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InSpectres
by Brandon W. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/01/2013 21:33:10
I ran this a while back with some cousins who had never role-played before. A little ad-libbing was all it took to get this game running well and everybody seemed to have a good time. I'd definitely bring this one out again.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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the farm: a game of hunger and horror
by Chris C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/15/2013 06:59:11
I haven´t played it yet, just read it a couple of times. Honestly, I think some things could be better explained. I guess they will become clear after playing it.
Now, the general idea and the setting looks very promising. It´s quite different from everything else I have read or played in the last 20 years, and I´m really looking forward to try it out!

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Parsely #1: Action Castle
by Lester D. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/15/2012 21:39:36
Kinda undecided on this one. It was cheap and I was intrigued but how would I enjoy DMing this? Not really - but might be cool for super light weight kinda rigid play ?

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Parsely #1: Action Castle
by Cameron M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 03/30/2012 12:27:33
As a fan of the old 1980's text adventures (retroactively entitled Interactive Fiction, or IF), I find that Action Castle scratches the itch to play a text adventure in a group admirably. It's quick, easy, and very simple. The price matches the complexity of the game, but don't mistake its simplicity for being inelegant. The genius design elements are the way the IF is translated from a parser with definitions and one player into a group game with a Game Master (called a Parser here).

If you're looking for a quick game to entertain friends in between campaigns or a beer-and-pretzel substitution for game nights that are a wash, take a look here and at all the Parsely games out there. It's well worth $2.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Parsely: Blackboard Jungle
by Tim R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 02/29/2012 22:49:08
In a general sense, Parsely games are pretty awesome party games. Blackboard Jungle is a great quick example of how they run. It's a little short, but it's also only 99c, while the print copy is included with Action Castle II, I think. It's a solid addition to the series, and a great demo of how quick the game can run. Thumbs up!

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the farm: a game of hunger and horror
by William W. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 02/29/2012 12:23:03
A grim, visceral RPG from Memento Mori Theatricks, the farm is a game about survival, leadership, and the gradual discovery of a horrible reality.

The game uses a dice pool system with an inventive twist - a group of players designate a leader at certain times during the game, and this player can roll dice for a group of players and distribute them as they see fit. It's a clever system that could easily be stripped out and reutilized in other survival-style RPGs.

the farm would be a great choice for any group looking for a one-shot horror RPG - but it is definitely not for the faint of heart. (It should be noted that the rules limit the number of players to 6, so bear this in mind before you start inviting gamers over!)

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Lacuna Part I. (second attempt)
by Mikael A. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/03/2012 12:48:05
Lacuna is one of my most favourite games. It has a light and tight rule set, just the right amount to play the game and invoke the right feel and pacing. Its setting is vague enough to be very extensible, yet communicated in an effective way through text, imagery and layout to let GMs know what the key aspects and dominant themes are. Most importantly (to me), it allows for instant in-character play, through character creation to conclusion, and require no prior knowledge on part of the players. It lets play groups do high action and mission-based play while still incorporating themes of ethical and philosophical concern into the story to whatever degree you prefer, and you can easily gear it more towards humour or more towards horror as you wish (my games tend to have a roughly equal degree of both). Truly mind-blowing!
Rating 4 rather than 5 stars because the PDF format itself is not taken advantage of; no bookmarks, fillable character sheet, integrated JavaScript table rollers, asset section for GM prep (generation of custom handouts of in-game documents and artifacts is common in Lacuna prep), etc. Inclusion of some of these features would easily have made the PDF version much more useful than the print book.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Parsely #1: Action Castle
by Casey H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/18/2012 19:54:58
I really loved the concept behind this game, and found it enjoyable, but incredibly short. This game lays the foundation for the series, and provides a quick and easy "tutorial" for the rest of the series, however as a standalone product I found it too short to be of much fun alone.

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Parsely #1: Action Castle
by Nathan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 04/08/2011 21:49:35
What an awesome game. This brought back all my memories of text-based adventure games, and really captured the spirit of those games. One person takes the role of the program / computer and waits for commands from the "player", which can be one or more people. The player makes simple commands, such as "open door" or "pick up _object_" and the program responds with simple statements such as "you have picked up _object_". The fun comes from the players trying to puzzle out both the correct commands to get things done, as well as work out what they are meant to be doing and "solve" the mystery of Action Castle. Each time a player gives a command that cannot be completed the program player must respond with a simple "You cannot do that", or possibly something more humorous, in the same way the original computer programs might. The program player is encouraged to misinterpret (or literally interpret) the commands and take advantage of any mis-speaking a player might do. This is a quick game to learn and play and my friends and I had a blast with it. I would recommend picking it up, and all the other games in the Parsley series.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Parsely: Blackboard Jungle
by Melinda F. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 03/08/2011 18:29:53
I was excited to check out this product. The concept sounded entertaining and intriguing and have some small times during my day where it would be a nice little mental excercise. Alas, it wouldn't completely print on an 8.5x11 piece of paper. It has the edges cut off all the way around the printable area and now amount of configuring on my part (which should be uncessary) will make it work. Perhaps legal-sized paper? It's a shame because I love the portable, self-play concept of the it all.

