, adverts, and competitions relating to these games in the Lone Wolf Software Articles PDF file, which was recently updated with some new materials. If you happen to know of anything we've missed, please let us know!

(Currently, we are not making the game Lone Wolf—The Mirror of Death available for download. We are in contact with the rights holder for that game, and we are still in discussion. More news as we receive it.)

We are indebted to Martijn van der Heide and all who have contributed to the wonderful World of Spectrum website for these games and the relevant magazine articles. For information on emulating the Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48K, this is probably the best resource on the Internet.

We hope these games are more than mere curiosities, but will appeal to any fans with nostalgia for computer emulation, and perhaps even a new generation of fans of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48K. So grab your sword and prepare for combat--just be careful not to damage your rubber keyboard!

For Sommerlund and the Kai! (And for PEEKers and POKErs everywhere!)

Simon Osborne
Project Aon

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Freeway Warrior Action Chart

To help you enjoy our newly published edition of Highway Holocaust, we've released the Freeway Warrior Action Chart.

This is a release candidate, so please report any problems that you have so that we can improve it.

For Sommerlund and the Kai!

Jonathan Blake
Project Aon

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Highway Holocaust Published

You are Cal Phoenix, the Freeway Warrior, champion and protector of Dallas Colony One. A murderous gang of HAVOC clansmen, led by the psychotic Mad Dog Michigan, are bent on destroying your fragile colony as it crosses the wastelands of Texas on the first stage of a life-or-death exodus to the California coast. These bike-riding clansmen are a formidable enemy: armed, cunning, and extremely dangerous, capable of launching a lightning raid at any time, day or night. You will need all your wits about you if you are to defend your people and reach your destination intact!

Keeping the momentum going, we've published the first of the Freeway Warrior series, Highway Holocaust. I understand that this series holds a special place in Joe Dever's heart, and if you haven't experienced it before, I think you'll like it. The storytelling and gameplay are very similar to Lone Wolf, but the story is set in a post-apocalyptic America.

This is the first book with full Unicode and PNG support which will make things look more polished, but if you experience any problems, let us know.

Once you've completed the adventure, also make sure to check out our latest creation (that's actually been lurking in the background for years), the Flowchart, a diagram of all the paths through the book.

As always, enjoy!

Jonathan Blake
Project Aon

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Dawn of the Dragons Published

Has it really been almost two years?!

We just put the finishing touches on the latest Lone Wolf gamebook to be published at Project Aon, Dawn of the Dragons. Enjoy!

Let's make sure that Wolf's Bane comes much quicker.

For Sommerlund and the Kai!

Jonathan Blake
Project Aon