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This site was created to support the Novels 'Axe' and 'Shades of Evil'. Each novel had its own album and both stories came together in the adventure, (click here>) 'Time Warrior'. The idea being to create an adventure experience. You can travel around the land in full landscape or in a windowed landscape with mouse/icon control or as in the days of old the game can be controlled soley by typing. It is an Amiga game though it can be run under emulation on a PC.
Always bare in mind windows can open demo screens underneath your browser screen making them invisible.
'Time Warrior' is a game which links both 'Axe' and 'Shades' via the Druiand. More on this can be found by pressing the 'Games Demos' icon. The Time Warrior 'Dreamscape' demo can be found on youtube by clicking on 'carthelion' (pronounced Carthellion not Cartheelion). By and large the demo is knitted together dream sequences fom the full game. More can be found by scrolling down and clicking on Game Demos. Virtually everything on this site can be found on the 'Time Warrior" cd.
Installation. The full Amiga game will run from cd but is better run from your hard drive. Open the graystar icon and click show all files. Open the 'Software' then TW Amiga drawer and drag the 'Timewarp' drawer onto your HD. The cd can be removed. To run the game simply open 'Timewarp' then 'dark-1g' scroll along to the 'Timewarp.exe' file and double click. As the cd was written on a PC files can be viewed on pc or Amiga. It is easier on a modern pc.
Time Warrior .adf demo for the PC. (<patience) The game was stripped down from 10 disks to its bare essentials to fit onto a couple of double density disks + save disk which runs hassle free using Winuae on my windows 10 computers. I recorded the above demo, settings, boot sequence and early game play with 'Debut' video capture software (sounds muted). The picture quality is excellent using 2 megs a minute. As you will note the full novels can be read free (Many Shades.pdf, below), the albums can be played free and If you like the idea of books, albums and game you may wish to download the adf files for 'Time Warrior'. If so email me (free), I can send them as attachments. The full Amiga game is a bit much to email. If you have a 3D tv I would give it a try. It creates depth in the landscape window. I would note that the settings for Winuae were the the first I tried, there may be much faster boot settings.
The Time Warrior cd also carries a ZX Spectrum +D version of 'Time Warrior'. The 2 main programs being 'Dark Staff' and a sequel 'The Door to Knowledge'. There were also extras such as 'Capricorn 3' (muted). The +D version is tried and tested.
An Amiga emulated version (kgb 1.2) of the Spectrum version of 'Dark Staff' was also available on the public domain.
Shades Story-Shades Album- Genesis - Axe Album - Site Update -Web Sites-Game Demos.
Please note the downloads for the novels below are available free from 'Lulu publishing'. The full stories are also available to read via 'The Many Shades of Evil' pdf below.
I would note that at present 'Lulu' is having problems after a site update.
Link to 'Seven Shades of Evil` paperback. When the predominant story 'Shades of Evil' was written it was a unique title as was 'Time Warrior'. There are loads of Shades of Evil now and a few Time Warriors..
Link to 'AXE: A Tale of Carthelion' paperback.
Link to 'Many Shades of Evil' paperback or pdf. This novel contains both the above. See 'site update' for pricing.
For ease of reading the stories below should use a book shaped window.
'Seven Shades of Evil' contains the novel 'Shades of Evil' plus seven complimentary short stories. 'Shades of Evil and the Seven'. As there were actually seven shades in the novel it was titled as such. The first of the short stories is 'Everyone's Story'. A pretty down to earth story for a sci-fi novel. It is a home truth about how little control we have over our own actions. It wasn`t something that occured to me out of the blue, it was more of a slow realisation. We all make our own choices? It's a nice idea but if you are a caring person and one of your family falls in the river you are going to pull them out, you don`t have a choice. I would do this. If it was someone I hated and wanted to drown.......I would still pull them out and hate myself for doing it. Where is my choice? What is dictating my actions?
The second short story is titled 'Calendar'. It`s a sci-fi story which takes you into the theory of other dimensions. Its light hearted and hopefully will make you smile.
The third short story 'Tumblewheel' takes you across our galaxy to a place where no man has trod before.
'Trimark' again brings us down to earth and introduces the reader to a peril you do not usually think about, the peril on your doorstep. Writers do not usually write about such things because they have little experience outside everyday interaction. They have no knowledge of how things work.
'Silverbird' is high-flying science fiction. 'From the Depths of the cold barren void came Siverbird'. That's the opening line and means what it says.
The sixth short story 'Another Day' is a continuation of 'Calendar'. This one deals with time travel. How to travel back in time without changing the future or creating parallel universes. It never was a paradox.
Last of the short stories 'Genesis' goes down the terrorist trail. It is a story with a twist.
'Shades of Evil' itself is a full fantasy story. It was linked to my game 'Time Warrior'. It has a lot of action, it has a very serious side and a funny side. The character you can see dimly in the background of this web page is the star, though it wasn't meant that way. 'Shades' is a pocket novel which could possibly be read at one sitting but despite its size it carries all the ingrediants of a fantasy adventure, it just leaves the dreary bits out. Like 'AXE' the full story can be accessed from this site.. 'Shades' first appeared on a catalogue disk, of which there were a great many. Instead of simply listing the availability of the story the proprieter added it as a feature. Even if only one person likes your story, it makes it worthwhile.
Axe is a very different story to 'Shades'. It is very Tolkienish in nature and for those who miss the writings of Tolkien, I hope this story cheers you up.