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55 year old IT analyst, Wine Buff and Arsenal supporter. IF acolyte. A bit battered with pieces falling off. Lover of the Seventies and cheese. Although not cheese from the Seventies as it tends to be a bit too mouldy.

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Excellent IF Games With Unfair Puzzles - 5 items   May 18, 2017
A Selection Of Enjoyable IF That Contain(s) Ridiculous Puzzles. All the games mentioned are enjoyable to me and of a very high standard...

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The Most Humorous Scenarios /Characters in IF - 18 votes for 18 games; created August 1, 2022
I was recently re-essaying Castle Ralf and if you "Cogitate" in a certain location there is a seemingly authentic sequence which appears...

Games That No-one Has Ever Knowingly Finished - 8 votes for 7 games; created June 23, 2022
I mean games that have no posted solutions. I realise that a lot of these could be buggy and therefore unfinishable but some will be just...

Games With Unfair Beginnings - 23 votes for 16 games; created October 7, 2021
By this I mean games that can be made unwinnable near the start or have hellish opening puzzles.

Reviews by Canalboy

The Only Possible Prom Dress, by Jim Aikin   March 29, 2024
"The Only Possible Prom Dress was for my part a long-awaited sequel to Not Just An Ordinary Ballerina and showcases the author's admirable..." - See the full review

Quest for the Sangraal, by Jonathan Partington   March 3, 2024
"On my latest Quixotic journey through the Phoenix Mainframe canon I have just completed this game and retired to Castle Moan with six..." - See the full review

Quondam, by Rod Underwood and Peter Killworth   February 27, 2024
"Robb Sherwin once observed quite sagely about Zork that the game actively hates its player. That may well be so; in which case Quondam..." - See the full review

Avon, by Jon Thackray and Jonathan Partington   February 10, 2024
"Avon, the 1982 game from the Phoenix stable which released fifteen very challenging pieces of old school adventuredom between 1978 and..." - See the full review

Castle Ralf, by Doug Clutter and Steve Vance   January 19, 2024
"I don't know if all IF players of a certain age who witnessed the evolution and flowering of the inchoate genre from the late seventies /..." - See the full review

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Canalboy's Played Games List

Once and Future, by G. Kevin Wilson
Heroine's Mantle, by Andy Phillips
Heist, by Andy Phillips
Pirate Adventure, by Scott Adams and Alexis Adams
Jinxter, by Georgina Sinclair, Michael Bywater

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