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[2 of 5 Stars!]
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Hi, Melinda. Blackboard Jungle is now re-formatted to be the same dimensions as the other Parsely games (when they're printed out and z-folded). Also, it's not a single player game, so grab some friends and try it out! - Jared
Parsely #1: Action Castle
by Billiam B. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 02/08/2011 19:04:30
I just can't work out if Memento Mori Theatricks have pulled the fastest retro nostalgia scam on us or that they are a bunch of geniuses!
Despite my initial concerns of "How do I convince anyone to sit down and play this with me?", "How do I even describe it?" they've really hit on something here. The problem is that you've just got to take the risk and spend those 99 cents, because these games might completely save a rainy afternoon (or a power cut - outage).
Put away everything you've learned about using dice, stats, DMing or story telling and let the brutal logic of long forgotten insufferable computer games guide you to your death.
This is definitely a new niche. The good news is that you don't have to wait for a piece of paper to load. The bad news is that its a return to the hell of early computer games.
In summary, Memento Mori must be stopped!
But first you must LIGHT TORCH and GO UP ...
If this is your thing it's a bargain. If not ... well, how are you going to find out? You could be missing out on the next new (retro old school?) thing.
I was going to say 4 out of 5, but I'm worried that the other reviewers here know something I don't, and the PDF download will detonate and turn my computer into PET or 286 or something ...
So 5/5 for originality, value, humour and guts!

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Parsely #1: Action Castle
by Graham W. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/25/2011 07:31:34
Brilliant and cute art. Simple and fun mechanics. Total scalability. Not really replayable with the same group though.

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Parsely #1: Action Castle
by William W. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 01/24/2011 12:57:56
Parsely games are an ingenious mash-up of computer text adventures, RPGs, and party games. One player acts as the “parser” - the program running the text adventure. He reads descriptions to the others, and responds to their commands. The other player or players can take turns giving the parser commands, like GET TORCH, and attempt to complete the goal of the adventure (and, optionally, collect as many victory points as possible.)

These games are a great way to get people involved in roleplaying, even if they’ve never played a regular RPG before. The adventures are much shorter than traditional text adventure games, but just about the right length for an hour or more of play. There is even a SAVE function, to prevent your character from having to start over from the beginning!

In Action Castle, the protagonist is destined for great things, but has a few obstacles in his way, including a mean troll, a spooky ghost, and a moody princess. Will he ever meet his destiny?

(If you are planning to pick up other games in the Parsely series, you will probably want to get this one as well, for the rules and tips on how to run these analogue text adventures.)

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Parsely #2: Jungle Adventure
by William W. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 01/24/2011 12:56:38
Parsely games are an ingenious mash-up of computer text adventures, RPGs, and party games. One player acts as the “parser” - the program running the text adventure. He reads descriptions to the others, and responds to their commands. The other player or players can take turns giving the parser commands, like GET TORCH, and attempt to complete the goal of the adventure (and, optionally, collect as many victory points as possible.)

These games are a great way to get people involved in roleplaying, even if they’ve never played a regular RPG before. The adventures are much shorter than traditional text adventure games, but just about the right length for an hour or more of play. There is even a SAVE function, to prevent your character from having to start over from the beginning!

In Jungle Adventure, your plane has crashed in the deep, dark jungle, and you are the only survivor. How long will you survive, and what secrets will you discover?

(You will probably want to also get the first of the Parsely series, Action Castle, for the rules and tips on how to run these analogue text adventures.)

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
Parsely #2: Jungle Adventure
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Parsely #3: Spooky Manor
by William W. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 01/24/2011 12:55:50
Parsely games are an ingenious mash-up of computer text adventures, RPGs, and party games. One player acts as the “parser” - the program running the text adventure. He reads descriptions to the others, and responds to their commands. The other player or players can take turns giving the parser commands, like GET TORCH, and attempt to complete the goal of the adventure (and, optionally, collect as many victory points as possible.)

These games are a great way to get people involved in roleplaying, even if they’ve never played a regular RPG before. The adventures are much shorter than traditional text adventure games, but just about the right length for an hour or more of play. There is even a SAVE function, to prevent your character from having to start over from the beginning!

In Spooky Manor, you must deliver a package to Lord Alastair Spooky. Can you complete this task and live to tell the tale?

(You will probably want to also get the first of the Parsely series, Action Castle, for the rules and tips on how to run these analogue text adventures.)

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
Parsely #3: Spooky Manor
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