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Abandonware LP

“A longplay is a play-through of a computer or video game, created with the intent of completing it as fully as possible, mainly for the purposes of nostalgia, preservation, and possibly as a walkthrough.”

World of Longplays



In Abandonware LP, I play and gently commentate games that have been lost to history. My goal is to study not only the games as complete works, but also their individual facets: mechanics, design elements, and storytelling styles that missed the ferry to the present day.



The Magic Candle II

My first project is The Magic Candle II, a role-playing game that, I feel, has been wrongly canonized as merely a flawed sequel to a now-forgotten classic. The game is uninviting by today’s standards—but it’s also brilliant. I hope to show you that in this series.





Book One: The Crystal Key

  1. Oshcrun Island
  2. Oshcrun Island
  3. Oshcrun Island
  4. Oshcrun Island
  5. Oshcrun Island
  6. Oshcrun Island; Misor
  7. Misor; The Throat of Gurtex
  8. The Throat of Gurtex; Mandarg; Oshcrun Island
  9. Oshcrun Island; Mariz Island
  10. Mariz Island
  11. Mariz Island
  12. Mariz Island