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The Register reports that Mike Singleton has died.

I spent many happy hours playing The Lords Of Midnight and Doomdark’s Revenge as a child. Both were turn-based wargame/adventure game hybrids drawn from a first-person perspective. I don’t think I’ve seen anything very like them since, although there’s handful of reimplementations of the games themselves for modern computers.

As well as stealing and destroying Doomdark’s Ice Crown, and sitting out his armies in Xajorkith before taking the war back to him, I spent a while poking through the saved game format. This allowed the construction of a map and some experimentation with modifying it (and the discover that the properties of the characters in the game were generated from the location of their homes, at least in Doomdark’s Revenge).

A sad loss.

August 2017

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