February 7 2017

Shroud of the Avatar Auction Spotlight – Sword of Midras Audiobook


If you haven’t picked up the Sword of Midras on Audiobook yet, this is a good chance to get it at a great price! Listed on Ebay with a Buy it Now of $8.32 and free shipping!

The Sword of Midras: A Shroud of the Avatar Novel

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December 21 2016

Ultima & SotA Auction Spotlight – U9, U5, and Midras


Just a few auctions that poked me a bit. Decent but not over the top exciting or anything.

For the Ultima IX crowd, here is an opportunity to get the Prima Strategy guide for under $10.00.

Ultima IX Ascension Prima’s Offical Strategy Guide


How about an Ultima V for a possible $25.00 + shipping? Wait! Don’t get too excited, as it is missing coin.

Commodore 64 Ultima V 5 Warriors Of Destiny Complete (No Coin) Great Shape


As an avid book reader, I have been very surprised by the amount of time it is taking for The Sword of Midras, by Tracy Hickman, to come down in price on Ebay. Overall it has stayed in the $15-22.00 range, and I see an occasional copy for around $5.00. This is one of those, so you Shroud of the Avatar fans may want to jump on it.

Sword of Midras: A Shroud of the Avatar Novel Blade of the Avatar

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November 22 2016

Book Spotlight from Stile Teckel

I had recently done a review on the book “Dungeon Born” by “Dakota Krout”, as a book, I would recommend, found a bit unusual from the norm, and just really enjoyed overall. Gave me some great ideas for an RPG system or how I would alter one of my own to run in the future as well.

Having enjoyed it, I decided to try out a similar novel called “The Slime Dungeon” by “Jeffrey “Falcon” Logue.” This one is a two part series (at the moment), and I did read both of them.

I have to report back that I both enjoyed and was disappointed in this series.

Taken objectively it was an enjoyable read. Being that the “slime” was one of my favorite “mobs” in the Ultima Games and Shroud of the Avatar, to read a book in which the dungeon setup revolves around slimes was very enjoyable for me. In fact, some guild members and I were just killing slimes in Serpent’s Mine in SotA a few nights ago!

On the other hand, these books were VERY familiar. To the extent that if someone told me it was the same writer under a pen name, or another writer trying to copy one and change it just enough to get away with it, I would not be surprised at all. That is where the disappointment came from. In some ways it was unique, but in many ways, it seemed very much like a remake… That was not done quite as well.

While I did not enjoy it as much as Dungeon Born, to give it it’s fair due, taken on its own I am glad I read it. I would have preferred to have read these two first, then Dungeon born but you cannot go wrong with any of them!


I hereby dedicate this article to all the slimes I have killed in Ultima over my life!

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Ankh Quill

November 16 2016

Book Reccomendation by Stile Teckel – Dungeon Born

Many of you have seen me mention I have been reading a lot of books in the LITRPG genre over the last few years (do not worry, though, I do not ignore other genre’s!).

One that has passed across my screen as I have ben looking for something to read, many times is “Dungeon Born” by Dakota Krout.

I passed it up many times, not because I did not feel it would be good but after reading the description, it was not a taste I was in the mood for.

Finally felt like this would “hit the spot” recently, grabbed it, read it, and am now talking about it because it was fantastic!

It has the feel of a Pen and Paper RPG but unlike some LITRPG, does not present the story as a game, or use game mechanics to describe things.

The concept is that Dungeons are born as a gem and that the dungeons are an extension of themselves. Or to give it a vibe I liked, you could picture you being the GM in a game, playing the dungeon.

What was fun about this story is it did give a lot of plausible thoughts to the things your party always cry about. You know things like, why is the gold mine always by the entrance? Why is the entrance not hidden? Why does it continually respawn!!!!

All in all, it was an enjoyable read combined with the willingness to let my disbelief go for a bit.

What I would very much like to see, if it’s not already done (I haven’t checked yet so there may be!), is a RPG pen and paper version of this. I think it could make for some great gameplay and ma fun mechanics system for the GM!

Ankh Quill

November 3 2016

Giveaway On Good Reads for Garriott’s New Book – Advance Reader’s Edition of Explore/Create

I personally have been waiting on this book for a while. So when I saw Richard Garriott spreading the word that 50 copies were being given away on Goodreads, I got over and registered quickly!

I am probably shooting myself in the foot spreading the word, but hey, It’s what I do.

Fear not if you should not win, for you can order it from Amazon!
http://amzn.to/2fzHM9w

Already Pre-order like I did? No worries. If you win the Goodreads copy, you can always cancel the pre-order on Amazon!

September 14 2016

Looking For Something to Read? Check This Out!

Been a while since I have done any book recommendations and this one has been on my list to share for a while.

Check out “The Minus Faction” by Rick Wayne.

THE MINUS FACTION is a super-powered sci-fi thriller about extraordinary abilities and how not to use them. In Episode One . . . Beaten. Burned. Broken. Capt. John Regent returns a paraplegic after escaping months of captivity and torture — except no one knows who took him or what he disclosed.

When a government agent comes for answers, she discovers John’s fantastical secret and sets him at war with his own country. But the veteran in the wheelchair has one last mission, and he’ll fight off the powers-that-be long enough to save the life of a troubled soldier — even if it costs John his own.

I really enjoyed this series! Check it out for yourself!

http://amzn.to/2cyIA8u

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