Confidential Magazine #8 December '88/January '89
As we bid goodbye to the 80s, the Editor pondered what lay ahead in the coming decade. After the world had lived in fear of nuclear annihalation for so many years, the arrival of the likes of Gorbachev meant we could now focus on the "prospect of irreversible doom" thanks to global warming. Technology would, of course, play a significant role in what was to come: "Our ability to manipulate information and communicate the results to the whole World within seconds, could lead us into chaos."
Overall, a cheerful way to open this issue.
As for the rest of the mag, it featured:
- A report from the PC Show at London's Olympia.
- An interview with the team behind the Cthulu inspired adventure, "The Hound Of Shadow" from Electronic Arts.
- With the bombshell news reported in a previous issue that "Scapeghost" would be the last adventure game from genre legends Level 9, Confidential wanted to find out what was behind the decision, and what to expect next. There were a raft of reasons, but declining sales was - unsurprisingly - the primary, and they were tight lipped about their plans aside from saying "Contractual secrecy prevents me saying much about Level 9's future games, except that they are 16-bit, with state-of-the-art animated graphics."
- A guide to the Kingdom of Kerovnia, the setting for the games of Magnetic Scrolls.
- A look at to the upcoming titles from Sierra: "Hero's Quest", "The Colonel's Bequest", "Codename: Ice Man", "Leisure Suit Larry 3" and "Sorcerian" (unreleaased).
- Game agent Jacqui Lyons continued her reporting from behind the iron curtain.
- This month's Play By Mail game was "Pop Star" from Ideal Games.
- An interview with adventure game reviewer/journo Keith Campbell.
- A preview of Novalogic's naval sim "Wolfpack".
- The Adventure '89 convention saw twenty multi-user games represented.
- The third part of "Writing Your Own Adventures".
- A guide on running your own LARP events.